Principal’s Blog 2.24.2022


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

We have had another great week at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. The halls and lockers are decorated, and we are getting excited for the pep-assembly this afternoon at 2:30 kicking off the Hallissey Basketball tournament! Fr. Aleksander gave the 7th and 8th grade players a blessing after Mass on Tuesday. I am so glad that the students will be able to participate in this wonderful event this year! Let the games begin! A big thank you to Denise Seidler and Anna Goss for all their work in making this a success!

The Great Crabsby is quickly approaching on March 12th! This is our school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. We rely on proceeds from this event to help in the general operating budget for the following school year. It is also a great way for us to come together as a community! We hope to see you all there to celebrate our school!  Get your tickets soon!

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • February 25th-27th – Hallissey Basketball Tournament
  • Wednesday, March 2nd – Ash Wednesday. Students will attend Mass at 8:30 or 12:15 – NO Tuesday School Mass
  • Thursday, March 3rd – Adoration in Day Chapel
  • Friday, March 4th – Faculty Workday – No School for Students
  • Saturday, March 5th – Student led St. John’s Parish Mass at 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 8th – SJPA Meeting at 3:15
  • Saturday, March 12th – St. Joseph’s Crab Feed – The Great Crabsby at 5:00 PM Boise Centre East

MAP Standardized Test

We took our Winter MAP tests during the two week period of January 17th – 28th. This is our second year of taking the Winter MAP test. Here is the school data with Fall and Winter MAP scores from a median %ile grade level lens. St. Joseph’s continues to score well above the national 50%ile average. Taking the Winter MAP allows us to adjust academic content during the school year and provides one more way for us to make sure students are growing academically. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Enrollment

Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year is now open for St. Joseph’s Catholic School. We will be accepting enrollment applications from now through the summer.

Catholicity 

School Mass

On Wednesday, March 2nd – Ash Wednesday all students will attend Mass at 8:30 or 12:15 Mass. Our 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will attend Mass at 8:30. Mrs. Patrick’s 3rd grade class will host the 8:30 Mass. Our kindergarten, 2nd, 4th and 5th grade students will attend Mass at 12:15. Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

Fr. Mariusz and Fr. Aleksander comes into the school each week on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. We appreciate them sharing their faith with us and helping guide our students on their faith journey. We appreciate their involvement in the school!

School Accreditation Survey– In November, our students, parents and faculty and staff participated in the Accreditation survey for our school. The focus of the questions fell into the domains of Mission and Catholic Identity, Governance and Leadership, Academic Excellence, and Operational Vitality. Here is an overview of the results from those surveys. This data has been shared with teachers and our school advisory board. We will use this data to help us create our school action plan. Please let me know if you have any questions.

COVID Response

On Monday, February 14th, St. Joseph’s moved to masks optional. We are happy to report that numbers of absences and illness have continued to decline. Thank you for your help, grace and understanding. For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

Please follow the updated guidelines to prevent the spread of illness in our school:

  • Students may return to school with a note from their physician if there is a negative Covid test and an alternate diagnosis such as asthma, seasonal allergies, migraine
  • Good things to remember to help prevent illness:
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you are sick

As we begin the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday,

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Thank you for being part of St. Joseph’s Catholic School! We are blessed to work with your children!

Many Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal