Principal’s Post 10.11.18


Thank you to St. John’ Parish for their leadership with liturgy and Mass.  Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass. This week Deacon O’Neill welcomes all of the students in the James Gang and reminds our school he and his wife Patti pray for them.  Please know all are welcome each week.

Lands’ End Scholarship


Link to Scholarship

Student Retake Picture Day

  • We have been assured that school pictures will be returned to us prior to the retake day.
  • Picture Retake day will be Friday, October 19.

5th/6th Grade Girls Basketball

  • We are looking to start practice this coming Monday to keep pace with the timeline, however, we are still in need of coaches please email Tony Quilici, if you are interested in coaching.  We have enough girls interested for two teams.
  • The emphasis is development.  The teams will be, as equally as possible, split with 5th and 6th grades students and split evenly with talent.
  • Practices and game times will remain in the after school time frame Monday-Thursday (games will start at 4:30 to allow for travel time).
  • Game Schedule
St. Joseph’s Red St. Joseph’s White
Mon, Nov 5 St. Mark’s Blue host St. Joe’s Red Tues, Oct 30 St. Joe’s White host Sacred Heart
Thurs, Nov 8 St. Joe’s Red host St. Ignatius Maroon Wed, Nov 7 St. Mary’s host St. Joe’s White
Tues, Nov 13 Cole Valley Silver host St. Joe’s Red Mon, Nov 12 St. Joe’s White host St. Mark’s Blue
Tues, Nov 27 St. Joe’s Red host St. Mary’s Mon, Nov 26 St. Joe’s White host St. Mark’s Blue
Tues, Dec 4 St. Ignatius Gold host St. Joe’s Red Mon, Dec 3 Cole Valley Blue host St. Joe’s White
Thurs, Dec 6 St. Joe’s Red vs St. Joe’s White Thurs, Dec 6 St. Joe’s Red vs St. Joe’s White

5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball

  • The boys’ season will begin January 8th with practices.  The first set of games will start the week of January 28th.  The last games will finish on or before March 7th.
  • Please email Tony Quilici, if you are interested in coaching.

Student Flu Shot

Students can get their Flu Shot at St. Joseph’s Catholic School on October 22 with parent permission.  Consent forms are linked in the bulletin, and linked here. Hard copies are available in the front office.

Colder Weather

Please send your children to school dressed appropriately for the cooling temperatures: coats, hats, gloves.  With early snow in the mountains, winter does not seem to far away.

End of Quarter 1

First Quarter will end Friday, October 19 with a noon dismissal. There is no After Care.

Parent Teacher Conferences (Wednesday, October 24 4-8 pm and Thursday October 25      8am-4pm)

  • Kindergarten-5th grade: You should have recieved an email from your student’s teacher to sign up for a time.  If you have not, please reach out to the teacher so they can get a time scheduled for you.  These conferences are 15 minutes.
  • Middle School (grades 6-8): Link to Middle School Sign up

The middle school conferences are 30 minute allotments for parents to meet with the student’s 6-8 middle school teachers.  The individual conferences will be about 3 minutes.

  • Special Teachers: These teachers will be in the gymnasium.  They will be available in the for parents to drop in without signing up for a time to meet with them.
    • Mr. Aspiri: Music k-5, choir, and middle school music and drama
    • Mrs. Elwer: PE for k-4 (Wednesday: 4-8 pm / Thursday: 8 am-2 pm)
    • Mrs. Arrubarrena: Spanish k-5 (Wednesday: 4-8 pm)
    • Mrs. Vietri: Spanish 1 (7th/8th grade elective) (Wed.: 4-8 pm / Thurs.: 1-4 pm)
    • Mrs. Miller: Art k-5 and middle school

*If you have concerns or discover you need more than the allotted time to talk with the teacher, please make arrangements with the teacher to meet with them soon.

SafeStudents Online (More of you are signing up, thank you!)

This is for our families with students in grades 5-8.  We have sent follow up email invites. We are looking to get 100% participation.  We are nearing 50% participation at this point. If you have not enrolled, please do so.  If you did not receive a welcome email, please check your SPAM folder in you email, and if it is not there, please let me ( or Mrs. Porter ( know and we can send you a link that will allow you to access SafeStudents Online.  

These accounts are per family, so if you have older students in high school, you can add these students as well.

This is a program that Catholic schools back East have been using for grades 5-8, and their families love it.  This is to build trust between parents and students. Many of you have shared that you search through student phones, and this will do the searching for you and only alert you of worrisome material.  This also hopefully addresses and concerns students have about spying on them. The goal is to coach and provide students a safer and healthier online experience and provide open communication between parents and students.  The school does not get alerts; the alerts go to the parents. Please register and join us in piloting SafeStudents Online to provide a true and honest assessment of its use and application for our community. 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 ( or our counselor Mrs. Porter (

Link to Video Explanation



Link to Resources

PlusPortals (Grades/Attendance)

Emails with access to PlusPortals have been sent.  If you have not logged in, you can do so following the instructions in the email.  If you have not received an email, please let Mrs. Granvall know by calling (208-342-4909) or emailing (  There is a free app called ParentPlus that you can add to your phone.

School Directory

PlusPortals has a digital directory for staff, students, and parents.  Student name, homeroom, and gender are available. Parent name, email, phone, and address are available.  If you do not want this information available in the school directory, select your name in the top right, select Directory Listing, uncheck to list information in the school directory.

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.

IDeal 529 College Savings Program funds- use them to pay for K-12 tuition!

What is a “529 plan”?

Named for Section 529 of the U.S. tax code, a 529 plan is a tax-advantaged investment plan operated by a state to encourage saving for education expenses. As there is risk when investing in a 529 account, we are required to advise readers talk to a financial advisor.

Click here for a link the the 529 Frequently Asked Questions and other resources

There is also a $25 incentive for those to start saving and a chance at $800

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.