St. Ambrose Newsletter August 21, 2018
St. Ambrose Catholic School

August 21, 2018

A Note from 
Our Principal

Hello Hornet Hive Families,
It’s wonderful to have all the students in the classrooms and halls. I have enjoyed getting to know many of the students. Today, I was able to join some of Ms. Janak’s science classes as they discussed the scientific method and the chemical reaction of Diet Coke and Mentos. It was a blast to see the students’ reactions.
Starting next week, we will be doing uniform checks. In grades 4th-8th, uniform violations will be issued to students. Please refer to the Student Handbook for uniform (p. 51 – 55) and free dress (p. 40) policies.

We have quite a few events around campus this week and, we’d love to have you join us.
First, tonight we have a VIRTUS training. This is a class required by the Archdiocese for anyone over the age of 18 who works with students. Since we have service hours requirements this year, it is necessary for everyone to do this class. If you didn’t register for tonight’s class, you are strongly encouraged to go ahead and sign up for another class. Register at  
Tomorrow, we have our first Parent Organization (PO) meeting of the year starting at 6:30 in the cafeteria. More details are below; I’d love to see you there!
All hands are welcome this Saturday, August 25th, to assist us to spruce up the campus. Starting bright and early at 7:30 – 11:00, we could use some help with various projects. Be sure to sign-up if you can attend.  
On a more serious note, our top priority is keeping our campus secure. In doing so, we’d like to limit our morning visitors (parents) to a minimal amount of time. We are looking to restructure our morning drop off procedures more information will be included in the coming weeks. As a gentle reminder, please do not park in the handicap and reserved parking spots as well as the fire lanes.
Thanks so much for your support and understanding.
Take care, and I hope to see you soon!
Ms. McDonald

Friday Early Dismissal

Reminder to all SAS Parents!
Please note the early dismissal schedule every Friday!

PreK3 thru 1st Grade - 2:00 PM
2nd thru 5th Grade - 2:15 PM
Jr. High - 2:20 PM

After School Care
Pick-up Procedures

Parents are to park in front, by the Church, and walk through the walkway next to the auditorium, around the back to pick up students from the After School Program. Please go to your child's assigned After School Program Employee to sign out your child. Children may not leave the program without being signed out by an approved, licensed driver. On rainy days, you may drive around the back and park to pick up your child(ren). You may drive to the back only on rainy days. This is for our children's safety!


Service Requirement Guidelines

Parent service requirements are as follows:

1st child 8 hours
2nd child 6 hours
3rd child 4 hours
Additional children None

Parents may ask another VIRTUS-trained person (example: Grandparent) to perform the service hours for the family.
Families demonstrating a hardship to complete service hours will be handled on a case by case basis by the Administration.
Parents that are employees of the school are not required to complete service hours.

Those families that have not completed their commitment by May 15, 2019 will be billed at a rate of $50/hour for the outstanding balance of hours.
Service Hour Tracking
Parents will need to submit their hours in RenWeb:
Hours should be submitted within a month of completion. Do not wait until the end of the year to submit hours.
How to enter hours in Renweb:
  1. Sign in to RenWeb (ParentsWeb).
  2. Click “Family Information” on the left side of the home page.
  3. Click the name of the parent who completed volunteer hours.
  4. Click on the “Service Hours” tab (next to “Contact Info” tab).
  5. Click the “Add Service Hours” button on the “Service Hours” tab.
  6. Enter the date, description and number of hours. The description box has several pre-defined service opportunities listed. The Note field may be used to give additional information about the volunteer time. Please list the teacher or event chairperson you volunteered with in the “Verified By” box.
  7. Click “Save” to submit the hours.

An Administrator will review the submitted hours and verify their eligibility. Please review Student/Parent Handbook for further information.

SAS Youth Sports

Registration ends this Friday!

Thank you to the large group of parents that attended the Youth Sports soccer informational meeting last night. Please remember that registration forms are due by Friday, August 25th and teams will be formed on a first-come first-serve basis.
Contact Diane Cobble with any questions.

