Read this week’s eNEWS for a notice of upcoming events, a thank you and request for volunteers, an opportunity to give in-put on planned 4J school construction, the PAR January meeting, information on a parent education series starting at Roosevelt this week, an invitation to the Showcase Roosevelt kick-off meeting, information about Eugene International High School, school choice, and South Eugene baseball.

Upcoming Events

  • 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. 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, Dining Hall)–information below
  • Jan. 28th (M) – Showcase Roosevelt Kick-off Planning Meeting (6:30 PM)
  • 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!

We would like to give a big THANKS to all our office volunteers for their time, support and warm welcomes at the RMS front office. A special thank you to Mandy Hardman who is making sure that everything goes smoothly.

Thank you to past and present office volunteers: Anna Shipway, Kathy Lynn, Mandy Beal, Natalie Reeves, Camille Johnston, Barb DiMarco, Lisa Ghandour, Stephanie Chandler, Melody Spear, Alexis Borrevik, Jessica Henley, Cinda Gupta, Adrienne Colazzi, Melissa Gomsrud, Kelly Ayers and Amanda Deedon. We have two openings if you are interested to join the team, contact Laura Fuhriman

Volunteers Needed

Hello everyone!

The amazing office staff at Roosevelt Middle School are looking for volunteers to help in the front office during school hours. They are in need of someone who can commit to a weekly two hour shift. This opportunity will be a way to be a part of a great team and get to know the wonderful staff and teachers that your child interacts with on a daily basis.

Currently we have two shifts available. Thursday afternoon from 1:00 pm-3:35 pm and Friday morning from 8:30 am to 11:00am. These positions only require basic phone skills and customer service. All training can be done during your first shift and all questions are welcome. If you would like to join the team, please contact Laura Fuhriman.

**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.


Before Building the Future, Review the Past
Voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly approved the bond measure in November to fund improvements at every 4J school and for every 4J student.

Three aging school buildings will be replaced in the coming years: North Eugene High School and Camas Ridge and Edison elementary schools.
Before beginning to design the new schools, the district is first taking a look back at what has worked well and what could be improved in the design and performance of other school buildings constructed in recent years.

Eight schools have been built in 4J since 2000 thanks to voters’ approval of previous bond measures. (The rest of the school buildings in 4J are all more than 50 years old.) The newer school buildings are Chávez, Holt, Howard, and River Road/El Camino del Río elementary schools, and Cal Young, Madison, Arts & Technology Academy and Roosevelt middle schools.

If you have experience with one of the eight newer school buildings, we want to hear from you! Please take 5 minutes to complete the online survey. We value your feedback.
Building User Experience Survey

This is a first step to inform future building design. There will be additional opportunities for community input as the planning and design process for the new school buildings moves forward.

More School Bond Information


Parents At Roosevelt (PAR) January Meeting
Join us this Thursday evening for our January PAR meeting. There is no cost to join PAR; all are welcome. Principal Eric Anderson will discuss how Roosevelt is utilizing Easy CBM data to differentiate instruction in ELA and math courses as well as academic growth data for K-8 French Immersion.

We will also be reviewing grant proposals submitted by teachers to PAR and looking ahead to next month’s staff appreciation event.

Additionally, if you’re interested in an active role in PAR, we are currently in need of a treasurer.


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 THIS Thursday, 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.

  • THIS THURSDAY: 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.”

Showcase Roosevelt Kick-Off Meeting
On Monday, January 28th at 6:30 we’ll hold our planning kickoff meeting for this year’s Showcase Roosevelt. This annual event is a lot of fun and fantastic way to appreciate all that Roosevelt has to offer. Come hear all about it and find out ways to get involved.

Questions? Email Alexis at

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:

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
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 dining hall – 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:

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:
Email with questions: