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" Pray, hope, and don't worry ."  
-   St. Pio of Pietrelcino
October 3rd, 2018
From Mrs. Rowley       
Our school will be closed on Monday, October 8 in observance of Columbus Day. On Friday, our 6 th and 7 th graders will take a field trip to Hemlock Overlook, for some adventure and team-building.
Our Kindergarten class is enjoying the first field trip of the school year today, with a visit to Cox Farms. No doubt they will return with a plethora of pumpkins!
Next Saturday evening our PTO is sponsoring a wine-tasting event. Please plan on joining us as we become "sommeliers" for the evening! This is a great opportunity for fun and friendship. Details and forms available at

We are very excited for our parish picnic next Sunday. Our PTO will be running some of the games and we look forward to enjoying our parish community!

I will be leaving today to go on retreat with the other principals of the diocese. I ask you to pray for us, as we will keep all of you in prayer.
School News 
Fall Wine Tasting

The St. Ambrose Fall Wine Tasting is fast approaching!   Please join us Saturday, October 13th at 7:00 pm in the school gym.
This event is more than just about wine - check out the attached FAQ to learn about this fun-filled evening.  Send in your reservations now - tickets are $25 per person and $45 per couple.

To reserve your tickets, fill out the reservation form

We cannot put on this event without your help!   We need volunteers for set-up, clean-up, manning our tasting stations, check-in, and raffle ticket sales.  Please go to to sign up and help. 
If you can provide a dessert, please fill out this form and return it to the school office.  
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
Cross Country Registration 
We will begin cross country practice this week.  Practices will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4pm - 5pm.  Meets are as follows:
  • October 20, Cross Country Developmental Meet - Optional (we can determine if it makes sense to participate)
  • November 3, Cross Country Championship Meet - Fort Hunt Park, Alexandria
If your child is already registered for track, no need to register again, just have him/her show up for practice.
If your child is not yet registered for track and would like to run cross country, please sign them up at  Cost is $30.  Registration will close on Friday, October 12.
****Because we do a neighborhood run, we would like a couple of parents to assist with practices - all you need to do is stand a certain areas along the run and guide runners.  Please contact me if you can assist with this!
We are looking forward to a great season!
Sue Bogan
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 exceptions for 6th & 7th): 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 
St. Ambrose Feature Family
Hello, we're the Wieczorek family! We found out about St. Ambrose from friends of ours, the Leffas family, and immediately fell in love with the close-knit family atmosphere and the Catholic culture of the school. Chris is an engineer at T-Mobile, and I (Nina) joke that I'm the director of Wieczorek home operations. Our children are Kolbe- 1st
grade, Lucy- pre-K, Vincent (2 years old), and we're expecting another little one at the end of October. Our main family hobby is fixer-up projects around the house...just when we've finished one, two or three more seem to crop up! We're looking forward to meeting other families at St. Ambrose and getting involved...hopefully our new baby is a nice portable one! Some random talents and interests we have are electrical work (Chris), horseback riding and crafts (Nina) and an affinity for all rescue vehicles (Kolbe). (We all also really like Chick-fil-A.) Thank you for such a warm welcome to St. Ambrose!   
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Shout Outs
A really big shout out to our track runners who performed as track stars on Saturday!  It was a great day and they all did well!  A special thank you to Mani Tiwari for teaching our runners proper techniques.  A really big shout out to Zoe Bogan and Mayah Tiwari for being the absolute best assistant coaches ever - really guiding the runners during practices, and organizing everything at the track on Saturday.  Thank you to Tim Bogan for assisting all day at the meet and thank you to Esmaralda Prifold for taking photos!  Thank you Cyndy "Steel Fingers" Guy - you know why!  Thanks Zach Bogan for being a huge help on the field for the younger kids (and for raking the long jump area) all afternoon.  Thanks to the Eriksens for assisting with carpools.  And thank you to all of the parents for their support as we pulled together a really quick season. 
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!

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 10/4:
 - Band lesson 3:15-4pm

Fri 10/5:
  - Winter Uniforms Start
  - Drama 3:15pm
  - Cross Country 4-5pm

Sat 10/6:
 - Tennis (grades 4-8)

Mon 10/8:
 - NO SCHOOL- Columbus Day
Tues 10/9:
 -  Picture Day
 - Running Club Grades 4-8 (girls) 3:15-4:15pm
 - Choir Practice3:20pm

Wed 10/10:
 - Poetry Writing Group 3:15-4:15pm
Did you...
- Sign up for Wine Tasting
- Sign up to decorate your trunk?
- 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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