Psalm 87

R. Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord. 

I call to you, Lord, all the day long;
to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work your wonders for the dead?
Will the shades stand and praise you? 

R. Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord. 

Will your love be told in the grave
or your faithfulness among the dead?
Will your wonders be known in the dark
or your justice in the land of oblivion? 

R. Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord. 

As for me, Lord, I call to you for help:
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Lord, why do you reject me?
Why do you hide your face? 

R. Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Last Thursday I was flipping through the channels and found that the St. Thomas Aquinas - Loranger football game was being televised by CST. Our own grad, Luke Bleakley, was quarterbacking the Falcons. Then on Saturday morning, I was perusing the high school sports results and noticed that Zack Barrient, another of our graduates, quarterbacked the Mandeville Skippers. Finally, I read that the Ponchatoula Green Wave had won again and that Austin Henderson, yet another SJS alum, was the hero and quarterback of the team. I thought it was rather remarkable that on the same weekend, three local high school teams were led at the quarterback position by graduates of St. Joseph School. We wish them success along with all who participate in activities at the local high schools.

Please support the football ticket sales for the Home and School. Plans are in the making to improve the campus with the funds. The Dad’s Club, with some help from the church, is planning to clean up the area behind the cafeteria. I am sure that all of you noticed the horrible flooding that took place at dismissal last Friday. That was caused in large part by a collapsed drainage culvert that runs under the cement pad behind the cafeteria. The garbage trucks destroyed the cement driveway and drove the pavement into the culvert. It is our intention to address that issue and place a privacy fence around the area. This is a necessary project, and we should receive significant help from the church. 

There is also a movement to construct a storage unit for fair and school use. The effort will be to rid ourselves of the containers decorating the baseball field and reclaim that area for the students. Encircling the entire campus with a fence is also a goal. 

When we work together in this way, our children always benefit.

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Wednesday, October 3
Mother/Son Tailgate Party Planning @ 5:45
Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday, October 4
Reconciliation - 5th Grade
Home & School Meeting @ 6:30

Friday, October 5
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Adopt-a-Child Collection
Guest Speaker - Grades 7 & 8
TPSS Fair Day - We have school, but NO BUSES.
Accelerated Reader Deadline

Monday, October 8
Exams Grades 6-7-8 ... Reading/Science

Tuesday, October 9
Exams Grades 6-7-8 ... English/Social Studies

Wednesday, October 10
Exams Grades 6-7-8 ... Math
Second Grade Field Trip
First Quarter Ends

Thursday, October 11
Cross Country Pictures

Friday, October 12
No School for SJS - Teacher Inservice

Monday, October 15
Living Rosary @ 8:30

Tuesday, October 16
Sixth Grade Field Trip

Wednesday, October 17
Report Cards
October Birthdays

Thursday, October 18
Reconciliation (4th Grade)

Friday, October 19
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Fall Fest
Field Trip (5th-8th)

Crusaders of the Month

Mini Crusader - Ashton Vining - 3rd Grade
Crusader - Emily Wilson - 5th Grade

H & S Meeting - Thursday, October 4

The St. Joseph Catholic School Home & School Association will hold a general membership meeting on Thursday, October 4, beginning at 6:30 in the gym.

Toby Aguillard with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office will be a guest speaker about internet safety for our children. Let's have a big turnout for this most important information.

No Buses - Friday, October 5

Friday, October 5, is a holiday for public school students.

St. Joseph School will be in session on Friday, October 5.

No buses will run due to the public school holiday. All SJS students will be carpool.

Because of this rare situation, carpool will run on both sides of the main building both morning and afternoon.

Early afternoon dismissal for preK and K students will remain the same.

For those unfamiliar with carpool line, the carpool plan can be found at CARPOOL. Carpool etiquette guidelines can be found at CAR RIDERS.Please scroll to the bottom of this page.

This type of carpool is not a routine for our students. Because so many students will be moving and so many parents will be waiting, please follow all instructions given by the personnel on duty.

