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" Faith is to believe what you do not see. The reward of faith is to see what you believe."  
- St. Augustine
January 17th, 2018
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SAVE THE DATES: Catholic Schools Week is fast approaching! We will be hosting two open houses, on Sunday, January 28 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. The format will be slightly different than before: we will gather in the gymnasium for a meet and greet and Q & A at 11:00 am and this will be followed by the Principal's Presentation at 11:30 am. Tour guides will then be available for tours of the school. Teachers will be available to answer any questions you have. We will have a second open house at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 31. Catholic Schools Week is a wonderful occasion to celebrate Catholic education and highlight what we do. Each day will be an appreciation of some aspect of our school: teachers, students, families, priests.

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will also begin that week. Prior to that re-registration forms will be going home. Please return these to us as soon as possible so that we can begin our planning for the next school year. Tuition rates will be posted at that time. Please spread the work about our wonderful school where "You are known; you are loved."

Have a blessed week.
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School News 
Author Takes Students into Space
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Local author Lindsay C. Barry is coming to visit grades K - 3 and read her new picture book Journey to Constellation Station . It is a rhythmic story of an interstellar train ride that will whisk the reader into a special part of space - the magical Constellation Station.
 
She will present her book on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 10:00-11:00. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of her book, you can order it on Amazon or send in $10. She will have copies of the book with her. Checks should be made payable to Possibilities Publishing Company. She will be happy to sign any copies of the book that day. Here is website link for the book. 
Pauline Books and Media Book Fair
     
This Catholic S stack_of_books.jpg chool's Week 2018, we invite y ou to celebrate with us! Experience the award  winning publications that make Pauline Books & Media the leader in Catholic children's books!
 
Sunday, January 28, 2018, the Daughters of St. Paul will be in the school library with a collection of their books for sale. The book fair will be open from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM.
Come and buy some good books to curl up with on these cold winter days. There will be multiple copies of each book so you can take the books you buy with you! There will be books for all ages.
 
Take a tour of the school at the same time. See for yourself why Catholic school is so important.
 
HAPPY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK!
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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Father-Daughter Dance will be Saturday, February 10 from 6:30- 8 :30pm in the Parish Hall. The dance is for St. Ambrose students in Pre-K through 8th graders. For more information on the dance please see this flyer.  
 
We are in need of volunteers for this event, including (but not limited to) a DJ, decorators, and people to clean up. We are also in need of donations. For more information on ways you can help, please see this flyer. Sign up to volunteer at https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e0e4dadad2dabfb6-fatherdaughter.  
The Gala is Saturday, March 3rd!
   
The Gala is coming up on March 3rd! 
Remember you can start purchasing your tickets to the Gala! Click here to get your tickets while you can still get the early bird pricing. It's truly going to be a Lucky Knight for St. Ambrose!  
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Community Corner
March for Life
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Join us for the 45th Annual March for Life on Friday January 19th! We will meet at the church parking lot at 11:15 and the bus leaves at 11:30. Sign up by calling the church office at 703-280-4400. For more information call Donna Hores at 703-354-5280. We have bus slots available so please come join us! Please see this flyer for more information. 
KoC Basketball Free Throw Championship Competition 2018
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St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus Council 8403 will host the annual basketball free throw competition for children ages 9 - 14.  The competition is open to all who attend St. Ambrose Catholic School, Religious Education, or are home schooled and live in the Parish. 
 
This fun event will be Sunday, January 21st from 10:00am to 12:30 PM in the St. Ambrose school gym.  There will be certificates for all competitors and awards for age-group champions. Click here for more information and to register. Contact Tom Svercl, 703-209-9782, for additional details.
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!
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
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Shout Outs! 
The PTO would like to thank the always cheerful, willing to help, grace under pressure, generous is in her DNA Maryellen DeWolfe! We could not have accomplished all we did for the Three Kings Gift Shop without her! 
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From the Editor
 
Keep sending in your submissions! 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. It's very important that you get your submissions in on time, or I won't be able to get them in until the following week. Thanks so much!
 
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 1/18 :
  - Band Practice    
  - Boys Basketball ( Grades 3&4) 6pm-7:30pm  
  -  Girls Basketball ( Grades 6&7) 7:30pm-9pm  
 
Fri 1/19:
  - March for Life 11:30am
  - Drama Club 3:15-4pm
  - Boys Basketball (Grade 5) 6pm-7:30pm
 
Sat 1/20:  
  - KoC Free Throw Competition 10am 
 
Mon 1/22:  
  -   Girls Basketball (Grades 6&7) 6pm-7:30pm    
  - Strings Practice 3:15-4:15pm

Tue 1/23:
  - Choir Rehearsal 3:20-4:30pm
  - Boys Basketball (Grade 5) 6pm-7:30pm 
 
Wed 1/24:
  - Boys Basketball (Grades 3&4) 6pm-7:30pm
  - STEM (Grades 4-8th) 3:15-4:20pm  
Did you...
- Buy tickets to the Gala?
- 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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