Read this week’s eNEWS for a notice of upcoming events, reminder about our Helping All People (HAP) food drive, information about when to keep your child home from school, a Christmas tree fundraiser, a request for yearbook photos, and radon testing information.

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Upcoming Events
Dec. 24th-Jan. 4th – WINTER BREAK
Jan. 7th (M) – No School (Professional Development Day)
Jan. 8th (T) – School Resumes
Jan. 18th (F) – PAR Meeting (9:15 AM)
Jan. 21st (M) – No school (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Celebrate Science!
We are excited to announce the Celebrate Science event that will be happening on Tuesday, December 18 in the afternoon. All students at every grade level will attend a Science Assembly presented by OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland). Designed to inspire and inform about chemistry, the assembly titled React-O-Blast will explore the nature of chemical reactions, physical vs. chemical changes and safety.

Students will help OMSI staff conduct experiments that vividly demonstrate the predictable (and sometimes unpredictable!) reactions of matter, including some that have explosive results.

Our goal is to show students how much Roosevelt values science. We want to encourage students to pursue scientific studies with excitement and rigor. In every classroom, just before or after viewing the assembly, students will engage in cross-curricular learning activities that build on the science theme.

Helping All People (HAP)
This is the final week for our annual HAP drive (Helping All People). We are collecting food & money in house until Friday, Dec. 14th. The non-perishable food collected in this drive, along with money raised to purchase fresh, perishable food items (e.g., turkey/ham/tofurky, fresh fruit & vegetables, milk, butter) will be shared with our community and Food For Lane County. The goal for each house is to fill a box from a list of needed food items AND collect $50.00 per house to pay for fresh food items. Students can drop of their donations at their house classrooms.

When to Keep Your Child Home From School
Now that cold and flu season is upon us, here is a quick reminder of when to keep your child home from school:

If your child has vomited, had diarrhea or a fever, keep them home for 24 hours after the last incident. Do not send your child to school until they are fever free (under 100 degrees) for 24 hours without any fever reducing medication (ie Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen). Aspirin should not be given for fever due to viruses, to prevent a complication called Reye’s syndrome.

In general, if your child has a cough lasting 7 days, a health care provider should be consulted. If you need access to a health care provider contact the nurse or School-Based Health Center.
Please keep your child home if you see these signs:
Fever greater than 100.5
Vomiting
Diarrhea (3 watery or loose stools in one day with or without fever)
Stiff neck or headache with fever
Any rash with or without fever
Unusual behavior change, such as irritability, lethargy
Jaundice (yellow color of skin or eyes)
Skin lesions that are “weepy” (fluid or pus-filled)
Colored drainage from eyes
Brown/green drainage from nose with fever of greater than 100.5
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; serious, sustained cough

If your student has a chronic condition that is impacting attendance, please request consultation with the nurse.

Christmas Tree Fundraiser
If your family is planning on purchasing a Christmas tree this holiday season, Spring Creek Holly Farms is an option for getting a tree and donating to Roosevelt at the same time!

When you purchase your Christmas tree at Spring Creek Holly Farm 50% of the proceeds are donated to the Lane County school of your choice (you can designate Roosevelt!).
How Does The Program Work?
Just buy a tree and tell Spring Creek Holly Farm the school of your choice, and they will do the rest. Friends, family co-workers etc. can purchase a tree for your school. There are no limits on the number of trees purchased.

After the holiday season Spring Creek Holly Farm will mail a donation check to your school.

Our Noble Firs trees are grown at Spring Creek Holly Farm and at their wholesale facility, Whitewater Ranch, using low impact and sustainable farming practices. We have pre-cut and “choose and cut” trees available.

For more information and directions visit: http://springcreekholly.com/fundraising/

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: community.lifetouch.com | 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.

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 4j.lane.edu/healthyschools/radon.

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 4j.lane.edu/healthyschools/radon.

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