This week’s eNEWS includes a schedule of this week’s events, a message from the principal and assistant principal, and information regarding state testing requirements, donating for a fun science experiment, free weekly meals, Lane County Transit for students, coffee chat for parents with a 4J social worker, free tutoring, ACE Award nominations, chess club, music lessons with Shedd Community Music School and a call for yearbook photos. This week also contains a list of mental health support resources and support group information for LGBTQIA+, BIPOC and LATINX. As always, it ends with a look ahead to next week.

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This Week’s Schedule & Events
In anticipation of the new hybrid/SSO schedule starting, we have a different schedule this week. The following week, the shift to morning Zooms and afternoon asynchronous/in-person will begin. April 5th (M): A DAY

April 6th (T): B DAY
April 7th (W): FLEX (C) DAY
* Regular Wednesday schedule– no clubs or activities in the afternoon.
* Please remind your student to look in Canvas to complete asynch work for each class period. 
April 8th (Th): A DAY
* 12:20 PM – 4:00 PM, No LIVE instruction on Zoom this afternoon.
* Asynch work available for students for periods 1, 2, and 3.
April 9th (F): B DAY
* 12:20 PM – 4:00 PM, No LIVE instruction on Zoom this afternoon.
* Asynch work available for students for periods 4, 5, and 6.

Message from the Principal & Assistant Principal
Dear RMS Families:

We hope you enjoyed the sunny spring weekend! 

Though we are deep in the details of planning for our return, in the wake of several recent national events targeting Asian-Americans and a rise in anti-Asian violence, we want to pause and acknowledge our responsibility as a school to keep our students safe and connected. We know our students may be impacted and could feel uneasy or anxious about the return to in-person learning.

Roosevelt Middle School is a place of belonging where racism and hatred are not tolerated. We stand with our Asian-American students and their families knowing our strength comes from embracing our school’s diversity and all that our varied perspectives and backgrounds bring to our community. Each of us has a role to play in creating and supporting an inclusive school environment and we look forward to welcoming back each and every student with this in mind.   

As we prepare to welcome students back, please look for a special email this afternoon, Monday, April 5, with specific details for starting hybrid/same-school online next week on Monday, April 12. In it, you’ll find more information about the schedule, general expectations for all students, lunchtime, dropping off and picking up from school, and a school supply list. A general “what’s new for hybrid” video from the district level can be found here— short and informative. We’ll also be sharing much of this information with our students this week in House.  

We’re looking forward to what the spring may bring! 
Our best,
Courtney and Mike

Updates to State Testing Requirements
All public schools in the U.S. are required to systematically assess student learning and report participation and results in school accountability systems. Students in Oregon are assessed periodically to measure proficiency in state and district standards, including completing statewide assessments in certain grades.

State tests were suspended in 2019–20, during the state-mandated closure of school buildings due to the coronavirus pandemic. In this exceptional situation, Oregon was granted a one-year waiver to federal requirements for statewide assessments and accountability.

A waiver has been requested again for the 2020–21 school year, as school has continued to be significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. The Oregon Department of Education has asked the U.S. Department of Education for a temporary waiver to federally required testing for this school year.

The initial waiver submitted by the Oregon Department of Education to the U.S. Department was not approved. The state will submit a revision to the original request and if it is not approved, the earliest testing could begin by mid-April.

In accordance with Oregon law, parents and guardians may opt their students out of state tests. For more information and to access the opt-out form, please visit the 4j website: https://www.4j.lane.edu/instruction/statetesting/

Donate for Science Experiments
During the week of April 12th science classes are going to build tall structures. Our team of Science teachers will need the following: 

* 9 bags of small marshmallows
* 8500g of regular (not thin, not gluten free) spaghetti
* 800 tablets of alka-seltzer

If you could donate some of these items, we will be very grateful. PLEASE SIGN UP HERE. You can drop them at the front entrance of RMS. Someone will meet you at the front door to pick up the items.

**The items need to be dropped off during week days from 9am-3pm. BEFORE Friday April 9th, 2021.

If you have any question, contact Laura Fuhriman, Fuhriman_l@4j.lane.edu.?

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!

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.

¡Los estudiantes tienen transporte gratis!
El distrito de tránsito de Lane (LTD) continuará a permitir que los estudiantes puedan usar el bus sin su pase hasta el mes de septiembre. Por ahora, lo único que tienen que hacer los estudiantes para obtener su pase es notificar al conductor del bus que son estudiantes de 4J. Cuando el LTD reinicia la colección de tarifas estudiantiles, los estudiantes pueden seguir usando el bus gratis, pero solo con el pase de LTD de su escuela. Compartiremos más información sobre como obtener alrededor de septiembre. Por favor, si tiene alguna pregunta o duda, comuníquese conmigo por email a mazze_s@4j.lane.edu o por teléfono al 541-516-0887.

