Principal’s Post – 12/14/17


Mass

Thank you to all who attended Mass with us last Friday and this past Tuesday. Thank you to Mrs. Wiebold’s 4th grade class and Mrs. Weaver’s 5th grade class for their leadership in their respective Masses.

Also, thank you to all who attended Mass this past Sunday at 10 am at St. John’s Cathedral. Thank you to Mr. Yanci’s 5th grade class for their service and leadership with a Parish Mass.

Coats, Hats, Gloves

With temperatures dropping below freezing, please send your student to school each day with a heavy winter coat, hat, and gloves to keep them warm and safe from the conditions. As long as the temperatures stay above 13 degrees fahrenheit (with wind chill) we will continue to have students go outside for break and lunch. When in the mid-twenties, as it has been, we have students without coats stay inside, and we ask students to wear and zip their coats. It is of great value for students to get outside and have breaks.

Christmas Concert

We invite you to join us for our annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral.  Come celebrate this joyous season and listen to our kindergarten through 6th graders perform. Their singing will warm your hearts!

Late Start Wednesday Student Yoga with Mrs. Elwer

Late Start Yoga has been very well received. If you haven’t tried, think about giving it a try. As is continues to get colder, we are going to offer yoga in the gym Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:15. Mrs. Elwer, the k-4 PE teacher, and Mrs. Phillips, Librarian, will lead students through yoga poses to get students active and ready for the day. Students who come early on Wednesdays will have the choice to stay in the cafeteria or outside (depending the weather) or to go to the gym for yoga.

We have one more pilot class this Wednesday:

  • 12/20

Safety: Leaving the school building and after school:

  • We ask all students and families to exit the school through the main entrance; this includes the doors exiting onto Fort St. We are making this change to reduce the chance of someone entering the building. We appreciate your support to ensure student safety the best we can.

Our upcoming weekend school Masses at St. John’s Cathedral are:

  • Sunday, Jan. 28 11:30 a.m. (Catholic Schools Week)  ( School Choir ) 8th grade Gamboa/Seibert
  • Sunday, Feb. 11 5 p.m. (Hallisey Mass) – Grant/McClure
  • Sunday, March 11 10 a.m.. ( School Choir )  Weaver/Howard
  • Saturday, April 28 5 p.m. 1st Communion   ( School Choir ) Cammann/Seidler
  • Sunday, May 20 1 p.m. (Spanish Mass) Olivares

Bravely act like a saint today!

Principal’s Post – 12/7/17


Mass

Mass this week will be celebrated tomorrow on Friday, December 8. Students may wear their usual Friday St. Joseph’s Spirit Wear. Mass Friday will be celebrating the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass will still start at 8:30 am. May everyone always feel welcome to join us for our weekly Mass.

Mr. Yanci’s 5th grade class will be hosting the 10:00 a.m. Mass this Sunday, December 10th at the Cathedral. All are invited to join us.

Shorts

Reminder, students are to wear pants after Thanksgiving.  Students will be able to wear shorts again after Spring Break.

Late Start Wednesday Student Yoga with Mrs. Elwer

Late Start Yoga has been very well received. If you haven’t tried, think about giving it a try.  As it continues to get colder, we are going to offer yoga in the gym Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:15. Mrs. Elwer, the k-4 PE teacher, and Mrs. Phillips, Librarian, will lead students through yoga poses to get students active and ready for the day. Students who come early on Wednesdays will have the choice to stay in the cafeteria or outside (depending the weather) or to go to the gym for yoga.

We will continue to pilot until Christmas on the following dates:

  • 12/13
  • 12/20

Safety: Leaving the school building and after school:

  • We ask all students and families to exit the school through the main entrance; this includes the doors exiting onto Fort St.  We are making this change to reduce the chance of someone entering the building.  We appreciate your support to ensure student safety the best we can.

Our upcoming weekend school Masses at St. John’s Cathedral are:

  • Sunday, Dec. 10 10 a.m. Yanci  
  • Sunday, Jan. 28 11:30 a.m. (Catholic Schools Week)  ( School Choir ) 8th grade Gamboa/Seibert
  • Sunday, Feb. 11 5 p.m. (Hallisey Mass) – Grant/McClure
  • Sunday, March 11 10 a.m.. ( School Choir )  Weaver/Howard
  • Saturday, April 28 5 p.m. 1st Communion   ( School Choir ) Cammann/Seidler
  • Sunday, May 20 1 p.m. (Spanish Mass) Olivares

Bravely act like a saint today!

Principals Post – 11/30/17


Mass

Thank to the St. John’s Parish Staff for their leadership with the Mass.

