Weekly Update & Highlights
January 22, 2018

Several Upper Schoolers are on campus learning to make hand-formed pottery and sculpture from Ms. Hecht for January Short Term.

Search #griffinshowcase  on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to see the most recent amazing things our students are doing!

Middle School Personal Passion Project Focus: "History Defines US" by Prahlad

Prahlad's P3 Project is a micro-documentary that he says takes inspiration from creators like Casey Niestat and Ann Lupo. Teaching us to learn from our mistakes and move to better places, Prahlad's film gives a fast-paced reminder to its audience of the importance of history. Filmmaking has been Prahlad's passion for some time. Prahlad worked with Middle School Humanities Teacher Howard Stanley as host/narrator of his project.

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2018-2019 Preliminary Calendar

Reminder: Re-enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is now open

If you haven't received your re-enrollment packet email yet, contact Amanda Avery, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, at 847-866-6055 as soon as possible. 

Discounts are available for early payment in full; refer to the  Re-Enrollment Instructions or  Tuition & Fees for more information.

For other questions regarding:
  • ParentsWeb, re-enrollment packets, FACTS accounts & payment plans, and in-person payments, please contact Heather Lucey
  • Required health, dental, vision & sports forms, please contact Vicky Pickett
We're making big plans for next year!

Watch for summer program information and registration by February 1st

Some fun new changes are coming to our popular summer enrichment program and day camp! As you look ahead to planning for next summer, Roycemore enrichment offerings will run from June 11-22 for students entering JK-Grade 4 in the fall, and summer camp will run from June 18-August 10 for ages 3-12, with a weekly sign-up option.

An email with sign-up link will be sent out when registration opens.

Free Family Action Network Event - The Art of Screen Time:  How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life

Anya Kamenetz -  Lead digital education correspondent, National Public Radio,  Author, The Test, Generation Debt, and DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education

Tuesday, February 6, 7:00pm
New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus

Phoenix Yoga Project at Roycemore

Wednesdays from 5-6pm in the library - Classes are free and open to the public. To receive sign-up information before each class, visit phoenixyogaproject.org and sign up for emails under "Join the movement today!"

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From the Head of School

This is Me!

One of the traditions of my family each winter break is to see several movies together. Last year it was Rogue One, La La Land and Sing. This year it was The Last Jedi, The Greatest Showman and Pitch Perfect-3! It's the only time of year that we see so many films in such a short time frame--except when we go to the film festival in Traverse City and then we see even more. The difference is that the film festival picks tend to be a little more "intellectual" than the fun films we see during the holidays. This year's favorite was The Greatest Showman. In fact, my husband loved it so much he went to see it a second time!

The Greatest Showman is about the life of PT Barnum and his "passion project" to create a circus. There are many tie-ins to our Middle School P3 program so we have decided to have a social outing this Tuesday after school to go see the film. When my family went to see the movie in December, I didn't realize until the film started that it was a musical--and that just made it all the better. I LOVE musicals. This one, in particular, touched me in a special way. The songs are very powerful, both the lyrics and the music. One song especially made me think about our students at Roycemore, my hope that we have created a school where they can feel a sense of belonging, and that they can embrace all the uniqueness and special qualities that they bring to us every day.

Roycemore School is full of students who are "originals." We want students to embrace their individuality and find joy in who they are. Who else should any of us be if we are not our authentic selves? There is much pain and anguish when we are not true to ourselves, and when we embrace who we are we have greater self-confidence, our relationships with others are stronger and we experience much less anxiety and depression overall. If you haven't gone to see The Greatest Showman, I highly recommend it. In the meantime, I'd like to share with you the lyrics to one of my favorite songs in the film, "This is me."

