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Mrs. Hartnett writes,
Every now and then, there arrives a day when 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 and for all the people in my life. I need to remember places like Haiti and Afghanistan and Nigeria and Iran and Iraq and Syria and North Korea, where human suffering and struggle have become almost a way of life. 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 seen or will never see,
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… maybe… smile, just a little.
HE’S A WINNER!
And that’s for sure! Congratulations to Form I student Harry Thome (photo below) who won the National Geographic Bee here at Priory and who will continue on in the competition for state representation. Good luck to Harry!
(Priory Geography Bee winner Harry Thome)
AMC8 – THE MATH WIZARDS!
The American Mathematics Counsel sponsors a mathematics competition each year in which Priory participates at both Form I and Form II levels. We are proud to announce our winners:
First Place Gold: Greg L’Hommedieu
Second Place Gold: Gulshan Kodwani
Third Place Gold: Anthony Human
Gold medals: Will Rourke and Mark Shallenberger
Silver medals: Ben Hwang and Kevin Miller
Bronze medals: Charlie Ferrick, Alex Logusch, Sean Moen, Henry Strasheim,
Cooper Tull, and Michael Von Rohr
(l-r front row): Sean Moen, Kevin Miller, Ben Hwang, Gulshan Kodwani, Michael Von Rohr; (l-r back row): Anthony Human, Alex Logusch, Will Rourke, Charlie Ferrick, Henry Strasheim, Greg L’Hommedieu, Mark Shallenberger, Cooper Tull
GUEST SPEAKER DR. TIMOTHY FLANIGAN
Next Tuesday, February 3, Dr. Timothy Flanigan will be visiting the campus. He will begin by delivering a lecture to the School about his experience in Liberia treating ebola patients. He is an infectious disease specialist and a professor at Brown University.
All students should dress in coat and tie for this event.
Greetings Form I & II Parents!
So you've overcome your fear of having no one to sit with at Xanadu on Saturday, February 7th, but now you're overcome with fear of the Xanadu "red carpet!" Be assured that no one will be critiquing your outfits! Feel free to dress in cocktail attire with a Parisian flare—the little black dress for women, suit coat for the men!
No fashion citations have ever been issued...so don't let "thread dread" keep you away from Xanadu this year!!! Please get your rsvp's in now or buy your tickets online here.
Xanadu RSVP deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015. 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.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me (email@example.com)
I look forward to seeing you at Xanadu!
Xanadu 2015 Chair
We Need More Volunteers to Work at Xanadu
Xanadu Night – Saturday, February 7, 2015
We need approximately 50 adult volunteers for varying shifts the night of the auction. If you can work an hour or two, we would greatly appreciate your help.
Xanadu General Set Up – Thursday & Friday, February 5 - February 6, 2015
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, February 4, 2015
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, February 6, 2015
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Xanadu Preview Party
Friday, February 6th, 4:30 – 8:00 PM
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’s 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, February 6th, please contact June Herman (email@example.com) or Julie Dubray (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A CANINE CUTIE AT XANADU
At this year’s Xanadu, one of the offerings is Jean Claude, the adorable bundle of cuteness whose photo is below. Jean Claude is a currently 12-week old male Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel / Bichon Frisé) puppy. If you are giving serious thought to adding a dog to your family, I suggest that you come to the preview party, as well as the auction itself, to meet this furry sweetheart. Jean Claude has also visited the Junior School in advance of the auction so that the Junior School boys can get their persuasive speeches together as to why they….absolutely…have to have Jean Claude!!
Friday, January 30 7:00 – 9:30 pm Junior School Mixer
Tuesday, February 3 8:05 am, theatre Guest speaker
Friday, February 6 4:30 – 8:00 Xanadu preview party
Saturday, February 7 6:00 pm Xanadu doors open
Monday, February 9 No classes: faculty professional day
Friday, February 13 the next News and Notes
“There are scores of people waiting for someone just like you to come along; people who will appreciate your compassion, your encouragement, 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, "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 most 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.
Please accept my gratitude for all that you do for the boys and for the School. We are lucky, and blessed.
Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School