Principal’s Report 11.18.2021


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a great week enjoying family, friends and a wonderful meal! We have so much to be thankful for at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. We are thankful for the freedom to practice our faith in our Catholic school community. We are thankful for our Bishop, priests, and deacons and their help in fulfilling our mission. We are thankful for our teachers and staff who are dedicated to guiding our students in faith and learning. We are thankful for our families who are supportive of their child’s Catholic education and give so much to our school. We are thankful for our students who are beautiful gifts from God!

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Important Dates to Add to your calendar:

  • Monday, November 22nd – November 26th – Thanksgiving Break – No School
  • Friday, December 3rd – Teacher workday – no school for students
  • Tuesday, December 14th  – SJPA meeting at 3:15
  • Tuesday, December 21st – end of 2nd quarter. Please note, this is an adjustment – No school on Wednesday, December 22nd. 

School Safety

Every month we do safety drills here at school. Today, we had a lock down drill. All teachers and students did a great job and followed protocols perfectly!

Catholicity

Acts of Charity

Thank you for your generosity as we help those in need. Items collected will be taken to Corpus Christi House this afternoon. Thank you, St. Joseph’s student council, for your work!

Our St. Joseph’s School Community filled 68 Boxes of Joy for children in need – thank you for your help in providing joy to children at Christmas!

Advent begins on Sunday, November 28th

School Mass

On Tuesday, November 30th, our kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom if there are no glitches. Mrs. Schneider’s 4th  grade class is hosting Mass. 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.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

Fr. Mariusz and Fr. Aleksander have blocked out time to come into the school to teach lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays. St. Joseph’s Catholic School is St. John’s Cathedral Parish school. We are in partnership with St. John’s and the parish financially supports St. Joseph’s each year. We are the parish’s biggest ministry. Please partner with St. Joseph’s and St. John’s in the faith formation of your child by praying together as a family, participating in the sacraments, and attending Mass on Sundays – following the five precepts of our beautiful Catholic faith.

COVID Response

We have had a few students test positive this week for COVID.  For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

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 PCR test (provide a copy to the office) 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

Information from Last Week’s Newsletter:

 Please remember to send your child with a coat. It is helpful if they have a hood or hat in case it is raining. We have students go out to recess unless it is raining at a steady pace, or the temperature is below 20 degrees. Children really need movement, and it also allows for a break from masks. Just a reminder, as we head into the winter months, shorts may no longer be worn when we come back from Thanksgiving break.

As we mention coats and hats, please remember to write your child’s name in their belongings. Our lost and found has grown exponentially, please have your child check for any lost items. We will be donating all items to St. Vincent de Paul next Friday.

After discussion with teachers in our last faculty meeting, we have made an adjustment to our school calendar. Second quarter will end on Tuesday, December 21st. We will not have school on Wednesday, December 22nd. It was previously scheduled for a ½ day.

On Monday, November 8th, we sent an email with the parent survey for our accreditation self-study. As mentioned, St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year utilizing the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools. One of the requirements is to conduct stakeholder surveys. We are seeking input from our stakeholders: parents, teachers and staff, and students (4th-8th grades). Your input will help us evaluate our areas of strength and areas we need to improve. Fr. Mariusz along with our School Advisory Board will analyze the data from the surveys. The WCEA school accreditation team who will evaluate our school will also have access to this information. Please submit only one survey per household. Please let me know if you have any questions surrounding this important process.

Accreditation-Self Study

St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year. We are using the framework from the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools – the NSBECS. There are four Standards that are included in our self-study:

  • Mission and Catholic Identity
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Academic Excellence
  • Operational Vitality

This is such a great opportunity for us to evaluate our school from the lens of a National Catholic school framework. We also will focus on the Defining Characteristics of a Catholic School.

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. We have run into several situations already this year where we have not had someone to substitute. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.

Thank you for partnering with us! We know you have choices when it comes to the education of your child/children.

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

Principal’s Report 11.11.2021


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Fall is here – our weather has definitely shifted to match the season! Please remember to send your child with a coat. It is helpful if they have a hood or hat in case it is raining. We have students go out to recess unless it is raining at a steady pace, or the temperature is below 20 degrees. Children really need movement, and it also allows for a break from masks. Just a reminder, as we head into the winter months, shorts may no longer be worn when we come back from Thanksgiving break.

