Dear Parents,

School has officially begun, and with it the weekly eNews!  Below you will find information on upcoming events. Questions and suggestions are always welcome. Please note that requests for items to be included in Thursday’s eNews are due each Wednesday by 5 pm to (Sawa Saenger).

Thank you for reading!


(M) Sep 19 Picture Day 9am

(Th) Sep 22 New Parent Presentation 5pm, Back to School Night 6pm

(Tu) Sep 27 Roosevelt Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 10am

(Th) Roosevelt Grand Opening Community Open House 5:30pm

(W) Oct 5 Walk and Bike to School Day

(F) Oct 7 Roosevelt Activity Day


Thank you to Cory Schott for taking the picture of Roosevelt on the planner cover.

A big thank you goes out to our parent volunteers who organized and helped with last Thursday’s back to school ice cream social.


RAD is around the corner!

RAD is happening the afternoon of Friday, October 7th.  RAD, or Roosevelt Activity Day, is our big fall fundraiser (think walk-a-thon) where each house walks the Amazon Trail together.  We need 2 parent volunteers from each house.  Walking times will be between 1:00-3:00 on Friday, 10/7.  If you would like to walk with your student’s house (or any house!) please email our volunteer coordinator, Laura Fuhriman.  Be sure to include your student’s advisor’s name!

Mentor Coordinator Needed: The Eugene Middle School Lunchtime Mentor Program, which pairs caring, responsible adults in the community with at-risk middle schoolers, operates in all 4J middle schools. At Roosevelt, the program needs a mentor coordinator to oversee mentoring at RMS. This volunteer job takes from 2-4 hours a week of time. Requirements: Candidates for the position of mentor coordinator should be organized, caring, and responsible, and should be able to commit to being at RMS each Thursday from 11 am to 1 pm. There is some additional work from home via computer as well as interaction with the school’s counselor. Training is provided, including shadowing the program coordinator until you feel comfortable with the job. If you are interested, please contact Anne Bridgman at And please feel free to forward this to friends who might be interested in this fulfilling volunteer job.


Parent Lunch Supervision: Our principal, Chris Mitchell, would really love to have parent volunteers to help with lunch supervision.  It would be great to have a parent or two each weekday who could circulate around the building during lunch, be a familiar presence for students, and if needed to gently remind students of expectations.  


To indicate interest in these or any other volunteer opportunities, please email our volunteer coordinator, Laura Fuhriman at

All volunteers must have a current background check at Roosevelt (4j background checks are site specific.  Even if you have a current background check at another school, you will need to complete one for RMS).  To submit a background check please go to  Background checks are valid for 2 years.  


ROOSEVELT OPEN HOUSE 9/22/16, 5 and 6pm

You’re invited!  Please come early (at 5:00pm) to hear from our principal, Chris Mitchell and leaders of our parent organization, Parents At Roosevelt (PAR).  We have had recent changes in leadership and Chris would love to share what PAR is all about, positions that are available, and to discuss the next steps in moving forward. Please come to the Dining Hall.


The open house will begin with your student’s advisor at 6pm, and ends shortly after 8:00pm. Please bring your student’s planner so you have a map and schedule of classes. When you arrive, report directly to your student’s advisor’s room. We’re looking forward to meeting you! 


Here are some great things you can do the evening of open house:

– Meet your student’s first trimester teachers

– Attend each of your student’s classes

– Learn about what your child is doing in class as well as requirements

 We strongly support parents building relationships with their child’s teachers during the open house. Please remember that open house is not designed to address individual student needs. If you do want to check on your child’s progress, consider making a phone call or setting up an appointment.



Picture day is Monday, September 19.  ALL students have their pictures taken for activity cards and the yearbook.  Picture forms were included in your back to school packets.  The order form and your payment (if you order pictures) should be brought to school on picture day and given directly to the photographer.  Checks for pictures should be made payable to Lifetouch. 



If your student is absent, please remember to call the attendance number, 541-790-8525, or email attendance at to report your student’s absence.  4J’s auto-dialer calls parents about unexcused absences at 10:30 and 3:00 (2:30 on Wednesday).  Please help us keep track of our students by calling the attendance hot line when your student will miss school.


