During the Lenten season, our students, faculty and staff will be given the following opportunities to enrich their relationship with God:
• Scripture Sharing: Every Wednesday during their lunch hour, students may gather for faith sharing and a discussion of the upcoming Sunday’s scriptures. Meetings are held in the small chapel next to the office of Campus Minister Mrs. Kristen Lazarine.
• Celebration of the Eucharist: Every Tuesday at 7 a.m. in the chapel. Mass will depend on the availability of priests.
• Rosary: Every Thursday at 7 a.m. in Mary’s Plaza (weather permitting) or the SJA chapel.
• Father-Daughter Day Mass: Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. in the Activity Center.
• Celebration of the Feast of our Patron Saint, Joseph: Tuesday, March 20, 9:45 a.m. in the Activity Center. Father Donald Blanchard will be the presider. We will follow Assembly Schedule 4. Dress uniforms required. Parents are invited to join us.
Mother/Daughter Brunch and Style Show
Join us on Sunday, March 4, at the Crowne Plaza for the 2012 Mother/Daughter Brunch and Style Show. Times are 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mother-daughter portraits will be taken poolside (weather permitting) from 10 to 11 a.m. Ballroom doors open at 10:30 a.m. A buffet breakfast will be served from 10:45 until 11:30 a.m. The program begins at 11:30 a.m.
Course verification forms for the 2012-2013 academic year will be mailed to current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students on Tuesday, February 28. Signed course verification forms are due to the Student Receptionist on Tuesday, March 6.
Wednesday, March 7. Students will be dismissed at 1:43 p.m. for Club Picture Day. We will follow Assembly Schedule 3. From 1:43 until 2:47 p.m., all students in a club at SJA will report to the Activity Center for official club pictures. Once students have taken pictures for all the clubs in which they are enrolled, they will be dismissed. Students must wear dress uniforms.
Friday, March 9, 5-7:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. This annual event benefits the SJA Athletic Department. Tickets will be on sale through Friday, March 2, and may be purchased from any SJA student-athlete, through the school office or at the door. Cost of the meal (seafood etouffee, salad and bread) is $7.
Each student-athlete will receive a packet of information, including a set of 10 tickets and a parent-volunteer letter. All parents of student-athletes are asked to participate on that evening. Please return all volunteer letters to Assistant Principal of Activities Mrs. Stacia Andricain by Tuesday, February 28. Please direct questions to Athletic Director Ms. Dorinda Beaumont (
Dinner at Dutch’s: A Fun Evening to Benefit the Sister Adele Lambert, CSJ Scholarship
Make plans now to join us at Dutch’s Seafood & Steakhouse on Monday, March 12. Only 150 tickets are available for this special event. Donation: $75 per ticket (tax-deductible). Seatings are available any time between 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Menu: Dungeness crab and shrimp appetizer, Caesar salad, heart of ribeye steak with grilled asparagus and twice-baked potato, bread pudding, and wine pairings with each course (except dessert). Cash bar for other alcoholic beverages. Celebrity waiters will be SJA Administrative Team and their spouses. Attire is casual.
Tickets are available online at www.sjaconnections.org/benefitdinner or in the Main Office at the Academy. Deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, March 7.
Dutch’s Seafood & Steakhouse (formerly Berthelot’s) is located next to Fred’s on the Amite River: 44708 Highway 42, Suite B, Prairieville, LA 70769.
Contact Ms. Stephanie Heine (
; 388-2240) for more information.
Career Day/Senior Job Shadowing Day/Freshmen Wellness Workshops
Wednesday, March 14.
• Sophomores and juniors will select three career panels offered by alumnae of St. Joseph’s Academy. These professional women will share their experiences about their careers, including requirements and educational backgrounds.
• Seniors will participate in a job-shadowing experience. Students have submitted their plan regarding the arrangements with their mentor for this day.
• Freshmen will participate in wellness workshops to enhance their personal growth and development.
Thursday, March 15, 3-8 p.m., Activity Center. The senior Student Ministers have been working to plan the retreat with the theme True Colors, which will focus on the question, “Who am I?” The annual class retreat is mandatory. Please do not plan any other appointments or conflicts, as your daughter must be present for the entire retreat. Direct questions to Campus Minister Mrs. Kristen Lazarine
Balfour Graduation Announcements Delivery
Thursday, March 15. Concessions stand area of the Activity Center during all three lunch periods.
No School for Students
Friday, March 16, for Faculty Day.
Spring Drama Production
The SJA/CHS Drama Club will present Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lepine, Friday-Sunday, March 16-18, at the Baton Rouge Community College Magnolia Theatre. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales and follows them further to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella, tied together by a more original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family. Each character must face his or her own faults as well as classic story book enemies such as giants and witches. Times are 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for students. At-the-door tickets are $15.
