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News & Notes from the Junior School - 9.25.15

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Mrs. Hartnett writes,

Being a part of it all….

The gorgeous weather this week is really putting me in a positive mood for Camp Ondessonk. I checked the long-range forecast for southern Illinois, and it looks promising. I am so glad for that, because the weather plays an important role in how the boys enjoy this outdoor experience. The heartiest among them, however, won’t be derailed by the elements.

As for myself, I love camping. My husband and I moved to St. Louis many years ago from eastern Washington state, right on the Idaho panhandle, high in the foothills of the Rockies. Our ideal location provided us with endless opportunities to camp, and we did so with like-minded friends of similar enthusiasm, energy, and youth. Camping above the tree line was always a challenging experience but we did so often. There really is nothing quite like a blazing fire, hot coffee, good friends, and interesting conversation, all in a setting like Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, or the Athabasca Glacier, or the Icefields National Wildlife Area in western Canada.

The frequency with which we camped in and around Banff and Lake Louise is stunning to me now. I feel like I did not take advantage of the many chances to simply “be” in the area, to taste and smell and touch and see and hear the true wonders of God’s creation, to join in a literally physical union with the landscape in every way possible. For now, though, I have my memories of those earlier camping days, and I have the chance to relive part of it in spectacular southern Illinois with these Form I boys. I am truly, truly lucky.


This is a reminder that on Monday, September 28, the Priory faculty will have a professional day. As such, no classes are scheduled in the School.


Form I parents and boys: we are leaving for camp on Sunday, October 4, and we ask that you arrive at the Junior School no later than 7:45 am. Please do not park in the circle drive on that Sunday morning, as the buses cannot negotiate the curve to come around to the Junior School front entrance. Thank you!


All Priory families need to be aware of a chance that they have to make a difference in our community. Stephen Hattrich, class of 2016 and brother of Will, class of 2020, has organized a collection of new and/or gently used soccer shoes, shin guards, and goalie gloves to support New Dimensions Soccer, a club team that provides coaching and equipment to immigrant and refugee families here in St. Louis. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of many in our community, an opportunity to both see Christ and to be Christ. Thank you for your support!


Xanadu 2016

Xanadu Gift Gathering Coffee For Junior School Moms

Please join us for the upcoming Junior School Xanadu Gift Gathering Coffee hosted by Sharon Spellman. 

Friday, October 9, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
1115 Hampton Park Drive

Please bring a $25 Restaurant Gift Certificate or cash donation. (No fast food restaurants, please).

Please register online

Suggested Restaurants:

Al’s Steakhouse

Annie Gunn’s

Bar Les Freres

Bistro 1130

Blood & Sand

The Boathouse



Café Napoli

Café Provencale


Central Table


Citizen Kane’s

Cooper’s Hawk



City Coffeehouse & Creperie




Fox & Hound

Fork & Stix




Half & Half


I Fratellini

Il Bel Lago


Jimmy’s on the Park

John Mineo’s


The Libertine

Mia Sorella

Mike Shannon’s



Oceano Bistro

Pappy’s Smokehouse


Paul Minneo’s

Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co


Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Prime 1000

Ruth Chris Steakhouse


Schlafly Tap Room

Sidney Street Café

Stone Soup Cottage


Sunset 44 Bistro

Three Sixty


Trattoria Branica

Trattoria Marcella


Vin de Set

Winslow’s Home


Priory Trivia Night Weekend Update

If you haven’t signed up for Priory Trivia Night, time is ticking.

Stefon says it’s St. Louis’ hottest new experience (So you know it’s good.)

Saturday, Oct. 24
Saturday Night Live-themed.
$30/person (includes unlimited beer & wine)

Upgrade to a VIP table for $50!
A Yummy Dessert Tray (A.K.A. Brain Fuel) featuring treats from the kitchen of Brother Dunstan, an extra mulligan,
Plus, the evening’s Signature Cocktail for the whole table.


To buy tickets, a table & more, register online

Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.


Monday, Sept. 28                  Faculty In-service day; no classes for students
Friday, Oct. 2 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.     Parent-teacher conferences
Sunday, Oct. 4 7:45 a.m.

Form I gathers at the JS for an 8:00 am departure to Camp O

 Tuesday, Oct. 6 c. 3:30 p.m. Form I returns and may go home
Friday, Oct. 9   The next News 'n' Notes



The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God.

Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.  I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.   Anne Frank  (1929 – 1945)

Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank is one of the most renowned and most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Acknowledged for the quality of her writing, her diary has become one of the world's most widely read books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

Born in the city of Frankfurt in Weimar Germany, Anne lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. By nationality, she was officially considered a German until 1941, when she lost her nationality due to the anti-Semitic policies of Nazi Germany.  Posthumously, Anne gained international fame following the publication of her diary, which documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.

The Frank family moved from Germany to Amsterdam in 1933, the same year as the Nazis gained power in Germany. By the beginning of 1940 they were trapped in Amsterdam due to the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. As persecutions of the Jewish population increased in July 1942, the family went into hiding in the hidden rooms of her father Otto Frank's office building. After two years, the group was betrayed and transported to concentration camps. Anne Frank and her sister, Margot, were eventually transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where they both died of typhus in March of 1945.

Otto Frank, the only survivor of the family, returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that Anne’s diary had been saved, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947. It was translated from its original Dutch and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl. It has since been translated into more than sixty different languages and is in several lists of the top books of the twentieth century. The diary, which was given to Anne on her 13th birthday, chronicles her life from June 12, 1942, until August 1, 1945.


My grateful thanks to each of you for all that you do for the boys and for the School.

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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