Planning for next school year

As 2015 comes to a close, it is time to think about next school year.  There are two things I would like to emphasize about next school year: enrollment and the Idaho Education Tax Credit.

After Christmas break, St. Joseph’s Catholic School will be near, or at, our capacity of 400 students.  If you will recall, we decided to cap our overall enrollment at 400 students to maintain the high quality of our school.  This takes into consideration playground space, restroom facilities, seating at concerts and Mass, etc.  Each class is also capped at no more than 26 students, and a couple of our classes currently have waitlists.

That being said, it is paramount that you get your registration for next school year returned to us quickly.  Registration packets for currently enrolled families will be available at the beginning of February.  Registration packets for current families are due by Tuesday, February 16, 2016.  On Tuesday, Feb. 16, we will open up registration to new/returning families (this includes students on the waitlist, where space permits).  The school board is busy discussing tuition and budgeting considerations in order for registration to be released at the beginning of February.

Students must be 5 prior to Sept. 1, 2016 in order to enter kindergarten.  This deadline is both a Diocese of Boise and a state of Idaho deadline.  St. Joseph’s School will only offer a full-day kindergarten option next year, and we want to make sure that all students are social and emotionally ready to enter into school.  Likewise, students must be 6 prior to Sept. 1, 2016 in order to enter 1st grade.

Our school runs on tuition and donations.  Last week at Mass, several of our school parents spoke about the Idaho Education Tax credit.  Letters will be coming home with your student this week about the tax benefits of donating to an educational institution.  Thank you for considering a contribution to our school.

I pray that the next three weeks of Advent will be truly amazing for St. Joseph’s School and your families.  Tuesday, Dec. 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Bishop Peter will be celebrating Mass and visiting our school.  Sunday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. is our next school-hosted Mass at St. John’s Cathedral, and the Bishop will be celebrating Mass to open the doors to the Year of Mercy.  It will truly be a great time to celebrate.  There is also information in the newsletter and here regarding children participating in the Christmas pageant with St. John’s religion education students.