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Roycemore Weekly Newsletter March 12, 2019

From the Head of School


Expecting and Accepting Mistakes (Part 2) 

- By Adrianne Finley Odell

"Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.”  - Dr. Steve Maraboli

Acceptance.  We crave it. We thrive in environments that are accepting.  How consistently do we give ourselves the gift of acceptance?  Do we accept others? In a culture that embraces acceptance, there is greater trust, kindness, forgiveness, and joy. Acceptance fosters compassion and respect, two of our core values at Roycemore.  

When we are accepting of ourselves, we are less defensive and enjoy greater emotional health.  When we are accepting of others, it brings us closer together in our shared humanity. Accepting mistakes aids in the recognition that we are one step closer to figuring out a solution.  We can celebrate the steps along the way to greater learning and boldly open pathways toward new discoveries.

Forgiving or accepting mistakes doesn’t mean that you don’t hold others accountable.  You can have an organization that expects the best from its people and has high standards while also accepting mistakes and being forgiving.  Without such acceptance, fear and distrust abound. Where there is fear and distrust there will likely be even more mistakes because of what people didn’t do rather than what they did.  It’s immobilizing and crippling. We become frozen with fear of doing something wrong. Accepting mistakes diminishes the tendency to blame because you finally accept that you can’t change the past, you only have control over the present.  It doesn’t mean that you don’t work to make things better, rather it allows you to be realistic about what the current state of affairs is, to be honest and truthful, and to set forth a path for improvement.

When children are living in environments that don’t accept mistakes, they will tend toward perfectionism, trying to get things right to earn the love of their parents or teachers.  They’ll fear that they can never be good enough in the eyes of the adults around them. Ironically, the lack of acceptance of mistakes will cause more mistakes, mistakes of not trying new things and not taking appropriate risks which are essential to learning.  Accepting mistakes as they come encourages our children to be more courageous, to take ownership of their learning process and to build resilience. They know they are in a safe environment where they are loved and valued for the unique and special contributions that only they can bring to the world.  They will step confidently forward to discover all that is possible within them.

Coming Up On The Calendar

- Thursday, March 14th - Free Yoga In the Library, 5:00pm
- Friday, March 15th - Early Dismissal at 11:30am (EDP is available),
P3 Expo for Middle School from 10:00-11:30, Lower School Palio at 6:00pm, Middle and Upper School Palio at 7:30pm
- Saturday, March 16th - Upper School Parent Social, Game Night
- Monday, March 18th - School Spirit Week Starts
- Thursday, March 21st - Free Yoga In the Library, 5:00pm
- Wednesday, March 20th - Junior Palio, 8:30-10:00am

Griffin Around

Spririt Week Is March 18-22 at Roycemore.  Here are the daily themes for this year's Spirit Week:

Monday, March 18th- Pajama Day
Tuesday, March 19th - Meme (Internet Trend) Day 
Wednesday, March 20th - Teacher-Student Switch Day
Thursday, March 21st - "Throwback" Thursday (Another Decade) 
Friday, March 22nd - Blue and Gold School Spirit Day 

Roycemore Happenings

The streets of Paris are coming to Roycemore School! 

Our annual Scholarship Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 27th, and our online auction will start as early as April 7th!  

There are many ways you can help:

Donate - We need Auction items to add to our auction. If you have valuable merchandise, rare collectibles, business or personal services or access to unique events, we need your contribution today. Click here to Donate. 

Be a Sponsor - Contact Sara McGuire at or (847) 866-6055 to take advantage of promotional opportunities for your business or to pledge your individual support.

Buy a Ticket or Two! - Online ticket sales are now open! 

Middle School P3 Expo

All families are invited to attend our 2019 P3 Expo!  Personal Passion Project (P3) involves each Middle School student focusing on a topic of their choice for several months. They will be showcasing their projects at the P3 Expo on Friday, March 15th from 10:00-11:30am.  Come join us!

The Roycemore School Store Is Open For Business

The School Store will be onsite and open at this Friday's Palio!   Show your Roycemore Spirit with some new Griffin swag. 

Friday, March 15th
6:00 - 7:30pm Lower School Palio
7:30 - 9:00pm - Middle & Upper School Palio

Please Note: credit cards will be accepted but no cash or checks. 

Three Cheers

Roycemore School has leaders at all levels!  We had a drawing for students giving them the chance to be "The Voice of Roycemore”.  Fourth Grader, Isabel Amat, won the honor and now her voice graces the school's answering service.  From our youngest to our seniors, Griffins are leaders!

Summer Camp

Announcing two new Inspiration Factory summer camps for older students!


Young Journalists: Discovery of Chicago's Ethnic Diversity

June 17- July 5 (3 week camp)

Half-Day and Full-Day Options Available

Entering Grades 9-12


Students will get to enjoy a field research project looking firsthand at the cultural diversity of Chicago’s communities through group discussions, interviews and visits to various cultural institutions around the city.  Their findings will be compiled into a group piece set for publication by an international resouce.


Diversity of the World

July 29 - August 9 (2 week camp)

Hllf-Day and Full-Day Options Available

Entering Grades 8-12


Students will study geography and enhance their computer and creative skill set during this two week exploration of cultural diversity around the World.  Discussions about the global political landscape, economic trends and cultural challenges will be part of the experience with students creating movies and media showcasing what they discovered during their research.  

Adobe Partnership

Middle School student Marko Maruszewski made a video called "Chromebook Safety Tips".  Thank you Marko for showing the whole school how to take care of our shared property - and for showing us what informational videos can look like when created in Adobe Spark.






Did You Know?

Interested in hosting a Roycemore School international student? HAMDEN EDUX is looking for host families willing to welcome an international student into their home for the 2019-2020 school year. Short term and long term hosting is available. For more information, please contact Mary Bridich by phone (847-767-0696) or email (, or visit to apply.  


Is your child ready to see the world?  Faces and Our Cultures, a cultural exchange organization based in Guatamala, is offering a summer exchange programs for students between the ages of 11-17.  Students attend a private bi-lingual school during their stay and programs are available in 2-week, 3-week, and 4-week options.  Students stay with a pre-screened host family in Guatamala, that includes host-siblings of a similar age.  

The experience continues in the fall when students from Guatamala come to the US for an exchange here in Chicago!  Guatamalan students will stay with Roycemore families and attend school on campus for an 8 week program. If you are interested in finding out more, please feel free to contact the Program Coordinator with any questions:  

Ana Gabriela Padilla
Faces & Our Cultures Program
USA Cell (615)756-8562

Special Announcements

Calling all artists!  Google is hosting a Doodle 4 Google contest for all interested students.  Finalists can win prizes and scholarships for themselves and their school.  Some of our Roycemore students have already started their submissions but everyone is welcome to participate.  Act quick - the deadline is March 18th!

Click HERE to find out more. 



Community Happenings

Roycemore is proud to be part of the Family Action Network (FAN).  Every month FAN hosts a number of high-quality speaker events that focus on meaningful topics that bring our community together.  These events are always free and open to the public.  Please check out their list of upcoming speakers to find an event that interests you!

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