Psalm 32

R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done. 

Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
in whose spirit there is no guile. 

R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done. 

Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
my guilt I covered not.
I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,”
and you took away the guilt of my sin.

R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done. 

For this shall every faithful man pray to you
in time of stress.
Though deep waters overflow,
they shall not reach him. 

R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done. 

You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me;
with glad cries of freedom you will ring me round. 

R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Thanks to Mrs. Dyer, the religion teachers, and the judges for making the belated Religion Fair a great success. In speaking to the judges, it was evident that the students have learned important knowledge regarding scripture, the sacraments, and the traditions and rituals of the church. Winners are noted on the website.

St. Joseph is proud to announce that Olivia Maurer is one of the three eighth graders finalists for Student of the Year for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Olivia will be interviewed on Monday when the Student of the Year selection will take place. We are certain Olivia will represent the school well.

Please take a look at our Neighbors Award winners Brennan Currier and Jourdan Cheek for the 2013-2014 school year. Qualifications and pictures are on the website.

Remember, Open House for Parents of Prospective Students is February 17. Please continue to talk up the school in the community and refer new families to St. Joseph. The yearly increase in enrollment has been instrumental in giving us the resources to continue to improve the school. As perspective parents tour the school, the renovated classrooms in the main building and the use of the I-pads in the upper grades offer new elements of attractiveness to the school in plant and program. Much work needs to be done but with your help and support we will continue to make St. Joseph a better place for the children to work, play, and grow in their faith.

Congratulations to Nick Arnone, one of the St. Joseph parents, whose business was highlighted in Tangi Lifestyles.

Finally, it is most important to send in registration for the 2014-2015 by tomorrow. This is especially if your child is reregistering for grades kindergarten through three. I anticipate we will have new student applicants for those grades. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups


Wednesday, February 5
Math-A-Thon Kickoff

Thursday, February 6
Individual Picture Re-takes
8th Grade Cap & Gown Pictures
Students of the Year Announced
Re-registration for 2014-2015

Friday, February 7
Spirit Dress
Sock Hop
Fair T-Shirt Orders Due
Fair Sponsorship Letters Due
Re-registration Ends
Superintendent's Visit

Tuesday, February 11
February Birthdays
SJS/Papa Johns Night

Wednesday, February 12
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Bring canned, bagged, or boxed food for the local needy.

Thursday, February 13
Fourth Grade Field Trip

Friday, February 14
Valetine's Day
Spirit Dress
Fun Run/5K Run Registration Due (in order to receive t-shirt)
Math-A-Thon Permission Slips Due

Monday, February 17
Open House for Parents of Prospective Students
Open Registration for 2014-2015 Begins

Wednesday, February 19
Mass @ 8:30. All are invited to attend.
Bring canned, bagged, or boxed food for the local needy.
Sports Pictures - Cross Country & Volleyball

Thursday, February 20
Field Trip (grades 1-4)
Sports Pictures - Girls Basketball

Friday, February 21
Spirit Dress
Krewe of Crusaders Parade @ 1:15 (church parking lot)
Deadline to Register for Cheer Clinic

Tuesday, February 25
Crusader Dad's Benefit Dinner

Wednesday, February 26
Mass @ 8:30. All are invited to attend.
Bring canned, bagged, or boxed food for the local needy. 
Sport Pictures - Boys Basketball

Friday, February 28
Spirit Dress
Read the Most from Coast to Coast

Monday-Friday, March 3-7
Mardi Gras Holidays - No School

Sunday, March 9
First Sunday of Lent

Monday, March 10
Classes Resume
Fair Basket Drop-Off this Week

Picture Retakes - Thursday, February 6

This is a reminder that absentee and individual picture retakes will be taken tomorrow, Thursday, February 6.

Eighth grade cap and gown pictures will also be taken on this date.

Re-Registration Deadline - Friday, February 7

Re-registration for families already attending St. Joseph Catholic School who plan to return in the fall ends Friday, February 7.

A form was sent home for everyone to indicated whether or not their child/children will be returning to St. Joseph in 2014-2015.

Forms are due back to the school office by Friday, February 7.

There is also a place on the form for siblings who will be entering St. Joseph for the first time next year.

It is VERY important that this form be returned by the due date with the $200 per child registration fee in order to be considered registered for the next school year.

A tuition increase of $100 for next school year has been approved by the Advisory Council. All tuition and fees are listed on the SCHOOL WEBSITE.

Sock Hop - Friday, February 7

The next SJS sock hop of the year will be held on Friday, February 7, from 7:00-10:00.

The event is for SJS students in grades 5-8.

Cost is $10 which includes refreshments.

Optional pictures are available in $5 and $10 packets.

SJS students may bring one guest outside of the school. The guest must also be in grades 5-8 and must abide by all rules that cover the SJS students, including dress.

