St. Joseph eUpdate

Fully Present. February 24, 2022

Moving Along with Mrs. Maddox

Dear Jaguar Families,

Birthdays have always been a big deal at the Maddox house. Not with presents and parties, but with special menus for dinner and what we refer to as “birthday trivia”. If it’s your birthday, there will be at least 10 questions about “you” and your life that the entire family must answer. I am usually the one that writes the questions for everyone except when it is my birthday, then it is more of a collaborative family effort. As we have all gotten older, the questions have become more and more entertaining. We usually answer these questions at family dinner, and the conversation evolves into laughter as we reminisce and relive funny moments of the birthday person’s life. I think my favorite part of this tradition is that we usually end up laughing and joking about times in our lives that were pretty big "mess ups” or when things did not go according to “plan” and that person had to pivot or ad lib. It gives everyone an opportunity to reflect, laugh, and grow from past mistakes, which is where real growth and learning takes place.

In the month of March we will be working on the virtue of Fortitude. Fortitude is the virtue that helps us push through tough times with firmness and consistency in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens our coping skills and helps us resist temptations that create obstacles in our lives. The virtue of fortitude helps us to conquer our fears and to face trials and persecutions. This is the virtue that creates superheroes!!! My favorite quote comes from Jim Fay, a well-known author, and presenter in the fields of parenting, positive discipline, and classroom management. He reminds parents in his infamous book Love and Logic, “If you rob them of the struggle, you steal their strength.” Boom!!! There it is. The best well phrased statement for all parents. The struggle is where the growth happens!!!

Next week two big things will happen. Lent will begin and I will turn 50. I’m not going to lie, that is a big number to me, I’m trying not to care, but I do. I’m looking forward to my birthday trivia, the moment when my children roast me and tell me how I failed as a mom. I will laugh with them and let it happen because I know it’s all true. Most of us have experienced a false start right out of the gate, a few hundred times. However, in my “old age” I have come to realize, that’s okay, this is where seeds of fortitude are planted, and sainthood begins. Students will have a dress down day on Tuesday, March 1st. They can wear jeans or joggers, and birthday treats will be passed out to help celebrate my half-century as a believer and follower of Christ. I am so blessed to be a mother, wife, and educator. Being “Fully Present” with each of our students and teachers this year has been such a privilege, let’s celebrate!

With a Grateful Heart,

Jodie Maddox


Enrollment Information for 2022-2023 School Year

Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is officially open!!! Enrollment packets went home on February 16th with the oldest child in your family. There seems to be a large Interest in our Kindergarten class for next year. If you know a new family who is interested in enrolling for the 2022-2023 school year, encourage them to contact us as soon as possible.

FACTS Information

Our Business Office has updated the FACTS information for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are a family that would like to apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year, please click on the provided link to apply through FACTS. All families that apply for financial aid must be active, contributing members of St. Joseph parish.

Happy Two's Day Fun!!!!!

Spring Sign Ups for CYO

4th – 8th Grade girls/boys track registration for 2022 CYO is open and will close on March 20. If planning to participate go to and get registered. Also, this year is the inaugural season for girls flag football. This will be an exciting and fun event for the girls. St Joseph is offering teams from 3rd thru 8th grade. Note that practices/games will not interfere with track, so girls can participate in both sports.

More Two's Day Fun!!!

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Auction Parking Spots

Thank you to the families who purchased "Reserved Parking" at the Auction in November. These spaces are located on the west side of the building, next to the handicapped spaces. These spots are convenient for drop-off/pick-up, BUT they are only for the Auction winners with the highest bid. Thank you to our Auction committee for marking each spot with the winning families' name.

STA Summer Camps

During May, June and July, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School offers a variety of sports camps for students entering grades K-8 to explore. Our sports camps include Baseball, Basketball, Cheer, Dance, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Softball, Strength, Speed & Agility, and Volleyball.

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School also offers several activity camps. These include Baking, Break Out Boxes (intriguing puzzles similar to an Escape Room), Candy Making, Chess, Show Choir and a STEM camp!

Registration is available online through our website: Or if you prefer, you can download and complete the attached camp registration form and mail it to:

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Summer Camps

11411 Pflumm Rd

Overland Park, KS 66215

We look forward to providing a positive camp experience not only for your son or daughter, but for their friends, too! Please feel free to pass this information on to friends, neighbors and relatives, too!

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February 25- GRACE Families (wear GRACE shirt with uniform bottoms)

February 28, March 1, 2, 3- Grades 5-8 Altar Server Training-After School-4:30PM (Choose M or T and W or Th)

March 1- Dress Down Day (jeans or joggers)

March 2- Ash Wednesday All School Mass, 9:45AM

March 3- 8th Grade Cap/Gown Pics

March 4- First Friday Adoration

March 4- Kids Heart Challenge Assemblies

March 8- Chipotle Fundraiser, 4-8PM, 15830 SM Pkway

March 8- SLT Meeting

March 8- High School Musical, Jr.- 8th Grade Musical, 7PM

March 9- 2022-2023 Enrollment Due

March 9- All School Mass, 8:15AM

March 10- End of 3rd Quarter

March 10- Plant Sale Orders Due

March 10- 8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game, 2PM

March 11- NO SCHOOL


March 19- Feast of St. Joseph

March 21- Classes Resume

March 21- 8th Grade Confirmation, 7PM

March 21- PTO Old Shawnee Pizza Night