Principal’s Post 1.10.19


Mass

Thank you to Mrs. Seibert’s class for their leadership with liturgy and Mass this week.  Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass. This week Fr. Jerry encourages to utilize all of the love and celebration we took in over the Christmas Season and to go out and love and show love toward one another.  Please know all are welcome each week.

Happy New Year

We wish each of you and your families a Happy New Year.  May 2019 be filled with blessings from the Lord.

Idaho Education Tax Credit

Thank you to everyone who donated St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  The first ten donations will be doubled thanks anonymous donor match!  We cannot thank everyone enough for their generosity to our school community.  Every gift is amazing and much appreciated.

Morning Drop-Off

We are sorry for the inconvenience of the sidewalk being closed in front of St. John’s on 8th St.  Due to this, for those parking in the parking lot, it is best to cross at the corner of 8th and Fort (in front of Jackson’s).  Please do not walk through the lane between the Cathedral and the Rectory as this is the entrance to the drop-off lane for cars.

Wake Up Wednesday with Mrs. Elwer

Get Up and Get Going in the Morning With Mrs. Elwer: We are off to a great start.  We have a number of students attending this and welcome all students for the future dates.  Mrs. Elwer is offering the chance for students to come into the gym and get moving and stretching on Late Start Wednesday from 7:45-8:15 in January and February.  This was popular last year.  All ages are welcome. Remaining Dates: 1/16/ 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, and 2/27

Holy Spirit Basketball Tournament

More information soon, but some have been asking about the dates.  The Holy Spirit Basketball Tournament is March 15-17 (This is the Friday leading into Spring Break.).

This tournament is for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls.

Vaping

Are you aware of the dangers of vaping?  According to the American Psychiatric Assoc.: “About 13 percent of 8th graders, 24 percent of 10th graders, and nearly 28 percent of 12th graders at U.S. schools reported using a vaping device in the past year, according to data from the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. The survey results, which were released in December 2017, found that while most of these students said they mostly vape flavoring liquids, 1 in 10 reported vaping nicotine, and 1 in 20 reported vaping marijuana.” Please talk with your student(s) to see what they know about vaping and to share the dangers of vaping.

SafeStudents Online

New Activation Method

To activate your account, please visit https://safestudentsonline.com/activate. Select our school from the dropdown list and type in the email address you have on file with our school (your SafeStudents Online account is linked to your email address). If you have any questions or trouble with the process, please reach out to customerservice@safestudentsonline.com.

This is for our families with students in grades 5-8.  The goal is to coach and provide students a safer and healthier online experience and provide open communication between parents and students.  All you need to do is sit down with your student(s) and take less than 5 minutes to set it up.

If you still have questions, please feel free to view the video link below and call or email questions to myself (quilicit@stjoes.com) or our counselor Mrs. Porter (porterc@stjoes.com).

Three new apps added to list for monitoring: GroupMe, Flickr, and Kidzworld.

Link to Video Explanation

Announcement

Overview

Link to Resources

Student Safety

Joe Lombardo, from the St. Joseph’s Catholic School Safety Committee, led staff through a review of safety protocol, drills, future plans, and questions Wednesday.  We are always cognisant of evolving needs and situations to provide as safe as of a school as we can. We appreciate your continued prayers for safety and health for all of our St. Joseph’s Catholic School Community.

See something, say something.  I would like to remind and urge everyone if you see something out of place, please report it to the Office as soon as possible.  It is much better to be safe and say something than to worry about it.

For information on our current terminology and practice, please refer to our

Safety Parent Letter.

IDeal 529 College Savings Program funds- use them to pay for K-12 tuition!

What is a “529 plan”?

Named for Section 529 of the U.S. tax code, a 529 plan is a tax-advantaged investment plan operated by a state to encourage saving for education expenses. As there is risk when investing in a 529 account, we are required to advise readers talk to a financial advisor.

