November 12, 2019

Weekly News & Updates


Check out this week’s eNEWS for upcoming events, a request for volunteers, information on the RAD fundraiser, reminder of the PAR Meeting on Friday, an RMS Parent Education event on stress, anxiety, and depression in Middle Schoolers, a YMCA Middle School Night event, South Eugene wrestling, and upcoming Student Success Act meetings.

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Upcoming Events

Nov. 12th-15th (T-F) – Roosevelt Activity Days (RAD)
Nov. 15th (F) – Monthly PAR Meeting (9:15 AM, Library)
Nov. 21st (Th) – Immigration Simulation (9:00 AM)
Nov. 21st (Th) – Site Council (3:45 PM)
Nov. 21st (Th) – PAR Education Night (6:30 PM)
Nov. 26th (T) – Stories for the Stage (7/8 Drama Showcase) (6:00 PM)
Nov. 27th (W) – Stories for the Stage (7/8 Drama Showcase) (6:00 PM)
Nov. 28th-29th (Th & F) – NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 2nd (M) – NO SCHOOL: Grading Day

Roosevelt Activity Days (RAD) THIS Week!

Hey Roosevelt families! Roosevelt Activity Days (RAD) is Roosevelt’s BIG fall fundraiser and it is happening THIS week, November 12-15. Roosevelt students will participate in community building House activities to build trust, unity and cooperation in and among Houses. Students will participate in RAD events to raise funds to support Roosevelt services.  We are asking students to collect donations.  You can be part of RAD this year and help ensure the success of every child at Roosevelt by donating. Your support is crucial to our efforts to fully support Roosevelt activities and services.

We would greatly appreciate a donation of ANY amount to help us reach our RAD fundraising goal of $10,000. Students should have received their collection envelopes in house on October 28th so they can start collecting donations.  Collection envelopes are also available in the office. Turn in dates will be today through Friday, November 12, 13, 14 and 15. Please make checks payable to Roosevelt Middle School. You, along with family and friends, can also make online donations at: Thank you for your support!
Please make sure to review the following fundraising tips with your student:
Roosevelt Activity Days November 12-15 Fundraising Tips
Start with family and family friends. If your family approves going door to door, then follow these guidelines:
1. When soliciting pledges for RAD or for any fundraiser, ALWAYS go with an adult.
2. When asking for sponsors door-to-door, students should never enter anyone’s home.
3. Return home frequently when collecting money; students should not carry large sums of money, especially cash.
4. Use only first names and never give out addresses or phone numbers.
5. Family and friends can also donate online at

1. Each RMS family is strongly encouraged to raise whatever they can. Every dollar counts.
2. Money turn in days are November 12, 13, 14 and 15. Bring your envelopes and collections to school on those days.
3. Be sure to collect the pledge money at the time of solicitation, NOT after RAD.
4. Checks should be made payable to Roosevelt Middle School or RMS.
“Hi, my name is ____________, and I’m a student at Roosevelt Middle School. I am participating in Roosevelt Activity Days November 12-15 to raise money for staffing and other programs at Roosevelt Middle School. Would you be interested in sponsoring me in this activity?”  
Remember students: The “activity” is community building House activities to build trust, unity and cooperation in and among Houses and also House spirit activities.
* If you are asked for a receipt, have the donor call the main office at RMS (541-790-8500).
* A “no soliciting” sign means the home you are approaching is requesting that you do NOT come to their door. Please respect homes with this sign.


Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Activities

Dear RMS Families we have a couple of great volunteer opportunities:

* 6th Grade Immigration Simulation: Are you interested in stepping back in time with RMS students? Then please volunteer for our annual 6th Grade Immigration Simulation which will be held on November 21st, 2019. This unforgettable journey through time takes place in the small gym, which is transformed into a replica of Ellis Island. Students reenact the immigration process by visiting required stations (staffed by parent volunteers). The Immigration Simulation is an excellent example of an alternative learning experience that Cultural Connections students can integrate into their classroom learning in a meaningful way. Volunteers should dress in “period fashion” if possible (shawls, hats, dark clothing, etc.).

* 7th Grade OMSI Trip: RMS 7th grade families come join your student on a day trip to OMSI on April 29th, 2020. Chaperones will get to reminisce about their childhood during their ride on a yellow bus, explore the Body Worlds exhibit, and assist their student group in a science scavenger hunt through the other OMSI exhibits. More details to follow next year. Only 40 spots are available.

For either volunteer opportunity contact Laura Fuhriman at for more info.


PAR Meeting on Friday

Join us this Friday, Nov. 15th from 9:15-10:15 for our monthly Parents at Roosevelt (PAR) Meeting (in the library). Principal Eric Anderson will be presenting on Behavioral Professional Development Through Grade Level Teams. Come hear about how these changes have attributed to a 33% decrease in office referrals this year and improved school climate.

