4.6.20 Update on School Closure


Good evening St. Joseph’s Families,

Today the Idaho State Board of Education voted unanimously to extend the “soft closure” of all public schools to the end of this school year or until local and state social distancing orders have been lifted and re-entry criteria established by the state board have been met.

The soft closure prohibits instruction in school buildings, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but still allows school districts to continue remote learning. As you are all aware, our teachers have been working hard to continue providing student learning and connection to our community.

St. Joseph’s Catholic School is prepared to continue remote learning through the remainder of the school year, or until the school community has met the criteria to come together again.  The Idaho State Board of Education will meet again next Monday to develop that criteria for possibly coming back to school. Once the criteria has been released, we will reevaluate the school’s ability to begin to have students return to campus.

We appreciate your continued support of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  Our goal is provide a quality Catholic education to your child, even though we must deliver it from a distance.  If you are having challenges with anything within our distance learning plan, please reach out. We are all in this together and must continue to support one another and lift each other up. Please let me know if I can do anything for your family during this time – please focus on what is most important – God and your family!

For Excellence in Catholic Education

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

4.3.20 Principal’s News


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

We just finished our first week of Distance Learning and the good news is that students are engaged in their classes and are learning. Students are actively participating in our new learning platform. All of the teachers are working hard to provide content for our students’ learning.

There have of course been some challenges and we will continue to work through them. Teachers are making some minor adjustments as we continue to navigate this new platform. From all accounts, St. Joseph’s is ahead of the curve on providing content for our students. Our teachers are the heroes in all of this as they are working hard to stay connected with our students – they are working harder than ever as this is new for all of us! We are staying connected virtually as a faculty and staff. Please let me know via email if you need to check out a Chromebook from us – we are more than happy to provide these devices to our families if needed.

Please take the short survey and let us know how things are going from the distance learning environment in your homes, what is going well and how we can improve. This will help us as we move forward with our distance learning plan. Here is the link to our parent survey for distance learning.

In addition, the Idaho State Board of Education will meet late Monday afternoon to determine any additional approaches to learning and possible extension of school closure. I can tell you that we are ahead of the curve on our implementation of our distance learning plan. I have a state wide Catholic principal’s meeting immediately following and will send out any updates as soon as I learn anything new.

Thank you for your continued support of St. Joseph’s Catholic School. We will all get through this together. I will continue to pray for the health and safety of all of our families.

 For Excellence in Catholic Education

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

4.2.20 Principal’s News


Happy Thursday St. Joseph’s Families,

We are into our first week of Distance Learning and the good news is that students are engaged in their classes and are learning. Students are actively participating in our new learning platform. All of the teachers are working hard to provide content for our students’ learning.

There have of course been some challenges and we will continue to work through them. Teachers might make some adjustments as we continue to navigate this new platform. From all accounts, St. Joseph’s is ahead of the curve on providing content for our students. Please reach out and thank your child’s teacher/teachers for all the work they are putting in – once again, they are going above and beyond to connect with our students!

I also wanted to let you know that St. John’s Cathedral Parish is working to stream daily Mass, weekend Masses and continue to provide religious education. Please take a look at all they have to offer through their Facebook page. Please continue to support the Parish as they are continuing to support St. Joseph’s School during this unprecedented time.

Tomorrow, I will be reaching out via email to get some feedback from our families on our first week of distance learning. Please take the short survey and let us know how things are going from the learning environment in your homes, what is going well and what we can continue to improve on – we are all learning and we are all in this together.

I want to leave you with a wonderful prayer from a Catholic App that I have on my phone – it always provides great reflection:

I AM PRESENT
Each day brings news of My presence.
Look for these indications of My presence.
Become aware of My presence in your days.
I am here for you to discover.
When you have lost your faith,
Look for My presence each day
and believe in what you discover.
When you have doubts,
Trust in My actions
And have faith that I am with you.
When you are lost in your despair
Have hope from My presence,
As it will convince you of My goodness.
Do these, and your visions will become as Mine.
Your hope will focus on My goodness,
 and your faith will withstand any assault. Amen

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

May God keep you and your family healthy and safe.

St. Joe’s Advisory Board Mtg Agenda – April 15, 2020

Blessings to you,

Tammy Emerich

Principal – St. Joseph’s Catholic School

3.29.20 St. Joseph’s School Update


Dear St. Joseph’s Community,

I hope this email finds you all well. I have been checking in with our faculty and staff over spring break and they are all well.  I have also corresponded with Fr. Mariusz on several occasions. He asked that I let you know that St. John’s Cathedral Parish has been doing many things on Facebook: Streaming Masses every day, reflections, Stations of the Cross, etc. Please continue to support St. John’s Parish during this time.

We are prepared for our first week of distance learning which will start tomorrow and we recognize that this time is challenging for families, students and faculty and staff. Please provide constructive Feedback to me and our teachers as we begin the implementation of our distance learning plan. I will continue to send out weekly communication with details surrounding our distance learning plan that will go into effect tomorrow,  Monday, March 30th. I will also keep you updated with any new information regarding our school closure.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything.

Thank you for your continued support of St. Joseph’s School – we will get through this together. May God grant us all Peace and Strength!

Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the sick, we turn to you in this time of trouble. O dearest comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place our worries in your hands. We place our sick under your care and humbly ask that you restore your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge your will and know that whatever you do, you do for the love of us. Amen.

For Excellence in Catholic Education

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

3.24.20 St. Joseph’s School Update


Dear St. Joseph’s Community,

I wanted to inform our St. Joseph’s families that school will be closed through April 20th. This is in response to the Idaho State Board of Education and in cooperation with our Idaho Catholic Schools.We will continue to communicate with state officials and area Catholic Schools and will reassess as needed to determine if this closure needs to be extended.

While we are prepared for our first week of distance learning next week, we recognize that this time is challenging for families, students and faculty and staff. I will continue to pray for all of you. Tomorrow is the Feast of the Annunciation – Pope Francis is calling for all Christians to pray the Our Father tomorrow at Noon. Let’s have our community join with all around the world in prayer! Prayer is needed to sustain all of us during this time.

I will send out another communication of Friday, March 27th with more details surrounding our distance learning plan that will go into effect on Monday, March 30th.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything.

If you are interested, here is the full article from the Idaho State Board of Education:  https://boardofed.idaho.gov/resources/covid-19-school-operations-guidance/.

Thank you for your continued support of St. Joseph’s School – we will get through this together. May God grant us all Peace and Strength!

For Excellence in Catholic Education

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School