2.25.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

I hope you are enjoying our last days of winter! I have continued teacher observations this week. It is a privilege to be able to observe the learning that is happening at St. Joseph’s; I observed creating Arc graphs in English and creating line plots in 2nd grade. Our teachers are doing an amazing job engaging our students and helping them grow spiritually and academically. We are all blessed by our faculty and staff’s dedication, caring and professionalism!

Lenten Season

We are finishing up our first week of Lent. May we all be blessed with God’s grace during our Lenten journeys.

  • Tuesday, March 2nd  – 2nd and 3rd grades will attend Mass in person at 8:15. Mrs. Skinner’s 3rd grade class will host Mass. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

Here is prayer for you continue your Lenten Journey:

A Prayer for Lenten Grace | Holy week prayer, Lent prayers, Prayers

COVID

As we continue to evaluate our procedures put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we will be making some adjustments. Because the numbers have gone down significantly across the country, we will lift the travel quarantine beginning Monday, March 1st. 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!

Important Reminders/Information:

  • We are lifting the travel quarantine beginning March 1st
  • 2021-22 Open Enrollment has begun for interested new families
  • Friday, February 26th is a Teacher workday – no students
  • If your child is arriving late after 8:10 or you are checking them out early, a parent must come to the office to sign them in or out.
  • Middle School will begin eating outside next week (as long as the weather stays nice)

News from the last two weeks – still important . . .

TVCS Middle School spring Sports will begin March 29th – please see the information in this week’s communication.

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher and Development/Marketing Director. These jobs are posted on our school website, the Diocesan website and nationally through NCEA – National Catholic Education Association. If you know of someone who would be a great fit for our school, please refer them to one of these sites.

Tuition and Fees for 2021-2022

Tuition and fees have been set for next school year:

  • Fees are $400 per student
  • Tuition – Practicing Catholic is $,4990 and Non-Catholic tuition is $6,328
  • Our cost to educate is $6,408.84

#BravelyGiveToday Fundraising Drive

To date, our school community has donated $128,772– we are so grateful for your support! Our goal is to reach $250,000 and 100% family participation. Currently, 30% of our families have donated. Over the past few years, we have averaged about $150,000. Please give what you can during this time. Remember that monetary donations are tax deductible. In addition, we are not requiring volunteer hours this school year due to COVID-19- with this, please donate to our fund-raising effort this year.

COVID-19

In our 8th week of second semester, we have zero positive cases of COVID-19. Thank you to all our St. Joseph’s families 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
  • Request that you limit exposure over the next month to immediate family – avoid sleep overs or group gatherings.
  • 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.

Thank you for your continued partnership with us as we guide our students in faith and learning!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

2.18.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday to All! We have begun Lent and our classes are focusing on the three pillars: Praying, Fasting and Alms Giving. Our teachers do an amazing job helping students to reflect and grow on the Lenten Journey. Here is prayer for you as you begin your Lenten Journey:

My divine Lord, I give myself to You this Lent. Draw me in so that I may come to know You more. Reveal to me Your divine presence, dwelling deep within me, calling me to Yourself. May this Lent, dear Lord, be glorious as I strengthen my love and devotion through the discovery of the gift of true prayer. Amen

Taken from Catholic Daily Reflections

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Deadline for re-enrollment is Sunday, February 21st
  • Enrollment opens to interested families on Monday, February 22nd
  • Friday, February 26th is a Teacher workday – no students
  • Please use the crosswalks to arrive and leave school
  • Please do not park in drop off zones on 8th and 9th streets – there has been some congestion in the mornings, and it poses a safety issue
  • If your child is arriving late after 8:10 or you are checking them out early, a parent must come to the office to sign them in or out.

Lenten Season

Lent began on Wednesday, February 17th with Ash Wednesday. Fr. Dominique presided over Mass and spoke of the Joy of our Lenten journey as we deepen our relationship with Christ. Fr. Mariusz and Deacon Derrick came to the school and distributed ashes to our students and staff classroom by classroom.

  • Tuesday, February 23rd – 4th and 5th grades will attend Mass in person at 8:15. Mrs. O’Brien’s 5th grade class will host Mass.

TVCS Middle School Spring Sports will begin March 29th – please see the information in this week’s communication.

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher and Development/Marketing Director. These jobs are posted on our school website, the Diocesan website and nationally through NCEA – National Catholic Education Association. If you know of someone who would be a great fit for our school, please refer them to one of these sites.

News from the last two weeks – still important . . .

Re-Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

We have begun re-enrolling our current St. Joseph’s students for the 2021-2022 school year. Yesterday, reminders were sent to those who have not re-registered for next year. Current families will have through February 21st to re-enroll. If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten next school year, please remember that they have priority because of siblings but you still must apply. We have 46 students on our kindergarten list and can accept 44.  We currently have a waitlist for the 2021-2022 school year in every class except 4th grade.

