Read this week’s eNEWS for a notice of upcoming events, a thank you for HAP donations, a note from the principal, information on student pick-up/drop-off and parking lot safety, instructional feedback, a Christmas tree fundraiser, and a continued request for yearbook photos.

We hope you have a wonderful Winter Break!

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)

Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who made cash and/or food donations for our Helping All People (HAP) program. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

A Note from the Principal
On behalf of the Roosevelt staff I would like to announce that we have increased the amount of single use bathrooms that will be available to students. Until now, there has been one designated, single use bathroom, but after conversations with students, we believe there is a need to add additional spaces to improve safety and accessibility. We are opening 3 staff bathrooms to the students – one upstairs and one downstairs in the A-hall in addition to a bathroom in between the two gym locker rooms.

These bathrooms are available for all students, staff, or community that wish to use them. Our staff is committed to creating an environment in which all students feel safe, valued, and cared for. We hope to have this project completed by mid-January. (school map is below)

In addition to this announcement I would like to add another important piece of information in regard to supporting students. The Oregon Department of Education Director, Colt Gill, partnered with top education officials from California and Washington to send a letter opposing federal attempts to redefine the concept of sex and gender government-wide. The letter states, “We believe these changes will be dangerous and detrimental for the millions of individuals in our country who identify as transgender, many of whom are school age, and are our students and part of our school communities.”

Oregon has taken several steps to create a safe, inclusive environment for students and other constituents. In 2016 ODE released guidelines to boost development of school procedures and district policies related to transgender and gender nonconforming students. Oregon led the nation by allowing a non-binary gender option on driver’s licenses starting in 2017. Earlier this year, ODE released a memo outlining how school districts should offer students and staff a non-binary gender option on student registration forms and data submissions.

“It is our responsibility to create caring school environments that are safe and welcoming for all students,” Gill said. “Denying a person’s gender identity or forcing conformity to this federal rule change is disrespectful, discriminatory, and harmful. Each of our children deserve more. They deserve schools that accept, respect, and serve them well.”

The letter can be found online here.

Eric Anderson
Principal

 

 

Student Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Student safety is our number one concern. To ensure a safe parking lot please remember to :

Stay in the right “pause parking” lane at drop-off and move as far forward as possible toward the soccer field. Stopping at the entrance creates a traffic jam. Avoid using the interior left lane to “frogger” into a spot further up. This has created many near miss incidents.

If you need to exit your vehicle, do not use pause parking. Please find a parking spot.

Drivers must always turn right out of the parking lot onto 24th from 8:15 – 9:15 and 3:15 – 4:15, or use the alternative exit to Hilyard. The “right turn only” rule keeps traffic flowing and is predictable for pedestrians.

Parking Lot Safety
Big Picture Parking Lot Safety Notes – please share with family members or friends who may occasionally pick up/drop off.

Safety is our number one priority. There are three main areas for pick-up and drop-off:
the pause parking loop,
the parking lot, and
the bus loop.

Please NEVER stop in the bike lane on either side of 24th. Please be mindful of your speed in and around Roosevelt, crosswalks and Amazon Parkway. Drivers must always yield to pedestrians and cyclists in school zones.
Pause Parking Loop (marked by a green curb)
Students may be dropped off along the sidewalk that encircles our parking lot. At the end of the day, drivers may pause park along the curb to pick up their student(s) when they come out at dismissal. Pause parking is designed so students can be quickly dropped off or picked up. This will help keep our traffic flowing.

Please note the following rules for pause parking:

Drivers must remain in their cars at all times. If you need to exit your vehicle, please use a parking spot. If your student is not ready to exit the vehicle immediately in this lane, please use a parking space so the flow of traffic can continue.
Drivers should pull as far forward as possible toward the soccer field. Please do not use the left lane to pass others in an effort to get a closer spot. “Frogger” creates a lengthy traffic jam and holds up both lanes. Please do not use the interior left lane to drop off your student. Stay along the green curb or find a parking space.
For safety, please have your student exit your vehicle onto the sidewalk from the passenger side of your vehicle.
Drivers should NOT stop in marked crosswalk areas.
Drivers must ALWAYS yield at the painted crosswalks and sidewalks.
Drivers must always turn right out of the parking lot onto 24th, or use the alternative exit that takes you to Hilyard.
Please turn your vehicle off if you arrive early and traffic will not be moving for a period of time.

Parking Lot
Please note the following rules for the parking lot:
All pedestrians should cross through the parking area using the sidewalks adjacent to the parking spots. For safety, please do not cut through the parking lot.
If you need to exit your vehicle for any reason, you must park in the parking lot, not in the pause parking lane.
Drivers must always turn right out of the parking lot onto 24th from 8:15 – 9:15 and 3:15 – 4:15, or use the alternative exit to Hilyard. The “right turn only” rule keeps traffic flowing and is predictable for pedestrians.

The center parking corridor (in between the pause parking loop) is not to be used as a quick-exit lane to leave the parking lot. Safety is our #1 priority, so please use caution – everyone is in the same hurry.

Bus Loop
The bus loop in the front of the building is for buses only. Do not enter the bus loop at any time. It is not a turn-around area.

Other ways of avoiding congestion
If your students walk home or meet you in the Very Little Theatre parking lot, please ask them to cross the street at the crosswalk directly in front of the school where we have a crossing guard, not at or on the other side of the parking lot exit onto 24th. If you would like to stay away from the traffic congestion, ask your students to meet you in the VLT lot, the South Eugene Track parking lot, or the overflow area near the alternative exit to Hilyard. Please do not park at the apartments across the street. We have received complaints regarding vehicles parked in their private entrance/exits.

Thank you for helping provide a safe route for students to and from school.

Instructional Feedback
Our staff has committed to providing timely and meaningful feedback to support student learning and inform parents of academic progress. Teachers will update the parentVue/studentVue every two weeks as one of our strategies to meet this commitment. Thank you teachers!

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.