School Bulletin 10.18.17
to Oct 25

School Bulletin 10.18.17

Greetings Families!

A thought from Charlotte Mason: “If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children when these are overdone, we should have happier households. Let the mother go out to play!”

Upcoming Events:

5th-8th Conditioning Uniform Orders Due Friday! If your 5th-8th grader needs conditioning shirts or shorts, please fill out attached form and return, along with payment, to the office by Friday the 20th.

7th/8th Grade Big Bend Trip: 7th & 8th students will enjoy a trip to Big Bend October 25th-28th. Students should turn in their permission slips and payment . A packing list is included for getting suitcases ready!

Gingerbread: It's that time of year to begin selling Gingerbread Houses! We will send out order forms to you as soon as possible!

5th-8th Field Trip: The 5th-8th graders will travel to Fort Martin Scott on Friday, October 20th to participate in a Frontier Day Event, learning about Texas history and pioneer life.

WWI Fundraising Event: Friday and Saturday, November 3rd & 4th. Spread the word about this viewing opportunity with family, friends, and the community. We are looking forward this a spectacular event, and aim to make it a successful fundraising opportunity as well. Visit the main events page for further details.

High School's Julius Caesar: The Ambleside High School's production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is coming to The Fredericksburg Theater Company Monday, November, 06 at 7:00 PM. Purchase tickets for $10 from the office or any high school student starting now!

Men's Breakfast: Our breakfast will start at 7:00 the morning of Wednesday, November 15. At the heart of our meeting will be the ideas presented in RARE Leadership. Whether in your work, or in your family, you have been called to lead and this book has great insight into four habits that we could all seek to acquire for the sake of the people in our care. All are welcome, so send Mr. York any names and email addresses of men in our community that you think would like to attend. Copies of this book will be available for purchase in the office for $15. Or, you can order it here. Also, here you will find a link to the RARE Leadership website where you can learn more about the book and its authors.

Chapel: Parents are always welcome and invited to join us each Wednesday for chapel! This coming week we will hear from Rhonda Dickson with the Mom Center. If you know of anyone who would enjoy the opportunity to come speak to the students, please forward Mrs. Durst any referrals!

Amazon Smile: Remember, you can support Ambleside with your puchases on Amazon! Go to and choose " Charlotte Mason Schools International Inc dba Ambleside School of Fredericksburg" under the "supporting" option. This is an easy, free way to support Ambleside with your normal, everyday purchases.

Community Events:

Fredericksburg Music Club has released their 2017/2018 FREE concert schedule. Check out their flyer for moe details!

American History Essay Contest: Open to grades 5-8. Presented by the local chapter of the DAR. Please see attached flyer for details and rules.

Veterans and First Responders Dinner: Saturday, November 18th. If you know any Veterans or first responders who might like to attend, share the attached flyer!

Additionally, Veterans are invited to have lunch with the FHS ROTC on Friday, November 10th. Please RSVP to Captain George Fadok at if you would like to attend.

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WWI Propaganda Poster Event
to Nov 4

WWI Propaganda Poster Event

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First World War Propaganda Poster Collection to Exhibit in Fredericksburg, Texas

In partnership with the Pioneer Museum, a unique collection of World War One propaganda posters will be open to the public at a special viewing on Friday November 3 from 5-8pm and Saturday, November 4, from 1-4pm at the home of Jeff and April Laird, located at 211 North Cherry in Fredericksburg, Texas.

World War One propaganda posters were designed to encourage Americans to support their troops and are full of stirring words and images of Uncle Sam, the Stars and Stripes and “our boys” in the trenches and at sea. The patriotic posters inspired Americans back home to buy bonds, conserve food and help the war effort.

At the viewing light appetizers and wine will be served. The wine will be provided by the local winery, Pontotoc Vineyard. Live patriotic music will be performed by Kerry and Ashleigh Goff, who are the directors of Freddyburg, the children’s arm of Fredericksburg Theater Company. The curator from the Pioneer Museum will be on site offering information on local participation in the war and insight into our past.

This year, 2017, marks the centenary of the USA entering World War One. The United States was initially pursuing an isolationist policy in 1914 when the war broke out between Britain, France, Italy and Russia on one side and Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Turkey on the other. On April 6, 1917, the United States officially entered the war.

The Lairds acquired their 11 propaganda posters after reading about an estate sale in England liquidating its rare collection. The original collection was owned by stock market historian and analyst David Schwartz, who took them with him when he moved from New York to England in the early 1980’s.

Please join us for this special tribute and insight into history. The viewing is free. Donations will be accepted at the door and will benefit both Ambleside School of Fredericksburg and the Pioneer Museum.

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Fill the Van Food Drive!
to Sep 26

Fill the Van Food Drive!


We have learned of a desperate need in our Fredericksburg community, and graciously ask for your assistance to make a difference!

The Needs Council is experiencing a shortage of food for their Food for Kids program, and we need your help!

Lets show our "chesed" by filling up the new Ambleside van with food!!

Please bring your food donations to school by this coming Tuesday, September 26th. We plan to take students to the Needs Council on Wednesday to deliver what we hope will be a significant donation of food!

Items needed include the following:

Tuna kits, Fruit Cups, Beanie Weenies, Applesauce, Peanut Butter – sealed individual servings, Dried Fruit, Cheese packets, Nuts, 100% Juice boxes, Trail Mix, Pudding Cups, Beef jerky, Vienna sausages, Breakfast bars, Granola Bars, Protein Bars, Shelf Stable Milk (individual servings), Crackers with cheese or peanut butter

Thank you for helping make a difference for children in our community!! Have a blessed day!

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to Sep 11

School Portraits 9.13.17

School Portraits are just over a week away! Below are all applicable forms. Please print and return to the office by Monday, September 11th. As a reminder, students should wear chapel performance attire. A clarification for the ladies: Grades K4-4th should wear knee socks with mary janes. Ladies in grades 5 through high school should wear no-show socks. Thank you!

All School/Class photos

Individual Portraits

Sibling Portraits

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to 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

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to 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.!

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Ambleside Property!
to 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!

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to 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!

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to 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.

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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 to reserve whole pies! Join in the support of a great educational opportunity for the High School and enjoy some great pie.

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Pinocchio Puppet Show

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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!

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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!

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Grandparent's Day

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