Dear Providence Families,
As COVID-19 continues to impact our day-to-day activities, we want you to know that we are prepared for this and other communicable diseases that may have an impact moving into the 2020 school year. We encourage all families to review our Communicable Diseases Policy and let us know if you have any questions.
While our lives have drastically changed in the past 72 hours, let’s help our children see a heart of service to those that may be struggling more than us – senior citizens. The majority of the elderly population in our society has made (or been forced to make) the decision to quarantine. With this wise decision comes an increased amount of loneliness as most residents of nursing homes cannot have visitors. Therefore, we are encouraging all Providence families to create a card and mail it to a person they know who may be struggling with loneliness, anxiety, or depression during this time. Not sure who to mail it to? Mail it to the local nursing home. The card will be delivered at the exact right time.
Below are three (3) easy steps to have your rising Providence Preschooler (JK and K) or Grammar School student (1st – 6th) complete the activity. Trust us, this will be a win-win for all – the parent, child, receiver of the card, and our great God.
NOTE: All of the italicized words are teachable moments, depending on grade level. For older students, have them read the instructions and complete the project on their own by writing a formal letter.
Choose your backdrop
Find a piece of construction paper, notebook paper, or printer paper. Lay the paper horizontally and fold it in half from left to right. Draw a picture of a person (i.e. individual or family), location (i.e. home, farm, sunset, beach), dream, passage of Scripture, or memory. Be sure to leave room for the message. Younger students may want to include stickers or other decoration. Be sure to allow their creativity to shine.
Write a message
JK & K: The message could be pre-written for them to trace.
1st – 2nd: The message could be written by the parent on a separate paper and posted for the student to practice copywork.
3rd – 6th: Students should create and write the message with little to no help.
With the exception of Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten, the card should be written letter-style with a date, recipient’s name (“Dear ________”) or formal greeting (“Hello”) if the card is for a nursing home), body/message, closing word or line (i.e. “Sincerely” or “I am praying for you”) and the sender’s signature.
Below is a short list of encouraging Scriptures on fear, God’s omniscience, and salvation that you may want to include in your letter.
Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 46:1; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 John 4:18; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 24:1; Revelation 1:17; Psalm 9:9-10
Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Acts 3:15; John 5:24; Matthew 9:6-8; Matthew 19:25-26; Isaiah 26:3-4
Encourage first through sixth grade students to write Scripture directly from their Bible rather than an app.
Mail your card!
- ______ Addressee
- ______ Addresser
- ______ Stamp
- ______ Flag up
Mailing the card may be the most crucial and confusing part of completing the “Create a Card” service project. Changes in technology has all but eliminated the need for direct mail. Use the list below to teach your student about the steps of mailing a letter.
- Addressee: Who is receiving the letter? Write this in the middle of the envelope.
- Addresser: Who is sending the letter? Write this left aligned at the top of the envelope.
- Place the stamp on the upper right hand corner of the envelope. Don’t forget to seal the envelope.
- When putting the letter in a mailbox, don’t forget to raise the flag to ensure the mailman knows it is outgoing.
Have your third through sixth grade student use the checklist on the left to make sure every step is completed.
Take pictures while your family is creating their card(s) and by the mailbox when they are finished. Send them to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post on social media with #ProvidenceServingTifton. We are excited to see your family working together to share the hope of our Savior!
Soli deo Gloria!
Victoria Harris, Head of School
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