Greetings to all of our Presentation Families,
We are so thankful for the beautiful sunshine on these cold winter days. Hopefully warmer weather is around the corner.
Congratulations on a successful Auction! The students and staff would like to thank all of the volunteers and committee members who overcame several challenges while planning this incredible event. Thank you for your time and dedication. We also thank all of you who were able to attend virtually and/or donated to the auction. All of the funds raised will definitely be put to good use immediately.
Next week is Ash Wednesday. Our Mass will be at 8:45 am. Grades 3-8 will be attending. Fr. Peter will visit each of the lower grades to talk about the beginning of Lent and give them ashes.
Lent is a time for us to reflect. It’s an opportunity for us to pray and to give to others. Many children choose to give something up for Lent. At school we will also be focusing on giving of ourselves and prayer. We will begin each day together in prayer and hear a reflection about Lent. We will also have Stations of the Cross every Friday and a Penance Service.
Next week our students and staff will be spreading God’s love and light to others during our “Week of Love.” Each day the students will be touching the hearts of our parish & school support staff, local community members, and our parishioners. Our Lenten school project this year is “Love Socks.” Students will be given a list of items to bring in along with socks. On March 5th we will stuff socks full of personal hygiene items. The socks then will be given to a shelter for homeless children and their families. Stay tuned for more details to come next week.
Our students will also be learning about almsgiving and how we are to share the gifts we have with others. Each student has been given a rice bowl to collect their spare change all throughout Lent. This is another opportunity for our students to allow God to work through them to serve those in need.
Tuesday, February 16th is a mental health day for our students and staff. It is so important during the pandemic for all of us to take time to breathe and fill our minds with God’s peace and grace. Our staff continues to work very hard to create a positive and safe learning environment for our students. As we approach the one year anniversary of school buildings being closed in March 2020, we have so much to be thankful for...donations to help cover the additional costs of hand sanitizer, masks, shields, electrostatic sprayer for sanitizing, additional cleaning supplies, desk shields, face shields and teachers who said “yes” to returning to in-person learning.
We are also so thankful for all of you! Thank you for helping keep our school safe by keeping your child(ren) home when someone in your household is sick or may have symptoms as well as quarantining if you’ve traveled out of state. All of these efforts help keep our students learning in-person.
Let us hope and pray for God’s peace and grace to descend upon our community this next week. Continue to pray for the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, teachers and school community.
Blessings to you and your family,
Sue Lovegreen, principal