Saint Ambrose Family Newsletter

April 15th, 2022

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Message from Principal

Dear Saint Ambrose Parents,

Many blessings on your Holy Week. As we enter into the Triduum, know of our gratitude for you, and for our Catholic school, where we learn about God's love for us each day.

We had a good week of learning. I am so enjoying being in classrooms and witnessing the great work of our teachers and students.

Earth Day

April 22nd we will be holding a Out-of-unform day fundraiser to benefit our school garden.

Students can bring a $1 to donate and be out of uniform following the Out-of-uniform policy in our handbook. The funds will help cover the cost of seeds, tools and more!

Thank you for your support!

Celebrating Grandparents

Grandparents and Special Friends will be celebrated the week of May 9. Although we won't all be together for an in-person Mass that won’t stop us from connecting with the people we hold near and dear to us! We have some fun things in store leading up to the livestream Mass on Wednesday, May 11 at 9:45 AM. We hope to have every student write to their grandparent or special friend to share the reasons why this person is so special to them. The cards will then be mailed upon completion! Please have your child bring an addressed stamped envelope to school by Friday, May 6 to receive a free dress pass.

O Lord God, heavenly Father,
we praise and thank you for your grace
that through your Son Jesus Christ
you established this supper
in which we eat his body and drink his blood.
By your Holy Spirit, help us
to use this gift worthily,
to confess and forsake our sins,
to confidently believe that we are forgiven through Christ,
and to grow in faith and love day by day
until we come at last to the joy of eternal salvation,
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

Many blessings on your Easter weekend,

Betsy Osterhaus Hand


Going to Bat For Saint Ambrose

When I reflect where we were two years ago, and then last year, and where we are now, I am so grateful. For those of you who have joined us in the last two years, you have not experienced some of the amazing community-building activities that have been limited because we have not gathered. This year we have been cautious about planning large events, but feel that we can move forward at this time.

In celebration of being able to gather, and with a focus on both community-building and raising money for financial assistance, we are planning a party!

Save the date for Friday, May 6. We are putting together a casual evening of fun for parents and friends of Saint Ambrose. Join us for "Going to Bat for Saint Ambrose"

  • We have a band
  • We'll have food and drinks
  • You could win free tuition next year! (Raffle tickets will be sent home today with your child - check the backpacks)
  • We need help. Volunteers are welcome as we are working to plan a fun night for all in a short period of time - Fill out this Google Form if you are interested in helping!
  • We want you to come and... bring your friends.


- Tickets are $50 each

- Cash Bar - you can purchase drink tickets ahead of time - $1 each and most drinks will range from 3-7 tickets.

- Donate online to help Saint Ambrose School and students

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Going to Bat For Saint Ambrose Raffle

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Duck Donut Fundraiser - April 25

Please consider purchasing Duck Donuts on April 25. Twenty-five percent of the sales will come back to Saint Ambrose.
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Jules Nolan - Social Emotional Learning Session


"SEL at Home" — April 21, 7 p.m.

Social and Emotional strategies have long been known to enhance family life and parenting effectiveness. In this session we will talk about what SEL strategies are and what they are NOT in relation to parenting your children. You will leave with concrete strategies to better understand your children, to bolster your relationship, and to create a calmer home.


School Mass:

Parents are welcome to attend school Mass.

1. Please sit in one of the sections closest to the choir loft. We do not have any classes sitting in those two sections.

2. Please allow your children to sit with their classmates; it is fine to give a hug on the way in or out of Mass, but we'd like our students to attend Mass with their class.

Thank you! We are thrilled to have parents at Mass.

School Uniforms

  • We get feedback from parents that we are too stringent on uniform enforcement, and that we are too lax. Our objective with the uniform is to be uniform. Please support us as we enforce the guidelines. There are a number of students who need haircuts, whose shoes are not in compliance ( black and/or white), and some whose skirts are too short. Please check on your child's school uniform before sending them to school next week.
  • Next week, we'll send notices to families whose students are out of compliance so you can make needed adjustments.
  • There is nothing personal about enforcement; our goal is to look sharp and be ready to learn in our uniform uniforms. Thank you!


