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Roycemore Weekly Newsletter December 18, 2018

This Week's Calendar


Tues. Dec. 18 - Fri. Dec 21: Semester Exams

Mon. Dec 24 - Fri. Jan 4: Winter Break

Tues. Dec 18: Faculty Holiday Party - No After School Clubs

Fri. Dec 21: Wassail, 2:00 p.m.

Mon. Jan 7: School Resumes

From the Head of School

Good Fortune. . .

Chinese cuisine is one of my favorite foods.  I love the incredible flavors and combinations.  And of course at the end of many Chinese meals you get a cookie.  Not just any cookie--a fortune cookie! How many of us look forward to breaking open that cookie to read the quote on the slip inside and secretly hope that it will provide us some inspiration?  Perhaps something to make us think? Or perhaps to give us hope?

As we approach the end of the year, I ask you, what Good Fortune do you hope for in the new year?  What do you hope for you, and what do you hope for your child? Rather than looking back on what might have been, look forward at what can be and encourage your children to do so as well.  Encourage them to focus on what they can focus on and do in the present to ensure that they have “Good Fortune” in the coming year. Such present decisions can range from taking care of their physical health--such as my encouragement for sleep--a theme that we began our year with.  They can be decisions about how they will spend their time to learn new skills or gain expertise in a specific area. They can even be how they might further embrace Roycemore’s core values or the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People that we espouse.

The end of a year gives us the opportunity to be grateful for all the people who have had an influence in our lives, as well as all of the experiences we have had.  And the beginning of a new year gives us a clean slate to embrace the possibilities ahead.

I wish us all Good Fortune in the year ahead.  Happy Holidays!!

This Week in Sports


Last Week's Highlights: 

Tuesday 12/11 Upper School Boys played a strong game against Rochelle Zell, winning 56-44.

Wednesday 12/12 Upper School Girls opened their season with a fantastic game against Josephenium, ultimately losing 14-19. Strong team, looking forward to a great season!

Middle School Boys played a good game, losing to Hillel Torah 29-15. 

Middle School Girls won at Solomon Schechter, giving them two wins and zero losses so far for the season!

There are no games scheduled this week due to end of semester exams.

Three Cheers

Bookfair Success!

Nailed It!

The Roycemore Book Fair was a huge success!  With the help of amazing parent volunteers, families, and students who were so excited to get new books, we surpassed our $5,000 goal, and sold $6,125 worth of books!  With the book fair proceeds, there will be many new and exciting books added to the library collection! Thank you to all the volunteers who worked at the fair. Special thanks goes to our hardworking and dedicated Book Fair Committee: Nasutsa Mabwa, Bridget Montgomery, Lilian Emery, Stefany Adholekar, and Yvonne Matos! Kudos to Librarian Karrie Fisher!

Griff-ing Around...

French Poster Contest


Twenty five students taking French classes from level 1 through AP got to make posters on the topic "France in the World", based on an introductory lesson at the beginning of the school year. Students had to show what France is known for around the world (food, monuments, arts, sports, fashion) on a poster using their artistic skills. The posters were graded by a panel, including Ms Hecht, Ms Bixby, Ms Rivera and Monsieur Nordine. Students did a terrific job overall and posters will be used to decorate the French classroom (#228). The winner is Mateo Camino-Rios, followed by Daria Chudnovsky & Nicholas Fairhurst, who recently returned to Guatemala. They earned prizes including books on France and Paris, along with special certifications. Lisa Condurat and Audrey Kwok, our fourth and fifth place winners also received certificates. Everyone enjoyed the poster activity!

Students will have the opportunity to participate in another poster contest in the second semester, titled "The French speaking countries in the world".

Project Linus

Karen Byrnes is leading the school in making blankets for Project Linus, which collects blankets locally and distributes them to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug. Blankets made by Project Linus volunteers like our Griffins are designed to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Looking for Something...?

Has your student arrived home without his/her water bottle, jacket, sweatshirt, gloves, umbrella, scarf, etc.?  If so, it may be in our Lost and Found boxes!  Please stop by the front desk to take a look and claim the misplaced items by 12/21.  The unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.

Save the Date


January 9, 2019, 6 p.m. at Rotary Intertnational Headquarters, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston

An encore showing of the film, "Most Likely to Succeed".  In collaboration with Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Rotary International, we offer this free showing of the film that explores compelling new approaches that aim to transrom learning as we know it.  Please RSVP here. 


Building the Executive Functioning Skills Your Child Needs in the Age of Attention

Wednesday, January 31, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.

Roycemore Family Association cohosts a Free Parent Presentation
How to Build Exectutive Function Skills: Your Guide to Raising Confident and Competent Kids

With Massachusetts Distinguished Educator Michael Delman

As parents, we're sometimes filled with dread that our kids might not make it in the world. We are now in the Age of Attention, where the key skills are the ability to choose priorities, stay focused and get things done amidst an infinity of distractions. These skills are known as Executive Function skills--the self management abilities that children must learn in order to be motivated, productive and confident. Lifelong educator and expert in Executive Function intervention, Michael Delman, teaches parents how to equip their children with the skills they need today and for the future.

Read more about Michael Delman here.


Community Happenings

Center for Talent Development - Weekend Enrichment Program

The Center for Talent Development begins its Weekend Enrichment Program on January 19, with some classes taking place at Roycemore! Research-driven courses offer outstanding instruction and the camaraderie of learning with like-minded peers. View the flyer here.

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