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News & Notes from the Junior School - 10.10.14


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Mrs. Hartnett writes,

Being a part of it all….

The gorgeous weather this past month has really made me antsy to be outside.  I do so enjoy any outdoor activities, (Camp Ondessonk was wonderful!) and the sound of leaves crunching underfoot coupled with smells of leaves and crisp air, can truly inspire and emotionally elevate.

Most especially, I love camping.  My husband and I moved to St. Louis many years ago from eastern Washington state, right on the Idaho panhandle, high in the foothills of the Rockies.  Our ideal location provided us with endless opportunities to camp, and we did so with like-minded friends of similar enthusiasm, energy, and youth.  Camping above the tree line was always an interesting experience and we did so often.  There really is nothing quite like cold air, a blazing fire, hot coffee, good friends, and interesting conversation, all in a setting like Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, or the Athabasca Glacier, or the Icefields National Wildlife Area, which spans parts of British Columbia and Alberta in western Canada.

The frequency with which we camped in and around the Canadian Rockies is stunning to me now.  I just wish that I had taken greater advantage of the many chances to simply “be” in the area, to taste and smell and see and touch and hear the true wonders of God’s creation, to join in a literally physical union with the landscape in every way possible.  For now, though, I have my memories of those earlier camping days, days most likely never to be repeated.  But how lucky I was then, and am now… 


The National Wildlife Federation has put together a study about the role of nature in our lives and in the lives of our children.  One statistic in the study states that the average child spends four to seven minutes per day in unstructured play outside, but more than seven hours per day in front of a screen of some sort. 


Thanks to a grant awarded to the Saint Louis Priory School Science Faculty by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Form I students will be spending October 22 at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Center.  Please click HERE to read a letter from Mr. William Bander regarding this science field trip.  The letter also includes a required permission slip, as well as information regarding parent volunteers to help.


The Saint Louis Priory football game against St. Dominic will be held Friday, October 17, 2014, and we have planned a fan bus for the Junior School boys. The students will leave from the circle drive at the high school at 5:00 PM. The bus will stop at the McDonalds in O’Fallon, where the boys can purchase dinner.  After dinner, the bus will head to St. Dominic High School for the game. The bus will return at approximately 10:00 PM. Parents will meet the boys in the circle drive of the high school at that time.


(PAID TO PRIORY and includes bus fare and admission to the game.

This does not include the student’s dinner at McDonalds)




In the next issue of News ‘n’ Notes, going live on October 24, Junior School families will get all of the details regarding Halloween, Priory style.  Please check out the next issue for all the specifics!


…to the Spring term.  We will let you know when and give you all the details. 


In the next issue of the newsletter, going live on October 24, you will receive extensive information about the fall term exams, which take place November 11, 12, and 13.  However, I mention it now so that you can encourage your sons to begin to think about organizing notes, finding lost books and notebooks, and tracking down returned homework and tests. 


A Message From Father Gregory and Deacon Mulvihill...


The annual Priory Admission Open House And Presentation will take place on Sunday, November 9th.  With a highly competitive secondary school market (Saint Louis, in fact, is one of the most competitive in the nation), we are turning, as we do every year, to our parents and students to assist us in making this event a huge success.  There are two ways that you can lend a hand…


 Nearly every Priory family knows another family with a son who might be considering Priory.  Please take just a moment out of your busy schedule to invite ONE FAMILY to Open House.  Full details are available on our web site (and most families will be receiving something in the mail), but here is the basic information: 

Priory Admission Open House And Presentation

For Current Third Through Sixth Graders

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Scheduled Program Begins At 12:30 p.m. In The High School Building

Families are invited --parents, candidates and siblings-- to browse departmental displays, then tour the campus with current students, parents and alumni as you learn about our curriculum and programs from Departmental Chairs and the Headmaster.

No R.S.V.P. is necessary for this event.  For more information, please contact the Office of Admission at or (314) 434-3690, x101.


We rely heavily on the participation of parents and students for this important day, our single largest and most important Admission event of the year.  Here are a few details:

The event begins at 12:30 p.m., and runs until about 3:00 p.m.  Volunteers (parents and students) are asked to arrive no later than 12:00 noon for a brief orientation session in the Library.  You will be finished by about 3:15 p.m.


  • We are in need of parent greeters, tour guides and volunteers to assist with assorted hospitality duties, such as food and beverages.  Some of these duties have more limited hours (for instance, just in the beginning), so please let us know if you have limited time.


  • This is the Sunday before Fall Term exams…but it only occupies a few hours.  We have found in the past that it can be a nice break from the studying for the boys.  ALSO… the boys are OFF SCHOOL on Monday, November 11th for a Review Day, so we would greatly appreciate it if the boys would schedule time for this important activity.
  • Boys will assist with directions, registration and act as greeters.
  • Some boys will be asked to participate in a specific Open House activity by Faculty members…and they are free to do this as well.  Either way, please register as a volunteer.

