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Weekly Newsletter - November 18, 2021

celebrating 27 years of excellence in catholic education

Theme for the Year

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At St. Joseph Catholic School, each and every day we are training students to be missionary disciples, and learning to recognize God in our lives and in the world around us,

with hearts full of CHARITY for our fellow man.

Our Mission and Vision Statements

Mission:

St. Joseph Catholic School provides students with a nurturing and prayerful learning environment committed to academic excellence, training missionary disciples to seek virtue, wisdom, and truth, in partnership with a community of active and faithful families.


Vision:

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Fort Worth are committed to opening the doors so that our students can reach further than the walls that would otherwise enclose them and therefore are able to recognize and cherish the eternal and transcendental goods of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.


Motto:

Teaching the Mind...Nourishing the Soul

from the principal

Fall was certainly in the air this week, with cooler temperatures greeting us these past few mornings. It quickly became the time for my annual dig through closets and drawers looking for the things that make these cold mornings bearable in car line. Layers and layers, that's the name of the game. A child popped out of their car this morning and exclaimed to me, "You look like you have earmuffs on!" I replied to her, "It's because I do!" (along with gloves, socks, a scarf, etc.) Mornings like these cause me to also stop and think of those who do not have these items to keep them warm. I have much to be thankful for. We all have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We get to work, play, and grow in an environment where God remains our focus, our center, the beginning breath of all we do, and the final reflection resting on our hearts when a task is completed to the best of our God-given abilities.


It is not always easy, the practice of thankfulness and these God-centered reflections. We are human and life can be challenging, very challenging. Fr. Ronaldo spoke at Mass this week about how we are to treat our enemies, those who hurt us or do us harm. We are to love them and to pray for them, because this is what God asks of us. One of my favorite Bible quotes comes from Luke 14:48 "Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more." God has given us so very much. May God continue to bless this community and our parish communities, as we use these blessings to help others.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

November Bible verse on Charity

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new saintly quote about charity to ponder with your family

"Charity may be a very short word, but with its tremendous meaning of pure love, it sums up man's entire relation to God and to his neighbor." - St. Aelred of Rievaulx

Virtue for the Month

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Greek and Latin Roots for the week:

ops-, opt-, op- (eye, view, vision, a sight)

helio- (sun)

thes-, thet-, thec- (put, place, set down)

Reminders and Upcoming Events

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  • WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW STUDENTS FOR THE 2021-2022 School Year! Please direct your family and friends to the school website, or have them call the school office for more details.


  • November - The Month of the Holy Souls: During the month of November, names of loved ones who have passed will be read over the school intercom during announcements. In order to have the name of your loved one written in the school's Book of Everlasting Life and read aloud, please email Mrs. Doyon at ldoyon@stjosephtx.org and she will add your names. You are also invited to personally come to the office and write the names of your loved ones in our book this month.


  • 11/22-11/23 - We are thankful for our Knights! SJCS spirit wear, jeans, and tennis shoes of your choosing!


  • 11/23 - Noon Dismissal (no lunches served)


  • 11/24-11/26 - Thanksgiving Holidays (No School)


  • 11/28 - First Sunday of the Advent Season



  • 12/01 - First Ever "Coffee with Christ" Fellowship and Rosary hosted by the Spiritual Life Committee (SLC) of SJCS. Once a month, the SLC will host this gathering before mass. Feel free to park and walk your child/children inside the foyer and then stop by the Art Room (anytime between 7:30am and 8:15am) to have a cup of coffee and a donut (or two) together as a school community. Rosary will begin at 8:00am for those who can stay and pray.


  • 12/03 - Drop off items for the 8th Grade Garage Sale (see important details below)


  • Angels in Art - SJCS 20th Annual Student Art Exhibit: Mr. Suarez is still accepting students' entries (3rd grade-8th grade) for the January "Meet the Artists" Art Exhibit through December 13th. Don't miss this beautiful opportunity to share your God-given talents, Knights! Please see the Thursday Folder for entry and exhibit details.


