Principal’s Post 1.31.19


Tomorrow we will be celebrating Mass at St. Mark’s with all of the Treasure Valley Catholic Schools.  Bishop Peter Christensen will be the celebrant joined by the school priests. It is a great way to culminate the school week of Catholic Schools Week.

Please pray for our second grade students making their First Reconciliation Saturday.

2019-2020 Re-Enrollment for St. Joseph’s

Tomorrow afternoon, we will email out re-enrollment links.  We are moving the registration process online in an effort to better serve all of you.  The process will ask parents to verify information, provide/update medical information, technology agreement, photo permission, fees, and tuition.  

We are so grateful and blessed to be near capacity with enrollment.  We thank all of you for your word-of-mouth recommendations for new families who continue to enroll here at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

We also want to thank our community.  The past three years, families have seen increases in tuition from $300-$350 due to an effort to better retain and recruit quality staff.   Many teachers were making much less than counterparts in the Boise School District. Three years later, we have made great progress with teacher pay.  

For the 2019-2020 school year, tuition will increase $50 (Catholic $4,790 and non-Catholic $6,138).  Fees will increase $75 ($50 for books and curriculum and $25 for technology). This is a total increase of $125 for the 2019-2020 school year.  

As we begin to finish this school year, we will continue to plan and prepare to best serve your families next year too.

Dogs on Campus

With our warmer than typical winter weather, many have been tempted to bring their furry friends to school at release time.  We want to remind everyone that if you bring your dog(s), to keep dogs outside of the school and out on the sidewalks (away from the main entrance).  We have students and adults with allergies and fears of dogs, and we have dogs leaving messes inside and outside of the school.  We appreciate your help with this.

Wake Up Wednesday with Mrs. Elwer

Get Up and Get Going in the Morning With Mrs. Elwer: We are off to a great start.  We have a number of students attending this and welcome all students for the future dates.  Mrs. Elwer is offering the chance for students to come into the gym and get moving and stretching on Late Start Wednesday from 7:45-8:15 in January and February.  This was popular last year.  All ages are welcome. Remaining Dates: 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, and 2/27

Holy Spirit Basketball Tournament

The Holy Spirit Basketball Tournament is March 15-17 (This is the Friday leading into Spring Break.).

This tournament is for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls.  

Signs of Suicide (SOS)

Spirit, Mind, and Body.  The well being of the whole person/child/student is as important as ever.  The societal challenges for students today can be tough. Christy Porter, school counselor, will be hosting a parent information night February 4th from 6-7:30 at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in room 108 (Mr. Grant’s).  Please consider attending. Link to RSVP

5 Safety Tips From Officer Gomez (local police officer)

Link to Top 5 Threats to Children

SafeStudents Online

New Activation Method

To activate your account, please visit 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

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.

Year to Date Information:

13,582                Activities analyzed

284                      Alerts

2.09%                 Alert Rate (SafeStudents online average is 1.5%)

If you still have questions, please feel free to view the video link below and call or email questions to myself ( or our counselor Mrs. Porter (

Three new apps added to list for monitoring: GroupMe, Flickr, and Kidzworld.

Link to Video Explanation



Link to Resources

Student Safety

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.

Upcoming Weekend Parish Hosted Masses at St. John’s Cathedral

Sun Feb. 24 5PM without choir (Hallissey) Grant/McClure – Hallissey Tournament has been moved to March 1, 2, 1 and 3
Sun Mar. 10 10AM with choir Weaver/Howard
Sat Apr. 27 5PM with choir (1st Communion) Cammann/Seidler
Sun May 19 1PM Spanish without choir Vietri/Arrubarrena