Hi RMS families,

Here’s the news.
Attachments include:
  • PAR meeting minutes
  • 4J Local Option Levy information
  • South Eugene Wrestling flyer
  • Parent-Teacher Conference form
(Th) Oct 23     Parent Education Night, 7-8:30pm (See info below)
(F) Oct 24       Activity Night (See info below)
(T) Oct 28       French Immersion 7/8 Grade field trip to Ashland
(Th) Oct 30     Unicef Concert – Adv Band, 7/8 Orchestra, Concert Choir (7/8th grade)
(T) Nov 4        TAG Parent Group, 7pm (See info below)
(F) Nov 7         PAR Meeting, 9-10:30am
(M) Nov 10      Parent-Teacher Conferences – 4-8pm (See info below)
(T) Nov 11       No School – Veterans’ Day
(Th) Nov 13     Parent-Teacher Conferences – 4-8pm (See info below)
(T, Th) Nov 18 & 20       Bard Fest (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
(W, F) Nov 19 & 21       Bard Fest (A Comedy of Errors)
(W, Th) Nov 19 & 20     Mucho Gusto Fundraiser
(Th) Nov 20     6th Grade Immigration Simulation

Ok, Ok, I know it’s a Duck game night, but we really need volunteers for Activity Night!  It is Halloween themed and should be really fun.  We are working on having a live stream of the Duck game, so you may be able to keep up in real time while you volunteer.  Please use this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4caba62cabf94-fall to sign up.    
Questions?  Email Laura Fuhriman, laura@trustywords.com .  Thanks for considering!


Thank you to Papa’s Pizza on west 11th, which is providing some of the pizzas for the RAD pizza parties for Eric Johannsen, Jack Fertal and Meredith Coelho’s Houses.  Each of those Houses brought in more than $1000 in donations during the RAD fundraiser.  Thank you to everyone who participated in any way in the RAD fundraiser, from volunteer, donor, and each and every student who took part in the Amazon walk.  It was a great week of fundraising and a great day for a healthful and House-spirit filled walk.  Also, additional donations have come in after the House competition ended and total donations to Roosevelt now exceed $17,000.  Thank you one and all.

A big thank you goes out to Lisa Ghandour, Liz Phelps and Madeleine Combs for managing snacks for our test taking 8th graders Wednesday morning.

Thanks also to Lisa Woodruff for coordinating picture retakes!

PAR (Parents-At-Roosevelt)
Please see attached minutes from the October PAR meeting.

Thursday October 23, 7-8:30PM

With Initiative Petition 53 on the November ballot, parents may have questions and concerns about how the potential legalization of the cultivation and use of marijuana in Oregon may impact their child. Jose Soto, Executive Director of the local chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will present on this topic, and open up the room for questions and dialog.  Please join us! 


The first Activity Night is coming up on October 24.  Please see the RMS website for Activity Night instructions.  http://roosevelt.4j.lane.edu/

Roosevelt Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming soon – Monday, November 10 and Thursday, November 13.  By now you should have received your conference request form from your student.  In case you did not, a copy is attached and can also be found on the Roosevelt website.  Scheduling will be done on a first come, first served basis. Due to high demand, it is not possible to schedule all requests.  Therefore, if you don’t have concerns, you may choose not to participate.  Please remember, conferences are an ongoing process.  Parents are always welcome to contact teachers at any point during the school year.  Although our resources are limited, our desire to communicate is not.

Just a friendly reminder about arrival and departure at RMS:
Walking and biking are always great choices to get to and from school. If you must drive your student(s), remember, the areas for student pick-up and drop-off at Roosevelt are VERY limited. To help relieve the congestion around school we ask that you use the Preferred Parking Lots located:
(1)behind the school at Amazon Community Center at 26th and Hilyard or
(2)the parking lot at 24th and Amazon Parkway.
You may also use the parking area on the south side of 24th, west of RMS (ONLY up to the crosswalk at Patterson). If you use this area PLEASE be extra careful of cyclists in the bike lane, pedestrians, buses coming out of the driveway and other traffic.  While the Very Little Theatre Parking Lot is NOT a Roosevelt parking area they have agreed that parents may use this area. To do so most safely, please pull in and drop your child near the southeast corner of the lot so they cross safely at the traffic signal. Crossing in the middle of the block is NEVER a good choice.
Please DO NOT use the rear circle drive behind the school except for a special purpose such as large items, injury or disability. If you must use this area, follow the 10 mph speed limit, yield at the crosswalk and watch for buses and students.  NO drop-offs or pick-ups in the west D-Gym parking lot, the fire lane (marked in red), or on Patterson St. in front of the school in the bike lane (yellow curb).

