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News & Notes from the Junior School - 2-13-15

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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.



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 begins on Monday, February 23.  An updated homework schedule will be sent in the next newsletter, going live on Friday, February 27.


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!

Kim Kuchan
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
Dining Hall
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


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


“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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