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Mrs. Hartnett writes,
This past weekend, my husband Jeff, our son Andrew, his wife Abby, and I ran in a race at Creve Coeur Lake Park that was sponsored by Be The Match, an organization which works to pair up leukemia and lymphoma victims with those whose blood, stem cells, and bone marrow may save their lives. During the race, I was one of the many participants who wore an “I Found My Match” sign on my shirt, while many other runners wore an “I Am The Match” sign on theirs.
During the speeches and presentations which preceded the start of the race, many cancer victims spoke of that moment when they were told that a match had been found for them and thus they had a real chance to survive their blood cancer. Others spoke of that moment when they learned that their donation of bone marrow and stem cells had saved a life. From all corners of the audience, the word “hero” was used over and over again. And although I will never meet my donor (due to donor registry regulations), he is truly my hero, in the very real sense of the word. I had been given 18 months to live, but my unknown hero literally saved my life.
The concept of hero is an intriguing one, one that readily brings to mind dashing knights, conquering generals, sports superstars, and a whole range of amazingly courageous, talented, quick-thinking, and illustrious people whose noble qualities and achievements inspire great admiration. Ask young children who their heroes are, and you are likely to hear a wide assortment of responses. For those of us who are older, our heroes take on, perhaps, a much more human quality, a keener reality, a clearer connection to us mere mortals.
I write about heroes because being someone’s hero would be a wonderful thing, and each of us has many chances each day to be just that: a hero. But it does not have to be as dramatic as being a bone marrow donor. Imagine being the hero, the person, who brings a smile to someone’s face. Imagine being the hero whose friendship and warmth and caring elevate someone else’s self-confidence. Imagine being that person whose keen ear hears even the smallest sigh, who always sees the same good in someone else that God sees. Just imagine for a moment being that one person whose encouragement and gentleness and patience create a world of encouragement and gentleness and patience, when encouragement and gentleness and patience are EXACTLY what we all need. Just imagine.
In his poem A Psalm of Life, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow exhorts each one of us to be “a hero in the strife.” But instead of equating heroism with swashbucklers or Super Bowl quarterbacks, Longfellow explains that heroism is to leave our footprints on the sands of time for the forlorn and forgotten brothers that follow us, footprints that give them the courage and the heart to go on.
The heroes of our childhood may have been imaginary, but the opportunities for real heroism abound each day. When we give selflessly and generously and humbly to another person, when we face life with courage and hope and optimism and encourage others to do the same, when we give to our children the gifts of truth and love and compassion and forgiveness, when we treat each person as Christ, we are heroes. Yes, heroism is real.
In acts of heroism, you give your heart. And today, I give mine to you in gratitude for all that you do for these boys and this School.
Form I parents are asked to PLEASE return the Camp O liability and waiver form at your first convenience, if you have not already done so. We need to submit this paperwork well in advance of our departure on Sunday, September 28.
Speaking of which, we ask that boys arrive at the Junior School on Sunday, September 28, no later than 7:45 am for a timely departure at 8:00.
Two reminders: no cell phones or any electronics should be taken to camp; also, no snacks are allowed on the bus or at the camp.
Parent/Teacher conferences are approaching. All forms in the School will have conferences on Friday, October 3, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. Sign up will be on line and in the next issue of the Junior School newsletter, going live on Friday, September 26, I will give to you all of the information that you need about signing up for conferences. It’s super easy!
HONOR CODE PRESENTATION
For the past two weeks, discussion in advisory has centered upon the Priory Honor Code and Code of Respect. Following these discussions, the Form I boys have signed the Honor Code and Code of Respect, signifying their willingness to be Priory men of honor. On Wednesday morning, September 17, at 8:15 in the Abbey Church, the Honor Code and Code of Respect will be presented to Fr. Gregory by a representative from each of the four Form I homerooms. Although the ceremony will last only a few moments, parents are most welcome to join us as the Class of 2020 becomes an official part of the School.
THE JUNIOR SCHOOL MIXER
On Friday, September 26, the Junior School will hold the first of its three planned mixers for the year (a second occurs at the end of January and a third in early May). The mixer begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 9:30 pm. I can assure all Junior School parents that the mixers are well chaperoned by a group of Priory faculty and administration, as well as high school parents; additionally, we are assisted at the mixer by high school Student Council representatives who operate the soda stand. Tickets cost $10 in advance (these are sold before school and at X period here in the Junior School during the week immediately preceding the mixer). Exact change is appreciated.