Free Meals Shift to Weekly Delivery
Now, as students return to school buildings in a hybrid model, schools will serve daily meals to students attending school on-site each day, and shift to once-a-week delivery for distribution of other free youth meals.

Families can sign up for free weekly meal boxes to be delivered each Wednesday after spring break here.

For more information regarding free meals, please follow this link:

Coffee Chat for 4J Parents
Join a 4J social worker for coffee chats. Each month topics to be explored will include wellness, parenting, and/or community resources. Family Activity Baskets will be raffled every week!

Events will occur every Thursday from 6 PM- 7 PM. Use the zoom information given below to join the chat:

ZOOM ID: 974 1894 7252
PASSCODE: 100531

If you have any questions please call 541-650-1163 or email covernali_m@4j.lane.edu.

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-ACEThe 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 PM.
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 PM a 7:00 PM.
Si tiene preguntas o necesita asistencia, por favor comuníquese con el departamento de comunicaciones de 4J al 541-790-7707.

Free Tutoring with SEHS Rotary Interact
The South Eugene High School chapter of Rotary Interact is offering free tutoring for middle school students.

To get started make an appointment by filling out this form on their website. A member of Rotary Interact will contact you to discuss your student’s needs and connect you with a student tutor.

All tutoring sessions will take place through video chat.

Join the Chess Club
Hello Roosevelt Parents. Southside Chess is hopeful that we will have at least quasi-normal, in-person school next fall. In that case, we should be able to have our after-school chess club, as before. Meanwhile, your child can get a head start with chess by participating in our on-line classes and games. We have beginner, intermediate and advanced level offerings. 

Check this link for more information:  https://www.southsidechess.com/online-classes.html.

Music Lessons with the Shedd Community Music School
Spring Term Classes & Lessons
Apr. 5 – Jun. 11, 2021

The Shedd Music School is offering a variety classes for students of all ages! Young students can discover new instruments and explore their creativity in The Music Box, teens and adults can learn Mariachi with two different Mariachi del Shedd ensembles! As always, students of all ages and interests are invited to take private or semi-private lessons on a variety of instruments.

As we continue into spring term, our focus is to keep our students and faculty as safe as possible while still fostering a sense of community within our music school. In accordance with state guidance, classrooms are regularly disinfected, all classes will be limited to 10 students, and all faculty, staff and students will be wearing face coverings in classes and public areas. More detailed guidance regarding masking and distancing is available on request to the school registrar.

Private Lessons
Monday-Friday 9:15a-5:45 PM
Private lessons may be started at any time and are ongoing, throughout the year. Generally lessons are scheduled weekly and range from ½, ¾ to 1 hour in length. Our goal is that music-making becomes a fun and cherished part of everyday life. Students of any age and ability are encouraged to experiment with different instruments, instructors, musical styles and other music-related subjects. Students are never required to perform in front of others, but may elect to share their learning during term-end recitals. Currently we offer lessons on-site and online in a variety of different instruments.
* WHAT:  Private Lessons
* WHO: Students of all ages and abilities
* WHEN: Monday-Friday 9:15a-5:45 PM
* WHERE:  Various lesson rooms at The Shedd and online
* TUITION: From $20.25 to $25 per ½ hour.

The Music Box
3 scheduling options:
* Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 3:00-5:30 PM
* Tuesday & Thursday: 3:00-4:30 PM
* Tuesday & Thursday: 4:30-5:30 PM

The Shedd’s popular Music Box introduces the world of music with hands-on explorations of different instruments, songs, musical styles, and some music basics to help students discover the right “fit”.

This term, we are offering 3 sessions of our popular Music Box, each session limited to 10 students.

During each session our lead teacher will introduce a new song from our Music Box CD (ranging from spirituals, folk, jazz, American songbook, country, and more) followed by a hands-on introduction to a new instrument, movement style, or music craft led by a Shedd Faculty member. Each song and instrument will be presented in a multi-dimensional context of film, history, geography, nature, and language, making every musical workshop rich, educational and fun! Classes will also include a basic introduction to note-reading, music theory, and a bit of American music history!
* WHAT:  The Music Box
* WHO:  Students grades K-5 & their parents
* WHEN: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 3:00-5:30 PM, Tuesday & Thursday: 3:00-4:30 PM, Tuesday & Thursday: 4:30-5:30 PM
* WHERE:   Rm 204
* TUITION: M/W/F 3-5:30: $580/29 sessions, Tu/Th 3-4:30: $240/20 sessions, Tu/Th 4:30-5:30: $160/20 sessions 

