Nicole Patenaude, Author at Providence Montessori School

Author: Nicole Patenaude

Videos of Providence Montessori School

Providence At A Glance:


Our 50th Anniversary Video:

Providence Montessori Teacher Wins Travel Fellowship


Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ) — Most days you’ll find Janet Shedd or Miss Shedd in classroom four at Providence Montessori. She’s been a teacher there for nine years.

But in early September, Shedd was studying geography, plants and animals in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. Shedd was named one of 35 teachers selected as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow through National Geographic. In the program’s nine year history, she was the first selected from Lexington and the second from Kentucky.

“The idea is to give teachers who are really excited about geography, hands on experience,” says Shedd. “The Galapagos Islands have some of the most unique animals that you won’t see anywhere else.”

Shedd says they sailed around the islands, went on hikes and went underwater snorkeling to complete research. “It’s a very harsh environment there. The plants and animals have had to adapt,” Shedd says, talking about the islands’ limited fresh water supply.

Shedd’s ultimate goal? To pass along her experience to students here in Lexinigton, to get them excited about geography. She has shared lessons on sea lions, giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies. Her students remember the shape of the Galapagos Islands by its shape, similar to the outline of a hammerhead shark. “The children I’m teaching are going to go on to come up with solutions. It’s so important for them to learn about other parts of the world and what an amazing world we live in,” says Shedd.

Shedd says she will apply for other teaching fellowships in the future.

GoodGiving Guide Challenge 2015 – Providence Montessori


Providence Montessori is participating in the GoodGiving Guide Challenge again this year!!!! We were able to raise close to $50,000 last year with the help of family and friends!!

What is the GoodGiving Guide Challenge?

The GoodGiving Guide Challenge is an online giving campaign designed to engage the entire community and to make charitable giving easy and fun. Now in its fifth year, the Challenge is a partnership between Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing. The 2014 GoodGiving Guide Challenge raised over $1.77 million in partnership with 155 participating nonprofits in Central and Eastern Kentucky. In addition to receiving contributions from donors, nonprofits will also have the opportunity to compete for $10,000 endowment prizes made possible by Blue Grass Community Foundation and supportive donors.

How does it work?

Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing will host the GoodGiving Guide Challenge beginning Friday, November 13 at 9:00 a.m and ending December 31 at 11:59. This event encourages charitable donations through our online giving platform, hosted by Razoo.

Razoo will provide toolkits, training sessions, outreach support, mass media and social media coverage to make it easy for all nonprofits to participate. Each participating organization will have an individualized web page to promote their cause.

Individuals will be able to donate money to the nonprofit organizations of their choice starting November 13 at 9:00 am. All donations are tax deductible and irrevocable. (Donations will not be refunded). Donors will receive a receipt for their gift. The nonprofit will receive contact information for each donor, unless the donor elects to remain anonymous.

The Razoo Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which permits donors to advise a re-granting of their donations to other IRS recognized qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations, will accept the gifts and will then re-grant the monies to the nonprofits selected by the donors.

Is there a minimum or maximum donation?

The minimum donation for the GoodGiving Guide Challenge is $10. There is no maximum donation limit for the GoodGiving Guide Challenge.

Do I need an account on Razoo to donate?

No, you do not need to create an account to make a donation. However, if you plan to give multiple times during the GoodGiving Guide Challenge, creating an account means you only have to enter your credit card information once. Your account also collects your tax receipts in one location and enables you to track your donation, review the charities your support and schedule future giving.

Can I donate to the GoodGiving Guide Challenge on my smart phone?

Yes – this site is mobile friendly! Simply visit on your smartphone to browse all the amazing nonprofits participating.

Can I fundraise for my favorite nonprofit?

Yes! You can be a hero for the cause(s) you care about – we call these GoodGiving Guide Ambassadors! Alternatively, you can visit the Organization Page of any nonprofit listed on Razoo and click “Fundraise” to start the page creation process. Please note that in order to create a Fundraising Page you will be prompted to sign into your Razoo user account, or create one if you don’t already have an account.

How can I find our more about the GoodGiving Guide Challenge?

You can follow us on twitter @ProvidenceLex and “like” us on Facebook at Providence Montessori.  You can also get more information at

  Our first Challenge has already begun!!!! 

October 19 – November 12

HIGH FIVE at PIE FIVE  (At Fayette Mall by Talbots)

  • Visit Pie Five as many times as you like during this time frame and tell the cashier to give you a “high five” by voting for your nonprofit at the register.
  • The nonprofit with the most votes will win a $5,000 endowment.
  • $5,000 nonprofit winner will be announced on November 13 at the GoodGiving Guide Challenge.

We sent home Pie Lovers cards to help remind you to grab a pie at PIE FIVE between October 19 – November 12 !!!  Additional cards are available at the front desk in the lobby.

Let’s go Pie Lovers and support Providence Montessori School and Providence Middle School!!!!!!!





Providence receives banner from Lexington for Earth Day accomplishments

Our school received this banner as an award from the City of Lexington at the Earth Day Celebration for:  water conservation, energy conservation, and volunteers of the year!!!




Providence Montessori Middle School Placed First in KY in the 2014 National Recycle-Bowl Competition

Four Lexington schools and one in Richmond claimed top honors for Kentucky in the 2014 national Recycle-Bowl Competition. Lexington’s Providence Montessori Middle School placed first, Montessori High School second, Leestown Middle third, Cardinal Valley Elementary fourth, and White Hall Elementary in Richmond fifth. The four Lexington schools recycled enough material to claim third place in the district division behind groups from California and Pennsylvania.

Read more here:…/3736628_education-news-of-interest-in.html?rh=1

Parent Education Night coming up!

Our next Parent Education Night is coming up on Thursday, February 5 at 7pm at the middle school campus.  Click on the link below to view the flyer.  See you there!

Parent Ed Flyer Spring 2015

Announcing the 2014 Winners of Improbable Baubles: Under the Sea!

17 November 2014

Hello Teachers and Facilitators!

Our judges had very difficult decisions to make today, but with a little pizza and a lot of discussion, we are please to announced the 2014 winners of Improbable Baubles: Under the Sea!
1st Place: Aron Chagoya – Elkhorn Middle School
2nd Place: Graciela M. – Northside Elementary
3rd Place: Kaye P. – EJ Hayes
4th Places: Annika Maxey – EJ Hayes
Judge’s Choice:
                               Kayleigh H.- LCA
                               Zeno D. – Providence Montessori
                               Amelia Roney – Elkhorn Elementary
                               Aiden L. – Ashland Elementary
Honorable Mention:

                                    Jennifer M.- Simmons Elementary

                                    Britney V. – Cardinal Valley
                                    Irena- Woodford Co. Middle
                                    Christopher – Simmons Elementary
                                    Kaileigh F-B. – Ashland Elementary
                                    Philip B. – Woodford Co. Public Library Home School Group
Teacher(s) of the Year:
                                        Sue Martin – Providence Montessori
                                        Michelle Armstrong – Cardinal Valley Elementary
Winning students or their teachers may pick up prizes during the Opening Reception, next Saturday between 1 and 3p.m.  If no one is available to pick up the prize, please call 859-255-6653 to make alternative arrangements.
In other news, March Madness Marching Band has officially signed on to be part of the Opening Reception, next week.  Please make sure your school knows that EVERYONE is invited!!!!
It has been a pleasure working with each and everyone of you and I cannot wait to see you at the Opening Reception NEXT SATURDAY!!!!


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