Hello RMS families – please read below for thank yous, checking for  lost and found items before they are donated, and the PAR Meeting (tonight!). Also, this is the last eNEWS before winter break. Happy holidays to all!  Best regards, Andree Phelps


(M) Dec 11 – PAR meeting 6:30-7:30 pm

(M) Dec 18 – NO SCHOOL – Begin Winter Break
(W) Jan 3 – Classes resume
(Th) Jan 11 – IHS info night for 8th graders 7pm
(M) Jan 15 – NO SCHOOL


Thank you for those who helped with 6th grade Immigration Simulation!
On behalf of the 6th grade Cultural Connection/Language Arts teachers, I want to give a big thank-you to all the parent volunteers who helped make this year’s Immigration Simulation such a success. The time period outfits volunteers wore and their acting in character are an integral part of what makes the Simulation work so well. After the event, the students were filled with stories about their experiences (especially instances where bribes occurred…) and transformed some of the incidents into their journal writing. A special shout-out to Rachel Kirtner and Victoria Robinson who helped co-ordinate the Simulation. This is definitely an event where we couldn’t do it without all of you! Merci beaucoup – thank-you, Chava Beinin, Catherine Wiebe, Dee Ryley, and Meredith Coehlo. Don’t miss the Register Guard story which is available here: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/36197345-75/coming-to-america.html.csp

Thank you to everyone who participated in Office Depot/Office Max’ Give Back to Schools program.  Your participation earned Roosevelt $128 in credit for purchases of office and school supplies.

All items in the Lost & Found closet will be donated after school on Friday, December 15.  Please encourage your child to check the Lost & Found during school hours for missing clothing, water bottles, lunch boxes, books, etc. Parents are welcome to stop by and check for lost items as well.

Please join us for our last PAR meeting in 2017 on Monday, December 11th from 6:30-7:30pm in the library. We will spend some time hearing from Principal Chris Mitchell, making a final determination about changes to eNews including format and distribution method, looking ahead to the planning stages of Showcase Roosevelt, parent education night events, and much more. Showcase planning, including the silent auction, will begin in earnest next month. If you have something you’d like to see added to the agenda or discussed at some point, email Alexis at ancborrevik@yahoo.com before noon on Monday. Thanks!
We appreciate the number of students at Roosevelt who either bike or walk to school.  This dedication to non-motorized commuting to school not only supports a healthy lifestyle, but also assists all of us with less traffic for student pick up and drop off.

Unfortunately, we have seen a recent increase in bicycle thefts from the bike rack area in front of the school, even during school hours. We are considering options for better survellience of the bike rack area, however, here are some tips students can learn to prevent bicycle theft:

Lock your bike using a quality U-Lock – bikes locked with cable locks have been cut
Lock your front wheel with a cable
Don’t leave your bike overnight
Lock your quick release seat
Remove head and tail lights

Students are encouraged to register their bikes online at www.eugene-or.gov/bikeregistration. Additional information is also available at that site.

Bike-Locking Tip of the Month from Eugene Springfield Safe Routes to School
Don’t use a U-lock around your bike’s top tube, says Michael McGettigan, owner of Trophy Bikes in Philadelphia. A thief could use the frame as a lever to pop it open. Use the lock to secure a wheel to your down tube.

Are you curious about global events? Do you enjoy considering different perspectives on world issues? Do you want to make a difference in your local and global community?

You might be interested in Eugene International High School!  Eugene IHS is an award-winning alternative high school in international studies for students in grades 9-12.  Located at Churchill, Sheldon and South Eugene, the school is open via district lottery to any student who wishes to attend.  If you are curious about the world and want to be part of a close-knit community of learners in a unique environment that is both challenging and supportive, we hope you will consider Eugene IHS as your high school choice.

Admission into Eugene IHS is through the 4J District lottery process; all students must fill out an online 4J School Choice Lottery Application. 4J School Choice Lottery Applications for 2018-19 will be available in January.  Go to the 4J District School Choice web page for school choice deadlines and applications: http://www.4j.lane.edu/choice.

