St. Joseph eUpdate

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Moving Along with Mrs. Maddox

Dear Jaguar Families,


In this eUpdate I want to focus on drop off and pick up routines. I understand there is A LOT to learn and take in, please, please, please pay close attention to your role in both procedures. We are so blessed to be in a position that allows us to reopen our school. It is extremely important that we are following guidelines and doing everything we can to keep our kids safe and healthy.


On Monday drop off will begin at 7:30am according to the alphabet. We will begin dismissing at noon, please be parked in your designated parking lot by11:45.


Please read the following information very carefully regarding the arrival and dismissal routines:


Arrival Routine

Arrival will begin at 7:30. Families with the last names between A-L will arrive from 7:30- 7:40 in the west parking lot (circle drive lot). Families with the last names between M-Z will arrive from 7:40 - 7:50 in the east parking lot (between the church and the school). Students will remain with their car until temperature has been taken by the administrator on duty. The east and west entrances will be utilized for arrival. Students will go directly to their classrooms.


Dismissal Routine


  • Park in your assigned lot according to your oldest child’s grade level.
  • All cars should be pointed in a direction that will allow them to pull forward. We do not want any car backing out to exit the parking lot.
  • Stay with your car. You may wait outside of your car for your student, but you must be by your car.
  • When you have all children that belong in your car, please enter your car. Wait until you are told to begin the exit process.
  • When all students are safely in their cars, a St. Joe staff member will signal the first car to move forward. Do not pass or go around any car. Stay in a straight line and exit in an orderly manner.
  • If you are going to turn on Johnson drive to exit our campus, you must turn right. We have over 250 cars exiting at the same time, this will allow traffic to flow nice and safe as we all exit. How do I know what lot I am assigned to?



❏ Park in the WEST lot (by the Early Education Center) if your oldest child is in kindergarten, first, second, or third grade OR if your only child is in kindergarten, first, second, or third grade.


❏ Park in the CENTRAL lot (between the school and the Church) if your oldest child is in fourth, fifth, or sixth grade OR if your only child is in the fourth, fifth, or sixth grade.


❏ Park in the EAST lot (the Parish Center parking lot) if your oldest child is in seventh or eighth grade OR if your only child is in the seventh or eighth grade.


Thank you again for your support and flexibility. It was great seeing everyone this week, we are looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday!!! Have a blessed and safe weekend.


With a Grateful Heart,



Jodie Maddox

Principal St. Joseph School

New Family Huddle

Family Huddle Intro Video

Nurse's Corner

Dear Parents,


We are so excited to finally be back in the school building and reunite with your children. We have implemented many measures to keep both staff and students safe such as wearing masks and social distancing. We will also be asking parents to assess their children daily for any signs of illness before bringing them to school.


We ask that you keep your child home if they are not feeling well or have the following symptoms:


· Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above

· Cough

· Shortness of breath

· Headache

· Muscle or body aches (with no known cause)

· Sore throat and or congestion

· Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

· Loss of taste or smell


Please know that your child’s health and well-being are a priority. We will continue to be proactive to ensure that the St. Joseph community stays healthy. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Donna Lowther, School Nurse

Birthday Treats

Birthday treats being sent to school to share with the classroom must be sent with your child a few days before the intended share date. All birthday treats must come individually wrapped by the manufacturer. An example would be a box of individually wrapped packages of goldfish crackers. We want to minimize any possibility of contamination of the items sent. Treats will not be given out on the day they are sent to school. Please plan ahead so we can help celebrate your child on their birthday!!!

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Masses back in the Church!

Daily and weekend Masses have moved back to the Church! Weekend Masses are sign up ONLY, masks must be worn. (Go to our Website: stjoeshawnee.org or call: 913-631-5983) If you missed signing up, not a problem! We are livestreaming to the School Commons with Communion distribution or come to the church parking lot, livestream Mass in your car or tune to 102.7FM, and we will distribute communion to you from your car! Please note that Weekend Mass times have changed so we can properly sanitize the Church in between Masses. Mass times are: Sat. 5pm, Sun. 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am

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.

New School Calendar

Click on the above link to view our new calendar. Please review it carefully and note all the new changes.

Calendar

August 24th - 28th - Family Check In Week.


August 31st - First Day of School for 1st grade - 8th grade. Half Day-Noon Dismissal. Parents should be parked in designated parking lot by 11:45 am.


September 1st - First Day of School for Kindergarten. Half Day-Noon Dismissal for Kindergarten


September 1st - First Full Day of School for 1st - 8th grade.


September 7th - Labor Day. No School.