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Four Guns, A Fire, and a Mudslide

January 19, 2018 by Scott Lisea | Posted In: Articles, Head of School, Recess and Rhetoric
Four Guns, A Fire, and a Mudslide

  Recently, my wife, Jamie, was clearing unwanted clothing from her side of our closet and she uncovered four guns. Yes, guns. No, Jamie is not a hunter, nor is she a gun enthusiast. No NRA stickers on her Toyota. Jamie is the mother of three boys, and over the years if she didn’t like… read more »

Providence Opens Classrooms to Evacuees – Free for one month

January 16, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Elementary School, General Information, In the Press, Middle School, Preschool
Providence Opens Classrooms to Evacuees – Free for one month

In an effort to support families with children currently enrolled in preschools, elementary schools, and middle schools in the areas impacted by the Montecito mudflows, Providence is opening all classrooms with available space free of charge for a month. For more information, please contact Angie West, Director of Preschool and Lower School Admission (ages 3… read more »

Dr. Lisea Addresses the Community Regarding the Impact of the Mudslide Disaster

January 12, 2018 by Scott Lisea | Posted In: Head of School
Dr. Lisea Addresses the Community Regarding the Impact of the Mudslide Disaster

Dear Providence Community My heart grieves for our entire community, particularly for each family who has suffered a loss in this week’s tragic natural disaster. Some of us lost a family member or a friend. Homes have washed away. The mountains literally fell into the sea…You may be safe but isolated in a community without… read more »

POSTPONED: “High Pressure and High Anxiety” with Matt Long

January 12, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, Events, High School, Middle School
POSTPONED: “High Pressure and High Anxiety” with Matt Long

The Providence Presents seminar originally scheduled for January 18 is postponed to a future date. When rescheduled, the new date will be posted on this website.   Matt Long’s presentation will be of great interest for all parents of children who become anxious under pressure or obsess over test scores and grades. Providence is pleased… read more »

“Make Up” Winter Concert – CANCELED

January 10, 2018 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Arts, Events, Student Life
“Make Up” Winter Concert – CANCELED

Due to the disruption of the tragic mudslides in Montecito, the Winter Concert originally scheduled for Friday, January 12, has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.   

School Closed until January 3

December 7, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: General Information, Uncategorized
School Closed until January 3

UPDATE – Providence is closed until January 3 due to compromised air quality as a result of the Thomas Fire and the scheduled Christmas Break. All activities, including the Service of Lessons and Carols, are canceled. “We have been monitoring air quality, and conferring with fire department officials, and, just as SB Unified School District… read more »

A Wicked Heart? Without God, #metoo

November 17, 2017 by Scott Lisea | Posted In: Articles, Head of School
A Wicked Heart? Without God, #metoo

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”  Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV) Is there a more offensive message to the human ego than this blunt revelation that we are deceitful and wicked? Not just ordinarily wicked—we are desperately wicked.  People fall into two camps: those who resist this message as offensive… read more »

Students Hit the Streets in Community Service

November 7, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Elementary School, Events, High School, Middle School, Student Life
Students Hit the Streets in Community Service

Wednesday, November 8, is Philia Project Day. Every year, the entire Providence School dedicates a day to community service. This event is called the Philia Project. Philia is one of four Greek words for “love” and this project allows students, Grades K –12, to demonstrate both their love for their school and for their community. According… read more »

Honoring Our Nation’s Veterans

November 7, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, Elementary School, Events, Student Life
Honoring Our Nation’s Veterans

Thursday, November 9, Providence Lower School students (grades K-6) will honor our nation’s veterans at an annual Veterans Day Assembly. Students will serve attending veterans refreshments at 12:30 pm and the assembly will begin  at 12:45 pm in Luther Hall (3723 Modoc Road), adjacent to the Providence Lower School campus.  During the assembly, students will perform a delightful medley… read more »

ONEderful Night Returns

October 25, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Events
ONEderful Night Returns

ONEderful Night, a celebration of Providence’s past, present, and future, is planned for Thursday, November 16, at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion. “God is on the move at Providence,” says Dr. Scott Lisea, head of school, “and this event gives the members of our Providence family an opportunity to share how their lives have been shaped… read more »

