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!

Principal’s Post – 10/4/17


Mass

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

Thursday and Friday October 5 and 6:

Why is there no school the next two days.  These days are the state education in-service days.  As Catholic Schools, we hold our own Catholic Educators Conference at Bishop Kelly.  Catholic school teachers from across the state come and attend conferences.  Three of our own staff members from St. Joseph’s Catholic School will be presenting.

Baptism:

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.

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.

 

Absences:

What do I do if my student is going to miss school?

  • Please email Mrs. Granvall (granvalla@stjoes.com) with the date(s) of the absence(s) and name of the student.  Please, feel free to include the teacher(s) on the email too.

Picture Day Retakes:

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 take and order pictures

***Pictures should be ready soon…***

More Construction Fun:

The construction on the Hays St. steps for the Cathedral is underway.  This project is expected to go into December.  The sidewalk near the steps will be closed when work is being done.

The 8th St. steps are projected to start late spring/early summer and will go into the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Bravely act like a saint today!

Principal’s Post – 9/28/17


Mass

This week, we have two 5th grade student reflections.

The first reflection is by Sally D:

Father Antonio started by talking about geography. He asked the eighth graders what the capitals of different countries were. He spoke about the history of our church and the history of Boise. Father said how small things can have a big impact on others, like how Boise was small and now grew a lot bigger.

The second reflection is from Ainsley L:

Today we had mass and I altar served for the first time ever. I was with Ainsley, which was amazing because we had so much fun. Father Antonio started with geography. He asked the eighth graders what the capitals of different countries were. He spoke about the history of our church and the history of Boise. Father said how small things can have a big impact, like how Boise was small and now grew a lot bigger.

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

Fall Carnival

Thank you to all our volunteers and guests.  The turnout and weather were great.  Specifically, thank you to Cynthia Yee-Wallace for her leadership.  Also, thank to the numerous parent and student volunteers.  The eighth grader volunteers really added to this experience and provided great leadership for all of the younger students.

PayForIt.Net

An email for each student went to each household yesterday.  This email has the student name and an ID number to add the student to your PayForIt.Net account.  This account will allow parents to view transactions and balances and even add payment via credit card on a secure website.  The link to PayForIt.Net can be found on the school website under Quick Links and Food Calendar and from PlusPortals under School Links and Files.

Once an account is created, you can select “My Account” from the menu bar across the top and then select “My Email Options” and you can choose to get low balance emails, set the amount for a low balance email, and choose to receive regular balance emails.  Select “Update” when done to save changes. (See picture below)

Kitchen Update

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.

MAP Testing:

MAP testing is near complete.  Teachers will discuss MAP scores at parent teacher conferences (PTC) in October.

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.

Picture Day Retakes

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@st.joes.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 take and order pictures

***It will take two weeks for Parker Portraits to get the pictures to St. Joseph’s to send home.***

Directory

PlusPortals has a digital directory for staff, students, and parents.  Student name, homeroom, and gender are available.  Parent name, email, phone, and address are available.  If you do not want this information available in the school directory, select your name in the top right, select Directory Listing, uncheck to list information in the school directory.

More Construction Fun

The construction on the Hays steps for the Cathedral is underway.  This project is expected to go into December.  The sidewalk near the steps will be closed when work is being done.

The 8th St. steps are projected to start late spring/early summer and will go into the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Bravely act like a saint today!

Principal’s Post – 9/22/17


Mass

Mrs. Cox’s reflection from this week: “Father Jerry reflected on our duty to work as a Catholic community to draw us nearer to God and Jesus. We work together as a parish with our deacons, priests, bishops, and pope to grow in our faith.

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

PayForIt.Net

Coming Soon: the website linked to Rediker (PlusPortals) where parents can add their students, track transactions and balances, and add money to accounts. Parents need a unique ID number to add their student(s), and we are working to identify an efficient way to share these numbers with families.

