to Jan 3

School Bulletin 12.13.17

Greetings Families!

A thought from Charlotte Mason: "Children are born with all the curiosity they will ever need. It will last a lifetime if they are fed upon a daily diet of ideas."

Upcoming Events:

Scrip Cards: Pick up a packet today or speak with Austine Fleener or Susan Junker to learn about the Scrip Card program and how you can support Ambleside monetarily WITHOUT having to sell something or ask for donations!

Thursday, December 14th: Grandparent's Day and Christmas Concert. Grandparent's day will be from 9-11am. Invite Grandparents to come visit their Grandchildren's classes! K4-2nd grade have been assigned responsibilities for Grandparent's Day. Please check the google calendar for additional details or reach out to your classroom parent.

The Christmas Concert will be in the evening evening at 7pm, at Hill Country Church. Students are asked to arrive by 6:15pm in performance chapel attire. Hill Country Church is located at 107 Lower Crabapple Rd. Join us in the gym for hot cider and cookies following the performance. (If you are bringing cider or cookies, you may drop them off at Hill Country Church between 9am-12pm, or at 6:15 pm when you drop you student off. We will be setting up cookies and cider in the kitchen adjoining the gym. Please ensure food is placed inside the kitchen, as a after-school program will be taking place that afternoon in the gym)

Friday, December 15th: Caroling and Early Release. Final Dismissal is at 12:30pm. However, we anticipate being through with caroling around 11:30am, and you may pick up your child starting at that time if you wish.

Gingerbread: We have 25 houses left! Please assist us in selling these last few gingerbread houses, so that we may be done by Friday!! You may pick them up in the assembly room.

We hope you have a safe, healthy, blessed Christmas Holiday!

Return to SchooL: Students return to school Wednesday, January 3rd. (Teachers have inservice on January 2nd)

Wednesday, January 3rd: Men's Breakfast! We will discuss the preface through the first three books (page 91 in the Boulding translation) of St. Augustine's Confessions. We have much to learn, a sampling of which comes from Augustine's first line of "Infancy"....

Yet allow me to speak, though I am but dust and ashes

Community Events:

Yellow Door Winter Camp: Art workshops for studetns grades 1st-5th. Visit for details and see attached.

Optimist Club Essay Contest: Any student is eligible to submit an Essay. There is a $2,500 award scholarship for the winning contestant. See flyer for entry form and details.

Zonta Club Amelia Earhart Essay Contest: For all the ladies! See attached for details.

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WWI Propaganda Poster Event
to Nov 4

WWI Propaganda Poster Event

  • Home of Jeff and April Laird (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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to Nov 15


Orders forms for gingerbread are due this coming Monday, November 13th! (Though you may continue selling until we are sold out!) Please turn in order forms to the office so that we may correctly record houses sold. Also, when turning in money, make sure to label it with your name so that totals can be correctly accounted for.

Here are the instructions and order form, as well as a graphic of the houses to show potential buyers.

Dont forget--- New this year: Those who do not wish to purchase a house for themselves may opt to buy one for a family in need! These houses will be distributed by Christian Ministries and the Needs Council.

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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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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 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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10:00 AM10:00

Pinocchio Puppet Show

  • Ambleside School of Fredericksburg (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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!

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1:00 PM13:00

Grandparent's Day

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