Psalm 68

R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth. 

Show forth, O God, your power,
the power, O God, with which you took our part;
For your temple in Jerusalem
let the kings bring you gifts. 

R. Sing to God, O Kingdoms of the earth. 

You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God,
chant praise to the Lord
who rides on the heights of the ancient heavens.
Behold, his voice resounds, the voice of power:
“Confess the power of God!” 

R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth. 

Over Israel is his majesty;
his power is in the skies.
Awesome in his sanctuary is God, the God of Israel;
he gives power and strength to his people. 

R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth

Calendar for the Week

Thursday, May 16
6th & 7th Exams (Reading/Science)
PreK/K Picnic @ 11:00-1:00

Friday, May 17
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Kindergarten Promotion @ 10:00
PreK Promotion @ 12:30

Monday, May 20
6th & 7th Exams (English/SS)

Tuesday, May 21
6th & 7th Exams (Math)

Wednesday, May 22
Field Day
Shorts/Capris and Spirit Shirts - You may wear any socks and tennis you wish.

Thursday, May 23
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Awards Ceremony @ 9:30 in Gym
Fourth Quarter Ends
Last Day for Students
11:30 Dismissal

8th Grade Awards Ceremony

National Junior Beta Club stoles to be worn at the 8th grade promotion ceremony on Tuesday, were distributed this morning at the awards ceremony. 

Recipients are, seated from left to right, Amy Fresina, Christina Ernst, Alyssa Henderson, and standing, Mrs. Stacy Bankston, sponsor, Kali Lowery, Dawson Pinion, Lydia Pevey, Ian Waller, and Mrs. Jeri Carroll, sponor.

All of the 8th grade awards ceremony pictures can be viewed at 8th AWARDS CEREMONY

Cafeteria News

The cafeteria wants to remind parents of the following important deadlines: 

Last day to accept checks in the cafeteria: May 3

Payments to cafeteria must be cash or money order after this date.

Deadline for refund request forms to the cafeteria: May 17

Last day for online payments: May 31

Please contact Mrs. Gwen Klein, cafeteria manager, with questions: 985-386-8075.


Last Day of School

The last day of school is Thursday, May 24.

Events for the last day are as follows;

Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.

Awards Ceremony @ 9:30 in Gym

Fourth Quarter Ends

Last Day for Students

11:30 Dismissal.

Back-to-School information such as summer office hours, 2013-2014 faculty, supply lists, summer reading, uniforms, and next year's calendar can be found on this website under the BACK TO SCHOOL TAB. Not all is quite complete as yet, but new information will be added as soon as it becomes available.

SJS Award

Congratulations to the St. Joseph Award winners Dawson Pinion and Emily Ransom! We are very proud of these recipients of our most prestigious award. 

This award is chosen by vote of the faculty and staff. the St. Joseph Award is presented to student who exhibit, through actions and behavior, the values taught at St. Joseph Catholic School and their genuine love of God.

These two individuals are students who try their best in their academic subjects, willingly give service to their school and community, and are positive role models to other students at the school.

SJS Class of 2013

Congratulations to our SJS Class of 2013! We wish you much good luck in high school and beyond!
To see all of the promotion ceremony pictures, please click on PROMOTION.

Members of the class are:
Kayla Adams
Michael Alack
Blair Atkins
Mallory Baker
Johnathan Boudreaux
Adam Coffey
Courtney Curtis
Christina Ernst
Camryn Flanagan
Amy Fresina
Joey Gaines
Sydney Gregoire
Haleigh Habisreitinger
Victoria Heidel
Alyssa Henderson
Raeghen Henry
Clairanne Johnson
Peyton Licciardi
Kali Lowery
Brennan Meetze
Tori Millet
Shea Monteleone
Claire-Chapin Perilloux
Lydia Pevey
Dawson Pinion
Andee Poche'
Chandler Poche'
Blaise Polito
Emily Ransom
Zachary Schwaibold
Ian Waller
Carson Wyld.

Summer Reading

In order to simplify our program for Summer Reading, a few changes have been made.

Students going into grades 2-8 will no longer be given specific titles to read. Instead, a point requirement will be made. This will allow students to read more of the books that interest them.

These students will be graded by the amount of AR points that they obtain out of the amount that is required. As an added bonus, any points obtained that exceed the Summer Reading requirement will be added to the first quarter!

