Monday Memo August 22, 2016

Principals Corner

The school year is off to a great start. We welcome many new families to St. Ambrose!

The virtue for the year is justice, and the virtue for the first quarter is charity. St. Ambrose has much to be thankful for as we head into another school year. A new three year old classroom and a second Pre-K 4 have been added to our building. Some classrooms have been painted. New desks and chairs, playground equipment, science and robotics equipment, computers and iPads have been purchased this summer. And many parents worked to clean up the grounds this summer. Special thanks to the Kelly Family, Jessica Molli & children, Shawn & Rob Brusatti & children, Mike Sestric & children, Morgan Berkley, Phil & Maggie Nikolai and Jack, Guy Gudici and Chris Brusatti for helping to weed, mulch and clean up the grounds.

Please remember that our first parent/teacher meeting will take place this Thursday in church at 7 PM. We hope that everyone will be able to attend.

Be assured of my prayers for you as we begin a new year.

Dates to Remember

Aug. 23     8 AM Mass

Aug. 25     Picture Day

Aug. 25     PTO Parent Meeting (Back to School Night), 7 PM in the Church

Aug. 26    8 AM Mass

Aug. 27     PTO Bocce Tournament, Noon at Milo’s

Sept. 1      St. Ambrose Forever Party in Berra Park, 5-9 PM

Sept. 5      Labor Day, No School

Sept. 9      Family Movie Night, School Parking Lot

Sept. 16   Auction Gift Giving Party

Sept. 19-23       ITBS Testing

Sept. 22   Eckert’s Field Trip (Kindergarten-2nd Grade)

Sept. 30   St. Ambrose Night at the Ballpark

Save the Date

auction-clipart-1_auctionThe auction will be November 5, 2016!

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for an exciting and entertaining evening. If you are interested in volunteering for the auction or making a donation, please see the volunteer form in this Monday Memo.

All are invited to a Gift Giving Party in support of the St. Ambrose Auction “Kitchen Traditions” on September 16th from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the school cafeteria. Bring an item to donate and stay to enjoy beverages and food courtesy of Lorenzo’s Trattoria.

Donation Suggestions:

Sports Items, Event Tickets, Memberships, Electronics, Gift Cards, Home Accessories, Cash

RSVP: [email protected]

St. Ambrose Auction Volunteer

We are excited about the upcoming dinner auction scheduled for November 5, 2016. Previous auctions have been successful in raising funds for past capital improvements at St. Ambrose by attracting many loyal friends, alumni and families to a festive evening. We are confident that this years’ auction will be another great success and generate needed funds for the betterment of our school. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the auction please use the link below to print and complete the volunteer form.

First Week of School

The first week of school was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who shared photos! The highlights from the week can be viewed on the blog section of the website at

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ITBS Testing

The Iowa Assessments are just around the corner. We will be administering the Iowa Assessments to grades 3-8 the week of September 19th. You are instrumental in helping your child to do well on the Iowas. Find ways to use math in your daily routine. Practice math facts with your child in the car on the way to and from school, and sports practice. Download a math facts app on your phone and have your child use it everyday. The math computation portion of the test is based on speed and accuracy. Read books, newspapers and magazines together and have discussions about them, and about everything! Reading and talking together raises test scores in language arts.

Bedtime Math

bedtime_math_logoA new free math app is available for download. The Bedtime Math app comes out of research on early math and STEM education. It has daily math problems for kids at three levels: Wee Ones, Little Kids, and Big Kids. The idea is to get parents to do math with their kids at bedtime in addition to reading a story. The website is www.bedtimemath.org or you can search Bedtime Math in the App Store.

“A new study led by University of Chicago psychologists and published in Science shows Bedtime Math significantly boosts kids’ math performance. Within just one school year, kids who did Bedtime Math improved their math achievement on average by three months more than children who didn’t. Better yet, kids of the most math-anxious parents who chose to do Bedtime Math had gains of half a school year.” –Research from the University of Chicago

PTO News

 PTO Annual Bocce Tournament at Milo’soriginal

ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT!

SEND YOUR RESERVATION IN TODAY!

The Bocce Tournament is Saturday, August 27th.  The doors will open at 11am and teams should be checked in by 11:30.  Play will begin promptly at 12pm.  Reservation forms were sent out on Fast Direct and are available on the school website and Facebook page under Events.

Even if you are unable to play in the tournament, plan to join us during the day.  It is always a great time!

movie-night-beEn1R-clipart Family Movie Night

Join us on the school parking lot to enjoy a family movie on September 9th. A flyer with details will be coming out soon.

