Psalm 116

R - I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

I love the Lord because He has heard
my voice in supplication,
because He has inclined His ear to me
the day I called. R

The cords of death encompassed me;
the snares of the netherworld seized upon me;
I fell into distress and sorrow,
and I called upon the name of the Lord,
"O Lord, save my life!" R

Gracious is the Lord and just;
yes, our God is merciful.
The Lord keeps the little ones;
I was brought low, and He saved me. R

For He has freed my soul from death,
my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the Lord
in the land of the living. R

From the Principal

In the interest of reaching you, our parents, we are going to email you each week through our Edline. This is to assure that there is easy access from your computers to the messages we send out regarding your children and the experience they are having in school.

After you access today’s bulletin, please look at the following URL - Planting Seeds that Grow.
This is a very brief summary of the major efforts made by St. Joseph Parish and School community over the past years to assure that the quality of education your child receives and the environment in which he/she receives that education improves from day to day and year to year.

As principal in this new age of technology, I am grateful that we have these wonderful new means of contacting parents and keeping them up with the work their children are doing. The adoption of Edline is just another means to reach parents and keep them informed of their children. Edline, however, does not encompass the whole experience the student. We try to keep parents informed about the school with our website. Again, Mrs. Little works hard on the site almost everyday to keep it current, to update the calendar, and to post pictures of the activities at school. If you are not looking at the website regularly, you may miss important information, pictures of you child, or other matters of which you should be informed regarding the school your child attends and where he/she spends a significant amount of his or her time.

Just to let you know, although there seems to be a few more absences in the school than usual at this time of the year, absences amount to two or three students per class at most. I checked the absences this morning, and one class had five students out, but many classes had one student absent or all were present. We ask that if your child does indicate any flu-like symptoms to keep him or her home until fever breaks. Teachers continue to use caution with the students washing and sanitizing hands and the classroom regularly. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Thursday, September 17
Reconciliation (8th)

Friday, September 18
Spirit Dress
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend. 

Sunday, September 20
Catechetical Sunday

Wednesday, September 23
Midquarter Reports for Grades 2-4
Deficiency Reports for Grades 5-8

Thursday, September 24
Reconciliation (7th)

Friday, September 25
Spirit Dress
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Fall Fest T-shirt order forms due.
Sock Hop @ 7:00-10:00 pm for Grades 5-8

Magazine Sale

Way to go, Crusaders!

St. Joseph School sold $11,915 in magazines during the recent drive. This total does not count our out-of-town orders.

This total is a little above what was sold in last year's drive, a pretty showing in today's economy!

Thanks to every single person who worked so hard to make this drive a success.

A special HUGE thanks goes to Jennifer Tallo for all of her hard work in coordinating distribution, collections, and prizes. We couldn't have done it without her!

Accelerated Reader 100 Point Club

Several of our students have already made 100 or more points on their Accelerated Reader tests!

Check out the "Photo Albums" page of this website and see our 100 Point readers. More pictures will be added as more students attain this outstanding goal.

Fall Fest T-shirts

Included with today's packet is an order form for T-shirts for the upcoming Fall Fest.

Students who order T-shirts will be able to wear them every Friday in October, including the Friday after the event.

Prices for the shirts are $10 for youth sizes and $11 for adults. Please fill out the order form completely and return the form with the money (checks made payable to St. Joseph School) no later than Friday, September 25. No orders will be accepted after this deadline.

We're looking forward to seeing all our students supporting the school with Fall Fest T-shirts on October Fridays!

Check it Out - Sports

Our Crusader sports of volleyball and cross country are well underway.

Our athletes in both sports are winning games, placing well in meets, and accumlating trophies for the school.

Check out details of our sports on this website under the "Crusader Sports" tab.

Sock Hop

Are we ready for dancing and fun?

The Home and School Association along with the SJS Cheerleadrs are sponsoring a Back-to-School Sock Hop for students in Grades 5-8 on Friday, September 25.

Admission is $10 per person and includes refreshments.

Pictures will be available for an extra charge.

Dress code is as follows:
Guys - no shorts or tshirts, nice jeans, slacks, no flip flops or ratty tennis shoes
Girls - nice jeans, slacks, or dress/ no backless, strapless, spaghetti strap
no flip flops or rattty tennis shoes, no mini skirts

ONLY SJS students in Grades 5-8 may attend with one guest. The guest does not have to be an SJS student but does have to be in Grades 5-8. Guests must adhere to the above dress code.

St. Joseph Parish News

St. Joseph Catholic Church will hold its parish mission, "The Road to Emmaus" on September 21 through 24. The presenters will be Deacon Glenn and Linda Harmon. Topics include: Catholic Identiy, Agape Love, Mountain Moving Faith, Forgiveness is a Gift, Commitment is a Decision, and Catholic Community of Disciples. don't miss this opportunity to strengthen your relationship with God, your church, and one another

Prayer for Priests

The Year for Priests 2009-2010

Dear Lord,

We pray that the Blessed Mother wrap her mantle around Your priests and through her intercession strengthen them for their ministry.

We pray that Mary will guide Your priests to follow her own words,
"Do whatever He tells you." (Jn 2:5)

May Your priests have the heart of St. Joseph, Mary's most chaste spouse.

May the Blessed Mother's own pierced heart inspire them to embrace all who suffer at the foot of the cross.

May Your priests be holy, filled with the fire of Your love, seeking nothing but Your greater glory and the salvation of souls.


St. John Vianney, pray for us.

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