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News & Notes from the Junior School - 10.21.16

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Mrs. Hartnett writes,

Eyes and ears open…

As you were notified earlier in the week, one of our Junior School boys was injured in the drop off area of the circle drive of the Junior School. We are profoundly grateful to our Lord that this young man’s prognosis is good and we pray that he will heal quickly.

Every parent holds their breath each time their child walks out the door. I know it. I’m one. And even though my children are both in their 30s, their health and safety are always at the forefront of my thoughts.

It is imperative that all of us, adults, teachers, students of driving age, literally all persons behind the wheel of every vehicle, and all of our boys in both the Junior School and the High School, use extreme caution everywhere. The vehicle traffic combined with pedestrian traffic near the Junior School demands a heightened level of attention, not only from drivers but also from pedestrians. Here are the directives for our boys and our drivers:

1. For drop off, boys MUST exit onto the sidewalk. Drivers must stay in the right hand lane and are not permitted to allow their passengers to exit onto the road.

2. Boys being picked up in the circle drive may NOT cross the grass to waiting cars. Using the sidewalk only, they should walk around to their car.

3. Parents who pick up from the circle drive should remain in the RIGHT lane and move forward as space allows. Once riders have been collected, parents may move into the LEFT lane to exit the circle.

4. Parents who park in the parking lot should remain in their parking spaces until all passengers have arrived, and only then should they begin their exit of the lot. Parents should not drop off or pick up boys from near the doorway (this creates blocked traffic and could result in cars behind to pass the waiting car, thereby creating a dangerous situation).

5. Parents who wait in the parking lot should never park along the entrance to the lot.

Keeping our boys safe is, and should be, our first priority. All of us: teachers, parents, boys, drivers, visitors, and staff can, should, and MUST contribute to that safety in all aspects of our lives here on campus.


Form II Form I
Tuesday, Nov. 8  
8:15-9:15 a.m. French/Spanish 8:15-9:30 a.m. Theology
9:45-11:15 a.m. Mathematics 10:00-11:30 a.m. Latin
Wednesday, Nov. 9  
8:15-9:45 a.m. Latin 8:15-9:30 a.m. Mathematics
10:15-11:30 a.m. Theology 10-11 a.m. Science
Thursday, Nov. 10  
8:15-9:15 a.m. Science 8:15-9:15 a.m. Geography
  9:30-10:45 a.m. English


Please encourage your sons to begin organizing notes, finding lost books and notebooks, and tracking down returned homework and tests.

The Junior School will close at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8 and Wednesday, November 9, and at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. It is very important that Junior School boys be picked up as soon as possible after exams on the three exam days, but in any case, no later than the times listed above.

Junior School students may not be in the high school before 2:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday, nor before 1:00 on Thursday.

Please do note, as well, the following items associated with exams:

  • Monday, November 7, is a review day. No classes are held in the School. Some teachers may schedule help sessions here at School on that day. We will post a listing of any help sessions as soon as we know of them. Friday, November 11, is a grading day for teachers. No classes are held on that day.
  • Junior School students who go to the high school after 2:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday or 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 may be in session.
  • Milk and doughnuts are available at no charge to the boys between exams on the three exam days.
  • 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.
  • Lunch is available to Junior School students on Tuesday and Wednesday of exam week (no lunch is being served on that Thursday). However, as a courtesy to the kitchen staff, any Junior School student who wishes to eat lunch at School must sign up for each day desired. Sign-up sheets for lunch will be available on Mrs. Lane's office door the week before exams.


Visitors to the Junior School office will surely note the extraordinary amount of lost and found items that are clogging our space. It really is overwhelming. And to make matters worse, most of these items have no names in them or on them.

It all reminds me of the story of the Shoemaker and the Elves.

In the story, the little elves would secretly come into the shoemaker’s shop at night and make shoes, and then leave unnoticed. Of course, the next day, the shoemaker would find the wonderful shoes and sell them to his customers. Well, my story has some of the same elements to it. But the bad part is, unlike the shoemaker, I really don’t want the blue blazers, t-shirts, jackets, hoodies, and fleeces, the bags full of wet gym clothes, and the shoes and boots (most without partners), that I have in my office. Too, I currently have on the bookshelf a number of books: geography books, theology books, Spanish books and workbooks, planners, paperback and hardback readers, Latin books, English Composition books, and at least a million notebooks, folders, binders, and loose papers. So, could all parents please check with your little elves and ask them to please hold on to their things? This shoemaker would really appreciate it!


