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Mother-Daughter Mass and Lunch is a special event for Students in grades 9-12 and their mothers.

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Visitation School Speaker Series

Visitation Speaker Series


Join us for an evening of impactful and meaningful conversation. The Visitation School Speaker Series features an individual or a panel with expertise in a particular field, and is followed by a question and answer session. Speaker Series events provide parents, alums, friends of Visitation and members of our community an opportunity to learn about a new topic, engage in interesting conversation and connect with each other.

How to Succeed in College

Will This Be on the Test? by Dana T. Johnson

Dana Johnson's book, Will This Be on the Test? What Your Professors Really Want You To Know About Succeeding in College, is described as being "the essential survival guide for high-school students making the transition to college academics."


Professor and author Dana Johnson will share valuable information for students, parents, grandparents - anyone looking to gain insight on how to thrive in the world of college academics or best prepare their child or grandchild for success. Hear practical advice about using the course syllabus, taking advantage of professors' office hours, and performing well on assignments and exams, as well as the broader topics of the overall structure of the college academic world and how parents can best help their children successfully navigate their college career.

Guest Speaker: Dana Tregilgas Johnson '68, College Professor and Author
Monday, September 23, 7 p.m.
Visitation School, DeSales Auditorium

Dana Tregilgas Johnson '68 had an enduring and admirable career as a professor of mathematics and education at the College of William & Mary, where she was awarded the Simon Prize for Excellence in the teaching of mathematics in 2002 and again in 2007. Following her recent retirement, Dana tackled her longtime goal of authoring a comprehensive guide advising students how to succeed in the world of college academics.

Salesian Virtue of Interiority

2018 Salesian Virtue is Interiority

Join us for a conversation on the 2018-2019 Salesian virtue of Interiority.

Warm up on a cold winter night with light hearted camaraderie and conversation on this year’s Salesian virtue of Interiority. Current and new friends in the Visitation Parents' Association are eager to welcome you and deepen our understanding of “Interiority”.

Wednesday, January 9, 7 -9 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Helen Wilkie
Visitation School, Ain Karim




Helen Wilkie earned a Master’s Degree in Salesian Spirituality from DeSales Seminary in Washington, D.C. and has been involved with the Mendota Heights and Minneapolis Visitation communities for thirty years.

Mindful Technology

student at computer

Navigating the ever-changing world of technology is tricky and can be overwhelming to constantly be monitoring screen time. Join Tracey Joyce, Coordinator of Educational Technology at Visitation School, to learn simple tips for you and your family to help change your mindset about technology use, get your family on the same page regarding device time and develop some healthy screen time habits for yourself and your family


Guest Speaker: Tracey Joyce, Coordinator of Educational Technology
Monday, May 6, 7 p.m.
Visitation School, DeSales Auditorium

Tracey Joyce, Coordinator of Educational Technology at Visitation School, has more than 19 years experience in education. She has a master’s degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s certificate in K-12 Learning Technology. She is also trained in Yoga Calm Wellness,
Mindful Schools - Mindful Educator Essentials and is the chair of the Visitation Wellness Committee. As a mom, educator and colleague, finding a mindful approach to technology is at the heart of all her interactions.

Salesian Virtue of Interiority

2018 Salesian Virtue is Interiority

Join us for a conversation on the 2018-2019 Salesian virtue of Interiority.

Warm up on a cold winter night with light hearted camaraderie and conversation on this year’s Salesian virtue of Interiority. Current and new friends in the Visitation Parents' Association are eager to welcome you and deepen our understanding of “Interiority”.

Wednesday, January 9, 7 -9 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Helen Wilkie
Visitation School, Ain Karim




Helen Wilkie earned a Master’s Degree in Salesian Spirituality from DeSales Seminary in Washington, D.C. and has been involved with the Mendota Heights and Minneapolis Visitation communities for thirty years.

Raising Resilient Children

As parents, we want to make certain that our kids have all the tools they need to become strong, resilient adults. However, some common parenting strategies can accidentally hinder our children developing these critical skills. Learn parenting strategies from a biological and behavioral perspective that build student resilience. Parents will better understand their children through the lens of brain development and emotional intelligence. They will leave with concrete strategies to build their own resilience and that of their children

Raising Resilient Children, November 28, 7 p.m., DeSales Auditorium

Dr. Jules Nolan

Dr. Jules Nolan, Psy.D., LP, NCSP is a licensed psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist and president of the Minnesota Association of School Psychologists. An expert in parenting, mental health and child/adolescent development, Dr. Nolan, together with her husband of 31 years, has raised three children who are now adults and still show up for Sunday dinners and family game nights.