Psalm 24

R - Lord, this is the people that longs to see Your face.

The Lord's are the earth and its fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For He founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers. R

Who can ascend the mountain of the Lord?
or who may stand in His holy place?
One whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain. R

He shall receive a blessing from the Lord,
a reward from God his Savior.
Such is the race that seeks Him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob. R

From the Principal

Duke TIP Students:
(front row from left) Shelby Bagby, Dani Majeau, Sarah Ryals, Leah Dahmer
(back row from  left) Krystal Waddell, Bethany Herrick, Abigail vonAlmen, Blaze D'Amico

Dear Parents:

Last Friday the school celebrated All Saints Day. The Sixth Graders dressed up for the day and processed into the church as their names were called. Pictures are on the school website for those who could not be there. We did have a number of parents and friends present.

The Preschool attended church with the school for the first time on Friday.  We thank those parents who came to accompany our youngest students to their first Mass. All were remarkably well behaved.

Congratulations to the following seventh grade girls who qualified to take the ACT as part of the Duke University Talent Identification Program.

Shelby Bagby
Leah Dahmer
Alexandra D’Amico
Bethany Herrick
Danita Majeau
Sarah Ryals
Abigail vonAlmen
Krystal Waddell

To qualify a student had to achieve a 95%tile or higher on the reading, language arts. or math sections of the Terra Nova Achievement Test. We are all proud of their success.

Remember November 13 is Grandparent’s Day and also Movie Night. It should be an exciting day. 

Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Wednesday, November 4
Advisory Council 6:00 Library

Thursday, November 5
Reconciliation (4th Grade) 
Field Trip - 2nd Grade

Friday, November 6
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Adopt-a-Child collection

Tuesday, November 10 
Field Trip - 5th Grade
Field Trip - 8th Grade
Free Dress Day (for those with coupons)

Wednesday, November 11
Veterans' Day

Thursday, November 12
Reconciliation - 5th Grade
STA Speaker - 7th & 8th Grades
Alternate Free Dress Day (for those on field trip November 10)

Friday, November 13
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited.
Grandparents' Day @ 1:00
Family Movie Night - 7:00 in the Gym

Monday, November 16 - Friday, November 20
Book Fair!

Wednesday, November 18
Midquarter Reports - Deficiency Reports

Thursday, November 19
National Appreciation Day for Principals

Friday, November 20
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited.
Pilgrims & Indians Mass
Crusaders of the Month Announced

Monday, November 23 - Friday, November 27
Thanksgiving Holidays

Monday, November 30
Students Resume Classes
Blessing of Advent Wreaths @ Morning Assembly

School will closed for Thanksgiving Holidays November 23-27. We'll see everyone back at school on Monday, November 30.

Family Movie Night

Home and School 2nd Annual 
Family Movie Night!

Friday, November 13
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Movie starts at 7:00 p.m.

Free Admission, Popcorn, and Soft Drinks!

Open to ALL St. Joseph families. Students will vote later this week on movie to be shown.

Bring the whole family to enjoy a night of entertainment with your fellow St. Joseph School families.

Bring mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, brother, sisters, etc. 

Don't forget your blankets or chairs. 

We will have a large screen set up on the stage in the gym.

The sound system has been upgraded since last year.

Come early to save a spot!!!!

This event is designed for the "family". 
DO NOT drop your children off. 
They will not be allowed into the gym by themselves.

Grandparents' Day

St. Joseph School students would like to invite our beloved grandparents to 

Grandparents' Day!

Friday, November 13
1:00-2:35 p.m.

Lots to see!

Peformances by First and Third Grade classes,
band, chorus, cheerleaders!

Book Fair!

Grandparent/grandchld pictures!

A form has been included to pre-order/pre-pay pictures.
The line for pictures moves MUCH smoother and quicker 
when pictures are pre-ordered/pre-paid. 

Please take a few minutes and complete the picture 
packet and send it with payment to the office so 
that children and their grandparents will have a most enjoyable afternoon.

HINT - Please let the grandparents know in advance that 
you've already ordered and paid for pictures.

Grandparents' Day Pictures

A form has been included in today's packet to pre-order/pre-pay pictures for Grandparents' Day.

The line for pictures moves MUCH smoother and quicker when pictures are pre-ordered/pre-paid.

Please take a few minutes and complete the picture packet and send it with payment to the office so that children and their grandparents will have a most enjoyable afternoon.

HINT - Please let the grandparents know in advance that you've already ordered and paid for pictures.

Yearbooks Are In!

The 2008-2009 yearbooks are in! 

The yearbooks have been distributed to students currently enrolled in the school. 

If you would like a yearbook but did not purchase one last year, a few extra are available. Yearbooks are $40. Please send the money to the office.

Destination Book Fair

Paging All Volunteers!

Dear Parents and Families:

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school from
November 13-20,
and our special events include a 
Grand Opening for Grandparents 
on Friday, November 13.