Mariachi del Shedd
* Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 PM

Calling all mariachis! Join Fernell López and other middle and high school violinists, guitarists, trumpet players and singers to participate Eugene’s Mariachi del Shedd. Adventurous players can try out the unique fretless bass-line guitarrón and higher-pitched vihuela too. These instruments are available to rent for those interested in trying something new. The class will meet on Tuesday evenings with select sectionals on Friday evenings to help hone their craft. The group will learn traditional mariachi song forms, such as the bolero, canción, ranchera, son, huapango, and danzón, and favorite songs, such as, “El Rey”, “De Colores”, “Volver” and more. At the end of each school term, the mariachi will perform at The Shedd for family and friends and at least one other place in the community!
* WHAT: Mariachi del Shedd – Introduction
* WHO: Teens and Adults
* WHEN:  Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 PM
* WHERE: Rm 310
* TUITION: $100 for 10 sessions

Mariachi del Shedd
* Fridays 4:30-6:00 PM

Do you play guitar, trumpet, violin, Guitarron, or vihuela? Are you interested in Mariachi music and continuing honing your skills in this unique genre? Marichi del Shedd continuing is for teens and young adults who already know their way around their instruments, and are interested in playing Mariachi. This group will learn more advanced music such as “Guadalajara”, “La Negra”, “El Zopilote Mojado”, and more! Mariachi del Shedd will meet regularly on Thursday evenings. This group regularly plays concerts at The Shedd and around our community.
* WHAT: Mariachi del Shedd – Advanced
* WHO:  Teens and Adults
* WHEN: Fridays 4:30-6:00 PM
* WHERE: Rm 310
* TUITION: $100 for 10 sessions

The school offers need-based financial aid for youth and adult students alike, thanks to the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors, so that cost is not a barrier to learning music. Confidential financial aid application forms can be downloaded online (below) or picked up at the Registrar’s office. Submit the appropriate form for either a class or private lessons to the Registrar.

For More Information
The Shedd Institute Community Music School
868 High St, Eugene OR
The Shedd website: www.theshedd.org
The Shedd Registrar: 541.434.7000
Shedd Music School Web Page: https://theshedd.org/dive/musicschool.aspx
Registration (541.434-7000, 868 High Street) or registrar@theshedd.net

Middle School BIPOC and LATINX Support Group
A BIPOC and LATINX peer support group will be held every Wednesday from March 17th – June 15th from 2 PM to 3 PM via Zoom.
The group will be led by Looking Glass’ certified peer-supports. Peer-supports are individuals with shared identities and experiences related to mental health and wellness. Peer-supports have received specific training in providing mental health peer-support services to individuals in the community and have gone through 4J’s background check.

To attend the support group fill out this form or contact Maria Covernali at covernali_m@4j.lane.edu.

Middle School LGBTQIA+ and Allies Support Group
An LGBTQIA+ peer support group will be held every Wednesday from March 10th – June 16th from 3 PM to 4 PM via Zoom.
The group will be led by Looking Glass’ certified peer-supports. Peer-supports are individuals with shared identities and experiences related to mental health and wellness. Peer-supports have received specific training in providing mental health peer-support services to individuals in the community and have gone through 4J’s background check.

To attend the support group sign up here:
For questions contact Maria Covernali at covernali_m@4j.lane.edu.

Mental Health Support
If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health right now, please check out these links for support. You are LOVED, we miss you, and can’t wait until we are all back together again!


HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools) is offering mental health support by phone for students, families, and staff of 4J high schools during school closures. The phone line is accessible from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday and is staffed by crisis counselors who normally work HOOTS clinic or work on CAHOOTS. Video support is available from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on weekdays and is accessed by emailing hoots@whitebirdclinic.org with your name and preferred time. HOOTS is able to provide short term counseling and mental health support, resource referrals and OHP sign up. Students, families and staff of 4J please call (541)246-2342.

A chat-line for students. Teens are available to help daily from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Pacific Time via call, text, chat or email (adults are available by phone at all other times). YouthLine is a free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. No problem is too big or too small for the Youthline!

A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth via call, text, and chat: 866-488-7386          
The Trevor Project

YouthEra has virtual “drop-ins” from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Discord Streaming live (moderated chat) with two state-certified youth peer support specialists, on Twitch Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

All of the phone services are free and confidential. See also Youthline as part of Lines for Life.

Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Text Line Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment. 

Safe Oregon, the 24/7 statewide school safety tip line, is here for you; for all students and the whole community. Anonymously or confidentially report student safety concerns (suicidal ideation/thoughts, cyberbullying, child abuse, drug/alcohol abuse, etc.) and we will pass this information to school personnel and law enforcement (when necessary).

A Look Ahead …
April 12th (M): A DAY
* New Hybrid/SSO schedule begins! You can access the schedule here
April 13th (T): B DAY
April 14th (W): FLEX (C) DAY
* Times TBA, Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI)
April 15th (Th): A DAY
April 16th (F): B DAY

Earn Free Money for Roosevelt!

You can help Roosevelt earn money for our school by registering your credit card with eScrip. Earn money for Roosevelt every time you shop at Market of Choice, Sizzle Pie (& other local restaurants). Register your credit/debit cards, designating Roosevelt Middle School—Recipient ID #6723045.
Click on the link above to get started.

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.