Monday Memo September 11, 2017

Principal’s Corner

The start to a new school year is filled with much excitement and sometimes fear of the unknown.

According to Catholic Family Services, the beginning of school is a time “for our kids to learn new ideas, parents to maintain a steady schedule again, and teachers to make an impact on fresh minds. Although this can be very exciting, there still are challenges along the way. As we get stressed out and frustrated with the problems of the day we forget to take a deep breathe and calm ourselves back down. Remembering our coping skills is a great way to have emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing. Coping skills can be defined as healthy and helpful strategies that allow us to manage stress or difficult painful emotions. Coping skills range from seeking support, needing to relax, developing solutions to fix a problem, finding the humor in each situation, or using exercise to deal with stress. There are many different coping strategies that can be helpful, but the goal is to identify the best one for you. Coping skills are very easy to include in your daily routine, but it does take practice. The first step is to identify the best way to manage stress. Some examples are reading a book for a certain amount of time or focusing on a puzzle to put your mind at ease. Those skills require an activity, but sometimes you might just need to take a deep breathe and tell yourself it will be okay. The important key to developing your coping skills is to find a way to release your mind from the stress in a healthy and helpful way.”

Dates to Remember

Sept. 12        PTO Special Lunch

Sept. 14        Speech Team Tryouts – 3 PM

Sept. 18-22   Iowa Testing Week – Grades 3-8

Sept. 18        8th Grade Parent Meeting – 7 PM in the Cafeteria

Sept. 22        STUCO Pizza Day (Orders due by 9/20)

Sept. 29        No School – Professional Development Day

Sept. 29        St. Ambrose Night at the Cardinals Game – 7 PM @ Busch Stadium

Protecting God’s Children

St. Ambrose will be hosting a Protecting God’s Children session on Thursday, October 12th at 6:30 PM in the Church Hall.  The class is a requirement to volunteer in the school, attend field trips, or participate in any activity involving our school children.  Online registration is required.  Please use this link to sign up or visit and click on the Protecting God’s Children link on the left side of the page.

Additional classes at earlier dates are available and are listed on the links above.

Classes will fill up so be sure to register soon. If you have any questions, please call Linda Gambaro in the school office at 314-772-1437.

Introducing our new teachers!

Mrs. Colombo

I grew up in a beautiful town in Italy called Merate, near Lake Como, the mountains and Milan – so I am actually an Ambrosian Catholic, a parishioner of the original diocese of St. Ambrose in Milan!
I studied Italian language and literature at the University of Milan and graduated from my Master’s in Comparative Literature, studying the   relationship between Italian and American language and literature. In 2016 I married my best friend Matteo, and I moved here to St. Louis, where he had moved from Italy for his job. I started teaching Italian first at SIUe and then here at  St. Ambrose.
I love teaching because it gives me the chance to help each one of the students in front of me become a better self. And I love teaching foreign languages because it means leading my students to broaden their minds to encounter other people and cultures and to become better aware of their own identity.
It’s an amazing journey that I am grateful I can share with the St. Ambrose students!

Ms. Malone

Hello, St. Ambrose!

My name is Christine Malone and I am happy to be joing you all this year as the new art teacher.

A little bit about myself:

* I was born and raised in St. Louis

* I love art and having the opportunity to be creative.

* I am a wife to my wonderful husband, and best friend, Tom.

* I am a Dog Mom to my sweet 4 year old puggle, Maggie.

* I love God, my family, friends, coffee, and getting to sleep in 🙂

Penthouse News

Iowa Testing

Beginning Monday September 18th students in grades 3 through 8 will take the Iowa Assessments, a standardized test. It measures how a student performs academically compared to other students across the US in that grade in the fall. The Iowa Assessments are given archdiocese-wide during this week. The results are used to help measure progress individually and as groups/classes. Your child’s results will be shared with you at parent-teacher conferences at the end of October.

