9.23.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good Afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Great things are happening at St. Joseph’s! The level of faith formation and instruction that our teachers provide for our students is superb! Our team is very dedicated to forming the whole child – spirit, mind and body! We are blessed to have such an amazing group of teachers and staff here at St. Joe’s!

The St. Joseph’s Fall Carnival is this Saturday, September 25th. Come and join the fun and build community this Saturday from 6:00-9:00!

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • Saturday, September 25th – St. Joseph’s Fall Carnival
  • Friday, October 1st – Catholic Educator’s Conference – No school
  • Tuesday, October 12th – SJPA meeting at 3:15
  • Friday, October 15th – End of first quarter – noon dismissal (no after school club)

As masks are required for all while inside the school building, please remember to have at least one extra mask for your child in their backpack.

Catholicity

Mass

Attending Mass is of paramount importance in our Catholic Faith. As a Catholic School, attendance at our weekly Mass is an integral part of our faith formation for our students.  On Tuesday, September 28th, our K, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass livestreamed into the classroom. Ms. Major’s 4th 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 Parish is hosting a Parish Mission with Fr. John Burns on September 27th-29th. Please click on the link for more details.

Becoming Catholic

Every year our Cathedral is blessed to have students and parents from St. Joseph’s School who express the desire to join the Catholic Church. We have a program at the parish, the Right of Christian Initiation for Children, that will begin on October 1, 2021. Please let us know by that date if your child who is not Catholic would like to participate.

  1. We will have a deadline of October 1, 2021, to identify children who would like to spend the year discerning becoming Catholic at which point if they appear to be sufficiently prepared, they would enter at the Easter Vigil 2022, celebrated by Bishop Peter Christensen.
  2. The process of RCIA adapted for children is based on the Church’s belief that one enters the Church in one of 2 ways: either as an infant (usually up to approximately age 5- before the age of reason sets in) through the Rite of Baptism for Children, OR when a child reaches catechetical age (usually around 6 or 7 years of age) through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children.  Children who have reached the age of reason always receive all the sacraments of initiation at the same time. Those who are validly baptized in other Christian denominations (we call them candidates) make the profession of faith and receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation, and those who are not baptized receive three sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist; they are called catechumens. Some questions a child may ask who has reached this stage are Who is God? How do I pray? Can we go to Church? In other words, a child who is capable of nurturing and receiving a personal faith and who recognizes an obligation in conscience.
  3. A child must have either strong parental support or a faithfully practicing Catholic friend or family member who will see that the child is able to participate in the Sunday liturgy each week.

Please contact Teresa Wittery or Monica Gamboa the Director of Religious Education by October 1, 2021. May God bless all of you. teresaw@boisecathedral.org or monicag@boisecathedral.org You may also call:  208.342.3511

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!

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s. This week, we have had three positive cases and 11 in quarantine.

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

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. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.

Middle School Instructional Aide

We are looking for a person who loves to work with middle school students and help our middle school teachers. The hours are 10:30-1:30 Monday-Friday. This person will help in middle school science, morning and afternoon recess duty, and help teachers with daily tasks.

2021 is the year of St. Joseph. There are many prayers to our patron saint. I will be sharing those with you for the rest of 2021.

St. Joseph Prayer for 2020 — Nativity of Our Lord Parish

We are so blessed to work with your children at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Thank you for entrusting your child’s education to us!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich