This week’s eNEWS includes a schedule of this week’s events, a message from the principal and assistant principal, information on the Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood? project, a request for help with teacher appreciation. talent show information, a Canvas reminder, request for help with the “Two Screens for Teachers” project, a volunteer opportunity (eNEWS Coordinator), library card information, and a look ahead to the week after Winter Break.

We hope you and your family have a wonderful Winter Break!

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This Week’s Schedule & Events
Dec. 14th (M) – A DAY       
Dec. 15th (T) – B DAY       
Dec. 16th (W) – Flex Day
* 12:30 pm Talent Show video released! 
Dec. 17th (Th) – A DAY  Distribution Day                 
* 8:15 am Virtual Coffee Chat w/ Mike & Courtney for parents (Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/9366455771; Meeting ID: 936 645 5771; One tap mobile: 19712471195
* 4:15 pm AVID/Site Council meeting
* 6:30 pm PAR meeting CANCELED for DECEMBER
Dec. 18th (F) – B Day
* 8:30 am Open Office Hours w/ Mike and Courtney (Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/9366455771;? Meeting ID: 936 645 5771; One tap mobile: 19712471195)

REMINDER: Winter Break will take place from Dec. 21st-Jan. 1st. Students begin school again on Tues., Jan 5th

Message from the Principal & Assistant Principal
Greetings, families!

Welcome to the first week of the new trimester… and the last week before winter break!  We hope this week will be one of reflection for your student as they navigate new course shells in Canvas. We will invite them to consider how they’ve grown and were challenged in trimester one and what their goals are for trimester two and beyond. With just one week before break, we’ll revisit these ideas when we reconvene in January 2021. We know this fall has been an intense experience and a broader social and academic experiment than any of us ever would have anticipated. Your students are learning to adjust and whether you’re attempting to work from home while walking your student through their assignments in Canvas or whether your work and life demands take you away from your student at home, we are all managing the best we possibly can in circumstances well beyond anything we can actually control. To that end, you may have seen the district’s communication with parents last Friday. We are hopeful we can return to in-person instruction this spring and are making plans to move into a hybrid model by trimester three if metrics allow it. Right now, we aren’t anywhere near those numbers in Lane County and even with the promise of what our governor has called the “vaccine campaign of our lifetimes,” there isn’t a set timeline for return, only identified dates for when it might happen.  

In order to be ready for the potential of hybrid by trimester three, to make our cohort sizes possible, we may have to make some shifts to our master schedule. It is also possible we may go ahead and move to our hybrid course schedule in trimester three even if we aren’t yet meeting in person. This could allow us to make a pivot to in-building hybrid when and if we get to that point. We have not executed any changes yet and will let you know well in advance of any schedule shifts.

We are also making plans for some additional limited in-person instruction– completely separate from hybrid and also driven by county numbers.

Like most of our work this year, we have more questions than we do answers and we can plan carefully for something that might never happen or could happen in a few months. In the meantime, we’ll continue to reach out to students, manage in ever-changing conditions, support all families, adjusting and readjusting in this school year of protracted uncertainties. We deeply appreciate your support and admire your resilience! 

With respect and gratitude,
Courtney and Mike 

African-American-Black Student Success Program
Please join the NAACP & Lane ESD African-American-Black Student Success Program

THIS WEDNESDAY, December 16th 6 p.m via Zoom for another 4J Parent Night

Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 914 8310 8814
Passcode: 602710

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?
RMS’s unique community is a particular source of its strength. During distance learning, as we all seek more meaningful ways to connect and grow, we would like to introduce a speaker series for students to attend every Monday or Tuesday morning. If you or a family member has an exciting profession, a special hobby, or talent to share, we’d love to hear from you as we develop a series we’re calling “Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?” Please let us know… would you like to present and dialog with middle school students about your work or interests? Drop us an email!

Teacher Appreciation
We want to send our teachers off to winter break with an extra pep in their step. To do so, we are collecting $10 gift cards to the J and J coffee cart located in the Very Little Theatre parking lot across the street from Roosevelt. To contribute, sign up at https://signup.com/go/YmoeXuQ for the number of cards you’d like to give and drop them off at Roosevelt by Thursday, December 17th at noon. We need 26 cards to provide one for each teacher. If you’d prefer to contribute via Venmo (or another app), please contact Alexis at ancborrevik@yahoo.com by Wednesday, December 16th. Thank you, and have a happy and healthy holiday break.

