The Providence Lamp-Post, Jan. 2

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New Year, New Vision

You probably have a New Year’s resolution or two, and so does Providence! In fact, it’s a FIVE year plan, that we’d like to share with you at our town meetings, scheduled for both the evening of Thursday, January 26 and the morning of Thursday, February 2 (following Donuts with Dads). The town hall meetings will be 45 minutes in length and are designed to give both a “state of the school” and a look forward to what is coming next.

Winter uniform reminders

When the weather outside is frightful, please keep our uniform guidelines in mind.  

Jackets: Please make sure your student has a jacket or sweater with a logo that he can wear inside the school building. Heavy outerwear is allowed for recess, outdoor PE, or passing to outdoor classes.

Scarves: Scarves are considered outerwear. Please feel free to wear them outside of the buildings when passing to classes, but remove them inside.  

Tights: Tights should be solid, opaque and in school uniform colors such as black, navy, or charcoal gray.

Lastly, please take a moment and write your child’s name on all of their winter gear so it can find it’s way back to you if it is lost.  

Early Modern Lego Contest and Fun Lunch January 19th

Students are invited to create an Early Modern history-based lego display and bring it to show at school. If you are looking for ideas of events that happened between 1600 and the California Gold Rush, 1849, start by taking a look back at your history folders. We’ll also be studying the American Revolution, Lewis and Clark, and Texas Independence soon, so these are possibilities too.  Have fun!

Speech Meet is back

We’re looking forward to our second Providence Speech Meet!  Speech Meet gives grammar school students the opportunity to select a high quality passage and present it in an interesting way in a public forum.  All of our grammar school students K-6th grade will participate in their own classrooms with some students moving on to compete by grade level and school-wide.  Click here for more information and watch for class details in student lesson plans.  

Donuts with Dads / 4th and 8th Grade Rock Ceremony

Donuts with Dads will be the morning of February 2nd, 8:00 to 8:30. This year (as we previewed in October) our 4th and 8th graders will split-off for special, simple “Rock Ceremonies.” (Donuts for Dads is for ALL Providence Dads, but this ceremony will be separate for these two grade levels.)


In Joshua 3-4, God caused the waters of the Jordan River to stop flowing and to rise up in a heap, so the people were able to cross the river on dry ground. When everyone reached the other side, God told Joshua to have one man from each of the 12 tribes pick up a stone from the river, and then Joshua set up these stones as a memorial–a reminder of God’s love and mercy. Many years later, when the people of Israel walked by the memorial, God wanted them to tell their children how God had kept all his promises.


This passage of Scripture is the inspiration for the Rock Ceremony for our 4th and 8th Graders. Parents will select a stone and write/etch on it one character trait that they have seen the Lord grow in their child over the course of that year. Fathers will then briefly explain (to other students and parents in the class) how the trait was chosen. The rock, then, serves as a reminder to what God has done in the lives of our 4th and 8th graders. Why 4th and 8th? These grades serve as final years before a big transition (into 5th grade upper school, and into 9th grade Rhetoric (High) School.) This is a great opportunity for fathers to publicly encourage, acknowledge, and bless their children.


What do I write on the rock? Probably just a word, like shown in the picture. You might want to include a Scripture reference. This is a trait that you have seen the Lord grow in your child over the past year. Need ideas? Here is a chart with some character traits, but be encouraged to think beyond this list. Note: it probably is a good idea to write the grade of the child and the date or year presented (maybe on the back, if you like).


What kind of rock should I use? While we don’t want to over-regulate this, it’s probably wise to choose something big enough to write on, but something that could be held in your hand. You can find a rock anywhere; your child may even want to pick it out.


How do I write on the rock? You can use a permanent marker, paint, etch, nail polish – anything, really.


What will I say at the ceremony? It will be you and some other families from the child’s class in a classroom setting. We’d like for your comments to be brief, around 30 seconds, where you simply explain why you chose the trait that you did.


What if Dad can’t come? We hope that mom or another close relative would be able to present the rock.


Answers in Genesis

The folks at Immanuel Baptist Church in Temple are hosting an Answers in Genesis conference January 14-16 with speaker Tommy Mitchell, MD, and musical guest Michael O’Brien of Newsong. Registration info is here, including info on how you can save by registering this week.

Spelling Bees in February

School spelling bees for 4th-5th grades and 6th-8th grades will be scheduled soon. 6th-8th graders who place 1st-3rd have the opportunity to compete in the Temple Daily Telegram Spelling bee on March 25th. If you would like to start studying the spelling words, click here.

Math Tutoring Change

We’re glad that a number of students are receiving help with math on Mondays and Wednesdays with Mrs. Hedderly. She’s shifting her hours to 3:00 to 5:00 (it WAS 2:30-4:30). Contact her at if you’re interested.

Coming soon

16 – Monday MLK Jr. Day, No school assignments

19 – Early Modern Lego Contest and Fun Lunch

20 – 5th grade field trip to planetarium

21 – Logic School Low Ropes Trip

26 – Town Hall Meeting

31 – History Fair: “Revolution”

Feb. 2 – Donuts with Dads

Start 2017 with family devotions

This is a great time to emphasize family devotions with your family. At Providence, we’re picking up with the first chapters of the New Testament this week — the reading selections are generally quite manageable — less than a chapter. You’ll see that the questions for the home days also have some rough answers for help as you teach your children. I’m looking forward to a great season (between now and Easter) in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John!

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