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Roycemore Weekly Newsletter April 16, 2019

From the Head of School

Photo of bulletin board by the PK classroom on the ground floor.

In Celebration of Poets and Poetry

- By Adrianne Finley Odell

Inspired by the loveliness of language
This month we celebrate poetry of all variety
Sonnet, Narrative, Refrain, Lyric
Haiku, Pastoral, Ballad or Limerick
Each manifestation has devotees in our society

Yes, April is National Poetry Month and at Roycemore our teachers and students are enjoying poetry exposure throughout the school.  In library class, Mrs. Fisher is teaching all kinds of poetry to her students. She includes concrete poetry and spoken word poetry (aka Rap!) in some fun lessons.  She will also teach blackout poetry to the 3rd-6th graders with social justice as a backdrop.

Mrs. Campbell shared that students in her upper school Story and Structure class are beginning each class with a poem this month. The sole purpose is to give them a break from work on a research paper.  They pause, listen to and appreciate a poem. Over the course of the month, they will read selections from Charles Bukowski, Pablo Neruda, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, and other poets. Then, students can earn extra credit for taking their appreciation a step further. They can share the poem with a friend from another English class. When that friend comes to visit the teacher to discuss the poem, the friend earns a few extra credit points for the student in the Story and Structure class. The results are fun and sometimes surprising. Students find they like the poems. They end up talking to their peers about poetry (of all things!).

Middle School Humanities students wrote poems to submit to the Illinois State Manningham Contest.  Three students were contest winners and were recently recognized, Haido, Jahnavi and Anthony.  Below is one of Anthony’s poems that is sure to make you smile!:

Oh hot cheetos
I love your curly crunchy puffs
I love your cheesy taste
Obscured by delicious spiciness
I eat them all with haste


I love your spicy flavour
And the chemicals that make it up
Oh my gosh I love you so
Even though you'll make me glow
In the dark
Because of all the chemicals

We invite you to join us in celebrating National Poetry Month.  Here is a link to 30 ways you can celebrate from the Academy of American Poets - enjoy!

Coming Up On The Calendar

- Wednesday, April 17th - Lower School One Book Read Together,
- Thursday, April 18th - Middle School Science Fair, 8:30-10:00am
- Thursday, April 18th - Free Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm (All Ages Welcome)
- Thursday, April 18th - Faces and Cultures Program Guatemala Student Exchange Info Session, Roycemore Lobby, 5:00-7:00pm
- Thursday, April 18th - Upper School Variety Show, 7:00-9:00pm
- Friday, April 19th - No School - Passover and Good Friday (No EDP)
- Thursday, April 25th - Free Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm (All Ages Welcome)
- Thursday, April 25th - US Boys Volleyball Away vs. Cristo Rey, 5:30pm
- Friday, April 26th - Celebration of Dedication and Excellence, Whole School Assembly Recognizing our Faculty's Years of Service, 10am 
- Friday, April 26th - US Boys Volleyball at Home vs. Acero Cruz, 4:30pm
- Saturday, April 27th - Scholarship Dinner and Auction: April In Paris, 6.30pm

Annual Scholarship Dinner

The last day to buy tickets online is tomorrow!

Roycemore's annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction is just TWO WEEKS AWAY!  Join us for April in Paris, where you can mingle with fellow Roycemore parents while enjoying French food, wine, music and a fabulous live auction. The last day to buy tickets online is Wednesday, April 17th!  After that, interested parties will have to contact Sara McGuire directly for tickets.

The ONLINE AUCTION started last week with lots of bidding activity already underway. Check out all the great items that include sporting events, theater tickets, restaurants, fitness, travel, and more! Please be sure to also check out the various Roycemore Teacher Parties - many with limited spots!!

Don't miss out! Start your online bidding today.

This event supports the financial aid and scholarship funds of Roycemore School where nearly 50% of our student body receives some amount of financial aid. This incredible commitment is due to the support of our entire community, from current parents and grandparents, to alumni and their families - all who want to see Roycemore continue to thrive in a manner that is accessible to people from all different backgrounds.


Did You Know?

Is your child ready to see the world?  Faces and Our Cultures, a cultural exchange organization based in Guatemala, is offering a summer exchange programs for students between the ages of 11-17. 

Information Session
Roycemore School Lobby
Thursday, April 18th

American students attend a private bilingual school during their stay in Guatemala and programs are available in 2-week, 3-week, and 4-week options.  Students stay with a pre-screened host family, that includes host-siblings of a similar age.  

The experience continues in the fall when students from Guatemala come to the US for an exchange here in Chicago!  Guatemalan students will stay with Roycemore families and attend school on campus for an 8 week program.  Stop by the Information Session to learn more or contact Ana Gabriela Padilla, Program Coordinator, with any questions at:

Summer Camp

Summer Camp Spots Are Filling Up!

June will be here before you know it and summer at Roycemore is not to be missed! Camp Griffin, a long-standing tradition at Roycemore will be running between June 17 and August 9. Sign up for one week or the whole summer!


If you want to get things started early, our enrichment-based summer camp program, Inspiration Factory, starts as as early as June 10th and offers the following theme-based camps:


Little Chefs

Animalistic Adventures

Author Study of Mo Willems  

Summer Gardens 

Wacky Creatures

Inventors Workshop



Lego Robotics

Fractured Fairy Tales

You Got Game  

C'est La Vie: French Adventure

CSI Roycemore

Oh Snap! The Art of Photography


Studio Art *

Put the World in a Movie *

Young Journalists *


* Open to students up to 12th Grade!


Three Cheers

Congratulations to the Roycemore's 7th and 8th graders who were selected as Manningham Poetry contestant winners. Anthony, Jahnavi and Haido made all Griffins proud when they wrote poems that everyone can relate to on topics such as beauty, hope, favorite snacks and even the frustration of technology when it doesn't work correctly.  Well done Griffins!

Community Happenings

Roycemore is proud to be a sponsor of this free upcoming Family Action Network event.


Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Youth
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:00 PM
New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus, Gaffney Auditorium
385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093

Lisa Damour is a Psychologist, teacher, speaker, and consultant. She is the writer of the monthly "Adolescence" column for the "Well Family" section of the New York Times, and regular contributor at CBS News.  She is also the bestselling author of Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions to Adulthood and the brand-new Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.

Adobe Partnership

Upper School students researched the UN Sustainable Development Goals and teenagers who are working to help achieve those goals.  Then using Adobe Spark, they made posters highlighting the work of these teens and how they are helping to change the world.  Here is the poster created by Roycemore 10th Grader, Cindy, that highlights the work of Gitanjali Rao.






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