4.8.21 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

I hope you and your family had a blessed Easter break. Fourth quarter is under way and learning abounds! It is hard to believe that we only have 35 days of school left. Please check our Plus Portals system for updated grades and assignments.

Living our Faith

We had 10 St. Joseph’s students enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil at St. John’s. Congratulations to these students and their families.

We are in the Liturgical Season of Easter.  The Easter season lasts from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. As Catholics, this season calls us to focus on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our 2nd grade students are continuing their preparation for First Holy Communion.

24 Powerful Easter Prayers To Honor The Resurrection Of Christ | Think About Such Things

Update: St. John’s Parish has been able to reinstate most of the subsidy they provide to St. Joseph’s. They have seen a great increase in attendance at Mass. We are so grateful to St. John’s Parish for their continued support of our school. St. Joseph’s Catholic School is the largest ministry of St. John’s Parish – please continue to support St. John’s Parish.

Tuesday, April 13th is our school Mass day with 2nd and 3rd grade students live in the Cathedral. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

 School Fun Run

I am excited to announce that we will be able to have a modified version of our school Fun Run on Friday, May 14th. This has always been a tradition here at St. Joe’s and we want the kids to have some fun!  Please look for more details in this week’s school bulletin.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Wednesday, April 21st – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 24th – First Holy Communion Mass – 2nd grade at 11:00 am
  • Friday, April 30th – Kindergarten Screening
  • MAP testing – May 3rd – 14th for 2nd-8th grades

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

The St. Joseph’s Catholic School Advisory School Board will be holding an election for two positions on the board.  The standard term is three years.  If this is a position you are interested in or want to nominate someone for, please contact Anita Miller (millera@stjoes.com) and provide her with a brief bio.  If nominating someone, please provide the name and brief reason why they would be a good member for the school board.  Please communicate nominations to Anita Miller by April 23, 2021.

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 seven weeks left in the school year, we have zero positive cases of COVID-19. We were notified of two positive cases late last week – no student exposure as students had been in quarantine. 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
  • 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

Return to Classrooms/Distance Learning

Tuesday, April 6th, all St. Joseph’s students, K-8th grades, were back in the regular classrooms. According to recent CDC guidelines, social distancing requirements have been adjusted to 3 to 6 feet. Our 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grade classes have already been successful in this model – some as early as January. We will continue to wear masks as long as the mask mandate is in place.

With this change, classes will no longer be live streamed each day. If a student is quarantined due to COVID-19 or other illness, he or she will have access to Google classroom and student work will be available for pick up right outside the entrance to the school.

We feel that this will be another positive step. Having students in the classroom and in front of our wonderful teachers is going to be beneficial not only for our students, but for our teachers as well.

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher and a Development/Marketing Director. 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.

Thank you for being a part of our St. Joseph’s Community! Have a Blessed Easter.

 

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

4.1.21 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Easter to Everyone!

Living our Faith

Holy Week has been prayerful and busy for us at St. Joseph’s.  The renewal of our Lenten promises and Stations of the Cross have taken center stage this week. Today is Maundy Thursday. The word “Maundy” is derived from Latin and means commandment, “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you.” John 13:34.

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Friday, April 2nd is Good Friday – we will not have school that day. In addition, Sunday, April 4th is Easter and Easter Monday is April 5th with no school.

Tuesday, April 6th is our school Mass day with 1st and 8th grade students live in the Cathedral. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Friday, April 2nd is Good Friday – we will not have school that day
  • Sunday, April 4th is Easter!
  • Monday, April 5th is Easter Monday – we will not have school that day

COVID

As we have returned from Spring Break, we do have six students in quarantine this week. 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 eight 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
  • 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

Return to Classrooms/Distance Learning

Beginning Tuesday, April 6th, all St. Joseph’s students, K-8th grades, will be back in the regular classrooms. According to recent CDC guidelines, social distancing requirements have been adjusted to 3 to 6 feet. Our 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grade classes have already been successful in this model – some as early as January. We will continue to wear masks as long as the mask mandate is in place.

With this change, classes will no longer be live streamed each day. If a student is quarantined due to COVID-19 or other illness, he or she will have access to Google classroom and student work will be available for pick up right outside the entrance to the school.

