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Mrs. Hartnett writes,
And so it goes…
By the time you read this newsletter, the first series of final exams for this school year will be on the record books. It is amazing how quickly the time goes by, how fast we went from our first tentative few days in the Junior School to being finished with exams and closing in on Thanksgiving and then Christmas break. As I have gotten older, I have noticed more frequently how so much of my life is long ago and how often I think about that. Fortunately for me, I have 140 amazing young men and their wonderful families to keep me current and up to date, to be my touchstone for the future, and to keep me filled with optimism and with hope. For this, I am eternally thankful.
This is, of course, a special time in which to be profoundly grateful for the many blessings in our lives that we may, at times, take for granted or even overlook completely. Coming immediately to my mind…
- Thank you, Lord, for the gift of my job. Each day I share the smiles, triumphs and challenges of these Junior School boys. It is a blessing of enormous measure. Grant that my ear remain attuned to hear even the smallest sigh, and may I always merit the trust and the confidence of these remarkable young men and their families.
- Thank you, Lord, for my husband, who actually doesn’t mind (at least, that’s what he tells me…) eating tuna casserole night after night, because I get home too tired to cook anything fancy. Thank you for wrapping your arms around my son and helping him with his role as a new father. Thank you for watching over my newly married daughter, who lives so far way in Atlanta. Protect her, even though she is certain that, at her age (30), she doesn’t need protection.
- Thank you, Lord, for your love and your care. Thank you for guiding us on this journey. Thank you for helping us to remember that you have blessed us with the gift of family and friends, the bonding of persons in a circle of love. We thank you for such a blessing: for those who love us, who share our sorrows, who laugh with us in celebration, who bear our pain, who need us as we need them, who weep as we weep, who hold us when words fail, and who give us the freedom to be ourselves. Bless our families and friends with health, wholeness, life, and love. Amen.
OPEN HOUSE UPDATE!
Last weekend, we were privileged to witness the Priory Community coming together to welcome prospective families at our Open House. The Open House was a success! We had over 100 families come to learn about Priory. Our guests were greeted by our entire faculty and administration, many monks, 95 student volunteers, 30 parent volunteers, and 6 alumni volunteers. The goal of our Open House is to showcase the many opportunities that Priory students have to get involved and to develop spiritually, academically, athletically. Our talented student volunteers demonstrated the richness of the Priory experience and exhibited the Benedictine hospitality that sets Priory apart. Thank you for your support for our admissions efforts!
OUR FOOD DRIVE
Please do remember our food drive to benefit Catholic Family Services Cardinal Ritter Senior Citizens Program. They are in desperate need of our help! The food drive is on now and will end on Tuesday, November 22, at 10:00 am. Please check the attached sheet here to see what items your son’s advisory is bringing. Thank you so very much for your help in this most worthwhile assistance program.
THANKSGIVING DISMISSAL UPDATE
Parents, please be aware that dismissal for the Thanksgiving break will be at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, November 22. Any Junior School boys not picked up by 3:15 will go to the high school to wait for rides home.
AN ADDITIONAL REMINDER
Form II parents are again reminded that the Priory High School Orientation Program will be held on Wednesday, December 7, beginning at 7:00 pm. This is a very important gathering to present and discuss the Priory high school program of academics, athletics, advisory, and other components of the high school experience. Please put this date on your calendars.
THE JUNIOR SCHOOL CLOTHING DRIVE
Please do keep us in mind! Details will be sent home in the next News ‘n’ Notes, going live on December 2. Related to the clothing drive is the JS lost, found, but not claimed issue. Check out this photo (this is in my office, where these things resideJ) No names.
Please know that for the clothing drive, all of these non-Priory labeled items will be contributed. Please encourage your sons (as I do) to come and search for their things. And of course, if parents are brave, they are welcome to come and search.
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). Please register online for this event here.
The Xanadu Vineyard Vines Priory Belts will be available for pick up at the Boutique.
Vineyard Vines 10/10 Shopping Event
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy a 10% discount on your purchases and Vineyard Vines will donate 10% of the proceeds to Xanadu.
Parent Christmas Happy Hour
Friday, December 9, 2016
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ritz Carlton St. Louis
The Mothers’ Club & Fathers’ Club invite all school parents to join them for this fun evening featuring complimentary appetizers. Please register here to attend.
|Tonight! (November 18)
||Fathers' Club JS Rec Night
|Tuesday, Nov. 22
||School ends for Thanksgiving break
|Tuesday, Nov. 22
||JS Food drive ends
|Monday, Nov. 28
|Wednesday, Nov. 30
||Christmas boutique - gym
|Friday, Dec. 2
||next issue of News and Notes
|Friday, Dec. 2
||Clothing drive begins
|Wednesday, Dec. 7
||Form II Parents' Program - Kevin Kline Theatre
Gratitude is memory of the heart. (Jean Baptiste Massieu)
Jean Massieu (1772 –1846) was a pioneering deaf educator, having been born deaf, and having five other deaf siblings. He taught at the famous school for the deaf in Paris, l'Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris (The National Institute of Deaf-Mutes) where Laurent Clerc was one of his students. Laurent Clerc (1785 –1869) was called "The Apostle of the Deaf in America" by generations of American deaf people. With recent Yale graduate Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, Clerc co-founded the first school for the deaf in North America, the Hartford Asylum for the Education and Instruction of the Deaf and Mute, on April 15, 1817. The school was subsequently re-named the American School for the Deaf and it remains the oldest existing school for the deaf in North America. Gallaudet University, named for Thomas Gallaudet and the world's only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, was established in 1864 by an Act of Congress, and its charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.
Thank you all, most gratefully, for your support of the boys, of the School, and of the hungry. You have seen Christ, and you have been Christ.
Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School