Psalm 118

R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting. 

Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let those who fear the LORD say,
“His mercy endures forever.” 

R. (1) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting. 

I was hard pressed and was falling,
but the LORD helped me.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just: 

R. (1) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting. 

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it. 

R. (1) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

From the Principal

In the Picture - Softball Team

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to the following for their outstanding achievements:

1. State Literary Rally

Bethany Herrick represented St. Joseph at State Literary Rally at LSU in English I.
Abigail vonAlmen represented St. Joseph at State Literary Rally at LSU in Algebra I.

Thanks to their teachers Mrs. Bankston and Mrs. Carroll for their support of the girls in their efforts.

2. Northshore Independent Atheletic League (NIAL) Track Meet

Jonathon Boudreaux Overall MVP Middle School Boy’s Division
NIAL Track Championship Meet

Brilee Broussard Overall MVP Sub Elementary Girl’s Division
NIAL Track Championship Meet

Sara Lavastida Track MVP Elementary Girls
NIAL Track Championship Meet

Elementary Girls Track Team - Paige Bankston, Marley Bohning, Brilee Broussard, Krislyn Dapprich, Maria Guay, Charley Guzzardo, Heather Habisreitinger, Aschlen Harborth, Sara Lavistida, Payton LeSaicherre, Taylor Tumulty, Samantha Wisecarver

The above named girls won the NIAL championship in their age division.

Thanks to Mr. Kirk Jackson and Mrs. Jerry Pevey for coaching the team.

3. Senior Girl’s NIAL Softball Championship

Softball Team members - Shelby Bagby, Grayson Boudreaux, Jennifer Brescher, Morgan Fontenot, Dani Majeau, Abigail von Almon, Krystal Waddell, Raylea Willoughby, McKenzi McNemar, Emily Waddell, Julia Cervini, Lauren McNeeley, and Kodi Golden

The above named girls were champions of the NIAL Senior Softball Team that defeated Holy Ghost by the 10 RUN RULE in the championship game. Thanks to Andre Majeau, Thomas Loupe and George Waddell for coaching the team.

Teachers all enjoyed the National Catholic Education Association Convention held at the New Orleans Convention Center over the Easter Holidays. Teachers and administrators from all over the country met in New Orleans and spent three hard days in meetings to enhance their performance in the classrooms. The meeting is held in the city on a retating basis and returns every eight or nine years. 

-- Gerard Toups

Current Calendar

Thursday, May 5
* Teacher Appreciation Week

Friday, May 6
* Teacher Appreciation Week
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
* May Crowning
* Crusaders Luncheon
* Pep Rally @ 1:00 p.m.
* Accelerated Reader Deadline
* All books are due back to the library.

Sunday, May 8
* Mothers' Day

Monday, May 9
* Exams - Grade 8 - Reading, Science

Tuesday, May 10
* Exams - Grade 8 - English, Social Studies 
* Spirit Dress Day for those whose parents worked Fair and Parking weekends

Wednesday, May 11
* Exams - Grade 8 - Math

Thursday, May 12
* Eighth Grade Breakfast & Practice

Friday, May 13
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
* Spirit Dress

Monday, May 16
* Eighth Grade Awards Program @ 10:00

Tuesday, May 17
* Exams - Grades 6 & 7 - Reading, Science
* Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony @ 7:00

Wednesday, May 18 
* Exams - Grades 6 & 7 - English, Social Studies

Thursday, May 19
* Exams - Grades 6 & 7 - Math
* PreK/K Picnic 11:00-1:00

Friday, May 20
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
* Spirit Dress
* Kindergarten Program Ceremony @ 10:00
* PreK Program Ceremony @ 12:30

Monday, May 23
* Field Day

Tuesday, May 24
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
* Awards Program @ 9:30
* 11:30 Dismissal
* Fourth Quarter Ends 
* Last Day for Students

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is right after the holidays, May 2-6. This is a perfect time to thank a teacher for the love, support, and care they've given to students all year.

Some activities planned for the week include:

On Monday, May 2, each homeroom class has been assigned one item to bring to the teachers' lounge for everyone to enjoy.

Tuesday, May 3, is "Classroom Supply Day". This day is themed for students to bring their teacher miscellaneous supplies used in the classroom. (Ex - paper clips, staples, post-its, highlighters, dry erase supplies, tape, etc.)

On Wednesday 4, the Home and School Association will provide lunch for the teachers.

A few room moms will provide breakfast for the teachers on Thursday, May 5.

On Friday, May 6, students may bring a teacher appreciation gift to their teachers.

Home and School Officers

Congratulations to the Home and School Association officers for 2011-2012. 

John Falcon - president

Lori Kyle - vice president

Crystal Smith - treasurer

Shari Amerson - corresponding secretary

Sarah LaCroix - recording secretary

Kristy Wisecarver - historian

Jarrod Breaux - parliamentarian

Spirit Dress Day

Students whose parents worked either the Spring Fair or the Strawberry Parking (or both) have been awarded an extra Spirit Dress Day on Tuesday, May 10. These students may come that day in regular spirit day dress. We have a list of eligible students. All others are to come in regular uniform.

Library Notes

The last day for eighth grade students to turn in library books is Friday, May 6.

The last day for all other students to turn in library books is Friday, May 13.

Accelerated Reader deadline for ALL students is Friday, May 6.

Cafeteria News

Students will not be able to charge lunches beginning Tuesday, May 2. Please make sure your child or children have enough money in their accounts to pay for lunch or bring a bag lunch.

Questions may be directed to Mrs. Gwen Klein, cafeteria manager, at 985-386-8075.

For 8th Grade Parents

The Eighth Grade Packet outlining upcoming events and deadlines was sent home with students several weeks ago. 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.

May Crowning
Accelerated Reader Deadline

Reading & Science Exams

English & Social Studies Exams

Math Exam
Pancake Breakfast for Class ONLY

Breakfast @ KC Hall with parents - See packet for details.
Promotion practice

No school for 8th grade students

Awards Ceremony @ 10 - See packet for details.

Promotion @ 7 - See packet for details.
Reception @ 8 - See packet for details.
Party @ 9 - See packet for details.

Community News

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

Rosaryville is now registering for its annual Camp Kateri.

Two sessions will be available, July 10-15 and July 24-19.

The camp is for boys and girls ages 7-13.

St. Joseph Parish News

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

Vacation Bible School will be held June 6-10 and June 12, from 8:00-noon. Students may register online at or with the form sent home today.

VBS costs $25/child. Late registration after May 29 will be $30. No child will be denied because of financial hardship. 

Please contact Denise Arnondin at 985-386-3749 for more details.

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