Psalm 34

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor

From the Principal

Dear Parents -

Strawberry Fest Parking
The following parents volunteered their help parking cars last weekend. A special thanks to Jeff Schmitt for organizing and heading the event. Crystal Smith, Ashley Loupe, John Falcon, and George Waddell went beyond the call of duty in their effort to assure the venture was a success. Others who committed time this weekend to the work are David Owens. Eric Millet, Melanie Walch, Jerod Breaux, Brandy Boudreaux, Jessica LeSaicherre, Ryan LeSaicherre, Mary Kay Ford, Ryan Ford, Stephanie Ballard, Scott Higgs, Eric Thibodeaux , Michael Karr, Chance Enmon, Will Richardson, Todd Acosta, Glenn Laurant, Brandon Perrin, David Wyld, Veronica Pearson, Lynette Currier, and Chris Wisecarver. We thank all of these parents for their hard work to make this event a success. The proceeds for the parking were in excess of $12,500.00. 

Duke Talent Identification Program
St. Joseph students’ academic success is measured in many ways: the scores they receive on the Terra Nova Acheivement Tests, the Honor Rolls presented by the school, their success in various academic competitions that are held throughout the school year such as the Spelling Bee, the Geography competition, and the State Literary Rally must also be noted. The most important gauge, in a way, is the success the students have in high school and beyond. This year we have been informed that four juniors at Ponchatoula High School have obtained a 30 composite or higher on the ACT. As you know, this is the test that is a most important element in determining the TOPS scholarship and other grants offered to students for college. These students include Luke Yoes, Tyler Ransom, Scott Felder, and Lane Perrilloux.

When these students were at St. Joseph they took their first ACT test in seventh grade. Being exposed to the test so early is an excellent way to give student a foretaste of what they can expect as juniors and seniors in high school. 

This year four St. Joseph seventh grade students were recognized for their scores statewide on the Duke Talent Identification Program ACT. 
Mallory Baker - English and reading
Alyssa Henderson - English and reading
Emily Ransom - English, reading, and math
Haleigh Habisreiteinger - English.

Students recognized in English had a score of 20 or better. The students recognized in reading had a score of 23 or better. Emily's math score was a 20. We congratulate these students for their achievement. We also must recognize that their work simply highlights the work being done by all our students at SJS. 

Rice Bowl Totals
New totals have been tabulated for the Rice Bowl contributions made by St. Joseph students during Lent. A grand total of $2182.37 was collected to help those less fortunate than ourselves. What a wonderful blessing our students are!

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Monday, April 16 - Friday, April 20
Terra Nova Testing

Friday, April 20
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
PHS Scheduling (grade 8)

Wednesday, April 25
Secretaries' Day
Spirit Dress for Festival Workers' Students

Thursday, April 26
Home & School Meeting @ 6:30

Friday, April 27
Mass @ 8:30
Spirit Dress
April Crusaders Announced 

See more plans for the year at CALENDAR

Extra Spirit Dress Day

On Wednesday, April 25, students whose parents worked the Spring Fair and/or the Strawberry Festival Parking Event can participate in our extra spirit dress day.

Students whose parents worked these events may wear regular spirit dress on this day. We appreciate all of the parental support and participation. That's part of what makes St. Joseph School such as wonderful place!

Home & School Meeting

The next meeting of the St. Joseph School Home and School Association will be on Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. 

We hope to see everyone at our last meeting of the 2011-2012 school year.

Home & School Officer Ballot

The ballots for Home & School Association officers for 2012-2013 was sent home today, Wednesday, April 18. Please indicate your choices and return the ballot to the office by Friday, April 20. The ballot can also be accessed at BALLOT.

Thank you in advance for your participation. Our parents make our school better!

Lunch Money Reimbursement


To better serve our students with special diet needs, all dietary orders will need to be renewed for the 2012-2013 school year and each school year thereafter. Dietary requests will be valid only for the school year in which they are written and will expire at the end of the school year. Current dietary requests will expire on the last day of school of this current school year.

If you have not submitted a form for this school year, please submit a form to your Café Manager and school nurse on a current LOUISIANA SPECIAL DIETARY ORDER FORM. As with new dietary requests, signature from a physician or other recognized medical authority is required.


Dear Parents,

The Child Nutrition Program is now accepting ‘Request for Refund of Meal Account Money’ forms.  If you believe that your child(ren) will meet the criteria for a refund, please complete and return the form to the school cafeteria ONLY by the designated deadline.

Refund Criteria:

All student accounts with an ending balance of $10 or more (per child) are eligible for a refund.  Students that have an ending account balance less than $10 are not eligible for a refund; those funds will remain in the Child Nutrition’s General Fund Account.

Funds left in a student’s account will not be rolled over.

Form Instructions:

• A refund request form must be submitted for each child that meets the above criteria.

• Refund requests will be accepted from April 1stuntil the last day of school (see list below for the last day for your child’s school).

• No refund requests will be accepted after the last day of school. No Exceptions!

• Refunds will be processed as quickly as possible and mailed from the CNP office during the month of June.

• The refund amount will be determined from the remaining balance in your child(ren)’s account on the last day of school.

• Complete the form, filling in all required information:

• By printing it and then completing OR

• Filling it in online and then printing it

• Keep a copy for your records

All completed forms should be submitted to the school cafeteria ONLY by May 22. 


Community News


The annual Hoopsters Basketball Camp will be held at St. Joseph Gym from 9:00-noon on June 11-14. The camp is offered for boys and girls ages 5-10. Cost of the camp is $55. Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt and a basketball. Refreshments will be sold throughout the week. 

For more information, please contact Kristi Gill at 985-507-4778.

Registration is due June 1. Registrations received after this date will cost $65. Enrollment is limited. The registration form can be downloaded at HOOPSTERS CAMP.


Football tryouts for Ponchatoula Junior High School will be held on May 9, from 3:45-5:30 at the Ponchatoula Junior High football field. Tryouts are for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders only. You do not need a physical to tryout. You must live at Ponchatoula school district address. Please contact head coach Brett Chatelain at 985-215-9930 for more information.



LA Model & Talent Management would like to cordially invite you, your family and friends to our Magazine Premiere Event on Sunday, April 29th at 2pm at the Ponchatoula Community Center. We are proudly launching two new magazines; Better Parenting Magazine and LA Model & Fashion Magazine. This is a free family event and is open to everyone which includes plenty of delicious food, lots of great door prizes and a live Magic Show by Dr. Magic.

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. Melancon - Deacon

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil Mass - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Mass - 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.

Contact Information
Address - 255 North 8th Street (P.O. Box 368), Ponchatoula, LA 70454
Phone - 985.386.3749
Website -

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