10.14.2020 Principal’s News


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Wednesday to all! We are sending out our weekly newsletter early this week as our students do not have school on Thursday, October 15th or Friday, October 16th.

At our Idaho Catholic Schools principals meeting yesterday, we discussed how COVID-19 is impacting all our schools. None of the Catholic Schools in the state are changing their learning plans. Bishop Kelly did have to move to distance learning this week because of rising absences. Our absences this week remained low. St. Joseph’s will move forward with our plan for full on-site learning beginning Monday, October 26th. Thank you all for your patience during this time.

Please help us fill the Box of Joy packages for children in need. We partnered with St. John’s Parish last year and surpassed all expectations. Please see the information in this week’s bulletin.

COVID-19

In our 9th week of school, we have not had any students test positive for COVID-19. Praise God! Our families are doing great and keeping sick children home.

  • Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s HERE.
  • If your family has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please keep all children home.
  • If you have a child sick at home, please keep siblings home – see Illness Decision Tree for Schools

We want to be able to continue our in person learning throughout the year and we need your help. We all need to practice the 3 W’s both in and out of school:

  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others

If your family travels out of state during the remainder of the school year, we ask that you self-quarantine for three days following your return.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be virtual this year. They will be held on Thursday, October 22nd and Friday, October 23rd. Teachers will be sending a sign-up genius early next for parents to sign up for a time slot. Students will not have school on those days.

Volunteers Needed

We need two – three volunteers to cover lunch and recess duty. We need help from 11:30-1:00, Monday – Friday beginning Monday, October 26th. We can work in ½ hour shifts. Volunteers must have completed Safe Environment Training. Safe Environment training information can be found in the News You Can Use section of the bulletin.  Please email me if you are interested in helping out – emericht@stjoes.com

Faculty and Staff

We are looking for a middle school instructional assistant and a part time 3rd-5th instructional aide.  Please send me an email if you know of someone who might be a good fit for these positions. The jobs are posted on our school website.

Week of October 19th-23rd 

Here is information for the 10th week of school:

  • Continue with our hybrid model – ½ students in morning and ½ in the afternoon.
  • No School Thursday or Friday next week – 10/22 and 10/23 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

School Mass

We had Mass on Tuesday afternoon. It is such a privilege and blessing to be able to pray and worship together. On Tuesday, October 20th, our 3rd and 2nd pm students will attend Mass at 12:45pm.   Mass will be livestreamed and recorded for those students not attending in person. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

St. John’s Parish/School Connection

Please continue to support St. John’s Parish or your local parish – donations have decreased since the onset of COVID-19 and we need to help our Catholic Parishes out more than ever.

Please reach out to me if you have questions or concerns. We are all in this together.

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Thank you for your commitment to your child’s Catholic education. Enjoy our beautiful fall weather.

Advisory Board Mtg Agenda Oct 21, 2020

Take Care and God Bless,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

10.8.2020 Principal’s News


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday to all! I do hope you have had a chance to enjoy our beautiful weather. We are in our 8th week of school – and the end of first quarter is next week.

Please note, students do not have school on Thursday, October 15th or Friday, October 16th.

We have a Treasure Valley Catholic Schools principals meeting on Tuesday, October 13th to discuss the rising COVID-19 cases in Ada County and how that impacts our Catholic schools. There is potential that Ada County will be moved into the red category early next week.  A decision will be made Tuesday evening whether we maintain our current hybrid model or move forward with our plan for full on-site learning.

COVID-19

In our 8th week of school, we have not had any students test positive for COVID-19. Praise God! Our families are doing great and keeping sick children home.

  • Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s HERE.

We want to be able to continue our in person learning throughout the year and we need your help. We all need to practice the 3 W’s both in and out of school:

  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others

If your family travels out of state during the remainder of the school year, we ask that you self-quarantine for three days following your return.

Air Quality

We are monitoring our air quality hourly; students go to recess if the air quality is below 150. If we are in the red zone (unhealthy category), students do not go to recess or have outdoor PE.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be virtual this year. They will be held on Thursday, October 22nd and Friday, October 23rd. Teachers will be sending a sign-up genius early next for parents to sign up for a time slot. Students will not have school on those days.

Faculty and Staff

We are looking for a middle school instructional assistant and a part time 3rd-5th instructional aide.  Please send me an email if you know of someone who might be a good fit for these positions. The jobs are posted on our school website.

Week of October 12th-16th  

Here is information for the 8th week of school:

  • Continue with our hybrid model – ½ students in morning and ½ in the afternoon.
  • No School Thursday or Friday next week – 10/15 and 10/16

When arriving and leaving school, please cross the street at the crosswalks. Drop off and pick up times remain the same as the last few weeks.

