Welcome Back to School!

  • Dear Providence Elementary Families, 

    Welcome to another school year at Providence Elementary. We look forward to starting the 2019-2020 school year. For those of you that are like me, and are new to our school, I hope you are excited to join such an amazing group of students and community. Our teachers and staff always have the students best interest in mind. Their hard work and caring approach to education create an inclusive culture that makes Providence Elementary a great place to learn. We work together to maintain and strengthen this culture while keeping the students at the center of our focus.   

    This is my first year as the principal of Providence. I taught entry level French classes at Utah State University for three semesters before joining Davis School District in 2010. I taught 3rd grade for seven years and have been in administration for the past three years. I am excited to return to Cache Valley and to work in such an amazing community. My main responsibility is to ensure that every student has access to the best education possible. I do my best to create an environment where kindness is the norm. I love interacting with the kids, whether in classrooms, recess, the lunchroom, or in the hallways. Helping these kids succeed as well as helping them to realize that they can work through challenges is what makes this job so satisfying. I hope to create positive relationships with each student and with you. It is important for me to have every interaction with the students be a positive one. I have the best job in the world because of them. 

    I am excited to get to know all of you a little more this year. I have heard that this community is very supportive and loves to be involved. I couldn’t ask for a better situation for my first year as a principal. I look forward to being involved with the PTA, School Community Council, and other important organizations. I know that many of you cannot volunteer your time at school, and that you provide support in many other ways. I wish to join you in working towards what is best for your students. I am always open to suggestions and input on how we can improve. Please feel free to contact me at anytime.

    Each new school year brings change, we would like to welcome the following teachers to Providence: 

    • Emily Griffiths, 2nd Grade DLI English
    • Caroline Gustin, 4th Grade DLI French

    Dear Families, My name is Caroline Gustin, and I will be the 4th grade French teacher. I'm French, happy, and have been a school teacher since 2003. In France, I taught in many schools and in every grade. Each experience was an opportunity to meet different personalities of students and to improve my teaching skills. I also have experience teaching in a foreign country. From 2008 to 2010, my husband and I taught in a middle school in Burkina Faso, in West Africa. It was an amazing experience for us, and I'm very glad to start a new experience with our family, since we are the happy parents of three. 

    I'm very excited to start this school year as the 4th grade French teacher at Providence Elementary. I will work hard to teach your children with kindness and happiness, seeking to improve their confidence in themselves, and in each other, in order to lead them to success. I'm looking forward to meeting you!

    • Florent Gustin, 5th Grade DLI French

    I'm Florent Gustin. I am married and have three children. I am from the North East of France near Metz. I have been a school teacher for fifteen years in France. The last year, I taught in 5th grade.

    I also have professional experience abroad. I worked for two years in Burkina Faso (Africa) in a middle school. I was a teacher of mathematics and science.

    The DLI program is exciting! The quality and the seriousness of this program for language learning at this school are important to me. I am very excited to join the school team.

    Dear 5th grade students and families, I look forward to meeting you and I am happy to share this year with you.

    • Cody Lind, 6th Grade 

    I grew up in Dayton, Idaho where I graduated from West Side High School.  I received my degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University. After graduating, I received a job as a math teacher at Bonneville Academy in Tooele County. My wife and I quickly realized we missed Cache Valley so we moved back last year.  I met my wife in 2014 while at USU. We married later that year. We now have two children, Ava who will be 3 in October and Gavin who was born in June of this year.  

    I look forward to teaching your children Math and Science this upcoming school year!


    Dates to remember:

    • August 20th - Back to School Night @ 5:30-6:30. It will be an open-house format
    • August 21st - First Day of School for 1st-6th grade 
    • August 27th - First Day of School for Kindergarten 
    • September 2nd - Labor Day, no school
    • September 16th - Picture Day


    School Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:15-3:35, Friday 9:15-2:20

    In the interest of safety, please do not drop off your children before 8:45, as there is no supervision before that time. Students should be picked up from school by 3:45 on Monday-Thursday and by 2:35 on Friday. 


    Arrival Times and Attendance:

    Our school day begins at 9:15 every day. Please be sure to have your child/children here on time. Each teacher starts the day with important curriculum based practices. Consistently tardy students miss essential building block skills throughout the year. Students who have excessive absences also miss critical instruction. Please help them be as successful as possible by having them in attendance as much as possible. All students who arrive after 9:15 must sign in at the office. If your child will not be present, please call and inform our school office at (435) 752-6010. 


    Meal Prices and Menus:

    This year, school lunch will cost $2.05. Breakfast will be served from 8:45-9:15 and will cost $1.40.  Free lunch applications are available online and in the office.


    Drop off and Pick Up:

    For drop off/pick up information, please refer to the plan included in the packet you will receive at Back to School Night. 

    Providence has many students who walk to school, which brings extra challenges with drop off and pick up. Please show patience and respect to other drivers, crossing guards, and school faculty. We can all work together to keep your kids safe! In response to the crowded drop-off zone, we have received permission for students to be dropped off in the church parking lot to the north of the school. Please join in the effort to keep our students safe! 


    Bike Safety:

    If your student rides a bike to school, please make sure they walk their bikes across the street and have bike lock. 


    I hope you will all join me in working to make this a great year at Providence Elementary!


    Principal Jeff Keck