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Weekly Newsletter · February 27th 2018

This Week's Calendar


This Week!!!
Lower School Theme Week - This is a time where the students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 learn about a topic in depth. Each morning of that week is devoted to hands-on activities that will help the student learn more about the topic. This year we are studying Climate Change.

Wednesday, February 28
6:00 pm - Showing of documentary Most Likely to Succeed. In Roycemore’s Multi-Purpose Room (see more below)

Friday, March 2

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm  Middle School Families Potluck & Social. At Roycemore in the Gym & MPR

Check the online calendar at for more information. Athletic practices are on the school calendar page.

From the Head of School


Put First Things First

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” — Johann Goethe

A recent New York Times bestselling book entitled “Discipline is Freedom” by Jocko Willink actually presents another way to think about the third habit of highly effective people, Put First Things First. In our work with students at Roycemore, we embrace the seven habits as part of our character development program and as a format for helping our young people acquire skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Jocko Willink was a Navy SEAL for 20 years, rising through the ranks to become the commander of Task Unit Bruiser— the most decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War. After retiring, Jocko continued on the disciplined path of success, co-founding Echelon Front, a multi-million dollar leadership and management consulting company, writing the #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership, the children's book Way of the Warrior Kid, and creating a top-ranking podcast, JOCKO PODCAST. Willink maintains that everyone wants freedom but that the only way to acquire freedom is through discipline. If you want freedom from financial worries, you have to have discipline with your finances. If you want freedom from health challenges, you have to have the discipline to exercise and make healthy lifestyle choices. If you want more free time, you have to have the discipline to say no to time-sucking activities that don’t support your greater goals. These all sound a lot like Put First Things First.

No matter what age we are, we all have the same amount of time. It is our most precious resource. There are 168 hours in a week. Like it or not, how we spend that time sends a message about our priorities. If we can help our young people think about the things that are most important to them, and show them that some discipline around how they spend their time around those things or people they value most— whether it is spending time with family or friends, learning a new skill, earning money to use toward things they want to do or have, or simply being still and reflecting/ connecting— they will have developed a discipline that will serve them well throughout their lives.

One of most beautiful reminders of the preciousness of time is in the lyrics of a favorite song of mine, Seasons of Love, by Donny Osmond and made famous in the musical Rent. I will share a few lines below, or listen to the original version here:

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets
In midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles
In laughter, in strife

In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure a year in the life

How about love?
How about love?
How about love?

Measure in love
Seasons of love
Seasons of love

I wish everyone a beautiful week of meaning, of purpose, and filled with time spent on those things and people you value most.

In partnership for our students,

Adrianne Finley Odell
Head of School

Adrianne Finley Odell Signature

Important Reminders


Parents, as we look ahead to the future of Roycemore School, we are dedicated to continuing to provide your children with excellent opportunities to succeed. The deadline for re-enrollment is February 28th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Heather Lucey.

Featured Events

Screening · Most Likely to Succeed

Wednesday February 28 at 6:00 pm

Roycemore School will host a screening of the film- Most Likely to Succeed, a thought-provoking documentary feature film that reveals the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today's innovative world, on February 28 at 6:00 pm. This is to kick-off our conversations for NextGen Roycemore and what the school should be considering in the years ahead to prepare our young people for the rapidly changing world they are entering. All faculty, staff, students and parents are welcome. Childcare will be available ($10) and pizza, popcorn and drinks will be available. View a trailer of the film.

Dance Marathon Fundraiser

This year, March 9–11, Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) is partnering with Cradles to Crayons as its primary beneficiary. Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization in Chicago that provides children age 0 through 12 living in low income and at risk situations with the essential items that they need to thrive — at home, at school, and at play. They provide these items by connecting communities that have with communities that need. Roycemore is partnering to host a donation drive for Cradles to Crayons, and are collecting new and gently used clothes, toys, books, and more. These items will then be taken to Cradles to Crayons' "Giving Factory", where volunteers will sort the items into "KidPacks" of personalized, essential items, which they can then distribute to partner organizations. It only takes $33 to create one KidPack — if you would like to further support the mission of Cradles to Crayons, please consider donating at

Annual Scholarship Dinner & Auction

“A Night To Remember”
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Roycemore's long-standing tradition continues with the Annual Dinner and Auction. At the event, current Parents and Grandparents will rub elbows with Alumni and leaders from our community. The night features a silent auction, wine bar, and seated dinner with catering by The Hearty Boys of Food Network fame!

The Scholarship Dinner & Auction committee is seeking donated items to offer at the silent and live auctions. These lively events are fun for guests and they help raise much-needed dollars to replenish the Scholarship fund. We especially need sports tickets (Cubs, Sox, Bulls) and tickets to Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia, or other similar performance events. We are also seeking donations of cooking lessons, spa day packages, jewelry, housewares, toys, and unusual items from near and far. Did you receive a new Cuisinart as a holiday gift and already have one in your cupboard? Donate it to the Roycemore Auction and take a tax deduction! A win-win all around. To donate, please contact Sara McGuire, Director of Development or visit our website to download a donation form!

Summer Camp Registration

Roycemore School's Two Excellent Summer Programs, Inspiration Factory (IF) and Camp Griffin information is on our website!
Also this year, Inspiration Factory will have an Extended Day Option to 6:00 pm. Registration is open!

Community Happenings

Phoenix Yoga Project at Roycemore

Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm in the library — Classes are FREE and open to the public. To receive sign-up information before each class, visit and sign up for emails under “Join the movement today!”

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