Volume 2 | September 3, 2019
Roycemore School Weekly Newsletter
From The Head of School

By: Adrianne Finley Odell- Head of School
Noun: (Min-EE-a-CHur) a thing that is much smaller than normal, especially a small replica or model.

This Thursday night is Miniature School night at Roycemore, however, other than shortened schedules, there will be nothing SMALL about this night. Many schools call this night, “Back-to-School Night.” It is an opportunity for parents and guardians to visit Roycemore to hear from their childrens’ teachers about what to expect for the year ahead.

Our faculty and students, however, are thinking BIG! There is much to be excited about and we look forward to sharing this with you. You don’t want to miss this evening where you won’t just hear about what your child will be experiencing in their classes, but about some of the bigger picture thinking that is taking place at Roycemore. We also have a very special announcement about an event and opportunity for our Upper School students this fall; an event which we will be the first high school in the world to host!

Come share the excitement of the new year and hear about how YOU can get involved.

5:45pm Thursday September 5th
Coming Up on the Calendar
  • Thursday, September 5th - Miniature School, 5:45-8:30pm*
  • Wednesday, September 11th - Upper School College Night, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, September 12th - FREE Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm (All Ages and Abilities)
  • Friday, September 13th - Picture Day
  • Thursday, September 19th - FREE Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm (All Ages and Abilities)
  • Thursday - Friday, September 19th - 20th - Middle School Overnight Trip
  • Monday, September 23rd - Lower School Leadership Week Starts

*We are offering free childcare to Roycemore students who's parents are attending Miniature School. 
Pizza will be served to the children at around 5:30.  CLICK HERE to reserve a spot .
Athletics at Roycemore

  • Tuesday Sep. 3, US Girls Volleyball vs. Rochelle Zell at 5:00pm, Away Game
  • Wednesday Sep. 4, US Girls Volleyball vs. Willows at 5:00pm, Away Game
  • Friday Sep. 6, MS Cross Country Meet, Ram Cup at Horner Park, Time TBD
  • Wednesday Sep. 11, US Soccer vs Beacon at James Park, 4:30pm
  • Wednesday Sep. 11, MS Cross Country Meet at Regina, 4:30pm
  • Thursday Sep. 12, MS Soccer vs. Baker Demonstration, 5:30pm
  • Friday Sep. 13, US Volleyball vs Our Lady of Tepeyac, 5:30pm, Home Game

Get Your Back To School Griffin Gear
Finish up your back to school shopping with some new Griffin Gear! Check out the backpacks, headphones, hoodies, jackets, socks, and more - all available now. Show your school spirit!
Free Yoga at Roycemore
Please join us for weekly yoga classes on Thursdays this school year. This is a free Vinyasa style class offered to anyone in the community, all ages and abilities are welcome. Sponsored by the Phoenix Yoga Project , the class will be taught by our very own Director of Admissions,
Amanda is a CYT 200 and NASM CPT.

Signing up is simple and only needs to be done once.
Go to phoenixyogaproject.org and enter your name and email.
Reminder emails and confirmations will be sent out weekly.

Classes Begin Thursday, September, 12th
Roycemore Library

FAN Parent Representative Needed
Roycemore will proud to serve as a sponsor for the Family Action Network (FAN). This organization brings expert speakers to the area to present on topics that are important to today's families.
Topics for the 2019-2020 School Year include:

"How to be Antiracist"
"The Years that Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us"
"Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society"
"Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do"
"The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students"

We are seeking a new Roycemore parent to serve as our FAN Parent Representative for the year.

Responsibilities include:
  • Identify best methods to promote FAN programs within our community
  • Attend monthly Liaison meetings (typically weekday mornings Sep-May)
  • Volunteer at three FAN events (FAN hosts about 25 events per season) 

Lost and Found Update
We have a new Lost and Found Rack located in the lower level area under the main stairs. All lost items will be put there for students and families to reclaim. We encourage all families to check the Lost and Found Rack during their visits to campus.

Please note: Roycemore will be donating all unclaimed items twice a year, following our Parent/Teacher Conference dates.
Roycemore is Proud to Announce
the Newest Members of our Board of Trustees
Tim Costello

Tim has over 20 years of experience in education, having served as a teacher, vice principal, division head and head of school. Upon graduation from Villanova University with a degree in business administration, Tim participated in a volunteer program, placing recent college graduates in inner-city schools. He taught fifth grade in California while earning a Master’s Degree in School Leadership from the University of San Francisco. During his final two years in the Bay Area, Tim assumed the role of vice-principal in addition to his teaching responsibilities. He then moved to Seattle to teach fifth grade for an independent school for gifted students for four years. Tim was then named founding middle school head at Open Window School in Bellevue, WA. After Washington, Tim was named the 7th Head of School for the Science & Arts Academy in Chicago. Tim is active in the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and is a member of the Illinois Collation for Non Public Schools. He also serves on the board of the Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools.

