Hi RMS families,
Here’s this week’s news.

 

CALENDAR
(F) Oct 3         Roosevelt Activity Day (RAD) (See info below)
(F) Oct 3         PAR Meeting, 9-10:30am (All parents welcome!)
(Th) Oct 9       No School – Progress Report Grading Day
(F) Oct 10       No School – Statewide Inservice Day
(M) Oct 13      Picture Retakes
(W) Oct 15      8th Grade – ACT testing
(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, Choir
(T) Nov 4        TAG Parent Group, 7pm
(F) Nov 7         PAR Meeting, 9-10:30am

GIVE TO R.A.D!
Please help contribute to Roosevelt Activity Day.  Each RMS student took home a R.A.D. envelope.  (Check the backpack!)  Students collect donations from family members, neighbors, and friends.  Checks can be made out to RMS and put in the white R.A.D. envelopes.  Envelopes should be submitted to advisors during House on Thursday and Friday. 
 
RAD VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 
RAD, Roosevelt Activity Day, is our fun, big fall fundraiser (like a walk-a-thon) where each house walks the Amazon Trail together.  This year it will be Friday, October 3rd 1:00-3:00 and we need 2 parent volunteers to walk the trail with each house. 
There’s still time to volunteer for RAD!  

The following house teachers could use another parent volunteer…Beinin, Coelho, Corricello-McDowell, Fertal, Khatter, Mancuso and Tiemann.  Email Julie with your availability, marks_j@4j.lane.edu.

PAR 
The PAR October Business Meeting will be this Friday, October 3, 9:00-10:30 am, in the Welcome Room across the hall from the office.  During this meeting, we will vote on this year’s PAR officers.  The following are the nominated officers:
 
Co-Coordinators: Christine Sampley and Dana Fleming
Treasurer: Julie Hubbard-McNall
Secretary: Theresa Elmore
EEF Coordinator(s): Larry Banks + open position
eNews Coordinator: open (temporarily filled by Sarah Case)
Parent Education Night Coordinator: Rachael Carnes
Activity Night Coordinator(s): open (subject to change: I am waiting on an answer from Laura Fuhriman, so we might have one of these slots filled)
eScrip Coordinator: Hildy Tritch
Stand for Children Liaison: Becky Smith
Fundraising Coordinator: open
 
If you are interested in nominating yourself for any of the positions listed above (in particular, the open positions), please contact Dana Fleming at alasaban@sbcglobal.net.  
 

Other topics covered at the business meeting will include: Principal’s Report, Stand for Children and EEF updates, and upcoming Activity Night and Parent Education Night.

 

Follow PAR on Facebook by going to this link: https://www.facebook.com/parentsatroosevelt.  

VOLUNTEER OFFICE ASSISTANTS NEEDED 
If you are a current Roosevelt parent or guardian and would like to help out in the office this year, please contact Theresa Elmore at tmelmore@comcast.net or 541-729-5733.   The following shifts are currently open:  every other Tuesday from 1-3:30; every other Thursday from 1-3:30; and every other Friday from 1-3:30.

ACTIVITY NIGHT 
The first activity night of the year will be Friday October 24th, 6:30-8:30pm and we would love parent volunteers. Contact Julie at marks_j@4j.lane.edu
SAFETY REMINDER
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!

 
THANK YOUS 

Thank you to Papa’s Pizza on west 11th and and all families who participated last week in pizza night at Papa’s.  Your efforts resulted in Papa’s donating $273 to Roosevelt.  Thank you everyone!!

FROM THE RMS NURSE
Please see attachment for important health information from Marlys, our RMS nurse.

FOR BAND AND ORCHESTRA PARENTS
BAND AND ORCHESTRA CLASSES ARE GOING WELL BUT THERE ARE STILL QUITE A FEW STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT PURCHASED A BAND OR ORCHESTRA BOOK WHICH THEY NEED FOR EACH CLASS DAY.  THE BOOK WILL BE USED ALL YEAR.

6TH GRADE BAND STUDENTS NEED – STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE BOOK 1 FOR THEIR INSTRUMENT  ($10)

INTERMEDIATE BAND STUDENTS NEED STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE BOOK TWO FOR THEIR INSTRUMENT ($10)

ADVANCED BAND STUDENTS NEED FOUNDATIONS FOR SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE FOR THEIR INSTRUMENT ($6.50)

6TH GRADE STRING STUDENTS NEED ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS 2000 FOR THEIR INSTRUMENT ($8.95)
BOOKS CAN BE PURCHASED AT PACIFIC WINDS, 791 WEST 8TH AVE. (BY SWEET LIFE BAKERY)

ONE LAST THING – REMEMBER TO TURN IN YOUR SIGNED HANDBOOK PAGE!
JOE INGRAM
ROOSEVELT BAND AND ORCHESTRA

PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT 
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!

