Volume 11| November 5, 2019
Roycemore School Weekly Newsletter
From The Head of School
Hard Work and the Value of Failure

By: Adrianne Finley Odell- Head of School
Have you ever tried something that didn’t work out? Depending on how big the stakes were, or the nature of what you tried and failed at, you might have:  

1) Determined that you were wrong to take that chance and you’ll never do it again; 

2) Decided that you needed to adjust your approach or modify your goal and try again; or
3) Realized that you needed to work harder or get help to achieve your dream.

We can probably all cite examples of times in our lives where we respond using one of these three ways. And many of us likely attach a negative connotation to the word, “failure.” When we adopt approach #2 or #3, however, we build greater competency in whatever we were attempting and also greater confidence along the way. We build muscle and strengthen our own capacity to accept failure as an important step along the way to mastery...
Coming Up on the Calendar
  • Thursday, November 7th - FREE Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm (All Ages and Abilities)
  • Thursday, November 7th - Fall Conferences (2:00 to 7:30 pm)
  • Friday, November 8th - NO SCHOOL, Fall Conferences Continue (8.30-3:30) (No EDP Available)
  • Thursday, November 14th - FREE Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm (All Ages and Abilities)
  • Friday, November 15th - Adobe Creative Jam: In Partnership with Adobe and Northwestern University, US Students Only
  • Friday, November 15th - Parents Night Out: PJ's and Polar Express, 6:00-9:00pm
  • Friday, November 15th - Shop for Roycemore at Notice (2112 Central Ave.) 6:00-9:00pm
  • Monday, November 18th - Robert Eisner Distinguished Scholar Application Deadline
  • Thursday, November 21st - FREE Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm (All Ages and Abilities)
  • Friday, November 22nd - Upper School Musical (Chicago) 7:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday, November 23rd - Upper School Musical (Chicago) 7:00-9:00pm
Eisner Scholarship Applications
Attention all 8th and 9th Grade Students!

The Robert Eisner Distinguished Scholar Program is a full merit scholarship awarded every year to at least one rising 9th or 10th grader. This award is open to currently enrolled Roycemore students and new students too. Award recipients are chosen based on the student's demonstrated academic achievement and outstanding leadership abilities and the deadline to apply is this month!

Robert Eisner Distinguished Scholar Program
Application Deadline
Monday, November 18th
Parents' Night Out
Roycemore 7th and 8th Grades are raising money for their spring trip to New York City and are offering their babysitting services as part of the next
Roycemore Parents Night Out!

Children (ages 3-11) can enjoy a winter themed PJ party with crafts, gym time, pizza, and to wrap up the evening, there will be hot chocolate and a viewing of the Polar Express.

Friday, November 15, 2019
6:00 to 9:00p.m.
$25.00 for one child ($40 per family)
To Register Your Family: email hstanley@roycemoreschool.org
Please note: This event has been scheduled to coincide with the Shop for Roycemore event, also on Nov. 15th, for any parents who would like to join together that evening to support Roycemore.
Shop For Roycemore
Notice is a gift, accessory, and clothing shop located on Central street in the heart of Evanston. It is owned and operated by a Royc emore mother and grandmother team who has generously offered to host a Shop For Roycemore event on Nov. 15th. Treats and drinks will be available while you shop and Notice will donate 25% of their sales back to Roycemore!

Get a jump on your holiday shopping, help Roycemore, and support the small business community in Evanston - all at the same time!

Friday, November 15th
2112 Central Street

Please note: This event has been scheduled to coincide with the Parents Night Out event, also on Nov. 15th, making it even easier for parents to come together to support Roycemore.
Lawn Sign Contest Winners
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Roycemore 2019 Lawn Sign Challenge! We had over 50 submissions spread across 11 grades and 16 different zip codes. It was great seeing our school spirit in action across the area. Many prizes were given away last week but the 3 big winners were:

Zip Code with the most Participation

Grade With the Most Participation
1st Grade

Most Creative
Lila S
(Roycemore in Candyland)
Author Visit
We are excited to announce another another author visit this fall. Children's book a uthor, Sara Shacter, will be on campus Nov. 12th to talk with Roycemore students about her career as an author and her new book, Just So Willow .

Families can order a signed book please by filling out the order
form below with payment (cash or check payable to Roycemore School). Orders are due by November 12th and a limited supply of books will be available to purchase the day of the visit.

Author Visit
Sara Shacter
November 12th
Project Linus Preparation
Project Linus is a non-profit organization that started in 1995 and provides homemade blankets to children in need all over the country. At this year's Wassail holiday celebration, all Roycemore students will come together to participate in a Project Linus service project making blankets for children in need. To help this project run smoothly, we are looking for volunteers to help pre-cut the material. The fabric will be provided and the work can be done in your own home. Volunteers only need a pair of scissors and some available free time.
Please email Karen Byrnes if you are interested in volunteering to help pre-cut.
Design Thinking
Roycemore second graders showed off their Design Thinking ingenuity with a simple machines project last month. The students were told the story about a group of baker elves, who were too small and weak to get their cooking ingredients into their giant mixing bowls. In order to help the elves, each second grader was tasked with planning and building 3 simple machines to get the needed ingredients (flour, eggs, and milk) into the mixing bowl. They created functional pulley systems, catapults, zip lines, archimedes screws, and more! When finished, they got to present their creations to families, friends, and fellow students at a simple machines expo.

Griffin Fund Update
Saving The World: Model UN
The Roycemore Model UN team enjoyed a full day of diplomacy over the weekend at their first event of the year. Students were assigned to a variety of positions spanning countries of all shapes and sizes, and facing cultural, political, and humanitarian issues.

One Roycemore student represented a small island country facing the impact of climate change on their delicate shoreline. Another Griffin represented a business tasked with developing the much-needed natural resources in a particular country, while also earning a profit for their shareholders. And another student was assigned to represent the military arm of a country experiencing regional warfare and a rising independence movement.

It was a great opportunity for students to experience the fun and frustration that comes with anticipating, strategizing, negotiating, and ultimately resolving the complex issues that world leaders everywhere have to face. The best part however, was the laughter and camaraderie they got to share with their fellow student-diplomats, all while saving the world at the same time! Well done Griffins.
Northwestern University's
Diversity and Inclusion Department
Roycemore has a wonderful long-standing partnership with Northwestern University. NU's Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Department is a great resource in our community and holds a number of events that are designed to ensure quality of access, opportunity, representation, and participation for all. Please click below to read about some of the amazing events they are holding this winter.

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