Psalm 112

R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need. 

Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed. 

R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need. 

He dawns through the darkness, a light for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.
Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice. 

R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need. 

Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory. 

R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to the Girl’s Varsity Volleyball team who defeated Lake Castle for the NIAL Championship in straight sets last Wednesday. Thanks for all who attended and were there to root the girls on. The team members were eighth graders; Allie Amerson, Jayden Berthelot, Jourdan Cheek, Karlee Kraft, Haleigh Laylle, Mallory Vining, and seventh graders; Sophia Nuzzolillo. Nadia Roccaforte, Samantha Wisecarver. 

The school Mass had a wonderful attendance on All Saints Day Thursday. The church was overflowing. Thanks to Mrs. Thomas and the sixth grade class for their hard work. Thanks to Mrs. Dyer for all her efforts on behalf of the students.

Please check the St. Joseph Alumni page. Krystal Waddell (2011) and Luke Bleakley (2010) graduates of St. Joseph School were named North Oaks Athletes of the Month for September. Criteria for selection include sports participation, scholarship in the classroom, and volunteering in the community. The entire St. Joseph School community takes great pride in Krystal and Luke’s success.

The drawing for the football tickets will be Friday morning. We will have a full report on the results in next week’s school newsletter.

Remember Grandparent’s Day is November 15. We look forward to seeing our grandparents on that day. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar at-a-Glance

Friday, November 8
Field Trip - 7th
Spirit Dress
Football Raffle Drawing

Monday, November 11
Veterans' Day Remembrance

Tuesday, November 12
November Birthdays
Fair Planning Meeting @ 6:30 in Library

Wednesday, November 13
Mass @ 8:30
Bring bagged, boxed, or canned good for the local needy.

Thursday, November 14
Field Trip - 7th Grade 
Catching Fire Premier Party

Friday, November 15
Grandparents' Day
Spirit Dress

Monday, November 18-Friday, November 22
Book Fair
Library Closed

Wednesday, November 20
Mass @ 8:30 with Pilgrims & Indians
Bring bagged, boxed, or canned good for the local needy.
Crusaders Announced
Crusader Dad Shirt Order Deadline

Friday, November 22
Spirit Dress

Monday, November 25-Friday, November 29
Thanksgiving Holidays

Veterans' Day - Monday, November 11

Our St. Joseph family would like to cordially invite any family members who are veterans to join us in a celebration of honor.

Our students will do a presentation in the school gym during our regular morning assembly on Monday, November 11, and we welcome our veterans.

Morning assembly begins at 7:35 and our presentation will immediately follow morning prayer. Please join us!

November Birthdays - Tuesday, November 12

All students at St. Joseph who have a birthday in November may come out of uniform on Tuesday, November 12. 

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.

Fair Meeting - Tuesday, November 12

The Home & School Asssociation will hold its first Spring Fair meeting on Tuesday, November 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. 

We had a great turnout last meeting and hope to see everyone again along with new attendees.

All are invited and encouraged to attend. This is a great way to volunteer and get involved in your child's school!

Catching Fire Party - Thursday, November 14

Catching Fire Movie Release Party

SJS Library

Thursday, November 14 - 5:00-6:30 p.m.

SJS 6th-8th Grade Students and Faculty

To enter students must have passed the AR test for Book One.

Prizes for best themed costume will be awarded.

Themed dishes are welcome for sharing.

Grandparents' Day - Friday, November 15

On Friday, November 15, grandparents of students at St. Joseph are invited to visit campus
This event is open to all students in the school. If grandparents are unavailable for any reason, students are welcome to invite a Special Visitor (aunt, uncle, parent, godparent, special family friend, etc.) as a substitute. 

It is not required that every student have a grandparent, special visitor at school that day.

If your student does have a grandparent/special visitor that day, the following procedure should be followed: 

1. Grandparents/Special Visitors meet in church at 1:00. Guidelines for the day and handouts will be provided.
2. Grandparents/Special Visitors go to the classroom to pick up student(s) for the SJS visit.
3. ONE designated person (with photo ID) is to check out the student from the homeroom teacher. They are, at that point responsible, for the student.
4. The student and grandparent/special visitor may take part in the pictures, refreshments, book fair, school tour, etc.
5. The one designated person who checked out the student may either dismiss from school with that student or check them back in with the teacher for regular dismissal.
6. No student will be checked out to a person who has not been designated by the parent on the form sent home. 

Grandparents' Day picture order forms were sent home today, Wednesday, November 6. If you would like for your child to take a picture with his/her grandparents, plese send payment with the order form with your child on Grandparents' Day to give to the photographer. These forms/money will NOT be collected by the teachers. Each student/grandparent will be responsible to give the photographer the order. This simple step will make the picture line go much faster. Thank you for your help.

Book Fair - Monday-Friday, November 18-22

The St. Joseph/Scholastic Book Fair will be held Monday-Friday, November 18-22.

We're looking for parent volunteers to help set up and run the book fair. If you'd like to be a volunteer, please sign up on EDLINE.

Thank you in advance for your help.

NIAL Champs

Congratulations to our varsity girls volleyball team for winning the NIAL Championship 2013. The girls beat Lake Castle in two games to take the title. 

Members of the team, seated from left, are Allie Amerson, Haleigh Laylle, Jourdan Cheek, and Samantha Wisecarver. 

