9.16.2021 Principal’s Blog


Greetings St. Joseph’s Families,

We have had another great week at St. Joseph’s. It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the first quarter. Our 2nd – 8th grade students have been taking the MAP test this week. The areas tested are math, English language and reading. Our 7th grade students will begin testing next week. Our 5th and 7th grade students also take a science test. MAP is our standardized testing Measure. Please click on this link for more information about this test.

Our 7th grade students are attending MOSS this week – this experiential learning week is such a great opportunity for our students! This is usually reserved for 6th grade students. Since our 7th grade students were not able to attend last year, we wanted to make sure they had the opportunity this year. We are looking at sending our 6th grade class in the spring.

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • Wednesday, September 22nd – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 pm 22 September 2021 Board Agenda
  • Saturday, September 25th – St. Joseph’s Fall Carnival
  • Friday, October 1st – Catholic Educators Conference – No school

As masks are required for all while inside the school building, please remember to have at least one extra mask for your child in their backpack.  

Catholicity

Mass

Living our Catholic Faith is paramount in our Mission as a Catholic school and Mass is an integral part of our faith formation. On Tuesday, 21st, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grades will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Because we have made the adjustment, only half of the students are at Mass and are able to socially distance, Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

Becoming Catholic

Every year our Cathedral is blessed to have students and parents from St. Joseph’s School who express the desire to join the Catholic Church. We have a program at the parish, the Right of Christian Initiation for Children, that will begin on October 1, 2021. Please let us know by that date if your child who is not Catholic would like to participate.

  1. We will have a deadline of October 1, 2021, to identify children who would like to spend the year discerning becoming Catholic at which point if they appear to be sufficiently prepared, they would enter at the Easter Vigil 2022, celebrated by Bishop Peter Christensen.
  2. The process of RCIA adapted for children is based on the Church’s belief that one enters the Church in one of 2 ways: either as an infant (usually up to approximately age 5- before the age of reason sets in) through the Rite of Baptism for Children, OR when a child reaches catechetical age (usually around 6 or 7 years of age) through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children.  Children who have reached the age of reason always receive all the sacraments of initiation at the same time. Those who are validly baptized in other Christian denominations (we call them candidates) make the profession of faith and receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation, and those who are not baptized receive three sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist; they are called catechumens. Some questions a child may ask who has reached this stage are Who is God? How do I pray? Can we go to Church? In other words, a child who is capable of nurturing and receiving a personal faith and who recognizes an obligation in conscience.
  3. A child must have either strong parental support or a faithfully practicing Catholic friend or family member who will see that the child is able to participate in the Sunday liturgy each week.

Please contact Teresa Wittery, the Director of Religious Education by October 1, 2021. May God bless all of you. teresaw@boisecathedral.org. 208.342.3511

COVID Response

We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year!

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s. This week, we have had zero positive cases and three students in quarantine.

Please follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of illness in our school:

  • 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
  • Students may return to school with a note from their physician if there is a negative Covid test and an alternate diagnosis such as asthma, seasonal allergies, migraine
  • Please consider the health and safety of our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask –
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance- socially distance when appropriate

We are Hiring

Substitute Teachers

We would like to add more people to our substitute list. Currently, we have eight people who are available to help out. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.

Middle School Instructional Aide

We are looking for a person who loves to work with middle school students and help our middle school teachers. The hours are 10:30-1:30 Monday-Friday. This person will help in middle school science, morning and afternoon recess duty, and help teachers with daily tasks.

Safety Before and After School

Traffic around St. Joseph’s before and after school is heavy. Please remember to use the crosswalks when walking your children to the school building. Thank you.

As many of you know, 2021 is the year of St. Joseph. There are many prayers to our patron saint. I will be sharing those with you for the rest of 2021.

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We are so blessed to have your children at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Thank you for entrusting your child’s education to us!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

9.9.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good Afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

I hope you all had a nice extended weekend last week. We have been in school four weeks and our students are growing in their faith and learning new content and gaining new skills. Picture day is tomorrow, Friday, September 10th. Students may wear free dress that is school appropriate. Please see the ordering information attached to this week’s school bulletin.