Click here for a link the the 529 Frequently Asked Questions and other resources

There is also a $25 incentive for those to start saving and a chance at $800

Bravely act like a Saint today!

We are blessed to have a loving and supportive community.  As a Catholic community, we hold ourselves to a higher standard.  When you see someone in our community going above and beyond leading by example and bravely acting like a saint, please let me know using the following link.

Upcoming Weekend Parish Hosted Masses at St. John’s Cathedral

Sun Jan. 27 11:30 AM with choir (CSW) Julianne Russell – Student Council
Sun Feb. 24 5PM without choir (Hallissey) Grant/McClure – Hallissey Tournament has been moved to March 1, 2, 1 and 3
Sun Mar. 10 10AM with choir Weaver/Howard
Sat Apr. 27 5PM with choir (1st Communion) Cammann/Seidler
Sun May 19 1PM Spanish without choir Vietri/Arrubarrena

Bravely act like a saint today!

Student Learning Expectation Videos

Spiritual

Academic

Physical

 

Principal’s Post 12.20.18


Mass

Thank you to Mrs. Gamboa’s class for their leadership with liturgy and Mass today.  Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass. This week Fr. Jerry encourages us to grow and look for love and the Lord in others this Christmas Season.  Please know all are welcome each week.

Advent Week 3: the Candle of Joy

Merry Christmas

We wish each of you and your families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  May everyone be blessed with moments of quality time with loved ones and time to see, reflect and grow in your own faith journeys.

Idaho Education Tax Credit

We are blessed to have a donor who will match the first 10 people who have not taken advantage of the Idaho Education Tax Credit yet in the 2018 calendar year.  This means if we can get 10 people to donate $2,000, the donor will match each donation.  This can lead to $40,000 for St. Joseph’s Catholic School. For those who itemize, a $2,000 donation could only end up costing  between $300-$500.

We have had eight people donate to take advantage of the donor match.  We are looking for five more.

The Idaho Education Tax Credit letter describes the Idaho State Tax Credit for donations to St. Joe’s. 50% of your donation comes back to you as a tax credit (50 %!)  And, if you itemize, another 35% credit, depending on your tax situation.

Please consult your tax advisor and consider your tax donation contribution during this time before December 31st.

For those interested in taking advantage of the donation match, please email Anita Miller (millera@stjoes.com) or call 208-342-4909.  Thank you for your consideration.

Counselor

Mrs. Porter is out on medical leave until January 7.  While she is out, please reach out to Mr. Quilici for assistance, quilicit@stjoes.com .

St. Joseph’s Music Program

Thank you to everyone who attended the Christmas Concert Tuesday night.  It was a wonderful event, and we had a packed house. Thank you for the love and support you have for our students.  

Wednesday Wake Up: Stretching and Bending

Get Up and Get Going in the Morning With Mrs. Elwer: When we return in January, Mrs. Elwer will be offering the chance for students to come into the gym and get moving and stretching on Late Start Wednesday from 7:45-8:15 in January and February.  This was popular last year.  All ages are welcome. 1/9, 1/16/ 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, and 2/27

Friday, December 21: Christmas Spirit Wear

On Friday, December 21 students may wear (school appropriate) Christmas themed sweaters, shirts, and sweatshirts with their blue jeans, uniform pants, or uniform skirts.  Students may still choose to wear the standard Friday Spirit Wear (Spirit Shirt with blue jeans, uniform pants, or uniform skirts) or standard uniform.

Catechesis at Home from Loyola Ministry

As we approach the upcoming Christmas break, I want to provide you with some free resources for families to utilize during the break from the classroom.

Finding God

Empowers families to continue catechesis at home with family friendly lesson plans, interactive study guides, and fun online games!

Link to resources

Holy Spirit Basketball Tournament

More information for this will come out in January, but some have been asking about the dates.  The Holy Spirit Basketball Tournament is March 15-17 (This is the Friday leading into Spring Break.).

This tournament is for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls.

