In the News
Students acting like St. Patrick
Students at St. Ambrose School were treated to a special dramatization depicting the life of St. Patrick on March 22, 2017. Principal Angela Rowley hopes that by acting out the play, students will remember that the feast day is not just about green cookies and clothes, but about a real-life person and saint.“It shows that he came from humble beginnings and grew into the person God wanted him to be,” said Rowley. “I think in a very tangible way it shows (students) that they are saints in the making as well.”
See “Students acting like St. Patrick” in the March 29, 2017 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald.
Ten diocesan students will compete in State Geography Bee
This year, eighth-grader Thomas Nguyen of St. Ambrose School in Annandale, will go to the state competition after winning the school’s geography bee and getting top marks in the National Geographic Bee’s online qualifying test.
An all-around great student and athlete, according to his teachers, Nguyen plans to prepare for the bee by poring over the National Geographic Society’s website during the days leading up to the competition. “It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm of young people having a wide range of interests, and Thomas is a perfect example of that,” said Angela Rowley, principal. “To see our students willing to put themselves out there to compete and expand their knowledge is so gratifying. I am proud of all the students who participated.”
See “Ten diocesan students will compete in State Geography Bee” in the March 15, 2017 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald.
A Pantheon in Annandale
St. Ambrose School’s annual Greek Fair brings Greek gods and goddesses to life.
See “A pantheon in Annandale” in the February 25, 2016 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald.
Combined choirs join in song
The choirs from St. Ambrose School in Annandale and St. Andrew the Apostle School in Clifton sang together for the 13th annual Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington October 2, 2015.
See “Combined choirs join in song” in the October 7, 2015 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald.
STEM garden will bloom in Annandale
The St. Ambrose School garden club uses sustainable technology to grow produce and flowers.
See “STEM Garden Will Bloom in Annandale” in the June 17, 2015 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald.
From ‘weekend warrior’ to priest
Fr. Steven Walker, who was ordained on June 7 by Bishop Loverde, spent his year as a Transitional Deacon serving at St. Ambrose Church. Walker will serve as a Navy chaplain after serving three to five years as a diocesan priest.
Bringing the sacraments to those who serve
Fr. James C. Hinkle, who was also ordained on June 7 by Bishop Loverde and who grew up in St. Ambrose Parish, hopes to provide the Eucharist to enlisted men and women. Following his required three to five years of service in the Arlington Diocese, Fr. Hinkle hopes to express his love of Christ and the Navy through the military chaplaincy. In that role, he’ll be able to “bring the sacraments to the men and women in uniform who do without.”
See “Bringing the Sacraments to Those Who Serve” in the June 4, 2014 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald.
Nats pitcher surprises students
St. Ambrose School celebrated Spirit Day May 27. But this year, there was a surprise speaker invited by our pastor, Father Andrew J. Fisher, — Washington Nationals relief pitcher Craig Stammen. Stammen is a Catholic who spoke about his faith journey and the importance of faith and prayer.
See “Nats Pitcher Surprises Students” in the May 28, 2014 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald
Learning the ancient art of iconography
St. Ambrose parishioner Veronica Royal, has been an iconographer since 1998, working diligently to hone her craft and encourage the use of icons in contemplation and prayer. She teaches others, including St. Ambrose sixth grader Lynn Vecchietti.
See “Scripture in paint” in the June 5, 2013 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald
St. Ambrose School’s Ms. Tozzi is named Diocesan Middle School Teacher of the Year
At the annual Catholic Business Network Gala, four diocesan teachers were presented with Teacher of the Year Awards by Sister Bernadette McManigal, superintendent of diocesan schools. Claire Tozzi of St. Ambrose School in Annandale was named Distinguished Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Virginia Public Schools Want Better Protections on Their Campuses
NBC News 4 report on Thursday, January 31, 2013. The news reporter is David Culver, St. Ambrose Class of 2001.
See “Virginia Private Schools Want Better Protections on Their Campuses” on the NBC Washington web site.
Who needs Catholic schools? A principal reflects on their unique blessings.
Our principal, Barbara Dalmut, expresses her views on Catholic education:
Catholic schools are an investment in the future. In the Arlington Diocese, we are blessed to have many excellent schools. Our standards are high, and our leadership strong. We need our Catholic schools.
See “Who Needs Catholic Schools?” in the January 23, 2013issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald
School Safety Takes Top Billing- Mrs. Dalmut speaks on school safety
The top priority of every school, public or private, is safety — including those in the Arlington Diocese. Barbara Dalmut, principal of St. Ambrose School in Annandale, said that in the wake of Sandy Hook, the school has reviewed lockdown procedures to make sure everything is in place. Doors are locked to control access; cameras cover the doors. A general awareness, among everyone at the school, needs to remain in the forefront so things don’t get lax, Dalmut said.
See “School Safety Takes Top Billing” in the January 23, 2013issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald
Hooked on crocheting – Students create blankets for wounded soldiers
St. Ambrose School in Annandale has found a way to make sitting still with needle and yarn attractive enough so that 30 students from grades three to eight annually take part in Crochet USA. The program runs the entire school year and the group produces six or more blankets to give to wounded warriors at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. They meet every other week for about an hour to work their magic.
See “Hooked on Crocheting” in the August 24, 2011 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald.
St. Ambrose School Named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
St. Ambrose School in Annandale and St. Theresa School in Ashburn recently received Blue Ribbon School of Excellence awards from the U.S. Department of Education. They were the only nonpublic schools in Virginia to receive the award, which was given to 254 public and 50 private schools nationwide.
See “Two diocesan schools earn Blue Ribbon award” in the September 15, 2010 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald.
Mrs. Cummins named Diocesan Middle School Teacher of the Year
The recent Catholic Business Network banquet honored the Diocese of Arlington’s teachers of the year, including, Mrs. Patricia Cummins, St. Ambrose School’s Spanish Teacher.
See “Teachers, Students, Volunteers Honored” in the Arlington Catholic Herald.
This year’s honorees are pictured with our Parochial Administrator Fr. Andrew Fisher and Principal Barbara Dalmut: (front row) Mrs. Dalmut, Maria Llamas, Mrs. Cummins; (back row) Father Fisher, Winston Llamas, Mike and Martha Sansaver, Brian Cummins, Bill and Carla Yaglou.
A parent volunteer captures students’ memorable moments
St. Ambrose School sixth grade boys (and Mr. Farrell, one of their teachers) recently had their hair shaved in support of a classmate who is undergoing chemotherapy.
See “Bald for Beau” in the Arlington Catholic Herald.
Enrollment Committee Produces Excellent Results
The St. Ambrose School Enrollment Committee was featured in a recent Catholic Herald article, “The Battle to Boost Enrollment” about the Diocese of Arlington’s Enrollment Management Workbook and marketing plan to put best practices in place.