School Mass

We had our fourth school Mass for the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday afternoon. It is such a privilege and blessing to be back at Mass. Tuesday, October 13th, our 3rd and 2nd am students will attend Mass.   Mass will be livestreamed and recorded for those students not attending in person. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

Here is the schedule until the end of 1st quarter:

Tuesday, Sept. 15   7th and 6th AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, Sept. 22   8th and 6th PM students Mass at 12:45 PM

Tuesday, Sept 29    4th and 5th AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, Oct. 6       4th and 5th PM students Mass at 12:45 PM

Tuesday, Oct 1        2nd and 3rd AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

St. John’s Parish/School Connection

Please continue to support St. John’s Parish or your local parish – donations have decreased since the onset of COVID-19 and we need to help our Catholic Parishes out more than ever.

Please reach out to me if you have questions or concerns. We are all in this together.

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We are blessed to be able to work with your children. Thank you for your patience, understanding and grace as we navigate this unprecedented school year.

Take Care and God Bless,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

10.1.2020 Principal’s News


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Autumn to all! I do hope you have had a chance to get out and enjoy our beautiful fall weather. We are in our 7th week of school – and the end of first quarter is just around the corner.

Just a reminder, students do not have school tomorrow- Friday, October 2nd. Enjoy your long weekend.  Our teachers are attending the Catholic Educator’s Conference. We will have a religious retreat and attend classes to enrich our faith – all virtually of course!

Thank you to those of you who participated in the parent survey- we have had 100% participation. Your feedback is appreciated and continues to be considered as we progress through this unprecedented school year.

Fr. Mariusz and I have discussed the input from our St. Joseph’s community. I have also collaborated with Dr. Quilici and other Treasure Valley Catholic School principals. We have a faculty meeting today and I will be sending out an email to our families over the weekend on St. Joseph’s path for our students during the 2nd quarter of school.  I will include the data from the recent parent survey.

Faculty and Staff

We are looking for a middle school instructional assistant and a part time 3rd-5th instructional aide.  Please send me an email if you know of someone who might be a good fit for these positions. The jobs are posted on our school website.

COVID-19

In our 7th week of school, we have not had any students test positive for COVID-19. Praise God! Our families are doing the right thing keeping sick children home.

  • Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s HERE.

We want to be able to continue our in person learning throughout the year and we need your help. We all need to practice the 3 W’s both in and out of school:

  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others

School Requirements:

We want to be able to continue our in person learning throughout the year and we need your help. We all need to practice the 3 W’s both in and out of school:

  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others

Just a reminder, we are trying to limit the number of people in the building. If possible, please drop things off at the front door and we will pick the items up. Thank you for your help with this.

Air Quality

We are monitoring our air quality hourly; students go to recess if the air quality is below 150. If we are in the red zone (unhealthy category), students do not go to recess or have outdoor PE.

Week of October 5th – 9th 

Here is information for the 8th week of school:

  • Continue with our hybrid model – ½ students in morning and ½ in the afternoon.

When arriving and leaving school, please cross the street at the crosswalks – do not jay walk. Drop off and pick up times remain the same as the last few weeks. Please do not double park on the streets surrounding the school – this could cause a dangerous situation.

School Mass

We had our third school Mass for the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday morning. It is such a privilege and blessing to be back at Mass. Tuesday, October 6th, our 4th and 5th pm students will attend Mass.   Mass will be livestreamed and recorded for those students not attending in person.

Here is the schedule until the end of 1st quarter:

Tuesday, Sept. 15 7th and 6th AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, Sept. 22   8th and 6th PM students Mass at 12:45 PM

Tuesday, Sept 29    4th and 5th AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, Oct. 6 4th and 5th PM students Mass at 12:45 PM

Tuesday, Oct 13 2nd and 3rd AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

St. John’s Parish/School Connection

St. Joseph’s School and St. John’s Parish have a strong relationship. St. Joseph’s Catholic school is St. John’s Parish biggest ministry.

For those interested in becoming Catholic or receiving any of Sacraments. The deadline for enrollment is today – October 1, 2020.Please contact St. John’s Parish if you would like to learn more.

Please continue to support St. John’s Parish or your local parish – donations have decreased since the onset of COVID-19 and we need to help our Catholic Parishes out more than ever.

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Please reach out to me if you have questions or concerns – sometimes the best thing is to pick up the phone and have a conversation. We are all in this together.

We are grateful for your patience, understanding and grace as we navigate this unprecedented school year.