Standing from left are Nadia Roccaforte, Mallory Vining, Sophia Nuzzolillo, Karlee Kraft, and Jayden Berthelot. 

Congratulations to our Crusaders!

Homecoming Queen

Congratulations to Colleen Atkins (SJS 2010) for being crowned as Homecoming Queen 2013 for Ponchatoula High School. Colleen is pictured with her parents, Christie and David Atkins.

Also congratulations to Calyn Landaiche (SJS 2010), a senior member of the PHS court.

We're also proud of our alumni members of the St. Thomas Aquinas High School homecoming court: Andrew Killebrew (SJS 2010), Eric Alphonso (SJS 2010), and Lauren Hebert (SJS 2012)

Feast of All Saints

On the Feast of All Saints last Friday, our sixth graders dressed as their favorite saints and took part in the Litany of Saints preceeding Mass. They really put a lot of time and effort into their costumes. 

To see the individual pictures, visit our the Photo Albums on school website at SAINTS.

Historial Visitors

St. Joseph was surrounded by historical characters in American history earlier this week. Seventh graders dressed as our famous ancestors and presented reports as part of their classes. 

Shown in the picture, standing left to right, are Dolley Madison, George Washington, and Napoleon Bonaparte. Seated from left are Sacagawea and Pocahontas. These students are usually known as Victoria Perrin, Kole Sonnier, Collin Thibodeaux, Leigh Henderson, and Marlee Little. 

To see more pictures of more historical characters, visit AMERICAN HISTORY.

Out Sick?

If a student is out sick, parents should email the child's teacher to iform them. If they would like to request missed work, please ask the teacher in the email. If the teacher has anything for the student, it can picked up after 2:00 p.m. in the office. Generally, this is only necessary if the student is absent over two days.

Child Protection Time

Any parent interested in attending field trips MUST meet all of the Child Protection Requirements through the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

All of the paperwork must be completed and on file in the school office at least two weeks prior to the date of the field trip. 

The paperwork/packet regarding Child Protetion can be picked up in the school office. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Cory in the school at 985-386-6421 or

Pictures on the Website

Please ........

No one should post pictures of St. Joseph students on any site nor put them in any publication without first consulting the office.

We have parents who have asked that their privacy be protected by not sharing photos of their children. 

In order to honor their request and protect this right they have as parents, it is the policy of the school that all pictures of students be screened by the office so that only pictures of students who parents have approved the posting be used.

If you have pictures of our students that you would like posted, please email them to or submit them through the school app.

Father/Daughter Dance

It's Totally Awesome 80's at the annual Father/Daughter Dance.

The theme is 80's wear. An award will be given out for the best dressed couple!

All grades are invited.

All dads are welcome to come and enjoy a night out with their little girl(s).

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

Friday, December 13, from 7:00-9:30 p.m.

The early bird price is $20. This admits one dad and one daughter. It's only $5.00 extra for each additional dad or daughter.

At the door, the price increases to $30 per dad/daughter with an extra $5.00 for each additional dad/daughter.

We know special circumstances permit another male figure in the student's life. This may include grandfather, uncle, etc. 

Sign up on EDLINE specifying the gir(s) who will be attending and who will be their escort. Sendyour check to the office.

Crusader Dads Shirts

Hey, Dads and Granddads! Show your school spirit! 

Crusader Dads are offering shirts for purchase by any dad or granddad in the school. 

The shirts will come in the t-shirt version as well as a polo style. 

Shirts may be ordered on EDLINE until Wednesday, November 20. 

Once shirts are ordered, please remit payment to the school. Make checks payable to St. Joseph School. 

T-Shirts are Badger brand. (Shown) 
Logo on front and back. 
Prices Small-XL 15.50 
2X-3X 18.50 

Polo shirts are Badger brand. (Not shown) 
Logo on front. 
Prices Small-XL 26.00 
2X-3X 29.00

Krystal Waddell - North Oaks Athlete of the Month

From left are North Oaks Sports Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt, student-athlete Krystal Waddell, Cheerleading Sponsor Elizabeth Vineyard and Principal Danny Strickland.

North Oaks Sports Medicine is shining the spotlight on Luke Bleakley (SJS 2010) and Krystal Waddell (SJS 2011) as "Student-Athletes of the Month" for September.

Krystal Waddell, a Ponchatoula High School junior, is a cheerleader. She is also a member of Student Council, Key Club, and volunteers for Special Olympics each year. Her coach shares that she recently demonstrated her leadership abilities at a charity event on short notice by choreographing stunts, cheering, dancing and tumbling.

Luke Bleakley - North Oaks Athlete of the Month

From left are St. Thomas Head Baseball Coach B.J. Corr, North Oaks Sports Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt, student-athlete Luke Bleakley, North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Vanessa Taromina and St. Thomas Head Football Coach John White.

North Oaks Sports Medicine is shining the spotlight on Luke Bleakley (SJS 2010) and Krystal Waddell (SJS 2011) as "Student-Athletes of the Month" for September. 

St. Thomas Aquinas High School senior Luke Bleakley is a member of both the football and baseball teams. He is the leading receiver for the school with 18 receptions for 380 yards and 9 touchdowns. He is an honor student, and a student leader who was selected as a student ambassador. He is a member of National Honor Society and Beta Club, and has been instrumental in organizing the school’s Campus Ministry’s Light Team.

Parish News

Fr. Paul A. McDuffie, Pastor
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
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