Kitchen Update

The project started yesterday. However, the lines are in a different location of the kitchen. We will be able to get hot lunch up and going even with this project underway. We will have a full service hot lunch program starting today. There was a separate email with hot lunch information sent out yesterday. We will share information regarding access to the school as it shifts. Use caution and avoid areas closed off with caution tape.

Idaho Catholic Register

If you have not seen a copy of the most recent Idaho Catholic Register, a photo from our first Mass of the year is on the cover and there is a story covering it inside.

MAP Testing:

The MAP Testing schedule has been shifted due to issues with NWEA (the testing provider and their service). We were contacted and ask not to test today in order for MAP to correct the issues schools were having during testing. The 5th and 7th grade students will take Science MAP tests tomorrow, and grades 2-8 will take the Math MAP test Monday. Make-up tests for absent students will also take place next week.

Picture Day Retakes

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@st.joes.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 take and order pictures

***It will take two weeks for Parker Portraits to get the pictures to St. Joseph’s to send home.***

Directory

PlusPortals has a digital directory for staff, students, and parents. Student name, homeroom, and gender are available.  Parent name, email, phone, and address are available. If you do not want this information available in the school directory, select your name in the top right, select Directory Listing, uncheck to list information in the school directory.

More Construction Fun

The construction on the Hays steps for the Cathedral is underway. This project is expected to go into December. The sidewalk near the steps will be closed when work is being done.

The 8th St. steps are projected to start late spring/early summer and will go into the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Bravely act like a saint today!

Principal’s Post – 9/14/17


Mass

This week Fr. Antonio calls for us to heal and love one another. We cannot all go to Texas, Florida, or the Caribbean, but we can all pray. Please pray for all who live in areas facing natural disasters. Please pray for the responders and organizations working to assist all of those in need.

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

Directory

PlusPortals has a digital directory for staff, students, and parents. Student name, homeroom, and gender are available. Parent name, email, phone, and address are available. If you do not want this information available in the school directory, select your name in the top right, select Directory Listing, uncheck to list information in the school directory.

MAP Testing

Grades 2-8 will be taking MAP tests next week (September 18-22). Grades 2-4 take three tests: Reading, Language, and Math. Grades 5-8 will take four tests: Reading, Language, Math, and Science. Students take these tests twice a year to measure and monitor growth in student learning. Bishop Kelly uses the spring (April 23-27) scores from the 8th grade students as their placement scores.  

Link to the top 6 answers to questions from parents regarding MAP Testing

Staffing

St. Joseph’s Catholic School welcomes Christine Elwer as the K-4th grade PE teacher and middle school aide. Mrs. Elwer has 7 years’ teaching experience as a 2nd and 4th grade teacher in Illinois. She is a UCLA graduate and a mother of 4 girls. The oldest is a 2017 Bishop Kelly graduate and current freshman at the University of Arizona, and the triplets are juniors at Bishop Kelly. Aside from keeping up with 4 teenage daughters, Mrs. Elwer has been regularly teaching with the PE department at Bishop Kelly the last 4 years. She is excited to return to her elementary roots and to be a part of a Catholic school as teacher.

Picnic Style Lunch Day

The work on the sewer line is slated to start next Thursday, September 21. Weather permitting, we will eat lunch outside on this day in order to avoid eating in classrooms. We will have an area for students with food allergies just as we do in the cafeteria. We should be able to return to the cafeteria the next day. We are likely still three weeks out from the kitchen being fully up and running for the year.

Bravely act like a saint today!

*St. Joseph’s opened in 1900 as the St. Joseph’s Saints, an all boys high school. Over time, the school transitioned into an elementary. Then, as folklore has it, some time in the mid to late 1980s, Boise High School gave St. Joseph’s some old uniforms and the transition from Saints to Braves came about. This phrase is to acknowledge the whole history of the school and the call of Catholic education to create disciples of Jesus to go forth into the world today.