Volume 26| March 8, 2020
Middle School News
5th & 6th Grade Students Participate in Leadership Day
Eight Roycemore students and two faculty members participated in Student Leadership Day at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. 

Students and teachers focused on being upstanders. They toured the museum, heard and created art with  Safwat Saleem , and made a plan to help our school. The plan the students created was about staying healthy as a community by understanding safety procedures and when to stay home from school. 

Attendees: 

Amy Milner
Beth Shutters

Marko Maruszweski 
Gabe Melson
Sophia Kwok
Matthew Ohlinger

Brendon Ohlinger
Lucas Trowbridge
Ruth Walgreen
Lenora Schnitger

6th grade French-Drama workshop students plan an adventure!
Sixth graders are busy in French-Drama workshop script writing as they work to produce an interactive theater performance focused on traveling to a French speaking country. 

In May, the sixth graders will lead the fifth grade class through a travel simulation beginning on the airplane, then going through customs, taking the subway, checking-in to the hotel, dining at a café, and sight seeing around town. Here, Marko adds his ideas to the student-designed storyboard. Integrating French and drama vocabulary, the students are learning so many new concepts in a hands-on and constructivist way.
7th & 8th Grade Drama Students Perform at Curt's Cafe!

Middle school students from the 7th and 8th grade Drama class shared their final  Moth  inspired stories at  Curt's Cafe  in Evanston on Wednesday afternoon, February 26. While sipping smoothies and munching on fresh baked goods from the comfort of Curt's living room (complete with a small stage), students took turns at the mic telling their true personal stories of extraordinary moments from their lives. Stories ranged from tales of coming to terms with ADHD to lost (and found) dogs, to giving up a pacifier to the important origins of a middle name. 

The Moth inspired storytelling class at Roycemore takes students through a creative process of crafting a performance while they learn real world communication and presentation skills. Each storyteller seeks to discover what it is that they want to share with an audience. The stories are crafted out loud and only outlined on paper. Using "social drafting" -- the exercise of sharing your rough draft out loud on stage in the MPR -- to the rest of your classmates, is key to the editing process. Moth inspired storytelling allows each student a chance to explore their own unique perspective and to tell their stories the way they want them told.  Ms. Wilson, the Drama teacher, Mr. Stanley and Mrs. Milner were there to share the experience with the students. Thanks to Mrs. Greene who stayed back at school with the rest of the 7th and 8th graders.
The videos are available on the Roycemore Youtube channel

Links are below:
Keira
N ika
Otto
May

Faelyn
Madeleine
Conor
James N
James
Isabella

This is Rachel's Story of her experience with ADHD.
Multiplying By Decimals is a Moving Experience!
Students Learn About "Relationship Bank Accounts"

As part of our continued focus on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, during Homeroom this past week, students learned about "Relationship Bank Accounts." T he Relationship Bank Account (RBA) represents the amount of trust and confidence you have in each of your relationships with others.

The RBA is just like the checking account at your bank. You can make deposits and improve the relationship, or take withdrawals and deplete the relationship. As an example, deposits could include- keeping promises, doing small acts of kindness, and being loyal. Withdrawals could include-- breaking promises, keeping to yourself, and gossiping and breaking confidences.

Together, students explored ways they build or deplete their relationship bank accounts including keeping commitments. Keeping small commitments and promises is vital to building trust. You just gotta do what you say you're going to do--otherwise, don’t say you’ll do it. If you tell your mom you’re going to be home at 8pm or that you’ll do the dishes, then do it and make everything you can to keep them. If you find you can’t keep a commitment for some reason (it happens), then let the other person know why. If you’re sincere and try to keep your promises, people will understand when something else comes up.  We encouraged students that if their RBA with their parents is low, try building it by keeping commitments. When your parents trust you, everything goes so much better at home.  Students paired up with each other to discuss:

  • A time when they broke a promise to someone
  • A time when someone did not keep a promise to them
  • Ways they have rebuilt trust with someone or someone has rebuilt trust with them

In correlation with enhancing their RBA's students talked about specific ways they might group together to enhance a culture of kindness at Roycemore. They discussed giving compliments to each other and identified Simple Acts of Kindness that they might adopt to enhance our school community.

We encourage you to extend this conversation at home with your children!! Together, we build an amazing community of kindness and care!
Upper School Play Performance Thursday and Friday- All Welcome!
The Roycemore Upper School performance of the play, Our Town, is this Thursday at 6pm and Friday at 7pm. All are welcome. Admission is FREE!!
Spring Break Camp Opportunity for 5th & 6th Graders!

Need something for your 5th or 6th grader to do during Spring Break? Roycemore is running a Camp the first week of Spring Break from March 30-April 3 for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. Camp will be open from our usual 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We have planned many exciting and fun activities. They may attend for one day or for all five. You can access the flyer HERE.

Middle School Social Outing to Dave & Busters March 23rd
Sign up for March's Middle School Social Outing!!

Where are we going?
Dave & Busters 1030 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60610

When are we going?
Monday, March 23, 2020, leaving school at 3:45pm and returning approx. 8:15pm

What is the Cost?
$40 per person- covering the cost of the CTA to and from for student and chaperones. Cost also includes food, unlimited non-ticketed game and a $20 "Power Card"

Bar Burgers
Four-Cheese Pizza Bites
Crispy Chicken Bites served with Ranch dip
Baked Macaroni & Cheese
French Fries

How will we get there and back?
CTA and feet
Taking the Purple Line Express from Davis Street
Transfer to the Red Line at Fullerton
Exit train at Clark and Division
Walk to 1030 N. Clark Street

Click HERE to sign up!


This Week's Activities & Clubs
Mon:

  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Board and Video Game Club 3:30-4:30pm

Tues:   
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm

Wed:
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Robotics Club- 3:30-4:30pm

Thurs:
  • Math Club 2pm
  • Community Yoga 5:00-6:00pm

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

  • March 12th & 13th- Upper School Play- Our Town
  • March 16-20- Spirit Week- a cross-divisional student committee is planning theme dress up days for the week
  • March 23- MS Social Outing to Dave & Busters
  • March 30- April 3rd- SPRING BREAK
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 GRIFFINITY!!
The Roycemore mascot, the Griffin, is legendary, powerful, and magical. Show your Griffin LOVE by wearing Roycemore Spirit items!! You can find them 24-7 through our online store at    www.roycemoreschool.org/schoolstore