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February 27th E-Bulletin

February 27, 2012

New announcements, events, and updates.

In This Issue:
Headmaster’s Notes
Dr. Flanders mentions success for Providence's student newspaper and very exciting upcoming events.

All School News
No Wayzata Busing April 2nd through April 5th
PA Strings Lullaby Concert
PA Summer Programs
TADS Financial Aid Deadline March 1st
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis:  A Four-part Lecture and Discussion Series by Dr. Hippler

Middle/Upper School News
2012-2013 Academic Program
Upper School Symphonic Band Competes in State Large Group Contest

PAPA
All School PAPA Meeting Friday, March 9th
Online Gala Auction for Tickets to Masters Golf Tournament
Volunteers Needed to Provide Faculty Treats

College Counselor’s Corner
Important Class Notes

2012 College Fair at PA

What You May Have Missed
Doing the Right Thing Ethics Series
Opportunity to Host an International Student in 2012-2013
Presentation by Renowned Speaker Dr. David Cook March 9th
Course Registration Information (Upper School, Middle School, and 5th Grade)
Providence Academy’s February Healthy Kids Newsletter
Family Service Project March 4th 
Virtus Training at PA May 8th
Sports Information

 

Headmaster’s Notes


The word is on the street—or, more precisely, the “Providence Academy Word” (“PAW”) in on the information superhighway.  Our new Upper School online newspaper debuted recently, and is already drawing some attention.

Find the PAW on the web!  There’s also available mobile “app” version, if you call the website up on your phone’s browser.

Student journalist Lila Anderson’s current article made the national edition, chosen from among articles published by more than 4,000 high schools.

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Events for adults and older students at PA later this week: 

  • Shroud Encounter,” Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Great Room.  International Shroud of Turin expert Russ Breault is here in person with a multimedia exploration of one of history’s great mysteries.  Breault has been featured on the Discovery and History Channels, and many other media. 
  • “Is There Truth?  A Moral Law We All Can Know?”  Part Two of our six-part series on Ethics is Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Hall.  Dean Stinchfield and I will lead a discussion based on a video presentation by Chuck Colson, Robert George, and other luminaries at Princeton University. Check out the "Doing the Right Thing" video on the PA website for more information.

And, also for PA adults is the 2012 Spring Gala on April 28th.  Check out this special Save-the-Date video for the event!

 

All School News
No Wayzata Busing April 2nd through April 5th
The Wayzata buses will not run April 2nd through April 5th. This will be right after our break, so please make other plans for transportation on these days. 

PA Strings Lullaby Concert
All are invited to the Lullaby concert performed by the Providence Academy Strings players on Monday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Room.  PA Strings will be performing lullaby favorites, such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Shenandoah, Disney's Beauty and Beast, and Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins.

PA Summer Programs
We are proud to offer a wide variety of summer activities for PA and non-PA students entering kindergarten through 12th grade.  The activities range from drama and driver’s education to computer building, softball and academic enrichment.  There is also a program, The P.A.L.S. Camp, for students in kindergarten through 6th grade who want an all day camp experience.  All of the programs promote active learning in a safe and comfortable environment by providing quality content, excellent instructors, and a focus on faith in God and moral character.  What a great way to stay connected with and meet new friends, enhance a skill or learn a new one!  Registration for summer programs will begin on March 2nd to May 11th.  Information on summer offerings can be found online at the
Summer Programs web page.

TADS Financial Aid Deadline March 1st
Families applying for need-based financial assistance for the 2012-2013 school year must submit applications for aid via TADS no later than March 1, 2012.  For more information on tuition and assistance (including links to the TADS worksheet and online application), please visit the
PA Admissions web page.  

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis:  A Four-part Lecture and Discussion Series by Dr. Hippler
How does a senior devil (Screwtape) advise his junior devil (Wormwood) to bring about the ruin of souls?

Come and learn from Dr. Hippler as he unpacks C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters equipping us for spiritual warfare in the Christian life.  Eph. 6:10  “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Upper School Lecture Hall:

  • April 12: (Letters 1-8) "Angels and Demons, 101"
  • April 19: (Letters 9-16) "The Flesh, the World and the Devil"
  • April 26: (Letters 17-24) "The Terrestrial Venus and the Infernal Venus"
  • May 3:    (Letters 25-31) "The Grace of a Good Death"

All Providence parents and friends are welcome.  Come to one or all of the lectures.  No registration necessary.

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Nancy Buehler or Mrs. Therese Coons.

