Hi all,

Here’s the week’s news.

(Th) May 8                         Track Meet – Sub-districts (Churchill HS – noon to 6:00pm)
(F) May 9            NO SCHOOL – Mid-Trimester Grading Day
(W) May 14                        8th Grade Promotion Planning Meeting – 9-10am
(W) May 14            Choir Concert, 7:00pm
(Th) May 15                        Track Meet – Districts (Hayward Field – noon to 6:00pm)
(F) May 16            Activity Night
(Th) May 22             RMS Family Movie Night, 7:00pm (See info below)
(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
There is no school this Friday (May 9).  It is mid-trimester grading day.

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.


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.


Calling all past and future Activity Night Volunteers.  Michelle Mikkelsen and I have had a lot of fun organizing the fall and spring activity nights.  The pumpkin carving in the fall, and the photo booth in the spring were big hits with the kids.  The last Activity Night for this school year will take place on Friday,  May 16th, from 6:30 to 9:00.  Volunteers, plan to arrive between 6 – 6:10pm to sign in and get your assignment.   We so appreciated all the volunteers that turned out to create a memorable night for all the students.  So, once again we are asking parents, those who have already volunteered, and those who would like the chance to help out, to contact me at mfinkle3575@gmail.com to let us know you are available to help out.  If you’ve helped out before and would like to do the same activity, or something else, please let me know.  And if anyone has ideas for fun activities, or how to make the activities we already have more fun, please let us know, we’re always looking to update our fun list.

Our first planning meeting for the 8th grade promotion, dance and picnic/field day will be Wednesday, May 14th, 9:00-10:00am.  Please join our dedicated planning team to see how you can help make the end of the year special for our 8th grade students.  6th and 7th grade parents are welcome, too!  We’ll need you to help chaperone and put the finishing touches on the snack buffet (while the 8th grad parents are attending the promotion ceremony).  Plus, this is a great time for parents of younger students to see what the party plans are all about.

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week!  Be sure to thank your students’ teachers for their dedication to RMS!  Later this month, PAR is sponsoring a Staff Appreciation lunch to honor the teachers, administration, and classified staff.  It will take place in the library on Wednesday, May 21st.  Please contact Dana Fleming at alasaban@sbcglobal.net or Julie Marks at marks_j@4j.lane.edu if you are able to donate a salad and/or dessert to round out our gourmet pizza main dish, or if you would like to help set up or clean up.
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.

Jericho Schwab, the Assistant Principal at SEHS, met with 8th grade students Wednesday, May 7, during first period to discuss scheduling options at South Eugene High School.  Students listened to a presentation and received information that can be shared with families.  Please touch base with your 8th graders after the meeting to discuss options!

After School Girls’ Science Club

U of O offers Brand New Unit on Astronomy 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


South Eugene High School invites all eighth graders and their families  to Celebrate South, a fun event  to be held in the SEHS cafeteria this Friday, May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Tickets available at the door!!

$10/person, $5 for 10 and under, $25 for a family of up to four!  Includes delicious spaghetti dinner, entertainment by South students and chances to check out great South clubs — robotics, crew, debate, ultimate frisbee, and more!  Also, raffle prizes and a silent auction!  All proceeds go to support all South students.  Questions?  Contact Katya Hokanson at

(Note Change of Date) May 22, 7 pm:  Family Movie Night: Viewing and discussion of ‘Downside of High’ documentary
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!
It’s time to buy your student his or her RMS Yearbook.  Yearbooks will be distributed at the end of the school year.  Parents may have already purchased a yearbook at the beginning of the year when filling out registration forms.  If you’re not sure if you’ve already purchased a yearbook, email Sarah at case_sar@4j.lane.edu to find out.  To purchase a yearbook for your child, bring $25 (or $12.50 for free/reduced lunch recipients) to the office.  If sending a check with your student, be sure to make payment to RMS, and put “yearbook” and your student’s name on the check.


Many thanks to the staff, administration, parent volunteers, and community for making Showcase 2014: Springtime in Paris a huge success! 
It’s that time of year again when families are starting to plan for what activities their kiddos will do when school is not in session. What better way for our local youth to spend their first days of summer than in a FUN, active, educational camp that combines training in singing, acting and dance!? No experience necessary – this is great for the seasoned performer or someone who has never been on stage.


Elementary Summer Musical Theater Camp

For students entering grades 4-6

June 23 – July 3, 2014

9:00am – 12:30pm, Monday – Friday

South Eugene High School

Cost: $230

Value: Priceless!


Middle/High School Musical Theater Camp

For students entering grades 7-12

July 14 – 25, 2014

9:00am – 3:00pm, Monday – Friday

South Eugene High School

Cost: $320

This will be Summer Musical Theater Camp’s 23rd season! We offer a fun balance between rigorous training and an opportunity to show off performance chops in an end-of-camp show for family and friends. Students take daily classes in voice, acting and dance, and hone their performance skills with diverse musical theater repertory ranging from classics such as Oklahoma! or West Side Story, to contemporary favorites such as Wicked, Avenue Q, The Lion King, or The Producers.


If students sign up for camp by June 2nd, they receive an early registration discount! Or they can apply for one of Eugene-Springfield Orchestras’ many scholarships. For more information visit http://esyorchestras.org/programs/summer-camps/.

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.
Earn up to $150 by participating in Lane County’s Family Mediation program.  Please see attachment for more information.
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.

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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