St. Joseph’s School Opening Plan


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Thank you so much for your patience as St. Joseph’s has formulated a plan for the re-opening of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in collaboration with Fr. Mariusz, Dr. Sarah Quilici, St.Joseph’s School Advisory Board, St. Joe’s faculty and staff, and other Treasure Valley Catholic Schools.
I am including a communication from the Diocese of Boise on the phased re-opening of Catholic Schools in Idaho. All Catholic Schools across the state were given direction from the Diocese on our phased re-opening plan.

Plan for the beginning of School:
August 17th – 21st:

Our students in K-8th grades will have an opportunity to come on-site to meet the teachers and learn about the safety protocols at school. It is so important to us that our students feel safe! This will happen one-on-one for our kindergarten students and in small groups for 1st – 8th grade students. We will coordinate by alphabet based on student last name for those families with multiple children here at St. Joe’s. During this visit, students will receive training in new protocols in the school (masks, social distancing, recess, classroom expectations, learning platforms for remote learning, picking up materials, etc.) For our 1st – 8th grade students, this will take place from 8:30 – 11:00 throughout the week – this is for students only. Our kindergarten teachers will be scheduling one-on-one visits with each family. Masks will be required.

  • Monday – Last names A-C
  • Tuesday – Last names D-H
  • Wednesday – Last names I-L
  • Thursday – Last names M-R
  • Friday – Last names S-Z

August 24th – September 4th:

Students will come to the school in the same small groups by last name (See above – same day as previous week) from 8:30-11:00. Some distance learning/remote learning will happen during this two week period. This will give our students a chance to work in small groups with their teachers and fully understand classroom expectations.This format will also be getting students familiar with distance learning in the event that we have to use this format for the entire school. The goal is to set our students up for a successful return to school on Tuesday, September 8th. More detailed information on distance learning during this two week period will be sent to all families at the end of next week.

Tuesday, September 8th:

In the St. Joseph’s family survey sent out several weeks ago, 70% of our families indicated they would send their children back to school for in person learning, 30% stated they would prefer distance learning. We have taken this feedback into consideration when developing this plan. Fr. Mariusz wants St. Joseph’s Catholic School to provide in-person learning as fully as possible for those families who want this option. Father Mariusz and I have had many conversations over the last month on this topic -our School Advisory Board has also been part of this process.

On Tuesday, September 8th, St. Joseph’s Catholic School will open in person for those who want to be present in the building with many safety practices in place – including everyone wearing masks. We will provide distance learning for those families who choose that format.

It is our plan to have in person learning Monday through Friday 8:00 – 2:00.

Next week, I will be requesting information from each family on the format of education they wish to have for their child. We will ask each family to commit to whatever format they choose for the first quarter of school. First Quarter ends on Friday, October 16th.
I will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall Meeting for our different grade levels next week to answer any questions you might have. Joe Fourney, our school board president, and a teacher from the grade level will be available to answer questions as well. I will be asking for questions to be presented ahead of time – look for an email Monday morning with that information. Please do not email me with individual questions, I will be sending a document for you to present your questions.

Virtual Town Hall Meetings:
Tuesday, August 11th 5:30-6:30 – Kindergarten -2nd grade parents
Wednesday, August 12th 5:15-6:15 – 3rd-5th grade
Wednesday, August 12th 6:30 – 7:30 – 6th- 8th grade

We have put much prayerful thought into this plan in an effort to continue to provide an excellent Catholic education for our students. Thank you for being a part of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and we look forward to serving your family for the 2020-2021 school year.

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich
Principal
St. Joseph’s Catholic School

6.29.20 Principal’s News


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy summer! I hope you and your family have been able to get outside and enjoy our great Idaho summer! I know I appreciate our summer mornings and evenings! 

Class placement was sent out this afternoon (7th grade class list will be sent out mid-July after final math MAP test is given). This is a collaborative effort with input from principal, teachers, counselor, and parents. Thank you to all who helped with this very important process.

Faculty/Staff Updates

We have had one additional faculty member choose to retire, our librarian, Mrs. Shannon Phillips. Mrs. Phillips has served St. Joseph’s in so many ways. She was our PE teacher for many years. More recently, she has served as our school librarian and helped plan our weekly school Mass. Shannon is one of those people who light up the room! Her positivity and permanent smile have brightened up our school – Thank you Mrs. Phillips for your great contribution to St. Joseph’s –  you will be greatly missed. 

I would also like to thank Julie Robinson for her work as our development/marketing director. Mrs. Robinson’s last day is June 30th. 

With the complications that COVID-19 has brought, our specials (PE,art, library, Spanish) will look different next year. While we will offer those specials in some capacity when/if all students are in the building, they will become optional if we have to go with a hybrid model or distance learning. For the 2020-2021 school year, we will not be hiring for our librarian and music positions. We have not had anyone apply for our music position and with the circumstances as they are, our specials teachers will be traveling into the classrooms, that would be difficult with music . We will resume the search for a music teacher for the 2021-2022 school year in January.

