Welcome to the SJPA from Kristy Robbins, SJPA President


Welcome to a new year of school and a new year of the St. Joe’s Parent Association (SJPA). My name is Kristy Robbins and I am your SJPA President for the 2021-22 school year. 
 
If this is your first year at St. Joe’s, I would like to extend a warm welcome to each of you. If you are a returning family, I hope that you are as excited as I am to welcome back the time-honored traditions that have made St. Joe’s such a special place for our children and all of us.
The mission of the SJPA is to positively impact the lives of our children and families in two ways: volunteering and fundraising. All of us are a part of the SJPA – students, parents, teachers and staff. Together, through giving of our time, treasure and talent we help our teachers and administration bring the full St. Joe’s experience to life. You can support the SJPA by participating in the numerous events and programs that we have planned throughout the year. Our community is at its best when everyone works together whether you participate as a committee member, volunteer, donor, or as an event attendee, your contributions make the difference.

We also recognize that finding time can be a challenge for all of us. So, please know that we’re here to help you find the perfect volunteer opportunity (click on link below) for you and your schedule.

 
 
Just reach out to me at kristyarobbins@icloud.com – if you need guidance, have questions or ideas. I am here to help connect the dots.

The SJPA looks forward to its partnership our principal Mrs. Tammy Emerich and all our amazing teachers and staff. I look forward to seeing everyone at school soon and throughout the year ahead. Thank you in advance for your contributions of your time, treasure and talent. Your commitment to our school community, our teachers, and most importantly, our students make all the difference in the world!

Let’s be a model of excellence for our children and let’s have a great year!

See you in August,
Kristy

6.22.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy summer! I hope you and your family have been able to enjoy all that our Idaho summers have to offer!  I hope you have time for relaxation, fun and enjoy the blessing of your families and friends.

Class placement was sent out late last week. This is a collaborative effort with input from the principal, teachers, counselor, and parents. Thank you to all who helped with this very important process.

To avoid the summer learning slide, please continue to have your child read each day – it is so important to keep up reading skills over the summer. In addition, it is great to have your child work on math for about 15 minutes per day.

Looking Forward to the 2021-2022 School Year

We are looking forward to the 2021-2022 school year with a return to as much normalcy as possible! St. Joseph’s Catholic School will be open in full capacity for the 2021-2022 school year. Our main focus areas:

  • Our Catholic Identity
  • Academic Excellence
  • Our St. Joseph’s/St. John’s Community – building relationships
  • The continued health and safety of our students and staff

Our school day will return to 8:00 am – 3:00 pm with morning drop off available at 7:35. Middle school will begin class at 8:00 am and finish the day at 3:05 pm. After school care will be available at 3:15.  In communication from Dr. Sarah Quilici and collaboration with Fr. Mariusz, as things currently stand in relation to COVID, masks will be optional for the 2021-2022 school year. Specials will return to our St. Joseph’s schedule: Art, music, Spanish, PE and library! We will resume most volunteer opportunities as well. Of course, things will be adjusted if health and safety concerns arise.

St. Joseph’s will be going through our self study year for our school accreditation. This is an informative process where we will evaluate our school based on the National Standards and Benchmarks of Effective Elementary and Secondary Schools. We will be seeking your input and participation in this process Throughout the 2021-2022 school year.

Faculty/Staff Updates

We have had the opportunity to welcome some amazing faculty and staff to St. Joseph’s for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Michele Winchester will be teaching our 5th grade students English and Social Studies! Mrs. Winchester comes to us with over 20 years of teaching experience with most of those years being in Catholic Schools. She is an enthusiastic professional with a passion for supporting her students and helping them achieve!
  • Megan Korthals will be teaching K-8th grade music. Megan comes to us with vast experience in the music world and work in the Catholic Church. She currently is leading St. John’s youth music ministry. She is a faith filled woman with a passion for music! We are looking forward to resuming our offering of music to our students!
  • Brittany O’Brien will be teaching Middle School Spanish for two periods per day. Mrs. O’Brien majored in Spanish and studied abroad in Spanish speaking countries. Mrs. O’Brien did a fantastic job teaching our 5th grade students but needed to drop to a part-time position. We are pleased that she will continue sharing her expertise with us in a different capacity!
  • Sue Governale will be returning to St. Joseph’s for the upcoming school year. She will be teaching middle school health on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She will also be the head librarian and will work with our K-5th grade students in that capacity.
  • Karen Istok will be joining us as a full time instructional aide. Karen has been part of the St. Joseph’s community for many years. She has served on the St. Joseph’s Parent Association as well as volunteered in many capacities at St. Joseph’s.

Please join me in welcoming these individuals to our St. Joseph’s Community!

Our next communication will come to you at the beginning of August.

Happy Summer – enjoy the 4th of July and God Bless!

