Principal’s Post – 10/26/17


First, congratulations to Joe and Kari Forney’s son, Bradford Cohen Forney, who was baptised during our school Mass on 10/24. The Forneys have two students at St. Joseph’s Catholic School: Isolabella (Biz) in 1st grade and Jack in 3rd grade.  This was great time for our community to celebrate the sacrament of baptism. Fr. Antonio explained the importance, symbolism, meaning, and purpose of baptism.

Thank to to Mrs. Patrick’s third grade class for their leadership with the Mass.

Thank you to everyone who celebrated Mass with us this week on Tuesday. May everyone always feel welcome to join us for our weekly Mass.

Next week, we will celebrate Mass as a school on Wednesday, November 1 at 10 am (due to late start) All Saints’ Day.

Death of Bishop Emeritus Michael P. Driscoll

It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of the Most Reverend Michael P. Driscoll, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Boise. He died Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1 am in a Care Facility in Boise. The Vigil will be Wednesday, November 1 at St. John’s Cathedral at 7 pm.  The funeral will be at St. John’s Cathedral on Thursday, November 2 at 10 am.

Parent Teacher Conferences: (Wednesday evening November 1 and Thursday November 2)

Parking: due to the vigil at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 1 and the funeral at 10 am on Thursday, November 2, no parking on 8th St. or in the parking lot across from the church will be available. The good news is that we are allowed to continue with conferences as planned and the volume of parents should be around 20 parents at a time. All the same, be prepared to find street parking. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Kindergarten-5th grade: At this point, times should be scheduled. If you do not have a date and time for PTC, please contact the teacher. These conferences are 15 minutes.
  • Middle School (grades 6-8): The sign-up for these conferences has been emailed. If you do not have a time yet, please CLICK HERE. 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
    • Mrs. Olivares: Spanish k-5 and middle school
    • 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 again soon.


  • Do you have children over the age of 7 who are not baptized and are looking to get baptized and also receive First Eucharist, and/or those children who have been baptized Catholic or in another Christian faith who want to make First Communion?
    • There will be an information night on October 26, at 6:30pm in the Riffle Center so that Teresa Wittry ( can meet with the parents and students to get the process started.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Teresa Wittry from St. John’s Parish.

Basic information is as follows:

    • WHAT: RCIC information night. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults adapted for Children)
    • WHEN: Thursday, October 26 @ 6:30pm
    • WHERE: Riffle Center for Faith Formation. 8th St.)
    • FOR: Parents of children who are age 7+ in need of Baptism and First Communion, and children 7+ who are baptized and did not make First Communion in Second grade.  Or any children 7+ interested in becoming Catholic.
  • Do you have children in kindergarten or first grade who are not baptized and are looking to get baptized?


Derrick O’Neill will be ordained a Deacon 10/28 and the Mass will start at 11 am at St. John’s Cathedral. We invite all of our St. Joseph’s Catholic School Community to come celebrate and support soon to be Deacon O’Neill. There will 7 Deacons from throughout the state ordained.

Family Catechesis:

Click here for a link to Feeding Your Family’s Soul and other options for working together to deepen faith as a family.

After School Care:

This is a reminder that on early release days, like this coming Friday, October 27, there is no After School Care.  Students need to be picked up within 15 minutes of school getting out for the day.

Halloween Parade and Parties:

Weather permitting: the parade will start at 2:15 for grades k-5. The students will parade out to the steps in front of the Cathedral.  As each class gets there, they will join the middle school students on the steps. Once all students are there, the students dancing will come down to the sidewalk to perform. After, all students will return to class, and the classes will have their parties.

Should there be poor weather, we will move to the gym and use the bleachers.

Our upcoming weekend school Masses are:

  • Sunday, November 12 8 a.m.   ( School Choir ) – 3rd and 4th Grade: Skinner, Patrick, Schneider, Wiebold
  • Sunday, Dec. 10 10 a.m. Yanci  
  • Sunday, Jan. 28 11:30 a.m. (Catholic Schools Week)  ( School Choir ) 8th grade Gamboa/Seibert
  • Sunday, Feb. 11 5 p.m. (Hallisey Mass) – Grant/McClure
  • Sunday, March 11 10 a.m.. ( School Choir )  Weaver/Howard
  • Saturday, April 28 5 p.m. 1st Communion   ( School Choir ) Cammann/Seidler
  • Sunday, May 20 1 p.m. (Spanish Mass) Olivares

Bravely act like a saint today!