8.9.19 – Hello to all St. Joseph’s Families


Hello to all St. Joseph’s Families,

A big Welcome to our St. Joseph’s families as we begin the 2019-2020 school year! We are starting our 119th year as a school and continuing the legacy and traditions of St. Joseph’s Catholic School. 

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself. I am excited to be named the next principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School. I am a career educator and taught English for many years before becoming a school administrator. I have been an administrator of Catholic Schools for the past nine years. 

My faith is strengthened each day through prayer and having the amazing opportunity to work in a Catholic school setting with faith-filled faculty and amazing students and their families! Serving at St. Joseph’s will allow  me to continue on my faith journey and my commitment to education! I am married to my wonderful husband Mike and we are blessed with an incredible son, Joseph who currently attends Bishop Kelly. Joe attended St. Joe’s in middle school and he had a great experience there. He still speaks very fondly of his middle school teachers.

I look forward to serving the St. Joe’s community; the faculty and staff, students, parents, pastor and school board members. It is a true privilege to be here. Together, we can continue to continue the traditions and strengthen all that St. Joseph’s Catholic School has to offer.

Here are some important upcoming events where I hope to meet all of our parents and students.

  • School Supply Drop off and popsicle social on August 16th from 2:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Back to School Night  on August 27th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Staffing

We have two new faculty members this year- Please join me in welcoming: 

  • Cynthia Vieira will be our new second grade teacher and
  • Kimberly Anderson will be our new art teacher. 
  • David Maxwell will be the K-5 PE teacher and athletic director for St. Joseph’s sports teams and sports. 

Academics

St. Joseph’s has a great reputation for Academic Excellence. In an effort to continuously improve, we are changing a few things from last year; these things were implemented at the end of the school year.  I have been working with the faculty already this summer on solidifying these changes. 

 

  • 7 Period Day:  one less class, longer classes for more direct instruction, longer lunch for students
  • Electives for 6-8th Grade:  new electives –  including the 6th grade in this rotation. This has proven to be a bit challenging but we will continue to work with teachers and students for best placement and scheduling.  
  • Literacy Block Pilot in First Grade: 90 minute block with 5 stations to best meet student needs and grow literacy and comprehension levels even more than we do now.  

 

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board

  • Please welcome Gary Martinez (parent of a first grade student) to the school board.  
  • School Advisory Board Meeting is Monday, August 12th at 5:00 PM in the library

I want to let you know that my door is always open to address any questions or concerns you might have. Please feel free to email me at emericht@stjoes.com or call and set up a time for us to meet. Thank you for your commitment and investment in your child’s/children’s education. 

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

Principal’s Post 6.14.19


Happy Summer!

I want to thank each of you for the love and support you bring to St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  I feel honored to have been the principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School. From bell to bell this is a fabulous job.  I love being surrounded by wonderful students, supportive parents, and caring staff. No day or hour is ever the same. St. Joseph’s is blessed to be in a situation where our enrollment is steady, finances healthy, and to have a supportive community.  In a time where Catholic schools are closing and consolidating across the country, we have grown from 330 students to 390 students, and we continue to maintain this enrollment. We have become more competitive with teacher salary and benefits. We know our students and expectations are a different caliber than other schools.  I would guess that nearly a quarter of our students would qualify for the gifted and talented program in the public school system.

On this Flag Day, we are blessed to be in a country founded on freedom of religion and supportive of school choice.  While some change is minimal, I love being at a school where we open with student prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance and close with prayer as one community.  I hope your students are finding as I have, that their faith is growing through their time at St. Joseph’s. The hearts of children are so close to Christ. I love going into classrooms and hearing the students pray from their hearts.

Tammy Emerich is a strong instructional leader.  Mrs. Emerich and I both worked as assistant principals at Bishop Kelly together.  The addition of Fr. Mariusz to St. John’s July 1st will also be a great addition to the school and parish community.  He is young, supportive, and enthusiastic (even rides a motorcycle).

Thank you for your choosing St. Joseph’s for your student(s), service, time, and energy.  You add to the numerous blessings of St. Joseph’s community.

Mass

We invite all to Mass daily at 8:30 and each weekend at St. John’s.  We encourage you to check out parishes and cathedrals in the areas your summer adventures take you.  It is great to know our faith is the same regardless of the location or language. May you find time with the Lord wherever your summer takes you.

Staffing

  • We are excited to announce the hiring of Cynthia Vieira as a second grade teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  Mrs. Vieira has 21 years of experience teaching in Catholic Schools in Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, and Texas.  Mrs. Vieira has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her previous schools say she is awesome, collaborative, faithful, flexible, and is passionate about student learning.  Mrs. Vieira’s family is coming to Boise from Austin, TX. She is married and has a 7th grade daughter. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Vieira to the St. Joseph’s Catholic School Community!
  • St. Joseph’s welcomes Kimberly Anderson as our new art teacher.  Mrs. Anderson is a 2006 Bishop Kelly Graduate.  She has been teaching art for 8 years in the West Ada School District at Victory and Lake Hazel middle schools.  One of her principal references referred to Mrs. Anderson, “As the best art teacher he has worked with. She gets students to make awesome art!”  Kimberly is a graduate of the College of Idaho.

 

  • David Maxwell will be the K-5 PE teacher and athletic director for St. Joseph’s teams and sports.  Mr. Maxwell will bring his energy to the gym this next year.  Mr. Maxwell motivates students and builds rapport with them well.  He has years of coaching experience at all ages from kindergarten through varsity level in high school.  Mr. Maxwell is transitioning from middle school English teacher to this position.

 

  • Tammy Emerich is the incoming principal.   Tammy is currently the principal at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Boise.  She and I worked together as assistant principals at Bishop Kelly High School. She is a strong instructional leader, and will be a blessing for St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  She has her educational specialist and nine years experience in Catholic administration. Please join me in welcoming her to St. Joseph’s.

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board

  • Please welcome Gary Martinez (parent of a first grade student) to the school board.  He is replacing Caroline D’Souza (parent of a 7th grade student and two students at Bishop Kelly).  We thank Mrs. D’Souza for her service to the school board.

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

Class Placement

Class placement with suggested summer work and your student’s teacher’s name was emailed out yesterday, Thursday, June 13, 2019.  This will be viewable in Plus Portals as well.. *Class placement is always subject to change due to staffing or enrollment changes.  

Middle School Electives

This was texted to the parents of 6-8 grade students. Most parents have made requests for their students, however we are missing 15 students still.  Here is the link for elective requests

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.

2019-2020 Enrollment Total 389 Registered (57 New) with more near acceptance and enrollment

Grade K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Num. 32 (32) 39 (4) 40 (3) 41 (4) 40 (2) 42 (5) 51 (1) 52(4) 52 (3)

St. Joseph’s Class of 2015-Bishop Kelly Class of 2019 College Choices:

30/30 are College Bound and Accepted

Boise State University 4
Texas Christian University 4
University of Utah 3
Montana State University 2
University of Iowa 2
Boston College 1
College of Idaho 1
Furman University 1
Gonzaga University 1
Grand Canyon University 1
Occidental College 1
Purdue University 1
Santa Clara University 1
Shoreline Community College 1
United States Air Force Academy 1
University of California Santa Cruz 1
University of Idaho 1
Johns Hopkins University 1
University of San Diego 1
Whitworth University 1

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

Changes coming for 2019-2020

    • Mascot: St. Joseph’s was first established in 1900 in Idaho City, Idaho.  Even as St. Joseph’s moved to the current brick building in the 1920s as an all boys Catholic high school, it kept the name St. Joseph’s and the mascot of the Saints.  Fr. Jerry has shared Idaho Statesman articles from the early 1940s of the St. Joseph’s boys playing against BJC (Boise Junior College, now known as Boise State University) in basketball at the YMCA, and winning.  As urban legend has it, sometime in the 1980s, St. Joseph’s could not afford new uniforms, so Boise High School donated their old uniforms and the elementary school became the St. Joseph’s Braves.  As we enter into our 121st year as a school we will transition to a mascot capturing our full history and one that fulfills our Catholic school mission of creating disciples of Christ. We will be the St. Joseph’s Brave Saints.

 

  • Academic Changes:
  • 7 Period Day:  one less class, longer classes for more direct instruction, longer lunch for students
  • Electives for 6-8th Grade:  new electives (intro to coding, baking, band and chance for all three grades to choose their elective to fulfill goal of elective (chance to engage students and broaden perspective)
  • Literacy Block Pilot in First Grade: 90 minute block with 5 stations to best meet student needs and grow literacy and comprehension levels even more than we do now.  If this goes well we will move to kindergarten and second grades and implement strategies for third, fourth, and fifth grades. I am leading a credit and book study for all teachers in these grades this summer.

 

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

Principal’s Post 5.30.19


Happy Summer!

Mass

Thank you to Mrs. Gamboa and Mrs. Seibert for their leadership with Mass and 8th Grade Graduation.Mass on Tuesday.  Bishop Peter Christensen challenges all of us to continue to grow in our faith. Thank you to everyone who came to Mass this week.  Please know, all are welcome each week. We look forward to seeing you at Mass over the summer.

