Check out this week’s eNEWS for upcoming events and information, including details on PAR’s parent information night (this Tuesday), events for students heading to high school, activity night, the cultural festival, summer programs, and ways to provide feedback on the new 4J standard schedules.

Additionally, remember that there is NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, due to mid-term grading.

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Upcoming Events
May 1 (T) – Parent Education Night 6:30-8:00 PM (Library) Nurturing Independence Without Losing Influence: How to Team with Your Teen
May 2 (W) – Incoming 9th Grade Family Night at Churchill High School
May 4 (F) – NO SCHOOL, mid-term grading day
May 11 (F) – 6:30-8:30 Activity Night
May 17 (Th) – 6 pm Bard Fest period 1
May 18 (F) – 6 pm Bard Fest period 2
May 19 (S) – 2 pm Bard Fest period 2
May 19 (S) – 6 pm Bard Fest period 1
May 31 (Th) – Cultural Festival Open House 6:30-7:30 PM

Thank You!
A big thank you to everyone who volunteered at and attended Showcase Roosevelt! Showcase was a big success, with wonderful student performances, delicious homemade crepes and baked goods, an exciting dunk tank, fabulous cake walk, awesome wine pull and silent auction, excellent book fair, and more! Thank you to all who participated. The money raised will go towards supporting future Roosevelt activities.


Roosevelt Parent Education Night: Nurturing Independence Without Losing Influence: How to Team with Your Teen
THIS Tuesday, May 1st: 6-8:00 PM
(in the Library)

Middle school marks a time of significant change and our preteens’ internal drive for independence during this transition time is STRONG! Come discuss and learn strategies and concepts for parents to encourage growth and autonomy while not losing influence or voice in their tween’s life.

Hear Rachel Cazavilan, Roosevelt parent and licensed professional counselor, address how to set up home setting and family life to be conducive to fostering maturity and curiosity and independence while moderating and minimize need for rebellion and conflict.

Paul Bolle, marriage and family therapist intern and also a Roosevelt parent, will discuss specific strategies and tools for communicating with kids about difficult topics and provide tools for managing parents’ own feelings and fears.

Following these presentations and some brief information about how both students and parents can be more involved and engaged, there will be time for questions and discussion.


Incoming 9th Grade Family Night at Churchill
On May 2 at 6:00pm Churchill High School welcomes any current 8th grade family who is planning on attending Churchill in the fall to our Incoming 9th Grade Family Night. We will be going over general graduation requirements, providing information about electives and discussing course requests for next year. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria starting at 6:00pm.

Summer Bridge Program: South Eugene
As you are wrapping up your middle school career, South Eugene High School is eagerly looking forward to welcoming the incoming class of freshman students next fall. The transition to high school is an important time, as research shows that students’ performance during freshman year is a strong indicator of how they will do throughout the remainder of high school. Rising 8th grade students are being invited to attend the 1-week Summer Bridge program that is being offered at the South Eugene High School campus.

Summer Bridge is a Eugene School District 4J program offered at each of the 4J high school campuses to help ensure a smooth and successful transition for incoming freshmen. More information can be found at the RMS website here: Summer Bridge Program

Please contact Assistant Principal Mike Yocum at if you have any questions


The next Activity Night is Friday, May 11th, 6:30-8:30 PM. Activity Night is a fun and safe opportunity for all Roosevelt students to socialize in a safe and familiar place.

$3.00 in advance ($1.50 for reduced lunch program; free for families that qualify)
$5.00 for everyone at the door.

If you purchase admission in advance, you must bring your activity night card with you; otherwise you will have to pay $5 at the door.

Activity Night cards go on sale in House on May 7th.

Come an join us by volunteering during this fun evening for the RMS students:
Activity Night Volunteers–May 11th
Activities Include:

DJ/Dancing in the small gym
Karaoke, Bingo, Ping Pong
Concessions – pizza, popcorn, juice and more ($.50-$1.00)
Photo booth (free) with props
Coat room (lockers are not available to students so you are discouraged from bringing any bags).

Who is invited?

Activity Night is for Roosevelt students only
except: students wanting to invite a friend who attends another middle school, must fill out a permission form signed by parents and an administrator from both schools. Forms are available in the front office and are due by Wednesday, May 9th. Visitors pay $5 for admission.

