Psalm 86:3-4, 5-6, 9-10

R. Lord, you are merciful and gracious.

Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for to you I call all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

R. Lord, you are merciful and gracious.

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.
Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer
and attend to the sound of my pleading.

R. Lord, you are merciful and gracious.

All the nations you have made shall come
and worship you, O Lord,
and glorify your name.
For you are great, and you do wondrous deeds;
you alone are God.

R. Lord, you are merciful and gracious.

From the Principal

Dear Parents:

This week every family will be receiving a packet of ten tickets valued at $5.00 apiece for chances to win Saint’s Football Game Tickets to the November 28th game versus the New York Giants. This could well be an extremely important match up by that time in the season. Of course, the starting quarterback for the Giants is New Orleans' own Eli Manning. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. This is a Monday night game. The seats are Club Seats valued at $150.00 apiece. There are excellent prizes for the students who sell the most tickets including a picture autographed by Drew Brees, a Lance Moore autographed jersey, and a Jon Vilma autographed mini helmet. Please make every effort to sell the tickets. These should be prized by anyone who is a Saints fan. All proceeds will go to benefit the students at St. Joseph.

In be half of the entire school community, we thank Smith’s Nursery for their generous donation of the sod recently laid in the front of the school.

Congratulations to Emily Ransom for winning the Seventh Grade Division of the Spelling Bee at the Tangipahoa Parish Fair. Thanks to fifth grader Scott Jacobs and third grader Preston Davidson for representing the school at the Fair.

Finally, all are invited to the dedication of the St. Joseph Parish Hall which will take place after the 10:30 Mass on Sunday. There will be refreshments served after the dedication including jambalaya hot dogs. 

-- Gerard Toups, Ph.D.

Calendar for the Week

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

Friday, October 7
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress (or Fall Fest shirts)
Adopt-a-Child Collection

Monday, October 10-Friday, October 14
National School Lunch Week

Monday, October 10
Exams - Grades 6-7-8 - Math

Tuesday, October 11
Exams - Grades 6-7-8 - Reading, Science

Wednesday, October 12
Exams - Grades 6-7-8 - English, Social Studies

Thursday, October 13
Last Day of First Quarter
Attorney General Presentation for Parents @ 7:00 p.m. in the Gym

Friday, October 14
Mass @ 8:30. All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress (or Fall Fest shirts)
Field Trip - 8th Grade to STA
Fall Fest Armband Orders Due (Grades Pre-K-4th)

See more plans for the year at Calendar

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 were sent home today, October 5.

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.

Attorney General Presentation

The Office of the Attorney General for the State of Louisiana will be on campus Thursday, October 13, to make presentations to both students and parents. 

The student presentation will be for grades 6-7-8. It will be held during the school day.

The parent presentation will be at 7:00 p.m. in the school gym. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed at the parent presentation. The program will be given by the AG's high tech crime unit. It will cover internet safety in the areas of child predators, sexting, and other related topics. The presentation will also discuss how FaceBook and other social media are sometimes used in ways which endanger our children.

We hope a large number of our parents turn out to hear this important presentation on such a pertinent topic.

Spelling Bee Champ

Congratulations to Emily Ransom, seventh grade, for her first place finish at the Tangipahoa Parish Spelling Bee.

Emily's winning word was botanist.

St. Joseph is also proud of Scott Jacobs, fifth grade, and Preston Davidson, third grade, for also representing the school at the parish spelling bee.

Fall Fest

The 2011 Fall Fest is quickly approaching!

It will be held on Friday, October 21, from noon until 2:00 p.m.

We ask that everyone bring in one of the following:
* bottled waters
* juice pack
* home-made treats (example: brownies, cookies, cupcakes, rice crispy treats, muffins, etc.)
Please send items in the week of the festival (10/17-10/21). Treats need to be covered or in Ziplock bags.

8th Grade has the privilege of hosting the games for students in Grades Pre-K through 4th.

5th-7th Grades will going on a field trip (permission slip sent home on 10-6-11).

Pre-K-4th Grades will have games with prizes, face painting, and several inflatables set up in the gym. We will be selling armbands which wwill include unlimited game play and four (4) tickets for refreshments. 
The armbands will be presold for $10 through October 14.
* It is easier for everyone if the students can get their armbands in the classroom prior to the festival. The presold armbands also allow the students to have more time to play.
* If you wait until the day of the festival, we will have a table set up selling armbands for $12. 
* Tickets for additional refreshments will also be available for 25 cents each.
* Order forms for armbands were sent home on 10/5/11. The armband order form is also available here. Armband Order Forms.

Home & School Association


The October meeting for Home and School has been moved to November 3 at 6:30pm in the gym.

Community Helpers

Pre-K students learned about Community Helpers this week. The students made hats to represent one important Community Helper force - policemen.

Please check the Photo Albums on this website to see all the pictures of our Pre-K students enjoying learning about policemen.

Eighth Grade Trip

In a recent reveal, the eighth grade students learned that the destination of their week-long field trip in March will be Atlanta. 

Excited eighth graders, Reid Lambert, Remy Wilson, Jacob Schmaltz, and Nathan Barron, point out their destination on a classroom map.

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


The Rosary Altar Society would liek everyone to join them for a Public Rosary for Pro-Life and World Peace on Saturday, October 15, in front of the school by the statue of Our Lady at 10:00 a.m.

Please bring family and friends, lawnchairs, and water. 

The Rosary should last 30-45 minutes.

In case of bad weather, the Rosary will be held in the chapel.

Please contact Peggy West at 985-370-7397.

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