Here are some things parents can do to help children improve test performance:
1. Encourage reading. Read with your child, to your child, and let your child see YOU enjoying reading.
2. Have family time that includes discussion.
3. Use everyday opportunities to let your child problem-solve.
4. Have your child write notes, journals, emails and stories.
5. Talk about current events; look at maps together.
6. Look over classroom tests with a positive analysis of any errors.
7. Let your child follow written directions such as recipes, projects, games, assembly.
8. Use the library and internet to research topics of interest.
9. Have your child maintain a regular school day schedule, getting plenty of sleep, healthy diet, and arriving at school on time.
10. On the days of testing make sure that your child has a good breakfast, gets up early to avoid the stress of rushing, and encourage your child to do his/her best.

Make sure your child understands that tests ARE important.

PTO News

PTO is hosting a Night at the Ballpark on September 29th.  Join St. Ambrose families to watch the Cardinals take on the Milwaukee Brewers and stay after the game for Fireworks Night.  Tickets are $12 each and must be ordered by September 15th.  Reservation forms are available on the PTO page of Fast Direct and on the school website.

Save the Date!

Trunk or Treat will be held on Friday, October 27th.  A flyer with details about the event will be coming out soon.


St. Ambrose Choir

This week students in grades 4-8 are invited to join the St. Ambrose Choir. Choir members lead the singing and volunteer as cantors during school liturgies. They are required to attend weekly practices on Thursday after school (3:00-3:40).

A permission form and student contract will be sent home with any interested students. These must be read, signed, and returned by Tuesday September 12 in order to attend the first rehearsal Thursday September 14.

If your child enjoys singing and can be a good leader in church, please encourage them to sign up. I am particularly looking for more participation from the boys. I know many of them have beautiful voices that need to be heard!

Thank You!


Mrs. Beth Wagner

Athletic Association News

Saint Louis FC and the St. Ambrose Athletic Association have teamed up for a special fundraising night. Please join us on Saturday, September 23rd at 7:30PM when STLFC takes on FC Cincinnati at World Wide Technology Soccer Park!!!

Tickets for the game start at just $15 and $4.00 from every ticket sold will be donated back to the St. Ambrose Athletic Association!

Simply use promo code: STAMBROSE (not case sensitive) to redeem this special offer.  Click here (or copy & paste into your web browser) to get your tickets:

World Wide Technology Soccer Park is located at:
1 Soccer Park Rd,
Fenton, MO 63026

If you have any questions, or if you need help purchasing tickets, please contact Jeremy Cowen at 636.651.0301 or at [email protected]


The St. Ambrose Athletic Association is proud to present this opportunity for students in grades 3-8 who are interested in learning or improving chess skills. Instructors from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis will provide chess classes that teach fundamental chess elements in addition to promoting educational values that can be learned through chess. Classes are designed for one hour of instruction and practice each session. Classes will be held on Wednesday’s at 3:15 PM at St. Ambrose (exact room TBD). Instruction will be designed for beginner to intermediate player. The fee is $30 per student.

Please register by September 15, 2017 by logging into your EZRoster account via the following link:

Registration is limited to the first 20 students… So if you’re interested, please do not delay and register today!!



In the Classroom

Mrs. Ronzio’s 7th grade science class  completed an Oreo Investigation.  They explored the steps of the scientific method and  sharpened their observation skills using weights and measures when they  experimented to see which variety of Oreo would become submerged the fastest in a cup of milk.



Mrs. Ruggeri’s 2nd Grade is getting back in the routine of the Daily 5.  Students practiced reading to self, reading to others, listening to reading, working on words, writing, and meeting with the teacher.



All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2017 Knights of Columbus First Annual Soccer Challenge. The local competition will be held Sunday September 24, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. at Berra Park on the Hill. THIS IS A FREE EVENT FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS.

The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. All boys and girls 9 to 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions.