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Middle/Upper School News
2012-2013 Academic Program
The Middle School academic program and Upper School academic program for the 2012-2013 school year are attached and are also available on the PA website.  Questions related to Middle School can be directed to
Mrs. Emily Semsch or Mr. Tiffany and questions related to Upper School can be directed to Mrs. Kate Berry or Mr. Michael Tiffany.

Upper School Symphonic Band Competes in State Large Group Contest
The Upper School Symphonic Band will head to Minnesota State High School League Large Group Contest on Thursday, March 1st.  Please be sure to wish them well as they travel to Minnehaha Academy to perform for three judges and receive a rating based on their performance. Our time on stage is at 10:15 a.m. and parents and community members are welcome to come and listen!

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PAPA
All School PAPA Meeting Friday March 9th
All parents are invited to attend a Parent Association meeting on Friday
March 9th at 8:30 a.m. in the Great Room. Come to learn more about what PAPA does and the
events we sponsor throughout the year at PA.   This is also a great opportunity to meet other parents in our community!

Online Auction for Tickets to the Masters Golf Tournament
The Anniversary Gala committee announces the opening of the online auction for 2 weekend passes to the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National, April 7th and 8th, 2012. 

Online auction is now live and open for bidding. The auction will close on March 16, 2012 at 9:00 p.m.  Please note that this year’s Masters Tournament falls on Easter weekend. Bid at Biddingforgood.com. Tickets may not be resold.  

All proceeds from this auction will be added to the auction proceeds from this year’s Anniversary Gala which directly benefits Providence Academy students.  Good luck and thank you! 

Please contact Mrs. Mary Kennedy if you have questions. 

Volunteers Needed to Provide Faculty Treats 
Providence Academy parents can show appreciation for our teachers by supplying treats at staff meetings. These treats can be as simple as veggie trays, fruit trays, cheese and crackers, cookies, etc. Each division has a separate staff meeting of approximately 25 people. Treats can be dropped off the day of the meeting at 3:00 p.m. in the main office.

There are still many openings for the end of February and March!  Please go to the faculty treats link to sign up!   

If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Nancy Ferreira.

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College Counselor's Corner
Seniors
Scholarships, scholarships, scholarships!  Continue to work on outside scholarships applications. Remember, every little bit helps!

Also watch those college-specific financial aid deadlines, especially for the FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov), CSS Profile (https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp), and individual financial aid forms (check your colleges’ websites). 

Please continue to update your Naviance account on your college acceptances and scholarships.

Juniors
Testing Sign Up!

  • ACT www.actstudent.org.
    • April 14th and June 9th are the next opportunities to sit for the ACT. 
    • Providence is a testing site for the June 9th date. You will need to find an alternative site for the April 14th option.
    • Register soon through the ACT as spots fill up quickly.
  • SAT www.collegeboard.com
    • March 10th , May 5th and June 2nd

Please visit each testing web site for registration information, including registration deadlines.

Revolution Prep
Revolution Prep will be offering a June ACT course starting on April 24th.  Revoltion Prep offers a generous financial aid package for students who qualify for Providence Academy aid. Please contact
Mrs. Walker for details. To register please visit the Revolution Prep website and enter our zip code of 55446.  If you have any questions about the course offerings please contact Mr. Jay McGovern  by email or phone at (773) 610-1898.

College Counseling Meetings
The second round of college counseling meetings with Mrs. Walker will begin on Tuesday, February 14th. Please review the schedule that Mrs. Wilder sent to you and your parents via email. If you have any questions, please stop by to see her in the Upper School Office.

Spring Break College Visits
If your spring break plans include visiting colleges, now is a good time to start checking individual college websites for their calendars (so you can avoid visiting during their spring break, if possible) and registering for those visits.  Ideally, a visit will include an information session or interview with Admissions, a campus tour, sitting in on a class, and a meal in the cafeteria.  As always, the most important thing about campus visits is to be open-minded and keep track of your own reactions to each place.

2012 College Fair at PA
Save the date!  Our 2012 Spring College Fair will be held during the afternoon of Tuesday, April 17th.

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What You May Have Missed
Doing the RightThing Ethics Series
This series of evenings will address concerns many share about contemporary society: “how did we get into this mess?” and “how can we get out of it?” Video segments featuring Brit Hume, Chuck Colson, Dr. Robert George and a distinguished panel ground a multi-part Christian exploration of Ethics before a live student audience at Princeton University. PA dad and Colson Center Centurion Dean Stinchfield and PA Headmaster Dr. Flanders will guide discussion.

