St. Joseph eUpdate
Moving Along with Mrs. Maddox
Dear St. Joseph Families,
The history of the Catholic Church promoting and providing good education is legendary. Literally, through all 21 centuries Catholics have had a long-term commitment to helping students learn to love our Lord through experiencing our own humanity in the areas of music, art, literature, math, science, and technology. Catholic schools have been awesome at educating children for centuries!
But wait, it gets even better! Although we understand academic excellence can propel a child to a future of greatness, Catholic education has never been focused on academics and producing scholars. Our focus has always been, and will always be, forming, fostering, and feeding the soul of the child. We know that good academics rooted in the Gospel and Truth of Christ, infused with the Sacraments, will produce the reward of heaven, not just college … we desire an eternal reward for our students.
On January 19, 2022, the second grade students from St. Joseph School and the School of Religion made their First Reconciliation. Over the years I have asked our students many times- what is the most important part of the Sacrament of Reconciliation? I’ve heard many joyful answers about washing sins away, cleaning our souls; however, my favorite statement was, “God gives you a do-over.” When I asked this student to explain himself, he simply said, “Sometimes in kickball you kick a bunt and you didn’t mean to mess up like that, so you ask your team if you can have a do-over, and it feels good when you get one more shot to get it right.” That might be the best definition of the reconciliation process that I’ve ever heard. Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God gives us a “do over”. So when asked, what is the difference between our Catholic school and a public school??? You can let your friends know, our kids are learning about God’s desire to help us receive His mercy and grace through the Sacraments on a daily basis, now that’s a pretty cool difference!
Happy Catholic Schools Week! Please join us for our kick off on Sunday January 30, 2022 at 10:30AM mass. We are asking our children to wear their uniforms to show their St. Joseph pride. Our Student Leadership Team will help us celebrate mass together, and our PTO will host a reception after mass in McDevitt Hall. I hope to see each of you Fully Present on Sunday!
With A Grateful Heart, Fully Present in His Grace,
Jodie Maddox, Principal
CHIEFS RED FRIDAY, Tomorrow, January 28!
Optional Mask Policy Scheduled for January 18th - SUSPENDED
New Date for the Battle of the Books Final!!
The Battle of the Books Final has been changed from January 14 to Friday, February 11! The bonus is that students will have more time to read, read, read! Thank you!
Please let us know if your child's grandparents will be attending mass on February 4, 2022!!!
Valentine Parties will be held from 2:15PM-3PM on Monday, February 14. They will run the same way the Halloween and Christmas parties did. Room Parents can organize the party and collect treats. Only Room Parents can attend the party (no siblings). Classroom teachers will decide if students are allowed to exchange Valentines. Students will be able to wear Valentine colors with jeans or joggers.
St. Joseph’s Day at Fritz’s
Don’t miss St. Joseph’s Day at the Shawnee Fritz’s on Grandparents Day, Friday, February 4th, ALL DAY, from 7AM to 9:30PM!!! Enjoy lunch out with your grandparents after our Noon Dismissal! 20% of your total bill will be donated back to St. Joseph School! (Tell them you are with St. Joseph, show them the flyer on your phone, or print out and hand them the flyer at checkout! Thank you for supporting our fundraiser!
Virtue of the Month- Prudence
The CDC has updated their COVID-19 guidelines for both isolation and quarantine practices. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is adopting these guidelines by which we will also abide.
The new guidelines are as follows:
· Those testing positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days. If they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (along with no fever for 24 hours), they may leave isolation on day 6 as long as they mask well for another 5 days.
This would include wearing a mask at school, including recess and sitting in a designated area during lunch to reduce the risk of exposing others.
· Those with a close contact exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 (applies to unvaccinated individuals) should quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days when around others.
Those that are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after second COVID-19 vaccine, received less than 6 months ago) or who have contracted COVID-19 within the past 90 days of their most recent exposure, do not need to be quarantined if they are asymptomatic.
We are asking that you keep your children home if they show any signs of illness. Please notify the school nurse for clarification on any diagnosed case of COVID-19 as well as potential testing options that might be available for those exposed to COVID-19.
Please note: If it is recommended that your child be tested for COVID-19 and this request is denied, your child will be assumed positive and will be required to follow the protocol for those testing positive for COVID-19.
January 28- Spelling Bee, Grades 5-8, 2:20PM (Zoom link emailed to parents)
January 30 - Catholic Schools Week Begins (Dollar Drive for CEF all week, Collecting new socks, stocking hats, gloves(preferably men's sizes) all week
January 30- Kick-off Mass, 10:30AM (Students wear school uniforms),
Reception following 10:30AM Mass in McDevitt Hall
January 31- Wear GRACE shirts or St. Joe spirit wear with jeans
February 1- Students may wear a fun hat with uniforms
February 2- Students may wear crazy socks with uniforms
February 3- Students may wear any Kansas -themed shirt ( Kansas, Kansas City, St. Joe, etc.) with uniform bottoms
February 3- Kansas Day Play, 1-B
February 4- 9:30AM All School Mass with Grandparents (Sit with youngest child in family)
February 4- NOON DISMISSAL
February 4- St. Joseph's Day at Shawnee Fritz's, 7AM-9:30PM
February 5- Trivia Night-"Stars of Screen & Stream"