This week’s eNEWS includes a schedule of this week’s events, a message from the principal and assistant principal, Oregon metrics for returning to school, Oregon Battle of the Books, Roosevelt spirit wear, and a parent technology training.
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This Week’s Schedule & Events
Nov. 9th (M) – A Day
Nov. 10th (T) – B Day
Nov. 11th (W) – Veteran’s Day Holiday- No School
Nov. 12th (Th) – A Day
* 8:15 am Virtual Coffee Chat for Families w/ C & M
Nov. 13th (F) – B Day
Message from the Principal & Assistant Principal
We certainly hope you were able to soak up some of the fall sunshine this weekend… being glued to a screen all week, each of our families definitely look forward to getting out every weekend, having a break from the house, our iPads and laptops, and capitalizing on the weather while we can. We hope you can also do the same whenever possible!
As we move ever closer to true winter weather, the end of the trimester is approaching on Thursday, December 10. Counting this coming week, students have only ten more synchronous sessions with each of their teachers prior to trimester end. This is a great time to check in on classes with your student, make sure your observer status is set up and notifications are working the way you’d like. To set up as an observer, use this link to request a pairing code.
We suggested it, you encouraged it, and it’s happening! Office hours are starting to pop– hurrah! Office hours are for *any* reason… whether your student needs a quick clarification on an assignment or just wants to say hello and check in, they can and should! We know the idea of “office hours” is very collegiate… and asking for help, knowing how to advocate for what you need, and working to establish relationships with teachers are crucial skills for the future. Bravo to students who are diving in!
In addition to office hours, Homework Club is going strong… please help your students attend. Each day from 10:30 – 11:45 am, Homework Club provides a welcoming place for students to get help, meet in break-out rooms for study sessions, and use structured time for academic support. The Zoom link is available on the RMS Clubs and Activities page via Canvas.
Regarding attendance… we know it’s still a little confusing! And, today, Monday, November 9, the auto-dialer will start to report absences. Students have twenty-four hours to show engagement either in Canvas or on Zoom to be counted present. Essentially, we will always be one day behind as we report absences for the previous day. Please contact Theresa Elmore at email@example.com if you have questions or need more information.
Finally, we know last week was full of anticipation and uncertainty and that students have many different reactions to regional and national events. We do our very best to have meaningful and supportive conversations in class, honoring the variety of perspectives and experiences our students bring. It’s a tall task to help students navigate their responses to political and social discussions and one we take very seriously as we seek to educate young citizens in our democracy.
This Wednesday, we pause to honor those who have served our country, including members of our 4j staff and families– our heartfelt thanks to each of you. We also hope the midweek no-school day will be restorative for our staff and families who are working hard every day. On that day and every day, please, wash your hands, cover your face, and keep your distance… as our county numbers rise even as we plan for a potential return in a hybrid model, we all need to do our part, and the hardest part is staying apart.
With gratitude and respect,
Courtney and Mike
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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