Weekly Update & Highlights
January 15, 2018

The PreKindergarten acted out "The Mitten" by Jan Brett, and "sewed" mittens together themselves.

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

For Upper School JST updates on the trip to Ecuador, follow @msloperena on Instagram or heather.loperena on Facebook. 23 students, 3 chaperones, 12 days! Here we go!!

(District code is RS-IL)

Quick links
2018-2019 Preliminary Calendar

graduation_cap.jpg College acceptance update for the Class of 2018

Beloit College
Butler University
Chapman University
College of Charleston - Honors College
College of Wooster
Columbia College Chicago
Cornell College
Culinary Institute of America
DePaul University
Emerson College
Grinnell College
Kalamazoo College
Knox College
Marquette University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pace University
University of Denver
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
University of Maine - Honors College
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of North Dakota
University of Oregon - Honors College
University of South Carolina - Honors College
University of Vermont

In addition, members of the Class of 2018 have been offered
over $1.7 million in scholarships so far.

Quick tip: Print your own tax receipt with FACTS!

As some get a head start on filing their 2017 taxes, just a reminder that with the FACTS system, you can look up and print your own receipt for qualifying funds spent at Roycemore that might be tax-deductible or reimbursable through your personal FSA.
  • Log on to your FACTS dashboard through ParentsWeb
  • Under Payment Plan & Billing, click on the "View Details" button
  • Click on the "Payments" tab
  • On the right side, click on the "View Printable Payment Summary"
  • The current year will default, but you have the option to select a date range in the top section of the screen.
Please contact Heather Lucey at hlucey@roycemoreschool.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

Find Your Voice with the Evanston Children's Choir

The Evanston Children's Choir is accepting new singers in Grades 2-12 through February for their Winter/Spring Semester 2018 and invites the families of Roycemore to become part of the ECC family.

The ECC is an award-winning, nonprofit educational and performing arts organization known for its emphasis on multiculturalism, inclusion and accessibility, positive energy and musical excellence. 

For more information, visit evanstonchildrenschoir.org or call 847-733-0814.

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.

Phoenix Yoga Project at Roycemore

Wednesdays from 5-6pm in the library (visitors will check in at the reception desk) - Classes are free and open to the public, however donations will be accepted and will support Roycemore School.


Visit  phoenixyogaproject.org and sign up for emails under  "Join the movement today!" to receive a sign-up link before each class.

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From the Head of School

Connection, Self-Confidence, and Home

Over the weekend during a long, snow-filled journey from Evanston to Columbus, Ohio, with my daughter who has been "home" for break, we had the opportunity to have one of those rare conversations that mothers and daughters aren't often able to have once children are in college. We were on our way to Columbus, my hometown, to re-connect with my family. During the journey, my daughter shared with me how hard it has been to feel a sense of "home" since we moved to Evanston last year. She didn't move with us over the summer because she was working at a camp in upstate New York, so this was her first time in Evanston. To compound things, her time over break was divided up between Michigan, Florida, Evanston and Columbus to spend time with family. As she put it, she had her life in her car! She chose to drive the various segments along the way (except Florida) to leave a smaller carbon footprint. (Given two different snow storms that she was caught in along the way, I wondered whether there might be some regret there, but that is another conversation).

This morning I listened to an interview of an amazing woman, Najwa Zebian, who also spoke of the theme of "home" and that because of frequent moves in her life that she felt disconnected and without an anchor of what many of us traditionally think of as home. She moved to Canada from Lebanon at the age of sixteen and had a challenging time making connections to others given that English wasn't her native language and that she was the only girl in her school to wear a hijab. It took her a number of years to find the inner strength to channel her great empathic tendencies toward self-love. She embraced her heritage and allowed herself to be vulnerable in sharing her story which in turn has helped others to grow. In our modern world the kind of disconnect that Najwa and my daughter experienced are more and more frequent. I spent all of my formative years in the same small suburb of Columbus. I went to school with some of the same friends all the way from elementary through high school. My family still lives in the same geographic area, though not in the same exact location. My friends were people I actually saw every day and spent time with on a regular basis. These seminal experiences are instrumental to who I am. Today's families tend to be more transient. Young people's "friends" might be their online gaming buddies that they have never met.

At Roycemore we have a unique experience where children can attend the same school from three years old to twelfth grade. This provides an opportunity for children to have a firm grounding--a place to call "home"--a place where they have a sense of belonging. A visitor who even has a short visit to our campus can gain a sense of the comfort that children have at Roycemore where they hang out in our "living room"--the lobby of the school. They arrive early and stay late--sometimes not wanting to leave at the end of the day. I treasure this aspect of Roycemore as it provides a place where students can feel safe, be valued for the unique individuals that they are, and gain a sense of self-confidence and self-worth as they travel through the journey of adolescence. Our older students partner with the younger ones, whether it is an Upper School student who is working with Middle Schoolers to prepare for a math competition for her January Short Term (JST) project, or a Middle School student who is supporting second graders in their Rube Goldberg-type activity because she herself is building a Rube Goldberg machine for her P3 Project.

This week we have both Middle and Upper School students involved in hands-on experiential learning through JST and P3. To follow them on social media use the hashtags #ExperienceRoycemoreJST &  #ExperienceRoycemoreP3.

These shared experiences not only provide the opportunity for deeper and more sustained learning, but they will also be those seminal experiences that they will remember for years to come. They will hopefully learn more about themselves as learners, deepen friendships, and feel a sense of belonging as part of a tradition of similar experiences that Griffins have had for decades.

In partnership for our students,

Adrianne Finley Odell
Head of School

Roycemore parents, faculty, P3 mentors and students  are invited to our First Annual P3 Expo! Our P3 program (Personal Passion Project) involves each Middle School student focused on a topic of their choice for the entire semester, culminating in this weeks work on projects in and out of school called Experience Week.

Please join us at the end of the week to see all P3 students showcase what they have explored and created this semester!  The Expo will be a "trade-show" style event. Students will share their learning in various ways, such as posters, displays, demonstrations, and traditional presentations.  Contact Beth Shutters at eshutters@roycemoreschool.org if you have any questions.

Re-enrollment opens Tuesday, January 16

On Friday, you should have received an email from Head Adrianne Finley Odell previewing r e-enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. Parents will receive an email notification from Director of Admissions Amanda Avery when their re-enrollment packet is ready for completion. There are just a few steps to the re-enrollment process:
  1. Complete the re-enrollment packet & make the grade-level-appropriate deposit payment in ParentsWeb
  2. Set up a payment plan and method on FACTS - the FACTS dashboard is in ParentsWeb under "Family Information"/"Go to FACTS"
  3. If seeking tuition assistance, complete the FACTS Grant & Aid Financial Needs Assessment online. Note: the initial deadline to apply for FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment is February 28, 2018. After this date, sliding scale applications will be considered on a rolling basis as long as funds are available. 
Discounts are available for early payment in full; refer to the  2018-2019 Re-Enrollment Instructions or  2018-2019 Tuition & Fees for more information.

For questions regarding:
Thank you for your partnership in the education of your child!

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, 2018, 7:00 PM
New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus

Represent Roycemore on the Family Action Network Liaison Council

Family Action Network is a great family educational resource that offers free programs on the North Shore throughout the school year. As a member of FAN, Roycemore is invited to have a parent volunteer serve on the FAN Liaison Council to help us stay connected and share information on FAN initiatives.

Family Action Network liaisons  promote FAN programs within our school community, attend monthly Liaison Council meetings in Northfield, and volunteer at FAN programs. If interested, please contact Adrianne Finley Odell.

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


8:30-9:30am MS Experience Week kick-off - Library
Activities after school LS: Martial Arts - MPR, Sprout Gifted - LS art room; US: Scholastic Bowl Practice - Rm 237
4:00pm MS 5/6 Girls Basketball Game HOME vs. Frances Parker - Gym
5:00pm US Girls Basketball Game HOME vs. Lake Forest Country Day - Gym

8:40-11:45am MS Experience Week Mindset Workshop - MPR
Activities after school LS: Creative Improv - LS music room, Board Games - Gr 3 room
4:15pm MS Girls Basketball Game AWAY at Solomon Schechter Day School in Northbrook
5:00-6:00pm Phoenix Yoga Project - Library

9:00-10:30am MS Experience Week Improv Workshop - MPR
Activities after school LS: Little Chefs - Dining Hall, LS side, Chess Club - Gr 4 room, Sprout Gifted - LS art room

2:00-4:00pm MS Experience Week/Personal Passion Project Expo/Share - Various rooms
Activities after school LS: Fitness Fun Friday - Gym
5:00pm US Girls Basketball Games HOME vs. Holy Trinity - Gym

1:00pm US Boys Basketball Game AWAY vs. St. Martin de Porres at Boys & Girls Club of Waukegan

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