Weekly News & Updates


Check out this week’s eNEWS for upcoming events, a reminder about student pick-up and drop-off, the upcoming Wild Duck fundraiser, January PAR Meeting announcement, request for yearbook photos, 4J Student Success Act survey, information about Eugene International High School, and Head Lice information.


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Upcoming Events

Jan. 14th (T) – Wild Duck Fundraiser
?Jan. 16 (Th) – Site Council (3:45 pm)
Jan. 17th (F) – Parents at Roosevelt (PAR) Meeting (9;30 AM, Library)
Jan. 20th (M) – NO SCHOOL–Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan. 29th (W) – 6th Grade Drama Showcase (6:00 PM)
Jan. 30th (Th) – 6th Grade Drama Showcase (6:00 PM)
Jan. 31 (F) – NO SCHOOL–Progress Reports/Professional Development

Reminder: Student Pick-Up and Drop-Off

1)   Stay in the right pause parking lane (marked by a green curb) at drop-off and pick-up and move as far forward as possible toward the soccer field. Stopping at the entrance creates a traffic jam.  DO NOT STOP IN ANY YELLOW AREA.  Do not use the left “drive through” lane to leap frog into a spot further up. Leap frogging has created many near miss incidents.

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

3)   Drivers must always turn right out of the parking lot onto 24thfrom 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.   
4) Please make sure to observe the speed limit for School Zones. The speed limit is 20 mph on all streets used to approach RMS.
5)  You may use the “old Roosevelt” area for parking, but do not park adjacent to the end of the soccer field, as this creates one-way only traffic and a bottle-neck on the small road that leads to Hilyard.
6)  Parking is also available in the parking lot next to the tennis courts.  Your student may cross 24th with the crossing guard to meet you in that parking lot.

Wild Duck Fundraiser

Looking for a reason to eat out, patronize a locally-owned restaurant, and support Roosevelt all at once? Look no further than our monthly Out in the Community fundraiser at Wild Duck on Tuesday, January 14th. 20% of all purchases made with a voucher (to be sent out next week in a separate email) will come back to Roosevelt. The funds raised through this event help to support students, teachers, and staff through our track and field program, teacher grants, staffing, and more. Please join us and enjoy a night out on the town.

January PAR Meeting

Proficiency grading? Letter grades? Pass/No Pass? Are you curious about how grading systems work at Roosevelt? Come to our PAR (Parents at Roosevelt) business meeting on Friday, January 17th at 9:30 AM in the library to hear Eric explain how different teachers grade and what the future of grading might look like at Roosevelt.

We’ll also be reviewing/awarding teacher grant proposals, discussing upcoming staff appreciation and Out in the Community events, and kicking off our 2020 Showcase Roosevelt planning. Please join us and discover different opportunities for you to get involved in our community in the coming months.

Yearbook Photos Needed

Parents, Teachers, Friends, Family & Students of RMS!

Please submit pictures to be considered for the Yearbook

Areas of focus:
* Halloween (at home or at school)
* Sports or other activities = plays, music, dance etc. that students dedicate themselves to
* Immigration Simulation
* Activity Nights
* Assemblies
* Field trips
* Drama
* Band/Orchestra

URL to upload to: RMSYBPicturesEugeneOR.shutterfly.com

There is an account creation and sign in required for security.

*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.

4J Student Success Act Survey

Share your priorities! Survey on investments for student success open through this weekend!
Online survey will help inform district plan for $12 million in funding

Oregon’s Student Success Act Student Investment Account will provide Eugene School District 4J about $12 million per year—a 5% increase in the district’s general fund budget—to increase academic achievement, close gaps between groups of students, and meet students’ mental and behavioral health needs.

We want to hear your thoughts about how to target funds to best support student success where there is the greatest need. 

The online survey about potential investments has been extended through this weekend. Please take 20 minutes to complete the survey in English or Spanish by Sunday, January 12.

Your input will help inform 4J’s investment plan to best support our students’ success. The draft plan will be completed this winter, shared for community review this spring, approved by the school board and submitted to the state by April 15.

Thank you. Your input is an investment in our students’ future. 

Complete the Survey

Encuesta en Español

For Parents of 8th Graders:
Eugene International High School

Are you curious about global events? Do you enjoy considering different perspectives on world issues? Do you want to make a difference in your local and global community?

You might be interested in Eugene International High School!  Eugene IHS is an award-winning high school in international studies for students in grades 9-12. as your high school choice.

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

Admission into Eugene IHS is through the 4J District lottery process; all students, regardless of attendance area, must fill out an online 4J School Choice Lottery Application. 4J School Choice Lottery Applications for 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 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.

Churchill region
* Monday, January 13, 7:00 pm, Churchill cafeteria
* Thursday, January 16, 7:00 pm, Churchill cafeteria (joint session with Churchill; 6:00 – 6:45 Churchill Information, 7:00- 8:00 Eugene IHS information) *Spanish interpretation services provided
Sheldon region
* Thursday, January 16, 7:00 pm, Sheldon Cafeteria
* Tuesday, January 21, 7:00 pm, Sheldon Cafeteria (joint session with Sheldon; 6:00 – 7:00 Sheldon Information, 7:00- 8:00 Eugene IHS information; includes Spanish Immersion break-out session) *Spanish interpretation services provided
South region
* Wednesday, January 22, 7:00 pm, South Eugene cafeteria (includes French Immersion break-out session)
* Thursday, January 23, 7:00 pm in the South Eugene cafeteria (joint session with South; 6:00 – 7:00 South Information, 7:00- 8:00 Eugene IHS information) *Spanish interpretation services provided
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

Head Lice Information

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You may wish to monitor your child for head lice more frequently over the next few weeks. When students return from breaks, lice cases tend to flare. This is attributed to the fact that lice are most often transmitted in the community and identified at school. Evidence shows lice are rarely transmitted at school. It is much less contagious in a school setting than the common cold.

Head lice are wingless 6-legged insects that cannot fly or jump. Generally, transmission requires head to head or close contact for an extended period of time. It is less often that they are spread through hat or comb sharing, however it is helpful to not share these items. Lice do not live long without a human head to feed on, and their eggs stay firmly attached to the hair shaft where they were laid. When checking at home, look for tiny nits (eggs) that are whitish-yellow, usually attached close to the head (sometimes they can be mistaken for dandruff). Live lice are generally darker and active. Both the eggs and live lice like warmth and are often seen at the top of the head, behind the ears, and at the nape of the neck.

If students are found with lice, 4J’s practice is not one of exclusion from school. If we suspect your child has lice, the school nurse or secretary will check your child and call home if confirmed, but we will not send them home. We encourage you to treat your child with a lice product, and do a thorough combing EVERY DAY with a little lice comb UNTIL YOU NO LONGER SEE NITS (EGGS) OR LICE ON THE HAIR OR COMING OFF WITH THE COMBING. Other important steps in getting rid of lice in your home are washing and drying clothing and bed linens, towels, hats, combs, and brushes. Anything that cannot be laundered may be put into a sealed bag for 2 weeks- long enough for the lice to die.

Helpful website:

If you have questions, need advice or assistance, feel free to call me, your child’s Pediatrician, or the Lane County Health Department at (541) 682-4041

I am available to discuss this issue or help if you are struggling with treatment!

Thank you,
Jenny Downes, RN, 4J Regional Nurse 
(541) 852-8524
Charlemagne, Chavez, McCornack, Roosevelt

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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).

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