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News & Notes from the Junior School - 11.21.14


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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 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 147 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, overlook or even take for granted.  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 wonderful boys 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 making my son a good driver.  Please hold him in Your hands when he is behind the wheel.  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 (28), she doesn’t need protection.
  • Thank You, Lord, for Your love and Your care.  Thank You for letting me give to You all of the difficulties that I can’t solve, so that You can help me to untangle them.  Thank You for seeing the best in our efforts, even though sometimes we don’t do a very good job of doing our best.  


The following should serve as a guideline for both teachers and students.  Teachers should not exceed these guidelines.

Form I Weekly:                        • 20 minute assignments in Modern Language, Mathematics,
                                              and Geography each day they meet

                                              • Latin, 25 minute-assignments each day it meets

                                              • 30 minute-assignments

                                              Monday:               English

                                              Tuesday:              English

                                              Wednesday:          Theology

                                               Thursday:            English

                                               Friday:                 English 

Form II Weekly:                • 25 minute-assignments in Latin, Modern Language, Math, 
                                       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


A new policy is being implemented regarding students who leave the Junior School earlier in the day than regular dismissal time.  Please do note the following: beginning immediately, a parent or authorized guardian must come into the Junior School and sign out the student.  Mrs. Lane will handle early dismissal paperwork.

This new policy is being implemented in order to accurately reflect a student’s presence or absence from individual classes during the day.

Thank you for your cooperation.


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 1, and will last until noon on Friday, December 19, 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 clothing items (other than items that say Priory on them) not claimed by the morning of December 19 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!!


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 Evening in Paris Xanadu Committee is hard at work preparing for a fabulous auction!  Mark your calendars and start getting your table together for Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Donations are still needed for all Xanadu sections.  Please take a moment to look over the wish list: 

Section Wish Lists

Main Auction           

- Vacation Homes and Time Shares

- Cash donations to underwrite Live Auction packages 

Treasures of the Dome

- Spa/Nail Salon Gift Cards

- Fine Dining Restaurant Certificates

- Fox, Muny, Rep, Sheldon, Symphony, Stages Tickets

- Overnight Hotel Stays

Sports & Leisure

- Mizzou Tickets

- Father/Son Sporting Experiences

- Duck Hunts & Fishing Trips

Priory Classics

- One-of- a- kind items/services from members of our Priory family (painting, calligraphy, tutoring, cooking, etc.) 

Xanadu FAQ’s

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 7, 2015.

What if I need more information or would like to volunteer? 

Please contact Chair Kim Kuchan 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 An Evening in Paris Team.  We would love to hear from you.

Xanadu at the Christmas Boutique

You won’t want to miss the Priory Christmas Boutique and LuncheonWednesday, December 3, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Xanadu offerings at the Boutique will include Vineyard Vines Priory belts, Priory bow ties, Priory waste baskets, Angel notecards and Br. Dunstan’s Cookbook. 


Tuesday, November 25                        X period                      Form I tree planting

Tuesday, November 25                        4:30 pm                       Thanksgiving vacation begins

Monday, December 1                                                              Classes resume

Monday, December 1                                                              The clothing drive begins

Wednesday, December 3                     10:30 – 2:30                Christmas boutique – gym

Wednesday, December 10                   7:00 pm                       Form II Parents’ Program – Kline Theatre

Friday, December 12                                                               next issue of News and Notes

Friday, December 19                           noon                            The 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


“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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