This week’s eNEWS includes a schedule of this week’s events, a message from the principal and assistant principal, and information regarding: a virtual 5K run, a Question, Persuade, Report (QPR) presentation, eScrip, the Food for Lane County donation drive and the student run newspaper; as well as AVID applications for 8th graders and a look ahead to next week.

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This Week’s Schedule & Events
Feb. 15th (M): A DAY
* 9:00 – 11:00 AM LIPI begins
* 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Virtual Family Lunch with Mike & Courtney
Feb. 16th (T): B DAY
* 9:00 – 11:00 AM LIPI
Feb. 17th (W): FLEX (C) DAY
* Every Wednesday in February is a Flex Day! Yay!
Feb. 18th (Th): A DAY
* 9:00 – 11:00 AM LIPI
Feb. 19th (F): B DAY
* 9:00 – 11:00 AM LIPI

Message from the Principal & Assistant Principal
Dear RMS Families:
Here’s hoping everyone was able to take a break from screens this weekend to connect, play, read, tromp around in the woods, and generally take some space from school and work! Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy Lunar New Year of the Ox and Happy President’s Day … this year without the Monday holiday!

We had a great response to our message from last week… thanks to those of you who reached back out and congrats to students who made it to office hours with a teacher. Though we can’t predict much right now, we’ll likely be in distance learning a little longer this year. Making those connections are crucial to bridge between stay-at-home school, classes and teachers. Bravo and keep it up! 

Regarding our timeline for distance learning, currently, the plan is for elementary students in grades K and 1 to return the week of March 15, depending on vaccine availability and local public health conditions. Additional grades will be added in two- and one- week increments and though dates are still uncertain, the earliest middle school could come back in a hybrid would be the middle of April.  

We have designed a new student schedule for hybrid that takes into consideration cohorting students for safety and contact tracking. We will separate our student body into two halves by alphabet, inviting in half our population on a rotating basis. Whether this is on an every-other-week or multiple-days-in-a-week schedule remains to be seen. There is a possibility we may begin this new schedule at the start of trimester three, even if we don’t end up back in a hybrid model. More to come when we have additional certainty! 

Even describing these ideas and options for the coming months raises many questions about continuity and consistency for instruction, weekly and daily school schedule organization, as well as the health, safety and security of our families, students and staff. The layers of complexity we’ve all been grappling with the past year and the potential for re-opening are both exhilarating and exhausting.  

As we close in fast with one month to go before the end of the second trimester, we are excited to begin LIPI– Limited In-Person Instruction– this week. We are hopeful that in two weeks, we will be able to add additional students, health metrics and available staff dependent.  

We deeply appreciate everyone navigating this year in the best possible way– with understanding, patience and grace, particularly as we consider what might be next!

With gratitude,
Courtney and Mike  

The RMS News
The newest edition of the student run newspaper, The RMS News: Where Roosevelt Begins, has just been published. Here you will find topics regarding zoom classes, Covid-19 vaccines, Oregon Battle of the Books and even a cookie recipe and a comic.    
You can read it and subscribe to the blog here: https://rmsnewspaper.wordpress.com/. If you have topics you’d like to see discussed or addressed on the blog, please email thermsnewspaper@gmail.com

Run for a Cause
Ophelia’s Place will celebrate Women’s History month by hosting a Run For Girls Virtual 5K. The virtual run (or walk) will take place anytime during the week of March 7-13, 2021. Registration is $30 per adult and $15 for youths under 18 years old. Race packets will either be mailed to participants or can be picked up from Ophelia’s Place in downtown Eugene. For more information about the race or to register click on the following link:


“Ophelia’s Place is a prevention based organization dedicated to helping girls make healthy life choices through empowerment, education and support.”

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
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.

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. 

The event will run Tuesday, February 23 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Please click the link below to join the webinar then:

Passcode: 655913

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.

Help Roosevelt Earn Money for our School!
You can help Roosevelt earn money for our school by registering your credit card with eScrip. Each time you make a purchase at a participating store (Market of Choice) Roosevelt receives a donation. Watch the following video for a short explanation of how eScrip works: eScrip. Click on the following link to register your credit/debit cards, designating Roosevelt Middle School—Recipient ID #6723045: eScrip Registration

A Look Ahead …
Feb. 22nd (M): A DAY
* 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Virtual Family Lunch with Mike & Courtney
Feb. 23rd (T): B DAY
* 6:00 PM Joint RMS/SEHS/SBMS Parent Suicide Prevention Training
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/91569434752?pwd=cFF3b3h1Qk9xWGZkNEZKbTk1UGMvdz09
Passcode: 655913
Feb. 24th (W): FLEX (C) DAY 
* Every Wednesday in February is a Flex Day! Yay!
Feb. 25th (Th): A DAY
Feb. 26th (F): B DAY

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.