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" O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
    for His steadfast love endures forever."  
-   1 Chronicles 16:34 
November 14th, 2018
From Mrs. Rowley       
Welcome to Discover Catholic Schools Week!  
It was wonderful seeing so many of you during conference time. The halls were a little quieter, but a lot was accomplished. We take very seriously our role as education partners in the lives of your children.
Today we enjoyed a theatrical assembly, followed by a workshop for our middle school students. This evening we will have a high school information night for our eighth grade students and their parents.  
On November 27 and 28 we will be hosting Discovery Toys consultant Cindy Connors, who will be doing a fund-raiser for our school. Discovery Toys has many wonderful educational toys and other products. Get a start on your Christmas shopping!  
This 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!
On behalf of everyone here at St. Ambrose School, I thank you for all that you do and give to support our school. We are grateful for each one of you.
Dear Lord,
I thank you for the blessings in my life.
I thank you for my family;
I thank you for my home;
A warm roof over my head,
And plenty of food to eat.
I thank you for all the things You give to me
Even the ones I haven't thought of.
Thank you for my blessings, God.
School News 
Turkey Trot - Fun Run 2018
  Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Turkey Trot Time is coming up soon!! Are you ready to  trot your way to some great prizes?
Turkey Tom wants to remind you that Thanksgiving is a GREAT time to collect pledges or donations from your family and friends! Be sure to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends to support you in the St. Ambrose Turkey Trot!
The Turkey Trot Fun Run is a GREAT chance to get exercise, help out our school, and win some fabulous prizes!!!
You can get extra copies of the pledge form   here and the fact sheet here .
Parents Needed! Please sign up to help count laps and serve refreshments for our runners. Any time spent goes towards your volunteer hours requirement.  
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 is a Christmas shopping opportunity for our students.  We stock our store with re-gifted items donated by our community that we sell for $1 or $2.  All proceeds go directly to the school.  
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 such as: gift boxes, jewelry boxes, tape, and sturdy shopping bags.  All donated items can be dropped off at the school office by November 30.   We appreciate your support!  For questions please contact Mary Helou at
. For more information, check out this flyer
Mixed Bag Fundraiser Finale 
Dear St. Ambrose Families,
Please accept my sincere gratitude for your stellar participation in our Mixed Bag
Designs Fundraiser! Thanks to your support, promotion, and generosity, we raised over $4,000 for our gala!
Congratulations to our top ten sellers:
Cooper Driscoll (1st)
Jonah Driscoll (3rd)
Quentin Lai (K)
Christian Cuenco (3rd)
Alex Helou (3rd)
Catherine Priddy (K)
Vivian Burton (2nd)
Nuri Licciardi (K)
Elizabeth Krueger (7th)
Kristina Bobis (Pre-K3)
What an incredible way to kick off our fundraising! Just so you know, all catalog orders submitted will be shipped within 2-3 weeks and we'll notify you when merchandise is being sent home via your student. All prizes earned according to the amount sold (see prize page) will also be distributed at that time.
Didn't get a chance to contribute? Don't worry, you can STILL support St. Ambrose School through online orders until the end of the season and we will receive 40% profit from those orders. Our school fundraiser ID is 851420. Please share our link with family and
Again, I am sincerely grateful for your support! St. Ambrose is an amazing community!
God Bless,
Sharon Driscoll
2019 Gala Chair
Coat Drive
WOO HOO!! Our annual WINTER WEAR/COAT DRIVE is underway!  We have already had a taste of the cold, so hopefully that will remind everyone to donate coats, jackets, mittens, scarves, snowsuits and hats to take care of those of our neighbors in need.  This year there is also a collection after some of the Masses in November.  Thank you in advance for donating clean and good quality items; that relays the message that you care that our neighbors in need are warm and have nice things to wear.  Donations from the past few years have been wonderful!  Please remember that we also love to receive brand new items, so if you see a sale going on, why not purchase a scarf, hat, pair of mittens, or even a jacket?  Tis the season of Thanksgiving for all we have, and now let's give to those who have not.  God bless you.
Save the Date! 
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!
Reminders for Rest of 2018 

