School Newsletter
September 12, 2019
Principal's Page

Many thanks to all who attended last night’s School Information Night. It was so good to meet many of you for a second time and we look forward to many more opportunities to get to know all of you and your wonderful children.

We are happy to announce that Presentation School is welcoming three new staff members: Diane Baker in Educational Technology, Warren Starr in Band, and Amy Nelson in Music. Short bios are listed below.

Diane Baker comes to us with 15 years of experience in the area of educational technology. She has served as a computer lab teacher and was a key player in online testing. Diane brings a high degree of technology literacy and is experienced with Microsoft as well as Apple software. 

Warren Starr was the Coordinator of the Hill-Murray Parish Schools Band Program from 1984 to 2016, and was the Band Director at Presentation School for nearly 30 years before his retirement from Hill-Murray and Presentation in the spring of 2017. He is happy to be back, doing what he loves at a school he loves.

Amy Nelson holds a degree in Music Education from Bethel University. She sings in the choir and plays her clarinet at her home parish of St. Charles Borromeo. She also enjoys performing in local theater musicals. She and her husband have been blessed with six children. Teaching at a Catholic school allows her to share her faith along with her passion for music performance and music education.

You have done a fantastic job making us feel welcome here at Presentation, and we know you will do the same for our new staff members. This is truly a great community.

God Bless,

Mary Kane Ed. S.
Gary Faust Ed. S.
Volunteers Needed!

We are in GREAT need of volunteers to help supervise students during recess. This is a very important and necessary volunteer role. It is a huge help to the teacher assigned to monitor recess to have another adult or two present. Having another set of eyes and hands helps ensure that our students are safe while playing. Please consider making some time in your schedule for this. You can help at one or both recesses any day of the week.

Recess Supervision - 11:40-12:05; 12:05-12:25

If interested please contact the school office at 651-777-5877 or email Linda Charnowski
Back to School Bonfire

Please join us for one of our favorite traditions at Presentation: the Back to School Bonfire! Bring a chair or blanket and meet on the RRRRR field at 7pm for a fun and fellowship with your Presentation family! We will show the Peanuts movie at 7:15 and there will be a Boy Scout-built bonfire to keep us warm. Food, beverages, and glow sticks will be available for purchase as well.

We could use a few more volunteers to help make this night a success. See open volunteer opportunities here .
NWEA Testing

NWEA testing will begin earlier than last year with a start date of Sept. 16. We will ensure that the system is ready for your children to test Sept. 16 - Oct. 4. Please make sure your children arrive at school well rested on those days and try to avoid any unexcused absences. Once completed, the test information will be used to pinpoint the learning needs of grade levels as well as individual students.
North St. Paul Fall Round Up Parade!

Presentation School will be marching in the North Saint Paul Fall Round Up Parade! Join us on Thursday, September 19th to represent our school to show off your Panther Pride and help us hand out goodies to the crowd! We will meet at 5pm and line up will begin at 5:30. The parade starts moving at 6:25 down 7th Ave East, the main street of downtown North Saint Paul. Please sign up here to let us know you will be coming. An email will be sent out with information on where to meet.
Auction Video

One of the most beloved parts of the Auction each year is the Auction Video. This year, we would love some help from YOU in creating it. Do you have pictures of your students at school, school events, or school sports? If so, please send them to
Thank you!!
The 2019 Panther Pride Benefit and Auction will be here before we know it! Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 2. Registration for the Auction will be opening September 23rd. We hope to see all of you there for a wonderful night that helps support our great school!

Want to know how you can help? The Auction is in need of sponsors, donations, and volunteers. Please visit the Auction website for more information.  
Presentation Night at The Plaza Theater

Presentation Night at The Plaza Theater is back! On the fourth Wednesday of each month The Plaza will donate $2 of each ticket sold for the 6:00pm movie to Presentation School. This month it will be on Wednesday, September 25th. Movies shown will always be family friendly and will be announced one week prior to the event.
Thank you Mr. Partridge!!

Rob Partridge (daughter Adalynne in 2nd grade) was kind enough to donate his time and talent to patch some of the stucco on the exterior of our school. Thank you Mr. Partridge, it's people like you that make this community such a wonderful place to be!

2019-2020 Referral Program

Know someone looking for a great school community? Send them our way - we would love to meet them and show them all Presentation has to offer! When they register, tell them to mention your name and your family will be credited $250 for each family you refer!  
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All money for lunch accounts must now be entered online, cash or checks will no longer be accepted.

Please contact the school office if you are having trouble logging in.
Amazon Smile

 Did you know that just by shopping on Amazon you can help raise money for Presentation of Mary Church? AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Support Presentation of Mary Church by starting your shopping at
Updated 2019-2020 School Calendar
The 2019-2020 school calendar has been updated. It is available on the school website and can also be found here .
2019 Fall Sports

The Fall sports season is well underway. We play as part of the Catholic Athletic Association (CAA) and compete against other religious affiliated schools in the Minneapolis and St. Paul and surrounding areas and eastern Wisconsin. Up to date schedules can always be found on the CAA website .


Presentation has combined with Transfiguration, St. Jerome’s and St. Pascals to form 2 co-ed soccer teams this year. 

5 th grade
The 5 th grade soccer team had their first game on Saturday, 9/7 at Transfiguration against St. Ambrose. They walked away with their first win with a score of 9-0. They play again on Saturday, 9/14 at Transfiguration against St. Odilia. Check out their schedule here .

6 th -8 th grade
The 6 th , 7 th , and 8 th grade soccer team lost their first game on Saturday, 9/7 against St. John the Baptist. Their game on Wednesday against St. Odilia was cancelled due to the rain. They play again on Saturday, 9/14 against Immaculate Conception at 12:00pm. You can view their schedule here .


8 th grade
The 8 th grade team is excited for their final season and are ready to defend their CAA championship title. Games begin next week. We have only 4 home matches this season, so we’d love to pack the gym to cheer on this team that has been together for 5 years. The first home match is Monday, September 16 th at 4:00pm. Check days and times of their other games on this schedule .

5 th -7 th grade
The 5 th , 6 th , and 7 th graders have combined to create a team that will play at the 7 th grade level. They have been practicing and are ready for their first match on Monday, September 16 th  at 4:45pm. This team will always play immediately following the 8 th grade team for all of their home and away matches. Here is their schedule.

We participate in the Catholic Athletic Association. For the most current schedules and locations, please refer to their website at: .
Looking Ahead
Kindergarten - stickers of any shape and color

Please bring donations to the school office with a note labeling who they are for. Thank you!

Have something you'd like to add to the "Wanted" Section? Email Mary Davini
Our Mission: The purpose of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School is to provide a Catholic community that fosters the religious and academic development of the individual student in a safe and welcoming learning environment.
Our Philosophy: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School creates a supportive Catholic community committed to the Gospel message that calls us to faith, service, and worship. An environment of respect, peace and justice fosters an appreciation of God’s gift of life in all people. Each student is empowered to develop their own potential, which will lead to excellence in academics, athletic activities and the fine arts.