Psalm 34

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me and be glad. R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Glorify the LORD with me, let us together extol his name. I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him. R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. Taste and see how good the LORD is; blessed the man who takes refuge in him. R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

From the Principal

Dear Parents, The new wood chip piles on the playground have all been spread! Thanks to Harry and Elaine Leblanc for leading the effort. Those who spread the chips included Lisa Eck, Joshua McLain, Marc LeBlanc, and Adam Tournillon. Smith's Nursery was very generous and donated four trees for the four corners of the playground. The trees have been planted and are loosely tied to the fence with twine for support. Students have been busy this week with Terra Nova Acheivement Tests. Thanks to all who made the effort to have their students at school test days. We have had few absences. The eighth graders are on their class trip. You can follow them on the Photo Albums on the website. Looks like they are having a great time. -- Dr. Gerard Toups Principal


Monday, April 28
Class Resume

Monday, April 28 - Friday, May 2
Terra Nova Testing (grades 2-7)
8th Grade Trip

Thursday, May 1
Tuition or Loan Papers Due to the School Office

Friday, May 2
Spirit Dress

Sunday, May 4
First Communion @ 11:00 

Monday, May 5 - Friday, May 9
Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 6
Athletic Awards
May Birthdays

Wednesday, May 7
Bring bagged, boxed, or canned good for the needy.
Adopt-a-Child Collection

Friday, May 8
Spirit Dress
Crusaders Luncheon
Accelerated Reader Deadline

Sunday, May 11
Mothers' Day

Monday, May 12
8th Exams - English/Science

Tuesday, May 13
8th Exams - Reading/Social Studies
June Birthdays

Wednesday, May 14
Bring bagged, boxed, or canned good for the needy.

Thursday, May 15
8th Exams - Math
8th Promotion Rehearsal

Friday, May 16
Spirit Dress

Saturday, May 17
Reception for Dr. Toups

Monday, May 19
8th Breakfast
8th Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, May 20
6th-7th Exams - English/Science
8th Grade Promotion

Wednesday, May 21
Bring bagged, boxed, or canned good for the needy. 

Thursday, May 22
6th-7th Exams - Reading/Social Studies
PreK/Kindergarten Picnic

Friday, May 23
6th-7th Exams - Math
Spirit Dress
PreK Promotion @ 8:30
Kindergarten Promotion @ 10:30

Monday, May 26
Field Day

Tuesday, May 27
Awards Grades 1-7
Early Dismissal
Last Day for Students.

Terra Nova Testing Continues

Terra Nova Testing, our standardized test, will be conducted starting Monday, April 28, and continuing through the week. Please make every effort to encourage your child to work hard during the test and do the best he or she can. Also, make sure they are at school, well rested, and on time. Thank you for your cooperation.

Tuition/Loan Papers - Due May 1

Tuition and Loan Papers for the 2014-2015 school year are due in the school office on Thursday, May 1. The loan application was sent home with students. It can also be downloaded at LOAN APP.

Cafeteria News

Friday, May 2, will be the last day personal checks are accepted by the cafeteria. Parents will still be able to make on-line payments after that date. Any student not returning to St. Joseph may request a refund by May 16. All other funds will roll-over this year to next school year.

Eighth Grade Trip

Our eighth grade class is currently on their trip to Texas. They left Monday morning and will return Friday evening. The students invite you to follow their progress each day through the pictures posted in the Photo Albums section of the newsletter. We miss our senior class, but we know they're having a great bonding experience as their time at St. Joseph comes to a close.

Peter Pan DVD's on Sale

Peter Pan DVD's are available for sale! If you missed our 8th grade's wonderful production of Peter Pan, or if you saw it and want to buy a copy, they are now for sale on EDLINE. DVD's are $20 each and will be available to order until Wednesday, May 7. Send payment to the office in a well-marked envelope.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-9

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK Monday, May 6th: Sweets for teachers' lounge provided by PreK- 4th grade. Soft Drinks for teachers' lounge provided by 5th grade. We will need volunteers to collect this am during carpool and set up in teachers lounge please Tuesday, May 7th: "Classroom Supply Day" This day is themed for students to bring their teacher miscellaneous supplies used in the classroom (Ex.: paper clips, staples, post-its, highlighters, tape, dry erase supplies, etc....) Wednesday, May 8th: Home and School will provide lunch for the teachers. Also it will be "Flower Day " This day is themed for students to bring their teacher a flower , flower seeds to plant, or just draw a picture of a flower Thursday, May 9th: Breakfast items for the teachers' lounge provided by 6th and 7th grade. Set up by7:15am. Also if one of you could pick up a order at Mcdonalds for 7 am they are donating 45 sausage biscuits Friday, May 10th: Students may bring a teacher appreciation gift to their teachers

New H&S Officers

Congratulations to our 2014-2015 St. Joseph School Home and School officers. They are as follows: President Kimberly Thibodeaux Vice President Jerod Breaux Recording Secretary Shelly Ernst Corresponding Secretary Abby Anderson Treasurer Kimberly Reeves Historian Sean Benoit Parliamentarian Kevin Raiford.

Cafeteria Basket Giveaway

Evyn Johnson won the April cafeteria basket giveaway! 

Every month the SJS cafeteria will give away a basket filled with goodies. The contents include a $40 gift card donated by PON Foods of Ponchatoula. PON Foods is owned by Mr. Tony Berner, an SJS graduate. 

Each time a school lunch is purchased from the cafeteria, the student is eligible to enter the basket draw

Living Stations

Our fourth graders did an outstanding job portraying the Living Stations of the Cross for the student body, parents, and grandparents on April 17, the last day before Easter break.. 

To see all of their pictures, please visit LIVING STATIONS.  

A Run Like Nun Other

Need dinner planson April 30th? Come out to Santa Fe restaurant in Hammond from 5-10pm! The proceeds will go to Rosaryville's 1st ever Nun Run which will help to renovate Kateri Hall! Come out and support Rosaryville and have a great meal! You will also be able to sign up for the Nun Run on site! Check out our website for more information on the Nun Run: A RUN LIKE NUN OTHER!

Our Parish

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 
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