October Crusaders of the Month

Christine Palmisano (8th) and Peyton LeSaicherre (2nd)

From the Principal

Dear Parents, 

Yesterday the school held a Veterans Day program. Mrs. Brennan planned and executed the celebration and did a masterful job. Students sang the Star Spangled Banner accompanied on the trumpet by Mr. Lanius, read from the Declaration of Independence, gave the history Veterans Day, and finally paid close attention as Taps were played for those that rendered the ultimate sacrifice. The Scouts were well represented and supplied the Color Guard. You should ask your children for their reflections on the occasion. 

Friday is Grandparents’ Day. We will welcome Grandparents to school so they can see where their grandchildren attend. The students always enjoy this day. The day will begin with a Prayer Service at 1:00 and be followed by a program in the gym. 

It is not too early to mention to you plans for next year. It is anticipated that we will double classes in second and fourth grade for the coming school year. That means there should be a number of openings next school year in pre-K through fourth grade. Please begin to think of families who might wish to attend St. Joseph for the next school year. Holidays are right around the corner and as soon as school resumes after the Christmas break, preparation for the new school year will begin.
Progress on the demolition of the convent continues and the diocese is expected to give final approval to proceed with the new classroom building tomorrow. A final presentation is made after the bid has been accepted locally to the Building Commission of the Diocese in Baton Rouge. That is expected to be a formality. Work should then begin. 

Finally, please keep in your prayers the Albin family. Mrs. Albin passed away Monday afternoon after a lengthy illness. Her son Josh is in third grade at St. Joseph. 

—Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar Events

Calendar for the Week:
November 12 - Midquarter Reports
November 13 - Field Trip (4th–5th-6th)
November 13 - Reconciliation (3rd)
November 14 - 8:30 Mass
November 14 - Spirit Dress
November 14 - 1:00 Grandparents’ Day
November 17-21 - Book Fair Week
November 20 - 7:35 T’giving Program in Gym (Grades preK, 1, 3 Perform)
November 20 - Field Trip (7th)
November 20 - 6:00 STA Open House

Veterans' Day Ceremony

Faith Allen, Catherine Costa, and Dr. Gerard Toups, Principal, display the wreath set before the flag as a memorial to all Veterans.

See more Veterans' Day Ceremony pictures on the website under "Photo Albums".

Family Data

There are a few families who have not yet returned the 2008-2009 Family Information sheets sent home last week. 

Please complete them and return them to the office ASAP. 

Thank you so much for you help with this important data.


Volleyball Players:
Please return your uniforms to the office in a ZIPLOC BAG WITH YOUR NAME ON THE BAG!
Uniforms should be turned in as soon as possible!


Any time you send money to the school, be sure to put it in a sealed envelope with identifying information:
** Child’s name
** Amount
** Purpose of the money
If at all possible, please do not send cash. A check is much safer.

4-H Club Officers

4-H Club Officers
From left
James Danley - Community Resource Development
Emily Buddy - Vice President
Sydney Gregoire - Parliamentarian
Jake Kraft - President
Blair Atkins - Reporter
Harmony Hermida - Treasurer
Elizabeth Ford - Secretary

Grandparents Day

Grandparents’ Day will be held on Friday, November 14, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the church. 

After church, everyone will move to the gym where grandparents and grandchildren will meet to enjoy a performance by the cheerleaders as well as musical entertainment. 

Students may take their grandparents on a tour of the school. 

The book fair will also be open for grandparent shopping.

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school November 14-21 and special Family Events are scheduled for November 18! 

A schedule for volunteers has been sent home as an attached flyer. 

Please contact Mrs. Carroll (985-386-6421) with questions. Other volunteers are still welcome. 

Please contact Mrs. Carroll. 

Your help is most appreciated! 

You can visit our schools’ book fair homepage at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/sjscrusaders

STA Open House

All 7th and 8th Grade students and their parents are invited to an open house at St. Thomas Aquinas High School on Thursday, November 20, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about St. Thomas and the benefits of a Catholic high school education for your child. 

Mark your calendars!!

Beta Club Officers

BETA Club Officers
From left
Josie Serigne - Secretary
Zacary Barrient - Vice President
Catherine Costa - President
Taylor Ransom - Treasurer

Altar Servers

Altar Servers Meeting
Sunday, November 16
2:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Church
4th Grade Up

Parents do not have to stay, but please check 
for a pick-up time prior to dropping off children

New Year's Eve Dance

The Home and School Association is making plans for a New Year’s Eve dance on Wednesday, December 31, from 9:00-1:00 in the SJS gym. 

Music will be by Prime Time Band. Admission is $50 per couple and includes a bottle of champagne as well as set-ups. 

Please contact Paula at 985-386-6421 for information

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