This week’s eNEWS includes a schedule of this week’s events, a message from the principal and assistant principal, and information regarding: the MLK week long symposium, teacher appreciation, Lane county transit for students, QPR suicide prevention training follow-up, 9th grade transition, ACE Award nominations, a soccer academy, and eScrip registration; as well as a call for photos for the yearbook and a look over the past year in the pandemic. As always, it ends with a look ahead to next week.

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This Week’s Schedule & Events
Week-long House Symposium: Honoring the Legacy of MLK, Jr
March 8th (M): A DAY
March 9th (T): B DAY
March 10th (W): FLEX (C) DAY
March 11th (Th): A DAY
* 4:15 PM – 5:30 PM, RMS AVID/Site Council meeting
March 12th (F): B DAY


Message from the Principal & Assistant Principal
Greetings, families … 
The end of this week marks one entire year since students and staff have been in school buildings together. Since then, families have taken over managing school and work-from-home and we embarked on a whole-scale endeavor to educate students in distance learning. It’s hard to comprehend one whole year… and now, we are ever closer to returning. 
Two weeks to go until the end of the term… students should be wrapping up projects, double checking missing assignments and checking in on office hours to make a strong end to trimester two! Our hope is to have new trimester three schedules out to you by the end of next week, depending on the numbers of students who have chosen hybrid or same-school online.
And, speaking of trimester three, we are very excited to be welcoming many students back into the building beginning in mid-April. We know you’ve been getting a *ton* of information about the upcoming schedule options… which is possibly overwhelming. Please know, we will likely be sending out more communication late this week or early next in order to build the best possible experience for students whether they are returning in hybrid or staying online.   
Thanks for your continued patience and understanding. If you have additional questions once we’ve shared new information about the middle school hybrid schedule and the instructional model– potentially by the end of this week– please feel free to email us or call the front office.  
Our best,
Courtney and Mike 


MLK, JR Symposium,
House Lessons, March 8 – 12
After many weeks of preparation and planning, student leaders have crafted a week-long symposium on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to be held this week during House. The symposium will consist of four mini-lessons that invite students to learn together, sharing their thinking and experiences. 
Each day presents an essential question:
Monday:  Who was MLK, Jr? What was his life’s work? 
Tuesday: Who were other figures and their work during the Civil Rights Era?  
Thursday: What are examples of current civil rights issues?
Friday: What are the issues that matter most to you? 
These lessons are in lieu of the traditional RMS assembly we hold each year during January or February. While it won’t be the same as gathering in the gym and taking action together as a whole school, it is a chance for Houses to build community and consider important topics.  


Teacher Appreciation
No matter how you slice it, our teachers and staff are fabulous. The yeast we can we do is say thanks for all they do. (Ok, no more puns, I promise.) This month we are collecting funds to provide our teachers and staff with $10 Hey Neighbor! pizza gift cards. In an effort to streamline this process, this month we’re collecting funds from families and making one bulk purchase from Hey Neighbor!
If you’d like to participate, please sign up here 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, March 18th. Thank you for your continued support of our teachers and staff. Sign up at https://signup.com/go/EDiPdOJ


Students Ride Transit for Free!
Lane Transit District (LTD) will continue allowing students to ride without a bus pass until September. For now, all students need to do to ride free is tell the driver that they are a 4J student. When LTD resumes fare collection, students can still ride for free, but only if they get a pass from their school. We will share more information about how to get a free pass as we near September. Please contact mazze_s@4j.lane.edu or 541-516-0887 with any questions.

QPR: Suicide Prevention Training Follow-Up
Two weeks ago, the South Eugene parent group, working in conjunction with RMS and Spencer Butte, presented QPR– Question, Persuade and Refer– a suicide intervention training for parents. The training provided basic principles for understanding 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.  
Because many of you let us know you couldn’t attend and because we could not record the session, Lee, Mike and Courtney have shared more information about our RMS response to suicide prevention:
In addition, if you are in need of additional information, please check out these resources:
As always, please never hesitate to reach out, no matter what, for any concern. 

