Principal’s Post 8.23.18

Welcome, Welcome Back, and Thank You!

First, thank you everyone for choosing to entrust us with your children and selecting St. Joseph’s Catholic School for your students’ education.  


Thank you to the St. Joseph’s Catholic School Faculty and Staff for their leadership with Mass this week.  Thank you Fr. Jerry for the inspiring homily and reminding us what a blessing it is for us to open our school year in Mass.  Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass. Please know all are welcome each week. You will notice there is less seating available due to the construction, but you can still enter from the main entrance and the side entrance.

Back to School Night

We invite everyone to Back to School Night at St. Joseph’s Catholic School this coming Monday night, August 27th.  We offer two start times for the K-5 levels for those with more than one student. Then, we offer a Middle School as a whole in the gym followed by a quick chance to go to and through their scheduled classes.

Link to Times

SafeStudents Online

This is for our families with students in grades 5-8.  More information will be available at Back to School Night.

Link to Video Explanation



Link to Resources

Air Quality

Link to Guide for Schools

Air Now Link

PlusPortals (Grades/Attendance)

Emails with access to PlusPortals have been sent.  If you have not logged in, you can do so following the instructions in the email.  If you have not received an email, please let Mrs. Granvall know by calling (208-342-4909) or emailing (  There is a free app called ParentPlus that you can add to your phone.

School Directory

PlusPortals has a digital directory for staff, students, and parents.  Student name, homeroom, and gender are available. Parent name, email, phone, and address are available.  If you do not want this information available in the school directory, select your name in the top right, select Directory Listing, uncheck to list information in the school directory.


An email for each new student has been sent.  This email has the student name and an ID number to add the student to your PayForIt.Net account.  This account will allow parents to view transactions and balances and even add payment via credit card on a secure website.  The link to PayForIt.Net can be found on the school website under Quick Links and Food Calendar and from PlusPortals under School Links and Files.

Once an account is created, you can select “My Account” from the menu bar across the top and then select “My Email Options” and you can choose to get low balance emails, set the amount for a low balance email, and choose to receive regular balance emails.  Select “Update” when done to save changes. (See picture on next page)

If you have a new student and did not receive this email, please call the school or email Mrs. Granvall (  Once an account is established, there is a free app to monitor and use on phones and devices.  Credit card information is required to establish the account, but money does have to be transacted.  Lunch money can be added through the Front Office using cash and check.

Student Safety

Safety Parent Letter

Drop Off Before School

Due to the construction on the steps on the St. John’s Cathedral steps, the drive-up and drop off lane on 8th St. will be shifted from in front of the steps to past the alley in front of the gymnasium.  Link to Morning Drop Off Procedures

Pick Up After School

Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students will be checked out by their respective teachers in the classrooms.  Second grade is included this year due to the construction on the steps. Parents, family, and guardians picking up students will enter and leave from the school’s main entrance.  The last bell of the day rings at 3:00 pm.  We have closure prayer, and then students are dismissed.

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

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!