Psalm 62:2-3,6-7, 9

R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works. 

Only in God is my soul at rest;
from him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all. 

R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works. 

Only in God be at rest, my soul,
for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.

R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works. 

Trust in him at all times, O my people!
Pour out your hearts before him;
God is our refuge!

R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.

From the Principal

Dear Parents:

Shortly you will be receiving a packet in the mail that contains some very important material regarding St. Joseph School, some state tax initiatives that have been beneficial to families in Catholic schools, and the effort we are making to keep St. Joseph as affordable as possible. I ask that you read the material carefully and support our efforts. The cost of education will continue to rise. The cost of materials, especially technology, is progressively becoming more expensive. In addition, the school needs capital improvements. As I have promised in the past, the funds that we have will be used to make the academic program stronger and improve the environment where the students work and play. Please do all you can to help.

Today Mr. Tommy and Mr. Joe are working to upgrade the playground. A new layer of bark is being spread and the work will make the playground more serviceable and more attractive. The cost of the materials is $5,000. Work continues to progress on the renovation of the classroom on the first floor. The walls have been covered in sheetrock and painted, the ceilings are being dropped, new lighting installed, and the air conditioning ducts are being redirected for better efficiency. We will move a class into that room and began renovation of another room when that job is completed.

Sister Joseph Charles is a principal of a struggling Catholic school in Baton Rouge. The school is down to less than a hundred students and serves the African American community in the area. She is a friend from New Orleans. She asked if I could make a request from our parents for books their children had outgrown, she would like to distribute them to her students. If you have any around, send them to the office, and I will bring them to her in Baton Rouge.

The first nine weeks is just about over, and we have had a very productive quarter. Teachers are working hard, students are engaged, and the cooperation we have had from all is most important. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

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

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 
Fall Fest Armband Orders Due (Grades Pre-K-4th) 

Tuesday, October 18
Cheerleaders Pictures

Wednesday, October 19
Report Cards
Field Trip - 8th Grade

Thursday, October 20
Penance Prayer Service - Grades 3-4-5
STA Open House 6-8:30 for 7th-11th Parents & Students

Friday, October 21
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress (or Fall Fest shirts)
Fall Fest - PreK-4th & 8th Grades
Field Trip - 5-6-7th Grades

Monday-Friday, October 24-28
Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, October 25
Meeting for PreK & K Parents @ 4:00 in Cafeteria

Wednesday, October 26
Hobby Day

Thursday, October 27
Pictures Retakes (in uniforms)
Reconciliation - 4th Grade

Friday, October 28
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress (or Fall Fest shirts)
Crusaders Announced
Red Ribbon Week Pep Rally @ 1:00

See more plans for the year at Calendar

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.

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 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

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.

Hobby Day

If you or your student are interested in participating for Hobby Day this year, please call the school office at 985-386-6421 and leave a number for Ms Mims to return your call. 

You can also email your interest to her at

Hobby Day will be October 26th, from 9:00-11:00am. We will have tables set in the gym for the students to rotate around for a 5-10 minute presentation of each hobby. 

If you have a suggestion or request for someone other than yourself, feel free to let us know.

Living Rosary

To honor Our Blessed Mother during October, the month of the Holy Rosary, students at St. Joseph School gathered in the church to pray a Living Rosary. Eighth grade students led the prayers while students from other grades stood in place of the beads. Pictured with the statue of the Blessed Virgin are Jarett Jordan, left, and James Danley.

Third Grade Police Dogs

Deputies from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit visited with third grade students last week as an extension of their reading story, "Officer Mike and Arrow". 

The deputies detailed information about the dogs and their police work and answered students' questions. The deputies also demonstrated how their dogs work and respond to commands. 

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

Community News

PHS Wavette Dance Clinic
Saturday, October 29
Registration @ 8:45 in gym lobby at PHS
Price is $25
This clinic is for students in grades K-8th.
Registration forms available in the SJS office.

Hannan Golf Classis
at Covington Country Club
Saturday, October 21
For more information contact Deanna Hollander at 845-9722 or
For more information contact Jill Hogan at the school office 249-6363.

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.

See Old News: Archive