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Roycemore School Weekly Newsletter - November 20th Thanksgiving Edition!

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This Week's Calendar


Tues. Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m.  - Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Tues. Nov. 20, 3:15 p.m. - Lower School Martial Arts

Tues. Nov. 20, 3:15 p.m. - There is no yoga this week, due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Wed. Nov. 21 - Fri. Nov. 23 - Roycemore School will be closed in honor of Thanksgiving. We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

Fri. Nov. 30, 3:45-6:30 p.m. - Upper School Game Night, MPR and Library

Thurs., Dec. 6, 5:00-6:00 p.m. - Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m. and the Pre-Winter Program starts at 6:30 p.m. Register to join us for dinner: Pre-Winter Program Dinner.


Personal Passion Projects


Can you help a Middle Schooler with a unique project in the next few months? Our Middle Schoolers have begun their personal passion projects for our P3 program. A unique part of P3 is that each project is paired with an adult mentor, who can give advice throughout the project. The time commitment is minimal, and ideally includes emailing or calling the student about once a week. Optionally, mentors are also welcome to visit the school, video conference with their student, or host a visit to their business during Experience Week in January. For more info, please see these Mentor Guidelines. If you are interested in serving as a P3 mentor, please fill out this form and a Middle School teacher will be in touch.

This Week in Sports


Last week:

On Wednesday 11/14 the Middle School Girls traveled to Baker Demonstration for their first game. They were victorious over Baker 12-7, great way to start the season!

On Thursday 11/15 the Middle School Boys journeyed to Solomon Schechter for their first game.  The Griffins gave Solomon Schechter a battle but fell 36-24, great game!

The MS Girls game at Lycee Francais will be rescheduled--more to come.


There will be no games the week of Thanksgiving!

From the Head of School



By: Adrianne Finley Odell

Leaning sideways. Stretching upwards.  Climbing on to mom or dad’s lap. Inching up on the folding chair, squatting, and then attempting to perch on the back of the chair before being pulled down by a parent.  This is what I was watching several of our first grade students do on Saturday night at the Roycemore Upper School performance of The Little Mermaid. These three students had seats in the back of the room with their parents and were having a hard time seeing the show.  They were trying to get a better perspective of the glittery, colorful characters on stage. 

Every attendee at the performance had a slightly different perspective of the show, not only depending on where they sat in the room, but also depending on their relationship to the actors and to Roycemore.  Proud parents sat in amazement hearing their children sing and act on stage for the first time, recognizing what an incredible accomplishment it was for their child to push beyond their stage fright and sing and act in front of an audience.  Their perspective was one of pride as they know their children so well and what a significant undertaking their role was for them.  Upper School students enjoyed seeing their classmates dress up in crazy costumes--often with tails and scales.  They were offered a unique perspective of a fellow classmate that--on other days--they sat next to in physics or Spanish class.  Alumni who had previously performed in Roycemore productions returned to see their former understudies now in starring roles.  They viewed the show from the perspective of having been on that stage before--knowing better than the majority of the audience how much work was involved in learning the songs, the lines and the staging.

That is the interesting thing about perspective. It is one of those few things that is very unique and individual to each of us.  At the same time, we often forget how unique our perspective is and can easily be drawn into believing that this must be what others are experiencing as well.  For the most part, even people who share similar perspectives experience life from their own, different point of view.  And one of the only ways to understand the perspective of the “other” is to stand in their shoes--or, as with the show, to “sit in their seat.” 

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I encourage each of us to try to consider others’ perspectives and to embrace a feeling of gratitude that we each have unique perspectives.  For it is truly because of the uniqueness of such perspectives that we have a rich and wonderful life of engagement with the world.  We can also embrace the  opportunity to change our own perspective.  We can do that by seeking to understand, by listening, and even by moving. 

At intermission during The Little Mermaid, I approached one of the parents of our first grade students and mentioned that there were some other children who had gone to the front of the room and were sitting on the floor watching the show.  I told her that if she was comfortable with her daughter doing that, it might be a great way to support her daughter’s enjoyment of the show.  And soon...three of our first grade students were taking in the second half of The Little Mermaid with a whole new perspective!

