1.28.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Winter has returned to Boise this week – it is cold. The great thing is that we are still able to go outside and have our students play at recess. Please remember to send your child with a coat. I am looking forward to spring which is just around the corner!

Tomorrow, January 29th, is a teacher work day – students do not have school.

I observed two full lessons this week to begin the teacher evaluation cycle.  It is a true privilege for me to see the learning that is happening in our school. Our in-person learning plan is working and our students are learning and growing in faith, learning and social interaction – what a blessing!

Catholic Schools Week

On Saturday, January 30th, we kick off Catholic Schools Week! Mrs. Patrick’s 3rd grade class is hosting Mass at 5:00 PM in the St. John’s Cathedral. Please see the videos posted on our St. Joseph’s Facebook Page . We have some great events planned and are partnering with the Women and Children’s Alliance for our charity. Please see all the activities and dress up days posted in our bulletin this week! A big thank you to Katie Patrick for taking the lead on organizing a great Catholic Schools Week for St. Joseph’s!

Re-Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten next school year, please remember that while they have priority because of siblings you still must apply. We have 40 students on our list and can accept 44.  Please complete a New Student Application to apply for kindergarten. We currently have a waitlist for the 2021-2022 school year in every class except 4th grade.

The link to re-enroll your student(s) for the 2021-22 school year will be emailed on Monday, February 1st to the primary contact listed in Rediker, our school information system, not to both parents. The deadline to re-enroll for 2021-22 is February 21st.  Please call or email Annie Granvall granvalla@stjoes.com in the front office if you have any questions.

Tuition and Fees for 2021-2022

Last week, the St. Joseph’s School Advisory Board met – one of the items on the agenda was looking at tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 school year. Please click on this link to read a letter from Joe Forney, our school advisory board chair, on the decision that was made. I am going to send out a video communication on Monday providing additional information on this topic.

COVID-19

In our 4th week of second semester, we have zero students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Thank you to all our St. Joseph’s families for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers very 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
  • Request that you limit exposure over the next month to immediate family – avoid sleep overs or group gatherings.
  • We have a 3-day travel quarantine in place if you travel out of state.
  • Please consider the health and safety or our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others
  • see Illness Decision Tree for Schools

Distance Learning

We will not be offering distance learning for the remainder of the school year with a few exceptions. Those students who are in quarantine due to COVID exposure or who have tested positive may log in to classes if that is currently offered for that grade level.

  • Students who are home sick (including their siblings) may also log in as we are asking our families cooperation with this.
  • If you choose to travel– joining a live streamed class will not be available.

All other absences will be treated as regular absence and work can be completed after returning to school.

#BravelyGiveToday – Fundraising Drive

During this unprecedented school year, we are unable to have our usual fundraising events that help us keep tuition increases minimal. To date, our school community has donated $123,00 – we are so grateful for your support! Our goal is to reach $250,000 and 100% family participation. Over the past few years, we have averaged about $150,00. Please give what you can during this time. Remember that monetary donations are tax deductible.

Here is a prayer as we begin Catholic Schools Week!

Prayer for Catholic Schools Week: Inspired by St. John Bosco - Today's Catholic Teacher

We are grateful for your continued trust and support of our wonderful school. Thank you for partnering with us!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich