10/25/2021

10/25/2021

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, Black Student Union meeting, Native American Student Union meeting, wear costumes to school, PAR meeting, picture retake, early release every Friday, A and B school calendar

Roosevelt School News
A message from the Principal and Assistant Principal, picture retake, Tdap vaccine for 7th graders, PAR meeting, math education nights, parent teacher conferences, becoming an Observer in Canvas, COVID: managing our resources, clubs and affinity groups, COVID testing and kit pick-up and drop-off

Extra Curricular Activities
Help create Black Student Magazine

Community Resources
Students ride free with LTD, AXE magazine, 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
OCTOBER 25th (M): A DAY
OCTOBER 26th (T): B DAY
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
* 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM, Black Student Union meeting
OCTOBER 27th (W): A DAY
* COVID Sample Drop Off
OCTOBER 28th (TH): B DAY
* 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM, Native American Student Union meeting
OCTOBER 29th (F): A DAY
* Wear Costumes to School
* 2:35 PM, Early Release from School

Next Week
NOVEMBER 1st (M): B DAY
NOVEMBER 2nd (T): A DAY
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
* 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM, Black Student Union meeting
* 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, PAR Meeting, https://zoom.us/j/9366455771 (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)
NOVEMBER 3rd (W): B DAY
* COVID Sample Drop Off
NOVEMBER 4th (TH): A DAY
* 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM, Picture retake
NOVEMBER 5th (F): B 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, families!
Welcome to this last week of October as we hurtle headlong into the short month of November.

We have a full week ahead and invite students to wear costumes to school on Friday, October 29. We’ll have some safe and appropriately-distanced activities at each lunchtime and encourage students to join in the fun. A few reminders:

* Costumes should follow the regular 4j dress code as outlined in the Roosevelt Middle School Student Handbook, 2021-22.
* Costumes should show sensitivity to and awareness of our culture of safety and belonging.
* In accordance with the 4j school district’s discrimination and harassment policy, we ask that costumes not perpetuate harmful stereotypes about groups of people.
* Halloween costumes should not include masks, excessive amounts of fake blood, internal organs and/or fluids on the outside of the body, and no fake or real weapons of any kind.
* Students will still wear regular face masks.

We recommend students who are struggling with navigating costume decisions try dressing up as someone they admire, as a fictional character in a movie or book, or as an animal or an inanimate object instead. Students may be asked to modify their costumes, change out of or have a change of clothing brought from home on Friday if necessary– thanks in advance for your help and we’re excited to have a little fun together as a school!

We’d also like to ask for your help with cell phone use at school. Last week in House, advisors shared a lesson on cell phones at school. We used two videos we thought parents might also like to watch:

* Common Sense Media: Teen Voices: The Pressure to Stay Connected
* Edutopia: There’s a Cell Phone in Your Student’s Head

For our students, the need to stay connected is very real and important. And, last year, cell phones were a lifeline for students isolated at home during distance learning. Now that we are back together, we have to learn how to be in community again and not much can replace face-to-face, real-life, meaningful, engaged, in-person conversation. It doesn’t mean phones aren’t a good and useful tool, but it does mean it’s hard to pay attention when there’s a ping, a buzz or a flash coming from a pocket.

This week we will begin an additional step in supporting students to keep their cell phones off and away, and stored in lockers all day, every day, even during lunch. If we see a phone out during class, teachers will kindly ask students to place the phone on the teacher’s desk and an admin will swing by the room to pick it up. We’ll notify parents and, at the end of the school day, students can retrieve their phones from the front office.

We know iPads are also a distraction in class and teachers are continually working to refine practices to support students using tech appropriately and with intention during lessons. Parents can help by reminding students iPads are actually school property. They’ve been issued to students to use individually and should only be used for academic purposes. We are well aware students are using a variety of platforms to message each other: Zoom, Canvas and google docs. We’ll continue to work on this as a school and appreciate you echoing our message at home: cell phones off and away, iPads for academics only. This is an enormous shift for students given the last year and a half and we’ll approach it with support and encouragement.

Our best,
Courtney and Mike

Mark your calendars for conferences!
Virtual fall conferences will be held this year the week of November 8. Please note: November 10, 11 and 12 are all no-school days for students. Conference invitations will go out at the end of this week for students and families whom teachers have prioritized. The following week, a general invitation will be sent to all families to sign up. More details will follow in next week’s eNews!

Resources: Math Education Nights
We enjoyed seeing all of you who were able to join us at our first math education event last Thursday. Our next session in December will focus on how to modernize math instruction and what complex instruction looks like in the classroom. We have our eyes towards some big changes happening in K-12 math education across the state.

If you missed the event, check out these resources:
* Zoom recording of our session
* PDF of Google slide presentation
* List of resources and information
We look forward to seeing you on December 9– check out our flyer for topics and dates!

Picture Retakes November 4
Picture retakes are Thursday, November 4 during first period (9:00-9:50am). If students are having retakes, they must bring the original picture packet to school on Thursday to give the photographer. Any students who did not have pictures taken on the first picture day should definitely plan to have pictures taken Thursday, November 4, even if you choose not to purchase pictures. If you do want to purchase pictures, packets are available in the office.

Tdap Booster for 7th Grade Students
Oregon law requires 7th grade students have their Tdap booster.

Students must have current school records of all required vaccinations or valid exemptions to continue attending school on and after Exclusion Day, a date set by the State of Oregon that is in February of each school year.

Where to get immunizations: Vaccines are available at many health care providers’ offices, many pharmacies, Lane County Public Health (541-682-4041), and the school-based health centers at North Eugene (541-790-4445) and Churchill (541-790-5227). Call for information or to schedule an appointment

Nonmedical exemptions: If a parent seeks a nonmedical exemption from one or more required immunizations, the parent must provide a completed Vaccine Education Certificate, available from a health care practitioner or from the online vaccine education module at www.healthoregon.org/vaccineexemption, along with the completed Certificate of Immunization Status. The Vaccine Education Certificate must be valid for all of the vaccines for which a nonmedical immunization exemption is being sought. A separate certificate is required for each child.

Click here for Information about exemptions.

PAR Meeting on November 2nd
We had a great PAR meeting last month as we got to know each other and talk about how we can grow our Roosevelt community as we support parents, appreciate teachers and staff, and enrich our students’ experience.

We want to invite you to join us for our next meeting Tuesday, November 2nd from 6:30-7:30 PM on Zoom using the link below. The first half of our time will include details and logistics for up coming activities. The second half of our meeting will focus on helping our students successfully transition during the pandemic. This discussion will be lead by RMS counselor, Lee Baker. Hope to see you there!

https://zoom.us/j/9366455771 (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)
**Spanish translation will be available.

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.

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.

Clubs and Affinity Groups Starting Up!
This week, our Native American Student Union will meet again on Thursday, October 28 from 9:45 – 10:30 AM, the end of first period and all of House, in the Library. 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.

Our Black Student Union began weekly meetings on Tuesday, October 19 from 9:45 – 10:30 AM. The next meeting will be this week on Tuesday, same time in the library. 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.

Our GSA currently meets during 7/8 lunches. Moving forward, we hope to 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!

COVID-19
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.

COME JOIN… IT’S FREE!
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.

Check Out The Axe Mag!
Students in our region go on to do amazing feats at high school! One example of this is the Axe Magazine and all the news that’s fit to print, written and produced by journalism students: https://www.axemag.com/home. Happy reading!

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.