Psalm 95

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 

Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him. 

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 

Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides. 

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 

Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works.” 

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

From the Principal

Dear Parents -

The Fair continues to pay bills and collect refunds, so we do not have complete results, but we do want to thank certain individuals who took in a piece of the project and saw it through to completion.
Lori Kyle served as fair co-chair with George Waddell and was responsible for sponsorships and the raffle. Chrystal Smith handled the finances. Thomas Loupe managed the food preparation. Courtney Jacobs gathered the sweets for the sweet booth. Kristy Wisecarver dealt with the silent auction. John Ryals and John Falcon built, worked, and tore down the games. Elaine LeBlanc ordered the prizes and lived in the prize booth. Susan Casey was responsible for the eggs. Finally, Andre Escude built and tore down the stage. 

George wanted to especially thank the room mothers who did a great job of calling parents and setting up times for volunteers to work the booths. George wanted all to know that, “There were many more who worked tirelessly before the fair and all weekend during the fair. This was the best volunteer support we have had.”

Remember that our other event that can bring to the school significant funds is the Strawberry Parking. That is scheduled for April 10 and 11. A flyer is coming home today for volunteers. Please volunteer to set up and help. The work often falls on a few individuals. The more help we have, the less burdensome it will be. 

-- Gerard Toups

Current Calendar

Thursday, March 31
* Boys' Basketball Pictures

Friday, April 1
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited.
* Adopt-a-Child Collection 
* Advisory Council Ballots Due
* Spirit Dress 
* Stations of the Cross @ 1:45

Monday, April 4
* 8th Grade Terra Nova Testing

Tuesday, April 5
* 8th Grade Terra Nova Testing

Thursday, April 7
* Home & School Meeting @ 6:30 in gym

Friday, April 8
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited.
* Spirit Dress
* Math-a-Thon Due* Stations of the Cross @ 1:45

Saturday, April 9
* Strawberry Festival Parking

Sunday, April 10
* Fifth Sunday of Lent
* Strawberry Festival Parking

Monday, April 11
* 8th Grade LEAP Testing
* 2nd-7th Grade Terra Nova Testing

Tuesday, April 12
* 8th Grade LEAP Testing
* 2nd-7th Grade Terra Nova Testing

Wednesday, April 13
* 2nd-8th Grade Terra Nova Testing
* Midquarter Reports
* Advisory Council @ 6:00

Thursday, April 14
* 2nd-8th Grade Terra Nova Testing

Friday, April 15
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited.
* Crusaders Announced
* Spirit Dress
* Stations of the Cross @ 1:45

Saturday, April 16
* State Literary Rally

Sunday, April 17
* Palm Sunday

Monday, April 18
* 1st Grade Field Trip
* Holy Week

Tuesday, April 19
* School-wide Retreat
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited. 
* Holy Week

Wednesday, April 20
* Secretaries' Day
* Holy Week

Thursday, April 21
* Holy Week

Easter Holidays
* Friday, April 22 - Friday, April 29 (We have no school on Good Friday.) 

Sataurday, April 30
* First Reconciliation

Sunday, May 1
* First Communion Practice

Monday, May 2
* Classes Resume
* Tuition/Loan Papers Due in School Office
* Teacher Appreciation Week

March Crusaders

March Crusader - Grayson Boudreaux (8th grade)

March Mini Crusader - Nickolas Guarneri (1st grade)

Mardi Gras Parade

Lyden Graves, kindergarten, expresses her sentiments as she and her float start out at the beginning of the Krewe of Crusaders annual Mardi Gras Parade. 

The parade was held on Monday, March 28, as a make up date for our rainout day scheduled before Lent.

You can see all of our wonderful parade floats in the Photo Albums section of this website.

Strawberry Parking

We’re looking for volunteers! 

Strawberry Fest Parking is our second-largest (and easiest!) fund raiser at St. Joseph.
St. Joseph School depends on funds from the Strawberry Fest Parking to add programs which benefit all the students without adding to the cost of attendance. To make the fund raiser work, we depend heavily on our great volunteers. 

Come out, volunteer, meet old friends, make new ones, and get a great suntan all while helping St. Joseph School with this great (and easy!) fund raiser. 

