The Panther Post
December 12, 2020
Principal's Page
Greetings to all of our Presentation Families,

Be still and in the moment...this is when we can feel God’s love. During the Advent season we are encouraged to take time to reflect and prepare our hearts to welcome Jesus. Our teachers have given our students opportunities to wait...to anticipate...and look forward to the celebration of Christmas in the lessons they have prepared for them.

Typically this time of year our halls would be filled with Advent and Christmas artwork. The energy level of the students and staff would be joyous and filled with excitement. Preparations for our Christmas concert would be underway. Though we may not be together in person right now, we all can come together in prayer and find ways to spread joy.

We are all hoping you will join us this next Friday, December 18th, for our first annual tree lighting in front of the church and school. You and your family are invited to drive by to see our tree and wish our staff a Merry Christmas. We will also be collecting non-perishable items for our local food shelf. More information about this event will be sent out later this week. We hope to see you there!

As 2020 is coming to an end, we are beginning to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. We will be inviting each of you to fill out a survey about our school. This information will be vital for us to review prior to meeting with our new board members in January. We have been working with the Healey Foundation to identify strategic people to join our new school board. Our new board members will be announced to all of you in January.

Our goal is to celebrate the good, address areas that need improvement, and develop a clear strategic plan for the future of Presentation. God has many good things planned for us. He has blessed us in so many ways. We hope you feel called to join us in this journey to grow and develop our beloved school.

May God unite us through His love for us all.

Blessings to you and your family,

Sue Lovegreen, principal

A friendly reminder:

If anyone in your household is exposed to or tests positive for COVID-19 over Thanksgiving Break or during Distance Learning, report it to the school office via email as soon as possible. We need to keep an updated running record of the health and wellbeing of our school community.
Update From the Advancement Office

Call for Testimonials
Greetings Presentation Parents,
Presentation is reaching out again to see if anyone would be interested in a video testimonial statement. We would film you for our virtual 360 tour provided by CSCOE for prospective families and future open houses. We are not only using this to give virtual tours, but as a marketing technique to potential families. If you would like to make a testimonial statement please schedule a time to film with Sam Rita at srita@presentationofmary.org. Thank you for being such an outstanding community and your help.

Write a Review
Have you had a good experience with Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School and our community? We are inviting everyone to write a review for us on Google. Presentation is trying to get more traffic virtually online. In order to increase our traffic and visibility we have updated the Search Engine Optimization on Google. Most of our reviews online are from over 3 years ago when we last updated our SEO. If you are interested in writing a review, please click here to find our Google Search.

Preschool Peek
Say hello to our newest preschooler! He had just joined us in November! Our preschool enrollment is open to registration any time! If you or someone you know is interested in full-time in-person enrollment for preschool, please contact Presentation today!
Christmas Lighting
Save the date! Presentation will be hosting a Christmas lighting on December 18th. More details will be sent out next week. Our community will be able to join us virtually or in-person. Stay tuned for more details!


Gift Card-a-Palooza
The Gift Card-a-Palooza competition is underway. While we are far from the finish line, a few classes have already jumped into the race. Here is where each class stands:
Get your cards in by dropping them off at school or mailing them to the main office. Feel free to drop them off at our next scheduled pick-up/drop-off December 22nd.
The address is: 
Presentation of Mary School
Attn: Auction Gift Card Contest
1695 Kennard Street
Maplewood, MN 55109  
**Be sure to note which grade each gift card should count towards**
Congratulations to all of the kids that made their First Reconciliation today! We are so proud of you!!
Auction Out of Uniform Shirts are now available! Click on the image above to order yours today!
Our friends at the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence are once again inviting us to send some of our talented fourth- through eighth-grade students to the Shine On Catholic School Talent Competition!

This year’s performing arts competition will be taking video auditions from November 30-December 15, 2020. Visual arts submissions are due between January 15-30, 2021.

Consider assisting your child in registering for Shine On! To enter click on either the Performing Arts or Visual Arts Registration link below. To find out more visit www.shineontalent.org.

Interested in seeing the show in action? Watch last year’s show: https://youtu.be/wgXKWlFqJDQ
DATES TO REMEMBER

November 30-December 15, 2020
Submission window for Performing Arts

January 15-30, 2021
Submission window for Visual Arts

March 7, 2021
Shine On Talent and Arts Show
REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Performing Arts registration: 

Visual Arts registration: 
 
The registration links will close after the deadlines at left. Questions? Contact Sharon Wilson
Picture Retake Day Rescheduled Date!
Wednesday, January 27th
Click here to place an online order
Please note that if your child is getting retakes done, you need to return your original photos to school.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ON KOOL108
 
Tune in to radio station 107.9 KOOL108 to hear our Catholic school advertisements, which direct listeners to findcatholicschools.org

Presentation's Gifts of Love for 2020

The Giving Tree is now on Target Registry. Visit tgt.gifts/presentationgivingtree to access. Your "Gifts of Love" bring Christmas Cheer to five Presentation families consisting of 6 adults and 13 children ranging from 9 months to 15 years old. Gas, Cub, Aldi, Walgreens, Target and Walmart cards can be purchased in $25.00 increments in leu of gifts and can be placed in the deposit box outside the parish center door. All items should be delivered to Presentation Parish for distribution by December 15. God bless your kindness.
Click on the image above for December Mental Health and Wellness Sessions with Dr. Jules Nolan.
Panther Pride Benefit & Auction: 75th Diamond Anniversary

This year, Presentation is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary. This amazing little school has been educating God’s children for 75 years. The way kids are learning today probably looks a lot different than it did 75 years ago. At the core, however, remains the faith formation and academic excellence that drives this school.

The auction committee is hard at work planning an amazing virtual event. The event will be held on February 6, 2021, culminating Catholic Schools Week. Just as the look and feel for our students in the classroom has changed over the years, the auction will look and feel different this year as well. It is still our biggest fundraiser, however, and is essential to our school’s success.  

We are currently accepting auction item donations. Please consider supporting your favorite merchants by buying a Gift Card or creating a gift basket, donating a bottle of wine, liquor or spirits, or creating an experience to share with Presentation Families. 

For more information, head over to the auction website: https://www.presentationofmaryschool.org/auction/


Volunteers Needed!

The Auction Committee is looking for a few volunteers at this time. Please reach out to Amber Henslin at amberhenslin@gmail.com if you are able to help:

-Donations: Solicit businesses or individuals to donate auction items (restaurants, spas/salons, breweries, sports teams, retail stores, etc.) and track who you have contacted and what they are donating

Thanks in advance for supporting Presentation as we look ahead to 75 more years of excellence!
Winter School Sports Update

Presentation will not be offering Winter sports (basketball or hockey) this year due to Covid-19 and the complications surrounding this pandemic.
If you would like assistance with finding an alternative Rec/Traveling/AAU team for your son or daughter to play on, please contact Ms. Rogers (that is if the MN Youth Sports Hold is lifted).
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.