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Join us once again for Strategy games Wed., Apr. 10 & 24, and Wed., May 8, immediately after school until 4:30 p.m. Our last meeting is May 8. Please bring a snack to share if you are able. If you have any questions, or if your student plans to attend, please RSVP by e-mail to Michelle Lancaster, or comment in the Facebook Parents’ group.

Strategy Games Club Kick-Off
An all-time SAA favorite, Strategy Games Club is back! Join the club!  All students are welcome to stay after school and play strategy games until 4:30pm.  Parents, please reply to the Home and School email or Facebook reminder so that we know how many students to plan on for snacks.  Bring a snack to share if you are able.

Our entire school grades 6–12 will be making a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Blessed Mother at Holy Hill on Friday, April 12 from 8am – 3:20pm with the whole faculty/staff of St. Ambrose.

It is a day-long pilgrimage, with the opportunity to pray a rosary with the Carmelites, attend Mass, eat a picnic lunch, and have spiritual free time to pray within the basilica, in the shrine chapel, or at the outdoor stations of the cross. Attendance at the retreat is expected for all students.

This trip will cost $20 and will be billed though FACTS

**Be sure to send a packed cold lunch suitable for an outdoor picnic**

First Friday All-Day Eucharistic Adoration | March 1

We will have the opportunity to adore Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist in our oratory for the full school day next Fri., Mar. 1.

If you and/or your student(s) would like to join us for the Rosary, please arrive in the St. Joseph Oratory at 7:40 a.m. Fri., Mar. 1. Rosaries conclude by the first bell, so any students who wish to join us for prayer will not be late for homeroom. The Rosary will be followed by Mass, after which Our Eucharistic Lord will be exposed on the altar.

Adorers are needed throughout that day. If you are available to stay with Our Lord for an hour, please contact Dr. Geoffrey Ludvik, Director of Student Ministries.

Yearbook Orders | Deadline Monday, March 4

This is the time of year we offer yearbooks for sale. The cost of each book is $30.

To place an order, go into your FACTS account and fill out the 2023-24 YEARBOOK ORDER FORM located in the “Web Forms” section.

Don’t forget to press “save” when you are done.

The hard deadline for yearbook orders is Mon., Mar. 4. Be sure to order yours today!

The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed following morning Mass and until the end of the school day.

Friday All-Day Eucharistic Adoration

THIS Fri., Feb. 9, we will have the opportunity to adore Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist in our oratory for the full school day.

If you and/or your student(s) would like to join us for the Rosary, please arrive in the St. Joseph Oratory at 7:40 a.m. THIS Fri., Feb. 9. The Rosary will be followed by Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Our Eucharistic Lord will be exposed on the altar following the Mass.

Adorers are needed throughout the day. If you are available to stay with Our Lord for an hour, please contact Dr. Geoffrey Ludvik, Director of Student Ministires.

Please complete the permission form in your FACTS account for the upcoming field trip.

On the afternoon of February 13 (Mardi Gras) we will be enjoying some fun as a school in honor of the 20th Anniversary of St. Ambrose and before Lent begins.

Students have a choice of spending the afternoon at UrbanAir Adventure or Dave & Buster’s.

Students will be provided lunch courtesy of Home & School Connection and leave right after.

No additional transportation is needed. Students and chaperones will walk to either UrbanAir Adventure or Dave & Buster’s in their assigned group.

There is NO CHARGE to families for this afternoon activity.
Note: If students going to Dave & Buster’s wish to bring additional money to spend on games beyond the tokens provided by SAA (allowing approx. 1-1.5 hours of play, depending on skill/games chosen), they may do so.

Students will come to school in their normal uniform and bring a change of clothing appropriate for the activity they chose (non-uniform dress code). Students will change into their non-uniform clothing during lunch.

Groups will walk back to SAA prior to the end of the school day for normal school day dismissal.

We need 10 chaperones. If you are available, please sign up at the link below.

20th Anniversary Fun

 

 

We begin with a cooperative mass at St. Maria Goretti with the SMG school at 8am. Msgr. Holmes will say a special mass for the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas), and then all students will drive or be transported to Keva Sports Center for the rest of the day. At Keva, students will play organized and pick-up sports games; board games and cards will also be available.

Students must come to mass at SMG in their uniform (dress or regular) and bring appropriate clothing and footwear to change into for Keva.

