Hi RMS Families,
Here’s the news for the week.

CALENDAR
(Th) Apr 10             RMS Track Meet (Meets continue on Thursday April 17, 24, and May 1)
(Th) Apr 10     Shasta Band Festival (All Advanced Band students attending in the afternoon)
(M) April 14     Showcase Planning meeting, 9-10:15am
(Th) Apr 17     SCHOOL IS IN SESSION (See calendar note below)
(F) Apr 18     SCHOOL IS IN SESSION (See calendar note below)
(M) Apr 21     Showcase Planning meeting, 9-10:15
(M) Apr 28     Showcase Planning meeting, 9-10:15
(F) May 2     Showcase Roosevelt, 6:00pm
(Th) May 8     PAR meeting, 9-10:15am (All parents welcome!)
(F) May 9     NO SCHOOL – Mid-Trimester Grading Day
(W) May 14     Choir Concert, 7:00pm
(Th) May 15     Parent Education Night, 7:00pm
(F) May 16     Activity Night
(M) May 26     NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
(T) May 27     New Roosevelt Design Community Forum – 7:00pm
(Th) May 29     6th Grade Cultural Festival
(F, Sa, Su) May 30, 31, June 1   RMS Musical – Guys and Dolls
(W) June 3     All Bands Concert
(Th) June 4     Orchestra Concert
(Th, F, Sa) June 5, 6,7  RMS Musical – Guys and Dolls
 
CALENDAR NOTE
We DO have school on Thursday and Friday, 4/17 and 18.  Originally these were furlough days, but they were rescheduled as a result of the snow days.
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.
Donations may be dropped by the Roosevelt office.  Don’t forget to fill out an art information form while you’re there.  Questions?  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
Students and advisors have chosen their themes!  And they are…drumroll please…
House Basket Themes:
Beinin:        Divergent
Byers:        Movie Night
Carter:        Art Supplies
Coelho:        The Geektastic Basket
Cooper: South of the Border
Corricello-McDowell:    Parents’ Night Out
Doerfert:        Spring Garden
Fertal: Friday Nights (Le Vendredi Soir)
Grabowski:    Summer Fun
Gower: Made in Oregon
Heidtke: The Great Outdoors
Johannsen:    Chocolate, Coffee and Tea
Khatter:        Relaxation and Rejuvenation
Leebrick/Sinclair:    The Ultimate Staycation
Mancuso: World Traveler
Marashi:        Frozen
Ryley:        Candyland
Smith:        Survival
Tiemann: Sugar and Spice
Tubb: I Love My Dog
Wiebe:        Food from Around the World
Worth:        Make your Smile Brighter
Wyman:        Rock & Roll
Questions about House Baskets? Contact Sarah Smith de Vasconcellos at 48jayme@gmail.com.
Showcase Wishlist
If you can provide any of these, please bring them to the school office.  Thank you!
-BIG Lollipops (these often go on sale after Easter at places like Big Lots and Rite Aid–less than $1 each)
-Cruiser Bikes (for decoration/display–those with baskets would be even better, they don’t even have to work)-will be returned to owner after showcase
-French decor
-Tissue paper (any color, but pastels are best)
-Nail Polish, nail decals, colored hairspray (anything that would work in spa area)
-Very large sheets of cardboard
VOLUNTEER NEEDS
Showcase Volunteers Needed!
We’re using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming activity
.Please sign up for Showcase 2014- Springtime in Paris – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:   1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/QLoySV
   2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
   3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
8th grade Promotion, Dance and Picnic
It is time for us to get some committees organized and start planning a fun send off for our 8th graders!  There are 2 events on separate dates that need to be planned.
Friday, June 13th–  8th grade promotion and dance
The promotion ceremony will be from 6:30-8:00 in the Roosevelt D gym.  This is planned and organized by the office, so we do not need volunteers for this part of the evening.
The students will then walk over to the B gym for the dance from 8:00-10:00pm.  This is where we volunteers will kick in to full swing.  The two large components of the dance are decorations and food.  We already have a parent who has stepped up to organize the food, so we just need someone to head up the decorations crew.  There is a plan in place for the decorations, which has been used for several years now, or we could do something different.
Tuesday, June 17th, 11:30-2:30-  8th grade picnic and field day
We will be having a picnic and field day in the field next to RMS.  Students will enjoy lunch, yearbook signing, music, inflatable games (an obstacle course and Twister) and field activities.  We need a parent or two to lead the food and party planning for field day.
Please contact me with any questions and your interest and availability.  Once we have some parents to lead, we can schedule a planning meeting to get the ideas flowing and to get the balls rolling.  I look forward to working with you on these fun activities!
Please contact our volunteer coordinator with any questions and your availability, Julie at marks_j@4j.lane.edu .
THANK YOU
Thanks to Lisa Woodruff and Janet Butler for helping with 8th grade photos
AXEMAN FOOTBALL
Axeman booster meetings will be on second Monday of the month, which puts this month’s meeting on the 14th of April.  The current plan is that this will be the initial parent meeting and the introduction of the new head coach Kevin Leonard.  We are excited to get things started.   8th grade parents interested in attending should feel welcome to do so. Looking forward to seeing you all there to meet the new coach.
PAR MEETING
PAR meeting minutes from the April meeting are attached.  The next PAR meeting is Thursday, May 8
The Cultural Festival is coming!!!
 
For many years, the sixth grade Cultural Festival has been a highlight in our sixth grade program here at Roosevelt. The Cultural Connections Team is pleased to continue the concept of researching and sharing students’ histories and backgrounds so that our entire community can celebrate Roosevelt students’ diversity.
Over the months of April and May, students will complete a family history or cultural project. They will interview a family or community elder, and do additional research on their topic. Their information will be displayed on a poster board. In addition, students will share their projects with classmates in an oral presentation.
We will have a Cultural Festival Open House on Thursday, May 29, 2014, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The poster boards from the oral presentations will be on display in the hallways. Parents, students, friends, and relatives are invited to come view the projects and celebrate our students’ cultural and family diversity. Project posters will remain on display in the halls for a week following the Festival.
Cultural Festival Volunteers Needed!
 
 The 6th Grade Cultural Connection team is looking for parents to help hang student posters prior to the Cultural Festival.  On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from approximately 2:45 to 4:00 we need six to eight parents to hang posters in the hallways. Please contact Dee Ryley at ryley@4j.lane.edu, if you are able to help.  The 6th Grade Cultural Festival will be held on May 29, 2014 from 6:30-8:00.  Thank you for your help in making this Festival a possibility.
REPEATED FROM LAST WEEK
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.
RMS TRACK & FIELD
The RMS Track and Field team will have its meet on 4/10 against Cal Young at Sheldon High School.  It’s still not too late to join the track team.  We have nearly 120 student-athletes out for track this year, and would love to have even more join the team. Contact Coach Johannsen at johannsen_e@4j.lane.edu for more information.
ULTIMATE FRISBEE
RMS Ultimate Frisbee started up again on April 1.  Practice is after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:00 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.
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.
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.
LANE COUNTY FAMILY MEDIATION PROGRAM’S FAMILY CHECK-UP
Earn up to $150 by participating in Lane County’s Family Mediation program.  Please see attachment for more information.
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
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