Volume 29,| March 22, 2020
Lower School News

Hello Lower School Parents.
I hope that Spring Break wasn't too stressful in these trying times, and you were able to enjoy family time together. Tomorrow we return to remote learning. I know the teachers have all sent you information of how it will take place. For all of our children there will be a Morning Meeting everyday where your children will get to interact face-to-face with their teachers and each other. There will also be times during the day where we are asking the older students to meet with their teachers for direct instruction in synchronous classes and other times that are optional, such as lunch bunch and help time. There will be other assignments and videos for your children to do when they can. I will say, in Lower School, remote learning is easier for our older children who do not need as much parental help. Our younger students are developmentally at a point where they will need help with the technology and the instructions. I know this can be trying for many of you who are also working remotely. Therefore please make sure the children meet in their synchronous learning times and do the other assignments as they can. For some students, they will love doing them, for others it will require help. Please do not get into power struggles or become overly stressed. We want this time to be the best it can with as little stress for everyone as possible.

We also have left Friday to be a day for STEM and art challenges. Your children will have Morning Meeting, but then will be free to do fun challenges. There might be some times that a special teacher could use this time to meet, but mostly it will be off-line challenges and hopefully fun.

The following was created by some of our teachers. They will be teaching it to your children tomorrow, but I thought you would enjoy seeing it and how we try to imbed the Seven Habits into many of our lessons. Our Leader in Me program is not just a program that we teach and forget. It is imbedded in our everyday lives and interactions.

Virtual Classroom Etiquette and the Seven Habits  
The guidelines below outline our expectations for student etiquette for their online classes:
1. Set up your chrome book and all the materials that you need for class in a quiet area in your home before the virtual meeting starts. Stay in this one place during the meeting. (Be Proactive)
2. Materials include pencil or pen, paper, books for that class. (Put First Things First, and Begin with the End in Mind)
3. Please have the camera turned so the teacher can see you. (Synergize)
4. You’ll be muted unless it’s your time to talk. Remember to “raise your hand” and wait for the teacher to unmute you. (Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood)
5. Just as we do when we are in a classroom together, listen and be respectful of each other. (Think Win-Win)
6. Patience: There will be glitches with the technology. If your screen freezes, send your teacher a “chat” to explain that you need the last point repeated. Also, remember we are all learning how to teach and learn remotely, so be patient as your teachers are learning this technology. (Synergize)

I must admit I am glad school is 'back', while simultaneously sad school is not back in person . Please stay safe and healthy and know I am here if you need to reach out for anything. Please email me, and I will either email you back or call you if you want to talk in person.

Also If you have not seen it already, check out the article:  Remote Learning article    that appeared in Evanston Patch starring Senior Cara Marantz ('20) who was recently accepted and plans to attend Dartmouth College, and STEM teacher Dr. Dan Dudek! (Devyani and Dean's father)

S cholarship Fundraiser: A Live Stream Experience
Auction items will be live starting next week. Volunteers are still needed, especially those with live streaming experience. Please email  Sara McGuire  if you would like to join the fun!

Videos for Scholarship Fundraiser
Feeling inspired? Make a flipgrid video about your favorite teacher that can be used for the auction!  https://flipgrid.com/scholarshiproycemore

New "Roycemore Family" Page Launched
Our new Chief Griffinity Officer, Early Childhood staff member  Justin Bailey , launched a new webpage! This is another way for students and families to stay connected and continue to share our school spirit. Share your shelter in place experiences with us:  https://roycemoreschool.org/family/

Website for Remote Learning:

Coronavirus Response Page:

What's Happening Around Lower School
Love getting a card in the mail from a favorite teacher!
Some remote learning fun!
  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.