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Mrs. Hartnett writes,
How time flies when you're having fun!
By the time you read this newsletter, there will be only 36 days of school left in this school year (yes, I counted them!). I find that so amazing. I have the clearest memories of last August, just starting out, meeting a whole new class of students, welcoming the returning Form II students, and getting excited about all of the wonderful things that would come to pass as the year unfolded.
Yes, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. And contrary to the time-honored joke that the light is actually that of an on-coming train, the light is really our encouragement and our guide, in these last weeks, to truly show our "stuff," to show what we are made of, our strength, our determination, our resolution, and our skill. These last weeks of school call for motivation of the first order.
Motivation plays a key role in what we accomplish and affects the outcomes of our lives more often than we may realize. With motivation, we advance boldly in the direction of our dreams. With motivation, we tackle life's challenges with the confidence that we can handle them. With motivation, we participate in and contribute to our own happiness and well-being, and that of those around us.
Motivated people have a philosophy about why they were created: they have a sense of purpose, a belief that they are important, that lives matter.
Motivated people identify goals and acknowledge that consistent effort is required to achieve those goals.
Motivated people know what they bring to the world. They are aware of what they are good at, their special abilities. They know that success, satisfaction and fulfillment are the rewards for contributing their gifts and talents towards something or someone in order to make a difference.
Motivated people know that the accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor requires commitment. They know that commitment requires an investment of time to review and develop strategies for life; it requires resting, catching your breath, re-focusing and re-energizing on a continual basis. Motivation requires a spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional one-ness with God, with self, with family, with community.
VERSE 58 OF THE SAME SONG
No self-respecting Junior School newsletter would be complete without a reference to the overwhelming lost and found problem plaguing all of us. Take a look:
And this is just what is in my office (the brown bin under the table is full of clothes, by the way...)
What is stunning is the number of items, especially books and workbooks, with NO NAMES.
If you recognize anything from the photo, please tell your son to come and claim his things. I think that the boys are tired of hearing this song from me!
CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER
Congratulations to Form I student Harry Thome, who has advanced to the state level of competition in the National Geographic Bee. Good luck to Harry!
National Geographic Bee winner from Priory Harry Thome
Friday, March 13 3:00 pm Spring break begins
Monday, March 23 School resumes
Sunday, March 29 7:45 am Form II assembles at Junior School
for Camp O departure at 8:00 am
Tuesday, March 31 c. 3:30 pm Form II returns from Camp
and may go home
Friday, April 10 the next News ‘n’ Notes
Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. was born in 1940 and currently lives and writes in Nashville, Tennessee.
Brown first published A Father's Book of Wisdom, which was quickly followed by P.S. I Love You, a collection of sayings and observations from his father and mother. Both were very popular and led to Life's Little Instruction Book, which was originally written as a going-away present for his college-bound son, Adam. This book contained 511 reminders about "how to live a happy and rewarding life" and became a best seller worldwide. It has logged more than two years on the New York Times best-seller list, including more than a year at the number one spot. Life's Little Instruction Book was the first book to ever occupy the number one spot on the New York Times best-seller list in both paperback and hardback formats simultaneously. Live and Learn and Pass It On followed and also became a New York Times best seller.
Thank you to all of you for your unfailing love and support of the boys and of the School. We are truly blessed to be a part of your lives, and we pray for you always.
Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School