And PLEASE do not use any part of the Spencer View Apartments across the street from Roosevelt as a driveway, roadway or parking area for picking up students.

Please help us make RMS a safe place for everyone!


Attn wrestling families: Monday Oct 20th and Wednesday Oct 22nd from 6-7pm South Eugene wrestling will be holding sign ups for youth wrestling in the high school wrestling room. This is for grades K-8. For additional information please contact head wrestling coach Dave May at  may_d@4j.lane.edu.  See attached flyer for more information.


Tuesday November 4, 7-8:30PM

Paula Prober, M.S., a licensed counselor in Eugene with 30 years experience working with gifted children, will present‘Understanding the Rainforest Mind: The Social-Emotional Needs of Children’  on Tuesday November 4, 7-8:30PM. Ms. Prober will explore strategies and resources in a range of topics related to gifted children. All parents are welcome, and parents of children who have been formally identified as ‘talented and gifted’ in one or more area are especially encouraged to attend. Kerri Sage, TAG Coordinator with District 4j, will also be on hand to answer questions. Please see flyer at RMS website (http://roosevelt.4j.lane.edu/), and join us for an evening of helpful information and ideas.


You’re invited:
K–12 parent information nights about the
Common Core State Standards
What are the Common Core State Standards? How are these new expectations for student learning different from the standards Oregon had in place before? Most of all, what do these changes mean for your student, and for you?
Things are changing in your student’s classroom, in homework, and in assessments of his or her learning. Oregon and more than 40 other states across the country have developed and adopted shared academic expectations, called the Common Core State Standards. They are clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in math and English language arts in order to be ready to graduate with an Oregon diploma, ready for college, careers and life. It’s all to help students develop the knowledge and higher-level thinking skills they need for their future success.
Please join us at a 4J parent information night this month to learn more about Oregon’s changing academic standards and how together we can support your student’s success in school and beyond. We’ll start by sharing information for parents of all ages, then break out to different groups for parents of elementary students and middle to high school students.
Every information night will have the same information and activities, so you can choose whichever time and location works best for you. Spanish interpretation will be provided at each information night. An additional meeting for Spanish-speaking families will be scheduled soon.
Thursday, Oct. 16, 7:00 p.m. (TONIGHT!)
Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Road
Monday, Oct. 20, 7:00 p.m.
South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:00 p.m.
Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Road
or call 541-790-7877

Están invitados:
Noches informativas para padres de kinder a 12º grado acerca de los
Estándares Estatales Básicos Comunes
¿Cuáles son las Estándares Estatales Básicos Comunes (“Common Core State Standards”)? ¿Cómo son estas nuevas expectativas para el aprendizaje de los alumnos diferentes a los estándares que Oregón tenía antes? Sobre todo, ¿qué significan estos cambios para su estudiante y para usted?
Hay cambios en el aula de su hijo(a), en la tarea y en la evaluación de su aprendizaje. Oregón y más de 40 estados en todo el país han desarrollado y adoptado expectativas académicas compartidas, llamadas los Estándares Estatales Básicos Comunes. Son directrices claras y coherentes para  los estudiantes sobre lo que deben saber y poder hacer en cada nivel de grado, en matemáticas y artes del lenguaje inglés, con el fin de estar listo para graduarse con un diploma de Oregón, listo para la universidad, las carreras y la vida. Todo esto es para ayudar a los estudiantes a desarrollar los conocimientos y el más alto nivel de habilidades de pensamiento que necesitan para su éxito en el futuro.
Por favor, únase a nosotros a una noche informativa para padres de Eugene 4J este mes para aprender más acerca de los cambios de las normas académicas de Oregón y conocer cómo juntos podemos apoyar el éxito de su hijo en la escuela y aún más allá. Empezaremos con información para los padres de todas las edades, y luego separamos a diferentes grupos para padres de estudiantes de primaria, secundaria y preparatoria.
Todas las noches informativas tendrán la misma información y actividades, así que usted puede elegir cualquier hora y lugar que funciona mejor para usted. Se proporcionará interpretación en español en estas noche informativas. Una reunión adicional para las familias de habla hispana se programará pronto.
Jueves, 16 de Octubre – 7:00 p.m.
Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Road
Lunes, 20 de Octubre – 7:00 p.m.
South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
Miércoles, 22 de Octubre – 7:00 p.m.
Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Road
o llame al teléfono: 541-790-7707

The Nutrition Services Department would like to inform you about our exciting NEW SWIM BENEFIT for all approved students on the 4J 2014-2015 Free & Reduced Meal Program.

