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News & Notes from the Junior School - 2.5.16


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Mrs. Hartnett writes,


So here we are, in the early days of February, and it is natural that some of our thoughts turn to .….hearts. (I’ll bet you thought that I was going to say Xanadu, didn’t you!) The famed German poet, novelist, playwright, and natural philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) had quite a lot to say about hearts. Goethe gained early fame with The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774), but his most famous work is the poetic drama in two parts, Faust.

Writes Goethe,

What you do not feel, you will not grasp by art,
Unless it wells out of your soul
And with sheer pleasure takes control,
Compelling every listener’s heart…
Breathe on the embers and try to ignite
A fire out of piles of ashes!
But from heart to heart you will never create
If from your heart it does not come.
(from Faust I)

And so, as we approach Valentine’s Day, do your heart (and the hearts of those you love), some good by trying a few of these tips:

have a change of heart * bless your heart * get to the heart of the matter * have a heart of gold * follow your heart * speak from the bottom of your heart * have your heart in the right place * be young at heart * find a friend after your own heart * have a big heart * have a heart-to-heart * do your heart good * put your heart into it * have a light heart * take it to heart * know it by heart * follow your heart * listen to your heart * be someone’s heart of hearts * give heartfelt thanks for all of the great gifts with which our own lives have been richly blessed

In this time of hearts and flowers and candy and Valentines, may we all remember to let our love for others come from our deepest selves and be apparent in all that we are and in all that we do.


Listed below is the schedule for Form II and Form I winter term exams on Thursday, February 18.

Form I
Geography 8:15 - 9:15

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

As was mentioned in the last issue of News and Notes, the boys will be dismissed to go home immediately at the conclusion of their exam(s). We do ask parents to pick up their sons as soon as possible at the conclusion of exams. The Junior School will close at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. Junior School boys who are not picked up by that time will wait in the high school lobby for rides home.


You are invited to join us for Mass on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 8:15 in the Abbey Church. (Of course, you are invited to join us at every Mass!) This Mass will replace the Friday Mass on Feb. 12. Boys should wear coats and ties on Ash Wednesday. Coats and ties on Friday, February 12, are not required, as there is no Mass.


There will a final information night for the Paleontology Field Trip on Thursday, Feb. 11 (4:30 for JS students, 5:00 for HS students) in the Priory Library. Parents and students who are interested in the field trip should plan on being in attendance.

This meeting will provide additional information about the trip, as well as to serve as the final headcount for those students planning on going. We currently do not have the minimum number of students needed to make this trip possible, so anyone who is interested in going should contact Mr. Bander immediately.

The trip will take place July 10-16, 2016. Students and teachers will fly out from St. Louis to Minneapolis to Billings, Montana. Once in Billings we will connect with the paleontologists and the Adventure-360 tour group that will drive us to Jordan, Montana. We will be lodging at Jordan and doing the field work in the surrounding area. Cost will be $999.00 plus airfare.

Thank you,

Mr. William Bander
Priory Science Faculty


Please do join us for the Xanadu Preview Party on Friday, Feb. 5, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers, and a live band. This is a wonderful opportunity to preview the exciting auction items, place advance bids, meet new friends, and connect with current ones.

See you at Xanadu!



Greetings Form I & II Parents!

After months of planning and hard work, it’s finally time for our Garden Party! I look forward to welcoming you to the Preview Party this evening and Xanadu tomorrow night! Many thanks to all who have given so generously of their time and resources. It will be a fabulous night for our Priory family and our boys! 

Be sure to bring your fully charged cell phone to Xanadu so you can bid on all the wonderful silent auction items, as well as your catalog which your son brought home earlier this week.

Karen Monette
Xanadu 2016 Chair

Xanadu Preview Party

Friday, Feb. 5, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.

This is a fabulous opportunity to preview all the items while you enjoy complimentary tantalizing specialty cocktails, appetizers, and a European lager which Junior School dad, Pete Kraemer brewed exclusively for Xanadu 2016. There will also be live music courtesy of the Priory Dad Band and a caricature artist drawing fun pictures for our guests. 

No RSVP’s necessary. Casual attire. Peruse the fabulous items, get your mobile phone set up and start bidding! Come for a little, stay for a while.

Xanadu Sign Up Parties for Junior School Students & Parents

Look for these wonderful sign up parties at Xanadu that have something for Junior School Students and parents:

Ping Pong Palooza
Friday, Feb. 26, 4:45 – 7:00 p.m.
Junior School Commons, $20/person
Calling all Junior School boys. Are you ready to put your ping pong skills to the test! This ping pong tournament party is for you! This evening will be packed with fun and food. Some of the Form Chaplain monks will also be there for divine inspiration. This is a no-brainer event that every Junior School boy will enjoy.
Available to 40 Form I & II Students

Junior School Trivia Night for Form I & II Boys
Friday, April 8, 4:45 – 7:00 p.m.
Boys’ Dining Hall, $30/person
Can your son identify the "Fellowship" in "Lord of the Rings," the hottest-selling video game of 2015 and the perimeter of the parallelogram? Register your son tonight so he can join his Form I and II friends for an exciting night of fun questions and good eats at the Junior School Trivia Night! The boys will enjoy pizza, snacks and great prizes. This event sold out last year, so don't miss out! All proceeds benefit Xanadu and our boys.
Available to 70 Form I & II Students

Junior School Parents’ Cocktail Party
Saturday, May 14, 7:00 p.m., $30/person (Please note the new date!)
At the home of Nancy & Peter Kraemer
Lourdes and Tom Hattrich (Stephen '16, William '20) and Nancy and Peter Kraemer (Peter '18, Luke '20) invite all the Junior School parents to join them for a beautiful spring evening at the Kraemers' home. Special guests include Diana & Jeff Hartnett and Carrie & Phil Lane. This party promises to be a great evening of fun, conversation, cocktails and tasty appetizers.
Available to all Form I & II Parents


And that’s for sure! Congratulations to Form I student Drew (photo below) who won the National Geographic Bee here at Priory and who will continue on in the competition for state representation. Good luck to Drew!

National Geographic Bee winner Drew!


Tonight! 4:30-8 p.m. Xanadu Preview Party
Saturday, Feb. 6 6 p.m. onward Xanadu!
Monday, Feb. 8   Faculty Development Day - no classes
Wednesday, Feb. 10 8:15 a.m. Ash Wednesday Mass
the Abbey Church
Monday, Feb. 15   Presidents' Day - no classes
Thursday, Feb. 18 8:15 a.m. onward JS exams
Friday, Feb. 19   Grading Day - no classes
Monday, Feb. 22   Spring term begins
Friday, Feb. 26   the next News 'n' Notes


A true friend knows the song in your heart

and can sing it back to you

when you have forgotten the words.


My most sincere and grateful thanks to all of you for all that you do for the boys and for the School.

Diana Hartnett

Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School

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Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

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Prologue, 4

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Prologue, 17

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Prologue, 21

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Prologue, 22

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Prologue, 41

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Prologue, 45

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Prologue, 47

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Chapter 4, 20-21

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Chapter 4, 27-28

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Chapter 4, 41

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Chapter 4, 70-71

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Chapter 4, 72

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Chapter 4, 73

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Chapter 5, 1-2

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Chapter 6, 6

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Chapter 7, 10

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Chapter 19, 6-7

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Chapter 22, 8

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Chapter 30, 1

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Chapter 31, 13-14

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Chapter 35, 6

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Chapter 61, 10

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Chapter 63, 17

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Chapter 66, 8

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Chapter 68, 5

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Chapter 70, 7

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Chapter 72, 11-12

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Chapter 73, 3

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