Volume 12| November 10, 2019
Middle School News
Assembled together, the 7th and 8th grade radial design watercolor paintings
look like a gorgeous quilt. Nice work students!
Nov. 13 Field Trip Timeline
1:15 Leave Roycemore School for Curt’s Cafe.
1:45 arrive at Curt’s Cafe 
2922 Central Street in Evanston
1:55 Stories begin
3:10 Stories and poems finish.
3:30 Arrive back at Roycemore for dismissal.

6th Grade Students to Perform at Curt's Cafe

Wed., November 13- 1:15pm-3:30pm

The sixth grade students will share their work in Drama and French Drama Workshop on a field trip to Curt’s Cafe at 2922 Central Street in Evanston this Wednesday. The Drama students have prepared personal stories and their “I Am” poems from French Drama Workshop for sharing on Curt’s stage. 

Curt's Cafe offers a small “performance coffeehouse” space at their Central Street location free of charge to not-for-profit organizations. The sixth grade will perform their work from both the Drama and French Drama Workshop curriculum. All are welcome to attend the program. The event will be videotaped as well. 

Feel free to stop in at Curt’s and listen to our poets and storytellers share their work. All purchases of coffee and snacks support the mission of the not-for-profit cafe.

Photos from Last Week's French Field Experience!

In last week's newsletter we shared photos from the Nov. 1 world language field trip to the Block Museum, however, we did not have photos to share from the French trip to the Field Museum and Heaven on Seven for lunch. Good news-- we tracked down some photos to share!!

The surprise Halloween snowfall proved to be an added element to the trip!

Eisner Scholarship Application Deadline
NEXT Monday

Reminder all 8th Grade Students!

The Robert Eisner Distinguished Scholar Program is a full merit scholarship awarded every year to at least one rising 9th or 10th grader. The scholarship provides FOUR full years of high school tuition!!! This award is open to currently enrolled Roycemore students and new students too. Award recipients are chosen based on the student's demonstrated academic achievement and outstanding leadership abilities and the deadline to apply is NEXT Monday!!

Robert Eisner Distinguished Scholar Program
Application Deadline
Monday, November 18th
Humanities Highlights!
7/8 Humanities continues work on the beginning stages of their research papers. Following up the Patriot's Pen prompt of "What Makes America Great", the research paper focus is to be on something the country can improve on. Chosen topics range from (gun) violence, poverty, marriage laws, capitalism, and the electoral college to name a few.

7/8 will be starting Fahrenheit 451 next week...it's going to be fun(?)!

In addition to learning how to do their own research, the seventh grade used their skills to help their first-grade reading buddies research their states.

6th graders finished their "Buy My Book" Project and began the study of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. They looked at sources and perspectives in anticipation of reading the memoir, Red Scarf Girl. They participated in a “lunchroom fight” activity, in which they were tasked with being the principal who had to evaluate different sources to decide who started the fight. Given the same evidence, nobody agreed!
Homeroom & Advisory this past week

The Art of Persuasion
Our focus in Homeroom and Advisory this past week, was on our activities at school. Students talked with each other about their favorite activities and also discussed ideas about what they would like to see at Roycemore that doesn't currently exist. They learned about the art of persuasion and what they must consider to make a proposal for a new activity to Mrs. Finley Odell. They watched this TedX video to learn what Aristotle and Joshua Bell can teach us about the art of persuasion.

During Advisory time students honed down their list of ideas and began thinking about and discussing answers to the following so that they could "pitch" Mrs. Finley Odell on their great new ideas:

  • What are some questions that Mrs. Finley Odell might ask you about your activity ideas?
  • When could these activities be scheduled? Consider the time needed for other school events and activities.
  • What would you say if Mrs. Finley Odell asks how our school would benefit from these activities?
  • Which adults at school could help run these activities, and why?

Some Ideas that are being pitched by students right now include:
  • cooking club*
  • bowling club
  • Club Penguin club

In addition some students are interested in seeing stricter rules with the chromebooks and modifications to the Zone.