Vaping

Are you aware of the dangers of vaping?  According to the American Psychiatric Assoc.: “About 13 percent of 8th graders, 24 percent of 10th graders, and nearly 28 percent of 12th graders at U.S. schools reported using a vaping device in the past year, according to data from the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. The survey results, which were released in December 2017, found that while most of these students said they mostly vape flavoring liquids, 1 in 10 reported vaping nicotine, and 1 in 20 reported vaping marijuana.” Please talk with your student(s) to see what they know about vaping and to share the dangers of vaping.

SafeStudents Online

New Activation Method

To activate your account, please visit https://safestudentsonline.com/activate. Select our school from the dropdown list and type in the email address you have on file with our school (your SafeStudents Online account is linked to your email address). If you have any questions or trouble with the process, please reach out to customerservice@safestudentsonline.com.

Thank you for your participation. Our goal is to have as close to 100% activation as possible.

We ask those of you who have not signed up or have not completed signing up, please take time of the Holiday Break to do so.  We would like as much participation as possible as we review the effectiveness of SafeStudents Online for St. Joseph’s. This is for our families with students in grades 5-8.  

With the concerns regarding vaping and social media all so present, consider using this as a tool to open dialogue with your student(s).  Thank you to those who have joined, and for those who have not, it is never too late. These accounts are per family, so if you have older students in high school, you can add these students as well.  This will provide families feedback on topics including vaping.

This is to build trust between parents and students.  The goal is to coach and provide students a safer and healthier online experience and provide open communication between parents and students.  All you need to do is sit down with your student(s) and take less than 5 minutes to set it up.

If you still have questions, please feel free to view the video link below and call or email questions to myself (quilicit@stjoes.com) or our counselor Mrs. Porter (porterc@stjoes.com).

Link to Video Explanation

Announcement

Overview

Link to Resources

The following are pie charts comparing the percentage breakdown of the types of alerts parents are receiving.  The types of alerts also demonstrate how incidents are categorized. The pie charts are only a comparison of percentage of types of alerts.  The pie charts are not an indicator of volume. The first chart is the breakdown of alerts as of 12/5 from St. Joseph’s Catholic School students.  The second chart is the breakdown of alerts from students at all schools using SafeStudents Online. For comparison, cyberbullying and and violence are less frequent with St. Joseph’s students so other portions are higher.

Principal’s Post 12.13.18


Mass

Thank you to Mrs. Skinner’s class for their leadership with liturgy and Mass today.  Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass. This week Deacon O’Neill calls us to welcome God into our lives during Advent, and he reminds us God will always love us.  Please know all are welcome each week.  

Advent Week 2: the Candle of Peace.

Idaho Education Tax Credit

We are blessed to have a donor who will match the first 10 people who have not taken advantage of the Idaho Education Tax Credit yet in the 2018 calendar year.  This means if we can get 10 people to donate $2,000, the donor will match each donation.  This can lead to $40,000 for St. Joseph’s Catholic School. For those who itemize, a $2,000 donation could only end up costing  between $300-$500.

We have had five people donate to take advantage of the donor match.  We are looking for five more.

The Idaho Education Tax Credit letter describes the Idaho State Tax Credit for donations to St. Joe’s. 50% of your donation comes back to you as a tax credit (50 %!)  And, if you itemize, another 35% credit, depending on your tax situation.

Please consult your tax advisor and consider your tax donation contribution during this time before December 31st.

For those interested in taking advantage of the donation match, please email Anita Miller (millera@stjoes.com),call 208-342-4909 or donate online at https://stjoes.ejoinme.org/IDtaxcredit. Thank you for your consideration.

Counselor

Mrs. Porter is out on medical leave until January 7.  While she is out, please reach out to Mr. Quilici for assistance, quilicit@stjoes.com .

Caroling Opportunity

Tonight, Thursday, December 13, St. Joseph’s will provide caroling at the St. John’s Friendship Feast for those in need.  We will meet near the Hays St. Stairs at 5:25 pm and be done at 6pm.  This is an invite to students of all ages and even whole families.