2018 SAS Football Team

8th Grade
Travis Pesek, Diegp Sanchez, Cesar Roman, Mason Taylor, Evan Borrego, Matthew Villafranca, Vincent Doucet, Cortlandt Cox, Brayden Holle, Matthew Hoover, Dimitris Plastas, Caleb Sweeten, Jonathan Rodriguez

7th Grade
Casan Evans, Jacob Lopez, Rocky Massiatte, Max Henry, Nick Woods, Joe Jackson

6th Grade
Gavin Lopez, Evan Wisnoski, Matthew Akin, Diego Carranza, Brandon Rincon, Austin Gray, Axel Arvizo

Mark your calendars!
All games start at 4:30 PM.
  • August 29: HOME vs. St. Mary Magdalene
  • September 5: HOME vs. St. Anne Tomball
  • September 12: AWAY vs. St. Rose of Lima
  • September 19: AWAY vs. St. Anne Tomball
  • September 26: HOME vs. Sacred Heart Crosby
  • October 3: Playoff Game #1: Time/Location TBD
  • October 13: Playoff Game #1: Time/Location TBD
  • October 20: Championship:Time/Location TBD

2018 SAS Volleyball

8th Grade
Trinity Tran, Emma Kuchezka, Sarah Woods, Bella Lewis, Mia Hietpas
7th Grade
Olivia Borrego, Sadie Gomez, Elyse Nesser, Kalista Bonilla, Laura Argentina, Ariana Pecheco, Renee Landraneau, Lauren Wilson
6th Grade
Bailey Holik, Channing Cox, Sophia Hernandez, Gemma Nguyen
Mark your calendars!
All games start at 4:30 PM.
  • September 5: AWAY vs. St. Rose of Lima
  • September 7: HOME vs. Assumption
  • September 10: AWAY vs. St. Jerome
  • September 12: AWAY vs. Corpus Christi
  • September 17: HOME vs. Resurrection
  • September 19: HOME vs. St. Theresa
  • September 24: HOME vs. St. Helen
  • September 26: HOME vs. St. Rose of Lima
  • October 1: AWAY vs. Assumption
  • October 3: HOME vs. St. Jerome
  • October 10: HOME vs. Corpus Christi
  • October 12: AWAY vs. Resurrection
  • October 15: AWAY vs. St. Theresa
  • October 17: AWAY vs. St. Helen
  • October 22,24: Playoffs Begin: Time TBD
  • October 27: Championship Game: Time TBD

2018-2019 SAS Cheerleaders

8th Grade
Gaby Delgado, Lauren Flores, Summer Massiatte,
Allie Ollenburg, Eva Solice, Trinity Tran

7th Grade
Olivia Borrego, Renee Landrenau, Gabriella Lopez,
Julia McMahon, Yasmin Ramirez, Lauren Wilson

Team Managers
Claire Tomcezesyn, Lily Reyes

The girls were very busy this summer
and have several accomplishments to share...

SPX Top Cheerleader Award:
Panther Pride Cheerleader Runner Up - Trinity Tran

Squad Awards
SPX Panther Top Team Competition
SPX Panther Superior Jumps

Parent Organization Meeting

Wednesday, August 22nd

Please join us in the Cafeteria for our monthly meeting. Topics will include:
  • Ms. McDonald's Principal Report
  • Grounds Clean-up
  • 2018 Gala
  • Marketing
  • Room Parents
All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Earn 1 hour of service for attending meeting! Contact Jackie Wisnoski with any questions.

SAS Grounds Clean-up

This Saturday!
Saturday, August 25th
7:30 am – 11:00 am

School grounds clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, August 25th at 7:30 AM. We are in need of volunteers to help clean up the athletic fields. Please bring your power washers, weed eaters, wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, any other lawn tools, gas cans with gas (if their equipment is gas powered). All parents, students, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as well as anyone needing service hours are invited to attend. Parent will receive service hours reflecting the time they worked. Please consider volunteering some of your time to keep our school looking great! Click here to sign up.
 Contact Crystal Floyd with any questions.

