The Panther Post
January 23, 2021
Greetings Presentation Families,

As many of you know through our announcement, Presentation was blessed to receive an anonymous donation of $500,000 to grow and strengthen our school’s programming and create stability for our future. These were pre-allocated funds that were focused on innovation, sustainability, and building an endowment fund to help Presentation create new and improved opportunities for our students’ experiences. 

An endowment is a fund designated to provide stable, ongoing financial support. The principal of the donation is legally protected and grows through prudent investing. Each year, Presentation receives an endowment distribution and reinvests the funds. An endowment is funds highly diversified for long-term growth and income overtime.

Presentation leadership has met with staff, SAC, and a Middle School Focus group to help us begin a long-term designation plan for leftover funds from our donation to proper programing and curriculum enhancements. Presentation cannot express enough how grateful and humbled we are by the extraordinary gift ensuring that our school continues to provide excellence in Catholic education.

We want to make clear to everyone in our community that these funds are already designated toward an endowment, curriculum enhancement, and the overall sustainability of our school. We still need your support going forward, especially your participation and engagement in our school auction.

If you have any questions in regards to the future of these funds or our school feel free to contact the school or myself @ srita@presentationofmary.org. We would also like to invite you to join our focus group community. If interested please let Principal Sue Lovegreen know.

God bless,
Sam Rita, Director of Advancement

Auction Updates
Auction Raffle Tickets are here! Tickets were sent home yesterday. Due to the initial amount printed, 10 were sent with the oldest student and 5 with any younger siblings. More tickets will be arriving to school on Tuesday. Here's what you should know:

  • They are $10 each and will enter the buyer in a drawing to win one of these three prizes.
  • There are opportunities to sell tickets before and after Masses this weekend and next. Click here to grab a spot!
  • Return all money and completed ticket stubs to the school office. Once a student has sold 10 tickets, they can earn an out of uniform pass!
  • The class that has the highest participation percentage will earn an additional out of uniform day and a pizza party!
  • All tickets (sold and unsold) and money MUST be turned in by February 3!

Please note that if your family is unable to sell tickets we ask that you return yours to the office as soon as possible so they may be used elsewhere. Thank you!!

Auction shirts have arrived and students can begin wearing them on Wednesdays starting next week! If you haven't ordered one yet and would like to, visit the Auction page.
Kindergarten Enrollment Scholarship Deadline!

Any kindergarteners that enroll by January 31st can earn a $250 scholarship from the Catholic School Center of Excellence (CSCOE). Visit https://mytads.com to complete your enrollment today!
The window for Aim Higher Scholarships closes on February 20th! To apply, complete your financial aid application here and check the box for the Aim Higher Scholarship. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!
Due to the large piles of snow along the curb and ice, we will be loading one car at a time in front of the Kindergarten doors. Students are to wait on the physical distancing phrases until their car is in the safe opening. We appreciate your patience during these winter months and your help to keep our students safe.


MISF is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Private and Independent Education Awards. Nominations may be submitted by students, staff, board members, parents, school leaders, or anyone connected to the school community. 
 
Do you know an exceptional educator? How about the volunteer who handles lots of assignments? Who has made a difference in your community by their philanthropy? Take the time to nominate them in one of the following categories. 
 
Behind the Scenes
This award recognizes the quiet and essential work of an individual who supports the school outside the classroom. These individuals go out of their way to make the school environment welcoming, friendly, and caring. School staff, coaches, volunteers and other behind the scenes workers may be nominated for this award.

Community Champion
This award celebrates the work of an individual or group that has benefited a school and the community in which the school is located. Board members, donors, and other school supporters may be nominated for this award.

Program
This award highlights an innovative or successful program that supports engagement and academic achievement for the school, students, or faculty.

Leadership 
This award recognizes the hard work and dedication of school heads, presidents, principals, superintendents, or executive directors.

Honor Teacher
This award recognizes that special teacher at a school, who has a passion for students and education. They're creative, innovative, fair and compassionate, and they model integrity and excellence. They are involved in their communities, and they achieve exceptional outcomes.

If you would like to review the nomination form prior to submitting one, click here
Have you attended a Peace of Mind mental health and wellness session offered by our friends at the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence
Join licensed psychologist Dr. Jules Nolan with host Matt Birk for a special session via Zoom, "Parenting During Times of Uncertainty," at 6:30 p.m. February 9. It's open to all who are interested! Register at this link and share it with your family and friends! 

For January Peace of Mind session dates click here.
Picture Retake Day

Picture Day is: Jan 27, 2020
Order Code is: 52789P
Your link to order is: https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/52789P

The order code information is only for those ordering for the first time on retake day. Just a reminder that picture packages must be turned in to receive the retake package.
Shine On! Visual Arts Competition

The Shine On Visual Arts portal will be open from January 15-30. Please encourage your students to participate! Parents can find everything they need on the
Big Bang STEM Fair

CSCOE will again be hosting this extraordinary science fair in 2021 for third- through eighth-grade students! We'll start accepting submissions February 1-28. Click here to visit the website for more information.

North Juniors Club Volleyball

Game On! The club season is officially beginning. Click here to learn how to join.
Wanted Section

Kindergarten: gently used waterproof/snow proof child-sized gloves; a volunteer that is good with fish/fish tanks to help clean the fish tank - contact Mrs. Scheppers at sscheppers@presentationofmary.org to arrange.

Second Grade: Packs of small paper Dixie Cups
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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.