Volume 1 | August 23, 2020
Lower School News
Welcome Back to School!
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Dear Lower School Families,

What used to be quiet rooms at Roycemore, are now filled with noise, laughter and movement. It has been a wonderful week having all the teachers back on campus getting ready for the students to arrive soon. The energy that comes from being together after months on a digital platform is refreshing. It is a reminder of the importance of connection and why we are grateful to offer on-campus and off-campus opportunities for our students with a focus on relationships and rebuilding connections. Of course there is a different feel to the year, knowing that learning may ebb and flow from being on-campus to learning remotely. But, as educators do, the faculty and staff have worked throughout the summer to enhance their skills to create curriculum that will help navigate this new unknown. 

Early in the summer, I reached out to faculty and promoted four ideas that I would like to lead our thinking as we approach this year ahead. These ideas are: flexibility (and acceptance) to steer away from the “norm” and what is comfortable, being inventive and thinking outside the box, practicing patience with ourselves, our students, our coworkers and our families, and always partnership, for that is why we are here. 

I am extending these same ideas to you, to guide our partnership together to create the best learning experience for your child. This year, like no other, is a team effort. This is a year where communication is key. Our goals are the same; to nurture each and every child who walks into Roycemore in the way that they need to be nurtured. 

Roycemore is a family; a community that comes together for one another, through anything. It is like no place I have ever worked. One of my loves about Roycemore is seeing the families in the hallways picking up their child(ren), socializing, or creating plans for get-togethers. My first year teaching I was amazed by the fact that students NEVER wanted to go home! We are blessed by the sense of home Roycemore exudes to all.

In wanting to honor our value of partnership and creating a positive home school connection, we felt strongly about having in-person orientations. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will open the doors for families to see the space their child will learn and grow, and meet the teachers that will be their guides. Please make sure to take advantage of this opportunity. Of course if you are unable to attend in person, please make sure to sign up for a Zoom time. I know the teachers are excited to meet you and begin this journey together.

We look forward to seeing you all soon! I am here for you, so please let me know if you need anything.

In partnership,

Darcy Aksamitowski
Lower School Division Head
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Orientation:
Tuesday, August 25th & Wednesday, August 26th

We will be having in-person orientations for all Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade families and students. Teachers have sent out sign-ups for in-person and Zoom options. If you have not signed up yet, or do not have a time, please contact your child's classroom teacher.
First Days of School:

Junior-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, & 1st Grade (On campus):
These classes will start the year with a phased in approach, meaning half the class will start each day. Teachers have sent out schedules for Thursday, August 27th OR Friday, August 28th. If you do not know your child's day, please contact your child's classroom teacher.

Pre-Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grades (On campus):
These classes will start the year all together. They will have regular school days on Thursday, August 27th AND Friday, August 28th..

ALL STUDENTS (On campus & Off campus):
All students will begin formal instruction on Monday, August 31st.
Hours of School & Morning Information

Lower School:
  • School officially begins at 8:15 am and ends at 3:00 pm. except on Thursday, when it ends at 2:00 pm. The building will be accessible to students daily from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Entry to this cohort is through the single white door in the garage on the south wall.


Early Childhood:
  • School officially begins at 8:45 am and ends at 3:30 pm, except on Thursday, when it ends at 2:00 pm. The building will be accessible to students daily from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Entry to this cohort is through the double yellow doors in the garage on the east wall.


Important Notes:
  • For the safety of the students, please do not have students arrive at school prior to 7:30 am, as they will not be able to enter the building.

  • From 7:30 am-8:00 am, the Morning Room (EDP Room) will be open for each cohort. You can drop students off here before 8:00 am.

  • When dropping of for Morning Room or picking up for EDP, you will need to enter the garage, park the car, and walk through the doors stopping at the check-in point. A staff member will meet you there to follow proper procedure.

  • If you are in Early Childhood, please DO NOT arrive between 8:00 am and 8:15 am, as that is the Lower School drop-off time and no one will be staffed to do a wellness check at the Early Childhood doors.

