4.29.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday to all! Tomorrow, April 30th, is our last teacher workday for the school year – students do not have school. Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week!

It is hard to believe that next week is the first week of May and that students only have 18 days of school left. This is the time of year when we do MAP testing with our 2nd – 8th grade students (please see more information below). It is also a remarkably busy time as we are teaching the remaining content and skills necessary for the school year. If possible, please do not schedule appointments during the school day.

Living our Faith

Our 2nd grade students received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday, April 24th. It was a beautiful Mass. Congratulations to our First Communicants!

All our 2nd-8th grade students took the ARK test in April. ARK stands for the Assessment of Religious Knowledge. The Diocese of Boise Catholic schools are piloting this test. The results will help us know where we can improve our religion instruction.

As we are in the Easter Season:

Pin on Pray✝Learn Lent/Easter

Tuesday, May 4th is our school Mass day and the crowning of Mary or May Crowning. Our Kindergarten, 2nd and 8th grade students will be in the Cathedral. We will maintain 3ft social distancing. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

Academic Excellence

Monday, May 3rd through Thursday, May 13th our 2nd – 8th grade students will be taking the MAP test. The MAP assessment measures achievement and growth in math, reading, language usage, and science. The results of this test help us determine academic growth made throughout the year. St. Joseph’s students continually score well above the national and state average in all areas. Please make sure your student gets plenty of rest and eats a good breakfast including protein– this helps improve brain function and focus! Here is the testing schedule for the next two weeks:

  • 2nd grade schedule: Wed., May 5th – Reading; Mon., May 10th – Language; Thurs. May 13th – Math
  • 3rd grade schedule – Tues., May 4th – Reading; Fri., May 7th – Language; Tues. May 11th – Math
  • 4th grade schedule – Mon. May 3rd – Reading; Wed. May 5th – Language; Mon., May 10th – Math
  • 5th grade schedule – Tues., May 4th – Science; Fri. May 7th – Language; Mon. May 10th – Reading; Thurs., May 13th – Math
  • Middle School schedule – Mon., May 3rd – Reading; Wed. May 5th – Language; Fri., May 7th -Math; 7th grade – Mon. May 10th – Science

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

The St. Joseph’s Catholic School Advisory School Board will be holding an election for two positions on the board.  The standard term is three years.  If this is a position you are interested in or want to nominate someone for, please contact Anita Miller (millera@stjoes.com) and provide her with a brief bio. All those interested must be nominated by someone in our St. Joseph’s community.   If nominating someone, please provide the name and brief reason why they would be a good member for the school board.  We have extended nominations for one more week – Please communicate nominations to Anita Miller by April 30, 2021. We will have our St. Joe’s community vote on nominees in May.

School Fun Run – May 14th 

I am excited to announce that we will be able to have a modified version of our school Fun Run on Friday, May 14th. This has always been a tradition here at St. Joe’s and we want the kids to have some fun!  We have a matching donor for all pledges – all donations will go to fund our Playtopia – playground remodel! Please look for more details in this week’s school bulletin.

Summer Tutoring

Please reach out to Christy Porter at porterc@stjoes.com if you are interested in summer tutoring for your child. We have a list of St. Joseph’s teachers and staff who are available over the summer. The St. Joe’s faculty and staff are familiar with our academic curriculum and can look at our MAP data and help fill in learning gaps your child may have.

School Uniform

We have made a few changes to our school uniform for the 2021-2022 school year. Both boys and girls will be required to have our St. Joseph’s school logo on white shirts for Mass. In addition, all boys (K-8) will be required to wear a St. Joe’s plaid tie to Mass. Also, we have added the dri-fit option for polo shirts. We have two uniform vendors, Educational Outfitters (local store here in Boise) and Lands’ End.

As we finish out the school year, please remember that shorts and skirts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee. Pants and shorts need to be uniform style.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Friday, April 30th – Teacher workday – no school for students
  • Friday, April 30th – Kindergarten Screening
  • Tuesday, May 4th – May Crowning of Mary at Mass
  • MAP testing – May 3rd – 14th for 2nd-8th grades
  • Monday, May 24th – Middle School Academic Assembly and National Junior Honor Society recognition
  • Tuesday, May 25th – 8th grade Graduation Mass at 2:30
  • Friday, May 28th – School Mass at 8:15 – Last Day of School – 10:00 am dismissal

COVID

We will continue to monitor and adjust as we see best for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience!

With five weeks left in the school year, we have zero positive cases of COVID-19. Thank you for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers low.

