9/7/2021

9/7/2021

Below is a quick glance at what you will find in this week’s eNews.

Schedule of Events
iPad distribution, 6th grade orientation, virtual open house, PAR meeting, early release

Roosevelt School News
A message from the Principal and Assistant Principal, iPad distribution, the first two days of school, using Canvas, scheduling mistakes, COVID testing

Extra Curricular Activities
Design Arts apprenticeship program, the Shedd Institute fall music program

Community Resources
Students ride free with LTD, free school supplies
Mental Health Support
Multiple links for support, 15th Night resource guide

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Schedule of Events
This Week
SEPTEMBER 6th (M): NO SCHOOL
* Memorial Day
SEPTEMBER 7th (T): NO SCHOOL
* 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, iPad Distribution
SEPTEMBER 8th (W): NO SCHOOL
* 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, iPad Distribution
SEPTEMBER 9th (TH)
* 6th Grade Orientation
SEPTEMBER 10th (F)
* Classes Begin for ALL Students
* 2:35 PM, Early Release from School

Next Week
SEPTEMBER 13th (M)
SEPTEMBER 14th (T)
SEPTEMBER 15th (W)
SEPTEMBER 16th (TH)
* 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Virtual Open House
* 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, PAR Meeting
SEPTEMBER 17th (F)
* 2:35 PM, Early Release from School
**Bell Schedule for 2021-22 School Year

Roosevelt School News
Message From The Principal and Assistant Principal
Greetings, RMS Families:
Each week when you receive the RMS eNews, the admin team will provide you with an update about school events and information.  

To kick off our eNews this year, please review all the back-to-school information we sent out originally on August 20, 2021. All of this information is also on the school website under Families/Back to School Newsletter and Documents 2021-2022.

For updates to health and safety, please visit this link.  

Please check our websites and the online calendar for updates and information. We are looking forward to a few upcoming events– of course, the start of school next week on Thursday and Friday, and a virtual Open House on September 16th along with our first official PAR meeting of the year.  

We said this last year and unbelievably, we’re saying it again: In a year like no other, we are excited to be back, vigilant to student and staff needs and thoughtful about our approach. Our goal is to center care and connection for our students while permeating our classrooms with high-quality, engaging instruction, even with the uncertainty and ambiguity that swirls around us. Our students are our purpose, our community is for connection. We can’t wait to see all of you, no matter when that may be!

Our best,
Courtney and Mike 

iPad Distribution Days Are Coming!
Yes, you will need your iPad this year as we continue to use different learning platforms– Canvas and Google– and apps in conjunction with in-person learning.

Students, please bring your iPad the first day of school, Friday, September 10.

If you need an iPad, please visit us during our distribution days on Wednesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 9 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM in front of the school. Getting your iPad early means less confusion and stress on the first day of school. And, everybody could use a little less stress! 

THE FIRST TWO DAYS
We know many students may be uncertain about coming into a school building where they have spent little or no time. To welcome all students and help them feel comfortable and familiar, we are planning orientation activities to occur the first days students are back.

Incoming 6th grade — Thursday, September 9, 9:00 AM – 3:35 PM. Arrive by 8:55 AM or between 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM for breakfast.

Roosevelt staff and trained student leaders guide students through activities focused on welcoming students to Roosevelt and getting to know their teachers and peers. We will start with a short, socially-distanced assembly after which students will spend time building relationships with their House Advisors and student leaders. Over the course of the day:* Students enter at the main entrance and pick up their ‘passport’ just inside the school.
* Students receive their class schedules, locker, and a tour of the school.
* Students attend all of their classes briefly.
* Students must wear a mask.
* No need to bring anything– no school supplies or an iPad, though students may want a water bottle.
* Breakfast and lunch are free for all students. Students can bring lunch and will eat socially-distanced and in dispersed areas around the school, inside and outside.

All students, all grades — Friday, September 10, 9:00 AM – 3:35 PM. Arrive by 8:55 AM or between 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM for breakfast.

