Monday Memo February 13, 2017

Principal’s Corner

Please remember the online scholarship application period opened for all families, new and re-applying, at 8:00AM on January 30th, 2017.  The application deadline for Beyond Sunday, SOAR!, Catholic Families Tuition Assistance (CFTA), and the Parish Employees Endowment Fund (PEEF) is February 28, 2017.  We encourage every family to apply and/or re-apply as early as possible in February.  Any family who would like to be considered for these programs must apply between January 30th and February 28th, 2017.  Also, it is important to remember that Alive! In Christ is first-come, first-served, so we are encouraging all families to apply as early as possible.

 Please share this information with those you know. It is important for new families that are thinking about St. Ambrose to apply during this time as well.

Congratulations to Mary Stahl for winning the St. Mary High School essay contest. The topic of the essay was “What Mary Means to Me”.

Continue to share with your friends the great news about St. Ambrose.

Dates to Remember

Feb. 13      PTO Special Lunch

Feb. 14      NO 8 AM Mass/Communion Service

Feb. 14      Valentine’s Parties 2:15-3:00

Feb. 17      8 AM Communion Service

Feb. 20      President’s Day – NO SCHOOL

Mar.  5       Mostaccioli Dinner 12-6 PM (Every family is asked to sell 4 tickets.)

Mar. 13-17 Spring Break

Mar. 25      Middle School Trivia Night

Attention Moms and Daughters Grade 3-8


We are planning a fun evening of girl talk, fellowship and prayer. This will be a time for moms and their daughters to have some honest discussions around the important topics of friendships, media awareness and virtue. Refreshments will be provided.

WHEN:       Wednesday, March 22, for moms and daughters of grades 3-5.

Tuesday, March 28, for moms and daughters of grades 6-8

6:30-8 pm

WHERE:     St. Ambrose Penthouse (4th floor)

Robotics Team

The results are in from the Clavius Project Jamboree! St. Ambrose had very strong results with all teams receiving proficient and mastery level scores in 5 of the challenges and three teams mastered an additional challenge to create a program and code the robot to complete a task with real world application. Because of this strong showing, St. Ambrose earned a Gold Banner!

Additionally, with winning the essay contest, helping out another school with technology, and being tremendously engaged in the jamboree, St. Ambrose School also earned a spirit banner with “Most High Spirit,” the highest level.

To learn more about the Clavius Project, check out their video featuring Corie Longland at


Mostaccioli Dinner 

March 5 from 12-6PM

Please join us for Monsignor Bommarito’s Mostaccioli Dinner on March 5th from noon until 6PM. Money raised from the dinner will go to keep tuition affordable at St. Ambrose School. The form along with information about the sales contest was sent out through Fast Direct.

What can you do to help?

-Sell Tickets!

Each family is required to sell a minimum of 4 tickets. Tickets will be distributed through the school office. Order forms have been sent out on Fast Direct and are on the PTO planner page as well as in the school office. You may purchase the tickets for your family or sell them to family and friends. Spread the word about this delicious dinner. The top ticket seller will receive a $25 gift certificate to Gelato. Also every class that has 100% participation in selling four tickets will receive a dress down week.


We will need volunteers throughout the day of the event. We will be sending out a volunteer request for helpers. We will need people to set up, clean up, serve during the day, sell raffle tickets, and more. Shifts will be two hours long and run between 11 AM and 7 PM. Please take time to visit the link coming out through fast direct to sign up for one or more shifts!

-Lottery Tickets

One of the raffle items at the dinner will be a lottery scratch-off ticket tree. We are asking for donations of scratch-off tickets to be sent in to the school office so we can create an amazing ticket tree. Thanks for your donations!

-Sign Up Parties

On the day of the dinner, sign up parties will be available. Some of the parties will include a wine tasting and dinner at Joe Bergfeld’s home and an adult volleyball tournament. Be sure to check out all of the fun opportunities when you arrive!

Athletic Association

Registration for basketball and softball (boys and girls, grades 3-8) and t-ball (boys and girls, grades PreK-2) is now open. Register via the following link:

Register between January 27th and February 10th and the fee is $30 per child, per sport. After February 10th the fee goes up to $60 per child, per sport.

The deadline to register is Sunday, February 19th. If your child is interested in playing, please do not delay and register today!

Registration for CYC Track & Field is now open for boys and girls in grades K-8. To register log into your EZRoster account through the link above. Once registration is complete, please be sure to follow the additional steps to pay.

The normal registration fee of $30 per child will be in place until February 24th. After February 24th the fee will go up to $60 per child.

The deadline to register for track is March 5th.

Congratulations to the 7th Grade Girls Basketball Team, who took 1st place in the St. Gabe’s Tournament on Saturday, February 11th.

Chess Team

At the CYC Chess Tournament conducted on February 4th, St. Ambrose recorded the following results. In the 5th/6th Grade Division, Angelo Tucci came in fourth place and Michael Baur finished in sixth place. In the 7th/8th Grade Division, Richard Stahl came in fifth place and Gianni Brusatti came in ninth place. All of these players have qualified for the CYC Chess Championship scheduled for March 12.

Saturday, February 11th, the Chess team competed in the third CYC Chess Tournament at Loyola Academy. Evan Batten came in third place in the 5th/6th Grade Division. He qualified for the CYC Chess Championship. Angelo Tucci participated in and finished in the top ten of the 7th/8th Grade Division. Angelo qualified for the 7th/8th Grade Division of the CYC Championship. Last week, he qualified for the 5th/6th Grade Division of the CYC Championship. Gaibrial Nugent finished in eighth place in the 7th/8th Grade Division. This is Gaibrial’s second top ten finished. He had already qualified for the 7th/8th Grade Division of the CYC Championship.

