Principal’s Blog 2.10.2022

Happy Thursday St. Joseph’s Families,

We have had a wonderful week here at St. Joseph’s! Our kindergarten and 1st grade students celebrated their 100th days of school! It is always a fun celebration! It is nice that the weather is warming up a little – it lifts everyone’s spirits.

Last week, during Catholic Schools Week, our students and staff donated items to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Mrs. Porter and some middle school students took the donated items to the shelter. What a beautiful testament to our Catholic Social Teaching by helping the poor and vulnerable in our society.

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • Monday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day. Parties in some classes. Students may wear a red or pink top with uniform pants/skirt.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 16th – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:30 in cafeteria
  • Monday, February 21st – No School – President’s Day
  • February 25th-27th – Hallissey Basketball Tournament


Re-enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is due Friday, February 11th.  The completed parental covenant should be brought to the school along with school fees payment. On Monday, February 14, 2022, we will open enrollment for all other families interested in St. Joseph’s. Please let us know if you have any questions.


School Mass

On Tuesday, February 15th, our 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. Mrs. Skinner’s 3rd 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 Cathedral Parish

Fr. Mariusz and Fr. Aleksander comes into the school each week on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. We appreciate them sharing their faith with us and helping guide our students on their faith journey. We appreciate their involvement in the school!

Teachers and Staff

We have welcomed a new instructional aide to our team. Natasha Schiese is working with kindergarten, second grade and supporting middle school teachers. She is a great addition to our school.

It is a bittersweet announcement letting you know that Anita Miller, our school operations manager, and Sara Cox, our 1st grade teacher will be leaving St. Joseph’s at the end of the school year. They both are pursuing the next opportunity in their lives, and while they will be greatly missed, we are proud of both of them and are in full support. Anita has an opportunity to do what she loves, being with her family and working outdoors. Sara has pursued her education to become a school principal and has accepted the principal position at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Boise.

We appreciate all that Anita has done for St. Joseph’s over the last five years – she is a dedicated, hardworking, faith-filled woman. Anita always has a smile on her face and is such a positive part of our school.

Here is a message from Anita:

It is with very mixed emotions that I write this message to the St. Joseph’s Community. At the end of April I will be leaving St. Joe’s to join my parents at Pistol Creek Ranch on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. They will be managing the ranch and I will be working with them. I am very sad to leave but very excited for the opportunity to work with my parents and be in the beautiful backcountry of Idaho. To say I have been so blessed by my time at St. Joe’s is a major understatement. This is a wonderful community, and I am so grateful for the staff and families. I appreciate all of you for supporting me in my different roles here over the years. I will miss all of you more than you know! God’s blessings to all!

Sara Cox is an amazing teacher and leader! She has such a positive outlook and great knowledge of primary education! We appreciate all Sara has done to help with several accreditation cycles and her input on the school leadership team!

Here is a message from Sara:

Dear St. Joseph’s Catholic School Community, I began my career as an educator in 2009 in a place that now truly feels like a second home to me.  It has always been a career aspiration to become an administrator in a school.  It is extremely bittersweet to announce that I have accepted the position of principal at Sacred Heart Catholic School.  Through my experience, I have made friends that feel like family in my colleagues and worked with so many remarkable families and students.  I have cherished my time here and it is extremely bittersweet to walk away from Room 103.  St. Joe’s will always hold a special place in my heart.  I am looking forward to my endeavor as a principal and look with excitement on all that awaits.  Thank you is not simply enough to each and every one of you!  God bless you all.

Thank you both for being part of our St. Joseph’s Community – we will miss you!

COVID Response

Great news!  Numbers of absences and illness have declined quite a bit this week.  Thank you for your help, grace and understanding. For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

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 –
  • 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
  • Good things to remember to help prevent illness:
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you are sick

As we approach Valentine’s Day, a reminder about Love: Love Is Patient Love Is Kind Poster - 1 Corinthians 13 Bible Verse Art Print : Handmade Products

Happy Valentine’s Day! We are grateful that your family is part of our St. Joseph’s Catholic School community!

St. Joe’s Advisory Board Mtg Agenda Feb 16, 2022

Many Blessings,

Tammy Emerich