I encourage all parents who may be aware of young ladies who are coming to our mixer to let them know that we do have a dress code for our visitors: for young ladies, modest attire would require no inappropriate clothing, no tank tops or spaghetti straps, no excessively short skirts or shorts, no ripped or marked-up clothing, and no exposed midriffs. The operative word here is modesty. The dress code is strictly enforced, and admission to the mixer is contingent upon proper attire.
Form I (and Form IV) mom Annu Terkonda has sent along the following link to help all Priory students identify their clothing. She writes that the labels are great for clothes and easy to apply.
Thank you, Mrs. Terkonda!
Upcoming Xanadu Gift Gathering Parties For Priory Moms
We hope that you join us for the three Xanadu Gift Gathering Parties this fall. These parties are essential to the success of Xanadu.
What is a Gift Gathering Party? In a nutshell, here is how a gift gathering party works – in exchange for attending a wonderful event, you are asked to bring something for Xanadu, either an item or cash donation (please make checks payable to: Saint Louis Priory School). Everything you donate directly benefits Xanadu and Priory.
Here are the dates and locations for the Gift Gathering Parties:
Thurs, October 2, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sports Section Gift Gathering Coffee
Hosted by Monica Boveri, Susy Holmes & Karen Tajkarimi
Location: Home of Monica Boveri, #6 Country Life Acres, 63131
Please bring an item or cash donation for the Sports Section (Tickets,
Sports Memorabilia, Autographed Items, Electronics, Sports Equipment).
Wed, October 8, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Chic Boutique Gift Gathering Party
Hosted by Jean Hively
Location: Café Provençale, 427 S. Kirkwood Road, 63122
Please bring new items or a cash donation for Chic Boutique (Fashion
Accessories, Home Goods, Jewelry, Garden Items).
Thurs, October 30, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Girls’ Night Out Gift Gathering Party
Hosted by: Jill Trout & Ashley Funk
Location: Home of Jill Trout, 1239 Devonworth Drive, 63017
Please bring a $25 Restaurant Gift Certificate or cash donation.
You don’t want to miss these magnificent parties filled with delicious food and fun. Please be sure to RSVP by emailing Development@priory.orgso that we have an accurate head count.
Priory Trick or Trivia Night
Saturday, October 25th
Priory Multi-Purpose Gym
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. -- Trivia begins at 7:30.
$30 per person (tables of eight)
Don your favorite Halloween costume and compete for fabulous prizes!
Beer, wine and soda provided, but make it a feast and bring
your own snacks and drinks for your table.
Highlight your family or business by being a Round Sponsor for $100!
Call the Development Office at (314) 434-3690 x 361 for more details.
Don't miss out on one of the most enjoyable nights of the school year!
|Friday, Sept. 26
||The next newsletter
|Sunday, Sept. 28
||8 a.m. departure
||Form I leaves for Camp Ondessonk
|Tuesday, Sept. 30
||Approx. 3:30 p.m.
||Form I returns from Camp O
|Fri., Oct. 3
||8:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Let us then be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing; learn to labor and to wait. the final stanza from the poem “A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1809–1882). Longfellow was an American poet whose works include “Paul Revere's Ride,” “A Psalm of Life,” “The Song of Hiawatha,” “Evangeline,” and “Christmas Bells.” He also wrote the first American translation of Dante Alighieri's “Divine Comedy” and was one of the five members of the group known as the Fireside Poets (other members included William Cullen Bryant, John Greenleaf Whittier, James Russell Lowell, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.) Longfellow was born and raised in the region of Portland, Maine, and attended nearby Bowdoin College. After several journeys overseas, Longfellow settled for the last forty-five years of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Longfellow was such an admired figure in the United States during his life that his 70th birthday in 1877 took on the air of a national holiday, with parades, speeches, and the reading of his poetry. He had become one of the first American celebrities.
Longfellow’s work was immensely popular during his time and is still today, although some modern critics consider him too sentimental. His poetry is based on familiar and easily understood themes with simple, clear, and flowing language. His poetry created an audience in America and contributed to creating American mythology. Longfellow's poem “Christmas Bells” is the basis for the Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School