Volume 15| December 8, 2019
Middle School News
Parents, Come Meet Middle School Head Candidate Finalists

This week Roycemore will be hosting three finalists for the Middle School Head position. One is from another Chicago area school and the other two are from out of town. We encourage you to come meet the finalists and provide input to help us select the very best candidate to lead and serve our Middle School.

The two opportunities each day to meet and provide feedback:
8:30am-9:30am & 2:40pm- 3:30pm

Mon. Dec. 9- Deanna McBeath
Tues. Dec. 10- Adrienne Floro
Wed. Dec. 11- John Carpenter

Semester Exams

FINALS WEEK: TUESDAY 12/17- FRIDAY 12/20

Some Middle School students in world language and math classes will have semester exams next week. While semester exams is a given for Upper School students, for many Middle School students, this will be some thing new. Students should communicate closely with their teachers to ensure they are prepared for exams. If parents have a concern, feel free to reach out to the teacher or advisor.

Students who are not taking exams should plan to attend regular classes. Those students who are taking an exam and missing a middle school class, will be excused from that class and the teacher will be flexible and supportive regarding any missing assignments. A couple of students have two exams on the same day. These students will not be required to attend their other classes that day. Below is the schedule:

Wed. 12/18- 8:30-10:30 am ("C" Block Finals)- Euclidean Geometry & Alg I
Wed. 12/18 11:15-1:15 pm ("F" Block Finals)-French I & Spanish I
Thurs. 12/19 8:30-10:30 am ("D" Block Finals)- Applied Geometry
Thurs. 12/19 11:15-1:15 pm ("B" Block Finals)- Spanish II, Pottery


One very important reminder about scheduling: except in the case of illness verified by a doctor, students will not be given the option to take a final exam either early or late due to absence, and a student who does not take the final as scheduled may receive a zero for that exam. We appreciate your help in making sure students are here and ready for finals, including getting enough sleep so their brain works most optimally. 


Astounding!!
What a wonderful performance by our middle school students last Friday for Winter Program. Many thanks to all of the families who came out to support the students. it was a standing room only crowd to hear our singers and watch our trumblers! Congratulations on a great show!
Many Ways to Approach Math...

In Mrs. Malkinson's Math Expressions class, the students were given a number of topics about decimals and chose one to explain using any format they wanted. 
Please Participate in Toys for Tots
(deadline this FRIDAY)

Roycemore's Junior National Honor Society is sponsoring the annual Toys for Tots Drive through December 13th. This drive is organized nationally by the Marines to help those less fortunate and deliver a message of hope to children for the holidays. Students and families are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy and place it in one of the three bins around the school.  

This Friday... Roycemore's Hour of Code Celebration!

Friday, Dec. 13, 3:15-4:30 p.m.

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, December 9 to 13, we will be offering coding activities school-wide in classes all week, culminating in an Hour of Code Celebration for students, families, and faculty in the Multipurpose Room on Friday 12/13. The Hour of Code is a global effort to introduce computer programming to millions of people.  RSVP & read more here.
 
Questions? Contact Beth Shutters at 847-866-6055 or  eshutters@roycemoreschool.org .
Tomorrow's Middle School Social Outing- Christkindlmarket

Tomorrow's social outing embraces the holiday theme. It is a trip to the Christkindlmarket - Gallagher Way on December 9th, and will include ice skating! We hope even more students join! To RSVP for your child, click here .


MIDDLE SCHOOL RECESS: Yes, the Middle School students do still have recess!! and w e encourage the students to get outside at recess. They have the choice to either go outside to Alexander Park or to the Zone area- but no technology-- good old fashioned ping pong, Jenga or other games are encouraged. Please make sure your children have  jackets, hats, gloves, snow pants (if appropriate) and boots  so they are prepared. It's great for everyone to be active and we encourage it, but they need to have proper clothing to participate.
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Sports and Clubs this coming week!!*
Mon:
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Middle School Social outing to Christkindlmarket

Tues:   
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • MS Boys Basketball- HOME game vs. Hillel Torah 4:45pm

Wed:
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Robotics Club- 3:30-4:30pm
  • MS Boys Basketball 3:30-4:15pm

Thurs:
  • Virtual Reality: Video Game Programming & Design 2:00-3:00pm 
  • Math Club 2:15-3:15pm
  • Chess Club  3:00-4:00 pm
  • Fencing 3:15-4:15pm
  • Community Yoga 5:00-6:00pm
  • MS Boys Basketball GAME AWAY vs. Chiaravalle 4:00pm
  • MS Girls Basketball practice 5th-7th Intramural Game 3:00pm
  • MS Girls Basketball GAME HOME 4:00pm 7th & 8th v. Chiaravalle

Fri:
  • Drama/ Improv: 3:30-4:30pm
  • MS Boys Basketball 3:30-4:30pm
New Baking Club
Starting in January!!

We're excited to announce a new Baking Club hosted by HandCut's Own, Chef Lily on Tuesdays after school starting January 14th! Chef Lily is a trained pastry chef and is looking forward to sharing her expertise with Roycemore Middle School students. Space is limited, download the flyer attached below to learn more and to register.

Upcoming Dates
Parents Meet Middle School Head Candidate Finalists
Two opportunities each day to meet and provide feedback:
8:30am-9:30am & 2:40pm- 3:30pm

Mon. Dec. 9- Deanna McBeath
Tues. Dec. 10- Adrienne Floro
Wed. Dec. 11- John Carpenter

 Middle School Social Outing


Middle School Chorus- Retirement Home Performances
Fri. Dec. 13th- 10:15 am-2:30pm

Hour of Code
Fri. Dec. 13th- 3:15pm-4:30pm MPR

Wassail- Friday Dec. 20
Fri. Dec. 20-2:00-3:15 Wassail

Wednesday Welcome!
Does your child have a special talent to share with our community? Each Wednesday morning during drop-off time, we invite a Roycemore student to share their talent with our community. Please email Adrianne Finley Odell if your child would like to volunteer to be a featured performer!
Thanks to Hayley N., last week's Wednesday Welcome performer who shared her trumpet skills with families during drop off time.
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)
SHOW YOUR GRIFFIN SPIRIT!!
Please visit our online store at    www.roycemoreschool.org/schoolstore    to get   wonderful items to wear and use. I know you will all love what the RFA has chosen.  There are COOL NEW items available that you will love!! And they make great holiday gifts!!!