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  "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"  
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
January 9th, 2019
From Mrs. Rowley       
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A very Happy New Year to all of you, and prayers for you all in 2019. It is so wonderful to welcome our students and staff back, and to see so many eager faces! I was fortunate to spend some of the break in Ireland with my family, as we celebrated the 60th birthday of my brother. What a blessing family is!
 
While we settle back into our routine, we anticipate Catholic Schools Week at the end of January. This is a week when we celebrate our mission as a Catholic School, and we will have several events that week. We will begin with an open house on Sunday, January 27 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Please spread the word about our wonderful school and invite family and friends to join us!
 
Remember us, O God;
from age to age be our comforter.
You have given us the wonder of time,
blessings in days and nights, seasons and years.
Bless your children at the turning of the year
and fill the months ahead with the bright hope
that is ours in the coming of Christ.
You are our God, living and reigning, forever and ever.
Amen.
(from the USCCB)
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School News 
Upcoming Volunteer Activities!!!
 
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Happy New Year and welcome back from what we hope was a wonderful holiday break. The annual St. Ambrose Gala season is quickly approaching and we are in need of volunteers to help with some upcoming Gala ticket sales activities. The Gala is our biggest annual fundraiser for the school. This a great way to easily collect and log volunteer hours.
 
Please see the volunteer opportunities outlined below and sign-up to help using the sign-up genius link below. Help us make this a great event and a fun evening for all.
 
Immediate need:
Friday, 1/11/19, 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Volunteers needed to help stuff church bulletins with Gala event flyers
 
1/19/19 and 1/20/19: Volunteers needed to help sell Gala tickets after Mass on both Saturday and Sunday services
 
Additional help needed in February:
Friday, 2/8/19, 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Volunteers needed to help stuff church bulletins with Gala event flyers
 
2/16/19 and 2/17/19: Volunteers needed to help sell Gala tickets after Mass on both Saturday and Sunday services
 
Sign-up to help here:  
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B49ABA62CA31-amardi
 
If you have any questions regarding these volunteer opportunities please feel free email Rachel Kramer at rachelo.kramer@gmail.com
 
Thank you in advance for your time and support.
Gala Ticket Sales 
 
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The French Quarter may have Bourbon Street but our Mardi Gras Party is going to be hard to beat. It is time to Jazz it Up! Plan to join us at the St. Ambrose School Gala for 'A Mardi Gras Knight' on Saturday March 2, 2019 from 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Come enjoy a fun night of dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions and help raise funds for our wonderful school. The money raised contributes to the teacher appreciate program, field trips, items for the classrooms and upgrades to the school. Tickets on sale now through March 2nd!
 
Purchase your Tickets now!!
$45 per person thru January 20th
$50 per person January 21st - February 17th
$60 per person February 18th - March 2nd
Table Sponsorship:
Bronze: $200 for 4 seats and 1 bottle of wine or 6-pack of beer
Silver: $500 for 8 seats and 2 bottles of wine or 12-pack of beer
Gold: $750 for 10 seats and 2 bottles of wine or 12-pack of beer plus 10 extra minutes to bid after close of silent auction
 
Tickets can be purchased by returning the flyer form to the office with cash or check (payable to St. Ambrose School) or Online with a credit card on: https://bit.ly/2SK8Hyp  
Tips on Decluttering Seminar
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Join us on Tuesday evening, January 15 at 7pm in t he P arish  Hall. Learn new techniques for decluttering your space and get tips from members of the WSA on decluttering your spiritual life from Mary Elizabeth Sperry's book: Making Room For God. Wine and cheese will be served . Open to all. Check out this flyer for more information.
St. Ambrose School Children's Choir
   
If you have a child in grade 4 - 8 that is interested in joining  the St. Ambrose School Childre n's Choir there are openings that will be considered on a first come first serve basis. Because membership in the choir involves a major time commitment throughout the year for rehearsals and Masses, I would like both you and your child to decide whether he/she should join. Singing in the choir is a wonderful opportunity for your child to share in performing beautiful music and developing the skills of working with others to produce excellence. This process requires a positive attitude and outstanding efforts from its members. Therefore, there will be a probation period of one month to determine if a student should remain in the choir based on vocal ability and/or discipline. For more information on joining the choir, check out this flyer
Kindergarten Happenings 
   
Kindergarten had a fun and busy time before winter break! They had a great Christmas party, which included decorating gingerbread houses with their 8th grade buddies and playing Christmas Bingo!
 