Please call or email Annie Granvall at granvalla@stjoes.com if you have any questions.

Tuition and Fees for 2021-2022

Tuition and fees have been set for next school year:

  • Fees are $400 per student
  • Tuition – Practicing Catholic is $4,990 and Non-Catholic tuition is $6,328
  • Our cost to educate is $6,408.84

#BravelyGiveToday Fundraising Drive

To date, our school community has donated $127,777– 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 $150,000. Please give what you can during this time. Remember that monetary donations are tax deductible. In addition, we are not requiring volunteer hours this school year due to COVID-19- with this, please donate to our fund-raising effort this year.

COVID-19

In our 7th week of second semester, we have one student who has 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 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.

Thank you for your continued partnership with us as we guide our students in faith and learning!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

2.11.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday and Happy Valentine’s Day on Sunday! We are more than halfway into 3rd quarter – our students are learning and growing in faith. We are truly blessed to be in full, in person learning. We have not seen the learning loss that students around the country are experiencing thanks to the caring and dedication of our faculty and staff.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • We do not have school on Monday, February 15th as it is President’s Day.
  • By the beginning of next week, most of our faculty and staff have received the second vaccine for COVID-19.
  • Please make sure your child has a backup/spare mask in their backpack.
  • Deadline for re-enrollment is Sunday, February 21st

Lenten Season

Lent begins Wednesday, February 17th with Ash Wednesday. We will all be attending Mass that morning in person or live-streamed. Our 6th and 7th grade students will be attending in person. Mass dress is required for all students. 

For those students who do not attend Mass in person, Fr. Mariusz and Deacon Derrick will be coming to the school to distribute ashes to our students and staff classroom by classroom.

This year, due to COVID, we are being given the option of having ashes sprinkled on the top of our head rather than given to us as a cross on our forehead.

Should you want this option for your student(s) please email me and your child’s homeroom teacher by Tuesday morning, February 16th.  Again, please only email me and your child’s teacher if you want your student(s) to have ashes sprinkled on the top of their head.  

Re-Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

We have begun re-enrolling our current St. Joseph’s students for the 2021-2022 school year. You should have received a re-enrollment email on February 1st. Current families will have through February 21st to re-enroll. If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten next school year, please remember that while they have priority because of siblings but you still must apply. We have 43 students on our kindergarten list and can accept 44.  We currently have a waitlist for the 2021-2022 school year in every class except 4th grade.

Please call Annie Granvall in the front office or email her at granvalla@stjoes.com if you have any questions.

Tuition and Fees for 2021-2022

Tuition and fees have been set for next school year:

  • Fees are $400 per student
  • Tuition – Practicing Catholic is $4990 and Non-Catholic tuition is $6328
  • Our cost to educate is $6,408.84

#BravelyGiveToday Fundraising Drive

To date, our school community has donated $126,092– we are so grateful for your support! Our goal is to reach $250,000 and 100% family participation. Right now, 33% of our families have donated. Over the past few years, we have averaged about $150,000. Please give what you can during this time. Remember that monetary donations are tax deductible. In addition, we are not requiring volunteer hours this school year due to COVID-19- with this, please donate to our fundraising effort this year.

COVID-19

In our 6th week of second semester, we have one student who has 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 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.

As we move into our Lenten season contemplate how you want to be during Lent this year. Here is a link to a great article on “How to Prepare for Lent”. Here is an excerpt that is very fitting for all of us –

  • Ask God, every day, “What does my soul need?” Just ask and wait quietly. Because we are very good at fooling ourselves about how we’re doing, it might take several days of praying this question before we’re truly open and humble enough to know the answer. . . (Ignatian Spirituality.com)

Enjoy your three-day weekend and share the love of St. Valentine with others.

St. Joe’s Advisory Board Mtg. Feb. 16th

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

St. Joseph’s School Opening Plan


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Thank you so much for your patience as St. Joseph’s has formulated a plan for the re-opening of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in collaboration with Fr. Mariusz, Dr. Sarah Quilici, St.Joseph’s School Advisory Board, St. Joe’s faculty and staff, and other Treasure Valley Catholic Schools.
I am including a communication from the Diocese of Boise on the phased re-opening of Catholic Schools in Idaho. All Catholic Schools across the state were given direction from the Diocese on our phased re-opening plan.

Plan for the beginning of School:
August 17th – 21st:

Our students in K-8th grades will have an opportunity to come on-site to meet the teachers and learn about the safety protocols at school. It is so important to us that our students feel safe! This will happen one-on-one for our kindergarten students and in small groups for 1st – 8th grade students. We will coordinate by alphabet based on student last name for those families with multiple children here at St. Joe’s. During this visit, students will receive training in new protocols in the school (masks, social distancing, recess, classroom expectations, learning platforms for remote learning, picking up materials, etc.) For our 1st – 8th grade students, this will take place from 8:30 – 11:00 throughout the week – this is for students only. Our kindergarten teachers will be scheduling one-on-one visits with each family. Masks will be required.