  • Dress code for picture day: Students may wear a school appropriate shirt or top (modesty is the key) of their choice and spirit dress bottoms (Please see the spirit dress guidelines in Handbook). Girls may wear a dress of choice, no shorter than 3 inches above the knee, if a dress is sleeveless, a sweater must be worn over the dress.

We will begin MAP testing next week for our 2nd-8th grade students. The areas tested are math, English language and reading. Our 5th and 7th grade students also take a science test. MAP is our standardized testing Measure. Please click on this link for more information about this test. St. Joseph’s continues to score well above the national average on the MAP standardized assessment.

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • Friday, September 10th – School Picture Day
  • September 13th-17th MOSS camp for 7th graders
  • Tuesday, September 21st – SJPA Meeting at 3:15pm
  • Wednesday, September 22nd – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00pm
  • Saturday, September 25th – St. Joseph’s Fall Carnival
  • Friday, October 1st – Catholic Educators Conference – No school

Catholicity

Mass

Living our Catholic Faith is paramount in our Mission as a Catholic school and Mass is an integral part of our faith formation. On Tuesday, September 14th, kindergarten, 2nd, 4th. 6th and 8th grades will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Because we have made the adjustment, only half of the students are at Mass and are able to socially distance, Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

Becoming Catholic

Every year our Cathedral is blessed to have students and parents from St. Joseph’s School who express the desire to join the Catholic Church. We have a program at the parish, the Right of Christian Initiation for Children, that will begin on October 1, 2021. Please let us know by that date if your child who is not Catholic would like to participate.

  1. We will have a deadline of October 1, 2021 to identify children who would like to spend the year discerning becoming Catholic at which point if they appear to be sufficiently prepared, they would enter at the Easter Vigil 2022, celebrated by Bishop Peter Christensen.
  2. The process of RCIA adapted for children is based on the Church’s belief that one enters the Church in one of 2 ways: either as an infant (usually up to approximately age 5- before the age of reason sets in) through the Rite of Baptism for Children, OR when a child reaches catechetical age (usually around 6 or 7 years of age) through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children.  Children who have reached the age of reason always receive all the sacraments of initiation at the same time. Those who are validly baptized in other Christian denominations (we call them candidates) make the profession of faith and receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation, and those who are not baptized receive three sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist; they are called catechumens. Some questions a child may ask who has reached this stage are  Who is God? How do I pray? Can we go to Church? In other words, a child who is capable of nurturing and receiving a personal faith and who recognizes an obligation in conscience.
  3. A child must have either strong parental support or a faithfully practicing Catholic friend or family member who will see that the child is able to participate in the Sunday liturgy each week.

Please contact Teresa Wittery, the Director of Religious Education by October 1, 2021. May God bless all of you. teresaw@boisecathedral.org. 208.342.3511

COVID Response

We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year! Please see the latest email on our updated mask policy.

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s. This week, we have had two positive cases and eight students in quarantine. Based on contact tracing, we did not have to quarantine any students as there was no exposure in school.  – please refer to our link above to see weekly statistics.

  • 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
  • Students may return to school with a note from their physician if there is a negative Covid test and an alternate diagnosis such as asthma, seasonal allergies, migraine
  • Please consider the health and safety of our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask –
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance- socially distance when appropriate

We are Hiring

Substitute Teachers

We would like to add more people to our substitute list. Currently, we have eight people who are available to help out. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.

Middle School Instructional Aide

We are looking for a person who loves to work with middle school students and help our middle school teachers. The hours are 10:30-1:30 Monday-Friday. This person will help in middle school science, morning and afternoon recess duty, and help teachers with daily tasks.

Playground Update

The playground is finished! Thank you so much to Anita Miller – our School Operations Manager – for leading out on this project. A big thank you to Dean Pape as well for sharing your expertise with the team and helping with the project.