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 anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19 keep all children home.
  • If any immediate family member is experiencing any illness symptoms- keep all children home – siblings must stay home as well per our safety protocols

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher, a Development/Marketing Director, a 5th grade teacher (English, Social Studies, Religion), and one full time and one part time instructional aide. These jobs are posted on our school website and the Diocesan website. If you know of someone who would be a great fit for our school, please refer them to one of these sites.

Thank you for partnering with us as we fulfill our mission, . . to provide all children with an opportunity to develop spiritually, academically, morally, emotionally, and physically, in an environment of Christ-centered attitudes and values.

God Bless you – enjoy your weekend!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

4.22.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Earth Day! What a glorious week we have had! Yesterday was Administrative Professional Day and we recognized Annie Granvall and Anita Miller for all their hard work. Both of these women are central to making our front office and school run smoothly. Thank you, Annie and Anita, for your care and hard work for our St Joseph’s community – You’re the Best!

Reminder: Friday, April 30th is a teacher workday – no school for students.

Living our Faith

Our 2nd grade students are receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday, April 24th. Mrs. Seidler and Ms. Zito have done an amazing job working with our 2nd graders and preparing them for this very important Sacrament.

Pope Francis has called First Communion the “Sacrament of Love”:

“The Eucharist is at the heart of ‘Christian initiation’, together with Baptism and Confirmation, and it constitutes the source of the Church’s life itself. From this Sacrament of love, in fact, flows every authentic journey of faith, of communion, and of witness.”  From Catholiccompany.com

1st Holy Communion - All Saints Catholic Church - Houston, Texas

A Blessing for First Communion:

“May you always know the peace of Jesus, the light of His love, and the joy of His life within you.”

Tuesday, April 27th is our school Mass day with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students live in the Cathedral. We will maintain 3ft social distancing. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

The St. Joseph’s Catholic School Advisory School Board will be holding an election for two positions on the board.  The standard term is three years.  If this is a position you are interested in or want to nominate someone for, please contact Anita Miller (millera@stjoes.com) and provide her with a brief bio. All those interested must be nominated by someone in our St. Joseph’s community.   If nominating someone, please provide the name and brief reason why they would be a good member for the school board.  We have extended nominations for one more week – Please communicate nominations to Anita Miller by April 30, 2021.

School Fun Run – May 14th 

I am excited to announce that we will be able to have a modified version of our school Fun Run on Friday, May 14th. This has always been a tradition here at St. Joe’s and we want the kids to have some fun!  We have a matching donor for all pledges – all donations will go to fund our Playtopia – playground remodel! Please look for more details in this week’s school bulletin.

Summer Tutoring

Please reach out to Christy Porter at porterc@stjoes.com if you are interested in summer tutoring for your child. We have a list of people who are available over the summer. We have specific individuals who can look at our MAP data and help fill in learning gaps your child may have.

School Uniform

We have made a few changes to our school uniform for the 2021-2022 school year. Both boys and girls will be required to have our St. Joseph’s school logo on white shirts for Mass. In addition, all boys (K-8) will be required to wear a St. Joe’s plaid tie to Mass. Also, we have added the dri-fit option for polo shirts. We have two uniform vendors, Educational Outfitters (local store here in Boise) and Land’s End.

As we finish out the school year, please remember that shorts and skirts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee. Pants and shorts need to be uniform style – no patch pockets.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Wednesday, April 21st – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 24th – First Holy Communion Mass – 2nd grade at 11:00 am
  • Friday, April 30th – Teacher workday – no school for students
  • Friday, April 30th – Kindergarten Screening
  • Tuesday, May 4th is May Crowning of Mary at Mass
  • MAP testing – May 3rd – 14th for 2nd-8th grades

COVID

We will continue to monitor and adjust as we see best for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience!

With five weeks left in the school year, we have zero positive cases of COVID-19. Thank you for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers low.

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 anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19 keep all children home.
  • If any immediate family member is experiencing any illness symptoms- keep all children home – siblings must stay home as well per our safety protocols

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher and a Development/Marketing Director. These jobs are posted on our school website and the Diocesan website If you know of someone who would be a great fit for our school, please refer them to one of these sites.

Thank you for partnering with us as we fulfill our mission, . . to provide all children with an opportunity to develop spiritually, academically, morally, emotionally, and physically, in an environment of Christ-centered attitudes and values.

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Third Sunday of Easter – Response – English – Diocesan

4.15.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

I am often asked, “How is Catholic education different from other learning environments?” A Catholic education is unlike any other learning opportunity in many ways. First and foremost, we cultivate the entire person by providing spiritual, physical, mental and social engagement and nourishment. Coupling our faith with building strong moral character is a privilege and we do not take it for granted. Another big difference is parental involvement and commitment to their child’s education – that partnership with the school is so important to help each child develop to their full potential. Our caring, dedicated faculty and staff are exemplary- they work tirelessly to help all students achieve. Thank you for being a part of St. Joseph’s Catholic School – we look forward to continuing our service to your child and your family!

Living our Faith

We are so grateful to St. John’s Parish for their continued support of our school. St. Joseph’s Catholic School is the largest ministry of St. John’s Parish – please continue to support St. John’s Parish. Our 2nd grade students are continuing to prepare for their First Holy communion that will take place on Saturday, April 24th.

Tuesday, April 20th is our school Mass day with 1st and 8th grade students live in the Cathedral. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

Halleluia!  All glory, praise and honor to You, Most Glorious Lord Jesus!  You have risen from the grave, You have conquered sin and death, You have opened the gates to Heaven!  Halleluia!  All praise and honor to You, Most Glorious Lord Jesus!

from My Catholic Life! – https://mycatholic.life/catholic-prayers/triduum-and-easter-prayers/prayer-meditation-for-easter-octave/

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

The St. Joseph’s Catholic School Advisory School Board will be holding an election for two positions on the board.  The standard term is three years.  If this is a position you are interested in or want to nominate someone for, please contact Anita Miller (millera@stjoes.com) and provide her with a brief bio.  If nominating someone, please provide the name and brief reason why they would be a good member for the school board.  Please communicate nominations to Anita Miller by April 23, 2021.

School Fun Run – May 14th 

I am excited to announce that we will be able to have a modified version of our school Fun Run on Friday, May 14th. This has always been a tradition here at St. Joe’s and we want the kids to have some fun!  We have a matching donor for all pledges – all donations will go to fund our Playtopia – playground remodel! Please look for more details in this week’s school bulletin.

School Uniform

We have made a few changes to our school uniform for the 2021-2022 school year. Both boys and girls will be required to have our St. Joseph’s school logo on white shirts for Mass. In addition, all boys (K-8) will be required to wear a St. Joe’s plaid tie to Mass. Also, we have added the dri-fit option for polo shirts. We have two uniform vendors, Educational Outfitters (local store here in Boise) and Lands’ End.

As we finish out the school year, please remember that shorts and skirts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Wednesday, April 21st – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 24th – First Holy Communion Mass – 2nd grade at 11:00 am
  • Friday, April 30th – Teacher workday – no school for students
  • Friday, April 30th – Kindergarten Screening
  • MAP testing – May 3rd – 14th for 2nd-8th grades

COVID

We will continue to monitor and adjust as we see best for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience!

With seven weeks left in the school year, we have zero positive cases of COVID-19. We were notified of two positive cases late last week – no student exposure as students had been in quarantine. Thank you for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers low.

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 anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19 keep all children home.
  • If any immediate family member is experiencing any illness symptoms- keep all children home – siblings must stay home as well per our safety protocols
  • Please consider the health and safety or our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others

Return to Classrooms/Distance Learning

On Tuesday, April 6th, all St. Joseph’s students, K-8th grades, were back in the regular classrooms. The teachers and students are glad to be back in the classroom with all in person learning. According to recent CDC guidelines, social distancing requirements have been adjusted to 3 to 6 feet. We will continue to wear masks as long as the mask mandate is in place.

With this change, classes will no longer be live streamed each day. If a student is quarantined due to COVID-19 or other illness, he or she will have access to Google classroom and student work will be available for pick up right outside the entrance to the school.

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher and a Development/Marketing Director. These jobs are posted on our school website and the Diocesan website If you know of someone who would be a great fit for our school, please refer them to one of these sites.

We appreciate your ongoing support of our wonderful school – thank you!

St. Joe’s Advisory Board Mtg Agenda April 21st

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

4.8.21 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

I hope you and your family had a blessed Easter break. Fourth quarter is under way and learning abounds! It is hard to believe that we only have 35 days of school left. Please check our Plus Portals system for updated grades and assignments.

Living our Faith

We had 10 St. Joseph’s students enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil at St. John’s. Congratulations to these students and their families.

We are in the Liturgical Season of Easter.  The Easter season lasts from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. As Catholics, this season calls us to focus on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our 2nd grade students are continuing their preparation for First Holy Communion.

24 Powerful Easter Prayers To Honor The Resurrection Of Christ | Think About Such Things

Update: St. John’s Parish has been able to reinstate most of the subsidy they provide to St. Joseph’s. They have seen a great increase in attendance at Mass. We are so grateful to St. John’s Parish for their continued support of our school. St. Joseph’s Catholic School is the largest ministry of St. John’s Parish – please continue to support St. John’s Parish.

