Happy Summer!

Dear Parents:

What a beautiful end of year celebration we had this morning, with Mass and awards, followed by a joyful exit from carpool!  I wish all of you a blessed and peaceful summer, and hope you get to have lots of family time together.  In the next couple of weeks you will receive our school calendar by email, but just know that the first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year will be on Monday, August 28, and this will be a full day of school, unlike previous years.  You will also notice that we have added some half days: with our accreditation coming up next year we are required to do a full year of self-study.  This requires a lot of work by our teachers, and the diocese mandates that we build in extra half days for this work.  We appreciate your understanding of this process.

On a happy note, as I was preparing to write this email, I received an email from a stranger.  Please see below:

I found your contact information on the St. Ambrose website, and wanted to take a minute to email you to let you know that I saw a family today with a young girl and two boys wearing St. Ambrose uniforms. They appeared to be with a grandparent or caregiver and were heading to lunch at Panera in Vienna.  The experience really struck me because of how well mannered these two boys were. They both just went out of their way to hold both doors open for their sister, grandmother, and two women exiting the restaurant (I was one of them), and could not have been more polite. They had not been prompted at all to do this and it just seemed like second nature. It is (unfortunately) very rare to see young boys so well trained, and was a great personal reminder to me about the value of Catholic education, even in an area where we have excellent public schools. The other woman and I were both taken aback by how polite they were and how they went out of their way to make sure that they held the door for us.  I thought I would send you an email to let you know what a great impression we now have of your school as a result. If you know who their parents are, please extend my admiration for the fine work they are doing at home, too.

What a wonderful way to end the school year by receiving this.  I know who the family is and have shared this with the parents, but I want you to know that this could have been any of your children.  We thank you for entrusting them to our care, and we are very proud of them

May you all have a blessed couple of months and we look forward to seeing you in August.


Angela Rowley

St. Ambrose Catholic School

3827 Woodburn Road, Annandale, VA 22003

Phone: 703-698-7171

Fax: 703-698-7170

St. Ambrose School admits students of any race, color, and national origin.

"Christ is everything to us" – St. Ambrose