9.3.2020 Principal’s News


Happy Thursday St. Joseph’s Families,

Wishing you a great Labor Day weekend – I hope you and your family can get out and enjoy these last days of our beautiful Idaho summer! We had a great 3rd week of our phased in school reopening bringing in small groups, we are looking forward to having our students back every day next week; ½ in the morning and ½ in the afternoon.

School Requirements:

We want to be able to continue our in person learning throughout the year and we need your help. We all need to practice the 3 W’s both in and out of school:

  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask

  • Wash your hands

  • Watch your distance when with others

All students should be in our school uniform following our dress code.

A couple of reminders, we are trying to limit the number of people in the building. If possible, please drop things off at the front door and we will pick the items up. While we understand the need to keep appointments made months ago, we would like to encourage that all appointments going forward be scheduled during a time when your child(ren) are not in class.Thank you for your help with this.

Week of September 8th – 11th 

Here is information for the fourth week of school:

AM Session 8:00-11:00 – Kindergarten – 8th grade

  • Students should arrive by 7:55 am and be picked up at 11:00. Drop off begins at 7:45 – please do not drop your child off earlier than this. There will be adult supervision outside for our students starting at 7:45.

  • Student drop off and pick up – New information – the drive through path will be available from 7:45- 8:00 and again from 11:00 – 11:10. You can enter from Hays and exit onto 9th Street.

  • Students will line up by grade level – There is a new order to this (please see diagram below). Middle school students will line up off 8th Street. Teachers will be outside at 7:55 and then we will bring students into the building- school starts promptly at 8:00 AM. You can pick your child up at the same location as drop-off.

PM Session 12:30 – 3:30 – Kindergarten – 8th grade

  • Students should arrive by 12:25 pm and be picked up at 3:30. Drop off begins at 12:15 pm – please do not drop your child off earlier than this. There will be adult supervision outside for our students starting at 12:15.

  • Student drop off and pick up – New information – the drive through path will be available from 12:15- 12:30 and again from 3:30-3:40. You can enter from Hays and exit onto 9th Street.

  • Students will line up by grade level – There is a new order to this (please see diagram below). Middle school students will line up off 8th Street. Teachers will be outside at 12:25 and then we will bring students into the building- school starts promptly at 12:30 PM. You can pick your child up at the same location as drop-off. There will be adult supervision starting at 12:15.

School Mass

As a Catholic school, it is essential for us to practice our Catholicity, participate in the Sacraments and attend Mass. School Mass is required and will be resuming on September 15th – Fr. Mariusz has agreed to close the Cathedral to the public and Mass will take place for a small group of students each week. Our school Mass is open only to students and the teachers of those students.  Mass will be livestreamed and recorded for those students not attending in person. For those students attending Mass in person, Mass dress is required.

Here is the schedule until the end of 1st quarter:

Tuesday, Sept. 15 7th and 6th AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, Sept. 22   8th and 6th PM students Mass at 12:45 PM

Tuesday, Sept 29    4th and 5th AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, Oct. 6 4th and 5th PM students Mass at 12:45 PM

Tuesday, Oct 13 2nd and 3rd AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

After School Care

Starting September 8th, we will have after care for those families who are enrolled in the afternoon session only (12:30 – 3:30); aftercare will run from 3:30 – 5:30. We are working on a sign up sheet as we need to know how many students to plan for – we will limit 12 in each group. After School Care students will focus on completing schoolwork, when that is finished, students should read a book of choice. We will not be playing board games, snacks will be provided and eaten outside.

Back to School Night

Our Back to School Night will look quite different this year – it will be virtual. The date is set for Wednesday, September 16th at 6:00 PM.

  • 6:00 – 6:15 PM – Principal’s Message/General School Information

    • SJPA – Message/Information

  • Teachers will do one live Google Meet meeting by grade level

    • Discussion points: Welcome, What to expect in that specific grade level, expectations for students, new learning platforms, etc. There will be a short question/answer period at the end of the session.

    • Teachers will record this session and post it for those parents who are not able to attend

St. John’s Parish/School Connection

St. Joseph’s School and St. John’s Parish have a strong relationship. St. Joseph’s Catholic school is St. John’s Parish biggest ministry.

We would like to share some information about becoming Catholic. The process of RCIA adapted for children is based on the Church’s belief that one enters in the Church in one of two ways – either as an infant through the Rite of Baptism for Children or when a child reaches catechetical age – a child who is capable of nurturing and receiving personal faith. The Parish is offering religious education to our students and/or their families who would like to become Catholic. The deadline for enrollment is October 1, 2020. It is important that a child have parental support or a faithful family member or friend who will help the child in their faith journey. Participation in the Sunday liturgy each week is of utmost importance. Please contact St. John’s Parish if you would like to learn more.

Please continue to support St. John’s Parish or your local parish – donations have decreased since the onset of COVID-19 and we need to help our Catholic Parishes out more than ever.

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Thank you for choosing St. Joseph’s Catholic School – we are truly blessed to have you as part of our St. Joe’s Family.

Take Care and God Bless,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School