  • Monday – Last names A-C
  • Tuesday – Last names D-H
  • Wednesday – Last names I-L
  • Thursday – Last names M-R
  • Friday – Last names S-Z

August 24th – September 4th:

Students will come to the school in the same small groups by last name (See above – same day as previous week) from 8:30-11:00. Some distance learning/remote learning will happen during this two week period. This will give our students a chance to work in small groups with their teachers and fully understand classroom expectations.This format will also be getting students familiar with distance learning in the event that we have to use this format for the entire school. The goal is to set our students up for a successful return to school on Tuesday, September 8th. More detailed information on distance learning during this two week period will be sent to all families at the end of next week.

Tuesday, September 8th:

In the St. Joseph’s family survey sent out several weeks ago, 70% of our families indicated they would send their children back to school for in person learning, 30% stated they would prefer distance learning. We have taken this feedback into consideration when developing this plan. Fr. Mariusz wants St. Joseph’s Catholic School to provide in-person learning as fully as possible for those families who want this option. Father Mariusz and I have had many conversations over the last month on this topic -our School Advisory Board has also been part of this process.

On Tuesday, September 8th, St. Joseph’s Catholic School will open in person for those who want to be present in the building with many safety practices in place – including everyone wearing masks. We will provide distance learning for those families who choose that format.

It is our plan to have in person learning Monday through Friday 8:00 – 2:00.

Next week, I will be requesting information from each family on the format of education they wish to have for their child. We will ask each family to commit to whatever format they choose for the first quarter of school. First Quarter ends on Friday, October 16th.
I will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall Meeting for our different grade levels next week to answer any questions you might have. Joe Fourney, our school board president, and a teacher from the grade level will be available to answer questions as well. I will be asking for questions to be presented ahead of time – look for an email Monday morning with that information. Please do not email me with individual questions, I will be sending a document for you to present your questions.

Virtual Town Hall Meetings:
Tuesday, August 11th 5:30-6:30 – Kindergarten -2nd grade parents
Wednesday, August 12th 5:15-6:15 – 3rd-5th grade
Wednesday, August 12th 6:30 – 7:30 – 6th- 8th grade

We have put much prayerful thought into this plan in an effort to continue to provide an excellent Catholic education for our students. Thank you for being a part of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and we look forward to serving your family for the 2020-2021 school year.

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich
Principal
St. Joseph’s Catholic School

6.29.20 Principal’s News


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy summer! I hope you and your family have been able to get outside and enjoy our great Idaho summer! I know I appreciate our summer mornings and evenings! 

Class placement was sent out this afternoon (7th grade class list will be sent out mid-July after final math MAP test is given). This is a collaborative effort with input from principal, teachers, counselor, and parents. Thank you to all who helped with this very important process.

Faculty/Staff Updates

We have had one additional faculty member choose to retire, our librarian, Mrs. Shannon Phillips. Mrs. Phillips has served St. Joseph’s in so many ways. She was our PE teacher for many years. More recently, she has served as our school librarian and helped plan our weekly school Mass. Shannon is one of those people who light up the room! Her positivity and permanent smile have brightened up our school – Thank you Mrs. Phillips for your great contribution to St. Joseph’s –  you will be greatly missed. 

I would also like to thank Julie Robinson for her work as our development/marketing director. Mrs. Robinson’s last day is June 30th. 

With the complications that COVID-19 has brought, our specials (PE,art, library, Spanish) will look different next year. While we will offer those specials in some capacity when/if all students are in the building, they will become optional if we have to go with a hybrid model or distance learning. For the 2020-2021 school year, we will not be hiring for our librarian and music positions. We have not had anyone apply for our music position and with the circumstances as they are, our specials teachers will be traveling into the classrooms, that would be difficult with music . We will resume the search for a music teacher for the 2021-2022 school year in January.

We will be hiring two positions within the next two months, a part time development/marketing director and an instructional aid with early childhood/primary grade experience. These positions will be posted next week. 

Looking Forward to Next Year

We are finalizing a plan that we will implement as we start school in August. We are collaborating with other Catholic Schools here and around the U.S. and with other local public schools, including one school who brought students back in the month of May. 

St. Joseph’s Catholic School will be open next year either in full capacity, hybrid model or through distance learning dependent on state and national health guidelines. Our main focus areas in developing this plan are 

  • The health and safety of our students and staff
  • Our Catholic Identity 
  • Academic Excellence
    • Keeping students engaged in learning
    • Teaching essential content and skills
  • Our St. Joseph’s/St. John’s Community – building relationships

I will send an email out at the beginning of next week with that information. 

Happy 4th of July and God Bless!

Yours for Excellence in Catholic Education

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School