Thank you to everyone who celebrated Mass with us this week. May everyone always feel welcome to join us for our weekly Mass.

Mass next week will be celebrated on Friday, December 8. Students may wear their usual Friday St. Joseph’s Spirit Wear. Mass Friday will be celebrating the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Mass will still start at 8:30 am.

Shorts

Reminder, students are to wear pants after Thanksgiving. Students will be able to wear shorts again after Spring Break.

Late Start Wednesday Student Yoga with Mrs. Elwer

The first Late Start Yoga was a great success. We had more than 25 students, and we have room for more next week.

As is continues to get colder, we are going to offer yoga in the gym Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:15. Mrs. Elwer, the k-4 PE teacher, and Mrs. Phillips, Librarian, will lead students through yoga poses to get students active and ready for the day. Students who come early on Wednesdays will have the choice to stay in the cafeteria or outside (depending the weather) or to go to the gym for yoga.

We will continue to pilot until Christmas on the following dates:

  • 12/6
  • 12/13
  • 12/20

Safety: Leaving the school building and after school:

  • We ask all students and families to exit the school through the main entrance; this includes the doors exiting onto Fort St. We are making this change to reduce the chance of someone entering the building. We appreciate your support to ensure student safety the best we can.

Middle School Retreat:

  • Please pray for our middle school students, grades 6, 7, and 8 who will be attending the Jr. High Youth Rally tomorrow at Bishop Kelly to have a positive, spiritual, and fulfilling experience. Thank you for your prayers and thank you  to our parent chaperones.

Our upcoming weekend school Masses at St. John’s Cathedral are:

  • Sunday, Dec. 10 10 a.m. Yanci  
  • Sunday, Jan. 28 11:30 a.m. (Catholic Schools Week)  ( School Choir ) 8th grade Gamboa/Seibert
  • Sunday, Feb. 11 5 p.m. (Hallisey Mass) – Grant/McClure
  • Sunday, March 11 10 a.m.. ( School Choir )  Weaver/Howard
  • Saturday, April 28 5 p.m. 1st Communion   ( School Choir ) Cammann/Seidler
  • Sunday, May 20 1 p.m. (Spanish Mass) Olivares

Bravely act like a saint today!

Principal’s Post – 11/21/27


Thank to to Mrs. Seibert and all of our students from various grades serving, reading, and leading in Mass today.

Thank you to all of our grandparents and VIPs in attendance today too! We are so blessed to yet again have a packed house. Thank to the the 6th and 7th grades for going up to the choir loft to make room for our guests.

Deacon O’Neill’s homily from today can be read following this link. He calls us to continue to be smart, brave, strong, and holy.

At this time of year, we are called and reminded to be thankful. As I make my way through every day here at St. Joseph’s I witness countless times the many things we have to be grateful for and proud of as a community. The number of people packing St. John’s Cathedral today for a school Mass can only be rivaled by the Christmas and Easter Masses. The number of guests speaks volumes of the community support our school has, thank you.

The partnership and service our school and community lead and participate with is heartwarming, touching, and I believe life changing. This week alone — from reading Christmas cards our students are drawing and writing for local homeless Veterans or Veterans at the VA Hospital to the free market middle school runs for the homeless to the joyous ear to ear smiles walking the halls with grandparents and VIPs today — I am thankful to work in such a place.

The art and writing of our St. Joseph’s Catholic School students is recently captured in the Idaho Catholic Register. To see the featured artwork, please click HERE, select View in the top left, then select Present.  If this does not work, open the PDF of the email and they can be viewed in black and white.

Thanksgiving Art from both Mrs. Howard and Mrs. Marcus’s classes is currently being displayed at St. Alphonsus in the Children’s Art Hallway S7.

Thank you again to everyone who celebrated Mass with us this week. May everyone always feel welcome to join us for our weekly Mass, and may everyone have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

Late Start Wednesday Student Yoga with Mrs. Elwer

As is continues to get colder, we are going to try offering yoga in the gym Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:15. Mrs. Elwer, the k-4 PE teacher, will lead students through an activity to get students active and ready for the day. Students who come early on Wednesdays will have the choice to stay in the cafeteria or outside (depending the weather) or to go to the gym.

We will start this and pilot until Christmas on the following dates:

  • 11/29 (the week we return from Thanksgiving)
  • 12/6
  • 12/13
  • 12/20

Middle School Youth Rally:

Grades 6, 7, and 8 will be joining the middle school students from all the Treasure Valley Catholic Schools at Bishop Kelly Friday, December 1st for a Middle School Retreat. St. Joseph’s Catholic School Students will be bussed from St. Joseph’s to Bishop Kelly, and the students will be bussed back to St. Joseph’s.  

