5.27.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

We made it – HAPPY SUMMER!  We have had a great final week of celebrations and recognitions! On Monday, we had our middle school academic awards ceremony and National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony – I am so happy that we were able to recognize and show our appreciation for our students’ hard work. On Tuesday afternoon, we said good-bye to our 8th grade class at the Graduation Mass. It was a beautiful ceremony, and we wish our 8th grade students all the best and send them off with God’s blessing.

Class Placement for the 2021-2022 school year will be sent out the week of June 21st – please check your email.

In addition, we will do a final recap email and send out a parent survey to get your input on the 2020-2021 school year. Please look for this the week of June 7th.

Living our Faith

We will have our final Mass for the school year with all students present in the Cathedral. It is important that we end our year in thanksgiving and prayer! We will be socially distanced in the pews with 7 students in each pew spread out 3ft. Students will remain in their class groupings as they have done throughout the school year. Students will also wear masks as they have done throughout the year.

On June 6th, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is celebrating their Centennial! Come and share your Spirit with our parish community. The celebration is from 1:00-8:00 PM in the Cathedral parking lot. Please see more information and link to sign up to volunteer in the bulletin.

Of Sound Mind and Spirit: Prayer to End the School Year

Academic Excellence

MAP scores are being sent home with your child today -Thursday. Please take a look at the MAP scores and let me know if you have any questions.  I am pleased with our overall school results. Our students continually score higher than the national average in Reading, Language and Math.

Middle school math placement email for next year’s 7th grade students will be sent on Friday, May 28th.

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. Based on input by some of our middle school girls, we have lengthened our middle school uniform skirt to knee length. We have two uniform vendors, Educational Outfitters (local store here in Boise) and Land’s End.

COVID

I am very thankful for the efforts of all the St. Joseph’s Faculty, Staff, Students and Parents as we have navigated the COVID pandemic.  Here are the final tracking numbers for the 2020-2021 school year – these are numbers since 9/14/21.

# Positive Student Cases

# Positive Staff Cases

# of Students Quarantined because of COVID exposure

# of Staff Quarantined because of outside exposure (no positive test result)

Cumulative Since 9/14/21

18

1

182

3

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 a one full time and one part time instructional aide. We are no longer accepting applications and are interviewing for all positions this week.

Thank you for choosing St. Joseph’s Catholic School for your child’s education. We appreciate each of our families and are looking forward to a wonderful 2021-2022 school year. Wishing you all a fun-filled summer!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

5.21.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday to all!  It is hard to believe that we have just a little over a week left in the school year! Our teachers have some fun-filled events planned for the last week of school. It is so amazing to witness the growth of our students throughout the school year- spiritually, academically, and physically! We are truly privileged to work with your children!

Living our Faith

This afternoon, Fr. Mariusz and Deacon Derrick will be coming over to give an end of the year blessing for our students.  We have one more school Mass before the end of the school year. Our last Mass will be on Friday, May 28th – our 7th- kindergarten students will be present for Mass. We will not have our regular school Mass on Tuesday, May 25th – our 8th grade students are graduating that afternoon at 2:30. A prayer for our students as they finish out the last week of school:

Prayer for Students Father of Light and Wisdom, thank you for giving me a mind that can know and a hear… | Prayer for students, Exam prayer, Prayer for exam success

Academic Excellence

We will have results from our MAP and STAR test by the end of this week. We are continuing to monitor student growth. Individual student results will be sent home the last week of May. Our students continually score higher than the national average in Reading, Language and Math.

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

Thank you to those who ran for the two open positions on our St. Joseph’s School Advisory Board. We had seven people on the ballot – that is the most ever! Congratulations to Kelly Lim and Christina Daccarett and welcome our School Advisory Board for the 2021-2022 school year.

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. Based on input by some of our middle school girls, we have lengthened our middle school uniform skirt to knee length. We have two uniform vendors, Educational Outfitters (local store here in Boise) and Lands’ 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:

  • 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 a one full time and one part time instructional aide. These jobs are posted on our school website and the Diocesan website. We will be interviewing for these positions over the next two weeks.

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 development and marketing.

We are so blessed to be able to work with your children each day! Thank you for partnering with us!

Yours for Excellence in Catholic Education,

Tammy Emerich

5.13.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday to all! Tomorrow is our Fun Run – this is an exciting event. This year, all proceeds go to Playtopia – our upcoming playground renovation.  We have two weeks left in the school year and students are continuing to learn.  We have finished MAP testing for our 2nd – 8th grade students. MAP results will be sent home with your child the last week of school.

For the Fun Run tomorrow, the temperature is supposed to be a warm 80 degrees. Since we only have one grade running at a time and students will be spread out around the block, masks will be optional. 

Living our Faith

We are continuing our faith journey by attending weekly school Mass. We have two more school Masses before the end of the school year. Our last Mass will be on Friday, May 28th – our 7th- kindergarten students will be present for Mass. We will not have our regular school Mass on Tuesday, May 25th – our 8th grade students are graduating that afternoon at 2:30.

Patience | Faith prayer, Inspirational prayers, Prayers

Tuesday, May 18th is our school Mass day with our 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 8th grade students in the Cathedral. We will maintain 3ft social distancing. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

Academic Excellence

We will have results from our MAP and STAR test by the end of next week. We are continuing to monitor student growth. Individual student results will be sent home the last week of May. Our students continually score higher than the national average in Reading, Language and Math.

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

Ballots are due tomorrow for the two positions that are open on the St. Joseph’s School Advisory Board. We will let you know next week who has been elected to our School Advisory Board for the 2021-2022 school year.

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:

  • 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 a 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.

We are so blessed to be able to work with your children each day! Thank you for partnering with us!

Yours for Excellence in Catholic Education,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

5.6.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

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

Living our Faith

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

May is the month we honor of Blessed Mother Mary:

Hail Holy Queen Prayer Card

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

Academic Excellence

Monday, May 3rd through Thursday, May 13th our 2nd – 8th grade students will be taking the MAP test. The MAP assessment measures achievement and growth in math, reading, language usage, and science. The results of this test help us determine academic growth made throughout the year. St. Joseph’s students continually score well above the national and state average in all areas. Please make sure your student gets plenty of rest and eats a good breakfast including protein– this helps improve brain function and focus! Here is the testing schedule for the next two weeks:

  • 2nd grade schedule: Wed., May 5th – Reading; Mon., May 10th – Language; Thurs. May 13th – Math
  • 3rd grade schedule – Tues., May 4th – Reading; Fri., May 7th – Language; Tues. May 11th – Math
  • 4th grade schedule – Mon. May 3rd – Reading; Wed. May 5th – Language; Mon., May 10th – Math
  • 5th grade schedule – Tues., May 4th – Science; Fri. May 7th – Language; Mon. May 10th – Reading; Thurs., May 13th – Math
  • Middle School schedule – Mon., May 3rd – Reading; Wed. May 5th – Language; Fri., May 7th -Math; 7th grade – Mon. May 10th – Science

School Fun Run – May 14th 

Pledges are coming in for the St. Joseph’s Fun Run which is on May 14th! This has always been a tradition here at St. Joe’s and we want the kids to have some fun!  We are in need of Parent Volunteers for this event – please click here to sign up. We have a matching donor for all pledges – all donations will go to fund our Playtopia – playground remodel! Please look for more details in this week’s school bulletin.

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

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

Summer Tutoring

Please reach out to Christy Porter at porterc@stjoes.com if you are interested in summer tutoring for your child. We have a list of St. Joseph’s teachers and staff who are available over the summer. The St. Joe’s faculty and staff are familiar with our academic curriculum and can look at our MAP data and help fill in learning gaps your child may have.

School Uniform

We have made a few changes to our school uniform for the 2021-2022 school year. Both boys and girls will be required to have our St. Joseph’s school logo on white shirts for Mass. In addition, all boys (K-8) will be required to wear a St. Joe’s plaid tie to Mass. Also, we have added the dri-fit option for polo shirts. We have two uniform vendors, Educational Outfitters (local store here in Boise) and Land’s End.

As we finish out the school year, please remember that shorts and skirts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee. Pants and shorts need to be uniform style.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • MAP testing – May 3rd – 14th for 2nd-8th grades
  • Friday, May 14th – St. Joe’s Fun Run
  • Monday, May 24th – Middle School Academic Assembly and National Junior Honor Society recognition
  • Tuesday, May 25th – 8th grade Graduation Mass at 2:30
  • Friday, May 28th – School Mass at 8:15 – Last Day of School – 10:00 am dismissal

COVID

We will continue to monitor and adjust as we see best for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you all for your support and patience!

With three weeks left in the school year, we have zero positive cases of COVID-19. Thank you for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers low.

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s HERE.

  • If your family has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please keep all children home. If anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19 keep all children home.
  • If any immediate family member is experiencing any illness symptoms- keep all children home – siblings must stay home as well per our safety protocols

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher, a 5th grade teacher (English, Social Studies, Religion), and at one full time and one part time instructional aide. These jobs are posted on our school website and the Diocesan website. If you know of someone who would be a great fit for our school, please refer them to one of these sites.

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

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

School Advisory Board Mtg Agenda May 2021

God Bless You!

Yours for Excellence in Catholic Education,

Tammy Emerich

4.29.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday to all! Tomorrow, April 30th, is our last teacher workday for the school year – students do not have school. Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week!

It is hard to believe that next week is the first week of May and that students only have 18 days of school left. This is the time of year when we do MAP testing with our 2nd – 8th grade students (please see more information below). It is also a remarkably busy time as we are teaching the remaining content and skills necessary for the school year. If possible, please do not schedule appointments during the school day.

Living our Faith

Our 2nd grade students received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday, April 24th. It was a beautiful Mass. Congratulations to our First Communicants!

All our 2nd-8th grade students took the ARK test in April. ARK stands for the Assessment of Religious Knowledge. The Diocese of Boise Catholic schools are piloting this test. The results will help us know where we can improve our religion instruction.

As we are in the Easter Season:

Pin on Pray✝Learn Lent/Easter

Tuesday, May 4th is our school Mass day and the crowning of Mary or May Crowning. Our Kindergarten, 2nd and 8th grade students will be in the Cathedral. We will maintain 3ft social distancing. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

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

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. We will have our St. Joe’s community vote on nominees in May.

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 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 Lands’ 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:

  • Friday, April 30th – Teacher workday – no school for students
  • Friday, April 30th – Kindergarten Screening
  • Tuesday, May 4th – May Crowning of Mary at Mass
  • MAP testing – May 3rd – 14th for 2nd-8th grades
  • 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 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, a Development/Marketing Director, a 5th grade teacher (English, Social Studies, Religion), and 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.

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.

God Bless you – enjoy your weekend!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich