January 5, 2015

Thank you!
Thank you for the Christmas gift cards you gave to teachers and staff. Your thoughtfulness, demonstrated in so many ways, makes working at Providence a joyful experience year-round.

We are excited about the Spring! 2015 looks to be a great one here at Providence.

Spelling Bee for 4th and 5th Grades January 15th
All 4th and 5th graders are invited to join us for a Spelling Bee after school from 3:35 until we finish. Meet us in the lunchroom (room 257) for this exciting contest. Need a list of words to study? See Mrs. Kemp. Parents, friends and siblings are welcome to watch quietly. Gift cards will be awarded to our top three spellers. Our Spelling Bee for 6th-8th graders will be February 5th.

Ancients Lego Contest Thursday, January 22
Build a pyramid, the Parthenon, the Colosseum, an aqueduct. Just build something ancient from legos and bring it on January 22nd. All ages are welcome to participate and ribbons will be awarded to our top creations.
Fun Lunch: Jason’s Deli pasta, bread, carrots
Dress: Providence T-shirts and jeans

Family read-aloud, A Triumph for Flavius, begins soon
Next week First through Sixth graders and their families will begin reading this captivating story about a Roman boy, Flavius, who is given a Greek slave. What happens in the story will inspire and surprise you.

The Providence Lamp-Post, Oct. 7, 2014: School News and Lesson Plan links

Hello Providence Families,

We’ve learned that, for some of you, the weekly Lamp-Post has been sent straight to “spam.” As the Lamp-Post is the way we communicate school announcements, this is a problem! (although you can always check Sycamore – the Lamp-Post is posted in the News section).

I’m sending this through a different mail program it’s just not quite as pretty. Please follow this link to the Lamp-Post, and let us know if you have any trouble.

Thanks,
Bret Billman

Providence Lamp-Post September 30, 2014

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September 30 , 2014                                                                                Week 7, Fall Semester

Congratulations, Seniors!

I’m so grateful for our incredible group of seniors here at Providence. We have five young people who are absolutely going to have an impact on the world for Jesus. Several years ago, when we were still in the planning stages for Providence, all of the other schools we talked to thought we were crazy for starting with grades PK – 9th. They thought it would be too much work, and that no 9th graders would want to come. I’m so proud and happy to say that these five students have led our school with graciousness and brave, pioneering spirits. All five did very well on the national PSAT test: Kayla Kemp is a National Merit Semi-Finalist (she is working on her application to be a Finalist – those are named in January); Kiersten McMurry and Gabe Stafford received Commended honors, and Tianna Anderson and Abigail Madrid also scored well on the exam. You can read about the National Merit distinctions in Saturday’s paper.

Good test scores, though, are happily the least of their accomplishments. For example, Tianna (now part-time at Providence) is a talented musical performer and a fantastic writer. Kayla is an advocate for victims of human trafficking. Kiersten and Gabe tutor other students in various subjects, and Abby has received honors for vocal performance for several years now. All of them are earning college credit while still completing their heavy Providence load. I’m so grateful that these young adults and their parents took a chance on something different — something risky — for high school. We are all the better for it!

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Seniors Kayla Kemp (left) Kiersten McMurry (middle), and Gabe Stafford (right) act like they’re studying on a very small table for the Temple Daily Telegram photographer.

Preparing for the PSAT

Speaking of PSAT, Rhetoric students in grades 9-11 will be taking the PSAT Wednesday, October 15th at CTCS.  For ways to prepare and a checklist of things to bring to the test clickhere .

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences are next week

Our Fall Parent-Teacher conferences are next week, and most of the appointment times will be after school, Tuesday and Thursday. We will email/post an online sign-up document tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

Touchpoint: Kindergarten Spell to Write and Read Refresher

The Kinder SWR refresher will be Thursday, October 2nd from 9:30-11:30 in room 254.  Lisa Almond is leading a class for Kindergarten parents to review important concepts.

Touchpoint: “Sparking Curiosity”

On October 2nd Cindy Blanck and Annette Kemp lead this session for co-teachers at 9:30 in the Chapel.  You won’t believe what we’ve got planned!

BoxTops Contest!