*Stay tuned-- a Baking Club is being planned for second semester offered by Handcut's own Chef Lily--who just happens to be trained as a pastry chef!
Parent's Night Out- THIS WEEK!!

Roycemore 7th and 8th Grades are raising money for their spring trip to New York City and are offering their babysitting services as part of the next
Roycemore Parents Night Out!

Children (ages 3-11) can enjoy a winter themed PJ party with crafts, gym time, pizza, and to wrap up the evening, there will be hot chocolate and a viewing of the Polar Express.

Friday, November 15, 2019
6:00 to 9:00p.m.
$25.00 for one child ($40 per family)
To Register Your Family: email hstanley@roycemoreschool.org

Attention 7th and 8th Graders! Sign Up Here to be a babysitter .

Please note: This event has been scheduled to coincide with the Shop for Roycemore event, also on Nov. 15th, for any parents who would like to join together that evening to support Roycemore.
2nd Mid-quarters- Friday Nov. 15th

Believe it or not, this week brings us to the close of the 2nd Mid-quarter of the year. Teachers will once again compile grades for the midpoint of the quarter and send home any needed reports. Reports will be emailed out the following week. One quick note here: for this Mid-quarter new students will not automatically receive a report for all classes - only for those where a check-in is necessary. 
Sports and Clubs this coming week!!*
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Board and Video Game Club: 3:30-4:30pm
  • 5th & 6th Grade Girls Basketball 3:30-4:10pm
  • 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball 3:30-4:30pm (some 8th to stay for practice with US)
  • MS Boys Basketball 3:30-4:30pm

  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • 5th & 6th Grade Girls Basketball 3:30-4:10pm
  • 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball 3:30-4:30pm (some 8th to stay for practice with US)
  • MS Boys Basketball 3:30-4:30pm

  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Robotics Club- 3:30-4:30pm
  • Sleigh Ride rehearsal (8th gr.) 3:30-4:15pm
  • Sleigh Ride rehearsal (junior girls) 4:15-5:00pm
  • MS Boys Basketball 3:30-4:30pm

  • Virtual Reality: Video Game Programming & Design 2:00-3:00pm 
  • Math Club Cancelled for P/T conf.
  • Chess Club Cancelled for P/T conf.
  • Fencing 3:15-4:15pm
  • Community Yoga 5:00-6:00pm
  • 5th grade tumbling- 3:00-3:30pm
  • "Gimme Some Lovin Tumbling"- 3:30-4:00pm
  • "Friend Like Me" mixed tumbling 4:00-4:30pm
  • Boys Basketball game vs. Solomon Schechter away 4:15; 3210 Dundee, Northbrook ; Leave 3:15 Return 6:00

  • Drama/ Improv: 3:30-4:30pm
Upcoming Dates

Nov. 11 THANK YOU to all who have served our country as a member of the armed forces! We will talk with students on Monday about the meaning of Veterans Day during a special assembly.

NOV. 15th- 2nd Mid-quarter



Nov. 26th, 9am-11am- Grandparents & Special Friends Day (yes! We still do it in Middle School! Special activity planned for Middle School Grandparents and & Special Friends!)
Pr oject Linus

Many of you know the great project this is and the wonderful work Project Linus has done. As a school, we tie blankets during a portion of Wassail, one of our all-school traditions, right before winter break. 

In order to do this, we need to cut the blankets into rectangles and then fringe the ends. The directions are simple and require a person to be able to measure and cut in a straight line. If you or anyone you know can help Ms. Byrnes get these blankets prepared, we would be so grateful. Please let her know if you would like to volunteer:  kbrynes@roycemoreschool.org  

Middle School Community Guidelines
We will create a community in Roycemore’s middle school based on RESPECT. We will respect ourselves, our space, and our peers. In doing so, we will assume the best intentions of others and create a space where we are welcomed, feel we belong, and are known!
(created by representatives from each grade 2019-20)
Please 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 COOL NEW items available that you will love!!