Hi RMS Families,
Here’s the week’s news
(Th) Feb 20                   RMS Parent Education Night (See info below)  (TONIGHT!)
(M) Feb 24                     IHS Information Night at SEHS (Please note correction on calendar.  This event is on Monday, not Tuesday.)
(T) Feb 25                     RMS Design Committee Meeting (See info below)
(F) Feb 28                     Deadline for in-district school choice applications
(M) Mar 3                      RMS Showcase Planning Meeting (9:00am) All parents welcome!
(T) Mar 4                       Glenwood Parent Information Night (An information night for families living in the Glenwood area)
(Th) Mar 6                     Papa’s Pizza will host a benefit for Carol Sinclair. Papa’s will donate 50% of all sales (when voucher is supplied)
(F) Mar 7                      PAR (Parents-At-Roosevelt) meeting – 9:00am — All parents welcome!
(Th) Mar 13                   RMS Parent Education Night
(M) Mar 17                    First Day – RMS Track & Field
(W) Mar 19                    Chamber Music Night, 7pm
(Th) Mar 20                   No School – Professional Development / Planning Day
(F) Mar 21                     No School – Final Grading Day
(M) – (Th) Mar 24-28       No School – Spring Break
(M) Mar 31                    Third Trimester Begins
TITLE:  Marijuana & Our Kids:  Safe High or Highway to problems?
Marijuana usage amongst adults and teens in Eugene is high [does anyone have any stats for Eugene or OR versus rest of US?], and a recent national survey shows that marijuana is the only drug now increasing in use among American youth.  Chances are that your middle-school child will soon be offered a chance to try some, if they haven’t already.  Local attitudes in Eugene, influenced by more permissive Oregon laws (Oregon was the first state to pass cannabis decriminalization legislation in 1972; and was the second state to legalize medical marijuana, in 1998; Eugene voters approved the 2012 act to legalize recreational marijuana that was defeated in a state ballot) and a progressive counter-culture, are very tolerant.  Many Eugene parents — and grandparents — use marijuana.  How should a parent handle marijuana use with their child?  Is it realistic to ban it outright?  Safe to allow limited, recreational use?  And what exactly happens if your child gets caught by the police in possession of what is still an illegal drug?
Please join us for an open discussion with Dr. Russell Geoffrey, psychiatric director of Lane County Mental Health; Jose de Soto, Executive Director of NAMI Lane County (Jose has often done local presentations to kids & families using his video “The Downside of HIgh”, and Detective Ryan Wolgamott of the Eugene Police Department for our second parent education panel of the year, this Thursday evening, March 20, from 7-8:30 pm in the RMS library.
The annual G.I.V.E. Campaign has begun! Last year RMS families contributed over $80,000 to fund additional teaching staff, and we need your help to do so again this year to maintain our great program!  Keep your eyes out for a letter to arrive in the mail this week, and please consider giving as generously as you can to meet our goal of raising $100,000! Contact Larry Banks at larrybanks99@gmail.com for more information.
Dear Roosevelt Middle School Community, As many of you are aware, Eugene 4j voters passed a bond measure in the Spring of 2013 that included funds to build a new Roosevelt Middle School facility to replace the current school at the intersection of 24th and Hilyard. The new Roosevelt will be located approximately 100 yards due west of the current structure on 4j property that currently contains soccer fields (near the South Eugene HS tennis courts). The new school is scheduled to open for the 2016-17 school year and the old building removed. A team of district administrators, RMS teachers, and RMS parents have been working with Mahlum/ Robertson Sherwood Architecture to begin designing the new facility. The team has worked through the “programming phase” to determine the necessary features of a new facility and will transition into the “design phase” soon. Do you want to learn more about the process and provide input to the team??? The Design Team is hosting an information night on February 25th @ 7pm in the Roosevelt Library to outline the project, answer questions, and gather feedback from the Roosevelt Community. We would love to see you there! Sincerely, Chris Mitchell Roosevelt Principal
Garden Club Needs You!
Are you passionate about gardening?  Do you love working with kids?  Our garden club coordinator is looking for an assistant to help run garden club.  Please contact Sean Camblin, camblin@comcast.net or Julie, marks_j@4j.lane.edu with your interest and any questions that you may have.
We need 1 more volunteer to pick up flowers at Trader Joe’s every Monday morning.  This will take between 2 – 3 hours.  The volunteer(s) will pick up the flowers, bring them to Roosevelt and arrange them in vases.  It’s a fun way to make a contribution to our well-deserving teaching staff here at Roosevelt.  Please contact Blanche at colson_b@4j.lane.edu if you can help.
The Art Department is starting a major Pop Art/Scultpure project and is need of some big card board pieces, or boxes. The Art Department could also use lots of newspaper and masking tape.  If you have any to spare, please bring them to the RMS office.
Dr. Marjorie DeBuse, Director, Youth Enrichment and Gifted Programs, College of Education, University of Oregon will present on the topic:  The Six Faces of Giftedness, February 26, 7-8:30pm.  The presentation will be at the Board Room of the Springfield School District Administration Building, 525 Mill Street, Springfield, OR.  More information is available at
RMS students and Rose Children’s Theatre bring Shakespeare Comedy to life — this weekend only! 
Many Roosevelt students will grace the stage in an upcoming production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Feb. 21-23 at the Wildish Theater in Springfield.  Veteran educator and recently published author Judy Wenger directs a cast of 22 students in 5th through 11th grades from across the community as they tell a tale of love, magic and adventure in William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy.