We will be hiring two positions within the next two months, a part time development/marketing director and an instructional aid with early childhood/primary grade experience. These positions will be posted next week. 

Looking Forward to Next Year

We are finalizing a plan that we will implement as we start school in August. We are collaborating with other Catholic Schools here and around the U.S. and with other local public schools, including one school who brought students back in the month of May. 

St. Joseph’s Catholic School will be open next year either in full capacity, hybrid model or through distance learning dependent on state and national health guidelines. Our main focus areas in developing this plan are 

  • The health and safety of our students and staff
  • Our Catholic Identity 
  • Academic Excellence
    • Keeping students engaged in learning
    • Teaching essential content and skills
  • Our St. Joseph’s/St. John’s Community – building relationships

I will send an email out at the beginning of next week with that information. 

Happy 4th of July and God Bless!

Yours for Excellence in Catholic Education

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

 

Principal’s News 6.25.20


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

I hope you are enjoying your summer thus far! Happy 4th of July next week!!

Much planning and preparation is going into making our 2020-2021 school year great!. While there are still many unknowns, I wanted to give you some information and share with you the results of the 2020-2021 planning survey. We continue to work on the comprehensive plan for our upcoming school year- it is difficult as information is still constantly changing and shifting. Your input on the survey helps us know what you feel is important and will be taken into consideration. I will make the comprehensive plan available to families mid-late July.

The planning survey was sent to parents of our 1st-7th grade students. I wanted to make sure that parents of our new kindergarten students had this information as well. We had 180 families complete the survey – we have 251 families so I felt we had great overall representation-across grade levels as well.

Based on survey results and discussion with faculty and staff:

  • Our intention is to  start school as originally planned on August 17th for 1st-8th grade and August 19th for kindergarten students
    • This is dependent on many factors related to COVID-19 – federal, state and local restrictions
  • Here is a link to the questions on the survey – It is a Google Doc so may not be cell compatible
  • Here is the data( by highest percentage) to the question on the survey that asked: What safety measures would need to be in place for you to be comfortable to send your child/children to attend school? (choose all that apply)
    • Hand washing/hand sanitizing  stations = 79.6%
    • Fewer Classes attending Mass on Tuesdays = 52.5%
    • Daily temperature checks or thermal scanning = 46.4%
    • Social Distancing = 42%
    • No additional safety measures are needed as long as school is following health guidelines = 41.4%
    • Staggered start and stop times to avoid large gatherings = 39.8%
    • Avoid gathering in cafeteria – eat lunch in classrooms = 36.5%
    • Teachers rotate classrooms/students stay in in one classroom = 30.9%
      • Every child and staff member is requested to wear a mask – 17.7%
      • Every child and staff member is required to wear a mask = 17.7%
      • Avoid playing on playground equipment = 13.8%

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you might have (emericht@stjoes.com). Enjoy our great Idaho summer.

Please take care and God Bless.

For Excellence in Catholic Education

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

5.28.20 Principal’s News


Greetings St. Joseph’s Families,

We have finished up our 2019-2020 school year! It has been so great seeing many of our families the last few days as we have had supply/materials pick up and drop off. I have missed the kids over the last nine weeks and look forward to seeing everyone again in August.  I want to let everyone know how grateful I am to be part of our St. Joseph’s Community. I am blessed to be able to work with such an amazing faculty and staff and am both privileged and blessed to work with our students and families. I wish you a wonderful summer break!

St. Joe’s Virtual Crab Feed

Join us virtually this evening for St. Joe’s Virtual Crab Feed Fundraiser. Online auction started Monday, May 25th at 5:00 PM and the Virtual Live Auction will be tonight Thursday, May 28th – Pregame starts at 6:30. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year – happy bidding!!  I look forward to seeing you “virtually” tonight.

Faculty/Staff Updates

We celebrated three amazing St. Joseph’s faculty members. Mr. Frank Aspiri, Mrs. Debbie Moody and Mrs. Mary Seibert are retiring at the end of this school year.

Frank has served St. Joe’s as the music teacher and later as facilities manager for the past 30 years. That is a lot of music concerts, choir practices, etc. He will be greatly missed.

Debbie Moody has been part of the St. Joe’s team since 1999. Debbie has played at our school Mass, music concerts and helped Mr.Aspiri in music class.

Mary Seibert has served our St. Joseph’s community as a 3rd grade teacher and later, middle school religion teacher since 2007. Mary’s creative projects and fun spirit will be missed.

We also have some changes in positions and are welcoming one new faculty member onto our team.

Mr. Ricardo Yanci will be moving from 5th grade English, Social Studies and religion. He will be serving as our middle school religion teacher. We feel blessed that Mr. Yanci will share his faith and expertise with our middle school students.