  • If you walk/ride bikes or your vehicle is too large, you may use the front door entry. Everyone else must use the assigned doors for entry into that cohort. When dropping off children in different cohorts, please take each child to their assigned door. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Garage Information

  • Please remember that the garage door is locked to everyone who does not have an electronic keycard, except formal drop-off/pick up times when it remains open. We are issuing these to anyone on approved pick-up list of our Early Childhood and Lower School students.

  • All new families please visit the receptionist to go through our Raptor system which does a basic criminal background check which takes about 60 seconds. Once this check has been complete, you will receive the key card.  If you do not do this, you will not be able to access the garage.
Morning Room and EDP Drop-off/Pick-up
7:30 am-7:55 am; 8:20 am- 8:30 am; 3:45 pm-6:00 pm

  • When arriving before/after designated pick-up/drop-off times, parents will need to enter the garage, park their vehicle, and enter through the cohort doors stopping at the check-in table. Please wait for a staff member.

  • We ask that you think of other parents and do not double park or park in spaces that are not identified as parking spaces.

  • The middle of the garage holds two cars. Please pull all the way to the front of your spot to maximize all spaces.

Regular School Day Drop-off/Pick-up
LS: 8:00 am-8:15 am; 3:00 pm-3:15 pm
EC:8:30 am-8:45 am; 3:30 pm-3:45pm

  • Faculty/staff members will assist your child to/from the car during regular pick-up and drop-off times.
  • DO NOT park or get out of your car
  • QR codes and temperature checks will be taken while your child(ren) are being escorted from the vehicle by faculty. (Faculty will sanitize between each family.)
  • Your child will not be able to enter the building if they have a temperature of 100.4 or higher, or haven't completed the Screener (see below).
  • Special Note: If you think your child may struggle with the transition, we ask you come towards the end of your designated drop-off time so we can work together to support your child's needs.
  • Please have your FAMILY NAME sign displayed in right car window during pick-up. (These will be passed out at orientation.)
 Thank you in advance for being considerate and understanding of everyone as we learn this new procedure.


SWS School Screener

SWS, or the School Wellness Screener, is a brand new program developed to aid in the re-entry of schools during the 2020-21 school year. To download and begin using the app, please follow these steps:

(1) Download the app here. The link will automatically direct you to the correct app store for your operating system (iOS or Android). 

(2) Enter your school-ID as:
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(3) Complete the login. 

NOTE: if you're a parent or faculty member with children, please add all of your children to your account before completing registration.

Orientation Note: For parents who will be coming to campus with their EC/LS child for orientation this week you should add yourself as a child to the account.

If you have any questions, please go to 


PLEASE COMPLETE THE WELLNESS SCREENER PRIOR TO COMING ONTO CAMPUS EACH DAY

  • Complete within an hour of arriving for accuracy of symptoms and conditions (not the night before).
  • Please do not wait until arriving as there will be connection difficulties in the underground garage.

MEDICAL FORMS

If your child is a new student or entering Kindergarten, we must have copies of their Certificate of Child Health Exam, Proof of School Dental Exam and Eye Exam Report forms by the first day of school. 2nd graders need proof of dental exams. 

These forms are available on our website at 

State law requires these forms be on file by the first day of school and your child cannot attend school without them.

Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten students DO NOT need an eye exam.

ROYCEMORE SWAG/GEAR: 

Please visit our online store at:

You can find clothing and all sorts of accessories to start the new year. Every Friday is spirit day where all students and faculty can show their Roycemore pride!

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Curriculum Night

Please put Thursday, September 3rd on your calendar. During this event you will get to speak with your child(ren)'s teachers and learn how you and the school can partner to help your children excel. There will be more information in the next newsletter.
Reminders
Roycemore Lower School is a nut/peanut-free environment. 

Please remember this when you send in any lunches, snacks, or birthday treats this year. 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.


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

I am here for you, so please reach out, if you have any questions or comments. (Darcy Aksamitowski: Lower School Head)