We will also have a Family Night on Thursday, November 19.

There will also be a brand new special event called 
Christmas Club
on Friday, November 20,
where parents can shop without their children to make those "special purchases."

Help us connect your kids with books they want to read!
Destination Book Fair brings a week-long celebration of reading to our school.

Parents and family are so influential that we hope you will join us on our quest to encourage your young readers.

We are looking for volunteers to share their time and talents with us.

Please contact Mrs. Carroll via e-mail (
with the days and times that you can volunteer. 
Remember to include the following:
* your name and your child's name and grade
* a contact phone number and e-mail address
* day and date you can volunteer
* time of preferred shift (am or pm).

If you would like your shift to coincide with your child's time to visit the Book Fair, 
please mention this in the e-mail. We will do our best to honor your request..

Thanks for making our Book Fair a success!

Father/Daughter Dance

Father/Daughter Dance

Friday, December 11

$20 per dad/daughter in advance
$5 for additional daughter(s)

$30 per dad/daughter at door
$5 for additional daughter(s) at door

Food and drink are provided.

Theme is 
"She's a Keeper!"

Wear your hunting/fishing attire!
There's a prize for the best-dressed family!


Free Dress Day

Students whose parents completed the recent online survey and returned the verificaiton form will be rewarded with a free dress day on Tuesday, November 10. Students who qualify were given a yellow card which they need to return to school on the free dress day.

Fifth and Eighth Grade students have a field trip on November 10. They are to be in the uniform specified by the teachers on that date. Their alternate date for free dress will be Thursday, November 12. This alternate dress date is for Fifth and Eighth Grade students ONLY.


Students may wear long dress pants, blue jeans with no holes, dresses, or skirts. Students may not wear shorts. Dresses or skirts must reach to the knee.

Students must wear shirts or tops with sleeves. T-shirts must not have inappropriate writing on them.

Students must wear shoes with backs. Boots, crocs, sandals, and high heels are not to be worn. 

Note .... If you must pack an "alternate" set of clothing in your bag in case your outfit doesn't meet the guidelines, go ahead and wear the alternate set.

Thank You Much, First Grade Parents!

The faculty and staff of SJS would like to send out a very big THANK YOU to the parents of our First Graders for the magnificent spread put out for Terrific Tuesday!

Everyone was very impressed with the outpouring of generosity and enjoyed every morsel. 

Thanks again for making St. Joseph a wonderful place to work. We love our parents!

Spirit Bags!

Remy Wilson, 6th Grade, shows the new string bag AND the new duffle gear bag available for sale in the school office by the Home and School Association.

The bag is navy blue nylon in a generous 16"x20" size with the school name and Crusader logo on the front. It's lightweight and very versatile. 

The duffle bag is large enough to easily carry practice clothes, sports uniforms, or overnight gear. It also is well constructed and has the school name and Crusader logo on the side.

Show your Crusader spirit around town by carrying the new string bag, the new duffle bag, or both.

The string bag is only $8 per bag. The duffle bag is a bargain at $25. Please contact Toni in the office for purchase or more information.

Literary Club Contest

St. Joseph School Literary Club
would like to invite all students to enter a contest for our
Favorite Christmas Recipe!

All recipes should be typed with accurate ingredients and
instructions included.

Categories are: desserts, main dishes, novelty.

Recipes may not be copied directly from magazines or recipe books.

Please type separate recipes on separate pieces of paper.

Be sure to include your name and homeroom for credit for your fantastic food!!!

All submissions are due by Wednesday, November 18.

Winners will be published in our school newsletters in December!

St. Joseph Parish News

Mass Schedule

Saturday evening at 5:00

Sunday morning at 8:00 and 10:30

Sunday evening at 5:00

Night for Marriage Enrichment
On Thursday November 12th from 7 to 8:30 pm in our church, the St. Joseph Marriage Ministry is offering a free presentation for married couples on God's awesome plan for married love. The presentation given by PHS graduate, Jason Angelette will focus on the Church's beautiful teaching on marriage and will concentrate on the body of work from Pope John Paul II as it pertains to authentic love and the steps needed for a joy filled marriage. Couples attending will have the opportunity to win prizes to two local restaurants and to a married couple retreat. Mark your calendars and plan to share the night with us.

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive
The annual Knights of Columbus blood drive will be held on Sunday, December 6, from 8:00 a.m. till noon. The Bloodmobile will be parked in the church parking lot for your convenience during the morning Masses.
There is an accute shortage of blood. As a community, it is important for us to support the Blood Center and our area hospitals. The Blood Center provides blood to over 30 hospitals in Southeast Louisiana.
If you have any questions or would like to pre-register, please contact Mr. Lawrence Kluka at 225-294-2071. Even if you do not pre-register, please feel free to donate blood that day and "give the gift of Life".

Community News


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.

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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