The Providence Lamp-Post, Nov. 14

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Thanksgiving Potluck: Celebrate With Us!

Each year we celebrate God’s goodness with a great Thanksgiving Celebration Meal. This year our potluck is Thursday, Nov. 17th, in the gym. Families are welcome! Please bring a dish for sharing and plan to join us.  Pre-K and Kindergarten will begin eating at 11:00; 1st – 3rd grades will join at 11:30, 4th, 5th and 6th will eat at 12:05, and 7th and up will head to lunch at 12:10.  

Potluck Volunteer Slots Still Available

Volunteers are needed and appreciated!  Please sign up here to help:  Thanksgiving Celebration Volunteer Sign Up

Art Show Final Prep Day Tomorrow

If you have some time you can give to hang art for our art show, please contact and let her know.

Thank you!

“Together We Sing”

Join us for a concert featuring the Providence secondary school choir classes and the acapella choir, Concordia. The performance is Tuesday, November 15th at 7 PM in the FBC worship center. This is a free concert, with a cookie reception to follow in the gym. The students sound great – come check it out!

Lessons and Carols

“Lessons and Carols” is a service celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas.  The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis (read by various members of the Providence community), interspersed with the singing of Christmas hymns and choir music.

Our 3rd through 6th graders have been hard at work preparing their songs for this annual event. We are excited to share this beautiful service with you on December 6 at 6:30 in the main sanctuary. Please have your student report to his or her classroom or homeroom teacher in the small chapel at 6:10 pm. The dress for this event is dressy casual; this includes slacks, button down shirts, dress shirts, polos or V-necks for the gentlemen, and dresses, skirts or pants for the ladies.  Please no jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or sweatshirts.  No hats, please. Christmas colors are optional.

Never Trust an Atom…They Make Up Everything

Providence third graders had an exciting treat for science last week!  Dr. Darrell Watson (UMHB) and Dr. Jeff Browning (Texas A&M College of Medicine and Providence Chemistry teacher) led them in an inspiring science lesson. More than one 3rd grader decided to become scientists that day!

Picture order deadline tomorrow!

Order School Pictures

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 15) is the last day to order! Questions?

Box Tops Competition Part Deux

We had a great competition this fall and wanted to remind everyone that we’ll be holding the spring competition from January 5th – February 24th.  So, when you’re preparing all those delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas treats, remember to set aside your Tops for the next competition.  Here are some links regarding how to collect Tops in bulk from Sam’s Club purchases and there’s even a Box Tops App for your smart phone.

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Thanks to Jennifer Rapp for sharing this article from Khan Academy about what it means to have a “growth mindset” when it comes to school.

As Sal Khan explains,

Our intelligence is not fixed, and the best way that we can grow our intelligence is to embrace tasks where we might struggle and fail.

However, not everyone realizes this. Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University has been studying people’s mindsets towards learning for decades. She has found that most people adhere to one of two mindsets: fixed or growth. Fixed mindsets mistakenly believe that people are either smart or not, that intelligence is fixed by genes. People with growth mindsets correctly believe that capability and intelligence can be grown through effort, struggle and failure. Dweck found that those with a fixed mindset tended to focus their effort on tasks where they had a high likelihood of success and avoided tasks where they may have had to struggle, which limited their learning. People with a growth mindset, however, embraced challenges, and understood that tenacity and effort could change their learning outcomes. As you can imagine, this correlated with the latter group more actively pushing themselves and growing intellectually.

In my mind, classical education embraces a growth mindset when it comes to learning — or at least it should. A classical school is like a gym for intelligence (and the higher goals of wisdom and virtue). Sometimes, learning is a struggle. Sometimes things don’t come easily. Providence’s educational philosophy, included in our application folder, puts it well: “Rigor trains us to endure hardship with patience, but it also ultimately increases our joy. … We will model diligence and effort in the pursuit of excellence, as well as contentment with what we and others are able to achieve.”

Of course, easier said than done. Many of us are so used to a “fixed mindset” of intelligence that we have a hard time understanding that yes, we are capable of growth. And research has shown that this is true — we can change.

So it’s worth thinking about. What does having a growth mindset mean for you as a …

… student?

… or a parent?

… or a teacher?

“Miss Opal Makes a Match”

Mrs. Rognlie (6th Grade Language Arts teacher) has a new historical novella available: Miss Opal Makes a Match. Check it out on Amazon. She’ll be doing a book signing for it at McWha’s in Belton on Dec. 3rd as part of Christmas on Chisholm Trail. Website:

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