Newsletter for PHES Students and Families

January 30, 2022

Educational Exceptionalism: What makes PHES Unique?

At Providence Hall your children are taught a wider range of content than at most public or private schools. Of course, we heavily emphasize mastery of Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Science, but each student at Providence Hall also gets a healthy dose of PE, Art, Music, Spanish Language and Culture, Social Skills, and Computer Science.

You may be aware that another part of what makes our school exceptional is that we are, and have been an IB Primary Years Programme school for over 10 years. PYP is not a curriculum, it's a framework for teaching and learning that empowers our students to take ownership for their learning and fosters a love for learning that will endure well into adolescence and adulthood. As an IB PYP school we teach and strive to live the 10 traits of IB Learners (See chart below):

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We know you are teaching your children all of these traits in one form or another. Consider using the language and style of the IB Learner Profile to reinforce what students are learning at school. Together we can help our students become the kind of responsible and well-rounded citizens we know then have the potential to be.

Enrollment Updates!

Help Others do Well

Providence Hall is partnering with Africompassion, USA to help raise money to drill a well for the people of Kogaja, Tanzania.
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You can contribute via this Go Fund Me page.

Thank you for changing the lives of a the people of Kogaja, forever.

Upcoming Events 🗓

February 3 - Global Day of Play

February 4 - Focus Friday

February 14-17 - Parent Teacher Conferences

February 18 - No school (Teacher Comp Day)

February 21 - No School (President's Day)

April 18-22 - SPRING BREAK 🌴

(be sure to stay current on all PHES events by using our Google Calendar)

Click HERE to complete the permission slip for your child to participate in Choir.
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The Global Day of Play is a day once a year when we ask out teachers to pause their typical structured learning schedule and allow students to play more freely. The benefits of free play are numerous, and you can learn more at

I also encourage you to watch this TedX video by Peter Gray, who has devoted his life to studying play. His lecture reviews how, in many mammals, play is a natural phenomenon that develops a number of important survival and life skills.

The decline of play | Peter Gray | TEDxNavesink
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Counselor Corner

Hello, Providence Hall Parents,

It was so nice to be back to school in person and be able to see each other and interact face-to-face last week. This is what your kids will be learning in social skills this week! Check out this inspiring, cute video about how words affect us, and even affect water!

K: We Feel Feelings in Our Bodies

1: Self-Talk for Calming Down

2: Finishing Tasks

3: Managing Anger

4: Handling Put-Downs

5: Avoiding Assumptions

Contact information:

Miss Kristen Leininger

Grades 1, 3, and 5

Mrs. Amanda Jenson

Grades K, 2, 4, and Special Success

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What's for Lunch?

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We LOVE our PTO!

Brittany and her brigade of parent volunteers continue their campaign to provide relief and make teachers smile as they toured the campus with their "Treat Trolly".
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If you haven't been reading the PTO newsletter, what have you been waiting for?
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Look who had a birthday this week:

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Link to PHES Amazon Wishlist
The Providence Hall Website now has a page with direct links past newsletters for the year.