Principal’s Post – 4/19/18


Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass Tuesday.  Thank you to the St. John’s Parish Staff for their leadership this week.  Thank you to Fr. Antonio reminds us to follow Jesus.


We had two new students join St. Joseph’s for the 4th Quarter.  Please join us in welcoming Jackson Brody in 6th grade and Sayle Popovich in first grade.

Science Olympiad

Congratulations to the St. Joseph’s Science Olympiad participants and medalists, Mrs. McClure, and our numerous wonderful volunteer coaches.  

  • We placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 16th and 17th as teams at the Olympiad.
  • We were a mere 12 points away from first overall.
  • The students earned 22 medals:
    • 9 gold
    • 8 silver and
    • 5 bronze in total

spread out among all the teams.

Click here for a link to the medalists.  

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

MOSS (Attention current 5th grade parents)

This past week, our 6th grade students went to MOSS. Our students had a great time. Next school year, our dates for MOSS have shifted to September 10-14.  We will be asking for parent chaperone volunteers in May as the trip will happen after just three weeks of school.

St. John’s Endowment Scholarship

St. John’s Cathedral is pleased to announce the establishment of a new scholarship fund for St. John’s Parishioners!

The St. John’s Scholarship Endowment will award two (2) one-time $500 scholarships for St. John’s Cathedral Parishioners. Money can be used toward tuition and fees at St. Joseph’s Catholic School (grades 1-8), Bishop Kelly High School (grades 9-12), or any accredited post-secondary education (University of Idaho, College of Western Idaho, technical and vocational schools, etc.). Two (2) $500 scholarships will be awarded for the 2018-19 academic year.

Scholarships will be awarded based on: Personal and family involvement at St. John’s Cathedral, academic achievement, and financial need. Scholarship money will be directed to the appropriate school for the recipient.

To be considered, please complete the online application posted on the parish website—

You may also obtain an application from the Parish Office located at 707 N. 8th Street. Applications are due by 12:00 noon Monday, May 21, 2018.

The St. John’s Scholarship Endowment is funded by contributions from the children’s weekly giving baskets and the generosity of St. John’s parishioners.

Online Application:


We started the spring MAP testing for 7th and 8th grades this week while 6th grade was gone to MOSS.  MAP testing for grades 2-6 will start next week.

MAP Testing for grades 2-5 will be:

  • Monday, April 16 – Reading  10:00 – 11:30
  • Wednesday, April 18 – Language  10:00-11:30
  • Monday, April 23 – Math 10:00-11:30
  • 5th Science will be Tuesday, April 24th during their Science time

MAP Testing for 6th grade will be as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 17 – Language 1:45-3:00
  • Wednesday, April 18 – Reading 8:45-10:10
  • Thursday, April 19 – Math – 9:35-11:00 – (Break to follow)

St. Joseph’s students take these tests twice a year to measure and monitor growth in student learning.  Bishop Kelly uses these spring scores from the 8th grade students as their placement scores.

Link to the top 6 answers to questions from parents regarding MAP Testing

Spanish: St Joseph’s k-5 Parents,

Our Spanish teacher, Senora Mercedes Olivares will not be finishing the school year.  Mrs. Olivares recently lost her father, and now, her husband is being transferred to South Korea with his work.  We pray for her and her family as they move through these transitions.

Andrea Epeldi-Vietri will be the Spanish teacher for the remainder of the school year.  She has been the substitute while Mrs. Olivares has been gone. Mrs. Epeldi-Vietri has years of teaching experience in middle school, high school, and community college Spanish in Idaho, Montana, and Maryland.  

Mrs. Epeldi-Vietri will meet and work with Mrs. Olivares to ensure students continue to learn and grow through their Spanish experience.

Thank you for welcoming Mrs. Epeldi-Vietri (,

Our upcoming weekend school Mass at St. John’s Cathedral are:

  • Saturday, April 28 5 p.m. 1st Communion ( School Choir ) Cammann/Seidler

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.

Bravely act like a saint today!