Hi RMS Families

Here’s the week’s news.

(Th) Apr 17     SCHOOL IS IN SESSION (See calendar note below)
(Th) Apr 17                  RMS Track Meet (against Kennedy MS at Churchill HS)
(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
(F) May 23                   SCHOOL IS IN SESSION (See calendar note below)
(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
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.
School IS in session on May 23. (It was originally a no-school day.)
June 17 will be the final day of school this year. It will be an early release day for students. The final day had been tentative because any additional “snow days” (days when all schools are closed due to hazardous weather) were expected to be made up at the end of the year. With the likelihood of winter weather now past, the district has announced that the final day of school will be June 17.
SHOWCASE ROOSEVELT 2014 – Springtime in Paris
Save the Date:  Friday, May 2nd  6:00-8:30 PM
Have quiche or pizza for dinner, enjoy desserts and crepes, listen to choir, band, orchestra and the staff band, shop in our all new Artisan’s Market, 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.  There are lots of fun activities for students as well, including “Let Them Eat Cake” cakewalk, Ooh La La Spa, Deja Vu photo booth, “La Cage Aux Folles” poetry slam, “Madame Curie’s Lab” science activities, “Le Disco” karaoke and the “Oui Wii” game room.
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.
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 

We have over 100 volunteer shifts the week of showcase that need to be filled.  Please consider joining our incredible volunteer team to make this fabulous event a success!
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 parents who has stepped up to organize the food and decorations, so we just need worker bees to join in the planning process.    
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 have a parent to lead the food planning, so we just need someone to oversee party planning for field day.
Please contact me with any questions and your interest and availability.  We are in the process of scheduling a planning meeting, so contact me if you would like to join the team.
Save the Dates!
Friday, May 16th-
is our final Activity Night of the year.  Keep your ears open for a call to volunteer!
Friday, June 13th-
is the night of 8th grade dance and promotion.  6th and 7th grade parents, this is a great time to pay it forward by chaperoning the 8th grade dance 8:00-10:00pm.  This is also a great opportunity to see the beautiful decorations and food that is organized by parent volunteers so that you can help plan this event in the coming years for your student’s class.  
Please contact our volunteer coordinator with any questions and your availability, Julie at marks_j@4j.lane.edu . 
Thanks to all families who participated in the Track Town fund raiser last week.  Track Town donated $211 to Roosevelt as a result of your involvement.  Again, thank you.
The next PAR meeting is Thursday, May 8.  
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. 
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.

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 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.
“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.  

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.  
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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