Blessing the New Buiding

Father Kauchak blesses the new computer lab while First Grade Students watch. 
From left are Slade Smith, Kaitelinn Wahl, Chloe Ernst, Mason Sibley, Phoenix Lofton, and Yun Jin Lee.

From the Principal

Dear Parents, 

Fr. Kauchak blessed the new building Tuesday morning after the assembly in the presence of the students who listened attentively. The building has served us well since the students and faculty began to use it shortly after the start of the school year.. 

As I indicated before, it has enabled us along with some scheduling changes to increase significantly the contact time in the classroom between student and teacher. We expect that will impact the achievement test scores that students take in the spring. 

Please remember the Home and School Meeting next Thursday, October 2. The officers of the Home and School have worked hard to introduce new activities to the parents. 

The Fall Fest for the students was a great success last year and will be held again on October 24.
On this Friday, September 26, the Home and School invites all families to the Gym for family night. Families will have a chance to mingle and watch a movie with their kids. Popcorn and drinks will be available. All free of charge sponsored by your Home and School. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar Events

Calendar for the Week:
September 25 - Reconciliation (Grade 7)
September 25 - Individual Pictures in School Uniforms
September 25 - Fall Sports Pictures
September 26 - 8:30 Mass
September 26 - Spirit Dress
September 26 - Cake Raffle .25 or 5/$1.00
September 26 - 7:00 Home & School Family Night
October 1 - 6:00 Advisory Council

October 2 and October 3

Thursday, October 2, is a half day for students at St. Joseph as well as for those in the Tangipahoa Parish School System. 

The dismissal will be at 11:30. Buses will run both morning and at 11:30. 

A bag lunch will be served or students need to bring a lunch. 

Friday, October 3, is a holiday for students in the Tangipahoa Parish School System. St. Joseph students WILL have classes on October 3. 

No buses will run at all on October 3. All SJS students will be carpool. 

The carpool will run on both sides of the building both in the morning as well as the afternoon.
Teachers are able to call students from the gym to either side of the building. 

With your patience and understanding, carpool should run quickly on October 3.

Addressing Seventh and Eighth Grade Students

Father Kauchak explains to our older students the significance of Holy Water in the blessing of the new building.

Home & School Association News


The Home and School Association will sponsor their first Family Night in the gym on Friday, September 26. 

This first event will be a movie night for the family. Bee Movie will be shown. 

Popcorn and drinks will be provided, but feel free to bring other snacks. You may also bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. if you want to make a comfy nest for movie watching. 

The doors will open at 6:15 for family mingle time, and the movie will begin at 7:00. There is no charge for this event. 

Parents are to accompany their children to this event. 


The next meeting of the Home and School Association will be held in the school gym on Thursday, October 2. 

Please come out to participate in the progress of the school. 

A Schwan truck will be on site following the meeting for any purchases parents would like to make. A percentage of the purchases will be donated to the school. There is no obligation to make purchases.

Bookroom Blessing

The Pastor blesses the Bookroom with the help of Second Grade Students.

Cross Country Winners

Congratulations to the Cross Country team! 

At the meet on Saturday, The girls in Grades 4-7 came in 8th overall. Over 200 runners were in this division. 

The boys tied for first place. Kraemer Jackson won the championship. Ronald Pembo and Luke Bleakley finished in the top ten.

Fall Fest T-Shirts

The deadline for ordering Fall Fest T-shirts has passed.

We expect delivery of the shirts prior to October 3. 

Students may wear their Fall Fest T-Shirts with Spirit Dress on every Friday in October. 

If students did not purchase the Fall Fest T-shirts, they may still wear their spirit shirts on Fridays.

Communication Center Blessing

Father Kauchack explains the blessing to the younger students.

Hurricane Make Up Days

As a convenience for our parents, St. Joseph School will follow the same schedule as Tangipahoa Parish School System for hurricane make up days. 

Rather than add days to the calendar, 15 minutes will be added to the school days beginning October 16 and ending March 31. 

After this period, we will return to the usual school hours. 

Bus schedules will be altered in the afternoons to fit this new time frame.

SLU Homecoming

Southeastern Louisiana University is sponsoring a shoebox parade float decorating contest for all children ages 6-13 as part of the 2008 Homecoming Celebration. 

Entry forms and contest rules are available in the SJS office.

Addressing the Little Ones

Father Kauchak pauses during the blessing of the new buildings to give a detailed explanation to the students of the significance of the morning's blessing and the importance of education in their lives.

St. Paul Quote of the Week

Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2Cor 9:6-7

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