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In this workshop, local partners at Backflip will help students tap their creativity to make a video in a format of documentary, motion graphics, or live action.

Teachers will walk them through the stages of film production. We’ll explore how movies are made, what digital technology is based upon, and how it works, and we’ll get to view some cool video to see how the pros do it.

Summer workshops are a fantastic way to engage the mind and keep boredom at bay this summer for any student entering 5-9th grade. Workshop is held 10 AM – 2 PM daily.


Visit for a more detailed description of each workshop and to register.


Attend one Summer Workshop for $200/student or register for BOTH weeks for $350/student!

Get ready to get your hands dirty and become a scientist, farmer, chef, and taster for a week!

We will approach our themes from all sorts of angles, with many hands-on experiments, a visit to a farm, learning about soil and the critters in them, and tracing the path from soil to ice cream. Learn to put skills acquired to the test in the field.

Summer workshops are a fantastic way to engage the mind and keep boredom at bay this summer for any student entering 5-9th grade. Workshop is held 10 AM – 2 PM daily.


Visit for a more detailed description of each workshop and to register.


Attend one Summer Workshop for $200/student or register for BOTH weeks for $350/student!

Join St. Ambrose Academy for a faculty speaker event featuring Ms. Theresa Klinkhammer, SAA religion teacher and Director of Student Ministries. Ms. Klinkhammer will share a talk based on a text that is a part of our senior high religion curriculum and is especially timely for Catholics who want to incorporate their faith more into their daily lives.

Blessed Columba Marmion was a leader of the liturgical renewal in the early 20th century. His book, Christ in His Mysteries, shows how we enter into the mysteries of Christ’s life by living liturgically.

This talk will first delve into Marmion’s thought concerning participation in Christ’s mysteries and then explore this idea through looking at the power of the propers of the Mass, especially those of the Easter season.

The senior high boys, along with Fr. Greg Ihm, will be heading to Camp Gray for a retreat on 4/29/2022. Boys are to meet at school that day by 7:50am, so they can depart by 8:00am.

Classes will be held as usual for senior high girls that day.

For an even richer behind-the-scenes musical experience, come to the St. Ambrose Academy Musical Dinner Theater on Thursday, March 24, 2022!

Be the first to see this year’s musical, enjoy a reception, catered dinner, behind-the-scenes program, and tickets to the preview performance on the evening before the show officially opens.

This will be a night at the theater that will entertain and delight – don’t miss it!

Tickets on sale now! Space is limited so reserve your seats today at

Schedule of Events

5:00-5:30PM | Reception at St. Christopher Parish, Verona

5:30-6:45 PM | Dinner & Program at St. Christopher Parish, Verona

7:00-9:30 PM | Preview Performance at 300 Richards Street, Verona

Winter Dads’ Get-Together
From SAA dad Matt Hirscher: Matt Hirscher (Tess, 9th) is hosting an SAA Winter Event – Dad’s Listening Night: Friday Feb 18, 7:00 p.m., at 1706 Lewon Drive, one block from SMG. Last song spins at 9:45.
Bring vinyl, an iphone or even a CD with some songs that you’d like to share. Drinks and snacks provided, but feel free to bring some to share. General routine is each guy gets to play 2 songs while others enjoy. Get exposed to some new tunes enjoying playback on an audiophile-worthy tube amp. More rock, less talk. RSVP to Matt Hirscher – Hope you can come.
Please note that you should e-mail Matt directly to RSVP or with questions. Dads, it’s your chance to have a great guys-only time!

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
for the Success of the New Building Campaign

On Monday, February 14, there will be an all-school pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin – the only approved apparition site in the United States! – to beg Our Lady’s intercession for the success of our building campaign.

We would like to issue a warm invitation to families and those who care about our mission to join us, whether in person or in spirit!


If you are interested in coming to the Shrine on Monday, February 14, you will find the St. Ambrose group at the 11:00am Mass at the Shrine. The group will pray afterwards (some kind of novena/prayer and personal prayer) while smaller groups of ~20 take turns visiting the apparition site.

