The Panther Post
October 31, 2020
Principal's Page
Greetings to all of our Presentation Families,

Happy Halloween, All Saints Day Blessings and felicidades Dia de los Muertos! These three days are celebrated in several different ways. Many Hispanic families spend time honoring their loved ones who have died by sharing stories about them, displaying their photos, and eating their favorite foods with lots of music. Our 1st & 4th grade classes lead us in the Litany of Saints recognizing the saints who lived a life of faith. What a beautiful tradition for our students. 

We are all looking forward to seeing you at our Halloween parade. It will be our first large gathering as a school. Please keep safe by wearing masks and physically distancing yourself from others. Our goal is to have fun and celebrate as safely as possible. Each of us plays a role in keeping our school building open. Keep in mind that God wants what is good for us, even when that means at times He calls us to the Cross. Let us be examples of our faith and help guide our youth to God like our Saints have.

The staff would like to thank everyone for the wonderful dinner during conferences this past week. They also want you all to know that the partnership they have with you is so valuable in creating a positive learning environment for our students. The growth and development of our students depends on all of us working together. Thank you for all your support and for saying “yes” to Catholic education.

This next week, the staff will be taking time to review the result of the survey most of you completed about Distance Learning (DL) and refine our plan for when we may need to shift to DL. We will be sharing our plan with you the following week. It will be sent home electronically and posted on our website. We have been blessed so far to have completed 8 weeks of in-person learning. 

Please stay vigilant with your wearing masks, washing hands, and physical distancing yourself as best you can. We know from now until January there will be many large group gatherings with family and friends. Our schools health and open doors depends on all of us doing our part.

Be sure to inform us when someone in your household has been exposed, have two or more of the symptoms, or anyone in your household is sick with COVID. It is important to quarantine and follow the guidelines we have sent home and have posted on our website.

Let us celebrate the gift of a beautiful weekend and time to be together outdoors as a faithful community. Be safe and stay strong.

Blessings to you and your family,

Sue Lovegreen, principal 

Advancement Update

Hello Presentation community,
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.
A helpful tip for our new families: the approach of winter means the need to bring snow gear to school each day. Many of our families find it helpful for students to have a separate "snow bag" (such as a reusable grocery bag) to carry these items to and from school. This helps keep backpacks from getting too heavy for little backs!
Picture Retake Day
Nov 11th
Click here to place an online order
Hello Parents,
We want to thank all of the families who have already participated in our SchoolStore fundraiser! We are on our way to reaching our goal, but we need everyone’s help to make sure our teachers get the essential tools they need to help our students succeed.
If your family hasn’t participated, there’s still time!
This safe and easy fundraiser is 100% online so there is no face-to-face selling, collecting money, or delivering products. Participation only takes 12 minutes and your child will win fun and exciting prizes. Every student will receive a prize, just for participating. More prizes will be rewarded when goals are reached. 
Please help now. It really will make a difference.
Go to https://www.schoolstore.net/sid.t?0000116925 to show our valued teachers your support.
Presentation School
PS: Family participation is the key to our success, and we are counting on you!
POPS (Parents of Presentation) Kick Off Volunteer Meeting

Interested in being a part of a parent ran organization, meeting new parents, or volunteering at specific events… Then please join us next week, Thursday, November 5th at 6:00PM for our introduction POPS Meeting for more information. Below is the Zoom link for our virtual meeting. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 822 8625 9367
Passcode: 9XxRXZ
Important Links

**Please note there will be no hot lunch available on Tuesday, November 3rd**

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 in any of these areas:

-Technology support: It will be a virtual platform this year so we would love to have some volunteers as IT support
-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.
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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.