Weekly News & Updates


Please read the this week’s eNews for information on where to review distance learning information, a request for yearbook photos, how to purchase a yearbook, key 2020-21 school dates, the #4JBetterTogether campaign, yellow jacket traps at RMS, community resources, and the census.

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Upcoming Events
May 15th (F) – No School Grading Day (was previously May 1st)

Distance Learning Website
To review prior administration communication, FAQ’s, and resources please visit our school website.

Yearbook Pictures Needed
Please submit pictures for the Yearbook by May 11!!  Since the school year has been unusual we need extra help from the RMS community to complete the Yearbook.

Please provide pictures of anything from this school year including Halloween costumes, Immigration Simulation, Band or Orchestra, Any Sports or Plays, Field Trips etc. For post school closure pictures consider the following themes:

* Home Sweet Home School (pictures of kids doing school work at home at the kitchen table, at a desk, with siblings etc.)
* Covid Fashion (PJ’s, mismatched clothes, day 10 of same outfit…)
* Outdoor Time (Hiking, gardening, yard work…)
* Covid Creativity (Art, crafts, new looks/haircuts/colors…)

2 ways to submit pictures:

1. Email pictures with captions to Liz Mulford at: lizandjeff@mac.com
2. Upload pictures to the RMS YEARBOOK picture site: RMSYBPicturesEugeneOR.shutterfly.com (at least 300dpi for best results)

You Can Still Purchase a Yearbook Online
Quantities are limited, so please consider purchasing a 2019-2020 yearbook ASAP! The cost is $30 ($15 for students who qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program).

If you would like to pay with credit card (there is no processing fee) please visit the following the web link and purchase your yearbook:  Yearbook 2019-2020

If your student qualifies for the federal free and reduced lunch program, go to this link:  
Reduced Price Yearbook 2019-2020

If you are not sure whether you have already purchased a yearbook, please check with Karen Kingzett, kingzett@4j.lane.edu.

Teacher Appreciation Week
This week, May 4-May 8, is Teacher Appreciation Week. While we can’t celebrate our incredible teachers in person as we have in past years, we can still express our appreciation and gratitude for all that they do for our students. Our teachers show up each and every day, whether in person or now, online, and do the hard work of being educators. Please consider different ways in which you or your child(ren) might show our Roosevelt teachers just how much they mean to our community.

Email addresses are available on the school website. Simple acts of gratitude and kindness go a long way to showing we care and you can rest assured that we will host some major staff appreciation events next year to make up for this spring. 

Thank you, Parents At Roosevelt  

2020-21 School Calendar: Key Dates

Many families make plans for the next school year months in advance. Calendars for the upcoming year have been approved by the school board.

Key Dates for 2020–21:
* Orientation/Transition Day for Grade 9: Tuesday, September 8
* First Day of School (except grades 7 & 8): Wednesday, September 9 
* First Day of School for Grades 7 & 8: Thursday, September 10
* Winter Break: Monday, December 21–Monday, January 4 (Jan. 4 is staff work day)
* Spring Break: Monday, March 22–Friday, March 26 
* Last Day: Thursday, June 17 (or later if makeup days are needed)

Changes for Spring 2020 
There are also some changes to the current school year calendar due to the closure of school buildings and shift to distance learning. Friday, May 1, will be a regular distance learning school day. Middle and high school teachers will spend Friday, May 15, on progress reports and professional development. Elementary school teachers will engage in the transition day on Friday, June 5, instead of May 1.

Information for 8th Graders Going to South Eugene High School
Incoming 9th Graders & Guardians,

Follow the instructions below to get started with your journey as a SEHS student.  Please note this process applies to ALL incoming 9th graders, Classic AND IHS students.

Students from our nonfeeder schools or who live outside of our attendance area will complete steps 1-5.  Step 6 will be executed later in May, following registration.  Not to worry, scheduling does NOT work on a first come, first served basis, so students from nonfeeder middle schools will not be at a disadvantage with this delay.
Forecasting Steps

1. View the Welcome Video.
2. Peruse the 9th Grade Information Webpage for recommended courses, course options, graduation requirements, and answers to commonly asked questions.
3. Read the 9th Grade Forecasting Workbook for 9th grade specific course options. Record course preferences.
4. Complete the Google Forecasting Survey.  Survey results serve as an important record of your preferences and are used by our team in the event that your first choices are not available.
5. Attend a ZOOM Q& A (See schedule below) or submit questions online: Ask a question.
6. Using your response summary from the Google Forecasting Survey, enter course requests into Synergy “StudentVue” by midnight May 10th.  Instructions are provided on the 9th Grade Information Webpage.

Zoom Q & A Sessions:
April 30th (A-G) at 7pm
May 5th (H-P) at 7pm
May 8th (Q-Z) at 7pm
If you are not able to attend during your scheduled time, feel free to connect during another session or during our morning session May 5th at 10am.

Share your stories and celebrations!

Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected.

While students and many school staff are staying home to stay healthy and save lives, engaging in
learning from a distance, we are all still connected and in this together.

Eugene School District 4J is sharing stories of kindness and connection, enrichment and inspiration,
on all of our social media platforms under #4JBetterTogether.

#4JBetterTogether will highlight positive things happening in our school community, showcase
talented 4J students and staff, and provide fun and enriching activities to do at home.

Join in! Share your story.

Yellow Jacket Traps at RMS
Facilities is placing non-toxic pheromone yellow jacket traps out at all elementary, middle and some high schools to attempt to reduce the number of nests that are established annually. Though these traps are intrinsically safe for staff, students and beneficial pollinators, they are considered a pesticide by ODA and we are required to notify all staff, faculty, adult students, parents or guardians of minor students of their use.

Community Resources

4J Grab & Go Lunch Meals
Eugene School District 4J is providing free grab-and-go meals during the extended school closure, available for all students and youth 18 years and younger. For information about where the food sites are click here.

South Eugene High School is one of the many locations. Meals available in the back by cafeteria M-F from 11am – 12pm.

The White Bird Clinic
They provide a list of resources for food, health care, housing assistance and more: https://whitebirdclinic.org/covid 

The City of Eugene- Public Sanitary Stations
The City of Eugene has provided a map indicating the location of public sanitary stations, including portable restrooms and handwashing stations. To view locations please click here

St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul has their Food Room open from 9am – 1pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. To view their website click here

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has a Food Pantry that remains open. They distribute food boxes every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 – 11:55am and 1:00 – 3:25pm. Tuesday from 8:30am – 11:00am and Friday from 8:30am – 12:30pm. Their phone (541) 343-3328. To view their website please click here

Food for Lane County
Food for Lane County has great resources for everyone including assistance to low-income community members, senior citizens, and much more. Click here for more info.

2020 Census is Happening Now
Every family counts for our community—now is the time to reply 

Looking for something important you can do at home that will impact our community? If you haven’t done so already, complete the 2020 Census online at 2020Census.gov. It’s safe, secure and confidential, and your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities like ours for schools, roads, and other public services. 

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.