Enews 9/20/2021

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

Schedule of Events
COVID testing and kit pick-up and drop-off, family information night, early release, red and white school calendar

Roosevelt School News
A message from the Principal and Assistant Principal, scheduling mistakes, COVID testing and kit pick-up and drop-off, family information night, COVID Utility Support Staff position

Extra Curricular Activities
The Shedd Institute fall music program, chess club

Community Resources
Return to in-person learning webinar for parents, students ride free with LTD, family body research project through UO, the NATIVES program

Mental Health Support
Multiple links for support, 15th Night resource guide

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Schedule of Events
This Week
* 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM, COVID Testing Kit Pick-up
* 3:35 PM, COVID Testing Kit Pick-up
* COVID Sample Drop Off
* 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Family Information Night, https://zoom.us/j/9366455771 (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)
* 2:35 PM, Early Release from School

Next Week
* 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM, COVID Testing Kit Pick-up
* 3:35 PM, COVID Testing Kit Pick-up
* COVID Sample Drop Off
* 2:35 PM, Early Release from School
**Red and White School Calendar for 2021-2022

Roosevelt School News
Message From The Principal and Assistant Principal
Greetings, RMS Families:
We’re looking forward to week two with students, continuing to build relationships and classroom community as we begin to layer in content.  

It was a conscious decision to begin the year with a specific focus on care and connection. We know from research and experience that building a sense of belonging explicitly is more motivating for students and creates safe spaces for learning. When students feel psychologically safe, they are more likely to participate in class discussions, ask questions, try assignments and take risks, or even talk in a tone of voice that’s appropriate to different situations. Positive peer and adult relationships also help build new brain pathways for students to improve their learning.  

Coming back together after a year-and-a-half of disrupted learning, focusing on students’ ability to interact socially is a key component to creating a healthy and strong school community. We invite you to ask your students what this looks like in their classes and to support our message of care and connection.  

And, as we continue to build, we also invite you to consider our message from last week about health and safety at school, linked here from our website.  

Finally, speaking of health and safety during the pandemic, we are pleased to announce that every 4j school has been allocated additional funding to hire a COVID Utility staff member, an employee who will provide direct support to our office and classrooms. If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please contact me at leonard@4j.lane.edu. 

Have a great second week ! As always, we’re happy to hear from you with your questions and ideas.

Our best,
Courtney and Mike  

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
If you signed up for voluntary COVID testing after September 7, your student can pick up their kit on Tuesday, September 21 before or after school by the front office. If you signed up after September 14, your student’s kit will be ready the following week.  

When you receive the kit, collect your samples Tuesday evening or before school Wednesday morning and return your sample to the front office on Wednesday, September 22 by noon. Families will be notified by the UO via email of results. 

Family Information Night
Please join us on Thursday evening, September 23 at 6:30 PM for a family information night. We’ll provide some updates about the school year so far, outline Open House the following week, and share some work and planning we’re focusing on this year.
https://zoom.us/j/9366455771 (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)

Covid Utility Support Staff
RMS is looking for a community member who is passionate about students’ health and safety and who is ready to step in to support our office and classrooms in this time of increased vigilance and contact tracing.  

Our position will be posted on the 4j website by early this week. Please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/laneedu/ for more information and look for the “COVID Utility” pool or RMS position.  

We’d love to have your energy and support! 

Extra Curricular Activities
Roosevelt Chess Club
Unfortunately we are not able to restart the afterschool, in-person chess club at Roosevelt yet, but we are looking forward with the hope of doing so in January. Meanwhile, we have developed an outstanding online chess program your child can take advantage of to prepare for the eventual in-person club. Give your chess player a running start for when we get the after-school club going again in January (we hope). The online program begins the first week of October. 
More info:  https://www.southsidechess.com/online-classes.html.

