11/22/2021

11/22/2021

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, 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, yearbook purchase, PAR news, math education nights, 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

Community Resources
Students ride free with LTD, no school day camps, family sundays with UO Women’s basketball, Lane Arts apprenticeship program, Hult newsletter, free tutoring with SEHS Rotary Interact, free tutoring with NAACP, free Spanish tutor, the NATIVES program

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

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Schedule of Events
This Week
NOVEMBER 22nd (M): B DAY
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
NOVEMBER 23rd (T): A DAY
* COVID Sample Drop Off
NOVEMBER 24th (W): B DAY
NOVEMBER 25th (TH): NO SCHOOL
* NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
NOVEMBER 26th (F): NO SCHOOL
* NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

Next Week
NOVEMBER 29th (M): A DAY
NOVEMBER 30th (T): B DAY
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
DECEMBER 1st (W): A DAY
* COVID Sample Drop Off
DECEMBER 2nd (TH): B DAY
DECEMBER 3rd (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

Greetings, families:

We wish you all the best in the short week ahead… with school on Wednesday, too!

Below, you’ll find updates about Helping All People (HAP) and our direct donation drive beginning on Giving Tuesday, November 30. These are two events designed to bring our community together in the coming weeks. We invite students to participate in House for HAP with some fun themed days planned after the break.

In the short week ahead, it’s important to remember when we return on Monday, November 29, it’s the last week of trimester one. Students should use the next three days and next week to check in with teachers, review Canvas, and complete any missing assignments. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to teachers and do allow at least a day for a response.

As we head into the second trimester, we are looking for your continued help supporting students and building their skills. A few updates:

* Cell phone expectations: Off and away during the school day. When we see cell phones out, we ask students to take them to the front office; Mike or I will also take them. From there, one of our outstanding educational assistants will call home and chat with a parent about our policy before a student can pick up their phone. If your student needs to contact a family member for any reason during the school day, they are welcome to come to the office to make a call. And, if you need to reach your student, please call the front office so we can deliver a message.

* iPads for academics only. Recently, we removed the Zoom app from iPads so students no longer have the option of messaging each other. If students need access to Zoom for other reasons, they can go through a browser and create a personal account without using their 4j email. Please help us remind students, too: iPads are stored in lockers at lunch– food and drink don’t mix with tech!– unless students are in the Library or Library Lounge working on assignments.

Thanks for discussing these expectations again with your students. We’d also like to alert you to additional challenges we’re experiencing: vandalism and property damage. We’ve seen significant destruction in bathrooms, particularly, and may need to close some areas for a time.

When we run into school-wide behaviors, often we will engage students in community conversations via House. While there are consequences for students who participate in destroying or defacing school materials, it’s also an excellent opportunity for us to discuss with all students the social responsibility of being in school together and why we have particular school rules. We talk about what it means to be an upstander and why we must strive for mutual respect and understanding as we engage together in community. Again, thank you for chatting with your student about some of these concerns. We appreciate sending a clear and unified message to all students. If students are uncomfortable with what they are seeing and hearing, please remind them to let an adult know.

We’ll continue to revisit these conversations as we fly towards the end of the term and winter vacation. Many thanks for your feedback and sharing– we do appreciate your connecting with us about any topic!

Our best,
Courtney and Mike

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 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

Re-useable Water Bottles Needed Immediately
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.

Purchase Your 2021-2022 Yearbook Now
We were not able to print a yearbook last year, so be sure to order your copy this year. Quantities are limited, so consider purchasing a 2021-2022 yearbook ASAP! The cost is $30 ($15 for students who qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program).

If you would like to pay with credit card (there is no processing fee) please visit the following the web link to purchase your yearbook:   https://www.schoolpay.com/link/Roosevelt-2021-22-Yearbook . If your student qualifies for the federal free and reduced lunch program, go to this link: https://www.schoolpay.com/link/Roosevelt-2021-22-Yearbook-freereduced.

If you prefer to pay with cash or check, please send your payment to the office. Make checks payable to Roosevelt Middle School with “Yearbook and student name” written in the memo space.

Please check with Karen Kingzett, kingzett@4j.lane.edu, BEFORE completing your order to make sure you did not already purchase a yearbook at the beginning of the year. Some parents are inadvertently paying twice for a yearbook.

