2.25.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

I hope you are enjoying our last days of winter! I have continued teacher observations this week. It is a privilege to be able to observe the learning that is happening at St. Joseph’s; I observed creating Arc graphs in English and creating line plots in 2nd grade. Our teachers are doing an amazing job engaging our students and helping them grow spiritually and academically. We are all blessed by our faculty and staff’s dedication, caring and professionalism!

Lenten Season

We are finishing up our first week of Lent. May we all be blessed with God’s grace during our Lenten journeys.

  • Tuesday, March 2nd  – 2nd and 3rd grades will attend Mass in person at 8:15. Mrs. Skinner’s 3rd grade class will host Mass. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

Here is prayer for you continue your Lenten Journey:

A Prayer for Lenten Grace | Holy week prayer, Lent prayers, Prayers

COVID

As we continue to evaluate our procedures put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we will be making some adjustments. Because the numbers have gone down significantly across the country, we will lift the travel quarantine beginning Monday, March 1st. 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!

Important Reminders/Information:

  • We are lifting the travel quarantine beginning March 1st
  • 2021-22 Open Enrollment has begun for interested new families
  • Friday, February 26th is a Teacher workday – no students
  • If your child is arriving late after 8:10 or you are checking them out early, a parent must come to the office to sign them in or out.
  • Middle School will begin eating outside next week (as long as the weather stays nice)

News from the last two weeks – still important . . .

TVCS Middle School spring Sports will begin March 29th – please see the information in this week’s communication.

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

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

Tuition and Fees for 2021-2022

Tuition and fees have been set for next school year:

  • Fees are $400 per student
  • Tuition – Practicing Catholic is $,4990 and Non-Catholic tuition is $6,328
  • Our cost to educate is $6,408.84

#BravelyGiveToday Fundraising Drive

To date, our school community has donated $128,772– we are so grateful for your support! Our goal is to reach $250,000 and 100% family participation. Currently, 30% of our families have donated. Over the past few years, we have averaged about $150,000. Please give what you can during this time. Remember that monetary donations are tax deductible. In addition, we are not requiring volunteer hours this school year due to COVID-19- with this, please donate to our fund-raising effort this year.

COVID-19

In our 8th week of second semester, we have zero positive cases of COVID-19. Thank you to all our St. Joseph’s families 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
  • Request that you limit exposure over the next month to immediate family – avoid sleep overs or group gatherings.
  • 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
  • See Illness Decision Tree for Schools

Distance Learning

We will not be offering distance learning for the remainder of the school year with a few exceptions. Those students who are in quarantine due to COVID exposure or who have tested positive may log in to classes if that is currently offered for that grade level.

  • Students who are home sick (including their siblings) may also log in as we are asking our families cooperation with this.
  •  If you choose to travel– joining a live streamed class will not be available.

All other absences will be treated as regular absence and work can be completed after returning to school.

Thank you for your continued partnership with us as we guide our students in faith and learning!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

1.21.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

We had another great week at St. Joseph’s – it is great to see all the learning that is happening in our wonderful school. I will be starting formal teacher evaluations/observations next week. This will run through May. We use the Danielson Framework in this process – it is a good tool and promotes a growth mindset!

Last weekend, many of our St. Joseph’s faculty and staff were able to get the first COVID vaccine. This is a good step forward in dealing with the pandemic.

We had our School Advisory Board Meeting last night – we will be finalizing tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 school year early next week and will send out an email communication with that information.

Re-Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten next school year, please remember that while they have priority because of having currently enrolled siblings, you still must apply. We have 35 on our list and can only accept 44.  Please complete a New Student Application to enroll your kindergarten student. We will begin re-enrolling our current students at the end of January. It looks like we will have waiting lists in many grades. We currently have 396 students enrolled! Please call Annie Granvall in the front office or email her at granvalla@stjoes.com if you have any questions.

COVID-19

In our 3rd week of second semester, we have one student test positive for COVID-19. That student has not been in school for over a week, so no contact tracing was necessary. Thank you to all our St. Joseph’s families for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers very 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
  • Request that you limit exposure over the next month to immediate family – avoid sleep overs or group gatherings.
  • We have a 7-day travel quarantine in place if you travel out of state.
  • 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
  • see Illness Decision Tree for Schools

Distance Learning

I want to thank you for your patience as we worked through this during the week.