Our biggest Admissions Event of the year, our Open House, is taking place on Sunday, November 13 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. We are really excited about this event. It’s the best way for families considering Priory to get a sense of our culture, our faculty, our opportunities, and the Priory Community. They will be able to learn more about the academic program, athletics, student involvement and leadership, and the student experience. We couldn’t host this great event without the assistance of our current students and families. Your voices are powerful. We need your help!

There are two ways that you can help to make the Open House a success this year:

First, please invite a prospective family to the Open House! If you know someone with a son who is in 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th grade, consider sending them a quick text or email to invite them to the Open House. Here are the details:

Priory Open House
Sunday, November 13
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
500 South Mason Road, High School Building

If anyone has questions, reach out to Alice Dickherber at (314) 434-7184.

Second, each year, we use parent and student volunteers to join our tour groups and talk with the prospective families about Priory. Faculty may ask students to volunteer for a particular department or student group. We also like to have parent greeters to help keep things moving in the right direction. We have several parents who have already volunteered, but we need more! If you are available to help with Open House, we would love to have you. We would need you 11:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. on November 13. We need students from every grade level, including 7th and 8th grade.

Students should fill out this volunteer form, or come and speak to Mrs. Dickherber.

Parents should fill out this volunteer form or reach out to Alice Dickherber directly. If you already indicated interest at a Form Coffee, there is no need for you to complete this form! I will reach out to all interested volunteers later in October.

Thank you, parents!


Junior School parents and families are reminded that we recycle used printer cartridges. Send them in to the office via your sons and we will literally take them off your hands! No landfill for us!! Every penny of the small stipend we receive is used for items for the boys. So, keep us in mind when you have used cartridges from your home or business. The Earth thanks you, and so do I!


Xanadu 2017

Junior School Gift Gathering Lunch
Tuesday, October 25, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
73 Fair Oaks Drive, St. Louis, MO 63124

Hosted by Carrie Eisenbeis (Form II) and Marta Martos (Form 1) at the home of Carrie Eisenbeis. Please bring a $25+ restaurant gift certificate from the Restaurant Wish List.

Last Call for Trivia Night

Trivia Night

If you haven’t signed up for Priory Trivia Night, time is ticking.

Priory Trivia Night
Saturday, October 29

$30/person (includes unlimited beer & wine)

Upgrade to a VIP table for $50!
A desert tray (a/k/a Brain Fuel) and champagne for
the whole table.

To buy tickets, a table & more, visit:

Fathers’ Club Happy Hour

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Annie Gunn’s Restaurant
Hosted by Annie Gunn’s owner and alumni, Thom Sehnert
Complimentary Drinks & Appetizers
Priory coaches will recap the Fall Sports season and introduce the Winter Sports program. Register online here by October 31.

Fathers’ Club Junior School Rec Night

Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Priory Gymnasium
The Fathers’ Club invites 7th and 8th grade fathers and sons to the Junior School Rec Night. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new friends, and become acquainted with the athletic facilities Priory has to offer. Dress is extremely casual. Come prepared to play dodge ball and other indoor games. Rubber-soled athletic shoes are required. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. We hope to see you there! Please register online here by Tuesday, November 15.

Junior School Mother & Son Mass & Lunch

Saturday, November 19, 2016
11:00 a.m. Mass in the Abbey Church
11:45 a.m. Lunch in the Boys’ Dining Hall

Please join us for the Junior School Mother & Son Mass & Lunch. Cost is $25/person. Be sure to complete the sentence “I am thankful for my son because ___” when you register online. Your sentence will be included anonymously in the Mass booklet. If financial assistance is needed, please contact Mrs. Dawn Szatkowski (Director of Finance) 314.434.3690, ext 316. School attire.

Monk Package Underwriting Party for Couples

Thursday, November 17, 2016
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Switzer House

Don’t miss the Xanadu Monk Package Underwriting Party for couples on Thursday, November 17th, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at the Switzer House. Money raised will be used to underwrite the popular Xanadu monk packages. Come enjoy a unique evening socializing with the Monks and Priory Community. Savor delicious desserts and a variety of after dinner drinks. Suggested donation is $100. Please register online here and plan to join the monks for a wonderful evening

Mothers’ Club Christmas Boutique & Luncheon

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saint Louis Priory School Gymnasium

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending the Christmas Boutique & Luncheon, Wednesday, November 30, 2016, in the Priory Multi-Purpose Gym, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Complimentary lunch provided for Current and Alumni Priory mothers. Friends & Family welcome (suggest lunch donation $10). More information to follow.


