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, early release every Friday, no school days, A and B school calendar
Roosevelt School News
A message from the Principal and Assistant Principal, Tdap vaccine for 7th graders, PAR meeting recap, math education nights, parent teacher conferences, teacher/staff appreciation, volunteer lunch mentor coordinator, H.A.P. info, becoming an Observer in Canvas, COVID: managing our resources, COVID testing and kit pick-up and drop-off
Extra Curricular Activities
Help create Black Student Magazine
Students ride free with LTD, no school day camps, AXE magazine, free tutoring with SEHS Rotary Interact, free tutoring with NAACP, the NATIVES program, YMCA babysitting class
Mental Health Support
Multiple links for support, 15th Night resource guide
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Schedule of Events
NOVEMBER 8th (M): A DAY
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
NOVEMBER 9th (T): B DAY
* COVID Sample Drop Off
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
NOVEMBER 15th (M): A DAY
NOVEMBER 16th (T): B DAY
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
NOVEMBER 17th (W): A DAY
* COVID Sample Drop Off
NOVEMBER 18th (TH): B DAY
NOVEMBER 19th (F): A 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
We hope you were able to take full advantage of an extra hour this weekend… we may see some sleepy students on Monday morning with the time change!
November is a unique month in schools. Not only do we have conferences and the holiday week, it’s the month we kick off HAP– Helping All People. More on HAP and its impact on our community below. In November, we also begin our direct drive campaign in support of Roosevelt programs. Please watch for information on how you can best support RMS during these unique times and we thank you in advance for your help.
November is unique in that it marks Native American Heritage Month– also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. It is a time to honor and celebrate the rich and diverse ancestry, cultures, and traditions of indigenous people in the current United States. We can examine our shared history in Oregon and the nation in order to raise awareness and acknowledge the incredible ways in which tribal citizens maintain voice and presence in our current world.
It’s a short week ahead– conferences are happening on Wednesday from 12 PM – 8 PM. Please look for the confirmation email sent to you with the unique Zoom code for conferences. Conference sign-up closed at midnight, Sunday, November 7– please contact Karen Kingzett directly if you missed the deadline.
This week on Monday and Tuesday during House, students will complete a reflection activity that asks them to consider their habits and behaviors in classes this fall. General questions include:
* How are classes going? Where are you making a special effort this fall?
* Are you paying attention and actively participating?
* Are you prepared for class with a charged iPad?
* Are you able to focus and ask for the help you need?
* Are you trying hard and supporting others?
House advisors will use these reflections, along with reports in Canvas and attendance data to share with you a clear picture of your student’s progress so far this year. Most of all and most importantly, we want to hear from you, parents and guardians, about your students’ experiences. We encourage your student to attend the conference, too, to share important insights and information. We’re looking forward to Wednesday!
All our best for the coming weeks,
Courtney and Mike
Honoring Mark Stribling
We have some sad news about former RMS teacher Mark Stribling. Many 8th grade students may remember Mark as their History teacher or House advisor.
In mid-October, Mark Stribling died after a year-long battle with cancer. Mark was a bright light at RMS and poured his heart into his teaching profession, a second and incredibly meaningful career for him. If you or your students would like to reach out to Mark’s family, please let Courtney know @ email@example.com and she’ll put you in touch.
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 the confirmation email sent to you with the unique Zoom code for conferences. Conference sign-up closed at midnight, Sunday, November 7– please contact Karen Kingzett directly if you missed the deadline.
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)
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.
We look forward to seeing you on December 9— check out our flyer for topics and dates!
PAR Meeting Recap
In case you missed it, we had a fabulous time at our PAR meeting last Tuesday with the counselors from Alive Holistic Counseling. Parents had an opportunity to hear the results of a survey done with our students in House as well as included their observations about how our kids are processing the pandemic and doing during the transition back to school in discussion with the counselors. We came away encouraged and with tools in our toolbox to support our students and each other.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-517-0394
HAP– Helping All People– Starts Soon!
For over a quarter of a century, families at Roosevelt have shown their generous spirit by donating food and other supplies to Eugene-area families during November and December. In shifting with changing times, we are opting for collecting pre-paid gift cards and cash donations to distribute to families in our school community. More information on how to donate is coming soon.
We will run HAP through House beginning the week after the Thanksgiving holiday. Our Student Government will play an integral role in compiling gift bags for distribution and our incredible volunteer coordinator, Laura Fuhriman, liaison Alison Wagner and counselor, Lee Baker, will be our adult contacts.
Our PAR group would also like to invite all of our families and friends to gather 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 there will be a donation box for HAP on the donut table. More details to follow in the next few weeks.
Our timeline for the event appears below:
* November 15 – 19: Preview and launch HAP in House
* November 22 – 26: Thanksgiving week
* November 29 – December 3: HAP drive and collection begins
* December 6 – 10: HAP drive and collection continues
* December 11: 9 AM, fun run/walk hosted by PAR
* December 13 – 17: Gift cards compiled and delivered to families
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.
**To be set up as an observer, use this link to request a pairing code. Then 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 find ourselves repeatedly ordering large quantities of face masks. 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… but 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.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 December 30 by telling the driver they are a 4J student. After December 30, 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.
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 30 de diciembre 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.
4J Parent Info Webinar about COVID-19 and Schools
4J Parent Info Session: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 5:30–6 p.m. Eugene School District 4J is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. The district is holding a parent information webinar on November 9 to keep families up to date about COVID-19 and schools.
District staff will cover frequently requested information including COVID-19 vaccines, testing, contact tracing, quarantine requirements, case notification, and how families can change between in-person and online learning programs.
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, Nov. 7, at www.surveymonkey.com/r/SHCCP8V.
The webinar will be recorded and posted on the district website to watch later at your convenience.
Sesión informativa para los padres de 4J: El martes 9 de Nov. de 5:30-6 pm. El Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J está comprometido con la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal. El distrito va a tener una reunión de padres virtual el 9 de noviembre para mantener a las familias actualizadas sobre el COVID-19 y las escuelas.
El personal del distrito cubrirá información solicitada frecuentemente sobre las vacunas de COVID-19, pruebas, rastreo de contactos, requisitos de cuarentena, notificación de casos y cómo las familias pueden cambiar el programa de aprendizaje de sus hijos de en persona a en línea o viceversa.
¿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 7 de Nov. aquí: www.surveymonkey.com/r/SHCCP8V.
El webinario será grabado y publicado en el sitio web del distrito para poder verlo después a su conveniencia.
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!
NAACP Free Tutoring Program
Need educational support? NAACP is offering free tutoring for all BIPOC youth and peers in grades K-12.
What: NAACP Free Tutoring
When: Saturdays, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Who: ALL BIPOC youth and peers in grades K-12
Where: Science Factory, 2700 Leo Harris Dr.
Contact: EricR@naacplanecounty.org, 541-484-1119
**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 (email@example.com) or Debbie Snow (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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)
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 email@example.com 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.
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.