Read this week’s eNEWS for a notice of upcoming events, information on a parent education series starting at Roosevelt this month, information about Eugene International High School, school choice, South Eugene baseball, and a reminder on student pick-up/drop-off and parking lot safety.

Happy 2019!

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 10th (Th) – Band Concert (6:00 PM)
  • Jan. 15th (T) – 4J School Choice Information Meeting (7:00 PM) at 4J Education Center (200 North Monroe St.)
  • Jan. 16th (W) – Choir/Orchestra Concert (6:00 PM)
  • Jan. 17th (Th) – PAR Meeting (5:30-6:30 PM)–directly before parent education event
  • Jan. 17th (Th) – Parent Education Event: Miss Representation film and discussion (6:30 PM)
  • Jan. 17th (Th) – South Eugene High School School Choice Night (6:30 PM)
  • Jan. 18th (F) – PAR Meeting (9:15 AM)
  • Jan. 21st (M) – No school (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • Jan. 24th (Th) – Parent Education Event, Topic: pressures and expectations of middle school girls (6:30 PM)
  • Jan. 24th (Th) – Roosevelt School Choice Visitation Event (6-7:15 PM)–information below
  • Jan. 30th (W) – 6th Grade Drama Showcase (6:30 PM)
  • Jan, 31st (Th) – Parent Education Event: The Mask You Live In film and discussion (6:30 PM)
  • Jan. 31st (Th) – 6th Grade Drama Showcase (6:30 PM)
  • Feb. 7th – Parent Education Event, Topic: pressures and expectations of middle school boys (6:30 PM)

Thank You!

HAP (Help All People) was a great success. Thank you RMS families and Praise Community Church for your food and monetary donations, people in the community will be blessed because of you!
A special thanks to Valeria MacLeod who managed the perishable food, and the following parent volunteers who helped with sorting the food: Courtney Nixon, Deanna Stevens, Jen Huang, Anne Miksis, Libby Holden Erik Girvan, Jamie Harms and Rachael Carnes.


Parent Education Series at Roosevelt

Please come join with other parents at Roosevelt as we gather for a special four week film-and-discussion series on Thursday nights, starting on January 17th! Over these four Thursdays, we will watch a pair of documentaries about girls and boys in the middle school years and follow them each up with discussions that expand on the concerns and issues raised in the films. This is a warm invitation to take part in a shared conversation of hopes and ideas, with the goal of helping to better understand and support our kids.
January 17, 6:30
Miss Representation—a film showing the unique pressures and expectations on middle school girls

After watching the film, we will allow time for immediate reactions to the topics raised in the documentary. During this brief discussion, we will bookmark the ideas of greatest interest to discuss in more depth the following Thursday evening…

January 24th, 6:30

A broader discussion spurred by the viewing of Miss Representation on the pressures and expectations on middle school girls will be led by marriage and family therapist Paul Bolle. Topics will likely include such ideas as: the influence of media images and portrayals, the role of social media, how peer pressure and judgments can impact sense of self, and what we can do as parents to help our middle school girls build self-esteem and seek leadership in the years ahead.

January 31st, 6:30

The Mask You Live In—a film showing what often harsh and lonely experiences boys can feel starting in middle school.

After watching the film, we will allow time for immediate reactions to the topics raised in the documentary. During this brief discussion, we will bookmark the ideas of greatest interest to discuss in more depth the following Thursday evening…

February 7th, 6:30

A broader discussion spurred by the viewing of The Mask You Live In, on the pressures for middle school boys to become more masculine, will be led by marriage and family therapist Paul Bolle. Topics will likely include such ideas as: the role of the online community and gaming, the role of peer pressure to reduce emotional expression, the intensity of competition, and what we can provide as parents to allow our boys to become both strong and sensitive as they grow into teenagers.”


Eugene International High School

Is your eighth-grader curious about global events? Do they enjoy considering different perspectives on world issues? Do they want to make a difference in the local and global community?

If so, they might be interested in Eugene International High School! Eugene IHS is an award-winning alternative high school in international studies for students in grades 9-12.

Located at Churchill, Sheldon and South Eugene, the school is open via district lottery to any student who wishes to attend. If you are curious about the world and want to be part of a close-knit community of learners in a unique environment that is both challenging and supportive, we hope you will consider Eugene IHS as your high school choice.

Admission into Eugene IHS is through the 4J District lottery process; all students must fill out an online 4J School Choice Lottery Application. 4J School Choice Lottery Applications for 2019-20 will be available in January. Go to the 4J District School Choice web page for school choice deadlines and applications:
http://www.4j.lane.edu/choice.

IMPORTANT DATES for the 2019-2020 School Year:
January 1…….. Online application period for 4J School Choice Lottery opens for in-district students
January 31…… Deadline to submit in-district 4J School Choice Lottery Applications
March 1 Online application period for 4J School Choice Lottery opens for out-of-district students
April 1 Deadline to submit out-of-district 4J School Choice Lottery Applications

Immersion students will be enrolled in Eugene IHS without the lottery process because they entered immersion through the lottery in elementary or middle school. However, immersion students do need to submit the Eugene IHS Enrollment Form to the Eugene IHS office at South or Sheldon by the January 31st deadline. This form will be included in a special mailing to immersion families.

Interested Parents and Students:
Please come to one of the special information nights listed below to hear more about Eugene International High School and enrollment information.

South region
Tuesday, January 15, 7:00 pm, South Eugene cafeteria (includes French Immersion break-out session)
Thursday, January 17, 6:30 pm in the South Eugene cafeteria (joint session with South; 6:30-7:30 Eugene IHS information, 7:30-8:30 South information)
Sheldon region
Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 pm, Sheldon lecture hall C9 (includes Spanish Immersion break-out session)
Thursday, January 24, 7:00 pm, Sheldon lecture hall C9

Churchill region
Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 pm, Churchill cafeteria

For more information contact one of the Eugene IHS offices below, or visit the website at www.ihs.4j.lane.edu.
Eugene IHS @ Churchill: 541-790-5225
Eugene IHS @ Sheldon: 541-790-6636
Eugene IHS @ South Eugene: 541-790-8030

School Choice & School Showcase 2019
In Eugene School District 4J, every school offers an excellent education for our students. Students may enroll in their neighborhood school at any time, or request enrollment in a different 4J school, provided there is a place available. School choice requests will be accepted in an order determined by lottery.
To be included in the lottery, 4J residents must apply by Thursday, January 31, at midnight. Non-district residents must apply between March 1 and 31. All students who want to obtain a transfer must apply, including new incoming siblings, students who have moved but want to stay enrolled at our school, and students who are attending on a one-year inter-district transfer.

School visits are scheduled in the month of January. If you have any friends or family members who are considering school choice, please invite them to come learn more about their school choice options!

Roosevelt’s School Choice Visitation Event:
January 24 6-7:15pm Roosevelt library – no reservations required

School Choice Information Meetings:
4J Education Center, 200 North Monroe St.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (part of the School Showcase)
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.
Get answers about the school choice process
Spanish interpretation provided

Learn more:
www.4j.lane.edu/choice


South Eugene Babe Ruth 2019 Baseball
Attention all baseball players & kids who are interested in playing baseball! South Eugene Babe Ruth 2019 Baseball registration is coming soon. Registration starts January 15, 2019.

Open to baseball players ages 5-15
Teams for skill levels T-Ball – High School Prep
Practices start in March and games run April-June

Visit our website for more information: https://southeugenebaberuth.sportngin.com
Email with questions: southeugenebaberuth@yahoo.com


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.