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Mrs. Hartnett writes,
Happy New Year!
Welcome everyone! Those of us who live and work at Priory are so happy to welcome all of you, some for the first time as students and parents here, and others of you who are beginning the Form II experience. As I write these words to you, the new school year is barely a few hours old, but already the youngest members of the family are beginning to feel a bit more comfortable as they move about the building and, of course, the “old timers” in Form II are sensing their own progression up the familial ladder. This is an exciting moment in the school year, for all great things are possible, all options are on the table, and the future is fraught with opportunity and joy. Life is good.
Those of you who began the year with us on the first day of school at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass must surely have been greatly edified by the thoughts in the homily of Headmaster Father Gregory Mohrman, O.S.B. Continuing his ideas, may this year be a voyage of discovery: discovery of our unique gifts, discovery of new friends, discovery of the beauty of the world around us, discovery and implementation of unrealized potential in the eyes of God.
One of the most exciting, and perhaps also even a bit daunting, aspects of any new school year, and especially for the Form I students, is meeting many new people and making new friends. A previous Priory graduate shared his thoughts on the topic with me:
How do you make new friends? Where do you find them? They aren’t hiding behind trees or in the school across town, or in another state. Potential close friends are everywhere you look. They will have problems like you, interests like you, fears and needs like you…not necessarily the same problems or interests or fears or needs – but they, too, need close friends, friends just like you. Keep looking; keep listening; keep smiling. You WILL find each other, especially at this school. Priory graduate, class of 2007
WHAT THIS IS
For those of you who are joining us for the first time, this electronic document is officially named “News and Notes from the Junior School” and constitutes my twice- monthly (generally every other Friday) newsletter detailing the life and work of the youngest on campus. This is also my primary method for communicating with Junior School parents as a group, though periodically, you may receive hard copies of particular documents sent home with the boys. A reminder email will be sent to you to let you know when “News and Notes” goes live, but do be on the lookout for it every other Friday, beginning today.
FORM I HONOR CODE SIGNING
During their advisory meeting yesterday as well as their Thursday meeting next week and the week afterwards, the Priory Junior School boys have discussed and will discuss the importance of the Honor Code and the Code of Respect, a document which confirms our definition of honor and our willingness to live lives of virtue, respect, caring and service. Within the next two weeks, the Form I boys (as have done the other five Forms in the School before them) will sign that code, and their signatures will signify their acceptance of the charge to be young men of honor and respect here at School, at home, in the community, and in our world.
During the morning assembly on Wednesday, September 23, at 8:15 am in the Abbey Church, the signed Honor Code and Code of Respect will be presented to Fr. Gregory. It is a short but truly special moment, and any parents who can join us on that day are most welcomed to do so.
THE DUKE TALENT IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM
I have received information regarding the Duke “Tip” Program, which is a summer study opportunity at Duke University for students currently in the seventh grade. Parents who may be interested can find out more information by visiting www.tip.duke.edu/7guide to learn more about this program.
FORM I PARENTS’ BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM, WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9
On Wednesday evening, September 9, Form I parents are invited to gather in the Junior School for the last stage of orientation, a chance to meet their sons’ teachers and, in a group format, to learn of requirements and expectations for the different academic courses. The evening, for parents only, will be held in the Junior School and begins at 7:00 pm and will conclude at approximately 9:00 pm.
Individual parent conferences for Form I will be held on Friday, October 2, and additional information will be available as that date nears. Sign up for parent conferences will be online.
UNDERCLASSMAN PHOTO DAY
On Friday, September 11, all students will have their photo taken for the school yearbook which they will receive at the beginning of the next school year. Those who wish to purchase additional photos need to fill out an envelope distributed from the photographer. These envelopes will be given to the boys on Tuesday, September 8, to take home. If you want to order extra photos, please make your check payable to the photographer (HR Imaging Partners) and place the check in the envelope. Please have your son give the envelope directly to the photographer when he reports to have his picture taken. Only those families who order extra photos from HR Imaging Partners need to send money for photos.
In a few weeks, there will be an opportunity for re-takes of the photos for boys who are absent or who are dissatisfied with their photos. When you receive your photos, please save the envelope in which they came in case you want/need to return them.
DROP OFF AND PICK UP
Drop off in the morning is going smoothly, and I have enjoyed chatting with everyone this week as you arrive. Regarding pick up, please do remember that if you are picking up your riders in the circle drive, you are asked to join the car pool line and to stay in the right hand lane. The boys will come to you although they should not cross the grassy central area but rather stay on the sidewalk. When you have your riders, please move into the left hand lane and leave the circle. You may wish to consider picking up your riders at the high school circle drive. It is much less hectic, much less crowded, and much easier to negotiate. If everyone follows these directives, exiting the school will be much more tolerable.
If you prefer to park in the west Junior School parking lot, I ask, for the sake of the safety of our boys, that you not park on either side of the drive into the lot.
Related to the pick up topic, I do want to remind all of you that the Junior School closes at 4:45 pm each day. At that time, any boys who have yet to be picked up will be asked to go to the high school to wait for rides. Thank you for your promptness in picking up the boys after a long day!
RECYCLING LIVES IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL!
Junior School parents and families are reminded that we recycle used printer cartridges as well as batteries (cell phone, radio, watch, any small batteries). Send them in to the office via your sons and we will literally take them off your hands! No landfill for us!! Every penny of the small stipend we receive for printer cartridges is used for items for the boys. So, keep us in mind when you have recycling items from your home or business. Thank you for your help!
CAMP ONDESSONK – FORM I
Camp Ondessonk is approaching and I am confident that the boys will have a wonderful time. Please note that we will leave Priory at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 4 and return to Priory between 3:00 and 3:30 pm on Tuesday, October 6. In the next issue of this newsletter, going live on Friday, September 11, you will have documents to fill out and much additional information about the experience, but in the meantime, please put these dates and times in your calendar.
HERE WE ARE
(l-r): Donny Ross and Ben Fletcher
(l-r): Steven Virtel, Bernie Kilcullen, Charlie Martin, Sam Chalfant
(l-r): Patrick Zheng and Ammar Haider
(l-r): Zach Mella, Zach Mattie, Zoro Singh, Christian McKee, Paul Villa, Drew Ojascastro, Cooper Tull
|Monday, Sept. 7
||Labor Day - no classes
|Tuesday, Sept. 8
||Photo envelopes distributed
|Wednesday, Sept. 9
||Form I Parents' Program
in the Junior School
|Friday, Sept. 11
|Friday, Sept. 11
||the next News 'n' Notes
|Wednesday, Sept. 23
||Honor Code and
Code of Respect presentation
in the Abbey Church
Live each day as if your life had just begun. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 –1832) was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of meters and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and color; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him are still in existence.
Please accept my grateful thanks for all that you do for the boys and for the School. We are lucky, and we are blessed.
Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School