All evenings will be in the Upper School Lecture Hall, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, March 1: “If We Know What Is Right, Can We Do It?”
  • Thursday, March 8: “What Does It Mean to Be Human?”

Opportunity to Host an International Student in 2012-2013
For our second consecutive year, Providence Academy has hosted exchange students from China and Guatemala as non-diploma seeking students for a few months up to one year.  PA recently admitted its first diploma-seeking international student from China and is now in search of a volunteer host family for this student for the 2012-2013 school year (a host family has been secured for his remaining years until graduation). This student will transfer as a sophomore next year and will arrive this summer (toward the end).  A host family provides a room, which may be shared, meals and a caring environment for the student and the student will be responsible for completely covering tuition and related school costs (including a housing stipend for the host family).  International students are treated as a member of the family by doing chores, sharing family vacations, and celebrating holidays together.  For more information about hosting an international student, please contact
Mrs. Sarah Hogan, Director of Admissions, by email or phone at (763) 258-2504.

Presentation by Renowned Speaker Dr. David Cook on March 9th
Providence Academy parents, coaches, and students are invited to a special presentation by leading author, speaker, and performance psychologist Dr. David Cook on March 9th at Providence Academy.  The event is sponsored by  the Minnesota Golf Coaches Association (MGCA).  Registration is required.

Course Registration Information (Upper School, Middle School, and 5th Grade)

  • All students entering grades 6through 12 will attend Registration Presentations the week of February 6th where they will learn about how to register and important deadlines.
  • Honors applications for those wishing to apply for honors-level courses in grades 7 through 12 will be available via NetClassroom under "Additional Links" starting February 6th.   Honors applications are due February 13th.
  • Honors Math: those currently in grades 6 through 11 may apply.
  • Honors Science: those currently in grades 8 through 10 may apply.
  • Advanced Science: those currently in grade 11 may apply.
  • College in the Schools Latin: those currently in grades 9 through 11 may apply. 
  • NetClassroom user IDs and passwords can be obtained from the Administration Office or Upper School office.  All students who will be in grades 6 through 12 next year will need to access NetClassroom to register for classes. 
  • Families must complete online registration via NetClassroom between 4:30 p.m. on March 2nd and 8:30 a.m. on March 9th. Instructions can be found in NetClassrom under "Additional Links" starting on February 7th.
  • All questions about course registration should be directed to the counselors, Mrs. Kate Berry for Upper School and Mrs. Emily Semsch  for Middle School. 

Providence Academy’s February Healthy Kids Newsletter
Check out the new look to Providence Academy’s Healthy KidsNewsletter in this February edition, featuring delicious recipes and information on our school’s “Harvest of the Month!”  

Family Service Project March 4th 
All Lower School students and their families are invited to participate our Lenten family service project (FSP) on Sunday March 4th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room.  FSP is an extension of the fall fun fair and allows students to create projects for the underserved in our community.  Organizations and projects planned include the following:  300 sandwiches for 
363.org, soldier care packages and thumbprint cards for Operation Minnesota Nice, creating preschool activity bags for St. Joseph Home for Children, decorating grocery bags and creating fresh breath goodie bags for No Barriers Youth Food Shelf for homeless youth. 

Please sign up at www.mysignup.com/fspmarch4.

Virtus Training at PA May 8th

The final session for Virtus Training to take place at Providence Academy will be on May 8th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall.  Volunteers should register at Virtus Online

Sports Information
How to Receive Sports Communication
The best way from home to receive information about upcoming events and driving direction to away games is through the 
Providence Academy Website on the calendar link or under “schedule” in the athletics dropdown.  Additional information can be obtained by calling the sports hotline at (763) 258-2580, which is updated with daily athletics information and happenings.

Schedules & Directions to Away Events
Both schedules and directions to away events can be found on the 
Providence Academy Website on the calendar link or under “schedule” in the athletics dropdown.

Weather Related Cancellations
The sports hotline is updated with weather-related cancellations daily by 2:00 p.m.  Please call (763) 258-2580 for the most up-to-date information.  

Webcast America
Webcast America
 is the place to go this year to watch athletics online from home.  For ease of access, there is a link on the Providence Academy Website to the Webcast America site under the athletics dropdown.  All games and events on the site remain available to view for a calendar year.  Check out all the sports action you may have missed through Webcast America! 

Results
Looking for results for Providence Athletics teams?  Results can be found on 
Providence Academy Website in the calendar link under scores and standings.

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