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Weekly Newsletter - May 23, 2021

celebrating 26 years of excellence in catholic education

Theme for the Year: Hope

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,

full of HOPE for the future.

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

As we close the Easter Season with Pentecost Sunday, we find the last week of school is upon us. This has been a challenging year for so many different reasons, but we have made it through together. When we are faced with difficulties, we can retreat and shut the world out, or embrace the situation and work to make the best of it, to grow from it. We have worked to make the best of a difficult situation presented us all by the global pandemic. It has not always been easy, but I like to think we have grown stronger from this experience. Some things we may have taken for granted are now more precious to us, like seeing a person's smile or shaking a person's hand, or visiting with a neighbor.

Our students, families, faculty and staff are longing for the school to return to normal and so am I. We are all waiting for the 2021-2022 school year with eager hearts. Thank you for hanging in there with all of the protocols and guidelines we were asked to follow. We can see things beginning to shift in a positive direction and protocols beginning to lessen. We have prayed for this day to come. Let us continue to pray for an end to the pandemic and for those who have lost loved ones due to this virus.

As we look towards this Thursday for an end to a year of education that we will not soon forget, let us keep love and joy in our hearts for one another, support one another, growing in our faith together, as we continue the mission of raising the future leaders of our Church community.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.


Thank you and may God continue to bless you, Fr. Kelley!

Words cannot express the amount of love and gratitude we hold for our Pastor, Fr. Kelley. This past Wednesday the school community presented Fr. Kelley with a beautiful cross and countless student-made cards thanking our pastor for twelve beautiful years of leadership. Thank you for your love and support, Fr. Kelley.
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Hope Bible verse for May

Mrs. Do's PreK - May Bible Verse
Nice work, Preschool Knights! Mrs. Do's students have the May Bible verse on the theme of Hope all memorized!
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saintly "HOPE" quote to ponder

"God would never inspire me with desires that cannot be realized; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.” - Saint Therese of Lisieux

Virtue for the Month of May

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This week is a review week.

Help Needed in Car line

Please note the two red X's on the diagram below. These are two areas to avoid. Fr. Kelley has asked that parents not use the church's drive-through/handicap lane when you are in the car line. This lane is never meant for school traffic. Also, please do not park in the zone where cars are meant to make their turn to enter the car line. Thank you!
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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.

  • Important - Parents, please log onto your FACTS account to verify that all fees have been paid for the year. If fees are owed, the report card will be held back.

  • 5/26 - No Mass - Please join us for a school-wide rosary via the Monday Morning Prayer Service link, lead by Mrs. Aguirre's 1st grade class.

Diane Price is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Rosary

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

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 839 3372 6239

  • 5/26 Promotion Mass and Ceremony for our 8th grade Class of 2021 beginning at 6:00pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

  • 5/27 Last Day of School! Early Dismissal at noon and Spirit Wear Day! In celebration of the last day of school, let's enjoy a day of SJCS spirit wear, blue jeans and tennis shoes of your choosing. No meals will be served by ECI. YMCA after school is available. End of year parties will be from 10:45-11:45, with PK-2nd school dismissal at 11:50am and 3rd-7th dismissal at 12:00pm.

  • 5/28 Ministry Day for our teachers and staff. Please pray for us! We will pray for you!

  • If you are an Amazon customer, please use Amazon Smile! We receive a donation from Amazon when you shop. Go to: 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.

School Calendar for 2021-2022

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

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

Weekly Mass Opportunity

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Spiritual Communion

Here is a copy of the prayer to pray when one cannot physically receive the Holy Eucharist.

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4-H is coming to SJCS!

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survey of interest - closes may 31st

We are excited about our opportunity to bring the 4-H Club to St. Joseph Catholic School! So that we may better gauge the interests of our families, please complete the short survey below. If you would like to know more about 4-H, please visit their website and look over the two documents below.

Registration for 4-H is year-round. If anyone would like to join over the summer to participate in any activities during that time, please send me an email at

Here is their website link:

SJCS Survey Link:

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Home and School Association

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Thank you to everyone who served on the Executive Board of our Home and School Association this school year. And thank you to all the families of SJCS for supporting the school any way you could during this challenging time. You are ALL appreciated!

Highlighting band and strings at sjcs

Our Band and String Group have been working very hard all year to progress on their instruments and learn these songs. Unfortunately, we did not get to play them in a normal concert so please support them by listening to their videos. They all sound great!!

Here is the link to the Band Concert Playlist:

Band is playing: Get Ready, Sax-O-Matic, Let's Go Band, The Hey Song, and the Pink Panther.

Here is the link to the String Concert Playlist:

Strings are playing: Joe Turner Blues, Boil the Cabbage, Lightly Row, and Twinkle Twinkle.


-Mr. Cullen on behalf of SJCS, Music Learning Band, and Ms. Bressert!

Monday Morning Prayer Service Zoom Invite

This link should also be found in your family's Seesaw Account or Google Classroom.

Diane Price is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Monday Morning Prayer Service

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

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 839 3372 6239

8th grade Clap out and gift of light luncheon

The entire school and scores of parents lined the outdoor sidewalks to "clap out" the graduating Class of 2021 as they made their way to the 8th Grade Luncheon and Gift of Light Ceremony. This was their official last day of school. You will be missed, Class of 2021. God go with you!

Class of 2021

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And here they are! The graduating Class of 2021! We are going

to miss these leaders of our school!

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Here is a quick look at the beautiful 8th Grade Gift for this special Year of St. Joseph! We cannot wait to position this statue in a very special place for all to enjoy. Thank you, 8th Grade Parents!

gift of light ceremony 2021

These 7th grade students have now received the light of leadership from our departing 8th grade class. I am happy to introduce to you the new leaders of our school community - the Graduating Class of 2022! May you be the light of Christ for everyone you meet!
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Knights in Action!

American Way Award Recipients

Congratulations to 8th grade students, Lily Paschall and Jacob Nguyen for receiving this year's American Way Award! This award is presented to one 8th grade boy and one 8th grade girl by the Knights of Columbus and the Court Louise, Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Students who earn this award have been nominate by their teachers for demonstrating an exemplary interest in both religion and citizenship, and having shown a passion for God and country. Bravo, Knights! This is well deserved.
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Monday Morning Prayer service

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Thank you to Mrs. Govlik's Kindergarten class for leading the school community in prayer this week! What wonderful participation from these future leaders of our school.

Student Council Elections

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Along with our Student Council Officers, Payton Doskocil (Treasurer), Jaden Nguyen (Vice President), Jathan Nguyen (President), Emily Angadicheril (Chaplain), and Anna Nguyen (Secretary), we are proud to announce the Student Council Representatives for the 2021-2022 school year. Congratulations, Knights! We look forward to your ideas as well.

5th Grade Reps:

Matthew Horton

Bao-Chau Nguyen

6th Grade Reps:

Emma Chan

Leila Malekouti

7th Grade Rep:

Nolan Miller

Chigo Uche

8th Grade Reps:

Michael Boateng

Our very special student of the month, Mrs. Gallagher

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Mrs. Gallagher Retires after 26 years of dedication to St. Joseph Catholic School

Mr. Dave Lefrink with the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus presented a very special Student of the Month Award to our very own Mrs. Gallagher for her 26 years of service to our school during the last mass of the school year. What a moving tribute he made to Mrs. Gallagher! She also received a beautiful statue of the Holy Family from the school for how she has helped to make this school the family it is today. Thank you for everything, Mrs. Gallagher! You will be missed! We look forward to your visits!

second grade receives brown cloth scapulars

Our 2nd grade students were given the brown cloth scapular at mass this week in support of their receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this year. May this scapular and the promises made by the Blessed Mother to those who wear it, bring you even closer to Christ as you journey through your faith.

Moments captured around campus

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Sarah Hornick, Jenna Poquiz, and Jaden Nguyen enjoyed a ceremonious "mic drop" on their last day of announcements. 8th graders, Sarah and Jenna, thank you for starting our mornings off right as this was your last year to do so. Off to your next adventure.

field day 2021

Our Knights had a WONDERFUL time during Field Day! We had beautiful weather and loads of laughter. Thank you to the 8th grade for helping to make this day so special for everyone. Hope you enjoyed the water balloon fight!