Congratulations to Form I students Greyson Antes, Carson Blake, Daniel Hennessey, and Brendan Stein on their selection by their classmates to the 2016-2017 Junior School Student Council. These four young men now join their Form II counterparts in the JSSTUCO.


(l-r, front row): Brendan Stein, Carson Blake, Greyson Antes, Daniel Hennessey

(l-r, back row): Drew Scheiner, Devin Kancherla, Sam Chalfant, Charlie Martin


JS Newsletter 10-21

Multi-tasking taken to a whole new level!


The competition to win bragging rights for the…beautiful…rusty bucket trophy will be held on Wednesday, November 2, at 12:50 p.m. This much anticipated game, pitting Form I against Form II football Rebels, will be played on the game field. Come and cheer on the Junior School football Rebels as they battle for this stunning prize. Photo ops will abound!


The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and aquatic ecosystems are ripe for scientific study. This year, Form I students will be doing an interdisciplinary field trip to Forest Park. Similar to past field trips, our seventh grade students will be studying pond ecosystems at the Forest Park Fish Hatchery. Dissimilar to past field trips, this trip will also include a visit to the Missouri History Museum where students will be learning about the World’s Fair and their sense of place living in St. Louis. Buses have been ordered and we will be renting fishing poles from the Missouri Dept. of Conservation. This will be a day-long trip that will provide our Form I students with experiential learning in science, math, English, and history.

The trip will take place on Friday, October 28, 2016. We will leave Priory at 8:15 am and return to school at 4:30 pm. Sack lunches will be provided. The boys will be missing their normally scheduled classes and sports. Equipment is provided for the boys to use and Priory teachers will be traveling along to direct the boys in their field and museum studies.

It is my hope that some parent chaperones will attend to help with crowd control, distributing lunches, and fishing assistance for the boys. If you would like to attend but prefer not interacting with live animals, that is doable. If you would like to help our novice anglers learn how to fish, that would be wonderful. We usually have good weather, but it is not guaranteed. The field trip proceeds rain or shine.

Things the boys should bring include:

  • Outdoor footwear
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Water bottles - no potable water at the ponds
  • Some pencils
  • Rain Gear - just in case
  • Hat & sunblock – optional but we will be outside for half of the day
  • Fishing pole - not required but some boys like to bring their own pole (poles and tackle should have name tags attached to them)

A permission slip, which also includes chaperone information for parents should be turned into Mrs. Lane no later than Friday, October 17, 2016.

Thank you,

Mr. William Bander,
Priory Science Faculty


Friday, Oct. 28
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Form I Science Field Trip
Monday, Oct. 31 8:10 a.m. Halloween Festivities, KK Theatre
Tuesday, Nov. 1   Holy Day - no classes
Wednesday, Nov. 2
1:30 p.m.
Rusty Bucket game
Friday, Nov. 4   the next News 'n Notes


“For now, I just want things all safe and familiar.” Ann M. MartinA Corner of the Universe

Ann Matthews Martin grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. Martin developed an interest in writing from an early age. Before she was old enough to write, she would dictate stories to her mother to write down for her. Some of her favorite authors at that time were Lewis Carroll, P. L. Travers, Hugh Lofting, Astrid Lindgren, and Roald Dahl. They inspired her to become a writer herself.

After graduating from Smith College, Martin became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She is now a full-time writer.

Martin finds the ideas for her books from many different sources; some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood memories and feelings. Many are about contemporary problems or events. All of her characters, including the members of The Baby-Sitters Club, are fictional, but many of her characters are based on real people.

After Martin wrote the first 35 novels in The Baby-Sitters Club series, she has since concentrated on writing single novels, many of which are set in the 1960s. One of those novels, A Corner of the Universe, won a Newbery Honor in 2003. In 2010, Martin published a prequel to The Baby-Sitters Club series titled The Summer Before.

In 1990, Martin and her colleagues founded "The Lisa Libraries" to honor and memorialize their friend Lisa Novak. This non-profit organization distributes new books to children and establishes libraries in under-served areas.

I thank you all for your many kindnesses to us and for your unfailing support of the boys and of the School.


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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