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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

Education News From Gallup

It would be nice if all children could experience Montessori.

Another Grant for Providence!

photo by Nevie Everly

The third-grade students of Providence Montessori’s Classroom IV are the recipients of the Fayette County Farm Bureau’s Spring Reimbursement Gardening Grant. The grant supports Classroom IV’s spring planting of cold weather crops including carrots, beets, radishes, broccoli, turnips, and lettuce and the planting of summer crops of tomatoes and beans as the season transitions into summer.

The gardening program is one component of Providence Montessori’s overall mission of teaching and incorporating sustainable practices and initiatives geared towards preparing students for their future as environmental stewards and ambassadors. Each student participates in gardening activities three hours per week as part of classroom assignments that engage in Botany lessons focused on plant parts, reproductive processes, edible portions of each species included in the the spring crop, natural insect and pest prevention, weeding and maintenance, companion plantings, and expand to include vitamin and nutritional values of the plants.

The students kicked off the spring gardening initiative by surveying the plant beds and then by using the Square Foot Method, the students planted the garden, determined the crops and quantities of each species, and then strategically located them to incorporate insect defensive plants such as Marigolds. As part of this valuable hands-on experience the students gain an appreciation for eating organically grown produce with a long-term goal of preparing students for making sound decisions about the foods they consume.

The classroom gardening program incorporates Junior Master Gardening lessons, Montessori Botany curriculum and integrates both the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension/4-H Office and the Department of Agriculture education resources.

Did you know…

Scouting is alive and well at Providence — scouts have been meeting at our school for over a decade. Here on the Providence campus are two scouting projects done by Providence alums:

Alumnus Wesley Walker created this amphitheater. This sets the stage for student performances, as well as occasional outdoor lessons.

Alumnus Tyler Weathers contributed this bridge and rock garden to the Providence campus. Students cross it to go from the FAAB (Founders’ Arts and Activities Building) to the playground, or to our main building.

Providence parent Jonathan Ware shared some news about a fantastic project that Lexington’s Gray Construction has done with the Boy Scouts of America. Click here to read his blog post about it!

Great Job Providence!

Providence students recently participated in “Kids Can Hunger,” a food drive to benefit God’s Pantry Food Bank. Our students collected 1,691 pounds of food — that’s a retail value of $2,807! Way to go!

Click here to learn about the wonderful work God’s Pantry does in our community.

Interested in what has to say about fixing education?

Experts chime in about the best ways to fix the K-12 education problems in our country. Montessori is mentioned more than once — read all about it here.

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