Psalm 16

R. Lord, you will show us the path of life. 

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
R. Alleluia.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. 

R. Lord, you will show us the path of life. 

Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption. 

R. Lord, you will show us the path of life. 

You will show me the path to life,
abounding joy in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever. 

R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

The May Crowning was held last Friday and was a beautiful program. Stephanie Ekker crowned the Blessed Virgin Mary with Dani Majeau and Leah Dahmer assisting. These girls were honored by a vote of the faculty to participate in the ceremony.

Congratulations to Katie Ryals and Colton Sharp for being two of the thirty-three students from the Tangipahoa Public Schools who are included in the Senior Exclusive Club for scoring a 28 or above on the ACT. Katie will attend LSU and study elementary education. Colton Sharp will attend Oregon State and has not decided on a major at this time.

A huge congratulations to Michael Davis, another graduate of St. Joseph School, for being named a National Merit Scholar at St. Thomas High School. This is an extremely prestigious academic award. About 1.5 million students take the PSAT in their junior year of high school, less than 11,000 are named National Merit Scholars. Universities across the country recognize this achievement and National Merit students are sought after for admission.

The school has not received the Terra Nova results. Expectations are that the tests will be received in time to place in the report cards. If scores are not in the report card, look for notice on the website as to how they may be obtained. 

-- Gerard Toups

Current Calendar

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 
* 11:30 Dismissal

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

Home and School Association News

Dear Parents and Staff, 

Let me start by saying I am honored to be elected to the Home and School Association board. 

As a member of the St. Joseph family for the last seven years, I have watched our school family grow. I hope to build on the improvements made by the past boards to help our school prosper. I am also looking forward to working with the new board along with the parents and staff of St. Joseph. Together we can work to improve our children’s educational experience, in and out the classroom. 

Please feel free to contact me if there is anything I can assist you with. I hope to get the opportunity to work with every parent at the Home and School events throughout the next school year. 

John Falcon, President
St. Joseph Home and School Association

Cafeteria News

Please check online or call Mrs. Gwen Klein, cafeteria manager, at 985-386-8075, for cafeteria balances. These must be reconciled by the end of the school year.

If you owe the cafeteria money, balances are due immediately. Unpaid balances will result in the parents being called to bring a bag lunch to school for the student.

If the cafeteria owes you a balance of $10.00 or more, a refund request form (from the office) must be filed with the cafeteria manager before the end of the school year.

Last Two Days of School

Monday, May 23
* Field Day - Students may wear modest shorts, t-shirts, and regular tennis shoes. No tank tops or spaghetti straps. No short shorts.
* Breakfast and lunch will be served.
* 11:30 dismissal.
* Buses will run both morning and at 11:30.
* No after school care.

Tuesday, May 24
* Students wear regular uniforms.
* Mass at 8:30. All are invited to attend.
* Awards in gym after Mass.
* No lunch will be served. Breakfast will be available.
* 11:30 dismissal.
* Buses will run both morning and at 11:30.
* No after school care.

Community News

Dear St. Joseph School,

Please join Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, the Hammond Chamber of Commerce, and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office at the 2nd Annual End of School Bash! Bring your family for fun in the sun! We hope that you and your children will enjoy learning about what you can do to prevent crime, live safely & healthy, make good choices and share that information with your friends, family, and coworkers! Also we hope that you will encourage others to join our email list so that they may receive the same great information and event updates that you are!

Are You Ready For A Safe & Healthy Summer??

Come to the 2nd Annual End of School Bash!

May 24th, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Mooney Park
Hammond, LA

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Hammond Chamber of Commerce Community Development Committee are proud to announce a joint public safety project - the 2nd Annual End of School Bash. The event will be held on May 24th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Mooney Park in Hammond, LA. This is the last half day of school in Tangipahoa Parish. The purpose of the event is to promote public safety and awareness to our community children and their families as we move into the summer months. Last year's event was a great success and we look forward to even more public participation this year!

This free event will provide information on being a good role model, making good choices, healthy living, underage drinking, crime prevention and awareness, environmental awareness, animal care, and fire safety to name a few topics. There will be basketball, inflatable sports center, inflatable rock wall and slide, balloons, games, activities, and a lot of great safety information. In addition, there will be music, a fire truck, and other equipment on hand for the children to explore as well as it being a great opportunity for the children to meet and talk to their local law enforcement and community leaders. There will also be a TPSO K-9 demonstration and child finger printing offered as well as computerized Child ID Kits. Free hotdogs, snacks, and drinks will be served. The committee is asking that parents and guardians accompany their children at all times during the event. 

Sponsors and participants in the event are the Hammond Rotary Club, Hammond Recreation Department, CAS, Tangipahoa - Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change(TRACC), LaCHIP, Volunteers of America, LSU AG Center, The Mission Superstar Kids program, Tobacco Free Living, SNAP Fitness, Tangi Humane Society, Fla. Parishes Human Services Authority, Women's Life Ministries, Cypress Pointe Surgical Center, CNA Railroad, New York Life, Spacewalk of Hammond, Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation, Hammond Police Department, Hammond Fire Department, Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Spacewalk of Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Hammond Chamber of Commerce.

If your organization would like to participate or you would like to volunteer please contact Jodie Powell for more information at .

To share information on a crime or suspicious activity anonymously please choose one of the following methods;

Call 1-800-554-JAIL(5245)


Visit and click the "Leave A Tip" tab.

Text "CRIMES" from a regular cell phone or "274637" from a smart phone and begin by typing "TANGITIP" followed by the tip information. NOTE: Free Applications for iphone and Android phones are available in thier prospective stores.

Thank you for being a part of the solution!


Jodie W. Powell
CEO/Executive Director
Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc.

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc. is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization that works in partnership with the community, media, and law enforcement to solve crimes. Our organization is based on the simple premis that for every crime committed, someone other than the criminal has the information that will solve it! Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa accepts anonymous tips through our tip line at 1-800-554-5245(JAIL) and on our website . All tipsters remain completely anonymous. You will never be asked for your name or to testify. If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward. 

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

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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