Kylie Brown Named National Merit Commended

October 13, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, Athletics, High School, In the Press, Student Life
Kylie Brown Named National Merit Commended

Senior Kylie Brown has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. She is among the top three percent of scorers throughout the nation being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. A student at Providence, A Santa Barbara Christian School since kindergarten, Kylie is planning a career in either electrical or… read more »

Providence Co-Hosting QCommons – October 26

October 12, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Events
Providence Co-Hosting QCommons – October 26

Providence is partnering with Oceanhills Church to co-sponsor Q Commons on Thursday, October 26. This event is the brain child of Gabe Lyons (Providence Forum speaker from last spring) and provides people around the country (and the globe) to gather and engage with important topics.    This event’s national speakers, appearing by live video, are David… read more »

He Had No Religion

October 5, 2017 by Scott Lisea | Posted In: Head of School, Recess and Rhetoric
He Had No Religion

Like everyone else, I have no idea how to process the Las Vegas massacre. There seems to be nothing to understand or categorize about a senseless shooting that took so many lives and as of yet, for no apparent purpose, statement, or cause. We live in sick times when we would find it more palatable… read more »

Providence Presents: Demystifying the College Admission Process – 10/17

October 4, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Academics, Did You Know, Events, High School
Providence Presents:  Demystifying the College Admission Process – 10/17

 Finding the “right fit.” Getting in to the “right” college. Taking the ACT or SAT—or both. Applying for scholarships and financial aid. Going on college visits. Writing the college essay. The college admissions process can feel daunting and complex. But it doesn’t have to.  With a four-year, comprehensive approach to college counseling, Providence guides students… read more »

Engineering Classes Prove Popular in Middle School

October 2, 2017 by Admin | Posted In: Academics, Articles, Engineering Academy, Middle School
Engineering Classes Prove Popular in Middle School

MS Engineering: The First Month The popularity of the middle school engineering program at Providence has really taken off this year; for the first time, we will be admitting eighteen students in both first and second semester! It’s our largest class size yet for this program, which is exciting. But what exactly, I hear you… read more »

Music and Movement for Young Children – FREE Class

September 28, 2017 by Elaine Rottman | Posted In: Events, Preschool
Music and Movement for Young Children – FREE Class

Providence Preschool is offering a free Movement and Music class for children ages 2-5 on Thursday, October 12, from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm. Children do not need to be enrolled at Providence Preschool to attend. Miss Paige will lead children in activities incorporating parachutes, balls, scarves, and more, all performed to music. Following the verbal… read more »

Becoming Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

September 28, 2017 by Scott Lisea | Posted In: Academics, Articles, Head of School, Recess and Rhetoric
Becoming Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

My wife, Jamie, and I have fallen into a very comfortable Sunday morning routine before heading to church. We rise early; our Labrador, Henri Nouwen, brings us the newspaper; we brew good coffee; we sit next to one another under blankets reading the news and watching “CBS Sunday Morning.” It is cozy, peaceful, and comfortable…. read more »

Loving God Is a Love Story

September 13, 2017 by Scott Lisea | Posted In: Recess and Rhetoric
Loving God Is a Love Story

I have worked myself up in a sweat again; this time, while speaking at chapel to our Providence Lower School students. I don’t know why I chose to wear a jacket on this unseasonably warm day. It makes it hard to wildly gesticulate. Afterward,  I stood by the door, giving high fives to students as… read more »

Teaching Students What to Think

September 13, 2017 by Max Beers | Posted In: Libertas Scholars
Teaching Students What to Think

Teaching Students What to Think By Bruce Rottman, Libertas Scholars Program Coordinator   I’ve often heard people say that teachers should “teach students how to think, not what to think.”  That claim is neither possible nor virtuous. Instead, teachers need to think about how to teach students what to think. Let’s assume I am investigating… read more »

Wild West Town – Completed

September 13, 2017 by Max Beers | Posted In: Engineering Academy
Wild West Town – Completed

If you’ve visited the Providence Lower Campus in the last couple of weeks, you might have noticed an exciting new development in the Grove. Lo and behold, the Providence Engineering Academy has completed its children’s playground project—and just in time for the new year!   The completed project, in place at the Lower Campus Grove For… read more »



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