St. Joseph’s Music Program

The St. Joseph’s Christmas Concert is Tuesday, December 18 at 7 pm in St. John’s Cathedral.

***St. John’s is asking us to remind everyone to leave drinks and food outside of the Cathedral during the concert.  Thank you.

Wednesday Wake Up: Stretching and Bending

Get Up and Get Going in the Morning With Mrs. Elwer: When we return in January, Mrs. Elwer will be offering the chance for students to come into the gym and get moving and stretching on Late Start Wednesday from 7:45-8:15 in January and February.  This was popular last year.  All ages are welcome. 1/9, 1/16/ 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, and 2/27

Friday, December 21: Christmas Spirit Wear

On Friday, December 21 students may wear (school appropriate) Christmas themed sweaters, shirts, and sweatshirts with their blue jeans, uniform pants, or uniform skirts.  Students may still choose to wear the standard Friday Spirit Wear (Spirit Shirt with blue jeans, uniform pants, or uniform skirts) or standard uniform.

SCRIP and Lands’ End

Many families are buying uniforms this time of year.  This is a reminder that when a $100 Land’s End gift card is purchased from the school, the school makes $16.  This is one of the highest SCRIP return rates. When buying your next set of uniforms, please consider getting a gift card. SCRIP order forms are available outside the front office and in the PDF attachment in the Braves’ Bulletin.

Catechesis at Home from Loyola Ministry

As we approach the upcoming Christmas break, I want to provide you with some free resources for families to utilize during the break from the classroom.

Finding God

Empowers families to continue catechesis at home with family friendly lesson plans, interactive study guides, and fun online games!

Link to resources

Holy Spirit Basketball Tournament

More information for this will come out in January, but some have been asking about the dates.  The Holy Spirit Basketball Tournament is March 15-17 (This is the Friday leading into Spring Break.).

This tournament is for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls.

 

Vaping

Are you aware of the dangers of vaping?  According to the American Psychiatric Assoc.: “About 13 percent of 8th graders, 24 percent of 10th graders, and nearly 28 percent of 12th graders at U.S. schools reported using a vaping device in the past year, according to data from the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. The survey results, which were released in December 2017, found that while most of these students said they mostly vape flavoring liquids, 1 in 10 reported vaping nicotine, and 1 in 20 reported vaping marijuana.” Please talk with your student(s) to see what they know about vaping and to share the dangers of vaping.

 

SafeStudents Online

We ask those of you who have not signed up or have not completed signing up, please take time of the Holiday Break to do so.  We would like as much participation as possible as we review the effectiveness of SafeStudents Online for St. Joseph’s. This is for our families with students in grades 5-8.  

With the concerns regarding vaping and social media all so present, consider using this as a tool to open dialogue with your student(s).  Thank you to those who have joined, and for those who have not, it is never too late. These accounts are per family, so if you have older students in high school, you can add these students as well.  This will provide families feedback on topics including vaping.

This is to build trust between parents and students.  The goal is to coach and provide students a safer and healthier online experience and provide open communication between parents and students.  All you need to do is sit down with your student(s) and take less than 5 minutes to set it up.

If you still have questions, please feel free to view the video link below and call or email questions to myself (quilicit@stjoes.com) or our counselor Mrs. Porter (porterc@stjoes.com).

Link to Video Explanation

Announcement

Overview

Link to Resources

The following are pie charts comparing the percentage breakdown of the types of alerts parents are receiving.  The types of alerts also demonstrate how incidents are categorized. The pie charts are only a comparison of percentage of types of alerts.  The pie charts are not an indicator of volume. The first chart is the breakdown of alerts as of 12/5 from St. Joseph’s Catholic School students.  The second chart is the breakdown of alerts from students at all schools using SafeStudents Online. For comparison, cyberbullying and and violence are less frequent with St. Joseph’s students so other portions are higher.

