New White Boards!

Traci Carollo, left, and Kade Bleakley, second graders, enjoy working on the new white boards recently installed in their classroom by members of Boy Scout Troop 100.

From the Principal

Thanks to Mrs. Veronica Pierson and her crew from Boy Scout Troop 100, the school has Marker Boards in the classrooms in the main building. Mrs. Pierson had some serious assistance with the installation from Mr. Valley Kraft, Mr. Mike Tournillon and Mr. Rene Folse. The Scouts, Chris Boyle, Nathan Waller, Adam and Stuart Tournillon, Logan and Lane Pierson, and Alex Ringuette, and these gentlemen worked very hard and their efforts are most appreciated. The Troop also funded the project. The boards will keep the dust down in the building and this is particularly important for the computers that sit in every classroom.

I ask parents to be especially attentive to having their children in school. There are at times special events or occurrences that might be too attractive to miss. Some also have an educational benefit. I would encourage parents to keep these events or occasions to a minimum and schedule vacations during the time school is not in session. The school year is already short and there are many of our students who have some difficulty in making up work. It is also very difficult for teachers to make additional tests when students miss and grade assignments not handed in on a timely fashion.

I must inform you that absences are more of a problem in this school that in any other I have administered. This is why I bring the matter to your attention. 

Dr. Gerard Toups

Exam Schedule

Second Quarter Exams for Students in Grades 6-8 Are as Follows: 

Thursday, December 13 ….. 7th & 4th Periods 
Monday, December 17 ….. 8th & 3rd Periods 
Tuesday, December 18 ….. 5th & 2nd Periods 
Wednesday, December 19 ….. 1st Period

Spring Fair Meeting

A meeting about the Spring Fair has been scheduled for Thursday, December 13, at 7:00 P.M. in the school cafeteria. All room mothers are asked to attend.

Book Fair Tally

A total of over $6500 was realized by the Book Fair Blizzard held the week prior to the Thanksgiving Holidays. The library was able to order many new hardback books with their share of the profits. Mrs. Carroll would like to thank all of her many volunteers who were so very helpful during the Fair. SJS appreciates all the shoppers who helped make the event so successful.

Literary Club News

Congratulations to the winners of the “Holidays” writing and art contest recently sponsored by the Literary Club were as follows: 

Josie Serigne, first place 
Phillip Ernst, second place 
Megan Allen, third place 
Krystal Waddell, first place 
Hannah Alford, second place 
Maria Alphonso, third place 

Their entries will be published in the literary magazine “Imagine!”.

Child Protection

In accordance with directives from the Baton Rouge Diocese Office of Youth and Child Protection, St. Joseph School will be presenting students with various components of the Safe in Place Series.
Students in grades K & 1 will receive the program’s coloring books in Wednesday packets on November 28. 

Students in grades 2-4 will receive workbooks on the same date. 

Students in grades 5-8 will be shown the DVD during their Religion classes early in December.
Parents who wish to view the DVD prior to their child viewing it, may do so during school hours the week of November 26-30. 

Parents of students in grades 5-8 have been mailed opt-out forms if they do not wish their child to participate. Opt-out forms are due to the school office by Monday, December 3. If an opt-out form is not received by that date, it is assumed that permission to view the DVD is granted.

Advent Activities

As a traditional part of our Christmas preparations and in the true Christmas spirit, students in all grades will participate in Advent Projects designed to help those less fortunate than themselves. 

Students in grades preK-4 are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to school on or before December 7. These toys will be donated to the Community Santa Bear project. 

Students in grades 5-8 are asked to bring in cash donations which will be donated to cancer research. This project is a grass-roots idea brought to the forefront by an SJS student. Please help make this drive a success.

Food Drive

With the help of the entire student body, Student Council was able to collect 696 items for the food drive. Thanks to the generosity of everyone, many families in need were able to enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving meal.

STA Lobster Bash

The 7th Annual Lobster Bash will be held on Friday, November 30, at STA gym beginning at 6:30 P.M.
Festivities include silent and live auctions, raffles, wonderful food, music, and lots of fun.

Again this year, because of the generosity of Ross Downing Chevrolet, the Grand Raffle will be a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt LS. Raffle tickets are $50 each or 3/$100.

Lobster dinner tickets are $60/person or sponsorships are also available and must be purchased in advance at STA Development Office (985-542-8941). Last year’s event was a sellout, so please buy tickets early.

Meetings & Events

November 29 - Field Trip (7th & 8th)
November 30 - 8:30 Mass w/Crusaders
November 30 - Spirit Dress
November 30 - Cake Raffle
November 30 - 6:30 STA Lobster Bash
December 2 - First Sunday of Advent
December 3 - Blessing of Advent Wreaths
December 5 - 6:00 Advisory Council in Library
December 6 - St. Nicholas Day
December 6 - Science/SS Fairs
December 6 - 5-7 PM Parent Viewing of Science/SS Fairs
December 7 - 8:30 Mass
December 7 - Adopt-a-Child Collection

St. Paul Quote of the Week

Phil 4:6
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.

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