Sports Alert 

9/23/17

Football vs. Westminster schedule adjustments: 8th Grade at 8 a.m., Varsity at 11 a.m., both at Priory.

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News & Notes from the Junior School - 12.16.16

(Click here for an easy-to-read, printable version)

Mrs. Hartnett writes,

‘Tis the season…

As I write to you in my last newsletter before the Christmas holiday, it occurs to me that in these next nine days, I have a lot to do. At this writing, I have bought not one Christmas present. Not a single outward sign of Christmas can be seen at my house: no mistletoe or ribbons or tree or wreath. Nothing. The big blue spruce in my back yard, a majestic but lonely sentinel, is waiting for its yearly garland of lights. The mantel over the living room fireplace still boasts only a couple of empty vases and a family photo or two. At this moment, no one would ever know from me that soon, it will be Christmas. Yes, I have a lot to do before then.

When I was much younger, my modest Depression-era parents spent little or no money on what they considered to be the superfluous trappings of Christmas. Other than the tree and one sputtering electric candle in the living room window of our tiny house in Lewisburg, Tennessee, decorations at home were rare. Wrapping paper was used, re-used, and then used again; ribbon was deemed an extravagance. Presents were always extraordinarily simple and few in number: for me, usually a small doll in one box and a home-made doll outfit in another; and for my brothers, always socks and underwear, items they needed but did not really want for Christmas. Presents for my parents from their children were generally handmade but greatly prized: one of my clearest memories is seeing my mother wear to Christmas Mass the earrings I had made for her from acorn caps. I could not have been more proud, and I know that she wore them just for me.

No, Christmas at my childhood home was not at all elaborate or complicated. But the memories that I cherish from those long-ago holidays will stay will me forever. Because what really mattered then, what really matters now for all of us, is the love and closeness of family and friends as we celebrate Christ’s birthday and His unfailing love for each one of us.

Merry Christmas to each of you, and may Christ’s blessings be rich in you and in the lives of all whom you love. And, in citing a dear friend, “may the dreams you need now come true, and the dreams you need later wait for you.”

MERRY CHRISTMAS

In the most recent issue of the JS newsletter, I ended with a quote from Victor Hugo about love and giving. And so, in a spirit of love and fellowship, I send this Christmas gift to you. Form II parents will surely recognize this “gift” from last year’s Christmas newsletter. Attached here is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s A Christmas Sermon on Peace, and I sincerely hope that you enjoy reading it.

Although Dr. King first delivered this sermon in 1967, his message of love and peace is still as important today as it was then.

CHRISTMAS BREAK

Christmas break begins at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, December 20. Any Junior School students not picked up by 3:15 pm will be sent to the High School building to wait for rides home. Have a safe and snowy holiday!

OUR CLOTHING DRIVE

Many grateful thanks to the number of you who have already contributed to our clothing drive. The drive ends at noon on Monday. Please know how much we all appreciate your kindness and generosity. Truly you are wonderful! With your clothing donations, you will make a great difference in the lives of many who are struggling. They will see Christ in you.

Please remember to encourage your sons to check lost and found (parents are also welcome to search) for items they own. Unfortunately, the vast majority of items has no names and needs to be claimed. Please, please, please put your sons’ names on his things. I am returning all items that have names. Anything (other than blazers and items that say Priory on them) not claimed by noon on Monday, December 19, will be added to the clothing drive.

PHOTOS FROM THE JUNIOR SCHOOL MOTHER-SON MASS AND LUNCHEON

Early last week, photos from the JSMSMaL were given to the boys to take home to their mothers. Apparently, many of the photos did not arrive into the hands of moms…if you had your picture taken but do not as yet have it (and they are quite lovely, I assure you!), please ask your sons to check their backpacks or lockers for the photos. Many thanks as well to Millicent Dohr for taking such charming pictures.

RECYCLING PRINTER CARTRIDGES IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL

This is just a reminder that we will happily take from you any printer cartridges that you might have from your home or business and recycle them at Priory. We do earn a small stipend for the cartridges, which is used for items for the boys. Thank you for your participation! And a heart-felt thank you to a special someone who leaves us cartridges by the front doors every couple of weeks or so. THANK YOU: thank you for caring for our planet and for helping us to help the boys.

WINTER TERM PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

The Winter Term Parent teacher conferences will be held on Friday, January 13. Because my next issue of the JS News ‘n Notes goes live on that very same day, I would like to include some advance sign-up information for you in this newsletter. The link for sign-ups goes live at 9:00 am on Monday, January 2, and the link will close on Thursday, January 12, also at 9:00 am.

