Volume 2 | August 30, 2020
Middle School News
"Coming together is the beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success" Henry Ford
Dear Middle School Families,

It was so wonderful to see our students returned to Roycemore MS this week! Having the opportunity for the "soft" launch with half the students each day was a great success. We were able to spend the time needed to connect with our students and establish the necessary practices and routines. We can't wait to see our entire contingency of middle schoolers arrive together on Monday. Enjoy some images from Week #1. It was a GREAT week!
Middle School Schedule
Our new block schedule allows for fewer classes each day but provides longer periods of time for deep thinking, learning, and collaboration.

Monday & Wednesday are Lion Days. We have blocks A,B,C,& D
Tuesday & Thursday are Eagle Days with blocks E, F, & G
Fridays are Griffin Days when we see all our classes from 45 minutes each. On weeks when we don't have school on Monday, Friday becomes a Lion Day.

Roycemore MS Permission to Leave School Form
Please complete this form to grant your child permission to leave school at the end of the day independently.

Attention 8th Grade Parents: Please email Adrienne Floro, MS Division Head if you'd like your child to take the PSAT at Roycemore on October 14, 2020. The PSAT is great practice for college admission testing. The PSAT measures what they're learning, shows them whether they're on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement.

Student Medical Records & Immunizations
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to routine medical care, causing many children to fall behind on scheduled immunizations. In order to protect students and teachers from vaccine-preventable diseases we ask you to make your appointment NOW if you have not already done so. At this time, all child-health related requirements for school attendance,  remain in effect for children in public, private, or parochial schools, as per 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1.
Health-related examinations and immunization requirements are due no later than October 15.  There is no language in the Code that differentiates on-site/physical learning vs. remote/distance learning.   Roycemore School must adhere to the current requirements as per 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1, and all students enrolled in school should show proof of appropriate grade-level requirements.   Required physicals must be completed on the Certificate of Child Health Exam Form (completed in its entirety with required signatures). This form is acceptable to meet the requirements for a sports physical, but an IESA/IHSA sports physical form may not be used to fulfill the child health examination. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/forms/certificate-ofchild-health-examination-03032017.pdf
In addition to the Illinois requirements, we are highly encouraging everyone to get the flu shot this year. With the symptoms of COVID being very similar to the flu, it will help ensure students and teachers are not restricted from school for extended periods of time and keep our community healthy.

CHROMEBOOKS ~ Nationwide Shortage of Devices
With so many students across the country learning from home remotely, Chromebooks have become nearly impossible to purchase through our normal channels and our anticipated order has been delayed. For that reason, we are asking that if your child has their own device at home that they prefer to use, we would appreciate reissuing the Chromebook they were issued to a student who does not have their own device. Please contact Mrs. Beth Shutters, Director of Curriculum and Innovation if you are willing to return your child's Chromebook and shift to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

An introduction to our new Roycemore Physical Education and Health teacher, Mr. Paul Chanan.

Tuesday's Dismissal 2:00 pm

Until We Can Launch

E.A.G.L.E. Hour ~ Empowering All Griffins to Learn Experientially

Homework Club & Zone

Middle School students in grades 5-8 have their own after-school program called The Zone.  All MS students must be in a supervised, designated space by 3:45 pm each day (except Tuesdays & Thursdays, when the time is 2:15 pm). 

The Zone is located in the gym foyer and is available as an offering for 5th-8th grade students who are not involved in an after-school activity, club, or sport. There is a separate fee associated with the Zone. It is $5 per day or if the family signs up for the year it is $875. Drop-in cost is $5/day and charges are billed once a month. 8th graders are not billed for The Zone, but are bound by The Zone guidelines.

Students remaining on school premises after 3:45 pm must be in one of the programs offered until a parent/ guardian arrives to pick up at the gymnasium door. Any student remaining at the end of Homework Club at 4:20 pm will be sent directly to the Zone where they are expected to stay unless they have permission of The Zone supervisor to leave. The Zone shuts down at 6:00 pm. Should a student remain after that time, a fee of $1.00 per minute will be charged. Reminder: No Middle School student is allowed to be on school premises after school hours without direct supervision.

Homework Club  3:30 pm-4:20 pm Mon & Wed.
The Zone 4:20 pm- 6:00 pm Mon & Wed.
2:00 pm- 6:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday
3:30 pm- 6:00 pm Friday
ROYCEMORE SWAG/GEARPlease visit our online store at  www.roycemoreschool.org/schoolstore  to get wonderful items to wear and use. I know you will all love what the RFA has chosen.  There are new items available that you will love!!

Change of Date: Please put Thursday September 17 on your calendar. It is Curriculum Night, the night you get to "meet" your children's teachers and learn and the curriculum and find out more about how you and the school can partner to help your children excel. There will be more information in the next newsletter.
For those of you ordering your child's lunch through HandCut Foods. Here is the link for Middle School - https://handcutfoods.com/meals/roycemore. orders must be placed by NOON Sunday afternoon. Contact HandCut Foods with help@handcutfoods.com with any questions. 

Any questions that you have during these truly unprecedented times, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Warmest regards,

Adrienne Floro
Roycemore Middle School Division Head