Sunday, October 21, 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018

Stars, Volcanoes and Sea Creatures

Greetings all,
 Despite the abbreviated week there were lots of things happening at Ambrose in each classroom.  From sea creatures being created in grade two to exploding volcanoes in grade four it has been a very exciting week. The Star Lab visited Ambrose this week as well.  Katherine Dwyer our district STEM coach led our fifth grade students on a tour of the skies. Thanks to WFEE.
Speaking of WFEE they will be hosting there charity auction. It is fast and fun and benefits kids. Check out all the offerings at Don’t delay, bidding ends Friday, October 26th at 10pm.
We have everything from fitness packages for adults to teacher led experiences for students.
Here at Ambrose Elementary your child could:
                Beat the Teacher in a kids verses the teacher basketball game topped off with a sundae
                Be Principal for the Day
                Enjoy a spa afternoon, services provided by the 2nd grade teachers
                 There is much more for both adults and students at WFEE is holding this auction in conjunction with All that Jazz, a 20s themed gala celebrating our 25th year of helping Winchester educators. A limited number of tickets are available for this Oct. 27th event at

Friday, October 5, 2018

Autumn Is Here

Hello all,
October is now upon us and it is beginning to look like autumn inside our Ambrose
classrooms.Books about pumpkins and apples fill students book boxes and poems
about falling leaves adorn the walls. October also brings us Fire Safety Month.
The Winchester Fire Department will be visiting Ambrose on October 11th to teach
the students kid friendly ways to be safe in an emergency situation.

Lastly, October marks the beginning of the annual Global Read Aloud. Ambrose classrooms

are excited to be participating in this inspiring event.  For six weeks more than 1.5 million kids
across the globe will listen to a read aloud in their classrooms.  Our Kindergarten through
grade two students can’t wait to find a comfy spot and listen to their teachers read them stories
and the older students beg  their teachers to read just one more page. Reading at home
with your child is equally important and will help them in all areas of their learning at school.
It is also a great way to spend time together.  I hope you and your family have some
time this long weekend to enjoy the foliage,some football and maybe a book or two.

Mrs. Phelan :)

Friday, September 28, 2018

Weekly Update

Hello all,
Hope you all had a great week.  This week we had our first all school meeting.  It was great to come together as a community and celebrate the start of the year.  Mr. Johnson and Mr. McConnell lead the singing and the dancing/exercising and together we worked hard on being whole body listeners. Additionally we had a visit from Stacey Bukuras our new Social-Emotional Coach!  We even did some push-ups!

I want to thank you for your patience as we navigate the new school start time and the busy drop off area. Ambrose will now open its doors at 7:55am.  This will hopefully eliminate some morning congestion.  The drop off area is going well but we still have a few mornings when cars are causing a backup on High and Church Street. Mornings can be difficult but if you could please give hugs and prepare your child’s school bag before entering the drop off area it is greatly appreciated.

To ensure the safety of all students, the playground and field are for Ambrose students only during school hours.  Families are kindly asked to use the playground after 2:30pm. Thank you.

Lastly, congratulations to Ambrose School for being one of 52 schools of recognition by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for high growth and exceeding targets on the MCAS test.  While I am proud of our students and staff, the MCAS test is only one measure of student growth and achievement! All of our students have gifts and they each shine in their own way each day!
Enjoy !


Thursday, September 27, 2018

All School Meeting

Ambrose Students enjoyed our first All School Meeting today.
We sang, danced and talked about how we make a contribution to our school community each day.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Hello all,
Despite the midweek rain, we were lucky to have some much needed sunshine for school photos. Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped to make picture day a huge success. Picture Day is one of my favorite days. The students are so proud to wear fancy clothes and show their best smiles.
Speaking of best smiles, in classrooms in September you will see many references to  being “our best self”. This helps students frame what it looks like to be a confident, respectful learner.
This week on Thursday September 27th we will have our first  All School Meeting and Spirit Day. We will talk as a community about what is looks like to be our best self in the classroom, in the hallways in the cafeteria and out on the playground. Students can chose to wear Patriots attire or red, white and blue !  Let’s hope our school spirit helps the Patriots to a victory! It will be fun to foster our school spirit and to celebrate Ambrose students all while rooting for our favorite team.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Saturday, September 8, 2018

What A Fantastic Week!

Hello all,
I can now officially welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! And what a fantastic start to the school year!  I visited each classroom on the first day and was amazed to see the happiness and excitement the students had for the new school year.

This week teachers have worked hard to build relationships with each of their students and build a culture in their classrooms that will permeate throughout the year. It is our goal to get to know all of our students socially, emotionally and academically. This will help us to  build  rich learning environments and curriculums that will work for each student.

It was so nice to see and greet so many parents at the Parent Coffee on Friday.  If we have not had an opportunity to meet I will be in the front foyer of the school to welcome you during our Back to School Night on Thursday, September 13th.

Please note that for the safety of all students and to ensure our building is secure we will kindly ask you to say your goodbyes to your child at the front door before entering the building starting Monday, September 10th. Creating a routine with students and fostering their independence  will help them to begin each day ready to learn. Thank you in advance for your support.

Here are some highlights from this past week!

Mrs. Miskelly's class writes about their summer adventures.
Mrs. Kane's class explores patterns using tangrams.

Miss Pace's students read the book Chrysanthemum and learn how to be a good friend.

Fifth grade students enjoy  chorus 

If you missed our back to school movie below it the link.

Important Dates To Remember
Thursday, September 13th         Back to School Night
Friday, September 14th          Grade 5 Fundraiser Kick off
Friday, September 14th           Welcome Back Picnic
Monday, September 17th           Picture Day
Tuesday, September 18th           Picture Day
Thursday, September 20th        Drill to Rally Points
Thursday, September 27th        Evening Kindergarten Parent Event
Friday, September 28th            Early Release 11:20 dismissal

Thank you WFEE for Authorfest!  It was amazing.