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
Return to In-person Learning Webinar for Parents
4J Parent Info Session: Monday, Sept. 20, 5:30 PM –6:00 PM Eugene School District 4J is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. As the school year gets underway, our district is holding a parent information webinar to keep families up to date about the return to in-person learning.

The webinar will provide an overview of COVID-19 health and safety protocols and preventive measures such as vaccines, face masks, distancing, ventilation, cleaning, testing, and what happens when there’s a COVID-19 case identified at a school.

What would you like to know? The webinar will cover frequently asked questions provided in advance; it will not be a live Q & A. If you have questions you would like to see covered, please submit them online by Sunday, Sept. 19, at www.surveymonkey.com/r/5HFQBJZ.

Learn more | Submit a question | Invite friends | Zoom link for webinar

Sesión informativa para los padres de 4J: El lunes 20 de sept. de 5:30 PM -6:00 PM El Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J está comprometido con la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal. Conforme el año escolar comienza, el distrito va a tener una reunión de padres virtual para mantener a las familias actualizadas sobre el regreso al aprendizaje en persona.

La sesión informativa proveerá un resumen de los protocolos de salud y seguridad y las medidas preventivas de COVID-19 como las vacunas, mascarillas, distanciamiento, ventilación, limpieza, pruebas, y lo que pasa cuando se identifica un caso de COVID-19 en la escuela.

¿Qué le gustaría saber? La sesión cubrirá las preguntas más frecuentes aportadas con anticipación; no habrá preguntas en vivo. Si usted tiene preguntas que le gustaría que contestaran, por favor compártalas en línea antes del domingo 19 de Sept. aquí: www.surveymonkey.com/r/5HFQBJZ.
Para más información | Haga una pregunta | Invite a amigos | Enlace de Zoom para la sesión informativa

Students Ride Free on LTD
All students in kindergarten through 12th grade can ride Lane Transit District (LTD) buses for free. Students may ride anywhere, anytime in the Eugene–Springfield metro area. Students may ride free until October 31 by telling the driver they are a 4J student. Then they’ll need a pass they get from school.  

Middle school students need parent/guardian permission to get a pass. If you would like Roosevelt to create a pass for your student, please enter their information here or if you prefer to fill out a paper copy, please click here.  

Learn more: https://www.4j.lane.edu/safety/free-student-transit-pass/; and http://www.ltd.org/student-pass.  

Los estudiantes viajan gratis en LTD
El Distrito de Transporte del Condado de Lane (LTD por sus siglas en inglés) ahora ofrece transporte gratuito en autobús a todos los estudiantes de kindergarten a 12° grado. Los estudiantes pueden viajar en cualquier lugar, en cualquier momento en el área metropolitana de Eugene – Springfield. Los estudiantes pueden viajar gratis hasta el 31 de octubre si le dicen al conductor que son estudiantes de 4J. Entonces necesitarán un pase que obtengan de la escuela.

Los estudiantes de secundaria necesitan el permiso de los padres / tutores para obtener un pase. Si desea que Roosevelt cree un pase para su estudiante, ingrese su información aquí o si prefiere completar una copia impresa, haga clic aquí.

Para más información en inglés visite: https://www.4j.lane.edu/safety/free-student-transit-pass/; y http://www.ltd.org/student-pass.

The 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. Participating families will randomly be chosen to either join a four-week eating disorder prevention intervention (consisting of 4 hours total) or an eating disorder prevention video group. 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, both groups 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: (503) 298-5052. Potential Spanish speaking participants should contact Celeste Mena Morales at cmenamor@uoregon.edu or (971) 319-1344. 

**Click here for more information.

The NATIVES Program Information
The NATIVES Program is a federal grant designed to meet the academic, & cultural needs of America Indian/Alaska Native students, to create a sense of community and belonging, and assist educators with the resources and support to address SB 13 (now known as Tribal History/Shared History) standards with all students. It is a way to bring tribes, bands, guardians, and other community partners together in support of our kids.

**Click here for more information.

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.

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.