Weekly Newsletter - September 25, 2020
celebrating 26 years of excellence in catholic education
Theme for the Year: Hope
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
Knight Families, I hope you had a wonderful day! The sunrise I captured this week was glorious as it shown through the stained glass windows of St. Joseph Catholic Church. It brought me a sense of peace, and reminded me of all we have to be thankful for in this world, even through difficult times.
Thank you for being such a lovely community to partner with. I truly enjoy seeing all the smiles from the car line each morning, and the waves at dismissal time. Your support and kindness keeps all of us going each and every day. Your children are a blessing to this school, and we are honored to be a part of their lives.
As Friday evening is upon us, I thought I would offer you a prayer as we wind down the day:
All praise to You, O God, this night
For all the blessings of the light;
Keep us, we pray, O King of kings,
Beneath Your own almighty wings.
Forgive us, Lord, through Christ your Son,
Whatever wrong this day we've done;
Your peace give to the world, O Lord,
That we might live in one accord.
Enlighten us, O blessed Light,
and give us rest throughout this night.
O strengthen us, that for Your sake,
We all may serve You when we wake.
Have a restful weekend, Knights.
Diane Price, M.Ed.L.
Hope Bible Verse for September
A saintly "HOPE" quote to ponder
–Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church
vacu-, vac-, de-, cred-, and credit-
Boosterthon Fun Run Time - Theme "Sports City - Now!"
Please support our school by participating in this fundraiser today - here’s how:
1. REGISTER your student(s) on funrun.com today. It takes 30 seconds!
2. SHARE with 5 family/friends using the SHARE tools on funrun.com (Facebook, Text Message or Email)
3. GIVE a donation if you are able to give.
• Every share and donation makes a difference! And, don’t forget…
• All students get to participate in the Event day, regardless of financial participation
• This fundraiser comes with an incredible character development program for students where they’ll be learning about the importance of teamwork, care, courage, grit and celebration
We've been working on some exciting plans and incentives for our student and will be sharing those soon! Our students look forward to this event each year and we can't wait to kick things off and raise some funds for SJCS!
Thank you for supporting our school - we are grateful for our amazing school community!
Fundraiser Kick Off and Virtual Pep Rally- 9/28
Fun Run Day - 10/9
Reminders and Upcoming Events
9/28 Our exciting Knights On The Run fundraiser is kicking off Monday!Pep Rally Time For Monday, September 28th:
PK-5th: 1:15 p.m.
6th-8th: 2:15 p.m.
Please use this link to access the pep rally during your scheduled time: https://boosterthon.zoom.us/j/4394065122?pwd=enU4QUZxNGw0RHZsQndrSGVZbmlQdz09
T-shirt info: Please follow this Google form link to purchase a Boosterthon t-shirt for your child. This is optional. The deadline to submit a request to purchase a t-shirt is Monday September 28th and money is due to your child’s homeroom teacher by Wednesday September 30th. You have also received an email with this information.
Attire for fun run day (event is on Friday, October 9th) (please note that the color run for upper school can be fun yet messy! – plan attire accordingly):
- Tops: Boosterthon shirt ($5 and available for purchase), any color solid t-shirt with no writing, or any SJCS shirt (Please note that t-shirts will not be marked as they have in years past. The national lap average of 37 laps will be applied to each student automatically.)
- Bottoms: Jeans or uniform bottoms
- Shoes: Tennis shoes of the student’s choice
- 9/30 Weekly Wednesday Mass - We will be attending Mass weekly on Wednesdays, at 8:30 a.m. Distance Learners, we are attending along with you from home! Be sure to wear your dress uniform and participate by clicking on the parish link: https://stjoe88.org/ On-Campus Learners, be sure to wear your dress uniform to school on these days. Families are welcome to attend. All must wear a mask to enter the church. Students may sit with family members during Mass, but will need to be walked back to their teacher before leaving the sanctuary.
- 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.
Weekly Mass Opportunity
Don't forget...When away from school
Home and School Association
Future HSA Event:
9/28 Booster Program Knights on the Run Fun Run Virtual Pep Rally! More information will be coming soon on this virtual fundraiser. If you know if anyone that would like to be a sponsor for the event, please let us know.
*Don't forget to scan your receipt using the Box Tops app if you have items in your grocery basket with the Box Tops logo!
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)
Sep 28, 2020 08:00 AM
Oct 5, 2020 08:00 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 839 3372 6239
Dismissal Car Line
Please follow these steps for a faster car line:
1. Download the Pikmykid App and register.
2. Place your new car tag with the numbers on your dash or visor where it can easily be seen.
3. Leave your car tag visible so all the adults working the car line may read it to assist your child.
4. Announce your arrival through the app, when you come to the stop sign. Your child will then be approved for dismissal.
Please call the office if you have any questions. Thank you!
Dismissal Times by Grade Level
Please adhere to the following schedule for a smoother dismissal. Thank you!
Normal Dismissal Times
2:50 - 3:00 PK - 2nd with no siblings, or siblings in PK-2nd
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
Early Dismissal Times
11:50 = PK - 2nd is dismissed
12:00 = 3rd-5th is dismissed
12:10 = 6th-8th is dismissed
Knights in Action!
8th Grade Student of the Month
Monday Morning Prayer Service
Students in both preschool classrooms are learning about God's gift of land by creating "grass" people. These cute little heads are being watered and nurtured daily...they may even find their way into the greenhouse for a little while!
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Mrs. Lara's class learned how to milk a "cow" while studying God's gift of animals. Mrs. Do's class is looking forward to milking the cow next week!
Mr. Suarez's art class this week encouraged students to creatively use bright colors. Nice work!
Mrs. Heid spent some time reading aloud to her 2nd grade students today. They loved it!
1st grade math
These 1st grade students were "caught" working with manipulatives to problem solve in Mrs. Corneil's math class today.
displays on campus
It is always such a pleasure to see beautiful essay writing on display in the building. Ms. Brennan's 5th grade students not only wrote well-formulated and descriptive essays on how they spent their summer, many wrote them in cursive! Outstanding!
Can you tell who is who?
Both Mrs. Aguirre and Mrs. Corneil have displayed some amazing self portraits of our 1st graders! Well done, Knights!
Can you tell who is who?
Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!
Lower School Spanish teacher, Ms. Meri, and her students have created an informational display about Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe for all to enjoy. Students are encouraged to stop and read, as well as offer a prayer when they pass by.
This week in art
Some examples of art work created by our talented students this week:
3rd Grade: Designing Robots: Illustration
8th Grade: Drawing the Human Skull
Oil pastels on black paper and
Pencil sketch on white card stock
Thank you for sharing, Mr. Suarez! Such nice work!
STREAM Wish List
- Pipe cleaners
- Scotch tape
- Construction paper
- Coffee Filters
- Small Dixie Cups
We will be adding new members from grades 6th through 8th, once after school clubs can occur. Thank you for your patience! Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to mentors, Mrs. Laurie Grove (IT and Computer Teacher) and Mr. Bill Williams (Advisory Council Member and Volunteer).
Alumni Jacob Huffman is now a sophomore at OU and is involved in the marching band and campus band programs. He is doing great academically and his parents believe it has a lot to do with the foundation he received at SJCS and NCHS. Go, Knights! We are proud of you, Jacob!
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
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.
St. Joseph Catholic Parish
- Please watch this important video message from Fr. Kelley: https://youtu.be/sO3CFan_kM8
- 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!
St. Joseph Catholic Church Events
Join Bishop Olson for mass
Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth link:
ST. JOSEPH, PROTECTOR OF FAMILIES, PRAY FOR US.