Hi RMS families,

Here’s the news for this week.


(Th) Dec 11     Choir Concert – Roosevelt Voices, 7pm

(Th) Dec 18     Site Council Meeting, 3:45pm

(F) Dec 19       Winter Assembly, 2:30pm

(M) Dec 22      NO SCHOOL – Winter Break

(M) Jan 5        Classes Resume

(F) Jan 9         PAR Meeting (All parents welcome!), 9am

(W) Jan 14      TrackTown fundraiser

(Th) Jan 15     Choir Concert-Concert Choir, 7pm

(M) Jan 19      NO SCHOOL – MLK day

(Th) Jan 22     6th grade Band Concert, 7pm

(F) Jan 23       NO SCHOOL – progress report grading day

(F) Jan 30       NO SCHOOL – Professional Development day

(F) Feb 6         PAR Meeting (All parents welcome!), 9am





Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the Immigration Simulation this year. It was a great success! The kids really enjoyed the experience thanks to the volunteers’ superb acting abilities. It was so nice to see all the grandparents who volunteered to help out also.

A special thank you to Tabatha Andrews and Pamela Quan for the wonderful lunch! And a huge thank you to Chava Beinin for her leadership and “Imm Sim in a box.” She made our job much easier!

Our fabulous volunteers this year were:
Craig Parsons, Dehui Wei, Bonnie Ruder, Kari Primo-Liddy, Tasha Loveness, Madeleine Combs,Carrie Frazier, Jennifer Howard-Grenville,Nadine Batya, Bill and Peggy Flinn, Julie Voelker-Morris, Charis McGaughy, Livia Fremouw, Tabatha Andrews, Helen Wegener, April Bardy,Jen Thoennes, Wendi Olofson, Lisa Woodruff, Julie Vignoul, Klarissa Beller, Casey Brown, Kristian Robertson, Roy Nelson, Charles & Nancy Johnson, Monique Ripley, Elena Daniels, Laura Morris, Karen Svenson, Hildy Tritch, Cathleen Corlett, Jennifer Ensminger, Pamela Quan, Kim O’Brien, Samantha Brauner, Denise Pennington, Katie Brown, Jill Axemaker, Carmen MacMillan, Michelle McKeon.



Thank you to Mucho Gusto and to all the families that participated in the fundraiser on November 19 and 20.  As a result of your generous participation, Mucho Gusto donated $355 to Roosevelt!




Here’s how you can help!  Between now and December 18th, please help support our Roosevelt food drive by contributing healthy and nutritious foods that will be collected by each House. Your student’s House has a suggested list of food items. Your student may also bring in money which will be donated, along with the food, to Food For Lane County, for purchase of perishables such as turkey, fruits, vegetables and cheese. Please help to support your student’s House in reaching our school-wide goal of filling two food boxes per House and raising a total of $100 per House. On behalf of Student Government, we thank you for supporting this important annual Roosevelt event!





The Eugene School District is searching for a new superintendent. 4J Superintendent Shelley Berman has announced that this will be his last year. The school board hopes to name a new superintendent in spring 2015.

One of the first steps in the superintendent search process is developing a candidate profile — a list of the strengths and qualities that 4J’s students, parents, staff and community think the next superintendent should have. And to do this, the school board needs your help.


There are two ways for you to weigh in:

 1. Complete the survey:

The survey is available online at www.4j.lane.edu/supersearch through Sunday, December 21.


2. Attend a meeting:

Meetings will be held at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.

Community forums in English (Spanish interpretation available)

• Tuesday, December 16, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

• Wednesday, December 17, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Community forum in Spanish

• Tuesday, December 16, 6:00–7:30 p.m.

For more information, please see www.4j.lane.edu/supersearch.

Búsqueda del Superintendente Para el Distrito 4J:
Cual Es Su Opinión? Queremos Escucharla.


El distrito escolar de Eugene 4J está en la búsqueda de un nuevo superin­tendente. El superintendente actual, Shelley Berman, ha anunciado que este será su último año en el distrito. La mesa directiva escolar espera elegir a un nuevo superintendente en la primavera de 2015.

Uno de los primeros pasos en el proceso de búsqueda del superintendente será el desarrollo de un perfil del candidato ideal — una lista de las fortalezas y cualidades que los alumnos, padres, empleados y comunidad piensan que el superintendente debe tener. Y para lograr esto, la mesa directiva escolar necesita su ayuda.

Hay dos maneras en la cual usted puede contribuir:


Llene la encuesta. Está disponible en español y aceptará respuestas hasta el fin del día domingo, 21 de diciembre. Puede encontrarlo en la página web www.4j.lane.edu/supersearch.

Asista a una reunión pública. Las reuniones serán ubicados en el Centro Educativo de 4J, 200 N. Monroe St.

Se proveerá intérpretes en español.

Reunión pública para hispanohablantes, realizado en español

• martes, 16 de diciembre, 6:00 a 7:30 p.m.

Reuniónes públicas realizado en ingles, se proveerá intérpretes en español

• martes, 16 de diciembre, 7:30 a 9:00 p.m.

• miércoles, 17 de diciembre, 12:00 a 1:00 p.m.

Puede encontrar más información en la página web www.4j.lane.edu/supersearch.






As you know, Parents-At-Roosevelt has set a goal of raising $100,000 during this school year in order to maintain more reasonable class sizes and continue to offer music, drama, languages, library, house, and a breadth of popular electives. In this “season of giving” please consider a tax-deductible contribution to RMS/EEF to provide the gift of education to the Roosevelt community. See the attached voucher for details or contact Larry Banks at larrybanks99@gmail.com for more information.




We are currently collecting books for a used book sale benefiting Roosevelt. All proceeds will go to help our school. Please clean out your bookshelves and bring in any books you no longer want. Drop them off in the collection barrel near lost and found by the front office. Both children and adult books are welcome. Deadline for donations is Friday, January 30.

We will kick off the book sale at the February Activity Night. Questions or want to help? Email Rachel at rachel4425@gmail.com.




Common Core Standards for Students with Disabilities

Monday, Dec. 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m., 4J Education Center Auditorium, 200 N. Monroe St.


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.

Parents of students with disabilities are invited to a 4J parent information night to learn more about Oregon’s changing academic standards and how together we can support your student’s success in school and beyond.

Spanish and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. Questions?



or call 541-790-7877


Noche informativa acerca de los Estándares Estatales Básicos Comunes

para padres de estudiantes con discapacidades

Lunes, 15 de Diciembre – 5:30 a 7:30 p.m.

Centro Educativo de Eugene 4J, en el auditorio, 200 N. Monroe Street

¿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.

Padres de estudiantes con discapacidades están invitados a una noche informativa 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.

Se proporcionará interpretación en español y en Lengua de Señas Americana (American Sign Language).




o llame al teléfono: 541-790-7707




a co-ed, year-round competitive crew team for Eugene 8th-12th graders

South Eugene Rowing Club invites Eugene’s 8th-12th graders to check out our winter cross-training program for free! Students can drop by South Eugene High School’s IHS wing weekdays at 3:45 to take part in core, strength, cardio, and rowing machine work-outs. Rowers refine technique, and build strength, endurance, and friendships in preparation for the exciting spring sprints-racing season. After-school water practices at Dexter Lake begin in late February, but now is the time to try this unique, full-body sport. More information available atsoutheugenerowingclub.org.



Are you looking for an educational, low cost, multigenerational activity for Winter Break? Consider MUSE Clues!   MUSE Clues is a great way to keep families and students learning throughout the year with inquiry-based investigations at our local museums and cultural institutions. The MUSE Clues program is perfect for winter and spring break, weekends or non-school days!

Here’s how to play:

1.         Download and print our entry form [PDF] at http://www.museumslanecounty.org/muse-clues/

2.         Visit at least 8 participating institutions and solve clues at each one. Please check participating institutions websites for hours of operation and directions.

3.         Submit your online entry -OR- turn in your printed entry form at a participating MUSE Clues institution by September 18, 2015 for a chance to win great prizes!


Heather Kliever, Registrar, Lane County Historical Society and Museum







Hey all you pizza lovers, Wednesday, January 14, Track Town Pizza is sponsoring a fundraiser for Roosevelt. Print the attached flyer or pick one up in the office and take it with you to Track Town. Fifty percent of the value of your food order will be donated to Roosevelt.

Track Town Pizza – 1809 Franklin Blvd; 541-284-8484; 11am-midnight





  • Shop online at Amazon, Nordstrom, Itunes, American Eagle and many, many more to earn money for RMS!

Hundreds of your favorite online stores will donate a percentage of your purchases to RMS. (Many donate 6% or more!) It’s easy: go to eScrip.com, click on “Online Mall” in the upper right of the home page, and start shopping. You don’t need to use an eScrip-registered card for your purchases, but you do need to register for eScrip and designate Roosevelt Middle School (ID #6723045) as your group. To make online earnings even easier, download “ForgetMeNot for eScrip” from the Online Mall page. With ForgetMeNot, you don’t need to remember to start your shopping from eScrip’s Online Mall; the donations are automatic. So, before you start holiday shopping please take a few moments to visit eScrip.com’s Online Mall.

If you still need to sign up for eScrip:
1. Go to www.escrip.com
2. Identify Roosevelt Middle School, ID #67230454 as the recipient of the merchant’s donation.
3. Register the numbers of your debit, credit, and Safeway Club cards.
4. Use those debit, credit, and club cards to make your usual purchases at participating stores.

If you are already signed up for eScrip, thank you!  If you did it some time ago, though, please check and make sure your registered card information is current, and that Roosevelt Middle School is your eScrip group.


Questions? Please contact eScrip Coordinator, Hildy Tritch, hildur.tritch@comcast.net. Thank you for supporting RMS through your participation in eScrip!





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 rmsenews@gmail.com (Sawa Saenger).

How to manage your subscription to Roosevelt eNews:

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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.