I came across an article from Dr. Blackburn that caused me to reflect this past week. I thought I would share it with you. She writes, “Does Matthew’s Gospel account of the Sermon on the Mount ever get to you? Not just challenge you, but really bother you? That was probably Jesus’ intent in this intense mountainside teaching moment during which Jesus teaches a Kingdom where the lowly, the sorrowing, and the persecuted are blest. Jesus issues a call to holiness that includes offering no resistance to injury and no retaliation. In fact, we are to love and pray for those who treat us badly. “In a word, you must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect (Mt 5:48).”
This challenge to holiness and perfection can seem to be either a rallying call to life in the Kingdom or a drive to sheer hopeless impossibility. We might aspire to perfection, but who among us can attain the superlatives laid out in Jesus’ Teaching on the Mount? After all, we are only human.
As a teacher or parent, does any of this sound familiar?
Enough already! I’ve had enough of your arguing! Enough stalling; get to work on that assignment! Enough talking!
Have I done enough to satisfy the requirements? Just tell me what I absolutely have to do. When is enough “enough?”
It’s human to try to get by with a minimum of effort, energy, or personal investment. We are sometimes pragmatists who just want to get the job done. Jesus knows that we even try to minimize the Commandments. How much is enough respect for God’s name? How much caring for my neighbor is enough? How much self-sacrifice is enough? When is enough fasting and prayer enough? How far can I go before it is a sin?
Maybe in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is trying to tell us that we are asking the wrong questions. Minimalism is not the key to the Kingdom. The Kingdom demands extravagance— unlimited love and mercy, going two miles when one mile is required, caring even for those who hate us. And if we think we can aspire to these challenges on our own, we are wrong again. Only with God’s grace can we build the Kingdom, tame the angry eighth grader, pacify the irate parent, soothe the frazzled nerves of our principal, quell the hurtful rumor, and restore damaged relationships. Jesus taught a love beyond all human limits. How can we live up to this challenge?”
He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Dates to Remember
Feb. 28 NO 8 AM Mass
Mar. 1 Ash Wednesday – Mass 9 AM
Mar. 2 Uniform Ordering Day 3 PM – 6 PM
Mar. 2 PTO Meeting 6:30 PM
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.
WHEN: 6:30-8 pm
Wednesday, March 22, for moms and daughters of grades 3-5.
Tuesday, March 28, for moms and daughters of grades 6-8
WHERE: St. Ambrose Penthouse (4th floor)
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!—LAST WEEK TO PURCHASE TICKETS THROUGH THE SCHOOL OFFICE—CONTEST ENDS FRIDAY AT NOON
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.
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help during the day! We have a few shifts still to fill. We are looking for adult volunteers from 3:30-5:30 and from 5:30- 7:00 for clean up. We can use additional student volunteers from 11:30-1:30. If you are available, please take time to visit the link to sign up. Also please use the link to review the time you have already signed up for to ensure you arrive promptly at your shift. Thanks! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IwXl6554swAHLeLZ_MrsNxROMz54aDq9OsUu6Oski7k/edit?usp=sharing
-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, a beer tasting with Goose Island’s Brewing Research and Development Manager from Chicago, and an adult volleyball tournament. Be sure to check out all of the fun opportunities when you arrive!
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.
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.
Congratulations to the 4th grade girls basketball team who received complimentary comments on their CYC game sheet from the gym manager at Our Lady of Providence. The gym manager noted the girls “showed good sportsmanship by clapping for the other team even though they lost” and the coaches “were great and very thankful.” Way to represent St. Ambrose!
On February 25, St. Ambrose participated in the fourth preliminary CYC Chess Tournament. St. Ambrose finished in third place in the 7th/8th Grade Division.
Angelo Tucci played a division above his grade level and finished in the top ten (8th place) of the 7th/8th Division. The CYC Chess Championship is scheduled for March 11. All of the St. Ambrose players who finished in the top ten at any of the preliminary tournaments have qualified for the Championship.
PTO is getting ready for this year’s election. If you are interested in joining the PTO board or would like to nominate someone, please contact ???, who is on the Nominating Committee.
PTO Board Meeting
Our March Board Meeting will be this Thursday, March 2nd at 6:30 in the Church Hall. Plan to stop by the Uniform Ordering Day and stay for the PTO meeting.
Middle School Trivia Night
Middle School Trivia Night is March 25th. The flyer will be sent on Fast Direct. Students in grades 6-8th are welcome to attend. Feel free to invite friends from other schools as well.
FINAL DAYS: 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.
Madison Ruggeri and Brooke Tatum (4th grade) will be making their theatrical debut in a professional production of “Carmen,” an Opera sung in French. The performances will be March 3rd and 5th at the Skip Viragh Theatre at Chaminade. St. Ambrose families are welcome! Tickets available at http://winteroperastl.tix.com
From the Penthouse
Speech Language Learning Systems offers diagnostic and therapeutic services for students with speech, language, reading, and executive function needs. In addition, over the summer, they offer their Meridian Academy. The Meridian Academy is comprised of enrichment programs that target vocabulary, reading, and writing. They are also offering Literacy Boot Camp for middle school and high school students. This class will work on executive functioning, organizational skills, as well as target ACT/SAT vocabulary development, test taking, reading comprehension/critical thinking, and written expression. The Speech Boot Camp is for elementary students diagnosed with a speech difficulty. Visit www.speechlanguagelearningsystems.com for more information.
The Miriam School is offering speciality camps for students in K-12. These are for kids who need a boost in fundamental skills. You can choose academic camps, social skills, or therapy camps. Visit www.miriamstl.org/summer-camps/ for more information.
If you have any questions about these two opportunities, please reach out to Mrs. Horner or Mrs. Grellner.
In the Classroom
Some of the kindergarten students joined Mrs. Ruggeri’s for Daily 5 activities. They enjoyed reading together and working on writing activities.
Recently St. Ambrose third grade students went to the STEM Lab to participate in a program on simple machines presented by the Magic House. The students were able to investigate wedges, screws, inclined planes, pulleys, levers, and the wheel and axle. Each station allowed them hands on experiments with the simple machines.
Summer Camp Opportunities
Summer camp brochures are available in the school office if you would like to stop by and pick some up.