Read this week’s eNEWS for a notice of upcoming events, a thank you and information for volunteers, a volunteer opportunity for immigration simulation, a PAR meeting reminder, request for silent auction help, request for yearbook photos, information on hazardous weather procedures, South Eugene wrestling, a reminder about Roosevelt spiritwear, and a thank you to voters.Read this week’s eNEWS for a notice of upcoming events, a thank you and information for volunteers, a volunteer opportunity for immigration simulation, a PAR meeting reminder, request for silent auction help, request for yearbook photos, information on hazardous weather procedures, South Eugene wrestling, a reminder about Roosevelt spiritwear, and a thank you to voters.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 15th (Th) – 6th Grade Immigration Simulation (9:30 AM-12:00 PM)

Nov. 16th (F) – Parents at Roosevelt (PAR) meeting (9:15 AM)

Nov. 22nd-23rd – Thanksgiving Break

Thank You!
Thank you to the many volunteers who helped make our teacher appreciation lunch a success last Thursday. The teachers enjoyed all of the tasty food and drinks during their break from parent-teacher conferences. Thank you Alice Blankenship, Audrey Betenson, Alexis Borrevik, Deanna Stevens, Elaine Lawson, Jamie Harms, Karen Stapleton, Laura Furhiman, Laurie Hauber Yang, Leah Salerno, Mandy Beall, Melissa Gomsrud, Prita Mani, Rebecca Lindner, Reisa Maddex, Ruthanne McCormack, Sara Loveless Mueller, Sherry Bosch, and Sonam Wilson.

Important Information for all Volunteers

All volunteers must have a current background check at Roosevelt and pass the online training before volunteering at the school. To submit a background check please go to RMS Background Check. Once your background check is completed you will receive an email for a mandatory Volunteer Orientation from the School District (SafeSchools). This must be completed as soon as possible and BEFORE you volunteer. Please email a copy of the Certificate of Completion to Laura Fuhriman (, or bring a copy to the RMS office.

6th Grade Immigration Simulation

Are you interested in stepping back in time with RMS students? This unforgettable journey through time takes place on November 15th in the Gym, which is transformed into a replica of Ellis Island. Students reenact the immigration process, visiting required stations (staffed by parent volunteers). Please sign up at 6th grade Immigration Simulation.**We are also looking for a volunteer to organize the event with the support of Chava Beinin and Laura Fuhriman, please contact Laura Fuhriman ( as soon as possible, if this is something that you could do.

Parents at Roosevelt (PAR) Meeting THIS Friday

Come to this month’s PAR meeting to hear an update from the principal, learn about upcoming parent trainings and events, and get involved in supporting Roosevelt.

The PAR meeting will take place Friday, November 16th at 9:15 AM in the library.

Silent Auction Help Needed

What do you know about silent auctions? Does helping to raise money for your school excite you? Showcase Roosevelt needs you! We are looking for a silent auction coordinator for our 2019 Showcase Roosevelt. This is a fun, collaborative role with support from PAR and other Showcase coordinators. Email Alexis at if you’re interested or have any questions about the role.

Photos Needed for the Yearbook!

Parents, grandparents, teachers, community friends – please consider uploading pictures of RMS students to be used in the RMS yearbook. We are looking for pictures of:

  • Halloween
  • Sports or activities (e.g., horseback riding, dance, musical theatre, choir, band, etc.)
  • RAD Immigration Simulation
  • Activity Night

Go to: | NEW USERS – Enter Access code: PEDOID  | Create an account and follow the directions from there.

Uploaded images will be considered for the yearbook as appropriate. Please submit photos that are at least 300 dpi to ensure acceptable print quality for the yearbook. Note: Photos from social media websites may not be acceptable quality. Please consider this when uploading images.

South Eugene Jazz Ensemble

You’re Invited to the Jazz Station for an evening of great music with the South Eugene Jazz Ensemble!

  • Tuesday, November 20 from 7:30 – 9 PM
  • The Jazz Station, 124 W. Broadway, Eugene, OR
  • Cost: $7 at the door. Proceeds support the non-profit Jazz Station and the South Eugene Band program

Launched in 2005, the Jazz Station is an all-ages community performance venue with a great listening space and relaxed vibe. Beverages available for purchase.

