In the News

Combined choirs join in song

choir at ShrineThe 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.

A Pantheon in Annandale

boy in Poseidon costume

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.

STEM garden will bloom in Annandale

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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. Walker
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.

 See  “From ‘Weekend Warrior’ to Priest”  in the June 4, 2014 issue of the Arlington Catholic  Herald.

 

Bringing the sacraments to those who serve

Fr. HinkleFr.  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

Nats pitcher and studentsSt. 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

iconography copySt. 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

Ms. TozziAt 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.

See “Making a difference:Catholic Business Network honors local educators and business leaders at its annual gala” in the April 17, 2013 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald

 

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

Crochet USA students and blanketSt. 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.

Mr. and Mrs. Cummins and others at CBN dinner

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.
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A parent volunteer captures students’ memorable moments

St. Ambrose dad Winston Llamas, takes professional quality photographs and videos that preserve memories, raise funds for the school, and enhance our yearbook and web site. See “School life through a lens” in  the May 26, 2010 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald

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Team Beau

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.
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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.

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