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Weekly Newsletter - September 4, 2018

This Week's Calendar


Wed. Sept. 5- Upper School Musical: Disney's The Little Mermaid auditions

Auditions are open to all upper school students, which will occur on September 5th at 3:40pm and September 6th at 3:00pm in room 119. Please come prepared with 30 seconds of any song to sing a capella!

Thurs. Sept. 6, 5:45pm - Miniature School

Fri. Sept. 7- Upper School Picnic

Mon. Sept. 10- Rosh Hashanah- School Closed- EDP available

Thur. Sept. 13- Picture Day!

Thur. Sept. 13- 5pm FREE YOGA (every Thursday) through Phoenix Yoga Project (Library or MPR)

Wed. Sept. 19- Yom Kippur- School Closed- EDP available

Sept. 24-25- Middle School overnight trip to Indiana Dunes

Sept. 26, 5pm- What Schools Could Be  book discussion on book by the same name (details below)

This Week in Sports

Tues. Sept. 4- Upper School Cross Country Team travels to Lake Forest Academy  Start time  4:30. 

Lake Forest Academy 1500 W. Kennedy Rd. Lake Forest

Wed. Sept.5- Upper School Girls Volleyball travels to Beacon Academy for their first match starting at 4:30

Beacon Academy will host that game at the Evanston YMCA. 1000 Grove St.


A big Congratulations to the Upper School Soccer team!  They brought home a victory last week in their first game.  They defeated the Rochelle Zell JV squad 5-2

From the Head of School


by Adrianne Finley Odell


American recently paid RESPECTS to two incredible human beings whose funerals were on back-to-back days.  While Aretha Franklin and John McCain come from very different backgrounds and experiences, they both stood for some of the same values.  Franklin was known as The Queen- and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  McCain was known as the Maverick- and a war hero.  They were individuals who fought for the oppressed and against injustice.  Franklin’s music and leadership united individuals during the Civil Rights Movement.  McCain’s commitment to the ideals of America united individuals across party lines to fight for what’s right.  Franklin died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.  McCain lost his life to brain cancer at the age of 81.


What can we teach our young people through the lives of these two individuals?  I believe one word uniquely and intensely defines them, and in the case of Franklin, we groove to the music she created to emphasize the importance of this value-- RESPECT.


It is one of the of the core values of Roycemore School, and one that is deeply meaningful to me. I believe that respect is a critical value we must emphasize with our children.  We can have deep disagreements, different world views, and different life experiences, but through respect we can honor and appreciate those differences and learn so very much from each other.  When we model respect, we also honor one of the seven habits of highly effective people that we draw upon at Roycemore-- Seek first to understand, then to be understood.  Respect lifts others up, while also lifting ourselves.  And at the deepest core of respect, is love-- something that millions of people around the world were feeling as they watched or read about the funerals of these two American legends.  So let’s embrace what they taught us, let’s embrace love-- and respect.


Adrianne Finley Odell Signature

Community Happenings

Miniature School

Join the Roycemore faculty and staff for our annual Miniature School. Designed to help parents get to know their child’s teachers a little better, we will share overall learning objectives, goals, and methods.

Book Chat

Wednesday, September 26, 5-6pm

Location: Roycemore School, 1200 Davis St., Evanston

Roycemore School, Northwestern University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy are co-hosting a book chat on Ted Dintersmith's new book, What School Could Be, a candid report on the state of public education in America. This is a follow up to Ted's April FAN talk in Evanston. Ted is also the co-author of the book, Most Likely to Succeed. 

Refreshments will be served. Childcare available for 2- 12 year olds. Registration required.
Questions? Email  Adrianne Finley Odell, Head of School, Roycemore School at

To view the FAN talk - Click Here
To read an excerpt from the book - Click Here

It's School Picture Time!

Mark your calendars! Roycemore Picture Day is September 13.

Free Community Yoga

Free Community Yoga at Roycemore School - We are thrilled to partner with Phoenix Yoga Project to offer free yoga classes every Thursday at 5:00pm. Founded by Roycemore alumnus and trustee, Scott Kinsloe, Phoenix Yoga Project offers free yoga to help bring people across a community together. Spread the word that everyone is welcome to join our community, starting Thursday September 13, for this free and healthy weekly class!

Bike the Ridge

Bike the Ridge on Sunday, September 30, 2018 - Ridge Avenue, between Howard and Church streets will be closed on Sunday, September 30, 2018 between 9 am and 1 pm to ALL vehicular traffic for Evanston’s annual Bike the Ridge! Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes and get out and ride! Roycemore will join in on the fun with a tent on our front lawn near Davis. Stop by for some face painting, Roycemore ‘swag’ or just to say “HI”! We invite anyone from the Roycemore community to help with our Bike the Ridge tent. Contact Alicia Forestall-Boehm at to let us know when you can volunteer your time during this fun Evanston event!

Seeking Roycemore School liaison for FAN

Roycemore School is a proud partner of the Family Action Network (FAN) an organization that sponsors leading speakers to come to our community and who share their wisdom with us for no admission charge. FAN connects parents, educators, and professionals through collaborative programming that educates, inspires and positively impacts the broader community. Recent speakers have included Daniel Pink, Angela Duckworth, Rep. John Lewis, Wendy Mogel, and Ta Nehisi Coates to name a few.

We are seeking a couple of Roycemore School representatives to serve on the FAN Liaison Council for the 2018-2019 school year. As a representative on this Council, you will help select speakers for the coming year. If you are interested, please contact Sara McGuire at to let her know of your interest. The Council meets approximately once per month until May and attendance at these meetings can be shared between the representatives.

Student Exchange Opportunity- Guatemala Faces & Culture Program- Sign up to host a student for 8 weeks

We are happy to share with you that this year we will welcome Guatemalan students through the Faces and Our Cultures Program. They will spend 7.5 weeks (October 16th - December 9th) living with a host family while attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities at school.

The program leads to wonderful friendships and provides our students and our Guatemalan guests with valuable cultural experiences.

These young participants apply to be Cultural Ambassadors of their country and are carefully selected. They go through a year long preparation process and prepare cultural projects that they will share with our community.

Here is a VIDEO of the program, which will give you a very insightful idea of how the program works.

We are looking for families to host them! Everyone is welcome to participate!

If you would like additional information or are interested in hosting a student and participate in this life-enriching experience, you can contact Adrianne Finley Odell at, or contact Gaby Padilla, State Coordinator, at

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 September Events.


Chicago - Major Project Begins on Lake Shore Drive

Please be aware of the major resurfacing and bridge repair project that is taking place on Lake Shore Drive between Monroe St. and Grand Ave. The project is on an accelerated schedule that will require lane closures reducing Lake Shore Drive to two lanes in each direction. Work began on August 27 and will continue to the beginning of October.

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