Eagle's Eye

August 4, 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.

final chance to buy uniforms

Our final Uniform Sale will be this Saturday, August 6th from 9am until 1pm in the gym (new uniforms and booster sales) and in the library (used uniforms). Volunteers are still needed for the sale. If you are able to assist on Saturday morning, please email Mrs. Haas at thaas@stjosephwhschool.org. This is a great way to earn service hours.

parent orientation

There will be a series of Orientation Meetings for parents over the course of the next few weeks. It is very important that all parents attend the Orientation meeting that relates to their child(ren). These meetings are critical as we begin the year together. These meetings are for adults only; please do not bring children. Please read below carefully and make plans to attend Parent Orientation:

Thursday, August 4: Orientation at 6pm for:

  • all NEW parents of students at SJCS in grades 1-8 will meet in Mrs. Blanton's classroom on the second floor.
  • parents of students in PreK 3 will meet in the PreK 3 classroom.
  • parents of students in VPK will meet in the Parish Center (cafeteria).
  • parents of students in kindergarten will meet in their homeroom classrooms.

*We will have staff and volunteers available to direct you as well as signs.

Tuesday, August 16: Orientation at 5:30pm for parents of any students interested in playing a sport at SJCS this year in the Parish Center.

Tuesday, August 16: Orientation at 6pm for parents of students in grades 5-8. It is very important that parents arrive on time. Parents will be starting in their child's homeroom and moving from class to class to hear from all of their child's teachers.

Wednesday, August 24: Parent Orientation for Grades 1-4 at 6pm. Parents will report directly to their child's homeroom class.

tears and cheers reception

Your SJCS PTO invites YOU to our Tears and Cheers Reception on Friday, August 12 at 8am in the Parish Center! Whether you are celebrating that we are back to school or need to commiserate that the lazy days of summer are over (and that your baby is a year older), join us! This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, and we sincerely hope you will make plans to be there!

important dates

Aug 4: Orientation at 6pm for all PreK, Kindergarten, and new families (NO CHILDREN, PLEASE)

Aug 6: Final Uniform Sale before school starts. 9am until 1pm.

Aug. 9: Middle School Boot Camp. Mandatory 9am-12pm. Wear uniforms and bring school supplies.

Aug. 9: Orientation for PreK through Grade 5 from 10am-12pm. Children are invited. Bring school supplies.

Aug. 10: First Day of School

are you ready for the first day of school?

Be sure your child is set up for a successful first day of school. Don't forget:

  • Register for PikMyKid.
  • If your child wants to purchase lunch at school, set up his/her account.
  • Bring school supplies to Boot Camp (middle school) or Open House (PreK through grade 5) on Tuesday, August 9.
  • Make sure your student has his/her summer homework ready to turn in.
  • Be sure your child has the appropriate uniform to wear! It is a Mass day, so students should have Mass uniforms (white polo shirts, skirts or jumpers for girls, and shorts for boys).
  • Don't forget a clear water bottle and healthy snack (Kindergarten through Grade 5).
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Our St. Joseph Catholic School teachers spent their first day back at work participating in a retreat surrounding the theme of Solidarity. Dr. Isabel Fernandez from the Office of Catholic Schools led the retreat for the Polk County Catholic Elementary and Middle Schools. It was great to spend the day in retreat before the busy days of the beginning school year.

Room Parent Kick Off Luncheon

Faculty and Staff joined our Room Parents earlier this week in fellowship to share lunch and begin to plan for the year ahead. We are grateful to all of our Room Parents and volunteers who support our teachers.

New Lunch Vendor

We are pleased to introduce our new lunch vendor, Maschio's! Please see the letters below for information and how to register. If you are having trouble registering, here are two helpful hints:

  1. Be sure you are selecting the correct school. There are multiple St. Joseph's in the platform. Select St. Joseph Winter Haven to find our school.
  2. If you need your child's personal number, it is his/her AR number (Accelerated Reader). Older students should know their AR number. If you aren't sure, you can ask your child's teacher, email Mr. Reilly at jreilly@stjosephwhschool.org or call the school office.

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Registration for lunch program

The letter below shows how to register for your lunch account with Payschools.

Please note: We are using this service for lunch fees only. All other fees will continue being processed using FACTS.

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Allergy Management Program for Lunch

Maschio's provides a very specific management program for those students who suffer with life-threatening food allergies, Celiac disease, diabetes, etc. If your child has such medical needs, please see their information below and reach out to the school office to request the form that you need to have a medical professional complete. This only pertains to those students with dietary needs.
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Our school uses the app PikMyKid for dismissal. All parents must register and use this app when picking up their children in afternoon carline. Please see the instructions below to download the app and register. You can also view this guide by clicking here: https://stjosephwhschool.org/wp-content/uploads/1-_Parent-App-User-Guide_English_2021.pdf
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altar server training

On Saturday, August 20th at 10 am, St. Joseph Catholic Church will host an Altar Server training class for current and new servers. The training will be in the church.

This ministry seeks to encourage the youth of our parish to fully engage in our faith through their service to the Church as altar servers. Serving at the altar gives youth a hands-on, personal experience of God's work in the liturgy.

Requirements are that the children have received their First Communion. Children over the age of 14 will need to complete the Safe Environment Training and Fingerprinting. Please contact the Church office, 863-294-3144, with any questions.

from the st. joseph youth ministry office

Come out to St. Joseph’s Middle School Youth Ministry in Family Life Room 3. There is a pool table, foosball, air hockey, and other fun wacky games. Come Make friends, share some laughs, and draw closer to Jesus.

This upcoming Kick-off, August 17th, will be a cardboard battle to be remembered! You will not only build your own set of (cardboard) armor, you will also face off against each other in battle. Will your armor stand up to the test?!

Come join us as we reveal the new annual theme for youth ministry, and delve into this seasons curriculum called the Artist! In the Artist, we’ll tackle questions like: Who is God? Can we even know if God is real? What proof is there that God exists? What does this mean for my life?Journey with us as we navigate these questions and more!

Ministry Events:

August 17, at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (kick-off - Box/Cardboard War) in Family Life Center Room 3

August 31st, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in Family Life Center Room 3

Sept. 14th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in Family Life Center Room 3

Sept. 28, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Family Life Center Room 3

Do you want to get reminders and the full calendar for Middle School Youth Ministry?

Here’s how you can:

1. Download the Band app from the app store onto your phone.

2. Sign-up with your phone number, and set a password.

3. please follow the link below to be added to the Middle School Ministry group.


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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