Jun
14
Aug 29

2017/2018 School Calendar

Good morning!

The 2017/2018 School Calendar is now available! We have a carstock-printed copy for each family that will be available at the back-to-school picnic in August. Or, just stop by the office anytime to pick one up!

Ambleside Calendar 2017/2018

We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!

Jun
14
Aug 29

Summer Reading Program

Dear all,

What a great opportunity for growth summertime brings! There is so much time for meaningful, fulfilling activities. One such activity is reading! During the school year, your child reads more books at school than many of their peers, which is a great blessing considering all the benefits of a life lived in relationship to the knowledge awaiting every reader in great books! But the extent of a child's reading habits should not begin and end at school, which is why I have put together a summer reading program to keep Ambleside students moving forward all summer long!

The program is simple:

  1. Get a great book (see attached book list)
  2. Read at least 30 minutes a day, everyday
  3. Fill out the attached Reading Log when you finish each book

Repeat Steps 1-3 over and over and over again!

Help us all achieve our goal of getting 100% participation by encouraging this reading program/habit in your family by blocking designated times for everyone to participate, including you! Before bedtime, before a mid-day nap, just before dinner, whenever it fits with your family's schedule.

If you get it, you can stop reading this email and start reading a great book, and then document books read in the attached reading log. Your child's teachers will collect the reading log on the first day of school in August, so make sure you keep up with the reading log.

For those that need further convincing...

The language gathered when reading books contributes to a person's overall ability to process language and to communicate effectively, id est be successful. For example, what social or professional position is not made better by effective communication? The doctor, the mechanic, the lawn guy, the classroom teacher, the school principal, the neighbor, the parent, or the child? All are made better by those with high levels of linguistic mastery--by those who can communicate effectively.

Here's the problem, we don't read much anymore. We read less and talk less to our children, they read less and talk less to us and to peers, therefore it is highly likely that many of them will not realize the fullness of their social potential because their communication storehouse is not as full as it could be.

This storehouse won't fill up by engaging a video game, watching a movie, texting, snap chatting, facebooking, or any number of things that aren't called reading! We live in an age when there is more information available to us than ever before and we live in an age when more people know less than ever before. That's interesting. Why? Because people are not reading and discussing books. They are not internalizing knowledge, they simply know where to get information, but don't have the capacity to keep it and make use of it.

The good news: we can change all this by reading to our children, modeling the habit of reading for our children, discussing what everyone is reading, and getting our children to develop the habit of reading books themselves - screens don't count and are harmful to the neurological development of children and people in general.

The Ambleside summer reading program will help you and your children cultivate a higher level of thought and understanding in a complicated world. It will provide a basis for children and adults to come around good thoughts, and have healthy dialogue.

To encourage one another and to assimilate the knowledge we come to own, let's share with one another the books we are reading and what ideas are permeating. Send me the title and author of the books you read this summer along with a quote that strikes you and I will post to an ongoing "What we are reading" blog post on the website.

Parents, if you need some recommendations, I just finished Wendell Berry's Hannah Coulter last night. It is a profoundly convicting examination of the extinction of American agrarian life, and community in general, at the hands of industrialization, but even more than that it provides great insight into what it is to live life well, working, loving, knowing and being known. Berry was so insightful that I ordered a few more of his books as well as others to keep me going for the rest of the summer. Below is what I'll be reading:

Nathan Coulter by Wendell Berry This Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems by Wendell Berry The River Why by David James Duncan The Brothers K by David James Duncan

I also picked up a copy of Lonesome Dove for our travels in the West coming up in July!

Additionally, on our trip to Colorado we will read the following as a family:

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray

30 hours in the car is going to fly by!

Feel free to forward this to anyone you know that might like a good reading program/list for their children this summer.

Happy Reading,

Russ York Head of School


Jun
14
Jun 21

Summer Bulletin 6.14.17

Greetings Ambleside Families, and happy summer!

The Summer Bulletin will be the place for new information these next few weeks! So, check back often for up-to-the minute news!

Summer Office Hours:

  • May 30th - June 23rd: 9am-3pm

  • Closed June 26th-August 4th

  • August 7th - 25th: 9am-3pm

  • Meet the Teacher and School Picnic: Monday, August 28th

  • First Day of School: Tuesday, August 29th

News:

  • Tuition for the 2017/2018 school year is now past due! Please stop by the office to complete tuition paperwork/pay tuition.

