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, picture day, virtual Open House, PAR meeting, early release, A and B school calendar

Roosevelt School News
A message from the Principal and Assistant Principal, COVID testing and kit pick-up and drop-off, picture day, PAR Meeting

Extra Curricular Activities
Chess club

Community Resources
Students ride free with LTD, family body research project through UO, the NATIVES program, BIPOC cultural conversations series

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

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Schedule of Events
This Week
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
* COVID Sample Drop Off
* 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Virtual Open House and Curriculum Night, https://zoom.us/j/9366455771 (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)
* 2:35 PM, Early Release from School

Next Week
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
* 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, PAR Meeting, https://zoom.us/j/9366455771 (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)
* COVID Sample Drop Off
* Picture Day
* 2:35 PM, Early Release from School

**A and B School Calendar for 2021-2022

Roosevelt School News
Message From The Principal and Assistant Principal
Greetings, RMS Families:
As we wrap up the second full week of school, we want to once again reiterate how wonderful it is to see your students back in school and our classrooms.  We are thrilled with the potential of this year, building community as we continue to navigate the realities of learning together, safely.  

We’ve started off slowly, intentionally, and this week, you might expect to see some additional assignments for students in Canvas.   We continue to build community through care and connections and explore the nuances of what it means to be a middle school student in person, from practicing opening our lockers to remembering what it means to be a considerate student sharing space and learning with others.  We have been amazed by the sensitivity and kindness we’ve seen from students, and the eagerness of so many of them to be here!

Now that we are back, it’s time to talk to our students about tech use at school.  This is particularly challenging since everyone spent the last year online with our devices at our fingertips as one of the only connections to school, friends, and family.  Please remind your students of the following:

* Cell phones are off and away the entire school day.  When students arrive at school, cell phones are in their backpacks and backpacks are stored in their lockers.  School opens at 8:30 am and ends at 3:35 pm… thus, we should never see cell phones in class or at lunch.

* iPads are for school work only.  iPads should be stored inside binders and only taken out during class for designated school work.  iPads stay in lockers during lunch so students can focus on eating, socializing, playing outdoors or reading upstairs.  

We’ll clarify further at our Open House this week… an event we’re really looking forward to!  In addition, we held a parent information night last week and the presentation slides are also attached and include some important dates for our upcoming PAR meeting and a new parent education series on Mathematics instruction.  

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out and share your experiences.  We’re here to help! 

Our best,
Courtney and Mike

PAR Meeting
Come join us for our first Parents at Roosevelt (PAR) meeting of the year Tuesday October 5th from 6:30pm-7:30pm as we get set to support our parents, teachers, and students in rebuilding our community after a COVID year. We will be talking about what is currently available for our parents, teachers, and students in our Roosevelt community as well as what we can do to make it even better. We would love to have you there, to hear your thoughts, and have you be a part of this awesome group as we kick off another fantastic year at RMS!
https://zoom.us/j/9366455771 (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)

Sign Up for 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. 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.

COVID Test Kits
We want to apologize profusely for the miscommunications and long lines last Tuesday which resulted in some students not getting their test kits. We have a new plan this week and students will have their kits and folders hand-delivered on Tuesday, September 28. We understand so clearly the importance of weekly testing as a community preventative measure and have regrouped to revise our approach. Thanks to those of you who reached out with concerns– we do hear you and are shifting accordingly. Thank you! 

And remember 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. 

Smile for the Camera 10/6/2021!
Picture day is Wednesday, October 6. ALL students have their pictures taken for activity cards and the yearbook. Picture order forms are available from your student’s house advisor. The order form and your payment should be brought to school on October 6 and given directly to the photographer. Picture fees must be paid at the time pictures are taken. Please make checks for pictures payable to Lifetouch. If you instead choose to purchase pictures online, go to mylifetouch.com and enter picture ID EVTB2S498.
**Click here for the Picture Day Flyer including a Spanish version.

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.

Community Resources
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.

BIPOC Cultural Conversation Series
Kids for the Culture is a non-profit based out of Eugene, Oregon that focuses on creating community and spaces that champion Black culture, consciousness and empowerment of middle school and early high school-aged people.

Through BIPOC-led discussions, activities and local outings we aim to cultivate future leaders who center Black wellness and perspective. We hope to aid in giving students a foundation to explore the narrative around the Black experience in the United States. We aim to develop our students in all facets of life, feeling secure, capable, loved, and empowered in their identity.

Cultural Conversation Series! This series is aimed to bring BIPOC middle school aged students together to learn and explore topics surrounding Blackness, history, self love and belonging. 
October 2nd: Conversations with Eric Richardson, President of our local NAACP in the courtyard of the historic Mims House: Exploring Black History and Music

Want to get involved with Kids For The Culture?
Join our mailing list: CLICK HERE!
Or send us an email: kidsfortheculture2021@gmail.com

Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments! 

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.