SAS Gala

We need your help!
As we get this year off to a great start we would like to remind you that our Annual Gala – Texas Under The Stars, is coming up in six short weeks, October 6, 2018. Mark your calendars because it’s going to be one heck of a good time! Our goal this year is to raise $75,000! And we know we can do it with your help. To help ensure that the auction is a success, we need items to auction! We’re asking parents to consider donating a service, access to an event or experience, or fun item to be auctioned off.

So, if you or anyone that you know wants to get involved, then please reach out to Miranda Mayahi at Thank you in advance for your support!
Items that we are looking for include but are not limited to:
Houston Texans Tickets
Astros Tickets
Hunting Excursion
Fishing Excursion (bay or deep sea)
Vacation Getaway
Custom Artwork
Concert Tickets
Designer Handbags/jewelry/watches

Interested in joining the Gala Committee?
Come join us at our next Gala meeting scheduled for
Thursday, August 23rd at 6:00 PM in the Conference Room.

 Contact Miranda Mayahi with any questions.
Interested in joining the Festival Committee?
Come join us at our next Festival meeting scheduled for
Thursday, August 30th from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM in Room 11, located in the Jr. High Wing.

Contact Tami Navarro with any questions.

8th Grade Parent Meeting

Save the Date!
Thursday, September 6th
6:00 PM
Room 16, in the Jr. High wing

Contact Danna Jankowski with any questions.

Nurses Note

7 Healthy Back to School Tips for Kids and Parents
1. Bring Back the Bedtime
Switching from summer hours to early bedtimes and wakeups is often the toughest part of the back to school routine. But it’s important to remember that a good night’s sleep is one of the fundamentals to staying healthy and keeping stress levels down during the transition and throughout the year.
The best technique for getting back to bedtime is that you can’t go from zero to 100 in a single day. Even though it might seem like a cruel form of punishment, easing your kids back into going to bed early for a week or two is far more gentle than ripping the band aid off all at once. If it helps, set the bedtime early, but allow calm activities like reading or playing with soft toys in bed—but be sure to keep electronics and television at bay. Studies continue to show that electronics before sleep can lead to disrupted sleep and fatigue the next day.

2. Brush Up on Hygiene Principles
While summers may have been spent digging in the dirt or swimming in neighborhood pools, it seems that classrooms are the real hotbeds for germs to spread. Hand washing is the golden rule, and should happen after using the toilet, playing outside, touching or handling pets or playing with communal toys. If your child is the one carrying the bug, this is one time where it’s okay to teach them not to share—covering the nose and mouth with a tissue or an arm is the courteous way to keep germs from spreading.
Coughs and colds are the obvious school-age ailments, but there’s one other pesky bug you may want to teach your kids to watch out for—head lice. Lice spread like wildfire in schools, especially amongst young children who may not be have the same boundaries as adults when it comes to sharing personal items. Whatever their age, be sure to remind your kids that sharing hats, helmets, combs and hair accessories is a definite no-no. You may also want to take precautionary measures like spraying with tea tree oil to keep the bugs away or checking your child’s hair periodically for any early signs of lice.

3. Calm Worries and Anxiety
Anxiety is a growing concern for school-age children, whether it’s separation anxiety, social anxiety, fear of not fitting or even feeling the pressure to stay on top of grades and activities. You can help your child cope with back to school anxiety by talking about the return well in advance. Make sure they’re aware of who their teacher is, their class schedule and any changes they might encounter from their former routine.
Once your child is back in their routine, regardless of whether the transition was smooth or difficult, keep your eye out for warning signs that something is wrong. These can include a loss of appetite, secrecy or lack of communication, bad behavior and much more. If you have concerns, talk to your child, teachers or principals, and even your doctor to help manage the issue and create a support framework.

4. Get a Doctor’s Note
All good back to school plans should include a visit to the doctor. Staying up to date with vaccinations is a no-brainer, but a general checkup should be just as important. While physicals can occur at any time, the start of the school year is when general illnesses coughs, colds, flus and even more serious illnesses crop up more frequently. Providing a doctor with a baseline while you’re healthy can be a valuable measure for spotting signs and symptoms of illness earlier.
For children involved in sports, a visit to the doctor is even more important. Not only will the doctor conduct a routine physical, he or she can also check for any underlying injuries, talk about proper nutrition, discuss training and exercise programs and even make sure your child is mentally prepared for the extra layer of pressure that can come along with organized sports.