All volunteers will be contacted the week before Open House with further details and specific assignments.



Be sure to give us your e-mail address, the best phone number to reach you and any restrictions on your time commitment.



In the next week, the photos which the boys had taken in September will be sent to the School for distribution to the boys.  Please be aware that retakes for photos are scheduled for Friday, October 24.  If your son would like to return his original photos and have his photo retaken, please have him bring those with him on that day (in the original envelope if possible) to return to the photographer.  Too, any students who may have been absent on the original day will have their photos taken on October 24.


This is a reminder that Junior School boys are allowed to bring cell phones to school; however, all cell phones must be turned off and kept locked in lockers for the duration of the school day.  There is a phone in the main office for use of the boys.  Thank you to all parents for your help in this matter.



Priory Trivia Night--  Trick or Trivia

Saturday, October 25th

It’s time to get your table together for one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year!


Trivia Night

Priory Multi-Purpose Gym

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. -- Trivia begins at 7:30.

$30 per person (tables of eight)


Don your favorite Halloween costume and compete for fabulous prizes!

Beer, wine and soda provided, but make it a feast and bring

your own snacks and drinks for your table.


Highlight your family or business by being a Round Sponsor for $100!

Call the Development Office at (314) 434-3690 x 361 for more details.

Don't miss out on one of the most enjoyable nights of the school year!


Girls’ Night Out Xanadu Gift Gathering Party

Thursday, October 30th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Please bring a $25 Restaurant Gift Certificate or cash donation.

Hosted by:  Jill Trout & Ashley Funk

At the home of Jill Trout, 1239 Devonworth Drive, 63017

We are hoping for a big turnout of Junior School mothers!  In exchange for attending a wonderful party, you are asked to bring a $25 restaurant gift certificate or cash donation (please make checks payable to: Saint Louis Priory School).  Everything you donate directly benefits Xanadu and Priory. 

Please be sure to RSVP by emailing so that we have an accurate head count. 

Suggested Restaurants:

Al’s Steakhouse                   Farmhaus                                Pastaria

Amigo Joe’s                         Five Star Burgers                      Paul Minneo’s

Annie Gunn’s                        Fleming’s                                Pomme

Bar Les Freres                      Gianfabio’s                            Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Bistro 1130                         Giovanni’s                              Prime 1000

The Boathouse                      Harry’s                                 Ruth Chris Steakhouse

BrickTop                              I Fratellini                            Scape

Brio                                     Il Bel Lago                          Schlafly Tap Room

Café Napoli                           J.Gilbert’s                              Sidney Street Café

Café Provencale                    John Mineo’s                         Stone Soup Cottage

Cardwell’s                              Kemoll’s                              Sugo’s

Cielo                                    Mia Sorella                            Sunset 44 Bistro

Citizen Kane’s                       Mike Shannon’s                   Three Sixty

Cooper’s Hawk                     Modesto                                   Tony’s

Cravings                               Nacho Mama’s                       Trattoria Branica

Crushed Red                          Niche                                        Trattoria Marcella

Dominic’s                                Oceano Bistro                       Truffles

Espinos                                Pappy’s Smokehouse                 Vin de Set

City Coffeehouse

& Creperie

Watch for this at the Priory Christmas Boutique! 

Don’t miss out on this fabulous Priory Crest Bow Tie selling for $35!  To order your bow tie, please fill out and return the order form by Friday, November 21st.  Proceeds benefit Xanadu.



Saturday, October 11 2:00 pm Priory Homecoming football
game vs. Cardinal Ritter
Friday, October 17 5:00 pm Fan bus leaves for the St.
Dominic game; return around
10:00 pm to the circle drive
of the high school
Wednesday, October 22   Science Field trip
Friday, October 24   Photo retake day
Friday, October 24   the next News ‘N Notes


Monday, November 3   Cross Country Pizza
Challenge (details to follow)
Sunday, November 9   Saint Louis Priory Admission
Open House
Monday, November 10   No classes – exam review
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
November 11, 12, 13
  Fall term exams
Friday, November 14   No classes – grading day
Monday, November 17   First day of the winter term



We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. (Mother Teresa)  Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, M.C., commonly known as Mother Teresa (1910 –1997), was a Roman Catholic Religious Sister and missionary of Albanian origin who lived for most of her life in India. 

Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children's and family counseling programs; orphanages; and schools. Members of the institute must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and the fourth vow, to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor.”

Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honors including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003, she was beatified as "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta".   She was widely admired by many for her charitable works, including her efforts supporting the right to life and her opposition against the substandard conditions in the hospices in which she served.


“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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