This week’s eNEWS includes a schedule of this week’s events, a message from the principal and assistant principal, information on a parent leader meeting, Eugene International High School (for 8th graders), free COVID testing for 4J families, a Student With Purpose conference opportunity, 4J Library Media Services Facebook page, a free tutoring opportunity, information on chess club, and a look ahead to next week.

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This Week’s Schedule & Events
Jan. 11th (M) – A AY
Jan. 12th (T) – B DAY
* 5:30 pm 4j School District school choice event 
* 7:00 pm 8th grade information night: Eugene IHS @ South
Jan. 13th (W) – Flex Day
Jan. 14th (Th) – A DAY
Jan. 15th (F) – B DAY
* 11:30 am – 12:15 pm Virtual lunch with Mike and Courtney (replacing coffee chat from Thursdays)

Message from the Principal & Assistant Principal
Greetings, RMS!
Aaaaand, we’re back– and what an interesting first full week of school in the new year! We hope you and your family are well as we all navigate being back in the schedule and rhythm of school.
This is the only week in January with a flex Wednesday scheduled. After this week, we have two four-day weeks– the MLK, Jr. holiday next Monday, January 18, and a grading day– yes, midterms!– on Friday, January 29. 
This week and next, we also have school choice events scheduled at both a district and school level. Please double-check the calendar, school websites, and your mail for special information… especially for our 8th-grade families, this is an important time of year to hear about high school options. After these events, if you have specific questions and would like to discuss next year with me or Mike, please let us know.
And, before we jump too far ahead to next year, in the coming weeks, we hope to be able to share more about the potential of returning to the building for limited in-person instruction and plans for a potential hybrid model in trimester three, should state and county metrics, along with district guidance, allow it. As always, we exist in a shifting landscape when it comes to school during the pandemic.  
Have a great week,
Courtney and Mike

Parent Leaders Meeting TODAY, Mon. Jan. 11th
The 4J Parent Leaders Network will be having their first meeting of 2021 this Monday, January 11 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Superintendent Cydney Vandercar will give an update and answer questions related to COVID-19, school reopenings, and other pressing concerns. There will also be an update on advocacy efforts at the state level and upcoming opportunities to make a difference in your community.
Please RSVP today by signing up to attend this meeting at the link below:
* https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F48ACAC2FA3F85-4jparent8  
This meeting will be held online on Monday, January 11 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.
* https://zoom.us/j/98874131916?pwd=M0ZZdWgvWjRXcFVjcE15SmgzV2FUdz09 
The goal of the 4J Parent Leaders Network is to connect parent leaders to resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children. Meetings are convened by volunteers Joy Marshall (Stand for Children), Rita Gillihan (Yujin Gakuen/North Eugene Parent) and Heather Sielicki (Roosevelt Middle Parent).

Eugene International High School Information for 8th Graders
Eugene International High School (Eugene IHS) is a choice school for students in grades nine through twelve offering a four-year interdisciplinary humanities curriculum focused on international studies. Students spend two class periods each school day in their IHS classes and the other three class periods in host school classes.
ANY student can enroll. All interested students must fill out an online 4J School Choice application, regardless of attendance area: www.4j.lane.edu/choice. The in-district deadline is January 31st.
IMPORTANT DATES for the 2021-2022 School Year:
January 1……Online application period for 4J School Choice Lottery opens for in-district students
January 31…..Deadline to submit in-district 4J School Choice Lottery Applications
March 1………Online application period for 4J School Choice Lottery opens for out-of-district students
March 31……..Deadline to submit out-of-district 4J School Choice Lottery Applications
Immersion students will be enrolled in Eugene IHS without the lottery process because they entered immersion through the lottery in elementary or middle school. However, immersion students do need to submit the Eugene IHS Enrollment Form to the Eugene IHS office at South or Sheldon by the January 31st deadline. This form will be included in a special mailing to immersion families.
Eugene IHS will hold special 8th grade parent information nights:
Please join us on Zoom for any of the special information nights to learn more about our exciting school. The presentations will be the same on each night. Please attend any night you can.

