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"Remember the sufferings of Christ, the storms that were weathered... the crown that came from those sufferings which gave new radiance to the faith... All saints give testimony to the truth that without real effort, no one ever wins the crown."  
October 31st, 2018
From Mrs. Rowley       
Thank you to our wonderful PTO Social Committee, Heather Terreri, Eileen Bliss and Michele Robbins for another wonderful Trunk or Treat on Sunday. The postponement from Friday did not deter our treaters and a great evening was had by all. The cars and costumes were terrific!
Our 8 th graders are enjoying a field trip today to the Franciscan Monastery and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. Because they are missing our dress down day today, they will have their own dress down day on November 6. This way they can still contribute to our collection for victims of Hurricane Michael.
The Scholastic Fall Book Fair is here! Please join us on Sunday for a family/parish event in the school library. It will run from 9:00am - 1:30pm. You are cordially invited to stop in and see what we have to offer. It's a great way to support the library program and get a head start on holiday shopping.
How blessed we will be on Thursday, November 1 st , when we will be joined by a procession of 2 nd grade saints at Mass! Please join us and witness their holiness emanating!
The week of November 11 we will celebrate Discover Catholic Schools Week. That Friday, November 16, we will have an open house from 9:00-10:00am 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 
Trunk or Treat 
Our 4th annual Trunk or Treat was a howling good time!  Led by the Queen Bee, Mrs. Rowley, we were joined by more than 20 cars and dozens of costumed characters. Even some of the teachers got into the action! It was very difficult for our judges to decide but prizes for best costumes were awarded to Peter Pan and Tinkerbell (Jay McGrane pk3 and his little sister); Dogman (James Greshock 2nd grade); and Warrior Queen (Melissa Baldree 5th grade). The prize for best trunk went to the Sampiero Family (Vivienne pk3) for Alice in Wonderland. Thanks to all the families for participating!  
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St. Ambrose School 2nd annual
Treats for Troops
OCT. 26th - NOV. 5th 
St. Ambrose families and friends are welcome to donate candy! If you have any leftover Halloween candy, it can be donated to the "Soldier's Angels". Each classroom will have a collection box for donations. You can also find the box in the parking lot during our Trunk or Treat!
This is for the  troops who may not be able to receive candy or go trick or treating with their families.
Don't Bring!
  • Powdered candies (pixie stix, fun dip, etc.)
  • Unwrapped candy
Thank you in advance to all who will be donating!
Gala Fundraiser 
Dear Parents,
Please have your child turn in the Mixed Bag Designs envelope with competed order form and payment(s) to the school office by Friday, 11/2/18.
It's not too late to encourage friends and family to make a purchase! Every order counts toward our goal. The greater number of items ordered, the greater the profit percentage for our school.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions at
Thank you for your support!
Sharon Driscoll
2019 Gala Chair
Book Fair
The Scholastic Fall Book Fair is here!
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 
Discovery Toys coming to St. Ambrose School
8 - 9:30 AM
 NOON - 12:45
AND 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Shop the BEST in award-winning educational toys, books and games for the children in your life.  Discovery Toys offers a wonderful line of developmental toys, books and games for ALL ages!  Preview the catalog in advance or place an order at  by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 with Cindy Connors at 703-868-8697 or e-mail  
THE  "TOY RAISER" will earn FREE award-winning educational Discovery Toys for St. Ambrose School!
Kindergarten News 
Kindergarten collected 92 food items for the needy!   
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From the Health Clinic
Mrs. Maureen Earner
Helping Children Handle Worry
Children do not have to pay bills, cook dinners, or manage carpools. But - just like adults - they have their share of daily demands and things that do not go smoothly. If frustrations and disappointments pile up, children can get stressed or worried.
It is natural for all children to worry at times, and because of personality and temperament differences, some may worry more than others. Luckily, parents can help children learn to manage stress and tackle everyday problems with ease. Children who can do that develop a sense of confidence and optimism that will help them master life's challenges, big and small.
What Do Children Worry About?
What children worry about is often related to the age and stage they are in.
Children and preteens typically worry about things like grades, tests, their changing bodies, fitting in with friends, that goal they missed at the soccer game, or whether they will make the team. They may feel stressed over social troubles like cliques, peer pressure, or whether they will be bullied, teased, or left out.
Because they are beginning to feel more a part of the larger world around them, preteens also may worry about world events or issues they hear about on the news or at school. Things like terrorism, war, pollution, global warming, endangered animals, and natural disasters can become a source of worry.
Continue reading article here.
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:
November 15th at 7pm
Important Tidbits
Important Dates
(All events and important dates can be found on our website's Google Calendar!)
Thur 11/1:
 - All Saint's Day Mass 9am
 - Band lesson 3:15-4pm
 - Coder Kids 3:30-4:30pm
 - Basketball Practice
(Grades 4 & 5 boys) 6-8pm
Fri 11/2:
 - Drama Club 3:15-4pm
 - Sign Language Club 3:15 - 4:30 PM
 - Cross Country Practice 4-5pm
 - Basketball Practice (Grade 6 boys) 6-7:30pm

Sat 11/3:
 - Tennis (grades 4-8)

Mon 11/5:
 - Confirmation Interviews Grade 8 3-4:30 pm 
 - Chess Club 3:15-4:30pm 
 - Kolbe Kids 3:15-4pm
 - Running Club 3:15-4pm
 - Soccer 3:30-4:30pm  
 - Strings Practice 3:15-4:15             
 - Basketball Practice (Grades 4 & 5 boys) 6-8pm
Tues 11/6:
 - Confirmation Interviews Grade 8 3-4:30 pm
 - Running Club (Grades 4-8 girls) 3:15-4pm
 - Choir Practice3:20pm

Wed 11/7:
Confirmation Interviews Grade 8 3-4:30 pm 
 - Poetry Writing Club 3:15-4:15pm
 - Basketball Practice (Grade 6 boys) 6-7:30pm
Did you...
- Look for coats to donate?
- 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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