11/1/2021

11/1/2021

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, email regarding Parent/Teacher Conferences, PAR meeting, early release every Friday, no school days, 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, teacher/staff appreciation, volunteer lunch mentor coordinator, H.A.P. family fun run/walk, 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, no school day camps, AXE magazine, free tutoring with SEHS Rotary Interact, the NATIVES program

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

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Schedule of Events
This Week
NOVEMBER 1st (M): B DAY
* 4:00 PM, Look for an email from Karen Kingzett to sign up for conferences!
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

Next Week
NOVEMBER 8th (M): A DAY
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
NOVEMBER 9th (T): B DAY
* COVID Sample Drop Of
NOVEMBER 10th (W): NO SCHOOL
* No School – Parent Teacher Conferences
NOVEMBER 11th (TH): NO SCHOOL
* No School – Veteran’s Day
NOVEMBER 12th (F): NO SCHOOL
* No school – Teacher Work Day

**A and B School Calendar for 2021-2022

Roosevelt School News
Message From The Principal and Assistant Principal
Greetings, families!

November commences … and just a few short more weeks before the end of trimester one on December 3.

In the interim, conferences are happening with your student’s House advisor on Wednesday, November 10 from 12:00 – 8:00 PM. Please look for the email today, November 1, from Karen Kingzett to sign up for your preferred time. The last day to schedule conferences is Sunday, November 7.

We have chosen to run conferences again via House this year for several reasons. Holding conferences in House guarantees families get to see at least one adult who knows their student well and, for 7th and 8th grade students, who has known them over time. And, because House is a major structural component of the RMS experience and because a student’s House advisor acts as an advocate and support for students, we believe conferences in House will be most beneficial for a majority of families.

Your student will complete a self-reflection in House prior to conferences. Students are also invited to attend the conference with their family and House advisor.  Please come prepared with specific questions and thoughts to share about your student’s return to school and tell us what’s working well for you. Please also share where we need to offer more support. All advisors have access to real-time grades via Canvas and attendance data. If you need to be paired in Canvas as an observer prior to conferences, please use this link for more information: https://www.4j.lane.edu/instruction/canvas/.

We’re looking forward to conferencing with you this year and want to provide another resource for supporting your student in the transition back to school. On Tuesday, November 2 at 6:30 PM, Parents at Roosevelt (PAR) is holding a parent education night with local therapists from Alive Holistic Counseling. We’ll discuss your students’ experiences, share challenges, tips and strategies and collaborate together to create a stronger community. Please see the information below for more details.

Many thanks for your continued support and feedback and as always and even if we can’t respond immediately, we appreciate hearing from you.

All our best for a healthy and happy month of November,
Courtney and Mike

Mark your calendars for conferences!
Virtual fall conferences will be held this year on November 10. Please note: November 10, 11 and 12 are all no-school days for students. 

Conferences are happening with your student’s House advisor on Wednesday, November 10. Please look for an email today, November 1, from Karen Kingzett to sign up for your preferred conference time.

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 -9:50 AM). 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.

November 10th, Teacher/Staff Appreciation
Parent Teacher Conferences are upon us and to show our appreciation for staff and teachers this month, we will be hosting a simple soup dinner Wednesday, November 10th as they put in long hours to meet with all of us. If you are willing and able to contribute food for the occasion, you can sign up using the link below. If you are unable to contribute food, consider just dropping your student’s teachers a note of appreciation or saying thanks when you meet up with them at conferences!

Sign Up To Bring Food

Thanks in advance.
Parents At Roosevelt (PAR)

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 upcoming community events. During the second half of our meeting, we are excited to have Erin from Alive Holistic Counseling join us in leading a conversation about how we can help our students make sense of and normalize their experiences transitioning back to school after the pandemic as well as what strategies we can use to support our students’ social, emotional, and academic well being. Hope to see you there!

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

RMS Seeking New Volunteer Lunch Mentor Coordinator
Roosevelt is looking for a new volunteer Mentor Coordinator. Our Middle School Lunchtime Mentoring Program supports at risk youth by partnering them with a Mentor for lunch once a week. In March 2020 we had 125 students being mentored in 4J. The Mentor Coordinator volunteers weekly on Thursdays from about 11:15 AM -2:00 PM, and does another 15-30 minutes of communications during the week. The volunteer Mentor Coordinator is fully trained and supported by the 4J staff Mentor Coordinator. This is a fantastic way to get involved at Roosevelt, and make a difference in the lives of young people, come join us!

Please contact Kate Becker for more information:  becker_k@4j.lane.edu  or 541-517-0394

Save the Date – H.A.P. Family Fun Run/Walk
Our PAR group would like to invite all of our families and friends to join us for a fun run/walk on December 11th at 9 AM to stretch our legs, get to know other families at Roosevelt, and enjoy some donuts and cider together. There is no entry fee to participate, but we will have a donation box for H.A.P. (Helping All People) on the donut table. More details to follow in the next few weeks.

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.

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!
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.

NOTE for the Week of November 8 – 12: We will pass out tests on Monday, November 8 instead of Tuesday, and students can drop off their kits on Tuesday, November 9 since Wednesday, November 10 is a no-school day.
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.

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, November 16th from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Some of the questions to be addressed include:

* How can we help you to navigate through the K-12 system?
* Do you know who to contact at your child’s school if you need additional support?
* Do you know where to find black activities for black families in Eugene?
* Do you know about the Lane AABSS Facebook page?
* What concerns do you have?
* Would you utilize tutoring if it was provided?
* What do you need and how can we help?

Chat with other parents online using this zoom link.

**Click here to see the flyer including the agenda.

No School Day Camps at Sheldon Community Center

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.

Interested in Babysitting?
The Eugene Family YMCA is offering a Red Cross Babysitter Training course.

What: American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training
When: Saturday, November 20
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Who: Those 11 years and older
Where: EUGENE FAMILY YMCA
Cost: $90 for Members – $100 for Non-Members (financial assistance available if needed)
Contact: sabrina@eugeneymca.org

In the course, students will learn how to:
* Supervise children and infants
* Perform basic child-care skills such as diapering, feeding and dressing
* Choose safe, age-appropriate games and toys
* Identify safety hazards and prevent injuries
* Care for common injuries such as burns, cuts and bee stings
* Communicate effectively with parents
* Find and interview for babysitting jobs

Upon completion of the course, students will receive a Certification in Red Cross Babysitter’s Training.
**Click here to view the flyer.

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.