South region
·         Tuesday, January 12, 7:00 pm on Zoom (Includes French Immersion break-out session)  
Sheldon region
·         Thursday, January 14, 7:00 pm on Zoom (Includes Spanish Immersion break-out session)
*Spanish interpretation services provided at this meeting
Churchill region
·         Tuesday, January 19, 7:00 pm on Zoom
Use this ZOOM link for all of the above sessions:
Meeting ID: 986 7487 1560 /  Passcode: 299032
In addition to the Spanish interpretation services mentioned above, we can also provide American Sign Language interpretation during any of these meetings. If you need ASL interpretation please contact one of our Eugene IHS office secretaries in advance and let us know.
If your student has an interest in the world, and wants to learn about other countries and cultures, we hope they will consider becoming part of our Eugene IHS family.
For more information contact one of the Eugene IHS offices below, or visit the Eugene IHS website at www.ihs.4j.lane.edu.
Eugene IHS @ Churchill: 541-790-5225
Eugene IHS @ Sheldon: 541-790-6636
Eugene IHS @ South Eugene: 541-790-8030

LTD Continues Free Rides for Students
Although LTD will resume fare collection for all trips beginning Monday, February 1, students will continue to ride free, by stating they are a student, until schools return to in-person instruction.

Free COVID-19 Testing for 4J Staff & Families — THIS Saturday, January 16th
Lane County Public Health is offering 4J families and staff free COVID-19 testing on January 9 and 16 at the 4J Education Center. The testing site will be open from 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Testing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointments will be available. Testing is free and available regardless of insurance or immigration status.
Date: Saturday, January 16th
Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.
Who: 4J families and staff
What to bring: If you have health insurance, please bring your card
Positive results will be available in 2–3 days after the test. Lane County Public Health will follow up with any individual with a positive test. Those with negative test results will not be contacted and the agency is unable to provide verification of negative results to individuals.
For more information, please call Lane County Public Health at 541-682-4041.

COVID-19 After Testing Guide/COVID-19: Después de la Prueba
Lane County Public Health: Coronavirus Information

Student with Purpose Conference
The second annual Student with a Purpose Conference will take place on January 18th from 12-3:30 PM.
* Student With Purpose is a platform to activate student voice in a way to change the educational system.
* Student With Purpose engages and empowers students with civic education to influence change in the educational system
* Student With Purpose engages and empowers students to influence change in the educational system by advocating at the federal, state, local and classroom levels.
Click on the link below for more information and tickets: Student with Purpose

4J Library Media Services Facebook Page
4J Library Media Services has developed a new Facebook page where they will be posting events, resources, and tools. Check it out on the following link:
You can also follow them on Instagram (@Libraryhupla) and Twitter (@Libraryhupla).

Community Tutoring
Need a tutor? South Eugene High School Rotary Interact is offering free, virtual tutoring to elementary and middle school students. Completely free tutoring by teens in your community with a wide range of subjects covered!
Make an appointment by going to the website (sehsrotaryinteract.org/blog/tutoring), clicking on the tutoring/registration link, and filling out the “Sign Up Now” form.

You will be connected with one of the tutors so they can get to know you and your student’s needs. Tutoring sessions will happen through video chat.
For more information, visit their website at: sehsrotaryinteract.org/blog/tutoring.

Chess Club
Hopefully, by next fall we will be back in (normal) school so we can have on-site chess club just like the old days. Until then, your child has an opportunity learn chess with our online classes. In talking to my teacher friends, it seems online classes in subjects like reading and language can be challenging, while math may be a little easier to teach that way. I have found teaching chess online has been very productive, and most of my current students are thriving. 
If you would like to try chess for your child, you can find more information here:
https://www.southsidechess.com/online-classes.html, or contact Jerry Ramey at 541-232-0328 or j-adoube@efn.org.

A Look Ahead …
Jan. 18th (M): NO SCHOOL–MLK, Jr. Holiday
Jan. 19th (T): A DAY
* 6:00 pm RMS School Choice event via Zoom
Jan. 20th (W): B DAY
Jan. 21st (Th): A DAY
* 9:00 am RMS School Choice event via Zoom 
* 6:00 pm 6th grade parent meeting 
* 6:30 pm Parents at Roosevelt meeting
Jan. 22nd (F): B DAY