St. Joe’s Open House is February 20th

St. Joseph’s Catholic School is Idaho’s oldest continually operated Catholic School, educating generations of students for 118 years!

Join us for an OPEN HOUSE for prospective families Tuesday, February 20, 10-11:30 am.

Open enrollment for grades K-8 for the 2018-19 academic year begins February 20, 2018.

Call 208-342-4909 or visit for more information.



Catholic Schools Week is Jan. 28-Feb. 2

Catholic Schools Week is  Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2018
This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.

Philanthropic Cause:

Learning Lab – This group was selected by Student Council continuing our theme of St. Joseph. Student Council believes this local group models the care and teaching aspect of St. Joseph. The Learning Lab is a literacy education center for adults and families with young children. Classes are based on students’ individual needs and offer reading, writing, math and English language learning curricula.  

We really want to involve the students this year. Instead of class competitions, we have a school goal of $1,000 ($2.50 per student).  We will collect various types of money each day. We encourage students if they do not have the money themselves to do work around the home to earn it. If we reach the $1,000 mark students will earn an extra Spirit Day. If we double our goal, and reach $2,000, we will have two more Chik-fil-a Mondays.

Sunday: “Celebrating Your Parish” Mass, St. John’s 11:30

Monday:  “Celebrating Your Community” ”
SLE:  Social
Dress-up Theme: School of Rock, appropriate band concert shirts attire

  • Opening Prayer Service, 8:15 a.m- 8:45

Philanthropic: students bring pennies for donation

Tuesday:  “Celebrate your Students”
SLE:  Academic
Dress-Up Theme:  Pajama Day
Celebrate Buddies

Philanthropic: students bring nickels and dimes for donation

Wednesday: “Celebrating the Nation”
SLE:  Citizenship
Dress-Up Theme:  Celebrate your culture/heritage

Philanthropic: students bring quarters for donation

Thursday: “Celebrating Vocations”
SLE:  Spiritual
Dress-Up Theme:  Favorite Saint

Guest Speakers in Cathedral

  • Grades K-2, 9:45-10:15, Sister Sheila and Sister Suzi
  • Grades 3-5, 10:15-10:45 Michael Bachmeier
  • Grades 6-8, 2:15-2:45 Michael Bachmeier

Philanthropic: students bring cash for donation

Friday: “Celebrating Faculty, Staff & Volunteers”
SLE:  Physical
Dress-Up Theme: Mass Dress, but can bring crazy socks and hats to change into after mass for the assembly and Sock Hop to change into later in the day

  • Mass at St. Mark’s with all Treasure Valley Catholic Schools, 10:00 am (Mass Dress)
  • All School Assembly 1:45 in the gym (can change into crazy socks and hats)                
  • All School Sock Hop 2:30 in the gym
    • There will be a classroom available for students who need a break from the noise

Philanthropic: students bring any type of monetary donation

Saturday: “Celebrating Families”

  • First Reconciliation 8:30 am

Principal’s Post – 11/21/27

Thank to to Mrs. Seibert and all of our students from various grades serving, reading, and leading in Mass today.

Thank you to all of our grandparents and VIPs in attendance today too! We are so blessed to yet again have a packed house. Thank to the the 6th and 7th grades for going up to the choir loft to make room for our guests.

Deacon O’Neill’s homily from today can be read following this link. He calls us to continue to be smart, brave, strong, and holy.

At this time of year, we are called and reminded to be thankful. As I make my way through every day here at St. Joseph’s I witness countless times the many things we have to be grateful for and proud of as a community. The number of people packing St. John’s Cathedral today for a school Mass can only be rivaled by the Christmas and Easter Masses. The number of guests speaks volumes of the community support our school has, thank you.

The partnership and service our school and community lead and participate with is heartwarming, touching, and I believe life changing. This week alone — from reading Christmas cards our students are drawing and writing for local homeless Veterans or Veterans at the VA Hospital to the free market middle school runs for the homeless to the joyous ear to ear smiles walking the halls with grandparents and VIPs today — I am thankful to work in such a place.

The art and writing of our St. Joseph’s Catholic School students is recently captured in the Idaho Catholic Register. To see the featured artwork, please click HERE, select View in the top left, then select Present.  If this does not work, open the PDF of the email and they can be viewed in black and white.

Thanksgiving Art from both Mrs. Howard and Mrs. Marcus’s classes is currently being displayed at St. Alphonsus in the Children’s Art Hallway S7.

