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Weekly Newsletter - August 19, 2021

celebrating 27 years of excellence in catholic education

Theme for the Year: Charity



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

Welcome to the new school year! It has been an awesome sight to see families back on campus and students back in the classroom. Thank you for your resiliency and dedication to Catholic education at St. Joseph Catholic School. I am humbled by you kindness and am honored to be your principal.


At our first school mass this week, Fr. Ronaldo spoke to the students about rewards. He related the Gospel reading of Matthew, which told the parable of the workers in the vineyard, and how those who worked longer expected more pay, but did not receive it, to the lives of our students. Do they receive rewards for the work they do? Do their parents give them money or toys for chores completed? Eyes and ears certainly perked up! Then, when the question was asked of how many made their beds before coming to school, eyes looked downward. Fr. Ronaldo had their attention.


Fr. Ronaldo wanted them to know there are greater rewards than the ones we receive for doing our chores. The greater reward we are to receive is heaven. The simple act of making one's bed without being rewarded to do so, focuses the mind on a successful day...focuses the mind on doing things well, doing all things for God.


Attending a Catholic school is where children will hear this teaching on a regular basis. Aren't we all hoping to achieve this same reward? There are many ways we as Christians can work towards achieving this reward. This year, we focus on CHARITY. Through the exploration of charitable virtues, it is my desire for all of us come a little closer to this goal.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

August Bible verse on Charity

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saintly "CHARITY" quote to ponder

"Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could."

-St. Gregory Nazianzen

Virtue for the Month

Beginning in September, the students will be learning about a new virtue every month. These virtues will align with our theme of CHARITY for the school year. A virtue is defined for our students like this:
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Students will study Greek and Latin roots weekly. Here, you will be able to find the roots they are learning school-wide. Be sure to ask your students about them weekly! Teachers will begin presenting these very soon.

Dismissal Times

Dismissal Times

Please adhere to these dismissal times. Thank you!


Dismissal schedule for full days:


2:50 - 3:00 PK-2nd with no siblings, or siblings in PK-2nd (with 1st and 2nd grade at 3:00 pm)

3:00 - 3:10 3rd through 5th with siblings in PK-2nd, or no siblings

3:15 - 3:25 6th through 8th grade with or without siblings


Dismissal schedule for half days:


11:50 - 12:00 PK-2nd with no siblings, or siblings in PK-2nd

12:00 - 12:10 3rd through 5th with siblings in PK-2nd, or no siblings

12:10 - 12:20 6th through 8th grade with or without siblings

Helping the Car line Run Smoothly

Families, please help us have a safe and efficient car line by following these guidelines:


  1. In the mornings, remain in your car. We will help your child out of the car on the right side.
  2. In the afternoons, announce your arrival on the PikMyKid app when you come to the stop sign.
  3. Please come see us in the school office if you do not know how to use the app. We will gladly show you how.
  4. Always have your car tag visible for those working the car line.
  5. Arrive as close as possible to the time of your oldest student's dismissal time.

Installing and Using the Pikmykid App

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Changes Coming to Car line route

The start of a new school year is always tricky with car line. Younger students are not familiar with their cars and it takes a little time to get them accustomed to the process. We are getting faster, but there is a limit to how fast we can go. There will be issues with the car line pace when it is raining and at early dismissals.


To help with this, we will be incorporating the parking lot on the east side of the church into the car line route beginning Monday, August 23rd. We hope this will extend the length of the car line in order to keep cars off of Green Oaks. There will be cones guiding the way.

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.


  • 8/23 - Band Demo: for grades 4th through 8th after prayer service.


  • 8/25 - Mass: Students are to come in their dress uniform on Mass days. Be sure to bring an umbrella on rainy days. Families are welcome to join us! Mass begins at 8:30 a.m.


  • 8/25 - Parent Information Night starting at 6:00pm: Come spend some time with your child's teacher learning about curriculum, homework policies, classroom expectations and more! There are two identical sessions so families with multiple children have a chance to visit with more than one teacher.


  • 8/25 - Home and School Association Meeting and Volunteer Fair at 7:00pm: After the information night, come join us for our very first HSA Meeting of the school year. We need your help! There will be sign-up sheets available for volunteers to choose an area of Home and School they would like to support. Spirit wear will also be for sale this evening.


  • 8/26 - Spirit Wear Day: After every HSA Meeting, students and faculty may wear any SJCS spirit shirt, nice jeans (not leggings or jeggings), and tennis shoes of their choosing to school the next day!


  • 8/27 - Early Dismissal Day at Noon: Please refer to the dismissal section of this newsletter for the staggered times.



  • 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.

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 (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person with confirmed COVID-19.

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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Monday Morning Prayer Service Zoom Invite

Diane Price is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Monday Morning Prayer Service

Time: Aug 23, 2021 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

Monday Morning Prayer service

8th Grade Pinning of the New leaders of our school

Class of 2022

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We are excited to see how the Class of 2022 will lead the school community this year!

Knights in Action!

The first Days of School

It has been a truly beautiful first week of school! Welcome back, Knights!

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Blessing of the Classrooms

Thank you, Fr. Ronaldo Mercado, for blessing all of the classrooms and many other spaces around campus, including the restrooms and hallways! Our school will greatly benefit from God's blessing and grace we received on this day.
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STREAM Mission Statement

Our purpose is to engage students in hands-on activities to find creative solutions to real-world problems using collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and data analysis, with an understanding that all things STREAM lead to God.


Each week, our Knights have the opportunity to experience STREAM Enrichment (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math) through the library. Watch this section of the newsletter for updates on what the students are learning together.

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!


  • Scotch tape

  • Coffee Filters
  • Cotton Balls
  • Qtips
  • Toothpicks
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Small dixie cups
  • Hula Hoops


THANK YOU from the STREAM TEAM!!!

RoboKnights

The SJCS RoboKnights will be coming together once again to compete in the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition. Watch this section of the newsletter for updates on this group!

SJCS Alumni News

Congratulations to these recent Confirmants!

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Congratulations to these newly confirmed Knight alumni! These Knights are all from the Class of 2020 and we could not be more happy for them and their families! We are very proud of them.


Alex Nguyen

Justin Pham

Victoria Lam

Lana Nguyen

Leni Nguyen

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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 Mental Health Support Line

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Many More Health and Wellness Resources May be found here

Meet our parish priests!

St. Joseph Catholic Parish

  • 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.