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Weekly Newsletter · April 24th 2018

This Week's Calendar


Wednesday, April 25
5:00 pm · Yoga · Free restorative yoga class in the library

Friday April 27
10:00 am · Celebration of Dedication & Excellence. All students and faculty will gather in the MPR for our annual recognition of faculty members, including special recognition for faculty celebrating milestone work anniversaries. Parents are welcome to attend.
2:00 pm · Stand Against Racism · Students join other community members along Ridge for this annual event sponsored by the YWCA that we have been participating in since 2012 when we moved to our Davis Street location. Families are welcome to join us!

Saturday, April 28
6:30 pm · Annual scholarship dinner & Auction

Wednesday May 2nd
6:30 pm LOWER SCHOOL MUSICAL— Seussical the Musical!

Saturday May 19
10:00 am - 3:00 pm · YEA, Young Evanston Artists in Raymond Park, Roycemore always has one of the best booths.

Sunday, June 17
RACE AGAINST HATE- Roycemore will again be participating in the YWCA's Race Against Hate. There are four different race options to choose from: a timed 5K and 10k, a 5K walk, and a Youth/Family 1 Mile. To join the Roycemore Team, click here: Race Against Hate Team Roycemore. For more information, click here Race Against Hate or contact team captains: Annette O'Donnell or Darcy Aksamitowski

From the Head of School


Honoring our Teachers
This Friday we honor our teachers (and staff) at our annual Celebration of Dedication and Excellence. While we hope teachers are appreciated every day, this event brings all students and faculty together to focus us on the value that they bring to our students’ lives. It is also an opportunity to offer a special thank you to those individuals who are celebrating milestone anniversaries. This year we have individuals who are completing five, ten, fifteen and even twenty-five years of service. In this day and age, that kind of loyalty and commitment is rare.

Recently I attended a gathering of Roycemore alumni in Los Angeles, hosted by one of our parents of alumni. The gathering included alumni that ranged anywhere from the class of 2005 to the class of 1982! It was wonderful to listen to the stories they shared of their fond Roycemore memories, including typical teenage antics that anyone might expect. There was a LOT of laughter and the evening stretched on as the alumni found it hard to pull themselves away from such an enjoyable evening. What was particularly touching were the stories shared about teachers who had made such a difference in the lives of the alumni. They talked about the special relationships that they had with their teachers— that it was more like family than a teacher-student relationship. This past week, I received a call from the host of the gathering as she was so touched by the evening that she wanted to make a donation to the school on top of hosting the gathering. She shared with me that at the end of the evening, she was talking with her friend who had attended the event to help her out and her friend said, “wow, I didn’t know there was a place like this. Teachers get so involved with their students and really support them.”

Although decades have passed, this remains true today. Because of our small size, our teachers truly know each student and are constantly thinking of ways to help them reach their full potential. As a new member of the Roycemore community I am constantly touched to see the depth of commitment that our teachers have for our students. There really isn’t a way to thank them enough for all of the inspiration, support, guidance, and love they bring to our children every day— but this Friday, we will take a special moment to shine the light on them.

Community Happenings

Book Chat— What School Could Be

In partnership with Northwestern University and the Family Action Network, Roycemore is hosting two opportunities in April to participate in a book chat on Ted Dintersmith’s new book, “What School Could Be.” This is a follow up to Ted’s recent FAN event at New Trier High School. Ted is also the co-author of the book, Most Likely to Succeed. The book and film (of the same name) served as the catalyst for our NextGen Roycemore conversations.

There will be both a morning and an evening book chat, click the button to register:
Thursday May 17, 8:30 am
Tuesday May 22, 7:00 pm

You are Invited to Participate in a Roycemore Fourth of July!

Roycemore School is planning to have a float in the Evanston Fourth of July parade this year. If you are interested in participating in the making of the float, we will be building it at school the week of June 25th. We are in search of a flat bed truck/ trailer for the float, volunteers to build, and volunteers to participate in the parade. The parade starts at 2:00 pm on July 4th and is over around 4:00 pm, when we will relocate to Roycemore for a community picnic / barbeque. Following the picnic / barbeque, a group will walk down to the waterfront to enjoy the Palatine Band followed by fireworks. Please email Adrianne Finley Odell to let her know if you have a truck or flatbed, went to participate in float building, participate in the parade, and/ or participate in the picnic/ barbeque at Roycemore following the parade.

Auction Scholarship Dinner is this Saturday, April 28th!

If you've already purchased tickets - GREAT! We are looking forward to an amazing event!
The event kicks off at 6:30 with a cocktail hour and silent auction. Parking is available at Roycemore. In the event that the lot is full when you arrive, we have arranged for parking across the street at Northwestern's Police Station. Enter on Asbury, the second garage will be open and walk up the ramp and to Roycemore!
No tickets yet? We have a few seats left. Please call Sara Keely McGuire at 847-866-6055 to confirm space before purchase! Tickets are $125.00 and will directly benefit our scholarship and financial aid programs.
If you just cannot make it, there are still ways to support. Check out the auction catalog online and see if there is anything for which you'd like to make an absentee bid. There are some really fantastic items!
For more information, call or email our Director of Development, Sara Keely McGuire, with any questions you may have.

Summer at Roycemore - NEW options added!

As you are planning your student’s summer activities, be sure to check out the options at Roycemore. Several new opportunities have recently been added, for all ages

Three Cheers!

Congratulations to Sophomore, Katie R.!

Katie won a silver medal in 2018 Midwest Chinese Speech Contest on Saturday, April 21. This 9th annual contest was hosted by the Midwest Chinese Teachers Alliance (MCTA) and sponsored by the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Chicago and the Confucius Institute in Chicago. 195 K-12 students in Chicagoland participated this year. Katie spent time and put much effort into the preparation of the speech to earn her this honor!

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