Volume 10| October 29, 2019
Roycemore School Weekly Newsletter
From The Head of School
Loving Life! And trying to stay “in the moment”

By: Adrianne Finley Odell- Head of School
“Loving Life! And trying to stay ‘in the moment’.” This is what I wrote in the “About You” section of my Facebook page a number of years ago after a particularly difficult chapter in my life. I had made the decision that life is too short not to try to fully embrace each and every moment. I’ll admit, it is a lofty aspiration-- but when I am able to achieve being fully present, it opens up opportunities for connection, inspiration, joy, and sometimes pain. Embracing and accepting the pain we are experiencing in the moment can help us overcome it.

Emotional pain is nearly always connected to relationships. In the book “True Love” by Thich Nhat Hahn, he encourages the practice of acknowledging feelings through mindful breathing, giving concentration to the feeling in order to truly be present. “‘Breathing in--I know that I am angry; breathing out--I know the anger is still in me.’ Ten minutes later, you will feel better....You will be able to look deeply at the true nature of your anger. This discovery, this understanding, this wisdom, will liberate you from your pain.”

Adolescents need to be shown safe ways to express their emotions. When they are little and cry because something doesn’t turn out how they want, we tell them to “stop crying,” or “grow up.” But if they aren’t given a safe outlet to express their feelings, those feelings get bottled up and then explode in some other way. We have probably even come across adults that exploded on us in a surprising way and wondered, “why did they do that?” Usually it has nothing at all to do with the interaction that we had with them...

Coming Up on the Calendar
  • Thursday, October 31st - FREE Yoga at Roycemore, 5:00pm (All Ages and Abilities)
  • Tuesday, November 5th - Lower School Tour, 9:00-10:00am
  • 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)
  • Thursday, November 15th - Adobe Creative Jam: In Partnership with Adobe and Northwestern University, US Students Only
Athletics at Roycemore
Fall sports are coming to an end and we want to share a big thank you to all the Roycemore students who participated in a fall sport this year. Special congrats go to Alem and Owen, two members of the Roycemore Cross Country team who ran at the Regional meet last weekend and each finished the season by achieving a new personal best in the 5K event.

Well done Griffins!
Lower School Tour
Thank you to everyone who helped out with the Open House this past weekend. If you know of a prospective family who missed the Open House but is still interested in finding out more about Roycemore, please share that we will be holding a Lower School group tour next week.

Lower School Tour
Tuesday, November 5th
9:00-10:00 am
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
A fun annual tradition at Roycemore is Grandparents and Special Friends Day. This year, the event will take place on November 26th , the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break. Please make sure that we have up-to-date information in Parents Web for your student's grandparents. We love having these special family members visit us on campus and showing them what Roycemore is all about.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Tuesday, November 26th
Eisner Scholarship Applications
The deadline is fast approaching to apply for the Robert Eisner Distinguished Scholar Program. Every year, Roycemore awards at least one new full tuition scholarship to an incoming 9th or 10th grader. This award is based on the student's demonstrated academic achievement and outstanding leadership abilities. The deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 school year is Friday, November 18th .
Upcoming Presentation
The Roycemore community is invited to attend the following presentation:

Stories People Tell Themselves (and their children) About Addiction
Friday, November 8th

How do we think about addiction? How do we study addiction? How do our behaviors affect the minds, lives, and perspectives of our ever-observing children. Stanton Peele, Ph.D. and Noriko I. Martinez, Ph.D., are both experts in the area of addiction research and recovery. They will talk to the group about how we can potentially reduce the power that addiction might have in our world by changing how we react to the those we see as addicted, and items we see as potentially addictive. Offered in two locations, both on November 8th , please consider joining us for this important discussion.

Edgewood Middle School (929 Edgewood Rd, Highland Park)
11:00 - 12:30 pm (Parents)

Marie Murphy School (2921 Illinois Rd, Wilmette, IL)
2:00 - 3:30 pm (Parents)
4:00 - 6:30 pm (Clinicians)
Art Corner
Roycemore's 3rd grade students have been asking the question, " How are artists inspired?" During October, they discussed the work of Mexican artist, José Posada, including his famous piece, La Catrina. They explored how he influenced many other artists such as Diego Rivera and contemporary artist Jose Polida. They borrowed a skeleton from the Middle School science department and observed the shape and dimensions of the skull. After that, they were able to mold their own sugar skulls using air dry clay. Studying images of traditional sugar skull art, the students were then able to add colors and lines to their own creations to finish the project.

Their sugar skulls will be on display starting October 30th in the Roycemore Library as part of a Oferenda for Día de los Muertos. Please be sure to stop by to take a look at the Oferenda , which will also have artwork from all the other Lower School classes, plus projects from the Middle and Upper School Spanish classes.
Three Cheers
Alina, a member of our 7th grade class, came in first place at the U.S. Figure Skating Intermediate Ladies Free Skate Event, 2020 Upper Great Lakes Regional Singles Challenge in Saint Paul this past weekend! The Regional Singles Challenges are the first events in the U.S. Figure Skating's qualifying system. Her accomplishment has earned her the opportunity to compete at the 2020 Midwestern Sectional Singles Final on November 12-16 in Texas. 

Congratulations to Alina from everyone at Roycemore!
Upcoming FAN Events
Roycemore School is proud to be a member of the  Family Action Network  and an event sponsor for these upcoming free presentations open to the public:
The Power of Human: How Our Shared Humanity Can Help Us Create a Better World

Award-winning social psychologist and author Adam Waytz, Ph.D. explores our innate need for human interaction, our capacity for dehumanization, and the ways in which we can reinvest everyday life with value and meaning.

November 4th
Adam Waytz, PhD.
Northshore Country Day
The Great Juggling Act: Balancing Life as a Parent

Parenting is the biggest, most challenging and noble job in the world and yet, it comes without a manual. Time-management and productivity specialist Julie Morgenstern shares life changing ways to manage the conflicting priorities of the parenting years, while creating true quality time with your kids and time for yourself.

November 8th
Julie Morgenstern
New Trier, Northfield Campus
Community Notes
Congratulations to 3rd Grade teacher, Ms. Aksamitowski, who won a Back to School grant through the Meemic Foundation. Meemic is an insurance company started by teachers who's educational foundation helps support those working in the classrooms from Early Childhood to Higher Ed. They partnered this year with Office Depot to help get give away necessary classroom supplies such as pencils, erasers, crayons, binder clips, construction paper, highlighters, etc. Thank you very much to the Meemic Foundation and Office Depot for helping to support Roycemore School!
Share Your Thanksgiving Table
The Northwestern University's Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) is holding their 11th annual "Share Your Table" program this Thanksgiving. They are seeking friendly hosts in the area to welcome international students, scholars, and families to their join them in their Thanksgiving celebrations!

Sign up by November 18th!

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