Volume 18| January 7, 2020
Roycemore School Weekly Newsletter
From The Head of School
Potential
By: Adrianne Finley Odell
What does it take to reach one’s true potential? How would you know if you have reached yours? Can you know? Maybe not, however, you can commit to personal growth in a variety of aspects. Just as in physical fitness, as soon as you reach one level of fitness and muscle strength, you have to work hard to maintain it, and extra hard to reach a new level of fitness and strength.  

Over the winter break, I was thinking about the concept of potential, how we can maximize our own potential, and what it feels like to be living and working up to your personal potential. I suspect there has been research conducted on this topic by individuals who are far more qualified than I am to write about it, however, I found myself focusing in on three aspects of living and working to one’s potential:

  • Feeling a profound sense of accomplishment, a sense of personal satisfaction
  • Experiencing many moments of “flow,” a state where time seems to drift away as the work you are doing is aligned with your heart and mind
  • Understanding well your strengths and areas for growth in order to develop a roadmap for further personal development

Roycemore has long been recognized as a school that helps students discover their strengths, gain confidence, and push themselves outside their comfort zones in order to grow... 
Coming Up on the Calendar
  • Monday, January 6th - Friday January 24th - January Short Term (Upper School Students)
  • Thursday, January 9th - FREE Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm (First Yoga for 2020)
  • Saturday, January 11th - Early Childhood Expo 9:00-11:00am (RSVP Here)
  • Wednesday, January 15th - Re-Enrollment Starts for all Current Families
  • Thursday, January 16th - FREE Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm
  • Monday, January 20th - Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL
Athletics at Roycemore
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  • Jan. 8th - MS Girls Basketball vs CMS Away, 4:00pm
  • Jan. 10th - MS Girls Basketball vs Willows at Home, 4:00pm
  • Jan. 13th - MS Girls Basketball vs Parker at Home, 4:00pm
  • Jan. 14th - MS Boys Basketball vs Baker at Home, 4:30pm
  • Jan. 15th - US Girls Basketball vs OLT Away, 5:30pm
  • Jan. 16th - US Girls Basketball vs Acero Cruz Away, 4:00pm
  • Jan. 16th - MS Boys Basketball Home vs Solomon Schechter, 4:30pm
Early Childhood Expo This Saturday!
Roycemore's Early Childhood Expo is this Saturday. This event is open to the public along with current families. There will be STEAM activities, crafts, snacks, story time, and lots fun things to do. Spread the word and feel free to invite neighbors and friends. This event is free and open to anyone with young children.

Early Childhood Expo at Roycemore
Saturday, January 11th
9:00-11:00am
Parents Night Out
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Roycemore's Middle Schools students are hosting babysitting nights to help raise money to support their travel program to NYC in May. This is a STUDENT DRIVEN initiative! The theme for this month is:
Slumber Party and Sleep Under with Cookie Decorating and Fort Building



Friday, January 10th
6:00-9:00pm
First child: $25.00
Family: $40.00
Recommended for ages 3-10.
Pizza Dinner Will be Served
Re-Enrollment Coming Soon
Re-Enrollment for all current Roycemore families begins January 15th. Please keep an eye out for an email coming soon that will answer questions and provide instructions on how to complete this process.
Author Visit
This Friday, January 10th, Alyssa Zaczek will visit with Middle School students to talk about her career as an author. She will also share her new book Martin McLean, Middle School Queen, a great story about diversity and inclusion. Signed copies of the book are available for purchase by filling out the form below.
Adobe Spark and Math
Ever wonder what an array is and where can you find them around Roycemore? Third Graders Sabrina and Clark have you covered. They used Adobe Spark to create a video explaining what arrays are and how they are a representation of multiplication and demonstrate area. After learning the concept, they solidified their understanding by finding arrays around Roycemore and deciding the multiplication equation that is represented in the picture.
FAN Event Coming Up
Roycemore School is proud to be a co-sponsor for this  Family Action Network  (FAN) event.

John Duffy, Psy.D. is a highly sought-after clinical psychologist, bestselling author, podcaster, and relationship expert. He will offer guidance on navigating the terrain of contemporary adolescence. The “new teen” has unlimited digital access and unprecedented levels of academic, social, and family stressors. Young teens are constantly confronted with how they measure up to their peers, their status relative to others, their physical and emotional struggles. For vulnerable children and teens, these non-stop assessments, delivered via electronic media, are overwhelming. With rising rates of teen anxiety, depression, and substance use, parents are seeking to understand how to best support and connect with their children.

Dr. Duffy is cohost of a popular podcast,  Better , with his wife Julie, as well as the podcast  On Purpose  with award-winning Chicago Tribune “Balancing Act” columnist Heidi Stevens who will join him on stage for a wide-ranging interview about his new book, their weekly podcast, and the news and topics that flow through our lives as parents, partners, and friends.

Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety
Dr. John Duffy with Heidi Stevens
Jan. 16th 7:00 - 8:30pm
Location: North Shore Country Day School

Three Cheers
Griffins can't seem to get enough coding! Check out our Lower School student, Milla, who entered the Codeverse Winter Showcase last month. She was selected as a finalist for the digital game that she designed. She was then invited to present her creation to a panel of judges at their Wilmette location and ended up winning 1st Place in her age category. Congratulations Milla!
Wednesday Welcome
Does your child have a special talent to share with our school? Each Wednesday morning during drop-off, we invite a Roycemore student to share their talent with our community. Please  email Ms. Adrianne Finley Odell  if your child would like to volunteer to be a featured performer!
Community Notes
Northwestern University's Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Department holds a number of events each year that are designed to ensure quality of access, opportunity, representation, and participation for all.
Northwestern University also holds a number of events throughout the year that are open to the pubic. These events range in topic and are engaging and interesting. Check out the list of events below that are taking place this winter.
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