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Weekly Newsletter · April 17th 2018

This Week's Calendar


TONIGHT Tuesday, April 17

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm · One Book, Read Together · Griffins in grades 1 - 4 and parents are invited to participate in an evening of adventure, discussion, and a Lemoncello-style scavenger hunt, in our library.

Wednesday, April 18th

During Upper School lunch block · MS and US students are invited to participate in the Ethnic Food Fair. Upper School students are encouraged to celebrate their heritage and bring their favorite food to share. Students are welcome to bring in appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts to share with their classmates in place of regular lunch.  
5:00 pm · Yoga ·  Free restorative yoga class in the library.

Thursday, April 19

8:45 am - 10:00 am · Middle School Science Fair in the MPR
7:00 pm · The 4th annual Upper School Variety Show Admission is free and open to the public.  

Friday, April 27

2:00 pm · Stand Against Racism · students join other community members along Ridge for this annual event 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

From the Head of School



One of the unique aspects of Roycemore School is the beautiful, diverse community that exists at the school. 52% of students are students of color:

  • 12% International students
  • 10% Multi-racial
  • 10% African American
  • 6% Hispanic
  • 5% Asian American
  • 5% Indian American
  • 3% Middle Eastern
  • 1% Pacific Islander

The “6th Habit” that we teach to our students through The Leader in Me  in the Lower School and 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens in the Middle and Upper School is Synergize. This refers to how much better we are when we combine efforts with others, especially when we have diverse groups where the individuals bring different strengths to the group. James Surowiecki’s 2004 book, The Wisdom of Crowds, makes a strong case for the improved decision-making process that takes place when a group is involved versus just the individual. The book also emphasizes that when the group is diverse, gains their knowledge separately, and makes their judgements at the same time they are gaining their knowledge, decision making is improved.

Diversity benefits all of us, including our children when they learn alongside students from diverse backgrounds at school. At Roycemore we emphasize the importance of valuing the strengths and opinions of others and seeking out ideas that are different than theirs. We teach them that they benefit from synergy!

Synergy is:

  • Keeping promises
  • Being happy that we’re different
  • Working in teams
  • Being open-minded
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Coming up with third alternatives
  • Brainstorming

A strength of Roycemore is our ability to be very personal and to provide individualized support. We value each individual and the uniqueness they bring to our campus each day. Synergy reminds us that, “diversity isn’t just an external thing. It is also internal. You learn differently; you see differently and you have different styles, traits and characteristics.”

As it states in the book: Habit 6, Synergize teaches that instead of trying to blend in and be like everyone else, you should be proud of and celebrate your unique differences and qualities.

In partnership for our students,

Adrianne Finley Odell
Head of School

Adrianne Finley Odell Signature

Three Cheers

Congratulations to Rayanne Perez, Frank Xue, and Michael Xie

All three were recognized by Congresswoman, Jan Shakowsky for their artwork that was selected to be part of the 2018 congressional art competition! Their work was displayed at the Skokie Public Library from March 26 - April 14 and was recognized by the Congresswoman last Saturday.

Alanis goes to International Landscape Ecology Conference

Submitted by mentor/ project advisor, Randy Swaty

A spring or two ago Roycemore senior Alanis Gonzalez '18, went to northern Wisconsin. Along the way she noticed that the vegetation changed from grasses, oaks and hickories to pines, maples and hemlocks. That she noticed this was amazing to me. That she was curious and wanted to explore it more was super exciting and presented an opportunity for us to explore the so called “Tension Zone”, or area where the southern forests mix with the northern forests (see map highlighting historic vegetation in the Tension Zone).  
Using spatial data, computer coding and more familiar software such as Excel, Alanis wanted to assess the conservation status of the Tension Zone, addressing questions such as “how much of the Tension Zone has been converted to agricultural or urban land uses?”, and “how does current vegetation compare to historic vegetation?”. She found that roughly 60% of the Tension Zone has been converted to non-natural vegetation, and that many of the ecosystems have changed substantially from historic conditions. Completing the cycle of science, Alanis collaborated with Monika Shea of the University of Wisconsin and I to develop and present a poster at the International Association of Landscape Ecologists conference held in Chicago. When people hear the term “landscape ecology” they often think of planting native plants instead of non-native ones in their yard. However, landscape ecology is the science of studying and improving relationships between ecological processes in the environment and ecosystems typically across large areas. Alanis (the only high school student BTW) showcased her poster and spoke with dozens of professionals in the field answering questions and fielding many compliments! Drop by Roycemore to see Alanis’s poster soon! 

Special Features


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.

International Educators Visit Roycemore!

On Friday, April 13th, three international educators toured Roycemore School and visited with faculty and administrators to learn about our program and pedagogy. The educators were from India, Argentina and The Maldives and were brought to the Chicago area by Axiom Edu-Exchange which was formed to open dialogue among countries and promote teacher exchange. The group returned to Roycemore in the evening and engaged with some of our faculty around a lively educational discussion, then stayed for the performance of Three Musketeers. We look forward to further conversations that will bring our students and schools in the three countries together for collaborative work— whether in person or virtually.

Adrianne Finley Odell pictured with educators from The Maldives, India and Argentina with Axiom Edu-Exchange.


Important Reminders

Get your tickets for the Auction dinner this week!

We must tell the caterer our numbers this week, so if you are considering joining us, please reserve your tickets today! We have a special evening planned celebrating our students and supporting the scholarship fund. The fun is almost guaranteed. Class gifts are adorable, and already highly sought after! The auction catalog will be out soon for preview, watch the website for updates!
A Roycemore tradition is making a comeback this year with A Night to Remember, the annual auction and scholarship dinner, on April 28 at 6:30 pm. The Auction committee is hard at work and will transform Roycemore's MPR into an elegant Old Hollywood Themed dinner. Individual tickets are $125.00 and will directly benefit our Scholarship and Financial Aid programs. For updates and to purchase tickets, 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.

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