Volume 22 | February 4, 2020
Roycemore School Weekly Newsletter
From The Head of School
Creativity Takes Courage

By: Adrianne Finley Odell
“Creativity Takes Courage.” These words from artist Henri Matisse are full of wisdom. Great artists have long understood that in order to produce their very best work, they must be vulnerable. They must be willing to go places inside themselves, sometimes to allow themselves to feel feelings that are a bit uncomfortable.

Over the weekend I attended a new musical- VerbӦten. The music and lyrics were written by Roycemore alumnus, Jason Narducy ‘89, inspired by his life as a teenager. VerbӦten was the name of his band formed by Middle School students. Another member of the band was a Roycemore student and two others were from here in Evanston. The production explores the power of music to express emotions and also the importance of family, whether it is our biological family or our “adopted” family and friends. I first met Jason a couple of years ago when we introduced him to some of our own Middle School students who were focusing on music for their Personal Passion Projects. At that time, Jason had already been collaborating for three years with others to produce the musical. Creating this production took courage for Jason...
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Coming Up on the Calendar
  • Thursday, February 6th - FREE Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 11th - Middle School Outing - Ice Skating
  • Thursday, February 13th - FREE Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm
  • Friday, February 14th - NO SCHOOL, Professional Development Day
  • Monday, February 17th - NO SCHOOL, Presidents Day
  • Thursday, February 20th - FREE Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm
  • Friday, February 21st - Upper School Play, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, February 22nd - Upper School Play, 3:00pm
Athletics at Roycemore
  • Feb. 4th - US Girls Basketball Tournament, Home, 4:30pm
  • Feb. 4th - US Boys Basketball vs Acero Cruz at Home, Time is TBD
  • Feb. 5th - MS Girls Basketball Tournament, Home, 4:00pm
  • Feb. 6th - MS Girls Basketball Tournament, Home, 4:00pm
  • Feb. 7th - US Boys Basketball vs Acero Cruz at Home, 5:30pm
  • Feb. 7th - US Girls Basketball vs LFA, 4:30pm - SENIOR NIGHT
  • Feb. 10th - US Boys Basketball vs NSCD at Home, 5:00pm
  • Feb. 12th - MS Girls Basketball vs NSCD at Home, 4:00pm
  • Feb. 13th - US Boys Basketball vs Rochelle Zell at Home, 5:00pm
  • Feb. 15th - US Boys Basketball vs St. Martin Cristo Rey at Home, 11:00am
JST Expo
We had a wonderful turn out for the JST Expo last week. The projects were amazing and the students did a great job presenting their work to parents, teachers, students, and even prospective families. If you missed it here, here is a quick video that gives you an idea of the energy we had on campus that night.

Summer Camp Registration is Now Open
Inspiration Factory and Camp Griffin are back at Roycemore for Summer 2020! Options range from 1 week to 3 weeks, and include half day and full day options. Whatever age your child is, we have you covered with camps that range from age 3 all the way to 12th Grade.

Senior Night
Senior night for the Upper School Girls Basketball team is this Friday. All members of the Roycemore community are invited to come out and cheer the team on. Any Roycemore student who attends the game on Friday is eligible to enter a drawing for a bag of Roycemore Swag . The drawing will take place during halftime. Go Griffins! Go Seniors!

Upper School Girls Basketball
Senior Night
Friday, February 7th
Alumni Updates
As our current Upper School students are starting to receive college acceptances for next school ye ar, we would like to share stories of the talented Griffins who recently graduated. We have been getting updates on how their first semester at college has gone and how Roycemore helped prepare them for this new chapter in their lives. If you know of an alumni who would like to send us an update, they can email Sara McGuire .
Kati reading on the terrace of the Student Commons at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kati, Class of 2019
Kati just finished her first semester at Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, where she reports that she has played intramural volleyball and joined a theatre company called “Singers” that staged a reimagined production of Into the Woods set in a junkyard. Kati shares that Penn classes are...
Riley enjoying the French countryside during his study abroad experience his first semester at Colby College.
Riley, Class of 2019
Riley spent his first semester abroad at prestigious Colby College as part of their foreign language program. Initially unsure how his own language preparation in high school would compare to the rest of the group, he found that he was one of the strongest speakers. As a freshman at the Universite de Bourgogne...

Daria playing violin with her string quartet as part of the UIUC chamber music program.
Daria, Class of 2019
Daria has continued pursuing her interests in math and music at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and credits Roycemore for uniquely preparing her for college, especially the opportunity to take classes at Northwestern during high school as part of our “Northwestern Option.” She is a member of a student club in the UIUC math department...

New Palio Dates
Mrs. Wunder is making great progress and would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support that she has received from our Roycemore family! She has been working with Mr. Linkhart and they have come up with a plan for the annual Palio celebration that involves rescheduling Palio to same day as the currently planned Spring Show (May 21st). Junior Palio will also be rescheduled to May 27th.

Palio and Spring Show
May 21st 
Lower School Performance to Start at 6:00pm
Middle and Upper School Performance to Start at 7:30pm

Junior Palio
May 27th at 8:45am
Rehearsal during school on May 26th.

Important Note
There will be  NO  early dismissal on March 20th as previously planned,
and  NO  early dismissal on May 21st.
Please update your calendars!
Roycemore Strategic Discussions
Last month, we announced a discussion series that invites all members of the Roycemore community to partake in community conversations this winter. These events will serve as a precursor to the work our school will be doing next year to launch a new strategic plan.

There are two dates left and we encourage everyone to please consider attending one of these dates. We want every voice to be heard.

Wednesday, February 5, 5:30-6:45pm
Thursday, February 20, 5:30-6:45pm
Upper School Play
The Upper School is pleased to announce this year's Spring play is:
Murder on the Orient Express
By Agatha Christie, Adapted by Len Ludwig

Please join us for this fast-paced, 'who-dun-it', theatrical performance.
Friday, February 21 at 7:00pm
Saturday, February 22 at 3:00pm
Re-enrollment and Tuition Discounts
Re-enrollment launched earlier this month and many of our families have already completed the required paperwork and reserved their student's spot for next year. If you have any questions or problems accessing your re-enrollment packet, please let us know.

Roycemore also offers different payment plans that give families a discount on tuition. The Blue and Gold Payment Plan is one of those plans and families who enroll receive a 2% tuition discount.

Blue and Gold Payment Plan

Enrollment Deadline for Families Choosing the Invoice Payment option: February 5th
Enrollment Deadline for Families Choosing Automatic Payments:  February 18th
Payment Due Date: March 1st

Questions about Re-Enrollment? Please email Tanise Robnett.
Northwestern University PADlab
Teen Research Study:
Game Changers
Roycemore has a long established connection with Northwestern University and their many resources. This includes the University's PADlab (Personality Across Development). They are conducting a research study on personality development in adolescence and how that affects decision-making and leadership skills. They are looking for participants between the ages of 13 and 17 for a study. The time commitment is 3-4 hours and participants will earn a $60 Amazon gift card.

PADlab at Northwestern University
Game Changers : Teen Leadership Study
Email: gamechangersNU@gmail.com
Phone: 847-467-7348
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