The Panther Post
December 19, 2020
Principal's Page
Greetings to all of our Presentation Families,

Feeling blessed...this past week has been filled with so many blessings for our students, staff, and our school community. As 2020 comes to an end, we are filled with God’s love, peace, and hope for an incredible 2021.

As we reflect on 2020, there are many blessings our community has received all throughout the year…
  • The Healey Foundation gifted us with a new Advancement Director
  • 8th graders were able to have an in-person graduation ceremony
  • 2nd graders were able to make their first communions in-person
  • 8th graders were confirmed in-person
  • We were able to meet the challenge of two matching grants last spring and summer
  • A new principal was introduced
  • We were able to start the school year in-person
  • Several foundations provided additional funding for scholarships and COVID relief
  • Fr. Peter was installed as the Canonical Administrator of our beloved school
  • Two new teachers joined our incredible team of educators
  • Presentation was healthy and in-person for the entire first trimester 
  • The Healey Foundation gifted us with an additional donation to enhance our development - more details to come
  • An anonymous donation of $500,000 was made to grow and strengthen our school’s programing along with creating stability for our future (read the full announcement here) - more details to come

We are so grateful for…
  • Our teachers and staff
  • Presentation Parishioners & School Families
  • Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis
  • Aim Higher Foundation
  • Catholic Community Foundation
  • Catholic United Financial Foundation
  • Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE)
  • District 622 
  • Healey Education Foundation
  • Minnesota Independent School Forum
  • Minnesota Department of Health & Department of Education
  • Schulze Family Foundation
  • Two Eagles Foundation
  • University of St. Thomas 
  • Countless individual donors and supporters
  • Volunteers

God has blessed our school community in so many ways this past year. He continues to give us love and joy this Christmas. May we all be filled with hope for the future of our children and their beloved school. Merry Christmas!

Blessings to you and your family,

Sue Lovegreen, principal


Holiday Quarantine - January 4-18

We have many school families and staff traveling over Christmas break, both in and out of the country. Along with anticipated gatherings over Christmas and New Years, we are moving forward with our planned Holiday Quarantine. School will resume on January 4th online via Distance Learning for only two weeks. In-person learning will begin on Tuesday, January 19th.

Please be sure to continue to inform the school office if anyone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 over Christmas break, or if anyone has been exposed to someone with a positive case resulting in the need to quarantine. Those traveling should plan to quarantine for 7-10 days before returning to school in-person on January 19th.

Thank you for your commitment to maintaining a healthy environment for our students and staff. We will get through this stronger and wiser. It has not been easy, but we have learned a lot during distance learning.

Let us all give thanks for the incredibly talented scientists and medical teams for their dedication to fighting this virus and ending the pandemic. They were all once young students in school. Just think, what blessings will our Presentation students bestow upon the world in the future?
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.
Presentation's First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
We immensely enjoyed sharing this fun event with you and hope you enjoyed it as well - whether live or virtually. A very Merry Christmas to all!
Although we didn't meet our goal of 75 shirts for pre-Christmas Delivery, we got close! Shirts are still available and are easier than ever to order. You can order online or by using a paper order form. Payment can be made by credit card, check or cash. Click here for more information! Shirt delivery will occur after the Winter Break, but absolutely in time for the Auction on Saturday, February 6!
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

Materials Pick-Up/Drop-Off Tuesday, December 22nd

Don't forget! Our next Distance Learning materials pick-up/drop-off will be 12/22 from 2-4:30 pm. Click here for full instructions.

Please note: if you ordered Presentation Spirit Wear from our online store and chose the pick up option, your items will be included at the pick-up.
Date: 12/22/2020
Time: 2PM to 4PM
Location: Concordia Arms Apartments in Maplewood, Address: 2030 Lydia Ave E, Maplewood, MN 55109
If you have questions, please contact: Dalton Kalina 651-272-8693 or Dalton.Kalina@lssmn.org
Panther Pride Benefit & Auction: 75th Diamond Anniversary

Save the date for the Virtual Panther Pride Benefit & Auction on February 6, 2021, culminating Catholic Schools Week. Being virtual means things will be a bit different, but one thing remains the same: this is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need YOU to help ensure it's a 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/

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
Curious about what's new in the Parish? Click here for the most recent newsletter.
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.