Friday, 11/16
- Make-up, Re-take and Preschool Photo day - 8:30 AM
Friday, 11/16 - Open House - 9-10:00 AM- PreK through Grade 8 
Monday, 11/19 - CHESS CLUB - 3:15 - 4:30 PM
Wednesday, 11/21 - No School
Thursday, 11/22 - Thanksgiving Day
Friday, 11/23 - No School 
Tuesday, 11/27 & Wednesday, 11/28 - Discovery Toys @ school - 8:00 - 9:30 AM
12:00 noon - 12:45 PM & 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Wednesday, 11/28 - Turkey Trot @ 1:00 PM - Please return pledge forms as we get closer
Wednesday, 11/28 - REHEARSAL for Confirmation - 6:30 PM
Thursday, 11/29 - HSPT- high school placement test for 8th graders - AM
Thursday, 11/29 - Confirmation - Candidates and Sponsors meet in gym @ 7:00 PM
Sacrament of Confirmation - 7:30 PM - Reception in Parish hall immediately following Mass
Friday, 11/30 - Early dismissal - 11:30 AM - Extended day pizza forms will come home in Wed. folder 
Friday, 11/30 - End of 1st Trimester
Monday, 12/3 - Advent Service upon arrival - GYM
Monday, 12/3 - CHESS CLUB - 3:15 - 4:30 PM
Wednesday, 12/5 - Report cards go home
Thursday, 12/6 - Students do not attend 9:00 AM Mass
Friday, 12/7 - Feast of St. Ambrose - 9:00 AM Mass
Monday, 12/10 - Advent Service upon arrival - GYM
Monday, 12/10 - Christmas Program Rehearsal for K-8 - Afternoon
Tuesday, 12/11 - Christmas Program Rehearsal for K-8 - Afternoon
Tuesday, 12/11 - Santa's Visit
Wednesday, 12/12 - Visit of image of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Afternoon time TBD
Wednesday, 12/12 - Christmas Concert for K-8 - 6:30 PM
Friday, 12/14 - Preschool 4 year old - Christmas Program - 10 - 11:00 AM
Friday, 12/14 - Early release @ 2:15 PM
Monday, 12/17 - Advent Service upon arrival - GYM
Monday, 12/17 - CHESS CLUB - 3:15 - 4:30 PM
Wednesday, 12/19 - Preschool 3 year old - Christmas Program - 10 - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, 12/19 - Class Christmas Parties - Time TBD
Thursday, 12/20 - Class Christmas Parties - Time TBD
Thursday, 12/20 - Early Dismissal 11:30 AM - NO AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Shout Outs!
Shout out to our PTO Secretary, Mary Helou, who has taken on multiple projects to start our school year off in the right direction.  From providing room parents much needed information, to Turkey Trot planning, Hospitality/Reception organization, and beyond!  Not to mention helping with gala solicitations and being a full time, working parent. Not only does she "do it all," but she does it all very well and with a smile on her face.  Thank you, Mary; we are grateful for all of your behind the scenes work! 
From the Editor

There won't be an issue of the Buzz next week due to Thanksgiving break. I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! 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 11/15:
 - Band lesson 3:15-4pm
 - Coder Kids 3:30-4:30pm
 - Basketball Practice
(Grades 4 & 5 boys) 6-8pm
Fri 11/16:
 - Picture Retake/Makeups
 - Open House
 - Drama Club 3:15-4pm
 - Sign Language Club 3:15 - 4:30 PM
 - Basketball Practice (Grade 6 boys) 6-7:30pm
 - Track/Country Party 4-5pm

Sat 11/17:
 - Tennis (grades 4-8)

Mon 11/19:
 - Strings Practice 4pm
 - Chess Club 3:15-4:30pm
 - Basketball Practice (Grade 4&5 boys) 6-8pm
 - Kolbe Kids 3:15-4pm
 - Running Club 3:15-4pm
 - Soccer 3:30-4:30pm
Tues 11/20:
 - Running Club 3:15-4pm
 - Choir Practice 3:20-4:30pm

Wed 11/21-Fri 11/23:
 - NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Break

Mon 11/26:
 - Strings Practice 3:15-4:15pm
 - Basketball Practice (Grade 4&5 boys) 6-8pm
 - Kolbe Kids 3:15-4pm
 - Running Club 3:15-4pm

Tues 11/27:
 - Discovery Toys 
 - Running Club 3:15-4pm
 - Choir Practice 3:20-4:30pm
Did you...
- Look for coats to donate?
- Sign up for the Turkey Trot?
- Collect items for the 3 Kings Gift Shop?
- 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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