Patriot News

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. 7-11, 2019

Principal's Message:


The new year has begun! Happy New Year!

Students seemed glad to be back once here last week and we got off to a great start for this semester.

Miss Patti, our custodian here for many years, retired in December. The School presented her a clock with her years of service engraved in appreciation for the care she gave to Providence Hall Elementary School. The good news is she returns this semester as our day porter and will still be here to help keep our building in good order.

As Miss Patty leaves, we welcome Mr. Cullen Carter as our new Head Custodian. Mr. Carter has 35 years of school custodian experience and we are indeed fortunate to have him join our team! So, please welcome Mr. Carter.

Thank you to those that responded to our dress code survey, all 433 of you. Overwhelmingly you support what we have in place for the elementary school. If there is any minor change, implementation will not happen until next school year.

This semester we are hard at work focusing on student achievement. The implementation of our new Phonics program school wide has taken off. Producing good readers is one of our top priorities. We offer focused direct and group instruction in the classroom and reading intervention for those students needing assistance with more interventions for success. One of the very best things parents can do at home is to read to their children and/or allow time at home for having them read aloud to you. Reading aloud together is another proven strategy that helps new readers hear words, inflection and tone as they process the words they track with their eyes, pointer or finger. Like with any skill, from playing an instrument or perfecting that basketball shot, reading takes practice and the more practice the better the end result.

Math is also a big part of our focus and there are many ways to help students learn the importance of math in real life application. Helping you measure as you cook, measure as you sew or construct, weigh thing when shopping or solve problem such as how many 2x4's are needed to build a dog house, are all ways to teach math. Then spending time, even 5 to 10 minutes at night to have them work problems for you from the classroom, can help reinforce those all important math skills. Practicing math facts is a huge benefit! I use to keep flash cards for addition, subtraction and then multiplication in my car to practice as my family traveled to run errands or take trips. In the younger grades, they really have to get these memorized to move on to more complicated math. There are some great resources for parents in the resource section of this newsletter you can also access along with the ones your child's teacher may send home. When students know all adults in their lives care about their learning and progress it does make a difference. Children want to please their parents and love showing off what they know. In these cold winter months, build in some family time to read and practice math!

We are saddened to let you know we did lose a parent of a child over the holiday. Please keep this family in your thoughts.

Have a great week.

Ms. Huff

P.S. Below is the form to complete if your family is NOT returning next school year. Please complete and return the signed form by either 1) emailing to, 2) faxing to 1-801-727-8282 or 3) bringing to the school. Due Jan. 11.


Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1 - Snow/Ski program pickup 1:00 pm*

Jan. 11 - K.I.N.D. Club meets 3:15-4:00 in gym

Jan. 9 and 16 - Love and Logic Parenting Classes start 6-8 in library

Jan. 11 - Intent to Unenroll for 2019-2020 School Year DUE

Jan. 11 - End of 2nd Quarter

Jan. 11 - Mini-Patriettes Dance Clinic Begins - registration ended Dec. 18

Jan. 16 - Hope Squad 7:45 on stage

Jan. 17 - Student of the Month Luncheon - Grade 1

Jan 18 - Grades for 2nd Quarter sent home

Jan. 21 - NO School

Jan. 22 - After school Art begins - See details below

Jan. 20-26 - National School Choice Week!

Intent To Unenroll for 2019-2020 School Year Form

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Classes are Jan. 22, 29 / Feb. 5,12,19, 26 / March 5,12

Please go to the website on the flyer above to get pricing information and to register.

Classes will be in the Art Room on campus.

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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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Reading Trophy Winners for Week of Dec.10-14

Congrats to the following classes for winning the reading trophy!

For Kindergarten VS 1st grade the winner is Miss Hansen's class for reading 39 days. 2nd place was Mrs. Palmer's class with 35 days.

For 2nd vs 3rd grade the winner is Miss Humbert's class with 36 days. 2nd place was Miss Butterfield's class with 29 days.

4th vs 5th grade the winner is Miss Kidd's 2,690 class with 3,340 minutes. 2nd place was Mrs. Kruckenberg's class with 2,625minutes.

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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January Love and Logic Classes Registration

LOVE AND LOGIC Articles for Better Parenting

A New Me

Jedd Hafer

Many of us do it every year. We make a firm decision to turn over a new leaf. We are going to cut junk food, cut carbs, cut spending… you know the deal.

And, if you’re like me, you resolve to ‘be a better parent’ and cut down on yelling at your kids. Maybe increase the quality time you spend with them?

I’m always amazed how packed the gym is just after New Year’s Day. I can’t get a good parking spot and have to walk way too far – like I want to get exercise or something. But you know how it goes: after a few weeks, the crowd is mostly gone and it’s back to the same dedicated souls.

I’m so hoping that is not me this year! With the kid stuff, I mean (the gym is a lost cause). But it usually is. I joke that I speak all over the country, teaching people how NOT to yell at kids – and then I go home and yell at my kids. Embarrassing.

The hard reality is that we will never be perfect. Personally, I will never even be close. I can accept that but I don’t want to be one of those people who flakes on my commitment after just a short period of being fired up. I don’t want to lose hope.

So, how can we take good care of ourselves in this area and not feel guilty when the inevitable ‘skill slippage’ occurs?

One thing that has helped me is to remember that Love and Logic is a very forgiving philosophy. Kids make mistakes, they take responsibility, they learn and we all move on – often in relatively short order. It is essential that we show that same grace with ourselves. The way we look forward, not backward and avoid dwelling, beating up and ‘I-told-you-so’, can be a wonderful way to treat ourselves. Just as we don’t want to dwell on our kids’ worst moments, we can let go of ours and focus on doing better going forward.

We are going to blow it at times. We are going to forget to use our skills in the heat of the moment. We are going to say things in very unloving and illogical ways. It’s just reality.

In those times, we need to give ourselves a break. We need to remind ourselves that modeling our human imperfection is part of raising great kids. We need to breathe and start again with a positive and hopeful attitude.


The most wonderful human beings you know were raised by imperfect parents!


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Helping Children Cope with Tragedy - Link to Article Below

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Link to E-Funds for Nutrition Payments