Weekly News & Updates

Please read this week’s eNews for information on a virtual Roosevelt talent show, a volunteer request for 8th grade graduation, South Eugene High School Cheer try-outs, ArtSpark Online lessons, benefits for children who receive free and reduced lunch, and key 2020-21 school dates.

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Administrative Update
Eugene School District 4J and all Oregon school districts are bracing for significant budget impacts in the next few years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The district is taking steps and considering all options to address the coming shortfalls. 
Our goals are to, to the extent possible:

• Maintain class sizes
• Minimize layoffs
• Preserve a full school year next year

Earlier this spring, as the budget implications of the pandemic began to emerge, the district quickly instituted hiring and expenditure freezes to conserve funds. Now the difficult decision has been made to reduce school days in this already disrupted school year as an important cost-saving option to offset further cuts next year.

Updated Calendar for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year:

June 1st – June 4th – Last week of graded assignments
June 5th – No School – Furlough day
June 8th – June 9th – Late assignment turn in, supplemental learning activities provided, no office hours and no new assignments
June 9th – 8th Grade Promotion Drive Thru (email to follow for 8th grade families)
June 9th – June 11th – Technology, textbook, and school instrument turn in (email with details to follow)
June 12th – No School – Furlough day

I understand this is not how we envisioned closing the school year. Our students, families, and staff have demonstrated great resilience during this time. Thank you for your continued support. 

Eric and Mike

Roosevelt Online Talent Show This Thursday, June 4th!
The online talent show will take place this Thursday, June 4th at 3:30 PM. There will be a link posted on the RMS website under Students “Talent Show.” The talent show will be approximately 45 minutes and will feature the work of students who were originally scheduled to participate in it prior to the quarantine.

Volunteers Needed for 8th Grade Promotion
If you would like to help with the 8th grade promotion, which will take place Tuesday, June 9th, please contact our School Volunteer coordinator Laura Fuhriman at fuhriman_l@4j.lane.edu

Thank you!

South Eugene Cheer Try-Outs
If you are an 8th grader headed to South Eugene High School next year & are interested in being on the cheer team sign up for try-outs now! No experience needed. Deadline June 8th.

To tryout click on the link below and fill out the registration form

South Eugene Cheer

Reasons to join cheer:

* Make new friends
* Flexibility
* Coordination
* Team Player & Leadership Skills
* It’s fun!
* College Scholarships

ArtSpark Online!

With the news that schools will be closed through summer, Lane Arts Council and ArtSpark have created a free online arts education tool for all Lane County Students: ArtSpark Online! Video lessons are led by local artists and available online for streaming or downloading, with printable guides available for families without internet access.

Available lessons include:
* Natural Dyes with artist Alex Ever
* Puppetry with artist Noah McLain Philpot
* Theatre Arts with artist Victoria Wills
* Songwriting with artists Olive DelSol and Pattrick Price
* Observational Drawing with artist Jess Graff
* & more on the way!

Click on the button below to access the ArtSpark Online lessons.
ArtSpark Online!

Follow along and access your unlimited creative capacity!

Oregon to Provide More than 351,000 Children with Benefits to Replace Meals they Get at School
The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) announced that families with children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school even if they have been accessing meals from schools during the closure.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) authorized DHS to provide Oregon P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits to more than 351,000 students receiving free or reduced-price school meals in Oregon, including almost 147,000 students already receiving Nutrition Assistance. Households will receive benefits equivalent to one free lunch and one free breakfast for each eligible child – $5.70 per normal school day for the months of March, April, May and June.

“Together, DHS and ODE are working to ensure no child in Oregon goes hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dan Haun, DHS Self-Sufficiency Programs Director. Dustin Melton, Director of ODE’s Child Nutrition Programs, stated, “The P-EBT program will support student’s nutritional needs during a time of crisis and uncertainty.”

Families who have experienced significant income loss may have become eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, and there is still time to apply. Apply online at https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/FRLApp/Default.

Additional options to strengthen food security among Oregonians, include the ability for households to:
* Use their EBT card to include online food purchases through Amazon and Walmart (delivery fees not included).
* Take advantage of the double up food bucks program, which matches every $1 of EBT funds spent – up to $10 – on fresh fruit and vegetables at participating local farmers markets.

Please note that families eligible for free or reduced price meals or receiving SNAP benefits will be contacted by DHS, the State Agency that will provide the funding. Instructions will be included to activate or refuse benefits. Note that 4J School District is not involved in fund disbursement. If you have questions, dial the state helpline at 2-1-1 or the local DHS office at (541) 686-7878. To apply for Nutrition Assistance, visit needfood.oregon.gov or call 2-1-1.

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)

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.