Hi Roosevelt Families,
There’s a lot of news this week.  Happy reading!
CALENDAR:
(F)  October 4           9:00 – 10:15 – PAR meeting (see information below) – All Parents Welcome!
(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
(F) October 25          No School:  Mid-Trimester Progress Reports
(Th) November 7      Parent-Teacher Conferences
(M) November 11      No School:  Veterans’ Day
(W) November 13     Dickie Jo’s / Dickie Yo’s Fundraiser
(Th) November 14    Parent-Teacher Conferences
TOMORROW!  PARENTS AT ROOSEVELT (PAR)
PAR needs you!   Please come our 1st monthly PAR meeting on Friday, October 4th at 9:00am. 
PAR (Parents at Roosevelt) is a self directed parent organization that supports the students and teachers of Roosevelt in a variety of ways. PAR 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 holds monthly meetings to make decisions regarding disbursing funds for teacher grants, parent education events, and to discuss 4-J budget issues.
If you are interested in participating in PAR this year, please plan to come on Friday morning.  If you are interested in a specific position (Chair, Co-chair,  Secretary, or Activity Night Coordinator) please contact our volunteer co-ordinator, Julie at marks_j@4j.lane.edu or our principal, Chris Mitchell at mitchell_c@4j.lane.edu.  We look forward to seeing you on Friday the 4th!
TOMORROW!  ROOSEVELT ACTIVITY DAY
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 were given a fundraising envelope on September 23 in House.  Please make sure they read the yellow fundraising tips tucked inside the envelope.  Collection days are Monday, September 30, Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4.  Students should turn in their collected donations to their Adviser to be counted in the House competition.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
FLOWER HELP
RMS receives fresh flowers from Trader Joe’s.  The donation provides fresh flowers for classrooms.  A volunteer is needed to come to school on Mondays sometime between 10:00 and 11:00 to prepare vases for the flowers. If you can do this, please contact Blanche at colson_b@4j.lane.edu

RAD (Roosevelt Activity Day) NEEDS YOU!

We still need 24 parent volunteers to help chaperone walking the bark path at RAD on Friday, October 4th!  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.
We need volutneers for the following houses:  Beinin, Byers, Carter, Coelho, Fertal, Heidtke, Khatter, Leebrick, Mancuso, Marashi, Ryley, Sinclair, Smith, Tiemann, Tubb, Wiebe  Thanks for supporting your student’s house!

HOMEWORK CLUB
Homework Club is a time and place for students to work on homework at school and it is now in full swing.  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.  Volunteers are needed and appreciated, and healthy snack donations are also appreciated.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mary Peterson at peterson_ma@4j.lane.edu .
DO YOU LIKE TO THROW PARTIES?  
We need a parent or two to coordinate 3 Activity Nights throughout the year.  You will be responsible for setting up the snack bar and activities ( Bingo, Wii game room, and Karaoke), ordering pizzas, shopping for the snack bar and bingo prizes, and managing the volunteers (our volunteer coordinator will get them for you).  You will have staff support with obtaining the DJ and supervising students entering and leaving.  Activity nights are in late October, mid February, and early May.  Please contact Julie with your interest/questions, marks_j@4j.lane.edu.
ART DONATIONS
Greetings RMS Supporters!  I am Kati Carter, Roosevelt’s new art teacher.  I need some help building up art room supplies that are severely lacking.  These items are needed so that our art students can produce some creative works to display around the school and bring home this year!  I am looking for donations of tempera and acrylic paints, paint brushes (both watercolor and multipurpose), tissue paper, masking tape, fabric scraps, colored yarn, wire coat hangers, smocks (old button up shirts students can put over clothes also work), paper towel/toilet paper holders, embossed foil, thin sculpture wire, newspaper, small wood scraps, and cereal boxes. Lastly, any monetary donations would be greatly appreciated.  Art supplies are quite expensive, and unfortunately the $500 yearly supply budget does not cover even a third of what is needed.  Please bring donations to the RMS office.  Many thanks!
THANK YOU 
Thanks to Hildy Tritch for helping families sign up for E Scrip during RMS Open House.

PARENT EDUCATION NIGHTS
Parents Rachael Carnes and Katharine de Baun will be coordinating several informative evenings for parents over the course of the year.  Stay tuned for the first one sometime in November!  Topic ideas on the drawing board include internet safety/new forms of social media; how to talk so teens will listen; promoting healthy relationships (cliques, bullying, romance); school funding issues; marijuana/other drugs and teens today.
We would love parents’ input for topic and speaker ideas.  We’ll have a sign-up sheet for ideas (and baked goods) at the October 4 meeting or feel free to email us at carnes.rachael@gmail.com or khdebaun@aol.com.

EEF EVENT
On Tuesday, October 15th, Eugene Education Foundation will celebrate students and schools at our annual Back-to-School fundraising event. This year we gather at a new time and a new place, from 11:30 pm – 1:00 pm at the Eugene Country Club.  See attachment.
Parents are invited to attend. There will be music and displays by students, inspiring reports about current grant programs and district priorities, and the chance to join with Honorary Chair Judy Wenger (former Roosevelt teacher), Superintendent Shelley Berman, and many other community supporters of students in District 4J.  Seating is limited. Here is a link to the EEF webpage to RSVP or learn more:  EEF Celebration 2013.  Seating is limited.
 
Students gain important inspiration for learning through the support of EEF grants, help EEF make this year’s upcoming Celebration a great success!
NATIONAL WALK + BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY — OCTOBER 9!
There is still time to register for International Walk+Bike to School Day! The walking and biking encouragement event will be held around the world on October 9th and dozens of schools in Eugene will be participating in one form or another!
Nationwide the rate of kids biking or walking to school has been on the d
ecline since the 1970s while the risks to kids’ physical health and well-being associated with inactivity have risen. But in Eugene, the percentage of kids biking or walking to school has risen over the past 5 years as our Safe Routes to School program has grown. We have improved infrastructure, increased our education and encouragement programs, and helped raise awareness about the need to increase safe, healthy, and fun active transportation options.
This trend of more walking and biking is a reflection of our communities commitment to investing in safe biking and walking routes, education, as well as encouragement programs like the Walk + Bike to School Day. The trend is also seen in communities around the state as Oregon is the national leader in overall participation in Walk + Bike events!
Join the fun this Wednesday. Park the car, even if it’s a few blocks from school, and walk or bike to school!
The “Fiets of Parenthood”, Cargo Bikes, & Disaster Preparedness
Calling all pedal powered Moms and Dads to the Fiets of Parenthood! As part of this years Cargo Bike Fair and Disaster Relief Trials we’ll be holding a fun-filled competition for parents to flaunt (and practice) their family biking skills. The race will include: the dropped toy turnaround, groceries & a growler grab-n-go, a slalom, and other feats cargo biking families face. Bonus points for number of kids on the bike so bring your friends along! We’ll have a loaner cargo bike to try out if you don’t have one and the cargo bike fair will be a great time to check out the many ways families are using bikes to replace car trips.
Last year over 100 people came out for the Cargo Bike Roll Call, a show-and-tell of utility biking for Eugene. From errand running family bikes to mobile canning stations there is a huge diversity of cool ways to move ourselves and our things around our community. This year we’ve expanded the event to include the Disaster Relief Trials (DRT), a cargo bike race designed to help demonstrate the abilities of bikes in disaster situations. Through a partnership with the City and University Emergency Management programs and our local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) the riders will demonstrate how bikes can help in response to a disaster. The riders plan and navigate a course of their choosing through the city, to designated check points with fully loaded bikes. At each check point riders will encounter obstacles or have tasks to assist response teams.
While the riders are completing the course, the Cargo Bike Fair and a “Fiets of Parenthood” will be held. The Cargo Bike Fair will be a great place to show off and see cargo bikes and gear as well as to see various emergency preparedness supplies and resources.  All events will take place at the South Eugene High School parking lot from 11am-4pm. The DRT will start at Noon. Fiets of Parenthood is from 12:30-2:00pm.
Join the fun: Register to ride, have a boothvolunteer (get free stuff), sponsor the event, or just spread the word and come!

STATE BUDGET INFORMATION

News from Salem: The Oregon Legislature has hammered out a deal that includes more funding for public schools next year.
It’s important to know that this year’s school funding is not affected. The legislation will add $100 million for Oregon schools next year, 2014–15. PERS changes that also were approved will provide reductions in costs starting in 2015–16.  The additional funding won’t solve our district’s continuing budget challenges nor adequately fund Oregon’s schools. However, any new revenue will allow us to retain more staffing or school days.
PARENT PICK-UP FROM SCHOOL
Parent question:  I am often frustrated at the amount it takes to pick my student up from school, especially when a doctor/dental appointment is involved.  How can I pick my child up in a timely manner?
Office answer:  Sending a note with your student to give to their teacher at the start of class will help the teacher partner dismiss the student at the appropriate time.  This really helps to cut down on the time it can take to locate students and send a runner to their class.  The note should have the time you need for them to be in the office and the reason.  Please remember, you must still come in to the office to sign your child out.
REPEATED FROM LAST WEEK
 
VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECK
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.
RMS eNews archives are posted at the Roosevelt website.
VISIT ROOSEVELT’s WEBSITE for more information: http://www.roosevelt.4j.lane.edu/
Feedback and input always welcome! Please note that requests for items to be included in Thursday’s eNews are due each Wednesday by 5 pm to sarah_case@yahoo.com.
 
REMEMBER TO SUPPORT RMS via EEF donations, eScrip, Box Tops, Granola Bars, and Sequential Biofuels. For more information, click here.
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