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Weekly Newsletter · February 6th 2018

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Thank you, The Roycemore School Team

This Week's Calendar

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Wednesday, February 7
5:00 pm - Yoga Class - Phoenix Yoga Project - Library
6:30 pm - Upper School JST Share - MPR

Thursday, February 8
10:00 am - Field Trip - Grades 7 & 8 to Northlight Theater

Friday, February 9
6:00 pm - Upper School Mardi Gras - MPR

Tuesday, February 13
8:15 am - Roycemore Family Association Coffee - Guest: Evanston Police Youth Officer

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

From the Head of School

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Be Proactive
This is a big sports week. With the Super Bowl on Sunday and the start of the Olympics on Thursday, there is a lot to engage with for the sports fans among us. My favorite aspects of high level athletics are the human interest stories behind the competition. Any individual who has achieved success at such a high level has made great sacrifices in order to achieve that success. And some have overcome significant personal hurdles in order to reach their personal best.

As I wrote last week, as part of our commitment to teaching the 7 Habits to our students, I wanted to utilize this newsletter to share the habits beyond the classroom. The first of the 7 habits is Be Proactive. It is grouped with the first three habits of highly effective people that help individuals to become more independent, responsible, set priorities, goals and stay focused and disciplined. When we watch Olympic athletes, we see the culmination of MANY years of commitment to their goal. Their achievements cannot be reached simply by preparing the week before or even months before. Rather they held a dream, set goals, created a detailed plan and then worked extremely hard — harder than anyone around them — to achieve their goals.

In our society of instant gratification today, taking initiative, being responsible and working hard is less common than in prior generations. And working hard isn't necessarily just the physical work — although that is certainly important. There is a significant amount of mental work that is needed. That includes giving oneself the space to train one's brain to get “into the flow.” The word “flow” is often used to describe the state that athletes reach in peak performance. When one loses oneself in their work it can also be somewhat of a meditation. Being PROACTIVE also involves this kind of inner work that helps our brains ready themselves for learning, or in the case of athletes — for training.

In the school-home partnership, you can help your child at home by ensuring that they have time built into their lives for this inner work. This could include simple reflections at the end of each day such as:

  • What am I grateful for today?
  • What was I proud of with myself today?
  • What was I not proud of?
  • What will I do differently tomorrow to be a better version of myself?

Such reflections can also relate back to the personal goal setting to assess how your child is making progress toward their goals. When done consistently, this practice will make a powerful, proactive difference for your children. It might even work for you too!

In partnership for our students,

Adrianne Finley Odell
Head of School

Adrianne Finley Odell Signature

Featured Events

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World Languages Film Festival 2018
Themes of Love - Thursdays in February
Feb. 8: In the Mood for Love (China) — Rated PG-13

Admission is free and all are welcome! Sponsored by the World Languages Department and the Middle School Culture Club, there will be a World Language film featured each Thursday this month at 3:15 pm in Room 227.

Come enjoy a hot chocolate, tea or hot cider, celebrate film, and immerse yourself in another language.

Contact Sarah Bixby at for more information.

Roycemore School

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

Important Reminders

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Annual Scholarship Dinner & Auction

“A Night To Remember” Early Bird Special -
Take 10% off the purchase of 2 or more tickets!

On Saturday, April 28, Roycemore’s long-standing tradition continues with the Annual Auction and Dinner. Parents and Grandparents will rub elbows with Alumni and leaders from our surrounding community. This year’s theme is A Night to Remember, recalling the glamour of old Hollywood. The event features a silent auction, wine bar and seated dinner with food from The Hearty Boys Catering!

Take 10% off your total order when you buy 2 or more individual tickets before February 15, 2018. Individual tickets are $125. Space is limited and tickets will sell out fast. Join the Roycemore community in support of the Scholarship Fund and have a wonderful time. Reserve your spot in the limelight today! To purchase, contact Sara McGuire, Director of Development at 847-866-6055, or by email at

New Oasis

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!

From Our Partners

New Oasis

New Oasis Registration
New Oasis International Education, partnered with Roycemore School, is preparing for the arrival of their Fall 2018 international students! The Roycemore community is actively looking for nurturing and supportive host homes for their new high school students.

New Oasis offers 24/7, local staff support as well as a financial stipend for all host families. Feel free to connect with Program Manager, Audra Murray with more questions at or 703-380-3531. Interested families can apply here. Consider opening your homes and hearts to an international student today!

Community Happenings

FAN Event

The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life
Tuesday, February 6, 7:00 pm
Admission: FREE
Speaker: Anya Kamenetz
Location: New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus

Presented by:
FAN Event

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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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