  • If you are an Amazon customer, please use Amazon Smile! We receive a donation from Amazon when you shop. Go to: smile.amazon.com to participate. It is a very easy way to support the school! Thank you!


  • If you know a St. Joseph Catholic School alumni, please let them know we are looking to stay in contact, and would love to hear how they are doing. See the notice in our alumni section of below.

Monthly Fellowship Opportunity

On December 1st, join us for our first Ever "Coffee with Christ" Fellowship and Rosary hosted by the Spiritual Life Committee (SLC) of SJCS. Once a month, the SLC will host this gathering before mass. Feel free to park and walk your child/children inside the foyer and then stop by the Art Room (anytime between 7:30am and 8:15am) to have a cup of coffee and a donut (or two) together as a school community. Rosary will begin at 8:00am for those who can stay and pray. All are welcome!
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SAve the date

November 30th - Special Day of Giving

why give?

We will be using gifts made through the #iGiveCatholic campaign to enhance our beautiful Rosary Garden with accent lighting, fresh landscaping and replacing additional landscaping around the school which was lost due to the severe winter weather in January of 2021. Any funds remaining will be applied towards the purchase of statuary to inspire the school community throughout the day.


Please click on this link to give. Thank you! https://fortworth.igivecatholic.org/organizations/st-joseph-catholic-school-f8651880-77b2-49b2-b1e8-5d91ed79127f

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COVID-19 Daily Home Screening for Students

Parents: Please be sure to complete this short screening each morning. If any of these symptoms are present, please stay home and contact the school and your doctor. Please contact the school if your child is sick or has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual. We will guide you on what next steps to take regarding your return date to campus.


Important - Keep your children home while waiting for COVID-19 test results of anyone that could be a close contact individual for them.


SECTION 1: Symptoms from the CDC website

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.


SECTION 2: Close Contact/Potential Exposure

1. Had close contact (for schools, less than 3 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person with confirmed COVID-19.

Quest for Excellence - Annual Fund

Our goal - $100,000

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Every year, North Texas Giving Day kicks off our "Quest for Excellence" Annual Fund. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of the needs of our school. Please consider a donation to the Annual Fund, if you missed contributing to North Texas Giving Day.
Reasons to give:


1. to help us provide tuition assistance to families who need the extra support

2. to help complete the safety fencing around the playground area

3. to help enhance the beauty of our campus through the installation of statuary and icons

Thanks to all of the students and families who shared their testimonials on the benefits of SJCS. We are so grateful for you and for all of our families. Go, Knights!

Thank you, SJCS Families. You are so very generous!

400 boxes distributed - 357 filled Boxes of Joy in return! Fantastic!

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Home and School Association

Spirit Nights

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Thank you for helping with the Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night, Mrs. Seed, Mrs. Doskocil, and Mr. Rodriguez! The teachers at SJCS are the best!

Service Hour Opportunities

All families are asked to perform 40 service hours each school year. Here are some ideas to earn those hours, and truly help the school for next year:


  1. Donating water bottles.
  2. Donating food during NJHS Food Collections at Mass.
  3. If you are able to provide a case of water to the school, you will earn 1 service hour per case.
  4. We are always in need of Lysol spray.
  5. We are always in need of Clorox wipes.
  6. Liquid hand soap
  7. Disposable gloves
  8. STREAM Enrichment supplies (listed below)


Every $10 you spend will earn 1 service hour. Thank you! We truly need the help.

8th grade garage sale

new collection dates

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Monday Morning Prayer Service Zoom Invite

Diane Price is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Monday Morning Prayer Service

Time: 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Mon, until May 23, 2022, 40 occurrence(s)


Join by clicking here - https://esc11.zoom.us/j/88516285709

Meeting ID: 885 1628 5709

Knights in Action!