As we mention coats and hats, please remember to write your child’s name in their belongings. Our lost and found has grown exponentially, please have your child check for any lost items. We will be donating all items to St. Vincent de Paul next Friday.

After discussion with teachers in our last faculty meeting, we have made an adjustment to our school calendar. Second quarter will end on Tuesday, December 21st. We will not have school on Wednesday, December 22nd. It was previously scheduled for a ½ day.

Please bring your Box of Joy to the office by Friday, November 12th. We will be taking them to the parish for pick up during the weekend. Box of Joy in a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach and supplies Christmas presents to children in need around the world. Thank you to all who have donated.

On Monday, November 8th, we sent an email with the parent survey for our accreditation self-study. As mentioned, St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year utilizing the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools. One of the requirements is to conduct stakeholder surveys. We are seeking input from our stakeholders: parents, teachers and staff, and students (4th-8th grades). Your input will help us evaluate our areas of strength and areas we need to improve. Fr. Mariusz along with our School Advisory Board will analyze the data from the surveys. The WCEA school accreditation team who will evaluate our school will also have access to this information. Please submit only one survey per household. Please let me know if you have any questions surrounding this important process.

Important Dates to Add to your calendar:

  • Wednesday, November 17th – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 PM 17 November 2021 Board Agenda
  • Monday, November 22nd – November 26th – Thanksgiving Break – No School
  • Friday, December 3rd – Teacher workday – no school for students
  • Tuesday, December 14th  – SJPA meeting at 3:15
  • Tuesday, December 21st – end of 2nd quarter and a full day. Please note, this is an adjustment – No school on Wednesday, December 22nd. 

Catholicity

Giving Back

Our St. Joseph’s Student Council is sponsoring a collection to help our those in need. We are asking students to donate various items to Corpus Christi House. Please see the flyer attached to our newsletter.

School Mass

On Tuesday, November 16th, our 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom if there are no glitches. Mrs. Skinner’s 3rd grade class is hosting Mass. 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.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

Fr. Mariusz and Fr. Aleksander have blocked out time to come into the school to teach lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays. St. Joseph’s Catholic School is St. John’s Cathedral Parish school. We are in partnership with St. John’s and the parish financially supports St. Joseph’s each year. The parish is committed to helping us in Catholic formation for our teachers and students. Please partner with St. Joseph’s and St. John’s in the faith formation of your child by praying together as a family, participating in the sacraments, and attending Mass on Sundays – following the five precepts of our beautiful Catholic faith.

COVID Response

Over the last few weeks, we have seen a decrease in the number of students in quarantine. This is great news! Just a reminder, please follow our school illness policy below if your child is experiencing any illness. We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed for the health and safety of our school community. Our goal is to continue to provide in person learning. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year!

For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

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

Accreditation-Self Study

St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year. We are using the framework from the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools – the NSBECS. There are four Standards that are included in our self-study:

  • Mission and Catholic Identity
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Academic Excellence
  • Operational Vitality

This is such a great opportunity for us to evaluate our school from the lens of a National Catholic school framework. We also will focus on the Defining Characteristics of a Catholic School.

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. We have run into several situations already this year where we have not had someone to substitute. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.

As we honor our veterans on Veteran’s Day, let us give thanks for the sacrifices the brave men and women have made for our freedom.

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 Thank you for partnering with us as we help our children grow in faith, mind, and body!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

11.4.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

We had two important religious observations this week – All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day. Our students learned about the significance of these days in their classes. At the end of next week, we are halfway through the 2nd quarter – our students are learning and growing in faith and academic knowledge.

Please bring your Box of Joy to the office by Friday, November 12th. We will be taking them to the parish for pick up during the weekend. Box of Joy is a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach and supplies Christmas presents to children in need around the world. There is still time to pick up the Box of Joy from the school office.  Help us make a child’s Christmas!

Our 5th grade class is doing a Spanish cultural project called the ofrenda.  The dioramas are displayed around the school.  An ofrenda  is the offering placed in a home during the annual and traditionally Mexican Dia de los Muertos celebration to honor a loved one who has passed away. Thank you Senora Arrubarena for sharing this culturally significant project with our students.

