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October 11th, 2017
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REMINDER: On Friday October 13 we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the miracle at Fatima and the sixth apparition of Our Blessed Mother. Our school choir will be celebrating in a special way; they will be joining up with the choir of St. Andrew School to sing at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Worldwide Children's Eucharistic Holy Hour. This will be televised live on EWTN from 10:00 am-11:30 am, so please plan to tune in. We are so proud of our choir and their service to our school and parish.

On Thursday, October 12 our middle school will lead us in a Living Rosary in the gym following our weekly school Mass.

Oktoberfest is fast approaching. Mark the date for October 21 and please plan to join us for fantastic fun, friendship and food! (See the amazing video/special report below for more information!)

We are still seeking volunteers for service, hospitality and gala help. If you can give one hour, or multiple hours we would appreciate any help. By volunteering you are showing your child that their school is important.

Please know that I prayed for our school community during the annual principals' retreat in West Virginia this past week.

Have a blessed week.
Volunteer News Special Feature! 
Videos by St. Ambrose Students! Need something to smile about?  See the latest and greatest volunteer news reported to you by a different student each week. Check it out -- maybe your son or daughter is our special reporter this week! 
  For more information on Oktoberfest, look in the School News Section. 
From the Editor
Please send 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. Thank you!
School News 
The first STEM Club event for interested students for Grades K-3 will be on Monday, October 16, from 3:15pm - 4:30pm. Grades K-3 will have meetings the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. Grades 4-8th will be meeting each Wednesday. The registration form can be picked up at the STEM meetings for the first couple of weeks. Contact Mr. Michael Thieman at if you have any questions.
Oktoberfest will be in the Parish Hall on Saturday, October 21st from 6-9 pm. Enter a German inspired side dish or dessert to share and for a friendly food tasting competition, test your trivia skills with table trivia, and enjoy your beer in a souvenir Pilsner Glass. Tickets are $25 per person, $40 per couple, or $150 for a table of 8. Here is a flyer about purchasing pickets. You can also purchase tickets through the school office. If you can sign up to help with this event, please do so here
Trunk or Treat 
The 3rd Annual St. Ambrose School Trunk or Treat will be Friday October 27th from 6:30-7:30 pm in the school parking lot. Click on link:  to reserve your spot on the Trunk or Treat trail. We could also use a few parking lot volunteers to help get everyone organized and help replenish candy. Please use the Sign Up Genius to help out.
Don't want to have to worry about dinner? Keep an eye out next week to pre-order your cheese or pepperoni pizzas plus 4 drinks from Vocelli Pizza.
Not up for decorating your trunk? We welcome donated bags of individually wrapped candy to make sure everyone will get some treats. We also welcome donations of small gift cards to be given as prizes for the costume contest and best trunk decorations. Please contact Jennifer Charest ( ) / 240-778-8977 with any questions.
The Fun Run
November 3, 2017
Do you like getting exercise?!   
Do you love helping out your school?!!
Do you adore winning prizes for food and movie gift cards?!!!
Pizza Party?!!!!
How about an iPad Mini ?!!!!!
Then check out the pledge form here and the fact sheet here for the upcoming Fun Run!
Gala Fundraiser with Original Works!
We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with Original Works for a Gala fundraiser!
Through the Original Works program, students will create an original artwork that you then can have reproduced onto a variety of high quality products. The products range from magnets, mugs, t-shirts and nearly two dozen other products.
Each child is eligible to participate in this wonderful program. Once the artwork is created, parents and children will have the opportunity to select which product or products they would like to feature their artwork. The program is designed to encourage creativity and student self-esteem. The resulting products make unique gifts that are practical for any season or occasion...even Christmas gifts!  
Complete details on the program will be sent home this week and next in the Wednesday folders. Proceeds from the program will be used to help fund the Gala - our largest fundraiser of the year. For more information on Original Works please visit their website at  
Thank you for supporting this unique and creative program!
In Need of a Service Chair Person
St. Ambrose School is still in need of a Service Chair  to coordinate monthly service projects across the school year. If you are able to serve our school in this way, please contact Sharon Driscoll at
"Good works are links that form a chain of love" - Mother Teresa
Fourth Annual Coat Drive

The winter weather wear collection is underway and will end Tuesday, October 31st. We are doing this a month earlier this year.  We accept coats, gloves, hats, scarves, snowsuits and winter wear for all age groups.   We ask that you please donate only clean and in good condition items.  We want to donate what we ourselves would be happy to receive. We have had such wonderful donations in the past, but we want to emphasize the items need to be washed or dry cleaned (Zips is cheap!) before giving to our less fortunate neighbors.  Of course we also love to receive new items! There will be boxes in the entry and hallway of the school, and some of our students will be helping collect the items from each classroom.  Last year we took our fantastic donations to St. James the Greater Catholic Church in West Virginia - they were simply overwhelmed with your generosity.  This year we may team up, as we did 2 years ago, with St. Theresa Catholic Church in Ashburn as part of their very well organized Divine Mercy Outreach Program.  Thank you in advance and may this be a wonderful year for St. Ambrose School.
Community Corner
Super Science Saturday for Middle School Science Enthusiasts 
There is limited availability for the upcoming middle school science experience.  Scheduled for Saturday, Oct 21 from 8:30AM -12:00PM, this day promises to be a great high school experience for your avid science student.  To register click
While the students are working high school biology, chemistry and physics labs (under the direction of our amazing faculty and National Science Honors students), parents are able to take a tour or join in coffee and Q&A with Mrs. Gildersleeve, Director of Enrollment Management.
Registration closes on Wednesday, October 18th at 3:00pm. Cost is $20 per student
Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest 
It is time again for the annual Knights of Columbus Essay Contest for 8th-12th graders! The deadline is Sunday, October 29. For more information on the contest, click here. Click here for the guide to the contest. For the entry form, click here
From the Health Clinic
Mrs. Maureen Earner


Nosebleeds are common in children 3 to 10 years old and most are caused by nose-picking or dry air. They can be scary but are rarely a cause for alarm. Most will stop without much intervention and can be easily managed at home.
What to Do:
  • Stay calm and reassure your child.
  • Have your child sit upright in a chair or on your lap then tilt his or her head slightly forward.
  • Do NOT have your child lean back. This may cause blood to flow down the back of the throat which tastes bad and may cause gagging, coughing, or vomiting.
  • Gently pinch the soft part of the nose (just below the bony ridge) with a tissue or clean washcloth.
  • Keep pressure on the nose for about 10 minutes; if you stop too soon the bleeding may start again.
  • Have your child relax a while after a nosebleed. Discourage nose-blowing, picking or rubbing and any rough play.
Continue reading here
In This Issue
Ways to Give!

Ana-Maria Cordoba Scholarship Fund 


PTO Meeting Dates
Next Meeting:
October 11th at 7pm
Important Tidbits
Important Dates
(All events and important dates can be found on our website's Google Calendar!)
Thur 10/12 :  
  - Band Practice 
Fri 10/13:
  - Choir sings at Basilica 10am 
  -Track Practice 3:15pm
  - Drama Club 3:15pm
  - Tennis Practice at Audrey Moore 5pm
Mon 10/16:
  - STEM Club K-3rd 3:15pm 
  - Strings Practice 3:15pm
  - Soccer 3:30pm 
Tue 10/17 :
  - Track Practice 3:15pm
  - Choir Rehearsal 3:20pm

Wed 10/18: 
  - Early Dismissal 11:30am
Did you...
- Check out volunteer opportunities at the school?
- Get tickets for Oktoberfest?
- Find winter clothes to donate? 
-Tell a friend about the Amazon Associates Program?
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