We feel that this will be another positive step. Having students in the classroom and in front of our wonderful teachers is going to be beneficial not only for our students, but for our teachers as well.

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher and a Development/Marketing Director. 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.

Thank you for being a part of our St. Joseph’s Community! Have a Blessed Easter.

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

3.18.21 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Spring Break is here! I want to wish you all a fun and restful spring break! The kids have all been working hard this week – we also had some fun with St. Patrick’s Day festivities! Third quarter report cards will be emailed home today. Please reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions about grades. Yesterday was the kick-off for Playtopia – our playground renovation! We are excited about this much needed project – stay tuned for ways that you can get involved and help move this project along.

Living our Faith

March 19th is the Feast Day of St. Joseph.  Saint Joseph is the Patron of the Universal Church. Just as Saint Joseph took good care of Mary and Jesus, he also takes good care of the Church. As he once held the infant Jesus in his arms, he now holds the Catholic Church. Pray the Prayer to St. Joseph with your family tomorrow:

School prayer to St. Joseph:

Father, you entrusted our Savior to the Care of St. Joseph.

By the help of his prayer may Your Church continue

To serve its Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You

And the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

When we return from spring break, we will be in Holy Week. Continue your Lenten journey as we grow closer to God during this important time as Catholics!  Friday, April 2nd is Good Friday – we will not have school that day. In addition, Sunday, April 4th is Easter and Easter Monday is April 5th with no school.

Tuesday, March 30th is our school Mass day with 4th and 5th grade students live in the Cathedral. Mass dress (no shorts) is required for those attending Mass in person.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Friday, March 19th is a Teacher workday – No students
  • Spring Break – March 22nd – March 26th – No School
  • Uniform shorts can be worn after spring break – Monday, March 29th
  • TVCS Middle School spring Sports will begin March 29th
  • Friday, April 2nd is Good Friday – we will not have school that day
  • Sunday, April 4th is Easter!
  • Monday, April 5th is Easter Monday – we will not have school that day

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

COVID

Great news! We do not have any students in quarantine today! This is the first time since September 14th! 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, the travel quarantine has been lifted as of 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!

In our 10th week of second semester, 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
  • 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

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 $4,990 and Non-Catholic tuition is $6,328
  • Our cost to educate is $6,408.84

#BravelyGiveToday ~ Fundraising Drive

As of today, our school community has donated $138,041– we are so grateful for your support! Our goal is to reach $250,000 and 100% family participation. Currently, 34% 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.

Distance Learning

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.

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

Have an amazing spring break! We look forward to the 4th quarter and finishing our school year strong!

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

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

3.4.21 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday to everyone. March definitely came in like a lamb. Our weather this week has been amazing – I hope you have had a chance to get out and enjoy it.  Our students have been able to eat outside. This gives them a little more time to have for lunch as we do not have to transition locations. Just a reminder, students may begin wearing uniform shorts after spring break. Educational Outfitters is one of our uniform vendors and they have a shop here in Boise – please see the flyer included in our weekly bulletin – they are having a uniform shorts sale.

Living our Faith

Did you know that 2021 has been designated as the Year of St. Joseph? We are doing various activities throughout the rest of the school year in honor of our patron saint. At Mass this week, Fr. Mariusz spoke of virtues and humility. It was a wonderful homily.

  • Tuesday, March 9th, our 1st and 8th grades will attend Mass in person at 8:15. Mr. Yanci’s 8th grade homeroom will host Mass.

Here is our school prayer to St. Joseph:

Father, you entrusted our Savior to the Care of St. Joseph.

By the help of his prayer may Your Church continue

To serve its Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You

And the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • We lifted the travel quarantine as of March 1st
  • March 12th – End of 3rd quarter – noon dismissal
  • Friday, March 19th is a Teacher workday – No students
  • Spring Break – March 22nd – March 26th – No School
  • Uniform shorts can be worn after spring break – Monday, March 29th
  • TVCS Middle School spring Sports will begin March 29th

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

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, the travel quarantine has been lifted as of 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!

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 $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 $134,069– we are so grateful for your support! Our goal is to reach $250,000 and 100% family participation. Currently, 32% 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.
  •  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

2.25.2021 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