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Mrs. Hartnett writes,
We are the lifeline for one another…
Love. One would naturally and rightfully assume that at a school run by Benedictine monks, a school dedicated to growth in faith, a school of service to others, a school which places a premium on the opening of its collective heart to each other and to our world, one would rightly assume that such a school would, with love, face outward as well as inward in both its life here on this campus and also in our wider world. And yet, these ideals are not limited to love alone, but rather include important and related ideals such as mercy, forgiveness, understanding, compassion, kindness, and service.
And this much I know, that I need all of you, I need every single person here, I need everyone in my life to help me to connect to what is good and true and real.
LOVE: OUR FIRST COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT (TWO IN ONE)
The first of three yearly community service projects is actually a duel effort to battle two of our area’s greatest needs: food and clothing. The food drive is first, and here are the details:
Beginning Friday, November 4, and ending Tuesday, November 22 (at 10:00 am), we are organizing our seventh annual 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 the City of 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 — please see attached here (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 family in the Junior School can buy at least one of each item on their list (but more is absolutely a good thing) and bring it to the Junior School by November 22 before 10:00 am.
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 Senior Services with our food drive, the senior citizens began lining up 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 someone’s dear grandparents standing out in the cold and braving the weather with such faith and determination and quiet strength, my heart breaks.
The clothing drive, which will happen in December, will be outlined in the issue of the newsletter going live on Friday, December 2. But do keep us in mind now in case you get bit by the Fall Closet Cleaning bug and are looking for someplace to send any gently used clothing that you no longer need or wear. We will gladly take it off your hands and put it in the hands of Catholic Charities Southside of St. Louis.
FALL TERM EXAMS
|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 refer to the most recent newsletter, dated October 21, for additional details about exams, start and pickup times, etc. Questions? Please call (314-363-8403 or 314-434-3690 x 210) or email at email@example.com
PRIORY’S OPEN HOUSE, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Please consider inviting a prospective family to the Open House! If you know someone with a son who is in 3rd – 6th grade, send them a text or an email to invite them to get to know Priory. Here are the details:
Saint Louis Priory School Open House
Sunday, November 13
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
500 South Mason Road, High School Building
Register at www.priory.org
MEDICATIONS IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL
Priory parents are reminded that all medications for the Junior School boys, both prescription and OTC, need to be brought to Mrs. Lane’s office and reside there during the school year. No medications of any kind are to be kept in lockers. (EPI-pens are excluded from this directive).
FORM II HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION PROGRAM
This advance notice will again alert Form II parents that on Wednesday, December 7, at 7:00 pm 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.
UPCOMING XANADU, MOTHERS' CLUB & FATHERS' CLUB EVENTS
Fathers’ Club Junior School Rec Night
Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
The Fathers’ Club invites 7th and 8th grade fathers and sons to the Junior School Rec Night. Dress is casual and rubber-soled athletic shoes are required.. Come prepared to play dodge ball and other indoor games. Come prepared to play dodgeball and other indoor games. 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
Lunch & Photo Session in the Boys' Dining Hall immediately following Mass.
We hope every Junior School mother/guardian and son will attend this memory-making event! Please note that financial assistance is available by emailing Priory’s Director of Finance Dawn Szatkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When registering online, be sure to complete the sentence: “I am thankful for my son because…” Responses will be printed (anonymously) in a special keepsake Mass program.
For questions email or call Hilda Willman at email@example.com or 314-434-3690, ext. 140. $25 per person. Please register online by Monday, November 14.
Monk Package Underwriting Party for Couples
Thursday, November 17, 2016
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
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). Please register online for this event here.
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 parent to join them for this fun evening featuring complimentary appetizers. Please register here to attend.
|Friday, Nov. 4
||Food drive begins
|Monday, Nov. 7
||Reading day - no classes
|Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Nov. 8, 9, and 10
||First term exams
|Friday, Nov. 11
||Grading day - no classes
|Sunday, Nov. 13
||Saint Louis Priory School Open House
|Monday, Nov. 14
||Winter term begins
|Friday, Nov. 18
||The next News 'n' Notes
|Saturday, Nov. 19
||Junior School Mother/Son Mass & Luncheon
|Tuesday, Nov. 22
||Food drive ends
|Tuesday, Nov. 22
||Thanksgiving break begins
Past the seeker as he prayed came the lonely and the lost and the beaten and the afraid. And seeing them, the seeker cried, "Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?" And God replied, "I did do something. I made you." ~Author Unknown
My grateful thanks to all of you for all that you do for the boys, for the School, and for the hungry.
Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School