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"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing."  
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 10th, 2018
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Happy New Year to you all - and welcome back, finally!  We had a few unexpected extra days off, but now hopefully we are back to our routine.  This week we began round two of our annual Scantron testing, which will continue for the next couple of weeks.  Thank you to all who came to our presentation of the documentary "Screenagers" last night.  It is a very powerful documentary with an important message.  5th through 8th grades will watch the classroom version tomorrow afternoon.  I encourage you all to hold regular conversations about screen time with your children.  I want to thank you all for your understanding of our re-accreditation process.  It is going well and we are excited to be looking closely at the wonderful things that are happening at St. Ambrose, as well as identifying goals to help us continue to improve.  St. Medard is the patron saint of storms: let us ask him to protect us from further weather issues!  Have a great week.
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School News 
Wine & Chocolate Tasting Event
 
St. Ambrose Wine & Chocolate Tasting Event will be held on Saturday February 3 from 7pm - 9pm in the Parish Hall. Come try gourmet chocolates and delicious wines. Keep your eyes open for ticket details in next week's Buzz and Wednesday folders. 
St. Ambrose Father-Daughter Dance
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Save the Date for the Inaugural St. Ambrose Father-Daughter Dance. The dance will be Saturday, February 10 from 6:30- 8:30pm in the Parish Hall. For more information, please see this flyer
 
The Gala is Saturday, March 3rd!
   
Look for the first Special Gala Edition of the Buzz  on  Tuesday, January 16th. It will have all  sorts of great information  
about the Gala. Until then, check out your invitation to the Gala here. Tickets go on sale TODAY and you can get your order form here. It's truly going to be a Lucky Knight for St. Ambrose!  
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Community Corner
Support STEM in Our Community
 
We're re     cruiting Festival Ambassadors for the USA Science & Engineering Festival! For more information, please see this flyer!  
 
We are proud to be an X-STEM school! The original team has graduated and we're looking for a new team so we can update our designation! Many thanks to our alumni, JoAnna Walker and Katie Soler, who worked hard to earn this designation for our school! This is not a large time commitment. I anticipate one or two after school meetings before the big event in April.  
Dance Clinic & Half Time Performance!
 
Come   dance with the Woodson
  Varsity  Precisionettes at the Varsity Boys Basketball HALF TIME PERFORMANCE!! This is open for K-8th graders.   Participant s will receive quality dance instruction at the dance clinic and learn the routine prior to the performance. They will be divided by age to provide the most meaningful experience for all. Space is limited, so register early! For more information and to register, please see this flyer
KoC Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest 2018
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The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring the Annual Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest. They have had a successful contest the past few years with participants making it to the regional and state level of competition! The contest is open to all kids between the age of 8 and 14. Posters are due by February 4th. For more information on the contest and to register, please see this flyer
From the Health Clinic

Mrs. Maureen Earner
Teaching Your Child Self-Control

When children melt down in the middle of a crowded store, at a holiday dinner with extended family, or at home, it can be extremely frustrating. But parents can help children learn self-control and teach them how to respond without just acting on impulse.

Teaching self-control is one of the most important things that parents can do for their children because these skills are some of the most important for success later in life.
 
Helping Children Learn Self-Control
 
By learning self-control, children can make appropriate decisions and respond to stressful situations in ways that can yield positive outcomes.
For example, if you say that you are not serving ice cream until after dinner, your child may cry, plead, or even scream in the hopes that you will give in. But with self-control, your child can understand that a temper tantrum means you will take away the ice cream for good and that it's wiser to wait patiently.
 
Here are a few suggestions on how to help children learn to control their behavior:

Continue reading here
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Shout Outs! 
Many thanks to all who kindly supported the Three Kings Gift Shop!  We are so blessed to have such generous members of our community.  I am amazed by the amount of treasure we collect each year! 
 
Everyone always asks, "Where do you keep all of this stuff?"  A huge thank you goes out to Krista Long, who not only picked up donations from school as they were received (which becomes a daily task in the final weeks), but sorted and stored everything in her basement!  Setting up the shop was a breeze this year because Krista had all the donations meticulously organized.  Thanks again to Krista and her family for taking on this huge task!
 
Special thanks to Susan Coronado, Mike Eubank, Leslie Payne, Eileen Bushman, Kate O'Connor, Mary Helou, Eileen Bliss, Caroline Ahlers, Lorraine Sloma-Williams, Julie Schrei, Kathleen Leffas, Krista Long (assisted by Abby & Christine) for taking time out of their busy schedules to help at the shop!  Last but not least, thank you to our dynamic duo, PTO President Sarah Moran and Vice President Sharon Driscoll, who are always there, at every event, making wonderful things happen for our kids and our school!  Thank you both for all that you do!  
 
I hope that you all enjoyed the special gifts you received from your children!  The kids really enjoy doing their own shopping and picking out just the right wrapping paper.  Thank you to Mrs. Smith, for starting this great St. Ambrose tradition when she was a school parent!  Helping the kids to experience the joy of GIVING is priceless!
 
Sincerely,
Maryellen DeWolfe
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From the Editor
 
Welcome back from Christmas Break! I look forward to receiving your submissions again! I accept submissions from teachers, staff, and parents. If you know of something interesting going on in our community, or want to give a shout out to someone at the school, I'd love to add it to the Buzz. I especially enjoy pictures. Please contact Mrs. Rowley to make sure that we have permission to publish pictures of every student in the picture. Pictures need to be less than 5MB. Submissions are due by Mondays at 5pm
 
In This Issue
Ways to Give!

Ana-Maria Cordoba Scholarship Fund 

 

PTO Meeting Dates
Next Meeting:
January 17th at 7pm
Important Tidbits
Important Dates
(All events and important dates can be found on our website's Google Calendar!)
 
Thur 1/11 :
  - Band Practice    
  - Boys Basketball ( Grades 3&4) 6pm-7:30pm  
  -  Girls Basketball ( Grades 6&7) 7:30pm-9pm  
 
Fri 1/12:
  - Drama Club 3:15-4pm
  - Boys Basketball (Grade 5) 6pm-7:30pm
  - High School Application Deadline 
 
Mon 1/15:  
  - NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
 
Tue 1/16:
  - NO SCHOOL
 
Wed 1/17:
  - Boys Basketball (Grades 3&4) 6pm-7:30pm
  - STEM (Grades 4-8th) 3:15-4:20pm  
Did you...
- Check out volunteer opportunities at the school?
-Sign up for our various rewards programs?
-Tell a friend about the Amazon Associates Program?
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