This week’s eNEWS includes a schedule of this week’s events, a message from the principal and assistant principal, a thank you, information on Wednesday’s flex day, new metrics for returning to school, practicing self-care, Oregon Battle of the Books, Roosevelt spirit wear, an EEF award granted to Roosevelt, a parent technology training, a free youth financial foundations course, and Oregon health coverage.
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This Week’s Schedule & Events
Nov. 2nd (M) – A Day
Nov. 3rd (T) – B Day
Nov. 4th (W) – Flex Day
* 9:00 – 10:45 am Independent work time for Periods 1-6
* 12:30 – 4:00 pm Interventions and supports, extensions and clubs, office hours
Nov. 5th (Th) – A Day
* 8:15 am Virtual Coffee Chat for Families w/ C & M
* https://zoom.us/j/9366455771/Meeting ID: 936 645 5771
Nov. 6th (F) – B Day
Message from the Principal & Assistant Principal
As we pass the halfway mark of the first semester, we hope you are finding rhythm in your days and a flow to your weeks… a constancy we’ve certainly been craving here at school. We may be getting closer to this consistency and as always, we encourage you to reach out if there is anything we can do to help you achieve a better experience.
Conferences Last Week
Huge thanks to those of you who participated in conferences last week. Our purpose was to better understand our families’ experiences in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and to learn more about our students’ strengths, needs and behaviors in this unprecedented time. More than 350 families participated in conferences which rivals turn-out in a normal year. We gathered data from close to 200 families. On Friday, our staff examined the information for themes and trends to support best instructional practice and social-emotional learning. Rarely do we get to practice such responsiveness to data and this is a year that demands it.
We enjoyed meeting with you and wished our conferences could have been longer! We gained important holistic insights about students in a way traditional conferences rarely allow. We look forward to future collaborations in this regard.
Finally, if you haven’t already, please watch teachers’ ‘Open House’ videos on Canvas, read course syllabi, and support your student in completing their pre-conference activity from their House advisor. You’ll gather additional information about class structure, content and grading practices and get tips for navigating Canvas.
Have a great week!
Courtney and Mike
A huge thank you to all the families who contributed to last week’s teacher appreciation event. With your help, we were able to put together goody bags that encouraged the teachers and office staff to find some time for themselves to relax and unwind. Thank you to Laura Fuhriman, Jamie Harms, Cindy Gupta, Kelly Shadwick, Joanna Bartlett, Julie Kim, Anne McGrail, Anongnadda Tangmongkolsuk, Sara Roadman, Renee Turner, Jen Huang, and Frances Cross. If you’d like to help with future teacher and staff appreciation events, please email Alexis at firstname.lastname@example.org and keep an eye out for announcements in eNews and on the PAR Facebook page.
Flex Wednesday This Week
This is our third Wednesday flex schedule. Students can think of this as a “catch-all” day with some new work assigned in core classes. Flex dates during first trimester include Wednesday this week and 11/18, 11/25 and 12/2. The club list with times and days is posted on the website and is in the “RMS Clubs and Activities” Canvas page… if your student wants to start a club, have them reach out to a teacher!
On flex Wednesdays, from 9:00 – 10:45 am, students should:
* Work on assignments (old and new)
* Preview new work
* Access additional learning opportunities or optional assignments as available
* Communicate to teachers through Canvas
* Check on Canvas to see if you’ve been selected for additional interventions or support
* Preview club opportunities via Canvas for the afternoon
From 12:30 – 4:00 pm, if students have been assigned to attend an intervention with their teacher via Canvas, we expect they will attend. They will be doing the following:
* Working on missing assignments
* Taking or re-taking a quiz or test
* Going over a previous lesson
* Previewing an upcoming lesson
* Checking in with a teacher or counselor
Also between 12:30 – 4:00 pm, students can choose to attend an extension activity or a club or attend office hours. Thanks for encouraging your student to attend office hours, an intervention or a club– their participation matters!
Oregon Delivers New Metrics for Returning to School
Last week, Governor Kate Brown delivered new information that changes the metrics for a return to in-person learning. While our 4j students will not be coming back to the building right away– Lane County currently doesn’t meet minimum requirements– we are planning for resuming on-site learning in a hybrid model after Winter Break, starting as early as January, if public health conditions allow it.
We don’t know any more details than what our superintendent has shared. At RMS and across the district, getting students back in school safely is the highest priority. While the state has revised the rules that allow for in-person instruction at reduced levels of risk, this does not mean we’ll come back immediately or even on the current projected district timeline. The changes do make it more likely that some or all students will be able to return at some point to buildings in a hybrid model.
