Principal’s Post 4.11.19


Thank you to Mrs. Skinner’s class for their leadership with liturgy at Mass on Tuesday.  This week Fr. Jerry encourages us to prepare for the upcoming Holy Week. We thank all of you who have served or are still serving in the armed forces.  Please know, all are welcome each week.

Link to 40 Lenten Activities for Catholic Families

Crab Feed

Thank you to everyone for all of your support volunteering, attending, and supporting the Crab Feed this year.  We are blessed to have a loving and supportive community.


  • We thank Chris Miller for her nine years teaching Art at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, as she will not be returning next year as the Art Teacher.  We are so grateful for the energy and creativity she brings to our students and school. We acknowledge and thank her for service that goes beyond her years teaching: including her volunteer work before she officially began working here.  The students produce volumes of quality art, including a wonderful yearbook each year. Mrs. Miller plans to stay connected with the St. Joseph’s community; we hope to continue to utilize her skills subbing and volunteering. Please join me in thanking her when you see her.
  • We also want to thank Christine Elwer.  Mrs. Elwer jumped in as the Kindergarten through Fourth Grade PE teacher two years ago.  Her PE class is often the highlight of a student’s day. Mrs. Elwer is optimistic, patient, and loving to her students.  We hope to keep Mrs. Elwer connected to the St. Joseph’s community as well. Next year, she will have four children in college.  Two of which will be playing college soccer, and she needs more flexibility to be able to go watch them play. Please join me in thanking Mrs. Elwer for the care she brings to our elementary PE classes.
  • Fr. Jerry Funke will be leaving St. John’s for a new assignment at St. Agnes in Weiser, ID.  His new assignment will start July 1, 2019. We thank Fr. Jerry for his constant support of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  Fr. Jerry has been the rector at the Cathedral the last five years.
  • Fr. Antonio Eguiguren will also be getting a new assignment.  Fr. Antonio’s next assignment is yet to be determined.  Namaste, we see God in you Fr. Antonio. Thank you for your time and passion serving at St. John’s.
  • Fr. Mariusz Majewski is coming to St. John’s from St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Coeur d’Alene, ID.  Fr. Mariusz will start July 1 at St. John’s. We are excited to welcome Fr. Mariusz back to St. John’s as he served at the Cathedral from 2008-2010.

Class Placement Parent Information (Green Forms)

Class Placement forms for parents have been sent home with the students.  Please take time to complete these as we use this information as part of our process in making class placements for next year.  Please return these to Mrs. Granvall at the Front Office by April 29.  

You will receive an email in mid June with your child(ren)’s class placement, overview of the grade level, summer suggestions, and school supplies.

St. Joseph’s Advisory School Board Elected Position

The St. Joseph’s Catholic School Advisory School Board will be holding an election for a place on the board.  The standard term is three years. If this is a position you are interested in or want to nominate someone for, please contact Anita Miller ( and provide her with a brief bio.  If nominating someone, please provide the name and brief reason why they would be a good member for the school board.  Please communicate nominations to Anita Miller by April 30, 2019.

Middle School Schedule Change

The daily schedule for grades 6-8, middle school, will change for the 2019-2020 school year.  We will be changing from an 8 period day to a 7 period day. In order to do this, the Reading and English classes will be integrated into one Language Arts class.  The goal and reasoning driving this change is to create the best learning environment possible:

  • This change will provide longer classes (more minutes per class period each day).
  • This will provide the opportunity for more in-depth learning and direct instruction.
  • This change will address parent and student concerns with homework load as students will have 7 classes instead of 8.  However, the length of class and quality teachers will maintain the level of rigor that St. Joseph’s is known for.
  • This will provide 6th grade students an opportunity to choose an elective, as well as the 7th and 8th grade students (the last period will remain an elective period).
  • This change will also provide the opportunity to add more time to the middle school lunch to ensure they have time to eat and a brain break from curriculum.

With the growth of the middle school over the past five years, we want to ensure the highest quality education and care we can provide.

Welcome Verbum Spei

We welcome the five members of Verbum Spei who have moved into the Rectory next to the Cathedral and the school.  They are a community of 3 priests and 2 brothers. When you see or meet them, please join me in welcoming them to Boise.

Report Cards

Quarter 3 Report Cards went home with students last week.  Report cards have also been emailed, and they are viewable on PlusPortals.

Parents of 8th Grade Students Whose Students are Going to Bishop Kelly Next Year

In order to receive the Parish Subsidy at Bishop Kelly, the linked form must be completed and provide to your registered parish.  The Parish Subsidy is due to St. John’s no later than 4pm on June 28th.  Letter from Fr. Jerry to St. John’s parishioners.

2019-2020 Proposed School Calendar

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

We ran a relocation drill Tuesday, March 12.  We were able to move all students within 5 minutes to one of our alternative locations should the need ever arise.

Link to Momo Awareness

Link to an article from a safety committee that St. Joseph’s is using information and concepts from to inform and guide the plans and procedures for St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

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.