All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. Sign-up sheets will be in the school Office and available beginning the week of September 11, 2017. Registration is open from now until the event. A Registration Table will be open at 11:30 a.m. at the park on the day of event. For additional information or any questions, please contact: Scott Marsh at [email protected] or 314.277.5218.

Mother/Daughter & Father/Son Programs

Mercy Fertility Care Services offers programs for Mothers & Daughters and Fathers & Sons in an atmosphere of love and learning to discuss fertility and promote communication between parents and children.  The programs are presented by a mother/father, a physician, registered nurses, and a teen panel for questions and answers.  The programs emphasize respect, understanding and appreciation for God’s gift of sexuality, as well as age-appropriate information on the function of the reproductive system. For more information use the links below.

Mother Daughter Program Flyer

Father Son Program Flyer

Fall High School Nights

High School Nights provide students in  6th, 7th, and 8th grade and their parents an opportunity to hear from representatives of the Catholic high schools about their programs and policies.

High School Nights for 2017 are as follows.  All begin promptly at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, September 12– Ursuline Academy

(Sappington Road three blocks north of Big Bend; parking on rear lot off East Monroe)

Schools Presenting: Barat Academy ~ Bishop DuBourg ~ Chaminade ~ CBC ~ Cor Jesu ~ De Smet ~ Duchesne ~ Incarnate Word ~ Nerinx Hall ~ Notre Dame ~ Rosati-Kain ~ St. John Vianney~ St. Joseph’s ~St. Louis Priory ~SLUH ~ St. Mary’s ~ St. Pius X ~ Ursuline ~ Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill ~Visitation

Tuesday, September 19—-Rosati Kain High School

(Lindell at Newstead; parking on the St. Louis Cathedra Basilica lot, the lot at the corner of Lindell & Taylor, and on neighboring streets)

Schools Presenting: Bishop DuBourg ~ Cardinal Ritter ~ Chaminade ~ CBC ~ Cor Jesu ~ De Smet ~ Duchesne ~Incarnate Word ~ Nerinx Hall ~ Notre Dame ~ Rosati-Kain ~ St. John Vianney ~ St. Joseph’s ~ St. Louis Priory ~ SLUH ~ St. Mary’s ~ Trinity ~ Ursuline ~ Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill ~ Visitation

Thursday, September 21—St. John Vianney

(Lindbergh Blvd. at I-44; parking in front of school, and at the Lutheran Church headquarters lot and the store lot adjacent to the school)

Schools Presenting: Barat ~ Bishop DuBourg ~ Chaminade ~ CBC ~ Cor Jesu ~ De Smet ~ Duchesne ~ Incarnate Word ~ Nerinx Hall ~ Notre Dame ~ Rosati-Kain ~ St. Francis Borgia ~ St. John Vianney ~ St. Joseph’s ~ St. Louis Priory ~ SLUH ~ St. Pius X~ Ursuline ~ Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill ~Visitation

Thursday, September 28 – St. Mary’s High School
(South Grand Boulevard, just north of Delor Street; parking on lot in front of school)

Schools Presenting: Bishop DuBourg ~ Cardinal Ritter ~ Chaminade ~ CBC ~ Cor Jesu ~ De Smet ~ Incarnate Word ~ Nerinx Hall ~ Notre Dame ~ Rosati-Kain ~ St. John Vianney ~ St. Joseph’s ~ SLUH ~ St. Mary’s ~ Ursuline ~ Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill ~ Visitation

Tuesday, October 3 – St. Joseph’s Academy
(South Lindbergh Boulevard, just south of Highway 40; parking on school lot)

Schools Presenting: Barat Academy ~ Bishop DuBourg ~ Chaminade ~ CBC ~ Cor Jesu ~ De Smet ~ Duchesne ~ Incarnate Word ~ Nerinx ~ Notre Dame ~ Rosati-Kain ~ St. Joseph’s ~ St. Louis Priory ~ SLUH ~ Visitation

(These nights are in closest proximity to St. Ambrose.  Additional nights in St. Charles and North County are available on