The ensemble cast performing a slightly shortened version of this classic play includes students from our school. Enjoy performances by Jane Brinkley, Townes Genoves, Connor Davidson, Rafael Batya, Talia Peck, Noelle Heliker and Giselle Jensen.
The four performances are Feb. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m., and Feb. 22 and 23 at 2 p.m., at the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater, 630 Main St. in Springfield.
Tickets are $8, and can be purchased at www.therct.com or at the box office one hour before each performance.
About RCT:  Founded in 1978 by Celeste Rose, Rose Children’s Theatre is dedicated to strengthening our community by empowering children and their families through the magic of live theater.  For more information, call RCT at 541-431-0444.
PAR meeting minutes from February’s meeting are attached.  The March PAR meeting will be on March 7 at 9:00am
Thanks to all who participated in and contributed to last week’s choir performance and benefit for Carol.
Thanks to everyone who helped with Activity Night last Friday
The following people volunteered for set-up:
Frieda Bikele and her daughter Anne and son Arthur, Cin Chubb, and Dody Hansen
Also thanks to the chaperones: Eric Finkle, Bessie Joyce, Jacqueline Welch, Thea Peck, Mark O’Hara, Erika James, Kellie Mick, Christy Monsons, Sheila Rose-Norris, Bernadette Conover, Kari Davidson, Marjam Jahargiri, Christine Sampley, Teresa Mueller, Katharine deBaun
And a special thanks to Mitchell Finkle and Michelle Mikkelsen for coordinating Activity Night for our students!
Thank you to Mucho Gusto and the many families who participated in the Mucho Gusto fund raiser last week.  As a result of your participation, Mucho Gusto donated $895 to Roosevelt.  This is by far the best result from our fund raisers of this type.  Thank you!
Nominate “A Champion in Education” Today!
— Who always makes a difference in your child’s school day?  An inspiring teacher? An encouraging school secretary? A dedicated volunteer? A principal who leads by example? A bus driver who always takes the time to listen? Now is the time to recognize their contributions through the annual ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards!
— To nominate a 4J employee or volunteer who demonstrates excellence in education, go to www.theaceawards.org . Every nominee will be honored at an elegant awards ceremony in April, and one person in each category will win a $1,000 cash prize toward a project or program in their school. Nominations must be submitted by March 9.
— The ACE Awards are a collaborative effort of the Eugene and Springfield chambers of commerce and the Eugene, Bethel and Springfield school districts.  The program is presented by Oregon Community Credit Union and supported by others from the local business community. See attached flyer below.
¡Nomine a alguien para ser uno de los “Campeones de la Educación” hoy mismo!
 — ¿Quién marca la mayor diferencia en la escuela de su hijo?  ¿Algún maestro que sabe cómo inspirar a sus alumnus? ¿Una secretaria que anima a los que están a su alrededor? ¿Un voluntario dedicado? ¿Tal vez un administrador que enseña dando ejemplo? ¿Un conductor de autobús que pone atención a todos?  Ahora es el momento de reconocer sus contribuciones, a través de la Octavo Entrega Anual de los Premios ACE (Campeones de la Educación)
 — Para nominar a un miembro del personal de 4J o voluntario que demuestra excelencia en la educación, por favor visite www.theaceawards.org . Todos aquellos que sean nominados tendrán una elegante ceremonia en su honor en el mes de abril y una persona de cada categoría ganará un premio de $1.000 en efectivo a destinarse a un proyecto o programa en su escuela. Las nominaciones se pueden entregar hasta el 9 de marzo.
 — Los Premios ACE se realizan por medio de un esfuerzo conjunto de las cámaras de comercio de Eugene y Springfield y los distritos escolares de Eugene, Bethel y Springfield.  El programa lo presenta Oregon Community Credit Union y está respaldado por varios miembros de la comunidad comercial local.
By Will Eno
Directed by Pat Avery
Continuing — February 20, 21, 22 at 7:00 pm 
SEHS Auditorium
Tickets are available online or at the Box Office (located at the end of the main hall next to the Auditorium); phone 541-790-8070. If you have purchased tickets for a cancelled show, they can be exchanged at the door for tickets to any other performance.
PROOF Postponed Due to Snow; New Dates Below — 
PROOF by David Auburn
Directed by Zoe Hutson
New Dates: February 27, 28, March 1, 2*
7:00 p.m. (*2:00 matinee) in the Little Theater
Looking for a way to get physically fit and make friends this spring? Love water and team sports? Rowing is a full-body, year-round, non-contact sport for athletes of any size or experience level. The South Eugene Rowing Club (SERC) is open to all 4J high school and 8th grade students who want to try a completely different sport while developing a work ethic, communication and time-management skills. If interested, come try our free “Try Rowing” week starting Feb. 18th. No experience necessary.  Students must have a parent signed waiver completed before participating.  Please find us online atoarjrcrew.org or email membership@oarjrcrew.net.
FREE DENTAL care available! 
February is Give Kids a Smile month! Area dentist and hygenists donate time to clean teeth and give dental care for free!! Contact your school nurse at 541-790-8024 or the RMS office for an application.
REMEMBER TO SUPPORT RMS via EEF donations, eScrip, Fred Meyer Rewards Card, Box Tops, Granola Bars, and Sequential Biofuels.
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Register today:
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•         Encourage your relatives to register too!
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