DROP OFF will be at St. Maria Goretti (5313 Flad Avenue, Madison) beginning at 7:30am.
PICKUP WILL BE AT KEVA Sports Center (8312 (Forsythia St., Middleton) at 3:15.
Students who are not picked up by 3:30 will be brought back to SAA for Pickup until 4:00.

Students must bring a sack lunch which does not require microwaving. They may also want to bring money for the concession stand, which will be open for a few hours.

Senior High Students who drive a vehicle or carpool to SMG will drive to Keva after mass, and then depart from Keva at the end of the day.

Drivers/Volunteers are needed! please sign up at the link below!

Game Day Volunteers

Please log into your FACTS account to find a new permission form for the final day of Catholic Schools Week – Game Day!

We will celebrate the end of Catholic Schools Week with our annual Game Day on Friday, February 2nd.

We begin with a cooperative mass at St. Maria Goretti with the SMG school at 8am. Msgr. Holmes will say a special mass for the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas), and then all students will drive or be transported to Keva Sports Center for the rest of the day. At Keva, students will play organized and pick-up sports games; board games and cards will also be available.

Students must come to mass at SMG in their uniform (dress or regular) and bring appropriate clothing and footwear to change into for Keva.

DROP OFF will be at St. Maria Goretti (5313 Flad Avenue, Madison) beginning at 7:30am.
PICKUP WILL BE AT KEVA Sports Center (8312 (Forsythia St., Middleton) at 3:15.
Students who are not picked up by 3:30 will be brought back to SAA for Pickup until 4:00.

Students must bring a sack lunch which does not require microwaving. They may also want to bring money for the concession stand, which will be open for a few hours.

Senior High Students who drive a vehicle or carpool to SMG will drive to Keva after mass, and then depart from Keva at the end of the day.

Drivers/Volunteers are needed! please sign up at the link below!

Game Day Volunteers

 

Fine Arts Showcase | April 23

Join us for SAA’s First Spring Arts Showcase! Students will be performing all kinds of art disciplines on Tue., Apr. 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Saint Ambrose Academy. Please come support our students as a rolling audience!

Interested in volunteering for this event? Please check the sign up sheet for opportunities. This is a great way to get a couple of service hours!

Sign Up Sheet

 

Junior High students (6th-8th) have normal school hours this Friday (8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.), though the school day will be filled with sessions on new hobbies, skills, and experiences.

Dress code is SAA Spirit Wear, like what we wear on Wednesdays. Please send students with a lunch as normal.

Thank you to our parent volunteers who have offered to lead these sessions! We’re excited to show you what our students learn.

Life Skills Day

Do you have a neat skill you’d be able to share with the St. Ambrose Junior High students?

On Fri., Jan. 19, the Junior High will have a Life Skills day. We began this tradition last year when the Seniors were on their March for Life field trip to Washington D.C. and the 9th -11th graders went on retreat, and it is a wonderful way for our younger students to learn new skills and hobbies!

We’d like to offer the students an opportunity to learn some wood carving, carpentry, sewing, knitting, decorating cookies, weight training, calligraphy, cord rosary making, etc. but we need your help! Do you have any practical skill that you would be willing to teach students? Students will be in groups of 10, though you can specify if you are able to take 20 at a time.

Please contact Ms. Behrens if you are interested and available! Thank you!

Silent Auction is Open!

Whether it’s a gift for a loved one or something special for yourself, check out the online silent auction items and experiences beginning today.

Share these with others – bidders do not need to be at the Benefit Dinner gala to participate! The auction closes at 8:00 p.m. this Saturday so bid high and bid often on:

  • A priceless golf outing for you and a friend to enjoy 18 holes and drinks with legendary coaches Bo Ryan (!) and Chris Zwettler – seriously, if you or someone you know loves golf/Wisconsin athletics, don’t miss out!
  • Expert-guided fishing trip in the Green Bay area for four
  • Getaways to the Rockies or to a beautiful resort of your choice
  • Distillery tours and tastings plus beer for a year
  • Delectable cheeses and wine for your holiday hosting
  • A beautiful handmade table with reclaimed oak
  • Theatrical experiences at our own Spring 2024 musical and local ballet
  • The perfect Magnolia baking bundle for a kitchen refresh or a new baker
  • Gardening tools to whip your outdoor space into shape after winter ends
  • And more!

