School Newsletter
September 4, 2020
Principal's Page
Greetings to all of our Presentation Families,

It is with great gratitude that I give thanks to our staff  for their dedication and passion for Catholic education. As I watched parents/guardians drop off their children on Wednesday, some with joy others with tears, I prayed our day would go well. Once inside, the sounds of children’s voices and footsteps in the hallway filled our hearts with joy. God is good! 

Our first few days were filled with new protocols along with a lot of typical first day of school activities. It was amazing to see our teachers embrace the new protocols and rise up to welcome back their students with love and God’s grace. We are so excited to welcome all our new families and students. 

Next week we will begin reviewing last year’s concepts & assessments as we prepare for our fall NWEA MAP testing. These assessments will give our teachers a good idea of where they should start with academics this year. Please be sure to give your child(ren) plenty of time to get outside this weekend and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Testing and assessments can be stressful. We want everyone to be at their best.
We encourage everyone to be mindful of the fun filled activities your children participate in over the long weekend. Our staff has been working hard to prepare a safe environment for our students so that we can have in-person learning. We hope and pray you all will also help us maintain a safe environment by being careful over the weekend. 
Please continue to pray for each other, our teachers, support staff, Fr. Peter, our parish staff and principal Lovegreen. May God comfort us and fill us with his love during this time.

Blessings to us all,

Sue Lovegreen

Enrollment Update:

We are continuing to gain new students. Currently we are at 118 students. With 7 students still pending.
K - 19 3 - 12 6 - 10
1 - 15 4 - 17 7 - 10
2 - 17 5 - 14 8 - 4

Staffing Update:

In our previous update we introduced you to Mr. Sealy. Earlier this week he decided he would be unable to fulfill his commitment to teach this year. We immediately reached out to several of our connections: St. Kate’s, UST, St. Mary’s, Winona State, the Archdioceses, CSCOE, reposted the position and asked our staff to reach out to their connections. We had two potential candidates who recently chose a different path. Mrs. Underwood has agreed to help us out until we can find someone for this position. Our team is working hard to resolve this issue as fast as we can.We invite you to help us in this search. Please let us know if you have a potential candidate. When we work together, good things will come. 

Middle School Recess Update:

Starting next week middle school will no longer go out for recess after lunch. This change is due to the increased time we needed to add to the lunch/recess times to clean and sanitize between lunches. The change reduced the afternoon classes to 30 minutes which are normally around 45 minute classes. Their classroom teachers may choose other times within the week to get students outdoors.
Volunteer Opportunities!!
We need help with lunchroom supervision/cleaning and supervising recess.

Working from home? Use your lunch hour to come hang with your kiddo and get some fresh air!!

Lunchroom helpers: Contact Jenna Rose Bradshaw for times and details (jrbradshaw@presentationofmary.org

Recess helpers: Contact Linda Charnowski for days and times (lprazak@presentationofmary.org)
Drop-off and Dismissal Updates

Thanks everyone for your patience as we get used to our new drop-off and dismissal carpool procedures, we appreciate it! We had a few hiccups this week but overall things are going well and we appreciate the input we've gotten from you all.

Drop-off: As a reminder, school is open to kids beginning at 8:15am. If your child needs to enter school before that time they can go to Extended Care and you will be charged. If you arrive in carpool prior to that time, your child may wait in the car with you or line up outside their designated entrance on our positive message distance markers.

Dismissal: Click here for the most updated list of where students will be at the end of the day (Kenney Hall/Kennard Street or Lower Parking Lot). If you pick up in the lower parking lot, please come from the east and drive westbound on Larpenteur Ave to enter the lot and avoid causing backups in traffic. In the event a line begins to form on Larpenteur Ave, please make sure to pull to the shoulder to allow traffic to pass by. An updated map is shown below.

Picture Day Information

Picture Day is Tuesday, October 6th!

Click here to order your child's school pictures. If preferred, you may print and turn in this form in an envelope.
Welcome Ms. Niki!!

We want to extend a warm Presentation welcome to our Extended Care Provider, Niki Lewis. We are so happy to have her here! Here is a bit about her:

My name is Nichole Lewis, I've been working in the childcare field for 4 years. I've worked with children ranging from 6 weeks to 13 years of age. I've enjoyed working with children. I have a background in security as well. I enjoy active outdoor activities, arts and crafts, and sports. I became interested in working with children when I realized how many children don't have the support or a kind person to encourage them and for them to look up too. My goal is for children to always feel safe and for them to have the extra support when needed. Children are a gift and deserve the chance to blossom as much as possible.

Ashley Way Remembrance Bracelets

Any Presentation staff, families, or students that didn't yet get one of these bracelets are welcome to have one as long as supplies last. They are available in large and small sizes. Contact Linda in the office to stop in and pick one up.
Wanted Section

Fourth Grade - Beans to fill bean bag chair

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.