Message from the Assistant Headmaster — Homecoming Celebration
This week, we have been actively gearing up for Homecoming. The many events scheduled for students, their families, alumni and faculty provide a wonderful opportunity to gather together in support of our numerous sports teams. Priory’s tradition of curricular athletics as part of our required program of study means that, for the last 60 years, all of our students have been involved in competitive individual or team sports. Last Saturday, we hosted more than 300 runners at our annual Priory Invitational Cross Country meet. A special thank you to the students, parents and faculty who volunteered to help coordinate and execute the logistics of hosting such a large event. As usual, it was wonderful to observe what some have described as 'the sea of red,' referring to the large number of runners sporting their Priory red singlets and participating in the Junior School, Junior Varsity (with Priory finishing in second place), and Varsity (with Priory earning third place honors) competitions. Priory soccer continues to have a successful season. Our Varsity team has compiled a record of 11-6 thus far, which includes a second place finish in the Metro League Tournament and a second place finish in the St. Dominic Tournament. On Saturday, the soccer program kicks off the Homecoming Day festivities as both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams host Cape-Notre Dame. Our football players and coaches continue to persevere and have demonstrated a disciplined work ethic throughout the season. We look forward to filling Todd Stadium for Saturday’s Homecoming football game against Cardinal Ritter at 1:00 p.m.
Our student celebration concludes with the evening’s Homecoming dance from 7:30-10:00 p.m. We remind all students (and parents) that the dress for this event is semi-formal attire, with coat-and-tie for the gentlemen and appropriate, modest dress for ladies. We want the dance to be a fun event where everyone enjoys themselves and trust that Priory students and their guests will responsibly adhere to the school’s expectations for the evening.
Lastly, the school community decided to honor Priory faculty member and alumnus, Mr. Justin Orlando, by kicking off this year’s Spirit Week with Orange for Orlando day, raising nearly $2,000 to benefit patient care and ongoing research for individuals diagnosed with Leukemia. Philanthropy continues into the weekend through our football program's partnership with St. Louis Thrive. During all of Saturday’s athletics competitions, we encourage all guests to help to "stuff the bus" for expectant mothers in the greater St. Louis area. I am hopeful that we will do what we can to contribute to the important work of this particular organization. The outpouring of support for Mr. Orlando and the present efforts made on behalf of those served by St. Louis Thrive are just two more examples of how we are making use of this special week to come together and live out our calling to develop a love and Christ and neighbor.
Please be sure to read the Homecoming announcement on the website, which includes the entire list of the weekend’s events and activities. We hope to see many of our alumni and their families back on campus as well!
Dr. Jared M. Rashford