St. Ambrose Newsletter April 16, 2019
St. Ambrose Catholic School

April 16, 2019

A Note from 
Our Principal

Greetings Hornet Hive,

Congratulations to our girls softball team for advancing to the second round of playoffs! They play tomorrow at ODC off TC Jester and 34th at 4:30. Wear your blue and gold and uniform bottoms to school tomorrow to support our Lady Hornets!

Two of our own placed at the Archdiocesan Poetry Fest held this morning. Allie Ollenburg placed 1st for 8th grade Haiku and Nick Lopez placed 3rd for Western style poetry for 6th grade. They did an excellent job representing St. Ambrose! 

This Thursday is our Holy Thursday retreat with a noon dismissal. We’re looking forward to spending the day with the students and growing deeper in our faith together. Holy Thursday Mass will be at 7pm, I’d love for you to join me.

In observance of Easter, the school will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. We look forward to seeing you back here on Tuesday!

Don’t forget if you’re free May 4th we’re having our Cornhole Classic starting at 3pm. See below for more details.

Have a wonderful week!

In Christ,

Ms. McDonald 

Softball Update

Congratulations to the Lady Hornets Softball team on their win against St. Christopher’s in round 1 of the GHCAA Playoffs. The Lady Hornets will take on St. Laurence at 4:30pm on Wednesday at Oaks Dads Club in round 2 of the playoffs!

After yesterday’s victory, the team celebrated our 7 eighth graders that have lead this group for at least three years.

DECATS Talent Identification Program

St. Ambrose participates in three Talent Search programs: Johns Hopkins University for grades 2nd - 8th, DUKE University for grades 4th & 5th and 7th, and DECATS for grades 3rd - 6th. We are very fortunate to have so many of our students nominated for these programs.

At this time we would like to recognize those students who are eligible to take part in DECATS.

Since 1994, Scholars accepted for DECATS are students from grades three through six who have demonstrated achievement or shown potential in such areas as general intellectual ability, specific subject matter aptitude, creative and critical thinking, leadership, and task commitment. Scholars who graduate from the program join over 2,000 alumni who have been part of the DECATS legacy. Students must score in the 95% in certain standardized test areas. DECATS is a three-week summer session that takes place in June at Corpus Christi Catholic School, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, St. Laurence Catholic School and St. Anne Catholic School in Houston, Texas.
We are very excited to nominate 42 St. Ambrose Students!

Congratulations to the following students:

3rd Grade

Brooke Wisnoski, Caitlyn Barcus , Analydia Solis, Julia Tesone, Mary Katherine Fritsch, Summer Prye, McKenzie Seaman, Audrey Tofflemire

4th Grade

Irma Boatz, Kennedy Gant, Hunter McKirahan, Benedict Nevares- Thomas, Lucas Klimko, Madison Seaman, Thiago Briscoe, Jayden Flores, Caleb Krc, Gavin Mayahi, Reagan Stone, Lola Ramsay

5th Grade

Thomas Grafton, Emily Kemp, Adrian Marin- McCrory, Elizabeth Hanna, Sophia Presiado, Gabriel Salyers, Debra Salyers, Camille Perez, Zachary Tran, Autumn Kuenstle, Nick Ortiz, Katelyn Adkins, Lea Afonso- Chambon, Addy Alvarez, Noah Wood, Xabi Briscoe, Devin Mayahi, Jenna McMahon, Aleida Klimko, Michael Trevino, Carsan Evans, Raymond Herrera


The Earth Day Committee is in awe of our community and how we all came together to beautify our campus. Watching our children unite as they worked diligently for the common good of our school was a very memorable experience. Their continual hard work and service was unlike anything we have ever seen. 
A HUGE Thank you to the following:
  • Cage Family (Sanaa Kindergarten)
  • Cardona Family (Jaden 2nd)
  • Carranza Family (Diego 6th)
  • Ms. Rhonda Cook and Family (Gunnar 5th)
  • Danna Family (Kailey 5th)
  • Gonzales Family (Gavin PK3 and Dominic PK4)
  • Krc Family (Caleb 4th)
  • Landreneau Family (Andrew 3rd and Renee 7th)
  • Loredo Family (Lily 1st)
  • Meduna Family (Cade 7th)
  • Somoza and Zarate Family (Benjamin 5th)
  • Stone Family (Garrett 5th)
  • Ware Family (Stoney PK4 and Stetson 1st)
  • Tellepsen Landscaping
Without your donations, our Earth Day would not have been as successful. 
We would also like to thank Elizabeth Cardner, Donna Danna, and Frank Flores for giving their time as we made these improvements to our school. 
With Sincere Gratitude,
Linsey Bear, Cathy and Richard Velez, Sara Janak, and Melinda Johnson