PAR News
December PAR Meeting
We welcome all Roosevelt parents to join us Tuesday December 7th from 6:30-7:30 PM for our December PAR meeting. We will discuss upcoming events like the HAP Fun Run/Walk as well as spend time talking about our students and technology. We’ll touch on questions like “How can we as parents help our students navigate this world of technology in a fruitful and non-harmful way?” and “What are the pros and cons of technology in terms of our students’ intellectual and social growth and development?”. Bring your questions too as we strive to learn and grow as parents. Our PAR meetings are a great way to support and encourage one another.

**Click here for the zoom link (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771).

Helping All People Fun Run/Walk
Come one and all to the HAP Fun Run/Walk at 9:00 AM on December 11th, 2021 to get some exercise, meet new people, and enjoy some sweet treats. We welcome students, their families, and their friends to come out and just have fun as we kick off the holiday season.

Please register to join us here so that we make sure to have enough donuts for everyone.
**Click here to check out the flyer.

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!

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

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-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.

Winter 2022 Term Design Arts Apprenticeship Program
IMPORTANT DATES FOR WINTER 2022 TERM:
* Applications Due: December 17th
* Kickoff Event: January 5th
* 10-Week Apprenticeship: January 10th – March 18th
* Final Showcase: April 1st

Applications are now open for the Winter 2022 term of Lane Arts Council’s Design Arts Apprenticeship Program! The application is available in English or Spanish.

The Design Arts Apprenticeship program offers Lane County middle and high school students apprenticeship opportunities with professionals working in graphic, digital, and physical design.

Student apprentices will learn new skills and uncover potential career paths through engaging, direct, and hands-on learning.

Students can choose between virtual or in-person participation this term.
* In-person sessions will follow OHA guidelines for safety.
* The fully virtual version of the program allows Lane County students from any location to easily participate!
* In-person groups will meet in the Eugene/Springfield area or Cottage Grove, based on what option best fits the student’s need.

The apprenticeship program:
* Pairs 3-4 students with an artist mentor, for a total of 25 after-school hours over a 10 week period for intensive, direct learning.
* Supports students in creating a hands-on project that can be presented or demonstrated at the end of the term.
* Introduces business aspects of a creative career.
* Provides students professional training opportunities through workshops and community talks with international designers.

Please share this opportunity with students who may be interested and encourage them to apply! Reach out to artsed@lanearts.org with any questions.

**Click here to check out the flyer.

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 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.

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 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.

No School Day Camps at Sheldon Community Center

Family Sundays with UO Women’s Basketball
The UO Women’s Basketball team is making it even easier to attend their games. At every Sunday home game this season, they will offer four tickets for just $15. What a deal! There’s only two more Sunday home games, so don’t miss out!

Next Sunday home games:
* January 2, 2022 at 12:00 PM, against the Colorado Buffaloes
* January 30, 2022 at 12:00 PM against the University of Southern California
**Click here to check out the flyer.

Hult Center Education and Engagement
Explore educational programs with the Hult or take it a step further and volunteer!

10X10 Series
This year, the Hult Center launched the 10×10 series, a music performance series showcasing emerging artists. A primary goal of this series is to bring more diverse voices to the Hult Center stages while increasing access for our community. The Hult Center believes it is vital we provide an avenue for these emerging artists to perform and be seen by new audiences, and that every community member has the opportunity to experience art regardless of demographic and/or socioeconomic status. Tickets are $10.

Arts Ambassador Program
This Fall, the Hult Center launched the Arts Ambassador Program, a volunteer program that assists with all performances and events at the Center. Currently, there are a 125 active volunteers ranging in age from 16-87. The program is going strong and Ambassadors have already volunteered a combined total of close to 500 hours!

National Geographic Live – Greenwood: A Century of Resilience – with Alicia Odewale
Performance on Monday, Mar 28, 2022 at 7:30 PM
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, archaeologist Alicia Odewale is uncovering stories of resilience in the hundred years since the attack on Black Wall Street in the city’s vibrant Greenwood district. Considered one of the worst episodes of racial violence committed against Black people in American history, the Tulsa Race Massacre left a devastating toll on generations of survivors and their descendants and impacted the very footprint of the district itself.

In conjunction with this presentation, the Eugene Public Library has compiled a reading list for Adults, Young Adults and Children on the Tulsa Race Massacre and its Legacy.
**Click here to find out more!

Free Spanish Tutoring
Need a little extra help with Spanish class? An enterprising South Eugene student is ready to help! She can also be reached on social media handles– Insta, FaceBook, and Twitter: @hyggetutoring. Finally, you can email her about free tutoring services: Hyggetutoring@gmail.com.

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, 11/20, 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.
Cost: FREE
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 (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.

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.