Principal’s Post 5.16.19


Mass

Thank you to Mrs. Lynch and first grade for their leadership with liturgy at Mass on Tuesday.  This week, Deacon O’Neill encourages us to love one another and do what is right like St. Mathias . Thank you to everyone who came to Mass this week.  Please know, all are welcome each week.

Link to Deacon O’Neill’s Mother’s Day Homily

Fun Run

Link to Fun Run Video by Ulli Schlapka.  Thank you to all of our volunteers and to all who made donations!

Annual St. Joseph’s Catholic School Parent Survey

Please take time to complete the following survey.  We use this information as part of our process for shaping goals and changes for next year.  Link to the 2018-2019 Survey

Field Day (keep praying for good weather and come dressed ready for the cold and rain).  We will notify parents if weather forces us to cancel.

Is tomorrow, May 17:  

  • 4th/5th 10:30-12:00
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd 1:00-2:30

Graduation

The 8th grade graduation Mass is Tuesday, May 28th at 1 pm. A reception for the 8th grade and their families is held afterward in cafeteria/Parish Hall.  The last full day of school for the 8th grade students is Friday, May 24. On Tuesday, May 28th the 8th grade students do not attend class.

Last Day of School for K-7

The last day of school for kindergarten through 7th grades is Thursday, May 30.  School starts at 8 am with an early release of 10 am. Students come to school and participate in our balloon rosary, grade advancement, final student recognition, and naming our Saint of inspiration for the 2019-2020 school year.

Enrollment

Boise finds itself as an area of continued growth.  As you gain new neighbors, and as your friends and colleagues discuss school considerations, please encourage them to take a look at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  We have limited room in early grades (k-5). Thank you for your support and for your referrals.

What makes St. Joseph’s Catholic School the best school in Boise?  Snapshots of the State of Joseph’s 2019:

As I finish my second year at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, I want to share some of what we have accomplished over the past two years.  When I was hired here, I came in with the goal to maintain St. Joseph’s Catholic School as the best school in Boise. My three areas of focus include:

 

  • Safety
  • Faith and Community
  • Student Learning

 

Below are some of the enhancements, changes, processes we have done and implemented for Faith and Community:

  • Implemented students leading morning prayer
  • Implemented saying the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Implemented a closure prayer
  • Created a strategic way for teachers to attain and renew catechist certification
  • Added communication about school Masses and parish community to the weekly newsletter
  • Promote and host staff appreciation opportunities
  • Promote ways to recognize positive student behavior with students: Bravely acting like Saints
  • Provide spiritual development opportunities for staff:

2018-2019

  • Retreat: Tony Quilici (Make Today Matter, August 17, 2018) 3 hours

Prayer: Tony Quilici (Holy [Spirit] Nudge, September 26, 2018) 1 hour

Catholic Educators’ Conference (Holy Apostles’ Church, Meridian, ID, September 14-15) Reflection: All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints, All Souls Day (Gratitude, October 31, 2018) 30 minutes

  • Retreat: Fr. Radmar Jao (Gratitude Leads to Joy: Why do I teach in a Catholic school?, Friday, February 15, 2019) 2 hours and 15 minutes 2017-2018
  • Retreat: Deacon O’Neill (August 2017) 3 hours
  • Catholic Educators’ Conference
    • Spiritual Classes
    • Keynote Speaker 1 Hour
  • Lenten Reflection: Sr. Sheila and Sr. Suzie February 2018 1.5 hours, if there for morning prayers in Cathedral at 7:55, 2 hours

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

Link to a recent article about how teens use burner phones to defy parents

We are preparing to rollout Family Alert from Bark.  These alerts will notify parents of concerning behavior from their student(s) on the St. Joseph’s Google accounts.  These alerts to families will be to fill the void of nights, weekends, and upcoming summer. There will be more information from this to come.

We ran a reverse evacuation drill Friday, May 3.  We were able get all students inside the building quickly.

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 5.9.19


Mass

Thank you to the second and eighth grades for their leadership with liturgy at Mass on Tuesday.  This week, Deacon O’Neill uses the crowning of Mary to remind us to be thankful to our own mothers.  Thank you to everyone who came to Mass this week.  Please know, all are welcome each week.

Fun Run

The weather will be warm and the kids are ready to run tomorrow.  This Friday middle school (grade 6-8) start running at 1:20, then grades 3-5 at 1:45, and K-2 at 2:10.  Thank you to all of our volunteers and to all who made donations!

Field Day

Is next Friday, May 17:  

  • 4th/5th 10:30-12:00
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd 1:00-2:30

Graduation

The 8th grade graduation Mass is Tuesday, May 28th at 1 pm. A reception for the 8th grade and their families is held afterward in cafeteria/Parish Hall.  The last full day of school for the 8th grade students is Friday, May 24. On Tuesday, May 28th the 8th grade students do not attend class.

Last Day of School for K-7

The last day of school for kindergarten through 7th grades is Thursday, May 30.  School starts at 8 am with an early release of 10 am. Students come to school and participate in our balloon rosary, grade advancement, final student recognition, and naming our Saint of inspiration for the 2019-2020 school year.

