Due to the continuing issues with our third party book distributor, the school has taken on the task of textbook ordering. The school will purchase the books and a textbook fee will be added to your FACTS account. By doing this as a school, we are able to offer savings to families. There will be a set fee per grade level for K-6 as the students all need the same books. For students in grades 7-12, the fees will be assessed by course (book costs are different for the courses). Here are a few other things that you need to know regarding textbooks for next year.
Some textbooks will not be the same for next year depending on the course. The majority of textbooks for K-6 are consumable, meaning, the students should be writing in them and therefore they must be purchased each year. We have adopted new textbooks for some subject areas, and will not be using others. Please do not purchase books from others based on the books used this year. Teachers have also requested that consumable books not be passed on, as the students may have already written in them, answered questions, highlighted, annotated and the teacher will teach those skills each year to the students (K-12).
Middle & Upper School
The school will purchase textbooks for students in grades 6 & 7. The school will purchase electronic books for all students in grades 8-12 (that are available in digital format) and the consumable books, novels, resource books, etc. As previously stated to upper school students, if a student changes courses during drop/add, they may be responsible for the cost of the book already ordered for the current course. We have tried to have schedules completed with changes so that this does not affect anyone. The cost of these books will match the courses chosen and will be charged to your FACTS account. This fee should be paid by August 1, 2020.
If your child is in grades 8-12 and prefers a physical copy of the electronic book, we will have the ISBN numbers of books that are available for you to procure on your own. This list will be available in the FACTS portal under resources. The students will still be provided with an electronic version.
We are working with vendors to offer the absolute lowest cost to our families and will pass this savings on to you. The fees for books will be added to your FACTS during the summer. Please plan to pay for this fee by August 1, 2020.
Returning/Selling Books from Last Year
The school previously communicated how to handle your books for the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Follett indicated that due to COVID- 19, rentals are not to be returned and you will not be charged for them. They are not offering a buyback service either at this time, however, you can find competitive rates to sell your books online utilizing Valore Books: https://www.valorebooks.com/sell-textbooks. Valore Books offers free shipping and check or PayPal payments. Please use this service to sell any books that are no longer needed.
All summer reading must be complete by the first day of school.
Summer Reading & Math
Download the Academic Calendar here.
Supply lists vary for each course and teacher. All Upper School teachers will have their supply lists available during Curriculum Night.
Required Calculator – Algebra 1 & Above (Grades 7-12)
This is a school-wide bulk purchase which includes the calculator, a TI-Nspire CX CAS II, and a two-year warranty.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program
Please read the BYOD requirements here.
Device Night will be announced later this summer. Device Night usually coincides with the Tax Free Weekend in August for significant savings.
Device Maintenance & Book Loading
Students who currently have devices will need to update their device before school. Instructions on Device Preparation will be sent out prior to Orientation. If you have questions, please contact the helpdesk.
Students in grades 8-12 will need to bring a fully charged device to the Middle & Upper School Prep Day.
Lower School Orientation (Grades K-5)
Monday, August 10, 2020
Book/Supply Grades 1-5
8:00 – 9:00 AM – Classrooms
Parent Orientation Grades K-2
3:30 – 4:30 PM – Classrooms
Parent Orientation Grades 3-5
4:30 – 5:30 PM – Classrooms
Middle & High School Prep Day
Friday, August 7, 2020
Student Prep Day on Friday, August 7, is for ALL Middle/High School students, both new and returning to Providence. All students will receive their ID badges and locker assignments. This time will be used for the students to bring all textbooks and supplies to school in order to set up their lockers. For IT assistance, students need to bring their devices. Additional information regarding device set-up and maintenance on current devices and book loading will be sent out in July. Device Night will be in August to coincide with the Tax-Free Back to School Sale.