5. Be Backpack Savvy
Lugging books around is an unavoidable part of the school day routine, but it shouldn’t be one that takes a toll on your child’s physical health. It’s important to choose a backpack that is sturdy and comfortable and that offers good support. Thick, padded shoulder straps will help alleviate rubbing and pinching, and can also spread weight out across the back more evenly. A hip belt will help stabilize the pack and prevent straining from trying to balance the weight, while a thick back pad will help disperse weight and avoid sharp edges from poking through.
6. Study Up on Allergy Policies
Your kids will be hitting the books, but you might find that before school starts, you’ll also have some reading to do—namely common allergies in the school age child. The list of common allergens is growing amongst children, and so are the restrictions for children’s lunches – dairy, peanuts, eggs, nuts, soy, wheat and many other items may have guidelines around how they can be used or may be banned entirely. For all children’s safety, be sure you read and adhere to any recommendations carefully.
Food isn’t the only allergy concern for school-agers. Learning how to spot the signs of an allergic reaction can be just as important. For children with allergies to bee stings, for example, anaphylaxis is a real concern, and it’s often students who have to alert a teacher to the situation. Teaching your child what to do and how to react could help save the life of another child.

7. Become a Meal-On-the-Go Master
No more leisurely breakfasts and make-your-own lunches—when 7:00 am (or earlier!) on a school day rolls around, it’s a quick bite at the table and then out the door, lunch bag in hand. And that means getting organized. Stock up on healthy breakfast items, from whole grain toast and peanut butter to yogurt and berry parfaits, so your little ones can head out the door with a full stomach. For picky eaters, a high-protein cereal is a good compromise to sugary options, and for those who don’t want to eat at all, smoothies and protein shakes are quick and easy options.
When it comes to lunches, prepping the night before is your safest bet to avoid a hectic morning and a less-than-healthy brown bag. The tried and true sandwich can be kicked up a notch from banished peanut butter and jelly or tired, old deli meat. Start with whole grain breads, add healthy fillers like tuna, egg salad or turkey breast, and swap out mayo for spreads like hummus, guacamole or honey mustard. If your child is adventurous, think beyond the bread, with nutritious wraps, hardboiled eggs, quesadillas and more. Whatever you pack as the main course, accompany it with bite-size fruits and veggies for good measure. Just remember, whatever you pack, be sure to check the allergy list first to make sure you’re safe.
Let’s make this a healthy. Happy 2018!

Lori Woods, RNC BSN

Volunteers needed!

Your help is priceless... We have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year including:
  • Grounds Cleanup
  • Gala
  • Festival
  • Steps for Students
You may signup here or you may also contact Claudia Hawk for further information.

VIRTUS Training

Tuesday, August 21st 
6:00- 9:00 PM in the St. Ambrose Cafeteria
No Walk-ins!
Reminder that all parent volunteers need to attend VIRTUS, along with anyone who comes on our campus or is in any way involved with our children. This includes room parents, field trip chaperones, volunteers for school events such as Field Day, etc. If parents are not VIRTUS trained, they will not be able to volunteer.

About VIRTUS Training:

Preventing child sexual abuse is the goal of the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Office. “Protecting God’s Children” is the program selected by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to educate clergy, staff, and volunteers who work with children and youth about child sexual abuse and the ways to create a safe environment for children. The 3-hour live session includes videos and facilitated discussions that focus on the prevention of abuse and the protection of children. Adults learn how to recognize the warning signs of sexual abuse and to respond appropriately. You will learn about steps that the faith community can take to create a safe environment for all God’s children and how to respond when adults behave in a way that raises concerns.

 All attendees must have a current Driver’s license (any state), State-issued Identification Card, Passport (any country), Mexico or Guatemala Consulate ID in order to attend a “Protecting God’s Children” Workshop. When pre-registering for the class, YOU MUST USE YOUR NAME and DATE OF BIRTH as it appears on your DL, ID, or Passport. Please pre-register online at

You are welcome to take any VIRTUS course offered by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. You must provide the email address used to register and the location of course taken in order for the course completion to be verified by St. Ambrose School.

