Falcon Frenzy

October 24, 2019

Mission Statement

St. Joseph Academy, a Christ-centered Catholic community, rooted in faith, knowledge and values, inspires students to live the gospel message in school, the community, and the world and to achieve academic excellence through relevant and challenging curriculum.

Wearing Pink for Breast Cancer

Tomorrow, Friday, October 25, students are invited to donate $1 and wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Funds raised from this dress down day will go to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute.

Halloween Dance

The middle school Halloween Dance is tomorrow, Friday, October 25 from 7pm-10pm in the dining hall. The cost of the dance is $5 per student. Students may wear their Halloween costume to the dance. However, students are not permitted to wear a mask or bring any type of weapon as an accessory (including fake swords, fake guns, fake knives, etc.) Students should be dropped off after 6:55pm at the gate along Frank Lloyd Wright Way. Parents are asked to be pick up students no later than 10pm from the same gate.

An off duty police officer has been hired to help ensure the safety and security of our students during the dance. We are still looking for parents to sponsor the police officer. Please consider sponsoring the police officer for one hour. The cost per hour is $31. Call the office or email Mrs. Haas at thaas@sjalakeland.org if you are interested in sponsoring the police officer for one hour.

Fall Festival

We are super excited about our Fall Festival this Saturday from 10am-2pm. Thank you to all who have donated items, signed up to volunteer, or supported this important event in some other way. We still need volunteers. Please click on the link below to let us know when we can expect you to assist us at our Fall Festival.


The deadline to preorder wristband(s) for your child/ren was yesterday. If you ordered a wristband, you can expect to receive it in your child's Falcon Express (White) Envelope today. Wristbands and tickets will be sold at the Fall Festival on Saturday.


All students are invited to dress in costumes on Halloween and trick or treat throughout the school. Costumes should not hinder a student from participating in their academic classes. Students may not bring any accessories to their costume, including masks, toy weapons, etc. Finally, costumes must meet dress down day code and should be tasteful and non offensive.

VPK students may come to school in costume and will trick or treat in the morning. If students are staying for aftercare, they may bring a change of clothes to change into for rest time.

Kindergarten and Grades 1 - 4: Students may come to school in costume and will trick or treat beginning at 2pm.

Grades 5-8: Students should come in school in school uniform for the field trip and bring their costume with them. Students will change into their costume in the afternoon. They will trick or treat at 2:30pm.

All Saints Day Mass

SJA students will attend mass next week on Friday, November 1, All Saints Day! We look forward to our fourth graders leading us in our celebration of All Saints Day. We will also recognize Soaring Falcons after mass. Students should come prepared for mass on Friday next week, NOT on Wednesday. All are welcome to join us!

End of First Trimester

The last day of the first trimester is Friday, November 8th. Students have just two weeks left to bring up their class average. It is critical that students submit all missing work, etc. by this deadline. Report cards will be emailed to parents on Friday, November 15th. We will celebrate our honor students after mass on Wednesday, November 20th.

Poinsettia Sales

We are currently accepting orders for poinsettias for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Our seventh grade parents are selling poinsettias as a fundraiser that will benefit the eighth grade graduation banquet and special events. Poinsettias are $6 each or 6 for $30. The deadline to order is October 28th. Poinsettias will be delivered the week of December 10th. Order forms were sent home in last week's white envelopes and can be found at the link below or in the school office. Be sure to order your poinsettia by October 28th.

Throwback TShirts

SJA Throwback T-Shirts are now on sale for $15. Students may wear the throwback shirts on Friday with uniform bottoms. Orders are being accepted in the school office until Friday, November 1. We will only be taking orders one time this year, and the deadline is November 1st. Don't delay; order your shirt today! Order forms were sent home in last week's white envelope. Additional forms can be found by clicking on the link below or in the school office.

Save the Date - Veterans Day

St. Joseph Academy will host a special tribute for our Veterans on Monday, November 11, 2019, Veterans Day, at 2:15pm in our school chapel. We invite all veterans to attend this special ceremony. If able, veterans are encouraged to wear service uniforms or medals.

Morning Prayer

We have tweaked our morning procedures for homeroom and morning prayer. As students leave carline, they go directly to their homeroom rather than going to the Dining Hall. During homeroom, students get unpacked, prepare for the day, and begin some morning bellringer review work. At 7:55am, we have morning prayer in our beautiful courtyard. You can help your student prepare for a successful day of learning by ensuring that he/she arrives before 7:50am daily. This prompt arrival allows students to get settled before prayer so that they are ready to start with first period promptly after morning prayer. Morning prayer in the courtyard is beautiful; we invite you to join us!

Now Hiring

St. Joseph Academy is currently seeking qualified individuals for the following positions. Please email Mrs. Haas at thaas@sjalakeland.org if you are interested.

  • Aftercare Employee to work Monday through Wednesday from 2:45-6:00pm.
  • Part Time Administrative Assistant to assist with data entry and bookkeeping tasks three days a week.

Planning for the Future of SJA

Father Tim, Mrs. Haas, and Mr. LoFaro attended an exciting meeting with our architects from the Lunz Group recently. The Lunz Group has been working over the past few months to develop a master plan for the future of our school. We are excited about the plans that they've developed. St. Joseph Academy has been a Lakeland treasure for more than 80 years. We look forward to exciting plans for the future of SJA! Watch for more information to come soon.

Discover St. Joseph Academy

We are looking forward to a fun week of celebrating St. Joseph Academy with our current families, parishioners, and community. Please mark your calendar and make plans to join us for this fun week.

Sunday, November 17: Discover Our Parish. Students will lead the 11am parish mass as lectors, gift bearers, and choir members. All students who attend mass in their school uniform will receive a dress down pass from Mrs. Haas.

Monday, November 18: Discover Our Teachers. Open House from 5pm-7pm.

Tuesday, November 19: Discover our Students. Open House from 9am-11am.

Wednesday, November 20: Discover our Faith Community. Parishioners and guests are invited to join us for school mass at 8:50am followed by a tour and visit with our school principal, Mrs. Haas.

Thursday, November 21: Discover our Alumni. Alumni Wine and Cheese from 6:30-8:00pm in the school Courtyard.

Friday, November 22: Discover St. Joseph Academy's Service. Turkey Trot Service Project. Watch for more information to come.

Donations Requested for Art

The SJA art program is in need of acrylic paint, paint brushes, air dry clay, and markers. Also, round wood chips, all sizes. The natural wood is preferred (logs in your back yard), but store bought is gladly accepted. Ms. Benitez will be introducing wood burning art soon!

8th Grade Parent Meeting

Parents of eighth graders are reminded of a very important mandatory meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6pm in the dining hall. This meeting is for parents only and will touch on graduation activities/requirements and high school. Mr. Franzino, President of Santa Fe Catholic High School will be speaking at this meeting. The meeting will last less than an hour.

Bricks 4 Kidz

In today's Falcon Express (White) Envelope, please find information about Bricks 4 Kidz, an afterschool program offered on Mondays from 3:15-4:15pm beginning November 4th. Bricks 4 Kidz is open to all St. Joseph Academy students. Teachers are fingerprinted through the Diocese of Orlando. Visit bricks4kidz.com/FLorida-Polk for more information or to register.

Basketball Season Now Starting

Girls and Boys basketball sign up will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 30th. Forms will be distributed on that day and will also be available in the school office. Practices will start Nov. 4. We are currently looking for volunteers to serve as girls basketball coach, score keepers, clock runners, set up water, etc. If you are able to support our girls basketball team, please contact Tracy Clark at tclark3814@yahoo.com.

Chess Club Now Forming

St. Joseph Academy

Chess Club

Grades 3-8

Thursdays from 3:00 -4:00 p.m

in Mrs. Siares' Classroom

Begins Thursday, October 31

See Mr. Thompson or Mrs. Saires or email rthompson@sjalakeland.org to join.

Please bring your own chess board to meetings.

Sponsors: Mr. Thompson and Mrs. Saires

Scholarships Still Available

We are happy to announce that AAA Scholarships Foundation has available funding for the Florida Income-Based Scholarship for this current 2019-2020 School year, No waitlist!

Parents who are interested in learning more about this scholarship opportunity are encouraged to visit http://www.aaascholarships.org/parents/florida/. Don't delay. Apply today while funds are still available

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St. Joseph Academy

Interim Principal: Mrs. Tammi Haas
Pastor: Father Tim LaBo
Superintendent Diocese of Orlando: Mr. Henry Fortier