50% Off Admission for Recreation Swimming at EchoHollow, Sheldon and Amazon Pools.

This is how the new benefit works:

1.  Student brings the 2014-2015 Award Letter from Nutrition Services
to the pool facility.
2.  The Aquatics Office at the Pool will then issue the qualified
student an Aquatic ID Card that expires on Labor Day 2015.
3.  With their Aquatic ID Card the student will receive 50% off
Recreation Swim Admissions.

It is just that easy…….hope to see many new faces enjoying swim time at Echo Hollow, Sheldon and Amazon Pools.

If parents/guardians are interested in additional aquatic discounts, scholarship applications are available at www.eugene-or.gov/rec 

Sheldon HS vs. South Eugene HS – Double Header Soccer Match 
Thursday October 16th, 2014 

  • Girls Varsity kickoff at 6pm and Boys Varsity kickoff at 8pm South Eugene HS Turf
  • Free admission for all students from both schools and any child wearing a soccer jersey
  • T-shirt giveaways (Free t-shirts given to first hundred fans from each school)
  • Lane United Football Club – Eugene’s brand semi-professional men’s soccer team
  • Apparel for sale (LUFC, Emerald Derby, and Sheldon & South Eugene HS gear)
  • Half time & between game promotional entertainment & prizes for fans – Local news coverage

This will be a HUGE and FUN event for students and families – lots of student and community support to energize the crowd and create a loud, fun, and entertaining atmosphere. The event goal is to attract over 1,000 fans to the double header.

The Eugene Opera Academy: X-treme Arts in Action – Begins October 20!

The Eugene Opera invites students in grades 8-12 curious about the world of opera to enroll in the Eugene Opera Academy: X-treme Arts in Action by October 20. Participants will:·       Attend rehearsals and performances of the Eugene Opera’s December and March shows,·       Talk with professionals who bring opera to the stage,·       Take part in a Master Class, and·       Have an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.To sign up or for more information, e-mail Barbara Myrick, musicmyrick@gmail.com, subject line “Eugene Opera Academy.” Interested students, on-stage performers, instrumentalists, back-stage technicians or front of the house administrators and marketers are all welcome. Program fee: $20.

Do you have 30 minutes a week to make a difference in the life of a middle schooler? Several of Eugene’s middle schools now have lunchtime mentor programs. While parents can’t mentor in schools where they have a student enrolled (so, for example, a Roosevelt parent couldn’t serve as a mentor at Roosevelt), you can mentor in other middle schools. Mentors are needed to meet with students weekly, talk to them about their lives, and give them added support. The commitment is just 30 minutes a week for the school year.  Training is provided and mentors must pass a criminal background check. To find out more about the program, including which schools have mentor programs, please contact Anne Bridgman at acbridgman@gmail.com or 541-232-7920.

Back by popular demand – Roosevelt tee-shirts and sweatshirts.  Download the flyer from the RMS website to see what the shirts look like:  http://roosevelt.4j.lane.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Apparel-picture-and-order-form.pdf

Some examples are in the office for sizing.  Make checks payable to Roosevelt Middle School.


(See attachments for more information)


Information About Measure 20-222: 4J Local Option Levy Renewal


Measure 20-222 on the November 4 election ballot asks voters in our school district whether to renew local funding for schools at the same property tax rate. The 4J local option levy funds school operations, such as teachers, programs and school days. It provides about $8 million per year, paying for the equivalent of about 16 school days or 80 teaching positions. It is not a new tax or a tax increase, but a five-year renewal of the local option levy that has been providing additional local funding for 4J schools since 2000. To vote on the local option levy, 4J residents must be registered to vote by October 14. To learn more, go towww.4j.lane.edu/levy.


Información sobre la propuesta de ley 20-222: Renovación de la opción fiscal local (“local option levy”) para el Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J


La Propuesta de Ley 20-222 en la boleta electoral del 4 de noviembre pide a los votantes en nuestro distrito escolar sobre la posibilidad de renovar el financiamiento local para las escuelas con la misma tasa de impuestos de propiedad. La opción fiscal local paga las operaciones escolares, que incluyen los maestros, programas escolares, y días de clase. Se proporciona aproximadamente $8 millones al año, lo cual equivale a 16 días de clases o 80 puestos de trabajo para maestros. No es un impuesto nuevo ni un aumento de impuestos. Es una renovación por cinco años del tributo local que ha proporcionado fondos locales adicionales para las escuelas desde el año 2000. Para poder votar en la opción fiscal local, residentes del distrito deben estar registrados para votar a más tardar el 14 de octubre. Para mayor información, por favor visite www.4j.lane.edu/levy.


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 each Wednesday 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.