Principal’s Blog 5.5.2022


Greetings St. Joseph’s Families,

It is Teacher Appreciation Week! We so appreciate all our teachers and instructional aides for their hard work and dedication to our students. They give selflessly each day and share the gift of faith and learning with our students. We are grateful for each of you!

We had May Crowning Mass on Tuesday. This is a beautiful tradition at our school where the 2nd and 8th grade students partner up to Crown our Blessed Virgin Mary. Our 8th grade girls do the readings, and one girl is selected to place a crown on Mary. It was nice having many parents attend as well.

Can you believe we only have three weeks of school left in the 2021-2022 school year? We have many fun events planned to finish out our school year.

Tomorrow, we have a teacher workday – no school for students. We will be focusing on end of school events, updating grades, looking at the calendar for next year, self – study for accreditation and having collaboration time for our teachers.

Today, our students have Adoration in the day chapel. There have been many powerful messages and great feedback from our students. We are blessed as we have been able to have our students participate in this spiritual exercise.

We began Spring MAP testing this week for our 2nd-8th grade students. MAP testing will run through the end of next week. Student Reports will be sent home the week of May 23rd.

We are excited to be able to have the Fun Run again this year. The Fun Run will be on Friday, May 13th throughout the late morning and afternoon. Please turn in your forms by tomorrow to participate in the raffle portion of this event.

8th Street Bikeway Project is still under review. We have formed a working group: Martha Chalfant, Kelly Adams, Rob McQuade, Mark and Becky Uranga, and Tammy Emerich. Thank you to all for your work on this and a big thank you to  Martha Chalfant for leading out on this!  The next meeting is toward the on May 25th at 6:00pm– we will reach out as we learn more information

We have adjusted our school calendar on two days. Thursday, May 26th will be our last day of school – 8:00-3:00. Graduation for our 8th grade students will be Tuesday, May 24th at 2:00 pm.

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • May 2nd – May 13th – MAP Testing for 2nd-8th grade students
  • May 13th – St. Joseph’s Fun Run
  • May 20th – Middle School Award’s Assembly

Enrollment

Open Enrollment is now available for St. Joseph’s Catholic School. We will be accepting enrollment applications from now through the summer. Please share the good things we are doing at St. Joseph’s with other families – word of mouth is the best way to attract families to our amazing school.

Catholicity 

School Mass

On Tuesday, May 8th our 6th grade students will host Mass. Mass dress is required for all students and staff – please remember that boys should wear a St. Joseph’s plaid tie. Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

COVID Response

 For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

Please follow the updated guidelines to prevent the spread of illness in our school: Please see our updated protocols in the main part of the weekly bulletin

  • Good things to remember to help prevent illness:
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you are sick

A prayer for our amazing teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week:

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Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s Catholic Education!

Many Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

Principal’s Blog 4.16.2022


Happy Thursday St. Joseph’s Families,

What a beautiful Holy Week we have had at St. Joseph’s. Our 8th grade students helped begin our Holy Week preparation through Living Stations of the Cross – they did such a beautiful job for our students and then for the parish. Thank you, Mr. Yanci and Mrs. McClure, for working with our students on this faith filled presentation. Our students have been learning about the Triduum while we finish out the Lenten season. Our 6th and 7th grade students completed their service projects connecting our Catholic Social Teaching with the call to family, community, and participation. “We as Catholics believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.” (USCCB). Easter Blessings to you and your family!

We have adjusted our school calendar on two days. Thursday, May 26th will be our last day of school – 8:00-3:00. Graduation for our 8th grade students will be Tuesday, May 24th at 2:00 pm.

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • April 15th – Good Friday – No School
  • April 17th – Easter Sunday
  • April 18th – Easter Monday – No School
  • April 20th– School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 pm
  • April 24th – School hosted Parish Mass at 5:00 pm
  • April 23rd – Science Olympiad at Boise State University
  • April 30th – First Holy Communion for 2nd graders at 11:00 am
  • May 3rd – May Crowning – 8th and 2nd graders at 8:30

Enrollment

Open Enrollment is now available for St. Joseph’s Catholic School. We will be accepting enrollment applications from now through the summer. Please share the good things we are doing at St. Joseph’s with other families – word of mouth is the best way to attract families to our amazing school.