The winning classroom and house will win an “Ancient Egyptian” themed lunch, with a chance to try the types of foods that people from the ancient world would have eaten. (A menu will be sent home prior to the party.)  Bring your trimmed BoxTops in a baggie with your class or house name written in Sharpie, and drop them in the container at the school entrance.  Contest ends October 23rd.

The Lamp-post continues below…

Bell County History Museum Archaeology Pits Open!

Saturday, October 4, 11, 18, & 25,  12:00 pm

Every Saturday in October the museum’s archeology pits will be open.  Youngsters can explore and discover reproduction artifacts and learn about basic archeology techniques.  Volunteers will be on hand to assist. website

Spell to Write and Read: Yes, there is an app for that.

Grammar school parents: there’s a “Phonogram learning app that gets you practicing and mastering the 70 essential phonograms for the SWR “Spell to Write and Read” program” forAndroid  and Apple iOS

ProvFit Equipment and Storage Needs

As some of you may have heard, Providence is “beta testing” an after-school fitness program coined “ProvFit,” currently open to 7 th  through 12 th grade students  and all interested faculty members and coached by Mitch and Mandy Hedderly.

Since this program is just starting out, efforts to procure equipment and secure storage space will be ongoing, but we would like to put the call out to our whole Providence family to see if you can help us “prime the pump.”

Mainly we are looking for fitness equipment donations anyone out there might be willing to make.  This does not have to be new stuff; in fact, it can be things that have been crowding your garage for many years now and you finally have a worthwhile way to clear it out!  We will evaluate the condition of any donation and determine its safety/ applicability to our program separately. All you need to do is drop it off.

Here is a list of some preferred equipment to give you an idea of the items we would be looking for:

  • Weights/ weight sets: plates, bars (Olympic preferred), dumbbells
  • Kettlebells
  • Medicine balls (any weight up to 20#)
  •   Old, leaky basketballs (can be cheaply converted to medicine balls)
  •   AbMats (curved, padded mats for situps)
  •   Jump ropes
  •   Climbing ropes
  •   Plyo boxes, any height (a.k.a. “jump boxes”)
  •   A rowing machine (This one’s a long shot, I know, but I had to put it in there.)
  • Cattle mats (Yes, you read that correctly.)

 

We appreciate any help the community may be able to provide in this endeavor.  Contingent upon the success of the program, we hope to expand enrollment to an even wider audience in the near future.

 

Please feel free to contact me at the email address below to arrange for an equipment drop-off.

 

Many Thanks!

Mitch Hedderly (P.E., Latin, ProvFit Trainer)

mitch.hedderly@provprep.org

Grade Level Lesson Plans

PK – 6th Lesson Plans onSycamore class

pages .

7th Grade

8th Grade

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

Mixed-Grade Level Lesson Plans

Pre-Algebra

Algebra

Geometry

Algebra 2

Pre-Calculus

Latin A

Latin B

Latin 1, Part A

Latin 1, Part B

Latin 2

Latin 3

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Events Calendar

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Providence Lamp-Post September 17, 2014: Providence Lamp-post Extra Edition: Standardized testing and School Pic Schedule

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EXTRA EDITION

September 17 , 2014

Standardized testing begins on Tuesday, Sep. 23

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Starting Tuesday, Sep. 23, students in grades 2 through 8 will take the ERB test (the official name is a mouthful: the Educational Records Bureau Comprehensive Test Protocol let’s just go with ERB for now).

Why do we take the ERB? Why do we administer it in the Fall? Do we “prep” students for the exam? For answers to these questions and others, take a look at ERB CTP4 FAQs .

Here is a link to the schedule for testing this year . We never test all day long – in fact, testing days look similar to normal days at school – we just work in 2 or 3 test segments on a testing day. You may be particularly interested in this schedule if you have a part-time encore student so you can plan accordingly for the test (yes, encore students are welcome to take the entire test battery).

Finally, we are placing an emphasis in 9th through 11th grades this year on the PSAT as the Rhetoric School standardized test, and will not employ the ERB after 8th grade. For an explanation, check out the rationale here .

Students who take the test will receive and individualized score report that we will distribute once they’ve been scored. If you have any questions about testing, please ask!

Picture Days: Thursday (tomorrow) and Friday (Sep. 18-19)

Here’s a tentative schedule for pictures this week. Encore students are welcome to jump in at any point, but should probably try to jump in with their grade level, as we will take photos of each class or grade level as a whole.