Principal’s Post 12.6.18


Mass

Thank you to Mrs. Weaver’s class for their leadership with liturgy and Mass today.  Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass. This week Deacon O’Neill calls us to Love God always with the heart of a child and know that he doesn’t just love you now and then, his is a love without end, Amen.  Please know all are welcome each week.  

Advent Week 1: the Candle of Hope

Join St. Joseph’s for Mass at 10 am this Sunday at St. John’s.

Istation

Kevin Richert’s Idaho Statesman article “Idaho K-3 students took a new reading test this semester.  Here’s how they did.” (November 12, 2018) states: “SDE officials say the old IRI was limited in scope, measuring only reading speed. The new test is designed to assess phonemic awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, spelling and comprehension.”

St. Joseph’s has also switched from the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) to the State of Idaho’s adopted Istation.  We did this to have routine data to monitor growth in reading comprehension for our early readers. We are also piloting the use of Istation for both enrichment and intervention to meet needs of all students.  This testing also provides data for direct comparison.

The Istation categorizes students into three levels: Tier 1 (at grade level), Tier 2 (near grade level), and Tier 3  (below grade level). The table below shows the percent of students who scored, on their first test of the year in August or September, at grade level. Aside from the Boise School District as a whole, two individual schools are also included for comparison too.

Grade St. Joseph’s Hillcrest White Pine Boise School District State of Idaho
Kindergarten 63% 39.1% 58.3% 53.1% 45%
First Grade 90% 20.6% 37.9% 43.9% 42.9%
Second Grade 80% 49% 70.5% 64.5% 60.3%
Third Grade 93% 38.6% 68.7% 66.1% 61.9%
Overall 81% 38.2% 60.2% 57.3% 52%

Idaho Education Tax Credit

We are blessed to have a donor who will match the first 10 people who have not taken advantage of the Idaho Education Tax Credit yet in the 2018 calendar year.  This means if we can get 10 people to donate $2,000, the donor will match each donation.  This can lead to $40,000 for St. Joseph’s Catholic School. For those who itemize, a $2,000 donation could only end up costing  between $300-$500.

We have had three people donate to take advantage of the donor match.  We are looking for seven more.

The Idaho Education Tax Credit letter describes the Idaho State Tax Credit for donations to St. Joe’s. 50% of your donation comes back to you as a tax credit (50 %!)  And, if you itemize, another 35% credit, depending on your tax situation.

Please consult your tax advisor and consider your tax donation contribution during this time before December 31st.

For those interested in taking advantage of the donation match, please email Anita Miller (millera@stjoes.com) or call 208-342-4909.  Thank you for your consideration.

5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball

  • We have a lot of interest (forms are coming in), but the number of coaches will drive the number and size of teams.  We would love to have 3 teams to increase playing time for the students, but this means we need 3 coaches. Teams will practice at the same time and coaches can divide for games to make it more manageable.
  • Forms to play have been give to the boys are and due back by December 12.
  • The boys’ season will begin January 8th with practices.  The first set of games will start the week of January 28th.  The last games will finish on or before March 7th.
  • Please email Tony Quilici, quilicit@stjoes.com if you are interested in coaching. We need to have coaches in order to have a season.  Thank you for considering.

SCRIP and Lands’ End

Many families are buying uniforms this time of year.  This is a reminder that when a $100 Land’s End gift card is purchased from the school, the school makes $16.  This is one of the highest SCRIP return rates. When buying your next set of uniforms, please consider getting a gift card. SCRIP order forms are available outside the front office and in the PDF attachment in the Braves’ Bulletin.

Christmas Around the World

After the 5 pm Mass Saturday, December 8 all are invited to St. John’s Christmas around the World.

St. Joseph’s Music Program

This week the piano we use for music, choir, and band reached a state beyond repair.  We are replacing it with a new piano from Welch Music. The new piano cost $3,500. If you would like to contribute to the purchase of the new piano, please contact Anita Miller at millera@stjoes.com.

The St. Joseph’s Christmas Concert is Tuesday, December 18 at 7 pm in St. John’s Cathedral.

Catechesis at Home from Loyola Ministry

As we approach the upcoming Christmas break, I want to provide you with some free resources for families to utilize during the break from the classroom.

Finding God

Empowers families to continue catechesis at home with family friendly lesson plans, interactive study guides, and fun online games!

Link to resources

Holy Spirit Basketball Tournament

More information for this will come out in January, but some have been asking about the dates.  The Holy Spirit Basketball Tournament is March 15-17 (This is the Friday leading into Spring Break.).

This tournament is for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls.

Vaping

Are you aware of the dangers of vaping?  According to the American Psychiatric Assoc.: “About 13 percent of 8th graders, 24 percent of 10th graders, and nearly 28 percent of 12th graders at U.S. schools reported using a vaping device in the past year, according to data from the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. The survey results, which were released in December 2017, found that while most of these students said they mostly vape flavoring liquids, 1 in 10 reported vaping nicotine, and 1 in 20 reported vaping marijuana.” Please talk with your student(s) to see what they know about vaping and to share the dangers of vaping.

SafeStudents Online (More of you are signing up, thank you!)

This is for our families with students in grades 5-8.  Thank you to those who have joined, and for those who have not, it is never too late.  These accounts are per family, so if you have older students in high school, you can add these students as well.  This will provide families feedback on topics including vaping.

This is a program that Catholic schools back East have been using for grades 5-8, and their families love it.  This is to build trust between parents and students. The goal is to coach and provide students a safer and healthier online experience and provide open communication between parents and students.  All you need to do is sit down with your student(s) and take less than 5 minutes to set it up.

If you still have questions, please feel free to view the video link below and call or email questions to myself (quilicit@stjoes.com) or our counselor Mrs. Porter (porterc@stjoes.com).

Link to Video Explanation

Announcement

Overview

Link to Resources

Student Safety

See something, say something.  I would like to remind and urge everyone if you see something out of place, please report it to the Office as soon as possible.  It is much better to be safe and say something than to worry about it.

For information on our current terminology and practice, please refer to our

Safety Parent Letter.

Micron 2 for 1

First and foremost, thank you to all Micron employed families who utilize Micron’s donation matching.  For those interested, I have been asked to share:

Here is the info from our CEO Sanjay Mehrotra about matching funds, a Micron employee can donate up to $4,000 to St. Joe’s between Nov. 25th and Dec. 31st and get a 2:1 match:

“As a global team you have contributed a great deal to charities and schools through Micron Gives this year, and Micron has matched a little more than $600,000 to date. We set aside a total of $2 million for this program, and I would love to see all that money given to charities that our team members support. In recognition of your many hours of commitment, we will be offering a 2:1 match on all donations made Nov. 25 through the end of 2018. (Or until the $2 million match fund is exhausted.) To make sure every team member can take advantage of this offer, we are raising the individual cap for company match contributions from $2,000 to $4,000 for the remainder of the year.”

Even if a Micron employee made a previous donation this year to St. Joe’s and they have not turned that receipt into the Micron Gives employee portal, they can do so and St. Joe’s will receive a matching 1:1 donation.

In thanks, -Deacon Mac

IDeal 529 College Savings Program funds- use them to pay for K-12 tuition!

What is a “529 plan”?

Named for Section 529 of the U.S. tax code, a 529 plan is a tax-advantaged investment plan operated by a state to encourage saving for education expenses. As there is risk when investing in a 529 account, we are required to advise readers talk to a financial advisor.

Click here for a link the the 529 Frequently Asked Questions and other resources

There is also a $25 incentive for those to start saving and a chance at $800

Bravely act like a Saint today!

We are blessed to have a loving and supportive community.  As a Catholic community, we hold ourselves to a higher standard.  When you see someone in our community going above and beyond leading by example and bravely acting like a saint, please let me know using the following link.

Principal’s Post 11.29.18


Mass

Thank you to Mrs Seibert’s class and our students from various grades for their leadership with liturgy and Mass today.  Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass. This week Fr. Jerry reminds us we are God’s harvest as we prepare for Advent.  Please know all are welcome each week.

Advent starts this Sunday.

*Request and Reminder from St. John’s: please do not bring food or drink (coffee) into the Cathedral.  You can leave these items on the table in the foyer/entrance. Thank you, St. John’s

Istation

Kevin Richert’s Idaho Statesman article “Idaho K-3 students took a new reading test this semester.  Here’s how they did.” (November 12, 2018) states: “SDE officials say the old IRI was limited in scope, measuring only reading speed. The new test is designed to assess phonemic awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, spelling and comprehension.”  

St. Joseph’s has also switched from the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) to the State of Idaho’s adopted Istation.  We did this to have routine data to monitor growth in reading comprehension for our early readers. We are also piloting the use of Istation for both enrichment and intervention to meet needs of all students.  This testing also provides data for direct comparison.

The Istation categorizes students into three levels: Tier 1 (at grade level), Tier 2 (near grade level), and Tier 3  (below grade level). The table below shows the percent of students who scored, on their first test of the year in August or September, at grade level. Aside from the Boise School District as a whole, two individual schools are also included for comparison too.

Grade St. Joseph’s Hillcrest White Pine Boise School District State of Idaho
Kindergarten 63% 39.1% 58.3% 53.1% 45%
First Grade 90% 20.6% 37.9% 43.9% 42.9%
Second Grade 80% 49% 70.5% 64.5% 60.3%
Third Grade 93% 38.6% 68.7% 66.1% 61.9%
Overall 81% 38.2% 60.2% 57.3% 52%

Idaho Education Tax Credit

We are blessed to have a donor who will match the first 10 people who have not taken advantage of the Idaho Education Tax Credit yet in the 2018 calendar year.  This means if we can get 10 people to donate $2,000, the donor will match each donation.  This can lead to $40,000 for St. Joseph’s Catholic School. For those who itemize, a $2,000 donation could only end up costing  between $300-$500.

The Idaho Education Tax Credit letter describes the Idaho State Tax Credit for donations to St. Joe’s. 50% of your donation comes back to you as a tax credit (50 %!)  And, if you itemize, another 35% credit, depending on your tax situation.

Please consult your tax advisor and consider your tax donation contribution during this time before December 31st.

For those interested in taking advantage of the donation match, please email Anita Miller (millera@stjoes.com) or call 208-342-4909.  Thank you for your consideration.

5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball

  • We have a lot of interest, but the number of coaches will drive the number and size of teams.  We would love to have 3 teams to increase playing time for the students, but this means we need 3 coaches.  Teams will practice at the same time and coaches can divide for games to make it more manageable.
  • Forms to play have been give to the boys are and due back by December 12.
  • The boys’ season will begin January 8th with practices.  The first set of games will start the week of January 28th.  The last games will finish on or before March 7th.
  • Please email Tony Quilici, quilicit@stjoes.com if you are interested in coaching. We need to have coaches in order to have a season.  Thank you for considering.

SCRIP and Lands’ End

Many families are buying uniforms this time of year.  This is a reminder that when a $100 Land’s End gift card is purchased from the school, the school makes $16.  This is one of the highest SCRIP return rates. When buying your next set of uniforms, please consider getting a gift card. SCRIP order forms are available outside the front office and in the PDF attachment in the Braves’ Bulletin.

Christmas Around the World

After the 5 pm Mass Saturday, December 8 all are invited to St. John’s Christmas around the World.

St. Joseph’s Music Program

This week the piano we use for music, choir, and band reached a state beyond repair.  We are replacing it with a new piano from Welch Music. The new piano cost $3,500. If you would like to contribute to the purchase of the new piano, please contact Anita Miller at millera@stjoes.com.