Catholicity 

We invite all families to participate in the Triduum services offered at St. John’s and all our Catholic parishes. Holy Thursday at 7 pm; Good Friday Liturgy at 3 pm; Easter Vigil – this is the Mass where people join our Church, and/or receive other sacraments at 8 pm; Easter Sunday at 8 and 10 am. Together, we can continue to fulfill our mission as a Catholic school. Please support St. John’s Parish or other Parish where you attend.

School Mass

It is so wonderful having all students attending Mass. On Tuesday, April 19th, 7th grade will host Mass. Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

COVID Response

Zero cases of COVID for the week!! For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

Please see and follow our updated protocols in the main part of the weekly bulletin​​​​​​​. Good things to remember to help prevent illness:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you are sick

As we reach the summit of the Liturgical Year with the Easter Triduum, here is an Easter prayer for you:

Pin on Catholic Prayers & Reflections

May God continue to bless our St. Joseph’s Catholic School Community! Thank you for your ongoing support of our school and your commitment to your child’s Catholic education!

Many Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

Principal’s Blog 3.03.2022


Happy Thursday St. Joseph’s Families,

Congratulations to our St. Joseph’s 7th grade basketball team for winning the Hallissey Basketball Tournament last weekend. The championship game came down to our St. Joseph’s 7th and 8th grade boys’ teams! We are proud of all of you! Thank you to all who helped make this event a success for our kids– thank you coaches, parents and Mrs. Seidler.

The Lenten season began this past week on Ash Wednesday. All our students were able to attend Mass either at 8:30 or 12:15. We received so many compliments from parishioners about the choir and the positive behavior of our students.

Just a little over a week until St. Joseph’s Crab Feed – The Great Crabsby! This event is our school’s biggest fundraiser of the year! We hope to see you all there to celebrate our school!  Get your tickets soon!

Can you believe that we only have two weeks until the end of the 3rd quarter? Please check your child’s grades in PlusPortals as we make the final push of 3r quarter on March 18th.

Please join us for our student led parish Mass on Saturday, March 5th at 5:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • Friday, March 4th – Faculty Workday – No School for Students
  • Saturday, March 5th – Student led St. John’s Parish Mass at 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 8th – SJPA Meeting at 3:15
  • Saturday, March 12th – St. Joseph’s Crab Feed – The Great Crabsby at 5:00 PM Boise Centre East
  • Monday, March 14th – Pi Day! Pie sale after school
  • Wednesday, March 16th – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria
  • Friday, March 18th – end of 3rd quarter – noon dismissal – beginning of spring break
  • March 21st – March 25th – Spring Break – No School

Enrollment

Open Enrollment is now available for St. Joseph’s Catholic School for the 2022-23 school year. We will be accepting enrollment applications from now through the summer. Please share the good things we are doing at St. Joseph’s with other families – word of mouth is the best way to attract families to our amazing school.

Catholicity 

School Mass

On Tuesday, March 8th, kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will attend Mass at 8:30 Mass. Mr. Yanci’s 6th grade students will be hosting Mass. Our Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

Fr. Mariusz and Fr. Aleksander are coming into the school each week on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. We appreciate them sharing their faith with us and helping guide our students on their faith journey. We appreciate their involvement in the school!

COVID Response

On Monday, February 14th, St. Joseph’s moved to masks optional. We are happy to report that numbers of absences and illness have declined significantly. Thank you for your help, grace and understanding. For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

Please follow the updated guidelines to prevent the spread of illness in our school:

  • Please see our updated protocols in the main part of the weekly bulletin
  • Good things to remember to help prevent illness:
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you are sick

As we embark on our Lenten journey, here is a prayer for you:

7 Lenten Prayers to Strengthen Your Faith | Guideposts

I hope you and your family have a wonderful three-day weekend! Thank you for being part of our St. Joseph’s community!

Many Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

Principal’s Blog 2.3.2022


Happy Thursday St. Joseph’s Families,

As we conclude National Catholic Schools week we look forward to continuing to focus on the value Catholic Education provides to our young people and its contributions to our church and our communities. We thank you for choosing St. Joseph’s Catholic School. We are grateful that your family is part of our community of faith.

