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

. 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

Spiritual

Academic

Physical

 

Principal’s Post – 10/12/17


Mass:

Mrs. Schneider’s 4th grade class will share some of their reflections from Fr. Jerry’s homily this week.

Dylan G.: Father Jerry talked to us in the homily to be kinder to our siblings. He also talked to us about how Martha was doing stuff while Mary was just sitting there and listening to what God had to say. He also talked to us about the good Samaritan.

***Thank you and kudos to 8th grader, Peter F., who Father Jerry called upon to recall the story of the good Samaritan.

Phoebe G.: Father Jerry talked about not fighting with your siblings in the story and what matters most. Mary and Martha were fighting because Martha was cleaning and Mary was listening to the Lord.

Audrey P.: Father Jerry talked about how Martha was probably there when Jesus talked about the good Samaritan. So, she invited Jesus over for dinner, but was angry when Mary didn’t help her make dinner. Jesus told her Mary chose the better part.  Father Jerry asked us if we sometimes fought with our siblings.

Luke P.: I think his homily was about that you should be kind to others. Another thing is you shouldn’t blame things on our brothers and sisters so you don’t have to do everything. This bible lesson is about that we should be kind and respectful to others.

Carter L.: Father Jerry talked to us about the good Samaritan. He also asked who has asked their parents to make their siblings help them do work. His message was that the most important thing of all is listening to Jesus and God’s words.  

Thank you to everyone who celebrated Mass with us this week. May everyone always feel welcome to join us for Mass.

Parent Teacher Conferences: (Wednesday evening November 1 and Thursday November 2)

  • Kindergarten-5th grade: Friday, October 13, K-5 teachers will email out a sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences. These conferences are 15 minutes.
  • Middle School (grades 6-8): Middle School will also email out a sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences. The middle school conferences are 30 minute allotments for parents to meet with the student’s 6-8 middle school teachers. The individual conferences will be about 3 minutes.
  • Special Teachers: These teachers will be in the gymnasium. They will be available in the for parents to drop in without signing up for a time to meet with them.
    • Mr. Aspiri: Music k-5, choir, and middle school music and drama
    • Mrs. Elwer: PE for k-4
    • Mrs. Olivares: Spanish k-5 and middle school
    • Mrs. Miller: Art k-5 and middle school

*If you have concerns or discover you need more than the allotted time to talk with the teacher, please make arrangements with the teacher to meet with them again soon.

Baptism:

  • Do you have children over the age of 7 who are not baptized and are looking to get baptized and also receive First Eucharist, and/or those children who have been baptized Catholic or in another Christian faith who want to make First Communion?
    • There will be an information night on October 26, at 6:30pm in the Riffle Center so that Teresa Wittry (teresaw@boisecathedral.org) can meet with the parents and students to get the process started. If you have any questions, please reach out to Teresa Wittry from St. John’s Parish.

Basic information is as follows:

    • WHAT: RCIC information night. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults adapted for Children)
    • WHEN: Thursday, October 26 @ 6:30pm
    • WHERE: Riffle Center for Faith Formation (775 N. 8th St.)
    • FOR: Parents of children who are age 7+ in need of Baptism and First Communion, and children 7+ who are baptized and did not make First Communion in Second grade.  Or any children 7+ interested in becoming Catholic.
  • Joe and Kari Forney’s son, Bradford Cohen Forney,  will be baptised during our school Mass on 10/24. The Forneys have two students at St. Joseph’s Catholic School: Isolabella (Biz) in 1st grade and Jack in 3rd grade. This is great time for our community to celebrate the sacrament of baptism.

Ordination:

Derrick O’Neill will be ordained a Deacon 10/28 and the Mass will start at 11 am at St. John’s Cathedral. We invite all of our St. Joseph’s Catholic School Community to come celebrate and support soon to be Deacon O’Neill. There will 7 Deacons from throughout the state ordained.

Flu Shots:

  • Consent forms for students to get flu shots at school are due Friday, October 20
  • The consent form link is in the newsletter and hard copies are available at the front office.
  • Shots will be given to students on Monday, October 23 from 9 am-12 pm

Hot Lunch:

The hot lunch program is up and going again. Thank you everyone for your patience, volunteer support, and prayers. To see breakfast and lunch calendars click here.

Parents, many of you already do this, but please feel free to come join your student and their peers for lunch. You can now pay for lunch at the line through your student’s lunch account. All we ask, if you can, is to email Karen Page (pagek@stjoes.com) for food preparation. Thank you, and please feel invited.

