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Providence Hall Elementary School

International Baccalaureate School

" A balance is sought between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes and taking of responsible action."

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Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2019

Principal's Message:


Please know the magnet calendars had a couple of errors. We DO NOT have school on Feb. 18 but we DO have school on Feb. 19. We DO NOT have school on March 1 and DO NOT have school on March 18. We apologize for the errors.

A huge Thank You to the families and students that contributed to the California Fire Foundation for a dress down day last Thursday. This school raised $1,341.15 and that is truly amazing. Thank you for helping our students see the value in helping others.

PTO is adding another way for students to gain a Dress Down Day. Below, in this edition, is a letter and information.

Yearbooks are on sale. Below you will find information on how to order them. This year all three schools are using the same company. This helps simplify ordering and eliminates the exchange of money on the campus level. The yearbook will not be customized as in the past in an attempt to reduce the cost to parents. Also, there will be no extra yearbooks ordered for purchase later, so you must order within the time frame. Orders and payments must be made online.

The state is asking for a review of the new proposed Science Standards. Here is a link where you can review these. There is a place on the document where you can provide feedback.$file/3.1%20K-5%20and%209-12%20SEEd%20Draft%20Standards.pdf

The information includes where the public hearings will take place through March.

The "Intent to Unenroll" form will be included in every edition until the end of school. If at any time you find your plans to have your children return next year change, then the form will be available for you to complete and return.

The approved calendar for 2019-2020 has not been posted yet on PH website. Once it is, I will notify you in our newsletter.

Herriman Library has many activities planned for February and the link to their calendar is found under Parent Resources.

The lottery will run Feb. 12. Be sure to submit an application for any new student or students entering school. If they are a sibling of a currently enrolled student, please be sure to indicate this on the application.

Thanks to all who came to watch the kindergarten Alphabet Parade!

Have a great week.

Ms. Huff


Jan. 30 - Hope Squad 7:45 am on stage

Jan. 30 - Love and Logic Parenting Class 6-8 in library

Feb. 1 - Leukemia Assembly - Pennies for Patients 9:30am

Feb. 1 - World Read Aloud Day

Feb. 1 - Hope Squad Meeting 1:00-1:15pm (stage)

Feb. 4-21 Leukemia Fund Raiser

Feb. 6 - Counselor Appreciation Day

Feb. 8 - 5th Gr. Visit to Jr. High

Feb. 12 - Lottery All Grades for 2019-2020 school year

Feb. 17 - NO SCHOOL

Feb. 25 - 28 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb. 25-28 - Spring Book Fair

March 1- No School

March 5 - Chick - Fil -A Night 5-7pm

March 15 - 3rd Quarter Ends

March 18 - No School

Kindergarten Alphbet Parade!

Lock Down and Shelter In Place


Lock Down Drill and Shelter in Place are different. A Shelter in Place is a precautionary procedure where we do not let entries into the school and do not let exits out of the school until directed by the police. Shelter in Place is called to be in effect by the Police only and we are in constant contact with them for directions. The first thing the school is expected to do is to secure the building, post signs on doors, announce to all within the school and remind them to carry on with school as normal. Once these things are done, we notify parents. The Shelter in Place last week lasted about 5 minutes and as we were writing you it was cancelled. We then have to open all the doors, announce to all within the school it is lifted and take off the door signs. At that point last week, we notified parents what had happened. Please be aware your notification is not the number one step as our first focus is to secure the building and make sure students are safe. Please trust that you will be notified as soon as possible.

In a Lock Down, the school initiates the process and goes into our procedure for safety first and foremost. We contact the police and start checking to be sure every student is accounted for. Once again, you will be notified in a real Lock Down event, but not until we have done our assigned job of notifying police and checking for students.

In an emergency, coming to the school only keeps law officers from doing their job, that is why we also have a location in our procedures where parents are to wait to get information to reunite with their children. Currently this is Butterfield Park.

We certainly understand your concerns and fears. Please know we do all we possibly can to keep your children safe at all times and will notify you as soon as possible.


The Yearbook Order Center is live and yearbooks can be purchased now. Books can be purchased for $20 each and are available until April 20, 2019.

The Web-site is;

Parents will need to enter your school's ID number which is 17817.

There will be NO EXTRA yearbooks ordered, so orders your by the deadline!

Thank you, PTO

New Option for Dress Down Day

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Dress Code Reminder - NO Black jeans, colored jeans or blue jeans. Thank you!

Volunteers -How to Log Hours

Parents and Families:

If you sign in on the school computer by the entry door, then your hours are logged. Just be sure to enter "volunteer".

To record volunteer hours from home, go to the following link. When you go in, set up your account with the information requested, then you will need to "Add a School" and identify Providence Hall Elementary. Once the school is linked to your account, you will be able to log your volunteer hours.

If you have any problems, please email Burgandi Keddington, at with your name and hours. She can enter them for you or answer any question. We prefer you enter them on your own, but we are here to assist.

These volunteer hours help keep PTO as a non-profit organization and the more hours we show the better! Thanks so much for volunteering and providing the school with support in so many ways.

Intent to Unenroll Form

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Congrats to the following classes for winning the reading trophy!

For Kindergarten VS 1st grade the winner is Mrs. LeGendre's PM class class for reading 44 days. 2nd place was Mrs. Palmer's class with 36 days.

For 2nd vs 3rd grade the winner is Mrs. Hicks' class with 53 days. 2nd place was Mrs. Lundskog's class with 33 days.

4th vs 5th grade the winner is Mrs. Young's class with 2,915 minutes. 2nd place was Miss Kidd's class with 2,795 minutes.

Please be sure students are logging their reading time! Thanks so much!!

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Spring Book Fair Coming Feb. 25-28

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Parent Video Opportunity

SPEDCO is delighted to host a screening of the film
Normal Isn’t Real
Succeeding with Learning Disabilities & ADHD


The film features the stories of four young adults with LD/ADHD issues sharing their journeys to success in work and school, and the strategies they use to manage their challenges.
The film is being shown around the country to strong reviews and is full of hope, inspiration and real life examples of how people with LD and ADHD
have become experts on themselves and what they need to succeed.

We hope you, parents & members of your staff can join us.
Please RSVP for one of our screenings.

February 5th @ 12:30pm / Scera Theater / Orem, UT
February 5th @ 4pm / Transition Institute Utah Valley Convention Center / Provo, UT
February 6th @ 9:30am / AISU Theater / Murray, UT
February 6th @ 6:00pm / Jean Massieu School of the Deaf / SLC, UT

February 7th @ 11am / Park City High School / Park City, UT
February 7th @ 6:00pm / Weilenmann School of Discovery / Park City, UT

RSVP Today!

Learn More About Normal Isn’t Real film.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors!

Utah Association of Public Charter Schools

Blind Mule

Utah Professional Development Network

Howell Consulting

After School Activity Sign Up


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  • No Crosswalk Parking! There is no Front Door pick up. Pull forward and we will get your child to you.
  • Courtesy is requested to all staff who are working the carpool and helping get your child safely picked up.
  • Courtesy is requested to other drives. Follow the procedures to maintain order and civility along with safety.
  • Thank you so much!
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Our Student Action Committee is working to showcase students who have been outstanding with their actions to improve other's lives, the school or classroom. Students are nominated by the classroom teachers and will be called to the office for pictures, certificate and prizes. Then their picture and story about their action will be showcased in the east hallway by grade level.

We have such great students and are so proud of them.

McKenna Golden

We have been talking about kindness and McKenna let another student go ahead of her to pass of sight words. She knew he really wanted to pass them off and so she let him go ahead of her. She is showing our class what kindness looks like.

Belle Cochengrus

She learned more about MLK Jr. and presented her knowledge to the class.

Mia Chan

We had a big mess in the back of the room Questioning who made it. Mia jumped up without question and started cleaning up everyone's mess. She consistently steps into action and helps when needed.

Izzy York

Researched information on the government shutdown and will present her information to the class.

Jeremy Kelsch.

He is always a big help for all the kids in our class! He talks kindly and respectfully to everyone, no matter their age or ability. He is good example and leader. This week, he created his own puppet show and performed it especially for the kids in our class. He is a very hard worker and tries his best to find diplomatic solutions to problems. We enjoy having him in our class!

TIps for Parents about Media Coverage on Traumatic Events

Parent Reading Corner -

New York Times bestseller
2018 Goodreads Choice Award Winner for History & Biography

Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously.

The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.

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Parent /Family Library


We are wanting to start a parent library so parents can check out the book featured each month. Below is a link to Amazon books if you want to purchase a new or used book to donate to this endeavor. Books can be sent directly to the school if desired.

We will be able to check these out to parents and hope to build the library each year for a broader selection. You can also bring books to the school to donate if that is easier for you.

LOVE AND LOGIC Articles for Better Parenting

Practice: Skill Building for High Intensity Situations

Jedd Hafer

In Mrs. Smith’s first grade class, we practiced many things. We practiced getting and staying quiet. We practiced walking to the lunchroom in an orderly fashion. We especially practiced FIRE DRILLS.

I remember thinking it was kind of silly. The alarm would sound and we would line up without saying a word. Mrs. Smith would count our heads and then direct us out to the flagpole - where she counted our heads again. Everybody was safe. All was well - except when I joked that I needed to go back inside and get my crayons so they wouldn’t melt. Mrs. Smith failed to see the humor and I wondered why she took it all so seriously.

One day, we had a real fire. The alarm went off and even though we smelled smoke, we lined up just the way we had practiced. We made it out to the flagpole. Everybody was safe! I remember thinking, “Oh, that’s why we practice those things! And why the usually fun Mrs. Smith is so serious about them.”

We all know how we get better at things in life. We practice. Our brains and even our muscles remember what we practiced. And if we work on skills in a time of lower intensity (no fire), we can perform better under higher intensity (real fire).

Working with kids in trouble for almost twenty years, I have met some wonderful professionals who used this concept with supreme effectiveness. I’ve witnessed miracles with kids who were scared, angry, developmentally challenged - you name it.

In my webinar Love and Logic Strategies for Kids with Hurtful Pasts, I tell the true story of a young man with a particularly strong fear and how loving professionals helped him practice skills to calm himself and overcome it. Just like a fire drill, the key was to practice before the real crisis. Happily, even today, that young man still uses those skills when he feels anxious.

Do you know any kids who struggle and could benefit from proactive skill building under lower intensity? This webinar will give you some strategies to empower kids and help them practice skills to be prepared when real life’s “fires” happen.


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Helping Children Cope with Tragedy - Link to Article Below

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Link to E-Funds for Nutrition Payments