Greetings, Parents, Guardians and Families of St. Ambrose Catholic School!
Welcome back to another FANTASTIC school year here at St. Ambrose School! I am so proud to lead such a wonderful school and to be part of such a great work of God! We are so blessed with great families and kids, an amazing faculty and staff and a fantastic relationship with our parish community! It is such an honor to continue to partner with the unparalleled Father Steve Janoski, the Deacons, the teaching and support staff and with all of YOU to continue to make St. Ambrose the VERY BEST Catholic school around!
My St. Ambrose family is quite aware that my mantra for the 2017-18 school year was "Have Hope." As we began our first year as a VBRD School, it was clear to all of us that Hope was to pave the way. When there were tough decisions to make and I needed clarity: "Have Hope." When it was crunch time for accreditation and I just didn't think it would all get done: "Have Hope." When students and teachers struggled with relationships or with understanding and practicing restoration: "Have Hope." When I doubted my effectiveness or my ability to lead: "Have Hope." Hanging on to Hope meant that I appreciated that great things take time so I couldn't give up. A single thread of hope is a very powerful thing, so I never let go. In choosing every day to Have Hope, I chose confidence over fear, positive over negative, light over darkness, forgiveness over bitterness, and peace over discontent. And I found in making these choices I was never alone; the Holy Spirit was my constant companion, my encouraging friend and my support and guide. He taught me that as I practiced the virtue of Hope in my life, He would open up opportunities for more forgiveness, more patience, more humility, more kindness and more LOVE. I finished the year knowing that by having hope I was set up to continue to lead with His Love.
"Where there is Love, there is Life." Life happens at St. Ambrose every day: mornings are crazy and kids are tardy, teachers prep for a lesson and then it flops, the Internet goes down, kids fall and get hurt on the playground, misunderstandings happen and feelings get hurt, it rains and cancels outdoor recess. How we respond to these life moments directly impacts our attitudes, our climate and our relationships. This 2018-19 school year, the VBRD Team has chosen "Love" to be our over-arching virtue. Living and leading with Love is our mantra for this year. Pope Francis says, "Real love is about loving and letting yourself be loved. Let yourself be loved." I am so excited to see how inserting this virtue into everyday "life" will change us to be more like Jesus. May we "Live Love" and "Have Hope" that God is at work in each of us!
It's going to be another AMAZING year!
Jean M. Heil, MAEd