Physical activity is so important for children. Our new playground provides a great space for our students to move, play and have fun. Girls on the Run is finishing up their program for the year – this program is for 8- to 13-year-old girls that promotes girl empowerment by teaching life skills through lessons and running. We are partnering with another local company to promote wellness and movement – BoiseBIts. Boise Bits is an empowerment program that teaches growth mindset through running – this program is open to kindergarten through 2nd grade students. Please click on this link for more information and registration.

Important Dates to Add to your calendar:

  • Friday, November 5th – Teacher Workday – No Students
  • Tuesday, November 9th – SJPA Meeting at 3:15
  • Wednesday, November 17th – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 PM
  • Monday, November 22nd – November 26th – Thanksgiving Break – No School

Catholicity

School Mass

On Tuesday, November 9th our kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. Mr. Yanci’s class is hosting Mass. 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.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

Fr. Mariusz and Fr. Aleksander have blocked out time to come into the school to teach lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays. St. Joseph’s Catholic School is St. John’s Cathedral Parish school. We are in partnership with St. John’s and the parish financially supports St. Joseph’s each year. The parish is committed to helping us in Catholic formation for our teachers and students. Please partner with St. Joseph’s and St. John’s in the faith formation of your child by praying together as a family, participating in the sacraments, and attending Mass on Sundays – following the five precepts of our beautiful Catholic faith.

COVID Response

Over the last two weeks, we have seen a decrease in the number of students in quarantine. This is great news! Just a reminder, please follow our school illness policy below if your child is experiencing any illness. We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed for the health and safety of our school community. Our goal is to continue to provide in person learning. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year!

For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

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

Accreditation-Self Study

St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year. We are using the framework from the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools – the NSBECS. There are four Standards that are included in our self-study:

  • Mission and Catholic Identity
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Academic Excellence
  • Operational Vitality

This is such a great opportunity for us to evaluate our school from the lens of a National Catholic school framework. We also will focus on the Defining Characteristics of a Catholic School. Our mission and Catholic Identity will be a primary focus – we will be sending out surveys at the beginning of October to get stakeholder input from parents, staff and students.

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. We have run into several situations already this year where we have not had someone to substitute. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.

As we continue the year of St. Joseph, our school’s patron saint, we ask for guidance in grace and mercy.

We know you have many choices when choosing a school for your child – thank you for partnering with us and choosing St. Joseph’s!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

10.28.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

We have had an informative, engaging Red Ribbon Week at St. Joseph’s. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually during the last week of October. This week has been filled with grade appropriate activities that have helped our students learn how dangerous drugs and addiction can be and how important it is to make healthy choices. We will also have fun Halloween Activities tomorrow, Friday, October 29th. Please see the information below.

“Drugs are Scary!” – K-5 can wear Halloween costumes. Middle school can wear black and orange or Halloween costumes and pay $2

  • Halloween costumes should not be scary or gory. Please no fake blood or weapons. Face paint is okay but no costume masks – we will continue to wear masks as required for COVID safety. Middle school students can choose to wear a costume – if so, they must bring $2 in cash to be given to their homeroom teacher at the beginning of the day on Friday.

We will have student council elections for our middle school students with speeches and voting taking place on Friday. We have 24 students running for various offices.

Important Dates to Add to your calendar:

  • Monday, November 1st – All Saint’s Day – School Mass
  • Friday, November 5th – Teacher Workday – No Students
  • Tuesday, November 9th – SJPA Meeting at 3:15
  • Wednesday, November 17th – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 PM

Reminder: School Mass is on Monday, November 1st as it is All Saint’s Day. Our 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. Mrs. Skinner’s 3rd grade class is hosting Mass. 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.

Catholicity

Charitable Giving

St. Joseph’s Catholic School is once again happy to be partnering with St. John’s Parish in the Box of Joy project. Box of Joy in a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach and supplies Christmas presents to children in need around the world. You can pick up the Box of Joy form the school office – the deadline for returning is the first week of November. Help us make a child’s Christmas!

