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Upper School Director's Notes for Seniors

A message from Upper School Director Anna Bachman Barter:

Sister Statue at Heart Entrance

Dear Seniors and Senior Families,

I wanted to send a letter with important updates for the end of the school year. The Upper School is so excited to celebrate with you!

Last Day of School

The last day of school is Friday, May 22. Your teachers are looking forward to closing out the school year with you in their individual classes and be on the lookout for a special delivery the day before!

Day of Reflection

Mrs. Daniewicz will host a Day of Reflection for the senior class on Wednesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. We hope that you will be able to attend in order to reflect upon your four years at Visitation as well as have the opportunity for positive closure to your high school experience.

Locker Clean Up and Return of Vis Materials

Visitation remains closed and a limited number of people have access to enter the building. That said, we are able to allow seniors two options for cleaning out their lockers and returning textbooks and other course materials:

  • Option 1: Seniors can sign up for a 15-minute slot on May 28 or 29 so as to come andclean out their lockers. We also ask that students return all Visitation materials (textbooks, art supplies, etc.) in a bag that can be dropped off outside the Heart. Students should wear a mask (or face covering) and gloves as well as follow social distancing guidelines. The school will provide students with plastic bags for packing their items. We will not be accepting new or gently used materials for donation, so students should bring everything home with them. Do not come to school if you are sick or need to finish quarantine for exposure.
  • Option 2: Seniors can sign up for a 5 minute slot on June 4, 5, or 6 so as to come and pick up items from their lockers that are pre-packed for them. In this instance, students will pull up to the Athletic entrance and receive their bag of materials while returning any and all materials (textbooks, art supplies, uniforms, etc.) in a bag. See more details here.

Laptops

Senior laptops are theirs to keep. The technology team will be sharing a short Google Form that students can complete so as to transfer ownership. Meanwhile, the tech team will be administering updates from afar so there is no need for students to bring their laptops back to school (unless they do not wish to keep them at which point they can drop the laptop off with their other school materials).

Graduation

Due to current restrictions and recommendations issued by the Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health, we have decided to postpone graduation until June 28 or July 19 in hopes that we will have an opportunity to more closely mirror our traditional graduation ceremony. More specific information will be communicated soon.

June 7 Programming

Although graduation will not be taking place on this date, we are hosting a live-streamed Mass with Father Nick Hagen at 1:30 p.m. After Mass, we invite seniors and their families to a celebratory parade on campus at 3 p.m. More specific information will be communicated soon.

Seniors Photographs

We would like to invite each senior to Visitation so that they can take individual photos in their white dresses at their favorite spots on campus. Watch for an upcoming email that includes a link to sign up for a fifteen minute slot on June 8 or 9.

Senior Tea

At present, the Senior Tea cannot take place as scheduled on May 18 due to restrictions on large group gatherings. We are exploring the possibility of a rescheduled event towards the end of summer but in the meantime, the tradition of the composite reveal will be incorporated into graduation events. And the week of Senior Tea will not pass without at least acknowledging the event with a small surprise.

Prom and Parents' Association's Senior Party

At this point, we do not anticipate that prom can be rescheduled this summer. That said, parents continue to coordinate the senior overnight party that coincides with graduation. Whereas the date and details are still uncertain, we can assure everyone that there will be a party to remember -- even if it needs to take place in December or next summer!

Thank you for giving these updates your attention. I am available to answer questions as well as talk more about any and all of the programming. We are committed to celebrating the Class of 2020 and want to do everything we can to make the end of the year special for each of our graduates.

Sincerely,

Anna Bachman Barter, PhD
Director of Upper School