50/50 Raffle Tickets are available through the gala on Friday, when the winner will be chosen (does not need to be present to win). Rome is leading the House competition…but it’s still anyone’s to win!

Register and Bid on Silent Auction Items

50/50 Raffle Details

 

Music Practice Club

Music Practice Club meets every Monday during Recess time (11:55). If your student is interested in practicing their instrument, or they want to try a new instrument, they can do it at that time.

Latin Tutoring

Attention Parents: Several Latin teachers are offering to help your students during office hours. Students can just drop by with questions in the specific classrooms:

  • Dr. Skemp is available Thursdays during Advisory in room 133
  • Mr. Gazzoli is available Mondays during Advisory room 128
  • Dr. Nielsen available Wednesday during lunchroom 128

Latin Tutoring

Attention Parents: Several Latin teachers are offering to help your students during office hours. Students can just drop by with questions in the specific classrooms:

  • Dr. Skemp is available Thursdays during Advisory in room 133
  • Mr. Gazzoli is available Mondays during Advisory room 128
  • Dr. Nielsen available Wednesday during lunchroom 128

Latin Tutoring

Attention Parents: Several Latin teachers are offering to help your students during office hours. Students can just drop by with questions in the specific classrooms:

  • Dr. Skemp is available Thursdays during Advisory in room 133
  • Mr. Gazzoli is available Mondays during Advisory room 128
  • Dr. Nielsen available Wednesday during lunchroom 128

We will be having an end of season banquet on Sunday, November 5th from 3:00-5:00pm at St. Andrew Church in Verona (301 N Main St, Verona, WI 53593). The Zakrzewski family will be providing pulled pork, hot dogs, and lemonade. Everything else will be potluck style – so please bring a dessert or side to share! There will be kickball, yard games, and board games (hopefully there will be nice weather)!

Please use the signup below to let us know if you will be joining us!

Sign Up Genius

Thank you for a great season!

~ Coach Myers

All Souls Hot Lunch | November 2

On Thurs., Nov. 2, the Junior class is sponsoring a hot lunch. If your student chooses not to participate, they can bring a lunch from home.

On the menu:

Chili w/shredded cheese & sour cream;

Clementines

Corn Muffins

Oyster Crackers

Desserts

First Friday All-Day Eucharistic Adoration | November 3

We will have the opportunity to adore Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist in our oratory for the full school day.

If you would like to join us for the Rosary, please arrive in the St. Joseph Oratory at 7:40 a.m. on Fri., Nov. 3. The Rosary will be followed by The Liturgy of the Hours Morning Prayer. Our Eucharistic Lord will be exposed on the altar following Morning Prayer.

Adorers are needed throughout the day. If you are available to stay with Our Lord for an hour, please contact Dr. Geoffrey Ludvik, Director of Student Ministires.

Dress Like a Saint Day! | Tuesday Oct 31

On Tuesday, October 31, we are bringing back our Dress Like a Saint Day!

In honor of the Feast of All Saints, students may come to school dressed as a saint of their choosing. They should also be prepared to tell us about their saint! Modern saints & blesseds are allowed, but a word of warning: Students who use this treat as an opportunity to “dress down” will be given a demerit at the discretion of their teachers. Encourage your student to put together a great costume!

Strategy Games Club Kick-Off
An all-time SAA favorite, Strategy Games Club is back! Join the club!  All students are welcome to stay after school and play strategy games until 4:30 on Wednesday, October 18 and 25 and Wednesdays, November 8 and 15.  Parents, please reply to the Home and School email or Facebook reminder so that we know how many students to plan on for snacks.  Bring a snack to share if you are able.

Per Quinn Myer’s Team Linkt message on 10/6/23:

“Hi all!

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone race at Albany tomorrow, hopefully the cool weather brings some fast times!

Rather than going to the Lightning Grade School meet next Saturday, we are now going to attend a middle school only meet at Verona High School on Thursday.There will not be an official practice for high schoolers, but the hope is that they come to the meet to cheer the middle schoolers on. Verona High School sits right on the Military Ridge Trail, so I will probably send all of the high schoolers that are there on a run while the middle schoolers are walking the course and warming up. The meet schedule is as follows:

4:30 – 6/7th Grade Girls

4:55 – 6/7th Grade Boys

5:20 – 8th Grade Girls

5:45 – 8th Grade Boys

We will be heading over to Verona High School right after school. I will be able to drive a school van that holds 13 kids, but we will need help with carpooling there. I’ve linked a spreadsheet here for you to sign your kids up for rides and volunteer to help drive. If you could sign up there, it would help a ton with my planning for making sure that everyone is accounted for.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EK18EW_63aWcrtYeb_3AzVVBzEI0t9-IqWsbZR_l6AQ/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you!

