Volume 15 | December 6, 2019
Upper School News
Hello Upper School Families -

Here you can see a panel of Upper School students as they share their experiences at our first Admissions Morning. I was so impressed with these young people! They answered a multitude of questions and shared some very moving stories with this group of prospective families. I think I speak for all of us, when I say we are immensely proud of these Griffins!

Upper School students are hard at work preparing for year end events and getting ready for their finals. Advisors and I are touching base with students regularly about the schedule for these coming weeks, but I know it can be confusing with so much going on - if you or your student have any questions, please reach out to your advisor or myself right away. We are here to help!


FINALS WEEK: TUESDAY 12/17- FRIDAY 12/20

FINALS WEEK SCHEDULE

TUESDAY DEC. 17
 
8:30-10:30 A BLOCK FINALS

11:15-1:15 G BLOCK FINALS
 
 
WEDNESDAY DEC. 18
 
8:30-10:30 C BLOCK FINALS
 
11:15-1:15 F BLOCK FINALS
 
 
THURSDAY DEC. 19
 
8:30-10:30 D BLOCK FINALS
 
11:15-1:15 B BLOCK FINALS
 
 
FRIDAY DEC. 20
 
8:30-10:30 E BLOCK FINALS

11:30-2:00 Lunch Break

2:00-3:15 Wassail (Note: This is, as always, a required event 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.

I know finals can be a source of stress for all students. I encourage everyone to check in with teachers and advisors regularly to help with that stress. Remember, finals are not designed to trick students – they are just another way for every student to demonstrate the same knowledge he or she has shown all semester in class. If you are feeling stressed, please reach out and let your teachers know – we are here to help.

Good luck in these final weeks of 2019!


Upcoming information and events:

Winter Program: TONIGHT!, 6:30pm
Put this one on your calendar early! Winter Program is one of Roycemore's biggest annual events. This all-school-get-together takes place at 6:30 pm on December 6th and features choir and tumbling performances from all divisions. Winter program is a great Roycemore tradition that families attend year after year - we hope to see everyone there!


Movie and Game Night: Wednesday 12/11, 3:30-6:30
Upper School students will gather in the library and MPR to enjoy some popular TV shows and play their favorite video games. It's sure to be a fun night, please join us!


Toys for Tots: Through 12/13
Roycemore's Junior National Honor Society is sponsoring the annual Toys for Tots Drive through December 13th. This drive is organized nationally by the Marines to help those less fortunate and deliver a message of hope to children for the holidays. Students and families are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy and place it in one of the three bins. 


Roycemore's Hour of Code Celebration, Friday,12/13, 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 .


Please see below for important reminders:)

Yours Truly,
Stefanie Rivera
Upper School Division Head
Calendar

Reminders

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.

Attendance
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.