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

St. Joseph’s Catholic School is St. John’s Cathedral Parish school. We are in partnership with St. John’s and the parish financially supports St. Joseph’s each year. The parish is committed to helping us in Catholic formation for our teachers and students. Please partner with St. Joseph’s and St. John’s in the faith formation of your child by praying together as a family, participating in the sacraments, and attending Mass on Sundays – following the five precepts of our beautiful Catholic faith.

COVID Response

Just a reminder, please follow our school illness policy below if your child is experiencing any illness. We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed for the health and safety of our school community. Our goal is to continue to provide in person learning. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year!

For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

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

Accreditation-Self Study

St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year. We are using the framework from the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools – the NSBECS. There are four Standards that are included in our self-study:

  • Mission and Catholic Identity
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Academic Excellence
  • Operational Vitality

This is such a great opportunity for us to evaluate our school from the lens of a National Catholic school framework. We also will focus on the Defining Characteristics of a Catholic School. Our mission and Catholic Identity will be a primary focus – we will be sending out surveys at the beginning of October to get stakeholder input from parents, staff and students.

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. We have run into several situations already this year where we have not had someone to substitute. In many cases, those schools who have had to temporarily close this year has been due to teacher absence. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.

Monday, November 1st is All Saint’s Day, let us ask for intercessions and follow their example,

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We know you have many choices when choosing a school for your child – thank you for partnering with us and choosing St. Joseph’s!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

10.21.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

We have had an active week at St. Joseph’s! The annual St. Joseph’s Book Fair has been in full swing – thank you Mrs. Governale and all the volunteers who helped make this a great success! It has been wonderful seeing and talking with so many parents in the school. Our partnership with you is so important to us! Parent/Teacher conferences continue through the end of today. Our teachers put a lot of effort into preparing for conferences to make sure they are partnering with parents on the education of your child. We all appreciated the dinner on Wednesday evening provided through our SJPA hospitality committee – thank you SJPA!

This week, we will have student council elections for our middle school students. We have 24 students running for various offices. Campaigning will go out this week with speeches and voting taking place on Friday.

Important Dates to Add to your calendar:

  • Monday, October 25th – Friday, October 29th – Red Ribbon Week
  • Monday, November 1st – All Saint’s Day – School Mass
  • Friday, November 5th – Teacher Workday – No Students
  • Tuesday, November 9th – SJPA Meeting at 3:15 (Cafeteria)

Catholicity

Charitable Giving

St. Joseph’s Catholic School is once again happy to be partnering with St. John’s Parish in the Box of Joy project. Box of Joy in a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach and supplies Christmas presents to children in need around the world. You can pick up the Box of Joy from the school office – the deadline for returning is the first week of November. Help us make a child’s Christmas! You can return boxes to both the parish and school office.

Mass

On Tuesday, October 26th, our kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. Mrs. McClure’s 8th grade homeroom class is hosting Mass. 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.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

Did you know that St. Joseph’s Catholic School is the biggest ministry of St. John’s Cathedral Parish? St. John’s parish financially supports St. Joseph’s each year. The parish is committed to helping us in Catholic formation for our teachers and students. We are blessed to have such a supportive partnership with St. John’s. Please partner with St. Joseph’s and St. John’s in the faith formation of your child by praying together as a family, participating in the sacraments, and attending Mass on Sundays – following the five precepts of our beautiful Catholic faith.

COVID Response

Just a reminder, please follow our school illness policy below if your child is experiencing any illness. We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed for the health and safety of our school community. Our goal is to continue to provide in person learning. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year!

For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

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

Accreditation-Self Study

St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year. We are using the framework from the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools – the NSBECS. There are four Standards that are included in our self-study:

  • Mission and Catholic Identity
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Academic Excellence
  • Operational Vitality

This is such a great opportunity for us to evaluate our school from the lens of a National Catholic school framework. We also will focus on the Defining Characteristics of a Catholic School. Our mission and Catholic Identity will be a primary focus – we will be sending out surveys at the beginning of October to get stakeholder input from parents, staff and students.

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. We have run into several situations already this year where we have not had someone to substitute. In many cases, those schools who have had to temporarily close this year has been due to teacher absence. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.

As we continue the Year of St. Joseph, let us pray for his intercessions,

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We know you have many choices when choosing a school for your child – thank you for partnering with us and choosing St. Joseph’s!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich