Hi RMS Families,
Here’s this week’s news.
(Th) October 24                        Activity Night (TONIGHT)
(F) October 25                          No School:  Mid-Trimester Progress Reports
(T) October 29                          Chamber Music Night, 7:00pm
(F) November 1                         Parents-At-Roosevelt (PAR) meeting 9:00-10:15 – All Parents Welcome!
(M) November 4                        Parent Education Night
(Th) November 7                       Parent-Teacher Conferences
(M) November 11                       No School:  Veterans’ Day
(W&Th) November 13, 14           Dickie Jo’s / Dickie Yo’s Fundraiser
(Th) November 14                      Parent-Teacher Conferences
(M) Nov 18 – (Th) Nov 21            Bard Fest (Taming of the Shrew and Midsummer Night’s Dream), 7:00pm
(Th) November 21                      6th Grade Immigration Simulation
(M) Nov 25 – (W) Nov 27             No School – Furlough Days
(Th) Nov 28 – (F) Nov 29             No School – Thanksgiving Holiday
The first Activity Night is Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:30-8:30pm
Halloween Theme: Costumes are optional (NO Masks that cover the face)
Activity Night is a fun and safe opportunity for all Roosevelt students to socialize in a safe and familiar place.
What are some of the activities?
•                DJ/Dancing in the B-hall gym
•                Karaoke in B Hall; Bingo in the Library; Ping Pong in the cafeteria
•                Concessions in B Hall – serving pizza, chips, popcorn, juice ($.50-$1.00)
•                Coat room (lockers are not available to students so you are discouraged from bringing any bags)
Activities will be located in B Hall only. The rest of the school will be closed, including ALL lockers (even B Hall lockers). Use the coat room to store your stuff. Entry will ONLY be through the admission doors.
Who is invited?
•                Activity Night is for Roosevelt students only except: students wanting to invite a friend who attends another middle school, must fill out a permission form signed by an administrator from both schools. Forms are available in the front office and are due by Tuesday, October 22.
Drop off is at the back of the school. All students enter through the courtyard and South B-Hall Bay Door.
Pick up is at the front of the school. NOTE: The VLT Parking Lot is Closed this evening.
Price: $3.00 in advance ($1.50 for reduced lunch program). $5.00 at the door ($2.50 for reduced lunch program).  OR Free for families that qualify.
6th graders: WEB leaders will meet with 6th graders in the D Gym from 6-6:30pm for a short activity night orientation.
Regarding Costumes
•                Students may wear costumes to school, but they must conform to the Roosevelt Middle School dress code (page xi in the student planner). Costumes may not be demeaning to any ethnic group, race, religion, nationality, disability, gender, or individual (staff or student) at the school.
•                No unsafe props or equipment including replica or toy weapons are to be brought to school.
•                No costumes that would completely hide the identity of the student, i.e. gorilla suit, mask, etc.
•                No costumes that would impair a student’s vision or movement.
•                All students participating must come to school dressed in their costumes – no getting ready in the building. Make up, hair products etc will be confiscated and not returned. If you are not sure, don’t wear it!
Parent-Teacher conferences are Thursday, November 7 and Thursday, November 14.  Conference appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.  Due to high demand, it is not possible to schedule all requests.  Therefore, if you do not have concerns, you may choose not to participate.  Please remember conferences are an ongoing process.  Parents are always welcome to contact teachers at any point during the school year.  Although our resources are limited, our desire to communicate is not.  All conferences are ten minutes long and in the D Gym.
All parents are welcome at the November PAR meeting.  Topics presented and discussed will be Principal’s Report, Activity Night Report, Parent Education Event: Social Media, fundraising, etc.
PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT – Nov 4th: Safety and Security and Social Media
Maybe you’re on Facebook, but do you know everything you should about Tumblr, Instagram, Vine and Snapchat? Social media changes quickly, and as parents, it can be hard to keep up. Please join other Roosevelt parents for this year’s first Parent Education Night Monday Nov 4th 7-8:30 PM, where a panel of professionals in internet safety, as well as high school teens, will focus on safety and security and socializing, within this exploding new media. Please join us!
Thank you to Papa’s Pizza and all the families who participated in the Papa’s Pizza fundraiser for Roosevelt last week.  Papa’s donated $300 to Roosevelt.  Another grand thank you goes to Papa’s Pizza for donating five pizzas to Eric Johannsen’s advisees to celebrate their success in collecting over $2000 for Roosevelt during the RAD fundraiser.
There is still time to come tonight and help our students to have a spooky good time at our first activtiy night of the year.  Volunteers are needed to chaperone 6:20-9:00.  Please let Julie know if you can help: marks_j@4j.lane.edu.  If you haven’t already, please be sure to submit a background check via the link below.  Thanks for your consideration!
Some of you may have already noticed that we have a new procedure for signing in as a volunteer or visitor at Roosevelt.  There is a laptop just outside of Karen’s office specifically for this purpose.
Visitors, click the Visitor button and input your name and the location in the building that you will be visiting. Remember to get a name badge and to sign out when leaving.
Volunteers, click the Volunteer button, find your name and select it, find the activity you are volunteering for and select it, and sign in.  Remember to wear a name badge and to sign out when leaving.  If you do not find your name listed then you do not have a current background check here at Roosevelt.  Please check in with Julie or Karen in the office.  We have computers available for use to submit a background check electronically.
You can also submit your form online at www.helpcounter.net/eugene.  This link is also available on the Volunteer section of the RMS website.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation and patience as we implement this new system.  As always, thanks for all you do to make RMS a great place for students.
Global Perspectives for Youth is looking for host families for Chinese students participating in music camps at the University of Oregon.
The two winter camps are:  January 21-27            (6 nights) and February 5-9 (4 nights)
The host family provides transportation, breakfast and dinner on weekdays; 3 meals a day on the weekend and occasional sack lunches.Students may share a room but must have their own bed. Students spend only evenings and the weekend at home.  Host families are strongly encouraged to take 2 students, and may host 1 or both sessions.
Host families receive a stipend*:              $115/person for 6 nights      or     $230 for 2 people
                                                              $85/person for 4 nights      or     $170 for 2 people
*Stipend should cover expenses for meals, transportation, laundry and all
activities.  The number of days may vary slightly due to travel
arrangements; stipend will be prorated accordingly.
Website:            www.gpyinternational.org/hostfamily_short.html
Contact            susanne@gpyinternational.org    or
Phone                  541.852.8600  for additional details
We now have a dedicated Attendance line in Spanish. The number is (541)790-8550.
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