5.14.20 Principal’s News


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

I hope you and your family have had a great week! Next week will be our last week of distance learning. Please encourage your child/children to finish strong – we recognize that at this time of year, students need extra motivation. It is even more necessary in our current distance learning environment. Let me know if you need my help with this, I would be happy to talk with your child over the phone and offer extra encouragement!

End of School Materials Pick up/Drop Off

In order to finish out our 2019-2020 school year and make sure that students’ items and supplies are returned to them and that textbooks, library books, etc. are returned to the school, we have set the following dates for the exchange.

Tuesday, May 26th – 9:30 – 11:30

Families with Last Name A-G

Wednesday, May 27th – 9:30 – 11:30

Families with Last name H-M

Thursday, May 28th – 9:30 – 11:30

Families with N-Z

Please see the email that was sent to all families on May 13th with specific information.

Take Care and God Bless,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

St. Joe’s Advisory Board Mtg 5-20-20 Agenda

 

5.13.20 Principal’s News: End of School Materials Pick Up/Drop Off


Dear St. Joseph’s Parents.

In order to finish out our 2019-2020 school year and make sure that students’ items and supplies are returned to them and that textbooks, library books, etc. are returned to the school, we have set the following dates for the exchange. We will have tables set up by grade level in the playground area in front of the school. We ask that everyone practice social distancing.

We are also asking that if you park and approach by foot, that masks are worn. All faculty and staff will be wearing masks and gloves for your safety and ours. Please come into the playground area from 8th Street (between the school and front of the Cathedral) and exit through the gate on 9th Street. The play equipment will not be accessible during this time.

If you would rather stay in your car, we will have drive through in the regular pattern of morning drop off (coming in through Hays and exiting onto 9th). We will bring your child’s supplies to you in your car.

You can also drop off used uniforms at this time.

Here are the dates of pick up designated by family last name:

Tuesday, May 26th – 9:30 – 11:30

Families with Last Name A-G

 

Wednesday, May 27th – 9:30 – 11:30

Families with Last name H-M

 

Thursday, May 28th – 9:30 – 11:30

Families with N-Z

 

If these times do not work for you, you can pick up supplies from 10:00 – 2:00 the week of June 1st – 5th.

If families do not come and pick up supplies, we will hang on to them and give them to the student next school year.

 

For Excellence in Catholic Education

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

5.7.20 Principal’s News


Happy Thursday to all of our St. Joseph’s Families,

I want to wish all mom’s a Happy Mother’s Day! Being a mom is such a blessing – it is a difficult job but the most rewarding! Thank you to all moms for who you are and what you do – Here is a prayer for you.

Here is some great news: Working with Fr. Mariusz, we will be having an 8th grade graduation Mass on Tuesday, June 2nd at 1:00 PM and a tentative date for 2nd grade First Holy Communion on Saturday, June 27th at 5:00. I will be sending more specific information to our 8th grade and 2nd grade families tomorrow.

We would like to invite our families to Mass either in person or virtually on Tuesday, May 12th. St. John’s Cathedral opened up for Mass this past weekend- utilizing social distancing. They are thoroughly sanitizing the Cathedral for people’s safety. Deacon Derrick will be in attendance as well – he has been such a great influence and supporter of St. Joe’s this year.  I attended Mass this morning and felt so blessed to participate.

I have had the opportunity to attend more distance learning “classrooms” this week. I learned about water conservation in Mrs. Weaver’s 5th grade, poetry and writing in Mr. Yanci’s Class, The Mexican Hat Dance for Cinco de Mayo. Preparing for the week in Google Classroom in both 3rd grade classes, I got to listen to stories read by the teachers – I am so amazed by the student engagement our teachers are able to have in this virtual environment. I have felt God’s presence even in our virtual world!

On May 26, 27, 28, we will be having families come to the school to pick up student supplies and drop off any textbooks, library books and Chromebooks. We will do this in a safe manner and it will also be time to provide some closure to the school year. We will do this by last name in the alphabet so families only have to come to the school once.  I am finalizing what this will look like and will send it to you on Monday.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Take care and God Bless!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

4.29.20 Principal’s News


Good afternoon to all of our St. Joseph’s Families,

I hope this email finds you and your families well. As you are aware, we are continuing our distance learning with all of our students and our teachers continue working hard to engage our students and help them continue to learn. A huge thank to all of you at home who are helping your children with distance learning – we appreciate all your efforts!

In collaboration with other Catholic School principals in the Treasure Valley, guidance from Idaho Health officials, and faculty consensus, we have made the decision to continue our distance learning through the remainder of this school year. Students will not be returning to the school building and we will continue with distance learning until May 22nd when all assignments are due. This decision was made considering what is best for students and faculty safety, student learning and student and family routines.

In the meantime, our specials teachers are offering some fun activities – Mr. Maxwell is sending out information on a National Field Day – the week of May 4th – May 8th. We are also looking at a virtual fun run activity. Senora Arrubarena is teaching some of our students the Mexican Hat Dance for Cinco de Mayo. Mrs. Anderson is busy recording great videos with fun art activities – those can be found on Instagram and our St. Joe’s Facebook page. We are also working in committees to figure out 8th grade graduation, 2nd grade First Holy Communion and end of year awards. More to come soon.

On May 26, 27, 28, we will be having families come to the school to pick up student supplies and drop off any textbooks, library books and Chromebooks. We will do this in a safe manner and it will also be time to provide some closure to the school year.  I will be sending out more detailed information about this later next week.

Thank you for your ongoing support of St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Together, we will continue to do what is best for our St. Joseph’s community, We care about all of you and I continue to pray for you and your families.

Take care and God Bless –

For Excellence in Catholic Education

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

4.23.20 Principal’s News


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

I really miss all of our students! I am going to be popping in to the online meetings with our students so I can see them. Last week, I recorded myself reading a book for our kindergarten and 1st grade students. I am going to do that for 2nd grade as well before the week is out. I do hope you are able to get outside and enjoy our beautiful spring weather.

We are finishing up our fourth week of Distance Learning. Our teachers continue to work hard to provide lessons for student learning. I sent out an email last week about adjusting our grading for 4th quarter. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this.

Micron Match – For those of you who are affiliated with Micron – they have opened up a  2-for-1 donation match. If you have the ability of help out through this generous offer – it would be so very appreciated!

Volunteer Hours

As you know, we require 25 volunteer hours for each family per school year. If you have not done so, please log the hours that you have already completed. Due to the circumstances surrounding the school closure, we will waive the fee of $15 per hour for those hours not completed after March 16th.  If you did not intend to volunteer, we will accept payment for unworked volunteer hours at your discretion. A statement of your current, logged volunteer hours will be sent the first week of May. Please let me or Ms. Miller know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support of St. Joseph’s Catholic School. I will continue to pray for each of you and your families!  Please reach out to us if you need anything – we are here for you and we care about each of you.

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School