Volume 16 | December 13, 2019
Upper School News
Hello Upper School Families -

It has been a very busy week with students reviewing in their classes and planning out their studying. This coming week, the Upper School focus turns squarely to final exams. All information on final exams is below. We will end our semester with our annual Wassail celebration next week, one of my very favorite Roycemore traditions. It is so heartwarming to see all of our students come together to celebrate their hard work and begin their well-earned vacation!

A reminder about the schedule for the coming weeks:

Monday, Dec. 16  - Regular school day
Tuesday - Friday, Dec. 17-20  - Final exams, see details below.
Friday Dec. 20  - Wassail at 2:00 pm. Attendance is required at this yearly all school event.
Dec. 23 - Jan. 3  - No School (Winter Break)
Monday Jan. 6  - First day of January Short Term. See Mr. Horine or your project director with any scheduling questions ASAP.
Monday, January 27  - Regular classes resume in the Upper School


8:30-10:30 A BLOCK FINALS

11:15-1:15 G BLOCK FINALS
8:30-10:30 C BLOCK FINALS
11:15-1:15 F BLOCK FINALS
8:30-10:30 D BLOCK FINALS
11:15-1:15 B BLOCK FINALS
8:30-10:30 E BLOCK FINALS

11:30-2:00 Lunch Break

2:00-3:15 Wassail (Required for all students and faculty)

One very important reminder about scheduling that has been mentioned in this newsletter: 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. 

During finals week, Upper School students’ only obligation is to be here for finals. If a student does not have a final, they are free to leave campus. The one exception is Friday the 20th. That day has a 3:15 dismissal and concludes with Wassail, our annual all-school holiday assembly. This is a required event for all Upper School students. Any student missing this event must be called in absent just as for any other regularly scheduled and required school event.

Good luck in these final weeks of 2019!

Upcoming information and events:

Roycemore's Hour of Code Celebration, Today!, 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 .

Volunteer Opportunities!
Interested in helping us out! Feel free to sign up to volunteer via this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4baba72ea3ff2-20192020

Josten's Holiday Gift Options
Looking for a gift for your graduating Senior? Try these links:

Please see below for important reminders:)

Yours Truly,
Stefanie Rivera
Upper School Division Head


Roycemore's Literary Magazine
Enjoy writing? Calling all writers to submit to our first ever literary magazine! Please see this link for more information.

Loaner Chromebooks
There are a very limited number of Chromebooks available for students to use if their personal devices are not working. Please return immediately when finished. Thanks!

Snow Days
For school closures or schedule changes due to weather, texts and emails will be used to notify families and faculty/staff. Alternatively, you can visit the WGN emergency school closing site.

If you know your student will be absent on an upcoming day due to a medical appointment, college visit or other needed reason, please be sure to email: attendance@roycemoreschool.org. Students who will miss school should also take a form to their teachers for signatures and to get information on any classes they will miss. Forms are available in the Upper School office.