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, Black Student Union meeting, Native American Student Union meeting, RMS math lab parent meeting, early release every Friday, A and B school calendar

Roosevelt School News
A message from the Principal and Assistant Principal, becoming an Observer in Canvas, thanks to parents, slowing down around school, COVID: managing our resources, RMS math lab parent meeting, student organization, clubs and affinity groups, yearbook advisor needed, digital boxtops, COVID testing and kit pick-up and drop-off

Extra Curricular Activities
Help create Black Student Magazine

Community Resources
Students ride free with LTD, free tutoring with SEHS Rotary Interact, virtual talk about racial justice hosted by United Way of Lane County, 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
* No School – Preparation and Planning Day
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
* 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM, Black Student Union meeting
* COVID Sample Drop Off
* 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, RMS Math Lab Parent Meeting, https://zoom.us/j/9366455771 (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)
* 2:35 PM, Early Release from School

Next Week
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
* 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM, Black Student Union meeting
* COVID Sample Drop Off
* 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM, Native American Student Union meeting
* 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, families!
We hope the long weekend after the first six-weeks of school has been restful. Today is a no-school day for additional planning and preparation as we manage the current challenges in our system posed by COVID requirements. It’s so hopeful to see community case counts decrease a few days last week and to continually hear news of a pediatric vaccine arriving soon. Our landscape could look much different in the new calendar year!

As we all manage school in a post-comprehensive-distance-learning setting, it’s helpful for us to have direct information from families. We would like to hear from our families and have crafted a short survey for you which will close at the end of the week: https://forms.gle/xryQezVLB65gXBCU9. Thanks in advance for your feedback! In House last week, we also shared with students a survey to gauge their experiences in the first half of the first trimester. We’re looking forward to sharing students’ responses with our families at the PAR meeting on November 2.

And, speaking of parent meetings, we’re holding our first in a series of math education nights this Thursday at 6:30 PM. More information appears below … hope you can join us!

And, finally, speaking of parents… enormous thanks to our PAR participants, Jamie Harms, and Laura Fuhriman for the fantastic breakfast spread on Friday last week. Much appreciated… and we even enjoyed some delectable homemade scones from one of our 7th grade students. As always, if you’d like to participate in teacher appreciation events, please contact our PAR leader, Jamie, at jamieharms@gmail.com. Gratitude from our staff!

Enjoy the short week ahead!
Our best,
Courtney and Mike

First Community Math Education Event
We look forward to seeing our families on Thursday, October 21 at 6:30 PM for our first in a series of math education events.

At this meeting, we’ll give an overview of our lab school project, including how we’re partnering with the UO and LaneESD. We’ll share a little about how the state is shifting math instruction, what our district is planning around a math curriculum adoption this spring, hear from our South Eugene teachers about math pathways available in high school, and learn more about the ‘why’ for our project from our current RMS teachers.

See you on Zoom next week: https://zoom.us/j/9366455771 (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)!

Observing Your Student in Canvas
Would you like to be able to see what your student is doing at school in Canvas? Become an Observer on Canvas. As an Observer you will be able to check grades, monitor assignments and due dates, as well as communicate directly with your student’s teachers.

**Click here for step by step instructions on setting up an Observer account. The same instructions can also be found by watching this video in English or Spanish.

Parent Appreciation for Teacher Appreciation
On Friday, we hosted our first Teacher/Staff Appreciation. Thanks to many of you, we had a beautiful spread for breakfast to serve them as they graded and attended meetings. It is just a small way that we can say thankful for all the hours and creativity our teachers and staff put in to our kids to make RMS a safe and fun environment to learn and grow. If you missed out on Friday, but are still thankful for our teachers and staff, you can always drop them a note or email of appreciation. We will also host another appreciation event in November.
Thanks again!

COVID: Managing Our Resources
Please help us out.  An unintended impact on school systems is the amount of PPE we need to have available for students daily. We ordered twenty boxes of face masks last week and are now down to three in the span of five days. Please remind your student to bring their face mask to school daily.  If students bring their own masks plus one or two back-ups, we can use our resources for other school needs.

Additionally, as part of our COVID protocols, students are not able to use school drinking fountains. We can use the water bottle filling stations… and many students forget to bring a water bottle to school. As a result, we are going through stacks and stacks of paper and plastic cups– not good for our school budgets or the environment. If you have clean, gently used, reusable water bottles you’d like to donate to RMS, we are happy recipients! Send them with your students or drop them off in the front office.

Please SLOW Way Down!
The RMS parking lot is a tricky space with lots of coming and going in a short period of time after school. Please, slow down, watch for students and other cars and when possible if you’re picking up, make arrangements to meet your student elsewhere– the tennis courts, on Patterson Street, by the Y or in the back area off of Hilyard.

If you are picking up or dropping off in the afternoon, please remember the following:

* Stay in the right pause parking lane, marked by the green curb, at drop-off and pick-up and move as far forward as possible toward the soccer field. Do not use the left “drive-through” lane to leapfrog into a spot further up– we’ve had many near misses and almost-accidents when drivers do this.
* If you need to exit your vehicle, do not use pause parking. Please find a parking spot.
* Between 8:15 – 9:15 AM and 3:15 – 4:15 PM, please turn right out of the parking lot onto 24th Avenue, the alternative exit to using Hilyard Street. The “right-turn only” rule keeps traffic flowing and is predictable for pedestrians.
* Please observe the speed limit for School Zones, especially along 24th Avenue. The speed limit is 20-MPH on all streets used to approach RMS.
Thank you for your help in keeping all our students safe and our parking lot predictable!

