St. Joseph eUpdate

Fully Present. March 31, 2022

Moving Along with Mrs. Maddox

Dear St. Joseph Families,

It’s hard to believe that the 2nd anniversary of the Covid pandemic recently came and went. Although most schools survived the pandemic, I feel as if St. Joseph thrived in many ways!!! I am proud of what we have accomplished together since 2019, and there are many things to be grateful for. I speak weekly with colleagues who are equally impressed and proud of what schools, specifically teachers, were tasked with and what they were able to provide to all of our students in a time of need and crisis.

Each morning I start my day with the same prayer, “Good morning Jesus. Use me as you need me. Give me a grateful heart.” I once had a priest tell me, “Buckle up! If you are willing to go wherever God needs you, He won't let you stand still for long!” After many months of discernment and reflection, I have made the very difficult decision to step back and realign my personal life with a new vision for my professional life. Next year, I will be sharing the leadership of St. Joseph School with Mrs. McCauley as co-principals. Mrs. McCauley will lead our school on campus daily; however, my continued leadership and support will be slightly altered going forward. As always, I will be accessible via text, phone, and email, and I plan to be on campus two days a week. As a commitment to St. Joseph, my guidance and leadership will continue to be intentional and available, when needed. We have also made small adjustments in staffing to ensure all administrative elements of the school continue to run smoothly.

While the pandemic has not weakened my passion for working with students and teachers, it has helped me to realign my priorities. I think each of us have emerged from the past two years with a strong awareness of our health, our families, and the intentionality needed to sustain both in a healthy way. As my parents continue to be more dependent on myself and my siblings, my husband’s professional responsibilities continue to grow, and my own children make big career decisions within their own lives, I feel a deep need to be both physically and emotionally available to each of them. I desire a schedule that will help me be more present to my family, while concentrating on a smaller, more focused professional life.

Father Scott and I have had multiple conversations about the future of St. Joseph School. We have spoken openly and honestly regarding what is needed and what is best for our teachers and our students. We both agree that it will be nice to take our time next school year to find the right person to lead St. Joseph forward. I am thankful for his confidence in our leadership team, and I feel blessed that I will continue to be a member of the St. Joseph administration for the 2022-2023 school year.

Throughout my professional life, God has surprisingly chosen me to help lead some pretty amazing schools. Several times He has called me to help collaborate and build, create and design, evolve and grow existing programs. Here at St. Joseph, thanks mostly to the pandemic, I was presented with possibly one of the biggest challenges of my career … sustainability. Who knew trying to sustain what was already good and beautiful would be so arduous? I truly feel as if we have accomplished what God intended for each of us. We pushed, prevailed, and succeeded together. Next year, Mrs. McCauley and I will continue to implement the vision that was cast last year through our strategic plan. Together we will transition our school from a state of sustainability to a state of advancement, achievement, and excellence.

I love being a Jaguar; there is no other school community that I would rather be a part of. The faculty and families within our community are unique, beautiful, and life giving. I look forward to finishing this year strong, beginning next year together focused on the future, and continuing our legacy of excellence. Please keep our community in your prayers, asking the Lord to ensure that our school continues to grow while focused on its mission of creating and forming disciples for Jesus. May God bless us all as we navigate these new changes together.

With a Grateful Heart,

Jodie Maddox


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Author Visit

St. Joseph School is excited to announce that we will have author, Anna Christine McCracken, visiting our students in grades Kindergarten to 5th grades on April 12. Christine is a Kansas City native growing up in Olathe attending St. Paul Catholic School and graduating from Bishop Miege. She also taught in our Catholic Schools. The students will have the opportunity to purchase a book and Christine will sign it during her visit. Please see attached flyer for more information.

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Used Uniform Donations

Donations of gently used uniforms would be greatly appreciated and can be labeled and dropped off at the school in preparation for the upcoming Used Uniform Sale May 18-19.

Thank you!

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Uniform Shorts

Uniform shorts can be worn again starting April 1! Hopefully the weather will be warmer!
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April 1- First Friday Mass, 8:15AM

April 1- First Friday Adoration

April 1- Uniform Shorts can be worn again

April 1- Living Stations, 6:00PM

April 4- 8th Grade Fees Due

April 6-All School Mass, 8:15AM

April 6- Fr. Scott's Birthday

April 6- Raising Cane's Fundraiser, 4-9PM, 10704 SM Parkway

April 8- JAG JOG