Psalm 145

R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God. 

I will extol you, O my God and King,
and I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever. 

R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God. 

The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works. 

R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God. 

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might. 

R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God. 

The LORD is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down. 

R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

From the Principal

Congratulations to Joey Gaines (6th Grade) and Eva Delatte (1st Grade) for being named October Crusader and Mini Crusader of the Month.

Dear Parents:

The next four suggestions from the Oprah article are most appropriate. Children of elementary age need supervision in their school work. It does not end in third grade. I remember helping one of my children with geometry in high school. Make time for them. Form good habits early. When the tragedy at Vanderbilt High School in Houma occurred a couple of weeks ago, there was an excellent letter published in the Times Picayune from the Vanderbilt football coach. He indicated that at Vanderbilt, the Athletic Department stressed God, family, academics, and athletics in that order. In my view the last value might not be athletics for all students. The last one might be music, art, dance, scouting, fishing, or some other activity the child enjoys. The other three are in proper order and should always take priority. We must prioritize for correctly for our children. Then they will have the proper values to carry them through life.

Be Involved.
5. Check children's agendas and take-home folders every night. According to the National PTA, talking with your children is one of the most critical steps of healthy parenting. "Communication is key," Not only does this help you stay on top of updates and what's going on in the classroom, but it also shows your child that you are checking in. 

6. Check on homework regularly—but don't do it for the child! It's important to review your child's homework, but if she gets an answer wrong, take the time to help her understand why. "Please don't just tell her the right answer, that defeats the purpose of homework!" 

7. Address behavior issues at home. "Children don't enjoy getting in trouble, so when they come home and tell you about how mean the teacher is, keep in mind they may be telling the story in a way that they won't get punished." If this happens, try to get to the heart of the issue and uncover the facts so you can address it. 

8. Go to Open House Night. A good parent-teacher relationship leads to a good student-teacher relationship, so don't skip the open house! Use the open house as a time to get to know the teacher, ask questions, uncover expectations, address problems and find out what's going on in the classroom. 

It’s hard to assure that each child has your attention, especially if there are several children in the household. Each must have their time and that time is vitally important for their success. 

-- Gerard Toups

Current Calendar

Wednesday, November 3
* Advisory Council @ 6:00

Thursday, November 4
* Reconciliation (4th)

Friday, November 5
* No school Mass
* Spirit Dress (NO FALL FEST T-SHIRTS)
* Father/Daughter Dance

Sunday, November 7
* Daylight Savings Time Ends

Tuesday, November 8
* ACRE Test Grades 5 & 8
* STA Retreat for Grade 7 @ STA

Wednesday, November 10
* ENTERGY Presentation

Thursday, November 11
* Veterans' Day - SJS has school. 
* Veterans' Day Assembly @ 7:45
* Reconciliation (3rd)

Friday, November 12
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
* Spirit Dress
* Grandparents' Day 
* Family Movie Night
* Book Fair Open 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Monday, November 15 - Friday, November 19
* Book Fair Week

Monday, November 15
* Book Fair Student Shopping

Tuesday, November 16
* Field Trip - Fourth Grade
* Book Fair Student Shopping
* Papa John Pizza Night

Wednesday, November 17
* Field Trip - Third Grade
* Midquarter Reports Online - Deficiency Reports Sent Home
* Book Fair Student Shopping 

Thursday, November 18
* PreK, First, Third Grades - Thanksgiving Program @ 7:45
* Third & Fourth Grades - Guest Speaker
* Book Fair Student Shopping
* Book Fair "Family-a-Fair" - 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 19
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend. This is our Pilgrim & Indian Mass.
* Crusaders Announced
* Spirit Dress
* Hornets Orders Due (for December 22 game) 
* Book Fair - Last Chance Student Shopping
* Book Fair "Christmas Club" - 9:45-11:00 a.m. - Parents ONLY

Monday, November 22 - Friday, November 26
* Thanksgiving Holidays

Sunday, November 28
* First Sunday of Advent

Monday, November 29
* Classes Resume
* Blessing of Advent Wreaths at Morning Assembly

All Saints Day

Sixth grade students portayed their favorite saints at Mass on Monday, November 1, in honor of all Saints Day.

The students researched and wrote about their saints prior to the feast day. They participated in the Mass dressed as their chosen saint. Following Mass, the students visited the classrooms to tell the other students what they found fascinating about their particular saint.

Pictures of all the "saints" can be found in Photo Albums on the website.

Father/Daughter Dance

St. Joseph School is sponsoring the second annual Father/Daughter Dance on Friday, November 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the school gym.

All dads of daughters in any grade are welcome to come and enjoy a night out with their little girl. There will be music, dancing, food, and drinks. Pictures will also be available.

We realize that special circumstances permit another male firgure in a student's life. If this is the case, a grandfather, uncle, etc. may attend in dad's place.

The theme for the evening is any football attire. An award will be given for the best dressed couple.

Early bird prices - $20 admits dad and one daughter. Each additional daughter is $5.

At the door prices - $30 admits dad and one daughter. Each additional daughter is $5.