Take Care and God Bless,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

9.24.2020 Principal’s News


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Autumn to all! We have had a great sixth week of school – students are really getting back into a routine of learning. We also had our second student Mass for the school year.

Just a reminder, students do not have school on Friday, October 2nd. Our teachers are attending the Catholic Educator’s Conference. We will have a religious retreat and attend classes to enrich our faith – all virtually of course!

Last week, I invited families who had chosen distance learning to come back before the end of the first quarter which is October 16th. We originally had 37 students distance learning; we now have 12.

I am going to send a survey out to our families this afternoon to get input on how hybrid learning is going and what would work best for your family as we consider the possibility of bringing most students back on campus. We value your input.

Toward the end of next week, Fr. Mariusz and I will discuss the input from our St. Joseph’s community and decide what is the best path for our students during the 2nd quarter of school.

New Faculty and Staff

I would like to introduce you to our new school nurse – Maggie Sup. Nurse Sup, as she likes to be called, is an RN and comes to us with over 20 years of nursing experience primarily in surgery and oncology. Maggie loves working with kids and has volunteered at Camp Rainbow Gold for over 24 years. She has two amazing grown sons.

Maggie Sup and Janelle Carr both share the especially important nursing position here at St. Joseph’s. Maggie is our nurse on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Janelle is our nurse on Thursday and Friday. We are blessed to have such amazing women care for us!

We are also looking for a middle school instructional assistant. This person would help oversee the middle school distance learning and help with supervision of students. Please send me an email if you know of someone who might be a good fit for this position and join our middle school team.

COVID-19

In our 6th week of school, we have not had any students test positive for COVID-19. Praise God! Our families are doing the right thing keeping sick students home.

We want to be able to continue our in person learning throughout the year and we need your help. We all need to practice the 3 W’s both in and out of school:

  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask

  • Wash your hands

  • Watch your distance when with others

Air Quality

We are monitoring our air quality hourly; students go to recess if the air quality is below 150. If we are in the red zone (unhealthy category), students do not go to recess or have outdoor PE.

Week of September 28th-October 1st

Here is information for the fifth week of school:

When arriving and leaving school, please cross the street at the crosswalks – do not jay walk. Drop off and pick up times remain the same as the last few weeks. Please do not double park on the streets surrounding the school – this could cause a dangerous situation. No school on Friday, October 2nd.

School Requirements:

We want to be able to continue our in person learning throughout the year and we need your help. We all need to practice the 3 W’s both in and out of school:

  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask

  • Wash your hands

  • Watch your distance when with others

Just a reminder, we are trying to limit the number of people in the building. If possible, please drop things off at the front door and we will pick the items up. Thank you for your help with this.

School Mass

We had our second school Mass for the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday afternoon. It is such a privilege and blessing to be back at Mass. Tuesday, September 29th, our 4th and 5th am students will attend Mass. Mass will be livestreamed and recorded for those students not attending in person. For those attending Mass in person, Mass dress is required.

Here is the schedule until the end of 1st quarter:

Tuesday, Sept. 15 7th and 6th AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, Sept. 22   8th and 6th PM students Mass at 12:45 PM

Tuesday, Sept 29    4th and 5th AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, Oct. 6 4th and 5th PM students Mass at 12:45 PM

Tuesday, Oct 13 2nd and 3rd AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

St. John’s Parish/School Connection

St. Joseph’s School and St. John’s Parish have a strong relationship. St. Joseph’s Catholic school is St. John’s Parish’s biggest ministry.

For those interested in becoming Catholic or receiving any of the Sacraments. The deadline for enrollment is October 1, 2020. Please contact St. John’s Parish if you would like to learn more.

Please continue to support St. John’s Parish or your local parish – donations have decreased since the onset of COVID-19 and we need to help our Catholic Parishes out more than ever.

Please reach out to me if you have questions or concerns – sometimes the best thing is to pick up the phone and have a conversation. We are all in this together.

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We are so grateful to all of you and for all of you; we are grateful for your patience, understanding and grace as we navigate this unprecedented school year.

Take Care and God Bless,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

9.17.2020 Principal’s News


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Our Back to School information was sent via email by me and the teachers yesterday afternoon. We wish we could have been together in person for our Back to School Night, but under the circumstances, we still want to make sure we provide you with important information as we get further into our school year.

I sent out an email yesterday inviting those families, who had chosen distance learning, to come back before the end of first quarter which is October 16th. We had originally asked families to stay with their current choice through the end of the quarter but wanted to offer the opportunity to return if it worked for them. Our teachers are having to carry many additional responsibilities and we are realizing this plan may not be sustainable for them. We are going to take the next two weeks to reevaluate our hybrid model and make some adjustments as needed.

