Monday Memo February 20, 2017

Principal’s Corner

Thank you to all who helped make Catholic Schools’ Week so great for our students and faculty. It was a packed and enjoyable week. Special thanks to our teachers who worked at various stations during the VBRD evening, preparing for field trips, and preparing students for Grandparents’/Special Friends Day. Thanks to the many parents who helped along the side of PTO during that week. Catholic Schools’ Week needed many hands, and I am grateful for each of you.

March 1 begins the Liturgical season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. Lent is 40 days before Easter. This season of the Church is usually marked by prayer, penance and fasting. The Church sets this time aside for us to recall and reflect on the great sacrifice that Christ made for all of us. As we journey through this season of Lent, may we take time from our busy schedules to reflect on God’s great love for us even in the midst of suffering.

Please note that our Ash Wednesday liturgy will be March 1 at 9 AM.

Dates to Remember

Feb. 21     8 AM Mass

Feb. 24      8 AM Mass

Mar. 3       Final Day for Mostaccioli Ticket Contest (See below)

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

Mar. 13-17 Spring Break

Mar. 22      Daughters of Virtue 6:30-8 PM, Grades 3-5

Mar. 25      Middle School Trivia Night

Mar. 28      Daughters of Virtue 6:30-8 PM, Grades 6-8

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.


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)

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!

Mrs. O’Toole’s class is currently in the lead to reach 100% participation in ticket sales!

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. All orders must be turned in by NOON on MARCH 3rd to be counted in the contest.


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 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.

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.

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:

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.

Summer Camp Opportunities

Summer camp brochures are available in the school office if you would like to stop by and pick some up.