Summer Programs:

  • June 21st: Fredericksburg Family Toastmasters: Here is a lovely opportunity for you or your student to become a better public speaker! See flyer for more details.
May
16
May 25

Shakespeare Festival: Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Art thee eft f'r some most wondrous entertainment?!

The long awaited productions of The Tempest and 12th Night have arrived!! This year's Shakespeare festival will be held at Zion Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 25th at 5:15pm. Timeline is as follows:

UPDATE: Costumes for Grades k-2nd will be coming home today and tomorrow. Gentlemen are asked to wear thier white chapel shirts under thier costume vests!

4:45pm: Students arrive at Zion in full costume

5:15pm: K-2nd grade Maypole Dance

5:30pm: 3rd and 4th grade Dance

5:45pm: 5th and 6th grade production of The Tempest

6:15pm: Dinner is served (Art thee fill'd with pangs of hunger f'r some turkey legs and sausage?)

7:00pm: 7th/8th grade production of 12th Night.

We very much needeth thy assistance after this spectacular performance:

Volunteers are much appreciated to assist with take-down of the stage props and equipment.

All costumes must be washed and returned to school by Friday, June 2nd.

*Note regarding costumes: Costumes will be provided for all students, and will be sent home next week. Families are NOT required to provide their own unless they wish to.!

Ambleside Property!
May
3
May 31

Ambleside Property!

Ambleside is now the proud owner of 10 acres located off of Hollmig Lane! We are excited to prayerfully move forward with a beautiful campus at this site, one which will allow students to learn and grow surounded by the beauty of nature!

So, take a short drive down Hollmig and check out the beautiful property!

May
2
May 22

Parent /Teacher Conferences: May 22nd

We are going to release the reports of growth to you as planned on May 19, but will move the follow-up parent/teacher conferences to Monday, May 22. We will dismiss school at 11:30 that day in order to have the late morning and afternoon available for conferences. This means we will not have parent/teacher conferences on the last day of school, as we have in years past. Please reserve your time on the google spreadsheet that will be sent out via email. Thank you!

Apr
14
Apr 17

Easter Holidays

Happy Easter! Ambleside will not hold classes on Good Friday, April 14th or Easter Monday, April 17th. We wish you a beautiful time with your family as your reflect on the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior.

Apr
11
6:30 pm18:30

Spring Concert Tonight!

Please join us for our Spring Concert tonight! This year, the concert will take place in the sanctuary of Zion Lutheran. Students are asked to arrive at 5:50pm in chapel dress attire for a short rehearsal. The concert will begin at 6:30pm. Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Apr
7
12:00 pm12:00

All School Lunch

High School students will be preparing a scrumptious meal for the All School Lunch.

Also, HS will be selling pie during this time as a fund raiser for their trip to the Grand Canyon. During the All School Lunch, they will be providing pie by the slice and whole pie for a suggested donation of $3.00 a slice or $15.00 a pie. Parents can send money with their child for a slice at lunch or come between 12:20 and 1:00pm to pick up a slice or whole pie to have later at home. Contact Mr. Bowyer as soon as possible at T.Bowyer@amblesidefredericksburg.com to reserve whole pies! Join in the support of a great educational opportunity for the High School and enjoy some great pie.

Apr
5
10:00 am10:00

Pinocchio Puppet Show

  • Ambleside School of Fredericksburg

Join us for a Puppet Show created and performed by Mrs. Wise and Mrs. Ferry's 1st & 2nd grade class. Refreshments will be provided after the show in the assembly room during an exclusive Q&A for parents interested in learning more about Ambleside. Childcare will be provided

Check out the Puppet Show Flyer, great for printing out & distributing to friends and family, complete with the students' drawings of their characters.

This is going to be an adorable event! Please join us!

Mar
31
12:30 pm12:30

Ambleside in Action

Ambleside students will be sharing hymns and songs from their upcoming Spring Concert with residents of multiple area retirement homes. We will begin at the Golden Hub at 11:30, then return to campus for lunch before continuing on to Knopp's Retirement and Heritage Place. Students should wear their daily uniforms and bring a lunch as usual. Parent volunteers are still needed to assist with driving students to each location. Contact Maeve if you would like to volunteer!

Feb
9
1:00 pm13:00

Grandparent's Day

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