Celebrations and Traditions at Providence
Founders Day Bash
The Founders’ Day Bash started in 2006 as a dedication to our Founders Art and Activities Building. This celebration continues to grow each year with a carnival-like atmosphere of games, prizes, great food and take-a-chance baskets. Each classroom helps with the basket items by gathering items based on a specific theme. Although it is a fundraising event, the Founders’ Day Bash has become a major social occasion that everyone enjoys. Our community looks forward to this first family celebration of the school year.
Each spring, lower elementary students spend the night at 4-H Camp in Carlisle, Ky. The two-day event covers activities in team building, water ecology, birding, art, day and night hikes and campfire singing. Parents are also welcome to this educational, fun event.
Each September, our Peace Committee sponsors a peace ceremony on International Day of Peace. Children and staff gather at our peace pole to share songs, poems, and rituals. Additionally, committee members plan and present programs which provide staff renewal throughout the year. The teaching of peace is at the center of Providence’s curriculum and is present in our primary through the upper elementary levels. The peace ceremony is a great opportunity for our children to celebrate what they practice throughout the year.
Grandparents Day/Open House
The third Sunday in October is set aside for family and friends to visit classrooms and tour school grounds. This is a wonderful chance for students to show grandparents and parents their classroom and activities they work on during the school day. Grandparents have been an integral part of the creation and success of Providence and we celebrate this day to honor them. Interested families wishing to join our community are also invited to view the school.
Each year, around Valentine’s Day, members of our entire school participate in a fundraising social event which is a favorite of both the children and teachers. Families come to school and enjoy a smorgasbord of breakfast foods which have been provided by the families. This is another opportunity for parents, children, and staff to spend time together outside of the classroom. After gathering for a time in the morning, children enter their classrooms for the day, and parents go on about their daily routine.
Our children learn throughout the year that they are the stewards of the Earth. Children at the 6-9 level create Earth Day reports/projects which they display and explain to the students and parents. The day ends with a picnic lunch. For more information, visit our Outdoor Classroom curriculum.
Scholastic Book Fair
During Earth Day week, Haley Hall turns into a giant book store where books, gifts, toys are on sale and display. Children and their parents are encouraged to shop and browse throughout the week with the fair ending on Earth Day. The proceeds from the event benefit the Providence library.
Each fall, the upper elementary students travel to the Pine Mountain Settlement School or an overnight stay. Their experience includes weaving, pond studies, folk dancing, and a hike to the summit. For more information, visit our Outdoor Classroom curriculum.
Spring Family Picnic
Following the last day of classes, the Providence family gathers for an end of the year picnic. Everyone brings blankets, chairs and picnic lunch to enjoy. For recreation, many families bring kites, games and soccer balls. This tradition is a grand send off to the summer break.