St. Joseph eUpdate

Hearts Aflame For the Love of Christ

Moving Along with Mrs. Maddox

Dear Friends in Christ:

On Grandparents Day, January 31, 2020, we welcomed about 400 guests to our school. What a special day our faculty had planned for our visitors. Our special guests were able to visit classrooms and actively participate in our Art, Music, Spanish, and PE classes. Some students took their grandparents on a digital scavenger hunt with their iPads around the school, while other grandparents played Bible Trivia and “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader.” It was a fun morning filled with lots of joy and positive energy.

At mass I was given the opportunity to welcome our guests. I asked our grandparents if they remembered Sputnik and its launch in 1957. Sputnik was the first ever artificial Earth satellite launched into space. While this was a huge accomplishment for the space race, it was the Russians who were able to take the credit, not the Americans. This may have been the first time in American history that our government really began to pay attention to “what” was being taught in our schools. I guess you could say it was the first STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative in our country. Today, in our county, we are experiencing a similar predicament. Our government, our educational leaders, the business world, our colleges and universities are all very interested in “what” school districts across the US are teaching the American children. They all know that today’s teachers are being asked to educate a future workforce for jobs that may not even exist yet.

I am asked all the time, what is the difference between public and Catholic schools? There is a simple difference. Just like public schools, Catholic schools care about the education and academic growth of our youth. Just like our counterparts, we work hard to make sure our students are gaining the most current and relevant academic education possible. What is different about Catholic schools is that we don’t stop there. We believe each child is made in the image and likeness of God. We know our classrooms must be a sacred place where students can discern and discover God’s plan for them. We believe what they know matters, but who they are matters most!!!

Education will continue to evolve from year to year. However, in Catholic Schools, our values will remain the same. At St. Joseph, whether it is 1957 or 2020, a child’s heart, mind, and soul has always remained the top priority. We are not just preparing students for the next leg of their education, we believe we are helping to build God’s Kingdom. As a teacher, when you are operating with that philosophy.…..Everything is different!

Thank you for sharing your children with us and thank you to the many Grandparents that spent the morning with us. Enrollment has opened at St. Joseph for the 2020-2021 school year. The St. Joseph legacy of excellent education continues with “Hearts Aflame for the Love of Christ.”

With a Grateful Heart,

Jodie Maddox, Principal

2020-2021 Enrollment

Dear St. Joseph Families,

Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is officially open. Attached to this email you will find the 2020-2021 Enrollment and Tuition Contract. The enrollment process starts with filling out the attached form and returning it with your registration fee before February 21, 2020.

Jodie Maddox


STREAM Academy Registration and Reminders

Our students are loving our new after school STREAM ACADEMY. Registration is open NOW for the next six week session.

Registration form and payment must be sent to school to the attention of Lisa O'Toole. There are only 20 slots available in each session, spots are first come first served when payment and registration is returned together.

Thank you,

Lisa O'Toole

Lizzie Lorang

Upcoming Events

Old Shawnee Pizza Night

Feb. 17th!

Father Daughter Dance-"Boots-N-Bling"

Friday, March 6th!

Click here for more information and flyer

Bishop Miege 7th Grade Preview Day

Friday, Feb, 14th

Click here for more details and registration

Counselor's Corner

How to change negative thinking patterns

Nurse's Notes

Influenza and influenza-like illnesses continue to be on the rise nationwide. We currently have diagnosed cases of influenza in grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. 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 and use good hand washing techniques to help prevent the spread of illness.

Donna Lowther BSN, RN

St. Joseph School Nurse

913-631-7730 ext. 4526

Calendar of Events

Feb. 7

First Friday All School Mass (2nd Grade), 8:15am

First Friday Adoration

First Friday Prayer Group


First Lego League

Feb. 11

Symphony trip- 3rd and 4th grade

Chess Club

Awesome Angels

School Advisory Council Meeting, 7pm

Feb. 12

All School Mass (1st grade), 8:15am

Valentines Day Parties, K-5 at 2:30pm, Middle School at 2:40pm

Feb. 13

No School

Parent Teacher Conferences, 1-4pm and 5-8pm

Feb. 14

No School

Teacher In-Service Day

Miege High School 7th Grade Preview Day, 9am-Noon

Feb. 17

No School- Presidents' Day

PTO Old Shawnee Pizza Day

For the full school calendar, please click HERE

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