This week’s eNEWS includes a schedule of this week’s events, a message from the principal and assistant principal, a teacher and staff appreciation opportunity, information on AVID applications for 8th graders, information on homework club and a look ahead to next week.

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This Week’s Schedule & Events
Feb. 1st (M): A DAY
* 11:30 AM Virtual Family Lunch with Mike & Courtney
Feb. 2nd (T): B DAY
* 9 – 11 am EasyCBM testing– Look for email from Courtney if your student is participating.
Feb. 3rd (W): FLEX (C) DAY
* Every Wednesday in February is a Flex Day!
* 9 – 11 am EasyCBM testing– Look for email from Courtney if your student is participating.
Feb. 4th (Th): A DAY
* 9 – 11 am EasyCBM testing– Look for email from Courtney if your student is participating.
Feb. 5th (F): B DAY

Message from the Principal & Assistant Principal
Greetings, all!  
Welcome to February… the long month of almost no flex-Wednesdays is behind us and we can look forward to a more regular schedule this month. Do note there is no long weekend for President’s Day in accordance with the district calendar.  

We heard from many of you the last two weeks, as you and your students reached a saturation point with Zoom class sessions and Canvas. Please know we are listening in order to support students in managing their workload… and as always, coming to office hours– as scary as it might be for a student the first time– is *such* an important way to check in and connect. When we looked at data from our school-wide December survey, many students shared they did not want to go to office hours because they did not want to disappoint their teachers or appear as though they didn’t understand the work. We do not want students to internalize their CDL experience this way and are sharing widely: It is 100% normal to need help, clarification or additional information. And, office hours are one way of getting additional support.  

In addition, you might get an invitation to a Wednesday afternoon meeting for you and your student with two grade-level teachers as we prioritize students we aren’t regularly seen in Zoom. Please look for both an email, a message in Canvas and a text message to remind you of times and dates.  

Another way of supporting your own student(s), their friends and youth in our community is coming up on Tuesday, February 23 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm:
In collaboration with South Eugene High School (SEHS) and Spencer Butte Middle School, SEHS Parent Council is inviting South region families to a special presentation with Lane County’s Suicide Prevention/Mental Health Promotion Coordinator Roger Brubaker. Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a suicide intervention training appropriate for all people. QPR provides participants with a basic understanding of suicide, how to identify warning signs, how to engage with people with thoughts of suicide and how to connect them with a variety of resources. This QPR session will be tailored to the needs of parents and specifically address youth suicide; however, many of the topics discussed will be applicable to other populations. 

Given our context, events we’ve experienced recently in our own district and schools, we truly hope you can join us for this important webinar event. English to Spanish translation will be available. For other language or signing needs, please contact us so we can make arrangements with the translators. 

A link to the webinar will be made available several days before the event.  
Thanks for continuing to reach out and share your experiences with us! No matter what comes, we’ll be moving together into the coming months, whether more in person or still online.
Our best,
Courtney and Mike

AVID Applications for 8th Graders
Dear Families of 8th Grade Students,
Applications for the AVID 9 program at South Eugene High School are now available for all incoming 9th grade students. AVID is a program that supports students in achieving academic success in high school while preparing them for admission to college. The application for AVID can be completed at this link:
SEHS AVID 9 Application
Applications should be completed no later than Friday, February 19, 2021 by 4:00pm.
Additional information about AVID is available on the South Eugene High School webpage. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the SEHS AVID program, please contact Laura Queirolo, SEHS AVID Teacher, at queirolo_l@4j.lane.edu.

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.  

A Look Ahead …
Feb. 8th (M): A DAY
* 11:30 AM Virtual Family Lunch with Mike & Courtney
Feb. 9th (T): B DAY
Feb. 10th (W): FLEX (C) DAY 
* Every Wednesday in February is a Flex Day!
Feb. 11th (Th): A DAY
* 4:15 pm AVID/Site Council meeting
Feb. 12th (F): B DAY
* Time TBA TENTATIVE: School-wide activity/movie night

Earn Free Money for Roosevelt!

Click on Escrip link 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).

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