In partnership for our students,

Adrianne Finley Odell
Head of School

Adrianne Finley Odell Signature

Adobe Spark used in Design Thinking

Adobe in Action - 8th Grade

The 8th grade did mini-research projects on Tupac as a social activist, code switching, media representation of police shootings, the black panther party and gang culture in conjunction with reading "The Hate U Give." They presented their research using Adobe Spark tools.


View Other Middle School Class Projects That Used Adobe Spark.


Griff-ing Around...

Middle School Faculty Members Present P3

Amy Milner and Beth Shutters presented at the ISACS (Independent School Association of the Central States) Annual Conference in Detroit last week. They shared with other area independent school educators about two of our greatest programs: our Upper School January Short Term and Middle School Personal Passion Projects (P3).

Community Happenings

RFA Happenings

Hello Roycemore Parents!  

Are you looking for an easy dinner the night of Winter Program? The RFA has a solution for you!

This year for $11 per person, you can have dinner right at school. Catering will be provided by Hand Cut Foods and the menu features pasta with your choice of marinara or alfredo sauce, salad, garlic bread and dessert. 

**Those who register on or before December 1st will have access to reserved seating at Winter Program!

Click below to register for dinner.


If You Are a Lower School or Middle School Parent, Join Us November 27th to Learn About the Other Divisions of Roycemore!

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 9-10:30 a.m. (RSVP here

Join us or invite a friend for this group-style tour led by our Director of Admissions! Current LS and MS families are encouraged to come to learn about the next division their children will enter. Both prospective and current parents will have the opportunity to tour the school, observe briefly in classrooms and ask questions about Roycemore School's programs and culture! RSVP required


Roycemore's Hour of Code Celebration!

Friday, Dec. 7, 3:15-4:30 p.m.

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, December 3 to 9, we will be offering coding activities school-wide in class all week, culminating in an Hour of Code Celebration for students, families, faculty and staff in the Multipurpose Room. The hour of code is a global effort to introduce computer programming to millions of people. RSVP & read more here.


Questions? Contact Beth Shutters at 847-866-6055 or


Family Reading Night

Thanks to all who came out for Family Reading Night on November 15th.

Littlest Griffins: Parent & Tot Time at Roycemore


Littlest Griffins

Parent & Tot Time at Roycemore

Registration is NOW open (and is open to the community!)—space is limited. Register here or share with a friend!

Wednesdays, Jan. 9-March 13 (10 weeks), 9:30-10:45 a.m.


Our parent and tot 75-minute classes provide a wonderful opportunity for Mom or Dad or another caregiver and their pre-school child, age 16 months+, to have interactive fun together with other children their age!


Abby Ludwig, our beloved early childhood teacher and Early Childhood Teaching and Development professional, will be leading this class. Many of you will remember Abby taught both Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at Roycemore for six years before retiring to be a mommy to her twin sons. Abby is thrilled to be returning to Roycemore!  


During these enriched program classes, expect engaging activities designed to promote social, physical and intellectual growth through the use of art, music, and gross motor play. A snack will be provided by the school.




Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Mar. 13 (10 weeks)

9:30-10:45 a.m.

1 day: $50 10 weeks: $250

All classes are held at Roycemore School in our early childhood wing. A greeter will be at the Roycemore School entrance to help you to your classroom.


Questions? Call Melinda at 847-866-6055 or


Roycemore Spirit Wear - Do Your Black Friday Shopping from Home!

Be a proud Griffin and visit our online store for spirit wear!


Northwestern Diversity & Inclusion and Public Events

A quick link to all the Northwestern community diversity and inclusion events. Northwestern encourages community members to take part in events like these to increase their cultural competency and understanding. View All Upcoming Events.

See what is going on at Northwestern this month and next. Concerts, lectures, athletic events - there is always something going on. View November Events.


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