Psalm 98

R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice. 

Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the LORD. 

R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice. 

Let the sea and what fills it resound,
the world and those who dwell in it;
let the rivers clap their hands,
the mountains shout with them for joy. 

R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice. 

Before the LORD, for he comes,
for he comes to rule the earth,
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with equity. 

R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

There were three events this past week that are very noteworthy.

Last Thursday the school had a very moving ceremony for Veterans Day. Students were invited to bring their relatives and friends who were veterans to school for the occasion. Students witnessed and participated in an observance that included the singing of patriotic songs, the playing of taps, and the introduction of the twenty plus veterans who were present for the occasion. The Boy and Girl Scout Troops were dressed in their uniforms and presented the colors. We thank Mrs. James and Mrs. Dufreche and all who helped them to make the morning very special.

On Friday afternoon, the students had a wonderful time escorting their grandparents and in a number of cases their great-grandparents around the school. A large number came and enjoyed the nice weather. It is always great to see how many of the grandparents take the time to come to school to be with their grandchildren. We appreciate the interest each takes to spend the time at school with their grandchildren. We thank Mrs. Bankston for taking the lead in preparing for the day. We thank all those who provided the entertainment.

Finally, the Book Fair is going on this week. There were a number of parent volunteers who help Mrs. Carroll to make the fair a success. Parents also gave up time and assisted at Grandparents Day. We appreciate so much and owe so much to the parents who year after year offer their services to the school. Your service to the school does not go unnoticed.

For a selection of pictures for each event as well as many other events throughout the school year, take a look at the Photo Album. You can download and print pictures from the events.

-- Gerard Toups

Current Calendar

Thursday, November 18
* PreK, First, Third Grades - Thanksgiving Program @ 7:45
* Third & Fourth Grades - Guest Speaker
* Book Fair Student Shopping
* Thanksgiving Food Drive
* National Appreciation Day for Principals
* 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
* Hornets Orders Due - Last Day - for December 22 Game - Tyler Sings!
* 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 
* BMX Bike Show (for Magazine Sale)

Tuesday, November 30
* Fair Meeting @ 6:30 in the Library

Wednesday, December 1
* Pictures with Santa
* Advisory Council @ 6:00 

Thursday, December 2
* Social Studies/Science Fairs
* Home & School Meeting @ 6:00 in the gym

Friday, December 3
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
* Adopt-a-Child Collection
* Spirit Dress

The Book Fair Is Here!

The Scholastic Book Fair is at our school this week! 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.

The book fair will be open on the following dates: 
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 (this is for adults only).

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Student Council is sponsoring a food drive to help the less fortunate in our community this Thanksgiving.

The food drive will take place from Monday, November 15, through Friday, November 19.

All food donations will be given to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at St. Joseph Church for distribution.

Boxes labeled with each grade level will be placed in the gym. Students may drop off their donations when they arrive at school each morning.

Listed below are the categories that each grade level is asked to bring.

PreK & Kindergarten - cake mix, brownie mix, muffin mix, biscuit mix, cornbread mix

First Grade - breakfast cereal, grits, oatmeal, etc.

Second Grade - canned fruit 

Third Grade - juice, condensed or evaporated milk, tea bags, etc.

Fourth Grade - canned soup, soup mix, gravy mix, canned fish or meat, etc.

Fifth Grade - rice, pasta, dry beans, instant potatoes, etc.

Sixth Grade - canned vegetables

Seventh Grade - sugar, flour, cornmeal, other baking ingredients

Eighth Grade - canned fruit or vegetables

Each grade has been asked to bring food from a certain category so that a variety of items will be donated. If you would like to donate food items that do not fall into your child's designated category, that is absolutely okay. Please make sure that all donated food is non-perishable.

We thank you in advance for your generosity. May God continue to bless yu and your families.

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 Friday, 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.

Thanksgiving Holidays

St. Joseph School will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays Monday, November 22, through Friday, November 26.

Classes will resume on Monday, November 29.

Faculty, staff, and students at St. Joseph School wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving.

Pictures with Santa

News flash just in the from the North Pole:

Santa will be at St. Joseph School on Wednesday, December 1, for pictures with the students. Cost of the picture will be $7.00 for a 5x7 photo. A group of siblings may be requested.

Please fill out the form sent home today and return with payment to the office.

Confetti Eggs

Parents - please save your eggshells when cooking during the holidays!

It's time for confetti eggs again.

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.

The eggshells will be used for confetti eggs during the Spring Fair.

Cold Weather Clothing

Now that colder weather is upon us, we need to remind everyone what is acceptable uniform wear for St. Joseph students:

Girls may wear navy leggings with white socks or white or navy tights with their regular uniforms.

