Eagle's Eye

November 11, 2021

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.

mass reflections

Below are some reflections from last Friday's mass, as told by our sixth graders.

In the homily, Father Tim told us of care, as we are supposed to be caring and have love for others. We have to learn how to show love, care and affection. We should learn to care for others and yourself. - Leah

What I think of Father Tim's words is that it's ok to care for others and to show people that you're here for them, also to care about God and to live by God's word and to treat others with kindness and dignity. - Amari

On Friday, Father Tim told us how God wants us to care for the dignity of others. For example, you can give a homeless man some change. Overall, you have to care for the Kingdom of God.



Our 5K Run for Unity is this Saturday. We are looking forward to a wonderful morning supporting our Athletic Boosters. We hope you are making plans to come out and join us for a fun run or walk. Please see information below. Please reach out to Leslie Martin (lmartin@cds-net.com) or Katie Collany (katie@collany.com) with any questions. Thank you for your support of the SJCS Booster Club!
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service project - we need your help!

St. Gemma Galgani Book Box Service Project

In honor of St. Gemma Galgani, the patron saint of students and 6A’s adopted saint, Mrs. Holland is coordinating a service project where students are turning recycled computer boxes into interactive story boxes that will be donated to preschools and special needs classes in our community. These boxes will also contain a QR code with a 6th grade student reading the book, bringing these books alive for the children reading them.

Please consider helping by donating one or more books from the wishlist below to help our students continue to serve their community!

Wishlist Link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1AUMAGLB3OC0A?ref_=wl_share

book Fair

Our Book Fair starts on Monday. Book Fair will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30am until 3:30pm and on Friday from 7:30am until 12noon in our library.

Volunteers are needed! If you are able to volunteer at the Book Fair, please email Ms. Sligar at bsligar@stjosephwhschool.org. We are grateful for all of our parent volunteers. Volunteers must be cleared through the Diocesan fingerprint office.

For those interested in purchasing books at the Book Fair, there is a new cashless option for making purchases. We will still collect cash, check (made out to SJCS) or credit card. For information about Scholastic's eWallet, please see below:

Create a Book Fair eWallet by

• Go to our Book Fair homepage: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=stjosephcatholicschool32

Click on eWallet “GET STARTED” and then “Create eWallet”

E-Wallet Video 1 ½ min.


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covid vaccines for students

Health Hero was on campus this morning administering flu shots to 70 students and personnel.

They will be back on Thursday, November 18th from 4pm until 8pm in the Parish Center to administer free COVID vaccines to those interested age 5 years and up. The Diocese of Orlando is coordinating this with Health Hero and opens it to anyone in our area, students and non-students. They have scheduled subsequent days for the booster shots.

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mask policy update

The infection rates in Polk County thankfully continues to decline. We started the school year with a 26.49% positivity rate and last week Polk County was under 3%. Currently, families have the choice to opt out of masks when students are sitting at their desks or outside.

As of Friday, November 12th, we are moving to a full school day opt out option for students and staff.

  • For those students whose parents have already indicated that they have permission to not wear their masks, you don't need to do anything other than communicate with your child that he/she does not need to wear a mask at school.
  • If you haven't emailed Mrs. Haas that your child has permission to not wear a mask, and you would like to give your child that opportunity, please email Mrs. Haas at thaas@stjosephwhschool.org.

Please note that administration reserves the right to remove the mask opt out option and require masks at any time, without notice. Therefore, we are asking that all students have a mask in their backpacks at all times, should that occur. Some reasons for a change in the opt out policy could include an increase in cases within the school/grade/class, exposure, etc.

We continue to pray for the end of the pandemic and for those who are still being infected. If your child has gotten the COVID vaccine please submit a copy of the vaccination card to the front office.

Fall Fest

After being delayed due to wet weather, our students had a FUN day during Fall Fest on Tuesday! Special thanks to all who organized and donated to this event. It's so nice to be able to offer "normal" activities for our students.

thanksgiving food drive

Our school families continue to give generously for our special food drive for Catholic Charities Pantry. Thank you!

Week of Nov. 8: Jars of Spaghetti Sauce (no glass please)

Week of Nov. 15: Rice (Bag or Box)

New Air Conditioners!

Due to the generous donations of our families and supporters over the past few months, we have been able to have replace ten air conditioners that are more than 25 years old. We've been able to time the a/c project to be completed before the roofing project is done, which is an added bonus. This project is costing approximately $75,000. It's important that we continue to maintain the facilities that we have.

report cards

Parents of students in kindergarten through grade 8 can expect their child(ren)'s report card to be sent via email tomorrow, November 12th.

