Principal’s Post 2.14.19


Thank you to Mrs. Schneider and her students for their leadership with liturgy at Mass Tuesday.  This week Deacon O’Neill calls us all to show kindness, all of the time, and when we mess up, say, “I am sorry” and try to do better.  We thank all of you who joined us for Mass.   Please know, all are welcome each week.

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

This year, re-enrollment is done online.  We have sent the links out to the primary contact’s email.  We hope this is an easier process, and with more than 219 of you completing this already, we think it must be.  In order to know about openings for new families, re-enrollment is due Thursday, February 21.  Our open house for future and prospective families is Tuesday, February 26.  Open-enrollment for new families will also begin February 26. If you do not see a re-enrollment link in your email, please contact Mrs Granvall ( right away, and we will send you another link.

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.

Class Picture Day

Class picture day is this coming Tuesday, February 19.  It is Mass dress, and the pictures will be taken after Mass.

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.

Proposed 2019-2020 School Calendar (Subject to Change)

Link to Proposed Dates

Dates are subject to change.

Spring Break and Thanksgiving are set to be the same as Bishop Kelly’s

St. John’s Stairway to Heaven

Thank you to everyone who contributed during Catholic Schools Week to the St. John’s Stairway to Heaven collection.  Students, staff, and parents donated $2,295.67.  That means with the match, the total donation will be $4,591.34.

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: 2/20, and 2/27

Holy Spirit Basketball Tournament

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

For those participating, forms are due back as soon as possible to get teams registered.

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.

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.