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Roycemore Weekly Newsletter September 18, 2018

Special Announcement

Exciting News!

Roycemore School is thrilled to announce a collaboration with Adobe.


Adobe has provided Creative Cloud licenses to Roycemore School students and teachers. The software capabilities of the Adobe Creative Cloud technology will equip our students with some of the most powerful tools available today to present and communicate ideas, express creativity, convey meaning, and collaborate— which are some of the most critical skills young people need in today’s complex world. Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, Adobe Spark, Adobe XD CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Premiere Pro CC, Acrobat Pro and more, will help students and teachers use design technology to make their ideas come alive.

This Week's Calendar


Tues. Sept. 18- Mandatory college admissions meeting for Juniors, activity period

Wed. Sept. 19- Yom Kippur- School Closed- EDP available

Thurs. Sept. 20- Mock College Admission event for Seniors

Thurs. Sept. 20- FREE YOGA (every Thursday) through Phoenix Yoga Project, 5:00 pm

Fri. Sept. 21 - Middle School Social Outing (in Chicago following all-day field experience)

Mon-Tues. Sept. 24-25- Middle School overnight trip to Indiana Dunes

Mon. Sept. 24- Mandatory college admissions meeting for Sophomores, activity period

Week of Sept. 24- Lower School Leadership Week

Wed. Sept. 26- What School Could Be  book discussion on the book by the same name (details below), 5:00 pm

Thur. Sept. 27- College night for Juniors and families, mandatory, 6:00-7:00 pm

Fri. Sept. 28- Mandatory college admissions meeting for Freshman, activity period

Sun. Sept 30- Bike the Ridge

Tues. Oct. 3- Roycemore Day Pep Rally, 8:15-9:45 am

Tues. Oct. 3 - Financial Aid night for Seniors and families, optional, 6:00-7:00 pm


This Week in Sports

Wed. Sept. 19- Upper School Soccer vs. Lake View High School at James Park, 4:30 pm

Thurs. Sept. 20- Middle School Volleyball at North Shore Country Day, two matches 4:00/5:00 pm

Thurs. Sept. 20- Upper School Volleyball vs Lake Forest Academy at Roycemore, 5:30 pm

Fri. Sept.21- Upper School Soccer vs. Beacon Academy at James Park, 4:30 pm 


Last Week in Roycemore Athletics

Congratulations to our Middle School Cross Country Team.  On Tuesday they traveled to the "Regina Run" in Wilmette.  All the runners gave their absolute best in the one mile run.  Great Job by the Running Griffins


Not to be out done, the Upper School Cross Country Team went to Lake Forest Academy on Wednesday.   All runners completed the course, and had a great time!


On Thursday it was all Volleyball! The two middle school teams played against North Shore Country Day.  The 5/6/7 team Won their match 2 games to one. The 7/8 grade played a great match but fell to the Raiders 1 game to 2.


The US Girls Volleyball Team played at HOME vs Lycee Frances.  The Upper School Girls played valiantly, but fell to the Flame 2 games to 0. 

From the Head of School

Just Text Me

By Adrianne Finley Odell


If someone had said that to me when I was a teenager, I wonder what I would have thought.  In those “ancient” of days we still had landlines, email was just beginning, and we were still more than a decade away from the invention of the world wide web.  What technology will be different and what new language will we create when today’s newborns are adolescents?


This past weekend, I met my grandson for the first time.  Just two months old, he is beautiful and perfect.  His needs are very simple right now, the pattern of  His world is very small right now as well.  As I think about the massive changes that will take place in the world during his lifetime, what I know is this:  I can’t begin to understand the impact that technology is going to play in his life experience.  It has already rapidly changed our lives just in the last ten years.  Think about the advances in AI, robots, medicine, travel, drones, and blockchain.  What about the growing dependence on technology, the need for cyber security, and the growing economic disparities that are stressing our society.


A couple of years ago, Business Insider interviewed futurist Ian Pearson on his predictions for 2050.  This is an individual who is known to make such predictions with 85% accuracy.  At that time he predicted that drones would be making deliveries within the next two years.  This is already happening in some markets.  Some of his other predictions for 2050 include new clothing lines that will give people super-human skills like leggings that strengthen muscles; space tourism to Mars; 3D printed houses; and prosthetics- the merging of technology and our bodies- to give humans abilities that were once only considered for robots.  Virtual reality in education may be the final technology that tips the scales for schools to use digital education tools over printed textbooks.  These predictions have merit because most of this technology already exists and is being tested in various forms.


What is without dispute is that the world as we know it will be much different when my grandson is my age.  The question is, how can we best prepare him and our students at Roycemore for this dramatically different world?  What skills are needed?  We have been having these conversations at Roycemore since last spring after the community viewing of the film, Most Likely to Succeed.  This is a topic that I believe is one of the most important ones we should be thinking about and why I have been encouraging our faculty and community to think deeply on it.  In cross-divisional department meetings, our faculty have been having conversations to further our thinking about the key skills that our students need to be successful no matter what they pursue after leaving Roycemore.  