Any student who earned a major during second trimester may be prohibited from attending Activity Night.


The Cultural Festival is Coming!!!
For many years, the sixth grade Cultural Festival has been a highlight in our sixth grade program here at Roosevelt. The Cultural Connections Team is pleased to continue the concept of researching and sharing students’ histories and backgrounds so that our entire community can celebrate Roosevelt students’ diversity.

Over the months of April and May, students will complete a family culture or family history project. They might interview a family or community elder, and may do additional library research on their topic. Their information will be displayed on a poster board. In addition, students will share their projects with classmates in an oral presentation.

We will have a Cultural Festival Open House on Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The poster boards from the oral presentations will be on display in the hallways. Parents, students, friends, and relatives are invited to come view the projects and celebrate our students’ cultural and community diversity. Project posters will remain on display in the halls for a week.

We need volunteers to set up and take down posters, please sign up here: 6th Grade Cultural Festival


Summer Programs at Oak Hill School
Oak Hill School offers 3 unique summer programs
Super Summer has challenging classes and activities for TAG/gifted student who have completed K-7th grades (2017-2018 school year)
Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a residential academic experience, for TAG/gifted students who have completed grades 6-11, located at the University of Oregon
Summer on the Hill is a learning and recreational opportunities for all youth who have completed grades k-12

More information about these programs can be found at:


4J Standard Schedule Feedback
To provide enough instruction time for students, fair and equal learning time at all schools, and consistent schedules for families, Eugene School District 4J is changing to a consistent calendar and standard schedules for all schools in 2018–19. The schedule details will be decided this spring.

A first draft schedule was published in March for staff, parent, student and community input. The district has now taken the input received and developed a second draft schedule for further review and feedback.

The second schedule draft responds to staff and families’ input with a shorter early release on Wednesdays, earlier start and end times for high school, slightly earlier times for middle school, and as many elementary school start times as possible closer to their current times.

The draft schedules provide for elementary schools to schedule 60 minutes of recess and lunch within the regular school day—a little more time than currently provided at most schools and grades. Middle and high schools also would schedule about 60 minutes of lunch, breaks and passing periods during the school day.

Parents and students are invited to take a few minutes to review the second schedule draft and share your feedback in an online input form. Your input is important. To learn more, review the draft schedule, and provide feedback click on the following link: Schedule Feedback

Los horarios escolares cambiaran el próximo año: Comparta su punto de vista
El distrito esta pidiendo su opinión sobre el segundo borrador del horario escolar

Para proporcionar suficiente tiempo de instrucción a los estudiantes, tiempo de aprendizaje justo e igualitario en todas las escuelas, y horarios constantes para las familias, el distrito escolar de Eugene 4J está cambiando a un calendario consistente y a horarios estándares para todas las escuelas en el año 2018–19. Los detalles de la programación se decidirán esta primavera.

En marzo se publicó un borrador inicial del horario para buscar aportes de opiniones de los padres, los estudiantes, el personal, y la comunidad. El distrito ha tomado ahora la información recibida y ha desarrollado un segundo borrador del horario para consideración y opiniones adicionales.

El segundo borrador del horario esta basado en las sugerencias emitidas por el personal y las familias y consiste de una salida temprana mas corta los miércoles, horas de entrada y salida mas temprano para las escuelas preparatorias, entrada un poquito mas temprano para las escuelas secundarias, y mantener el horario para la mayoría de las escuelas primarias lo mas cerca posible al horario actual.

El borrador del horario provee para las escuelas primarias 60 minutos de recreo y almuerzo dentro del día escolar regular — un poco más del tiempo que se ofrece actualmente en la mayoría de las escuelas y grados. Las escuelas secundarias y preparatorias también programarían cerca de 60 minutos de almuerzo, recreo y el tiempo en el cual los estudiantes van de una clase a otra durante el día escolar.

Se les invita a los padres y estudiantes a tomar unos minutos para revisar el segundo borrador del horario y compartir sus comentarios en un formulario en línea. Su opinión es importante.

Para obtener más información, revisar el borrador del horario y proporcionar comentarios, vaya a