Holy Week Services 2019

Holy Thursday April 18, 2019
7:00 P.M. Mass Bi-Lingual
11:00 P.M. Holy Hour Spanish
Good Friday April 19, 2019
12:00 P.M. Stations of the Cross - English
3:00 P.M. Veneration of the Cross – English
6:00 P.M. Viacrucis, Veneration of the Cross
and Procession to the Sacred Tomb – Spanish
Holy Saturday April 20, 2019
12:00 P.M. Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows Spanish
8:30 P.M. Easter Vigil Bi-Lingual
Easter Sunday April 21, 2019
Masses: 8:00 and 10:00 A.M. English
Procession and Mass 12:00 Noon Spanish
There will be NO 5:00 P.M. Mass

Save the Date!
April 26th

Each year the entire school participates in Field Day. The Parent Organization purchases one T-shirt for each St. Ambrose student (so no need to send money for their shirts). The teachers will submit sizes based on the uniform sizes your child wears.
Field day is fast approaching and we are asking for volunteers to help set up, work and break down the concession stand for the day. This is always a fun and exciting event for the kids and our concession stand gets very busy! These hours do count toward your volunteer requirements for the year.

If you are able to help, please sign up to work an hour shift. We are also in need of crock pots, ice chest and pop up tents for the day. If you are able to offer one for the day please sign up for that as well. We will need these items by 7:30am that morning and you may pick up at the end of the day by 2:30pm. CLICK HERE to signup!

We meet behind the school in the men's club kitchen, this is where the concession stand is set up. 

Please contact Melissa Ortiz with any questions.

Friday, April 26th!

CLICK HERE for FAQ's about our Color Run.

Your child must be registered for the race in order to participate in the Color Run.

It's not too late to participate!
All students are eligible to participate. If you did not register your student for STEPS but would like for them to participate in the Color Run, you may send $25 (cash/check) to the office marked "ATTN: Color Run" no later than 8:00 AM Friday.

We invite all SAS family and friends to join us in the fun!

Volunteers Needed!

We NEED Volunteers to help throw the colored powder. CLICK HERE to signup and help make the Color Run a success! Please note: volunteers will be eligible to log in their hours in RenWeb to be credited towards the SAS Volunteer Requirements.

Please contact Tami Navarro with any questions.

Save the Date!
Saturday, April 27

Save the date!
Saturday, May 4th
3:00 PM Check-in
4:00 PM First Toss
6:00 PM Dinner served

St. Ambrose Catholic School Gym

Entry Fee includes:
  • 5 game minimum play
  • Koozies
  • Door Prizes
  • Silent Auction
  • Unlimited Food & Beverages
  • DJ

*All participants at this event must be 21 years or older*

Team registration information below!

CLICK HERE for the flyer with full details, including registration and sponsorship opportunities.
All proceeds from the Cornhole Classic will go directly to St. Ambrose Catholic School.

Questions? Contact Danna Jankowski

Event Chairs: 
Mike GutierrezKirk Jankowski, and Travis Staudt

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6-10th
Teacher Appreciation Week is fast approaching! We are reaching out to the SAS family to request donations to help us give the SAS faculty and staff the BEST Teacher Appreciation Week ever! Please see below for a list of suggested items that can be donated. Any contributions can be used in place of your end of year teacher gift.  All donations and monetary contributions can be dropped off at the school office no later than May 1st Attn: TEACHER APPRECIATION. Thank you in advance for your generous support for the 37 members of our amazing faculty & staff!
Ideas/Suggestions: Gifts Cards (Please write the amount of the gift card on card)  *restaurants, bookstores, Amazon, movie theatres, Sephora, Visa Gift cards, Manicure/Pedicure, Massage, Bath and Body Works, Candles, Lottery tickets, Tickets to professional sporting events, Concert tickets, Kendra Scott Jewelry, Classroom Supplies, Tote Bags, Outdoor Gear, Coolers, Plants, Wine/wine baskets, Beer/beer baskets, Wine and beer accessories – bottle openers, wine glasses, Coffee/coffee baskets, Liquor, Cash contributions to assist with underwriting event/meals for faculty and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week **corporate/small business contributions will be recognized in Newsletter**

Please contact Teresa Williams or Miranda Mayahi with any questions.

SAS Talent Show

Friday, May 10th

Intent to Participate forms Wednesday, April 24th!

We know our SAS kids have talent and we want to show it off! The SAS Talent Show is scheduled for Friday, May 10th.  If  your son/daughter is interested in showcasing their talent during the talent show, then please carefully review the Talent Show Rules & Guidelines and take note of the following dates:
Questions? Please contact any of the following Talent Show Sponsors:
Danna Jankowski
Cathy Velez
Vanessa Solis
Roseanne Bush
Linsey Bear
Megan Morris


Scholarship Opportunity

Attention 7th Graders at SAS!