THURSDAY, SEP. 18

9:00: Stovall / PK

9:25 Fugitt / PK

9:50 Porterfield / 3rd

10:20 Cagle / 2nd

11:00 Smith / 2nd

12:00 Manning / 1st

12:35 Lehmann / 1st

1:10 Reynolds / K

1:40 Billman / K

2:15 Heisch/Kiesle 4th

FRIDAY, SEP. 19

9:30 7th grade

10:20: 5th grade

10:50: 6th grade

11:35: 12th grade

12:55: 8th grade

1:45: 9th Grade

2:15: 10th Grade

2:45: 11th Grade

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3809 S. General Bruce Dr.  –  Ste 103 PMB 8183  –  Temple, TX 76502
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Providence Lamp-post, September 16, 2014

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September 16 , 2014                                                                                Week 5, Fall Semester

School pictures are this week!

We are fortunate to have Tim and Cherie Flanagan of Solas Gallery in Salado (http://www.solasgallery.com) taking school pics again this year! Due to the amount of students at our growing school, please take note that there are TWO PICTURE DAYS THIS YEAR:

LOWER SCHOOL (4th and younger): Thursday, Sep. 18

UPPER SCHOOL (5th and older): Friday, Sep. 19

Please note that school pics are for Providence students only.

We will take a school-wide picture of ALL students on Thursday, Sep. 18. So upper school students, even though your individual pictures are on Friday, you’ll still want to run a comb through your hair for Thursday’s all-school pic. On Thursday, we will go straight to the BIG SANCTUARY for chapel instead of our usual small sanctuary chapel.

2013-2014 Yearbooks are IN!

This book is the BEST YET!  Full of fun photos of our students and faculty. If you purchased your copy online, you may pick up your yearbook at school this week.  If you still need to purchase a copy, no problem!  Bring $25 cash, or a check written to Providence, and it is yours!

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REMINDER: Tuesday, Sep. 16th Fun Lunch and Mummy March!

We provide lunch for all of our faculty and students on Fun Lunch days.  Lower school (PreK-4th grades): Bring a toy wrapped as a mummy for our lower school Mummy March.  Upper school: bring a toy wrapped mummy to school for our mummy contest – house points are at stake!

Food: Jimmy John’s subs and chips

Attire: Jeans (shorts are fine), Providence T-shirts, and approved shoes

Emergency Lunches

Once in a while a student comes to school having forgotten his or her lunch.  Sad, huh?  It is always so fun watch a frown turn upside down when Mrs. Stafford hands that sad little student a full meal that a kind parent has donated!  We have no more of those “MRE’s” and we wondered if any of you would like to contribute a meal?  The best way is to fill a gallon sized Ziplock bag with non-perishables and a bottle of water.  Some ideas: a microwaveable entree, pepperoni, package of chips or crackers,  fruit bowl or dried fruit, a grain bar, beef jerky, a small sweet, etc.  Remember: no peanut products! Thank you in advance for being someone’s hero!

Flute Choir

The UMHB Conservatory has openings available in the Flute Choir.  It is for age 16 and up and is suited for players with band or lesson experience. This is a great opportunity for students to receive  additional instruction or for adults looking for a chance to play their flutes for enjoyment.  Players will also have an opportunity to try the alto and bass flutes.  The cost is $25 for the entire semester.  Please contact Amy Smith at 913-3860 or the Conservatory at 295-4686.

REMINDER: Send a blanket and a Bible to Sudan

Some families might be interested in this Voice of the Martyrs outreach to send a blanket and a Bible to a needy person in Sudan. If you would like to participate:

1. Collect good quality, new or used blanket(s)

2. Add $2 per blanket for handling, shipping into Sudan (VOM will add a He Lived Among Usillustrated Bible storybook.)

3. Deliver your blankets and $2 to the stage in the chapel.

We will collect blankets through Sep. 18. Thanks to Erin Illian for her help with collecting and mailing these materials! http://www.persecution.com/blanket

DON’T FORGET: Age of Opportunity book study begins Thursday, Sep. 18.

ALSO: Christian College Fair: Tuesday, Sep. 16 at CTCS. 6:30 to 8:30

Grade Level Lesson Plans

PK – 6th Lesson Plans onSycamore class pages . New to Sycamore? Here’sa guide for accessing lesson plans .