No previous experience is necessary. On-the-job training is available.

A volunteer form has been sent home today. Please volunteer for a shift and return the form to school.

Have a question? Need more informaiton? Contact:
Jeff Schmitt (parking chairman)

Rice Bowls

A "Rice Bowl" from Catholic Relief Services is coming home today. 

Operation Rice Bowl is a Lenten program that asks us to remember the hungry int he world.

Pleae make this program part of your Lenten almsgiving sacrifice and pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are hungry. Place your financial offering in the "Rice Bowl" and return it to school during Holy Week. 

For more information, go to

Thank you so much.

Advisory Council

A slate of qualified nominees for Advisory Council membership has been sent home today.

Please take the time to thoughtfully consider each candidate, then vote for three that you would like to represent you on the Advisory Council. The terms are for three years.

Ballots are due to the school office by Friday, April 1.

Tuition-in-Full/Loan Papers

Tuition payments for the 2011-2012 school year are due in the school office on or before Monday, May 2.

Anyone taking the First Guaranty loan for tuition should have the paperwork turned in to the school office on or before Monday, May 2. Loan papers are included in today's packet.

for 8th Grade Parents

The Eighth Grade Packet outlining upcoming events and deadlines was sent home with students last week. This is a very busy time of year for the eighth graders. Please read the packet, take the appropriate actions, and keep the packet for reference as the year quickly comes to a close.

Eighth grade Terra Nova testing. Please bring sharpened pencils.

Eighth grade LEAP testing at PHS. We already have permission slips for this trip away from school. Students need to be sure to bring sharpened pencils.

Complete Terra Nova testing. 

Community News

Child Advocacy Services will sponsor a 1 mile fun run/walk and 5K race on Saturday, April 2, beginning at Cate Street Square Park in Hammond.
Registration may be completed online, in person, or by mail.
More information can be obtained by clicking on the Blue Ribbon tab at or by calling 985-902-9586.

The next CASA volunteer training for Tangipahoa parish begins April 26, 2011. Currently we have in 14 children Tangipahoa parish waiting for someone to be their voice.
I hope that you will take the next step and be the difference in a child’s life. You will find that being the voice for an abused and/or neglected child brings immeasurable rewards! For more information please contact Connie Stein at (985) 902-9583 or go to

Child Advocacy Services (CAS) is a private, non-profit umbrella agency providing services
through the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program, Children’s Advocacy
Center (CAC) Program, and other services supporting our mission to give Voice, Healing,
and Security to children. CAS offers advocacy, clinical services, and prevention education for
children and families in 10 parishes including Ascension, Assumption, East and West Feliciana,
Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, and Tangipahoa Parishes. CAS is one of
only of 57 non-profits accredited through LANO, meeting the highest standards in
management of finances and services. 

Children's Advocacy Center
“Powerful Voices for Children!”
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are trained volunteers who serve as powerful voices for abused and neglected children. A CASA stands beside a child with the primary goal of helping them reach a safe and permanent home. The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) conducts forensic interviews for children in a safe environment who have disclosed sexual or severe physical abuse. Additional advocacy, clinical services, and prevention are offered.

The Third Annual Pet Expo will be held on Saturday, April 2, from 10-4 at Ponchatoula Recreation Park on North Hoover Road. Games, vendors, raffles, a pet fashion show, and pet contests will be held throughout the day. More information can be obtained by visiting

Each summer North Oaks Health System in Hammond offers young people (ages 14-17, the opportunity to become part of its team of health care professionals through the Junior Volunteer program. Applicants will be placed on a first come, first served basis and positions are limited. Volunteers are asked to give a minimum of 50 hours during the summer. Please contact North Oaks at 985-230-6811 for an application and to learn more about this exciting opportunity. 

The Hoopsters Basketball Camp will be held June 13-16, from 9:00-12:00, at St. Joseph Gym. Girls and boys ages 5-10 are invited to participate. Early registration (deadline May 27) is $55. Late registration is $65.

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

Registration forms are available in the school office.

For more information, please contact Kristi Gill at 985-507-4778 or

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

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