Psalm 128

R - May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.

Blessed are you who fear the Lord,
who walk in His ways!
for you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored. R

Your wife shall be like a fruitful wine
in the recesses of your home,
your children like olive plants
around your table. R

Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the Lord.
The Lord bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life. R

May you see your children's children.
Peace be upon Israel! R

Calendar for the Week

Thursday, October 8
Literary Club Meeting - 2:40-3:30 - Mrs. Gaines's Classroom

Friday, October 9
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
First Quarter Accelerated Reader Deadline
Spirit Dress or Fall Fest Shirts

Monday, October 12
Columbus Day
Exams - Grades 6-7-8 -  reading & science
National School Lunch Week

Tuesday, October 13
Exams - Grades 6-7-8 - English, social studies
National School Lunch Week

Wednesday, October 14
Exams - Grades 6-7-8 - Math
Last Day of First Quarter
Library Closed
National School Lunch Week

Thursday, October 15
Library Closed @ 2:40-3:30
National School Lunch Week

Friday, October 16
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress or Fall Fest T-shirts
Library Closed
National School Lunch Week

Monday, October 19
Kindergarten Parents Meeting @ 4:30

Tuesday, October 20
Cross Country Pictures - Bring your uniforms to school.

Wednesday, October 21
Report Cards

Thursday, October 22
Prayer Service Grades 3-4-5
Last Day to Get $10 Armbands for Fall Fest
Literary Club Meeting

Friday, October 23
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress or Fall Fest T-shirts
Fall Fest - noon-2:00 in the Gym

Fall Fest

SJS 3rd Annual Fall Festival

Festival Date: Friday, October 23rd
Time: 12pm-2pm

For Our Pre-K thru 4th Graders:
We will have games with prizes, face painting, and several inflatables. We will be selling armbands which will include unlimited game play and 4 tickets to be used for refreshments. The armbands will be $10 thru Thursday, Oct. 22nd; $12 on the day of the festival. It is easier for everyone if the kids can get their armbands in the classroom prior to the festival. Tickets will also be sold for $.25 a piece at the Festival for anyone who doesn’t purchase an armband or for additional refreshments. You can begin sending money in now. Please mark the envelope with your child’s name and homeroom teacher. Checks should be made payable to SJS. 

For Our 5th-7th Graders:
We will have Field Day behind the Notre Dame Center run by St. Thomas Aquinas Students. Refreshments will be provided. 

For Our 8th Graders:
8th Grade has the distinct privilege of hosting the games for Pre-K thru 4th Grade.
All Students:
We ask that everyone please bring in one home-made treat to be sold at the concession stand. You can send them in a Ziploc bag the week of the Fair (Oct. 19th-23rd). Suggestions include: brownies, cookies, rice crispy treats, cupcakes or muffins. If you have an idea for a fun Halloween game, please call Jeanine Wisecarver at 504-616-5556 or Jennifer Tallo 985-687-7830. Thank you in advance for your time.

Parents are welcome!!! We can use any extra volunteers willing to help. Thank you all for your participation!

Inflatables donated by:
J & J Inflatables
Owned and operated by: Chris Strahan and Casey Hendrix

Living Rosary

Alec Dufriend, Kyle Tumulty, and Jack Brothers stand in for prayer beads as St. Joseph students prayed a Living Rosary on Wednesday, October 7. Alec and Jack are in first grade. Kyle is a seventh grade student.

Selected students circled the church as they took the places of each bead of the Rosary while the rest of the student body and their teachers joined in this beautiful prayer. The month of October is dedicated to the Rosary. 

Please see more Living Rosary pictures in our "Photo Albums" section of the website.

Literary Club

St. Joseph School
Literary Club

The next meeting of the Literary Club is Thursday, October 22, 2009, from 2:40-3:30. 

This will be the last chance for new members to join. Students must be in Grades 5-6-7-8 in order to become members.

We will have election of officers and continue working on themes for the literary magazine.

Hobby Day

Students at St. Joseph will have a Hobby Day on Wednesday, October 28, during Red Ribbon Drug Free Week. 

We are in need of interested parents, guardians, and friends who would like to share their hobby interests and information with our students on that date. The time will be 9:00-11:00 in the gym. 

Please contact Ms. Mims either at school (985-386-6421) or via email ( if you can help or need more information.

Accelerated Reader Deadline

The last day to take an Accelerated Reader test for the first quarter is Friday, October 9.

Exam Schedule

Exam Schedule
Grades 6-7-8

Monday, October 12 - reading & science

Tuesday, October 13 - English & social studies

Wednesday, October 14 - math

Thank You Much

Thank you so very much to the Kindergarten parents for providing such a wonderful feast for our teachers and staff this week. 

Everyone was very touched by the outpouring of your generosity. Everything tasted wonderful and looked great! 

The SJS faculty and staff appreciate all you've done! Thank you!

Community News


Registration forms for Ponchatoula Youth Basketball are now available in the school office. 

Basketball is available for boys and girls ages 5-18.

Registration will take place on October 10 from 9:00-12:00, and October 17 from 9:00-12:00 at the Ponchatoula Recreation Park on North Hoover Road.

For additional information, please email Chris Delatte at


Charter membership packages are now available for the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center in Hammond. Flyers with detailed information are available in the school office. Additional membership information can be found by calling 985-340-9150.


SLU is sponsoring a decorating contest for children ages 6-13 as part of their 2009 homecoming celebration. The theme is "Roomie's Got Game". They are asking students to create board games in the size of a shoebox. Games are due to Southeastern's Alumni Center on or before October 12, 2009 by 4:30.

Tips for decorating, suggested supplies, contest rules, and an entry form are available in the school office.

For additional information, please contact Amanda Robbins at 985-549-5303 or

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.


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