St. Patrick’s Day Mission Trip Fundraiser
The Office of Campus Ministry will be holding a fundraiser for SJA’s summer service immersion trips by selling parking tickets for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 17. Parking spots will be sold only for Academy parking lots. Tickets will be pre-sold at $8 and may be purchased for $10 the day of the parade. All presold spots will only be reserved until 9 a.m. the morning of the parade. You may purchase tickets in advance in the Main Office beginning Monday, March 12. Contact Campus Minister Mrs. Kristen Lazarine (
or 388-2321) for more information.
Dads and daughters are invited to join the fun on Sunday, March 18.
School will be closed on Monday, March 19. This is a day that Sister Adele Lambert promised to the faculty, staff and students as a holiday in celebration of her 75th birthday. She asks that we celebrate a “Day of Kindness” and do something kind for others.
Celebration of the Feast of our Patron Saint, Joseph
Tuesday, March 20, 9:45 a.m. in the Activity Center. Father Donald Blanchard will be the presider. We will follow Assembly Schedule 4. Dress uniforms required. Parents are invited to join us.
Challenge Day 2012
Friday, March 23, 4 p.m., Catholic High gym. Hosted by the SJA and CHS student councils. Admission by ticket only. Tickets will be sold the week of the event. Due to space restraints, parents may not attend. We will get ready for the competition with a pep rally beginning at 1:50 p.m. in the Activity Center. We will follow Assembly Schedule 3 on this day. Parents are welcome to join us for the pep rally. All those going to Challenge Day will stay at school (all others dismissed at 2:47 p.m.) until we go to CHS together.
District Literary Rally
Saturday, March 24, Southeastern Louisiana University. Participating students will receive specific information from Assistant Principal of Academics Mrs. Sheri Gillio. Students who place first or second will qualify for the state rally in April at LSU.
A mandatory pre-tryout meeting for parents and students will be held Tuesday, March 13, at 6 p.m. in the CHS Union. Tryouts are Sunday, March 25, in the CHS gym beginning at 3 p.m. and may last as late as 8 p.m. Girls must learn the fight song routine in advance. There will be practice sessions to learn the routine. Information packets will be available in Assistant Principal of Activities Mrs. Stacia Andricain’s office in late February. Please direct questions to CHS cheerleader coach Mrs. Jennifer Thibodeaux (
When Sean Speaks
Tuesday, March 27, 9:45 a.m., in the Assembly Center. We will follow Assembly Schedule 4.
Jenny and Sean Carter is a mother/son team who travel the country, speaking to students about how drinking and driving changed their lives. You can read more about Sean’s story at www.whenseanspeaks.com.
Parent Awareness Meeting
On Tuesday, March 27, 6:30-8 p.m., the administration of SJA requests your presence as we share information about substance abuse among students at St. Joseph’s Academy. We will use information from the I-Care survey completed by our students. We will discuss how this information is being used to educate your daughters, faculty/staff and you, the parents. The mission of SJA is to develop responsible and unifying members of the world community. Reality shows us that our young women are placed in situations involving drugs and alcohol. While many are making good choices, we feel education is the key to success. We want to partner with you and present a united front for the good of all the young women in our care.
In addition to information from the SJA administration and Academic Counseling Center, we will be joined by District Attorney Hillar Moore, Assistant District Attorney John Russell and Gwynn Shamlin, SJA’s I CARE Specialist.
The meeting will be held in the Activity Center.
SJA Cheerleader Tryouts
Students who have a GPA of 2.0 are eligible to try out for the SJA cheerleading squad. The tryout clinic is Monday-Tuesday, March 26-27, 4-5, 4-5:30 p.m. both days. There will be a parent meeting on Monday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. Tryouts will be held on Thursday, March 29, 5-8 p.m. In order to try out, students must attend both clinics and complete and return the entire tryout information packet by March 26. Packets can be found at www.sjabr.org under the Campus Life dropdown, Clubs & Activities, SJA Cheerleaders. Please direct questions to cheerleader coaches Ms. Aubrey Cucullu (
; 388-2269) or Ms. Katie Rose Norman (
A mandatory meeting for returning and prospective members and their parents will be held on Wednesday, March 7, at 6 p.m. in the CHS Band Room. Auditions for the 2012-2013 season will be Saturday, March 31, in the CHS Gym from 8 a.m. until approximately noon. Prior to auditions, Ms. Stephanie Faucette, SJA faculty member, Bruinettes choreographer and Bruinettes moderator, will offer three workshops on March 14, 21 and 28, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the CHS Gym. At these workshops, participants will learn a contemporary combination, a jazz precision combination and a flag routine that are the basis for the Saturday audition. Dancers should wear appropriate dance attire: tight-fitting leotards, shorts or pants, open-toed tights and jazz-shoes. Clean appearance is a must.