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Community Corner
Free Basketball Tickets to George Mason
 
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Reading is a skill that can be difficult to master, especially for kids. We recognize the hard work the youth in our community put forward and for that, the Patriots and Virginia529 want to take the opportunity to celebrate their reading accomplishments.
 
When a child, grade 6 or younger, reads 2 books and registers through GoMason.com/SuperReader they'll receive a FREE youth ticket to the February 10th basketball game against La Salle University . All Super Readers that attend the game will also receive a Mason lunch bag.
 
Limited to the first 500 to register.
Additional details apply.  
2019 MS-ISAC "Kids Safe Online" Poster Contest
 
silver-keyboard2.jpg Students in grades kindergarten through twelve are invited to participate in the Commonwealth of Virginia's Kids Safe Online Poster contest. The contest is sponsored by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) in conjunction with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). This is a national contest which encourages our youth to use the Internet safely and securely. Please forward this information to the individuals in your school district that would be interested in this contest.   Educating our children about the rules of Internet safety will encourage them to make better decisions when posting pictures, videos and personal information online.
 
The top five winning posters from Virginia for each grade group (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12) will be submitted to the national Multi-State Cyber Security Awareness poster contest. MS ISAC will select a total of 13 winners to have their artwork displayed in the 2020 National Stay Safe Online Calendar which will be distributed throughout the country and used in campaigns to raise awareness among children of all ages about internet and computer safety. The top four submissions will also be made into posters promoting cybersecurity practices. The winning Virginia posters will be featured on our website.
  
Attached are the official rules, entry form and information regarding the poster topics and technical specifications.  More information can found at the MS ISAC website.  The link is listed below:
 
The deadline for poster entry forms and posters is midnight Jan. 11, 2019. Late entries will not be accepted. Winners will be notified by email. If you have questions or need assistance, please email  CommonwealthSecurity@vita.virginia.gov  
 
Special congratulations to one of our Virginia winning posters for being selected to be displayed on the front cover of the 2019 MS ISAC Cybersecurity Calendar.  Click here to read the press release.   
 
Michael Watson
Chief Information Security Officer
Commonwealth Security and Risk Management
Virginia Information Technologies Agency
 
For more information, check out this flyer
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From the Editor

Happy New Year! Please make sure to read the Buzz every week. There's a lot of great things in it. Also, turn in your submissions! Submissions are due by Mondays by 5pm. 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 love 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 5 MB. Thanks so much! 
 
In This Issue
Ways to Give!

Ana-Maria Cordoba Scholarship Fund 

 

PTO Meeting Dates
Next Meeting:
TBD
Important Tidbits
Important Dates
(All events and important dates can be found on our website's Google Calendar!)
 
  Thur 1/10:
 - Coder Kids Make Up Class
 - Band Rehearsal
 - Basketball Practice (Grade 6 boys) 6-7:30pm
 
Fri  1/11:
 - Sign Language Club 3:15-4:30pm
 - Drama Club 3:15-4pm
- Basketball (Grade 6 boys) 6-7:30pm

Mon 1/14:
 - Strings Practice 3:15-4:15pm
 - Chess Club 3:15-4:30pm
 - Kolbe Kids 3:15-4pm
  - Basketball Practice (Grade 4&5  boys) 6-8pm
 
Wed 1/16:
- Early Dismissal 11:30am 
 - Basketball Practice (Grade 6 boys) 6-7:30pm 
Did you...
- Think of ways you can help out the school?
- Buy tickets to the Gala?
-Sign up for our various rewards programs?
-Tell a friend about the Amazon Associates Program?
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