IMPORTANT DATES for the 2018-2019 School Year:
January 1: Online application period for 4J School Choice Lottery opens for in-district students
January 31: Deadline to submit in-district 4J School Choice Lottery Applications

Immersion students will be enrolled in Eugene IHS without the lottery process because they entered immersion through the lottery in elementary or middle school. However, immersion students do need to submit the Eugene IHS Enrollment Form to the Eugene IHS office at South or Sheldon by the January 31st deadline. This form will be included in a special mailing to immersion families.

Interested Parents and Students: 
Please come to one of the special information nights listed below to hear more about Eugene International High School and enrollment information.

South region
Thursday, January 11, 7:00 pm, South Eugene cafeteria (includes French Immersion break-out session)
Thursday, January 18, 6:30 pm in the South Eugene cafeteria  (joint session with South; South information 6:30-7:30, Eugene IHS information 7:30-8:30)


When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. These decisions are made by the district early in the morning and are the same for every 4J school.

Snow day notifications: Our school district communicates any decision to change school or bus schedules as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m.

Sign up for text-message alerts — send a text to 40404 that says FOLLOW 4JWEATHER (if you receive extra messages you don’t want, reply SET DISCOVER OFF )
Like Eugene School District 4J on Facebook, facebook.com/4Jschools
Check the district website, www.4j.lane.edu
Tune in to local news media

No news = No change. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

School schedule:
School Closure = No school for students. Decision about afternoon/evening activities will be made by noon.
Two-Hour Delay: School starts two hours late and ends at the regular school dismissal time, even if the day would normally have had a weekly late-start or early-release schedule.  Roosevelt’s two-hour delay schedule is 10:50-3:30

Snow Routes: Some school bus routes have alternate “snow routes” that avoid higher and steeper elevations. If you need information about your student’s bus route, please see www.4j.lane.edu/transportation/snowroutes.

Parent Choice: Please consider the road conditions in your own area in making your decision about school attendance, and notify the school if your student will be staying home. Parents’ decisions about absences for weather-related safety reasons will be honored.

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

Clima de invierno: Información de días de nieve 

Cuando hay mal tiempo en el invierno, las escuelas pueden cerrar o comenzar tarde y los autobuses pueden utilizar las rutas de nieve. Estas decisiones se toman para el distrito entero y aplican a todas las escuelas de Eugene 4J.

Notificaciones de día de nieve: Nuestro distrito escolar comunicará cualquier cambio de horario de jornada escolar o rutas de autobuses lo mas pronto posible de varias maneras, siempre antes de las 6:30 a.m.

Regístrese para recibir alertas de mensajes de texto—mande al número 40404 el mensaje FOLLOW 4JWEATHER (y si recibe mensajes adicionales que no desee, responda SET DISCOVER OFF )
Revise la página web del distrito (www.4j.lane.edu)
Revise la página de Facebook del distrito (facebook.com/4Jschools)
Consulta las estaciones de noticias locales por radio, televisión o internet
Marca el número de teléfono de emergencia en español, 541-790-7738

Ninguna notificación = Ningún cambio. Si no hay ningún cambio de horario o de rutas de autobuses, NO habrá ningún anuncio.

Horario de clases: 

Cierre de escuela (“Schools Closed”) = Los alumnos no asistirán a la escuela. Decisiones sobre actividades extracurriculares se tomarán antes del mediodía.

Retraso de dos horas (“Two-Hour Delay”): Las clases comenzarán dos horas mas tarde y terminarán a la hora regular incluso si el día normalmente hubiera tenido un horario de entrada tarde o de salida temprana. En la escuela Roosevelt el horario de retraso de dos horas sería 10:50-3:30.

Snow Routes: Algunas rutas de autobuses escolares tienen rutas alternativas de nieve (“snow routes”) que evitan elevaciones mas altas y empinadas. Podrá encontrar más información en www.4j.lane.edu/transportation/snowroutes.

Opción de los padres (“Parent Choice”): Por favor considere las condiciones de las carreteras donde vive al tomar la decisión de mandar o no a su estudiante a la escuela. Notifique a la escuela si su estudiante no asistirá a clases. Las decisiones de los padres sobre la ausencia de sus estudiantes por razones de seguridad en el clima inclemente serán respetadas.

Podrá encontrar más información en inglés en el sitio web www.4j.lane.edu/weather.