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News & Notes from the Junior School - 5.12.17

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Mrs. Hartnett writes,

Ending as I began…

We have come together now to the end of another school year, a Priory first for some, a continuation for others. Where did it go? It was only yesterday that our Form I students were navigating the halls for the first time, anxious to get it right, and eager to be a part of their new school. And now, here we are, ready to send the Form II students down to the high school to begin the next stage of the adventure, while inviting our Form I students to the west end of the hall to set up shop as eighth graders. And, of course, we eagerly await the arrival of the members of the class of 2023, who will certainly be a welcome addition to the Priory family.

This is truly a bittersweet time for those of us whose lives swirl around the comings and goings of 140 young teenagers. And although we love summer and the relaxation and fun that it promises, we acknowledge, too, that it can be hard to let go, particularly of the Form II students and their parents who truly are moving away from the Junior School, even if the destination is just 50 yards down the hill. We will miss you, and we will miss the personal interactions created by having you nearby.

Too, I would like to thank, once more and most profoundly, all of our Junior School families for their many, many kindnesses to all of us throughout the year. How fortunate we are to be a tiny speck in the cosmic soup that puts us near to each other; we are grateful, and we are blessed.


Below you will find the third term final exam schedule for the Junior School:

Day/Time Form II Form I
Tuesday, May 23
8:15 - 9:45 a.m.
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Modern Language
Wednesday, May 24
8:15 - 9:45 a.m.
10:00 - 11:00 (Form I)/11:15 (Form II)
Social Studies
Thursday, May 25
8:15 - 9:45 a.m.


The Junior School will close at noon on all three exam days. It is very important that Junior School boys be picked up as soon as possible after exams on the three exam days, but in any case, no later than noon. Any boys not picked up by noon will wait in the high school lobby or commons room. Please note as well:

  • Monday, May 22, is a review day. No classes are held in the school. At the conclusion of the exams on Thursday, May 25, the school year is officially over.
  • Junior School students who are picked up at the high school must remain in the lobby or the commons room of the high school building and are not allowed in the hallways, the library, or the bookstore, as some high school exams may be in session.
  • Free milk and donuts are available to the boys between exams on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • The dress code for exams on Tuesday, May 23, and Wednesday, May 24, is the same as a regular school day. All boys are expected to be in normal dress code on those two days. However, on Thursday, May 25, students may dress down. There is no charge associated with this dress down day.
  • No Junior School student may leave early from an exam. Each student must stay in the exam room until the exam period is completed.
  • Any Junior School student who wishes to eat lunch at school on Tuesday or Wednesday of exam week is welcome to do so but must sign up for each day desired. The lunch sign-up sheet is found now on Mrs. Lane’s office door. No student lunch will be served on Thursday, May 25.


Please be aware that by May 19, the last day of classes for this school year, Junior School students are to take home any and all of their books, clothes, locker shelving (if the shelving belongs to them), locks, or supplies from their lockers, lost and found, and the gym locker room and grunge boxes. Rather than a thin garbage bag, a sturdy bag or box will be helpful. The maintenance staff will be "moving in" over that weekend immediately following and they will remove any items left behind.

Parents (and boys, of course) are certainly welcome to come to my office now to claim items that they know belong to them. Unclaimed Priory items will be given to Priory families; unclaimed items without the Priory logo will be given to Goodwill.

Starting the search NOW for lost/found items is a very wise thing to do.

Additionally, please be reminded that School will end at 3:00 pm on May 19. We invite all of you to join us on the Switzer House lawn at that time for some ice cream and camaraderie.


By this time, Form II parents should have received an email invitation to the annual Form II Mass and Reception on Saturday, May 27, with music selections beginning at 9:00 am and Mass beginning at 9:30 am. Immediately following the Mass, there will be a reception in the High School lobby.


junior schoolers 1

(l-r): William Azrak, Peter Khoukaz, Drew Scheiner, James Hamill

junior schoolers 2 

(l-r, seated back): Anthony Dixon, Stephen McDaniel, Adam Rolwes; (1-r, seated front): Joseph Dixon, Ethan Newman

junior schoolers 3 

(l-r): Carson Blake, Ben Potter, Wyatt Lewis, Blaise Bick, Reuben Goldschmidt, James Wong, Mason Karpei, Miles Pim, David Sadasivam, Will Wagner


Monday-Friday, May 15-19
  Search lost/found, take home items not needed
Friday, May 19 3 p.m. School ends
Friday, May 19 3 p.m. Ice cream social on the Switzer House Lawn
Friday, May 19
  Empty lockers (school and gym)
Monday, May 22   Study day; no classes held
Tuesday-Thursday, May 23-25
 8:15 a.m. Spring term exams


This time of year finds us contemplating such diverse topics as final exams, locker clean out, lost and found claiming, and saying goodbye.

This period of looming exams encourages us to take a close look at academics in the school, thereby developing a keener understanding of all that is asked of a Priory student. Even though I am fortunate enough to have had a thirty-year association with Priory, I am ever amazed and edified by the richness of the academic program here and the significant intellectual opportunities to which our young men are exposed.

Sometimes, though, our learning, our education about life, comes to us in more varied and less traditional circumstances. These life lessons, lessons about who we are and WHY we are, are no less real, no less valuable, no less relevant than the educational experiences in the classroom. All of us here, students and teachers alike, have learned some very valuable life lessons. Here are some of them:

We have learned that:

  • we can get by on charm for about 2 minutes – after that, we had better know something.
  • if we depend on others to make us happy, we will be endlessly disappointed.
  • children are the best teachers of creativity, persistence, and unconditional love.
  • we should keep our promises.
  • we cannot expect others to solve our problems.
  • if we care, it should show.
  • we are responsible for what we do.
  • it is just as important to forget a wrong as it is to remember a kindness.

…and most importantly…

  • we still have a lot to learn.


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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