St. Joseph eUpdate

Believe, Live, Enliven

Moving Along With Mrs. Maddox

Jaguar Families,

In the past week, I have read three impressive news articles from the general mainstream press about how Catholic education has a proven road map on how to successfully reopen schools. Our teachers, parents, and students have joined together across America in over 8,000 different Catholic schools agreeing to follow common protocols and to comply with suggested CDC guidelines. Together we have vowed to do whatever is necessary to work together to keep our kids learning and growing in a face to face environment .... and it has worked!!!

Last month our students participated in MAP testing, a nationally normed exam created by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). These winter assessments were the first real data we have acquired since being back in school. The MAP assessment in the fall gave us a quick snapshot of where our students were starting academically in September. The January scores gave us real feedback of just how far they've come! Over the past 5 months, 60% of students have shown significant growth in Reading, and 56% of our students have shown significant growth in Math. These scores are super important for two reasons. First, growth in this situation is defined as successfully meeting the individual student's goal determined by NWEA's projection based on each student's test history. NWEA has accounted for the COVID slide, so this illustrates that our students are gaining knowledge at the same rate as a typical school year. Secondly, this assessment is a nationally normed test. This growth shows that we (St. Joseph) is successfully closing the gap that was naturally created for all American students when our students lost five months of instruction from March to August. Identifying growth is always a good thing, but making decisions and planning for the future must also include being reflective and open to identifying areas of improvement. This spring, our teachers will continue to "dabble in the data" in order to adjust, realign, and prepare for next year.

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is officially open!!! Registration information is included in this eUpdate. Forms must be received with the registration fee by March 12, 2021 in order to ensure a spot for the upcoming school year. The registration process is the most important step our administration takes when trying to budget and prepare for the upcoming school year. We are unable to adequately plan our staffing, technology, textbook, and logistical needs until we know the number of students to expect. We want to ensure all of our current families have a "saved spot" for next year. We have already started to have a lot of interest for next year from potential new families. Your family is important to us, and we want to make sure all of our returning families are present and accounted for before accepting new enrollment. Thank you, thank you, thank you for choosing a Catholic Education for your child. I think our teachers have proven themselves this year. I am so grateful for their professionalism and enthusiasm; and I continue to be oh so humbled by our families and your continued support and loyalty to our school.

With a Grateful Heart,

Jodie Maddox

Principal, St. Joseph Catholic School

Enrollment Information for 2021-2022

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is officially open. Click here for the 2021-2022 Enrollment Contract. The enrollment process starts with filling out the attached forms and returning them with your registration fee before 3/12/21. The second step in the process is online registration, which will begin (for those families who have paid their registration fees) after 3/12/21. An email will be sent to you with step by step instructions.

Families who have not registered by March 12, 2021 will not be able to access their Educonnect account after 3/12/21. If you are unable to pay your registration fee by March 12, 2021, please contact Vicky Cole in our Business Office (, she is eager to help. Registration is the most important thing we do to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.

Family Huddle

Loving with Justice

Justice is often represented by a scale because it helps us weigh what is right and fair and to act accordingly. In ancient times, people thought that ideal justice was blind, blind to influence or flattery. Christian justice sees with the eyes of the heart, animated and motivated by charity.
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Cold Weather = Coats

During cold weather it is very important that all students wear a coat to school. We use our entire campus. Kids walk to the gym for PE class, we are practicing Living Stations in the church, our Middle School kids walk to the church basement for band. Most importantly when weather is at least 26 degrees F we will always take kids outside for recess. Please, please, please make sure your child hops out of the car with a coat!!!!

Nurse's Corner

Travel Protocol

As you prepare for Spring Break please note the possible need to quarantine if you plan on traveling. KDHE has listed states as well as events that might put travelers at a greater risk for contracting COVID. Click here for more information:

If you plan on traveling outside of the United States, the CDC has listed countries with travel advisories based on their current level of positive COVID cases. That information is listed on this link:

In an effort to keep both students and staff safe, we will be requiring those traveling to places with elevated COVID rates, to quarantine upon their return home. Please contact me with any questions.

Donna Lowther BSN, RN

St. Joseph Grade School Nurse

913-631-7730 ext. 4526

Counselor's Corner

Keeping Kids Engaged in Remote Learning

8th Grade vs. Teachers Volleyball Game

Date for 8th Grade vs. Teachers Volleyball Game is set. The date is Thursday March 11, 2021 at 1:45PM . The 8th grade will be the only students to physically attend the game. The game will be live-streamed so the students and parents can watch. A link to the game will be sent out closer to the date of the game.

The Auction Needs You!

We are looking for a few fun friends to plan next year’s School Auction in November 2021. Contact Mrs. Maddox for more information or with any questions!
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Camp Tekakwitha

For all Camp Registration questions, please email Jennifer at

or Registrer online:

Jr High campers entering 7th/8th Grade Fall of 2021Online registration begins Tuesday March 2, 2021

J-high 1 Day Camp $360 June 8-10

J-high 2 $435 June 11-16

J-high 3 $435 July 12-17

Kateri campers entering 5th/6th Grade Fall of 2021Online registration begins Wednesday March 3, 2021

Kateri Session 1 Day Camp $240 June 6-7

Kateri Session 2 $280 June 28-30

Kateri Session 3 $280 July 19-21

FAMILY CAMPS Registration begins on March 1, 2021by Email to with each campers' name and DOB. Cost - $140 per camper 2yrs of age and older/$ 0 under 2yrs

Family Camp June 18-20

Special Needs Campers Welcome Family Camp July 9-11

Important Calendar Update

Please note, there will be no school on Holy Thursday, April 1st. This originally was a noon dismissal, teachers will have Professional Development that morning and School of Faith in the afternoon. Enjoy the long Easter Holiday.


February 18 - PTO Meeting-New Time-6:30PM via Zoom

February 19- SLT Food Drive - Truck leaves at noon

February 24- All School Mass, 8:15AM, Livestream Church FB or church website

February 26- GRACE Fun Friday

February 26- Living Stations Livestream via Church Facebook (just like you were watching Mass) 2:30PM and 6:00PM

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St. Joseph Pandemic Prayer

St. Joseph Pandemic Prayer for Healing and Guidance 2020-2021

Good and Gracious Lord, You have led us through difficult times before and continuously guide us with your wisdom and dignity. Be our navigator as we encompass new and frightening paths. There is much strife and anxiety when it comes to the unknown. Please continue to be our safeguard and our comfort. Help all of us discover, acknowledge, and honor your blessings during these times of uncertainty. Walk with us this school year. In Your name we pray, Amen.