January Crusaders

Maiya Delpidio (second grade) and Lauren McNeely (fourth grade)

From the Principal

As the Mardi Gras Holiday approaches, the faculty and staff wish each of you safe and fun filled time. School will resume on Wednesday the 6th. 

This week is Catholic Schools Week. Students read essays on Sunday at church and celebrated with Catholic Schools Week Mass on Monday. A delegation from our school will attend the Catholic Schools Week Mass on Friday at Blessed Sacrament in Baton Rouge. There will be different activities during the week culminating with the Krewe of Crusaders on Friday. Everyone is invited to view the parade. 

Please keep before you the important date of February 18. That is the day for Open House. Please let us know of families that have elementary age students who might have some interest in the school. We would like to invite them to the Open House. Remember we will have two second grades next school year. We will have room for a number of students. This is the important year when students make their First Communion. 

You can provide us with names of interested parents by filling out the attached form. We will send them a letter of invitation to the Open House.

2008 Distinguished Graduate

Sister Ancilla Marie started St. Joseph School on her sixth birthday and continued until graduation from eighth grade in 1947. She then attended St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa, MS. Upon this graduation, she received a scholarship to St. Mary's Dominican College in New Orleans where she majored in social studies. In 1955, she received her degree and teaching certification, and then went to St. Louis, MO to enter the Congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She professed as a religious in 1957.

Sister's ministry as a teacher began at the Academy of Notre Dame in Belleville, IL. She has taught at schools in California, Texas, and Louisiana. She received her master's degree in secondary education from the University of Houston. She considers her best teaching experience as a kindergarten teacher in Dallas, TX.

In 1972, Sister Ancilla began her years in parish ministry serving in both Arizona and Louisiana. Sister is currently ministering in the Lafayette Diocesan Office of Justice and Peace where her responsibilities are largely connected with assisting people in their recovery from Hurricane Rita.

On June 9, 2007, Sister Ancilla celebrated her Golden Jubilee as a School Sister of Notre Dame. Sister has no plans to retire anytime soon because she enjoys her present assignment and is always ready to assist her parish in any way.

Tithing Time

Re-registration papers will be sent home on Wednesday, February 6. In order to receive the in-parish tuition rate, families must be registered with St. Joseph Church and have tithed a minimum of $416 for the year 2007. Please make certain that tithes are up-to-date if you plan to use the more favorable tuition rate.

Name that Jacket!

Please check your child’s jackets and sweatshirts to make sure that his or her name is in each. This is also a check to make certain that your child has the correct sweatshirt or jacket and hasn’t accidentally picked up someone else’s.

Spring Fair News

The Spring Fair is scheduled for March 28, 29, and 30. This is an addition to the calendar, so please be sure to mark down these important dates. 

The next Spring Fair meeting will be held Wednesday, February 13, at 7:00 P.M. in the school library. Room mothers are asked to attend to help with the organization of the classes.

St. Joseph Altar

The parish’s annual St. Joseph Altar will be held in the gym on Sunday, March 9. 

The Altar Committee is looking for children to volunteers as saints for the altar. Volunteers may choose which saint they would like to portray and must make/bring their own costumes. 

There will be a mandatory meeting of parents of saints on Monday, March 3. 

Please contact Faye Murray at 985-386-8151 for more information or details.

STA News

St. Thomas Aquinas High School Home and School Association 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.

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!

Meetings & Events

January 27-February 2 Catholic Schools Week
January 31 - Religion Fair
February 1 - Diocesan Mass
February 1 - Spirit Dress w/Mardi Gras Shirts
February 1 - 1:00 Krewe of Crusaders Parade and King Cake Parties
February 4-5 - Mardi Gras Holidays
February 6 - 8:30 Ash Wednesday Mass
February 6 - Adopt-a-Child Collection
February 6 - Mid Quarter Reports
February 6 - Current Student Re-Registration Begins
February 7 - Reconciliation (6th grade)
February 7 - Fourth Grade Field Trip
February 8 - 1:55 Stations of the Cross (Grades 1-8)

St. Paul Quote of the Week

1Cor7:7 ...
Each has a particular gift from God.

See Old News: Archive