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News & Notes from the Junior School - 10.23.15

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Mrs. Hartnett writes,

Euripedes had it right… (as per final commentary)

Oh yes, there are certainly other activities taking place on campus in these next two weeks, but the major focus of our academic attention necessarily concerns final exams. Although it can be difficult for the boys not to become too anxious, it is worthwhile to remember that exams serve a number of purposes, not the least of which is that they provide each of us with a measuring stick by which to gauge our own progress up our own educational ladder. The nervous feeling that often accompanies any first-time activity (or even a repeated activity) can be forcefully channeled and can be used as a real propellant along the academic way. 

As students, and by extension, their parents, prepare for exams, it may be helpful to keep the following thoughts in mind:

  • Organize now all books, homework papers, notebooks, returned tests, and any other print material.
  • Locate lost items, such as books, notebooks, planners, and calculators.
  • Write out a study plan. Organize when, what, and how long. Ideally, each subject should be studied in depth at least two times: a week before the exam, and again the day before the exam itself.
  • Use study time effectively. Research shows that overly long breaks between study sessions derail concentration and motivation and cause needless repetition of facts already known. But…
  • …do balance study sessions with family time and fun time. Work while working, play while playing. Balance is critical and gives the appropriate dosage of motivation and determination when that is what is needed the most.
  • Pray. Prayer keeps us grounded, strong, and unafraid.


Form II Form I

Tuesday, Nov. 10

8:15 – 9:15 French/Spanish
9:45 – 11:15 Mathematics

Wednesday, Nov. 11

8:15 – 9:45 Latin
10:00 – 11:15 Theology

Thursday, Nov. 12

8:15 – 9:15 Science

Tuesday, Nov. 10

8:15 – 9:30 Theology
9:45 – 11:15 Latin

Wednesday, Nov. 11

8:15 – 9:30 Mathematics
10:00 – 11:00 Science

Thursday, Nov. 12

8:15 – 9:15 Geography
9:30 – 10:45 English

The Junior School will close at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Wednesday, Nov. 11, and at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. 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, Nov. 9, 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, Nov. 13, 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 to the boys between exams on the three exam days. Donuts are 50 cents and milk is free.
  • 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 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 from Monday, November 2, through Friday, November 6.


Please remember to support the candy drive for St. Matthew's (see the Oct. 9, 2015, newsletter for details). If you are out shopping this weekend, an extra 2 bags of candy will be ideal. The drive ends at the end of the day on Wednesday, October 28. Thank you for supporting this wonderful program!


Junior School STUCO

(l-r back): Dominic Kraus, Luke Kraemer, Brennan Spellman, Ian Crossey
(l-r front): Sami Haddad, Bernie Kilcullen, Andrew Lloyd, Brogan Trout

Congratulations to all of you!



The annual Priory Admissions Open House will take place on Sunday, Nov. 15. It is no secret that secondary school enrollment is more competitive than ever. So, as we do every year, we are turning 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 should have received something in the mail), but here is the basic information:

Priory Admissions Open House

For Current Third Through Sixth Graders

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

Scheduled program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the High School

You can access a shareable save-the-date on our website.

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.

For more information, please contact the Office of Admission at or (314) 434-3690, x101.

Preregister here


We rely heavily on the participation of parents and students for this important day, our single largest and most important Admissions 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.

Parent volunteers register here.


This is the Sunday after Fall Term exams. Boys will assist with directions and 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 instead of acting as an Ambassador. Either way, please register as a volunteer.

Student volunteers register here.

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



Please do note that the Thanksgiving vacation begins at 4:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 24. There are no classes being held on Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 25 through Nov. 27. Classes resume on Monday, Nov. 30.


The second of our three yearly Junior School community service projects is actually a dual effort to battle two of our area’s greatest needs: food and clothing. The food drive is first, and here are the details:

Beginning Monday, Nov. 2, and ending Thursday, Nov. 19, we are having a food drive here at in the Junior School. The food that is collected will be donated to the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Program of Catholic Charities, St. Louis. The Cardinal Ritter Program, entitled “We Care and We Share,” serves the needs of senior citizens living in Section 8 housing in St. Louis, and I can assure you that the urgency is very, very real. City-wide and nation-wide, food pantry supplies are woefully inadequate to meet even the most basic of needs.

From a provided list of the most critically needed items, I have created a mini “shopping list” for each advisory (and although cookies and sweets were not on the original list, I added them – a sweet treat is a luxury enjoyed by everyone). I am hopeful that each Priory family can buy at least one of each item on their list (although again in this case, more is absolutely a good thing) and bring it to the Junior School by Nov. 19. 

Catholic Charities of St. Louis is a wonderful organization which serves some of the most desperate and disenfranchised families in the metropolitan area. The food which we will donate will help to address the incredibly bleak and recurrent prospect of hunger among some of our most fragile brothers and sisters. I can assure you that our kindness to the hungry is a great blessing to those for whom the next meal is often an illusion. But as we know, Christ is not an illusion. Please “see Christ and be Christ” by participating in this most worthwhile assistance program.