 

Thank you for being a part of our St. Joseph’s/St. John’s Catholic Community!

Yours for Excellence in Catholic Education

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

5.27.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

We made it – HAPPY SUMMER!  We have had a great final week of celebrations and recognitions! On Monday, we had our middle school academic awards ceremony and National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony – I am so happy that we were able to recognize and show our appreciation for our students’ hard work. On Tuesday afternoon, we said good-bye to our 8th grade class at the Graduation Mass. It was a beautiful ceremony, and we wish our 8th grade students all the best and send them off with God’s blessing.

Class Placement for the 2021-2022 school year will be sent out the week of June 21st – please check your email.

In addition, we will do a final recap email and send out a parent survey to get your input on the 2020-2021 school year. Please look for this the week of June 7th.

Living our Faith

We will have our final Mass for the school year with all students present in the Cathedral. It is important that we end our year in thanksgiving and prayer! We will be socially distanced in the pews with 7 students in each pew spread out 3ft. Students will remain in their class groupings as they have done throughout the school year. Students will also wear masks as they have done throughout the year.

On June 6th, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is celebrating their Centennial! Come and share your Spirit with our parish community. The celebration is from 1:00-8:00 PM in the Cathedral parking lot. Please see more information and link to sign up to volunteer in the bulletin.

Of Sound Mind and Spirit: Prayer to End the School Year

Academic Excellence

MAP scores are being sent home with your child today -Thursday. Please take a look at the MAP scores and let me know if you have any questions.  I am pleased with our overall school results. Our students continually score higher than the national average in Reading, Language and Math.

Middle school math placement email for next year’s 7th grade students will be sent on Friday, May 28th.

Summer Tutoring

Please reach out to Christy Porter at porterc@stjoes.com if you are interested in summer tutoring for your child. We have a list of St. Joseph’s teachers and staff who are available over the summer. The St. Joe’s faculty and staff are familiar with our academic curriculum and can look at our MAP data and help fill in learning gaps your child may have.

School Uniform

We have made a few changes to our school uniform for the 2021-2022 school year. Both boys and girls will be required to have our St. Joseph’s school logo on white shirts for Mass. In addition, all boys (K-8) will be required to wear a St. Joe’s plaid tie to Mass. Also, we have added the dri-fit option for polo shirts. Based on input by some of our middle school girls, we have lengthened our middle school uniform skirt to knee length. We have two uniform vendors, Educational Outfitters (local store here in Boise) and Land’s End.

COVID

I am very thankful for the efforts of all the St. Joseph’s Faculty, Staff, Students and Parents as we have navigated the COVID pandemic.  Here are the final tracking numbers for the 2020-2021 school year – these are numbers since 9/14/21.

# Positive Student Cases

# Positive Staff Cases

# of Students Quarantined because of COVID exposure

# of Staff Quarantined because of outside exposure (no positive test result)

Cumulative Since 9/14/21

18

1

182

3

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher, a 5th grade teacher (English, Social Studies, Religion), and a one full time and one part time instructional aide. We are no longer accepting applications and are interviewing for all positions this week.

Thank you for choosing St. Joseph’s Catholic School for your child’s education. We appreciate each of our families and are looking forward to a wonderful 2021-2022 school year. Wishing you all a fun-filled summer!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

5.21.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday to all!  It is hard to believe that we have just a little over a week left in the school year! Our teachers have some fun-filled events planned for the last week of school. It is so amazing to witness the growth of our students throughout the school year- spiritually, academically, and physically! We are truly privileged to work with your children!

Living our Faith

This afternoon, Fr. Mariusz and Deacon Derrick will be coming over to give an end of the year blessing for our students.  We have one more school Mass before the end of the school year. Our last Mass will be on Friday, May 28th – our 7th- kindergarten students will be present for Mass. We will not have our regular school Mass on Tuesday, May 25th – our 8th grade students are graduating that afternoon at 2:30. A prayer for our students as they finish out the last week of school:

Prayer for Students Father of Light and Wisdom, thank you for giving me a mind that can know and a hear… | Prayer for students, Exam prayer, Prayer for exam success

Academic Excellence

We will have results from our MAP and STAR test by the end of this week. We are continuing to monitor student growth. Individual student results will be sent home the last week of May. Our students continually score higher than the national average in Reading, Language and Math.

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

Thank you to those who ran for the two open positions on our St. Joseph’s School Advisory Board. We had seven people on the ballot – that is the most ever! Congratulations to Kelly Lim and Christina Daccarett and welcome our School Advisory Board for the 2021-2022 school year.

Summer Tutoring

Please reach out to Christy Porter at porterc@stjoes.com if you are interested in summer tutoring for your child. We have a list of St. Joseph’s teachers and staff who are available over the summer. The St. Joe’s faculty and staff are familiar with our academic curriculum and can look at our MAP data and help fill in learning gaps your child may have.