"This is me"

I am not a stranger to the dark
"Hide away," they say
"'Cause we don't want your broken parts"
I've learned to be ashamed of all my scars
"Run away," they say
"No one'll love you as you are"

I know that there's a place for us
For we are glorious

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am who I'm meant to be, THIS IS ME

Look out 'cause here I come
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum

In partnership for our students,

Adrianne Finley Odell
Head of School

What an experience! Middle School wraps up successful Experience Week with Expo

Our first P3 Experience Week was a success! Middle Schoolers began their week by creating a vision board of what they wanted to accomplish. This was followed by an inspiring field trip to The Garage at Northwestern University. On Wednesday, students participated in a Growth Mindset workshop, more project work time, and a yoga brain break. Thursday included improv exercises and effective presentations workshops to get energized and ready for Expo sharing on Friday.

In addition, several students also worked off-campus for part or all of the week, depending on their Personal Passion Project vision. Students visited offices and labs, took comic book and sewing workshops, and participated in many other enriching activities. D aily reflections from Middle Schoolers included:
  • The Garage [at NU] showed me how not everything is perfect on the first try. It takes dedication and hard work.
  • I learned that every single property might cause the failure of a 3D printing, it also needs patience and carefulness.
  • Today was a great day because I got so much work done.
  • If I keep trying, one day, it will come up with a masterpiece, haha!
If you were not able to join us for the P3 Expo (or if you'd like to see some of it again) take a look at students' work on the  Middle School's Expo Projects page. Congratulations to the whole Middle School on a great Experience Week!

Roycemore's talented faculty reaches beyond our walls

In addition to routinely seeking out professional development opportunities, Roycemore faculty frequently present information to educational and professional groups. Next month, Learning Support Specialist Wendy Griffin and Early Childhood Assistant Robyn Floyd will be presenting at the Illinois Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders Conference.

Our Director of Technology & The Middle School Experience  Beth Shutters presented this past Sunday at the EdTech Team Illinois Winter Summit in DesPlaines -  "Don't (Google) Drive Yourself Crazy: Organizing with Gmail, Drive & Other Google Tools." She will also share at the ICE Conference in Schaumburg on February 27 on " Citizen Science: Real Research in Your Classroom."

Kudos to you all our faculty and staff for sharing their expertise and wisdom and getting our name out in the broader community!

Order New Roycemore Spiritwear by January 30

We are again working with Spirit & Pride to offer several different imprinted tee shirts and hoodies for the spring. Order forms are available at the front desk, or you may also order online at  www.spiritandpride.com.

Items will be delivered directly to classrooms in approximately 3 weeks after orders close on January 30th. If you have questions, contact Joan Daugherty at  jdaugherty@roycemoreschool.org.

Upcoming Event Highlights
Check the online calendar at  www.roycemoreschool.org/calendar  for more information. Athletic practices are on the school calendar page.

Activities after school LS: Lego Club - Gr 1 room, STEAM - LS art room.
4:00pm MS Girls Basketball Game HOME vs. Chiaravalle Montessori - Gym
5:00pm MS Boys Basketball Game HOME vs. Hillel Torah Day School - Gym
6:15pm US Girls Basketball Game HOME vs. Our Lady of Tepeyac - Gym
Activities after school LS: Martial Arts - MPR, Sprout Gifted - LS art room.
4:00-7:00pm MS outing to see "The Greatest Showman" at Century Theaters in Evanston
5:30pm MS Boys Basketball Game HOME vs. Arie Crown - Gym
6:00pm US Boys Basketball Game AWAY vs. Westlake Christian at Torch of Faith Church in Grayslake

Activities after school LS: Creative Improv - LS music room, Board Games - Gr 3 room
4:30pm MS Girls Basketball Game AWAY at Hillel Torah Day School in Skokie
5:00-6:00pm Phoenix Yoga Project - Library

Activities after school LS: Little Chefs - Dining Hall, LS side, Chess Club - Gr 4 room, Sprout Gifted - LS art room
4:45pm MS Boys Basketball Game HOME vs. Bannockburn School - Gym
5:15pm US Girls Basketball Game at Josephinium - Location TBA

Activities after school LS: Fitness Fun Friday - Gym
7:30pm US Boys Basketball Game HOME vs. St. Martin De Porres - Gym