For 7th and 8th grade students, this is the first day of school. We will spend the day welcoming and orienting all students with activities designed to build community and ensure every student knows where to go and what to do. The building opens at 8:15, breakfast is served at 8:30, and students will be socially-distanced for eating. Students will begin the day in House, tour the building, and participate in welcoming activities. They will attend all their classes and eat lunch at staggered times to maintain social distance.
* Students enter at the main entrance.
* Students receive their class schedules, locker, and a tour of the school.
* Students must wear a mask and bring school supplies, including an iPad if they have it from last year.
* iPads will be distributed over the course of the day to those students who need one.
* Breakfast and lunch are free for all students. Students can bring a lunch if they would like.

School buses run at normal times starting Thursday, September 9. Buses drop off at school before 9:00 AM and pick up from school at 3:35PM EXCEPT early release on Fridays, when school buses leave Roosevelt at 2:35 PM. Call 4J Transportation with questions about the bus schedule at 541-790-7474.

Using Canvas for the 2021-22 School Year
New to 6th graders this year, and familiar to 7th and 8th-grade students and their families, we will be using Canvas again as our learning platform. Your first stop for information should be: https://www.4j.lane.edu/instruction/canvas/. Please consider reviewing the tutorials and set yourself up as an observer in your student’s classes. You can also check the 4j tech help page by going here: https://www.4j.lane.edu/technology/tech-help/. Finally, if you run into any challenges on the iPad, you can submit a helpdesk ticket by using this site: https://technologysupport.4j.lane.edu/student-support/. There is a shortcut icon on the iPad homepage for submitting a tech support request as well as an icon for the Canvas app. 

Many students found it more helpful last year to use the Chrome browser to log in to Canvas.  When prompted, students can use their usernames and passwords to log in. If they don’t remember those from last year– and we don’t expect them to so please don’t worry!– we have time built into classes the first few days for students to get logged in.  

As a reminder, when students log into their Canvas accounts for the first time, they will see their course titles on the dashboard. Students are automatically enrolled in classes and will see “shells” on their dashboard when a class is ready to view. This year, each class in Canvas will include a homepage, a syllabus and course description, unit and weekly activities organized by module along with the gradebook. Students should use their “to-do” lists in Canvas in conjunction with their planners to manage their classes… and we’ll offer plenty of time and opportunities for students to practice this over the course of the year.  

Caught a Scheduling Mistake?
As students receive and/or become aware of their schedules in Canvas, we want to fix any errors or mistakes right away. If you notice a student’s schedule with a glaring error (such as missing science or history) or mistake (such as enrolled in the wrong math or language arts class), please let us know so we can address it ASAP. It is not a mistake if a student is in an elective course that they gave a lower preference rating to.

In regards to schedule change requests, we have not yet found a way to run a process that is workable. We will not be offering an opportunity to change classes due to preference. 

The following considerations make a schedule change request process difficult and unworkable on a school-wide scale:
* Making changes in our current master schedule, with all types of classes distributed throughout the entire day, can often be very disruptive to a student’s schedule and also difficult to do. One change to a student’s schedule can set off a domino process resulting in the student’s entire schedule changing.
* When students completed their preference sheets, they provided us with their preferences. Using this information, we did the best we could to meet their preferences, trying to balance elective requests. Opening it back up to students for additional schedule requests would provide those students who submit requests with an additional opportunity to provide input and would not be be fair to all students. 
* The schedule is extremely tight and schedule requests are difficult to make even when fixing errors or omissions. 

At this point, we want to correct all errors as soon as possible so please let Mike (yocum_m@4j.lane.edu) and Kelly (ayres_k@4j.lane.edu) know if one comes up. 

COVID Testing
Available on our website is the newest information about Covid-19 health and safety. Along with increased signage, spacing to the best of our ability in classrooms, sanitation stations throughout the building, and our mask mandate, we have moved to three lunches to reduce the number of students eating at any given time. In our dining hall, we’ll open our three garage doors and the majority of tables will be outside in the courtyard or on the patio.  

