Volume 5 | September 22, 2019
Middle School News
What Fun We Had!!
Middle School Overnight

It was a great TWO days of leadership, community building and new opportunities for our Middle School students on Thursday and Friday at Camp Henry Horner.

One of the Middle School faculty commented on how great it was to see different groups of students socializing together, with the groups of students changing even over the course of the two days as students had the opportunity to get to know each other outside of the classroom. New friendships were formed, new experiences were undertaken, and for some students they engaged in activities that pushed them outside their comfort zones. This is a "good" kind of stress as it helps build "muscles" for life.

See a few photos from the trip below. The faculty are loading all of their photos and videos in a Google Drive folder. To see them CLICK HERE.
Where Else But Roycemore? By Mrs. Wendy Griffin

After contemplating the successes and challenges of the first several weeks of the 2019-20 school year, a “culture of kindness” came into my heart as the overarching theme. Kindness is defined as “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.”

In our community, kindness is often reflected in empathetic or compassionate acts. One day, a faculty member tripped and fell at the top of the stairs. Within minutes, two high school boys assisted her to her feet and made sure she was okay. The response of these students exemplified kindness; the teacher felt cared about instead of embarrassed. Where else but Roycemore!

Within a week of the beginning of Middle School, one was hard-pressed to discern who had just started at Roycemore and who had been a student for years. Perhaps, the daily Homeroom circles of greeting are promoting kindness, or perhaps we attract kind students into our community. Or is the kindness attributable to our parents, who gently and delicately support our work with their children? Perhaps, it’s all of the above and even more… Whatever the reason, we value kindness and appreciate the opportunity to experience it every day.
Roycemore students have the opportunity to create a mural that will go to Japan next August

Kids Guernica-Nagasaki Peace Mural Project- will take place this Monday and Thursday
Roycemore will be participating in a global collaborative art project this week to commemorate the upcoming anniversary of WWII. Our students will work with Dr. Miyazaki, Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University and Roycemore parent to 8th grader, Xavier, to create a peace mural that will be displayed next summer at the 75th anniversary of the commemoration ending World War II. Painting will take place after school this Monday and Thursday, and preliminary planning happened while we were at Camp Henry Horner. All students are encouraged to participate! PLEASE SIGN UP HERE!
Middle School Guidelines
Homeroom representatives finished their work with Mr. Stanley last week to create guidelines for the whole middle school. After much discussion the students felt that everything came back to the value of "respect." So when creating their guidelines, they ultimately decided on a statement that reflected this. The representatives from the different homerooms shared their statement in front of the whole middle school on Thursday morning prior to leaving for Camp Henry Horner. Here is the beautiful statement that they created:

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!
We're Already Halfway Through the First Quarter of School!
This week marks an important turning point in the year - the first mid-quarter!
Over the weekend, teachers will write mid-quarter reports for all 5th graders, all students new to Roycemore, and any student receiving a C- or lower. They may also write reports for any other student who they feel should receive one.

These are not official grades that are reported on a grade report or transcript, but are progress report check-ins at the middle of the quarter. The goal is to give an update on student progress and, if a student is struggling, outline suggestions for improvement in the final half of the quarter.

Mid this week, if your son or daughter is receiving any mid-quarter reports, you will receive an e-mail through RenWeb with a link to the report. Again, not all students receive these - if your son or daughter is a returning Roycemore student doing well in every class, you will likely not receive a report.

If you have questions about the mid-quarters, please speak with your child's advisor who serves as your child's advocate and connection to all his or her teachers.
Roycemore Book Fair is coming- volunteers needed!
The Roycemore School Book Fair will be Monday October 7th-Friday October 11th. Can you spare a few hours to help?

Humanities Highlights!
The sixth-grade practiced thinking like historians. We evaluated a fictional scenario, The Lunch Room Fight, from Stanford History Education Group. We tried to think about how perspective, bias, and motivation all contribute to the way a story is told.

The seventh and eighth graders continued studying WII and the decision to drop atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They also began writing their Patriot's Pen Competition essays. 

Sports and Clubs this coming week!!*
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm (drop ins always fine for HW Club)
  • Board & Video Game Club CANCELLED to encourage participation in the Peace Mural Project
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Drama/ Improv 3:30-4:30pm- drop ins are fine! ($10 fee per session)
  • Soccer GAME 4:45pm at home (Channelside Park) vs. Bannockburn
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Robotics Club 3:30-4:30pm ($10 fee per session)
  • Cross Country practice 3:30-4:10pm
  • Volleyball practice 3:30-4:20
  • Soccer GAME at Solomon Schechter 5:15pm (leave school at 4:30pm, return at 7:15pm)

  • Virtual Reality: Video Game Programming & Design 2:00-3:00pm 
  • Chess Club 3:00-4:00pm- 
  • Math Club CANCELLED to encourage participation in the Peace Mural Painting
  • Fencing 3:15-4:15pm
  • Community Yoga 5:00-6:00pm-FREE!-Begins 9/12 Sponsored by The Phoenix Yoga Project and taught by Roycemore Admissions Director, Amanda Avery, this FREE yoga class is offered to ages middle school to adult. Bring your own mat and water bottle. Blocks and blankets are provided.
  • Volleyball Practice 3:00pm
  • Soccer Practice TBA
  • Cross Country Practice 3:00-3:45pm

  • Drama Improv 3:30-4:30pm 
  • Cross Country meet at Loyola Lake Front: Leave school at 4:00 pm; 5/6 Girls-5:25 pm; 5/6 Boys-5:40pm; 7/8 Boys-6:15pm; Return to School-7:00pm
Upcoming Dates
Mon. Sept. 23 & Thurs. Sept. 26- Peace Mural Painting Project (see details above)

Mon. Sept. 30
Rosh Hashanah

Wed. Oct. 9
Yom Kippur
* note dates and times for sporting events can change. Please be sure to pay attention to communication from the coaches for any last minute changes. Thank you!
Student-Parent Handbook
Please be sure that you and your child are familiar with what you can expect from the school and what we expect of the members of our community by reading the Student-Parent Handbook. The handbook includes guidelines for student behavior, attendance, dress code and more! It can be found in the Parents pull down menu bar of the website under "Quick Links and Resources" and also HERE!
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!!