Letter from PTO President

Dear St Ambrose Families,

My name is Phil Coady and, as of last month, I have assumed the role of your PTO President. I’d like to thank Marion Graviss for her service, and for giving me the opportunity to serve our community.

I have had children at our wonderful little school since the fall of 2010 when my daughter started in Mrs. Mulhern’s (St. Nell in our house) first grade class. Over the last nine years I have watched as each of my four boys joined their sister at St Ambrose, and last year I had my first graduate (another coming this June!).  I have seen teachers, families, priests and even a principal come and go, and yet what drew our family to St. Ambrose remains unchanged: we are a small school, rooted in faith, united in community.

Throughout the year our children are blessed with a wealth of fun and enriching experiences. Field trips, the Fun Run, class parties, the parade of Saints, Donuts with Dads, Muffins with Moms, special assemblies, Field Day, and Three Kings Shop. As parents, we get to enjoy student concerts, wine tastings, and the Gala, as well as receptions after First Communion, Confirmation and graduations. All these events (and the dozens I have unintentionally omitted) don’t just happen, they are the direct result of many parents (and sometimes grandparents or aunts and uncles!) giving of their time for our community’s benefit.

As we work our way through this penitential season in our Church, I ask you to consider making one additional sacrifice. Give some thought to where your unique talents and gifts can make a difference in our school and look for a way that you can offer of yourself for the enrichment of our St. Ambrose school community. In the coming months there will be literally dozens of opportunities to help at events, on the playground, at lunch and in the classroom; I can guarantee that there is something for everyone. I know that we all feel that there are never enough hours in a day, but it doesn’t take much time to make a difference.

Lastly, my family has been so very blessed by the many wonderful friendships we have formed in our time as part of the St. Ambrose community. That said, I’d like to ask one more thing of everyone: if we don’t know each other, please stop me and introduce yourself, and I will try to do the same. Our school attracts amazing families and I truly enjoy getting to know more and more of our community every year!

Thank you and God bless,

Phil Coady

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