Speech Team

Congratulations to the members of the speech team who all received ribbons at the Bellarmine Meet on February 4th. Below are the awards earned by the students in each category.

 Serious                                         Duet

Kenneth S. – Gold                       Olivia B. and Grace K. – Blue

Anna S. – Blue,                            Eliza K. and Victoria S. – Blue

                                                   Ava C. and Ginny S. – Red


Regina P. – Gold

Marissa E. – Blue

Abby R. – Red

From the Penthouse

Have you ever wondered about, or taken note of, your child’s planner where it says “Study Math Facts”?  Why, in this day of smartphones with calculators, tablets, and computers everywhere do we still require students to memorize math facts?   You may have noticed a shift in education.  Kids are doing so much more critical thinking than memorization.

Math is an exception.  It continues to be so very important to practice those facts with your children every night.  We still have to be able to automatically recall math facts.  If a child has to stop and figure out a basic math fact in middle school, he/she is going to struggle with problem solving, algebra, and other higher math areas.  When math facts are memorized and stored in long term memory, that frees up cognitive resources to do more higher order and critical thinking.

Math is made up of building blocks.  We learn number sense and counting in our earliest school years.  Then, the primary and intermediate teachers help us understand the four operations.  They teach us what it means when we share (divide), or take away (subtract).  By the time, a child reaches middle school, those facts should be stored in long term memory so we can perform multiple operations to solve a word problem, an algebraic equation, or figure out a basic life situation such as, “Do I have enough money for this?”  If you don’t have your facts memorized, you are unable to do any operations with fractions (finding common denominators, simplifying, reducing, and working with equivalent fractions).  Operations with fractions go all the way through high school math and are used all of the time in life situations.

One more thing.  Having math fact memorized reduces math anxiety.  We feel anxious when things are difficult and challenging.  Mastering these facts removes one of the causes of anxiety in higher math classes.

Websites for math fact practice:

In the Classroom

Ms. Black’s 6th grade used their research, science, technology, engineering, math and fine art skills to create medieval European castles with working defensive and offensive war machines or coats of arms created in the illusion of stained glass with medieval European symbols. Their presentations included an oral report on their research with bibliographies.


New Uniforms

Information about the changes coming to the uniform was sent out on Fast Direct recently. Catholic Supply is offering us a day to order the new uniforms from the convenience of our own school. The flyer below has the details for the ordering day as well as a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. More information including a price list will be coming out soon. PTO will be moving their meeting up to 6:30 that night so that you may order uniforms and stay for the meeting and a chance to win the gift certificate.


Girls on the Run

February 2017

Dear St. Ambrose on The Hill parents,

It can be downright tough being a girl. Young girls are pressured more than ever to conform to expectations that are often not in their best interest. But what if we could inspire girls to be confident, joyful and healthy? Girls on the Run sets out to achieve those goals.

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd – 5th grades that is designed to develop and enhance girls’ social, emotional, mental and physical skills to successfully navigate life experiences. The program combines training for a 5k (3.1 mile) run with life skill lessons designed to encourage independent thinking, problem solving and team and community building.  The program finishes with a 5k event, which provides the opportunity for the girls to achieve their goal and celebrate their accomplishment.

We are thrilled to be offering Girls on the Run at St. Ambrose on The Hill.

Girls on the Run practice will begin on Monday, February 27th. The group will meet in the gym, every Monday and Wednesday, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. until Monday, May 15th. Register online at between now and February 22nd. The fee for the 20-lesson program is $170. Payment plan and need-based scholarships are available.

Thanks for thinking about your daughter and the young women at our school. Together, we can empower girls for a lifetime of healthy living.


Coach Kate Black                             Coach Emily Elmore

Please contact us via FastDirect if you have any questions.

About Girls on the Run St. Louis

Girls on the Run St. Louis empowers girls for a lifetime of healthy living.  This life-changing out-of-school program is for girls in third through eighth grades – a critical time in girls’ development. The program is delivered through an interactive curriculum combining self-esteem enhancing lessons with uplifting workouts aimed to develop the whole girl – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Young girls are empowered with positive self-awareness and increased confidence; a sense of achievement by training for and completing a 5k; and giving back to their community through a service project each season.  Girls on the Run St. Louis is a non-profit organization serving approximately 6,000 girls at more than 280 schools in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Visit to learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of girls everywhere.

St. Ambrose Forever

Thank you to everyone who attended the Dining Out for St. Ambrose Forever night at Mona’s last month. Your attendance and their generosity combined for a donation of $742.00 to St. Ambrose Forever.

Scholarship Information for the 2017-2018 School Year

Families have the opportunity to apply for all the scholarships listed below using the unified online application at no cost. To make the process easier for families and schools, one application is now being used for all scholarships funded by the Catholic Education Office, the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri, and the Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation(TTEF). The Scholarship Office at TTEF will review your application and determine if your family is eligible for any awards based on each program’s guidelines and funding availability.

Any family who would like to be considered for these programs, even if you are applying for requalification for one of these scholarships, must apply between January 30th and February 28th, 2017. Also, it is important to remember that Alive! In Christ is first-come, first-served, so we are encouraging all families to apply as early as possible.

Please use the links to view the scholarship information from the Archdiocese and details for applying for the 2017-2018 school year.