5.13.2021 Principal’s Blog

Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday to all! Tomorrow is our Fun Run – this is an exciting event. This year, all proceeds go to Playtopia – our upcoming playground renovation.  We have two weeks left in the school year and students are continuing to learn.  We have finished MAP testing for our 2nd – 8th grade students. MAP results will be sent home with your child the last week of school.

For the Fun Run tomorrow, the temperature is supposed to be a warm 80 degrees. Since we only have one grade running at a time and students will be spread out around the block, masks will be optional. 

Living our Faith

We are continuing our faith journey by attending weekly school Mass. We have two more school Masses before the end of the school year. Our last Mass will be on Friday, May 28th – our 7th- kindergarten students will be present for Mass. We will not have our regular school Mass on Tuesday, May 25th – our 8th grade students are graduating that afternoon at 2:30.

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Tuesday, May 18th is our school Mass day with our 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 8th grade students in the Cathedral. We will maintain 3ft social distancing. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

Academic Excellence

We will have results from our MAP and STAR test by the end of next week. We are continuing to monitor student growth. Individual student results will be sent home the last week of May. Our students continually score higher than the national average in Reading, Language and Math.

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

Ballots are due tomorrow for the two positions that are open on the St. Joseph’s School Advisory Board. We will let you know next week who has been elected to our School Advisory Board for the 2021-2022 school year.

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 St. Joseph’s teachers and staff who are available over the summer. The St. Joe’s faculty and staff are familiar with our academic curriculum and 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.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Friday, May 14th – St. Joe’s Fun Run
  • Monday, May 24th – Middle School Academic Assembly and National Junior Honor Society recognition
  • Tuesday, May 25th – 8th grade Graduation Mass at 2:30
  • Friday, May 28th – School Mass at 8:15 – Last Day of School – 10:00 am dismissal


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 three 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, a 5th grade teacher (English, Social Studies, Religion), and a one full time and one part time instructional aide. 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 have hired a Director of Development and Marketing – I would like to welcome Kendall Mooney to our amazing staff! She is an enthusiastic, faith filled professional who will be able to move St. Joe’s to the next level in the area of development and marketing.

We are so blessed to be able to work with your children each day! Thank you for partnering with us!

Yours for Excellence in Catholic Education,

Tammy Emerich