9th Grade Transition
South Eugene is committed to providing a seamless transition from middle school to high school where students feel both excited and prepared to begin their journey with us. Join us for an informative presentation about planning for 9th grade courses and high school success at South! Our administrators, 9th grade counselor, and 9th grade transition coordinator look forward to sharing information and going through the course selection (forecasting) process in preparation for the 2021-2022 school year. 
The March 30 webinar will be recorded for families who are unable to attend. 
In addition, the SEHS scheduling team will be virtually meeting with Roosevelt 8th grade students Thursday, April 1 and Friday, April 2 in science classes to complete forecasting.
If you have questions please contact the ninth grade transition coordinator Emily Rousseau (rousseau_e@4j.lane.edu).
We look forward to meeting you!  To join the March 30 webinar please use the following link: 
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/94613894614?pwd=bDdFT3M5eS93OHVPRC9ybHFmenFYdz09
Passcode: 591606

Nominate “A Champion in Education” Today!
This school year is like no other. The pandemic has so greatly altered school operations and all aspects of our normal lives. Who is your champion in education through this year of unprecedented challenges? An inspiring teacher? An encouraging school secretary? A caring school counselor or nurse? A problem-solving tech support staff member? A dedicated nutrition services staff member? A principal who is an inspirational leader?

Now is the time to recognize their contributions by nominating them for an ACE (A Champion in Education) Award!

To learn more and nominate a 4J employee, visit 4j.lane.edu/2021-ACE. The nomination deadline is April 15.

One nominee in each of the three categories (teachers & licensed specialists, classified staff and administrators), will be named an ACE Award champion and win a $250 grant from the Eugene Education Foundation for the 4J school or program of their choosing. Every nominee will be recognized as an exceptional educator at the awards ceremony.
Join us in celebration of our amazing educators and cheer on the nominees at the virtual awards ceremony on June 3, 6–7 p.m.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact 4J Communications at johnson_hi@4j.lane.edu.

¡Nomina a “Un campeón de educación” hoy!
Este año escolar es diferente a cualquier otro. La pandemia alteró enormemente el funcionamiento de las escuelas y todos los aspectos de nuestras vidas cotidianas. ¿Quién es tu campeón de educación durante este año de desafíos sin precedentes? ¿Un(a) maestro(a) que te inspira? ¿Un(a) secretario(a) escolar que te motiva? ¿Un(a) consejero(a) o un(a) enfermero(a) de la escuela que es amable? ¿Un miembro del personal del servicio técnico que es resolutivo? ¿Un miembro del personal de servicios de nutrición dedicado? ¿Un(a) director(a) que ejerce un liderazgo ejemplar?

Ha llegado el momento de reconocer sus contribuciones nominándolos para el premio ACE (Un campeón de educación).
Para obtener más información y nominar a un empleado del distrito 4J, visita la página web 4j.lane.edu/2021-ACE. La fecha límite para nominar es el 15 de abril.
Se nombrará campeón de los Premios ACE a un nominado en cada una de las tres categorías (maestros y especialistas licenciados, personal clasificado y directores) y se les otorgará una beca de $250 de la Fundación Educativa de Eugene que podrán usar en la escuela del distrito 4J o en un programa de su elección. Se reconocerá a cada nominado como un educador excepcional en la ceremonia de premios.
Únete a nosotros para homenajear a nuestros increíbles educadores y aclamar a los nominados en la entrega de premios virtual que se celebrará el 3 de junio, de 6:00 p.m. a 7:00 p.m.

Si tiene preguntas o necesita asistencia, por favor comuníquese con el departamento de comunicaciones de 4J al 541-790-7707.



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!


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

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 …
March 15th (M): A DAY
March 16th (T): B DAY
March 17th (W): A DAY
March 18th (Th): B DAY
* 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Distribution Day, Swing by to pick up library books, notes, prizes, etc.
* 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM, PAR Meeting
Zoom URL: https://zoom.us/j/9366455771
Meeting ID: 936 645 5771
One tap mobile: 19712471195
March 19th (F): NO SCHOOL
March 22th-26th: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break

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.