We will not be offering distance learning for the remainder of the school year with a few exceptions. Those students who are in quarantine due to COVID exposure, who have tested positive or who are awaiting test results may log in to classes if that is currently offered for that grade level.

  • Students who are home sick (including their siblings) may also log in as we are asking our families cooperation with this.
  • If you choose to travel, upon your return you must quarantine for 7 days before returning to school – distance learning will not be available.
  • All other absences will be treated as regular absences and work can be completed after returning to school.

School Mass

We had Mass on Tuesday morning with our 6th and 7th grade students attending in person. On Tuesday, January 26th our 4th and 5th grade students will attend in person. Mass will be livestreamed (private link) for those students not attending in person. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

#BravelyGiveToday – Fundraising Drive

During this unprecedented school year, we are unable to have our usual fundraising events that help us keep tuition increases minimal. To date, our school community has donated $119,073 – we are so grateful for your support! Our goal is to reach $250,000 and 100% family participation. Over the past few years, we have averaged about $150,00. Please give what you can during this time. Remember that monetary donations are tax deductible.

We are grateful for your continued trust and support of our wonderful school. Thank you for partnering with us!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

8.14.2020 Principal’s News


Dear St. Joseph’s Families, 

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL! The 2020-2021 school year is going to be unique in so many ways. We are navigating each day knowing that God is with us as we embark on this journey. We must be a channel of Grace and Mercy for one another. Much prayer and preparation has been put into the start of our school year and we are excited to bring our students back in small groups the week of August 17th – 21st.

 

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

  • Wear a Mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others

This school year, most back to school activities will need to be done differently due to COVID-19. We will not have school supply drop off as we normally did. Grade level teachers will be sending out communication on how supplies will be handled. If you ordered a school supply box, those will be available for pick up next week. 

Our Back to School Night will look very different this year – it will be virtual. That will take place early in September – a date will be confirmed and sent to you in next week’s newsletter. 

Mrs. Governale, our middle school PE and health teacher has decided to take a year’s leave of absence. Mr. Maxwell will be covering middle school PE. 

Requirements:

  • All people on our school campus must wear a mask
    • Our St. Alphonsus Nurses recommends that students have three masks 
    • Please label your child’s mask and put extras in a sealable bag
    • Reusable masks should be cleaned daily
  • We will practice social distancing
  • Students should be in our school uniform
  • All parents must sign an Acknowledgment of Risk

Week of August 17th – 21st

Here is information for what the first week of school will look like:

  • First – 8th grade Students should arrive at 8:30 am and be picked up at 11:00
  • Student drop off and pick up  – the drive through path will not be available the first three weeks of school. Please bring your child to the playground in front of the school. There will be signs by grade level. Teachers will be outside and then we will bring students into the building. You will pick your child up at the same location as drop-off.
  • Chromebooks – if you do not have a device for your child, we have chromebooks available for check out. 

This first week will be a great opportunity for your child to meet his or her teacher and establish that very important teacher/student relationship. We will also be reviewing and practicing safety protocols in the school. Needed materials will be handed out. Students will begin to learn about the various learning platforms and receive login information. We will have some fun too!!

We look forward to serving our St. Joseph’s community this school year. Thank you for choosing St. Joseph’s Catholic School – we are truly blessed to have you as part of our St. Joe’s Family. 

Take Care and God Bless.

Tammy Emerich

Principal

Principal’s Post 4.11.19


Mass

Thank you to Mrs. Skinner’s class for their leadership with liturgy at Mass on Tuesday.  This week Fr. Jerry encourages us to prepare for the upcoming Holy Week. We thank all of you who have served or are still serving in the armed forces.  Please know, all are welcome each week.

Link to 40 Lenten Activities for Catholic Families

Crab Feed

Thank you to everyone for all of your support volunteering, attending, and supporting the Crab Feed this year.  We are blessed to have a loving and supportive community.