30 MINUTES PER WEEK
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.
ART CLASSES
The Maude Kern Art Center is a non-profit located on the far corner of the University classes. They are offering seven classes, beginning in October, that may be of interest to Roosevelt’s local young artists.

There are 4 classes for 6-12 year olds: Discover Drawing and Painting, Clayin’ and Playin’, Crazy for Comics, and Visual Arts Mentorships. There are 3 classes for ages 10-16; Intro to Drawing and Painting, Cartooning and Comic Illustration, and Intermediate Drawing.

Additional information is available on their great website, www.mkartcenter.org

THE 2014 EMERALD DERBY IS COMING! 
WHAT IS THE EMERALD DERBY? 
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.

REPEATED FROM PREVIOUS WEEKS

AVID TUTOR OPPORTUNITY
Would you like to volunteer teaching students in a classroom?  The AVID program at Roosevelt needs tutors to work with AVID students at Roosevelt from 11:15am until 12:20pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  There is a training on Sept. 26 and 27 to prepare tutors to work with students.  Please help!!  If you are interested, please contact Chris Mitchell @ mitchell_c@4j.lane.edu


Eugene Math Circle 
A new program is being sponsored by the Math Department at UOregon. The Eugene Math Circle offers weekly classes for children who enjoy math and want to learn topics that are outside of a regular school curriculum. There are still spaces available in the Upper Division program designed for the middle and high school students. For more information, please see
http://pages.uoregon.edu/nemirovm/emc.html

RMS T-SHIRTS AND SWEATSHIRTS
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.  

4J LOCAL OPTION LEVY
(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.

 

TAG OVERVIEW

Please see the RMS website for information regarding TAG services at Roosevelt.
http://roosevelt.4j.lane.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/TAG_Overview_14.pdf

LOVE TO RUN? COME RUN CROSS COUNTRY WITH US!

Emerald Valley Track Club (EVTC) offers a Cross Country program for all youth, ages 7-18, of any ability. The goal of this club is to encourage and help young people to develop physically, emotionally, and socially through their involvement in track & field and cross country. The cross country season runs Sept. 15th – Nov. 22nd. Check out our website for more information and to register online: www.emeraldvalleytrackclub.org   Hope you will come join us for some fun!!


SEHS ROWING

For 8th grader Families:  South Eugene Rowing Club Try-Outs are this week! All 4j area highschoolers can try crew for free, no experience necessary. Practice starts after school outside South Eugene’s IHS wing, with a bus out to Dexter Lake Monday,Wednesday and Friday, and land training in between. Interested? Check out our website, southeugenerowingclub.org, print off a waiver found under registration, and come row with us!
The Eugene Opera Academy: X-treme Arts in Action
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.
RMS COUNSELOR AVAILABILITY
Casey Tiemann, Roosevelt’s counselor, leads several programs for RMS students.  These programs include:  Individual check-ins, Girls Empowerment Group, Kids-In-Transition Group, Lunch Mentor Program, and Operation School Bell.  Please see a description of these services at http://roosevelt.4j.lane.edu/?page_id=1418.  Contact Casey at tiemann@4j.lane.edu with any questions.
 
 
CHESS AT ROOSEVELT
Roosevelt’s Chess Club will meet Thursdays starting on September 18 from 3:40-5:00pm.  The cost is $130 – Sept 18-Dec 18.  For more information go to http://www.southsidechess.com or email Jerry Ramey at j-adoube@efn.org

LUNCHTIME MENTORING AT ROOSEVELT
Would your student benefit from having extra support at school?  Roosevelt has a lunchtime mentoring program through which students are paired with adults in our community (college students, retirees, and others) to eat lunch together once a week and share conversation.  Benefits of the lunchtime mentor program include having an extra adult to talk to about problems at school and getting extra support while going through a challenging time.  Student participation is voluntary and students are matched with an adult who shares his/her interests.  The school counselor administers the program with the assistance of a parent volunteer.  All adults must pass a criminal background check and receive training.  If you’d like more information about the lunchtime mentor program, or if you’d like to recommend your student for the program, please contact the counselor, Casey Tiemann, at tiemann@4j.lane.edu (Please note Casey’s email address in the newsletter sent home in the back-to-school envelope was incorrect.)

 
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
FRED MEYER REWARDS CARD
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.