From the Principal


Welcome to the new school year. We are off to an excellent start.

The first thing you should know is that Fr. Kauchak, our beloved Pastor, has retired. We will offer our thanks to him for his service in the near future.

We wish to weldom Fr. John to the parish as pastor and offer our gratitude to him for his service to the parish and the school. We also will shortly welcome Fr. Ramon, now Br. Ramon, as the new assistant in the parish. Br. Ramon will be ordained on August 29, and St. Joseph will be his first assignment as an ordained priest.

Next, you should know that communication from the school to you as parents has entered into the 21st Century. You will in the future be receiving all communication from the school over the Internet. The website is being constantly updated, and Mrs. Little does an excellent job of keeping the information on the site current.
Weekly updates will be published on Wednesday, and parents will be held responsible for information that is published on the school website. 

We have subscribed to EDLINE this school year. An explanation of that service is coming home with your child today (8/19/09). Please read the material carefully and follow instructions. Teachers will no longer use as in the past, but classroom information, test dates, and other assignments will be posted on EDLINE. Techer email addresses are on the school website.

It would be a wonderful way to start the new year if we had a huge crowd at the first Home and School Association meeting tomorrow night (8/20/09). I will give a presentation on the state of the school and the progress and plans for this year and years to come. We will introduce teachers and also give a report of the Home and School and their plans for the school year. The meeting will start promptly at 6:30, and plans are to be to the point.

I encourage all parents to attend.

Thank youj for your cooperation. This is all done in an effort to better serve your children.\

Gerard Toups, Ph.D.

Calendar for the Week

Wednesday, August 19                                                                                                                          
Open House for Parents of Students in Grades 1-4 @ 7:00 in the Classrooms
Magazine Sale Kickoff

Thursday, August 20         
Magazine Sale Continues!    
Magazine Postcard Books Due                                                                                                                          
Meeting of 7th & 8th Grade Parents @ 6:15 in the Library                                                           
Home & School Association Meeting @ 6:30 in the Gym                                                                              Open House for Parents of Students in Grades 5-8 following the H&S Meeting

Friday, August 21               
Spirit Dress
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.

Monday, August 24
Magazine Sale Continues!

Tuesday, August 25
Magazine Sale Continues!
Deadline for Cross Country Team Sign-up
Parent Meeting for Cross Country Team Parents @ 5:00 at Ponchatoula Park

Wednesday, August 26
Magazine Sale Continues!

Thursday, August 27
Magazine Sale Continues!

Friday, August 28
Spirit Dress
Magazine Sale Continues!
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.

Magazine Sale

Brady Nunez, Brennan Williams, Mason Richard, Lillian Newman, Grace Tallo, and Alaina Strong are gearing up for the Annual Magazine Sale!

Wednesday, August 19-Wednesday, Sepember 2

School/Student Goal - $25,000/7 orders per student

Collection Days - Thursday, August 20 - Postcard Book
                                 Wednesday, September 2 - Orders and Payments

Make a Difference!

Give the gift of reading and help support your school! We thank you and appreciate your participation. Every order counts, now more than ever!

Our school will receive 40% of each order and these fund will be used to support important goals and programs that benefit our children.

Over 700 magazine titles like People, Sports Illustrated Kids, Reader's Digest, and Everyday with Rachael Ray, plus music and books - great value and prices for everyone.

Renew your favorite subscription, order a new title, or give a gift.

Ask family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and don't forget local business professionals or service centers with waiting rooms (doctors, salons, etc.).

Satisfaction guaranteed. Toll free customer service number (800-678-2678) is printed on the back of the customer receipt (pink copy).

Orders can be made online. Go to and use school code 425016451. Then follow the instructions online.

Incentive prizes are offered. Please see the information send home on Wednesday, August 19, for details.

All orders and payments are due Wednesday, September 2.

Welcome Ms. Toni!

Welcome to Mrs. Toni Waddell, our new school receptionist. Mrs. Waddell is the friendly voice heard when calling the school. She greets every visitor with a smile and fast, efficient service. She has many years of front office experience in the public school sector. She's glad to be at SJS with her children.

New Faculty

New faculty members have been welcomed to St. Joseph this year. 

From left are Mrs. Melissa Thomas, Ms. Robin Scruggs, Mrs. Ashley Schenck, and Mrs. Amy Strohmer-Wood.

Mrs. Thomas is our Fourth Grade teacher (4B) as well as the Athletic Director. 

Ms. Scruggs teaches Second Grade (2B).

Mrs. Schenck is our Third Grade teacher (3A).

Mrs. Strohmer-Wood is the Sixth Grade homeroom teacher. She teaches social studies to students in Grades 5-8 as well as English to the Sixth Grade students.

New Cafeteria Tables

Fifth Grade students, along with all other students in the school, are very impressed with their new cafeteria tables. The foldable tables with attached stools arrived today, August 19, just in time to be set up as a lunch surprise for the children. All agree that they really spruce up the cafeteria.

Sports News

Please check the "Crusader Sports" tab on the website for all news about sports.

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