Contact Claudia Hawk with any questions.

Box Tops for Education

Summer Box Top Contest Deadline:  August 31st
Our school is participating in the Box Tops for Education™ program.  Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school buy what it needs. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ and they quickly add up to real cash for our school. 
To help our school, just look for pink Box Tops on products, clip them, and send them to school. For more information on the Box Tops for Education program, including a list of participating products and our school’s progress, visit Be sure to become a member to receive exclusive coupons and recipes and learn about extra ways for our school to earn.
Please contact Teresa Williams with any questions.

Glass Gymnastics

Thursdays at St. Ambrose for ages 4-18
4 years old-2nd grade
(class times may vary based on skill level)
3rd grade & up
  • Teaches coordination
  • Gross motor skills
  • Basic tumbling skills thru advanced skills
  • Tumbling skills for cheerleaders
  • Endurance & flexibility
Class is $65/month plus a $20 annual registration fee per child. Second child is $60/month.
You can register at
Any questions or concerns contact
Whitney Glass at 713-232-9662 or

Happenings in the Hive

Calendar Updates and Upcoming Events

This Week...

Tuesday, August 21
Virtus Training at SAS
6:00-9:00 PM

Wednesday, August 22
School Mass
Dress Uniform Required
Bring a canned good for SvDP!
8:00 AM

Wednesday, August 22
Parent Organization Meeting
Location TBD
All Parents Welcome!
6:30 PM

Thursday, August 23
Gala Committee Meeting
in the Conference Room
6:00 PM

Saturday, August 25
SAS Grounds Cleanup
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Next Week...

Tuesday, August 28
School Board Meeting
in Conference Room - 
All Parents Welcome!
6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 29
School Mass
Dress Uniform Required
Bring a canned good for SvDP!
8:00 AM

Wednesday, August 29
SAS Football vs. St. Mary Magdalene
4:30 PM

Thursday, August 30
Winter Festival Meeting
in Room 11, Jr. High Building - 
All Parents Welcome!
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Monday, September 3
Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, September 5
SAS Football vs. St. Anne Tomball
4:30 PM

Wednesday, September 5
SAS Volleyball @ St. Rose of Lima
4:30 PM

Thursday, September 6
8th Grade Parent Meeting
Room 16
6:00 PM

Friday, September 7
First Friday - FREE DRESS

Friday, September 7
SAS Volleyball vs. Assumption
4:30 PM

Monday, September 10
SAS Volleyball @ St. Jerome
4:30 PM

Wednesday, September 12
SAS Football @ St. Rose of Lima
4:30 PM

Wednesday, September 12
SAS Volleyball @ St. Jerome
4:30 PM

Wednesday, September 12
Parent Organization Meeting
in the Conference Room -
All Parents Welcome!
6:30 PM

Wednesday, September 17
SAS Volleyball vs. Resurrection
4:30 PM

Wednesday, September 19
SAS Football @ St. Anne Tomball
4:30 PM

Wednesday, September 19
SAS Volleyball vs. St. Theresa
4:30 PM

Tuesday, September 25
School Board Meeting in Conference Room -
All Parents Welcome!
6:30 PM

Saturday, October 6
2018 Gala
Texas Under the Stars


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Food Pantry Donations

Don't forget to send canned goods/boxed non perishables to Mass with your child each Wednesday.  Prior to the start of Mass, the teachers will allow the students to place their items at the altar.  These items will then go to our parish St. Vincent de Paul pantry. Thanks for your generosity!

Son Shine Fund

Donate a book to St. Ambrose Library in memory of your loved one who has passed away or in honor of someone special. Give a favorite book or choose from a list of books available in the library. For more details or to donate a book, please contact our school librarian, Mrs. Kohlschmidt.
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!

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.
Resource One Credit Union will donate $100 to St. Ambrose School for each new or used auto loan financed. Click here for more information.


Click here for the monthly lunch menu from The Simply Fresh Kitchen. Need instructions on how to order online? Click here!
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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.
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