Principal’s Post 5.16.19


Thank you to Mrs. Lynch and first grade for their leadership with liturgy at Mass on Tuesday.  This week, Deacon O’Neill encourages us to love one another and do what is right like St. Mathias . Thank you to everyone who came to Mass this week.  Please know, all are welcome each week.

Link to Deacon O’Neill’s Mother’s Day Homily

Fun Run

Link to Fun Run Video by Ulli Schlapka.  Thank you to all of our volunteers and to all who made donations!

Annual St. Joseph’s Catholic School Parent Survey

Please take time to complete the following survey.  We use this information as part of our process for shaping goals and changes for next year.  Link to the 2018-2019 Survey

Field Day (keep praying for good weather and come dressed ready for the cold and rain).  We will notify parents if weather forces us to cancel.

Is tomorrow, May 17:  

  • 4th/5th 10:30-12:00
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd 1:00-2:30


The 8th grade graduation Mass is Tuesday, May 28th at 1 pm. A reception for the 8th grade and their families is held afterward in cafeteria/Parish Hall.  The last full day of school for the 8th grade students is Friday, May 24. On Tuesday, May 28th the 8th grade students do not attend class.

Last Day of School for K-7

The last day of school for kindergarten through 7th grades is Thursday, May 30.  School starts at 8 am with an early release of 10 am. Students come to school and participate in our balloon rosary, grade advancement, final student recognition, and naming our Saint of inspiration for the 2019-2020 school year.


Boise finds itself as an area of continued growth.  As you gain new neighbors, and as your friends and colleagues discuss school considerations, please encourage them to take a look at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  We have limited room in early grades (k-5). Thank you for your support and for your referrals.

What makes St. Joseph’s Catholic School the best school in Boise?  Snapshots of the State of Joseph’s 2019:

As I finish my second year at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, I want to share some of what we have accomplished over the past two years.  When I was hired here, I came in with the goal to maintain St. Joseph’s Catholic School as the best school in Boise. My three areas of focus include:


  • Safety
  • Faith and Community
  • Student Learning


Below are some of the enhancements, changes, processes we have done and implemented for Faith and Community:

  • Implemented students leading morning prayer
  • Implemented saying the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Implemented a closure prayer
  • Created a strategic way for teachers to attain and renew catechist certification
  • Added communication about school Masses and parish community to the weekly newsletter
  • Promote and host staff appreciation opportunities
  • Promote ways to recognize positive student behavior with students: Bravely acting like Saints
  • Provide spiritual development opportunities for staff:


  • Retreat: Tony Quilici (Make Today Matter, August 17, 2018) 3 hours

Prayer: Tony Quilici (Holy [Spirit] Nudge, September 26, 2018) 1 hour

Catholic Educators’ Conference (Holy Apostles’ Church, Meridian, ID, September 14-15) Reflection: All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints, All Souls Day (Gratitude, October 31, 2018) 30 minutes

  • Retreat: Fr. Radmar Jao (Gratitude Leads to Joy: Why do I teach in a Catholic school?, Friday, February 15, 2019) 2 hours and 15 minutes 2017-2018
  • Retreat: Deacon O’Neill (August 2017) 3 hours
  • Catholic Educators’ Conference
    • Spiritual Classes
    • Keynote Speaker 1 Hour
  • Lenten Reflection: Sr. Sheila and Sr. Suzie February 2018 1.5 hours, if there for morning prayers in Cathedral at 7:55, 2 hours

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

Link to a recent article about how teens use burner phones to defy parents

We are preparing to rollout Family Alert from Bark.  These alerts will notify parents of concerning behavior from their student(s) on the St. Joseph’s Google accounts.  These alerts to families will be to fill the void of nights, weekends, and upcoming summer. There will be more information from this to come.

We ran a reverse evacuation drill Friday, May 3.  We were able get all students inside the building quickly.

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.