St. Joseph eUpdate

Believe, Live, Enliven

Moving Along With Mrs. Maddox

Dear Jaguar Families,

Last week we celebrated our Catholic School and all that we have achieved this year. At St. Joseph, we are committed to the formation of not just the mind, but also the heart and soul of each child. We have the privilege of teaching each student their inherent worth and dignity as a son or daughter of God. This includes helping them to recognize these same gifts in others. We are extremely proud of our respected reputation regarding academic excellence throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area; however, to us, notes of gratitude for sincere kindness and hospitality regarding our students, mean just as must as our high achieving scores in Math, Reading, and Science. At St. Joe, we are about the heart and mind of the human person.

Last week the CEF Dollar Drive was a huge success! The amount of smack talk and good old fashioned competitive spirit was fun to listen to! Although students were battling for an out-of-uniform day and a pancake breakfast, they were also very aware of the opportunity to help and care for others. Their generous hearts brought in $4,154.00 for the Catholic Education Foundation. Wow!!!! These funds will help other students experience the joy of a Catholic Education. I am so proud of our Jaguars!!! Nice job, St. Joe!

Congratulations to the winning classes - Seventh Grade-3rd Place ($603), Fifth Grade-2nd Place ($1059) and Second Grade-1st Place ($1213.95)!

With a Grateful Heart,

Jodie Maddox

Principal, St. Joseph Catholic School

Please Bring An Extra Sack Lunch for the Food Kitchen When We Return on Tuesday, 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 when we return on Tuesday morning, February 16. The need continues to be greater than ever this year. Thank you for your generosity! Remember to jot this on your calendar-it will be after our long weekend!

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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.

Canned Food Drive- February 18-19

The Corporal Works of Mercy give us a model for how we should treat others, as if they were Christ in disguise. The first of these is to feed the hungry. We’re having a food drive next week, and here’s what we need everyone to bring!

Canned Fruit- Kindergarten

Canned meat (tuna, meat, fish)- 1st grade

Peanut Butter- 2nd grade

Vegetables (no corn or beans)- 3rd grade

Pasta Sauce- 4th grade

Pancake mix- 5th grade

Oatmeal- 6th grade

Ketchup, BBQ sauce, salad dressing, pickles, mustard- 7th grade

Toilet Paper- 8th grade

Together, we can fill lots of bellies and warm lots of hearts. Remember, it’s what we do for the least of us that tells the world who we are. Let’s do this, St. Joe! February 18 and 19, time to stock those food shelves!

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

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.
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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 17- All School Mass, 8:15AM, Livestream, Church Facebook Page or Church website

February 18- SLT Food Drive

February 18 - PTO Meeting 7:00PM via Zoom

February 19- SLT Food Drive

February 19- GRACE Fun Friday

February 19- 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.