FORM II XANADU STUDENT VOLUNTEERS

This year for the auction, I have been asked to arrange for 16 Form II boys to help at the auction with the dinner, from approximately 5:30 pm until approximately 8:45 pm. Just a word of grateful thanks to all parents who encourage your sons in Form II to sign up to help. Truly, we could not hold this important event without their enthusiastic and willing participation. A sign up sheet for the auction was posted earlier this week on the Junior School Form II board. It’s fun, it’s the place to be, and the work is vital to the success of the auction. This group of 16 boys will henceforth be known as the FAB16, because they are truly FABulous!

I hope that all of you go to the auction – it is fun! I love the auction, but I have to say that my credit card is still smoking from last year’s event….oh well – I am going to do it again this year! I hope to see you there!

XANADU – INGS

Xanadu

Xanadu 2017 “A Night on the Red Carpet” is just around the corner. Invitations will be mailed in the next few weeks! It’s time to start putting your tables together for Xanadu which benefits every Priory student! Please plan on joining us for this magnificent evening Saturday, February 4, 2017!

Donations, Volunteers & Family Tribute Ads

Donations

Form Gifts Due December 31, 2016

Please send in your Form Gifts by December 31, 2016 if you have not already done so. Recommended amount is $25 per student. Please make checks payable to “Saint Louis Priory School,” and send them to Saint Louis Priory School, Attn: Development Office, 500 South Mason Road, St. Louis, MO 63141. Please note the applicable Form(s) on the Memo line of your check. Form I is helping to underwrite auction printing costs and Form II is helping to underwrite the auction linens and skirting.

Xanadu Donations Deadline—Thursday, JANUARY 5, 2017

Please bring all donations to the Development Office, located upstairs in the Switzer House. Please fill out an acquisition form for each item with a complete description and value. By making your donation to A Night on the Red Carpet before the Christmas break, you can receive a tax deduction for the 2016 tax period.

Volunteers Needed

Form II Moms Needed for Table Skirting – Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Form II mothers are invited to help with skirting the Xanadu display tables on the afternoon, time to be determined, on Wednesday, February 1 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Form I Moms Needed for Table Setting – Friday, February 4, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Form I mothers are invited to help with setting the tables on Friday, February 4. The table setting begins at 11:00 a.m. We need approximately 20 Form I moms to help with this job.

Xanadu Set Up – Thursday & Friday, February 2- February 3, 2017
Volunteers are needed for set up on Thursday, February 4 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) and Friday, February 5 (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) in the Corley Gym. Lunch is provided both days. If you are new to Xanadu, set up days are always fun and a great way to meet other Priory moms. We are in special need of mothers to help set up decorations.

Xanadu Night – Saturday, February 4, 2017
Adult volunteers are also needed the night of the auction. Please consider volunteering to work part of the night of the auction. Volunteers are needed for silent auction sections.

If you would like to volunteer for any of these jobs, please email Mary Rhodes at mrhodes@priory.org. Thank you.

Family Tribute Catalog Ads

If you or your son’s grandparents would like to honor your Priory student by placing an ad in this year’s Xanadu auction catalog, please submit your ad by Monday, December 19, 2016. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to show your support for his hard work, and to let him know how proud you are of him. Please click here for the Family Tribute form.

Should you have any questions, please email mrhodes@priory.org

FATHERS' CLUB NEWS

fathers' club

Father/Son Service Day—Saturday, January 14, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
All Priory fathers and sons are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Fathers’ Club Service Day at Most Holy Trinity Parish and School, Saturday, January 14, 2017, 8:30 a.m. Please click here to register.

Father/Son Banquet—Saturday, January 21, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
The Fathers’ Club invites all Priory fathers and their sons to the Father & Son Banquet, Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the MAC Downtown. Our featured speaker is Mr. Andy Geisse ’75, Former CEO of AT&T Business Solutions. Invitations will be mailed soon.

LOOKING AHEAD

Monday, Dec. 19
noon
Clothing drive ends
Tuesday, Dec. 20 3:00 pm Christmas vacation begins
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017   Classes resume
Friday, Jan. 13
  The next newsletter
Friday, Jan. 13   Parent/teacher conferences

 

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. -Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965) was an Alsatian German-French theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician. He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of "Reverence for Life,” a philosophy which called for an affirmation of, and a respect for, life as the ethical foundation of civilization. This philosophy was expressed in many ways, but most famously in the founding and sustaining of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, West Central Africa (then French Equatorial Africa). Schweitzer considered his work as a medical missionary there to be his response to Jesus' call to become "fishers of men."

Thank you gratefully for all that you do for the boys and for the School, and Merry, Merry Christmas to all of you!

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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