Hello and welcome to PAR-Parents at Roosevelt. My name is Alexis Borrevik and I am the 2016-17 PAR chair. Are you wondering what PAR is? PAR (Parents at Roosevelt) is the parent-led volunteer organization that supports RMS students and staff, connects and informs parents, and is one of the many ways parents can get involved in the school.  There are no membership fees to join PAR — all RMS parents are automatically members. Please join us for a brief introduction to PAR. For more information about PAR, please see the attached flyer. 


All Free & Reduced Lunch students receive  Free Meals – both Breakfast & Lunch,  for the foreseeable future.  Breakfast and lunch are both available at school.  Regular prices are $1.65 for breakfast and $3.15 for lunch.


Your students are cordially invited to the 6th Annual SPICE Fall Science Open House at the University of Oregon. This event is free and open to the public. 

What: UO/SPICE Science Open House

When: October 5th, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Willamette Hall on the UO Campus

Who: Everyone ages 5-99

How Much: Free!

The Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE) and UO STEM CORE will hold the 6th annual “Science Open House” October 5th, 2016 in the Willamette Hall Atrium (6:30pm-8:30pm) on the University of Oregon (UO) campus. The Open House will feature a drawing for several science kits and toys. All children under 15 receive a free ticket for the drawing. Additional tickets will be dispensed to children who complete the science pentathlon. Donations encouraged. All donations will go to support science summer camp scholarships for middle school aged girls.

The event will feature 20+ hands on activity tables. Including:

Egg Drop by SPICE, Powerful Food by Oregon Tutor, Neurons by Team Duckling, Microwave Madness by SPICE, Iodine Clocks by the Chem Demos Program, The Science Pentathlon and MUCH MORE!


 RMS Ultimate is coed, open to all 6-8th graders, and new players are welcome! Practices are held on the Century Fields next to RMS on Tues and Thurs from 3:45-5:30. The first practice is September 15 and games are every Saturday 9:30-12 for 8 weeks starting October 1. Want to check it out but not ready to commit? Come to one of the first few practices to see what you think. Bring cleats if you have them and water. The cost is $75 and scholarships are available. All players receive a frisbee and a shirt! For more info or to register:



The South Eugene Rowing Club (SERC) is currently welcoming new 8th-12th grade members (from all area schools) for the Fall 2016 season! Come join us for a free trial week and meet the team. We’ll teach you the basics of the rowing stroke and introduce you to what our team will be doing this racing season. To learn more, come to one of our open indoor practice sessions on September 7, 8, or 9 from 4-6 pm at South Eugene High School (SEHS) and/or attend our Information Meeting on September 9 at 7 pm in the SEHS Cafeteria. You can also try out a session on the water during the week of September 12-15 if you bring a signed US Rowing waiver. Waivers and lots more information are available at Come join us and experience crew!

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PAR (Parents at Roosevelt) is the parent-led volunteer organization that supports RMS students and staff, connects and informs parents, and is one of the many ways parents can get involved in the school. There are no membership fees to join PAR — all RMS parents are automatically members.

What does PAR do?

PAR fundraises throughout the year to secure supplemental funding for staffing. PAR also provides teacher grants. Our biggest fundraiser is Showcase Roosevelt in May.

PAR also sponsors Parent Education Nights. These presentations cover current teen topics such as social media and drug use.

PAR also works with staff and students to put on three Activity Nights during the school year. These are fun-filled evenings for the kids to enjoy music, food, and games.

How can I be involved with PAR?

  • –  Volunteer at an Activity Night or RAD (Roosevelt Activity Day)
  • –  Volunteer for Showcase Roosevelt
  • –  Attend a Parent Education Night
  • –  Fill an open leadership position — Activity Night Chair, E-news editor, FundraisingChair, and Parent Education Night Chair
  • –  Attend a PAR business meeting—currently held on the second Tuesday of eachmonth from 6:00-7:00 in the library.
  • –  Read the minutes from the PAR business meetings in the E-news
    (sign up for E-news by sending a blank email to
  • –  Follow PAR on Facebook :