New Student Orientation
All new 6th -12th-grade students and families
(Including all 6th-grade students & families)
8:30 – 10:00 AM
Returning 7th – 8th Grade Student Orientation
Returning 9th – 10th Grade Student Orientation
Returning 11th Grade Student Orientation
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Returning 12th Grade Student Orientation
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Middle & High School Curriculum Night – Grades 6-12
Monday, August 10, 2020
5:30 – 6:00 PM
PTP – Parent-Teacher Partnership Meeting
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Middle & High School Curriculum Night
All Middle & High School (Grades 6-12) families are invited to attend the Curriculum Night from 6:00-8:00 PM on Monday, August 10, 2020. Parents will have an opportunity to visit their students’ classrooms and meet their teachers.
Middle & High School Schedules – Grades 6-12
The 2020-2021 schedules for grades 6-12 are currently available in FACTS Family. Please note the order of classes may be adjusted over the summer due to continued enrollment. For assistance with your FACTS Family login and/or password, you can reset online. For Student Prep Day, August 7, 2020, you will need to access your schedule online, we will not have paper copies of the schedules. For questions regarding your schedules please contact the college counseling department.
Lower School (Grades K-5)
M, T, Th, Fri – 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Wed Early Release – 8:00 AM to 2:15 PM
Half-Day – 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Middle & High School (Grades 6-12)
M, T, Th, Fri – 8:00 AM to 3:15 PM
Wed Early Release – 8:00 AM to 2:39 PM
Half-Day – 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
The purpose of Early Release on Wednesdays is for Professional Development.
Summer Office Hours:
9:00 – 3:00 PM (Monday – Thursday)
Extended Day is offered to Lower, Middle, & High School students. Students have snack time, homework time, and free play inside and outside. Special on-campus activities are also scheduled throughout the year. On a normal school day, extended day is available from 2:50 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. On a half-day extended day is available from 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Middle & High School
Students are to be picked up from Providence no later than 3:45 p.m. It is vitally important that we know who is on campus and where our students are after the school day is completed. Therefore, after-school pickup will have a great emphasis placed upon it during the 2020-21 school year. Students who cannot be picked up by 3:45 PM will report to the Extended Day Program, and a fee may be charged to the student’s account. The exception to this rule is athletics. Athletes should be with their coaches until picked up by their parents. Thank you for cooperating with this important safety procedure for our students.
Please remember we are a school and have students walking in the driving and parking areas. We ask that you drive as if your child is in the parking lot. Speeding, illegally passing cars and cutting through parking spaces is not allowed as this seriously increases the chances of an accident. We ask that you refrain from the use of mobile devices while in the carpool lanes. Traffic is especially heavy at peak times (20 minutes before and after the start and dismissal of school). Remember that the first week is always particularly hectic, so we do ask for your patience as our parents become acquainted with the traffic pattern. Please allow extra time in your schedule for drop off during the first week. There are three lanes for carline:
All vehicles dropping off a K-2 grader should enter from the North entrance and drop off in the lane closest to the building following the red dashed line.
All other vehicles may enter from the North or the South entrance and follow the blue lines.
- If entering from the North with 3-12 graders any of the three lanes may be used.
- If entering from the South only the lane going through the parking lot may be used.
All lanes have designated drop off locations – please proceed to the next available location to drop of students. For the safety of all our students, when vehicles are in stopped in the appropriate spots there should be about 6 feet between the back of one car and the front of another.
All lanes have designated drop off locations. Please proceed to the next available location to drop off students. For the safety of all of our students, when vehicles are stopped in the appropriate spots, there should be 6 feet between the back of one car and the front of another. Parents wanting to park for drop-off or pick-up must park in the designated lots and cross and at the designated crosswalks.
We appreciate your assistance in keeping everyone in the Providence family safe during the carline.
Maps and traffic flow patterns are given out during Parent Orientation and will be available on-line. Please observe the “No Parking” in the fire lanes or the lanes in front of the school. Please always use the designated crosswalks. Students are watching for role models.
To find out about the latest news and events happening at Providence, please see the News section of the website for the latest news.
Sports physicals will not be done at the school this year. Please refer to the Athletic Resources page for all necessary forms and have your physician complete the necessary forms. All athletes must have a completed physical and other necessary forms in order to participate in athletics at Providence.