Next week we will host a community forum/ book chat on the book What School Could Be?.  If you are interested in this topic, please join us on September 26th at 5:00pm in the MPR.  And if you want to know where I stand on this matter, the subject and opening lines of this newsletter article provide a hint.  I believe that no matter what field our young people choose to pursue, one of the most important skills they need to develop is communication, including the ability to write and speak well.  Tied closely with it is the ability to analyze and discern complex information and then coherently discuss it with a leaning toward empathy of the person receiving that information.  What are your thoughts?  Join us on Sept. 26th or send me an email.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Adrianne Finley Odell Signature

Griff-ing Around...

Upper School Cross Country

Roycemore upper school cross country team at Lake Forest Academy. The boys are getting ready to start the race. Everyone improved their times today! Go Griffins!


Thesis Writing Skills

7th and 8th grade students perfect their thesis writing skills.


2nd grade Griffins

The 2nd grade Griffins in the wordless picture book reading group, work on sequencing.

Community Happenings

Roycemore Day Pep Rally!

Join us to celebrate Roycemore Day, our 103rd birthday! Parents' coffee, pep rally, games, and spirit! The pep rally is a school pride event to generate exctment about the coming year, sports and school spirit. Parents are invited to participate in our spirit games!  A brief address from Adrianne Finley Odell will kick us off! We aim for everything to be concluded by 9:45 am.

8:15 - Mix & Mingle coffee with RFA reps and fellow families.

8:45 - Join your students for an incredible pep rally, games and other announcements!

Grab your blue and gold spiritwear and join us to celebrate!

Free Community Yoga

Free Community Yoga at Roycemore School - We are thrilled to partner with Phoenix Yoga Project to offer free yoga classes every Thursday at 5:00 pm. Founded by Roycemore alumnus and trustee, Scott Kinsloe, Phoenix Yoga Project offers free yoga to help bring people across a community together. Spread the word that everyone is welcome to join our community for this free and healthy weekly class! The first class is this Thursday, September 13.

Book Chat

Wednesday, September 26, 5-6pm

Location: Roycemore School, 1200 Davis St., Evanston

Roycemore School, Northwestern University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy are co-hosting a book chat on Ted Dintersmith's new book, What School Could Be, a candid report on the state of public education in America. This is a follow up to Ted's April FAN talk in Evanston. Ted is also the co-author of the book, Most Likely to Succeed. 

Refreshments will be served. Childcare available for 2- 12-year-olds. Registration required.
Questions? Email  Adrianne Finley Odell, Head of School, Roycemore School at

To view the FAN talk - Click Here
To read an excerpt from the book - Click Here

Bike the Ridge

Bike the Ridge on Sunday, September 30, 2018 - Ridge Avenue, between Howard and Church streets will be closed on Sunday, September 30, 2018 between 9 am and 1 pm to ALL vehicular traffic for Evanston’s annual Bike the Ridge! Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes and get out and ride! Roycemore will join in on the fun with a tent on our front lawn near Davis. Stop by for some face painting, Roycemore ‘swag’ or just to say “HI”! We invite anyone from the Roycemore community to help with our Bike the Ridge tent. Contact Alicia Forestall-Boehm at to let us know when you can volunteer your time during this fun Evanston event!

Let the College Admissions Season Begin!

Wondering what to do and when? Well, we have a doc for that! The Recommended Timeline for the College Application Process is designed for all Upper School Griffins. Feel free to download and consult it. We have seven colleges coming to meet our juniors and seniors in person, be sure to bookmark Roycemore’s Coordinator of College Counseling Stacia Campbell’s blog for up-to-date information.

Seeking Volunteers!

Admissions needs you! As we speed ahead into the fall, Amanda Avery, Director of Admissions seeks volunteers to represent Roycemore at upcoming fall school fairs and admissions events. It takes a village to help spread the word about our amazing school! If you are interested in becoming an Admissions Ambassador, contact Amanda directly: Thank you!!


Northwestern Diversity & Inclusion and Public Events

A quick link to all the Northwestern community diversity and inclusion events. Northwestern encourages community members to take part in events like these to increase their cultural competency and understanding. View All Upcoming Events.

See what is going on at Northwestern this month and next. Concerts, lectures, athletic events - there is always something going on. View September Events.

Chicago - Major Project Begins on Lake Shore Drive

Please be aware of the major resurfacing and bridge repair project that is taking place on Lake Shore Drive between Monroe St. and Grand Ave. The project is on an accelerated schedule that will require lane closures reducing Lake Shore Drive to two lanes in each direction. Work began on August 27 and will continue to the beginning of October.

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