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News & Notes from the Junior School - 2.10.17

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Mrs. Hartnett writes,

A true friend knows the song in your heart
and can sing it back to you
when you have forgotten the words.




Listed below is the schedule for Form II and Form I winter term exams on Thursday, February 23. Please note, again, that this is an earlier start than a typical Thursday.


Government – 8:15 - 9:15
Science – 9:30 - 10:45


Geography – 8:15 - 9:15


The following information has been received by Form II parent Mr. William Vineyard.

Priory (7th & 8th Grade) CYC Golf – Register for the 2017 Season

  • Registration form must be completed and turned in by today, Friday, Feb. 10. Complete the form (included in this document) and turn it in, along with your check, to Mrs. Lane in the Junior School office.
  • CYC Golf consists of four 55 minute clinics/lessons and six team matches. The clinics will be conducted at Golf Headquarters on Highway K in O’Fallon on 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, and 4/8.
  • Team matches will be on the weekends of 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, and 6/3. Playoffs for qualifying teams and individuals will be held the weekends of 6/10, 6/17 and 6/24. This year’s the matches will be played at Pheasant Run, Crescent Farms, Bogey Hills, The Legends, and Hawks Ridge. (NOTE: Bogey Hills and The Legends will be played mainly by the 8th graders)
  • Registration fee is $120. Make checks payable to Priory.
  • We may also be ordering team shirts which will be an additional cost. 
  • We will have a meeting for all participants and parents once registration is complete. 


Please see the notice printed below regarding the presentation by Julie Lythcott-Haims in a discussion of her critically acclaimed book entitled How to Raise an Adult. It promises to be a thought-provoking and inspiring evening. We would encourage all to attend.

On Tuesday, April 25, Priory is co-hosting an event with Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of the bestselling book, "How to Raise an Adult." In the book, Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.

Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twentysomethings-and of special value to parents of teens-this book is a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.

To RSVP for this event, please e-mail Prue Gersham at In your e-mail, please include the number of people attending, and that your son is a student at Priory.

Before and after Julie's talk at Burroughs, we will be hosting parent discussion groups here at Priory. These groups will meet from 7:30-8:45 a.m. on March 2, March 30, and April 27. More information will be provided as we get closer to those dates.


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(Seated l-r): Reuben Goldschmidt, Ryan Lally, Elijah Curtis, Stephen McDaniel, James Wong, Tommie Kraemer; (Standing l-r): Alex Wasinger, Stephen Saladin, Mason Karpel, TJ Soriano, Greyson Antes, Peter Bergman, Carson Blake, Tommy Frei, Brendan O’Meara

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(l-r): Michael Rashford, Michael Moen, John Eisenbeis, Marc Chahoud, Aidan Phillips, Brad Hidalgo, Jude Palliser, Michael Margiotta, Sam Chalfant, Steven Virtel, Sami Haddad


Wednesday, Feb. 15
  Late start for the Junior School - classes begin at 8:51 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 20   No classes - Presidents' Day
Thursday, Feb. 23  8:15 a.m. JS exams begin
Friday, Feb. 24
  No classes - grading day

Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away. Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826 - 1887) was an English novelist and poet. Upon her death in 1887, she was considered to be one of the most gifted women novelists of her day.

Dinah Maria Mulock married and settled in London about 1846. She was determined to obtain a livelihood by writing and began her career with fiction for children, advancing steadily as a writer of rich and varied fiction for readers of all ages. She is best known for the novel John Halifax, Gentleman (1856). She followed this with A Life for a Life (1859), which she considered to be the best of her novels; others were The Ogilvies (1849), Olive (1850), The Head of the Family (1851), Agatha's Husband (1853), Hannah (1871), and Young Mrs. Jardine (1879).

Her final book, An Unknown Country, was published in 1887, the year of her death.

It is Dinah Craik who wrote, Oh my son's my son till he gets a wife, but my daughter's my daughter all her life. Excerpt from Poems, New and Old (1888).


Thank you, thank you to all of you for your kindness and support of the boys and of the School. We are truly lucky and truly blessed.

Diana Hartnett

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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