4/26/2021

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, teacher appreciation week, SEHS forecasting, EEF fundraising gala, Latino community vaccine clinic, free weekly meals, Lane County Transit for students, food for Lane County survey, coffee chat for parents with a 4J social worker, no track season this spring, parent night hosted by NAACP and Lane ESD AABSS program, Earth Day art with 4J, family fun at the Eugene Public Library, bike education, free tutoring with SEHS Rotary Interact, Science Factory tutoring program through NAACP and a call for yearbook photos. This week also contains a link to the 15th Night resource guide for youths, 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
April 26th (M): A DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 1-3)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid Red Cohort in person (Periods 1-3), Hybrid  White Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
* 3:10 PM – 4:00 PM, Teacher office hours
April 27th (T): B DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 4-6)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid Red Cohort in person (Periods 4-6), Hybrid  White Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
April 28th (W): FLEX (C) DAY
* 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Red Cohort,  White Cohort  and SSO work asynchronously, NO ZOOM
* 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM, Office hours, clubs, supports
April 29th (Th): A DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 1-3)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid White Cohort in person (Periods 1-3), Hybrid Red Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
April 30th (F): B DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 4-6)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid White Cohort  in person (Periods 4-6), Hybrid Red Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
* 3:10 PM – 4:00 PM, Teacher office hours

 

Message from the Principal & Assistant Principal
To our Roosevelt Community:

Two weeks down in hybrid/SSO and already almost the end of April! We hope the second week of hybrid/SSO was as rewarding as the first. Please note that in two weeks, May 3 – 7, we have our first four-day week of the trimester and your student’s weekly schedule will shift. 

Last week was an intense one for our RMS and SEHS community. The week began with news of a car crash that resulted in the death of an SEHS student. The accident impacted several RMS families and both the RMS and SEHS staffs. Our hearts go out to the families and individuals most immediately affected; we know the unexpected and tragic event is felt deeply within our shared circles. Please do not hesitate to reach out if your student needs support– events like this can trigger strong emotions whether or not there are direct personal connections.  

This week also concluded the trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. As a school community, we recognize the historic moment and stand with our Black and BIPOC families and students. Our strength comes from embracing our school’s diversity and all that our varied perspectives and backgrounds bring to our community.  

Social and racial unrest against the backdrop of a global pandemic deserves acknowledgement and for us to work together to create and support an inclusive school environment. We want all students to engage in discourse and critical thinking as they learn about ethnic studies, civil engagement, the criminal justice system and government. Together, we practice speaking up, consider the role of bystanders, and work together to interrupt hurtful comments, hateful acts or harassment.  
We are grateful for a community that recognizes the need to address historic and systemic injustices and truly believe that together, we can make the world more just and equitable. We look forward to more conversations in the months to come.

Our best,
Courtney and Mike

 

State Testing Information for Middle School
Please Complete the District Survey for State Testing by April 30!

Oregon public schools conduct state testing each year for students in grades 3–8 and 11. State tests measure students’ proficiency in learning standards, and test results provide important information for parents, teachers, schools and districts.

State testing is different during the pandemic. Last spring, state tests were canceled, with a waiver from the federal government. This spring, testing will be significantly reduced with about half the number of usual tests:
* 6th grade: 75 minutes for English Language Art (ELA)
* 7th grade: 75 minutes for ELA and 60 minutes for Math
* 8th grade: 60 minutes for Math and 80 minutes for Science

We will conduct state testing on Wednesdays in May, outside of regular class times. To avoid taking up the limited time teachers have with students, testing will not be conducted during in-person hybrid learning time. Students who participate in state testing will complete the tests on-site at school. School bus transportation and meals will be provided for participating students.

Families have three options:
* Complete state tests as scheduled
* Opt in to complete additional tests for other subjects
* Opt out and not complete state tests this year 

PLEASE respond to the survey by Friday, April 30 so we can plan for transportation, lunches and testing supports. Thank you!

