December Crusaders of the Month

Blaze D’Amico (5th) and Madeline Henry (2nd)

From the Principal

As we enter the New Year, we begin preparing for the next school year. One of the most important days of the school year is the Open House for Prospective Parents. It is our intention to give parents a good introduction to the school including faculty, facilities and program.
I asked that you take advantage of the Christmas Break to bring St. Joseph School to the attention of friends, relatives and associates. As I have noted many times, there are no better ambassadors for the school than the families we serve. The school is especially dependent on parents of preschoolers and kindergarten to recruit for the school. The school will also be able to accommodate a greater number of first and second graders next year as we have two second grade homerooms. The school will have also limited openings in grades three through eight.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and enthusiastic support of the school. The Open House for new parents will be February 18th which is President’s Day. Hours for visitation for new parents will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More information will follow. If interested parents call the school, Ms. Cory will forward a package to them with information on the school including a brief history, an overview of the curriculum, along with information on the religious aspect of the school. Tuition, fees, and procedures for registration for the coming school year will be made available at Open House.
If you are aware of parents who have children entering school for the first time, parents who have older children but who are in some manner of other unhappy with the education their children are receiving, or any family with preschoolers or elementary age students moving into the area, please provide us with their name and address and we will forward an Open House Package to them. We will not divulge who forwarded the name and address of prospective parents. Please see the enclosed form provided for that purpose. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Thanks to All

The administration, faculty, and staff of St. Joseph School wish to extend to everyone a heartfelt thanks for all of the generosity shown by parents and students for Christmas. It is truly a blessing to be part of the family at SJS!


Congratulations to the winners of the Strawberry Festival Essay Contest! This year all three winners are students at St. Joseph School. 

Peggy West - First Place
Jake Lipps - Second Place
Stuart Tournillon - Third Place 

The papers from these talented students have already been forwarded to the state level of competition. 

What a great showing from our students!

Quiz Bowl

The following students will represent St. Joseph School in Quiz Bowl to be held on Saturday, February 16: 

7/8 Grade Team:                                  5/6 Grade Team:
Taylor Ransom                                    Zacary Barrient
Carl West                                              Emily Buddy
Spencer Wyld                                       Blaze D’Amico
Luke Yoes                                             Krystal Waddell 

We are very proud of these students and their commitment to SJS!

Soccer Players

Any 5-8th grade student interested in playing soccer for SJS, please sign up on the sheet posted on the sports bulletin board. 

For details, please call Coach David Wyld at 985-542-6831.

STA News

St. Thomas Aquinas Home and School announces their “Tuition for Technology” raffle. Until February 29, Home & School board members will be selling raffle tickets for $100 each. Only 100 tickets will be sold, and the lucky winner will receive free tuition for the 2008-2009 school year. The tuition is valued at $4370 and does not include fees. A $4370 cash prize can be substituted for the tuition waver. 

The lucky winner will be drawn at the STA Fish Fry on February 29. 

Please contact either Clara Latino (985-370-9896) or Tammy Rocker (225-294-5703) for tickets or information.

Beta Club News

There will be a meeting of the Beta Club on Tuesday, January 15, in Mrs. Redmann’s room from 2:35-3:15.

Literary Club News

The first meeting of the Literary Club for the new year will be on Thursday, January 17, in Mrs. Redmann’s room from 2:35-3:30. Please bring ideas for the spring writing and art contest.

4-H News

There will be a meeting of the 4-H Club on Thursday, January 10, from 2:35-3:00 in Mrs. Mercer’s room.

Respect Life Rally

Everyone is invited to attend the Bishop’s 15the Annual Respect Life Rally on Sunday, January 13, from 2:00-4:00 P.M, at the Catholic Life Center Main Auditorium at 1800 South Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge. 

Activities at the Rally will include a Living Rosary, Pro-Life Oratory Contest Winner, KC Crosses for the Unborn, Display by Respect Life Groups, and “Gospel of Life” crafts and activities for children 7 years and younger. 

The keynote speaker for the event will be Fr. Tadeusz “Tad” Pacholczyk, Ph.D., the Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. 

Please make plans to attend.

Open House

If you have friends, neighbors or relatives who might be interested in sending their children (or grandchildren) to St. Joseph School, please provide us with their names and addresses so that we may send them an invitation to our Open House on February 18. 

We are especially looking for students entering grades preK, kindergarten and first. 

Prospective parents will be able to see classes in session, meet and talk with the teachers, ask questions, and get a feel for SJS. 

Your help in this matter is most important. Thank you for your tremendous support of our school! 

Information may be emailed (see "Contact Us") or called in to Mrs. Cory at the school office (985-386-6421).


Our next holiday is the MLKing Holiday on Monday, January 21.

Meetings & Events

January 10 - Prayer Service (grades 6-8)
January 10 - 2:35-3:00 4-H Meeting Mrs. Mercer’s Room
January 11 - 8:30 Mass
January 11 - Adopt-a-Child Collection
January 14-18 - National Vocation Awareness Week
January 15 - 2:35-3:15 Beta Club Meeting Mrs. Redmann’s Room
January 16 - Report Cards
January 16 - Spirit Dress Day for A/R ONLY
January 16 - 7:00 Spring Fair Meeting Library
January 17 - Reconciliation (grade 8)
January 17 - 2:35-3:30 Literary Club Meeting Mrs. Redmann’s Room
January 17 - 6:00-7:00 Conferences
January 17 - 7:00 Home & School Meeting Cafeteria

St. Paul Quote of the Week

Heb 12:14 
Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

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