The Panther Post
November 13, 2020
Principal's Page
Greetings to all of our Presentation Families,

We made through our 11th week of in-person learning! This is something to celebrate. Please join me in giving thanks to our teachers, support staff, volunteers and families working hard to keep everyone safe. 

During times like these fear can sneak up on us and sometimes take over. Remember, our children are watching us. They learn from us how to handle tough situations. What do we want our kids to learn from what we are experiencing? To fear, to complain, to be upset everyday or to give thanks for the blessings each day that God has given us? How can we help our children see joy in each other, each moment, and spread it? How can we teach our children about God’s mercy through helping our neighbors and praying for each other? Each day together is a blessing and a gift from God. We all need to teach our children how to treasure these moments even during hard times.

When I am worried, stressed, or feeling overwhelmed, I turn to God and pray to St. Anthony for Hope and Healing: 

O Loving St. Anthony, 
You respond to the needs of the sick and the troubled with countless miracles of healing and hope.

Hear my prayers for your heavenly intercession. Comfort me when I am ill. Stay by my side when I am afflicted with worry and anxiety. Help me to experience God’s healing power through your prayers, as well as my own.

If I am burdened with suffering, lead me to unite myself to the cross of Jesus Christ, so that my pain and sorrow can be of spiritual benefit to me and to others.

Pray for me, O good St. Anthony! Help me to realize that Jesus is with me every step of the way, every day of my life, and that in the strength of His gracious love, I will overcome life’s fears and difficulties. Amen

Don’t let fear take control, let us walk this journey together with God by our side. Continue to be vigilant with wearing masks, washing hands, physically distancing from others, and staying home when anyone in our household is sick.

May God continue to bless our school community with His love and grace.

Blessings to you and your family,
Sue Lovegreen, principal

**Please note that the letter that went home yesterday explaining our Holiday Quarantine Distance Learning had an incorrect date. The correct dates for distance learning are Jan 4-19**
CSCOE has offered Presentation a unique opportunity for a virtual 360 tour for prospective families that would be more comfortable visiting our campus virtually. The tour allows for a 360 view of each classroom and school spaces. 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 or have any high resolution pictures of your kids at Presentation that we could include in our 360 Tour, marketing items, or as an update to our website please send to srita@presentationofmary.org. Thank you for your help.
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, December 2nd
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.


Online Spirit Wear Store is Open! Click here to peruse our Spirit Wear options. The online store will remain open through December 6th, 2020.
Get your gear today!!
CSCOE is excited to add another option to their Peace of Mind menu offerings. At 8 p.m. November 18, they’ll host a Spanish parent session on their Facebook page. Maricruz Hernandez will host the session with Sheila Rojas, licensed clinical counselor.


Dr. Jules Nolan is also providing the following promotional resources for families:
November sessions for parents:
The November 4 parent session was rescheduled for November 17. 
Important Links

**Please note there will be no hot lunch available through Friday, November 13th**

With cold and flu season approaching and positive COVID cases on the rise in our state, we would like to stress how important it is to understand and follow Presentation's Covid-19 Decision Tree. This is the best way to ensure our school can remain open and that staff and students alike can stay protected. We sincerely appreciate your support and cooperation!
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!
Calling all burrito lovers!!

Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 2303 White Bear Ave N Ste H in Maplewood for our fundraiser on Monday, November 16 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. We're raising money to support Presentation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary, so just download a flyer from the link below or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they'll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!


Can't wait to see you!
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.