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"Advent's intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child."  
- Pope Benedict XVI
December 6th, 2017
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Thank you to all for your generosity in sending in toys for our annual Santa's Ride. This is in cooperation with the Fairfax County Police, who will collect the toys on December 11. These will then be donated to the children's wards of local hospitals. This will certainly make their Christmas!

In the Wednesday folders today, you will find a collection box for Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem. Similar to the Rice Bowls, we ask that you consider collecting / giving a donation to this hospital that helps many of the needy in Bethlehem. We will collect these after the Christmas break. These boxes will be given to the oldest in each family.

Our annual Three Kings Shop is just around the corner! The schedule has been set and the shop will be open to our students on December 13-15. Thank you to all of our generous parents and parishioners who have already donated many items for this. If you have any items that you would like to donate please drop them off in the school office and thank you in advance.

Our Christmas concert will be held on Thursday, December 14 in the afternoon, from 1:00-3:00 pm. I hope to see you there!

Have a blessed week.

Prayer for Advent:
God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Volunteer News Special Feature! 
Videos by St. Ambrose Students! Need something to smile about? See the latest and greatest volunteer news reported to you by a different student each week. Check it out- maybe your son or daughter is our special reporter this week!  
School News 
Three Kings Gift Shop 
Time to shop!  St. Ambrose students will be visiting the Three Kings Gift Shop next week!  The tentative shopping schedule is:
Wednesday - 13 December
9:00am                7th grade
10:00am              2nd grade
11:00am              5th grade
12:30pm              1st grade
2:25pm                8th grade
Thursday - 14 December
8:15am                 4th grade
9:45am                 Kindergarten
Friday - 15 December
8:15am                6th grade
10:00am              3rd grade
Please send money with your child if they would like to shop!  All items are $1-$2.  If your little one might need help with their shopping please be sure to send in the order form so we will be able to assist them with their selections.  The order form can be found in your Wednesday folders and online in the Wednesday folder section of The Buzz. 
Please check out the SignUpGenius for volunteer opportunities.  Volunteers are needed the whole week to make the shop special for the kids.  If you have some time to spare please come and help us out!
Thank you for your wonderful donations and your support!  We are still collecting items for the shop if you want to clean out your house before the holidays!
Track and Cross Country 
Congratulations to the 3rd & 4th Grade boys for taking 2nd Place as a team in the NVJCYO Cross Country Championship!

Congratulations to the 5th & 6th Grade girls and boys for taking 3rd Place as a team in the NVJCYO Track & Field Championship!

A special thank you to Mrs. Rowley for attending our end of the season party.  Mrs. Rowley distributed many individual awards in addition to the team awards.  Great job, Knights!  
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Community Corner
Pancake Breakfast with Santa!
This Sunday, St. Ambrose Church will be hosting its annu al  Santa's Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy fresh, hot pancakes while getting to meet Santa himself! For more information, please check out this flyer.  
From the Health Clinic

Mrs. Maureen Earner
Why Is Hand Washing So Important?
Children do not always listen when parents tell them to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom, or when they come inside from playing.
But it is a message worth repeating - hand washing is by far the best way to keep children from getting sick  and prevent the spread of germs.
How Do Germs Spread?
Germs can spread many ways, including:
  • touching dirty hands
  • changing dirty diapers
  • through contaminated water and food
  • through droplets in the air released during a cough or sneeze
  • on contaminated surfaces
  • through contact with a sick person's body fluids
When children come into contact with germs, they can become infected just by touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. And once they are infected, it is usually just a matter of time before the whole family comes down with the same illness.
How Do Clean Hands Help Health?
Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses - from the common cold to more serious infections, such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, the flu, hepatitis A, and many types of diarrhea.
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Shout Outs! 
Shout out to the 2nd Grade families for a wonderful Confirmation Reception!  The Confirmandi and their families appreciate your kindness and generosity!
A great big Christmas season THANK YOU to Sarah Moran, our PTO President, for her diligent, behind the scenes work!  Without her generous contribution of time and effort, our school events, projects, and communications would not run so smoothly.  She embodies the spirit of St. Ambrose School and we are blessed to have her at the helm.
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
In This Issue
Ways to Give!

Ana-Maria Cordoba Scholarship Fund 


PTO Meeting Dates
Next Meeting:
December 15th at 7pm
Important Tidbits
Important Dates
(All events and important dates can be found on our website's Google Calendar!)
Thur 12/7 :  
  -  Feast of St. Ambrose  9am Mass
  - Band Practice    
  - Grades 3&4 Boys Basketball 6pm-7:30pm  
  - Grades 6&7 Girls Basketball-7:30pm-9pm  
Fri 12/8:
   -  Feast of Immaculate Conception 9am Mass
  - Drama Club 3:15-4pm
  - Grade 5 Boys Basketball 6pm-7:30pm
Sat 12/9:  
  - Grade 8 Basketball 9-10:30am
Sun 12/10:
  - Pancakes with Santa after 8am and 10am masses 
Mon 12/11:  
  - Strings Practice 3:15pm
  - Grades 6&7 Girls Basketball-7:30pm-9pm  
Tue 12/12:
  - Choir Rehearsal 3:20pm   
  - Grade 5 Boys Basketball 6pm-7:30pm
Wed 12/13:
  - STEM 3:15-4:20pm
  - Grades 3&4 Boys Basketball 6pm-7:30pm  
Did you...
- Check out volunteer opportunities at the school?
-Sign up for our various rewards programs?
- Find donations for the Three Kings Gift Shop? 
-Tell a friend about the Amazon Associates Program?
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