Hello RMS Families,
Here’s this week’s news.

(F) Feb 28                     Deadline for in-district school choice applications (TOMORROW AT 5:00PM)
(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
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.


— As you may know, Carol Sinclair, Roosevelt’s Choir teacher extraordinaire, is on medical leave for surgery and chemotherapy.  She has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo aggressive treatment.  Although she must focus on her health for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year, she plans to return with vigor for the 2014-15 school year. Carol has accrued significant “out of pocket” medical expenses for which she was not prepared.  Therefore, the Roosevelt staff is working on a few opportunities to benefit Carol and raise money for her expenses while she receives treatment.
 Three ways you can help:
1. RMS and Papa’s Pizza will host a benefit for Carol Sinclair on Thursday, March 6. Papa’s will donate 50% of all sales (when voucher is supplied) to a fund set up for Carol’s out-of-pocket expenses. Click here and then click “download” to print the voucher from the RMS calendar.
2. Contact  Roosevelt’s Volunteer Coordinator Julie Marks at  marks_j@4j.lane.edu , if you would like to learn about other opportunities to support Carol while she is receiving treatment.  These opportunities could be chores she is unable to accomplish, a ride to treatment, or providing Carol with leisure items (like magazines or knitting supplies).
3. If you would like to make a direct donation to Carol’s medical expenses:  The following account at Selco has been set up for this purpose: Selco Community Credit Union Account 532488. Checks should be made out to Carol Sinclair Medical Fund.  Checks can be deposited directly at Selco or sent to Roosevelt (680 E 24th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405, ℅ Karen Kingzett) and Karen will make the deposit.  Electronic transfers can also be made to this Selco account.
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.
Cindy Boettcher is doing an outstanding with our Trader Joe flower pick up and preparation on Monday mornings. However, she does need help.  Would you be willing to volunteer to pick up the flowers on Monday’s at Trader Joe’s and deliver them to Roosevelt?  Possibly make your weekly Trader Joe shopping trip on Monday mornings.  It should only take about 30 minutes and we only have about 14 Mondays remaining in the entire school year.)   Once you deliver them to our school, Cindy will then cut them and arrange them in vases.  The flowers really do perk up the office and every staff member in our building.
The Art Department is starting a major Pop Art/Sculpture 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.
While it is a known fact that women are underrepresented among those who earn science and engineering degrees, two science instructors from the University of Oregon are offering a wonderful opportunity for Roosevelt girls interested in learning more about science related subjects in a fun and exciting hands-on environment. The U of O graduate students will offer this engineering unit at Roosevelt.  Session 1 is an introduction; Session 2 includes building arches; Session 3 covers Fractals; Session 3 includes Bridge design. The workshops will be held the following four Wednesdays in April: 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23.   Each session will begin at 2:45 and end at 5:00 p.m.    The cost for all four workshops is $25 per student.  Scholarships are available.  Space is limited and will go fast!  To sign up, please contact Blanche at colson_b@4j.lane.edu or (541) 790-8500.


Thanks to all who came to Parent Education Night.  Notes from the evening are attached.


PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT Thursday, March 13th 7-8:30PM
Cliques, Bullying and Fitting In: Navigating the Social World of Middle School
Please join us for a panel discussion on bullying and cliques, as we focus on what’s most effective for families, schools and communities when it comes to keeping kids safe. Panelists Chris Mitchell, RMS Principal, will speak on Middle and High School bullying, as well as office responses to these situations, and RMS language arts teacher and STOP campaign coordinator Marty Smith, along with members of Student Government, will provide an overview of the STOP anti-bullying program and describe how bullying is handled through the RMS House system. We hope you’ll plan to attend this discussion of an always timely issue.

The March PAR meeting will be on March 7 at 9:00am
The Roosevelt Chess Club took first place at the Chess for Success regional tournament at Willamette High School on Saturday, February 22nd.  They will compete at the state tournament on March 15 in Portland.  Congratulations Tommy Case, Jimmy Wang, Harrison Nabors, and Mariner Wilder!
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.
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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