Psalm 145

R.  The Lord is faithful in all his words. 

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might. 

R. The Lord is faithful in all his words. 

Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations. 

R. The Lord is faithful in all his words. 

The LORD is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down. 

R. The Lord is faithful in all his words.

From the Principal

In the Picture .... Top Ticket Sellers - (from left) Olivia Gaspard (3rd place), Brayden Thompson (1st place), Lillian Lemoine (2nd place), Jeff LeSaicherre and Jerod Breaux

Dear Parents,

Thanks to all who worked so hard for the Fall Fest. The students had a great time. Thanks especially to Ms. Toni for her work. Special thanks to the following for their help: 
Prizes - Jeri Bankston
Armbands - Sheri Kraft
Games - Jerod Breaux and the Dad’s Club
Face Painting - Angelique Richardson
Sweets - Gina Henley, Rebecca LeBlanc, and Talita Hartman
Pasta - Karen Boesch and Dawn Brown 
Inflatables- Keri Dapprich. 

Thanks to the 8th grade students for working the games. Thanks to ALL ROOM MOMS for organizing helpers and sorting t-shirts. Thanks to all other parents and grandparents for working at the fall fest. The Inflatables donated by J & J Inflatables. FALL FEST pictures are on the website.

A huge thanks goes to Jeff LeSaicherre for his generous donation of the tickets and parking pass for the LSU-Alabama Game. The sales will net the school in excess of $15,000.00. Thanks also for Jeff and Jerod Breaux for their active support of the drive. 

Pictures of the students who sold are posted in the PHOTO ALBUMS. Thanks to everyone who sold their tickets. The winners are as follows;
Lucky ticket winner - Mandy Cook - She'll see you at the game!
Seller of winning ticket - Ian Acosta
Most tickets sold - Brayden Thompson (92)
Second most tickets sold - Lillian Lemoine (64)
Third most tickets sold - Olivia Gaspard (61)
The over fifty club - Rebekah Bass, Jude Dulski, Olivia Gaspard, Cheyenne Hartman, Luke Higgs, Izabella Kuchler, Lillian Lemoine, Tyler Reeves, Mattix Smith, Slade Smith, and Brayden Thompson.
In grades PreK-3rd, the pizza party was won by Mrs. Michele Dufreche's class. In grades 4th-8th, the pizza party was won by Mrs. Janet Naquin's class.

I ask everyone to please make a concerted effort to be at school on time. The school year started well with students in the gymnasium when the bell rang. As the days have passed, the situation has deteriorated. We could enforce the tardy policy, but I would prefer parental cooperation. Please make an effort to be here before the bell rings.

The school is interested in hiring a part time janitorial person to clean classrooms after school. The job will involve sweeping and at times mopping classrooms, putting out the trash, and cleaning restrooms. Work hours will be from 1:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. Interested persons may call Mrs. Terri Condon at 985-386-6421 for an application. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Thursday, November 1
Feast of All Saints
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.

Friday, November 2
Spirit Dress

Tuesday, November 6
School Holiday - Election Day

Wednesday, November 7
November Birthdays

Thursday, November 8
Field Trip - 4th Grade
Spring Fair Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. in the Library

Friday, November 9
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Adopt-a-Child Collection
Grandparents Day

Monday-Friday, November 12-16
Book Fair

Tuesday, November 13
Papa John's/SJS Night

Wednesday, November 14
Midquarter Reports

Friday, November 16
Mass @ 8:30 with Pilgrims and Indians - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress

Monday-Friday, November 19-23
Thanksgiving Holidays

October Crusaders

Congratulations to our October Crusaders!

Crusader - Alyssa Henderson (8th grade)

Mini Crusader - Landry Smith (2nd grade)

All Saints Day - Thursday, November 1

The Feast of All Saints is Thursday, November 1. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. The student body from SJS will attend Mass at 8:30. We welcome the preK students as they join us for their first Mass as students.

