Hi Roosevelt Families,
Here’s the news for the week.
(T) September 24     PAR Informational Meeting, 9:15am (see information below)
(Th) September 26   Roosevelt Open House, 6pm (see information below)
(F)  October 4           9:00 – 10:15 – PAR meeting (see information below)
(F)  October 4           Roosevelt Activity Day (see information below)
(F) October 11          No School:  Statewide Inservice
(M) October 14         Picture Retakes
(W) October 16         Papa’s Pizza Fundraiser
(Th) October 24        Activity Night
Our RMS Open House will take place next Thursday, September 26 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.  The evening provides an opportunity for you to experience an abbreviated version of your student’s class schedule.  You can meet your student’s teachers, learn about each class curriculum, and ask questions.  While it’s ok for your student to be there, the event is geared toward parents and guardians.
PAR needs you!
Please come to an informational meeting about PAR run by our principal, Chris Mitchell, this coming Tuesday morning, September 24th at 9:15 am. 
PAR (Parents at Roosevelt) is a self directed parent organization that supports the students and teachers of Roosevelt in a variety of ways. PAR hosted the Ice Cream social last week (Thank you again to Ben & Jerry’s!). PAR also runs or supports events such as activity nights, parent education nights, HAP (our Holiday Assistance Program for families at RMS on the free or reduced lunch program), staff appreciation events, Showcase Roosevelt and 8th grade promotion (dance and pool party).  PAR fundraises to support the school, with the main fundraiser being Showcase Roosevelt in late spring.  PAR also holds monthly business meeting which have typically been the first Friday of each month. In these monthly meetings decisions are made regarding disbursing funds for teacher grants, parent education events are planned, 4-J budget issues are discussed, and many events are planned and implemented.
If you are interested in participating in PAR this year, please plan to stop by on Tuesday morning.  If you are interested in a specific position (chair, co-chair, secretary or treasurer) please contact our volunteer co-ordinator, Julie at marks_j@4j.lane.edu or our principal, Chris Mitchell at mitchell_c@4j.lane.edu.  Also, feel free to contact Julie if you would like to take on a specific event such as coordinating activity nights, parent education events, HAP, etc…  All parents are always to attend and participate in our monthly PAR meetings.  We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!
Roosevelt Activity Day (or RAD) is Roosevelt’s fall fundraiser for student activities (field trips, etc.), classroom support (staffing), teacher project grants, and family financial assistance (waive fees for families in need).  Many schools have magazine sales to raise funds, however, RMS chooses to raise funds with a fun event that allows teachers to build House spirit or teach lessons related to philanthropy and healthy lifestyles.  On October 4 each House will “walk the Amazon Trail” (~ 3 mile route) and demonstrate House spirit by wearing costumes or chanting “House cheers.”  Please find sponsors for your student to make the trek and actively engage in the activity. The students will have a modified morning schedule, then hike in the afternoon.  There will be special awards to encourage House creativity and a pizza party for the House that generates the largest RMS donation. There will be a student social following the walk with DJ Sunny spinnin’ the tunes.  The goal for RMS this year is $20,000.  Please help us reach our goal!!  Students will be given a fundraising envelope on September 23 in House. Please ask them about the envelope that evening! Thank you for supporting RMS.

If you volunteer at Roosevelt, please make sure you fill out a background check form electronically.  You can do so at
www.helpcounter.net/eugene.  This link is also available on the Volunteer section of the RMS website.  If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Julie in the office.   Volunteer background checks are good for a duration of two years.

RAD (Roosevelt Activity Day)

Roosevelt Activity Day is our big fall fundraiser.  Students will solicit pledges and participate in a brief (45 minute) walk with their house on the bark trail adjacent to RMS on Friday, October 4th. When not on the walk students will be in house participating in healthful and fun activities.  At the end of the day there will be a social in the courtyard for all students.  The house walks will happen in the afternoon between 1:15 and 3:00.   We need you to help chaperone the students while walking with their houses on the bark path.  We are looking for 2 parents per house and are hoping for flexibility if you are able to volunteer as some houses may have more than 2 volunteers and some may have fewer.  Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Julie Marks, with your availability:  marks_j@4j.lane.edu.

