Christian Brothers High School Principal Newsletter

Volume 1

Issue 2

September 2016

• Shadow Day for 8th grade students
     - 8 am, Heffernan Hall

• Blended Day schedule
     - (12 noon dismissal)
• Freshman Theatre "Selfie"
     - 5 pm, theater
• Varsity Football vs. Fairley
     - 7 pm, Tom Nix Stadium

• Labor Day (no classes)

• Lacrosse Parents meeting
    - 5:30 pm, Heffernan Hall

• Faculty meeting schedule
     - Classes begin at 9 am

• Alumni Mass & Breakfast
     - 8:15
am, Chapel/Heffernan
• Junior Parents meeting
    - 7 pm, Auditorium

• Brothers Development Center Opening and Guided Tours
      - 3 pm until 8 pm, BDC patio

• Financial Aid meeting for Senior Parents
     - 7 pm, Auditorium

• All-School Mass
    - 9 am, Heffernan Hall
• De LaSalle Scholars Freshman Dinner
     - 6:30 pm, Auditorium
• Sophomore Parents meeting
    - 7 pm, Auditorium

• Shadow Day for 8th grade students
     - 8 am, Heffernan Hall

• Varsity Football vs. LaSalle-Cincinnati
      - 12 noon, Tom Nix Stadium

• School Safety Night with D.A. Amy Weirich for Freshmen, Transfer Students and Parents
      - 7 pm, Heffernan Hall

• Varsity Football vs. Sheffield
      - 7 pm, Tom Nix Stadium

• Cross Country Frank Horton Invitational
       - 9 am, Shelby Farms

• Shadow Day for 8th grade students
     - 8 am, Heffernan Hall


Because of the ongoing construction, the increased number of students, and the growing number of students driving, there is a limited amount of parking on the CBHS campus. Thus, we ask for everyone's patience, attentiveness, and awareness when maneuvering around the parking lots.


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Greetings from Walnut Grove Road!

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students I want to thank you for your support as we are off to a very positive start at CBHS. We have welcomed an outstanding freshman class, who demonstrate great promise in academics and leadership. These young men are assimilating to life at CBHS very well. We have also welcomed some incredibly talented teachers who are new to CBHS.

We have much to be grateful for at CBHS, and this month we will open the Brothers Development Center, which is our 50,000 square foot space for locker rooms, weight rooms, wrestling gym, training room, and coaches’ offices. Mr. Mike Kelly, our athletic director, and members of our staff have put in many hours of planning and design to ensure that we have the best athletic facility possible to meet the needs of our student body. I invite you to our open house on Sunday, September 11, 3:00 – 8:00 pm, to tour the building. Due to the generosity of many graduates and families, our campus remains debt-free.

As we begin the month of September and focus on the virtue of Encouragement, it is appropriate to reflect on one of the toughest, most encouraging Christians to ever walk the earth, St. Paul.

St. Paul suffered tremendously because of his faith in Jesus. He was beaten and imprisoned after converting to Christianity. Yet, his writings reveal a very positive side of his character that is encouraging and hopeful. I am always captivated by his level of mental toughness. In Thessalonians he writes, “Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.” God speaks to us through St. Paul recognizing that we all need to be encouraged in order to live our faith.

Join us in encouraging your sons to become the best versions of themselves. They will certainly face some adversity and learn from those experiences, just as St. Paul did during the days of the early Church. We are grateful for your support and the sacrifices you make so that your son can become a Man for Tomorrow and a Brother for Life.

God Bless,

Chris Fay, Principal



MAS - Mandatory Academic Sessions:

Mandatory Academic Sessions begin Tuesday, September 6 and will continue throughout the rest of the 1st quarter. If your son is enrolled in MAS, please refer to the MAS page on the school’s web site (located under the ACADEMICS tab) for more information and a detailed schedule.


Wednesday, September 7 is already the mid-way point for the first quarter. Please review your son’s Haiku Grade Summary and encourage renewed diligence with homework, papers, and test preparation to ensure the strongest possible start to the academic year.


New Teacher Profiles


Please help us welcome Elizabeth Boone and Chris Daller to the CBHS family!