Tim is an avid sports fan, especially of all four professional teams from Philadelphia, where he was born and raised, as well as Villanova basketball. He has warmed up to embracing the Cubs as his second favorite baseball team. Tim enjoys traveling, with a special fondness for road trips and visits to national parks with his wife Ana and four children.  
Holly Crilly

Holly Crilly leads global sales enablement and business development for the Global Security Sales Organization at Cisco. This team’s goal is to drive sustained Security growth by understanding the customer and specialist/seller experiences in-depth, then designing and executing Sales Enablement Strategies and Business Development plays (delivering Activation and Acceleration motions) for security specialists, direct field sellers and partners. Previously, she was a Director in Cisco’s Americas Marketing and Communications organization and also held sales strategy, planning and operations leadership roles at Cisco. Before she joined Cisco, Holly led successful teams in technology, consumer and agency organizations and directed strategy and execution across a full range of marketing, communications and sales enablement disciplines.

Holly has been part of the Roycemore family for four years and her son, Charlie attended for High School and graduated in 2019. She also served on the Board of Rogers Park Montessori for seven years and was President of that Board for three of those years. She enjoys tennis, travel and biking.
Lori Hurley

Lori is Senior Manager of Data Management at Allstate Insurance Company, where she drives solutions around leveraging data as a valued corporate asset. She joined Allstate in 2014 as an Information Architect upon completion of an MS in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Lori’s interest in education has been a recurring theme. Upon graduation from Dartmouth College with a degree in Government, she became a certified educator while teaching high school Spanish in Vermont. Returning home to the Chicago area, she then ventured into technology, spending several years as a developer before leaving the workforce to raise her three children. During those years at home, Lori continued to teach Spanish part-time in a Montessori program, served in volunteer leadership positions for her local school district, taught health and nutrition on international mission trips, and became a strong advocate for gifted education.

The Hurleys became part of the Roycemore community in 2014, when their oldest son was fortunate to join the Upper School as an Eisner scholar.
Stephen Jackson

Stephen Jackson is a resident of Evanston and the proud grandparent of two Roycemore students. He is a practicing attorney with Bryant Legal Group, Chicago, Illinois. Steve received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a Certificate in Labor and Employment Law. Steve received his B.A., summa cum laude, in organizational management from Concordia University Chicago. After earning his J.D. Steve joined the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office where he worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Child Protection division. He joined Bryant Legal Group in 2014.

In 2018 and 2019, Steve chaired Roycemore’s annual scholarship dinner and auction. From 2014-2017 he served as Co-Chair for the Scholarship Gala Committee of Smart Love Family Services, a non-profit located in Logan Square that provides innovative psychological counseling, parenting programs, and early childhood education. Steve is a former adjunct faculty member of Columbia College and Concordia University.
Mark Lowry

Mark Lowry is an accomplished operations professional determined to find solutions to colleagues’ business challenges, large or small. Since joining Rotary International in 2014, Mark has led a diverse portfolio of globally shared services, including travel, data integrity, supply chain and property/facilities management. In addition, he is a fiduciary for the organization’s wholly-owned for-profit subsidiary in Pune, Maharashtra (Rotary International Infotech Pvt. Ltd.).

In addition to physical plant security and traveler safety concerns, Mark’s days are filled with process improvement analysis and sustainability within the built environment. Energy efficiency and skilled trade workforce development are intrinsically related issues about which he is passionate – while non-profit governance consulting keeps him grounded in finding tangible ways to engage stakeholders in collaborative problem-solving.
Parking Reminder
Just a reminder that we ask families not to park in the reserved parking spaces. Those are saved for Auction Winners and Admissions visitors and we want to make sure they can access those spaces when needed.

Thank you!

Three Cheers

How did you spend your summer vacation? One student used her summer break to help care for the newly planted Roycemore Garden! The project started last year in the 4th grade classroom with students making a worm compost and planting seedings in their room. Fruits and vegetables were eventually moved to the outside garden along the south side of the building. Other grades got involved and lots of students took turns during the spring watering and weeding to help the garden flourish. 
However, the real fruits of their labor would not be realized until later in the year. So the question became, who would come to campus during the summer months to help care for the crops? Fifth Grader, Maci took the lead and for weeks she stopped by campus multiple times to water, weed, and tend to issues such as overcrowding. Throughout the summer, she was able to harvest tomatoes, onions, carrots, hot peppers, green beans, basil, and rosemary! Great job Maci! 

Community Notes
For 90 years, Evanston Art Center (EAC) offers extensive and innovative visual art classes, exhibitions and community outreach for youth and adults. Learn more at www.EvanstonArtCenter.org  or visit their location at 1717 Central Street in Evanston. They have great after-school and weekend courses this fall for  children and teens !

Evanston Arts Center (EAC)
Fall Term Begins September 9

Image Credit: Ashleigh Pastor
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