Eagle's Eye

October 13, 2022

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.

reflection from mass this week

Do you love God? The Pharisees were conservative people who valued the traditions of Judaism. Unfortunately, they loved God, but didn't love each other. Today's scripture taught us that as much as you love God, you also have to value Jesus' commandment. Today, this means that you hav eto love each other. Think about it. Would Jesus say, woe to you, or blessed are you? - Eduardo

I learned that the Pharisees were mean and bullied others. They focused on how they looked on the outside and ignored the people's rights. We must be good to each other. We must pray when we can, and we must share God's word so that when the time comes, Jesus will say to us, "Blessed are you for your love and kindness." - Sophia

In Jesus' time, Pharisees were corrupt people. Jesus confronted them and said, "Wo to you." This made me think. If Jesus came to Earth would he say, "Woe to you" to me? I hope not. But, I knew I should try my best and not be like the corrupt Pharisees. In my everyday life I should be spiritual by not bullying, not being lazy, by listening to my parents, etc. - Mariano

thank you for sponsoring our police officer

Special thanks to the Lombard family for sponsoring our police office for Mass this week! If you would like to sponsor an off duty Winter Haven Police Officer for an upcoming school Mass, please contact Miss Summer at sdehaven@stjosephwhschool.org to schedule. The cost is $135 per three hours.

living rosary

Our Living Rosary on Friday, October 7th was beautiful! Throughout the month of October, we honor the month of the Rosary! We will pray the Rosary as a school again at 8:15am on Friday, October 28th in the church. All parents are invited to join us.

let your light shine

Congratulations to our first grade Safari Guides for their amazing Let Your Light Shine after Mass earlier this week! Many parents and friends stopped by later in the day to visit the safari guides, see their animals, and celebrate all that they learned throughout the unit.

Soaring Eagle

Congratulations to our first Soaring Eagles of the year: Jana, Tonni, Sebastian, Madisyn, Zoey, Anh, Max, Carson, Hailey, Araceli, Hayden, Noelle, Angel, Sanlee, Chloe, and Rylee!
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Acts of Kindness Winners

Congratulations to our Acts of Kindness winners: Kendall, Vincent, Joseph, Jaylen, Armando, Christopher, Malachi, Jack, and Igor!
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Spirit Night at Crispers - TODAY

Join SJCS for lunch or dinner at any Crispers location! TODAY, Thursday, October 13th, Crispers will be donating a portion of every order associated with SJCS from all locations throughout the entire day. Simply tell them you are with SJCS when you order.
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fire prevention month

October is Fire Prevention Month! Our preschool students enjoyed a visit by the fire department earlier this week. Kindergarten students were excited to spend the morning at Auburndale Fire Department for a fun morning learning about fire safety.

Dress Down Tomorrow

Students may dress down tomorrow, Friday, October 14, in college game day spirit wear or team colors!

8th grade parent meeting

Parents of students in 8th grade are reminded of a mandatory meeting on Thursday, October 20 at 6pm in the parish center. During this meeting, Mrs. Haas will share important information about graduation events and the field trip to Tallahassee. Additionally, Mr. Franzino, President of Santa Fe Catholic High School, will share information about the opportunities at SFC. The meeting will last less than an hour. See you there.

first communion prep meeting

Families of children intending to receive their First Communion at St. Joseph this Spring are reminded of a Parent Child Preparation Meeting on Monday, October 24 from 6:30-7:30pm. Contact the church office for more information.

advent service project

We are getting a head start on our Advent Service Project, and we invite all SJCS families to lend a hand. SJCS will be packaging shoe box sized boxes for Box of Joy, a Catholic Outreach project that sends boxes to children in developing countries for Christmas. Many families have volunteered to package a box - thank you! Classes will also work together to create a box for a boy or a girl. Please watch for a Sign Up Genius for items needed to pack in these boxes. Keep in mind that items should be small, as they will need to fit in a shoebox. Additionally, this is your one chance to participate in a school-based Advent service project this year. Thank you for donating an item for your class' shoebox.

mass sunday at 7:30am

SJCS students will host the parish Mass this Sunday, October 16 at 7:30am at our church. All students are invited to wear their SJCS Mass uniform, see Mrs. Haas after Mass and receive a dress down pass.


Fall Fest is back! This traditional event is back after a two year hiatus due to COVID. We are looking forward to a fun day with/for our community. Save the date for November 4th and make plans to join us.

A few reminders:

  • School will dismiss at 2pm on Friday, November 4th and aftercare will not be offered.
  • All families must give a minimum of 2 service hours toward Fall Fest. You can donate items, help with planning/set up/clean up, volunteer a shift at a booth.


Thank you for volunteering and be sure to log your hours in Renweb (see "Resource" section below).


