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News & Notes From The Junior School - 1.22.16

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Mrs. Hartnett writes,


There have been some days recently that I shouldn't answer the phone, read my email, or even get out of bed. On days like this, nothing seems to go right. People (including me) seem crankier and meaner, the highway is jammed with speeders and inconsiderate drivers, I can’t find my other favorite shoe, and nobody will answer my questions. My coffee cup overturns in the car on the way to work and the new cell phone I just bought already needs a battery because the original one won’t hold a charge. Don’t they make products anymore that will last?? I forgot to take my coupons to the grocery store, and now I can’t use them. Where is the check I wrote for the dry cleaner? Who even knows… it’s probably with the American Express bill that I put somewhere, somewhere where I wouldn’t lose it.

Days like this are just such a burden. And on days like this, in addition to the proverbial kick in the pants, I need balance. I need perspective. I need a heart change, an attitude adjustment, and a patience injection. I need it to be a whole lot more about everyone else and a whole lot less about me. Absolutely yes, more gratitude and less attitude. I need to be grateful for all that I have. I need to remember places like Haiti and Afghanistan and Syria and Iraq and Rwanda and North Korea, where human suffering and struggle have become almost a way of life. Yes, I need all of this. And when I need these things, when I need help, here is the prayer that I say:

Almighty God, Father of all,
Compassionate God, creator of all,
Bless every person I have ever met or will never meet,
Every face I have ever seen or will never see,
Every voice I have ever heard or will never hear,
Every smile I have ever welcomed or will never enjoy.
Bless every city, town, and street that I have known or will never know,
Bless every sight that I have ever beheld or will never behold,
Every sound that I have ever heard or will never hear,
Every object that I have ever touched or will never touch.

For in some mysterious way, all these have fashioned my life;
All that I am, all that I know, I have received from You.
Great and loving God, bless our world and everyone in it. Amen

Okay. NOW I can breathe. And yes, MAYBE, smile, just a little.


What a pleasure it was being with all of you this past Saturday for the Mother/Son Mass and luncheon. I so enjoy this relaxed and comfortable gathering. Thank you all!


Listed below is the schedule for Form II and Form I winter term exams on Thursday, Feb. 18. Please do note that the exams on this day begin earlier than a normal Thursday start time.

Geography – 8:15 - 9:15

Government – 8:15 - 9:15
Science – 9:30 - 10:45

As was mentioned in the last issue of News and Notes, the boys will be dismissed to go home immediately at the conclusion of their exam(s) on Feb. 18. We do ask parents to pick up their sons as soon as possible at the conclusion of exams. The Junior School will close at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. After that time, any boys still here will wait for rides in the lobby of the high school. Also, please be reminded that Friday, Feb. 19, is a grading day and therefore, no classes are held.

Boys who wish to stay for lunch on Feb. 18 are welcome to do so, but we do ask, as a courtesy to the kitchen staff, that boys sign up in the office if they intend to do so. The sign up sheet will be available during the week before exams, Feb. 9 - 12, and will be located on the door to Mrs. Lane's office.

Additional exam information:

  • Junior School students who go to the high school after 1:00 on Thursday must remain in the lobby or the commons room of the high school building and are not allowed in the hallways, the library, or the bookstore, as some high school exams and classes will be in session.
  • The dress code for exams is the same as a regular school day. All boys are expected to be in normal dress code.
  • No student in the Junior School may leave early from an exam. Each student must stay in the exam room until the exam period is completed.


The Priory yearbook staff is on the hunt for any and all photos of Junior School fall sports that parents might have taken at the competitions. If you have any photos that you are willing to share, please email them to Thank you!



Greetings Form I & II Parents!

So you've overcome your fear of having no one to sit with at Xanadu on Saturday, Feb. 6, but now you're overcome with fear of the Xanadu "red carpet!" Be assured that no one will be critiquing your outfits. Spring colors are the order of the evening. Think "garden chic." A suit or sport coat and tie is perfect for the gentlemen, and if you dare, some snappy colored trousers or Bermuda shorts.

Xanadu JS

No fashion citations have ever been don't let "thread dread" keep you away from Xanadu this year. Please send in your RSVP cards now or buy your tickets online here.

The Xanadu RSVP deadline is today, Friday, Jan. 22. After that, the price increases to $125/person.

Be sure to bring your fully charged cell phone to Xanadu so you can bid on all the wonderful silent auction items.

I look forward to seeing you at Xanadu!

Karen Monette
Xanadu 2016 Chair

Adult Volunteers Needed to Work at Xanadu

Xanadu Night – Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

We still need approximately 30 adult volunteers for varying shifts the night of the auction. If you can work all night or a few hours, we would greatly appreciate your help. If you’re not buying a ticket to the auction, box dinners and bid numbers are available to our volunteers.

Xanadu General Set Up – Thursday & Friday, Feb. 4 - Feb. 5, 2016

Volunteers are needed for set up in the Corley Gym, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided both days. 

Form II Moms Needed for Table Skirting—Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Form II mothers are needed to help skirt the section tables at 1:30 p.m. in the Corley gym.

Form I Moms Needed for Table Setting – Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Form I mothers are needed to help with setting the tables at 11:00 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Gym. 