 

Apps for Phones and Devices:

 

  • PayForIt: this is a free app for your phone that you login the same as you do online. This is an app for lunch accounts.
  • ParentPlus: this is a free app for your phone and it functions just like PlusPortals. It will ask you for the school, use StJoes and it will connect with St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

 

 

Texting Notification:

We tested our text notification system Tuesday warning about parking for after school pick-up. If you did not receive a text and you want to get your cell number included, please email Mrs. Granvall (granvalla@stjoes.com) with your name and the cell number you would like included. We did send an email as well, and if you did not receive the email, please email Mrs. Granvall (granvalla@stjoes.com) with your name and the email you would like included.

 

Absences:

What do I do if my student is going to miss school or be late for school?

  • Please email Mrs. Granvall (granvalla@stjoes.com) with the date(s) of the absence(s) and name of the student. If tardy, please also indicate cold or hot lunch.  Please, feel free to include the teacher(s) on the email too.  

 

Picture Day Retakes: (Pictures were sent home this week)

Thursday, October 19 from 8:30-9:30

If you would like your student to get their picture retaken:

  • Please email Mrs. Granvall to get your student on the list granvalla@stjoes.com
  • Send your student to school with the picture packet

If you would like to purchase pictures and you did not, you can order again on this day.

  • If your student was absent, they can get their picture taken and order pictures

Bravely act like a saint today!

Class Placement for 2017-18


It’s time to begin the process for class placement for the 2017-18 school year.  All of our teachers are wonderful, and through our weekly collaboration, we are working to make our classes even better.

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”

Classrooms are dynamic learning spaces made up of many different gifts and learning needs.  As we look toward next school year, creating the best environment in each classroom is one of our goals.  To achieve a balance in learning styles, learning needs, and social needs, we are going to follow the process below for placement:

Before spring break, parents will receive a green paper survey regarding their student’s needs.  The survey must be returned to the school by April 3, 2017.

In May, a team that knows all students in the building (principal, counselor, special teacher) will meet, and with parent and teacher input, and objective test scores place students into classes.  The goal of the process is to create a balance in each classroom that will help ensure the success of all students.

We plan to have lists available by the last day of school.  This process takes input from multiple sources into account because students behave differently in different situations.  Please trust that the team working on placement knows and cares about your student.  Our mission is to create the best learning environment for all 400 students who have been placed in our care, which is not an easy task.  Thank you for your patience and trust.

 

Catholic Schools’ Week Fundraiser: Missionaries of Charity, Spokane, WA


Each year, during Catholic Schools’ Week, St. Joseph’s Catholic School raises funds for an organization in our community.  Saint Teresa of Calcutta was canonized a saint this year, and our school has spent the year learning about her and her ministry: the Missionaries of Charity.  In line with this learning, our school fundraiser this year was for Saint Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity house located in Spokane, WA (this was the clostest location to our school).

Our school raised over $3,700 for the Missionaries of Charity house in Spokane, WA.  The sisters were unable to travel to our school to receive our donation, so one of our school families delivered the money.  This is what they had to say about their visit:
Thank you so much for the opportunity to deliver St Joseph School’s gift to the Missionary Sisters of Charity. Our family had a beautiful encounter in the time we spent with the sisters on Friday.
The sisters were very shy about having their picture taken, but did allow one photo of themselves with our daughter.
The sisters were eager to tell us about the work they do there in Spokane caring for homeless women, they also shared stories of the work that each of them had previously done in Calcutta, working alongside then Mother (now Saint) Teresa. They said that St Joseph School’s gift was a surprise and that this is how God provides for the needs of the poor; He sends gifts through others. They told us some other stories about times when there was a need and God provided. They shared many stories and meaningful reflections with us. For me, listening to the sisters speak was truly an experience of witnessing the love of Christ reflected in willing servants. Our visit was absolutely beautiful and peaceful, truly a grace filled encounter.
The sisters gave us a some Holy cards which contain a small relic, a piece of St. Teresa’s cloak. They also gave us a prayer card, which contains a “prayer for young people”, and they promised to pray for the young people and families of St. Joseph’s School.

St. Joseph’s Catholic School is going to find a way to showcase this special gift from the Missionaries of Charity.  Our school blessed them, and they are blessing us back.  Thank you for your generous contribution!