In addition please follow this link to find information for opting your student into free Covid-19 testing. If you would like your student to participate, please read the information and scan the QR code to register. Also, please also complete this waiver and email it to Courtney at leonard@4j.lane.edu. Doing so will allow us to provide your student with the necessary materials for testing. We’ll have more updates once we compile student registrations.

If you have questions, please email Courtney at leonard@4j.lane.edu.

Extra Curricular Activities
Design Arts Apprenticeship Program
IMPORTANT DATES FOR FALL 2021 TERM:
* Applications Due: September 13th
* Kickoff Event: September 22nd
* 10-Week Apprenticeship: September 27th – December 3rd
* Final Showcase: December 3rd

Applications are now open for the Fall 2021 term of Lane Arts Council’s Design Arts Apprenticeship Program! The application is available in English or Spanish.

The Design Arts Apprenticeship program offers Lane County middle and high school students apprenticeship opportunities with professionals working in graphic, digital, and physical design.

Student apprentices will learn new skills and uncover potential career paths through engaging, direct, and hands-on learning.

Students can choose between virtual or in-person participation this term.
* In-person sessions will follow OHA guidelines for safety.
* The fully virtual version of the program allows Lane County students from any location to easily participate!
* In-person groups will meet in the Eugene/Springfield area or Cottage Grove, based on what option best fits the student’s need.

Mentor-led groups meet for approximately 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks to work directly on design projects. Apprentices also participate in engaging design-focused workshops, and showcase their final products during a week-long public display.

Please share this opportunity with students who may be interested and encourage them to apply! Reach out to artsed@lanearts.org with any questions.

The Shedd Music School: Fall Term Classes
Along with the Shedd’s private lessons that are available on-site and via zoom for all-ages, they are offering small group classes and camps for students grades K-12 and for adults as well. Middle-school students have the chance to learn musical theatre skills in The Shedd’s E. Y. Harburg Academy for Musical Theatre, while all ages are invited to explore new styles of music in one of our two Mariachi ensembles.
Fall classes begin on September 11th, can be joined at any time throughout the term for a pro-rated fee. Need-based financial aid is available for all classes and lessons, and merit-based scholarships are also available for the E. Y. Harburg Academy Vaudeville course.
To learn more about music lessons, the Vaudeville course or the Mariachi ensembles, click here or call 541-434-7000.

Community Resources
Students Ride Free with LTD
All K-12 students in Lane County can get their free LTD Student Transit Pass from their school, using either the Umo Mobility smartphone app or tap card. This pass allows students to ride LTD buses for free. Students will receive a new pass when registering for school each fall.

Passes will be issued to students through their school and are valid from September 1 of current school year to September 30 of the following year, giving year-long access to transit.

The goal of the Student Transit Pass is to help families by reducing transportation costs and the demands on parents to transport their children to school and activities. An additional goal is to create life-long transit users, which reduces the impact of single occupant vehicles on the environment.

UPDATE: Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been able to ride the bus for free by stating to the bus operator that they are students. As schools transition back to in-person instruction, all K-12 students must register for the Student Transit Pass to continue riding the bus for free. Students and parents can visit their school’s office to get a tap card or receive information about using the Umo Mobility app to redeem a Student Transit Pass. Students must have a pass by October 31, 2021 to continue riding the bus for free.

For more information click here.
*Click here for a Spanish version.

Free School Supplies for Middle School Aged Students
Kids for the Culture is a grassroots local nonprofit working to empower 6 – 9th grade youth through Black-centered programming. They will be hosting a drive-thru Kick-Off Event on Friday September 17th from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM where they will be giving out FREE backpacks and school supplies and a free take home dinner! Families can fill out this survey to get a backpack customized to their needs. Also stay tuned for their Cultural Conversations series this Fall semester.

To find out more information regarding the Kick-Off Event or the Cultural Conversation series, check out their flyer or go to their website.

Mental Health Support
Mental Health Support Links
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.

Youthline 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).

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.

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.

STAY CONNECTED:
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