Monday Memo April 4, 2016

Principal’s Corner

Our virtue for this quarter is Faith. Faith is defined as the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because he is truth itself. Faith is living and not dead only when it works through charity. “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). Faith, hope and charity are three parts of the same living organism; the root, stem and flower of the same living plant.

Speech Language Learning Systems Inc. is excited to offer programs through their Meridian Academy that target strategy instruction to enhance vocabulary, reading, writing, and social communication success. Summer programs provide an excellent opportunity for students to learn new strategies and build on skills during the summer months. SLLS Meridian Academy draws on the strength of licensed speech-language pathologists who guide students through the learning process. There are group programs in critical thinking and reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary and social communication. You can get a flyer from Mrs. Grellner or Mrs. Horner or contact SLLS at 636-537-1576 or [email protected] for more information. You can also visit their website at

 April is Autism Awareness Month.  1 in 68 children are identified as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  This month many schools, companies, communities, and organizations are “lighting it up blue” not only to promote awareness but to ensure acceptance and inclusion in our schools and communities of children and people who have ASD.

There is no medical test to diagnose Autism.  Often parents are the first to notice that their child is not reaching certain milestones or showing ‘unusual’ behaviors (such as not making eye contact or repetitive behaviors).  Specially trained physicians and psychologists use behavior evaluations to identify symptoms of Autism.  It takes a team of people such as psychologist, speech-language therapists, pediatricians, and occupational therapist to come to this diagnosis.

If you have any concerns about your child, feel free to contact Mrs. Horner or Mrs. Grellner for more information.  You can also visit or for more information.  Go to these sites to see what you can do to promote awareness and acceptance.

Dates to Remember

Apr. 4-8       Dress Down Week for Mostaccioli Dinner

Apr. 5           Awards Mass 8am

Apr. 7           PTO Board Meeting

Apr. 8           8am Mass

Apr. 11        PTO Special Lunch

Apr. 12        8 am Mass

Apr. 15        8 am Mass

Apr. 16        Mother Son Bowling 2-4pm

Apr. 17        8th Grade Confirmation

Apr. 23        First Communion

May 1          La Festa Noon-6 pm

May 2          NO SCHOOL


Save the Date!

La Festa is right around the corner!

It will be on May 1st from noon-6pm.

We will have a new ride company with more rides for all ages.

We will also be looking for volunteers to work the game and food booths. Look for the sign ups to be coming out soon!

Raffle tickets were sent home before Spring Break.  First Prize is $3000, 2nd Prize is an Apple iPad, and 3rd Prize is $300.  Every family is required to sell 4 books of tickets. Thanks to those who have already sent theirs back in! If you need more tickets, they are available through the school office. Students who send in their sold raffle tickets will be entered to win a Jimmy John’s sub. One winner will be drawn each week based on the tickets turned in that week. Thanks for supporting this fundraiser!


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Thanks to the Athletic Association for their donation of $800 to St. Joseph Altar! The money they raised through beverage sales at St. Joseph Altar goes to help with tuition assistance at St. Ambrose.

Picture1There was an unexpected conflict with our camp and we were forced to move it one week later than originally communicated. Here again are the details and the new date:

We are once again doing the St. Ambrose Soccer Camp for boys and girls who will be in grades Kdg-8 NEXT school year (2016-17 school year). The camp will be held June 13-16, in the morning and the location remains the same, the Meyer Youth Center on S. Kingshighway.

More information, including how to register, will be sent in the coming weeks. But for now, mark your calendars for this fun event!!

Technology Committee

We are reforming the Technology Committee here at St. Ambrose. A note was sent out to all parents and teachers/staff asking for volunteers who would like to be on this committee. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, please send Sr. Barbara a note stating so. We ask that you do this by end of this week. We would like to begin meeting after Spring Break. Thank you!

