4.22.2021 Principal’s Blog

Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Earth Day! What a glorious week we have had! Yesterday was Administrative Professional Day and we recognized Annie Granvall and Anita Miller for all their hard work. Both of these women are central to making our front office and school run smoothly. Thank you, Annie and Anita, for your care and hard work for our St Joseph’s community – You’re the Best!

Reminder: Friday, April 30th is a teacher workday – no school for students.

Living our Faith

Our 2nd grade students are receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday, April 24th. Mrs. Seidler and Ms. Zito have done an amazing job working with our 2nd graders and preparing them for this very important Sacrament.

Pope Francis has called First Communion the “Sacrament of Love”:

“The Eucharist is at the heart of ‘Christian initiation’, together with Baptism and Confirmation, and it constitutes the source of the Church’s life itself. From this Sacrament of love, in fact, flows every authentic journey of faith, of communion, and of witness.”  From Catholiccompany.com

1st Holy Communion - All Saints Catholic Church - Houston, Texas

A Blessing for First Communion:

“May you always know the peace of Jesus, the light of His love, and the joy of His life within you.”

Tuesday, April 27th is our school Mass day with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students live in the Cathedral. We will maintain 3ft social distancing. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

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. All those interested must be nominated by someone in our St. Joseph’s community.   If nominating someone, please provide the name and brief reason why they would be a good member for the school board.  We have extended nominations for one more week – Please communicate nominations to Anita Miller by April 30, 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.

Summer Tutoring

Please reach out to Christy Porter at porterc@stjoes.com if you are interested in summer tutoring for your child. We have a list of people who are available over the summer. We have specific individuals who can look at our MAP data and help fill in learning gaps your child may have.

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 Land’s End.

As we finish out the school year, please remember that shorts and skirts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee. Pants and shorts need to be uniform style – no patch pockets.

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
  • Tuesday, May 4th is May Crowning of Mary at Mass
  • 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 five weeks left in the school year, we have zero positive cases of COVID-19. 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

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.

Thank you for partnering with us as we fulfill our mission, . . to provide all children with an opportunity to develop spiritually, academically, morally, emotionally, and physically, in an environment of Christ-centered attitudes and values.


Tammy Emerich

Third Sunday of Easter – Response – English – Diocesan