Psalm 30

R     I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

I will extol you, O Lord, for you drew me clear
     and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, you brought me up from the netherworld;
     you preserved me from among those going down into the pit.     R

Sing praise to the Lord, you his faithful ones,
     and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts but a moment;
     a lifetime, his good will.
At nightfall, weeping enters in,
     but with the dawn, rejoicing.      R

Hear, O Lord, and have pity on me;
     O Lord, be my helper.
You changed my mourning into dancing;
     O Lord, my God, forever will I give you thanks.     R

From the Principal

Dear Parents -

Here is a list of people who offered extra help that went beyond the normal commitment to make the fair a success: 

Cherrie & Andre Escude', Crystal Smith, Thomas Loupe, Jeff Schmitt, Jennifer Tallo, John Ryals, Kristy Wisecarver, Lori Kyle, Vincent D'Antoni, Scott & Courtney Jacob, Toni Waddell, Dawn Brown, Elaine LeBlanc, Jeanine Wisecarver, Tom & Kim Coffey, Veronica Pierson, Dennis Pevey, David Atkins, Kim Thibodeaux, Karin Kugler, Patrice Morse, Susan Casey, Rebecca LeBlanc, Angela Williams, Dawn Avegno, and Shelly Ernst. 

A special thanks to Hatfield for coming to the school before the fair on two different occasions to level out the area along the street. 

On behalf of the students of the school and their parents, we offer a huge thank you to these individuals for their help. In spite of the rain on Saturday and the cold on Sunday, the fair netted $33,721.24. One can only speculate what the revenues would have been with good weather. 

Much of the success of the fair can be attributed to the excellent leadership provided by George Waddell. Anyone who has worked with George recognizes his passion for the school, his organizational skills, his patience when things go awry, and his kind and gentle persuasiveness to get things done. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Thursday, April 22
Reconciliation (3rd)

Friday, April 23
Mass 8:30 - All are invited.
Spirit Dress
Crusaders announced
Pep Rally
Spring Parade (Mardi Gras parade)
Sock Hop 7:00-10:00 Grades 5-8 

Saturday, April 24
First Communion 10:00

Monday - Friday, April 26-30
Spring Break - No school.

Monday, May 3 - Friday, May 7
Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 3
Tuition/Loan papers due to school office

Tuesday, May 4
Home & School Meeting 6:30 in Gym

Thursday, May 6
Music Concert 7:00 in Church

Friday, May 7
Mass 8:30 - All are invited.
Spirit Dress
Adopt-a-Child Collection
May Crowning
Crusader Luncheon
Accelerated Reader Deadline

Home & School Ballot

The next Home & School meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 4, at 6:30 in the Gym.

The ballot for Home & School Association officers for 2010-2011 is being sent home today. They are due back into the school office by Friday, April 23.

Please take time to carefully consider who might be an effective leaders for our active parent organization.

Sock Hop

The Home & School Association are sponsoring a sock hop for students in Grades 5-8 on riday, April 23, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. in the school gym. Admission is $10 per person. The theme is "Luau".

Students may wear long shorts, Capri pants, jeans, dresses, Hawaiian shirts, floers, bright colors, etc. No spaghetti straps, low cut backs or fronts, half shirt, bikini tops, etc. will be allowed. Please dress respectfully.

Students may bring ONE outside guest of the same grade and age.

The $10 admittance fee includes the D.J., soft drinks, and snacks. Pictures will be available in $5 and $10 packets.

Terra Nova Testing

During the week of April 19-23, students in Grades 2-8 will be taking the Terra Nova Standardized Tests.

It is very important that students come to school this week. It is very difficult to make up these tests. Students should arrive at school ON TIME, well-rested, and well-nourished in order to do well on the tests.

Results from the tests are used to help determine class placement in the fall in all grades.

Fourth Grade results help determine placement in the advanced math classes which could eventually lead to an Algebra I high school credit in the Eighth Grade.

Seventh Grade results help determine placement in the English I class which could also lead to a high school credit before leaving St. Joseph's.

Summer Reading

Enclosed with today's packet is an order form for summer reading books. All students are required to read the books listed. Ordering them through the school is an option.

If you intend to order from the school, please fill out the form and return it with payment to the school office by Friday, May 7.

2010-2011 Cheerleaders

Congratulations to the members of the 2010-2011 cheerleading team. Tryouts were held last week. The new team is as follows:

Blair Atkins
Savanna Barrient
Grayson Boudreaux
Jennifer Brescher
Tracy Carollo
Brittany Cuccia
Jenna D'Antoni
Maiya Delpidio
Morgan Fontenot
Sydney Gregoire
Gabrille Gremillion
Bethany Herrick
Kailey King
Haley Krupp
Dani Majeau
Catherine McRae
Avery Meyers
Erin Pereira
Claire-Chapin Perriloux
Sarah Ryals
Ally Serigne
Emily Waddell
Krystal Waddell
Gabrielle Wahl

New Crusaders selected to join the team are Jaocb Schmaltz and Scott Dufreche.

Congratulations to all!

April 23

Friday, April 23, is a busy, busy day at St. Joseph School!

The morning starts with Mass at 8:30. All are invited to join us. Crusaders for April will be announced at Mass.

Students may wear their Spirit Dress with uniform shoes and socks.

Following Mass we will have a pep rally in the gym.

Starting at 1:00, the spring parade (re-scheduling of the Mardi Gras parade) will roll in the church parking lot.

Dismissal is at regular time.

Students in Grades 5-8 are invited to participate in a sock hop from 7:00-10:00 that evening in the school gym.

Community News


Hoopsters Basketball Camp will be held June 14-17 from 9:00-noon in the St. Joseph Gym. The camp is open to girls ages 5-12 and boys ages 5-10.

Early registration is $50. Late registration is $60.

Enrollment is limited.

Each camper will rceive a camp t-shirt and basketball. Refreshments will be solde throughout the week.

Registration forms are available in the school office.

More information can be had by contacting Kristi Gill at 985-507-4778


Any 6th or 7th grade boys at St. Joseph School who would like to try out for the PJHS tackle football team should be at tryouts on May 12, from 3:30-5:00 at Ponchatoula Junior High. In order to tryout you must have a physical exam from a doctor. Please bring the paperwork from the doctor, shorts, and a t-shirt to tryouts. This is a one-day tryout in shorts. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Brett Chatelain at 985-215-9930.


Information letters have been sent out to 8th grade boy interested in playing football for Ponchatoula High School. A copy of this information is available in the school office. More information can be had by contacting Coach Mike Baiamonte at 04-615-2593.


Ponchatoula High School Lady Wave Volleyball tryouts will be held on May 4th and 5th at 4:45 until 6:00. If you have any questions please contact Coach Long at or Coach Amerson at Ponchatoula High School.


Tangipahoa's best kept secret is back!

Rosaryville will again sponsor its summer camp for boys and girls ages 8-12.

Two sessions will be held this summer: June 20-15 and July 18-23. This promises to be a fun-filled week of activities gearred to developing body, mind, and spirit.

The cost is $395 per child for overnight stays. Day camp is $265. Family discounts are available for two or more children attending the same camp.

There is limited space, so plans should be made now to reserve a spot.

More information can be had by contacting Jay Day, camp director, at 225-294-5039. The website also contains information..

Rosaryville is located at 39003 Rosaryville Raod in Ponchatoula.


Ages 3-18 at Oak Knoll Country Club. Registration forms are in the office. More information can be had by contacting Abrie de Pooly at 985-542-5756 ext 103 or 985-534-6229 (cell).

St. Joseph Parish News

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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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