Hi RMS Families,
Here’s the news for the week.  Don’t forget about the Papa’s Pizza benefit for Carol tonight!
 
CALENDAR
(Th) Mar 6                     Papa’s Pizza will host a benefit for Carol Sinclair. Papa’s will donate 50% of all sales (when voucher supplied)(TONIGHT!  VOUCHER IS ATTACHED)
(F) Mar 7                      PAR (Parents-At-Roosevelt) meeting – 9:00am — All parents welcome!
(T) Mar 11                     RMS Track & Field Information Meeting during lunch (See info below)
(Th) Mar 13                   RMS Parent Education Night
(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
(M) Mar 31                    RMS Track & Field – first practice
G.I.V.E. CAMPAIGN UPDATE
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: UPDATE ON HOW YOU CAN HELP
— 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.
PAR MEETING (Tomorrow!)
March PAR Meeting Agenda:
-Welcome
-Principal’s update from Chris Mitchell
-Approve Last Month’s Minutes, Budget
-Upcoming Events
-Parent Education Night
-“Springtime in Paris” Showcase
-Update on Activity Night on Feb. 14
-EEF Update
-Stand for Children Update
Showcase Roosevelt is swiftly approaching!  This year’s theme is Springtime in Paris!  Mark your calendars for Friday, May 2. More information about Showcase in the weeks to come.
 
VOLUNTEER NEEDS 
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.
1 more PARENT VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR TRADER JOE’S FLOWER PICKUP
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.
ROOSEVELT AFTER SCHOOL GIRLS SCIENCE CLUB!
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.
RMS TRACK & FIELD
The first day of RMS Track and Field practice will be Monday, March 31.  An informational meeting will be held next week(Tuesday, March 11th) at RMS during lunch for all students who are interested. At this meeting, required paperwork and season schedules will be distributed. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the upcoming season (johannsen_e@4j.lane.edu).  See attached document for more info.
THANK YOU
Thanks to Iris Bicksler, June Chamberlin, Cin Chubb, Bernadette Conover, Teresa Elmore and Julie Hubbard-McNall for leading school choice tours.
   
RMS 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.
SOUTH EUGENE HS PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT
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
Congratulations to our students who took the Math 8 AMC competition.  This test is given worldwide for all middle school students grade 8 or lower.   Our top ten scorers were:   Jonathan Dou (who had a perfect score of 25), Mariner Wilder, Alysia Gao, Cooper Doe, Aaron Conover, Dean Cho, Dhruthi Mandavilli, Calvin Mitchel, Tiffany Haung and Sagarika Sharma.
Congratulations also to our students who took the AMC 10 Math competition. This test is given to students worldwide in the 10th grade or lower.   The ten students, listed above, also competed in this test.  Our top three  scorerswere:  Jonathan Dou, Alysia Gao and Sagarika Sharma.  Jonathan Dou had a score of 120, which qualifies him for the next round because he is in the top 1%.
 
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR A ONE-WEEK VISIT
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.
 
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
(See attached document for more details.)
SOUTH EUGENE CHEER
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.
Looking for something for your Middle Schooler to do over Spring Break?
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.
REPEATED FROM LAST WEEK
ACE AWARDS
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.
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