Cardinals Night at the Ballpark

UnknownSt. Ambrose is hosting a night at the ballpark on September 30th against the Pirates. It will also be fireworks night after the game. A flyer with the order form was sent out on fast direct and is also available on the school website and Facebook page. Tickets are $14. The last day to turn in your reservation is September 13th. It is sure to be a fantastic evening!

UNIFORM INFORMATION 2016-2017

Summer Uniform

  • Hunter green polo shirts with the St. Ambrose logo, available at Maestro (1631 Sublette, 314-781-2992) or Lands End (www.landsend.com)
  • Pre K may wear either the hunter green polo or the Pre K t-shirt also sold at Maestro.
  • Khaki shorts with plain pockets and no stitching (for boys and girls) no cargo pants or short shorts (belts are needed for grades 3-8.)
  • Girls (grs. 4-8) may wear plaid skirt, no shorter than 2 inches above the knee. Available at Quinn Uniform. (3231 Ivanhoe, 314-781-3111)
  • Girls (grs. PK-4) may wear plaid skort, also available at Quinn.
  • This uniform will also be used for gym. Students may wear a T-shirt (plain solid shirt, no words or markings on the T-shirt) under the uniform shirt and take off the uniform shirt for gym.

Winter Uniform

  • St. Ambrose hunter green polo shirts (Maestro and Lands End), hunter green cardigan sweater or fleece (Lands End) or hunter green sweatshirt (Maestro) Solid white turtleneck shirt may also be worn.
  • Pre K may wear either the hunter green polo (Maestro and Lands End) or the Pre K t-shirt (Maestro).
  • Khaki slacks (belts are needed for grades 3-8) with plain pockets and no stitching.
  • Girls (grs. 4-8) may wear plaid skirt, no shorter than 2 inches above the knee. (Quinn)
  • Girls (grs. PK-4) may wear plaid skort (Quinn)
  • Girls may wear tights in the winter under their skirt or skort. Tights should be navy blue, white or black.

Shoe Policy:

  • Traditional brown or black school shoes, Sperry shoes or tennis shoes are acceptable.
  • Socks must be worn at all times and should be solid white or black. (If there is a small logo on the socks, it must be either white or black.)
  • During snowy weather, children may wear boots or shoes other than those they intend to wear in school. They may change upon arrival.

Additional Regulations for Boys

Hair: Must be neatly styled. No designer cuts, radical styles, tails, or artificial coloring of hair is acceptable. Hair should be above shirt collar, out of the eyes, and above the ears.
Jewelry: Watch, religious medals only.
Attire: It is required that pants or shorts be worn at the waist with a belt and shirttails tucked in.

No shoes with wheels on the bottom are permitted.

No facial hair.

Additional Regulations for Girls

Hair: Must be neatly styled. Any hair adornments used must not be distracting. No radical styles or colors are acceptable.
Jewelry: Small ring, watch, one religious medal, one bracelet, one pair of small stud earrings only.
Cosmetics: Make-up and perfumes are not permitted. Non-scented, non-tinted lip balms and clear nail polish are permitted.
Attire: It is required that pants or shorts be worn at the waist and shirttails tucked in.

Skirts should be at an appropriate length.

No shoes with wheels on the bottom are permitted.

Fast Direct Update

A Fresh, New Navigation Bar!

On Friday, August 12th Fast Direct add a fresh, new navigation bar! Along with new icons, they’ve increased the font size of the text below each icon to help you find your way.

Important! The Logout icon has been replace with a simple link in the far right corner.

Be sure to continue to check Fast Direct on a regular basis to view the teacher planner pages and receive important school messages.

High School Nights

Mark your calendars for the 2016 High School Nights. They are a great way to learn about the application process and find out about individual schools. You can view a schedule of the nights by using the link below.

High School Night Schedule

Archdiocesan Family Programs

Below are two invitations to events offered by the Archdiocese’s Office of Natural Family Planning.  Families from St. Ambrose have attended these programs in the past and have found them to be very well done and beneficial.

Sunday Lector

During the school year, the 9 AM Sunday Mass lectors are St. Ambrose 4th grade through 8th grade students. 2 students are assigned to each Mass. If your child is interested in being a lector please send Linda Gambaro a Fast Direct. The readings for each week will be sent home through school on the Wednesdays before the scheduled reading. If your child has the second reading and the petitions, they will only receive the second reading. The petitions will be given to them before Mass. Please have your child practice plenty before Sunday. On the Sunday morning they must arrive by 8:40 in the morning. They need to speak clearly and be able to be heard. Both readers must remain on the altar until the petitions are completed. Thanks!