11.4.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

We had two important religious observations this week – All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day. Our students learned about the significance of these days in their classes. At the end of next week, we are halfway through the 2nd quarter – our students are learning and growing in faith and academic knowledge.

Please bring your Box of Joy to the office by Friday, November 12th. We will be taking them to the parish for pick up during the weekend. Box of Joy is a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach and supplies Christmas presents to children in need around the world. There is still time to pick up the Box of Joy from the school office.  Help us make a child’s Christmas!

Our 5th grade class is doing a Spanish cultural project called the ofrenda.  The dioramas are displayed around the school.  An ofrenda  is the offering placed in a home during the annual and traditionally Mexican Dia de los Muertos celebration to honor a loved one who has passed away. Thank you Senora Arrubarena for sharing this culturally significant project with our students.

Physical activity is so important for children. Our new playground provides a great space for our students to move, play and have fun. Girls on the Run is finishing up their program for the year – this program is for 8- to 13-year-old girls that promotes girl empowerment by teaching life skills through lessons and running. We are partnering with another local company to promote wellness and movement – BoiseBIts. Boise Bits is an empowerment program that teaches growth mindset through running – this program is open to kindergarten through 2nd grade students. Please click on this link for more information and registration.

Important Dates to Add to your calendar:

  • Friday, November 5th – Teacher Workday – No Students
  • Tuesday, November 9th – SJPA Meeting at 3:15
  • Wednesday, November 17th – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 PM
  • Monday, November 22nd – November 26th – Thanksgiving Break – No School

Catholicity

School Mass

On Tuesday, November 9th our kindergarten, 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. Mr. Yanci’s 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

Fr. Mariusz and Fr. Aleksander have blocked out time to come into the school to teach lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays. St. Joseph’s Catholic School is St. John’s Cathedral Parish school. We are in partnership with St. John’s and the parish financially supports St. Joseph’s each year. The parish is committed to helping us in Catholic formation for our teachers and students. 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 – following the five precepts of our beautiful Catholic faith.

COVID Response

Over the last two weeks, we have seen a decrease in the number of students in quarantine. This is great news! 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 beginning of 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. We have run into several situations already this year where we have not had someone to substitute. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.

As we continue the year of St. Joseph, our school’s patron saint, we ask for guidance in grace and mercy.

We know you have many choices when choosing a school for your child – thank you for partnering with us and choosing St. Joseph’s!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich