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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 Feb. 4-8, 2019

Principal's Message:


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

This week we start the Pennies for Patients Fund Raiser! We have a student Darren Hall who has Leukemia and is doing well. This fund raiser helps the Leukemia Foundation with research and treatments for children like Darren with this type of cancer. The fund raiser will run from Feb. 4 - 21 and pennies are welcome!!! Students are to turn any donations in to their teacher. There are many rewards as the count climbs in reaching school wide goals.

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 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.

Have a great week.

Ms. Huff


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. 18- NO SCHOOL

Feb. 19 - SCHOOL [magnet calendar had an error]

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

Reminder: Snow & Ski Makeup day is Feb. 8

Mini-Patriettes Perform for Fantabulous Friday


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

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Leukemia "Pennies For Patients" Feb. 4-12, 2019

Parent Information about Pennies for Patients - Every Hero Needs a Squad

Parents, you can help your child set up their online fundraising page. Students should come home with a flyer with detailed information but below is also how to do this.

  • Visit:
  • Search for your child's school by entering the school name, city and state and clicking FIND.
  • Select your child's school from the search results.
  • Select, "Join a School Team" or if your child's classroom has set up its own page, select "Join Classroom Team."
  • Create a new account, or if you have ever had a fundraising page for LLS, sign in with your username and password.
  • Crate your child's online fundraising page.
  • Once created, share the link to your child's online fundraising page with friends, family and coworkers through email and social media.
Thanks so much for helping your child and providing them support.

New Option for Dress Down Day

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

New Science Standards

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.

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 for 2019-2020 School Year

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.

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Congrats to the following classes for winning the reading trophy!

For Kindergarten VS 1st grade the winner is Mrs. Cooley's class for reading 50 days. 2nd place was Mrs. LeGendre's PM class with 44 days.

For 2nd vs 3rd grade the winner is Mrs. Hicks' class with 56 days. 2nd place is a tie between Mrs. Johnson's and Miss Humbert's classes with 41 days.

4th vs 5th grade the winner is Miss Kidd's class with 3,250 minutes. 2nd place was Mrs. Kruckenberg's class with 2,875 minutes.

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

Spring Book Fair Coming Feb. 25-28

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  • PLEASE do not let students enter or exit in the street or moving traffic lane(s). Unload and load from the sidewalk for safety!
  • 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.


Cruz Thomas took action this week when he saw a student who was sad because they didn't get a letter from the post office center. He made them a note while the rest of the class was at recess.


Mayla Heiner felt bad for another student who lost her classroom money, so Mayla gave the other student 7 classroom dollars to completely replace what was lost. Mayla says that it just feels good to give. Way to be a good friend Mayla!


Noah Boissonault

Noah cleans up in the cafeteria after all of the other second graders in hopes of them getting free seating. Noah is great at helping his classmates!


Myles Hale

Myles Hale is a great example of showing action.

He always helps out in the classroom even if I don't ask him. He helps to pick up trash, stack chairs, and organizes supplies at the end of the day.


Harrison Young and Owen Toy

Harrison and Owen started a friendship club during recess. They had students sign up and also give members, once a month, candy for being a kind friend.


Edward Bagley

Edward received a new class job at the beginning of the quarter, and has really taken action by not only doing what is expected, but by going above and beyond each day to complete it. It has really impacted our classroom environment in a great way!

Lunch Room Nominations:

Jenifer Pulai

Millie Carver

Every day they go around and clean up the cafeteria after their lunch!

TIps for Parents about Media Coverage on Traumatic Events

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.

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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.

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

Empowered Kids – NOT Victims

Jedd Hafer

It’s becoming a pretty common cliché. Which person are you? The one who does nothing when bullying and fighting are going on? Or the one who runs over and intervenes? Which parent are you? Which teacher?

I’m going to suggest that there is a time and a place for intervening. I’m also going to suggest that there is actually a time and place for letting kids work out their conflicts when no harm is being done. More importantly, I want to suggest that there is another option which might prevent the need for the other two choices to come up so often – EMPOWERMENT.

Regardless of age, size, gender, ability or other traits, kids can be empowered to tackle and at least attempt to solve more of their own problems. There is always something they can do; some step they can take. Research tells us that people who actually do something to participate in a solution will feel/recover better during and after a crisis. But that requires us to at times, resist the urge to take over while giving kids some opportunities to at least participate in solutions.

I worry very much that we are raising too many kids to believe that adults are the only solution to their (serious AND not-so-serious) problems. I spend a lot of time in schools and the message that is often sent is: “Tell an adult and the adult will run over and rescue.”

Please understand that I know there is a time to rush over and rescue. However, if kids consistently believe that we are the only solution (to conflict, mistreatment, and especially milder teasing), that can be horribly disempowering.

We already have people who revel in being victims. I know parents who actually get excited when their kids are ”bullied” because they can go on social media and get all sorts of sympathy and attention. These tend to be the same adults who think EVERYTHING is bullying. The other kids accidentally skipped my kid’s turn or laughed when he actually did something funny and… suddenly, we have an instance of horrible bullying and it needs to be a national scandal. We must get the story on the news. We must at least make a viral video and get lots of people on social media supporting/feeling sorry for us.

Can we see that we already have too much of this? Can we see how destructive it can become? When it comes to kids navigating through life, we need fewer victims and more victors. We need kids who, based on experience, believe they are capable of handling most problems.

The analogy I like to use is the swimming pool. Life is like a swimming pool with adult ”life guards” around the edge of the pool. Adult supervision is important and, just like life guards, I’m glad it’s there. Adults who pay attention and intervene when real harm or real danger is present are invaluable. But imagine if the life guards were constantly jumping in and ‘rescuing’ kids who were not in real danger and were perfectly capable of swimming?

The bottom line is we need to teach kids how to swim. There will never be enough life guards and we really don’t want kids who always rely on rescue anyway. We want kids who make good decisions and solve most of their own problems. We want kids who can get along, exercise self-control, and resolve conflict. Then, they won’t need us to run over and rescue very often. And when we do, they will be less likely to conclude that they are helpless victims in life.

Thank you for reading this and for being willing to empower kids!

For more, check out Parenting for Success.


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Helping Children Cope with Tragedy - Link to Article Below

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Link to E-Funds for Nutrition Payments