Crusaders of the Month

Savanna Barrient, fifth grade,
Mason Sibley, first grade

From the Principal

Dear Parents, 

Monday I met with Brother Augustine at the Baton Rouge Diocese to review the Report of the Visiting Committee for the School Evaluation Report. The Diocese makes a visitation to the schools every five years as part of the state requirements for the approval status which allows us to receive services provided to private schools through the state of Louisiana and Federal Programs.
Included in the support are busing, lunch subsidies, a textbook allowance, and other programs that support the school.

Brother was most complimentary of the school and the progress we are making. Most of the report simply concurred with the Needs for Improvement as outlined by the faculty report. 

The school also received numerous commendations from the Visiting Committee. As the report reads, there is much to be done, but much has been accomplished. 

With the support of the St. Joseph School and Church Communities; the faculty, staff and administration look forward to serving the families that choose St. Joseph better each year.
This week we are giving the Terra Nova Achievement Tests. It is important that students get rest, arrive to school on time, and have a good breakfast. 

Remember that next week is Holy Week. The schedule for services at St. Joseph Church is in the Crusader Connection. 

—Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar Events

Calendar for the Week
April 1-3 - LEAP Testing (8th)
April 2 - 7:00 Home & School Meeting
April 3 - 8:30 Mass
April 3 - Adopt-a-Child Collection
April 3 - Spirit Dress
April 3 - Field Trip (1st)
April 3 - 1:55 Stations of the Cross
April 4-5 - Strawberry Festival Parking
April 7 - 8:30 Mass
April 10-17 - Easter Holidays
April 20 - Classes Resume
April 21 - School-Wide Health Fair
April 22 - Midquarter Reports
April 22 - Secretary Appreciation Day

Spring Picture Returns

The deadline for returning money or proofs for the spring portraits is Thursday, April 2. Thank you so much for getting these in on time.

4-H Club Meeting

4-H will meet on Friday, April 3, from 2:50-3:50 in the Second Grade Classroom.
Parents are to pick up students promptly at 3:50 on the carpool side of the building.

St. Joseph Church Holy Week Schedule

Holy Thursday - April 9 - 7:00 pm 
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 

Good Friday - April 10 - Noon 
Stations of the Cross 

Good Friday - April 10 - 3:00 pm 
Celebration of the Passion 

Easter Vigil - April 11 - 8:00 pm 
Easter Vigil Mass 

Easter Sunday - April 12 - 8:00 am 10:30 am 12:30 pm 
Masses Celebrating the Resurrection of Christ

Wearing o' the Purple

The Bagby Family sends us the following note:
“We are truly blessed to be part of the such a wonderful school family. Thanks to everyone who supported the Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana! God bless you!” 

The students were able to make a $310 contribution to the Foundation.

Strawberry Festival Parking

This year the Strawberry Festival is April 3-4-5. As many of you know, St. Joseph School parks cars for the Strawberry Festival. This is a major fund raiser for the school. Last year parking was a huge financial success. We parked close to 1800 cars in two days. That success was due to the volunteers. 

We are again asking for volunteers for this year’s event. Please see the attached flyer for days and times. You can also e-mail Jeff Schmitt at or contact him at 985-320-7711 to sign up or for details. 

We had a great Spring Fest, so let’s keep that momentum going for the Strawberry Festival Parking!

Square Dance Exhibition


Just before the Spring Fair, students at SJS were treated to a Square Dance Exhibition. 

See more pictures on the website at

It's Soccer Time

St. Joseph’s soccer will begin with practices on Tuesday, April 7, and Thursday, April 9. at 5:30 p.m. at the STYSA Soccer Fields (by the Quality Inn in Hammond). 

Practice will be held regularly on Tuesday and Thursdays. Games begin after the Easter Holidays.
All interested 5th-8th Grade students are welcome to come out. Please wear soccer cleats and shin guards and bring a size 4 or 5 soccer ball. 

Questions should be directed to coach David Wyld at 985-542-6831.

Uniform Sale

SJS uniforms (skirts, pants, jackets, shorts, sweatshirts, and jumpers) will be collected during April and May for a recycle sale on May 21. Please label donations with your name. There will be a box in the gym for donations. 

Please contact Dawn Brown at 225-294-3339 or Krisit Wisecarver at 985-386-0104 with any questions.

St. Paul Quote of the Week

Just as through one transgression condemnation came upon all, so through one righteous act acquittal and life came to all.

Rom 5:18

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