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Weekly Newsletter - September 25, 2020

celebrating 26 years of excellence in catholic education

Theme for the Year: Hope

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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

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:

Evening Prayer

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.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.


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Hope Bible Verse for September

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A saintly "HOPE" quote to ponder

The more a person loves God, the more reason he has to hope in Him. This hope produces in the Saints an unutterable peace, which they preserve even in adversity, because as they love God, and know how beautiful He is to those who love Him, they place all their confidence and find all their repose in Him alone.

–Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church

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Here are the Greek and Latin roots we are learning this week:

vacu-, vac-, de-, cred-, and credit-

Boosterthon Fun Run Time - Theme "Sports City - Now!"

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Please support our school by participating in this fundraiser today - here’s how:

1. REGISTER your student(s) on today. It takes 30 seconds!

2. SHARE with 5 family/friends using the SHARE tools on (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:

  • 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):

    1. 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.)
    2. Bottoms: Jeans or uniform bottoms
    3. 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: 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: 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.
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Weekly Mass Opportunity

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Don't forget...When away from school

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By following the CDC Guidelines of wearing a mask and social distancing while you are out and about over the weekend, you are helping the SJCS Community stay well!

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

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Pikmykid Reminders

We are now using the new car line app daily. We would like to no longer use the walkie talkies, which are not always heard well by the faculty, and disrupt class.

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

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Knights in Action!

8th Grade Student of the Month


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Congratulations, Sarah Hornick! You have been chosen as the August 8th Grade Student of the Month! We are very proud of all you do for others, including the work you do for your family each and every day! You serve as an example to your friends of what it means to be honest and trustworthy. Way to go, Sarah!


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Congratulations, Bao-Tran Nguyen! You have been chosen as the September 8th Grade Student of the Month! Your respectful manner in the classroom and your many volunteer hours outside of school have not gone unnoticed. Thank you for being a positive role model to other SJCS students, and to your church community. Bravo, Bao-Tran! We are all proud of you!

Monday Morning Prayer Service

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This week, Mrs. Aguirre's 1st Grade class lead the school community in prayer. Thank you for your missionary discipleship, Knights! Talking to a camera is not easy. These students were very brave and did an excellent job!

Moments Captured

displays on campus

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

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Each week for the next month, we will explore the lives of Hispanic saints over the announcements. I hope you enjoy learning how they have helped shape the world around us.

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!

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The STREAM Enrichment Challenge this week was for students to come up with their own clever road signs. In this challenge they were given a sign seen along the road, like Wanted: CFD. What else could it mean, besides "Clean fill dirt"? What could "PLU Coming Soon" mean? Students had some fun with this!

STREAM Wish List

STREAM classes are in need of the following items, if you are able to help:

  • Toothpicks

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scotch tape
  • Construction paper
  • Q-tips
  • Coffee Filters
  • Small Dixie Cups

Thank you!


RoboKnights, at this time you may not be able to physically work on your robots at SJCS, but you can be keeping a log of ideas as they pop into your imagination. Be sure to write these ideas down to test when you are able to return to the club.

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 News

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Alumni Christina Heid is pictured here in the middle of her ER rotation as part of her clinical for nursing school. Mr. and Mrs. Heid (SJCS 2nd grade teacher) are excited that she graduates in November...I bet not as excited as their daughter! We are proud of you, Christina.
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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!

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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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Spiritual Communion

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

St. Joseph Catholic Church Events

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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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2015 SW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76017-2736

Contact us at (817) 419-6800