And a little something extra

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This week in STREAM our Knights were exploring the Life Cycle of a Butterfly, culminating with the creation of a butterfly using coffee filters and pipe cleaners. Looks like they had some fun creating and learning.

Newly Updated 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!

  • Toothpicks

  • Individually wrapped candy
  • Glue sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paper plates
  • Construction paper 12 x 18
  • Popsicle sticks



Even though this year's competition is over for our RoboKnights, our robotics students are still working to perfect their knowledge of color sensors. That's some dedicated Knights! Nice group photo, everyone!
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Greenhouse Update

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Our zucchini and yellow squash plants have really taken off! I think we may have underestimated the miracle of these plants! God is good and our students are witnessing the miracles of nature each time they work in the greenhouse.

Congratulations to these recent Confirmants!

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Congratulations to these newly confirmed Knight alumni! These Knights are all from the Class of 2019 and we could not be more happy for them and their families! We are very proud of them.

Jackson Turley

Vincent Dang

Aiden Norton

Damaris Saldivar

Emmy Chen

Abby Wong

Odessa Ozuna

Annabelle Vu (not pictured)

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These SJCS alumni stopped by to participate in this year's Gift of Light Ceremony. It was so good to see six alumni from the Class of 2020: Victoria Lam, Lana Nguyen, Christ Kapend, Mathew Angadicheril, Emma Paschall, and Leni Nguyen. Come back again, Knights!

NCHS National Honor Society

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Nolan Catholic High School held their National Honor Society Induction Ceremony this evening and look at this long list of Knights so well prepared for their high school experience, excelling like we knew they would! Congratulations! We are so very proud of you! Keep setting your sights high, Knights!

Paris Poquiz

Ethan Pearson

Jackson Turley (goes to Lake Ridge, supporting Ethan and old friends)

Molly Paschall

Emmy Chen

Avery Grimmett

Odessa Ozuna

Abby Wong

Victoria Chen

Macie Parker

Bethany Miller

Ethan Hubbard

NCHS Salutatorian

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Congratulations to our alumni, Harry Black, for earning the distinction of Salutatorian for the NCHS Class of 2021! Harry graduated from SJCS in 2017. We could not be more proud of him! Well done, Harry!
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Here is Harry again with another one of our SJCS alumni, Roland Rodriguez, Class of 2020 (our very own Mr. Rodriguez's son). They were helping out at the Nolan Sport Open House. It is so great to see these two together!
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Joseph Pollifrone (soon to be graduating Class of 2021) stopped by for a visit at the Open House and ran into Victoria Chan, Class of 2019! Our Knights are truly thriving in high school! I look forward to what the SJCS Class of 2021 accomplishes!
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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.

COVID-19 Daily Home Screening Required for Students

Parents: Please be sure to complete this short screening each morning. If none of these apply to your child, you may come to school. 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.

SECTION 1: Symptoms

If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and also put them at risk for spreading illness to others. Please check your child for these symptoms:

1. Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

2. Sore throat

3. New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)

4. Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain

5. New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

SECTION 2: Close Contact/Potential Exposure

1. Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

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Many More Health and Wellness Resources May be found here

Meet our parish priests!

Join Fr. Kelley for Mass-live

Daily Mass is open to the public. Attendance limited to first 40 people. Temperatures will be checked at the door. Please maintain social distance from others. Also, the Parish Office now has limited office hours: 8-10 a.m. Monday-Friday. Parishioners may schedule Mass intentions, purchase a candle or refill Holy Water. Most staff will continue to work from home, and are available via direct dial office phone and email 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • The faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend and to participate in Sunday Mass, but not dispensed from our faith.
  • People in attendance at Mass must wear masks or scarfs over their mouths and nose inside the buildings to help prevent the spread of the virus.
  • All attending are to practice proper social distancing, wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entering the church.
  • The Bishop asks to be considerate in charity of your neighbor and receive Holy Communion in the hand for the time being.
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St. Joseph Catholic Parish

  • Please watch this important video message from Fr. Kelley:
  • Please join the parish for daily and weekend Masses at this link:
  • Please continue tithing to your parish. St. Joseph Parishioners may go to this link to give:
  • Be sure to look into 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:

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth link:

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Contact us at (817) 419-6800


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