It's that time of year again. If you are interested in ordering a yearbook, please use this link If you prefer to pay for a yearbook(s) in the office, that is fine too. Cost per yearbook is $20.00.

Has your student had Megan McEnaney as their 2nd-grade teacher?

Well, she's getting married this summer and she would love to have her former students be part of the day! Follow this link or send her an email for more information

Catholic Youth Camp

This program is offered for students going into 1st through 5th grades. If you are interested, please visit CYC website on the flyher.
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Summer School

We offer a summer enrichment program for students entering kindergarten through grade six. There are a variety of classes in a wide range of topics including STEM, computer programming/coding, mathematics, science, reading, cooking, art, lego, computer games and much more. This is considered an enrichment experience and students find it fun and exciting to explore topics and subjects that may not be a part of a typical curriculum.

Courses will be offered Monday through Friday from July 11-15th. Students may take from one to three courses. All courses will be 1.5 hours in length. Lunch will be provided.

Catalog of class offerings


Summer Extended Day Program Calendars

Believe and Read - Groves Literacy Partner

Groves Tip of the Week:

Summer is right around the corner and I am excited about warm weather, sunshine, and time to read more!

I strongly recommend creating a summer reading list.

You can visit libraries, bookstores, etc. and create a "Summer Must Read List" with your child.

Find some great suggestions with reviews and age recommendations here -

Reading over the summer will not only help maintain your child's current reading level but will help them strength reading stamina, vocabulary and comprehension.

General Information

Tax Season:

If you would like to obtain your tuition information for tax purposes, please follow these steps:

1. Log into your TADS account.

2. Hover over the Billing tab

3. Click on Reports

4. Download the billing summary report.


We have completed the calendar for the upcoming school year. 2022-2023 School Calendar

Free Chromebooks

The school is offering a limited number of Dell 3120 Chromebooks free to families who might be interested. These units have reached the end of their predetermined life cycles and will accept no further operating system updates from Google. As such, the school can no longer use them. They still boot up, they still attach to wifi, they still hold a charge from their AC adapters, and they've been extracted from our management environment. They could potentially be useful to some families. These units are being distributed with the understanding that they are as-is, and no technical support of any kind can be provided. Please contact Tim Demco at if you are interested in obtaining a chromebook.

Lunch - The USDA will be providing free lunches for ALL students for the 2021-2022 school year. First meal and milk will be free of charge. There is a charge for seconds ($2.00) and milk (.60) taken with cold lunch. Look for lunch account information in the back-to-school folder.

Even though school lunches are of no charge this year, if you feel your family would qualify for free and reduced lunch, we ask that you fill out the application. By filling out this application, Saint Ambrose receives funding and will benefit the family as well. Please print this application and return the completed application to the school office.

Communication from school:

  • Log in to Sycamore to update any changes to your contact information. Download the Sycamore Education app to quickly access lunch menu, calendar and other essential school information.

School Emergency Closing Notifications -

This school year we will continue to use our Sycamore System for text and email notifications for school closures and delays due to inclement weather. You may also check Kare 11 and WCCO for notification that District 833 is closed - if they are closed we will be closed.

Make sure to update Sycamore with your current phone numbers and emails as soon as possible.

VIRTUS Training Information for Volunteers

As we did last year, and in attempts to mitigate COVID, we will not be inviting volunteers into the building. While there will be exceptions to this rule, we feel this is the best practice at this time. However, we are encouraging you to go through the process so once we are ready to welcome volunteers back into the building, you are ready to volunteer should you wish to do so. VIRTUS Training

If you have not re-credential and have gotten an e-mail to that effect, or you know you have not re-credentialed in the last three years, you will want to do that here. Re-credential for VIRTUS

New Families

This section is dedicated to helping inform our new families about things happening at Saint Ambrose that they might not be aware of....

Join us on May 6th for an evening of food, fun, and friends! Going to Bat for Saint Ambrose!

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