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News & Notes from the Junior School - 3.3.17

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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 slightly more than two months of school left in this school year. 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 that we see now 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 to 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 and that change for the better is possible.

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.


We offer our proud congratulations to Form I student Wyatt Lewis, who has been named by the National Geographic Society as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Missouri Geographic Bee. The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students from 10,000 schools across the United States are competing in the 2017 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the honor of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.

Bees were held in schools throughout Missouri to determine each school’s Geographic Bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which was submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society has invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.

And so, on Friday, March 31, Wyatt will travel to the University of Missouri – Columbia to compete in the 2017 Missouri Geographic Bee. Wyatt, we are very proud of you and wish you great success!

Wyatt Lewis

Wyatt Lewis – Geography wiz!


Please be aware that dismissal on March 10, the last day of classes before the Spring break, will be at 2:50 pm (at the conclusion of JS sports). Any Junior School boys not picked up by 3:15 pm will be sent to the high school lobby to wait for rides home. Classes resume on Monday, March 20, at the regular time.


Parents are reminded that the Form II Camp Ondessonk adventure begins on Sunday, April 2, at 7:45 a.m. Spring in southern Illinois should be wonderful! The buses will return on Tuesday, April 4, around 3:30 pm, and the boys are free to go home at that time.


Grandparents Day in the Junior School, Friday, April 7

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, the students will accompany their grandparents to the Junior School for two abbreviated class sessions and a continental breakfast. The event concludes at 11:00 a.m. Grandparents’ Day is scheduled every other year, so please encourage your son’s grandparents to attend. Please submit the grandparents’ addresses online so we may mail them an invitation.


Xanadu Sign Up Parties for Junior School Students & Parents

There is still room in our fabulous Xanadu Sign Up Parties for Junior School students and parents. If you’d like to sign up, please send payment made payable to “Saint Louis Priory School” to the Priory Development Office, attn: Mary Rhodes, 500 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, Mo., 63141.

Trivia Night for Forms I & II
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
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.

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.



(Left to right, around the table): Brendan O’Meara, Cedric Bruges, Greyson Antes, Will Glarner, Jimmy Temprano, the top of Chance Besancenez’s head, Wyatt Lewis, Billy Wagner; left to right in the background: Ben Wenzel, Grant Novak, Charlie Walker)


Friday, March 10
 2:50 p.m.
Spring Break begins
Monday, March 20   School resumes
Friday, March 24   the next News 'n' Notes
Sunday, April 2
7:45 a.m.
Form II assembles at the Junior School for Camp O departure at 8 a.m.
Tuesday, April 4 c. 3:30 p.m. Form II returns from Camp and may go home


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 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 Hartnett

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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