Weekly Update & Highlights
October 23, 2017
Winter & Spring Break reminders for planning purposes

School will be completely closed during Winter Break from December 25-January 5, with regular classes resuming on Monday, January 8.

In addition, during Spring Break, the office is open and Extended Day Program available the first week only, from March 26-30, and school will be closed the second week, from April 2-6. There is a Faculty Professional Development Day scheduled on Monday, April 9, with no EDP, so the first day of classes after Spring Break will be Tuesday April 10. 

Please contact the office if you have any questions about the calendar.

(District code is RS-IL)

Quick links
Reading Buddies - 7th graders and 2nd graders read about animals with jobs; including cats "hired" by businesses to repel rodents

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

Griffin Gathering: Roycemore Family Night at the Chicago Bulls is January 28, 2018 - tickets will go fast!

On Sunday, January 28th, 2018 at 2:30pm the RFA has scheduled a Griffin Gathering hosted by the Chicago Bulls. All Roycemore students, faculty, staff, family and friends can purchase tickets in the 300 level at a discount. Tickets regularly priced at $60 (300 level, rows 1-7) are available for only $40 and tickets regularly priced at $46 (300 level, rows 8-17) are available for $33. Please note that tickets are subject to availability and due to high demand, we encourage you to drop off this completed form and payment as soon as possible.

Download the order form here and return with payment to Bea at the front desk, or visit the RFA page  online to pay via PayPal. Go Bulls & Griffins!

Learn more about hosting a student through our partner New Oasis International
New Oasis is our newest partner and is seeking host families for second semester of this school year.  Click to read more . . .

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Invite your friends & neighbors: Fall Admissions Open House is this Sunday, October 29 from 1-3pm

We look forward to hosting a full house of prospective Roycemore families this coming Sunday afternoon. This is a great opportunity for them to talk with faculty, current parents, alumni, and even our own students, as well as hear from administrators about our program and have tours of campus. Please invite anyone you know who might be interested in attending Roycemore and would like to learn more. RSVPs are helpful but not necessary - more at roycemoreschool.org/openhouse.

Respect and Resilience at Roycemore

One of the core values at Roycemore is "Respect." We talk about this as the foundation from which we can have a strong community. In addition to Respect being a core value, it is also embedded in our Leader In Me/7 Habits character building program that we embrace school-wide in Habit #5, "Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood." At the core of this is empathy. Recent advisory conversations with students in both the Middle and Upper School centered around empathy, the ability to truly listen to others and make a genuine effort to understand what they are going through.

Adolescence is a key time for our young people to learn respect and empathy in a deep way and our young people benefit greatly when they see the adults around them modeling this behavior. When they can see adults assuming good intent of others in interactions that might be less than ideal; or when they witness the adults in their lives taking the time to understand the perspective of another person they are frustrated with rather than responding with rage or anger, our young people might just take a pause themselves when they are in a similar stressful situation.

This is easier than it sounds. It requires making decisions over and over again every day to pause, listen, not rush to judgement, and to be forgiving. Many of us adults still have difficulty with this. In fact, just this past week an adult driver who was leaving the Roycemore parking lot spilled over in anger at a student who was backing out of his parking spot. The student believed the lane he was backing out into was one-way, the adult did not, and proceeded to yell obscenities at the teenage driver. How unfortunate that the adult in the situation didn't pause to offer respect and empathy to a young driver.

Hopefully this young driver has enough resilience to bounce back from this incident. Perhaps he has even "sought first to understand..." that maybe the adult driver had a bad day, perhaps was carrying upset from some other interaction that spilled over to the teen driver. Certainly our hope is that in our work with our students through advisory and other guidance and healthy relationships at Roycemore, students will develop resilience to handle difficult situations like these. They will face many more difficult situations in their lives and if we can help them navigate smaller ones with grace and empathy, they will build up resilience to deal with bigger challenges when they come--and they will.

I invite you to partner with us to create an environment where we can support our students' development of empathy, respect, and resilience. I encourage you to model it in your own interactions with others. And if you have ideas about how we can enhance this even more in our school community, please speak with me. I value our partnership.

Lower School Family Night - Pumpkin carving is a huge success!

Over 140 people came to school Friday night for Lower School Family Night. Families and faculty had dinner, chose a pumpkin, carved or decorated a wonderful jack-o-lantern, and enjoyed each other's company. 

Thank you to all the parents that decorated the MPR so beautifully for the event, and to those who were on the break-down and clean-up crew. It was a wonderful time for all!

Introduce your family to a Roycemore tradition! Siblings and parents are invited to join us for:

Roycemore School Carnival
Friday, October 27  
11:00am- 3:00pm
$10 per child  (adults are free)

Games, candy, prizes and fun for all, put on by our amazing Upper School students.  Bring a white tee-shirt to decorate, dress up in costume and have some good old fashioned fun!
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.

10:15-11:00am US College Rep Visit - Oberlin College
2:30-3:30pm Field Trip - Algebra II class to Evanston Subaru in Skokie
Activities after school LS: NO Lego Club - Gr 1 room, NO STEAM - LS art room; US: Musical rehearsal - Rm 119
5:15pm REGIONALS: US Girls Volleyball game AWAY vs. Chicago Waldorf at North Shore Country Day in Winnetka

Activities after school LS: Martial Arts - MPR, Sprout Gifted - LS art room; US: Musical rehearsal - Full cast with accompanist

Activities after school LS: Creative Improv - LS music room, Cross Country - Gr 3 room; US: Musical rehearsal - Full cast with accompanist

All Day Upper School Carnival Setup
Activities after school LS: Chess Club - Gr 4 room, Sprout Gifted - LS art room

11:45am-3:00pm All-School Carnival
Activities after school LS: NO Fitness Fun Friday (due to Carnival); US: Musical rehearsal - Rm 119 & music room

1:00-3:00pm FALL ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE - Throughout the building