Library Resources and Activities

GALE databases

Gale logo

Access Kids Infobits (for students in grade K-5), National Geographic Kids (for ages 6-14), and Research in Context (for middle school students) free of charge at http://www.galepages.com/va_p_stambrose. The password is schools.

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World Book online

World Book encyclopediasYou can access our school’s World Book online account at home.

Browse to http://worldbookonline.com

Enter the user name: stambrose1 and the password: school

 

Accelerated Reader

A love of reading changes everything. Accelerated Reader encourages our students: they read a book, take an AR Quiz, and get immediate feedback. Kids get excited and motivated when they see their progress.

Library Catalogs

Find books in the catalogs of the St. Ambrose School library and the Fairfax County library

 

Upcoming Book Fairs

Summer Reading Fair: Thursday, June 1, 2017 – Friday, June 2, 2017.

  • Thursday, June 1 – Students make with lists; Open for sales : 3:10 – 8:00pm
  • Friday, June 2, 2017 – Open for sales : 8:15 – 2:00. Pack up at 2:00

Fall Fair: Thursday, November 2, 2017 – Tuesday, November 7, 2017

  • Thursday, Nov. 2 – Students make wish list
  • Friday, Nov. 3 – Open for sales 8:15 – 4:00 (students must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Sunday, Nov. 5 – Open for sales 9:00 – 1:30
  • Monday, Nov. 6 – Open for sales 8:15 – 4:00
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7 – Open for sales 8:15 – 1:00. Pack up at 1:00.

 

Battle of the Books

battle of the books meeting

Students in fifth sixth grades read books from the year’s schedule, which includes books from a variety of genres, including humor, fantasy, historical fiction, classics, mystery and nonfiction. They meet twice a month to discuss the assigned  book. Students discover that they like a variety of books, and enjoy analyzing the plot, the author’s  techniques, and the questions raised by what they’ve read.

Each May, they meet as a team to compete with other diocesan schools in the Diocese of Arlington’s Battle of the Books competition.

This program nurtures an excitement about reading,  enriching students’ love of literature.

Battle of the Books Schedule for 2016-17

Contact our librarian

Mrs. Healy in libraryContact our librarian, Mrs. Marcia Healy,  at mhealy@stambroseschool.org

Learn more about Mrs. Healy by reading her biography.

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