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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.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, DEAR FRIENDS.
WINTER TERM EXAMS
Thursday, February 19
FORM II FORM I
History – 9:00 – 10:00 Modern Languages – 9:00 – 10:00
Science – 10:15 – 11:30 Geography – 10:15 – 11:15
The boys will be dismissed to go home immediately at the conclusion of their second exam on February 19. We do ask parents to pick up their sons as soon as possible at the conclusion of exams. The Junior School will close at 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 19.
Any boys who wish to stay for lunch on February 19 are welcome to do so, but we do ask, as a courtesy to the kitchen staff, that boys sign up in the office if they intend to stay for lunch. The sign up sheet is available now through Wednesday, February 18, and is located on the door to Mrs. Lane’s office.
Please know that on Ash Wednesday, February 18, we will have Mass here in the Abbey Church, beginning at 8:15. Parents are welcome to join us.
Boys will dress in coat and tie for Mass.
THE SPRING TERM
The Spring Term begins on Monday, February 23. An updated homework schedule will be sent in the next newsletter, going live on Friday, February 27.
THE WINSLOW BOY
Thanks to a grant won by a current Form I student, the entire Form I class will be going to the Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis on Wednesday morning, February 25, to see The Winslow Boy. The boys and adults will travel by bus to and from the theatre on that morning, and will return between 12:30 and 1:00 pm. They will eat lunch here, and then continue on with the rest of the day.
The dress code for this day is standard weekday attire.
About the show: As the story begins, 13-year-old Ronnie Winslow is unexpectedly home from school to deliver some news—he’s been expelled from his military academy for stealing a five-shilling postal order. After questioning his son, Arthur Winslow resolves to fight the charge. Certain of the injustice of the matter, he appeals to one of London’s most famous barristers to take their case, Sir Robert Morton. The fight won’t be easy; the military academy is under the jurisdiction of the Admiralty, so their case will be against the Crown. Though the legal battle jeopardizes his health and the reputation of the entire family, Arthur Winslow is determined that right will prevail, no matter what the sacrifice.
Rep Artistic Director Steven Woolf directs this stirring drama. Scenic Designer John Ezell and Costume Designer Dorothy Marshall Englis return after joining us for last season’s production of The Mousetrap. Both longtime members of The Rep’s creative family, these two have created an atmosphere which shows us the status of the Winslow family, and, over the course of the play, the incredible toll this situation has taken on them emotionally, physically and financially. Robert Denton’s lighting design and Rusty Wandall’s sound design complement the environment.
On stage, Jeff Hayenga (You Can’t Take It With You) and Carol Schultz (The Foreigner) are Mr. and Mrs. Winslow. Their children are Kathleen Wise as the strong-willed Catherine, Hunter Canning as the playful troublemaker, Dickie, and Jay Stalder as Ronnie. Peggy Billo (The Diary of Anne Frank), William Connell (The Mousetrap), Kai Klose, Amy Loui, Michael James Reed (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Jay Stratton (Venus in Fur) complete the cast.
We are grateful for the opportunity to see this play at the Rep.
Xanadu Thanks to Forms I & II!
Thank you to all the Form I & II mothers who came on Wednesday and Friday to help with skirting, table setting and packaging macarons. Thank you as well to those who helped with set up and in many other ways. Your time and support were truly appreciated. So many wonderful friendships are forged while working on Xanadu. I hope you had that experience and that you will be involved with Xanadu next year. Thanks also to all who attended An Evening in Paris. It was a fabulous evening for our Priory family. I can't wait to share the grand total at the Mothers’ Club Spring Luncheon in April!
2015 Xanadu Chair
If you were unable to attend Xanadu, but would like to make a contribution to this year’s Fund-a-Need project which will allow us to make needed improvements to the weight room and Corley Gym, please click here. These facilities are used every day by students, monks, faculty, staff and alumni.
Xanadu Sign Up Parties
There’s still time to sign up for these fabulous parties….
Junior School Movie & Pizza Party
Friday February 27th, 4:45 – 7:15 p.m. Cost $15/person
Join Brother Athanasius for pizza and a movie in the High School Commons and Kevin Kline Theatre. This is a “no-brainer” event that every Junior School boy will enjoy.
Trivia Night for Forms I & II
Friday, April 17th, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cost $25/person
If your son loves trivia and Qdoba nachos, this party is for him! Sign your son up to join his friends in Forms I and II for an exciting night of fun questions and good eats. Join us and put those endless games of Trivia Crack to good use!
Junior School Parents’ Cocktail Party
Friday, May 1st, 7:00 p.m. Cost $30/person
**Please note the new date
Jill & Scott Trout and Ashley & Tyson Funk invite all Junior School parents to join them for a beautiful spring evening. Special guests include Diana and Jeff Hartnett and Carrie and Phil Lane! Don't miss this great evening of fun, conversation, cocktails, and tasty appetizers at the home of Jill & Scott Trout.
Class of 2015 & Parents’ Christmas Holiday Reunion Party
Friday, December 18, 2015, 7:00-10:00 p.m. Cost $25/person
Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to get together with fellow classmates and their parents over Christmas Break to reminisce and share tales of college life. 2015 Alums and their parents are welcome! Make sure you take advantage of this fun evening at the home of Karen and Amir Tajkarimi.
Please call Mary Rhodes (314.434.3690, ext 361) in the Development Office to sign up for a Xanadu Sign Up Party.
Monday, February 16 Presidents’ Day – no school
Wednesday, February 18 8:15 am Ash Wednesday – Mass in the Abbey Church (Coat and tie for boys)
Thursday, February 19 Exams
Friday, February 20 Grading day – no classes
Monday, February 23 Spring term begins
Wednesday, February 25 The Repertory Theatre
Friday, February 27 the next newsletter
LOOKING FARTHER AHEAD
March 16 – 20 Spring break
March 29-31 Form II Camp Ondessonk
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 by Macmillan 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 B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School