Volume 34,| May 3, 2020
Lower School News
TEACHER APPRECIATION AND SPIRIT WEEK THIS WEEK!

SHOW YOUR SPIRIT! The Upper School Student government, in conjunction with Middle and Lower School students has decided we will still have our Spirit week May 4-8th. Even though we are on remote learning, everyone can participate in the fun. I hope we see lots of pictures!!! The days are as follows"
Monday - Pajama Day
Tuesday - Twin/Matching Day
Wednesday - Crazy Hair/hat Day
Thursday - Fan Day
Friday - Blue & Gold Day


THANK A TEACHER! Normally during Teacher Appreciation week, we see students coming into the building with flowers, breakfast treats, even special coffee drinks for their teachers. This year is so weirdly different! What ISN'T different though, is the incredible care and support that our teachers show for their students.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and I hope you will join me in expressing our thanks to the committed faculty at Roycemore. Our faculty show a remarkable degree of care for the students of Roycemore, and it is that care that helps make this such a special school. I encourage all members of our community to take a moment this week to thank them for their great work in service of our students, particularly in these difficult times.


JOIN US THURSDAY at 11am to CELEBRATE
THE DEDICATION & EXCELLENCE OF OUR TEACHERS!

One of the long-standing traditions each spring at Roycemore is an all-school assembly to recognize the dedication and excellence of Roycemore teachers. Created by our Board of Trustees many years ago, we gather together and cheer on our teachers as we show a video highlighting all of our teachers, with special recognition for years of service. We invite EVERYONE to join us this THURSDAY at 11am as we embrace this tradition virtually! Please click the link below ahead of time to register in advance and ZOOM will send you a reminder with the login.


Saturday, May 16, 2020 join us at 5:00pm for this live event, it will ZOOM right into your Living Room! Featuring words from Jerry Springer, Upper School Student Chyna Cannon, Adrianne Finley Odell, and more!
Costume Contest for the Kids!
Dance Challenge for Us All!
Grab a snack and join us - recipes, restaurant sponsors and more coming soon!
DON'T MISS OUT!

More information at
JOIN US ON TUESDAY
Parenting In a Pandemic with less Pandemonium

We aren’t all first responders but as parents we are all front line workers of a sort.Our worlds have collided and parked right in our homes. We are working remotely, running households as safely as we can, and managing our finances in an economic crises.We are working with Roycemore’s staff to provide an optimal remote- learning experience for your children. Above all we are searching for answers to questions about how to do all this in the best way possible.  How will this affect my child in the long run How do I ensure they are working and not gaming while on their screens How do I respond to the meltdowns? The most poignant of these questions is  Am I doing this right?

We are doing a question and answer session with parents of Lower school students on Tuesday May 5th at 4:00 pm, using Zoom. While Dr. Glader will be on hand to help with the questions, this is also a forum to exchange ideas and proved support to each other within the amazing community that we have here at Roycemore. If you have a minute and would like to send questions beforehand, address them to Dr Glader at  gglader@roycemoreschool.org
Gretchen Glader is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Parenting during a Pandemic -Lower School
Time: May 5, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 786 4145 7577
Password: 9YHqzx

I’d like to share some ideas that I have found helpful to keep my own personal and professional fears at bay…first of all, this time of year is a time when I don’t envy my friends/family in warm climates like CA, where flowers bloom all year and trees are green all the time. I love the experience of spring as an awakening, when the trees slowly bud and turn from brown to green, when the crocus pops up and the jonquils burst into bloom, often despite still quite chilly temps in the Midwest.
Hearing the returning birds chirping and spotting the cardinals’ nest in my arborvitae bush in the backyard reminds me that life and renewal are ongoing. With the spring comes hope for a future bursting with life and beauty, which we begin to see around us at this time after the browns and grays of winter slowly fade from view.
I have to remind myself that this, too, shall pass, and my life will return, eventually, to at least a new normal, if not the old normal. I will be able to greet friends in person and hug my grandchildren again, at some point. Emmylou, who had her 2nd birthday on April 18th, told her mother this morning: “Mommy, I don’t know what I want! I don’t know what I need!” Her first existential crisis…just hearing reports of her words makes my heart soar like a hawk despite feeling sad that my 2-year-old granddaughter is having an existential crisis!

Strategies for Coping
Walking outside and soaking in nature is very soothing, as is daily deep breathing and meditation. Having less work time and more at-home time may allow us to create the space for some personal quiet (maybe once your own children are either in bed or watching a video!) in which we can light a candle and breathe deeply, in and out, relax our bodies and empty our minds.
Taking a moment each day to think of three things I’m grateful for is also reassuring…and this pandemic has made some of the smallest things now deeply appreciated…finding toilet paper or Kleenex at the store or online, what a feat! Making a delicious home-cooked meal, or even doing curbside delivery from a local restaurant once in a while, now are treasured experiences instead of daily parts of life that were taken for granted.


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:

Reminders
  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.