This week’s eNEWS includes a schedule of this week’s events, a message from the principal and assistant principal, and information regarding: a soccer academy, a virtual 5K run, a Question, Persuade, Report (QPR) presentation, a body positive research study, eScrip registration, and the student run newspaper; as well as a this month’s teacher appreciation sign up and a call for photos for the yearbook. As always, it ends with a look ahead to next week.

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This Week’s Schedule & Events
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

Message from the Principal & Assistant Principal
Dear RMS Families:

The last week of February has arrived … we are now four weeks to go before the end of the term on March 19. In April, depending on the schedule of vaccinations and whether local COVID case rates hold steady or improve, middle and high schools could be returning to school in a hybrid model. The most recent update from the district can be found here: https://www.4j.lane.edu/2021/02/hybrid-timeline-update/.  

For many of us, January and February have been difficult months for a variety of reasons and the decision to re-open schools can be a polarizing one. We miss our students extraordinarily and are hopeful we can open soon, given state and district parameters. Our families have taken on the incredible responsibility of supporting student learning at home… and we know this can lead to friction and stress. We all need support in ways we haven’t before.  

If there are ways we can offer our support, as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Brainstorming and problem-solving together is the best way we know to bring students back to engage in our current reality… which won’t last forever.

And, in the meantime, we found a little gem in this New York Times opinion article— a hopeful, uplifting student-created piece entitled “Make the World Better.” Give it a listen with your students! 
We hope you are well,
Courtney and Mike

Help Celebrate Our Teachers
Sometimes the sweetest way to say thanks is with a tasty treat. This month we are collecting funds to provide our teachers and staff with $10 Noisette gift cards. In an effort to streamline this process, this month we’re collecting funds from families and making one bulk purchase from Noisette.

If you’d like to participate, please sign up here https://signup.com/go/XFGQxGa for the number of cards you’d like to contribute before sending the funds to Alexis on Venmo at Alexis-Borrevik or emailing ancborrevik@yahoo.com to set up another way to transfer funds. Gift cards will be purchased and dropped off at school on Thursday, February 25th. Thank you for your continued support of our teachers and staff.

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:
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91569434752?pwd=cFF3b3h1Qk9xWGZkNEZKbTk1UGMvdz09
Passcode: 655913

Yearbook: We Need Your Help!
In a year like no other, it seems important to document our experience as a school, honoring student activities and taking a look at how we fared during the global pandemic of 2020-21. We are working to put together a yearbook… twenty or thirty years from now, this time will be one we look back upon with curiosity, shaking our heads at the enormity of it all. 

We need your help! To insure a variety of perspective, we are going to need a *lot* of photos. Please upload photos in the following categories in this google drive :
* Individual student photos
* Club events
* Pets During Zoom 
* Stay-At-Home Hobbies
* Anything else you can think of!

Please clearly label your photos with:
* Your student’s name, last then first   
* A short note about the photo’s context

We look forward to seeing your photos!

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. 

Eugene Timbers Discovery Academy: U11-14 Boys and Girls
Eugene Timbers Futbol Club is excited to introduce our U11-14 Boys and Girls Discovery Academy. This is a 6 month program (May-November) that will allow players to participate in a well-coached, high-level soccer environment. The Discovery Academy is designed to introduce players to a competitive program that provides an opportunity to explore the game of soccer with licensed coaches with the potential of joining our year-round Premier or Competitive teams.

The Discovery Academy will follow the ETFC coaching curriculum and play in the appropriate fall league based on the level of each team. In addition, ETFC will run two free “Discovery Days” clinics, Wednesdays, May 12th and 19th. This is a great opportunity for players to participate in training sessions with ETFC staff. These sessions will allow players and parents to explore our club. Discovery Academy tryouts will be held Tuesday May 26th. Training begins June 1st. 

Please contact Ty Ohrtman for registration and any questions
regarding the Discovery Academy.
Ty Ohrtman
Email: tyohrtman@gmail.com
ETFC Discovery Academy Director

Family Body Project
The University of Oregon is inviting young women (aged 13 – 18) and their parents to participate in a research study to promote body positivity. All participating families will be compensated for their time with gift cards from local retailers (Target, Fred Meyer, Amazon) totaling $95 over the course of the study. Currently, all visits will take place through confidential virtual methods. All services are provided in both Spanish and English!
Potential participants can email Deanna Linville at Linville@uoregon.edu or leave a confidential voicemail at her office number: (541) 346-0921. Potential Spanish speaking participants should contact Celeste Mena Morales at cmenamor@uoregon.edu or (971) 319-1344. 

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.”

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 …
Week-long House Symposium: Honoring the Legacy of MLK, Jr
March 1st (M): A DAY
* 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM, Virtual Family Lunch with Mike & Courtney
March 2nd (T): B DAY
March 3rd (W): FLEX (C) DAY 
March 4th (Th): A DAY
* 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Distribution Day
March 5th (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.