Weekly Update & Highlights
December 18, 2017

REMINDER: The building
- including the main office - will be closed during winter break. Please be sure that your student doesn't leave anything important in their desk or locker, as they will not be able to retrieve it until classes resume on January 8th!


Congratulations to Roycemore 5th graders Alina & Keira who both skated in this weekend's performances of "The Nutcracker on Ice" at Robert Crown Center in Evanston!

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

(District code is RS-IL)

Quick links
2018-2019 Preliminary Calendar

HandCut Foods wants your feedback

Our foodservice provider HandCut Foods is introducing their new Website and Satisfaction Survey. Check out the new-and-improved HandCut Foods website! Additionally, the new site hosts a page specifically for the Roycemore community
where you can find a nnouncements, menus, games, FAQs, and more.  Read more about it here.

You can check out the Roycemore community page by going to www.handcutfoods.com > Log In; then enter  Client Code 1200. While you're there, fill out the  semi-annual food service survey.  HandCut welcomes your support and honest feedback to help them serve your children better.


MasterChef Junior announces open casting call in Chicago on January 13th

They are looking for the most talented home cooks in America between the ages of 8-13 (must be at least 8 years old as of April 1, 2018).  For more information and to apply, go to www.masterchefjuniorcasting.com.


Host families still needed beginning second semester

If you have been considering inviting a student from another country into your home, now's the time! Our partner New Oasis is in immediate need of host families in the Evanston area for two incoming Chinese students--a 10th grade boy and an 8th grade girl.

New Oasis will provide a stipend, which can be used for enriching activities while the student is living with your family. C ontact our New Oasis rep Audra Murray at  AMurray@newoasisedu.com if you have any questions about the program.
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From the Head of School

Infinite Learners

In the field of education, we often talk about the importance of lifelong learning, and we know in today's economy it is no longer adequate to graduate from high school, then college and enter the workforce. There is a constant need to--as one of the 7 Habits emphasizes--"sharpen the saw" and continually learn. I recently heard a reference to the term infinite learner. This resonates even more with me than the term lifelong learner because it embraces the concept of continued curiosity, of learning through mistakes, of having the drive to look at things differently. The term was used by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, to describe Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive of InterActive Corp. Diller was a young man when a chance conversation with Rupert Murdoch led him to create the Fox Broadcasting Company. And because of his insatiable desire to learn and create, he is the person we can thank for companies such as Expedia, Vimeo, HomeAdvisor and Match.

The concept of an "infinite learner" discards the idea of mastery; rather, it captures the idea that there is always more to learn, and that it happens when we adopt a new attitude about learning. Diller maintains that in order to learn, we must "unlearn." What he means is that in order to make real progress and to innovate, we must be willing to drop our traditional assumptions of how things work. Diller says, "I learned really early that you are best when you know nothing." I think about this with our youngest learners here at Roycemore. They are truly like sponges with an insatiable curiosity. They can exhaust their parents with questions. We answer the question and they ask more questions. They wonder, "Why?" It does not take long, however, for young people to begin to accept what they know to be truth. And the reality is, that if we went about our daily lives not accepting some things to be truth, it would be incredibly difficult to function in our society as we know it. What if, however, we adopted a practice whereby once each day, or once each week, we chose to ask a deeper question about "why things are." Could we learn to unlearn what we believe to be true? Throughout history, such an approach has led to discoveries of new planets, the ability to break the sound barrier, the development of life-saving medicines, and other advances that were never before dreamed possible.

As we enter into our winter break and families will spend more time together, if you have young children who ask a lot of questions, I challenge you to take the time to recognize the beauty of this stage in their development, to listen intently to their questions, and be open to what you might learn from their approach and process. If your children are older, perhaps you could engage in conversations that allow you to go a little deeper with the "why" and see where it will take you. Who knows what new learning will happen as a result of the process of unlearning.

In partnership for our students,

Adrianne Finley Odell
Head of School

Start the New Year with yoga at Roycemore - in collaboration with The Phoenix Yoga Project!

We are pleased to announce that beginning on January 10, 2018, in collaboration with alum Scott Kinsloe '72 and The Phoenix Yoga Project, yoga classes will be held at Roycemore and offered FREE to the public.
  • Wednesdays from 5-6pm beginning on January 10th in the Roycemore library (visitors will check in at the reception desk)
  • Led by certified instructor Renee Cortez, a Roycemore parent!
  • Bring your own mat and water bottle; The Phoenix Yoga Project will provide blocks and straps
  • There will be a maximum of 25 participants per class
  • Classes are free and open to the public, however donations will be accepted and will support Roycemore School
Registration will be available shortly on the Phoenix Yoga Project website. Visit www.phoenixyogaproject.org and sign up for emails under  "Join the movement today!" to receive updates about specifics and reminders before each class.

We hope you can join our community for this wonderful new initiative--and spread the word to friends and family who are not at Roycemore that this is open to the general public as well. Namaste!

Summer program registration to open 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. Think summer!

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

MON DECEMBER 18
Activities after school LS: Lego Club - Gr 1 room, STEAM - LS art room
4:00pm & 5:00pm MS Girls Basketball Games AWAY at Chiaravalle Montessori in Evanston

TUES DECEMBER 19 - SEMESTER EXAMS
Activities after school LS: Martial Arts - MPR, Sprout Gifted - LS art room
4:00-6:00pm Faculty Holiday Gathering - Library

WED DECEMBER 20 - SEMESTER EXAMS
Activities after school LS: Creative Improv - LS music room, Cross Country - Gr 3 room

THURS DECEMBER 21 - SEMESTER EXAMS
Activities after school LS: Chess Club - Gr 4 room, Sprout Gifted - LS art room

FRI DECEMBER 22 - SEMESTER EXAMS
2:00-3:15pm All-School Wassail Celebration - MPR
Activities after school LS: NO Fitness Fun Friday - Gym