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Weekly Newsletter - September 5, 2019

Our Motto: Teaching the Mind...Nourishing the Soul

Theme for the Year - Goodness

At St. Joseph Catholic School, we are striving to become missionary disciples, recognizing the goodness of God in our lives and in the world around us, each and every day.

Our Mission and Vision Statements


St. Joseph Catholic School provides students with a safe and prayerful learning environment, enveloped by an intimate 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.

From the Principal

Today is the Feast Day of St. Teresa of Calcutta. There is much for us to learn from this great woman. One of my favorite quotes attributed to Mother Teresa reads like this, "There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible." The dedication of our students, parents, faculty, and staff reminds me of this quote. Day to day, we are all working together for a greater good, to serve Our Lord. In working together, this is precisely what we are doing. I am grateful each and every day for your children, and for your partnership in their education.

One only needs to look at all the beautiful photos in this newsletter to see we have much to be thankful for at St. Joseph. There is always so much happening on campus! God's goodness abounds!

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.


Theme for the Year: Goodness

Goodness Bible Verse for September

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saintly quote to ponder

Enrich your soul in the great goodness of God: The Father is your table, the Son is your food, and the Holy Spirit waits on you and then makes His dwelling in you. — St. Catherine of Siena

New Campus-wide Virtues Program

St. Joseph Catholic School is incorporating a new virtues program across all grade levels to help forge a stronger relationship with Jesus, and to grow in both wisdom and virtue. The program is called: Virtues in Practice by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, TN.

Please click on image below to view the program. Program details may also be found on the school website under the "Curriculum" tab and in Parent Links under the "Resources" tab.

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Latin and greek roots challenge

Latin and Greek roots we are learning for the week: -scribe, script-, sub-, aster-, astro-

Save the date!

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Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • Early Dismissal and Mass - Friday, September 6th, students will dismiss at noon. We will also attend Mass on this day in devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We will try to do this as many First Fridays of each month as we can. Please come in dress uniform. For background on why we try to attend as many First Friday Masses as we can, please click on this link:

  • Iowa Assessments (1st through 8th) will occur next week. Please refer to the letter emailed out earlier this week for more details.

  • NJHS First Responders' Breakfast will occur on Friday, September 13th. This is a time for the entire school community to come together and thank those who help us in our time of need.

  • Please follow the Parent/Student Handbook guidelines on appearance and uniform requirements like socks, hair color, length and style, nail color and length, etc. Thank you.

  • 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.

Home and School Association (HSA)

  • Our next Home and School Association (HSA) Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. We hope you can attend!

  • The children of HSA Members who have paid their dues to join, and are able to attend the monthly meetings, are allowed to wear any SJCS spirit shirt purchased through the school with blue jeans and tennis shoes of their choice to school on the Thursday after the meeting!

  • Our first Spirit Night of the year: Jason's Deli, September 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the 951 West I-20, Suite 209 location. Come enjoy a meal, while a portion of the proceeds are donated to the school!

HSA Spirit Night Contest

This year we are going to have a Spirit Night Contest!

The class that has the most attendance for Spirit Nights will win an ICE CREAM Sundae Party!

Each teacher will be given an envelope to keep the receipts and it is easy to participate!

Three Easy Steps:

1. Attend a Spirit Night

2. Save your receipt

3. Turn the receipt in to your teacher (if multiple students turn in their receipt to one teacher, be sure to write all the students' names on the receipt)

HSA's Box Tops for Education - New Procedure!

Box Tops for Education - Easier than ever to help the school!

Please watch the video below to learn how Box Tops have now become easier to collect! Just download the app onto your phone, connect to our school through the app, and scan your receipt. Any items your purchased associated with Box Tops will automatically be recognized and collected for the clipping!

If you are still clipping Box Tops, please continue until they expire. We believe these will still be accepted. To help you even further, please find a box in front of the school office made for receipts for Box Tops (if you don't have the app yet-we will scan them) and for the actual Box Tops themselves. Please turn in receipts and Box Tops ASAP so we don’t miss the deadlines. They will be picked up every Friday afternoon. Our school ID Number for Box Tops: 184907.

