Volume 15| December 3, 2019
Roycemore School Weekly Newsletter
From The Head of School
Learning HOW to Think
By: Adrianne Finley Odell- Head of School
Sometimes in order to truly “see” we need to narrow our focus--to bring our awareness to something distinct. This helps bring more clarity. In our early childhood classrooms recently, as part of students’ study of the senses, children wore blindfolds before tasting food to help sharpen their recognition of taste. By controlling what students could see, they could pay closer attention to whether they were tasting something sweet or tart. This simple exercise, limiting the focus of concentration, is an approach that works well to enhance the capacity of understanding in many fields.

In a 2005 graduation speech at Kenyon College, David Foster Wallace shared his thoughts about a widely touted argument related to liberal arts colleges-- that they teach students to think. He posited that it is the learning HOW to think that is most important. “Learning how to think really means exercising some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.”
We decided to borrow a version of the approach that our early childhood students used to learn about senses in an activity to build understanding between generations last week during Grandparents and Special Friends Day. In an attempt to help our Grandparents and Special Friends better understand, or “see,” teens of today and vice versa, we held an intergenerational conversation between our visitors and our older students...
Coming Up on the Calendar
  • Thursday, December 5th - FREE Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm (All Ages and Abilities)
  • Friday, December 6th - RFA Dinner, 5:00-6:00pm, RSVP Here
  • Friday, December 6th - Winter Program, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Monday, December 9th - Middle School Social Outing, 3:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 11th - Upper School TV and Game Night, 3:30pm
  • Thursday, December 12th - FREE Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm (All Ages and Abilities)
  • Friday, December 13th - Hour of Code Celebration, 3:15-4:30pm, RSVP Here
Athletics at Roycemore
  • Dec. 7th - US Boys Basketball at St. Martin Cristo Rey, 11:00am
  • Dec. 10th - MS Boys Basketball vs Hillel Torah at Home, 4:45pm
  • Dec. 10th - US Boys Basketball vs Beacon at Home, 6:00pm
  • Dec. 11th - US Girls Basketball vs Willows Academy at Home, 5:00pm
  • Dec. 12th - MS Girls Basketball vs CMS, 4:00pm
  • Dec. 12th - MS Boys Basketball at Chiaravalle, 4:00pm
  • Dec. 13th - US Girls Basketball vs OLT at Home, 5:15pm
Winter Program with RFA Dinner
Join us for a special Roycemore tradition: Winter Program! This all-school event will showcase the talent of our students with choir and tumbling performances from all divisions.

Winter Program
Friday, December 6th at 6:30pm

Want to enjoy dinner before the show? The RFA has organized a dinner with Hand Cut Foods that features Chicken Fajitas, Portobello Rajas, and Fiesta Rice with all the fixings! Plus, there will be milk and cookies for dessert.

RFA Dinner
Friday, December 6th at 5:00pm
$12 per person
Roycemore's Hour of Code Celebration
To celebrate Computer Science Education Week (December 9th - 13th) we will be offering coding activities school-wide in classes all week, culminating in an Hour of Code Celebration for students, families, and faculty in the Multipurpose Room on Friday Dec. 13th. The Hour of Code is a global effort to introduce computer programming to millions of people.  Questions? Contact Beth Shutters at 847-866-6055 or  eshutters@roycemoreschool.org .

Hour of Code
Friday, Dec. 13
3:15 - 4:30 pm
Toys for Tots

The Community Service Club has organized a Toys for Tots collection here at Roycemore. All families are welcome to participate by donating new unwrapped toys in one of the many donation boxes around the school.

Toys for Tots Collection
New and Unwrapped Toys
December 2nd - 10th

Art Contest Winner
Last month our Middle School Art Club worked with Art Teacher, Ms. Hecht, to create holiday cards to submit to Mayor Steve Hagerty's second annual Holiday Card Art Contest. Congratulations to Roycemore 5th grader, Lenora, who's artwork was chosen as a finalist! She received her award last week from the Mayor and her cards will be made available for purchase through the City of Evanston's website. Congratulations Lenora!
Volunteers Needed
The Roycemore faculty and staff are having a holiday party on Dec. 10th and we need some parent volunteers to help staff the EDP room so that all employees can attend.

Parent Volunteers Needed
Tuesday, Dec. 10th
4:15 - 6:00pm
Spirit Store
Get in the Holiday Spirit Roycemore Style! Spirit Wear will be onsite the evening of Winter Program, December 6th. Pick up some Griffin Pride for the holidays, everyone loves school spirit! Spirit sales at the Winter Program will be Credit Card only. There are many additional items that are available through the online store.
Three Cheers
Roycemore Freshman, Theo, finished 2nd in the cadet category at the Fencing Junior Olympics qualifying tournament this past weekend. He is now qualified to participate in the Fencing Junior Olympics Program moving forward. Congrats Theo!
Upcoming FAN Event
Roycemore School is proud to be a co-sponsor for this Family Action Network (FAN) event.

Our modern society is practically designed to destroy empathy. Jamil Zaki, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory at Stanford University, has a new book that uses groundbreaking research to explain how society can address the empathy deficit and fight back against tribalism, isolation, and exhaustion.

Building Empathy in a Fractured World
Dec. 4th at 7:00pm
New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus
Annual Fund Update
Community Notes
The Evanston Children’s Choir will be performing a Holiday Concert on December 15th at 3pm. Held in the magnificent setting of Evanston's historic Alice Millar Chapel, this is their most popular self-produced event of the year.

Evanston Children's Choir
Holiday Concert 2019
Alice Millar Chapel
Sunday, December 15 at 3:00pm
Free and Open to the Community

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