Hi RMS Families,
There’s a lot of news this week. Please note the calendar changes re: school days
Don’t forget about RMS’s parent education tonight. (Scroll down for more information.)
(Th) Mar 13                   SCHOOL IS IN SESSION (Originally a no school day)
(Th) Mar 13                   RMS Parent Education Night
(F) Mar 14                     SCHOOL IS IN SESSION (Originally a no school day)
(M) Mar 17                    Showcase Planning meeting (9-10:15am)
(W) Mar 19                    Chamber Music Night, 7pm
(Th) Mar 20                   NO SCHOOL  – Professional Development / Planning Day (Originally a school day)
(F) Mar 21                     NO SCHOOL – Final Grading Day (Originally a school day)
(M) – (Th) Mar 24-28      NO SCHOOL – Spring Break
(M) Mar 31                    SCHOOL IS IN SESSION (Originally a no school day)
(M) Mar 31                    Third Trimester Begins
(M) Mar 31                    RMS Track & Field – first practice
(T) Apr 1                       New Roosevelt Design Meeting – 5:30pm
(F) Apr 4                       8th grade pictures, 9:00am
(F) Apr 4                       PAR Meeting (All parents welcome), 9:00am
Dear Roosevelt Students, Staff, Parents, and the entire South Eugene Community:  Thank you so much for your generous outpouring of emotional support and financial assistance.  Words cannot even begin to express my appreciation for your kindness.  I know that I have a lot of healing to do before I can return to the classroom.  I look forward to serving RMS next Fall, and working with the talented students and families in our community.  I feel so fortunate.
Thank you to Papa’s Pizza and everyone who participated in the fund raiser for Carol Sinclair’s medical expenses last Thursday.  Thanks to your participation, Papa’s Pizza donated $991.94 cents to Carol’s medical fund.
Parent Council has set a goal of raising $100,000 to support next year’s staffing, and now is the time to make your donation! Go find the letter and voucher that was mailed two weeks ago, or go to www.eeflane.org to make an online donation, noting RMS Staffing. Please consider giving as generously as you can to meet our goal! Contact Larry Banks at larrybanks99@gmail.com for more information.
Carol Sinclair: HOW YOU CAN HELP
A reminder about how to help with Carol’s medical expenses:
1. 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).
2. 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.
SHOWCASE ROOSEVELT 2014 – Springtime in Paris
Save the Date:  Friday, May 2nd  6:00-8:30 PM
Have dinner, enjoy dessert, listen to music, bid in the silent auction, take a pull from the Wine Wall, make time with your student and experience the wonderful programs that Roosevelt has to offer.
Silent Auction
Do you own a business that can donate a service or item?
Are you an artist with a piece of work that you could donate?  Pottery, quilts, drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, hand knits, jewelry, or any other items are welcome!
Do you have a vacation home perfect for donation?
Think about donating something for the silent auction!
Contact Dana Fleming at alasaban@sbcglobal.net
Talent on Display
We need student talent!
Contact Dody Hansen at pdh@efn.org to participate.
House Baskets
Each house will pick a theme for a basket.  Students are encouraged to bring in items or donations to fill the baskets.  We end up with wonderful, fun themes that are a huge attraction for bidders to purchase.
Look for more information about your student’s house basket in coming weeks!
Showcase Volunteers Needed
We need a volunteer to oversee and delegate in the Food area.  We have two wonderful volunteers to take care of the desserts but we need someone to coordinate the dinner.  The notes from past years are detailed to make it easy to take over.  Last year’s food coordinator has even offered to help in the planning.  So we really just need someone to step up and execute.
We also need someone fun and creative to help with signs and decorations.
Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Julie at marks_j@4j.lane.edu .
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.
The first day of RMS Track and Field practice will be Monday, March 31. See attached document for more info.
We are looking for a few more 6th grade girls who want to play soccer to join our Kidsports team for the Spring season.  No experience necessary!  It’s a great group of nice girls who are on the South region team, and they have a terrific time together learning soccer skills, sportsmanship, competing and building lasting friendships!
Practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays, probably from 6-7:30, with games probably on weekends, starting after Spring Break.
If interested, please sign up at the Kidsports office.  Cost will be $75 plus $12 OYSA fee, plus a $10 late fee (as the deadline has passed, but Kidsports still will let you sign up).  Scholarships are available.  For more information, call Sarah Petersen, team parent, at 541-579-4652 or Christine Mayer, coach, at 541-409-8193.
Minutes from the last PAR meeting are attached.  The next meeting will be April 4th (9-10:15am).  All RMS parents and guardians are welcome!
Parents at Roosevelt has gone social!  
Check out and like our new Facebook page, located at: https://www.facebook.com/parentsatroosevelt.  You can also invite friends who have students at RMS to like the page. 
RMS PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT Thursday, March 13th 7-8:30PM  (TONIGHT!)
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.
Monday, March 17,  7- 8:30 pm in the SEHS Cafeteria
Topic: Common Core State Standards now playing at a school near you. Plus Smarter Balanced Assessment opening in 2015. What does this mean for your student in terms of high school graduation and college? If you want the facts and an opportunity to have your questions answered, then don’t miss this valuable parent-ed night at SEHS.
Congratulations to RMS 6th grader Addy Walker for taking 3rd place in the Wordcrafters in Eugene short story competition.
IS YOUR CHILD MISSING a JACKET? Sweatshirt? Other items?
Please stop by the office (or ask your child to check the Lost and Found Closet in the Commons Area across from the office) to claim lost items that belong to your child.  On April 4th, all unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
SEHS Will host a community track meet on Saturday, March 15th at 1:00pm. See attached flyer for details.
Churchill will be welcoming 20 students from China during the week of March 15 through the 21st. These students will attend classes at the high school on March 17, 18 and 19. On March 20 and 21st, they will be engaged in group activities to see some of the local sights and attractions.
We are still very much in need of host families for some of these students. If you would be interested in this experience, please contact Dennis Biggerstaff at 541-790-5105 or Morgan Christensen at 541-790-5114.
Are you interest in hosting an international student this summer?  Middle and High School Age Chinese Students participating in the 17th bi-annual Music/English Camps at the University of Oregon.  A stipend is offered to host families.
When:               July 20-30 (10 nights)
                         July 30-August 8  (9 nights)
Contact:            susanne@gpyinternational.org    or
                         Phone  541.852.8600  for additional details
(See attached document for more details.)
The Amazon Community center will be hosting a CIT (counselor In Training) camp. Work with supportive mentors who teach the fundamentals of being a camp counselor. Through community service work learn what it takes to be part of a team. Learn about leadership and curriculum development.  Last day field trip may be sandboarding, canoeing or hiking. Call 541-682-5373 to register.
Eighth graders:  South Eugene Cheer is holding cheerleading tryouts for the 2014-2015 school year on Saturday, April 5.  Tryout practices are next week, Monday through Thursday, and again March 17-20, and April 3.  All practices are from 4:30-5:30pm in the South Eugene Main Gym upstairs.  Questions?  Email southeugenecheer@gmail.com.
And listen, Cheer is NOT just for girls.  Do you want to challenge yourself both physically and mentally?  Do you think you’re strong enough?  Then 8th grade boys should check out what cheer for boys is really about – today in the South Eugene main gym, upstairs from 4:30-5:30pm.
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