New Rewards Program for St. Joseph - Office Depot! In addition to Box Tops, we can now receive rewards through Office Depot. To access their rewards system and to find all the details, please click on this link: Here is our school ID Number:


ID: 70094490 ARLINGTON, TX

Online orders to Office Depot can be emailed to Karina Frias-Esparza at

If you have any questions, please let us know. Thank you for all you do to support the school!

Box Tops New App: Scan for your School

Water Walk - A Must Read!

Please click on the link below to read an article written by our very own Mrs. Heid, as to what the Water Walk means to SJCS. Well done, Mrs. Heid!

H2O For Life - St. Joseph Catholic School Water Walk Project Completed!

Please click on the link to see the impact our Water Walk Fundraising made at St. Theresa Primary School located the Mpigi District of Uganda!
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Also, here is the completion of the second project your funds went to support at the Kilambo Primary School located at Tagamenda Ward in the Iringa rural district! Thank you for all of your support. God is good!
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Safe Environment Training Requirement

Per the Diocese, as of 8/01/19 all school volunteers must be current on Safe Environment Training to volunteer in any role at the school. You need to go on the VIRTUS website and make a profile: You can do this without signing up for a class. Profiles are needed in the new system so we know you have previous training, as the old database is no longer open for viewing.

Training dates are offered at various locations across the diocese. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lori Zalesak in the school office for assistance. In addition to all her other duties, she is our Safe Environment Coordinator.

Knights in Action!

Bible Enthronement

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All faculty and staff brought their Bibles to the Marian Center this past prayer service, to have a special recognition ceremony for the Word of God.

Visiting Priest

Our StuCo raises funds to sponsor students in Africa every year, and today they were able to meet one of the African school's parish priests, Fr. Joseph! His parish is located in Uganda. He was thrilled to meet our SJCS students who raise money to help his students, and to tour our beautiful school. Not sure who took more photos... him or us!

Moments Captured around campus

There were so many busy Knights all over campus today! Well done, students! You are really working hard to be the best you can be, and it shows in these photos.

more special visitors

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We had some extra special visitors today! Our long-time friends and cafeteria helpers, Nilsa and Eva Ayala, and Eva's great granddaughter, Kairi Oliveras, stopped by to say hello! It was so wonderful to see these lovely people once again!

Beautiful Work on Display

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Enrichment classes worked in teams to trouble-shoot building projects of their choosing. Once time was up, they were asked to present to the group an explanation of their build process. Were they successful or not? Why? It is so wonderful to hear how the students are learning the importance of good teamwork and collaboration, all while developing their problem solving skills.

STREAM Wish list

STREAM Enrichment would love to have these items donated for your children's use.

Thank you!

  1. Q-tips
  2. pipe cleaners
  3. clothes pins
  4. Popsicle sticks ( big and small) (colorful and plain)
  5. plastic spiders (Halloween)
  6. string
  7. cotton balls
  8. candy corn
  9. marshmallows- small
  10. colored pom poms
  11. scotch tape
  12. gallon plastic bags
  13. toothpicks
  14. Jolly Ranchers
  15. Starburst
  16. Hershey's Kisses


TEAm 2019-2020

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Our 2019-2020 Robotics Team is coming together! We have certainly grown! A huge thank you to our current mentors, Mrs. Grove, Mr. Williams, and Mr. Murphy. Your dedication to the team means the world to these kids. We look forward to what our new team will accomplish this year by working together.

Alumni News

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All SJCS Alumni, we want to hear from you, and to share any news you have with the rest of the Knight Community! Please send us your address, phone number, and email address so we may keep in touch. Please send your information to Monica Hurtado at

Do you have any information you would like to share with the entire Knight Community? We would love that as well! Please send your news to

Once a Knight - Forever a Knight!

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:

Meet our Dominican Sisters!

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We are so grateful for the presence of our Dominican Sisters, Sr. Catherine Tam Vu and Sr. Mary Anthony Nguyen!

Meet our parish priests!

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish

  • 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!

  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is occurring after daily Mass in the Chapel until 5:45pm. Come spend some time with our Lord.

  • Please enjoy this link to a lovely article in the North Texas Catholic about the pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Fr. Kelley:

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth link:

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