Eagle's Eye Newsletter

August 15, 2019

We Learn in order to Serve

Our Mission Statement

St. Joseph Catholic School fosters a diverse community of disciples empowered through a rigorous and inclusive Catholic education rooted in Gospel values and service to others.

Welcome Back!

School Supply Dress Down Day Tomorrow

Students are reminded to bring a new school supply to donate to a Polk County School on Friday and Dress Down. Remember to check out the dress down guidelines in the Handbook.

Pelicans Spirit Night

We invite you to celebrate our first Friday of the school year at SJCS Spirit Night at Pelicans on Cypress Gardens Road. Come get a cool treat between 4 and 8pm, see some friends and teachers. Pelicans will donate a percentage of the proceeds back to SJCS PTO. Some teachers who are planning to be there include:

4:00pm: Mrs. Freeland, Mrs. Copeland, Mrs. Englebrecht, and Mrs. Tanner

4:30pm: Mrs. Fedderly and Ms. Mukai

5:00pm: Mrs. Keown, Mrs. Dry, Mrs. Blanton, and Mrs. MacPhee

5:30pm: Mrs. Popoca

6:00pm: Ms. Jasmine and Mrs. Murray

6:30pm: Mrs. Paxton

Parent Orientation for Grades 1-4

Parents of all students in grades 1-4 are strongly encouraged to attend Parent Orientation Wednesday, August 21st at 6pm in the parish center. Following a very brief presentation by Mrs. Haas, all parents will visit teacher classrooms and hear specific expectations and events for the year. It is critical that, for the success of your child, at least one parent from each family attend this meeting. Please note that children should not attend parent meetings. Thank you!

Parent Orientation for Grades 5-8

Parents of all students in grades 5 through 8 are strongly encouraged to attend Parent Orientation Monday, August 19 at 6pm in the parish center. Following a very brief presentation by Mrs. Haas, all parents will visit teacher classrooms. Parents of middle school students will follow an amended student schedule and visit all academic classes for 4 minutes. It is critical that, for the success of your child, at least one parent from each family attend this meeting. Please note that children should not attend parent meetings. Thank you!

Grade 8 to Host Mass

Our 8th graders will host the 9am mass on Sunday, August 18th. All students are invited to wear their mass uniforms to the 9am mass on Sunday. Students in their mass uniform may see Mrs. Insua after mass and receive a dress down pass.

Mandatory Athletic Meeting for Parents of Athletes 
Grades 5-8

If your 5th through 8th grader has any interest in participating in any of our athletic teams this school year, a parent must attend our Athletic Meeting on Monday, August 19th at 5:30pm. Expectations and plans for the year will be presented by our Athletic Director and Booster Club President. Attendance will be taken. Students whose parents do not attend will not be permitted to participate on a team.

Soccer Coaches Needed

We are looking for soccer coaches. If interested, contact Coach Edwards at ledwards@stjosephwhschool.org.

Walk-A-Thon Kick Off

The SJCS PTO will kick off our Walk-A-Thon next Thursday, August 22nd. The PTO Board decided to move from selling products to a Walk-A-Thon where we will keep more than 95% of all donations. Our school goal is $20,000. Please consider supporting this fundraiser. The proceeds will go to PTO for future projects and materials for our students and school.

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School Pictures

School picture day is Tuesday, August 27th. Please find information about ordering pictures in today’s white envelope. Remember, students wear their mass uniforms for pictures.

Volunteer Workday

They say many hands make light work! That certainly was true at SJCS this past Saturday when many members of our Knights of Columbus and Parish joined several parents to do some work around the school. Volunteers spent a couple hours spreading sand, painting, pressure washing, and cleaning. Thanks for helping our school sparkle!

Veteran Teacher Recognition

Congratulations to our teachers who were recognized earlier this week at the Diocesan Kick Off Day for their years of service.

August Birthdays

Birthday blessings to the following staff members who celebrate during the month of August:
Mrs. Magnole (Spanish and Dean): August 14th
Mrs. Roberts (office): August 15th
Mrs. Pierce (Library): August 21
Mr. Flynn (Resource): August 26

Welcome New Teachers

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Accessing RenWeb

RenWeb is our new Student Information System. This is the program we use to keep information about our students, gradebook, parent access to grades, etc. In today’s white envelope, you will find information about how to access RenWeb. Please be sure to find that paper and take the necessary steps to set up your access. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Reilly at Jreilly@stjosephwhschool.org.

Temporary Admin Changes

You should have received an email from the Superintendent on Tuesday regarding a temporary need for Mrs. Haas to serve as Acting Principal at St. Joseph Academy in Lakeland. Mrs. Haas has been asked to cover for Mrs. Jesi Bruchey during extensive treatment and recovery from a very recent diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia. In Mr. Fortier’s letter, he appointed Mr. Reilly as Acting Principal of St. Joseph Winter Haven. Additionally, Mrs. Jenny Insua has agreed to step in as part-time Assistant Principal. Mrs. Insua has her Masters in Educational Leadership. She is a highly respected teacher among our staff and community. In addition to her duties as part-time Assistant Principal, Mrs. Insua will remain as fourth grade math and social studies teacher. We thank you in advance for your support during this transition and ask you to pray for Mrs. Bruchey and both the St. Joseph Winter Haven and St. Joseph Lakeland communities.

Congratulations, Mrs. James

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 SJCS Teacher of the Year, Mrs. James. Mrs. James does an incredible job with our talented students in the area of music. Mrs. James is a blessing to our school! Thank you!!!

O Blessed Joseph, faithful guardian of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, protector of Mary, the virgin Mother of God, I choose you this day to be my special patron and advocate and I firmly resolve to honor you all the days of my life. Therefore I humbly ask you to receive me as your client, to instruct me in every doubt, to comfort me in every affliction, to obtain for me and for all the knowledge and love of the Heart of Jesus, and finally to defend and protect me at the hour of my death.


St. Joseph Catholic School

Pastor: Rev. Jimson Varghese, S.D.V.

Diocese of Orlando Superintendent of Schools: Mr. Henry Fortier