Volume 21| February 2, 2020
Middle School News
Lunar New Year Celebration, Tuesday, 10:15-11am
As part of our ongoing effort to embrace and celebrate the diversity of cultures in our community, on Tuesday we will celebrate the Year of the Rat. A school-wide presentation about Lunar New Year festivities in China and the Twelve Zodiac Animals will be led by our international students. Lower School students with their US and MS Griffin Buddies will learn about the personality characteristics of their zodiac animal and work on an art project. They will then proceed to the Library, where Ms. Gonzalez will read them a story about the Lunar New Year. While the Lower School students enjoy story time, Middle and Upper School will have the opportunity to try their hand at Chinese calligraphy, and/or test their mettle with the Chinese shuttlecock.
Our Beautiful Community

One of the benefits of having a school that spans ages from 3 to 18 is the opportunity to have mixed age group activities and mentoring. RAPS is a program that matches upper school students with middle school students for mentoring and friendship. This past week middle school students met up with their RAPS mentors for a fun, engaging activity exploring preferences by engaging in a group "kahoot" quiz.

Seventh and 8th grade Humanities is beginning to discuss the Civil Rights Movement and the teachers of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They are reading his essay, An Experiment In Love , in which he expressed the six characteristics of non-violent protest. They have also begun reading Dear Martin in which a young man in modern times writes letters to Dr. King in which he talks about the difficulties of growing up as a person of color.

6th grade has begun reading Shooting Kabul --- with Robi helping teach us all about the G in the GRAPES of Afghanistan.

5th grade has begun reading The Egypt Game.
Lots of Fun on the Ski Trip

The 23 students and 7 adults that headed to Wisconsin Friday afternoon and evening to ski at Wilmot had a great time. Those who were new to skiing or needed to polish up on their skills before hitting the slopes were able to participate in a ski lesson while others got their gear on and headed straight for the chair lifts. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to connect and socialize outside of the classroom, learning some new skills and enjoying the great weather! Thanks so much to the chaperones who joined us!!
Fifth Grade French

Les Boucliers

Who are you? What are you about? What do you value? These are some of the questions the fifth graders explored with Madame Michaelson as they designed their own shields. The projects were completed and then presented entirely in French.

This month's HOUSE competition was Dodge ball- a perennial favorite! Congratulations to Grand Griffin that won "Call of Duty" and to Goldstein who won the 5/6 and 7/8 knockout!

Picking up from a discussion prior to Experience Week on "Begin with the End in Mind," during Homeroom and Advisory last week discussions and activities focused on getting organized for success. Students worked on a personal success plan for the third quarter, discussed study skills and strategies, and continued working on their personal mission statements that they began working on prior to Experience Week.
Engineering Exploration Opportunity for Middle School Girls
At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) works to provide opportunities for girls to explore engineering. SWE would invites participation in its annual outreach event, Engineering Exploration, for middle school girls (6th-8th grade) to explore engineering.

When considering course schedules or applying to college, many people recommend that students with an interest in math and science consider engineering. However, without an opportunity to learn more about the different areas of engineering prior to starting high school and college, it can be difficult for students to discover whether they have an interest in engineering.

The event, themed "Engineering Around the World" will include activities which demonstrate the focus of different fields of engineering as well as activities which emphasize the multidisciplinary aspects of engineering. Through the event, middle school girls will have the opportunity to interact with current engineering students and learn more about the University of Illinois’s engineering program.

Engineering Exploration will be held on Saturday, February 22nd from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. at Loomis Laboratory (1110 West Green St., Urbana IL 61801). Registration is currently open  and will close February 15th. There will be a $5 registration fee, which includes the cost of lunch and a T-shirt. See the flyer linked in this newsletter for more information.

Plan Ahead for Summer for your Middle School Student
Wondering how to fill your child's summer with great experiences? We are offering great new two-week camps this year specific for Middle School Students!

  • Mrs. Milner and Mr. Stanley are teaming up to offer a camp that will involve travel around the Chicago area- "When the City is Your Campus"! Sites will include well-known ones such as Navy Pier and a White Sox game as well as lesser-known ones such as Oz Park, creating a documentary in the process.

  • Dr. Dudek is offering a Robotics Camp, designing and building robots using Lego Mindstorms EV platform. They will write control software and incorporate motors, sensors and LEGO Technic bricks to create robots capable of autonomously navigating multiple challenges and tasks.

  • Mrs. Hecht is offering Studio Art camps to further explore drawing, painting and prints.

To learn more go to the Roycemore website under student life

Registration opens TOMORROW- Monday Feb. 3rd!
Please note-Important Change of Date-Palio!
Thank goodness our beloved Jessi Wunder is making great progress! To allow her healing time, please note the following:
  • Palio will take place on Thursday May 21st, NOT March 20th, and will be combined with Spring Show (already scheduled for that date) 
  • The Lower School will begin at 6pm and the Middle and Upper School will begin at 7:30pm
  • The Roycemore Family Association will plan a community meal prior to Palio-- information to be shared at a later date.
  • There will be NO early dismissal on March 20th as previously planned, and NO early dismissal on May 21st.

Please be sure to update your calendars!
Sports and Activities this coming week!!
  • Board and Video Game Club 3:30-4:30pm
  • Homework Club 3:30-4:20pm

  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Girls Basketball practice 3:30-4:30pm

  • Girls Basketball GAME vs. NSCD HOME 4:15pm
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Robotics Club- 3:30-4:30pm

  • Math Club 2pm
  • Community Yoga 5:00-6:00pm
  • Girls Basketball Tournament

  • Improv Club 3:30-4:30pm
Upcoming Dates

  • Feb. 4th- All-School Lunar New Year Celebration- 10:15am
  • Feb. 14th- NO SCHOOL- Faculty Professional Development Day
  • Feb. 17th- NO SCHOOL- Presidents' Day
  • Feb. 27th- Student-Led Conferences 2pm-7:30pm
  • Feb. 28th- NO SCHOOL- Student-Led Conferences
  • Mar. 2nd.- Priority Sliding Scale Application Deadline

Middle School Community Guidelines
We will create a community in Roycemore’s middle school based on RESPECT. We will respect ourselves, our space, and our peers. In doing so, we will assume the best intentions of others and create a space where we are welcomed, feel we belong, and are known!
(created by representatives from each grade 2019-20)
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