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, Eugene IHS choice information, cold hallways, Tdap vaccine for 7th graders, LSU and APISU advisors needed, yearbook purchase, winter weather information, math education nights, becoming an Observer in Canvas, COVID: managing our resources, COVID testing and kit pick-up and drop-off
Extra Curricular Activities
Ophelia’s Place activities
Students ride free with LTD, family Sundays with UO Women’s basketball, Hult newsletter, free tutoring with SEHS Rotary Interact, free Spanish tutor, the NATIVES program
Mental Health Support
Multiple links for support, 15th Night resource guide
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Schedule of Events
JANUARY 3rd (M): NO SCHOOL
* No School
JANUARY 4th (T): A DAY
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
JANUARY 5th (W): B DAY
* COVID Sample Drop Off
JANUARY 6th (TH): A DAY
JANUARY 7th (F): B DAY
* 2:35 PM, Early Release from School
JANUARY 10th (M): A DAY
JANUARY 11th (T): B DAY
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
JANUARY 12th (W): A DAY
* COVID Sample Drop Off
JANUARY 13th (TH): B DAY
JANUARY 14th (F): A DAY
* 2:35 PM, Early Release from School
Roosevelt School News
Message From The Principal and Assistant Principal
Welcome to 2022! We hope you had a restful and safe Winter Break.
As 2022 kicks off, we’re faced with yet another pandemic challenge as the Covid-19 Omicron variant spreads across Oregon. We wanted to take a moment to remind you about the health and safety practices we have at RMS and to ask for your continued support.
As always, our goal is to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in schools and keep students learning in person. Currently, though we have several staff out on quarantine, we have zero school-based virus spread. We know using face coverings and maintaining social distance, high percentages of vaccinated and boosted staff and students, vigilance about personal well-being, and participating in the UO weekly testing program are all key factors in keeping our community safe and healthy.
MASKS. Please make sure that every day, your student is bringing to school an effective, well-fitting mask and remind them to wear it properly at all times. We have a limited number of KN95 masks available at school and you might choose to have your student double up with a reusable cloth mask over a disposable mask. Students should never remove their mask except during meal times or during music class if they are playing a wind instrument.
SOCIAL DISTANCE. Along with masking, students need to do their utmost to maintain distance. We know this is crucial… and we know it’s really hard for middle school students to achieve! In classrooms, to the best of our ability, seats are set three-feet apart and during lunch, students need to be at least six feet apart. This week and next, we are issuing a school-wide challenge at lunch: the lunch period that has the best social distancing will win a special recognition. Adults will help support this… and we also need peer-to-peer reinforcement.
VENTILATION. Given our building is only five-years old, we have the newest and most up-to-date filtration systems. Our ventilation system cycles clean, fresh outdoor air six times every hour in our classrooms and hallways and our open-space facility allows for optimal air flow. We do keep our garage doors open in the dining hall to allow for more outdoor air to cycle in… and now that it is getting colder, we have shut those doors so that our filtration system can work properly. Students always have the option of eating outdoors under our umbrellas or in breezeways.
WELL-BEING. If your student isn’t feeling well at any point this winter, please do not send them to school. If your student tests positive for Covid-19, has been exposed to Covid-19, has been directed to quarantine, or has a fever of 100.4°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, or other cold-like symptoms, please contact the school. In addition, students also should always stay home for at least 24-hours after vomiting or diarrhea.
TESTING. Please don’t assume a mild respiratory illness is a run-of-the-mill cold—keep your student home and get them tested for COVID-19. Routine screening testing also is available from community providers and can help catch cases and keep them from spreading. You can sign up for weekly screening testing or find other testing options in Lane County. Testing is available through Lane County Public Health, the University of Oregon, at the Hult Center, and many clinics, pharmacies and other locations.
TEST-to-STAY. ODE and OHA have developed a new “test-to-stay” protocol to minimize the amount of time students are excluded from school. Healthy, masked students who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 at school may be eligible to opt in to be tested and keep attending class. We’ll have more information on this protocol as it becomes more widely used.
We look forward to a time we won’t have to provide safety reminders and instead focus more on what’s happening in our classrooms and school-wide events. In the meantime, we want school to stay in session… so thanks for your help and support in helping to slow the spread of the virus and protect our RMS community.
Here’s to a safe and healthy new year…
Courtney and Mike
ATTENTION 8TH GRADE: Eugene IHS Choice Information
Eugene International High School (Eugene IHS) is a choice school for students in grades nine through twelve offering a four-year interdisciplinary humanities curriculum focused on international studies. Students spend two class periods each school day in their IHS classes and the other three class periods in host school classes.
ANY student can enroll. All interested students must fill out an online 4J School Choice application, regardless of attendance area: www.4j.lane.edu/choice. The in-district deadline is January 31st.
