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October 25th, 2017
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Thank you to all who made our Oktoberfest such a wonderful success. Food, fun, and friendship were abound! We are grateful to our PTO and especially to Mrs. Kati Krueger for organizing this.

Our annual coat drive is drawing to a close! We are collecting gently used or new winter outer-wear for the needy in our community. Collection boxes are in the school lobby. Thank you for your support.

Reminder: Thursday is an early release day for the end of the quarter and Friday there is no school so that our teachers can attend a professional development workshop at Bishop O'Connell High School. These opportunities are wonderful as they enable us to share ideas, learn new educational techniques and collaborate with same-grade teachers.

Join us on Friday evening for fun at our third annual "Trunk or Treat" in the school parking. You might get a glimpse of the Queen Bee! See below for more information.

On Sunday our 8th graders will join with parish students for a Confirmation Retreat in preparation for that Sacrament in late November. Please pray for them.

Our November book fair will be held from 2nd-7th, with a family event on Sunday, November 5 from 9:00 am-1:30 pm in the school library. Please join us!

Have a blessed week.
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School News 
Trunk or TreatTrunk
Reminder the 3rd Annual St. Ambrose School Trunk or Treat will be this Friday October 27th from 6:30-7:30 pm in the school parking lot. We still have plenty of room for more trunks. Please click on link:  to reserve your spot on the Trunk or Treat trail.
We are also still welcoming 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 ($10 to McDonalds, $20 to your favorite restaurant, movie pass, etc.). Have all donations to the school office by the end of school on Thursday, remember it's early dismissal.
Schedule of events:
6:00 - All participating cars need to arrive so we can get everything set up and the parking lot closed.
If you ordered pizza it will be available and waiting.
6:30 - Trunk or Treating will begin
7:15 - Costume Contest will begin on the stage in the gym.
7:30 - Prizes awarded for costume contest and best decorated trunk.
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!
To help out with the Fun Run please sign up here.  
Steps for Donating Online:  
1. Go to 2. In one of the blank fields, enter "PUMPKIN RUN-Student's Name" under description and the $ amount under Price. If you are sponsoring more than one student, use additional blank fields.  
3. Click "continue" and follow the instructions.  
4. We will be notified of your pledge and will credit the student(s)!  
magic_stars_book.jpg The Scholastic Fall Book Fair is on it's way. 
The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, Nov. 1 - Set up in the library
Thursday, Nov. 2 - Students visit the fair and make wish lists. The fair is open after school until 4:00.  
Friday, Nov. 3 - Fair is open for sales 8:15 - 4:00
Sunday, Nov. 5 - Fair is open for sales 9:00 - 1:30
Monday, Nov. 5 - Fair is open for sales 8:15 - 4:00.
Tuesday, Nov. 7 - Fair is open at 8:15. It will close at 1:00 to be packed up.
This information can be found on the St. Ambrose School website. 
This is a great way to start your holiday shopping. 
Hope to see you there -
Happy reading!
Three Kings Gift Shop Donations
Please consider helping us continue a great St. Ambrose School tradition -The Three Kings Gift Shop!  The Three Kings Shop tradition is a Christmas shopping opportunity for our students.  We stock the store with re-gifted items donated by our community that we sell for $1 or $2.  All proceeds go directly to the school.  The kids love it because they get to do their own shopping for their families with the help of our volunteer elves.  
We are gladly accepting donations to stock our store!   Please take a look through your closets, drawers, attics, and garages and see if you have items in VERY GOOD condition to donate to our shop.  We could use gifts for moms, dads, children, teenagers, and grandparents.  Things like jewelry, toys, games, stuffed animals, ties, gadgets, mugs, books, religious items, knick-knacks, and any item you might want to receive or give as a gift.  No large gifts as the children must be able to carry the items home. We also need gift wrapping supplies, gift boxes, jewelry boxes, tape, and sturdy shopping bags.  All donated items can be dropped off at the school office before December 8th.  We appreciate your support!  For questions please contact Maryellen DeWolfe at .
Mime Assembly
On Wednesday, October 18, the PTO treated K-8 Students to a Mime Assembly! Students were delighted with this Mime Time assembly where they learned a brief history of mime, as well as several mime techniques including boxes, walls, ropes, ladders and walking against the wind.  Students from K up through 8 were all equally excited to activate their imaginations in this unique and active assembly.   
Click on pictures to enlarge. 
Fourth Annual Coat Drive

COAT DRIVE IN FULL SWING! Many, many thanks to those who have already donated winter wear items to our warm clothes collection for those who can use our help this season.  Some of you have so generously donated  new coats and scarves which are so appreciated.  The COAT DRIVE ends October 31st for our collection to take to the Divine Mercy Program in Ashburn, but if we receive donations a week past that date, we will find a good home for them.  Keep those cleaned and slightly used items, or new items, coming!  You are doing so much to help our less fortunate neighbors and providing great examples of Christian charity to your children.
Community Corner
Spaghetti Dinner  
On October 28 the Knights of Columbus will be hav ing a  spaghetti dinner fund raiser. For more information, please check out this flyer.  
JCYO Basketball 2017-2018 Season-
Open Enrollment  
basketball_dark.jpg Open enrollment is for girls and boys in the parish from 3rd to 8th grades.  The player registration fee is $100.  The cost covers referees and supplies.
The Basketball season starts in December and runs until February.  To sign up a player or to volunteer, register online at
Returning users can sign in or new users can create a new account.  Once registered, forms are located online.  All forms are confidential.  Payment can be made by check/cash and can be returned to the school office.
Here is a flyer with more information. If you have any questions, please contact
Shout Outs!
A huge shout out to everyone who made Oktoberfest a big success! Thank you to Kati Krueger, the PTO, and everyone who donated food for the event. It was a wonderful time. 
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!
In This Issue
Ways to Give!

Ana-Maria Cordoba Scholarship Fund 


PTO Meeting Dates
Next Meeting:
November 15th at 7pm
Important Tidbits
Important Dates
(All events and important dates can be found on our website's Google Calendar!)
Thur 10/26 :  
  - 11:30am Dismissal  
Fri 10/27:  

Sat 10/28:
  - Spaghetti Dinner 5:30pm 
Mon 10/30:  
  - Strings Practice 3:15pm
  - Soccer 3:30pm 
Tue 10/31 :
  - Track Practice 3:15pm
  - Choir Rehearsal 3:20pm  
Wed 11/1:
  - All Saint's Day Mass 9am
  - STEM Club Grades 4-8th 3:15pm
  - Report Cards Go Home 
Did you...
- Check out volunteer opportunities at the school?
- Get Fun Run donations?
- Find winter clothes to donate? 
-Tell a friend about the Amazon Associates Program?
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