Weekly Newsletter - November 18, 2021
celebrating 27 years of excellence in catholic education
Theme for the Year
Our Mission and Vision Statements
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.
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.
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.
Diane Price, M.Ed.L.
November Bible verse on Charity
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
Greek and Latin Roots for the week:
ops-, opt-, op- (eye, view, vision, a sight)
thes-, thet-, thec- (put, place, set down)
Reminders and Upcoming Events
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
- 11/30 - iGive Catholic Day of Giving (see details below) Link to donate: https://fortworth.igivecatholic.org/organizations/st-joseph-catholic-school-f8651880-77b2-49b2-b1e8-5d91ed79127f
- 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
SAve the date
November 30th - Special Day of Giving
Please click on this link to give. Thank you! https://fortworth.igivecatholic.org/organizations/st-joseph-catholic-school-f8651880-77b2-49b2-b1e8-5d91ed79127f
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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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
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
Thank you, SJCS Families. You are so very generous!
400 boxes distributed - 357 filled Boxes of Joy in return! Fantastic!
Thank you, Mr. Mannix, for overseeing the loading, and to Mrs. Lewis for spearheading this service project which will impact so many children in need this Christmas.
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Home and School Association
Service Hour Opportunities
- Donating water bottles.
- Donating food during NJHS Food Collections at Mass.
- If you are able to provide a case of water to the school, you will earn 1 service hour per case.
- We are always in need of Lysol spray.
- We are always in need of Clorox wipes.
- Liquid hand soap
- Disposable gloves
- 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
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
SPelling Bee 2021-2022
NJHS Food Drive
After mass chat
Fr. Ronaldo visited with Elise Nguyen after Mass this week to learn more about St. Elizabeth of Hungary. We can learn much from the saints who came before us.
Fr. Ronaldo stopped by lunch this week to visit with the students. He is enjoying the opportunities to get to know them better.
Knights in Training
We had a successful Open House recently, welcoming new families to visit the school and interact with some of our Knights! Our visitors always love the chance to experience the parachute! Thank you, 6th grade!
After mass chat
Thank you to the families of Student Council who donated all the delicious donuts and to the Student Council for selling them this morning! It was a huge success!
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Special Task in Library
These Knights created Christmas cards for our troops serving overseas. Soon, these beautiful expressions of our gratitude will be in the hands of those most deserving...our military!
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A little something extra
Please enjoy this video highlighting the Dominican Sisters! They are a blessing to us all.
Current STREAM Wish List
- Candy Pumpkins
- Rolo candy
- Sandwich bags
- Scotch tape
- Packing tape
- Potting Soil
- Popsicle sticks
- Hula Hoops
THANK YOU from the STREAM TEAM!!!
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!
What's growing in the greenhouse?
SJCS Alumni News
Class of 2020 Yearbook Signing
Class of 2020, you are always welcome home.
Back at SJCS
We welcomed Avery Grimmett and Joshua Aguirre back on campus, helping with volleyball and promoting Nolan Catholic High School. Our alumni are always welcomed back!
St. Joseph Parish News
Meet our parish priests!
Weekly Mass Opportunity
Sacramental Prep for 2nd Graders
Classes start in October for St. Joseph Parishioners.
- 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
Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth link:
ST. JOSEPH, PROTECTOR OF FAMILIES, PRAY FOR US.