Read this week’s eNEWS for a notice of upcoming events, information for volunteers, request for silent auction and yearbook picture help, information on Swan Lake and South Eugene Jazz Ensemble, hazardous weather information, South Eugene wrestling, an exchange student opportunity, and radon testing information.

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Upcoming Events
Nov. 22nd-23rd – Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 26th (M) – Showcase Planning Meeting (6:30 PM)
Nov. 29th (Th) – 7/8 Drama Showcase (6:00 PM)
Nov. 30th (F) – 7/8 Drama Showcase (6:00 PM)
Dec 3rd (M) – No School (First Trimester Final Grading)
Dec. 6th (Th) – Band Concert (6:00 PM)
Dec. 7th (F) – Choir/Orchestra Concert (6:00 PM)

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.

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:
Sports or activities (e.g., horseback riding, dance, musical theatre, choir, band, etc.)
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.

Swan Lake
During Thanksgiving weekend, Oregon Ballet Academy’s Swan Lake will be in production at Lane Community College. This ballet features the students of Oregon Ballet Academy, many of whom are students at Roosevelt.

Showtimes are Saturday, November 24th at 2 pm and 7 pm and Sunday, November 25th at 1 pm and 6 pm. More information is available online at:

Tickets are available here:

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

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

Radon Testing: Week of Dec. 10th
To continue providing safe, healthy school facilities where students learn, grow and play, the district will test for radon in all schools. Roosevelt Middle School will be tested during the week of December 10, 2018. A new state law requires that all districts in Oregon test school buildings for radon before January 1, 2021.

What is radon? Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from soil and rock. Radon can work its way into buildings, including homes and schools, through cracks in the ground and openings in foundations or under structures. Breathing high levels of radon over a long period of time can cause lung cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon.

How will the district test for radon? The only way to know if a building has elevated radon is to use specialized testing equipment. The test is non-invasive and poses no danger to staff or students. It consists of placing a cardboard packet for a few days in rooms that are in contact with the ground. *Please do not tamper with or move these test kits, and keep exterior windows and doors closed (except for normal entry/exit) during the testing period.

For more information about radon and the district’s testing plan, please visit

The health and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority. Thank you for your cooperation.

Estimadas Familias de Roosevelt Middle School

Para continuar proporcionando instalaciones escolares seguras y saludables donde los estudiantes aprendan, crezcan y jueguen, el distrito llevara a cabo pruebas en todas las escuelas para detectar si hay gas radón. El examen para Roosevelt Middle School se llevará a cabo durante la semana del 10 de diciembre del 2018. Una nueva ley estatal requiere que todos los distritos de Oregon examinen los edificios escolares para detectar si hay radón antes del 1 de enero del 2021.

¿Qué es el radón? El radón es un gas natural que proviene del suelo y de las rocas. El radón puede filtrarse en los edificios, incluyendo hogares y escuelas, a través de grietas en el suelo y aberturas en las fundaciones o bajo estructuras. El respirar altos niveles de radón durante un largo período de tiempo puede causar cáncer del pulmón. Según la Agencia de protección ambiental, el radón es la segunda causa principal de cáncer del pulmón, seguido por el hábito de fumar. El radón no se puede ver, oler, ni probar.

¿Cómo mediría el distrito el nivel de radón? La única manera de saber si un edificio tiene un nivel elevado de radón es utilizando un equipo de prueba especializado. La prueba no es invasiva y no representa ningún peligro para el personal o los estudiantes. Consiste en colocar un paquete de cartón por unos días en los cuartos que estén en contacto con el suelo. “Por favor no toque o mueva estos paquetes y mantenga las ventanas y puertas exteriores cerradas (excepto la entrada/salida normal) durante el periodo de prueba.

Para obtener mas información acerca del gas radón y el plan de detección del distrito, por favor visite

La salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes y personal son nuestra máxima prioridad. Gracias por su cooperación.