Thank you again to everyone who celebrated Mass with us this week. May everyone always feel welcome to join us for our weekly Mass, and may everyone have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

Late Start Wednesday Student Yoga with Mrs. Elwer

As is continues to get colder, we are going to try offering yoga in the gym Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:15. Mrs. Elwer, the k-4 PE teacher, will lead students through an activity to get students active and ready for the day. Students who come early on Wednesdays will have the choice to stay in the cafeteria or outside (depending the weather) or to go to the gym.

We will start this and pilot until Christmas on the following dates:

  • 11/29 (the week we return from Thanksgiving)
  • 12/6
  • 12/13
  • 12/20

Middle School Youth Rally:

Grades 6, 7, and 8 will be joining the middle school students from all the Treasure Valley Catholic Schools at Bishop Kelly Friday, December 1st for a Middle School Retreat. St. Joseph’s Catholic School Students will be bussed from St. Joseph’s to Bishop Kelly, and the students will be bussed back to St. Joseph’s.  


  • Students need to return their permission slips by Tuesday, November 28
  • Students need to bring a cold sack lunch
  • Students need to be at St. Joseph’s by 8 am to get on the busses, and the busses will return before school ends


Safety: Leaving the school building and after school:

  • Starting Monday, 27, the Monday we return from Thanksgiving, we ask all students and families to exit the school through the main entrance; this includes the doors exiting onto Fort St. We are making this change to reduce the chance of someone entering the building. We appreciate your support to ensure student safety the best we can.

Family Catechesis:

Click here for a link to Feeding Your Family’s Soul and other options for working together to deepen faith as a family.

Our upcoming weekend school Masses are:

  • Sunday, Dec. 10 10 a.m. Yanci  
  • Sunday, Jan. 28 11:30 a.m. (Catholic Schools Week)  ( School Choir ) 8th grade Gamboa/Seibert
  • Sunday, Feb. 11 5 p.m. (Hallisey Mass) – Grant/McClure
  • Sunday, March 11 10 a.m.. ( School Choir )  Weaver/Howard
  • Saturday, April 28 5 p.m. 1st Communion   ( School Choir ) Cammann/Seidler
  • Sunday, May 20 1 p.m. (Spanish Mass) Olivares

Bravely act like a saint today!

St. Joseph’s Catholic School Registration almost full for 2017-18

Enrollment Update for 2017-18:

393 students total

Kindergarten–only 2 spots available

4th grade–full/wait list

5th grade–only 1 spot available

6th grade–only 4 spots available

8th grade–full/wait list

Staffing Update:

4th grade–Mary Ellen retiring

Kalynn Schneider, from Garfield Elementary, has been hired for 4th grade

5th grade–Carolynne Joy retiring–will do some long term sub jobs for maternity leave (she will start the year for Molly Wiebold, who will be on maternity leave)

Ricardo Yanci will be teaching 5th grade full time next year

Business Manager–Prudy Ronan retiring

Staffing Needs:

Full time business manager

Full time cafeteria assistant (6 hours/day)

Part time custodian (20 hours/week)

End of Year:

8th grade graduation is Monday, May 22 at 1 p.m. Please come and see our students graduate.

The last day of school is Friday, May 26 with a 10 a.m. dismissal.

End of the Year Celebrations

The 2016-17 school year is almost complete.  We could not end the year without several celebrations to cap off a great year!  Please take note of all of these important dates.

On Friday, May 12 at 8:15 a.m. we will have our Spring Awards Assembly for grades 5-8.  At this assembly, we celebrate the accomplishments of our middle school students and recognize the great things they have achieved academically, and in service to their school and community.

The afternoon of May 12 is our Fun Run.  The Fun Run is one of my favorite days at St. Joseph’s Catholic School each year!  The students all get outside and get active in support of our school.  Please come run with us!

Friday, May 19 is Field Day for students in grades 1-5.  Again, this is a great opportunity to get students outside and get them active.  Friday, May 19 is also the last day of traditional class for our 8th grade students.

On Monday, May 22 we will have the graduation Mass for our 8th grade students at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24 at 9 a.m. is kindergarten graduation.

Friday, May 26 is the last day of school for grades 1-7. School is dismissed at 10 a.m.  We have a powerful celebration as a school community on the last day of school.  We close with a balloon rosary, and each class presents highlights from their year.  At the conclusion of the celebration, students receive their final report cards.  It is a special day that students should not miss!

I just returned to the office on Tuesday afternoon of this week.  I am working to finalize staffing for next year, as well as class placements.  We anticipate being able to post class lists for next year at the close of the school day on Friday, May 26 (10 a.m.).  We are working to make sure that each student at St. Joseph’s Catholic School is in a class placement where they can grow spiritually, academically, and physically.  Thank you for your support and patience with this process.