Principal’s Post – 5/10/18


Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass Tuesday.  This week Deacon O’Neill challenges us to Pull a Harper (to learn more, please follow the link to his homily).  Fr. Jerry echoed Deacon O’Neill’s message and added may we all do the right thing because it is the correct thing to do and then it will be known here as Pulling a St. Joseph.  I love both messages and it fits with our daily challenge to all: Bravely act like a Saint today! All are always welcome to Mass, and we hope to pack St. John’s yet again at the 8th Grade Graduation Mass Tuesday, May 29 at 1 pm.  

Link to Deacon O’Neill’s Homily

Yearly Parent Survey

Parents, please complete the following survey to provide the school feedback.  This feedback is used to guide objectives and goals for the school to best serve students and families.  We thank you for your feedback. Link to Parent Survey

2018-2019 7th and 8th Grade Elective Selections (For Current 6th and 7th Grade Parents)

Current 6th and 7th Grade Parents, please review and complete the following form with your student(s) in order for them to request their first and second semester electives for next year.

7th and 8th Grade Elective Request Form for 2018-2019

Spring Concert

St. Joseph’s Spring Music Concert is Thursday, May 10 at 7 pm (tonight) in the school gymnasium.

Fun Run

Lace up those sneakers!  Tomorrow is the St. Joseph’s Catholic School Annual Fun Run!  Thank you to all you support and volunteer to make this great activity happen at St. Joseph’s.  We will see some record laps with our shorter course due to the construction on the stairs. Everyone should break their personal records this year of most laps.

Class Placement Information

Parents, thank you for your feedback.  We have collected and reviewed your input and begun the class placement process.  This year, class placement will be shared after school gets out. The placement in June is subject to change should enrollment change.  The goal for class placement is to balance classes and create the best learning environment possible for all involved. We thank you for your parental feedback.  The parent information forms are due back to the school Monday, May 7.

Salt and Light Radio Interview with Fr. Jerry and 5th Grade Students

The students did a great job!  Take a listen when you can if you missed it yesterday.

Link to interview

Link to Salt and Light Archives

ImPACT Testing

Thank you to St. Alphonsus and to or middle school parents for partnering to pilot and provide ImPACT testing for middle school students at St. Joseph’s Catholic School today.

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

MOSS (Attention current 5th grade parents)

Next school year, our dates for MOSS have shifted to September 10-14.  We need to get chaperone volunteers in now as the trip will happen after just three weeks of school.  In order to offer this great opportunity we must have parents volunteer to chaperone Please complete the following form so we can get an idea about number of willing chaperones and our ability to offer this experience for the sixth grade students next school year.  Link to MOSS Fall 2018 Form

TVCS Tennis

St. Joe’s TVCS Tennis team represented very well at Inter Valley Tennis Districts! As a team we were Runners-up (out of 12 teams). Congratulations to Girls Singles 1 Champion, Stella Emerson, Girls Singles 2 Second Place, Kylie Jackson and Girls Singles 3 Champion, Ruby Pulver and Girls 2 Doubles Champions Riley Walker and Laurel Hancock.  Hats off to Austin Giffen and Olivia Moore, Mixed Doubles and Liam Durcan, Boys Doubles who represented very well. Thank you to Izzy Rudin, Alyson Chou, Paul Franklin, Vanessa Malsam, Justice Walker and Avery Brandenburg who also contributed to a successful season!

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 three (3) 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.). Three (3) $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:

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!