Elizabeth Boone grew up in Memphis where she attended Immaculate Conception High School, then University of Memphis, where she majored in French. The year after college, Elizabeth worked as a foreign language assistant in the suburbs of Paris at two middle schools. Upon her return to Memphis she started work at Lausanne Collegiate school, where she taught lower and middle school French for seven years. From there Elizabeth moved to St. George's Independent School in Collierville, where she initially taught middle school French, Introduction to French to 6th grade and French 1 to 7th and 8th grade. As the school grew she moved up to Upper School and taught levels 1-AP. Elizabeth also served as Department Chair. She worked at St. George’s for sixteen years. Elizabeth is married with one son, Nicolai Buchignani, who is in 6th grade at St. Louis School. His father and grandfather are graduates of CBHS. Her husband, Joe Boone, is a musician and former music editor of the Memphis Flyer. He is currently studying programming and engineering. Elizabeth loves to cook, read, and travel. She has two dogs, both rescue mutts.


Chris Daller was born and raised in Belding, Michigan, a small rural town 30 minutes north of Grand Rapids, the oldest of 3 boys. Growing up in Michigan Chris had a passion for the outdoors as well as sports. Whenever he wasn't competing in athletics he was in the woods hunting or finding something else to do in the great outdoors. Both Chris’ parents worked in the public school system which is where his passion for teaching began. Chris witnessed the love and passion that they had for their careers and wanted to feel that same satisfaction. Following high school Chris completed his undergraduate degree at Aquinas College with a major in Math and minor in English. Chris had no intentions of picking up and moving so far away from my family, but after visiting Christian Brothers last April he realized there are very few places in the country like it. Chris’ goal is to become the best teacher and coach he can possibly be -- “Although there is not a day that goes by where I don't think about my family and miss them, I look forward to the large family I have entered into with becoming an educator at Christian Brothers High School.”


Thank you.

Jamie Brummer, Dean of Academics



September is here but we're not feeling any relief from the Summer heat. Our Training staff is busy monitoring the dangerous heat index. A reading of 105 degrees does not allow any of our student-athletes to participate outdoors. This has forced some early morning practices for some sports and evening workouts for others. We are committed to developing our young men in a healthy and safe environment.

Our Football team began the season with a hard fought victory over the White Station. It was a great opening night, with a full stadium and a fun atmosphere! Last week, we traveled to play our Brothers from CBC- St. Louis. They have a talented team and were too much for us on this night. During September, we host 3 Varsity contests. Fairley Sept. 2, LaSalle (Cincinnati) on a rare Saturday contest Sept. 17, and Sheffield on Sept. 23. Reserved parking for the season is sold out. Please make plans to arrive early, park comfortably, and enjoy Heffernan Hall, the tailgate gatherings, and the CBHS Community. Kickoff is 7:00 on Fridays and noon for our Saturday game, Sept. 17.

Our Purple Wave golfers defended their FCA Championship at Windyke Country Club on Monday, August 22. Coach Nick Canale has a talented and deep team. Their State Tournament is September 26.

Our Cross Country hosted a 2 mile Jamboree at Tom Nix Stadium on Saturday, August 28. Over 500 athletes competed under the lights in a great event. We were able to host the running community, showcase our great facilities, and let our dedicated runners compete. In September, they will face a challenging schedule as they compete locally and travel to Louisville, KY and Owensboro, KY.

I encourage you to come out and watch our athletes compete. I believe you will be proud of their efforts and sportsmanship. Please check their schedules and cheer for our Brothers' Boys!

Speaking of schedules, you do not want to miss the Brothers Development Center Open House on Sunday, September 11. (Click here to sign up for a tour.) This new facility is a tremendous addition to our campus! Please watch for further information and make plans to join us so you can see this impressive facility.


Mike Kelly, Athletic Director


As the dust settles after the start of a new year, we are beginning to establish a routine: up at the crack of dawn, battle the traffic, make it to school with minutes to spare, class all day, practice after school, fight the traffic going home, grab a shower and a bite to eat, study and do homework, collapse in bed from complete exhaustion, repeat the process for the next 160 school days.

The first few weeks are critical in creating a good routine for the year. Make sure your son is getting plenty of rest and is staying on top of his school work. A few missing assignments or not studying for tests and quizzes in the first few weeks can lower his grades that can take the rest of the semester to bring back up. This is true for all students, but it is especially important for upper classman as they begin narrowing down their college choices and sending in their college applications.