Attendance at all three workshops is not mandatory, but certainly necessary for success, for returning and potential members. Please direct questions to Ms. Faucette (
Mothers’ Club Summer Reading Book Sale
As a service, the SJA Mothers’ Club will once again place an order for the summer reading books and is working with Cottonwood Books to lower prices. All current freshmen, sophomores and juniors can place orders during the month of April. The order form will be included in the April newsletter. Books will be distributed outside the Dining Hall during final exams, May 21-24. Deadline for ordering books is Thursday, April 19. Please direct questions to Mrs. Shannon Countryman
Student Council Elections
Students interested in running for the offices of student body president, vice president, secretary/treasurer or communications coordinator need to complete the self-nomination form by Tuesday, March 20. Students seeking these offices present a speech to the student body at a special assembly on Tuesday, April 3.
Students wishing to run for Student Council class representative will complete self-nomination forms beginning Wednesday, March 21. Forms are due Wednesday, April 4. Student Council rep elections will be held on Thursday, April 19.
All forms should be returned to Student Council co-moderators Ms. Angelle Domingue (
; 388-2257) or Mrs. Mary Kay Alford (
Click here for the 2012-2013 school calendar.
A reminder to all parents and students that service hours are due soon. Please support and encourage your daughter as she completes her hours. Following are the requirements for our service program.
Each grade level will be required to participate in a specific area of service. Every student is required to complete 10 service hours in the specified area and 5 hours in a Christian service in an area of their choosing. Please visit the Service Page on the SJA website for more details.
Service hours for the 2011-2012 academic year must be completed on the following schedule:
• Seniors: Thursday, March 29
• Juniors: Friday, March 30
• Sophomores: Monday, April 2
• Freshmen: Tuesday, April 3
Failure to turn in service hours on the above dates will result in a check list. Those students who fail to complete 15 hours by the above date will have until Monday, April 16, to turn them in. Additionally, these students will have to participate in a Service Work Day at SJA on Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Your daughter’s service card will be accepted only if it is submitted with all authorized signatures and appropriate contact information to verify hours have been completed. Only service hours from the SJA Service Directory, opportunities posted on Moodle or those approved by Mrs. Lazarine will be accepted. The Service Directory is located on the SJA website under Service/Service Directory.
For additional information, contact Campus Minister Mrs. Kristen Lazarine (
If you are experiencing difficulty in navigating our new website or having trouble loading our page on your computer, please contact Ms. Kacie Fuselier (
2012 Washington, D.C., Trip
Is your current sophomore or junior interested in the 2012 Thanksgiving Washington, D.C., trip? There will be a parent information meeting on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the CHS gym regarding trip details and a new, long-term payment plan. Please email any questions to Ms. Jackie Charles at
Yearbook Senior Advertisements
The Shield yearbook staff is now selling 2012 Senior Ads. Please click here to learn more about purchasing an ad for your senior. Deadline for purchase is Friday, May 4, 2012. Please direct questions to Ms. Kacie Fuselier (
School Tuition/Expense Tax Deduction
According to the Louisiana Department of Revenue, Act 8 of the Second Extraordinary Session of the 2008 Louisiana Legislature grants an individual income-tax deduction for tuition, fees and certain educational supplies and expenses paid on or after January 1, 2009. Taxpayers are encouraged to keep all related receipts so they can claim the deduction on their 2011 tax returns, which are due May 15, 2012. The legislation created a deduction for private school tuition and fees, including expenses for uniforms and supplies for private school students. Act 2011, No. 121 changed the deduction for elementary and secondary school tuition to actual costs paid per dependent, limited to $5,000 starting with the 2011 tax year. For 2009 and 2010, this deduction was for 50 percent of the costs paid per dependent, limited to $5,000.
For more information, contact the LDR call center at 219-0102 or at http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/sections/individual/School
You will not receive any additional support documentation or verification of tuition paid to St. Joseph’s Academy since your bank statement provides the payment information.
Spirituality Center Offering in March
There are Larger Places: The Journey into Freedom, Friday, March 9, 7-9 p.m., Chapel at SJA and Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. SJA Dining Hall. Presenter is Paula D’Arcy. Explore how to belong, with great fidelity, to something that calls from deep within. What are we being called to embrace, and who are we becoming as we begin to embrace it? Fee is $100. Bring a brown bag lunch on Saturday. Call 383-3349 for information or to register.
Each Thursday at 7 a.m., Mary’s Plaza (outside Chapel at SJA). Parents are welcome to join us. (In case of inclement weather, the rosary is recited in the chapel.) Please park on Broussard Street.
Job opportunities are posted on the bulletin board in St. Joseph Hall outside the Academic Counseling Center offices. SJA does not solicit these job announcements and does not endorse the postings. Call the prospective employer for all necessary information.
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