The theme for the event is Winter Wonderland. Students should attend in Sunday best attire. No jeans or shorts, please.

This sock hop is sponsored by the St. Joseph Student Council.

STA Falcon Fest - Friday, February 7

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School invites the St. Joseph Catholic School 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to the STA Falcon Fest basketball game on Friday, February 7.

All SJS 6th, 7th, and 8th graders wearing their SJS shirts will be admitted to the games free.

5:30 - hot dogs and ddrinks in the Commons for all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders wearing an SJS shirt.

6:00 - Lady Falcons basketball game begins.

7:30 - Falcons basketball game begins.

T-Shirt Orders Due - Friday, February 7

Time is getting close to order fair t-shirts.

Orders for the t-shirts will be made on EDLINE.

On the right-hand side of the Edline homepage, there is a link labeled FAIR SHIRT ORDERS.

Shirt prices and orders for the whole family are available at this site.

Once the form is submitted, you will must send in a check for the entire cost. Pleae note the name and grade of your oldest student on the envelope with the check.

Shirts will not be distributed until payment is received.

The shirts sell for $13 each.

All t-shirts must be pre-ordered and all orders are final.

Orders and money are due by Friday, February 7.

Please use a single check made out to St. Joseph H&S. Please use the envelope labeled "t-shirts" to turn in your money. This will expedite processing all orders.

SJS/Papa Johns Night - Tuesday, February 11

It's time for SJS/Papa John's Pizza Night again!

Mark you calendars for Tuesday, February 11. If you order from Papa John's Pizza that evening and mention the school's name, the school receives a percentage of the proceeds that night.

We've had wonderful response in the past, and the school has received a check from Papa John's each time.

Don't forget that the class with the most orders will win a pizza party, so also leave a teacher's name when ordering.

What an easy and enjoyable way for the school to get money!

Sports Pictures - February 19, 20, 26

Sports pictures are scheduled after school on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 19 - cross country and volleyball (jv & varsity)

Thursday, February 20 - girls basketball (jv & varsity)

Wednesday, February 26 - boys basketball (jv & varsity).

Athletes are to bring their uniforms to school for pictures on the appropriate day. Uniforms will be turned in following pictures.

Benefit Dinner - Tuesday, February 25

The Crusader Dads are sponsoring a dinner for the benefit of St. Joseph Catholic School.

The dinner will be held on Tuesday, February 25, with a social from 5:30-6:30 and dinner served from 6:30-8:30.

The dinner is hosted by NOLA Cafe' located at 1625 Highway 51 in Ponchatoula.

Tickets are limited. Only 150 will be sold. Tickets are $100 per couple.

The dinner menu consists of the following:
Wood Grilled Filet Mignon
VooDoo Chicken
Shrimp & Crab Pasta
Twice Baked Potato
Penne Pasta
Sauteed Vegetables
Salad with Choice of Dressing
Bread Pudding
Soft Drink/Tea/House Wine.

A cash bar will be available.

Tickets may be purchased from any members of the Crusader Dads. Tickets are also available in the office. Please make checks payable to Dinners that Make a Difference.

Cheer Clinic - Saturday, March 8

St. Joseph Cheerleaders will be hosting their annual mini cheer clinic for St. Joseph students in PreK-4th grades.

Date - Saturday, March 8
Time - 9:30-1:00 (performance @ 12:30)
Place - St. Joseph Gym
Cost - $25.

Cost includes a t-shirt and a ribbon. Participants will learn a cheer, dance, cheer techniques, and jumps.

Participants mut bring their own lunch and drink, but snacks will be provided.

Please register on EDLINE by Friday, February 21.

Spring Fair - March 21, 22, 23

All information including ordering and deadlines about the Spring Fair 2014 can be found on this website under the FAIR tab.


Dear Parents and Guardians: 

St. Joseph School is excited to participate in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon program. The Math-A-Thon will be sponsored by the Beta Club and participation is open to any student in 1st -8th grade. 

Math-A-Thon is a free educational program that teaches our kids the importance of math while helping others in need. This year’s Math-A-Thon will kick-off today, Wednesday, February 5. Students watch a video this week that will show them how they can help kids at St. Jude.

If you want your student to take part in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon, follow the instructions below:

Fill out and sign the permission slip in the Wednesday Packet and return it by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14.

Ask family, friends, grandparents, and other people you know to sponsor by making a flat donation, a per page donation, or a per problem donation. Checks should be made out to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Have fun filling out your Funbook! Students will receive their Funbook 1-2 weeks after the permission slips are returned on or before Friday, March 14.

