Monday Memo September 18, 2017

Principal’s Corner

This past Sunday’s gospel Jesus told the disciples a parable about forgiveness. The King found a servant who owed a very large sum of money and demanded that he pay the debt off. The servant pleaded with the King to give him time and to be patient. At that, the King showed mercy on the servant by forgiving the entire debt. However, that very servant walked away and saw a fellow servant who owed him a small fraction of what he had owed the King. The servant demanded that the servant pay the debt in full. When that servant asked for time to pay it off, the servant became angry and had the man arrested and thrown in jail.

How often do we ask for forgiveness? How often are we forgiven by someone whom we have hurt? However, how many times are we willing to forgive someone else? It is easy to want others to forgive our shortcomings, but do we readily forgive those in others?

The passage goes further and states that we will be treated at the end of our lives as we have treated others. Forgiveness is never easy, but we are called to be like Christ in trying to live out the virtues in our everyday life.

May we continue to pray for our first responders during these days of unrest.

Dates to Remember

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

Altar Servers

If your child is interested in serving Mass at St. Ambrose, please Fast Direct Linda Gambaro by Monday, Sept. 18th. Monsignor will hold a new server training during the school day sometime this week.

Monday Memo via Email

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The St. Ambrose community would like to help raise money for Houston, Texas and the damages of Hurricane Harvey. All of the money that we raise will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul School that has been damaged by the hurricane. St. Ambrose Student Council will be selling bracelets during every lunch starting September 15th and we will stop selling them September 22nd, unless they are sold out before then. Each bracelet will be $2.00. All of the money that we raise will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul School.

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, a 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

Cardinals Night
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 26th. Reservation forms are available on the PTO page of Fast Direct and on the school

Raffle!!! Anyone who purchases tickets will be entered in a raffle to win a pre-game field visit for 4 people.

In addition to Fireworks night September 29th is also Adult Replica Blues BP Jersey Night.
Now you can look like the pros on the ice and on the field! Friday, September 29, when the
Cards take on the Brewers, 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will take home a Replica Blues
Batting Practice Jersey, just like the ones worn by the players during pre-game warm-ups,
courtesy of Fox Sports Midwest!

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.

Box Tops Contest
Please take the time to send Box Tops in to your child’s homeroom class. The class with the most box tops collected in the first semester will be awarded a special event (i.e. – a popcorn party, a movie, dress down day, etc.) in January to be determined by them
and their teacher! A list of items you can purchase that include box tops is available on fast direct and in the school office. Good Luck & Happy Shopping!

Spirit Wear

St. Ambrose Spirit Wear and Sock orders will be accepted through Friday, September 29th.
Order forms are available on Fast Direct and in the office. The socks make fantastic stocking stuffers and birthday gifts.

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]

Speech Team

Congratulations to the 2017-18 St. Ambrose Speech Team!
The first team meeting will be Thursday, September 21st after school.
Allison R.
Kenneth S.
Victoria S.
Grace K.
Amelia W.
Olivia B.
Marisa E.
Abby R.
Ava C.
Audrey S.
Mary C.
Ceci H.
Madison R.

St. Ambrose 150 Club

The St. Ambrose Catholic School On the Hill 150 Club is a fundraiser that will provide tuition assistance for school families who want to give their children a quality CatholiC Education, but need financial assistance to afford it. It will also provide dollars towards various school improvements such as painting the cafeteria, beautifying the front gardens and more.

When you buy a ticket, you will automatically be entered into:
*8 Monthly drawings for $150 each
*One Grand Prize drawing of $3000 to be drawn at La Festa
*And will receive an invitation for the participant and one guest (adults only) to attend an
appreciation cocktail party on November 18th.

Sign up by filling out the form included in the link below and mailing it to the Parish Office. If you have questions you can email Jessica Molli at [email protected]

In the Classroom

The Pre-K4 classrooms joined together for a STEM challenge. They were challenged to build a bridge that all three of the different size billy goats from The Three Billy Goats Gruff could safely cross and have room for the troll to live underneath the bridge. They worked in teams to build and test their bridges. They tried different styles and learned from attempts that did not get the billy goats successfully across the bridge. In the end all 4 teams were able to build a bridge that met all of the criteria. The anticipation and excitement on their faces as they tested, redesigned, and achieved success was awesome!



Third grade spread out on the gym floor to create Venn Diagrams to compare and contrast the original story of The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka.

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.

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