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Our Lady of LaSallette # 2474 here at St. Ambrose is offering a $500 scholarship to the winner of our annual essay contest.
If you are a 7th grader at SAS you may submit an essay titled “What Catholic Education Means to Me” for consideration. The essay should be no more than 200 words, typed & double-spaced with a cover sheet with your name. Please do not put your name on the essay, as they will be read anonymously. Please submit your essay to the church or school office by May 15th.

Feel free to contact Bernie King with questions 713-806-0141. Good Luck!

St. Ambrose Catholic School

Registration for 2019-2020

Late Registration forms are still being accepted!

Click HERE for an explanation regarding the Registration and Payment portion of the enrollment process. The following forms and details on re-enrollment will ALL be needed to finalize registration:
Rates for tuition and fees for the 2019-2020 school year are available here. Please see letter from SAS administration regarding tuition and fees for next school year here.
Refer us and earn a credit!
If you refer a family to St. Ambrose and this family is accepted, you will receive $100 credit towards your child's tuition or fees! They must include your name on the "Referred by" line in the new application in order for your family to receive credit. 

Join St. Ambrose Catholic Church’s own 
Pack 540 Cub Scouts (Est. 1976)
Many Smiles Are In Your Future!

Some boys avoid obstacles.  Scouts overcome them.  The life lessons learned in Scouting form a foundation to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles in life.  Scouting is one of the best relationship building experiences between a parent and their son, as well as between the Scouts themselves.  This great journey called “Scouting” is waiting for you.  Sign up now to begin your adventure!
Date:   Sunday – May 6, 2018
Time:  3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location:  St. Ambrose Sports Field – Get ready for a Ton of Fun!
What:  Sign-Up to become a Member of Pack 540 at our Water Balloon Battle
  • Bring a friend and come join us, and Kona Ice, for a ton of water FUN! Bring filled water balloons in an ice chest (recommend ice chest on wheels) and get your throwing
    arm ready to participate in our annual Water Balloon Battle.
  • Afterwards, we pick up the balloon trash (Leave No Trace) and then enjoy watermelon together.
  • Bring a water bottle for each member of your family and a towel/change of clothes for you will probably get drenched!  Optional extras - Water guns/toys, portable chair(s) and/or a picnic blanket.

Who:  All boys entering Kindergarten - 5th grade for the 2019-2020 school year, along with their parents and siblings, are welcome to join us.

Pack Summer Camps:  All boys who join this Spring have the opportunity to sign up to attend BSA Summer Camps. and

Pack Fundraising:  Boys may earn money in their individual Scout account, to pay for anything scouting related, by participating in selling both Popcorn in the Fall and Scout Fair Coupon Booklets in the Spring.
Host:  Cub Scout Pack 540 (Established in 1976)
More information listed below:
Cub Scouts - Cubmaster Adina Akin at (713) 869-5676 or via email at
BSA information - visit and

Registration now open!
St. Pius X High School
Cheer Mini-Camp

The SPX Cheerleaders are excited to host their annual minicamp. Our 2019 cheer mini-camp will be July 15-18. Come and learn the latest cheers, chants, and dances!!

July 15-18; 9am-12pm (individuals); 9am-2pm (squads) 

CLICK HERE to register. 
Deadline for registration is July 1st

Happenings in the Hive

Calendar Updates and Upcoming Events

This Week...

Wednesday, April 17
  • School Mass @ 8 AM - Dress Uniform 
  • Open House for Prospective Parents 9AM - 2PM
  • Softball Playoffs vs St. Laurence @ ODC 4:30PM
Thursday, April 18
  • Holy Thursday-NOON Dismissal - No After Care Available!
Friday, April 19
  • Good Friday-NO SCHOOL
  • 12:00 P.M. Stations of the Cross - English
  • 3:00 P.M. Veneration of the Cross – English
  • 6:00 P.M. Viacrucis, Veneration of the Cross and Procession to the Sacred Tomb – Spanish
Saturday, April 20
  • 12:00 P.M. Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows-Spanish
  • 8:30 P.M. Easter Vigil Bi-Lingual

Next Week...

Monday, April 21
Tuesday, April 23
  • School Board Meeting in Conference Room - All Parents Welcome! 6:30 PM
Wednesday, April 24
  • School Mass @ 8 AM - Dress Uniform
Thursday, April 25
  • Talent Show - Intent to Participate form due!
Friday, April 26
  • SAS Field Day
  • Progress Reports available
  • Catholic Family Day @ Minute Maid Park
Saturday, April 27
  • Grounds Clean-up
  • School Community - Parish Mass Weekend
    Wear your Dress Uniform and get to wear SAS Spirit Shirt & blue jeans on Tuesday 04/30!
    5:00 PM
Sunday, April 28
  • School Community - Parish Mass Weekend
    Wear your Dress Uniform and get to wear SAS Spirit Shirt & blue jeans on Tuesday 04/30!
    8:00 AM, 10 AM & 12 PM (Spanish)


Tuesday, April 30
  • T-Shirt Tuesday (for attending weekend Parish Mass)
  • Talent Show MANDATORY Rehearsal 3:30 PM
Wednesday, May 1
  • School Mass @ 8 AM - Dress Uniform 
  • May Crowning of May
  • Student Fees Due!
  • Open House for Prospective Parents 9AM - 2PM
Friday, May 3
  • PreK4/7th Grade - Cinco de Mayo Lunch
  • First Friday Free Dress
Saturday, May 4
  • 2nd Grade - First Communion
  • Cornhole Tournament
Thursday, May 9
  • Talent Show MANDATORY Final Rehearsal 3:30 PM
Friday, May 10
  • Talent Show
  • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
  • Sports Banquet
Friday, May 24
  • 8th Grade Breakfast, Graduation & Dance
Tuesday, May 28
  • Kindergarten Celebration @ 6PM
Thursday, May 30 
  • Last Day of School - NOON Dismissal - No After Care Available!
  • Box Tops Due!
Here are some Service Hour Opportunities happening this week:
  • All Week! Parking Lot Duty is from 7:30am to 8:00am. Signup here: 
    April 15-19 - Earn 1 service hour for every morning of parking lot duty!
Don't forget to log your completed service hours in RenWeb. Hours should be submitted within a month of completion. Do not wait until the end of the year to submit hours. 
An Administrator will review the submitted hours and verify their eligibility. Please review Student/Parent Handbook for further information.

Has your email address changed?

Contact Mrs. Waguespack in the office to update Renweb. 

Then, subscribe here for the school newsletters or contact Sarah Garza.
Click here for the April 2019 monthly lunch menu from The Simply Fresh Kitchen. Need instructions on how to order online? Click here!

Parking Lot Duty

To help traffic move smoothly in the morning, parents are asked to assist with the unloading of students during morning drop-off. This includes directing vehicles to pull forward and opening doors (unless they are automatic) so students can safely exit the vehicles.

Parking Lot Duty is from 7:30am to 8:00am. Each class will cover a week of duty at a time, however anyone can volunteer to help out at anytime.

April 15-19

April 23-26

Please contact Jen Wood with any questions

Click here to make a donation online!
Interested in joining the Annual Fund Committee?

Please contact Sonia or John Hernandez.

The CMG Safe Haven online training is replacing the VIRTUS training. The training consists of 3 vignette style training videos that is approximately 60 minutes and will include a criminal background check that must be completed.
Reminder that all parent volunteers need to complete CMG Safe Haven training, along with anyone who comes on our campus or is in any way involved with our children.

Please CLICK HERE for more information. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact Michelle Thompson.
The Kroger Community Rewards Program allows you to register your Kroger Plus Card online and select "St. Ambrose Catholic School" (93299) as your organization to benefit. Every time you shop at Kroger with your Kroger Plus card, you will be earning funds for SAS!

Now is the time to order those yearbooks! Simply click HERE to be sent to our online sales website. Yearbooks are $50 this year, and 8th grade parents have the option of purchasing an ad for their graduating 8th grader! Prices for ads are listed on the website as well. 

Please contact Ms. Janak with any questions.

Visit AmazonSmile, and select "St. Ambrose Catholic School - Houston, TX". Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. It's that easy!
Resource One Credit Union will donate $100 to St. Ambrose School for each new or used auto loan financed. Click here for more information.

A Treat for a Sheet

Deadline is May 30th!
Attention Hornets- we need your Box Tops!  For every completed collection sheet turned in from now until the end of the school year, students can pick a treat from the Box Tops Treasure Box located in the school office.

Please CLICK HERE for the collection sheet.
Please contact Teresa Williams with any questions. 
New for SAS!
St. Ambrose will 5% in cash back for FREE supplies when you make a purchase of qualifying products and provide our school ID 70240500, at check out at Office Depot Office Max. For a list of qualifying products, click here.


We are proud to announce that Kidventure Summer Camp will be at St. Ambrose Catholic School this summer. 
CLICK HERE to register!

Balfour Image Share

We need your help with ensuring we get as many photos in the yearbook as possible. Please consider sharing any photos you have taken at our school events to our Balfour ImageShare App! If you have documented any events this year and would like to share, please do! Simply download the app, create an account, and share away! If you already have an account from last year, simply log back in and share your photos. CLICK HERE for a flyer with all of the information you need. Thank you for your support!

School Code for the app: 906990

Please contact Ms. Janak, SAS Yearbook Advisor, with any questions.

Please Note: Newsletter items are subject to approval by Ms. McDonald. All pictures and items should be emailed to Sarah Garza by Monday at Noon. 

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