St. Joseph’s Catholic School Registration almost full for 2017-18

Enrollment Update for 2017-18:

393 students total

Kindergarten–only 2 spots available

4th grade–full/wait list

5th grade–only 1 spot available

6th grade–only 4 spots available

8th grade–full/wait list

Staffing Update:

4th grade–Mary Ellen retiring

Kalynn Schneider, from Garfield Elementary, has been hired for 4th grade

5th grade–Carolynne Joy retiring–will do some long term sub jobs for maternity leave (she will start the year for Molly Wiebold, who will be on maternity leave)

Ricardo Yanci will be teaching 5th grade full time next year

Business Manager–Prudy Ronan retiring

Staffing Needs:

Full time business manager

Full time cafeteria assistant (6 hours/day)

Part time custodian (20 hours/week)

End of Year:

8th grade graduation is Monday, May 22 at 1 p.m. Please come and see our students graduate.

The last day of school is Friday, May 26 with a 10 a.m. dismissal.

End of the Year Celebrations

The 2016-17 school year is almost complete.  We could not end the year without several celebrations to cap off a great year!  Please take note of all of these important dates.

On Friday, May 12 at 8:15 a.m. we will have our Spring Awards Assembly for grades 5-8.  At this assembly, we celebrate the accomplishments of our middle school students and recognize the great things they have achieved academically, and in service to their school and community.

The afternoon of May 12 is our Fun Run.  The Fun Run is one of my favorite days at St. Joseph’s Catholic School each year!  The students all get outside and get active in support of our school.  Please come run with us!

Friday, May 19 is Field Day for students in grades 1-5.  Again, this is a great opportunity to get students outside and get them active.  Friday, May 19 is also the last day of traditional class for our 8th grade students.

On Monday, May 22 we will have the graduation Mass for our 8th grade students at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24 at 9 a.m. is kindergarten graduation.

Friday, May 26 is the last day of school for grades 1-7. School is dismissed at 10 a.m.  We have a powerful celebration as a school community on the last day of school.  We close with a balloon rosary, and each class presents highlights from their year.  At the conclusion of the celebration, students receive their final report cards.  It is a special day that students should not miss!

I just returned to the office on Tuesday afternoon of this week.  I am working to finalize staffing for next year, as well as class placements.  We anticipate being able to post class lists for next year at the close of the school day on Friday, May 26 (10 a.m.).  We are working to make sure that each student at St. Joseph’s Catholic School is in a class placement where they can grow spiritually, academically, and physically.  Thank you for your support and patience with this process.


Invitation to Jude’s baptism

This Tuesday, Hiatt, one of our students, was baptized during school Mass.  We do not always have an opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of baptism at school Masses.  It is a great opportunity to teach our students about our faith journey.  At baptism, parents and godparents pledge to help children grow in faith, and we welcome the child into the Catholic Church.

I just finished reading a book about the sacrament of matrimony, and the book argued that the sacrament of marriage isn’t just for the couple, it’s for the larger church.  This made me think about Jude’s baptism: it’s not just for our family and the godparents; he is being welcomed to the Catholic Church.

JD, Evelyn, and Felicity were all baptized outside of Mass with our family and friends there to witness.  Jude will be baptized on Tuesday, May 9 at a school Mass.  He will be welcomed into the Catholic Church by the students of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  I welcome and invite all parents to join us for this baptism and renew your own baptismal vows.

The catechism says, “Holy Baptism is the basis of the Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.  Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, as incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: ‘Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word'” (1213).

The same chrism oil that is used in baptism is also used for confirmation and Holy Orders.  Baptism is an important sacrament.  Our family is excited to celebrate Jude’s baptism with our St. Joseph’s Catholic School community.  We are excited to celebrate his baptism during the Easter season.  Please join us and talk with your own children about their baptism.

McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS)

This week, 6th grade students from St. Joseph’s Catholic School are blessed to be at McCall Outdoor Science School in Ponderosa State Park (McCall, ID).  I want to thank Mary McClure and Ricardo Yanci for going as faculty chaperones, and I also want to thank all of the parents who attended this week, as well.  MOSS would not be possible without the parent volunteers who spend the week learning with our students.

This is St. Joe’s second year participating in MOSS.  It is a great opportunity for our 6th grade students to get out into the field (literally) and study science.  Each 6th grade student pays around $260 to attend.  This covers the cost of the school bus that transports them to and from McCall and their food, lodging, and educational experience for the week.

Graduate students from the University of Idaho lead the 6th grade students during their study at MOSS.  Please see click here to see work from St. Joe’s students at MOSS.

STEM Bus at St. Joseph’s Catholic School April 10

  • We are happy to announce that our school will be hosting the Mobile STEM Lab and Assembly, sponsored by the Micron Foundation, on April gives a truly unique and hands-on experience so students can dive into science, technology, engineering, and math. The STEM Mobile Discovery Lab is equipped with the latest technologies, enabling 30+ students at a time to learn and explore. Students can expect to see drones, robots, smoke and explosions. They will also get to experience high-end, hands-on tools like virtual reality, circuitry and much, much more! This day will be full of fun and learning!
  • K-5 students will attend an assembly and then spend time on the STEM bus and a classroom working with the technologies.
  • We look forward to hosting on our campus and can’t wait for you to hear the stories your students are sure to come home with!
  • To get a glimpse of what’s to come, take a look at this video, and you’ll see why this day is so exciting!