Principal’s Post 10.25.18


Thank you to Mr. Aspiri, Mrs. Moody, the St. Joseph’ Choir, and Mrs. Patrick and Schneider for their students’ participation in Mass Saturday.  Thank you to Miss Cammann’s class for their leadership with liturgy and Mass Tuesday. Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass. This week both Fr. Antonio and Deacon O’Neill taught us about St. John of Capistrano.  Deacon O’Neill challenges all of us to work hard and do great things, like St. John of Capistrano.  Please know all are welcome each week.    Our students will be reading and our choir will lead the music.

Lands’ End Scholarship


Link to Scholarship

Student Retake Picture Day

  • Picture Retake day will be Friday, November 2.  (This has changed from the original date, as we have not received the first copy yet.
  • Please bring your old pictures with you if you are getting retakes. If you missed pictures and need an order form, they are available in the front office.

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. We need to have coaches in order to have a season.  Thank you for considering.

Sponsor a Performance

Idaho Theater for Youth will be touring with two plays this year: The Magician’s Nephew and As You Like It.  Each performance is $350.  St. Joseph’s will also have an Actor’s Workshop for our Drama Elective students and for those students interested in drama.  If you would like to sponsor a performance ($350) or workshop ($100), please let Tony Quilici ( or Anita Miller ( know.


  • The Magician’s Nephew: for grades K-5 Thursday March 7 at 1 pm


    • Acting Workshop: for Drama Elective Students and then fill remaining spots with those interested Thursday March 7 at 2 pm


  • As You Like It: for grades 6-8 Thursday February 21 at 1:45 pm


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.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you to everyone for your attendance at Parent Teacher Conferences.  We thank you for the opportunity to teach your students, and we hope you had a good experience learning more about how your student(s) is/are doing at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

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

This is for our families with students in grades 5-8.  Thank you to those who have joined, and for those who have not, it is never too late.  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.