 

National Teacher Appreciation Week
Greetings Roosevelt families,

May 3rd-7th is National Teacher Appreciation Week and we want to celebrate our outstanding teachers and staff. This year we are thinking outside the box and doing things a bit differently than we have in the past. To that end, we are providing all teachers and staff with boxed lunches from locally-owned Dickie Jo’s on Friday, May 7th. Lunches will be delivered to the school for teachers and staff to enjoy at their leisure. 

The cost of each lunch is around $11, with some additional charges to meet dietary restrictions (gluten free, vegetarian, vegan). We recognize that this is happening right on the heels of our April event, but if you are inclined and able to contribute, it would be greatly appreciated. Please sign up with the number of lunches you’d like to provide funds for at https://signup.com/go/gfXGGeW. Funds can be sent to Alexis Borrevik via Venmo at Alexis-Borrevik or email ancborrevik@yahoo.com to arrange another way to contribute. To everyone who has helped to make these monthly events a possibility this year, thank you for helping us show our teachers and staff just how much they mean to our community. 

With gratitude,
Parents At Roosevelt 

 

No Middle School Track This Spring

We are disappointed to share that we cannot host middle school track this spring. As many of you are following, Lane County has moved into the High Risk category due to the recent surge in new COVID-19 infections.   

Across the county, though we have seen an increase in K-12 cases in students and staff, it’s important to share that there has been zero school-based spread. However, the surge has impacted our Health Services Department which is currently working beyond capacity to focus efforts on contact tracing and supporting health and safety procedures in our classrooms. Lane County Public Health is also not able to support 4j with contact tracing as they are also working at capacity.

When we thought we would be able to offer track, infection and test positivity rates were much lower in Lane County. Until this trend reverses, we simply cannot move forward with additional activities, which bring together multiple student cohorts. Feel free to reach out to your administrative team if you have any questions. 

 

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!
* first day of Hybrid

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!

 

EEF Annual Gala Invitation
Hello 4J Parents,

We cordially invite you to attend our biggest fundraiser of the year, our Annual {virtual} Gala- “A Brighter Future” on April 27th, 2021 5:30-6:30 PM. Led by Executive Director Dana Fleming and Emcee Celeste Edman, we’ll also be joined at our event by Interim Superintendent Cydney Vandercar and some other very special surprise guests!

EEF is so excited to share the stories of hardworking teachers, students and staff, and how we have a brighter future because of our incredible community. It is more important than ever that we have your help making this event a success: the money raised from our annual gala is used to fund grants to teachers in schools and programs across 4J. EEF wants to grant as many applications as possible next year so that all students will have a brighter future. Many hands make light work, so please tell all of your friends to join us on the 27th as well!

Tickets are FREE, but you must register to join us for the evening. You can do so at: tinyurl.com/2021eefgalaYou can even order boxed dinners, appetizers, desserts, and gifts to pick up on April 26th at the Campbell Center and enjoy while you watch. There is a cutoff date of April 20th for ordering food and beverages, so please get those orders in soon. 

We look forward to seeing all of you (virtually) soon. Until then, stay safe!

Jessica Barnhart (she/her)
Assistant Director
Eugene Education Foundation
PO Box 1015
Eugene, OR 97440
Office: (541)790-7744
Cell: (541) 912-3882
eeflane.org
eef@4j.lane.edu

 

Vaccine For the Latino Community
A Covid-19 vaccine clinic for the Latino community will be held on Tuesday, April 27th from 3 PM – 7 PM at the Willamette High School. The vaccine is by appointment only. If you are 18 years or older you can register by contacting Centro Latino Americano at 541-687-2667.

Covid-19 testing will also be available.

*Click here for a Spanish version.

 

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 DeliveryNow, 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:
https://www.4j.lane.edu/2021/03/free-meals-change-to-weekly-delivery/

 

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.
For Coffee Chat information in Spanish click here.

 

Food For Lane County Survey
Throughout the month of April, FOOD for Lane County is asking Lane County residents to participate in a survey about hunger. FFLC and their partners track the number of people who access food assistance, but these numbers don’t tell the stories about why people need help with food, or what they could be doing better to feed our neighbors. Please help fight hunger by completing this short survey! It is only 25 questions and should only take about 10 minutes. ALL survey responses will be anonymous! If you would like to participate in the gift card drawing you will be redirected to a new page upon completion of the survey:
www.foodforlanecounty.org/hungerfactors

 

NAACP & Lane ESD AABSS Program – Parent Night
Once a month the Lane NAACP & Lane ESD African-American-Black Student Success program are hosting a Parent Night.

Join us to learn about resources & to share your thoughts, experiences, and concerns!
Our Parent Nights are here to help answer questions and share resources & supports around education for Black students & families.

The next event is on Monday, April 26th from 6 PM – 7:30 PM. To register or get the zoom link information, click here. For questions contact Eric Richardson at EricR@naacplanecounty.or
Or Holli Johnson at hjohnson@lesd.k12.or.us.

 

Science Factory Tutoring Program
The Eugene/Springfield NAACP is hosting the Science Factory Tutoring program.
When: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00PM
Where: Eugene Science Center
2300 Leo Harris Parkway
Eugene, OR 97401

The program ends on June 11th. For questions call (541) 484-1119 or send an email to communications@naacplanecounty.org.

 

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.

 

Family Fun for “Dia” at the Eugene Public Libray
Celebrate “Día” with Eugene Public Library this April! Everyone is invited to enjoy family activities in Spanish and English all month leading up to Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) on April 30. All events are free, with no library card needed. To learn more about this event click here.
To learn more about Eugene Public Library, including how to get a library card to use additional services, call 541-682-5450 (press 5 for Spanish) or visit eugene-or.gov/library.

 

4J Earth Day Art-a-bration: SHIFT! Small Shifts, Big Impact
K-12 students are invited to submit art for the 4J Earth Day Art-a-bration. 

Shift-Act-Create-Share
* -Shift- Choose a Shift. Small shifts, make a big impact.Shift to a new green habit! 
* -Act- Take action-shift a habit to make a change. Spend at least two weeks making your shift into a new habit.
* -Create-Draw, paint, collage, sculpture, public service announcement, poetry, spoken word, a song, a dance move, an invention-You.do.you. Be creative. Note: Audio/video 30 seconds or less.
* -Share-submit your creation via photo, video or mp4 and a short paragraph about the habit you shifted and how your art represents your shift and a wish for the planet.

There are many ways to reduce our carbon footprint-meatless meals, rethinking waste, conserving water, reducing and reusing items, getting outside and more! All living things are connected and we all share Earth as our home. When we make shifts to greener habits, it makes the world a healthier place to live. Take the pledge and commit to reducing waste! Read more at: http://bit.ly/earthweekactions

All submissions will become part of a Virtual Gallery. All entrants will be entered into a drawing for prizes donated by local businesses. The Earth Day Art-a-bration runs from now until May 21st.
Earth Day Art-a-bration submission form

4J Dia de la tierra – Celebración de arte: CAMBIO! Pequeños cambios, grandes impactos
Invitamos a los estudiantes de K-12 a presentar una obra de arte para la celebración de arte del día de la tierra de 4J. 

Cambiar-Actuar-Crear-Compartir
* Cambiar – escoger un cambio. Pequeños cambios pueden tener grandes impactos. ¡Cambiemos a nuevos hábitos verdes!
* Actuar – tomar acción, cambiar algún hábito. Pasar al menos dos semanas generando cambios hacia nuevos hábitos. 
* Crear – Dibujar, pintar, collage, escultura, anuncios de servicio público, poesía, discurso, canción, baile, una invención. ¡Haz lo que tu quieras de la manera mas creativa! Ojo: audio/video debe durar menos de 30 segundos. 
* Compartir – presentar tu creación vía foto, video, audio con un corto párrafo sobre el hábito que cambiaste y como el arte representa ese cambio y tu deseo para el planeta.  

Hay muchas maneras de reducir nuestra huella de carbono – comidas sin carne, reconsideración de basura, la conservación de agua, reutilización y reciclaje, actividades afuera y mucho más. Todos los seres vivos son conectados y todxs compartimos la tierra como nuestro hogar. Cuando hacemos cambios hacia hábitos verdes, ayuda que el mundo sea un lugar mas sano y saludable para vivir. ¡Hagamos el compromiso a cuidar nuestro hogar y reducir nuestra basura! Más información al: http://bit.ly/earthweekactions

Todas las presentaciones serán parte de la galería virtual y una rifa con premios donados por negocios locales.
Earth Day Art-a-bration submission form

 

Spring Youth Bike Opportunities
Bicycle Safety Education Classes
Ages 9 – 12 • FREE 
The Bike Safety program teaches fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students the basics of safe riding, self-awareness, proper helmet fit and the importance of following traffic laws. Students will practice learned  
skills with parking lot drills and neighborhood rides on open streets.  
April 26 – 30 • After School

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) specific session.
May 11 – 14 

May is Bike Month Bike Club 
Ages 10 – 12 • $100

Join each Monday in May after school to talk, ride, work on and have fun with bikes. Learn basic bike maintenance, ride to new places around the city and practice your traffic and bike safety skills. 
May 3, 10, 17, 24 • 4 PM – 7 PM

Bikepacking for Beginners Presentation
All Ages • FREE 

Join an in-person discussion on bikepacking, a combination of mountain biking or gravel riding with minimal camping gear to extend your traveling adventure. 
May 18 • 6 PM – 7 PM

No School Day!  
Travel the Solar System on a Bike
Ages 8-10 • $55 

Explore the Ruth Bascom River Trail System as we search for the planets that make our solar system and ride to find the pieces for a solar system necklace. 
May 7 • 9 AM – 4 PM

Youth Pedal and Paddle Trip
Ages 12 – 17 • $45 

Mix sports and explore the Willamette River using bikes as a shuttle vehicle and stable inflatable kayaks. Bike from Eugene to Springfield and float back down the river. 
May 16 • 10 AM – 3 PM

Loaner bicycles and scholarships are available if needed for all trips. To register or for more information: 
541-682-5329 
GetRec.org/register

*Click here for a Spanish version.

 

15th Night Resource Guide for Youth by Youth
The 15th Night Youth Action Council (YAC) is so excited to share their Resource Guide For Youth By Youth. It includes all kinds of resources for young people in our community; from emergency shelter, to job application assistance, reconnection to school, or where to find a meal on Fridays at 4pm, this resource guide covers it all. Read more.

 

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:
tiny.cc/lgbtsupportgroup.
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.

Upcoming meetings and events 
* April 30: Burrito Friday @ 44 W 7th Ave (3-5pm) 
* May 7: Burrito Friday @ 44 W 7th Ave (3-5pm) 
* May 13: RAN Partner Meeting via Zoom (10-11am)  

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 …
PLEASE NOTE- It’s a four-day week with no school on Friday!  White Cohort will come on Wednesday and Thursday.
May 3rd (M): A DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 1-3)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid Red Cohort in person (Periods 1-3), Hybrid  White Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
* 3:10 PM – 4:00 PM, Teacher office hours
May 4th (T): B DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 4-6)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid Red Cohort in person (Periods 4-6), Hybrid  White Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
May 5th (W): A DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 1-3)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid White Cohort in person (Periods 1-3), Hybrid Red Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
May 6th (TH): B DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 4-6)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid White Cohort  in person (Periods 4-6), Hybrid Red Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
MAY 7th (F): NO SCHOOL
* No classes in session on Zoom or asynch: Grading and professional development

 

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.