Both boys and girls may wear a white long or short sleeved shirt with no writing under their regular uniform shirts.

All students may wear the SJS sweatshirt with or without the hood or the SJS heavier jacket or a solid white or navy blue cardigan sweater (no zippers). The sweatshirts and jackets are available at The Old School on Church Street in Hammond.


Basketball Schedule

Date - Opponent - Time - Place - Order of Games

Mon, Nov 8 - Loranger - 5, 6, 7 - Loranger - JVB VG VB

Wed, Nov 10 - Mater Dolorosa - 4, 5, 6 - MDS - JVB VG VB

Thurs, Nov 11 - Harvest - 4, 5, 6, 7 - Harvest  - VG VB

Mon, Nov 15 - Holy Ghost - 4, 5, 6, 7 - SJS - JVB JVG VB VG

Wed, Nov 17 - SSA - 6 - SJS - VG

Thurs, Nov 18 - Trafton - 4, 5, 6, 7 - Trafton - JVG JVB VG VB 

Friday, Nov 19-Sat, Nov 20 - SSA Tourney - TBA - SSA - VG                 
Tues, Nov 30-Wed, Dec1, Thurs, Dec 2 - Loranger Tourney - TBA - Loranger - TBA                   
Mon, Dec 6 - Ponchatoula - TBA - SJS - TBA

Thurs, Dec 9 - Kehoe-France - 4, 5, 6, 7 - SJS - JVG JVB VG VB

Fri, Dec 10 - Holy Ghost - 4, 5, 6, 7 - Holy Ghost - JVG JVB VG VB

Mon, Dec 13 - Lake Castle - 4, 5, 6, 7 - SJS - JVG JVB VG VB

Wed Dec 15, Thurs Dec 16, Fri, Dec 17, Sat Dec 18 - Trafton Tourney - TBA - Trafton - TBA          
Thurs, Dec 16 - Loranger - 5, 6, 7 - SJS - JVG VG VB

Tues, Jan 4 - St. Peter - 4, 5, 6, 7 - SJS - JVB JVG VG VB

Fri Jan 7, Sat Jan 8 - Trafton JV Tourney - TBA - Trafton - TBA                        
Tues, Jan 11 - Christ Episcopal - 4, 5, 6, 7 - Christ Episcopal - JVG JVB VG VB

Wed, Jan 12 - OLL - 4, 5, 6, 7 - SJS - JVG JVB VG VB

Tues, Jan 18 - Northlake - 4, 5, 6, 7 - Northlake - JVG JVB VG VB

Thurs, Jan 20 - SCHEF - 5, 6 - SJS - VG VB

Mon Jan 24-Thurs Jan 27 - JV NIAL Tourney - TBA - OLL - TBA

Thurs Feb 3-Sat Feb 5 - Varsity NIAL Tourney - TBA - SSA/Christ Episcopal - TBA

Papa John's Pizza Night

What a great success!

Mr. Jay Naquin's eighth grade class won a pizza party from Papa John's/SJS Pizza Night on Tuesday, November 16. Students made a total of 11 orders in order to win the party.

Runner-up classrooms were close behind with 10 orders each. Those honors belong to Mrs. Harwell's kindergarten and Mrs. Wagner's sixth grade.

The school received a check from Papa John's for $370.93, a percentage from all orders. Many, many thanks to all who enjoyed Papa John's Pizza Tuesday night.

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

Community News

Second Chance Treasures - A fund raising event!
Looking for hidden treasures that other people don't want?
Squires Circle 585 will be having a garage sale!
When? November 27-28, 2010
Where? Knights of Columbus hall John F. Kennedy Council #2952
The Council Home is located in the city of Hammond, Louisiana. It is on the
corner of University Blvd. and Oak Street.
Time? 8:00am - 4:00pm
There will be jambalaya dinners for sale on Sunday 11:00 am - 2:00pm $6.00
per plate
Please help support the Squires program as these young men journey to

For Squires Enrollment
Please contact
Joey Quebedeaux

Help Xpressions Salon & Spa give back what chemo takes away. Every donation of $5.00 or more toward the purchase of wigs for chemo patients will receive a free Power Dose Treatment valued at $20 in appreciation for your support of Project HALO (Helping Alleviate Life's Obstacles).  
For more information, please contact Xpressions Salon & Spa at 101 West Pine Street, Ponchatoula, or 985-370-0007.

November 22 and 23
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Half day - $100 by November 17/$120 after November 17
Full day - $140 by November 17/$160 after November 17
Grades K-8
Please contact Coach Justin Cryer at 985-320-3774 or visit the website 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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