Speaking of college choices…. Don’t forget that the College Fair will be held at the Agricenter on Monday, September 19 from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm. Almost 200 colleges will be there with representatives to answer any questions you might have.

September is a busy month for college recruiters. During the month of September, CBHS will welcome 25 different college representatives to our campus to meet with our students and answer any questions that they may have about admissions. Alabama, Auburn, UTK, Rhodes, Tulane, Vanderbilt, SMU, TCU, Miss St., and Notre Dame are just a few of the colleges that have scheduled visits. To see a complete list of all the colleges that have scheduled visits and dates, have your son login to his Naviance account and click “view all visits”. Please be aware that only seniors are allowed to register for these on campus meetings during the fall. Juniors will be allowed to attend college meetings during the spring semester.

Seniors who are considering highly selective colleges may need to take one or more SAT Subject tests. Make sure your son does the research to find out if he needs to take subject test(s) well before the admission deadlines for those schools.

Other dates to note:

Sept. 1           Registration Deadline for October 1st SAT

Sept. 8           Junior Parents Meeting, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Sept. 14         Financial Aid Meeting (for senior parents), 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Sept. 15         Sophomore Parents Meeting, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Sept. 16         Registration Deadline for October 22nd ACT

Sept. 20         Mandatory School Safety Meeting for Freshmen and Transfer students, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Heffernan Hall

As always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Jeff Blancett, Director of Counseling Services and The CBHS Counselors


Words from St. John Baptist de la Salle

“Remembering that God is with you will help and inspire you in all that you do.”


The Brothers’ Way

The Brothers Rule of 1718 on Regularity states, “those who live in community should, above all else, love God and next their neighbor because these are the principal commandments given to us by God.” As we begin our new school year at CBHS and form a Lasallian community focused on transforming hearts and minds, we strive to abide by that rule of loving God and our neighbor. The young boys who enter CBHS are challenged to grow into young men of faith and character. Throughout their experience as a Brothers’ Boy they will learn about the Brothers’ Way—a set of virtues that each Brothers’ Boy should embody in his life. Each month throughout the school year, teachers and students will focus on a different virtue in order to expand their understanding of themselves and the world around them.


In September, we will focus on the virtue encouragement. Brothers are called to encourage each other in all that they do. By offering a smile, a pat on the back, or friendly words, we can encourage others during difficult times and help promote community amongst our brothers. This month, encourage someone in your life every day.

Watch this short video for encouraging Bible verses:


Prayer of Encouragement from St. Francis de Sales

Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: "The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me, and I in Him." Amen.


Lasallian Days of Peace


From September 21 through October 21, the Lasallian Community will celebrate the 10th annual Lasallian Days of Peace. During this month, Young Lasallians from all over the world are invited to celebrate peace through concrete means, while focusing on a specific theme every year. This year’s theme is: Our Voices of Mercy Are Calling for Peace. Throughout the month, we will be focusing on this theme as a community at CBHS.


Lasallian Youth


Lasallian Youth will be serving at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen on Saturday, August 13 from 8:30-11 am. To sign up to join the group that morning, e-mail Mr. Perry at


September Mass Schedule

Thursday, September 15 we will celebrate an all-school Mass commemorating the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. We will be on a morning assembly schedule that day.


Thursday Morning Mass

We will continue offering Mass every Thursday morning at 7:20 am in the Brothers’ chapel. Each week the mass will be offered for the intentions of a different organization or team on campus, but all are welcome to attend.

Thursday, September 1, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the golf team.

Thursday, September 8, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the football team.

Thursday, September 22, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Flavian House.

Thursday, September 29, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Student Ambassadors.


September Feast Days

During the month of September, the following Lasallian feast days will be celebrated by the Catholic Church. If you click on the name, you can find out more information about these beatified brothers.

            Friday, September 2: Blessed Martyrs of the Rochefort

            Friday, September 2: Blessed Brother Solomon Leclercq

            Tuesday, September 27: Blessed Brother Scubilion Rousseau


St. John Baptist de LaSalle, Pray for us. Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.


Lindsey Neuman, Lasallan Animator