Use the envelope to collect your pledges from your sponsors. Return it along with your pledges to school by the deadline on FRIDAY, MARCH 14. If you are fundraising and working problems on Math-A-Thon online, be sure to print your total online donations and turn them in with this form. Checks should be made out to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Of course, the best reward for participating is knowing your family has made a difference in the lives of children suffering from cancer and other catastrophic diseases, but the added bonus is that Math-A-Thon will help your child sharpen their math skills just in time for Terra-Nova testing.

To learn more about St. Jude, visit For additional information regarding the Math-A-Thon program and a complete list of prizes, please visit

Through Math-A-Thon, you and your child make it possible for St. Jude to treat patients regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

Thank you,

Jeri Carroll
Stacy Bankston
Math-A-Thon and Beta Club Sponsors

Prospective Students

If you have friends, neighbors, or relatives who might be interested in sending their children to St. Joseph School, please provide us with their names and addresses so that we may send them an invitation to our Open House.

Prospective parents will be able to see classes in session, meet and talk with the teachers, ask questions, and get a "feel" for St. Joseph School at this Open House.

Our parents are our best advocates. Thank you for your tremendous support.

You may download the form at OPEN HOUSE, fill it out, and send it to the office. You may also email information to

Change in Terra Nova Testing Dates

Our superintendent of Catholic schools, Dr. Melanie Verges, has contacted us with a change in Terra Nova testing dates.

The test dates are now scheduled for the week after our Easter holidays, April 28-May 2, and May 5-8.

Neighbors' Way Award

Congratulations to Brennan Currier and Jourdan Cheek, our 2014 Neighbors' Way Award winners! 

These students were chosen because they exemplify the Neighbors' Way core values of integrity, respect, trust, stability, community involvement, honesty, empathy, ethical behavior, and fairness in their daily activities, both in and away from the school. They go the extra mile to make a difference and emnstrate a true concern for their community. 

We are very proud of our students!

January Crusaders

Congratulations to our January Crusaders!

Mini Crusader - Grace Duhon (2nd grade)
Crudader - Allie Amerson (8th grade)

We are very proud of our students!

Religion Fair Winnrs

Eighth grade students, from left, Avery Meyers, Kaleb Kraemer, Caroline Demars, and Lane Pierson, took first place in the 8th grade division of the annual Religion Fair held Tuesday, February 4.  Their project was a music video titled "Hold Me". 

SJS would like to thank Mrs. Ellen Dyer, fair coordinator, and all of our judges who gave so generously of their time for our students. 

Pictures of all of the winners can be seen at RELIGION FAIR.  

The winners are as follows (listed as first, second, and third places except for 8th grade):

Juliana Steib, Nate Palisi, Trent Perrin

Morgan Watkins, Gabriel Rivero, Bailey Garcia

Kennedy Jackson, Ryleigh Castello, Chelsea MacKnight

Ava Morreale, Ella LeSaicherre, Brady Breaux

Sophie Romano, Rebekah Peltier, Matthew Pellittieri

Hanna Bankston, AShton Vining, McKaden Thompson

Ashley Brown, Lathan Raiford, Triston Truxilllo

Krislyn Dapprich, Jack Brothers, Coltin Royal

Hather Habisreitinger, Maria Guay, Alexis Vega

Camryn Ernst, Caroline Casey, Mia Kugler

Scott Jacobs
Gabbi Jerez, Ethan Mauterer

Leigh Henderson, Vaughn Bell, Marlee Little

8th - First Place 
Lane Pierson, Keleb Kraemer, Caroline Demars, Avery Meyers

8th - Second Place
Jayden Berthelot, Olivia Maurer, Mallory Pecoraro

8th - Third Place
Dana Drum, Kristie Chen, Hannah Henderson, Maiya Delpidio

First Place Jam Fest!

Congratulations to our cheerleaders for their first place win in the JamFest Competition held Saturday, February 1, at the River Center in Baton Rouge. 

The girls competed in intermediate junior cheer. 

Each girl took home a medal with the receiving a large trophy for display at the school. 

Our cheer squad would like to extend thanks to the many fans who followed them to the competition, especially the eighth graders. Lots of SJS school spirit was going on at the River Center! 

Way to go, 'Saders!

Accelerated Readers Updated

We have updated our Accelerated Reader pictures in the Photo Albums. Check out our newest members of the 500, 250, and 100 Points Clubs! 


Family Movie Night

Carter Alston, Kennedy Jackson, and Bentley Kugler settle in to enjoy St. Joseph's Home & School Association Family Movie night on January 31. 

The feature was Despicable Me 2

More pictures of the evening can be viewed at MOVIE.  

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.

Weekday Mass Schedule
The week day Masses on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday will be at 8:30 a.m. Reconciliation (Confessions) will be available before all week day Masses at 8:00 a.m. in addition to Confessions on Saturday from 3:30-4:30 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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