10.7.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good Afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Autumn is in the air! Most people love fall – the colors, cooler weather, great seasonal foods! I hope you and your family can enjoy this wonderful season in Boise! It is hard to believe that next Friday is the end of the first quarter. Our teachers and staff have done such an excellent job working with all of our students amidst the chaos that comes with COVID- we feel so blessed to have our students in school and learning!  We are busy wrapping up the first quarter and preparing for parent/teacher conferences. It is important for us to partner with you in the faith formation and education of your child/children.

Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you to schedule parent/teacher conferences the evening of Wednesday, October 20 and during the day on Thursday, October 21st. Please look for the sign-up form next week. We hope to get all the conferences completed in that time frame so our teachers can take a well-deserved day off on Friday, October 22nd.

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • Tuesday, October 12th – SJPA meeting at 3:15 in the cafeteria
  • Friday, October 15th – end of first quarter – noon dismissal (no After School Club)
  • Wednesday, October 20th in the evening and Thursday, October 21st are parent teacher conferences
  • Grade level teachers will be sending out specific information on how to sign up for conferences
  • Wednesday, October 20th – School Advisory Board Meeting in the Riffle Center at 5:00 pm

Catholicity

Charitable Giving

St. Joseph’s Catholic School is once again happy to be partnering with St. John’s Parish in the Box of Joy project. Box of Joy in a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach and supplies Christmas presents to children in need around the world. You can pick up the Box of Joy from the school office – the deadline for returning is the first week of November. Help us make a child’s Christmas!

Mass

On Tuesday, October 12th, our K, 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. Ms. Zito’s 2nd grade class is hosting Mass. Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Because we have made the adjustment, only half of the students are at Mass and are able to socially distance, Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

St. Joseph’s Catholic School is the parish school of St. John’s Cathedral. St. John’s financially supports St. Joseph’s each year. The parish’s financial contribution subsidizes the education of every Catholic child in our school. They are committed to helping us in Catholic formation for our teachers and students. We are blessed to have such a supportive partnership with St. John’s. Please partner with St. Joseph’s and St. John’s in the faith formation of your child by praying together as a family, participating in the sacraments, and attending Mass on Sundays.

COVID Response

Just a reminder, please follow our school illness policy below if your child is experiencing any illness. We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed for the health and safety of our school community. Our goal is to continue to provide in person learning. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year!

For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

Please follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of illness in our school:

  • If your family has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please keep all children home. If anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19 keep all children home.
  • If any immediate family member is experiencing any illness symptoms- keep all children home – siblings must stay home as well per our safety protocols
  • Students may return to school with a note from their physician if there is a negative Covid test and an alternate diagnosis such as asthma, seasonal allergies, migraine
  • Please consider the health and safety of our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask –
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance- socially distance when appropriate

Accreditation-Self Study

St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year. We are using the framework from the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools – the NSBECS. There are four Standards that are included in our self-study:

  • Mission and Catholic Identity
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Academic Excellence
  • Operational Vitality

This is such a great opportunity for us to evaluate our school from the lens of a National Catholic school framework. We also will focus on the Defining Characteristics of a Catholic School. Our mission and Catholic Identity will be a primary focus – we will be sending out surveys at the end October to get stakeholder input from parents, staff and students.

We are Hiring

Substitute Teachers

We would like to add more people to our substitute list. Currently, we have eight people who are available to help out. We have run into several situations already this year where we have not had someone to substitute. In many cases, those schools who have had to temporarily close this year has been due to teacher absence. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.

Instructional Aide

We are looking for a person who loves to work with students and help our kindergarten and second grade and middle school teachers. The hours are 9:30-3:30 Monday-Friday. This person will help, middle school science, morning and afternoon recess duty, work one on one with elementary students, and help teachers with daily tasks.

Today is the Feast of our Lady of the Rosary and October is the month of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary - Archdiocese of New Orleans - New Orleans, LA

Thank you for partnering with us in the faith formation and education of your child and thank you for choosing St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich