The Panther Post
January 8, 2021
Principal's Page
Greetings to all of our Presentation Families,

Our hearts are filled with so many emotions this week. We started the week full of hope and excitement for our students to be back in school remotely on Monday. Students and their teachers were so excited to see each other and hear about their Christmas break. It was fun to listen in on some of those conversations. To hear the excitement and joy in our students voices as they connect with each other is priceless.

This week we were so excited for our new middle school math teacher, Mrs. Simpson, to start teaching math, and we are so thankful for Dr. C! He helped our students navigate the online math program until we could find a math teacher. Mrs. Simpson has jumped right in and is so excited to work with our middle school students. We will no longer be using the online math program.

The event that occurred mid-week was very unsettling for all. Our staff met on Thursday and expressed their hopes and dreams for our students in 2021. Here are just a few: peace; to proceed forward with ease; to teach our students how peace begins with them; to teach them to take things one day at a time; to teach our kids to spread joy and God’s light; to learn about self-control; to learn to see the good in each day, and much more. The most important hope & dream for all of them at this time is to see your children face to face here at school.

We are so thankful to walk this journey with your children with all of you and God by our side. As parents we may want to shelter our children from the events this past week. It’s scary, it’s crazy, there is so much unknown. But there is also light...God’s light. There is good...God’s love. There are moments of silence...God’s peace.

Here are three verses I reflected on today:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” - Psalm 46:1

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” - Romans 12:12

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” - Romans 15:13

Please take time to discuss the events of this past week with your child(ren), but don’t dwell on it. Limit news and social media exposures. Break down this information to their level. Let them share how they are feeling. Our children will learn from our words and actions during this time. They are watching, listening, and learning from us how to persevere through these uncharted waters. Remind them God is present. He is our rock and strength. How can we spread His love and grace to fill our world with joy? 

This weekend try to get outside, do a random act of kindness, go on a “see good things/see joy” scavenger hunt and pray together as a family. Giving thanks for the many blessings God has given us.

Spread God’s love and joy!

Blessings to you and your family,
Sue Lovegreen, principal
Kindergarten Enrollment Scholarship Opportunity!

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!
Call for Testimonials

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.
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.
Send in your Recipes!!

One of our parents is putting together a Presentation Cookbook as an item for the Auction and needs YOUR family's favorite recipes to add to it! Click here to add your recipe (multiple contributions welcome). Please also feel free to add a family photo or photo of your dish. Questions? Email joyparizek@comcast.net.

All entries are due by WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14
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.
Click on image to visit website
Presentation of Mary's Mother Teresa Sewing Group

In 2020 the Mother Teresa Parish Sewing Group donated over 466 items including:
113 blankets, 188 hats, 23 mittens, 31 scarves, 18 sweaters, 18 pillow cases, 2 pair of booties, and 73 “other” items like pajamas, baby sacks and nursing covers. The donations went to Options for Women-East, Catholic Charities Family Shelter, Ramsey County Care Center, Marian Center, Second Stork, and Catholic Charities Distribution Center. Would you like to get involved? We meet once a month to collect materials at the parish center then work on projects in our homes. For more information please contact Irene O’Ryan at 651-776-8049. 

Auction Updates
The Auction will take place virtually on February 6 at 7 pm (no cost to attend!). This year, we are offering School Families and Parish Members a new way to support the auction. You may become an official "friend" of the auction with your donation of $100 or more. We hope that you will consider sponsoring the work we are doing to reach kids by making a donation. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at auction@pbvmstudents.org.

Auction/Out of Uniform Shirts: Out of Uniform shirts can be worn EVERY Wednesday for the rest of the school year. Give your student a chance to express a little personality and order a shirt for them today. For more information including a link to the online order form, please visit https://presentationofmaryschool.org/auction/.


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. 

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.
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.