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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 149 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 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 daughter, who lives so far way in Atlanta. Protect her, even though she is certain that, at her age (29), 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.
THANKSGIVING DISMISSAL UPDATE
Parents, please be aware that dismissal for the Thanksgiving break will be at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, November 24. This is contrary to a previous newsletter. Any boys not picked up by 3:30 will go to the high school to wait for rides home.
WINTER TERM 2015-2016 HOMEWORK SCHEDULE
The following should serve as a guideline for both teachers and students. Teachers should not exceed these guidelines.
20 minute assignments in Mathematics and Geography each day they meet.
Latin, 25 minutes each day it meets.
30 minute assignments
Monday - English
Tuesday - English
Wednesday - Theology
Thursday - English
Friday - English
25 minute assignments in Latin, Modern Languages, Mathematics, Science, and History each day they meet.
English, 30 minute assignments each day it meets.
Theology, 30 minute assignments three of the four days they meet.
OUR CLOTHING DRIVE
In many ways, the recent spate of cold weather has proved providential, because I am certain that while you were all spending your afternoons and evenings indoors, you passed the time by …. cleaning out your closets!! Please do know, dear Junior School families, that we are having a clothing drive here and that your help is once again needed. Gently used clothes of any size, newborns through adults XXL, will be gratefully accepted. Shoes, boots, and bedding (sheets, blankets, towels, etc) of all types are also needed. Underwear, if donated, needs to be new and in the original packaging.
The drive will begin on Monday, December 7, and will last until noon on Friday, December 18, and I assure you that what you donate will help to warm the hearts and bodies of the very neediest of all. Catholic Charities Community Services Southside is our recipient. This fine organization works with immigrant and refugee communities here in St. Louis, and their ministry is extremely important and far-reaching. Currently, in some cases, CCCSS is assisting second and third generation immigrant and refugee families from Bosnia, Nepal, Viet Nam, Mexico, Colombia, and several of the sub-Saharan African nations. And so, we need your help. Please send anything, anything at all.
As an addendum to the clothing drive, may I add that the Junior School lost and found collection is reaching critical mass with clothing items. Please be aware that any unnamed clothing items (other than items that say Priory on them) not claimed by the morning of December 18 will be added to the clothing drive collection. I urge all Junior School boys to reclaim their lost items. Daring and courageous parents are also invited to sort through the collection….just make certain that you have had your tetanus shots!!
(Visual proof of the clothing lost but not found situation and, in case you are wondering, that bin in the photo is FULL)
(The sport coat pile)
THE JUNIOR SCHOOL THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
This is, truly, the season of gratitude, for many things and for many people. My gratitude belongs most definitely to our Junior School students and parents for their typically generous response to our food drive. The bags and boxes of food, which the boys placed reverently under the crucifix in the hall, were transported by two trucks to the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Division of Catholic Charities of Saint Louis. Please know what a difference you have made in so many lives. People that you may never know have been touched by your kindness and have known, through all of you, real love and real caring. In you, they see Christ.
Yet again, the Junior School community has opened its collective heart to see Christ and to be Christ. That I am grateful to all of you is, quite admittedly, an understatement, for I could never explain sufficiently how awed I am by your kindness.
The Garden Party Xanadu Committee is hard at work preparing for a fabulous auction! Please mark your calendars and start getting your table together for Saturday, February 6, 2016.
If you were unable to attend the Junior School Restaurant Gift Certificate Gift Gathering Coffee, but would like to donate, please drop your donation off in the Development Office located on the second floor of the Switzer House.
Donations are still needed for all Xanadu sections. Please take a moment to look over the wish list.
What is a Form Gift & How Is It Used?
A Form Gift is a monetary donation which is collected to help underwrite set costs of the auction, such the Senior Quilt, Preview Party, Centerpieces, Catalog and Table Linens. The suggested amount is $25 per student.
Where do I take Xanadu Donations?
All donations, should be taken to the Development Office located on the second floor of the Switzer House. Please fill out a separate Gift Form for each item with a complete description and value. The deadline for acquisitions is Wednesday, January 6, 2016.
What if I need more information or would like to volunteer?
Please contact Chair Karen Monette or Mary Rhodes in the Development Office (314.434.3690, ext. 361) if you can help with an auction donation or if you would like to volunteer to join the Xanadu Garden Party Team. We would love to hear from you.
Form II moms will help with skirting tables in the Corley Gym on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Form I moms will help set tables in the Multi-Purpose Gym on Friday, February, 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
Xanadu at the Christmas Boutique
You won’t want to miss the Priory Christmas Boutique and Luncheon, Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Xanadu offerings at the Boutique will include a Wine Pull ($25 and $50 levels) and Raffle Tickets for the Diamond Cross Necklace (1 for $30 and 4 for $100).
|Tonight! (Nov. 20)
||Fathers' Club JS Rec Night
|Tuesday, Nov. 24
||School ends for Thanksgiving break
|Monday, Nov. 30
|Tuesday, Dec. 1
||10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
||Christmas Boutique - gym
|Friday, Dec. 4
||next issue of News and Notes
|Monday, Dec. 7
||Clothing drive begins
|Wednesday, Dec. 9
||Form II Parents' Program - Kline Theatre
|Friday, Dec. 18
||Clothing drive ends
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