If you would like to volunteer for any of these jobs, please email Mary Rhodes,

Xanadu Preview Party

Friday, Feb. 5, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.
This is a fabulous opportunity to preview all the items while you enjoy complimentary cocktails, appetizers and live music featuring the Priory Dad Band. No RSVP necessary. Casual attire. Peruse the fabulous items, get your mobile phone set up and start bidding! Come for a little, stay for a while.

Appetizers Needed for Xanadu Preview Party

If you are willing to bring an appetizer for the Xanadu Preview Party, Friday, Feb. 5, please contact June Herman ( or Julie Dubray ( 

Xanadu Sign Up Parties for Junior School Students & Parents

Look for these wonderful sign up parties at Xanadu that have something for Junior School Students and parents:

Ping Pong Palooza
Friday, Feb. 26, 4:45 – 7:00 p.m.
Junior School Commons, $20/person
Calling all Junior School boys. Are you ready to put your ping pong skills to the test! This ping pong tournament party is for you! This evening will be packed with fun and food. Some of the Form Chaplain monks will also be there for divine inspiration. This is a no-brainer event that every Junior School boy will enjoy.
Available to 40 Form I & II Students

Junior School Trivia Night for Form I & II Boys
Friday, April 8, 4:45 – 7:00 p.m.
Boys’ Dining Hall, $30/person
Can your son identify the "Fellowship" in "Lord of the Rings," the hottest-selling video game of 2015 and the perimeter of the parallelogram? Register your son tonight so he can join his Form I and II friends for an exciting night of fun questions and good eats at the Junior School Trivia Night! The boys will enjoy pizza, snacks and great prizes. This event sold out last year, so don't miss out! All proceeds benefit Xanadu and our boys.
Available to 70 Form I & II Students

Junior School Parents’ Cocktail Party
Saturday, May 7, 7:00 p.m., $30/person
At the home of Nancy & Peter Kraemer
Lourdes and Tom Hattrich (Stephen '16, William '20) and Nancy and Peter Kraemer (Peter '18, Luke '20) invite all the Junior School parents to join them for a beautiful spring evening at the Kraemers' home. Special guests include Diana & Jeff Hartnett and Carrie & Phil Lane. This party promises to be a great evening of fun, conversation, cocktails and tasty appetizers.
Available to all Form I & II Parents


I received a letter, actually addressed to all of you, from Catholic Family Services Southside, offering their profound and grateful thanks for the bounty of clothing, shoes, boots, and bedding which was contributed before Christmas as a part of our immigrant and refugee community outreach program. As I have seen for myself every single time the Priory family is asked for help, your response is overwhelming and generous. Truly, as always, you have seen Christ, and you have been Christ.


Today (Jan. 22) 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Parent teacher conferences
Saturday, Jan. 23 5:30 p.m. Father/Son Banquet - MAC
Friday, Jan. 29  7-9:30 p.m. Junior School mixer
Friday, Feb. 5   the next News and Notes
Friday, Feb. 5 4:30 p.m. Xanadu Preview Party
Saturday, Feb. 6 6 p.m. onward Xanadu!


“There are scores of people waiting for someone just like you to come along; people who will appreciate your compassion, your encouragement, people who will need your unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because you took the time to share what you had to give. Too often, we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.” Leo Buscaglia

Felice Leonardo "Leo" Buscaglia, Ph.D. (1924 –1998) was an author and motivational speaker and a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California. After Navy service in World War II, Buscaglia entered the University of Southern California, where he earned three degrees before joining the faculty. Upon retirement, Buscaglia was named Professor at Large, one of only two such designations on campus at that time.

He gained fame on the USC campus through his non-credit course titled "Love 1A," which became the basis for his first book, titled simply LOVE. His dynamic speaking style was discovered by the Public Broadcasting System and his televised lectures earned great popularity in the 1980s. At one point his talks, always shown during fund raising periods, were the top earners of all PBS programs. This national exposure, coupled with the heartfelt storytelling style of his books, helped make all of his titles national best sellers; five were once simultaneously on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Leo Buscaglia authored a number of New York Times bestselling inspirational books on love and human reticence, including The Fall of Freddie the Leaf; Bus 9 to Paradise; Living, Loving and Learning; Love; and My Father. In lectures he often protested in mock outrage at the comparative absence of writings on the subject, exclaiming "I have the copyright for love!!!" His books and numerous recorded and televised lectures, some of which became available to the general public through PBS, were extremely well received. He argued that social bonds are essential at transcending the stresses of everyday life and enriching it above the limitations of poverty as well as crossing communication gaps between generations. His public lecture audiences, which numbered in the thousands, nearly always spontaneously formed a line after his talks in order to get books signed, and more importantly, to hug this outgoing speaker.

Buscaglia worked actively to overcome social and emotional barriers that inhibited connections between people, from family to acquaintances to people with disabilities, the institutionalized, and elderly, to complete strangers, often making his own forwardness on the subject a topic of self-deprecating humor. The profundity of his subject, however, almost invariably struck a responsive chord for many in an area frequently regarded as deficient in their lives, and by 1998 his books had reached eighteen million copies in print in seventeen languages.

My most sincere and grateful thanks to all of you for all that you do for the boys, for the School, and for those in need. We are all so lucky, and so blessed.

Diana Hartnett

Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School


“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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