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. 18th (M): NO SCHOOL–MLK, Jr. Holiday
Jan. 19th (T): A DAY
    * 6:00 pm RMS School Choice event via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/9366455771         Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)
Jan. 20th (W): B DAY
    * No office hours: Teacher planning and professional development Please use Homework Club instead: 7:30 – 9:00 am, 10:30 – 11:45 am, 4:00 – 5:30 pm ZOOM link available on the Canvas Clubs page! 
    * 7:00 pm School Board meeting (Zoom link available on 4j homepage) 
Jan. 21st (Th): A DAY
    * 9:00 am RMS School Choice event via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/9366455771 Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)
    * 6:30 pm Parents at Roosevelt meeting https://zoom.us/j/9366455771  Meeting ID: 936 645 5771
Jan. 22nd (F): B DAY

Message from the Principal & Assistant Principal
Hello to our RMS Families: 

We continue to be impressed with our students in this era of Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). As difficult as online learning is, it is very easy to get caught up in all that is lost instead of the skills and attitudes students are developing. Though we are well aware of the challenges of CDL, when we focus on the “and” of online learning, we note the following:

* Our students are far ahead in their ability to practice empathy for and patience with themselves and others. We hear students making compassionate statements to each other in class, in break-out rooms, and during House. That our students exit this experience with greater understanding for themselves and others is a crucially important skill.

* When technology glitches or last minute shifts happen, students are learning flexibility and can persevere to a level far above we’ve seen before. Part of this is because often, aspects to CDL are out of our control. And, students are amazing at finding work-arounds in Canvas, Zoom, Google, Synergy and Zimbra– creativity is key and they are finding it! 

* Students are learning new ways to communicate with each other and reach out to adults via office hours, Canvas, and Zimbra in courteous, informative and mature ways. This is a big shift for all of us who are used to relying on in-person daily interactions to connect and support.  

Moving forward, when we are back together, these skills will also sustain us. And, of course, we will be planning the best ways to support students in the transition back, determining content and our approach in new ways. 

In anticipation of being back in schools at some point, we expect new metrics from the governor’s office on Tuesday which will determine some of our planning for a hybrid model in trimester three. Once we have this information, the district and RMS will be able to better answer your questions about what changes might be to the school schedule and model in the coming months.

This week is a great time to check in with your students about their assignments and grades– next week, students have a day off Friday while teachers are grading and participating in professional development. We encourage you and your student to sit down this week and look at Canvas together… like we did for conferences in October, perhaps your student can walk you through their courses! 

As we exit the holiday weekend celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we look to the example of working peacefully and together to continue to build a better and stronger community.  

With respect and gratitude,
Courtney and Mike 

Homework Club
Hey, RMS-ers! 

Did you know we now have extended hours for Homework Club? HC is like free tutoring, a place to hang out to do work and meet up with friends on Zoom for group projects and collaboration. 
HC is now available for you early risers, 7:30 – 9:00 am and for those of you who want to finish off the day with some extra help, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. And, as always, it’s open from 10:30 – 11:45 am.  

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.
 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.

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:
4J Library Media Services Facebook page
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. 25th (M): A DAY
* 11:30 AM Virtual Family Lunch with Mike & Courtney
Jan. 26th (T): B DAY
Jan. 27th (W): A DAY
Jan. 28th (Th): B DAY
* 4:15 pm AVID/Site Council meeting
Jan. 29th (F): No School
* Midterm grading day and teacher professional development

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