Weekly News & Updates


Please read this week’s eNews for an administration update, request for yearbook photos, information on how to purchase a yearbook, key 2020-21 school dates, the #4JBetterTogether campaign, community resources, and the census.

If you do not wish to receive the eNEWS, or no longer have a student at Roosevelt, please click on Unsubscribe in the footer at the bottom of this email.

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

Administration Update
Thank you to all that filled out our Distance Learning student workload survey. Almost half of our families responded. Key information that came forward:
* Office hours are helpful when students need it.
* Students would like more social time to connect.
* Approximately 40% our students are spending an hour + on one or more classes.

Taking this into consideration, we are continuing with office hours, and we want to increase participation. Please let your student know our teachers want to see them in office hours. Teachers want to answer any questions and want students to know it is ok to ask for help. 

We will be moving away from the optional House office hours on Tuesday and Thursday to begin offering club options. This is to address the desire for more social interaction time amongst peers. This information will be coming out soon for students to sign up. Look for an email from your student’s House advisor. 

Lastly, your feedback is helping our staff recalibrate the amount of work assigned. We hope your student will see a decrease in required coursework and for those of you who requested more work, plenty of optional supplemental work. This is new for us, so your feedback is appreciated and wanted.

If your child is struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness or sadness, please reach out to their House advisor or Lee Baker. Our number one priority is your student’s health and wellness. We can make adjustments to support your child.

Please do not forget about House pictures today, Monday, for the yearbook.

Thank you for your patience, feedback and support.

Eric and Mike

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.

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.

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.

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.