The Providence Lamp-Post, Feb. 12

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Tuition Assistance

Providence has limited funds available for tuition assistance.  If you would like to apply for the 2018-2019 school year, fill out an application with ISM.  ISM is an independent company we use to determine financial need.


Learning Differences Roundtable

We would like to gather our parents of Providence students who have learning differences for a time of support, listening, and feedback.  As a school we desire to grow to know how to better support you in your role as co-teachers.  If you are able, please set aside February 20th from 8:30 a.m. (immediately following chapel) until 9:30 a.m. for this meeting in the small chapel. We value each of you and your thoughts as we consider how our school can help better meet the needs of these students who are precious to us.


Valentine Fun Lunch Feb. 15th

Dress: Red, White, and Pink or Providence T-shirts and jeans

Lunch: Chick fil a Sandwiches, Chips, and Fruit

HOODIES: Time to Pre-order

Hoodies must be pre-ordered (you can pay for them any time before they arrive in a couple weeks) by following this link to the order form [link removed]. The hoodies have white “PROVIDENCE” lettering on charcoal gray or dark green fabric for youth sizes S-XL for $20, and on a great French terry hoodie in black or charcoal for adult sizes S-XXL for $25 (tax included) each. These soft and comfortable shirts are NOT uniform compliant, but serve well for t-shirt days or at-home days. Order deadline is February 12.



Happy 100th Day of School! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 13th, marks our 100th day of school and our lower school Valentine parties.  Check your child’s lesson plans for ways we’ll be celebrating!

February Math in Focus Training Workshops

Feb. 15th3rd Grade Fractions After School Workshop – students and co-teachers together

Feb. 20th1st Grade Regrouping After School Workshop – students and co-teachers

Labs Enrollment has begun for 2018-19 School YearWe will offer at school ‘home day’ instruction on Mondays and Wednesdays in the new school year.  The rate is half of grammar school tuition for each lab day.  Please email if you are interested in enrolling your grammar school student. Labs are available for students in 1st-6th grades as long as there is space available and on a first-come, first-served basis.


Lower School: How to Cheat on Your Lesson Plan

It’s no secret that Wednesdays can be challenging at home especially for grammar school students and their co-teachers.  The pressure mounts as parents and students alike feel the need to check every blank.  Completing the full lesson plan is desired (We appreciate your teaching your child good habits!), but there are those days – and we’ve all had them – when you have to choose the lesson plan or your own sanity.  Here are some tips to help you get through those Wednesdays:

  1. Skip Writing with Ease and make it up on Friday or Monday.
  2. Limit your read alouds (history or family) by time instead of chapters/pages. Ultimately, if you keep reading, you’ll be glad you kept going even if it’s only for 10 minutes that day. In emergencies, you can put them off a day. Better yet, make one of these part of your bedtime routine and take them out of your day altogether.
  3. Students can practice memory pieces one after another while doing chores. This works best if you have a copy of all active pieces in one place so you can check your child as he recites.  
  4. Wait and read your Bible story on Friday or Monday.
  5. Practice FLL definitions and lists in the car or while setting the table.

Let me be sure to say that following the lesson plan as it is written is ideal because there is a flow from one lesson to another. These tips are simply “break glass in case of an emergency” tips. They are nice to have in mind if you need them, but you hope you won’t.  Keep persevering! You are doing a great job!



7th and 8th Grade Peaceable Kingdom Retreat

You’ve probably already received notice ad emails about this week’s Logic School retreat (9am-noon on Wednesday, February 14th). Students are responsible for transportation to and from as well as a sack lunch. They can pay when they arrive at Peaceable Kingdom.

SAT Test Prep Class

Central Texas Christian School has invited our students to join theirs in their SAT test prep class this spring in preparation for the May SAT administrations. Students taking this class in past years have seen scores increase by 100-150 points. 


Upcoming Events:



13 – 100th Day of School/Lower School Valentine’s Parties

14 – Logic School Retreat

15 – Thursday Fun Lunch

Fun Lunch: Chick fil a, chips, and fruit

Dress: Providence T-shirts and jeans; or red or pink T-shirts

15 – 3rd Grade MiF Fractions After School Workshop – students and co-teachers together – 3:05 p.m.

20 – Learning Differences Roundtable – 8:30 a.m. in the small chapel

20 – 1st Grade MiF Regrouping After School Workshop – students and co-teachers together- 3:05 p.m.

27- Speech Meet for those who advance from classrooms



1 –  “What’s Brewing?” with Mr. Billman (8:20 a.m. in the gym)

     Speech Meet for those who advance from classrooms

6  – 6th-8th grade Spelling Bee (3:45 pm in room 247)

8 – Lower school Treats on the Quad (3:00 p.m.)

Uniform article that you can’t use? This school in Guatemala can use it!

Have a uniform item that you can’t use anymore?


Richard and Jana Rivera are headed on a mission trip in Guatemala, where they will be working with a school in Guatemala City. This school could use your old uniform items!


They are headed there THIS Friday. If you have a uniform item that you would like to donate, you can put it in a box at the South Entrance (the main one we use along 5th St.). The box will be at the entrance this Thursday (Feb. 15).


More information about the school from Dr. Jana Rivera:


“Richard and I had the privilege of taking a tour of their facility. It was a light in a dark place! Most of these kids’ parents live at or near the garbage dump in Guatemala City. If it wasn’t for this organization [AMG Guatemala], they wouldn’t have healthy meals and an education. They have a big problem at their school though…the kids don’t want to go home!”

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