 

  • Students need to return their permission slips by Tuesday, November 28
  • Students need to bring a cold sack lunch
  • Students need to be at St. Joseph’s by 8 am to get on the busses, and the busses will return before school ends

 

Safety: Leaving the school building and after school:

  • Starting Monday, 27, the Monday we return from Thanksgiving, we ask all students and families to exit the school through the main entrance; this includes the doors exiting onto Fort St. We are making this change to reduce the chance of someone entering the building. We appreciate your support to ensure student safety the best we can.

Family Catechesis:

Click here for a link to Feeding Your Family’s Soul and other options for working together to deepen faith as a family.

Our upcoming weekend school Masses are:

  • Sunday, Dec. 10 10 a.m. Yanci  
  • Sunday, Jan. 28 11:30 a.m. (Catholic Schools Week)  ( School Choir ) 8th grade Gamboa/Seibert
  • Sunday, Feb. 11 5 p.m. (Hallisey Mass) – Grant/McClure
  • Sunday, March 11 10 a.m.. ( School Choir )  Weaver/Howard
  • Saturday, April 28 5 p.m. 1st Communion   ( School Choir ) Cammann/Seidler
  • Sunday, May 20 1 p.m. (Spanish Mass) Olivares

Bravely act like a saint today!

Principal’s Post – 11/16/17


Mass

Thank to to Mrs. Seidler’s second grade class for their leadership with the Mass.

Here are some of their reflections from Mass:

  • “I just feel joyful after our mass!”
  • “Did you see the light come through the door as Deacon O’Neill was saying that God gives us everything?”
  • “It was so great to see my mom there!”
  • “Each friend had a job at mass to do.”
  • “We need to be thankful because of the things we have.”

Deacon O’Neill’s homily this week calls us to let our light from God shine. At the request of a few parents his homily from this week is available by clicking HERE.

Thank you to everyone who celebrated Mass with us this week. May everyone always feel welcome to join us for our weekly Mass.

Grandparents and VIP Mass: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 8:30 am St. John’s Cathedral

We invite the Grandparents/VIPs to come to the school between 8-8:15 to join their youngest student in their classroom.  We will have staff and students to assist Grandparents/VIPs to find the classrooms, with the exception of Grandparents/VIPS for kindergarten and 5th grade classes; these Grandparents/VIPS will meet their student(s) in the gym.

At 8:15 the older students  who are sharing a Grandparent/VIP with a younger student will go to the younger student’s classroom or the gym.

At 8:20 the classes and Grandparents will go to the Cathedral for seating.  Seating has been adjusted and only the back two rows at the back of the church will be available for guests until we get all classes and Grandparents/VIPs seated.

Mass will start at 8:30 am.

Grandparents/VIPs wanting to sit with choir students may go directly to the Cathedral and sit up by the choir (Mr. Aspiri and Mrs. Moodie will be there to assist them to find seating.)

After Mass, Grandparents and VIPs are invited back into the school with their student(s) to see the school. There will be coffee and water for our guests and tables throughout the halls with snacks.

Late Start Wednesday Student Yoga with Mrs. Elwer

As is continues to get colder, we are going to try offering yoga in the gym Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:15. Mrs. Elwer, the k-4 PE teacher, will lead students through an activity to get students active and ready for the day. Students who come early on Wednesdays will have the choice to stay in the cafeteria or outside (depending the weather) or to go to the gym.

We will start this and pilot until Christmas on the following dates:

  • 11/29 (the week we return from Thanksgiving)
  • 12/6
  • 12/13
  • 12/20

Book Fair

Thank you to everyone for the continuous and overwhelming support of the St. Joseph’s Book Fair. The proceeds goes right back to purchasing books for our students, and the number of books purchased by families shows the community support of fostering reading. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It is awesome to be part of a community where reading is loved, valued, supported, and practiced.

Family Catechesis:

Click here for a link to Feeding Your Family’s Soul and other options for working together to deepen faith as a family.

Our upcoming weekend school Masses are:

  • Sunday, Dec. 10 10 a.m. Yanci
  • Sunday, Jan. 28 11:30 a.m. (Catholic Schools Week)  ( School Choir ) 8th grade Gamboa/Seibert
  • Sunday, Feb. 11 5 p.m. (Hallisey Mass) – Grant/McClure
  • Sunday, March 11 10 a.m.. ( School Choir )  Weaver/Howard
  • Saturday, April 28 5 p.m. 1st Communion   ( School Choir ) Cammann/Seidler
  • Sunday, May 20 1 p.m. (Spanish Mass) Olivares

Bravely act like a saint today!