Welcome to Royal Oaks ElementaryA+ School of the Arts!
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Child DevelopmentK-6 Certification
Mrs. Amy-Lyn Foster
I am excited to introduce myself as the Arts Coordinator for Royal Oaks Elementary School of the Arts. I am a 1987 graduate of Concord High School and a 1991 graduate of Meredith College where I majored in Child Development with my certification to teach grades K-6. Most of my 22 years of experience in education has been in Wake County (Raleigh, NC) where I was honored as one of the top 12 educators in the county. This is my fifth year in Cabarrus County and Royal Oaks Elementary. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to teach 2nd grade at ROES where I was chosen as their Teacher of the Year in 2015, and the Impact on Education award winner in 2016 and 2018. I am Married to a wonderful husband who is a 1987 Graduate of Northwest Cabarrus High School and I have a 25 year old son and a 23 year old daughter who are off doing amazing things. I am looking forward to bringing all of the areas of the arts to our students this year and can't wait to see the continued increased engagement and success the arts will bring to them. I am also excited to announce that we will be bringing The Lion King, Jr. to life this year! Come join in on the fun!
Why choose the Arts?According to the research on DoSomething.org, Students involved in arts programs are three times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, elected to class office, awarded for writing, attendance and participation in a science fair.The Arts increases engagement in the classroom. There is an overall excitement about learning when the arts are the vehicle through which instruction is delivered.According to Americans for the Arts, data from The College Board shows that students in the arts outperformed their non-arts peers on the SAT by 100 points.Eric Jansen of Brainbasedlearning.net points out research that states "In school a strong memory is not just expected, it is priceless...Music training strengthens verbal memory (and) Dance strengthens sound and kinesthetic memory".
About our program
What does it look like in the classroom?
At Royal Oaks, we teach the same curriculum as every other public school in NC. What makes us unique is the approach we use. For our scholars, the arts is the vehicle through which we teach the core content. We may use dance to understand reading fluency and pace, or Van Gogh's starry night to learn about retelling a story with a beginning, middle and end and the importance of details in a story. Drums are used to teach place value, fact fluency and counting. Every arts experience is connected to the core curriculum in some way. The arts are used to teach Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Our instruction is intentional and engaging. Our approach is hands-on and fully interactive and taps into the multiple intelligences of our students. As a result, our scholars will become confident communicators through various performance opportunities both within the classroom and for the school community.
*Please note that clubs may be subject to change according to level of interest.
-Performance Club (K-5) - If your child wants to be in the cast of The Lion King, Jr., he or she must participate in this club
-Drumline/Percussion Club (3-5)
- Keyboard (Piano) Club (3-5)
-Dance Club (K-5)
-Pottery Club (K-5)
-Run Club (3-5)
-Makerspace/STEM Club (3-5)
-Garden Club (K-5)
-Visual Arts Club (K-2)
-Visual Arts Club (3-5)
-Girl Scouts (1-5)
-Color Guard Club (3-5)