Two years ago, when we helped Cardinal Ritter with our food drive, the senior citizens began lining up outside the Senior Services Center two days in advance of our delivery, and they had to be told not to wait outside shivering in the cold for the food that was arriving. When I think of the elderly, perhaps someone’s grandma or grandpa, standing out in the cold and braving the weather with such faith and determination and quiet resolution, my heart breaks.

The clothing drive, which will happen in December, will be outlined in the Friday, Dec. 4, issue of the newsletter. But keep us in mind now in case you get bit by the Fall Closet Cleaning bug (closetus fulltobrimus) and are looking for someplace to send any gently used clothing, bedding, shoes, or boots that you no longer need or wear. We will gladly take them off your hands and put them in the hands of our recipients, Catholic Charities Southside of St. Louis, benefitting local immigrant communities.


…those printer and toner cartridges which you may have from your home or business. Every penny of the small stipend that we receive for recycling is used for items for the boys. Too, we are not contributing to the enormous landfill problem, thereby sparing the only planet we have. Please do keep us in mind! And thank you, as well, to the number of you who are already bringing us your cartridges!


All Junior School families are invited to join us for the annual Junior School Red and Blue Football Game on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 1:30 p.m. This inter-squad competition pits the Form I Reds against the Form I Blues. The game will be played on the game field. Bring your camera! Check the Priory Sports Hotline for last-minute details.


The competition to win bragging rights for the … beautiful …rusty bucket trophy will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 1:30 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 AMC 8 mathematics competition will be given to Junior School students, both Forms I and II, during their mathematics classes on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Students who wish to factor in a little extra practice in advance of the test can go to for sample tests.


This advance notice will alert Form II parents that on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Kevin Kline Theatre, a meeting will be held for parents to learn about the Priory High School program of studies, sports programs, advisory system, and various other components of the next four years of the Priory experience. I urge all Form II parents to mark their calendars and to attend this meeting. The information will be of great value to you as you (and we) prepare your sons for the high school program.


On Friday, Oct. 30, Priory will host the annual cross country Pizza Challenge, which pits the Junior School Running Rebels against the Form III cross country runners. The race begins at 3:45. See you there!


Friday, Oct. 23   Photo retake day
Wednesday, Oct. 28   Candy drive ends
Friday, Oct. 30 3:45 p.m. The Pizza Challenge
Monday, Nov. 2    Food drive begins
Tuesday, Nov. 3 1:30 p.m. Red and Blue Game
Thursday, Nov. 5  1:30 p.m. Rusty Bucket Game
Friday, Nov. 6    the next News ‘n Notes



Monday, Nov. 9   study day – no school

Tuesday – Thursday
Nov. 10 – 12

  fall term exams
Friday, Nov. 13   

grading day - no school

Sunday, Nov. 15  12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Admissions Open House
Monday, Nov. 16   first day of the winter term
Tuesday, Nov. 17   AMC Math Contest
Thursday, Nov. 19  noon food drive ends
Tuesday, Nov. 24 4:30 p.m. Thanksgiving break begins
Monday, Nov. 30    Classes resume



In balance, there is wisdom; in wisdom, balance. Euripides (Ancient Greek: Εὐριπίδης; ca. 480 BC–406 BC) Euripides was one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens, the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles. Some ancient scholars attributed ninety-five plays to him and of these, nearly twenty have survived intact. There are also fragments, some substantial, of most of the other plays. More of his plays have survived intact than those of Aeschylus and Sophocles together, partly due to mere chance and partly because Euripides’ popularity grew as theirs declined - he became, in the Hellenistic Age, a cornerstone of ancient literary education, along with Homer, Demosthenes and Menander.

Euripides is identified with theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama down to modern times, especially in the representation of traditional, mythical heroes as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. This new approach led him to pioneer developments that later writers adapted to comedy, some of which are characteristic of romance. Yet he also became "the most tragic of poets,” focusing on the inner lives and motives of his characters to a depth previously unknown. He was "the creator of...that cage which is the theatre of Shakespeare's Othello, Racine's Phèdre, of Ibsen and Strindberg," in which "...imprisoned men and women destroy each other by the intensity of their loves and hates,” and yet he was also the literary ancestor of comic dramatists as diverse as Menander and George Bernard Shaw. Euripides was also unique among the writers of ancient Athens for the sympathy he demonstrated towards all victims of society, including women, thereby shocking his traditionally conservative male audiences.

His contemporaries associated him with Socrates as a leader of a decadent intellectualism, both of them being frequently lampooned by comic poets such as Aristophanes. Whereas Socrates was eventually put on trial and executed as a corrupting influence, Euripides chose a voluntary exile in old age, dying in Macedonia. Recent scholarship, however, casts doubt on some of the details in ancient biographies of Euripides.


I thank all of you, most gratefully, for your kindness and generosity to the boys, to the School, and to this community. All of us are truly blessed.

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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