As part of this celebration, sixth grade students will be included in the opening procession dressed as their favorite saints.

All are welcome to join on at Mass on All Saints Day.

Election Day - Tuesday, November 6

Tuesday, November 6, is an important national election day. There will be no school on this date. Please remember to vote.

November Birthdays - Wednesday, November 7

All students at St. Joseph who have a birthday in November may come out of uniform on Wednesday, November 7. This is the only day students with November birthdays may come out of uniform. There is no make-up day. Out of uniform guidelines can be found on the WEBSITE.

Grandparents' Day - Friday, November 9

Please invite grandparents to come visit at SJS on Friday, November 9.

Grandparents are to meet in the church at 1:00 for a short prayer service and directions. They will receive maps to classrooms where they may meet their grandchildren.

Grandparents must sign out their grandchildren in order to take them from the classrooms.

After signing out grandchildren, families may go to any of the following stations:

A. photo stations in the gym
B. book fair in the library
C. book fair gift certificate stations
D. cookies and juice in the cafeteria
E. tour the school and playground with grandchildren 

Picture packets for Grandparents' Day have been sent home with students today, Wednesday, October 31.

Once the students are signed out by the grandparents, they are no longer our responsibility and are free to leave with their grandparents. Please remind your students that if they have other dismissal requests, it would be very helpful to send those requests in writing with parent signatures prior to Grandparents’ Day.

Calling All Book Fair Volunteers

SJS will hold its annual book fair on November 12-16, the week prior to the Thanksgiving Holidays.

Traditionally, parents have been very generous with their time by volunteering to help work at the fair. We're counting on those volunteers again this year.

If you'd like to sign up for a shift (or two, or three), please check the survey in EDLINE for dates and times.

We do appreciate all of your help!

Hornets Game

SJS and New Orleans Hornets
The St. Joseph Choir will perform the National Anthem on the court before the game.

New Orleans Hornets vs. Minnesota
Saturday, December 22, 2012
New Orleans Arena

$25. Per person
Each person will receive a ticket and t-shirt.
After the game, our group will be allowed on the court to take a group photo.
We will have our school name on the BuzzVision screen during the game.

DEADLINE: 11/16/12
(Last day of school before Thanksgiving break.)

Go to EDLINE to place your order.
Please make checks payable to: St. Joseph School
Send payment to the school office.

Father/Daugher Dance


Theme: Mardi Gras Masquerade!!!

You can wear anything purple, green, and gold. You may come in costume is you want. You may even dress for a mardi gras ball. Anything Mardi Gras!! Award given out for best dressed couple.

All grades invited!!! PreK - 8th grade

All Dads are welcome to come and enjoy a night out with their LITTLE GIRL!

There will be music, dancing, food, drinks, & pictures available.

Date: Friday, December 14th

Time: 7:00-9:30 pm (in the gym)

Early Bird Price: $20-admits dad & daughter, $5 each additional dad/daughter

At Door Price: $30-admits dad & daughter, $5 each additional dad/daughter

Special circumstances permit another male figure in student’s life. This may include grandfather, uncle, etc.

Register on EDLINE by December 7th.

Community News


Louisiana Children's Discovery Center is offering homework help to students in grades 1st through 6th on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays, from 4:00-5:30 P.M.

The fee is $10 per child per day OR $25 for all three days. Advanced registration and payment are required.

To register your child for the Homework Helpers program, or if you have questions, please contact or 985-340-9150.

Students will enjoy a snack, homework assistance, and discovery time on the exhibit floor of the children's museum.

Homework assistance is provided by Teaching & Learning Techer Candidates from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Parish News

Fr. Cayet Mangiaracina, O.P. - Parochial Vicar and Administrator
Fr. David K. Seid, O.P, - In Residence
Larry J. Melancon - Deacon
Mike Agnello - Deacon 
Dr. M.J. "Dutch" Schanzbach - 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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