School Uniform

We have made a few changes to our school uniform for the 2021-2022 school year. Both boys and girls will be required to have our St. Joseph’s school logo on white shirts for Mass. In addition, all boys (K-8) will be required to wear a St. Joe’s plaid tie to Mass. Also, we have added the dri-fit option for polo shirts. Based on input by some of our middle school girls, we have lengthened our middle school uniform skirt to knee length. We have two uniform vendors, Educational Outfitters (local store here in Boise) and Lands’ End.

As we finish out the school year, please remember that shorts and skirts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee. Pants and shorts need to be uniform style.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Monday, May 24th – Middle School Academic Assembly and National Junior Honor Society recognition
  • Tuesday, May 25th – 8th grade Graduation Mass at 2:30
  • Friday, May 28th – School Mass at 8:15 – Last Day of School – 10:00 am dismissal

COVID

We will continue to monitor and adjust as we see best for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience!

With three weeks left in the school year, we have zero positive cases of COVID-19. Thank you for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers 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

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher, a 5th grade teacher (English, Social Studies, Religion), and a one full time and one part time instructional aide. These jobs are posted on our school website and the Diocesan website. We will be interviewing for these positions over the next two weeks.

We have hired a Director of Development and Marketing – I would like to welcome Kendall Mooney to our amazing staff! She is an enthusiastic, faith filled professional who will be able to move St. Joe’s to the next level in development and marketing.

We are so blessed to be able to work with your children each day! Thank you for partnering with us!

Yours for Excellence in Catholic Education,

Tammy Emerich

5.13.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday to all! Tomorrow is our Fun Run – this is an exciting event. This year, all proceeds go to Playtopia – our upcoming playground renovation.  We have two weeks left in the school year and students are continuing to learn.  We have finished MAP testing for our 2nd – 8th grade students. MAP results will be sent home with your child the last week of school.

For the Fun Run tomorrow, the temperature is supposed to be a warm 80 degrees. Since we only have one grade running at a time and students will be spread out around the block, masks will be optional. 

Living our Faith

We are continuing our faith journey by attending weekly school Mass. We have two more school Masses before the end of the school year. Our last Mass will be on Friday, May 28th – our 7th- kindergarten students will be present for Mass. We will not have our regular school Mass on Tuesday, May 25th – our 8th grade students are graduating that afternoon at 2:30.

Patience | Faith prayer, Inspirational prayers, Prayers

Tuesday, May 18th is our school Mass day with our 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 8th grade students in the Cathedral. We will maintain 3ft social distancing. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

Academic Excellence

We will have results from our MAP and STAR test by the end of next week. We are continuing to monitor student growth. Individual student results will be sent home the last week of May. Our students continually score higher than the national average in Reading, Language and Math.

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

Ballots are due tomorrow for the two positions that are open on the St. Joseph’s School Advisory Board. We will let you know next week who has been elected to our School Advisory Board for the 2021-2022 school year.

Summer Tutoring

Please reach out to Christy Porter at porterc@stjoes.com if you are interested in summer tutoring for your child. We have a list of St. Joseph’s teachers and staff who are available over the summer. The St. Joe’s faculty and staff are familiar with our academic curriculum and can look at our MAP data and help fill in learning gaps your child may have.

School Uniform

We have made a few changes to our school uniform for the 2021-2022 school year. Both boys and girls will be required to have our St. Joseph’s school logo on white shirts for Mass. In addition, all boys (K-8) will be required to wear a St. Joe’s plaid tie to Mass. Also, we have added the dri-fit option for polo shirts. We have two uniform vendors, Educational Outfitters (local store here in Boise) and Land’s End.

As we finish out the school year, please remember that shorts and skirts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee. Pants and shorts need to be uniform style.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Friday, May 14th – St. Joe’s Fun Run
  • Monday, May 24th – Middle School Academic Assembly and National Junior Honor Society recognition
  • Tuesday, May 25th – 8th grade Graduation Mass at 2:30
  • Friday, May 28th – School Mass at 8:15 – Last Day of School – 10:00 am dismissal

COVID

We will continue to monitor and adjust as we see best for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience!

With three weeks left in the school year, we have zero positive cases of COVID-19. Thank you for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers 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

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher, a 5th grade teacher (English, Social Studies, Religion), and a one full time and one part time instructional aide. These jobs are posted on our school website and the Diocesan website. If you know of someone who would be a great fit for our school, please refer them to one of these sites.

We have hired a Director of Development and Marketing – I would like to welcome Kendall Mooney to our amazing staff! She is an enthusiastic, faith filled professional who will be able to move St. Joe’s to the next level in the area of development and marketing.

We are so blessed to be able to work with your children each day! Thank you for partnering with us!

Yours for Excellence in Catholic Education,

Tammy Emerich

Principal