Coach Myers

Per the Team Linkt message from Coach Myers on 10/11/23:

“Hi all,

I am going to cancel practice for this afternoon. Between musical auditions, updated carpools because of the auditions, and a few other things, the number of athletes that will be able to attend keeps decreasing.

Thanks!

Coach Myers”

Update: We will end pratice 15 minutes early (4:45p) as the 6th grade team has a home match at 5p and i am coaching them. The Girls are welcome to stay and cheer but they will not have me as a supervisor.

St Maria Goretti gym. Friday practice starts at 3:30p and pick up is 445p. Athletes should come dressed and ready with a water bottle, athletic shoes (!), shorts, teeshirt, kneepads.

The fall diaper drive starts this week and goes until next Thu., Oct. 19. We will be collecting diapers to donate to Babies and Beyond. Diapers can be dropped off in the pack-and-play in the front entryway.

Make sure to write your house on the diapers so they can be credited to your house’s total! House points will be given based on diapers collected. The house that collects the most diapers will get desserts sponsored by Guardians for Life!

Sizes newborn, 1, 2, and 3, as well as pull ups, are needed the most, but all sizes are accepted. Open packages, baby wipes and formula are also accepted.

Hot Lunch Roll-Out      
Thanks to the diligence of our monthly hot lunch crew (yay, Savanna, Ryan and Hannah!), we are ready to roll-out the monthly hot lunches that made our students and staff SO happy last year and will certainly delight them this year. The first lunch will be Monday, October 9, in coordination with our celebration of Our Lady of Champion. For the full slate lunches, the cost will be $20 per student for the whole school year, collected through FACTS; this covers the main dish and plates and utensils. You can opt out if you want by contacting Savanna Parker (savanna1434@hotmail.com).
This first lunch will be hosted by the Senior class. Senior parents, that means we need your help with serving and donating items.
Senior parents, to sign up to help the monthly hot lunch crew serve lunch AND earn volunteer hours, sign up here: St. Ambrose Academy Volunteers: SAA Home and School Connection 2023-2024 (signupgenius.com)

Dear St. Ambrose Academy Junior High Parents,

We just want to send you a reminder that tomorrow Friday October 6, 2023, your

student will be going to Camp Gray for their Junior High Retreat.

Student will be coming to school at the regular time (8am). They ‘ll be reporting to

their Homeroom teachers and they will be going to the Oratory to pray the Litany

of the Hours.

Around 8:45am, they will be going into their bus or a van to go to Camp Gray.

Pick up time will be here at SAA at 5pm.

Make sure they bring their usual cold lunch.

They can wear comfortable clothes and shoes. There’s no need to wear uniform.

Please ask them to bring the following:

Bible/spiritual reading
Rosary
Coat/hat (if it is cold)
Water bottle
Packed lunch

Thank you and let us know if you have any questions.

Ivonne Blahnik

Per Quinn Myer’s Team Linkt message on 10/11/23:

“Hi all,

I just received word that the middle school meet at Verona on 10/12/23 has been rescheduled until next Wednesday, October 18th. They have a few meets there over the next two weeks and with the projected rain, want to make sure that they keep the course in good shape.

I recognize that some of you may have planned on the middle school season ending tomorrow while others planned on attending practice with the high schoolers all of next week. We are still going to be attending the rescheduled meet, but I understand if your child is no longer able to make it. We will carpool over just as we had planned for tomorrow. I’ve linked the ride sign-up below.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EK18EW_63aWcrtYeb_3AzVVBzEI0t9-IqWsbZR_l6AQ/edit?usp=sharing

We will still have practice tomorrow. The weather isn’t going to be great so please make sure that your kids pack sweats and a rain jacket. Part of the practice will be inside tomorrow. The high school time trial that was also planned for tomorrow will still be happening at school.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Coach Myers

Students should plan to wear their dress uniform on 9/26 for Picture Day. Individual pictures will be taken beginning in the morning that day.

Uniforms will not be required that Fri., Sept. 29.

School pictures are taken by Lifetouch. Our school code is EVTDM7SB4. Forms came home with students this afternoon.