St. Joseph eUpdate

Fully Present

Moving Along with Mrs. Maddox

Dear St. Joseph Families,


In January we always celebrate our Catholic Schools the last week of the month. This year our theme is, Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service. Three things that are the very core of who we are and why we exist. I am asked all the time, what is the difference between public and Catholic schools? Well, just like public schools, Catholic schools care about the education and academic growth of our youth. Just like our counterparts, we work hard to make sure our students are gaining the most current and relevant academic education possible. What is different about Catholic schools is, we don’t stop there. We believe what they know matters, but who they are (images of God’s divine mercy) matters most!!! We are not just preparing students for the next leg of their education; we believe we are helping to build God’s Kingdom. As a teacher, when you are operating with that philosophy...Everything is different!


Thank you for sharing your children with us, we can’t wait to welcome our grandparents back to school during Catholic Schools Week. If your family has a grandparent coming to mass on Friday, February 4th, please fill out the Sign-Up Genius in this issue of the eUpdate. Students will have an opportunity to attend mass with their grandparents at 9:30am, and then walk through their classrooms. We will not be able to host coffee and cookies afterward, the day will be a shorter version of what we are used to, but just being “Fully Present” together with our grandparents in His Grace, in any way is always special to us!


With A Grateful Heart,

Jodie Maddox

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RED Friday - January 14, 2022

Let's cheer on the Chiefs as they enter the playoffs. Students can wear their favorite Chief's gear with uniform bottoms tomorrow 1/14/22. Go Chiefs!!!

Optional Mask Policy Scheduled for January 18th - SUSPENDED

Our optional mask policy has been suspended. It will be reviewed after February 7, 2022. All students, staff, and visitors must be masked until further notice. Thank you for your support and flexibility.
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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!

Grandparent's Day

Please let us know if your child's grandparents will be attending mass on February 4, 2022!!!

Don't forget to get your Panera Tonight!

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Family Huddle

Virtue of the Month- 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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Nurse's Corner

UPDATED 1/12/2022!!

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.

2022-2023 Kindergarten Information Night

Our 2022-2023 Kindergarten Information Night will be on Wednesday evening, January 26, at 7PM. Please contact the school office at bpigott@stjoeshawnee.org if you have an incoming Kindergarten student next year. Please tell your friends about our Kindergarten Information Night!
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Trivia Night 2022

Save the Date - February 5th! (See Flyer for details!)

Trivia Night is back with a fun new theme, 'Stars of Screen & Stream'.

We hope you can join us for a fun-filled evening! Please reach out to Jill Toepfer (glavinichj@gmail.com) or Meena Davidson (meena.murthy1@gmail.com) with any questions!

Registration Link: https://one.bidpal.net/stjtrivia2022/welcome (You must pre-register by 1/21/2022!)

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Women's Group

Our Women's Group is rescheduled to Jan. 22! If you are interested in joining, please email Annie Clement at aclement@stjoeshawnee.org or Beth Bracken at bbracken@stjoeshawnee.org to reserve your book! This is a 6 week study focusing on friendship! Watch the 1st video here: https://walkingwithpurpose.com/reclaiming-friendship-videos/ We will discuss the video on Jan. 22 and watch the second video!
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Calendar

January 13- Panera Night, 10606 SM Parkway, all day


January 17- NO School, MLK Jr. Day


January 17- PTO Old Shawnee Pizza Night


January 18 - MAP testing begins


January 19- All School Mass, 8:15AM


January 19 - 2nd grade First Reconciliation


January 20- Thankful Thursday


January 21- GRACE Families, wear GRACE shirt with uniform bottoms


January 21- Deadline for Trivia Night Registration


January 26- All School Mass, 8:15AM


January 26 - 2022-2023 Kindergarten Information Night, 7PM, School Commons


January 30 - Catholic Schools Week Begins