Eagle's Eye Newsletter

January 9, 2020

We Learn in order to Serve

Our Mission Statement

St. Joseph Catholic School fosters a diverse community of disciples empowered through a rigorous and inclusive Catholic education rooted in Gospel values and service to others.

Catholic Schools Week

We are looking forward to celebrating Catholic Schools Week with Catholic Schools around the world January 26th through January 31st.. There will be many special events throughout the week, and I encourage all families to participate as much as you are able. The schedule of events for Catholic Schools Week can be found below. Please mark your calendars, watch for much more information, and plan to join us.

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Grandparents Day

All grandparents are invited to join us for Grandparents Day on Friday, January 31. This is a special day reserved just for Grandparents or older family members that are like grandparents to our children. Grandparents are invited to join us beginning with mass at 8:15am in our church. The event will last until about 11am. Those grandparents not able to join us are invited to send a card or letter to their grandchild here at the school. Cards/Letters will be delivered to the grandchildren during the event.

CSW Masses

We will kick off Catholic Schools Week the weekend of January 25th and 26th with students hosting all weekend masses for our parishioners. We are currently seeking students and families to assist us with these masses. Please find a form in this week’s white envelope and let us know how your child(ren)/family would like to participate in a mass. Please return these forms at your earliest convenience.

Family Movie Night

All are invited to join us for Family Movie Night on Friday, January 24th. We will be watching Toy Story 4. Information can be found in this week’s white envelope. This is always a really fun evening for all of our families. Make plans to join us on the multi-purpose field.

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Family Picnic

Families are invited to join us for lunch on Thursday, January 30 from 11:45-12:30pm. You may preorder lunch from SLA (see order form in today’s white envelope) or bring lunch for your family. Guests will pick their children up from the classrooms and find a place to spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy lunch on the playground or in the area of the courtyard. Please note, we will NOT allow students to play during the Family Picnic. In the interest of safety with all of our guests, children will not be permitted to run around or play on the playground. We ask that parents keep their children with them in their picnic area until they return to the classroom. Teachers will bring classes out for recess at other times during the day.

Daddy Daughter Dance

Girls are invited to bring their Daddies to a very special evening on Friday, February 7. Our Daddy Daughter Dance will be held from 6:30-8:30pm in our parish center. Cost is $10 per family regardless of how many daughters are accompanied by one father. Desserts and drinks will be served.

Mother/Son Bowling Outing

Boys are invited to bring their Mommies to a very special evening at Cypress Lanes for Mother/Son Bowling on Sunday, February 16th. Cost for the event is $10.00 per person. More information will be going home soon.

Middle School Dance

There will be a middle school dance on Friday, February 21 from 7pm-9pm in the gym. All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are invited to join us. Students are asked to bring a jar of peanut butter for Catholic Charities. Please remember to follow dress code guidelines for a dress down day and leave your cell phones at home!

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Mrs. Pomarico!

Help Wanted

St. Joseph Catholic Church is looking for a bilingual receptionist. For information, contact ewaterman@stjosephwh.org

Polk County Catholic Schools Night at Lakeland Tropics

Our concert choir will be singing the National Anthem at the Lakeland Tropics game on January 25, 2020 for Polk County Catholic Schools night. This will be a televised game, and the owner of the team wants to have the stands packed with SJCS people. Tickets are $15.00. The school will sell the first 50 tickets.

Progress Monitoring

In class today, all students in kindergarten through grade 8 completed the mid-year progress monitoring assessment for writing. Students were given a writing prompt and ample time to plan, draft, revise/edit, and finalize their piece of writing. Teachers will use this prompt to evaluate individual and whole group progress and determine the course of action in the writing class for the remainder of the school year. These progress monitoring pieces will be a part of the student’s writing portfolios that will be shared with parents during writing conferences in April.

Standardized Testing Grades 2 through 8

Please note that students in grades 2-8 will begin standardized testing on Monday, February 21st with preparation and practice tests. The testing will extend over two weeks until Friday, March 6th. The week of March 19-13 will be reserved for makeup tests for students who are absent. Please make this note on your calendar and make plans for your second through eighth grader to be here all day between February 21 through March 6.

8th Grade Yearbook Ads

Eighth Grade Yearbook ads are due Friday, January 17. Families of eighth graders have an opportunity to purchase a special advertisement in the yearbook for their graduate. We have very firm deadlines with the yearbook company so we need your help in meeting this deadline. Space is limited to one advertisement per graduate. Please send a check to the office and the photos to Mrs. Pierce at spierce@stjosephwhschool.org.

Free Throw Competition

Knights of Columbus Council 4726 is pleased to announce that the annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Shoot is scheduled for Saturday, January 25 from 9:30-11:00 in the St. Joseph School Gym. Boys and girls age 9-14 as of January 1 are eligible to compete in their own age and gender groups. Participants need to arrive by 9:00 am to sign in and warm up prior to the competition. There is no entry fee, only an entry form that will be available at school, from Mr. Proctor, or at the event on Saturday. The form requires a parent signature. This competition is open to any youth in the Winter Haven community. Any questions should be directed to Mr. Proctor at school or through his email, cproctor@stjosephwhschool.org.

Congratulations Ric Ballard

Congratulations to one of our school parents, Ric Ballard who will be ordained as a deacon at St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church on January 18!

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Find Your Greatness

We are excited to announce that Dynamic Catholic and Allen Hunt are coming to HERE TO St. Joseph Catholic Church with the event Find Your Greatness! Dynamic Catholic events are not just about feeling. They are about doing. They don’t just give you something to think about. They give you a plan. They help you make your life work better. We are so excited to bring this life-changing event to our community on February 8, 2020! The time will be from 9:30am-1:30 p.m. in our Church.

Tickets can be purchased at the Church Office or after masses on the weekend of January 18-19, 2020. Tickets are also available on DynamicCatholic.com. If you have questions you can contact Laurie Spang in the Church Office at 294-3144 or email at lspang@stjosephwh.org. This is an event (families welcomed) you do not want to miss! We can’t wait to help you find your greatness!

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Don’t put that Away just yet! The Gala Committee will take it!

We are looking for containers, baskets and items to help fill our one of a kind baskets for our silent auction. If you have Christmas gift, duplicates or new items please consider donating.

Every $10 donation = 1 Service Hour Please Send to front office Attention: Gala/Katie Collany

Class Baskets Gala 2020

PK3 Coffee

PK4A You Miss all the Shots you don’t take

PK4B American Girl

PK4C Kids in the Kitchen

KA Fun in the Sun

KB Camping

1A Mad for Martinis

1B Crayola Basket

2A Legos

2B Cooks Night Out

3A Gardening Basket

3B As Seen On TV

4A Craft Circuit Crazy

4B Winter Haven

5A Lottery

5B Wine

6A Golf

6B Everything but the Kitchen Sink

7A Corn Hole

7B Crockpot/Cooking

8A All About Me

8B Stock the Bar

SJCS 5K Run for Unity

The 2nd Annual SJCS Run for Unity will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Every student who participates will receive a dress down pass. In addition the class the with the most participation (can be students, parents, friends, etc.) will be able to choice the activity in the next Gym class. We are also looking for sponsors if you are interested please see the sponsor form below and reach out to Leslie Martin (lmartin@cds-net.com) or Katie Collany (katie@collany.com) with any questions. Thank you for your support of the SJCS Booster Club!

SJCS 5K Run for Unity

Please consider being a sponsor

St. Joseph Catholic School is hosting the 2nd annual ‘5K run/walk for Unity’. This event will be held January 25, 2020 at SJCS, 535 Avenue M NW, Winter Haven, FL. All the proceeds will benefit the SJCS Booster Club.

We have two levels of sponsorship.

$500 – platinum sponsor

Includes Logo on back of race t-shirts

Banner prominently displayed at finish line

Name on Sponsor board at event

$200 – gold sponsor

Includes Logo on back of race t-shirts

Name on Sponsor board at event

Thank you for your consideration and support of this great cause.


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Registration: 7:00 5K Run/Walk: 8:00

Race Location: Saint Joseph Catholic School 535 Avenue M NW, Winter Haven. FL 33881

Awards: Top 3 male & female receive medal for 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 & over

Proceeds: Benefit Saint Joseph Catholic School Athletics

Entry Cost Information (includes T-shirt): $25.00 adults / $20.00 students

$30.00 after 1/13

Results & Timing by FITniche Events ChronoTrack

Register online at FITniche.com or return completed form with a check (Payable to Saint Joseph Catholic School Boosters)

Registration form below:

Church Children's Choir & Handbell Choir

Church children's choir resumes regular Thursday rehearsals at 3 and 5 pm. We also offer training for Handbell choir starting 5th grade and up.

O Blessed Joseph, faithful guardian of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, protector of Mary, the virgin Mother of God, I choose you this day to be my special patron and advocate and I firmly resolve to honor you all the days of my life. Therefore I humbly ask you to receive me as your client, to instruct me in every doubt, to comfort me in every affliction, to obtain for me and for all the knowledge and love of the Heart of Jesus, and finally to defend and protect me at the hour of my death.


St. Joseph Catholic School

Pastor: Rev. Jimson Varghese, S.D.V.

Diocese of Orlando Superintendent of Schools: Mr. Henry Fortier