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News & Notes from the Junior School - 4.28.17

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Mrs. Hartnett writes,

Mom again…

In my most recent newsletter to this readership, I wrote about my mother and the special relationship that she and I developed during our Spring cleaning, ironing and washing and scrubbing. And in that article, I mentioned that my mother lived with us for 13 months without ever knowing who we were. Experiencing those 13 months was profound in many ways.

Even though I am happy to have been able to offer help to my mother, I have to admit that, sadly, there were many occasions during that time when I was woefully impatient with my mother and frustrated by the acute but necessary level of her personal care. I share these thoughts with you because, in spite of the significant challenges which these circumstances presented to me and to my family, I have come to realize now, in the passing of these many years since her death, that I am grateful to have had the opportunity to try and help her. Those 13 months with my mother allowed me to better understand that all of us have chances to put our faith into action, to affect real love in the lives of others, to be Christ for others, to see Christ in others, even if the people that we are trying to help don’t realize it, or perhaps even appreciate it, at the time. But unlike the circumstances of my mother’s care, most of these opportunities in our lives are subtle and perhaps even a bit mysterious. They occur daily, hourly, moment by moment, in what we may interpret as simply mundane interactions with those around us. We have to be on the lookout! Listening with the ear of our heart, as Saint Benedict says, we will hear even the smallest sigh, the faintest signal of someone in need. Living our faith brings us closer to God and thus brings God closer to all mankind.

May this newborn Easter season kindle in all of us a flame of service and a dedication to love in the world around us.

Dear Lord, please don't let me sleep through my dreams.


On May 12, you will read on line the last issue of the Junior School News ‘n’ Notes for this school year. In that issue, I will post the JS exam schedule which will include exam times and other related information. However, should you have any questions now regarding final exams, please do let me know.

In this “next to last” issue, it is important for parents to encourage your sons to begin their preparation now for final exams. At this stage, preparation comes in the form of locker clean out, organization, tracking down lost items, and straightening out study space at home. All of these steps will help every boy to maximize the impact of his study time. A structured and systematic review that begins early will allow time for family, for fun, for BALANCE. And always, always, always, boys should ask questions of teachers, advisors, and parents, if something/anything is not clear. We are here for all of you.

Please do know that in spite of our efforts to the contrary, the Junior School boys will naturally be somewhat anxious about exams, especially the Form I students who are experiencing this full exam schedule for only the second time. And although this is fairly commonplace, I do urge parents to monitor this possible anxiety and to address it openly and calmly. Anxiety at this time of year is born from a very real and profound desire to do well; our boys hold themselves to a certain standard and very much do not want to disappoint anyone, including themselves. Recently, I told the boys about Rogers Hornsby. A former Cardinal second baseman and Hall-of-Famer, Rogers Hornsby (batting proficiency rating of .371 – top ten in baseball history, .358 lifetime batting average, 3 .400+ seasons, 2 Triple Crowns) declared that he was grateful for the acute, piercing nervousness he felt each and every time he stepped to the plate, for this feeling properly understood and properly channeled gave him the power that he needed to hit the ball. And hit the ball, he did!! Hornsby is said to have proclaimed “Every time I put a bat in my hands, I can’t help but feel sorry for the pitcher!”

Boys need to remember that each day, in each class, when they work with attentiveness and confidence, they are actually preparing for the term assessments. This is not simply one test, one day. It is a term, a term of study, a term of effort and achievement and real learning.


Following nominations and candidate speeches occurring late last week and earlier this week, the Form II students have chosen their Student Council Representatives for the 2017-2018 school year.

Tyler Buganski, Sami Haddad, and Andrew Lloyd have been chosen by their classmates to lead the Class of 2021 through their first year of the high school experience: Form III. Congratulations!

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(l-r): Andrew, Sami, and Tyler: Form III Student Council Representatives for the Class of 2021!


On Monday before lunch, the Form II students will hear presentations made by the Fine Arts Department regarding course choices for Form III. Additionally, the boys will learn about the offering of Greek in the High School program. This weekend, I suggest that you ask your sons what they are considering regarding their choices and then further that discussion after the presentations are made on Monday. In this way, the boys will make a well-thought-through decision with your input and advice.


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

Mohandas K. Gandhi was assassinated in January, 1948. His killer was captured, tried, and executed the following year.


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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