2018-19 Hazardous Weather Information

The weather is mild now, but winter will be here before we know it.  Please familiarize yourself with the ways to learn about a weather day:

  • On days when school is in session on the regular schedule, the district will NOT make an announcement: No news = no change.
  • In the event of a weather closure or delay, the decision will be communicated as quickly as possible through local news media, text alert via Twitter, Facebook, and district website, normally all before 6:15 a.m.
  • Parents and students are encouraged to subscribe to receive text alerts (send a text message to 40404 saying FOLLOW 4JWEATHER ) to get the news as quickly and easily as possible. Please see for more information.

South Eugene K-8 Wrestling

A youth wrestling league for Eugene area schools was started last year and is now in its second season. Last year was a huge success, and this year they are hoping to spread the word and get more participants. See below for more details:

  • Wrestling is open to boys and girls from grades K-8. It’s a great way to build strength, coordination, work ethic, self-confidence, and self-defense skills.
  • Practices are Mondays/Wednesdays in the South Eugene High School wrestling room from 6:15-7:15 pm starting November 12 and going through the first week of January.
  • The cost to participate is $65, which includes a t-shirt– competition entries are $5 each and are optional.
  • We can work on a sliding scale with families where cost is an issue.
  • The league is oriented towards first and second year wrestlers, and competition is organized by age and weight class. This is a great environment for beginners!
  • More information is available at or on facebook: ORWAY South Valley Region

Roosevelt Spiritwear: Orders due THIS Friday

Show your school spirit! Roosevelt tee shirts and sweatshirts are now available to order until November 16th. Choices include short and long-sleeve t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts.

Order forms are in the office or available online:

Checks should be made payable to Roosevelt. No exchanges or refunds.

Help Needed for Exchange Student

The Regional Director for Greenheart Exchange is looking for a host family for a Spanish exchange student at South Eugene High School. The student needs a host family immediately. His name is Diego and he is in the 11th grade. They are hoping to keep him at South since he has been doing well with his grades, making friends and really seems to like it.

Diego has excellent English and looks forward to sharing his culture with you. Unfortunately, his current host family is no longer able to host him due to their own health. Diego hopes to be a doctor someday, enjoys cooking Spanish food and likes to play games.

If you are willing to host him or have any questions at all, please contact Kristin Babby at Feel free to share this need with your friends and family as well. You can learn more about Greenheart and the life changing experience of hosting at

Thank You Voters!

A thank you message from Superintendent Gustavo Balderas:

Voters in our school district have said a resounding “Yes!” to the school bond measure that will provide improvements for every 4J school. This election result is a powerful statement of support for our schools and our work for students and the community.

Our community has enthusiastically stepped up to improve the quality of our educational environments and resources that help our teachers teach and our students learn. No matter which role and which building we work in, we can all be excited about what this bond will enable us to accomplish.

In the coming years, we will make safety and security improvements at every school, enhance career technical education at high schools, make athletic facilities more equitable for girls and boys, refresh classroom and building technology, modernize curriculum, support special education, improve school kitchens, revitalize our fleet of buses. We will rebuild three of our aging schools, North Eugene High School and Camas Ridge and Edison Elementary Schools, complete the renovation and expansion of Gilham Elementary School, and repair many other aging buildings.

The bond will not only make these major capital improvements possible, it will let us keep general fund dollars in the classroom as we have budgeted rather than having to spend them instead to make critical repairs and improvements.

Thank you to every staff member, parent and community member who volunteered for the bond campaign on their own time, and to our employee associations for their support of the bond effort. Thank you to our school board members and other citizen bond campaign leaders who worked every day to make the effort a success.

Thank you to every 4J employee who communicated clearly and impartially about the bond measure on the job, and to our staff who laid the groundwork for the bond and will do the work of making its promises become reality.

Thank you to every single member of Team Eugene—you work hard every day on behalf of kids, and you and your students will see the benefits of this bond measure.

We have a lot to look forward to—and a lot of work to do—in the next few years. But for today, let us just humbly appreciate, celebrate, and savor the support our community has offered that will make a substantial difference for every school and every student.