Additionally, find out about upcoming PAR events and volunteer activities, and how you can get involved. For example:
* Out in the Community Fundraisers
* November Parent Education Event
* December Staff Appreciation Event (Cookies & Coffee)
* Teacher Grant Proposals
* Showcase Roosevelt Planning

For more information contact Alexis Borrevik at


Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in Middle Schoolers: How to Recognize it & What to Do

Please come out and join your school community in this Parents at Roosevelt gathering in the Roosevelt library on Thursday evening, November 21st from 6:00 to 7:30. 

Marriage and Family Therapist Paul Bolle will lead a discussion on how to notice signs of stress and how best to support your child in the sometimes turbulent transition from childhood to teen. Come and join in whichever way feels most comfortable, whether it might be contributing your own thoughts and experiences, or just being a present and supportive observer. 

This is an excellent opportunity to increase your connection to your child’s school family and to take home with you a sense of confidence about your changing relationship with your growing teen. We look forward to seeing you there. 


YMCA Middle School Night

We are very excited to announce that the YMCA will be holding a Middle School Night for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Middle School Night will be held on Saturday, November 16th from 7:30-10 p.m. at our main facility on Patterson Street. It will include swimming, snacks, dodgeball and music. This event is free to members and $3 for youth who are not members.

Once youth enter the facility they will not be able to leave until 10 o’clock when doors reopen for pick up. The hope is that Middle School Nights will be a safe place where youth can hangout, connect with one another and have fun. Youth do need to be registered for this event and a health form does need to be completed prior to the day of the event. I have attached the health form to this email and you are able to register online or call our main Y. Please pass this along to anyone you feel would be interested in attending as well. Feel free to email me with any questions you have. 


South Eugene Youth Wrestling Winter 2019-2020

Wrestling helps boys and girls improve physical and mental toughness, self-confidence, self-defense, self-discipline, and sportsmanship. It is available to South Eugene kids enrolled in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Practices are in the South Eugene High School Wrestling room (next to main gym) on Mondays/Thursdays 6:15-7:15 pm November 14-January 13.

No practice or meets 12/26 through 12/30. Competitions are Sunday mornings, starting November 24. To sign up, come to any practice a few minutes early and speak to Coach Matt Burney (317-645-6960,

More information is available online at


Let’s Talk! Student Success Act Investments for Success

New funding is coming to 4J schools. Oregon’s Student Success Act is expected to provide Eugene School District 4J about $12–13 million per year starting with the 2020–21 school year—about a 5% increase in the district’s general fund budget.

The district is engaging staff, families and community members to inform the planning for how to spend these funds to best support student success. The funds must be targeted to increase academic achievement, reduce disparities among student groups, and meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs. You’re invited to join the conversation.  
Community Conversations
Childcare, light refreshments, and Spanish interpretation will be provided.
* Wed., Nov. 13, 7–8 p.m., Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Road
* Tue., Nov. 19, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Road
* Thu., Nov. 21, 7–8 p.m., North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane
* Mon., Nov. 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m., South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.  

Meeting in Spanish, with English interpretation:
* Tue., Nov. 19, 7–8 p.m., Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Road 
Learn more:

Inversiones para el éxito: ¡Hablemos sobre la Ley de éxito estudiantil!

Nuevos fondos están llegando a las escuelas de 4J. Se espera que la Ley de Éxito Estudiantil de Oregon proporcione al Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J alrededor de $12–13 millones por año a partir del año escolar 2020–21. Esto significa alrededor de un aumento del 5% en el presupuesto del fondo general del distrito.

El distrito está involucrando al personal, las familias y los miembros de la comunidad para ayudar en la planeación de cómo utilizar estos fondos para apoyar mejor el éxito de los estudiantes. Los fondos deben estar dirigidos a aumentar el rendimiento académico, reducir las diferencias entre los grupos de estudiantes y satisfacer las necesidades de comportamiento y salud mental de los estudiantes. Está invitado a unirse a la conversación.

Conversaciones comunitarias:

Reunión en español, con interpretación en inglés:
* martes 19, 7–8 p.m., Escuela Preparatoria Churchill, 1850 Bailey Hill Road

Reuniónes en inglés con interpretación en español:
* miércoles, 13 de noviembre, 7–8 p.m., Escuela Preparatoria Sheldon, 2455 Willakenzie Road
* martes, 19 de noviembre, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Escuela Preparatoria Churchill, 1850 Bailey Hill Road
* jueves, 21 de noviembre, 7–8 p.m., Escuela Preparatoria North Eugene, 200 Silver Lane
* lunes, 25 de noviembre, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Escuela Preparatoria South Eugene, 400 E. 19th Ave.

Se proporcionará bocadillos y cuidado de niños. 

Obtenga más información en:


Earn Free Money for Roosevelt!

Click on the link above and register your credit/debit cards, designating Roosevelt Middle School—Recipient ID #6723045. Earn money for Roosevelt every time you shop at Market of Choice, Sizzle Pie (& other local restaurants).

Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Roosevelt. You can search by our name or by our non-profit number GB554. Click on the link above.

Download the Box Top for Education App in Google Play or the App Store, sign up (or sign in) and take a picture of your receipt within 14 days of purchase. It will automatically credit the school for each product. For more information, click on the link above.