Students (grades 2-8) may read whatever book they choose as long as:
* it meets grade level requirements, and
* the student has never taken a test on the book before.

Students in grade 1 will be given specific titles to read because they are not familiar with the AR program yet.

Reading requirements and summer testing dates can be found on this website under the LIBRARY TAB.


Now's the time to order those yearbooks for the closing year 2012-2013.

Yearbooks are much like last year's with over 100 full-color pages with lots and lots of pictures. 

The cost of the yearbook is $40. The order form is on EDLINE. The money should be sent to the office in a marked envelope. Yearbooks will be delivered shortly after school starts in August.

Community News

June 10-14
Registration is open May 13-June 7 at

Register your child @ for Camp Kateri!

$450 Overnight or $295 day camp.

Join Camp Kateri this summer for swimming, fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts, talent shows, campfires, singing, and much, much more!

Camp Sessions are June 23-28 and July 14-19.

Camp is open to ages 7-13.

More information is available by contacting 225-294-5039. 

Summer Memberships -

Looking for a healthy and fun alternative for your family this summer? Oak Knoll Country Club is offering a special summer family membership jut for you! Available from Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 25 - September 2).

Enjoy unlimited swimming, tennis, and golf for the entire fmaily for only $300 (cart fee additional).

Pool memberships also available for only $150 per family.

Discounted rates for pool parties are also available to summer members.

Tennis and golf camps as well as golf lessons are also offered.

Contact Michele at  or call the office at 985-345-2387 extension 1 for further details. 

June 17-20 @ 9:00-noon

for girls ages 5-10 and boys ages 5-10

St. Joseph Gym

Cost before June 3 is $65. Cost after June 3 is $75.

Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt and basketball.

For additional information, please contact Kristi Gill @ 985-507-4778.

Registration forms are available in the school office. 


Tuesday-Friday, May 28-31          8:30-noon

boys & girls ages 6-10                  $90

For more information contact Coach Gauff at 985-542-7662 or


for grades K-4th

Phonics, long-word decoding, fluency, comprehension, love of reading

Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

For more information or to register, please call 1-800-964-9974. 


A special summer pgoram has beend esigned to continue Girl Scouting throughout the year. Girls Scout Day Camp means adventure, exploration, and fond memories for the girls and volunteers alike. Camp offers girls an opportunity to develop their full individual potential through value-based programs which will include arts and crats, games, songs, camping skills, and water fun. Junior and above will have the option of overnight camping on Wednesday. Your daughter will not want to miss this great opportunity.

July 8-12 @ 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Girl Scout Camp Whispering Pines, Independence

for all girls entering K through 12th grade. Girls are welcome to register with a friend. Girls who are not a registered Girl Scout must register as a Girl Scout at the time of Day Camp Registration.

Cost is $50 per registered Girl Scouts or $62 per NON-Girls Scouts (includes $12 registration fee).

For more information, please contact Katherine Mott @ 985-386-2478 or Rachel Cowell @ 985-507-7819.

Registration forms are in the office. 


Enrichment for academically gifted/advanced students.

for students in grades 1-6 (2012-2013 school year)

Students must be enrolled in a gifted program or be recommended by a teacher.

Monday-Thursday, 8:30-12:30 June 10-27

Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School

$175 per child or $160 per child if registereing multiple children from the same household.

Capacity is 15 students per grade level for 60 students total - first come, first serve policy.

For additional information or applications, please contact Dr. Susan Zimlich @ or 985-549-5083. 


July 16-19 @ Ponchatoula Recreation Park Gym

Ages 8-14


Cost is $60. This includes a camp t-shirt.

Registration forms are in the SJS office.

More information can be obtained from Lauren Long at 985-634-3938.


This summer, WBLBCYC will be launching its first summer youth program entitled "Future Leaders Youth Program". Future Leaders Youth Program will provide a variety of educational, physical fitness, and recreational activities for boys and girls from the ages of 5-14 years old. Our teachers are local and certified, and they will be assisted by college students who are seeking degrees in Education. Our porgram will include classes in reading, math, computer lab, arts & cracts, and physical education. 

Location: Michael J. Kenney Center

601 West Coleman Avenue

Hammond, LA 70403

 May 28-July 26

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

April Simmons @ 985-634-1625
Darryl Smith @ 985-277-5902

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 -  

June 10-14
 Registration is open May 13-June 7 at .

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