Staffing

  • We thank Chris Miller for her nine years teaching Art at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, as she will not be returning next year as the Art Teacher.  We are so grateful for the energy and creativity she brings to our students and school. We acknowledge and thank her for service that goes beyond her years teaching: including her volunteer work before she officially began working here.  The students produce volumes of quality art, including a wonderful yearbook each year. Mrs. Miller plans to stay connected with the St. Joseph’s community; we hope to continue to utilize her skills subbing and volunteering. Please join me in thanking her when you see her.
  • We also want to thank Christine Elwer.  Mrs. Elwer jumped in as the Kindergarten through Fourth Grade PE teacher two years ago.  Her PE class is often the highlight of a student’s day. Mrs. Elwer is optimistic, patient, and loving to her students.  We hope to keep Mrs. Elwer connected to the St. Joseph’s community as well. Next year, she will have four children in college.  Two of which will be playing college soccer, and she needs more flexibility to be able to go watch them play. Please join me in thanking Mrs. Elwer for the care she brings to our elementary PE classes.
  • Fr. Jerry Funke will be leaving St. John’s for a new assignment at St. Agnes in Weiser, ID.  His new assignment will start July 1, 2019. We thank Fr. Jerry for his constant support of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  Fr. Jerry has been the rector at the Cathedral the last five years.
  • Fr. Antonio Eguiguren will also be getting a new assignment.  Fr. Antonio’s next assignment is yet to be determined.  Namaste, we see God in you Fr. Antonio. Thank you for your time and passion serving at St. John’s.
  • Fr. Mariusz Majewski is coming to St. John’s from St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Coeur d’Alene, ID.  Fr. Mariusz will start July 1 at St. John’s. We are excited to welcome Fr. Mariusz back to St. John’s as he served at the Cathedral from 2008-2010.

Class Placement Parent Information (Green Forms)

Class Placement forms for parents have been sent home with the students.  Please take time to complete these as we use this information as part of our process in making class placements for next year.  Please return these to Mrs. Granvall at the Front Office by April 29.  

You will receive an email in mid June with your child(ren)’s class placement, overview of the grade level, summer suggestions, and school supplies.

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

The St. Joseph’s Catholic School Advisory School Board will be holding an election for a place 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 30, 2019.

Middle School Schedule Change

The daily schedule for grades 6-8, middle school, will change for the 2019-2020 school year.  We will be changing from an 8 period day to a 7 period day. In order to do this, the Reading and English classes will be integrated into one Language Arts class.  The goal and reasoning driving this change is to create the best learning environment possible:

  • This change will provide longer classes (more minutes per class period each day).
  • This will provide the opportunity for more in-depth learning and direct instruction.
  • This change will address parent and student concerns with homework load as students will have 7 classes instead of 8.  However, the length of class and quality teachers will maintain the level of rigor that St. Joseph’s is known for.
  • This will provide 6th grade students an opportunity to choose an elective, as well as the 7th and 8th grade students (the last period will remain an elective period).
  • This change will also provide the opportunity to add more time to the middle school lunch to ensure they have time to eat and a brain break from curriculum.

With the growth of the middle school over the past five years, we want to ensure the highest quality education and care we can provide.

Welcome Verbum Spei

We welcome the five members of Verbum Spei who have moved into the Rectory next to the Cathedral and the school.  They are a community of 3 priests and 2 brothers. When you see or meet them, please join me in welcoming them to Boise.

Report Cards

Quarter 3 Report Cards went home with students last week.  Report cards have also been emailed, and they are viewable on PlusPortals.

Parents of 8th Grade Students Whose Students are Going to Bishop Kelly Next Year

In order to receive the Parish Subsidy at Bishop Kelly, the linked form must be completed and provide to your registered parish.  The Parish Subsidy is due to St. John’s no later than 4pm on June 28th.  Letter from Fr. Jerry to St. John’s parishioners.

2019-2020 Proposed School Calendar

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

We ran a relocation drill Tuesday, March 12.  We were able to move all students within 5 minutes to one of our alternative locations should the need ever arise.

Link to Momo Awareness

Link to an article from a safety committee that St. Joseph’s is using information and concepts from to inform and guide the plans and procedures for St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

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.

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 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

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