Vaping

Are you aware of the dangers of vaping?  According to the American Psychiatric Assoc.: “About 13 percent of 8th graders, 24 percent of 10th graders, and nearly 28 percent of 12th graders at U.S. schools reported using a vaping device in the past year, according to data from the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. The survey results, which were released in December 2017, found that while most of these students said they mostly vape flavoring liquids, 1 in 10 reported vaping nicotine, and 1 in 20 reported vaping marijuana.” Please talk with your student(s) to see what they know about vaping and to share the dangers of vaping.

SafeStudents Online (More of you are signing up, thank you!)

This is for our families with students in grades 5-8.  Thank you to those who have joined, and for those who have not, it is never too late.  These accounts are per family, so if you have older students in high school, you can add these students as well.  This will provide families feedback on topics including vaping.

This is a program that Catholic schools back East have been using for grades 5-8, and their families love it.  This is to build trust between parents and students. The goal is to coach and provide students a safer and healthier online experience and provide open communication between parents and students.  All you need to do is sit down with your student(s) and take less than 5 minutes to set it up.

If you still have questions, please feel free to view the video link below and call or email questions to myself (quilicit@stjoes.com) or our counselor Mrs. Porter (porterc@stjoes.com).

Link to Video Explanation

Announcement

Overview

Link to Resources

Shorts

Quick reminder: after Thanksgiving (next week) students cannot wear shorts to school until we return from Spring Break. Girls wearing skirts should wear tights/leggings.

Coats

Please send your students with coats.  As temperatures drop to the 20s and below, we want students to have coats on to go outside.  Playing outside is important and healthy. We want the students to be comfortable and enjoy being outside.

Student Safety

See something, say something.  I would like to remind and urge everyone if you see something out of place, please report it to the Office as soon as possible.  It is much better to be safe and say something than to worry about it.

Today I was meeting with Cathedral of the Rockies to establish a close, safe, and user friendly site for reunification should we ever need to move our students from our campus.

For information on our current terminology and practice, please refer to our

Safety Parent Letter.

Idaho Education Tax Credit

St. Joseph’s annual appeal for the Idaho Education Tax Credit has kicked off!

Micron 2 for 1

First and foremost, thank you to all Micron employed families who utilize Micron’s

donation matching.  For those interested, I have been asked to share:

Here is the info from our CEO Sanjay Mehrotra about matching funds, a Micron employee can donate up to $4,000 to St. Joe’s between Nov. 25th and Dec. 31st and get a 2:1 match:

“As a global team you have contributed a great deal to charities and schools through Micron Gives this year, and Micron has matched a little more than $600,000 to date. We set aside a total of $2 million for this program, and I would love to see all that money given to charities that our team members support. In recognition of your many hours of commitment, we will be offering a 2:1 match on all donations made Nov. 25 through the end of 2018. (Or until the $2 million match fund is exhausted.) To make sure every team member can take advantage of this offer, we are raising the individual cap for company match contributions from $2,000 to $4,000 for the remainder of the year.”

Even if a Micron employee made a previous donation this year to St. Joe’s and they have not turned that receipt into the Micron Gives employee portal, they can do so and St. Joe’s will receive a matching 1:1 donation.

In thanks, -Deacon Mac

IDeal 529 College Savings Program funds- use them to pay for K-12 tuition!

What is a “529 plan”?

Named for Section 529 of the U.S. tax code, a 529 plan is a tax-advantaged investment plan operated by a state to encourage saving for education expenses. As there is risk when investing in a 529 account, we are required to advise readers talk to a financial advisor.

Click here for a link the the 529 Frequently Asked Questions and other resources

There is also a $25 incentive for those to start saving and a chance at $800

Bravely act like a Saint today!

We are blessed to have a loving and supportive community.  As a Catholic community, we hold ourselves to a higher standard.  When you see someone in our community going above and beyond leading by example and bravely acting like a saint, please let me know using the following link.