Enrollment

Boise finds itself as an area of continued growth.  As you gain new neighbors, and as your friends and colleagues discuss school considerations, please encourage them to take a look at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  We have limited room in early grades (k-5). Thank you for your support and for your referrals.

What makes St. Joseph’s Catholic School the best school in Boise?  Snapshots of the State of Joseph’s 2019:

As I finish my second year at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, I want to share some of what we have accomplished over the past two years.  When I was hired here, I came in with the goal to maintain St. Joseph’s Catholic School as the best school in Boise. My three areas of focus include:

 

  • Safety
  • Faith and Community
  • Student Learning

 

Below are some of the enhancements, changes, processes we have done and implemented for Safety:

  • Varied drills: lock down, fire, earthquake, BPD clear the building, reverse evacuation, hall check, reunification
  • Parent safety letter including terminology
  • Added cameras for safety and security
  • Added a keypad to the front door
  • Locking the cafeteria door
  • Updated safety procedures for classes going the the Cathedral
  • Continue to revise safety plans and procedures to keep up to date with local, state, and national terms and processes
  • Added cement steps to Fort and 9th Street exits
  • Added window coverings to Fort and 8th Street doors to minimize visual in and provide visual out
  • Added additional radios for personnel use on campus
  • Added capability to text parents
  • Added Bark for private accounts and for school Google accounts
  • New carpet in the hall upstairs and 7 classrooms
  • Added Stop the Bleed to staff training
  • Additional nursing hours to have coverage 5 days a week

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 are preparing to rollout Family Alert from Bark.  These alerts will notify parents of concerning behavior from their student(s) on the St. Joseph’s Google accounts.  These alerts to families will be to fill the void of nights, weekends, and upcoming summer. There will be more information from this to come.

We ran a reverse evacuation drill Friday, May 3.  We were able get all students inside the building quickly.

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 5.2.19


Mass

Thank you to Mrs. Cox and her first grade class for their leadership with liturgy at Mass on Tuesday.  This week, Fr. Ewald Johannas encourages us to turn to prayer like St. Joseph, especially in hard times.  Thank you to everyone who came to Mass this week. Please know, all are welcome each week.

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 4.25.19


Mass

Thank you to the St. John’s Parish Staff for their leadership with liturgy at Mass on Tuesday.  This week, Fr. Jerry encourages us to find the blessings in our lives this Easter season, and he thanks the St. Joseph’s community and students for the blessings they are in his life. Thank you to everyone who came to Mass this week.  Please know, all are welcome each week. We look forward to seeing you at the Holy Week celebrations.

Over Easter, we welcomed 5 St. Joseph’s students in the the Church.  This Saturday (5 pm), we will have 32 students making their First Holy Communion.

Mass next week is on Wednesday, May 1 at 10 am; it is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.  The May Crowning Mass is the following Tuesday, May 7 at 8:30 am.

Science Olympiad

Congratulations!  St. Joseph’s won 1st and 3rd place in the State of Idaho.  Next up, St. Joseph’s will send 15 students to Ithaca, New York to compete at Nationals on Cornell’s campus, June 1.  

MAP Testing (Grades 2-8)

The Reading and Math MAP tests will take place Tuesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 2.

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.

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 4.18.19


Mass

Thank you to Mrs. Weaver’s and Mr. Yanci’s classes for their leadership with liturgy at Mass on Tuesday.  This week Deacon O’Neill reminds us lent is about the journey. Just as Jesus, when we fall, we must get back up again–no pouting, just keep going.  Thank you to everyone who came to Mass this week. Please know, all are welcome each week. We look forward to seeing you at the Holy Week celebrations.  

  • Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7 pm
  • Good Friday:
  • Stations of the Cross Hike to Table Rock 11 am
  • Liturgy of the Passion 3 pm
  • Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil 8:30 pm
  • Easter Sunday:
  • 8:00 am Mass
  • 10:00 am Mass
  • 11:45 am Mass
  • 1:30 pm Mass
  • 5:00 pm Mass
  • School Mass, Tuesday, April 23, 8:30 am (*Note this will be the first day back; students will need Mass dress.

 

Science Olympiad

Congratulations!  St. Joseph’s won 1st and 3rd place in the State of Idaho Saturday at Boise State University.  Next up, St. Joseph’s will send 15 students to Ithaca, New York to compete at National’s on Cornell’s campus, June 1.  

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.  Link to Post Crab Feed Online Sale (ends Tuesday, April 23, at 7 pm)

 

MAP Testing (Grades 2-8)

  • The Language Map Test will be on Wednesday, April 24th. The schedule is as follows:
    • Middle School – 8:45-10:10
    • 2nd -3rd  – 10:00-11:30
    • 4th – 10:15-11:30
    • 5Y – 11:00-12:30
    • 5W – 1:00-2:30
  • The Reading, Math, and Science tests will take place during the week of April 29.  Students are taking practice tests this week to problem solve, test, and ensure our connections and testing environment is working as it should.  Once we successfully make is through the Language test, we will share the schedule for the remaining tests.

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.

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.