The Providence Lamp-Post, Jan. 9

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Now Accepting Sibling Applications!

Parents, if you would like to enroll a sibling for the 2017-18 school year, January is a great time to submit an application. We would like to give siblings preference in the case of a class reaching capacity, and we will begin processing applications from new families in February. Applications can be found here online (see step #3), or printed copies are in our office, room 240.
We plan to distribute re-commitment forms for current students on Tuesday, January 17.

Town Hall Meetings

The leadership team will host two town meetings, scheduled for the evening of Thursday, January 26 and the morning of Thursday, February 2 (following Donuts with Dads). The meetings will be identical, so come to the one that is more convenient for your schedule. 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.

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!

     Lunch: Hamburgers, Chips, Fruit

     Dress: Jeans and Providence

                 T-shirt or Hoodie

Fun Lunch Upstairs Volunteers

Fun Lunch Downstairs Volunteers

Lost and Found

Have you lost it? We’ve found it! Please come check out the lost and found in the school office, room 240. The photo log is out of date–there are too many to process!

“The Exponential Growth of Classical Christian Education”

Here’s a neat article about the recent growth of classical Christian education from the The Gospel Coalition. The article provides a nice overview of the history of CC education, and profiles an inner-city classical school. We are a member and accreditation candidate for ACCS, the organization that is referenced in the article.


Teamwork opportunities

We are thankful for these co-teachers who have agreed to lead different support teams for our school.  Please contact them if you are interested in serving on these teams.

Prayer Amy Hale

Fun LunchKara Caldwell

Faculty AppreciationNatacha Liang

Book PartiesJenny Kiniry and Ellen Demers

Spring Box Tops Competition

The competition runs from now – February 24th  so please start clipping and bagging your Tops!  Look for the collection boxes on Tuesday.  When you turn in your Tops remember to place them in a plastic bag with your teacher’s name and grade on it, and please check the expiration dates.  We will not be able to give credit for Tops that expire before March 1st 2017.  And in case you could use them again, here are the links regarding how to collect Tops in bulk from Sam’s Club purchases and the Box Tops App for your smart phone.  Good luck to everyone!

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

26 – Town Hall Meeting

31 – History Fair: “Revolution”

Feb. 2 – Donuts with Dads

Speech Meet: Selecting Classic Prose and Poetry

The speech meet gives us an opportunity to expose students to quality literature, historic writings, and powerful scripture.  In thinking of prose and poetry, what makes a classic?  In general we are looking for three characteristics:

  • Timeless – Classics have endured for many years because they convey a message that is fresh and relevant throughout generations.
  • Rich, beautiful language – Classics stretch our minds to higher thought through rich vocabulary and lovely phrases.
  • Noteworthy – There is some measure of uniqueness to the story or poem that makes it compelling.

If you have trouble deciding what to choose, please refer to the Speech Meet Information  page for ideas.

Performing Poetry with Pizzazz

If your student is reciting a poem for the speech meet, you can find some great ideas for making their recitation fun and interesting in this entertaining video:  Doing Poetry Right.  Watch it together as a springboard to discussion as you prepare.


SING: Hymn of the week: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee



Focus Country of the Week: Jamaica

Answers to prayer: Jamaica has a wonderful Christian heritage. Praise God that many in the church have become leaders, so the Jamaican church has grown.

Challenges for prayer: There are major concerns due to drug cartels, and unfortunately Jamaica fourth globally for murders per capita. The government has invited greater participation from churches to help.


Scripture Memory: 1 Cor. 13: (1) If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. (2) If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (3) If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (4) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (5) It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.



Tuesday, Jan. 10 Reading in morning chapel: The Baptism of Jesus, Matt. 3:13-17

Discussion Questions:

  1. What do you think you would have said to Jesus if he had asked you to baptize him?
  2. Jesus said he needed to be baptized “to fulfill all righteousness.” What does righteousness mean?
  3. Who are the three persons who make up one God in the Trinity?
  4. What are some of the sins you need to have washed away?
Wednesday, Jan. 11 Reading at home: The Temptation of Jesus, Matt. 4:1-11

The Big Picture Bible: “God’s New People Are Called”

Jesus Storybook Bible: “Let’s go!”

Discussion Questions:

  1. For both kids and adults: talk about times where you have fallen into temptation and sinned.
  2. Why is it easy for Jesus to understand how hard it can be to fight temptation? (When Jesus was on the earth, he was tempted just like we are, so he knows from his own experience how hard it is to fight temptation.)
  3. Jesus was tempted like we are, but how was his reaction to temptation different from our reaction? (Even though Jesus was tempted like we are, he never gave in to the temptation. Every time Jesus was tempted, he said no to sin.)


Thursday, Jan. 12 Reading in morning chapel:  The First Disciples Follow Jesus, Matt. 4:12-22

Discussion Questions:

  1. What did Peter and Andrew do when Jesus called out to them, saying “Follow me”?
  2. What does it mean to be “fishers of men”?
  3. How can we learn to follow Jesus today?
Friday, Jan. 13 Reading at home: Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael, John 1:43-51

Big Picture Bible: Jesus Restores God’s Place”

Discussion Questions:

  1. What did Philip and Nathanael do when Jesus called them?
  2. Who did Nathanael say that Jesus was?
  3. What does Jesus call us to do, and what does it mean?


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