Please contactbret.billman@provprep.org if you are unable to access your lesson plan

7th Grade

8th Grade

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

Mixed-Grade Level Lesson Plans

Pre-Algebra

Algebra

Geometry

Algebra 2

Pre-Calculus

Latin A

Latin B

Latin 1, Part A

Latin 1, Part B

Latin 2

Latin 3

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Events Calendar

Providence Preparatory School
3809 S. General Bruce Dr.  –  Ste 103 PMB 8183  –  Temple, TX 76502

Providence Lamp-Post, Sep. 9, 2014

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September 9, 2014                                                                   Week 4, Fall Semester

Christian College Fair,  Sep. 16 

For many of us, college is right around the corner.  If your student is in rhetoric school, it’s not too early to begin gathering information.  The Christian College Fair hosted by CTCS next week is a great place to start.  Complete information on this fair is available at myblueprintstory.com.  Also available at this site–a personalized barcode to expedite your fair experience.  Highly recommended!

Jesus Storybook Bible in Japan

Last year, some of you donated money to purchase Japanese Jesus Storybook Bibles . Your contributions enabled 60 of these books to be purchased and distributed in the summer. Check out the video from Jenifer Luce about it:

http://animoto.com/play/G0cB5lzEhDpSJsum1O8dzg

Sudan Boy

Send a blanket and a Bible to Sudan

After hearing about the poverty in Sudan last week, some families might be interested in this Voice of the Martyrs outreach to send a blanket and a Bible to a needy person in Sudan. If you would like to participate:

1. Collect good quality, new or used blanket(s)

2. Add $2 per blanket for handling, shipping into Sudan (VOM will add a He Lived Among Us illustrated Bible storybook.)

3. Deliver your blankets and $2 to the stage in the chapel.

We will collect blankets through Sep. 18. Thanks to Erin Illian for her help with collecting and mailing these materials! http://www.persecution.com/blanket

REMINDER: Math Touchpoint is this Thursday, Sep. 11th.

Our first Touchpoint for co-teachers is meant to help you as you teach math to your grammar school students.  At 8:15, K-3rd grade parents will have the opportunity to shadow your student’s K-3rd grade Math in Focus class.  You will follow your student to his classroom to observe the math lesson.  Then at 9:30, these co-teachers will meet to discuss what they saw and have a refresher on Math in Focus teaching techniques.  In order to allow you to observe a true classroom environment, please make childcare arrangements for young siblings. Co-teachers of older grammar students who are using Saxon curriculum (Grades 4-6) may meet with Mrs. Kemp at 9:30 if you have questions.

REMINDER: Tuesday, Sep. 16th Fun Lunch and Mummy-making!

We provide lunch for all of our faculty and students on Fun Lunch days.  Lower school (PreK-4th grades): Bring a toy wrapped as a mummy for our lower school Mummy March.  Upper school: bring a toy-wrapped mummy to school for our mummy contest – house points are at stake!

Food: Jimmy John’s subs and chips*

Attire: Jeans, Providence T-shirts, and approved shoes

*Need a gluten-free meal?  We have a volunteer to make some for us, but we must know of your need.  Please email  and let us know you need a gluten-free meal for your student.   Need a Providence T-shirt?  Stop by Mrs. Stafford’s office to buy the style of your choice for $10.

Grade Level Lesson Plans

PK – 6th Lesson Plans onSycamore class pages . New to Sycamore? Here’sa guide for accessing lesson plans .

Please contactbret.billman@provprep.org if you are unable to access your lesson plan

7th Grade

8th Grade

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

Mixed-Grade Level Lesson Plans

Pre-Algebra

Algebra (coming early afternoon)

Geometry

Algebra 2

Pre-Calculus

Latin A

Latin B

Latin 1, Part A

Latin 1, Part B

Latin 2

Latin 3

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

School Pictures: Thursday, Sep. 18 for 6th and younger; Friday, Sep. 19 for 7th and older

“Age of Opportunity” book study: Sep. 18, 8:15 a.m. Part 1: “Clearing the Debris.”

Events Calendar

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3809 S. General Bruce Dr.  –  Ste 103 PMB 8183  –  Temple, TX 76502
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