Staffing

  • St. Joseph’s welcomes Kimberly Anderson as our new art teacher.  Mrs. Anderson is a 2006 Bishop Kelly Graduate.  She has been teaching art for 8 years in the West Ada School District at Victory and Lake Hazel middle schools.  One of her principal references referred to Mrs. Anderson, “As the best art teacher he has worked with. She gets students to make awesome art!”  Kimberly is a graduate of the College of Idaho.

 

  • David Maxwell will be the K-5 PE teacher and athletic director for St. Joseph’s teams and sports.  Mr. Maxwell will bring his energy to the gym this next year.   Mr. Maxwell motivates students and builds rapport with them well.  He will has years of coaching experience at all ages from kindergarten through varsity level in high school.  Mr. Maxwell is transitioning from middle school English teacher to this position.
  • Chelsea Cammann will be leaving St. Joseph’s this summer.  We are grateful for her energetic spirit and talents.  Ms. Cammann has done a wonderful job teaching second grade at St. Joseph’s and preparing students for their First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation.  Thank you Ms. Cammann for being so instrumental in the lives of so many students’ education, sacraments, and guiding them to join the church. Please join me in thanking Ms. Cammann and join me in praying for her as she transitions to life outside of teaching.

 

  • I have been blessed to be the principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School the last two years.  I am so thankful to work with all of your wonderful students. The kids are the highlight of each day.  However, my first vocation is to be a husband and father. At the end of this year I will be resigning as the principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  I will pray for and work with the next principal to make the transition as smooth as possible. Thank you again for choosing St. Joseph’s Catholic School for your students.  It has been an honor to work here and serve your students. Bravely act like a Saint today!-Tony Quilici
  • Announcement from new principal Tammy Emerich: Hi, my name is Tammy Emerich and I am excited to be named the next principal at St. Joe’s.

I am a career educator and taught English for many years before becoming an administrator. I have been an administrator of Catholic Schools for the past nine years. The first half of my tenure as an assistant principal at Bishop Kelly High School and I have served as the St. Mary’s principal for the past four years.

I am a cradle Catholic and come from a large Catholic family of seven. My faith is strengthened each day through prayer and having the amazing opportunity to work in a Catholic school setting with faith-filled faculty and amazing students and their families! Serving at St. Joe’s will help me continue on my faith journey! I am married to my amazing husband Mike and we are blessed with an incredible son, Joseph who currently attends Bishop Kelly. Joe attended St. Joe’s in middle school and he had a great experience there. He still speaks very fondly of his middle school teachers.

I look forward to serving the St. Joe’s community; the faculty and staff, students, parents, pastor and school board members. Together, we can continue to strengthen all that St. Joe’s Catholic School has to offer.

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

Class Placement

Class placement with suggested summer work and your student’s teacher’s name will be emailed out by June 14.

Middle School Electives

There will be a separate email sent out to Middle School Parents in mid June with a link to request Middle School Electives (6th -8th grades) for next 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.

St. Joseph’s Class of 2015-Bishop Kelly Class of 2019 College Choices:

30/30 are College Bound and Accepted

Boise State University 4
Texas Christian University 4
University of Utah 3
Montana State University 2
University of Iowa 2
Boston College 1
College of Idaho 1
Furman University 1
Gonzaga University 1
Grand Canyon University 1
Occidental College 1
Purdue University 1
Santa Clara University 1
Shoreline Community College 1
United States Air Force Academy 1
University of California Santa Cruz 1
University of Idaho 1
Johns Hopkins University 1
University of San Diego 1
Whitworth University 1

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 Student Learning:

    • Professional Development  and credit opportunities for staff:
      • 2017-2018:

 

  • Words Their Way Book Study

 

      • Essential Outcomes, June
      • Rubrics, June
    • 2018-2019:
      • Engaging Classrooms, October (Stroebe)
      • Project Based Learning, January
      • Classroom Management, February
      • Differentiated Instruction, February
      • Social and Emotional Needs of Students, February
      • Curriculum Mapping, June
      • Daily 5 and Cafe Book Study
  • Piloted math support position
  • Piloted Star and Accelerated Math
  • Implemented student support position
  • Implemented Istation, testing for the Idaho Reading Indicator, using it k-4
  • Stand up desks for middle school math
  • Added tables and chairs to one of the middle school English classrooms
  • Created skills based grades on report cards for first grade, religion k-8, sle k-8
  • Launched and designed new report cards
  • Piloted and implemented Study Center, support for middle school students
  • Adopted and implemented Lucy Calkins writing resources k-8
  • Adopted Words Their Way for k-3
  • Adopted Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. for k-5

 

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

St. Joseph’s Catholic School Community,

We have had a gentleman in the last week return to the school premises during the morning between 7:30 am-10 am.  He was noticed and addressed by school personnel.

We are working with Boise Police, and he has been told not to be on campus, including the Cathedral, during the school week.

We ask that you be aware and let the school, 208-342-4909 and BPD 208-377-6790 know right away if you see him around the school.

Thank you for your help in precautionary safety of our students and children,

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.

Bravely act like a saint today!

Principal’s Post 5.23.19


Mass

Thank you to Senora Vietri and Senora A and the Spanish students for their participation in the liturgy and readings at the 1 pm Spanish Mass Sunday.

Thank you to Mrs. McClure and her students for their leadership with liturgy at Mass on Tuesday.  Congratulations to all of the National Junior Honor Society students for the recognition of their hard work, character, and service.  This week, Deacon O’Neill reminds us that with God all things are possible . Thank you to everyone who came to Mass this week.  Please know, all are welcome each week.

Staffing

  • St. Joseph’s welcomes Kimberly Anderson as our new art teacher.  Mrs. Anderson is a 2006 Bishop Kelly Graduate.  She has been teaching art for 8 years in the West Ada School District at Victory and Lake Hazel middle schools.  One of her principal references referred to Mrs. Anderson, “As the best art teacher he has worked with. She gets students to make awesome art!”  Kimberly is a graduate of the College of Idaho.

 

  • David Maxwell will be the K-5 PE teacher and athletic director for St. Joseph’s teams and sports.  Mr. Maxwell will bring his energy to the gym this next year.   Mr. Maxwell motivates students and builds rapport with them well.  He has years of coaching experience at all ages from kindergarten through varsity level in high school.  Mr. Maxwell is transitioning from middle school English teacher to this position.

 

  • I have been blessed to be the principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School the last two years.  I am so thankful to work with all of your wonderful students. The kids are the highlight of each day.  However, my first vocation is to be a husband and father. At the end of this year I will be resigning as the principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  I will pray for and work with the next principal to make the transition as smooth as possible. Thank you again for choosing St. Joseph’s Catholic School for your students.  It has been an honor to work here and serve your students. Bravely act like a Saint today!-Tony Quilici

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

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.

St. Joseph’s Class of 2015-Bishop Kelly Class of 2019 College Choices:

30/30 are College Bound and Accepted

Boise State University 4
Texas Christian University 4
University of Utah 3
Montana State University 2
University of Iowa 2
Boston College 1
College of Idaho 1
Furman University 1
Gonzaga University 1
Grand Canyon University 1
Occidental College 1
Purdue University 1
Santa Clara University 1
Shoreline Community College 1
United States Air Force Academy 1
University of California Santa Cruz 1
University of Idaho 1
Johns Hopkins University 1
University of San Diego 1
Whitworth University 1

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 Student Learning:

    • Professional Development  and credit opportunities for staff:
      • 2017-2018:

 

  • Words Their Way Book Study

 

      • Essential Outcomes, June
      • Rubrics, June
    • 2018-2019:
      • Engaging Classrooms, October (Stroebe)
      • Project Based Learning, January
      • Classroom Management, February
      • Differentiated Instruction, February
      • Social and Emotional Needs of Students, February
      • Curriculum Mapping, June
      • Daily 5 and Cafe Book Study
  • Piloted math support position
  • Piloted Star and Accelerated Math
  • Implemented student support position
  • Implemented Istation, testing for the Idaho Reading Indicator, using it k-4
  • Stand up desks for middle school math
  • Added tables and chairs to one of the middle school English classrooms
  • Created skills based grades on report cards for first grade, religion k-8, sle k-8
  • Launched and designed new report cards
  • Piloted and implemented Study Center, support for middle school students
  • Adopted and implemented Lucy Calkins writing resources k-8
  • Adopted Words Their Way for k-3
  • Adopted Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. for k-5

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

St. Joseph’s Catholic School Community,

We have had a gentleman in the last week return to the school premises during the morning between 7:30 am-10 am.  He was noticed and addressed by school personnel.

We are working with Boise Police, and he has been told not to be on campus, including the Cathedral, during the school week.

We ask that you be aware and let the school, 208-342-4909 and BPD 208-377-6790 know right away if you see him around the school.

Thank you for your help in precautionary safety of our students and children,

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 5.16.19


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.