Hi RMS Families,
There won’t be a newsletter next week because of Spring Break. Feel free to re-read this newsletter next Thursday 🙂
Have a nice break.
 
CALENDAR
(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                    Showcase Planning Meeting (9-10:15am)
(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 (See information below)
(F) Apr 4                       PAR Meeting (All parents welcome), 9:00am
(W) Apr 9                      Track Town Pizza Fundraiser (voucher attached)

CALENDAR REMINDER
Please note that there is no school on Thursday, March 20th or Friday, March 21st.  There IS school on Monday, March 31st.
 
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.

G.I.V.E. CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Thanks to the generosity of Roosevelt supporters, we have raised $56,000 to support next year’s staffing! On April 4 Chris will learn our staffing allocation from the District, so there is still time to G.I.V.E toward our goal of $100,000. Every dollar counts towards our rich programming and mission of excellence at Roosevelt, so go to www.eeflane.org to make an online donation, noting RMS Staffing, or use the voucher attached to this e-news. 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. 
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?
Do you have a vacation home perfect for donation?
Think about donating something for the silent auction!
Contact Dana Fleming at alasaban@sbcglobal.net

New this year- Artisan’s Marketplace in the Silent Auction! 
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!
We look forward to showcasing the creative talent in our community for all to enjoy.
Contact Mr. Bev Parish at treebee@q.com.

 
Talent on Display
We need student talent!
Contact Dody Hansen at pdh@efn.org to participate.
-Theater
-Music
-Art
-Clubs
 
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!


VOLUNTEER NEEDS

8th Grade Picture Day
We need 2-3 volunteers to help with 8th grade photos on Friday, April 4th 9:00-11:00.

Showcase Volunteers Needed
We need a kitchen manager for the showcase food venue.  We’ve got a menu in place and volunteers to do the shopping. 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 for the night of showcase.  
 
Please contact our volunteer coordinator with any questions and your availability, Julie at marks_j@4j.lane.edu .  

RMS TRACK & FIELD
Don’t forget that our 1st day of practice will be Monday, March 31st.  Practice will begin promptly at 3:45 PM and we will be meeting in the D-gym.  Please bring plenty of ‘layers’ of clothing to be prepared for any sort of weather!

PLEASE NOTE:  You will not be able to practice or compete in a meet until all of your paperwork has been submitted to the main office.  Remember…physicals only need to be completed every TWO years.  If you had one last year, you do not need one to participate this year.  If you aren’t sure if your physical is valid or have other questions, please contact Coach Johannsen.

Don’t wait until the last minute!  Get your forms turned in as soon as possible, and get ready for an incredible 2014 RMS track and field season!

Coach Johannsen

ULTIMATE FRISBEE
RMS Ultimate Frisbee will be starting up again on April 1, the first Tuesday after Spring Break, as usual after school from 3:45 to 5:30 at the fields west of the D Gym.  Ultimate is co-ed and open to all skill levels and grades.  Please bring cleats and shorts suitable for field sports.  Any questions please email rmsultimate@gmail.com or call Ian Richardson at 541-515-1881.

 
8TH GRADE PICTURES
Attention 8th grade families:  8th grade individual and panoramic pictures will be taken on the first Friday after spring break, on April 4.  Picture packets will be sent home soon.  All 8th graders will have their pictures taken for their promotion certificates, even if they choose not to purchase pictures.


MUSICAL THEATER
“Children of Eden,” a musical featuring members of the Roosevelt Middle School family, will be presented by Rose Children’s Theatre at Sheldon High School the weekends of April 11 and 18.  Directed by Tama Rowan and Evynne Hollens and loosely based on the Book of Genesis, “Children of Eden” features a multi-generational cast of 62, ages 6 to 84, and a 17-piece orchestra.  Stephen Schwartz of “Wicked” fame adapted the script and wrote the music.   RMS students and faculty in the play include:  8th-grader Jenny Bryant, 8th-grader Aaron Conover, and 6th grader Quinn Hansen.  Drama teacher Richard Leebrick is also a performer in the play.

Shows are 7 p.m. on April 11, 12, 18 and 19, and 2 p.m. on April 12, 13 and 19.  Tickets are $10 for students and can be purchased online at www.therct.com or an hour before the show at the box office.

For more information call 541-431-0444.

ROOSEVELT NEW SCHOOL DESIGN MEETING
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 5:30-7pm in the Roosevelt cafeteria

A new Roosevelt Middle School building is coming soon.  Please join us on April 1 for a public meeting about the design of the new school, including an option for a new YMCA building on part of the site.
5:30 Open house begins
6:00 Presentation
6:30 Public input
7:00 Ending time

Get a look at the initial design concepts.  Share your comments and ask questions.  Visit with the architects and other design team members.  Your input will help us invest wisely to make the new Roosevelt the best school facility it can be.

Learn More:  
Join the mailing list for school design news by emailing rooseveltdesign@4j.lane.edu.  
Watch for updates at www.4j.lane.edu/bond.  
Call 4J Communications at 541-790-7737.


CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to the Roosevelt Chess Team. The team placed 3rd in the middle school division at the Chess for Success State Tournament.  Team members included:  Tommy Case, Jimmy Wang, Harrison Nabors, Joey Brundan, and Mariner Wilder.

In the state individual competition, Jimmy Wang took 3rd place for 6th grade and Tommy Case took 2nd place for 7th grade.
MP3 PLAYERS NEEDED
If you have an MP3 player you no longer use, please consider donating it to RMS.  Our teachers use them to help students read along while listening to a story.  Bring them to the office or to the RMS library.


 
REPEATED FROM LAST WEEK

ROOSEVELT AFTER SCHOOL GIRLS SCIENCE CLUB!
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 an 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.

 
6th GRADE GIRLS SOCCER PLAYERS WANTED
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.
   
PAR MEETING
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. 
  
SUMMER HOST FAMILY OPPORTUNITY
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
 
SPRING BREAK COUNSELOR IN TRAINING CAMP
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.
 
 
REMEMBER TO SUPPORT RMS via EEF donations, eScrip, Fred Meyer Rewards Card, Box Tops, Granola Bars, and Sequential Biofuels.
 
eScrip: Earn free money for Roosevelt!
Register today:
•         Go to www.escrip.com
•         Register your credit/debit & Safeway club cards
•         Designate Roosevelt- recipient ID #6723045
•         Encourage your relatives to register too!
•         Shop at Market of Choice, Safeway or online at all your favorite businesses through the eScrip online mall
•         Feel good when eScrip sends Roosevelt a check for a percentage of your purchases!
***eScrip is secure and will not share or sell any private or personal information.***
 — Having trouble subscribing? Can’t remember your supporter number? Having trouble switching to Roosevelt from your child’s prior school? For these questions and any others: Contact Hildy Tritch at 541-343-9597 or hildur.tritch@comcast.net
 
FRED MEYER REWARDS CARD
You can help Roosevelt earn donations from Fred Meyer by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Roosevelt at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.  You can search for Roosevelt by name or by our non-profit number, 86929.  You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates, but also earn donations for Roosevelt.  
 
 
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