SJS Night with the Hornets

Don't miss your chance to show your school pride and watch CP3 and the Hornets as they take on the New Jersey Nets for a night full of excitement and entertainment!

December 22 is St. Joseph School Night at the Hornets' game! One of our eighth graders, Tyler Carollo, will sing the National Anthem. After the game, the St. Joseph group will be allowed on the court to take a group photo with a few Honeybees! Our school name will be on the BuzzVision screen during the game.

Tickets for the game are $25 each and include a special St. Joseph School/New Orleans Hornets t-shirt.

Orders for tickets are due November 19. NO late orders will be taken.

To purchase tickets, please fill out and return the purple form sent home today with payment. Make checks payable to St. Joseph School.

Need more information? Please contact Toni in the office at 985-386-6421.

Red Ribbon Week Pep Rally

Faculty played the eighth grade students in a much-anticipated volleyball game during the Red Ribbon Week pep rally on Thursday, October 28. 

This game completed the week-long festivities designed to encourage students to say no to drugs and alcohol. Various other activities, including guessing the number of red candies, daily prize winners, coloring contests, essay contests, a K-9 visit, and hobby day, kept the week's momentum going. 

Raymond Mauterer with the Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office was a special speaker at the pep rally. 

Pictures of Hobby Day and the Pep Rally can be seen in Photo Albums on this website. 

Teachers won both games: one against the boys and one against the girls.

Veterans' Day Assembly

The faculty, staff, and students of St. Joseph School will be celebrating Veterans' Day on Thursday, November 11, during our morning assembly at 7:35. We will be paying tribute to our American heroes.

If you have a family member who is currently serving or has previously served in a branch of the United States military, please let us know by filling out the form which went home today and returning it by Friday, November 5. Your military family member can join us at our assembly at 7:35 on Thursday, November 11.

We would also like to honor any fallen heroes. If there is somene in your family who is a fallen American hero, please sent us a picture of them with the form, so that they too can be remembered.

SJS Papa John's Night

If you order dinner from Papa John's Pizza on Tuesday, November 16, 20% of your order will be donated to St. Joseph School!

The teacher with the highest total will receive a pizza party for the class!

Please remember to mention St. Joseph School and your teacher's name when ordering! Papa John's has a limited delivery area. Carryout orders count toward the total!

Papa John's Pizza
201 West Pine Street

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school soon! The action-packed theme for our Fall 2010 Book Fair is Here's to our Heroes! Reading Saves the Day!

Because volunteers are the heroes behind a successful fair, we hope you will unleash your talents and join us as we bring an exciting reading event to our school.

If you have some time to help us conduct our next book fair, plese complete the form sent home today. Send the form back to your child's homeroom teacher or turn it in to the office. You may also email Mrs. Carroll at if you'd like to volunteer.

The book fair will be open on the following dates:                                                                          Grandparents Day - Friday, November 12 - 1:30-3:00                                                                              Family Movie Night, Friday, November 12 - 4:30-6:30                                                                         Student Shopping - Monday, November 15-Friday, November 19                                                        Family-a-Fair - Thursday, November 18 - 6:00-8:00                                                                                       Christmas Club - Friday, November 19 - 9:45-11:00.                       

Grandparents' Day

Grandparents' Day will be held on Friday, November 12. 

The day will begin with a prayer service in the church at 1:00 p.m.

Following the prayer service, grandparents will meet with grandchildren to watch a presentation in gym, take pictures, visit the book fair, tour the school, and/or have refreshments. 

Prepaid picture packages were sent home today.

If grandparents intend to take their grandchildren home from school, please let them know thaty the grandchildren MUST be signed out either in the office or with the homeroom teacher. No one just walks off the school campus.

Altar Servers

Interested in Altar Serving?

There will be registration, an introductory meeting, and the first training session on November 14, at 2:00 p.m. in the church.

The only requirements are that you are a baptized Catholic, in the 4th through 12th grades, and willing to commit to serve God, His Church, and His people.

Parents are welcome to stay. Questions? Contact Glen or Michele Ernst.

Partners in Education


St. Joseph School just received a check of over $200 from Target thanks to parents and supporters who have signed up for their Take Charge of Education Program

These donations are accumulated when supporters of the school make purchases using the REDcard. Target donates up to 1% of these purchases to eligible schools designated by the shopper. Each September, checks are distributed to the schools.

You can help support St. Joseph School through Target by following the steps below:

Here's how to participate:
Apply and get approved for a REDcard®.
Enroll in Take Charge of Education and designate a K-12 school.
Start shopping with your REDcard®.

Donations to Schools
We'll track purchases made by participating REDcard® holders, then send a no-strings-attached donation check directly to the school principal.

Checks are distributed once a year. If the total of accumulated donations is less than $25, the amount carries over to the next payment period. You can track your school's progress at

St. Joseph Parish

Rev. John Dominic Sims, O.P. - Pastor
Larry J. Melcanon - Deacon

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil Mass - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Mass - 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m.

Contact Information
Address - 255 North 8th Street (P.O. Box 368), Ponchatoula, LA 70454
Phone - 985.386.3749
Website -

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