9.9.2021 Principal’s Blog

Good Afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

I hope you all had a nice extended weekend last week. We have been in school four weeks and our students are growing in their faith and learning new content and gaining new skills. Picture day is tomorrow, Friday, September 10th. Students may wear free dress that is school appropriate. Please see the ordering information attached to this week’s school bulletin.

  • Dress code for picture day: Students may wear a school appropriate shirt or top (modesty is the key) of their choice and spirit dress bottoms (Please see the spirit dress guidelines in Handbook). Girls may wear a dress of choice, no shorter than 3 inches above the knee, if a dress is sleeveless, a sweater must be worn over the dress.

We will begin MAP testing next week for our 2nd-8th grade students. The areas tested are math, English language and reading. Our 5th and 7th grade students also take a science test. MAP is our standardized testing Measure. Please click on this link for more information about this test. St. Joseph’s continues to score well above the national average on the MAP standardized assessment.

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • Friday, September 10th – School Picture Day
  • September 13th-17th MOSS camp for 7th graders
  • Tuesday, September 21st – SJPA Meeting at 3:15pm
  • Wednesday, September 22nd – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00pm
  • Saturday, September 25th – St. Joseph’s Fall Carnival
  • Friday, October 1st – Catholic Educators Conference – No school



Living our Catholic Faith is paramount in our Mission as a Catholic school and Mass is an integral part of our faith formation. On Tuesday, September 14th, kindergarten, 2nd, 4th. 6th and 8th grades will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. 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.

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, the Director of Religious Education by October 1, 2021. May God bless all of you. teresaw@boisecathedral.org. 208.342.3511

COVID Response

We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year! Please see the latest email on our updated mask policy.

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s. This week, we have had two positive cases and eight students in quarantine. Based on contact tracing, we did not have to quarantine any students as there was no exposure in school.  – please refer to our link above to see weekly statistics.

  • 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. 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.

Playground Update

The playground is finished! Thank you so much to Anita Miller – our School Operations Manager – for leading out on this project. A big thank you to Dean Pape as well for sharing your expertise with the team and helping with the project.

Safety Before and After School

Traffic around St. Joseph’s before and after school is heavy. Please remember to use the crosswalks when walking your children to the school building. Thank you.

Prayers | Catholic Diocese of Cleveland | Cleveland, OH

Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s education – we appreciate each of you!


Tammy Emerich