The Providence Lamp-Post, March 27

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Spring Fest this Friday!

On a certain Friday each Spring, we put down our pencils, paper, math manipulatives, and Latin books for a day of fun, fellowship and good-natured competition.

This year’s Spring Fest is THIS Friday, March 31.

  • 9:00 – 11:30: Lower School (PK – 4th) Activities
  • 11:00 – Noon: Lunch (in phases)
  • Noonish – 3:00: Upper School (5th – 12th) House Olympics

Spring Fest is at the Lions Pavilion of Heritage Park in Belton. Heritage Park is next to the Summer Fun Water Park in Belton – here’s a map to the park.
Logic and Rhetoric school students, please arrive at 8:45 to set up the grammar school activities.
This year, grammar school activities will include colonial and early American activities.  Plan for students to gather and travel through activities with their classes.
We’ll serve lunch (in phases) from 11:00 to noon. The Upper School (5th-12th) House Olympics will run from about noon to 3 p.m. House Olympics activities will include tests of teamwork, strength, creativity, and agility.

Dave’s Burger Barn will cater the event; a hamburger meal will be $5, and a hotdog meal will be $3.

There is not a whole lot of shade, so be sure to wear sunblock and even a hat.

Parents, you may want to bring a folding chair.

We’ll have water on hand, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring your own bottle.
We are requesting a few volunteers to help with bringing coolers with ice, food ticket sales and collecting tickets.  Click here to sign up to bring coolers or help with tickets.  Thank you!


Last Saturday Audrey Morrison (6th) Nathaniel Drees (7th), and Katelyn McAninch (6th) participated in the Temple Telegram Spelling Bee at Temple College.  In this 6th-8th grade spelling bee our students made it through 5-6 rounds of words, placing them in the top 30 spellers area-wide! Great job, team!

Shepherding a Child’s Heart Book Club meets Tuesday

We’ve had some great discussions on how to shepherd our children at our past gatherings.  This time, we’ll meet in the library meeting room after chapel to discuss chapters 8-12 on biblical methods for guiding children.  Even if you’ve missed before, feel free to read and join us!
Our 4th-5th grade spelling bee was heart-stopping! Coming in at the top were 1st place – Miriam Kellar, 2nd place – Marina Liang, and 3rd place – Matthew Lao.

Rhetoric School Formal

This year’s Not So Normal Formal will take place the evening of April 22 from 6-11:30 pm. We sent home the invitations on Friday, so be sure to check them for the venue address and other information. The cost of the formal is $40, which will include a fancy meal, appetizers, a tshirt, all the afterparty activities, and help with all the decorations and expenses needed to make this a very special event. What a deal! Please submit your checks to the lockbox outside of Mrs. Stafford’s office by Friday, April 7th. We will need the fee no later than this date in order to purchase the tshirts.

Last week for “Loose Change to Loosen Chains”

Right now it looks like the boys have the most change, but the girls have brought in the most bills.  It will be a tight race to the finish to see who brings in the most change to help free people from slavery. Thursday is the last day to bring in change for this campaign. Change containers are in the large worship center foyer and every little bit helps. Learn more here: LC2LC.



Cheers to our Co-teachers!

You have been faithfully reading lesson plans, preparing materials ahead, and patiently leading lessons this whole school year.  Maybe it’s time to take a deep breath and replenish your reserves as we approach the final weeks of the school year.  Here are some ways to stay motivated as you move forward:


  • Reconnect with your mission: Providing a rich and beautiful education for your children in the context of relationship isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it.  The days may seem long, but the years pass quickly.  Ask God to help you treasure these moments.


  • Tap your resources: Students grow and change through the school year and so will the flow of your homeschool.  If your student has hit a hard spot or is making great gains and needing enrichment, ask your child’s teacher or Sarah Billman, our Parent Liaison, for ideas to keep them growing.
  • Change it up: As weather allows, take your homeschool outside for periods of time.  If your child needs some motivation, invite a student-friend over to school with the idea that when work is done there will be some play time at the end.  Vary the order of your subjects. Of course, if your system is working joyfully, feel free to keep the consistency and throw in a picnic or trip to the park or library as a treat.  
  • Nurture your own growth: Listen to an encouraging podcast, read a blog on classical education, read a classic work of literature a few pages at a time, or start your own commonplace book.  Some enriching sites to spend time with are:,, and
  • Remember your source: God is pleased as you lead your children pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty.  He is for you! “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Okay, so at times it seems like our children are against us, but God’s got this. He will help you see this through. “We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus!” (Rom. 8: 31 and 31, excerpts)

We’re praying for you in this partnership.  


T-Shirts are IN!

If you’ve been waiting for the Rams shirts, your wait is over! Stop by the office to purchase yours for Spring Fest. Cost is $12 (includes tax).

Coming Events:


28 – Shepherding A Child’s Heart Book Club

30 – Concordia Concert (Chapel, 7 pm, free)

31 – Spring Fest



4-7 – Rhetoric School Creative Projects

7 – 4th Grade Zoo Field Trip



SING: Hymn of the week: What Wondrous Love Is This (here’s a video so you can hear it, and lyrics are also provided. Sometimes, unwanted things pop up on YouTube, so be careful.)



Focus Country of the Week: Bahamas

Answers to prayer: Thank God for the strong Christian legacy and the public faith of many political leaders. Pray for the unifying work of the Bahamas Christian Council, which represents the majority of churches in the islands, and for the increasing influence of the National Day of Prayer.

Challenges for prayer: Materialism, driven by tourism, deeply affects all levels of society. The staggering wealth of foreign residents display a very different world from the average Bahamian.


Scripture Memory: Scripture Memory:Romans 3:22b-25: There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, [23] for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, [24] and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. [25] God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished



Tuesday, Mar. 28 Reading in morning chapel: Jesus Is Arrested, Matt. 26:47-56

Discussion Questions:

  1. What was the “sign” that Judas gave?
  2. Did Jesus resist arrest?
Wednesday, Mar. 29 Reading at home: Jesus Stands Trial, Mark 14:53-65

Discussion Questions:

  1. STUDENTS: Ask your parents what they think they would have done if they lived in Jesus’ day and had been in the courtroom during Jesus’ trial.
  2. What made the high priest so upset? (Jesus claimed equality with God. By calling himself the Christ and Son of Man, Jesus was saying that he was equal with God.)
  3. What punishment did the religious leaders say Jesus should get? (They said he should die.)
  4. Whom do you know, like the religious rulers, still does not believe in God?


Thursday, Mar. 30 Reading in morning chapel:  Jesus Before Pilate and Herod, Luke 23:1-25

Friday, Mar. 31: Spring Fest
Monday, Apr. 3 Reading at home: Jesus’ Crucifixion (Mark and Matt.) Mark 15:22-41; Matt. 27:33-56

Big Picture Bible: “Jesus’s Followers are in the Dark”

Jesus Storybook Bible: “The Sun Stops Shining”

Discussion Questions:

  1. What did the sign above Jesus’ head say? (It read “The King of Jews.”)
  2. What did the people say Jesus would have to do before they would believe? (They said Jesus would have to save himself and come down from the cross.)
  3. Why didn’t Jesus just come down from the cross so they could see his power and believe? (Jesus had to stay on the cross to die for our sins. By staying there on the cross, Jesus made a way for all of us to be forgiven our sins and to have our hearts changed so that we would believe. Remember, many of these people had heard about Jesus healing and raising people from the dead. They may have even seen this with their own eyes, yet they did not believe.)


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