Fifth/Sixth Grade Quiz Bowl Team

front row from left, Blaze D’Amico and Krystal Waddell
back row from left, Zacary Barrient and Emily Buddy

From the Principal

The Open House on Monday went well. A large number of prospective parents came through the school. There is substantial interest in the school. I thank those parents again who offered their services as guides. The success of the Open House is dependent on the kindness and generosity of these parents. I thank each of you who have spoken positively about the school in the community. Finally, the school will have openings, especially in the lower grades, and I ask that you continue your recruitment efforts. We will be happy to offer tours of the school and answer questions regarding the school to anyone who is interested. 

There remain some families who have not registered for next school year. You will see a notice from Mrs. Condon in this packet. Please indicate you will not be returning, if that is the case. We must have registration for next school year by this Friday because we open the books for the 2008-2009 school year on Monday. 

Congratulations to the St. Joseph Cheerleaders who proudly represented the school at the Spirit Professionals “Kickin’ It for Kids” competition and placed first. They will perform their award winning routine at the school pep rally in March. 

Also, a huge congratulations and thank you is in order for the Quiz Bowl Teams that represented the school in competition in Baton Rouge. The Junior Team deserves particular accolades as they finished second in the competition. Fifteen teams competed in the junior division. 

Finally, permission has been received by the church parish from the diocese to construct the building behind the library. You should see some activity around the site in the not too distant future.
                                                                                                                                                 -- Dr. Gerard Toups

Quiz Bowl

7/8 Quiz Bowl Team
front row from left Carl West and Luke Yoes
back row from left Taylor Ransom and Spencer Wyld 

Congratulations to the Quiz Bowl teams who competed against other Catholic schools in Baton Rouge on Saturday, February 16. Both teams have been practicing for weeks under the guidance of coach Ms. Joy Mims. Both teams were very competitive with the 5/6 Grade Team bringing home a second place trophy. We are very proud of all students who represented St. Joseph at the competition.

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. 

An order form for Spring Fair t-shirts has been enclosed. Please note that the orders are due Wednesday, February 27. Students may wear the t-shirts to school with spirit dress on March 7, 14, 18, and 20. Please contact the office for an order form if one did not reach home.

The next Spring Fair meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 6, at 7:00 in the library. Everyone is urged to attend. 

Please see the flyer in today’s packet for more information and details concerning the Spring Fair.

Human Sexuality

The Diocese of Baton Rouge mandates that Human Sexuality be taught in grades 4-8. These classes will be taught in the next few weeks. Students will be bringing home materials used in class. Please make this a family time to discuss this most important issue.

SJS Re-Registration

Registration forms and were due in the office Friday, February 15. Students registered after this date will be charged an additional $100 late registration fee. 

A few families have not yet indicated their intentions for next school year. A note to these families has been included in today’s packet. Please indicate if your children will not be returning. 

Registration will be open to new families beginning Monday, February 25. Any current students not registered at that time may lose their position on the rolls to incoming students.

Advisory Council

The meeting scheduled for the Advisory Council on February 20 has been cancelled. A rescheduled meeting will be announced at a later date.

Exam Schedule

The Exam Schedule for students in Grades 6-8 is as follows:
Tuesday, March 4 … 7th & 4th periods
Wednesday, March 5 … 8th & 3rd periods
Thursday, March 6 … 5th & 2nd periods
Friday, March 7 … 1st period.

PHS Meeting

On April 3, PHS will host an informational meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium for incoming freshmen and their parents. Scheduling, graduation requirements, TOPS requirements, and LAePortal will be covered.


SJS Crusader Cheerleaders
from left, Erin Pereira, Kirsten Jackson, Erica George, Katie Bougère, Josephine Pembo, Callie Fulmer, Bennett Oalmann, Hannah VanVrancken, Colleen Atkins, Lexie Smith, Jennie Gaines, Megan Allen, Peggy West. Not pictured is Jean Girdwood.

Congratulations to the St. Joseph Crusader cheerleaders who participated in the Spirit Professionals “Kickin’ It for Kids” competition. We are proud to announce that the team won first place! The cheerleaders will perform their award-winning routine at the school pep rally in March. Cheerleader sponsors and coaches are Mrs. Sandy Gaines and Mrs. Stacy Bankston.

Spring Portraits

Spring pictures will be taken on Wednesday, February 27. Students may wear church clothes for this day in order to take pictures. Only clothing appropriate to the Catholic school is setting is allowed to be worn this day. Solid colors are recommended by the photographer for best results. Proofs will be sent home for package selection and purchase.

Meetings & Events

Penance Prayer Service Grades 4-5-6
February 21 - 7:00 Home & School Meeting
February 22 - 8:30 Mass
February 22 - 1:55 Stations of the Cross Grades 1-8
February 25 - Registration of New Students Begins
February 26 - Field Trip Grades 1, 5, 6
February 27 - Spring Pictures
February 28 - Reconciliation Grade 5
February 29 - Fair T-Shirt Orders Due
February 29 - 8:30 Mass w/Crusaders
February 29 - Spirit Dress
February 29 - Cake Raffle

St. Paul Quote of the Week

Heb 13:6
The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me

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