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News & Notes from the Junior School - 4.15.16

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Mrs. Hartnett writes,

For the love of children…

On this glorious Spring morning (April 14), as I arrived on campus, I stopped my car at the curve by the tennis courts to watch three young deer run across the soccer field. In the background, a palette of color from the red buds, cherry trees, flowering crab, and various flowers painted a truly amazing backdrop. I couldn’t help but think how lucky I am to be part of all of this, to share the lives of all of the families that belong to me, that belong to this place. And I couldn’t help but think, as well, of the importance of schools, parents, teachers, and families in the lives of every student here. And through it all, parents have never been more important nor more crucial to the well-being and happiness of their children as they are in this moment, in this time.

Schools, of course, play a critical role in the wholeness and in the happiness of the children whom they teach, coach, mentor, advise, and counsel. In addition to their educational responsibilities, schools must protect children from what is noxious and ugly and connect them to what is beautiful and good and true in each other and in our world.

Children need to hear from their teachers and parents: “I love you, AND I have expectations for you.” Children need time and patience and caring and consistency from the adults in their lives. It is also important for teachers to share their values with their students. Values such as honesty, integrity, justice, and respect take on a whole new dimension when they are modeled by all of the adults in a child’s life.

We who are involved with children need to learn about the world in which children live. We should know of the music they listen to and the television shows and movies they like. We need to be aware of the video games they play and the social media in which they are involved. In this way, we are able to function as a counter culture.  We need to encourage our children to choose their media as carefully as we encourage them to choose their friends.

Our culture has changed but the needs of children are the same. They need the respect and love of family and friends, meaningful work, appropriate challenges, and psychological and physical safety. They need identities based on talents and interests rather than appearance or popularity. They need good habits for coping with stress, and a sense of purpose and perspective. They need an awareness of others who are not blessed with their gifts, and they need generosity and a willingness to help. And they need a family and a school focused in love, faith, and mutual support, confidant in the love of God and prepared to face the world with joy and enthusiasm and hope.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “We must BE the change we want to see in the world.”


spring luncheon

Please plan to join us for the annual Mothers' Club Spring Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20 at Bellerive Country Club. This annual event features the introduction of next year's executive board and Xanadu chair, and the announcement of the total raised at this year's Xanadu auction. It is always a fun time. You can reserve your seat using our online form.



Attention all 7th grade parents, and parents of 8th graders who took vocal music this year:

The annual Spring Choral Concert and Fine Arts Festival will be on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 pm in the Kevin Kline Theatre. All 7th graders and those 8th graders who took vocal music this year will participate. The concert is free and will last about 90 minutes. Following the concert, refreshments will be served where art work from the visual arts classes will be displayed. Dress code is coat and tie. Warm-up will take place in room 111 in the High School at 6:45 for 8th graders and 7:05 for 7th graders. There will be a homework exemption for the following day. Please contact me at if there is a conflict that will not allow your son to participate or if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you all there!


Don’t forget to join us for Field Day fun on Monday, April 18. Parents, families, and friends are invited to join us around 2:00 pm for the obstacle course, the tug of war, and the mud pit activities, which are held just beyond the high school tennis courts.


The Awards Assembly for the Priory student body will begin at 7:15 pm on Monday, April 25 in the Kevin Kline Theatre. Award winners in each form have been notified by mail.


We invite all Form II parents and Form II boys to join us on Thursday morning, May 5, from 8:00 – 8:45 am in the commons room of the Junior School to talk about high school readiness and the road to success that lies ahead. The featured speaker is our own educational psychologist Dr. Rob Furey. The agenda will include topics such as talent, perseverance, the ability and willingness to ask for help, and the commitment to do the right thing. During our time together, we will also address related issues such as peer pressure, relaxation, homework, self-control, and goal setting. There will be an opportunity for questions both during and after the talk.

No RSVP is necessary. I hope that you can join us!


Monday, April 18   Field Day
Wednesday, April 20  7:30 p.m. Spring Choral Concert and Fine Arts Exhibit
Monday, April 25  7:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Friday, April 29   the next newsletter
Thursday, May 5 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
JS Commons area
Talk by Dr. Furey



God is Truth, and Truth is God.  Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869 –1948) was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. He was the pioneer of satyagraha—resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon Ahimsa, or total non-violence—which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He is commonly known around the world as Mahatma Gandhi or "Great Soul.”  He is officially honored in India as the Father of the Nation; his birthday, October 2, is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Gandhi first employed non-violent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, in the resident Indian community's struggle for civil rights. After his return to India in 1915, he set about organizing peasants, farmers, and urban laborers in protesting excessive land tax and discrimination. Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women's rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, increasing economic self-reliance, but above all achieving Swaraj—the independence of India from foreign domination. Gandhi famously led Indians in the non-cooperation movement in 1922 and in protesting the British-imposed salt tax with the 400 km (249 mi) Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to leave India in 1942. He was imprisoned for many years, on numerous occasions, in both South Africa and India.

As a practitioner of Ahimsa, Gandhi swore to speak the truth, and advocated that others do the same. He lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn he had hand spun on a charkha. He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as means of both self-purification and social protest.

As one of the most influential figures in modern social and political activism, Gandhi considered the seven deadly sins, listed below, to be the traits the most spiritually perilous to humanity:

  • Wealth without Work
  • Pleasure without Conscience
  • Science without Humanity
  • Knowledge without Character
  • Politics without Principle
  • Commerce without Morality
  • Worship without Sacrifice

Thank you to all of our Junior School families for all that you do for the boys and for the School. We are very, very grateful, and humbled by your kindness to us all.

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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