As stated in our school reopening plan,

“Please understand that this is a fluid document and is subject to change as we progress through the school year. This plan will be updated throughout the school year as needed”.

We ask for your understanding and patience as we navigate this unprecedented school year. We need to be a channel of Mercy and Grace for one another.

Air Quality

We are monitoring our air quality hourly; students go to recess if the air quality is below 150. If we are in the red zone (unhealthy category), students do not go to recess or have outdoor PE.

Safe Environment Training

Over the past few weeks, Mrs. Porter put together a virtual Safe Environment Training session. This might be a good time to do that initial training or your annual online renewal, as necessary. Check the News You Can Use section in this week’s bulletin.

Week of September 21st-25th

Here is information for the fifth week of school:

When arriving and leaving school, please cross the street at the crosswalks – do not jay walk.

AM Session 8:00-11:00 – Kindergarten – 7th grade

  • Students should arrive by 7:55 am and be picked up at 11:00. Drop off begins at 7:45 – please do not drop your child off earlier than this. There will be adult supervision outside for our students starting at 7:45.

  • Student drop off and pick up – New information – the drive through path will be available from 7:45- 7:55 and again from 11:00 – 11:10. You can enter from Hays and exit onto 9th Street.

  • Students will line up by grade level. Middle school students will line up off 8th Street. Teachers will be outside at 7:55 and then we will bring students into the building- school starts promptly at 8:00 AM. You can pick your child up at the same location as drop-off.

PM Session 12:30 – 3:30 – Kindergarten – 8th grade

  •  Students should arrive by 12:25 pm and be picked up at 3:30. Drop off begins at 12:15 pm – please do not drop your child off earlier than this. There will be adult supervision outside for our students starting at 12:15.

  • Student drop off and pick up – New information – the drive through path will be available from 12:15- 12:25 and again from 3:30-3:40. You can enter from Hays and exit onto 9th Street.

  • Students will line up by grade level. Middle school students will line up off 8th Street. Teachers will be outside at 12:25 and then we will bring students into the building- school starts promptly at 12:30 PM. You can pick your child up at the same location as drop-off. There will be adult supervision starting at 12:15.

School Requirements:

We want to be able to continue our in person learning throughout the year and we need your help. We all need to practice the 3 W’s both in and out of school:

  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask

  • Wash your hands

  • Watch your distance when with others

Just a reminder, we are trying to limit the number of people in the building. If possible, please drop things off at the front door and we will pick the items up. Thank you for your help with this.

School Mass

We had our first school Mass for the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday morning. It was such a blessing to be back at Mass and our middle school students did a fantastic job. As a Catholic school, it is essential for us to practice our Catholicity, participate in the Sacraments and attend Mass. School Mass is required.  For those attending Mass in person, Mass dress is required. Mass will be livestreamed and recorded for those students not attending in person. We are still working through this portion.

Here is the schedule until the end of 1st quarter:

Tuesday, Sept. 15 7th and 6th AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, Sept. 22   8th and 6th PM students Mass at 12:45 PM

Tuesday, Sept 29    4th and 5th AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, Oct. 6 4th and 5th PM students Mass at 12:45 PM

Tuesday, Oct 13 2nd and 3rd AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

After School Care

We are providing after care for those families who are enrolled in the afternoon session only (12:30 – 3:30); aftercare will run from 3:30 – 5:30. A signup sheet has been created (you can find that in today’s bulletin) as we need to know how many students to plan for – we will limit 12 in each group. After School Care students will focus on completing schoolwork, when that is finished, students should read a book of choice. We will not be playing board games, snacks will be provided and eaten outside.

St. John’s Parish/School Connection

St. Joseph’s School and St. John’s Parish have a strong relationship. St. Joseph’s Catholic school is St. John’s Parish’s biggest ministry.

For those interested in becoming Catholic or receiving any of Sacraments. The deadline for enrollment is October 1, 2020.Please contact St. John’s Parish if you would like to learn more.

Please continue to support St. John’s Parish or your local parish – donations have decreased since the onset of COVID-19 and we need to help our Catholic Parishes out more than ever.

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Please reach out to me if you have questions or concerns – sometimes the best thing is to pick up the phone and have a conversation. We are all in this together.

Thank you for choosing St. Joseph’s Catholic School, we appreciate you and are blessed to be able to teach your children.

St. Joe’s Advisory Board Mtg Agenda 9-23-20

Take Care and God Bless,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School