Psalm 104

R  -  O bless the Lord, my soul.

O Lord, my God, You are great indeed!
     You are clothed with majesty and glory,
robed in light as with a cloak.
     You have spread out the heavens like a tent-cloth.  R

You have constructed Your palace upon the waters.
     You make the clouds Your chariot;
You travel on the wings of the wind.
     You make the winds Your messengers,
and flaming fire Your ministers.  R

How manifold are Your works, O Lord!
     In wisdom You have wrought them all --
the earth is full of Your creatures;
     the sea also, great and wide,
in which are schools without numbers
     of living things both small and great.  R

They look to You to give them food in due time,
     When You give it to them, they gather it;
when You open Your heand, they are filled with good things.  R

If You take away their brath, they perish and return to the dust.
     When You send forth Your spirit, they are created,
and You renew the face of the earth.   R

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

St. Joseph School Advisory Council has set the tuition rates for next school year. The 2010-2011 rates are as follows:

Registration - $200 per student

Tuition - Parish Supporter - $3600 per student
Non-Parish Supporter - $4250 per student
Preschool - $4000 per student

A $100 credit on tuition will be allowed for parents with two students enrolled. A $200 credit on tuition will be allowed for parents with three students enrolled.

All fees (except registration) have been consolidated into the tuition.

The above schedule represents an increase of $200 per student over the 2009-2010 tuition rates.

For the 2009 Louisiana Tax Year, the state has provided a tuition and expense deduction for students attending private schools. A link to the forms and the regulations is provided on this website and on EDLINE. The effect of the new law will provide some relief for parents who pay state taxes.

The Advisory Council pledge is to provide the best quality of education for the families who entrust their children to us. Student will be offered updated textbooks and technology. Efforts will continue to update the plant. Additional teachers will be hired each year to continute the process of doubling classes. For 2010-2011, a second fifth grade teacher will be added. Enrollment increase is most important, so parents are asked to continue to spread the good news about St. Joseph School.

Above is a picture of the playground on January 13, 2010. It's moving along well. We expect it to be ready for play on Friday, weather permitting.

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Monday, January 11-Friday, January 15 
National Vocation Awareness Week

Thursday, January 14
Prayer Service for Grades 6-7-8
CSW Dental Hygiene Collection Begins

Friday, January 15
Mass @ 83:0 - All are invited to attend.
Adopt-a-Child Collection
Spirit Dress OR Math-a-Thon T-shirt 

Monday, January 18
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School

Wednesday, January 20
Basketball Team Pictures during Enrichment Classes - Please bring uniforms to school.

Thursday, January 21
Reconciliation (8th Grade)

Friday, January 22
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress

Wednesday, January 27
Last Day for CSW Dental Hygiene Collection

Thursday, January 28
Reconciliation (7th Grade)

Friday, January 29
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Crusaders of the Month Announced
Last Day for Christmas Card Fronts
Cheer Clinic Registration Deadline

Sunday, January 31-Saturday, February 5
Catholic Schools Week

St. Jude Math-a-Thon

Students who raised $35 or more received T-shirts today. These may be worn on Friday, January 15, with their spirit clothes. 

Students who qualified received their prizes today , too. 

Again, a great BIG thanks to all participants.

Christmas Card Recycling

The SJS Student Council is collecting used Christmas cards for the St. Jude's Ranch for Children's recycled card program.

If you would like to donated your used Christmas cards (or other greeting cards), please send just the fronts of the cards to school with your child.

If you don't have time to cut the fronts off, send the cards and Student Council will cut them apart.

Your child should give the cards to his/her teacher.

Cards will be collected until January 29.

Thank you for your support.

You may visit the St. Jude Website for more detailed information about the program.

Open House for Prospective Parents

If you have friends, neighbors, or relatives, who might be interested in sending their children to St. Joseph School, please provide us with their name and addresses so that we may send them an invitation to our Open House.

A flyer has been sent home so that information may be provided. You may also call or email the school with the information.

We are especially looking for students entering grades preK, Kindergarten, and First.

Prospective parents will be able to see classes in session, meet and talk with the teachers, ask questions, and get a feel for St. Joseph at this Open House.

Your help in this matter is most important. Thank you for your tremendous support of SJS.

Bee Winner

DuWayne Kyle, Sixth Grade, is the National Geographic Bee winner at St. Joseph School. Fourth through Eighth Grades, DuWayne was the only student who answered every question correctly.

DuWayne will now take the written test to determine eligibility for the state level competition. 

Way to go, DuWayne!!

CSO Donation Project

The Catholic Schools Office is conducting a Donation Project during Catholic Schools Week.

The donations will be brought to the Catholic Schools Week Mass in Baton Rouge on Friday, February 5.

The donations will benefit those at St. Vincent dePaul and the Catholic Community Charities in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. 

St. Joseph School has been asked to donate tooth paste, tooth brushes, mouth wash, and dental floss to this project. We will begin taking donations on Thursday, January 21. The collection will continue through Wednesday, January 27.

We thank you for your generous donations to those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

December Crusaders

December Crusaders are Heather Habisreitinger, Second Grade, and Andrew Killebrew, Eighth Grade.


EDLINE is now being used for all students in Grades 1-8. Parents should use their EDLINE accounts (distributed at the beginning of this school year) to access EDLINE in order to get class information as well as current grades for their children. Midquarter Progress Reports will no longer be sent home as parents now have immediate access to student progress at all times.

Although PreK and Kindergarten teachers post classrooms happenings and notes, student progress will continue to be reported to parents as ususal. Their grades are not on EDLINE.

Fair Mode - Confetti Eggs

It's time for confetti eggs again!

Confetti eggs are a very popular item at our Spring Fair, but we need your help collecting them to make our booth a success.

To easily clean eggs:
1. Poke a hole in the top of the egg with a knife.
2. Peel a small amount of the top of the shell (about the size of a nickel).
3. Pour out the egg.
4. Rinse well and air dry.

Please bring eggshells to school in cartons. Mrs. Casey will collect them during morning assembly. Do not give them to the office or homeroom teacher. Label your carton with your name and grade.

Each student who brings in two cartons of eggshells will receive a popsicle. 

Thanks for all your help!

Cheer Clinic

St. Joseph Cheerleaders will host a cheer clinic for SJS students in Grades PreK-4 on Saturday, February 20, in the SJS gym.

The $25 cost includes a t-shirt and ribbon. Participants will learn a cheer, dance, cheer techniques, and jumps.

Participants must bring a lunch and drink, but snacks will be provided.

A registration/t-shirt order form is included in today's packet or can be picked up in the school office. Forms are due into the school office by Friday, January 29.

St. Joseph Parish News

Parish Website

Mass Schedule

Saturday evening at 5:00

Sunday morning at 8:00 and 10:30

Sunday evening at 5:00

Rosaryville Day of Prayer

A one-day mini retreat which includes: talks on specific topics, celebration of the Eucharist, lunch, time for reflection, and time to enjoy the beauty of Rosaryville Spirit Life Center.

The retreat will be held from 9:30-2:30 on Tuesday, January 19.

The theme of the retreat is "The Power of Hope".

For more information call 225-294-5039 ext 102.

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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