One of the most anticipated parts of Fall Fest each year is our Basket Raffle! With the generous gifts of families, our PTO puts together some amazing baskets that are raffled off on the day of the Fall Fest. You can purchase chances to win a basket for $1 a chance.

We invite all families to donate an item for our baskets. Please see the Amazon Wishlist by clicking on the link below. When you donate an item on the Wishlist, it will be shipped directly to the committee to be included in a basket. This is another way for families to earn service hours. For every $10 you spend on basket items, families earn 1 volunteer hour. Don't forget to log your volunteer hours on Renweb. Thanks in advance for your contribution to a basket.


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Once again our supportive Vietnamese community is providing egg rolls for us to sell as a part of our Fall Fest. Egg rolls must be preordered by the dozen. The cost is $14 a dozen. Orders are being accepted in the school office. Order your egg rolls today; supplies are limited.

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now offering - breakfast

Maschio's will begin offering breakfast on Monday. Breakfast will be available for purchase in the cafeteria during before care. Please see the breakfast menu below.
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deadline to order poinsettias tomorrow

Our PTO is once again selling poinsettias! Poinsettias come directly from Sunshine Growers, and they were beautiful last year! We are currently accepting preorders for poinsettias until tomorrow, October 14th. Poinsettias will need to be picked up from school on November 29th. Orders and payments are being accepted in the school office. Order yours today!
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2pm dismissal thursday

SJCS will dismiss at 2pm on Thursday, October 20th for teacher professional development. Aftercare will be available until 6pm.

picture retakes wednesday

Picture retake day is Wednesday, October 19th. If you weren't satisfied with the pictures you purchased or were absent the day of pictures, this is your opportunity to have a final picture taken. Please remember that these pictures are placed in the school yearbook. All students are expected to be in school Mass uniform (white polo shirts) for these pictures. If you didn't have a white polo shirt on the original picture day, please have your child's retake taken so that he/she can be in the same colored shirt as his/her classmates in the yearbook.

halloween and parties

Please keep in mind that all treats and plans for celebrating holidays must be coordinated with the approval of the classroom teacher. With Halloween coming very quickly, grades 3 and up have very specific expectations of how those classes will celebrate. Parents of all grade levels should not send in any sweets or treats without the prior approval of the teacher. This policy will be enforced. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

red ribbon week

SJCS will celebrate National Red Ribbon Week the week of October 24th. We will celebrate the following dress down days to show our commitment to being drug and bully free:

Monday: Camo- Hide from the drugs (wear camouflage)

Tuesday: Too smart for drugs, dress Smart (Nerd/smart student attire)

Wednesday: Band together against drugs (wear bandana)

Thursday: Don’t Fall for drugs (wear Fall colors)

Friday: Too Bright for drugs (wear Neon/sunglasses)

This is 2 weeks from now, NOT this coming week!

great american teach in

During the week of November 14th, our school will be participating in the Great American Teach In. This annual event is held nationwide to celebrate American Education week . Members of the community are invited into the school to share information with students about their career or hobby. It is also an opportunity for students to see where education can take them. We are in need of volunteers to come and speak to our students in kindergarten through 8th grade. We are looking for the following career areas to share with students:

Health care (medical and dental)

Animal care


Law Enforcement






If you are interested, please fill out the Google Form at Fill out in Google Forms . If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Insua at jinsua@stjosephwhschool.org or 863.293.3311.

Youth Ministry

We invite all middle schoolers to come out on October 26 to play Hungry Hungry Human Hippos at the church’s Youth Ministry.

For the past few months, we have been talking about proofs and theories for God’s Existence, this fun night will focus on helping our youth see how their desires to be known, loved, and cared for reflect God, who loves them and fulfills all of their longings.

Upcoming Service projects:

  • This Saturday, October 15, from 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM, is a service opportunity. The youth will be organizing the closet in Family Life Center room #3

  • November 5, Saturday, is a service opportunity. The youth will be making nursing home cards for the elderly from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM in Family Life Center Room 2. We ask that all youth who wish to participate bring their own art supplies. This includes any special card-type paper they wish to use.

If the teen is 15 years or older, they will need to be fingerprinted and background checked by the Diocese in order to participate. (Turnaround time for this process can take 2-3 weeks.) If your teen is 15 years or older, parents will need to email Ashley Brown at abrown@stjosephwh.org their teen’s name a week prior to the service project so I can verify with the diocese they are cleared to participate.

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Gospel Reading this Sunday

Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said,

"There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.'
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'"
The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" - Luke 18:1-8


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St. Joseph Prayer

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. Amen.

St. Joseph Catholic School

Principal: Mrs. Haas

Assistant Principal: Mr. Reilly

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Insua

Canonical Administrator: Fr. Tim LaBo

Superintendent: Mr. Fortier