On Friday, Dec. 4, teachers spent the day learning and serving.  In-service days are time set aside for our school to focus on improvement and achieving our goals.  Teachers were at St. Joseph’s Catholic School sharing best practices of writing instruction in the morning.  Then, teachers then went to the Idaho Foodbank and boxed over 4,500 lbs. of food to go out to warehouses for distribution.

Students at St. Joseph’s Catholic School are required to do an individual and a class community service project.  For class community service projects: one 6th grade class made “blessing bags” to be handed out to those less fortunate in the community; the other 6th grade class raked leaves at a Boise park; a 3rd grade class adopted a family and delivered the gifts to the WCA; a 1st grade class collected pet food for the Idaho Humane Society, etc.

Individual service projects include: a bake sale to benefit the WCA; preparing and serving meals to the hungry in our community; Rake Up Boise; river clean-up, etc.

The time spent on these activities is a blessing for the community and the individual.  Tonight (Dec. 10), there is an opportunity to go caroling for the Friendship Feast at St. John’s.  Please refer to the email sent out earlier this week for more information.

Also, Dec. 8 was the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  We were blessed to have the Bishop celebrate Mass with us and visit our school.  Dec. 8 was also the start of the Year of Mercy in the church.  Please join us for Mass at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, as the Bishop opens the doors to the Year of Mercy for the Diocese of Boise.  The kindergarten and 5th grade classes will be helping with this special Mass.