Talent Show Opens December 16th
Back by popular demand is the school talent show, Fall 2020 edition! We hope you’ll join us between 12:30 – 4:30 pm and then again from 6:00 – 8:00 pm to watch the show with your student! RMS has mad talent and this fall’s show is no exception. More information to follow– look for the video link to be emailed and shared on Facebook this coming Wednesday!

Canvas Reminder
As we start up the new trimester, though ParentVue in Synergy is a great place to see student schedules and final grades, the majority of information and all student work will be in Canvas. The best way to track your student’s progress is as an observer on their Canvas account. If you aren’t yet paired, let us know by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/xGgMtEsQaDNxkEXB9. 

Two Screens for Teachers
One of the most helpful and important tools for teachers during CDL is a second monitor. Most teachers use a 13-inch laptop to run Zoom sessions while simultaneously having Canvas and Google open–not unlike what some of your students may be experiencing. For teachers who have one, a second monitor is– no exaggeration–a game-changer. It allows teachers to see multiple needs at once and monitor student activity. It allows them to keep notes and numerous windows open while also seeing an entire Zoom session and encouraging student engagement. Can you help us out? We’re partnering with Two Screens for Teachers to provide a second monitor for about eight staff members. You can check out the program here: https://www.twoscreensforteachers.org/buy-monitor. Each set-up is about $115 for monitor and cable. If this is something you might be able to support, please let Courtney know at leonard@4j.lane.edu. Thanks in advance for your kind donation!

Nutrition Services Update:
Student Meals & Winter Break Boxes
Below is a quick update of what student meals are planned through January 5:
* Friday, Dec 18 distribution includes a daily meal bag and also a meal box to cover 7 days (breakfast, lunch, and supper meals). This will include a loaf of bread, sandwich fixings (such as meat, cheese, hummus, etc), vegetables, frozen entree for suppers, breakfast bread (such as banana or blueberry bread), and other items. Meal boxes will be delivered on routes and distributed at our 10 serving sites during normal hours (10:45-2pm).

* Monday, Dec 28 at ECCO/ED CENTER ONLY we will provide a meal box for 7 days as well and distribute from 11-5:30pm; there will be no deliveries, only pickup from this one site
* Tuesday, Jan 5 resume meal delivery and distribution at 10 sites
A reminder for FAQs:
* No sign up is necessary
* Meals are for students only (this is not a “family meal box”)
* Vegetarian and Made without Gluten options are available
For questions or one-stop info, see the 4J Coronavirus page: https://www.4j.lane.edu/communications/coronavirus/foodservice/

eNEWS Coordinator Needed
Staying informed about what’s happening at Roosevelt, in the district, and in the community is more important than ever right now and eNews is a great way to do just that. Our current eNews coordinator graciously agreed to extend her time with us even after her youngest child moved on to high school this year. We would love to be able to relieve her of those duties and find someone to take over creating our weekly newsletter. It’s a relatively simple task that utilizes a template through Constant Contact and information/blurbs provided by different resources each week and we can help you get started. If you’re interested in taking over as our eNews coordinator for the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic year, please email Alexis at ancborrevik@yahoo.com.

Many thanks to the incomparable Lois Pribble for her many years of service at Roosevelt. We appreciate all you have done and continue to do for our school and our community. You will be missed.

Library Cards
A library card is the most powerful school supply a student can have, and all students in 4J schools are eligible for a free Eugene library card – including those who live outside of the Eugene city limits. The library card application was mailed to families as an insert in the district handbook, but if you misplaced yours, call the office (541-790-8500) and we can make arrangements to get one to you. 

Lane Arts: Four-Part Art Lesson
Lane Arts has created a four-part online art lesson module for students of all ages. This ArtStream module teaches students how to utilize natural materials of their environment to create beautiful, whimsical, and organic works of art. It is filled with mindful practices intended to relieve and release stress, inspire creative choice-making, and practice self-regulation. Above all, it is fun! While this program was designed for grades 3-5, the lessons also provide challenges appropriate for older audiences.

Nature Collage with Natural Materials
* Lesson 1: Harvesting Materials
* Lesson 2: Natural Mandalas
* Lesson 3: Self-Portraits
* Lesson 4: Whimsical Creatures

Learn more about ArtStream by visiting their website.

A Look Ahead to January…
Jan. 4th (M) – No students
* Teacher planning and professional development
Jan. 5th (T) – A DAY
Jan. 6th (W) – B DAY
Jan. 7th (Th) – A DAY Distribution Day
*  8:15 – 9:00 am M&C Virtual Coffee Chat 
Jan. 8th (F) – B DAY
* 8:30 – 9:30 am M&C: Open Office Hours

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.