Monday Memo December 14, 2015

Principal’s Corner

Every seven years the Archdiocese asks each school to go through a Process for Elementary School Improvement. This process provides a specific design by which an elementary school can review and assess itself and develop a plan for improvement. The process requires the active involvement of members of the school community. A big thanks to all of you who completed our on-line survey in the past year. Your ratings and comments helped greatly in the process. Soon the steering committee will have a written document that will highlight our strengths and growth opportunities. Included will be a plan for improvement to be implemented in the next five years, that will be designed to continue our achievement of standards of excellence. An enormous thank you to the members of the committees who reviewed our Catholic Identity, Educational Issues and Institutional Issues. These committees comprised of both faculty and parents, have worked tirelessly for many hours on this project.

On March 21 and 22, Archdiocesan educators from outside the St. Ambrose community will visit our school to review our assessment and evaluate our plan for improvement. Their feedback will assist us in fine-tuning the plan before we move forward with implementation. We will keep you updated on the details of this process and the visit as the the time moves closer. If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask Sister Barbara or Lisa Horner.

Dates to Remember

Dec. 15    8am Mass

Dec. 16    2nd Grade First Reconciliation 6:30 pm

Dec. 18    8am Mass, NO AFTERCARE, End of Second Quarter

Dec. 21    Christmas Break Begins – No School

Jan. 4       Classes Resume

Jan. 5       8 am Mass

Jan. 7       PTO Board Meeting

Jan. 8       8 am Mass

Jan. 11     PTO Special Lunch

Jan. 18     Martin Luther King Day NO SCHOOL

Jan. 22     Father Daughter Dance

Jan. 30     St. Ambrose Athletic Assocation Trivia Night

Jan. 31     Open House

Jan. 31     Catholic Schools Week Begins

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The auction for St. Ambrose is Nov. 5, 2016 at Rose of the Hill

 

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We ask that you continue to pray for your Advent Angel Family this week and remember to send them a Christmas card over the break revealing that you are their Advent Angel Family. (Until then it’s a  secret!) We hope everyone is enjoying the program, as it’s a great way to connect home and school with our VBRD program.  

Each Wednesday morning the students gather in the gym for an Advent Ceremony lead by the Middle School students. They read scripture, offer prayers, and conclude with a song.

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Christmas Concert

Congratulations to the St. Ambrose students who did a fabulous job performing their annual Christmas concert on Wednesday, December 9th.  It was great to hear each grade level sing their song and then the entire school come together to sing both English and Italian Christmas carols.

Additional photos are on the Blog section of the website.

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In the Classroom

The 1st Grade practiced their spelling words in a variety of hands-on ways during spelling centers.

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Drop off Reminders

Remember for morning drop off you can pull up in front of the school on Wilson, in the alley behind school, or through the drive between the school and the rectory.  If you use the drive, enter the church lot from Marconi and then pull all the way through to the sidewalk so the children can walk down the Wilson sidewalk to the front doors.

Help Your Kids Have a Healthy Holiday Season

The holiday season is here and for most of us that means Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas parties, New Year’s celebrations…which means food, food, and more food! Not to mention that with more to pack into our already busy schedules, who has time for exercise?

Keeping up with healthy habits has benefits for your whole body – like helping to avoid holiday weight gain, helping to fend off holiday stress and fatigue, and helping to keep your immune system strong. Many people give up on healthy habits during the holidays but with these tips you can teach your children how to stay healthy during this busy time of year.

Tips for healthy holiday eating:

  • Feed your children – and yourself – a light meal or snack before going to a holiday party. It’s harder to avoid overeating when you’re overly hungry.
  • Set a good example for children by eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains with meals or as snacks.
  • Offer to bring a healthy, low-calorie dish to holiday parties so you’ll know that at least one healthy item will be available.
  • Teach your children to eat smaller portions of food, especially at a buffet, where they may want to try everything. Help them choose the items they want to try the most, and eat a small portion of each.
  • Sodas and other sweet drinks contain a lot of calories and many contain caffeine. For a healthier version of “soda” mix 100% fruit juice with club soda or seltzer.
  • The holiday season can keep you extra busy but try to avoid fast food – it may be handy, but is often high in fat and low in nutrition.

Tips for physical activity:

  • Do fall and winter chores with your kids – raking leaves, shoveling snow
  • Have fun together outside – go for a walk, tumble in the leaves, go sledding, build a snowman
  • Play games outside – soccer, football, Frisbee, catch
  • Go on an active family outing – ice skating, bowling, skiing
  • Limit TV watching – but when you do watch TV, get up and move instead of sitting during commercials
  • Turn on holiday music and dance around the house
  • Give gifts that encourage physical activity, like active games or sporting equipment

Andrea Hart, RD, CDN

baseball-clip-art-574593St. Ambrose 24th Annual Athletic Association Trivia Night

When: Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Where: St. Ambrose School (Gym & Cafeteria)

Cost: $160 per table of 8, includes beer & soda

Doors open @ 6:00 PM, trivia begins @ 7:00 PM

For reservations please contact Michelle Feltz at 314-616-7482 or [email protected]

All proceeds benefit St. Ambrose sports programs.

St. Ambrose Items

We have new items available in the school office with the new logo! They would make great stocking stuffers or Christmas gifts.

New car stickers are available for free thanks to Tony Toretta, who generously donated the printing. Tervis Tumblers are available for a minimum $25 donation to the STEM Initiative.  They are 24 ounce cups with a red lid. Koozies are also available for $5.

Please make checks payable to St. Ambrose School.  If you are paying with cash please bring exact change as the office cannot make change.

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Walk With MeMr. Gitto, who volunteers regularly at school with both the Kindergarten and third grade had published another book along with the photography of Becky Towers, a St. Ambrose parishioner.  The book includes poetic meditations of a Christian spiritual theme paired with photography showcasing the beauty of the natural world. The proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit St. Ambrose School. The book is available on amazon.com and other online retailers.

 

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All students have received a yearbook order form to take home. When you complete the order form, you may put more than one student on the form just make sure to put their names and grades.

Please send forms and payments to the school office in an envelope marked “yearbook”. Do not combine the check with other school payments please.

You may also order online at www.jostensyearbooks.com . Personalization can be done online only and is an extra charge.

The yearbook order will be placed at the end of January and we will not be ordering extra books so be sure to get your order in before the deadline.

There is an order form available on Fast Direct and extras in the school office.

If you have any questions please Contact Sue Giudici through Fast Direct message.