There are so many benefits of attending and working in a Catholic School:

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Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • February 4th – Faculty Work Day – No School for Students
  • February 5th – First Reconciliation
  • February 8th – SJPA Meeting at 3:15 pm (Cafeteria)
  • February 11th – Deadline for Re-enrollment – including Completed & Signed Parental Covenant and 2022-23 Fees
  • February 14th – Open Enrollment for the 2022-23 School Year Begins
  • February 16th – St. Joseph’s Advisory Board Meeting 5:00 pm (Cafeteria)
  • February 21st – President’s Day – No School

Re-Enrollment

Re-enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year has begun! The completed and signed Parental Covenant and payment for fees is due the same time you submit your re-enrollment. The deadline for re-enrollment for current families is due by February 11, 2022. On February 14, 2022, we will open up enrollment for all other families interested in St. Joseph’s for the 2022-23 school year. We currently have wait lists established in every grade level.

8th Street Updates – ACHD

ACHD is exploring improvements to 8th Street. We would like our St. Joseph’s families to help us weigh in on these options. We have had several meetings with a team from ACHD over the last two months. The concept designs they have presented will impact the flow of traffic and drop off on 8th Street for our St. Joseph’s families and will also have an impact on St. John’s Cathedral parish. Based on what we have seen, we would choose Option B as it has the least impact on our school and parish. There are also virtual Open Houses on January 27th at two different times that we can attend. Here is a link to the project.

Catholicity

School Mass

On Tuesday, February 8th, our Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. Mrs. Seidler’s 2nd grade class is hosting Mass. Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Because we have made the adjustment, only half of the students are at Mass and are able to socially distance, Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

Thank you to all who were able to join us for Mass on Sunday, January 31st as we will kicked off Catholic Schools Week! We will continue to partner with our parish for the rest of the school year on student hosted parish Mass. This is a great opportunity for St. John’s parishioners to see our students’ involvement and participation in our faith.

COVID Response

We are trying to navigate through another surge in COVID cases and exposures. Numbers are declining slightly, we have 29 students out today. We will be sending out an update to our COVID response plan tomorrow. Thank you for your help as we continue to work through this. For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

Please follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of illness in our school:

  • 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 –
  • Students may return to school with a note from their physician if there is a negative Covid test and an alternate diagnosis such as asthma, seasonal allergies, migraine
  • Please consider the health and safety of our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask –
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance- socially distance when appropriate

Please join us as we lift up our 2nd grade students who will be receiving the Sacrament of First Reconciliation this weekend. May our good and gracious Lord continue to guide, guard and direct each of you always.

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We are grateful that your family is part of our St. Joseph’s Catholic School community!

Many Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

5.6.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday to all! This has been a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week – thank you to all for recognizing our teachers and all they have done this year! We have three weeks left in the school year and we are continuing to teach important content and skills.  We began MAP testing with our 2nd – 8th grade students (please see more information below). If possible, please do not schedule appointments during the school day.

Living our Faith

We had May Crowning of Mary on Tuesday at Mass. Our 8th, 2nd and kindergarten students were present in the cathedral. It was such a beautiful Mass!

May is the month we honor of Blessed Mother Mary:

Hail Holy Queen Prayer Card

Tuesday, May 11th is our school Mass day with our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in the Cathedral. We will maintain 3ft social distancing.

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

School Fun Run – May 14th 

Pledges are coming in for the St. Joseph’s Fun Run which is on May 14th! This has always been a tradition here at St. Joe’s and we want the kids to have some fun!  We are in need of Parent Volunteers for this event – please click here to sign up. 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.

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

The St. Joseph’s Catholic School Advisory School Board is holding an election for two positions on the board.  The standard term is three years. Ballots are due no later than May, 14th at 3:00 pm and in a sealed envelope. One ballot per family.

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 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.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • MAP testing – May 3rd – 14th for 2nd-8th grades
  • Friday, May 14th – St. Joe’s Fun Run
  • 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 three 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 5th grade teacher (English, Social Studies, Religion), and at 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.

We have hired a Director of Development and Marketing – I would like to welcome Kendall Mooney to our amazing staff! She is an enthusiastic, faith filled professional who will be able to move St. Joe’s to the next level in the area of development and marketing.

Thank you for your commitment to your child’s Catholic education. We are blessed to have your family as an integral part of our St. Joe’s community.

School Advisory Board Mtg Agenda May 2021

God Bless You!

Yours for Excellence in Catholic Education,

Tammy Emerich