If you are unable to meet us at the Shrine in person, we encourage you to pray in a particular way for the students and the success of our building campaign this coming Monday.

With the Lord’s blessing and the collaboration of many, we will continue to see a flourishing of the faith among young people and families in south-central Wisconsin!

For the success of the New Building Campaign, on Monday, February 14 there will be an all-school pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI to beg Our Lady’s intercession for our new building.

This is the site of the only approved Marian apparition in the United States. Mary appeared to Adele Brise in 1859 and told her, “Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation. Teach them their catechism, how to sign themselves with the sign of the cross, and how to approach the Sacraments. That is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing. I will help you.”

This call from Our Lady had been of great importance to the St. Ambrose community, and we trust that Our Lady will give us her help in the building project.

We will depart at 8:00am sharp and return around 3:30pm. We would love for many parents, families, and friends of SAA to accompany us on this journey of faith. Please contact Miss Klinkhammer if you would be willing to chaperone or if your family would like to caravan with us.

January Moms’ Get-Together
Vivi Watkins (Caroline is in 10th grade) will be graciously opening her home for a moms’ get-together on Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. While many who work during the day will not be able to join us, we are hoping that a number of moms will be able to have a nice getaway to picturesque, tranquil Blanchardville. Please view the invitation here:
Laura Karlen will drive her big white van out to Blanchardville, if you’d like to carpool. Please contact Vivi Watkins ( if you have questions. It should be fun!

After a fun, interactive virtual event last year, we’re thrilled to be back together in person for the 15th Annual Benefit Dinner! Gather a group and join us for a night of community and celebrate the continued growth of our school community as we raise support to advance the mission of St. Ambrose Academy.

Info and registration can be found at this link. $75/person, $250/group of four, $600/table of ten.

RSVPs due December 3. (This event is a great way to invite prospective parents to get a glimpse of the community, so don’t be shy!)

Spiritual Bouquet for Bishop Hying! If you cannot attend, you’re still encouraged to contribute prayers for Bishop Hying! Each year our community offers prayers in support of our shepherd, as we unite our work to the work of the Diocese and Holy Mother Church. Email Carolyn the number and type of prayer (Rosaries, Masses, Chaplets of Divine Mercy, days of fasting, etc…) to be included.

Volunteers Needed! In-person events also mean in person help is needed to welcome all our guests and create a memorable event for them! Check the Sign-Up Genius to sign up to help before, during, or after the fun.

There will be a winter gear drive this week lead by the St. Vincent de Paul Youth Service Council. Please consider donating hats, warm gloves or mittens, scarves, hand warmers, or warm socks.

The deadline for items is Friday, November 19.

A donation box will be in the workroom of the school.

Get to know the Ambrose Advantage! Join St. Ambrose faculty and students on a Breakfast Tour that will introduce you to the core values of our school, see our curriculum in action in the classroom, and get your questions answered.

  • 8:30 – 9:00AM:  Light Breakfast & Faculty/Student Presentations
  • 9:00 – 9:45 AM:  Tour Facility and Observe Classical Classrooms in Action
  • 9:45 – 10:00 AM:  Question/Answers Period with St. Ambrose Academy Faculty and Parents

Email Director of Enrollment Angela Hineline with questions or to RSVP!

St. Ambrose Academy is honored to host an event in thanksgiving for Fr. Michael Wanta (SAA ’13) on the occasion of his ordination to the priesthood! We warmly invite alumni, families, and benefactors of St. Ambrose Academy to join in this joyous day.

A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated by Fr. Michael on Sunday, September 19 at 2pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Monona.

An outdoor reception will follow in the parking lot behind IHM School near the playground. Guests can enjoy each others’ company, greet Fr. Michael and receive a blessing, and children can enjoy the playground and outdoor games. Beverages and snacks will be served, including the Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream truck.

RSVP by September 15 here. Spiritual bouquet prayers can also be shared at the same link.