We know everyone is doing their part to make returning to school a more viable option this winter. Masking, maintaining social distance, foregoing social gatherings, practicing good hygiene, and cooperating with contact tracing measures helps all of us! Our school and district priorities remain the health and safety of our students and staff, and our students’ learning and wellbeing. If you are interested in the details from the state, you’ll find more information here: New Metrics Overview • Current Case Rates
A significant component of distance learning is attending to the health and well-being of our students and staff. This has already been a year unlike any of us have ever experienced. On top of learning how to do school in new ways, we all carry the stressors of supporting our children, students, friends, and family while managing our personal and professional lives.
It is important to take time to acknowledge our challenges. It is also important to take time to lean on our strengths and support wellness for ourselves and for our community. We’re doing our best to talk about it openly with staff and in classrooms with students and hope you are able to do the same at home.
In an effort to collectively use our strengths and creativity to foster wellness, we asked staff to send us photos of how they practice self-care. Not surprisingly, we got a bunch of pet pictures! We also got photos of people exercising, spending time with family, making art, and going screen-free by reading and writing. A few photos appear below– we’d love to see the ways you’ve been practicing taking care! Share photos with us anytime: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oregon Battle of the Books
Oregon Battle of the Books is happening this year! If you are interested in participating in an online OBOB, you don’t need to have a team to join. There’s an excellent line up of books this year and it promises to be an OBOB season like no other! For more information, please contact Meredith Coelho at email@example.com.
Roosevelt Spirit Wear
Even though we’re not in the school building… we can still sport our RMS gear with pride. Roosevelt tee shirts and sweatshirts are now available to order until November 15. Order forms are here and on the Roosevelt website. Mail completed order forms and checks, payable to Roosevelt, to: Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405. There is also an online option to pay for spiritwear at https://www.schoolpay.com/link/RMS-2020-21-Spirt-Wear. Even if you pay online, you must still mail your completed order form to Roosevelt. No exchanges or refunds.
EEF Award Granted to Roosevelt!
Eugene Education Foundation’s Board of Directors approved Roosevelt Middle School’s grant proposal for $5000 for Increasing Teacher Tools for Comprehensive Distance Learning. In our new, virtual setting, we are all finding we need better tools to support instruction. This grant will allow us to purchase technology that enables us to better communicate and engage with our students. We all need a work environment more conducive to online learning in our brave new CDL world!
This grant support is in addition to donor-earmarked gifts for Roosevelt Middle School through EEF, thanks to the support of community businesses and individuals who see the value in public education. We are deeply grateful to our school community and EEF for funding this grant. During a time of incredible change, the support feels incredible. Thank you, donors!
Parent Technology Training Session
Live webinar: Learn about navigating Canvas
Parents, do you need tech help? Join 4J educators for a parent training session to get a better understanding of the technology your middle school student is using for distance learning.
Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Link to join webinar: https://bit.ly/2TAzoYN
During the live webinar, you will see a demonstration of Canvas, learn how to find important information and support your student’s learning, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided.
Technology training webinars are also scheduled for parents of elementary and high school students.
Technology Training Sessions: 4j.lane.edu/parent-technology-training-sessions
Technology Help for Parents and Students: 4j.lane.edu/technology/tech-help
Educación tecnológica para padres, 12 de noviembre
Webinar: Aprenda a navegar por Canvas
Padres, ¿necesitan ayuda técnica para apoyar a su estudiante? Únase a los educadores de 4J en una sesión en línea para padres para comprender mejor la tecnología que su estudiante está usando para el aprendizaje a distancia en la escuela secundaria.
jueves, 12 de noviembre, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Enlace al webinar: https://bit.ly/2TAzoYN
Contraseña (passcode): 141941
Durante la sesión, verá una demostración de Canvas, aprenderá cómo encontrar información importante y apoyar el aprendizaje de su estudiante, y tendrá la oportunidad de hacer preguntas. Se proporcionará interpretación en español y lenguaje de señas.
También hay webinars programados para padres de estudiantes de primaria y preparatoria.
Webinars de tecnología para padres: 4j.lane.edu/parent-technology-training-sessions
Ayuda tecnológica para familias: 4j.lane.edu/technology/tech-help
Youth Financial Foundations Opportunity
15th Night and DevNW are hosting a FREE financial planning training for YOUTH. The sessions take place November 2nd-6th, 2020 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. (Please note it is the week of the election, so there will be no class on Tuesday, November 3rd).
You can register your students/youth here at no cost you or them:
Referred youth will receive an email reminder several days before the class with the Zoom class link/class materials link. It will be helpful for the youth to be able to use Zoom from either a laptop or tablet. Please contact Ross Kanaga (541.345.7106 x2060) if your child is interested in the class but doesn’t have the appropriate technology.
Oregon Health Coverage Information
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.