Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6

R. Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!

By the streams of Babylon
we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
On the aspens of that land
we hung up our harps.

R. Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!

Though there our captors asked of us
the lyrics of our songs,
And our despoilers urged us to be joyous:
"Sing for us the songs of Zion!"

R. Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!

How could we sing a song of the LORD
in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand be forgotten!

R. Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!

May my tongue cleave to my palate
if I remember you not,
If I place not Jerusalem
ahead of my joy.

R. Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Last month’s Papa John’s Pizza was a great success netting the school over $300.00. We will do this monthly and ask for your support. Our next Papa John's Day is Tuesday, October 4.

The flyer that came home today regarding the Saints' raffle has the potential to bring a substantial amount of money to the school. Next week each child will come home with raffle tickets. This raffle is completely sponsored by parents in the school. We are asking that you support their effort. Whoever wins the raffle will have a great seat for a very important Saints' game. Also the parents have obtained some great Saints' prizes for the three students who are the top sellers. Thank you in advance for your support.

Mr. Tommy and Mr. Joe are doing work to make the playground nicer for the children. A huge load of bark is on the way which will enhance the playground substantially. In the fall, trees will be planted that will eventually provide shade for the kids. There are also renovations being made to one of the classrooms in the main building. That effort will continue as the school year continues. 

-- Gerard Toups, Ph.D.

Calendar for the Week

Thursday, September 29
Reconciliation - 7th Grade

Friday, September 30
Fair Day Holiday - No School Today 

Tuesday, October 4
SJS/Papa John's Pizza Night
Cross Country Pictures

Thursday, October 6
Living Rosary
A/R Deadline 1st Quarter

Friday, October 7
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Adopt-a-Child Collection

See more plans for the year at Calendar

September Crusaders

Each month from September through April, St. Joseph School names a Crusader and a Mini Crusader of the Month. Students are nominated by faculty, other students, and the community. A selection committee reviews the nominations and names Crusaders for that month.

Crusaders of the Month are students who explemplify by their words and deeds what it means to be true Crusaders. They display a love of God and a devotion to His work. They show obvious concern for peers, family, and friends and participate in school life with zeal and enthusiasm. They stand up for causes or situation when they know it is right. They are leaders, not followers. The Crusaders show hnesty and integrity, rspect for authority, and a willingness to give service to others.

Students chosen as Cruaders of the Month are honored with the announcement at an all-school Mass. They are given a certificate, a gift basket, and a Crusader t-shirt. Their picture is taken and made into a poster which hangs in the school office. They are honored with their picture on the school website and in The Crusader Connection. At the end of the school year, all Crusaders of the Month are taken out to lunch by the Principal and the Religion Coordinator.

We are proud to announce Emily Ransom, seventh grade, as our Crusader of the Month and Annabelle Rodrigue, second grade, as our Mini Cruasder for September.

Student Council Officers

Student Council has elected new officers for the 2011-2012 school year.

Pictured above are, seated from left, Lauren Hebert, treasurer, and Leigh Fresina, president. Standing from left are Scott Dufreche, vice president, and Jeb Kraft, chaplain.

The Student Council has already met and has presented several exciting new ideas for projects this year. Once approved by the administration, the students are ready to implement the plans and start a great new year.

Saints Tickets

We at St. Joseph have been given an exciting opportunity to raffle off two Saints - Club Level - Monday Night Football tickets!

We are asking that our student body get involved by selling ten raffle tickets at $5 each. Of course there will be exciting prizes for the top individual sellers and the classes that sell the most.

The raffle tickets will be sent home in next week's Wednesday packet.

The turn-in date for tickets and all money is November 10.

The prizes for the top three sellers are:
     1st place - 8x10 autographed picture of Drew Brees
     2nd place - Lance Moore autographed Saints jersey
     3rd prize - Jon Vilma autographed mini helmet.

In addition to these individual prizes, we will be awarding a pizza party to the classes that sell the most tickets.

If you'd like to sell more tickets than what is sent home, please contact the school office.

Fifth Grade Science

Scotty Oalmann displays his cell model made for his fifth grade science class. Students from both fifth grades created hands-on projects demonstrating their knowledge of plant and animal cells. 

More pictures of the fifth graders and their models can be seen at Photo Albums on this website.

SJS/Papa John's Pizza Night!

Once again, Papa John's Pizza will hold a special night for SJS families!

If you order dinner from Papa John's Pizza on Tuesday, October 4, and mention the school and your teacher's name when ordering, Papa John's will donate 20% of the order price to St. Joseph School.

The homeroom of the teacher with the highest total will receive a pizza party from Papa John's.

Just last month, SJS received a check for $328.76 for their share of the orders for our special night.

St. Joseph's still holds the record for the biggest night in the area. Let's keep that momentum going!

Please come on Tuesday, enjoy pizza, and have the school benefit from your order. 

Thanks to all for school spirit and support!

Community News


St. Stanislaus School will hold informational sessions around the area in the coming months. At each info session, prospective parents and students will hear presentations from St. Stanislaus administrators, parents and students. Attendees will learn about the structure, discipline, religious formation and academic and athletic excellence that St. Stanislaus offers. With weekend transportation to and from New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Covington, St. Stanislaus is a convenient option for parents who are looking for a boarding school that can help their sons grow emotionally, academically and spiritually. We ask that parents RSVP at our website,

Dates, Times & Locations:

- October 4, 2011 from 5 – 7 PM in New Orleans at the Hilton New Orleans Hotel (333 St. Charles Ave.)

- October 5, 2011 from 5 – 7 PM in Baton Rouge at the Capitol Park Welcome Center (702 N. River Rd.)

- October 6, 2011 from 5 – 7 PM in Covington at the Greater Covington Center (317 N. Jefferson Ave.)

- October 11, 2011 from 6 – 8 PM in Metairie at the Sheraton Metairie Hotel (4 Galleria Blvd.)

Title I Parent Center Parent Activities

Title I Parent Center Parent Activities


Individual consultations are given daily to parents seeking guidance in improving their children’s academic skills.

Call 985-429-9043 for more information. Limited seating in computer lab sessions.

October 7 9:00 – 11:00
Intermediate Windows Part 2 - Cameras, CDs
Technology Dept. Lab
Technology Resource Teacher

October 14 9:00 – 11:00
Internet Basics – Part 1
Technology Dept. Lab
Technology Resource Teacher 

October 21 9:00 – 11:00
Technology Dept. Lab
Learn to Use Parent Command Center
Learn to Use Parent Resources
Hammond Jr. High
Technology Resource Teacher

October 28 9:00 – 11:00
Harcourt Math and Reading Resources
Tech. Dept. Lab
Hammond Jr. High
Technology Resource Teacher

Parish News

Rev. John Dominic Sims, O.P. - Pastor
Rev. Cayet Mangiaracina, O.P. - Parochial Vicar
Rev. J.D. Logan, O.P. - In Residence
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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