Calendar Change

Please note that there has been a change to the calendar. WE WILL DISMISS AT NOON ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH. ADDITIONALLY, THERE WILL NOT BE AFTERCARE THAT DAY! All students will need to be picked up between 12 and 12:30 on Friday, November 19th. Thank you for your cooperation.


Thanks to all who purchased poinsettias from our PTO. This is our first year conducting this fundraiser, and we are very grateful for the overwhelming support of our community. Our SJCS PTO raised more than $1,200 from this fundraiser.

Poinsettias will be available for pick up on Tuesday, November 30th from 2pm-4pm in room #2 (across the street near the church office). If you ordered a poinsettia, please make plans to pick it up between 2 and 4 on the 30th.

field trips

Teachers are beginning to plan field trips for all grade levels kindergarten through grade 8. We will definitely share information regarding field trips as they are planned, most will be in the spring. Parents interested in helping as chaperones are reminded that you must be fingerprinted through the Diocese of Orlando to join us on a field trip. The fingerprint process could take several weeks. Please don't delay. If you think you may want to join your child on his/her field trip, please schedule your fingerprints today.

incidental billing

Our school currently uses the Incidental Billing feature in FACTs management. This allows us to bill for things like field trips and student activities by class. We are also billing for extended care through FACTs as well. This does not affect your tuition account at all.

If you use before or aftercare you may be familiar with this feature already. If your class is ordering lunch, or attending a field trip, you will be billed for the cost instead of having to send the funds into the office with your student, or making a special trip to the school to pay. If you have auto pay set up on your incidental billing account you do not have to do anything else. If you have questions about incidental expenses please call Mrs. Brown in the school office or by email at sbrown@stjosephwhschool.org

Now Hiring

We have two positions opening up at SJCS effective January of 2022. We are currently accepting applications for a long-term substitute Art Teacher (four days a week, eight hours per day) and a Part-Time Teaching Assistant (five mornings a week). If you are interested in being considered for the long-term sub position click here; https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/308641. If you are interested in the teaching assistant position, click here: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/490148

Middle School Musical

The spring musical is back! This year’s musical is Once Upon a Mattress: Youth Edition which tells the REAL story of the Princess and the Pea! The musical is open to all students in grades 6-8. Students interested in auditioning for the musical should plan to attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, November 16th from 3:30-4:15 in Ms. McGillin’s room.

sweets with santa committee forming

We are looking forward to Sweets with Santa on Saturday, December 11th. If you are interested in assisting the committee with this magical event, please join us for a committee meeting on Monday, November 15th at 8am in the Parish Center. All parents are welcome to join this committee.

sweets with santa

Save the Date! Sweets with Santa is back! Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for Sweets with Santa on Saturday, December 11th. Watch for more information in next week's Eagle's Eye.

booster order deadline tomorrow

The Booster Club is currently accepting orders of SJCS Spirit Wear. A hard copy of the order form was sent home with students recently. Orders are due tomorrow, Friday, November 12th. Please understand that we only do Booster orders twice a year - beginning of the year and around this time of the year. Get your order in now as this is likely your last chance until August.
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advent service project

Advent is around the corner! Our Advent Service project this year is to collect toys for Heartland for Children. Please see the flyer below and consider donating. We will be collecting toys beginning Monday, November 29th.
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amazon smile

As we embark on the season of shopping for Christmas, please remember that you can help make Amazon work to earn money for St. Joseph Catholic School. When shopping on Amazon.com, by logging in under Amazon Smile, you are earning money for our school. When purchases are made on Amazon Smile, a percentage of the sale is donated back to St. Joseph Catholic School. Please consider using Amazon Smile when making Christmas purchases, or all purchases on Amazon. Here is the link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5452342

Cool weather uniforms

Please remember that there are clear guidelines in the Parent Student Handbook regarding uniforms on cool weather days. Students must still be in full school uniform. There may be days that administration determines that students may wear khaki pants; however, parents will be notified via text message when khaki pants are appropriate. Please do not have your child wear khaki pants unless you receive such a text message.

If you need long pants or other cool weather uniforms, please contact the school office to place an order.

out with the old.....

We are awaiting the arrival of almost 400 student desks and chairs for our classrooms! The items have shipped, and we are expecting the delivery before Thanksgiving. That being said, we need to find a new home for the existing desks and chairs we have in our school building. If you would like a student desk and/or chair for any reason, please email Ms. Summer at sdehaven@stjosephwhschool.org.
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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