If everyone is patient, courteous, and follows directions, carpool will run smoothly and, most importantly, safely.

Thanks to everyone in advance for their cooperation.

Exam Schedule - October 8-9-10

The exam schedule for students in Grades 6-7-8 is as follows:

Monday, October 8 - Reading and Science

Tuesday, October 9 - English and Social Studies

Wednesday, October 10 - Math

Cross Country Pictures - Thursday, October 11

Students in cross country should have received an order form for pictures with today's packet. Order forms with payment are due the day of pictures - Thursday, October 11.

Students are asked to come to school in their cross country uniforms so that pictures can be taken immediately after the bell. 

Students will then change into their regular school uniforms for the rest of the day.

Living Rosary - Monday, October 15

The Living Rosary has been moved to Monday, October 15, at 8:30 in the church. All are invited to attend.

No School - Friday, October 12

St. Joseph School will not have classes on Friday, October 12. Teachers will be in Baton Rouge for a Religious Education inservice.

Enjoy the day off!

National Cafeteria Workers Day

Today, October 3,  is National Cafeteria Workers Day.

In honor of this celebration, students at St. Joseph presented our cafeteria workers with gift cards and goodies during morning assembly. From left are, Mrs. Debra Everett, Mrs. Gwen Klein, manager, and Mrs. Barbara Lemmon.

Congratulations to all!

Let's Raffle

We at St. Joseph have been given an exciting opportunity to raffle off two LSU v Alabma tickets including a parking pass!

We are asking that our study body get involved by selling ten raffle tickets at $5.00 each. Of course, there will be exciting prizes for the top individual sellers and the classes that sell the most.

Ticket location is in the south endzone, Section 423, Row 23, Seats 1 & 2.

The turn-in date for tickets and all money will be October 24.

The drawing for the winning ticket will be on October 26. The winner need not be present to win.

The prizes for the top three sellers are:

1st place - 16 x 20 framed photo autographed by both Billy Cannon and Coach Dietzel

2nd place - 8 x 10 framed photo autographed by Patrick Peterson

3rd place - a Jacob Hester autographed mini helmet.

The student that sells the winning ticket will receive an LSU gift basket full of LSU items!

In addition to these individual prizes, a pizza party will be awarded to the class that sells the most tickets.

Many thanks to Jeff LeSaicherre, Attorney-at-Law, for the donation of the tickets!

If you need more tickets than what is sent home, please contact the school office.

Fall Fest T-Shirts

Fall Fest T-Shirts have been sent home today. 

Students may wear the shirts every Friday in October in lieu of their spirit shirts. That's October 5, 9, and 26. SJS does not have school on October 12.

YearBook Orders

We have a few extra 2011-2012 yearbooks in the office available for purchase.

If you'd like a yearbook, please send $40 to the office in an envelope with the following information:

ATTN: Cory
Student Name 
Student Grade

Yearbooks orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we run out.

Community Helpers

Barrett Whittington excitedly models his policeman hat on the playground at SJS. Barrett and all of his preK friends have been learning about community helpers this week. They've studied firemen, medical professionals, policemen, and many other services offered in a community like Ponchatoula. The activitiy was completed as the students made and modeled their policemen hats. More pictures of the PreK police force can be seen In the PHOTO ALBUMS.

Community News

October 6, October 13
Ponchatoula Recreation Park on North Hoover Road
Online registration at .

Parish News

Rev. John Dominic Sims, O.P. - Pastor
Rev. Cayet Mangiaracina, O.P. - Parochial Vicar
Larry J. Melancon - Deacon
Mike Agnello - 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 -

Parish News
Please join the Rosary Altar Society and America Needs Fatima in celebration of the 95th anniversary of the "Miracle of the Sun" through the recitation of the Rosary on Saturday, October 13, at noon in front of the school.

If raining, the event will be moved to the chapel.

Questions? Contact Peggy West at 985-370-7397,

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