St. Joseph eUpdate

Believe, Live, Enliven

Moving Along With Mrs. Maddox

Dear Jaguar Families,

Is it only Thursday? So many things have happened this week, I feel like we must have started over at some point? It seems like every day we must juggle the substitute teacher circus. Although crazy, and never easy, this does allow me to be in classrooms with a more hands on experience. In the past few weeks I have subbed everywhere from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Oh the goodness I get to see!!! Tiny Kindergarten voices reading out loud , 8th graders learning their lines for our spring play, 6th graders diving in head first trying to learn new science terms and facts, soooooo many students reading and computing as they push through their MAP testing, and small tiny hearts preparing for 1st Reconciliation. Fantastic things are happening in our school. We live for outdoor recess and Fun Fridays. It's the simple things that keep us going. I think you will love walking around and enjoying the colorful projects and sights on Sunday.

Last night, 48 second grade students from our parish celebrated the beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation. This year, because of COVID, we of course had to do things differently. However, I did really appreciate and love one new addition. This year, parents were allowed to receive the Sacrament with their child. I wish everyone could have seen all the smiling faces gleaming with pride as they were heading out of church. You could see the weight of sin lifted from the shoulders of everyone. Through this beautiful Sacrament, every one of us has the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is such a holy moment. Congratulations to our 2nd grade students, and especially to our parents. Thank you for making this a priority for your child. Not only does this benefit their soul, but seeds of grace and mercy were planted for our entire community last night. What a special gift for everyone!

With a grateful heart,

Jodie Maddox

Principal, St. Joseph Catholic School

Family Huddle

Acting with Prudence

Prudence can be represented by a scroll and torch. Prudence is right reason in action. Illuminated by the light of faith, Christian prudence is able to see clearly even in the midst of darkness to know the truth and the best way to act in any situation.
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Valentine Parties

This year we will celebrate St. Valentine on February 10th. Each cohort may organize one goodie bag per student to be sent to school on or before February 8th. Teachers will organize activities for each classroom to begin at 2:30 pm. Unfortunately, this year students will not be allowed to exchange individual Valentines. The good news is the goodie bags have been a big hit, and just keep getting more and more clever each holiday!!! Thank you to all of our very creative parents!

Conferences February 11, 2021

To help keep our teachers healthy, and to minimize risk, we will be doing conferences via Zoom this Quarter. Conferences will be on February 11th from 3:30 - 8:00. Conferences are optional, and will be by appointment only. Teachers will be organizing their own conferences and will contact you directly via school email with more information. Because our teachers are eligible for the vaccination, our goal is to keep everybody healthy, so they are able to receive the vaccination when it’s their turn!

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

Please Bring An Extra Sack Lunch for the Food Kitchen February 16

We had such a good response last time helping the Food Kitchen. We are again asking each school family to contribute a sack lunch containing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit, a bag of chips and cookies or bars. Students can drop off the sack lunch at the front desk as they come in to school on Tuesday, February 16. The need continues to be greater than ever this year. Thank you for your generosity!

Fritz’s Fundraiser Friday, February 5

Friday, February 5 is a Noon Dismissal Day. We may not be able to have our regular Grandparents Day, but you can still go to Fritz’s (Shawnee location) for our Fundraiser! Fritz’s will donate 20% of our sales back to our school! Go any time between 7AM and 9:30PM. Be sure to mention that you are with St. Joseph Catholic School. Spread the word to friends, family, EEC friends and parishioners! Thank you for your support!

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.


January 31- Catholic Schools Week begins - Mass and Open House for School Families at 9:30AM and 11:30AM per signup. Families can also sign up for Mass in the Church and then come to the school for Open House. Open seating without reservations in the EEC carpeted gym for both the 9:30 and the 11:30 mass.

January 31- February 5-Catholic Schools Week (See above for Catholic Schools Week Schedule)

February 5- First Friday All School Mass, 8:15AM, Livestream, Church Facebook Page or Church website

February 5- Noon Dismissal

February 5- Fritz's Fundraiser, 7AM-9:30PM, Shawnee location

February 8 - Valentine goodie bags due to school office

February 10- All School Mass, 8:15AM, Livestream, Church Facebook Page or Church website

February 11- No School

February 11- Parent-Teacher Conferences, by request only, Zoom, 3:30PM-8:00PM

February 12- No School

February 15- No School, Presidents' Day

February 15- PTO Old Shawnee Pizza Night

February 16- Food Kitchen Project, Bring an extra sack lunch (peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, fruit, cookies/bar)

February 18- PTO Meeting 7:00 pm via Zoom

February 19- GRACE Fun Friday

February 19- Living Stations livestream via Church Facebook (just like you were watching mass) 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm

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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.