Hi RMS Families,
There’s a lot going on at Roosevelt!  Enjoy ALL the news of the week. 

(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
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
Showcase Roosevelt, “Springtime in Paris”, is ONE WEEK FROM TOMORROW!  Friday, May 2nd, 6:00-8:30

I know there are lots of you wonderful parents that are planning to volunteer at showcase but haven’t gotten around to signing up.  Well, now is the time!  We have lots of volunteer shifts to choose from.  Please take the time now to find a shift or two to help out with.  You can also use the link below to sign up to bring a cake for the cake walk or desserts for La Patisserie.

Here is the link to sign up to volunteer at showcase.  


We’re using VolunteerSpot to sign up for Showcase.  Please sign up for Showcase 2014- Springtime in Paris – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

   1Click 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.  Julie at marks_j@4j.lane.edu


Thanks for taking the time to sign up now!



Buy Tickets in Advance and Save! 
Food Ticket Punch Cards: $5, $10, or $20 value
Raffle/Activity Tickets: 50¢ each
Avoid the lines and get FREE raffle tickets!
Buy tickets before 4 pm on Friday, May 2, for these discounts:
·         2 free raffle/activity tickets for every food ticket purchase
·         Buy 10 raffle/activity tickets for $5 and get 2 free (a $6 value)
Tickets on sale TUESDAY, April 29-Friday, May 2, starting at 8:15 am before school and finishing at 3:45 pm after school, and inside the office during school.
You may also send a check payable to RMS, with “Showcase Food Tickets” and your student’s name and House on the memo line.
Tickets also available for purchase at Showcase
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.
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
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 . 
Goodbye from Blanche
It is with sadness that I bid the awesome parents of Roosevelt students farewell.  I have accepted a position at North Eugene High School.  The students here hold a special place in my heart.  It has been a sweet journey!  (Friday  (4/25) will be my last day.)


The 4J Budget Committee will meet to discuss next school year’s budget

Monday, April 286-7pm

at 4J, 200 N. Monroe

Stand for Children will have a few speakers at the meeting advocating for prioritizing funds to the classroom (maintaining/lowering class size and restoring furlough days).  A large community showing is powerful.  Consider voicing your opinion on how to prioritize funds, or just being present at the meeting to hear the conversation and show the community is paying attention.

After School Girls’ Science Club

U of O offers Brand New Unit on Astrology for

May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28
After-school on Wednesdays from 2:45 until 5:00 p.m

Space Explorations
Ever wonder what’s beyond the clouds in the vastness of space? In this unit students will explore different areas and places in space and use hands-on activities and experiments to put information into understanding. Subjects of exploration include planets, galaxies, stars and constellations, black holes, and more!  Topics listed below are for flavor, some topics may be substituted.
May 7th  – Our Solar System – Take a tour and become and expert on your planet of choice. Students will design their own extraterrestrial colonies, and plan out what supplies they’d need to survive there.
May 14 – Galaxies – Learn the ins and outs of galaxies, how to classify them, and where we belong in ours. Classify your own galaxy in a fun art project that brings the abstract learning to paper and understanding.
May 21 -Stars — Ever wonder what stars are made of, or how far away they live? Learn about nuclear fusion and different start types and make your own constellations in this fun astronomy day!
May 28 – The ABC’s of Space – Explore the mysteries of space: Aliens, Black holes, and Comets. Students will simulate how comets work in a fun science experiment, and finish the day creating their own aliens who inhabit certain parts of space.

Workshop Fee:  Only 25.00 for all 4 weeks/Scholarships are Available
To enroll, please email Chad Heidtke at  heidtke_c@4j.lane.edu



Dear RMS 8th graders (and their families) who are heading to South Eugene High School next year:
Please join us for Celebrate South on Friday, May 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the South Cafeteria!  The event will include a spaghetti dinner with a vegetarian option, salad, and bread, live music, a roving magician and much more!  Meet South students, faculty and staff, check out student clubs, become acquainted with South!  Raffle and silent auction prizes will include a beautiful red bicycle from Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life, very special Axe labeled wine, and gift certificates from local merchants!  Prince Puckler’s ice cream brownie sundaes will be available for an additional donation!  Get your tickets right now — please see form attached to eNEWS, and watch for your student to bring home a flyer very soon.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ten and under, or $25 per family of up to four.  Check or money order can be mailed to South or you may buy tickets at the South financial office.  See attached flyer for more details.  Questions?  Contact Katya Hokanson at katyah@comcast.net.

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. 

May 15, 7 pm:  Family Movie Night!  
Mark your calendars for an educational evening about the risks of using marijuana, especially for teenagers whose brains have not fully developed.  First we will watch The Downside of High, a documentary , followed by open discussion and q/a led by local NAMI director Jose Soto.    Statistically most kids who use marijuana try it between 8th and 9th grade — so now is a great time to understand the risks and why experimental or social use of marijuana might not be as harmless as many assume.  Bring a dessert or popcorn to share!
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.
South Eugene Soccer Camp
Calling all girls and boys, from grades 1-8,  interested in developing their soccer skills.  South Eugene is once again offering its summer soccer camp.  The camp will be held from Monday, June 23rd to Friday, June 27th.  Monday thru Thursday the camp will run from9am to 2 pm.  On Friday the camp will run from 9am to noon.  The cost is $130 per player and $110 for additional siblings.  The fee includes a camp t-shirt and soccer ball.  On-line pre registration is required at https://clubs.bluesombrero.com.  For additional camp information look at www.SouthEugeneSoccerClub.org.   Don’t miss out on a fun summer event.
South Eugene Rowing Club (SERC) rowing camps are for teens entering 8th – 12th grade, from throughout the community, at all experience levels.  Experienced coaching staff teaches new rowers the basics of rowing:  how to lift and carry the boat, how to row, and how to row together. More experienced rowers focus on improving technical skill and race preparation. 
The two camps are:   Week 1:  July 21-25 and Week 2: July 28 – August 1, followed by an overnight regatta in Seattle on August 2, where rowers compete with other teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest.  For additional information and registration, please see www.oarjrcrew.org or contact summercamp@oarjrcrew.org.
Earn up to $150 by participating in Lane County’s Family Mediation program.  Please see attachment 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.
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
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
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.  
RMS eNews archives are posted at the Roosevelt website.
VISIT ROOSEVELT’s WEBSITE for more information: http://www.roosevelt.4j.lane.edu/
Feedback and input always welcome! Please note that requests for items to be included in Thursday’s eNews are due eachWednesday by 5 pm to sarah_case@yahoo.com.
How to manage your subscription to Roosevelt eNews:
 To SIGN UP, please send a blank email to rms-subscribe@npogroups.org
 To OPT OUT, please send a blank email to rms-unsubscribe@npogroups.org   
 To CHANGE your email address, first unsubscribe from your old account (using your old address) as per OPT OUT instructions above, then use your new email account to send a blank message to rms-subscribe@npogroups.org
In each case above, you will receive a confirmation message from NPOGroups to which you simply reply back to complete your un/subscribing.
In addition, this change is for the eNews list only. If you wish the RMS office to make this change in their records, please email Jane Kinports at kinports@4j.lane.edu or call the office at 541-790-8500.
Roosevelt eNews is a service of PAR (Parents At Roosevelt), in cooperation with Roosevelt Middle School.  It is produced by volunteers on privately-owned equipment.