Dress Down Week

Thanks to everyone who sold their family’s required four tickets for the Mostaccioli Dinner! All but two classes met their sales goal. Fortunately teachers and parents purchased the remaining tickets so all students will be able to dress down for the entire week after spring break (April 4th-8th). The money raised from the event goes to support tuition assistance at St. Ambrose. Everyone’s participation in this fundraiser is greatly appreciated!

PTO News

Unknown Mother Son Bowling Party!

The reservation deadline for the Mother Son Bowling Party has past and our final numbers have been turned in. We look forward to seeing everyone who has RSVPed to the party on April 16th from 2-4pm at Show Me Lanes. If you have any questions, please contact Ally Roy, the event chair.

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There are still several spots open on the Volleyball Sign-Up Party to benefit St. Joseph Altar, which supports tuition assistance at St. Ambrose. The party is for adults and is on Saturday, May 14th 1pm-6ish. The day will include pizza, appetizers, canned beer, water and a volleyball tournament with winners and losers brackets. It is $25 per person.

If you are interested please RSVP to the PTO board on fast direct. Spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis. You do not have to sign up with a full team. The teams will be arranged when everyone is signed up.


We are having a SchoolaStitch drive this week, April 4th-8th. We will be collecting gently-used clothing, shoes and handbags. Please fill up a bag, & drop it off at school next to the piano in the café.

These items will be resold on our site:

We earn 40% of the profit after shipping costs. So, please only send in what can be resold. A good motto: “If you can give it to a friend, Schoola can resell it.”

-Freshly laundered infant through women’s size

-Men’s clothing if it is something a teenager could wear

-No holes, stains, or missing labels

-No socks, underwear, robes, bedding, or flammable pajamas

-Swimsuit only if new with tags

You should have received a $20 coupon to use at SchoolaStitch website! This is with ANY purchase. If you need one there are some extras in school office.

Thanks to you St. Ambrose School has earned over $4000 with Schoola!

Thank you so much for always supporting St. Ambrose!

In the Classroom

TIMG_1841he seventh grade students are proud of their compassion project which they completed in Religion class with Mrs. Hilderbrand. They made videos about the miracles of Jesus they had studied in class.  Each videos is linked to a QR code.  Scanning the codes with a QR reader on your device will open the videos for you to watch.  You can use the codes below to view a few of the videos. All of the video codes are on the display outside the office. Come in and try it!

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IMG_3344The first grade made Lenten pretzels to represent crossed arms during prayer. The pretzel became a Christian tradition as far back as the fourth century. Since the pretzel dough is only flour, salt, and water, it followed the very strict fast ket by the early Christians during Lent. They would make the Lenten bread and shape it in the form of crossed arms since at that time it was customary to cross their arms over their chests while praying. The breads came to be called “little arms” (bracellae). From this Latin word, the Germanic people later coined the term “pretzel.”

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Sixth grade students wrote research based essays for Ms. Black’s Social Studies and Language Arts classes on early Christian symbols and virtues. Then they created Pysanky eggs in Ms. Hlavaty’s Art class using pastels and watercolor.

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The Pre-K class celebrated Easter early by reading the book The Littlest Bunny in St. Louis and making bunny masks.


The 8th grade students recognized the sacrifice Jesus made on Good Friday by reenacting the Way of the Cross for the student body on Thursday morning. The narrators provided reflections at each station from the point of view of Jesus and of a student contemplating how he/she meets the challenges in his/her daily life.

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Holy Thursday Service Project

St. Ambrose students spent part of the morning on Holy Thursday preparing over 450 sandwiches and filling bags with meals for the homeless at St. Patrick’s Center. Pre-K through 2nd grade decorated the bags while 3rd through 7th grade made the sandwiches. The 8th grade students helped facilitate the activities and delivered the meals to St. Patrick’s Center. The workers and volunteers at St. Patrick’s Center were very appreciative of all the donations.

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Speech Team

Congratulations to the St. Ambrose speech team members who participated in the Bellarmine Speech Meet on Saturday, March 19th. Our students performed humorous, serious, and duet speeches and all 5 students received blue ribbons. Thanks to their coaches who helped them prepare. Way to go!


Alumni News

Recently. St. Mary’s High School’s Bocce Team finished first in their league this season among 6 local high schools.  Several St. Ambrose Parishioners and Graduates were on the team.

 Sophomore Tony Calcaterra

Sophomore Nick Mana

Junior Timothy O’Dekirk

Summer Camps

There are summer camp brochures for COCA, Midwest Soccer and more available in the school office. If you are interested please stop by and pick some up.

STREAMS Summer Camp at De Smet Jesuit High School is a great new way for rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys to learn and have fun this summer. This four-week day camp combines learning experiences in the important subjects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with Resources, Arts and Sports.

There’s something exciting happening every day at STREAMS, including time to make new friends, to travel off campus for field trips in our school’s new transportation shuttles, and to play a variety of sports where the emphasis is more on fun than competition. All classes are taught by De Smet Jesuit faculty, and campers are served lunch every day. Pre- and post-camp activities are included to accommodate drop-offs and pick-ups at our centrally-located campus in Creve Coeur. To register for STREAMS camp, please click here.

College for Kids 
Registration for St. Louis Community College’s “College for Kids” and “Kids on Campus” begins April 4. “College for Kids” is a program for gifted and talented children who have completed grades K-8. Courses are offered to challenge and advance a student’s skills. A copy of standardized test scores at 95th percentile and above, or IQ score of 125 or above must be submitted.
“Kids on Campus” is an open-enrollment, enrichment program for students who have completed K-8. No documentation is needed.
Both programs meet at Meramec Community College campus during the weeks of August 1-5, and August 8-12.
Brochures are available at
If you have questions about either program, you can call Rachel Bufalo at 314.539.5744 or email her at [email protected]

Parent/Child Programs

Mercy Hospital offers two programs titled An Afternoon Program for Mothers & Daughters and Father/Son: Boys Into Men Program. The programs, developed by the Department of Fertlitily Care Services, are presented to girls and their mothers (or guardians) & boys and their fathers (or guardians) by Registered Nurses, Doctors, and a panel including teens. They emphasize respect, understanding, and appreciation of sexuality while encouraging parent/child communication.

In the spring, the Mother/Daughter Program (for 13-17 year olds) will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016. The Father/ Son program (for 11-12 year olds) will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016.

In the fall, the program for younger girls (10-12 year olds) will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016. The Father/Son program (for 11-12 year olds) will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016. The older boy’s program (for 13-17 year olds) will be held on November 6, 2016. All programs run from 1:00-3:30pm.

Registration must be done online at If you have any questions, please call 314-991-0327.

St. Louis Public Health Fair

Start Date/Time: Saturday, April 9 10:00 AM

End Date/Time: Saturday, April 9 4:00 PM

Location: Saint Louis University – Tegeler Hall 3550 Lindell Blvd St. Louis, MO 63103

Description: A joint collaboration of many different community partners led by the Saint Louis University Lions Club, the first St. Louis Public Health Fair will strive to educate citizens on public health issues in the St. Louis community, as well as how they can get involved in resolving those issues. Attendees will be able to partake in four components: booths, healthy services/activities, speakers, and a research symposium. Booths will be occupied by local organizations promoting their causes and recruiting volunteers. Healthy services will include hearing and vision screenings, cardiovascular disease risk assessment, vital sign station, and much more! Speakers will be divided into three sets of three speakers throughout the day with topics being covered such as maternal and child health, as well as policy and health. Finally, Saint Louis University students and faculty will be presenting their research and will be judged by University judges. Finally, each attendee will be provided healthy snacks and some of the first attendees will receive free sustainable water bottles. Come join us for a day of health promotion and education at the St. Louis Public Health Fair!

Contact Name: Jason Maddox

Contact Phone: 314-413-2837  Contact E-mail: [email protected]