All School Newsletter I September 15th, 2020
Roycemore School Newsletter
From the Head of School

An Epic Journey for the Soul
By Adrianne Finley Odell

Roycemore is a school that is filled with students from many different races, ethnic groups and religious backgrounds. Some of our students and their families are about to begin their commemoration of the Jewish High Holidays, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, known as the Jewish New Year this Friday at sundown. While I am not of the Jewish faith, I appreciate that a focus of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur includes celebrating the year that just ended and being introspective about the year ahead. Today I read a reference to the season of high holidays being a “time for an epic journey for the soul.” I found that captivating– perhaps something we might all benefit from.

Certainly this time of COVID has tested us in ways most of us have never been tested. We have powered through the challenges striving to problem solve and create plans for a pandemic for which are hopeful the end might be near, but we are uncertain as to when that might be. In many cases the tools we have called upon to solve challenges in the past are woefully inadequate to the challenges we face today. And our children are watching us. They are watching how we choose to respond; looking for reassurance, resilience and support to help them cope with a world that has become wildly unpredictable.

I believe our greatest tool at this moment are our minds. Our minds provide us with the capacity for introspection and to connect with our soul to spread positive energy. Our minds provide us with the ability to choose where to place our attention and to engage our body in positive action. I believe we could all benefit from a “pause” to take our own epic journey in the days ahead. Here are five ideas to consider...

Coming up on the Calendar
September 15th - Equity, Social Justice, & Inclusion Community Meeting, 6:30pm
September 16th - Picture Day (retake day and sibling day is October 13th)
September 17th - Curriculum Night (previously "Miniature School Night"), 5:45pm
September 18th - Upper School (Socially Distanced) Annual Picnic, 12:00-3:00pm
September 28th - Yom Kippur, NO SCHOOL (No EDP Options)

TODAY:
Equity, Social Justice, & Inclusion Parent Committee
The Roycemore Parent Equity Social Justice and Inclusion Committee warmly invites all interested parents and guardians to a Zoom conversation on Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30 pm. We greatly value community insight and ideas on defining this committee's goals and priorities, and hope that you join us for this listening and sharing discussion. Please see the Zoom meeting link here. Feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions. 

Laura Daniel (11th grade parent; laura@slatedesign.com)
Madiha Jamal (3rd grade parent; madihajamalalam@gmail.com)
Lisa Litberg (6th grade parent; leesiejoy70@gmail.com)
Bessie Mbadugha (3rd and 8th grade parent; bessiembadugha@gmail.com)
Bridget Montgomery (3rd and 5th grade parent; bridget.montgomery@ymail.com)


Equity, Social Justice, & Inclusion Parent Committee Meeting
September 15th
6:30pm

Tomorrow: Picture Day
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Picture Day will be on campus tomorrow to take school pictures. Please see the flyer below to find out more information about how to order pictures.

Picture Day
September 16th

Retake Day and Sibling Day:
October 13th

Note: Off campus students interested in having their pictures taken this school year can arrange to come to campus on retake day (Oct 13th). Please send an email to info@roycemoreschool.org to be assigned a time slot.
Curriculum Night
Curriculum Night (formerly known as Miniature School) is a virtual event this year and will be taking place on Thursday, September 17th. This a great chance for parents to "meet" their children's teachers, hear what is in store for the year, and learn how to help support the connection between family and school. The evening kicks off at 5:45pm and registration is required. Zoom links will be emailed to families prior to the event.

Family Action Network
Roycemore School is proud to be a sponsor of the Family Action Network, a non-for profit group that brings speakers to our community to address topics that impact children, families, and communities. Read more about FAN here and save the date for an upcoming virtual event featuring Attorney Brittany Barnett and her new book "A Knock at Midnight".


Sept. 24, 7:00 PM 
“A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom”
Speaker: Brittany Barnett
Interviewed by Cook County Public Defender 
Jeanne Bishop
Thank you RFA Volunteers
It was great having a group of RFA parent volunteers at the school this weekend packing goodie bags for all our Roycemore families. Keep an eye out for a bag coming home next month.

Click Here if you want to know more about the RFA and how to get involved.

Community Corner
The School of the Art Institute, SAIC, is a leader in the youth art education world. They are current taking registrations for online Middle School and Early College Program Fall courses.

Courses are open to students ages 10–18 and start the following weeks:
 Oct. 3rd / 4th Weekend
Nov. 7th / 8th Weekend

Find out more about these fall courses on their website, plus their 10-week High School program that grants up to 1 college credit upon completion.
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