Volume 4 | September 6, 2020
Upper School News
Good Morning Upper School Families,

This morning, I would like to share a quick story from this past week that I believe embodies our community so well. In the (slightly abridged) words of Paul Chanan, one of our fabulous new PE teachers...

"Both US and MS are currently in a volleyball PE unit. Unfortunately, due to Covid-based restrictions, we cannot play real volleyball. So, the kids are playing a modified version called Newcomb volleyball.

We have a very wide range of athleticism in all these classes, as well as a wide range in terms of competitive mindset. It is probably the widest range I have ever witnessed. You might expect the more naturally gifted athletes to basically "run over' those with lesser skills, even if they weren't particularly poor sports about it. That really hasn't been the case here, due to what I can only describe as many random acts of kindness (maybe not so random...):
1. Many of the athletes regularly give up opportunities to dominate to instead pass the ball to those who aren't as skilled, so that those kids get several chances to compete. This despite lowering that team's chances of winning.

2. Several times I have seen situations when athletes give up their place in the game to defer to a less skilled athlete. This is pretty unique in team games.

3. When a less skilled player makes a mistake, the more skilled athletes give that player positive verbal reinforcement. That goes a long way toward building confidence among lesser skilled athletes.

This has been a refreshing experience, and one I have rarely seen without having to do a lot of intentional teaching about sportsmanship and empathy. Those concepts appear to be ingrained here at an early age, and I wanted to let you know how rare and impressive that is."

There is a LOT happening this coming week. Please be sure to keep reading below!

Yours Truly,
Stefanie Rivera
Upper School Division Head
Clubs and Sports
  • US after school activities start up this week! All students on teams and in clubs that are running have been contacted and instructed to report to their designated locations. Have fun everyone!

  • This Tuesday during EAGLE Hour, Juniors will meet with our new college counselor, Mr. Robert, for their first college meeting. Juniors will be dismissed after this meeting. All other students will have a 2pm dismissal.

Picture Day
  • Wednesday is picture day! Of course, with all health and safety measures in place. Bring those wonderful smiles! Flyer included below.

Curriculum Night
  • This Thursday is our annual Curriculum Night (formerly known as Miniature School). This year, it will be conducted on Zoom. Parents, please plan to join us from 5:45-7:35pm. This is your chance to meet your student's teachers and learn more about what they are learning! You will follow your child's Friday Schedule, as all classes meet on Fridays. All links and the schedule will be provided in a separate communication in the next few days.

Picnic-Mandatory Fun!
  • Our annual US picnic is happening this Friday from 12-3pm. Even with social distancing, I am sure fun will be had by all. This is a mandatory event and all students will be dismissed after clean-up, around 3pm.

Midquarter Reports
  • Friday the 18th marks our first Midquarter. Midquarter reports will go out the following week for all new students and any student with a C- or lower. Students can still work on getting in any missing work before Friday!
Literary Magazine
Our Lit. Mag. is up and running! Students-please send any and all submissions to litmag@roycemoreschool.org. Stories, photos, artwork, etc...all submissions are welcome!

Roycemore Swag/Gear
Please visit our online store at  www.roycemoreschool.org/schoolstore  to get wonderful items to wear and use.  There are new items available that you will love!!

Hand Cut Foods
IMPORTANT! If you opted in to Hand Cut Foods-you MUST order your lunch each week. If you do not place an order, they will NOT automatically prepare a meal for you. Today is the deadline to do so! If you have not done so already, please go to your Roycemore email and follow the instructions sent by Hand Cut.

Student Medical Records & Immunizations
Health-related examinations and immunization requirements are due no later than October 15. Roycemore School must adhere to the current requirements as per 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1, and all students enrolled in school should show proof of appropriate grade-level requirements.   Required physicals must be completed on the Certificate of Child Health Exam Form (completed in its entirety with required signatures). This form is acceptable to meet the requirements for a sports physical, but an IESA/IHSA sports physical form may not be used to fulfill the child health examination. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/forms/certificate-ofchild-health-examination-03032017.pdf
In addition to the Illinois requirements, we are highly encouraging everyone to get the flu shot this year. With the symptoms of COVID being very similar to the flu, it will help ensure students and teachers are not restricted from school for extended periods of time and keep our community healthy.

If you know your student will be absent on an upcoming day due to a medical appointment, college visit or other needed reason, please be sure to email: attendance@roycemoreschool.org. Students who will miss school should also take a form to their teachers for signatures and to get information on any classes they will miss. Forms are available in the Upper School office.

To view all events please visit our calendar at the following link: roycemoreschool.org/calendar.