Psalm 54

R - The Lord upholds my life.

O God, by Your name save me,
and by Your might defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
hearken to the words of my mouth. R

For the haughty have risen up against me,
the ruthless seek my life;
they set not God before their eyes. R

Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord sustains my life.
Freely will I offer You sacrifice;
I will praise Your name, O Lord, for its goodness. R

From the Principal

There is change in the manner in which the school informs parents of grades, so please be aware. No longer will mid term reports go out to every student. Any parent can check a child’s progress on Edline. The school will send out Deficiency Reports to parents whose children have D or F averages at the mid nine week point. Those Deficiency Reports are going out today. Parents must return the reports signed.

This year because of the Federal Government’s Stimulus Package, there has been an increase in the funds available through Title I. With the money available, the school will hire Mrs. Mary Greathouse, a retired public and Catholic school teacher, to work with first, second and third grade students in reading. So if your child is in these grades and comes home and indicates a new teacher is working with her or him, please know that this is the case.

Next, two new benches have been installed by the bus lines in the afternoon, and it is also used at the at lunch time for recess. Every time I went by the benches yesterday, students were on them and they thanked me. They did the same when they first went into the cafeteria after the new tables were installed. They are so appreciative of every improvement they see. I am personally looking forward to the building of the playground and the reaction of the younger students when it is completed. Again, I assure you that as the funds become available through fund raising, the Spring Fair, the Fest Parking and parent, grandparent, and alumni contributions; students and parents will see that those resources at work in the school through plant improvements or improvements in the curriculum.

Finally, we have been cautioned by a parent, and I thank her for this, about the availability of hand sanitizer around the school and in the children’s possession. Please know that hand sanitizer is effective because it is 60% grain alcohol. That will make anyone very ill if it is ingested. Please warn your children of the danger and we will monitor its use in school.

Calendar for the Week

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. 
Crusaders announced at Mass.
Fall Fest T-shirt order forms due.
Sock Hop @ 7:00-10:00 pm for Grades 5-8

Wednesday, September 30
Volleyball Pictures - bring uniforms - varsity and jv

Thursday, October 1
Reconciliation (6th)
11:30 Dismissal - Buses will run.
Home and School Meeting @ 7:30 in the Gym

Friday, October 2
TPSS Fair Holiday - St. Joseph DOES have school.
No buses today. There will be two carpool lines. Please use both.
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Adopt-a-Child Collection

October 1 & 2

Thursday, October 1, is a half day of school for students at St. Joseph and in Tangipahoa Parish. Dismissal will be at 11:30 for all students. Buses will run both morning and at 11:30. There is no after school care at St. Joseph on half days.

Friday, October 2, is a full day of school for students at St. Joseph. Tangipahoa Parish students do not have class that day, therefore buses will not run. Instead, St. Joseph will run carpool lines on both sides of the building. Please follow directions from the teachers on duty so that carpool will run smoothly.

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, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. 

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.

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!

Midquarter Reports

Midquarter reports were sent home today, September 23 with students in Grades 2-3-4.

Deficiency Reports were sent home today for Grades 5-8 to parents whose children have D or F averages at the mid nine week point. 

Deficiency reports and/or midquarter reports must be signed by parents and returned to school. 

Detailed descriptions of your child's grades can be found on Edline for Grades 5-8.

St. Joseph Parish News

Please come and join the St. Joseph Parish Rosary Altar Society in praying the Rosary for peace in our world and for a greater respect for life. 

The Rosary will be recited on Saturday, October 10, at 10:00 a.m. in front of St. Joseph School by the Blessed Mother statue.

For more information, please contact Peggy West at 985-370-7397.

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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