Mrs. Candy Vieira – current second grade teacher will be moving into Mr. Yanci’s spot in 5th grade. Mrs. Vieira was a 5th grade lead teacher in Catholic Schools in Texas before joining us last year.

We are also welcoming a new 2nd grade teacher – Ms. Bella Zito. Bella comes highly recommended from so many people. During her interview – Mrs. Seidler, Mrs. George and I were so impressed with her passion for her faith and for working with kids. .Ms. Zito has extensive leadership experience at Boise State University and, as one of their top students, was asked to speak at commencement for the School of Education. Ms. Zito will be a great addition to our St. Joseph’s faculty!

Looking Forward to Next Year

We are in process of developing  a plan that we will implement as we start school in August. We are collaborating with other Catholic Schools here and around the U.S. who, like us, have had a successful distance learning program. St. Joseph’s Catholic School will be open next year either in full capacity, hybrid model or through distance learning dependent on state and national guidelines. Our main focus areas in developing this plan are

  • The health and safety of our students and staff
  • Our Catholic Identity
  • Academic Excellence
  • Keeping students engaged in learning
  • Teaching essential content and skills
  • Our St. Joseph’s/St. John’s Community – building relationships

We plan on seeking family input and then sharing our plan with our community in late June.

A prayer for the end of our School Year

Dear God,

At the end of this school year we give thanks to God

For all the teaching and learning that has taken place in our school,

Both in and out of the classroom (and virtually),

For the talents and gifts that have been shared and

The challenges that have been faced and overcome

For the burdens that have been lifted and

The hurts that have been healed.

For the teachers who have given their All

For the students who have grown in Faith and Learning

For the parents who have sacrificed and supported

Their Children and our school.

 

May our community continue to be a place of Faith, Hope and Love.

Have an amazing summer and may God continue to Bless you and your Family.

 

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Josephs Catholic School

5.21.20 Principal’s News


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

I hope you and your family have had a great week! As of tomorrow, we have finished up our distance learning for the 2019-2020 school year. We are so grateful for all of our students and families- everyone has worked so hard and now can take a well-deserved summer break!

St. Joe’s Virtual Crab Feed

Join us virtually next week for St. Joe’s Virtual Crab Feed Fundraiser. Online auction will start Monday, May 25th at 5:00 PM and the Virtual Live Auction will be Thursday, May 28th – Pregame starts at 6:30. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year – happy bidding!!

Faculty/Staff Updates

We are getting ready to say good-bye to three amazing St. Joseph’s faculty members. Mr. Frank Aspiri, Mrs. Debbie Moody and Mrs. Mary Seibert are retiring at the end of this school year.

  • Frank has served St. Joe’s as the music teacher and later as facilities manager for the past 30 years. That is a lot of music concerts, choir practices, etc. He will be greatly missed.
  • Debbie Moody has been part of the St. Joe’s team since 1999. Debbie has played at our school Mass, music concerts and helped Mr.Aspiri in music class.
  • Mary Seibert has served our St. Joseph’s community as a 3rd grade teacher and later, middle school religion teacher since 2007. Mary’s creative projects and fun spirit will be missed.

We also have some changes in positions and are welcoming one new faculty member onto our team.

  • Mr. Ricardo Yanci will be moving from 5th grade English, Social Studies and religion. He will be serving as our middle school religion teacher. We feel blessed that Mr. Yanci will share his faith and expertise with our middle school students.
  • Mrs. Candy Vieira – current second grade teacher will be moving into Mr. Yanci’s spot in 5th grade. Mrs. Vieira was a 5th grade lead teacher in Catholic Schools in Texas before joining us last year.
  • We are also welcoming a new 2nd grade teacher – Ms. Bella Zito. Bella comes highly recommended from so many people. During her interview – Mrs. Seidler, Mrs. George and I were so impressed with her passion for her faith and for working with kids. .Ms. Zito has extensive leadership experience at Boise State University and, as one of their top students, was asked to speak at commencement for the School of Education. Ms. Zito will be a great addition to our St. Joseph’s faculty!

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. 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.

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.

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

Looking Forward to Next Year

We are in process of developing  a plan that we will implement as we start school in August. We are collaborating with other Catholic Schools here and around the U.S. who, like us, have had a successful distance learning program. St. Joseph’s Catholic School will be open next year either in full capacity, hybrid model or through distance learning dependent on state and national guidelines. Our main focus areas in developing this plan are

  • The health and safety of our students and staff
  • Our Catholic Identity
  • Academic Excellence
    • Keeping students engaged in learning
    • Teaching essential content and skills
  • Our St. Joseph’s/St. John’s Community – building relationships

We plan on sharing our learning plan with our community in late June. To our faculty, staff, students and families,

Thank you all for being part of our St. Joseph’s Family.

Take Care and God Bless,

Tammy Emerich

Principal – St. Joseph’s Catholic School