Homework Club:  Volunteers are needed for homework club. Morning homework club is 8:15-8:45am and afternoon homework club is 3:30-4:30 M,W, TH and F, and 2:30-3:30 on Wednesday.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mary Peterson at peterson_ma@4j.lane.edu .
Do you have 3 to 4 hours a week to give to Roosevelt’s Mentor Program? We’re looking for a Roosevelt parent who can volunteer three to four hours per week (two of those hours will be at lunchtime, the rest will be from your home) to administer our lunchtime mentor program. It’s easy, requires no special training, and you get to meet some awesome people. Through this program, mentors (adults in the community and college students) meet once a week with Roosevelt students who have been referred by the counselor. Last year, we had 30 pairs of mentors and students. Although the counselor runs the program, the administrative aspects are handled by a parent volunteer. The job involves opening the room where the pairs meet, making sure the students are here, communicating with the mentors, and working with the counselor. It’s fun and deeply satisfying. Please contact Anne if you’d like more information (acbridgman@gmail.com or 541-232-7920).
A huge thanks goes out to the parents who helped to organize and staff our back to school ice cream social:   Janet Butler, Becky Smith, Cindy Boettcher, Melissa Sikes, Tara Parillo and Kellie Mick.
Thank you, Lisa Woodruff, for organizing and managing picture day.  Many thanks to her team of helpers:  JoAnn Hoffman, Oshrit Livne, Christy Mifsud, Amy Cecchini-Coe, Echo Whitaker, Gwenn Free, Gayle Stroud, Eryn McNamara, Pamela Quan, Lori Wasikowski and Kellie Green.
For taking outstanding house photos, thanks goes to June Russell-Chamberlin.
Thanks to Ben & Jerry’s for providing ice cream for the ice cream social
The Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE) and UO STEM CORE will hold the 3rd annual “Science Open House” September 25, 2013 in the Willamette Hall Atrium (6:30pm-8:30pm) on the University of Oregon (UO) campus.  Eugene’s own SLUG Queen and advocate for mad science, Professor Doctor Mildred Slugwak Dresselhaus will be in attendance. Check out our web site and our Facebook page.
What: Free Fun Science Activities
Where: Willamette Hall Atrium on the UO Campus
When: Wed. Sept. 25, 2013, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Who: Families, Educators and Science Lovers of all ages
How Much: Free!
The purpose of the event is to help connect community families and educators to science outreach programs on campus and in the community.  All activities are completely free and open to the public.  There will be something fun for children of all ages.  Hands-on activities and demonstrations will include the Flubber Factory, the Egg Drop, Lazer Maze, Science Jewelry-making, and much more.  Attendees can also sign up for the Science Pentathlon where they will complete five activities in the core science disciplines (biology, chemistry and physics).  (Please see attached flyers.)
Fall Junior Golf at Laurelwood – Group lessons available with Nancy Woodke, LPGA Member and US Kids Golf Certified Instructor.  4 Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 September 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16  $60 for the series.  Contact Tabatha Andrews at tabandrews@gmail.com or 541-344-0901 for more info or to register.

Join the Oregon Association of Rowers Junior Crew Team!  Open to 8th graders.  Learn to row, get in shape while having fun, travel to regattas to compete!  Practice on Dexter Lake Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Bus leaves at 4:00 p.m. from South Eugene High and returns by 7:00 p.m.  Optional water practice on Saturdays 9:30 a. m. – 11:00 a.m.  Absolutely no experience required.
Check out the website http://oarjrcrew.org/ for details or contact the OAR president president@oarjrcrew.net
Hope to see you on the water!

Homework Club is a time and place for students to work on homework at school and it starts Monday.  Morning homework club meets from 8:15 to 8:45 and afternoon homework club starts right after school and goes for one hour.  This is open to all students; they just need to make sure they have work to do.  Homework Club meets in the C6 Computer Lab.

RMS Ultimate Frisbee is back!  Starting Tuesday, September 17, the Roosevelt ultimate frisbee team will practice Tuesday and Thursdays, after school, until 5:00, on the field next to the D Gym.  New and returning players are welcome!  Ultimate is co-ed and easy to learn, and we need new players to replace last year’s 8th graders who are now playing ultimate at South.  Beginners are welcome!  So come out and play!  Questions: contact Ian Richardson at rmsultimate@gmail.com.

VISIT ROOSEVELT’s WEBSITE for more information: http://www.roosevelt.4j.lane.edu/
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