The Providence Lamp-Post, Nov. 6

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Thanksgiving Potluck

Parents, we are really looking forward to this year’s Providence Thanksgiving Family Potluck and hope you’ll send a dish or, even better, bring a dish and come and join us for this special celebration. If you are coming, please plan to meet your student in the gym. If you are sending a dish, please mark it with your name and your student’s grade if you wish for it to be served at a certain time. You or your student may drop off food in the kitchen by the gym in the morning.

Please note these special lunch times for students:

11:00-11:30 – Pre-K and Kindergarten

11:30-12:00 – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades

12:05-12:35 – 4th, 5th and 6th

12:10-12:40 – 7th-12th grades  

We need and appreciate all volunteers! Please sign up here to help: Thanksgiving Potluck Sign Up


Last Day to Order School Pictures is Today!                   Click here to order now. Prints will be delivered to the school the week of Tuesday, Nov. 14th. Downloads will be emailed directly to you. Thanks!

“What’s Brewing With Mr. Billman?” this Thursday, Nov. 9th, after chapel

Find out the latest happenings and what’s ahead for our school in this casual coffee and conversation meeting in the gym.  Have a question? We’ll do our best to stay around and answer it.  We highly value these opportunities to connect with our co-teachers.  

Logic/Rhetoric Fall Concert

Our 7th-12th graders will be putting on a concert on Thursday, November 16 at 7 pm in the FBC sanctuary. This year’s theme is music inspired by America. Join us as we celebrate our American music heritage.

             Handel’s Messiah

While some members of my family were musical, I didn’t have much exposure to classical music as a child. My musical upbringing mostly consisted of listening to my dad play folk and bluegrass on his guitar, as well as listening to his old LPs. Not bad! But when I experienced the Wichita (Kansas) Symphony production of Handel’s Messiah as a ten-year-old, I’m sure that I did not fully appreciate it. Before that point, a band with five members seemed to me like a big band. Here was a stage of what seemed like hundreds of musicians. Yet even in my musical ignorance, I was impressed. I knew, at some level, that it was beautiful. Two “songs” (movements) jumped out to me then: “For Unto Us a Child is Born” and the Hallelujah chorus. Today, even more so than then, The Messiah leads me to delight in the miracle of the Incarnation.


When we return from Thanksgiving, we’ll celebrate advent in morning chapel by listening to excerpts of The Messiah, and discussing the Scripture behind the music. I bring this up now because you may want to consider attending a production of The Messiah as a family. There are a number of productions in Texas, especially in large cities. My favorite venue for this oratorio is Bass Hall in Fort Worth. The giant statues of herald angels on the facade of the building make it feel like the concert hall was specifically built for Handel’s composition. This year, my family is going to try the Austin Symphony production, which will be at Hyde Park Baptist Church – a closer and more affordable option. Whether or not you’re able to attend a live concert, I’m looking forward to enjoying excerpts in morning chapel. I hope that our students will be able to catch at least a glimmer of the beauty of this great piece of musical art, but I especially hope that they would delight in the Gospel message that it portrays.

–Bret Billman

UPDATE: UMHB is putting on a free concert of the Christmas portion of the Messiah in the newly opened PAC on November 17th. Caroline Brown Green, daughter of Mrs. Carol Brown, is one of the soloists! You’ll want to reserve free tickets soon.


Kindergarten Math in Focus Workshop, Tuesday, Nov. 7th

Kindergarten co-teachers, please meet at 3:05 in your child’s classroom for a fun interactive time playing math games with your child.  Hope to see you there!

PreK-2nd Grade Art Show Thursday, November 16th from 11:00-12:45

Thanksgiving doesn’t just bring turkey. It also brings art! As you enjoy the Thanksgiving potluck, you’ll be able to enjoy our PreK-2nd grader’s art show in the gym.  If you have students in these grades and have some time to help prepare this art for display, please contact our art teacher

5th Grade Co-teacher After School MiF Workshop, November 9th

Co-teachers, join us with your 5th grader at 3:40 p.m. for this fun and informative math workshop. You won’t want to miss it!  Since this is co-teacher training, we ask that students attend only with their own co-teachers.  Need childcare for littles? Email

Thank you, Mrs. Morris!

We’d like to offer special thanks to Mrs. Debby Morris who escorted many to freedom during our Underground Railroad re-enactment last Thursday.  You brought history to life for our students! Thank you!  

Math Workshops for 1st and 3rd grade Co-teachers Coming Next Week

Nov. 14th – 3rd grade Long Division

Nov. 16th – 1st Grade Making Ten

These will be held at 3:05 p.m. in students’ classrooms and co-teachers and students will be able to participate together. Please bring a quiet activity for your little ones. Hope to see you there!



Senior Class Meeting on Thursday

November 9, 3:45 p.m. in room 245, for students and available parents. We’ll discuss the ongoing application process, preview the graduation ceremony, and consider senior trip options. See you there!

Happy Birthday, Augustine!

While Augustine’s actual birthday isn’t until November 13th, Augustine House members are free to celebrate this Friday, November 10th, by wearing their house t-shirts and jeans.  


Other November Events Coming Soon

20-24 – Thanksgiving Break

30 – Junior Class Meeting @ 3:45


And December Events Right Around the Corner

2 – Christmas on the Chisolm Trail (Secondary Music Classes)

7 – Thursday Lessons and Carols  (6:30 Main Sanctuary)

14 – Fun Lunch and PreK-4th grade Christmas Parties (last day of lower school)

15 – House Christmas parties and End of Fall Semester (last day of school for semester for upper school)


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