Keeping Your Student Organized
At RMS, students use both our planner and Canvas to organize and keep track of assignments and activities. Coming up in House, we’ll have some explicit activities to help students manage between the two platforms. Most of us navigate between both digital and paper and after a year of distance learning, figuring out which methods work best for students is taking some consideration.

Just like our iPads, our planners are key for student success and students should keep track of them, just as they do their iPads. When you have a moment, please take some time to go through your student’s planner with them. It contains the school handbook, a year-long calendar and a space where students wrote their schedule.

If students lose their planner, we do have some spare copies. We ask for a $5 fee for second and third replacements. Thank you!

Clubs and Affinity Groups Starting Up!
RMS is excited to announce we’re able to begin Affinity Groups this week and next. Very shortly, we also hope to re-introduce clubs and additional activities which we believe will provide students with much-needed additional social outlets.

Affinity groups provide an opportunity for students to connect with others who share aspects of their identity. They offer students a chance to gather, share experiences, examine self-image and develop leadership skills, all crucial components of adolescent development.

Our Black Student Union will begin weekly meetings starting on Tuesday, October 19 from 9:45 – 10:30 AM. This year, we are partnering with the NAACP and former RMS student Miles Pendleton, now president of the local NAACP chapter. Students who identify as Black, African-American, biracial or multi-racial are invited to attend. We’ll announce prior to the meeting where it will be held.

Last week our Native American Student Union met for the first time this year. They will meet again on Thursday, October 28 from 9:45 – 10:30 AM, the end of first period and all of House. Students who identify as Native are invited to attend and the meeting will be led by Joe Brainard, long-time director of the 4j Natives Program. We’ll announce prior to the meeting where it will be held.

Our GSA currently meets during 7/8 lunches. Moving forward, we will hold those meetings during our advisor’s preps during the school day.

We deeply appreciate the support of our community partners in making our affinity groups possible!

Seeking Yearbook Advisor
We graduated our amazing Yearbook Advisor, Liz Broadhead, last year and are desperately seeking a parent who can pick up this important endeavor! Please contact Courtney if you or a team of people are able to pick up this responsibility: leonard@4j.lane.edu. Thanks in advance for your help!

Digital BoxTops!
Box Tops for Education has gone digital. Well, it was about 2 years ago, but if you never downloaded the app, it’s not too late!

On your phone, download the Box Tops app (in the App Store or Google Play), shop as you normally would, then use the app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will identify Box Tops products on your receipt and automatically credit your school’s earnings online. Twice a year they give the money to RMS.

Here is a product list, which includes non-food items like PaperMate and Lysol.
Thank you for helping RMS get free money!

COVID-19 Health and Safety
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.

Sign up for COVID-19 Testing
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 Laura Fuhriman at fuhriman_l@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.

Already Signed Up?
If you signed up for voluntary COVID testing your student’s test kit will be distributed directly to them on Tuesday during House.  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, by 11:00 AM. Families will be notified by the UO via email of results.

If you have questions, please email Laura at fuhriman_l@4j.lane.edu.

Extra Curricular Activities
Help Create Black Student Magazine
Join Black middle and high school students from across Oregon in creating the next edition of Black Student Magazine!

This fall you have an opportunity gather weekly on Wednesdays via Zoom to celebrate Black culture and make new friends statewide while improving your writing and multimedia skills.

Participating students receive mentoring and writing support from University of Oregon journalism undergraduates who are also students of color. Learn photography, writing, layout, design and leadership skills. No prior journalism experience is required.

Where: Zoom, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8928501934
When: Wednesdays After School, October through December 2021
* 3:30 PM, Special Guests
* 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Mentoring
**Click here for more information or click here to register.

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. After October 31, in order to continue riding for free, students will need a student transit pass they can 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.

Black Student Parent Night
As part of the Lane African American/Black Student Program, Lane Education Service District is hosting a Black Student Parent Night on Tuesday, October 19th from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Chat with other parents online using this zoom link.
**Click here to check out the flyer.

Free Tutoring with SEHS Rotary Interact
In the current pandemic, many children have lost access to reliable resources to help their learning. Rotary Interact of South Eugene High School has a solution: online tutoring. Sign up your elementary or middle school student to receive help from high school students on a variety of subjects, at no cost! For more information contact Walker Sheidow (wsheidow@gmail.com) or Debbie Snow (debbiesnow12@gmail.com).

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 high school student tutor.

All tutoring sessions will take place through video chat.

Check out the flyer in either English or Spanish.

Using Your Voice for Racial Justice: A Virtual Conversation with Ruby Bridges-Hall
As part of our 75th anniversary celebrations, United Way of Lane County invites you to a conversation with civil rights advocate Ruby Bridges-Hall about racial justice and how you can advance equity and inclusion in Lane County.

More About Ruby Bridges-Hall
At only six years old, Ruby Bridges became an icon in the civil rights movement when she stepped foot into William Frantz Elementary School – single-handedly initiating the desegregation of New Orleans’s public schools in 1960.

60 years later, in Lane County and across the nation, our communities are still fighting for racial justice in our schools, businesses, governments, and beyond, with much accomplished, and much still to do.

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear from Ruby Bridges-Hall, learn how you can inform and support the Racial Justice Fund, and discuss how, together, we can advance racial justice throughout Lane County.

Where: Hosted Online Via Zoom Webinar
When: Thursday, October 28, 2021, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.
Click here for more information.

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.

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!

Trevor Project 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.