Safety Before and After School

Traffic around St. Joseph’s before and after school is heavy. Please remember to use the crosswalks when walking your children to the school building. Thank you.

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Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s education – we appreciate each of you!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

9.3.2021 Principal’s Blog


Hello St. Joseph’s Families,

The kid’s excitement about the new playground is great! They are climbing, jumping, rolling on the turf, laughing, and having fun with friends. It always fills my bucket to go out to recess and experience the joy of the kids!

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • Friday, September 3rd – Faculty workday – no school for students
  • Monday, September 6th – Labor Day – no school
  • Friday, September 10th – School Picture Day
  • Wednesday, September 21st – SJPA meeting at 3:15

Mass

Living our Catholic Faith is paramount in our Mission as a Catholic school and Mass is an integral part of our faith formation. On Tuesday, September 7th, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 8th grades will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Because we have made the adjustment, only half of the students are at Mass and are able to socially distance, Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

Playground Update

The cross is almost finished in front of the school. It is going to look amazing! The concrete and fencing will be finished next week. Thank you for your flexibility and patience during this process.

Safety Before and After School

Traffic around St. Joseph’s before and after school is heavy. Please remember to use the crosswalks when walking your children to the school building. Thank you.

School Picture Day is Friday, Sept. 10th

  • Picture orders will be online only Pease see the bulletin for online order instructions and deadline.
  • Dress code for picture day: Students may wear a school appropriate shirt or top (modesty is the key) of their choice and spirit dress bottoms (Please see the spirit dress guidelines in Handbook). Girls may wear a dress of choice, no shorter than 3 inches above the knee, if a dress is sleeveless, a sweater must be worn over the dress.

Volunteer Hours

Volunteers at St. Joseph’s make a significant contribution to the functioning of our school At St. Joseph’s, there is a volunteer requirement of 25 hours per year.

Uniform

We realize that logoed Mass shirts have not been delivered for many families. Please have your child wear a white, buttoned up shirt for Mass until the shirt arrives.

COVID Response

We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year! Beginning Tuesday, September 7th, masks are required for all students. An opt-out is available. Please refer to the parent email sent out on September 2nd.

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s

  • 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
  • Students may return to school with a note from their physician if there is a negative Covid test and an alternate diagnosis such as asthma, seasonal allergies, migraine
  • Please consider the health and safety of our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – To begin the school year, all students, faculty, and staff are required to wear a mask while in the school building. The three-week mask requirement will be evaluated the week of August 30th
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance- socially distance when appropriate

Let us continue to support each other with grace, patience and understanding

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

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

8.26.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

What a great week we have had at St. Joseph’s Catholic School! Our teachers and students are really getting into the swing of things! Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 24th – we had a great turn out. For those of you who were not able to make it, here is link to my presentation slides and here is the video link :Back to School Night Presentation. Please note that the video is an mp4 file and may not be accessible to some.

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • Friday, September 3rd – Faculty workday – no school for students
  • Monday, September 6th – Labor Day – no school
  • Friday, September 10th – School Picture Day
  • Tuesday, September 14th – SJPA meeting at 3:15

Mass

Our Catholic faith is the focal point of our school and Mass is an integral part of our faith formation. On Tuesday, August 31st, kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grades will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass livestreamed into the classroom. Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Because we have made the adjustment, only half of the students are at Mass and are able to socially distance, Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

Parent Input

An email was sent out this morning with a parent survey seeking information and input on satisfaction with the start of school, required/optional masking, etc. The survey will help as we conclude the three weeks of masks being required (8/16-9/3).

Playground Update

Breaking news! We were able to have the kids play on the playground for lunch recess today. The excitement is palpable – so exciting! While there are a few things we are still finishing up, it was great to see and hear the kids having an amazing time. Thank you for your flexibility and patience during this process. We will be doing pick up and drop off the same as the past two weeks and will make changes to drop off for Monday. We will send out a map tomorrow where each grade level will meet.

