Volume 15| December 1, 2019
Middle School News
Mayoral Recognition!!
Last month Middle School Art Club students worked with Ms. Hecht to create holiday card art creations to submit as part of Evanston Mayor, Steve Hagerty's, second annual Holiday Card Art Contest. Congratulations to Lenora S. who's creation of an arctic fox received finalist recognition and will be on the Mayor's website for people to purchase in support of a non-profit! Lenora was honored with a student from another school whose art also received finalist recognition. They got to meet with Mayor Hagerty at his office and received a special memento for the occasion. Well Done Lenora!!
7th & 8th Art

Middle Schoolers explore a specific kind of art each year. In addition to studying and discussing various artists and movements, students work closely with the art instructor to build skills and create pieces using a variety of materials within each media. They begin to think critically about art and evaluate their own work and that of others.

Recently, 7th & 8th grade art students created linocut prints inspired by artist Keith Haring. Haring specialized in graffiti-like art and became famous in the 1980s after creating drawings in New York City subways that included line drawings of people and dogs.
Still Seeking a few Mentors for P3!

A key aspect of our P3 (Personal Passion Projects) program is that we pair each project up with an adult mentor from our community. The mentor offers advice, encouragement, and support. The mentor time commitment can be as little as a few emails back and forth with the student, or as much as a few in-person meetings and actual hands-on help. 

Many thanks to those who have responded to offer their expertise as a mentor. We still have a few projects for which we are still seeking mentors. If you have experience in any of the following areas, or know someone who does, please email Beth Shutters or fill out this form to let us know. We’d love to get you connected to P3!

  • Dog training
  • Animation (particularly women in animation)
  • Hockey 
  • Game design (either board or video games)
  • Helping victims of domestic violence



PLEASE BEGIN TALKING WITH YOUR CHILD
ABOUT PLANS FOR EXPERIENCE WEEK

During Experience Week in January (21st-24th) all classes will be suspended and students will be solely focusing on their P3 projects. Parents are encouraged to begin talking with their children about how they might like to spend that time. Depending on the student's P3 project, they might want to sign up for a class, shadow an expert in the field of work related to their project, visit a place that has a connection to their project focus, or simply work on their project at school. School will be open that week with activities being planned for students that have not organized other activities in support of their project. This is not a week to simply stay home. In the coming weeks we will be working individually with students to talk with them about their plans for Experience Week. These will need to be signed off by each of their parents. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Beth Shutters .
Grandparents & Special Friends Enjoy Going "Back to School"


Roycemore played host to a record crowd of Grandparents and Special Friends last week for a morning filled with music, tumbling and an intergenerational conversation. The morning began in the MPR with choral performances by students of all ages including our Middle School chorus. Then our visitors enjoyed a preview of the tumbling show that will be part of this week's Winter Program. Finally, new this year, Grandparents and Special Friends of middle and upper school students and the students gathered in the library for an intergenerational conversation facilitated by Upper School teachers Bill Horine and Dori Franck.

Questions from Grandparents that were discussed included:
  • "How are young people affected by social media? Is there any problem with bullying?", and
  • "In a society where the adults are not necessarily acting like adults, how do you feel about being expected to act 'grown up.'"?

The conversation was certainly fascinating and enlightening.

SAVE THE DATE!! 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 .
Middle School Social Outings Provide Opportunities
for Fun Outside of the Classroom

As important as the academics are in the classroom, we believe that a great deal of learning happens through the social interactions that students have with each other. Young people learn so much about themselves and each other through less structured social opportunities to interact.

November's social outing was to see the movie Frozen II, and over thirty Middle School students joined in, from 5th graders to 8th graders. Fortunately, given Roycemore's location on the edge of downtown Evanston, allows for us to take the students to the cinema on foot!

The next 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 .

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MIDDLE SCHOOL RECESS: We encourage Middle School 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
  • Board and Video Game Club: 3:30-4:30pm
  • 7th & 8th Sleigh Ride practice: 3:30-4:10
  • MS Boys Basketball GAME vs. Bannockburn- HOME 4:45pm

Tues:   
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • MS Boys Basketball 3:30-4:30pm
  • Rocky Tumbling practice: 3:30-3:50 (Youngnim, Macy, Jack, Lily, Keira, Alina, Otto and all 5th graders)
  • Gimme Some Lovin tumbling practice: 3:50-4:10
  • Friend In Me tumbling practice: 4:10-5:00 (MS involved are Alina, Keira, Lily, Jahnavi, Maya, Macy, Youngnim, Max, Ricky)

Wed:
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Robotics Club- 3:30-4:30pm
  • 7&8 Sleigh Ride practice & US Sleigh Ride Horses 3:30-4:15
  • US Sleigh Ride Horses and Senior Dance practice 4:15-4:45
  • MS Boys Basketball 3:30-4:30pm

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
  • 7th-12th Girls Basketball 3:00-3:45pm
  • MS Boys Basketball 3:30-4:30pm
  • Middle and Upper Sleigh Ride practice: 3:00-3:40 pm
  • Tumbling practice TBD (based on how things have gone) 3:40-5pm

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

Admissions Morning- Invite Friends!
Tues. December 3rd- 8:30-10am
We will be holding our first Admissions Morning of the school year on December 3rd.

Please invite friends and neighbors who might be interested in finding out more about what makes Roycemore different and unique. This event will also feature a panel for High School students starting at 9:00am, but visitors will also get to tour and see the Middle School in action. Please help us spread the word!

*** Additionally, parents of 7th & 8th graders who want to learn more about our Upper School are welcome to attend. They may especially enjoy listening to the panel of Upper School students about their experience at Roycemore.***


Winter Program THIS FRIDAY!!
Fri. December 6th
  • Dinner in the Dining Hall 5:00pm
  • Show 6:30pm

Make sure your plans this coming Friday include coming to our Winter Program. This is the one time a year that we highlight the choral talents of our students as well as our tumblers!! It all ends with the annual tradition of the official welcome to the holiday season with Sleigh Ride!!

Want to enjoy dinner before the show? The RFA has organized a dinner that features Chicken Fajitas, Portobello Rajas, and Fiesta Rice with all the fixings!

RFA Dinner
Friday, December 6th at 5:00pm
$12 per person



Middle School Social Outing


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


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


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!
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!
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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!!