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Mrs. Hartnett writes,
Happy birthday to me…
Well, actually, it isn’t my birthday. My birthday is at the end of April. But what I am celebrating now is my re-birthday. Almost six years ago, on March 31, 2011, I received a bone marrow transplant from an unknown donor, and that transplant literally saved my life. I had been given 12 months to live, and now, thanks to someone from England whom I have never met, (and because of donor registry regulations, will never meet), I get to celebrate another real birthday next month, and hopefully many more beyond that.
What a remarkable journey this continues to be. From the day of my leukemia diagnosis (“I am afraid I have some very bad news for you”) on December 8, 2010, until this very moment, I have experienced the highest highs and the most frightening lows. But months of intravenous chemotherapy, full body radiation, innumerable spinal taps and bone marrow biopsies, no immune system, total hair loss - all of this and more have been replaced by new DNA, new stem cells, stabilized chromosomes, a new blood type, a slightly darker eye color, a strengthening immunity, a ponytail, and, most importantly, a renewed opportunity to see my children, and your children, grow older.
That I am grateful, that I am lucky, and that I am literally touched by the hand of God go almost without saying. But I am going to say it. I am going to say it to my family and I am going to say it to all of you. I am going to shout it from the rooftops: I am so lucky. I am so grateful. I am so blessed.
CAMP ONDESSONK, FORM II
Parents are reminded that the Camp Ondessonk adventure begins on Sunday, April 2, at 7:45 am. Spring in southern Illinois should be wonderful! Please bring your sons to the Junior School; however, please do not park in the circle drive, as the buses cannot navigate the curve. The buses will return on Tuesday, April 4, around 3:30 pm, and the Form II boys are free to go home at that time.
JUNIOR SCHOOL MATH WIZARDS
Last weekend, five Form I students and four Form II students competed in the Excellence in Mathematics Competition at Saint Louis Community College – Florissant Valley.
Both our Form I team and our Form II team won first place in their grade level. Congratulations to these math wizards, and congratulations as well to Mrs. Gayle Reichle and Dr. Andrew Davis, who guided them to victory!
Form I team: (l-r): Cedric Bruges, Matthew Politte, Wyatt Lewis (3rd place individual award), JP Schuster (4th place individual award), Brendan Stein (5th place individual award)
Form II team (l-r): Devin Kancherla (4th place individual award), Michael Moen (6th place individual award), Christopher Morey, Reid Miller (9th place individual award)
THANK YOU FROM THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE
We were thrilled with the positive response to our parent outreach request. So many of you were willing to take the time to graciously welcome our new families and talk with them about Priory. This outreach is an important part of showing new families what it might be like to join the Priory community. Thank you for your enthusiastic support of our Admissions efforts!
FROM THE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
Xanadu Sign Up Parties
There is still room in our fabulous Xanadu Sign Up Parties. If you’d like to sign up, please send payment made payable to “Priory” to the Priory Development Office, attn. Mary Rhodes, 500 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, MO 63141.
Trivia Night for Forms I & II — 20 Spots Available
Friday, March 31, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 PM,
Boys' Dining Hall
If your son loves trivia, or just having fun with his schoolmates, then 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, good eats and prizes. Your son won't want to miss out on this popular party!
Junior School Gaga Ball Palooza & Pizza Party — 5 Spots Available
Friday, April 7, 2017, 4:45 - 7:00 PM
Junior School Gaga Pit
Calling all Junior School boys. Are you ready to put your gaga ball skills to the test? This tournament party is for you! For the unversed, gaga ball is a fast-paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit, and known as the "kinder, gentler dodge ball." The name "gaga" comes from the Hebrew for "touch, touch." This party 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.
High School Student Premier Poker Tournament — 9 Spots Available
Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Come flex your poker-playing skills at the Premier Priory Poker Tournament for high school students at the home of Priory parents Michele and Eric Holdosh (Elliott '19). The evening will include food, soft drinks and desserts as well as a fun poker tournament with prizes for the top 3 finishers as well as take-home goodie bags for all in attendance. Please note - no cash will be exchanged or used during the evening. Each player will receive the same amount of chips at the start of the night, and play will continue until we have our top 3 players. For those who are eliminated, there will be a video-gamer section available.
Junior School Parents' Cocktail Party
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:00 PM
Rime and Georges Chahoud (Elias '18, Marc '21) invite all Junior School parents to join them for a beautiful spring evening at their home. Special guests include Father Maximilian '00 and Carrie & Phil Lane. The party promises to be a great evening of fun, conversation, cocktails and tasty appetizers.
Grandparents’ Day – Friday, April 7, 2017
We are excited to welcome the grandparents of our Form I and II students to campus on Friday, April 7 for Grandparents’ Day. The day begins with the All-school Mass at 8:15 a.m. Following Mass, students will accompany their grandparents to the Junior School for a continental breakfast and an abbreviated class session. The event concludes at 11:00 a.m. Grandparents’ Day is scheduled every other year, so please encourage your son’s grandparents to attend.
RSVP by Monday, April 3 online or to (314) 434-3690 x 326 or email@example.com
|Monday, March 27
||Winter Sports Assembly
|Sunday, April 2
||Form II arrives for an 8 a.m. departure to Camp O
|Tuesday, April 4
||c. 3:30 p.m.
||Form II students return from Camp O and may go home
|Friday, April 7
|Friday, April 7
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“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Thank you for your support and generosity to the boys and to the School. We are all grateful, and blessed.
Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School