Volunteer Hours

Volunteers at St. Joseph’s make a significant contribution to the functioning of our school At St. Joseph’s, there is a volunteer requirement of 25 hours per year.

Uniform

We realize that logoed Mass shirts have not been delivered for many families. Please have your child wear a white, buttoned up shirt for Mass until the shirt arrives.

COVID Response

We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year!

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s

  • 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
  • Students may return to school with a note from their physician if there is a negative Covid test and an alternate diagnosis such as asthma, seasonal allergies, migraine
  • Please consider the health and safety of our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – To begin the school year, all students, faculty, and staff are required to wear a mask while in the school building. The three-week mask requirement will be evaluated the week of August 30th
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance- socially distance when appropriate

Let us continue to support each other with grace, patience and understanding.

Prayer for Our Families // ACE at Notre Dame

We know you have many choices in education – thank you for entrusting your child’s Catholic education to us!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

8.19.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

What an amazing first week of school! It is great to have our students back at St. Joseph’s – growing in faith and learning. I have been in classrooms and see kids learning about classroom expectations, reviewing content from last year and exploring new concepts as well. Half of our students attended Mass on Tuesday and the others watched the Mass in their classrooms as it was live streamed. It is a blessing to have our specials back for our students – art, music, Spanish and PE. We are putting our school mission into action!

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • Tuesday, August 24th – Back to School Night from 6:00-7:30 – begin in gym
  • New Parents meet at 5:30
  • Wednesday, August 25th – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 PM 25 August 2021 Board Agenda
  • Friday, September 3rd – Faculty workday – no school for students
  • Monday, September 6th – Labor Day – no school
  • Friday, September 10th – School Picture Day

Playground Update

Breaking news -the turf is being installed today! Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we have adjusted our drop off and pick up procedures because of the delay on our playground renovation. We will continue to adjust as needed with the hope that the project will be completed early next week.

Back to School Night

We will host our Back to School night on Tuesday, August 24th from 6:00-7:30. New families are invited to join us for a new parent informative meeting at 5:30 PM. Back to School night gives parents the opportunity to learn more about the current school year as a whole and then meet their child’s/children’s teachers and learn more about classroom expectations and curriculum. I will be sending an email on Monday morning with specific information on the format of the evening.

Volunteer Hours

Volunteers at St. Joseph’s make a significant contribution to the functioning of our school At St. Joseph’s, like other Catholic schools, there is a volunteer requirement of 25 hours per year. Our St. Joseph’s Parent Association is seeking nominations for President Elect for the 2021-2022 school year. A ballot was sent out earlier today via email – please return the ballot in a sealed envelope to the school by 3:00 on Monday, August 23rd.   We need to fill this important position as soon as possible.

In addition, we need a person to chair our St. Joseph’s Fall Carnival. If you are interested in helping with this upcoming, fun school event, please email Anita Miller at millera@stjoes.com.

Uniform

We realize that logoed Mass shirts have not been delivered for many families. Please have your child wear a white, buttoned up shirt for Mass until the logoed shirt arrives.

Mass

Our Catholic faith is the focal point of our school and Mass is an integral part of our faith formation. On Tuesday, August 24th, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grades will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. Because we have made the adjustment, only half of the students are at Mass and are able to socially distance, Mass attendance is required.

Parent Input

At the end of next week, we will be sending out a parent survey seeking information and input on satisfaction with the start of school, required/optional masking, etc. The survey will help as we conclude the three weeks of masks being required at the beginning of school.

COVID Response

We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year!

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s

  • 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
  • Students may return to school with a note from their physician if there is a negative Covid test and an alternate diagnosis such as asthma, seasonal allergies, migraine
  • Please consider the health and safety of our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – To begin the school year, all students, faculty, and staff are required to wear a mask while in the school building. The three-week mask requirement will be evaluated the week of August 30th
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance- socially distance when appropriate

Here is a prayer as we finish out our first week of the 2021-2022 school year:

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St. Joseph’s is a school of choice – thank you for choosing St. Joe’s and entrusting your child’s Catholic education to us.

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich