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Weekly Newsletter - January 10, 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

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Our Motto: Teaching the Mind...Nourishing the Soul

Theme for the Year - TRUTH


At St. Joseph Catholic School, we are striving to become missionary disciples by revealing the Truth of Christ to others through our actions.

Our Mission and Vision Statements

Mission:

St. Joseph Catholic School provides students with a safe and prayerful learning environment, enveloped by an intimate 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.

From the Principal

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!


It is so nice to see everyone once again. When my eyes scanned the beautiful sea of students at our Epiphany Prayer Service, everyone back in the building seated in their homeroom places, a feeling of pride swept over me. A feeling of pride for our students, our Knights, and for the people they are becoming. Each student has his or her own story; their own journey to take. Yet as a collective group, I see them all moving forward growing in faith, love, and knowledge. I could not be more proud of our Knights!


I wish you all a New Year full of blessings and graces from our Lord! I look forward to what the second half of the 2018-2019 school year brings, and to walking with you in our effort to live in Truth.


In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

Truth Bible Quote for January

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Saintly Quote to Ponder

"You must believe in truth that whatever God gives or permits is for your salvation." - St. Catherine of Siena

Reminders and Upcoming Events


  • Second Quarter Report Cards will be emailed Friday, January 11th.


  • Garage Sale - Last Collection Dates! The 8th grade continues to collect items and hangers for their garage sale fundraiser. Here are the final collection dates and times: Wednesday, January 16th from 7:30 am - 8:30 am and from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm in the east St. Joseph Church parking lot. Also on Thursday, January 31st ALL DAY in the school gym. Thank you for helping the Class of 2019!


  • Garage Sale Dates: Friday, February 1st (7 am-6 pm) and Saturday, February 2nd (7 am - 1 pm)


  • Home and School Association Meeting with Meet the Artist Event: January 16th beginning at 6:00 pm. Come and enjoy the art work of our students!


  • 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.

Annual Fund - Quest for Excellence!

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Don't forget to participate in our Annual Fund - Quest for Excellence! You've Got the Power! With 100% participation in 100 days, we hope to raise $100,000 to help with campus security enhancements, tuition assistance, construction of another storage facility, and bonuses for our teachers. Any amount is appreciated.


A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has already participated! We have created a display in the school foyer to celebrate our participants. If you do not wish for your name to be shared in any display or in any publication, please email me (dprice@stjosephtx.org) and your name will be kept anonymous.

Home and School Association (HSA)

  • Our February Spirit Knight will occur on February 5th at Red Robin located at 421 E. Interstate 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.


  • The next HSA Meeting will not be until January 16th at 7:00 pm in the school cafeteria. There is a free dress day on Friday, January 18th, for the children of HSA members in attendance that night. We do not meet during the busy months of November and December.


  • Please bring in your box tops. Be sure to check out the bulletin board display in the cafeteria to see which homeroom is in the lead! Thank you for all the hard work cutting and collecting for the school!


  • Looking for uniform pieces? Need to sell some pieces your child has outgrown? There is a Facebook page for that: SJCS Online Uniform Resale.
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Gaining respect requires limits

Many parents and educators struggle with feeling disrespected by their kids or students. Does this resonate with you? Do you ever find yourself thinking, “Why does this kid think it’s okay to treat me like this?” or “I go out of my way to treat these kids well. Why do they act like I’m stupid?”

Disrespectful behavior (eye-rolling, arguing, defiance, lying, etc.) is often a form of limit testing, which is a young person’s way of asking this important question: “Do you love me enough to provide the caring boundaries required to keep me safe from myself?” When limits over respect are inconsistent or weak, disrespectful behavior increases. The child’s self-concept suffers, and they lack the modeling required to learn how to set limits with their peers.

The ability to say “no” to peers starts with experiencing

“no” from one’s parents.


Those familiar with Love and Logic know limits are most effectively provided when we describe what we are willing to do or allow, rather than trying to tell others how they should behave.
Describing our own actions provides an enforceable limit. Dictating the actions of another does not.


by Dr. Charles Fay

President of the Love and Logic Institute, Inc.

https://www.loveandlogic.com

Knights in Action!

Epiphany Prayer Service

Our first day back began with the wonderful tradition of re-enacting the events of the Epiphany, and bringing items to the Baby Jesus to donate to mothers in need. Our performers did a beautiful job! Thanks to all the generosity of our parents, we had a large donation to offer! We truly appreciate Mrs. Hess for leading the service, and for Mrs. Stefanos for delivering the items.
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Moments around campus

New and improved library furniture arrived this week! Thank you 7th grade for your help unpacking and positioning our modular seating. Special thanks also to the Aos Family for their donation of our United States reading carpet and to the 8th Grade Garage Sale Team for their efforts to re-home our old couches.
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All over campus, students were getting back into the swing of things, as evidenced by these engaged Knights!

displays around the school

From beautiful individual art work, to collaborative project pieces, our students' work is always guaranteed to inspire and put a smile on your face.
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SNOW SCIENCE!

Happy New Year from the library! We welcomed three new levels to our Enrichment STREAM program with the 1st/2nd/4th grades starting lessons today. We started our January unit of study, Snow Science. 1st/2nd/4th grades learned about how snowflakes form and started on their personal dendrite snow crystal art projects.

Preparing for take off!

6th/7th/8th graders are beginning an engineering and design unit called Take Flight. This week we shared an introductory lesson and discussed the importance of company branding and some of the factors to consider when making decisions about commercial airline fleet livery designs (paint scheme of an aircraft’s fuselage). Next week, the upper school will work in teams to develop their own livery, logo, and brand for a fictional commercial airline. Stay tuned for pictures to come!

Roboknights in Action!

Our RoboKnights competed this past month in the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition and have now advanced to the North Texas Regional 2nd Round Qualifier this Saturday! They are hard at work after school, each day this week, preparing to compete again. Thank you to the dedicated parents helping at the competitions, and a huge thank you to all the efforts of our mentors, Bill Williams and Laurie Grove!

Faculty Moments

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Several Faculty Members and one Principal spent time at a Love and Logic Conference this week. All to provide our students with an abundance of each.

alumni news

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All SJCS Alumni, we want to hear from you, and to share any news you have with the rest of the Knight Community! Please send us your address, phone number, and email address so we may keep in touch. Please send your information to Monica Hurtado at mhurtado@stjosephtx.org.


Do you have any information you would like to share with the entire Knight Community? We would love that as well! Please send your news to mhurtado@stjosephtx.org.


Once a Knight - Forever a Knight!

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.

Meet our parish priests!

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish


  • 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!


  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is occurring after daily Mass in the Chapel until 5:45pm. Come spend some time with our Lord.


  • Please enjoy this link to a lovely article in the North Texas Catholic about the pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Fr. Kelley: https://t.co/3ItrotxIyf

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.