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"We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His greatness, we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble."  
October 17th, 2018
From Mrs. Rowley       
It is hard to believe that we are more than halfway through October. We are so blessed to have great volunteers at our school. Much gratitude goes out to our social committee for the wonderful wine-tasting event last weekend. We had a great turn-out and the evening was full of great fun, food and fellowship (as well as great wine!). Michele Robbins, Eileen Bliss and Heater Terreri out-did themselves! And thank you to all who attended the event.
On October 26 we will enjoy our annual Trunk-or-Treat. This has become a great tradition and look forward to another great evening of fun.
The week of November 11 we will celebrate Discover Catholic Schools Week. That Friday, November 16, we will have an open house at 9:00 am to include some light refreshments, a Q and A and a tour of the school. Please help spread the word to friends and neighbors about our gem of a school!
School News 
Where in the World is Fr. Hinkle? 
Letter writing campaign

St. Ambrose school students from grades Pre K to 8 will be sending letters, drawings and words of encouragement to sailors aboard the USS Stennis this year as part of a service project recognizing men and women in uniform. Students are encouraged to write and decorate as many notes as they would like. These notes will be sent to Fr. Jim Hinkle, former parishioner of St. Ambrose and recently the parochial vicar at St. Theresa in Ashburn, who reentered the Navy in July as a Lieutenant in the Chaplain Corps; he currently is serving as the sole Catholic Chaplain embarked on the USS Stennis. The aircraft carrier strike group will begin its deployment from its current homeport of Bremerton, Washington.
The 8th grade Leadership and Service club explained the program to all the grades after Mass on Thursday, October 11 and will be collecting letters and drawings on Friday, November 2.
Please encourage your children to work on this at home as well as at school.
Father Hinkle 
USS Stennis 
Gala Fundraiser 
We're selling eco-friendly tote bags, travel bags, kitchenwar e & more through Mixed Bag Designs. By now you should have received the catalog and new gift assortment flyer. For more information on the fundraiser, check out this flyer. 
Trunk or Treat 
Join us on Friday, October 26th 6:30-8pm for St. Ambrose's 4th Annual Trunk or Treat! For more information about this fun filled event, check out this flyer. To sign up to decorate your trunk, go to
Book Fair
It's Coming!
The Scholastic Fall Book Fair is coming to the library in November.
The schedule for the week :
Thursday (11/1) - The students make a wish list.
(not open after school)
Friday (11/2) - Open for sales 8:15 - 5:00pm 
Sunday (11/4)- Family / Parish Event Open 9:00 - 1:30
Monday (11/5) - Open for sales 8:15 - 5:00pm 
Tuesday (11/6) - Open for sales 8:15 - 2:00 (pack up at 2:00)
This is an exciting time in the library for the students and the teachers. Be sure to come in and take a look at the books your student is interested in reading.
It's a great way to support the library program and get a head start on holiday shopping.
Coat Drive
Our ANNUAL COAT AND WINTER WEAR DRIVE will run from 1 November through 30 November.  Please start thinking about cleaning those coats and winter wear that your family will no longer be wearing.  We again ask you to donate only washed or dry-cleaned items which you would have your own family wear.  We love to get brand new items as well!  Contributions from St. Ambrose School have been wonderful in the past years, so let's make it another very successful drive to help those in need. 
Invitation for 8th graders (with some learning_enter_key.jpg exceptions fo r 6th & 7t h): Bishop Ireton is hosting an all day Hackathon (please register!) for November 3rd from 10 am - 10 pm. You're not required to stay the whole time, nor are you required to compete. You may simply attend the workshops if you're interested! Free food is supplied by the sponsors! For more information, click for the flyer.  Article from the first Hackathon. (This is not required for technology class. I may attend but will not be responsible for your child.)

- Kate O'Connor
Technology Teacher: PS-8 
Community Corner
Bilingual Play at Gala Theatre

 Join Curious D olores in her Journey to the Rainforest!
Between Earth and Sky - An Amazon Adventure
By Cecilia Cackley
Directed by Elena Velasco
October 13 - 27, 2018
World Premiere Commissioned by GALA 
Dolores lives on a small Texas ranch during the Great Depression and dreams of becoming an astronomer. When her aunt Ynés Mexia, the pioneer Mexican-American botanist, comes for a visit and talks about her trek through the lush Amazon region of South America in search of new plant specimens, she inspires Dolores to pursue her dreams against family expectations.
"Between Earth and Sky", states playwright Cackley, "was inspired primarily by Ynés Mexia, a Mexican-American woman who lived an extraordinary life and contributed greatly to scientific knowledge in this country. She does not appear in most science or history books and this play is my attempt to introduce her and her work to a wider audience. I want young audiences to know that there have always been women, especially Latina women, who have followed their dreams and accomplished great things, even if the wider world hasn't acknowledged them."
The play was workshopped and presented as a rehearsed reading in April 2018 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of New Visions/New Voices 2018.  
General Public: Saturdays, October 13, October 20, and October 27 at 3 pm. BUY TICKETS
Shout Outs
Our 7th & 8th graders enjoyed their first middle school dance of the year in our parish hall on Friday, September 28.  Students from Nativity, Holy Spirit and St Bernadette Schools joined us as Mr. An Cao provided the music for the night as our DJ.  Our 8th grade Leadership Team members worked as the set-up and clean-up crews, assisting Mrs. Rowley, Mr. Burkhardt, Mr. Walsh, Mrs. Greshock and Mrs. Kiernan.  Many 7th & 8th grade parents also donated snacks and chaperoned the event.   

Our clean-up crew earned high praise on a job well done from both Mr. James Thomas and Mr. Paul Moeller, our parish maintenance team.  Pictured here are several of our 8th grade students hard at work:  Janet, Mayah, Bethel, Luke, PJ and Delia.  

Thank you all for your service to our school!
Click on image to enlarge
From the Editor

Please make sure to read the Buzz every week. There's a lot of great things in it. Also, please, send 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!
Ways to Give!

Ana-Maria Cordoba Scholarship Fund 


PTO Meeting Dates
Next Meeting:
October 18th at 7pm
Important Tidbits
Important Dates
(All events and important dates can be found on our website's Google Calendar!)
Thur 10/18:
 - Band lesson 3:15-4pm
 - Coder Kids 3:30-4:30pm

Fri 10/19:
 - Early Release 2:15pm
 - Sign Language Club 3:15-4:30pm
  - Drama 3:15pm
  - Cross Country 4-5pm

Sat 10/20:
 - Tennis (grades 4-8)

Mon 10/21:
 - Kolbe Kids 3:15-4pm
 - Running Club 3:15-4pm
 - Soccer 3:30-4:30pm
 - Strings Practice 3:15-4:15
Tues 10/22:
 - Running Club Grades 4-8 (girls) 3:15-4pm
 - Choir Practice3:20pm

Wed 10/23:
 - Poetry Writing 3:15-4:15pm
Did you...
- Look for coats to donate?
- Sign up to decorate your trunk?
- Sign up to sell Mixed Bag Designs?
- Think of ways you can help out the school?
-Sign up for our various rewards programs?
-Tell a friend about the Amazon Associates Program?
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