Volume 6 | September 29, 2019
Lower School News

Please remember that the school will be closed in observance of the religious holiday of Rosh Hashanah on Monday, September 30 We are be running a Day Camp for those of you who pre-registered.

We are still accepting registration for Yom Kippur, on October 9. Please click on this link the for registration form.   Yom Kippur Day Camp      

LEADERSHIP WEEK was outstanding.  Our theme of kindness helped the children to understand how they can be kind to themselves, kind to each other, kind to Roycemore and kind to the community. The students focused on many different activities to help them understand what it takes to be a kind leader! The 3rd and 4th graders went to the Holocaust Museum to learn to be upstanders and not bystanders, which is so important in leadership skills. The students wrote letters of appreciation to the Roycemore faculty and staff, and to members of the Evanston community. The First Graders walked to the post office to deliver their letters to the postal workers. Other classes went to the fire stations, to the library, the police station and the CTA facilities. Students also cleaned the bottom of the chairs in the Roycemore dining hall, worked in the Roycemore garden, and picked up trash in Alexander Park.

Lastly they each had a surprise, kindness buddy to whom they showed acts of kindness to each other throughout the week. Friday was the great reveal, where they all learned who their buddies were. We want our children to know that kindness and leadership are valued at Roycemore.

Roycemore Day
On Friday October 4th, we will have a spirit day and surprise activity. All students-please wear their Roycemore Blue field trip shirts!

BOOK FAIR : The Roycemore Book Fair will take place on Monday October 7-Friday October 11. This is a wonderful place to buy books for your children, early gifts for the holidays, and support the school at the same time. We need many volunteers to man the fair. Please sign up at https://signup.com/go/qzuZabm Thank you

What's Cool About Lower School? Recess!! !
The delights of the outdoors are among the deepest, most passionate joys of childhood,  however increasing demands on parents working outside of the home have resulted in growing numbers of children with less time to play. Also many schools have cut recess to focus on more academics. At Roycemore we truly believe that children learn many valuable skills while playing at recess. Therefore, our younger early childhood children have a half hour lunch and an hour recess, plus a morning time to be outside. Our elementary students have a half hour lunch and 45 minutes of recess. This is above having physical education every day. If they stay for our Extended Day Program, they go outside again.

School recess is often the only time during the work week that children are able to be carefree--a time when their bodies and voices are not under tight control.
It is a widely held view that unstructured physical play is a developmentally appropriate outlet for reducing stress in children’s lives, and research shows that physical activity improves children’s attentiveness and decreases restlessness.  

 Children permitted to play freely with peers develop skills for seeing things through another person’s point of view--cooperating, helping, sharing, and solving problems, which are all the skills they learn through our Leader in Me program, but at recess they are able to apply them.

Our society has become increasingly complex, but there remains a need for every child to engage in self-paced play. Children’s attempts to make their way across monkey bars, playing tag, hitting a ball, or toss a football require intricate behaviors of planning, balance, and strength--traits we want to encourage in children. Ignoring the developmental functions of unstructured outdoor play denies children the opportunity to expand their imaginations beyond the constraints of the classroom.

Roycemore Students created a mural that will go to Japan next August Kids Guernica-Nagasaki Peace Mural Project
Roycemore participated in a global collaborative art project to commemorate the upcoming anniversary of WWII. Our students created two peace murals that will be displayed next summer at the 75th anniversary of the commemoration ending World War II. They worked with a delegation of visiting artists from Japan. The peace murals will be exhibited next summer in Nagasaki and then will travel globally to help spread the idea of peace and respect for all. Evanston Mayor Steven Haggerty met with the delegation and accepted a gift from the mayor of Nagasaki and gave them a return gift. Our students also presented the delegation with a thank you banner.

Special thanks to the Nagasaki Friendship Doll Association and Dr. Miyazaki, Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University, for this amazing opportunity.
  • October 14 No School, Day Camp is not available . This is a Professional Development Day for our teachers focusing on Diversity and Equity.
  • October 18 Pumpkin Carving Night: This is one of Lower School's favorite events. We all have dinner, choose a pumpkin, carve a wonderful jack-o-lantern, and enjoy each others' company. More information will be sent home next week.
  • October 25 Carnival: The Upper School puts on a giant fun fair for the Lower and Middle School students. Parents are welcome to come. More information will go home at a later date.

Each week I will list all the activities that we offer, but do know that sometimes, some of them will not go. Please check them to see which ones are going that week.

Lego Club  will NOT meet Monday, September 30 in the First Grade Classroom from 3:15-4:00.
Drama  will  NOT meet Monday, September 30 in the LS Music Room from 3:30-4:15.
Martial Arts  will meet Tuesday, October 1 in the Gross Motor Room attached to the EDP Room from 3:15-4:00.
Ukulele will meet Tuesday, October 1 in the LS Music Room from 3:15-4:00 
Sprout  will meet Tuesday October 1 in the LS Art Room 118 from 3:15-5:15.
Cross Country  will meet Wednesday,  October 2 in the Grade 3 Classroom from 3:15-4:00. Pick up in the Dining Hall
Drama will meet Wednesday, October 2 in the LS Music Room. from 3:30-4:15.
Sprout  will meet Wednesday, October 2 in the LS Art Room 118 from 3:15-5:15.
Math Club will meet Thursday, October 3 in Room 230 from 2:00-3:00
Fencing will meet Thursday, October 3 in the Dining Hall from 2:00-3:00.
Chess Club  will meet Thursday,  October 3 in the Grade 4 classroom from 3:00-4:00

Fitness Fun Friday  will meet Friday,  October 4 in the Gym from 3:15-4:00.
What's Happening Around Lower School
  1. The Kindergarten had a very busy week. They made book marks for Leadership Week and showed kindness to others, enjoyed reading with their reading buddies the 8 graders, and did an art project based on the book the Dot, which talks about a growth mindset of making your mark and see where it takes you.
Most of these are pictures what you have read above.


  Please remember that Roycemore Lower School is a nut/peanut-free environment.  Please remember this when you send in birthday treats and snacks for your children.  There are many other allergies, specific to individual children, so please check with your classroom teacher before sending in treats.   Thank you in advance for caring about all of our children.

Please remember when you need more information, such as lunch menus, the weekly bulletin, and reminders of upcoming special events, go to the Parents' Page on our web site at  http://www.roycemoreschool.org/parents

As usual, if you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to call or e-mail me.