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

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

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