4.15.2021 Principal’s Blog

Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

I am often asked, “How is Catholic education different from other learning environments?” A Catholic education is unlike any other learning opportunity in many ways. First and foremost, we cultivate the entire person by providing spiritual, physical, mental and social engagement and nourishment. Coupling our faith with building strong moral character is a privilege and we do not take it for granted. Another big difference is parental involvement and commitment to their child’s education – that partnership with the school is so important to help each child develop to their full potential. Our caring, dedicated faculty and staff are exemplary- they work tirelessly to help all students achieve. Thank you for being a part of St. Joseph’s Catholic School – we look forward to continuing our service to your child and your family!

Living our Faith

We are so grateful to St. John’s Parish for their continued support of our school. St. Joseph’s Catholic School is the largest ministry of St. John’s Parish – please continue to support St. John’s Parish. Our 2nd grade students are continuing to prepare for their First Holy communion that will take place on Saturday, April 24th.

Tuesday, April 20th is our school Mass day with 1st and 8th grade students live in the Cathedral. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

Halleluia!  All glory, praise and honor to You, Most Glorious Lord Jesus!  You have risen from the grave, You have conquered sin and death, You have opened the gates to Heaven!  Halleluia!  All praise and honor to You, Most Glorious Lord Jesus!

from My Catholic Life! – https://mycatholic.life/catholic-prayers/triduum-and-easter-prayers/prayer-meditation-for-easter-octave/

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

The St. Joseph’s Catholic School Advisory School Board will be holding an election for two positions on the board.  The standard term is three years.  If this is a position you are interested in or want to nominate someone for, please contact Anita Miller (millera@stjoes.com) and provide her with a brief bio.  If nominating someone, please provide the name and brief reason why they would be a good member for the school board.  Please communicate nominations to Anita Miller by April 23, 2021.

School Fun Run – May 14th 

I am excited to announce that we will be able to have a modified version of our school Fun Run on Friday, May 14th. This has always been a tradition here at St. Joe’s and we want the kids to have some fun!  We have a matching donor for all pledges – all donations will go to fund our Playtopia – playground remodel! Please look for more details in this week’s school bulletin.

School Uniform

We have made a few changes to our school uniform for the 2021-2022 school year. Both boys and girls will be required to have our St. Joseph’s school logo on white shirts for Mass. In addition, all boys (K-8) will be required to wear a St. Joe’s plaid tie to Mass. Also, we have added the dri-fit option for polo shirts. We have two uniform vendors, Educational Outfitters (local store here in Boise) and Lands’ End.

As we finish out the school year, please remember that shorts and skirts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Wednesday, April 21st – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 24th – First Holy Communion Mass – 2nd grade at 11:00 am
  • Friday, April 30th – Teacher workday – no school for students
  • Friday, April 30th – Kindergarten Screening
  • MAP testing – May 3rd – 14th for 2nd-8th grades


We will continue to monitor and adjust as we see best for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience!

With seven weeks left in the school year, we have zero positive cases of COVID-19. We were notified of two positive cases late last week – no student exposure as students had been in quarantine. Thank you for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers low.

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s HERE.

  • 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
  • Please consider the health and safety or our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others

Return to Classrooms/Distance Learning

On Tuesday, April 6th, all St. Joseph’s students, K-8th grades, were back in the regular classrooms. The teachers and students are glad to be back in the classroom with all in person learning. According to recent CDC guidelines, social distancing requirements have been adjusted to 3 to 6 feet. We will continue to wear masks as long as the mask mandate is in place.

With this change, classes will no longer be live streamed each day. If a student is quarantined due to COVID-19 or other illness, he or she will have access to Google classroom and student work will be available for pick up right outside the entrance to the school.

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher and a Development/Marketing Director. These jobs are posted on our school website and the Diocesan website If you know of someone who would be a great fit for our school, please refer them to one of these sites.

We appreciate your ongoing support of our wonderful school – thank you!

St. Joe’s Advisory Board Mtg Agenda April 21st


Tammy Emerich