St. Joseph eUpdate

Hearts Aflame For the Love of Christ

Moving Along with Mrs. Maddox

Dear Friends in Christ,

These past two weeks my calendar has exploded with new family tours, classroom observations, and AP interviews. While it never feels good to be pulled in a hundred different directions, I have to say I really appreciate the fast paced finish to the month of February. To me, I feel like I am rounding the bases and getting ready to slide into home plate. A busy calendar means progress!!!

The task I have enjoyed the most was spending 20 minutes in EVERY classroom, recording data that focused on seven areas: Equitable Learning, High Expectations, Supportive Learning, Active Learning, Progress Monitoring, Well Managed Learning, and Digital Learning. In the fall, teachers are observed and given feedback about their style, approach, pace, and content. In the spring I use the ELEOT (Effective Learning Environment Observation Tool) which focuses on what a student needs to experience in order for good learning to take place. The items analyzed are from the student's perspective. This is the same tool used during the school accreditation process.

While in classrooms I saw beautiful reverent Lenten preparation at every grade level. I witnessed noisy students multiplying and dividing fractions, middle school students learning about the Great Highway of the Persian War, and talented 8th graders polishing their theatrical skills in preparation for their spring presentation of Mary Poppins. I was proud to hear our 6th graders answering silly questions in Spanish, and my heart melted as I listened to our kindergarteners read with cheerful confidence to their teacher ... something I refer to as the sound of growth!

Good learning, loving, and growing are going on in our school ..... the numbers don't lie. Not only does the data collected during observations show good learning is evident, our mid-year MAP scores report that over 90% of our students showed some type of growth in the areas of Math and Reading from fall to winter. Wow, this is Awesome!!!! Equally as exciting to me is the number of families who have returned their 2020-2021 commitment forms of this morning 87% of our families are registered for next year. Nice job St. Joe!!! With Hearts Aflame for the Love of Christ .... we are wrapping up this Quarter, and headed towards a successful finish to a fantastic year.

With a Grateful Heart,

Jodie Maddox, Principal

Take a Look Tuesday!!!!

Invite a new family to "Come and See Our School in Action!"

  • Visit our Classrooms
  • Tour our entire campus
  • See our students hard at work
  • Meet other parents and hear their testimonials
  • Enjoy an opportunity to visit with our principal, Jodie Maddox, to answer questions

When: March 3, 2020- 11:30-12:30

Where: St. Joseph School


Join us for our Parish Mission!

Join us for a three night Parish Mission! Each night is a different talk! Something everyone in the family will enjoy and get something from! Chad Pirotte, from School of Faith, will be speaking!

Childcare will be available for children 5 and under in McDevitt Hall! This a great way to start Lent!

7pm in the Church, Sunday through Tuesday, March 1-3!

Upcoming Events

St. Joseph Table

March 1st- Pasta Italian Dinner served at 11am

All donations go to those in need from our parish!

Click Here for more information

Father/ Daughter Dance-"Boots-N-Bling"

Friday, March 6th! Order tickets by tomorrow, Friday, February 28!

Click here for more information and flyer

Mother/ Son Event

Save the Date for April 23rd at Incredible Pizza (former Power Play)

Tickets, gift cards and coupons will be available starting March 1-10th

Volunteer Opportunity!

Need Service Hours? The Knights of Columbus Fish Fries are offering opportunities for you to volunteer! Show up as early as 4pm to help set up and to start serve/bus tables and fill drinks! Clean up should finish around 8pm. You can volunteer an hour, 2 hours, or the whole time!
Counselor's Corner

12 Tips for Raising Confident Kids

Nurse's Notes

There has been a decrease in the number of students diagnosed with influenza this past week. We have had influenza in Kindergarten, 4th and 8th grades. As a reminder, symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, fatigue and occasionally vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults).

Please continue to report diagnosed cases of influenza and Strep to the school nurse. Remind your children to cover their coughs, use good handwashing techniques, and keep hands away from eyes, nose and mouth to help prevent the spread of illness.

Donna Lowther BSN, RN

St. Joseph School Nurse

913-631-7730 ext. 4526

Jaguar Jog- Fun Run!!!


We’re so excited to host a Fun Run (powered by Boosterthon) to help our school! Boosterthon is a fun, nine-day program that combines world-class character content with a highly-profitable fundraiser. Thank you for your support!

To increase the excitement and school spirit of this event, we’re hoping to provide each student with a FREE custom St. Joseph Jaguar Jog t-shirt to wear the day of the Fun Run event, at no cost to our students or school.

Last year we were able to partner with community businesses to provide custom shirts to all our students. We’re hoping to partner with EVEN MORE local businesses this year, and we need your help! If you know of or are a part of a business that would like to sponsor our t-shirts, please see the attached Sponsorship Form for more information.

We need a commitment and logos from all sponsors by March 10, 2020 in order to supply all our students with a shirt.

Thank you in advance for supporting our school through the Fun Run! If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Reddin at

Jaguar Job Sponsor Form

Calendar of Events

Feb. 27th

Papa John's Fundraiser tonight! 2 locations-

4637 Shawnee and 15617 W. 87th Street

School Promo Code: KSS025

Mad Science, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Feb. 28th

PTO Father Daughter Dance forms due

Spirit Day (wear St. Joe spirit shirt with uniform bottoms)

Living Stations (8th grade)- 6-7pm

March 1

St. Joseph Table- dinner served 11am-3pm

Happy Birthday Mrs. Maddox!!!

Parish Mission- 7pm

March 2

Dress Down Day!

Parish Mission- 7pm

March 3

Dress Down Day for 6th and 8th grade only

Take a Look Tuesday, 11:30am-12:30pm-

Encourage new families to come visit our school!

Awesome Angels

Chess Club

Parish Mission- 7pm

March 4

6th Grade Field Trip

March 5

Birthday Book Club

Mad Science, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Parish Lenten Video Series, 7pm, Church

March 6

First Friday All School Mass (6th)- 8:15am

First Friday Adoration

First Friday Prayer Group

PTO Father Daughter Dance, "Boots-N-Bling"- 6pm-8pm

For the full school calendar, please click HERE

Click Here for the *Tentative* 2020-2021 Calendar!