Monday Morning Prayer Service

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Mrs. Govlik's Kindergarten students did a beautiful job leading the school community in prayer this week. Thank you for your missionary discipleship, Knights!

SPelling Bee 2021-2022

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Congratulations to 4th grade student, Dominic Bui, for placing Third in this year's school spelling bee! We are so very proud of you!

NJHS Food Drive

Thanks to all the efforts of NJHS and our wonderful Knight Families, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph Parish is going to be able to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to 25 families in need this holiday! That is glorious news!

Preschool Feast

Mrs. Do's and Mrs. Lara's Preschool classes celebrated Thanksgiving with a class feast today! Enjoy these pictures from Mrs. Do's class dressed as Native Americans and Pilgrims, and Mrs. Lara's students enjoying their feast. Looks like everyone in Preschool had a day to remember.
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Special Task in Library

Soccer Season

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These 5th and 6th grade students enjoyed their last game of the season this week. Thank you for representing the school through your sportsmanship, Knights!

A little something extra

Please enjoy this video highlighting the Dominican Sisters! They are a blessing to us all.

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In STREAM this week, students were challenged with creating a "pumpkin picker" to harvest "pumpkins" without actually touching them with their hands or fingers! Look at these clever Knights! Great job working together to solve this unique problem!

Current STREAM Wish List

STREAM classes are in need of the following items, if you are able to help. Remember, items bought for STREAM class can be used for service hours!


  • Candy Corn

  • Candy Pumpkins
  • Rolo candy
  • Sandwich bags
  • Scotch tape
  • Packing tape
  • Potting Soil
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Hula Hoops


THANK YOU from the STREAM TEAM!!!

RoboKnights

Our RoboKnights are spending time reflecting on their goals and accomplishments together, in a Socratic circle at the end of their meetings. What an important practice for these Knights. Lessons must incorporate a time to reflect, for this helps the mind take hold of new knowledge. Bravo, RoboKnights!

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What's growing in the greenhouse?

Mrs. Lara's preschool class has been exploring the wonderful world of succulents. A perfect plant for the warm environment of the green house, and a great example of how plants make the most of the resources available. Isn't God good? Yes, all the time!
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SJCS Alumni News

Class of 2020 Yearbook Signing

Welcome back, Class of 2020! You never had the chance to have your yearbooks signed due to COVID-19 concerns. Mrs. Michelle Doskocil kindly spent one Sunday afternoon, opening the doors of the school building to these Knights once again. We are thrilled they had this opportunity to come together once more. Thank you, Mrs. Doskocil.


Class of 2020, you are always welcome home.

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Be sure to share any news you may have of our Knight Alumni with Mrs. Price or Mrs. Doering! We want everyone to know how our alumni are doing in the worlds of high school, college and beyond.

St. Joseph Parish News

Meet our parish priests!

Weekly Mass Opportunity

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Sacramental Prep for 2nd Graders

Classes start in October for St. Joseph Parishioners.

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Parish Notes

  • Parish website link: https://stjoe88.org/
  • Please join the parish for daily and weekend Masses at this link: https://youtu.be/LxIRBSew1yI
  • Please continue tithing to your parish. St. Joseph Parishioners may go to this link to give: https://stjoe88.org/giving
  • Be sure to look into FORMED.org. The parish has paid for your subscription to this vast library of inspiring videos and essential reads to help grow your faith. Just go straight to the "Enter Code" button and enter 4BDX9H to begin the process. You may also access this through the parish website link below. Enjoy!

Join Bishop Olson for mass

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Are you in need of prayers?

The St. Joseph School Community would be honored to pray for you. Please send all prayer requests to this email address: prayers@stjosephtx.org.

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth link:

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2015 SW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76017-2736

Contact us at (817) 419-6800

www.stjosephtx.org

ST. JOSEPH, PROTECTOR OF FAMILIES, PRAY FOR US.