Tuesday, April 13th is our school Mass day with 2nd and 3rd grade students live in the Cathedral. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

 School Fun Run

I am excited to announce that we will be able to have a modified version of our school Fun Run on Friday, May 14th. This has always been a tradition here at St. Joe’s and we want the kids to have some fun!  Please look for more details in this week’s school bulletin.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Wednesday, April 21st – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 24th – First Holy Communion Mass – 2nd grade at 11:00 am
  • Friday, April 30th – Kindergarten Screening
  • MAP testing – May 3rd – 14th for 2nd-8th grades

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

The St. Joseph’s Catholic School Advisory School Board will be holding an election for two positions on the board.  The standard term is three years.  If this is a position you are interested in or want to nominate someone for, please contact Anita Miller (millera@stjoes.com) and provide her with a brief bio.  If nominating someone, please provide the name and brief reason why they would be a good member for the school board.  Please communicate nominations to Anita Miller by April 23, 2021.

COVID

We will continue to monitor and adjust as we see best for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience!

With seven weeks left in the school year, we have zero positive cases of COVID-19. We were notified of two positive cases late last week – no student exposure as students had been in quarantine. Thank you for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers low.

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 anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19 keep all children home.
  • If any immediate family member is experiencing any illness symptoms- keep all children home – siblings must stay home as well per our safety protocols
  • Please consider the health and safety or our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others

Return to Classrooms/Distance Learning

Tuesday, April 6th, all St. Joseph’s students, K-8th grades, were back in the regular classrooms. According to recent CDC guidelines, social distancing requirements have been adjusted to 3 to 6 feet. Our 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grade classes have already been successful in this model – some as early as January. We will continue to wear masks as long as the mask mandate is in place.

With this change, classes will no longer be live streamed each day. If a student is quarantined due to COVID-19 or other illness, he or she will have access to Google classroom and student work will be available for pick up right outside the entrance to the school.

We feel that this will be another positive step. Having students in the classroom and in front of our wonderful teachers is going to be beneficial not only for our students, but for our teachers as well.

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher and a Development/Marketing Director. These jobs are posted on our school website and the Diocesan website If you know of someone who would be a great fit for our school, please refer them to one of these sites.

Thank you for being a part of our St. Joseph’s Community! Have a Blessed Easter.

 

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

4.1.21 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Easter to Everyone!

Living our Faith

Holy Week has been prayerful and busy for us at St. Joseph’s.  The renewal of our Lenten promises and Stations of the Cross have taken center stage this week. Today is Maundy Thursday. The word “Maundy” is derived from Latin and means commandment, “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you.” John 13:34.

St Michael's Catholic School - Easter Prayer

 

Friday, April 2nd is Good Friday – we will not have school that day. In addition, Sunday, April 4th is Easter and Easter Monday is April 5th with no school.

Tuesday, April 6th is our school Mass day with 1st and 8th grade students live in the Cathedral. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Friday, April 2nd is Good Friday – we will not have school that day
  • Sunday, April 4th is Easter!
  • Monday, April 5th is Easter Monday – we will not have school that day

COVID

As we have returned from Spring Break, we do have six students in quarantine this week. We will continue to monitor and adjust as we see best for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience!

With eight weeks left in the school year, we have zero positive cases of COVID-19. Thank you for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers low.

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 anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19 keep all children home.
  • If any immediate family member is experiencing any illness symptoms- keep all children home – siblings must stay home as well per our safety protocols
  • Please consider the health and safety or our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others

Return to Classrooms/Distance Learning

Beginning Tuesday, April 6th, all St. Joseph’s students, K-8th grades, will be back in the regular classrooms. According to recent CDC guidelines, social distancing requirements have been adjusted to 3 to 6 feet. Our 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grade classes have already been successful in this model – some as early as January. We will continue to wear masks as long as the mask mandate is in place.

With this change, classes will no longer be live streamed each day. If a student is quarantined due to COVID-19 or other illness, he or she will have access to Google classroom and student work will be available for pick up right outside the entrance to the school.

We feel that this will be another positive step. Having students in the classroom and in front of our wonderful teachers is going to be beneficial not only for our students, but for our teachers as well.

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher and a Development/Marketing Director. These jobs are posted on our school website and the Diocesan website If you know of someone who would be a great fit for our school, please refer them to one of these sites.

Thank you for being a part of our St. Joseph’s Community! Have a Blessed Easter.

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal