Volume 11| November 3, 2019
Middle School News


HONEST TEA Award Recognition

Congratulations to fifth grader Lucas T. and eighth grader Haido S. on their recognition for the month of October. They received our very first Honest Tea Awards and actually got a bottle of "Honest TEA"! Students nominate fellow students for this award for their acts of kindness and honesty throughout the month. Eighth grade students select among the winning nominations for 5th-8th grade (each month) and a panel of faculty members selects the 8th grade student (each quarter).
Field Experiences!

On Friday 7th & 8th grade students (along with their upper school classmates) participated in either a French or Spanish Field Experience.

French students took the train into Chicago to visit exhibits at the Field Museum and explored Francophone history and culture. They followed up their museum excursion by enjoying some Creole cuisine at Heaven on Seven in the loop.

Spanish students went to the Block Museum at Northwestern University and went out to lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. The current exhibit is Pop América which features nearly 100 artworks by artists working in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the United States.  Advanced students received their tour of the Block in Spanish.

Eisner Scholarship Application Deadline
FAST Approaching

Attention 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 this month!

Robert Eisner Distinguished Scholar Program
Application Deadline
Monday, November 18th
Visiting the City Planner's Office to Advance Roycemore Innovation

Aidan S. accompanied Mrs. Finley Odell along with upper school student ,Hanu S., and parent, Barry Praeuner- an architect- to meet with one of the Evanston city planners last week.

The goal was to learn from the city what the requirements are in order to build out "Room 200" on the second floor of Roycemore's building. We learned that an additional fire exit will be required.

Aidan first expressed interest in working on the planning for Room 200 last year. Since that time, he has conducted two surveys of students to learn about their preferences for how the space will be used as well as creating a presentation for what Room 200 might look like.

Hanu will be working with Mr. Praener as his project director for January Short Term (JST) as he wants to learn about the field of architecture and help our efforts to realize the development of an innovation space in Room 200.
Humanities Highlights!

The fifth and sixth graders finished their choice novels and began creating their rubrics for how their  Buy My Book!  final projects will be graded. They also got to hear a spooky story for Halloween. In addition to their usual vocabulary word study, the sixth graders finished and submitted their Yes! Magazine writing contest entries. 

The seventh and eighth graders kicked off their dystopia/utopia unit by creating their own high tech homes of the future. They read an article about the origins of dystopian literature and Ray Bradbury's short story, The Veldt as precursors to reading Fahrenheit 451. They also began brainstorming a topic for their research papers.

Their Patriot's Pen essays were sent off to the Veteran's of Foreign War Snell Post 7186 offices. Stay tuned for news on the results of the contest.
Homeroom & Advisory this past week
In Advisory, students discussed motivators and obstacles. To drive the point home, in Mrs. Milner's Advisory, students tried a game where one student attempted to build a house while another student attempted to distract her. The rest of the class tried to verbally support and motivate her. 
During Homeroom and Advisory this past week, students talked about revising goals, setting new ones, building confidence, putting in effort and staying motivated. They set new SMART goals for the second quarter and talked about people who help inspire them to achieve their goals. Good news parents... many of your children told us that they are thankful for how YOU help inspire them to reach their goals!
Parent's Night Out

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.
Congratulations to Alina B!

For coming in first place at the US Figure Skating Intermediate Ladies Free Skate event at the 2020 Upper Great Lakes Regional Singles Challenge, October 23-27 in Saint Paul, MN. Her achievement has secured her advancement to the 2020 Midwestern Sectional Singles Final November 12-16 in Allen, Texas!

Picking Up Your Children at the end of the Day

Parents, we kindly ask you to arrange to pick up your Middle School children in the lobby after school or after clubs. Some parents have been meeting their students on the second floor. As part of our effort to encourage student independence and responsibility, we are encouraging the students to gather what they need from their lockers at the end of the day by themselves and meet you in the lobby. Thank you!!
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
  • 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
  • MS Boys Basketball 3:30-4:30pm

  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Robotics Club- 3:30-4:30pm
  • Art Club- 3:30-4:30pm
  • 5th & 6th Grade Girls Basketball 3:30-4:10pm
  • 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball 3:30-4:30pm
  • 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

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 7 (evening)- 8th- Parent-Teacher Conferences

Nov. 8 (Fri.) NO SCHOOL Parent-Teacher Conferences



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!)
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!!