IMPORTANT DATES for the 2021-2022 School Year:
* January 1 – Online application period for 4J School Choice Lottery opens for in-district students
* January 31 – Deadline to submit in-district 4J School Choice Lottery Applications
* March 1 – Online application period for 4J School Choice Lottery opens for out-of-district students
* March 31 – Deadline to submit out-of-district 4J School Choice Lottery Applications
Immersion students will be enrolled in Eugene IHS without the lottery process because they entered immersion through the lottery in elementary or middle school. However, immersion students do need to submit the Eugene IHS Enrollment Form to the Eugene IHS office at South or Sheldon by the January 31st deadline. This form will be included in a special mailing to immersion families.
Eugene IHS will hold special 8th grade parent information nights:
Please join us on Zoom for any of the special information nights to learn more about our exciting school. The presentations will be the same on each night. Please attend any night you can.
* Tuesday, January 11, 7:00 pm on Zoom (Includes French Immersion break-out session)
* Thursday, January 13, 7:00 pm on Zoom
* Tuesday, January 18, 7:00 pm on Zoom (Includes Spanish Immersion break-out session)
*Spanish interpretation services provided at this meeting
Use this ZOOM link for all of the above sessions:
Meeting ID: 975 9743 6370
In addition to the Spanish interpretation services mentioned above, we can also provide American Sign Language interpretation during any of these meetings. If you need ASL interpretation please contact one of our Eugene IHS office secretaries in advance and let us know.
If your student has an interest in the world, and wants to learn about other countries and cultures, we hope they will consider becoming part of our Eugene IHS family.
For more information contact one of the Eugene IHS offices below, or visit the Eugene IHS website at www.ihs.4j.lane.edu.
Eugene IHS @ Churchill: 541-790-5225
Eugene IHS @ Sheldon: 541-790-6636
Eugene IHS @ South Eugene: 541-790-8030
Looking for LSU and APISU Advisors
RMS is seeking active and engaged volunteers who can step in to support a Latinx Student Union (LSU) and an Asian and Pacific Islander Student Union (APISU). Currently, we run both a Black Student Union (BSU) and a Native American Student Union (NASU) with advisors from the NAACP and the 4j Natives program, respectively.
Participation in our student unions is focused on strengthening identity through examining traditions and cultural values, developing leadership skills, fostering community building, being responsive to social justice issues, and providing support for the overall well-being and academic and social success of our students.
We would like for our students who identify with the Latinx and Asian and Pacific Islander communities to be able to meet in affinity… please contact the front office for additional information. Thanks for your ideas and support!
December Teacher/Staff Appreciation Cookie Exchange
Thanks to all who brought delicious cookies for our Teacher Cookie Exchange. We had a variety of beautiful cookies for our teachers and staff to take home and enjoy over the break. What a great way to show how much we are thankful for each of them!
Each month, we look to do a little something to show our appreciation. Watch the eNews for upcoming opportunities in the coming weeks.
Our Hallways Are Cold!
By design, of course! Please make sure your students are bundled up when they arrive at school. This may seem like a silly reminder since your students are middle schoolers after all… … and, we have our garage doors open in the dining hall to increase airflow which in turn circulates throughout our downstairs hallways. With wintery weather on the way, we want to make sure your students stay warm and dry during lunch.
Second RMS Math Family Education Night
On Thursday, December 9, RMS held the second in a series of math education nights designed to share with our community changes to math instruction and curriculum planned at RMS, the district and the state. We were joined by Dr. Rebekah Elliott from Oregon State’s College of Education. Dr. Elliott shared some significant statistics about math education nationwide and discussed math modeling, highlighting the national shift to data science as an important math pathway.
Please join us on February 3 at 6:30 PM for our next event focusing on math anxiety– what it is, how it operates and how we aim to shift math attitudes among students.
**Check out our flyer for topics and dates of our other Math Nights!
Purchase Your 2021-2022 Yearbook Now
Now is the time to order your student’s yearbook. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Winter Weather: Snow Day Information
When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. These decisions are made by the school district early in the morning and are the same for every 4J school.
Snow day notifications: Our school district communicates any decision to change school or bus schedules as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m.
How to find out if there is a change:
* Text message from the district (if you are not currently receiving occasional text messages with important information from 4J, learn how)
* Check the district website, www.4j.lane.edu
* Follow 4J on social media: Facebook, Twitter @4Jweather & @4Jschools
* Tune in to local radio and television news stations
No news = No change. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.
For more information, please see www.4j.lane.edu/weather.
Clima de invierno: Información de días de nieve
Cuando hay mal tiempo en el invierno, las escuelas pueden cerrar o comenzar tarde y los autobuses pueden utilizar las rutas de nieve. Estas decisiones se toman en la mañana antes del inicio de las clases, y aplican a todas las escuelas de Eugene 4J.
Notificaciones de día de nieve: Nuestro distrito escolar comunicará cualquier cambio de horario de jornada escolar o rutas de autobuses lo más pronto posible de varias maneras, siempre antes de las 6:30 a.m.
Cómo saber si ha habido un cambio:
* El distrito envía un mensaje de texto (si usted actualmente no recibe mensajes de texto ocasionales con información importante de 4J, aprenda cómo)
* Revise la página principal en línea del distrito: www.4j.lane.edu
* Siga las redes sociales de 4J: Facebook, Twitter @4Jweather y @4Jschools
* Sintonice las estaciones de noticias de radio y televisión locales
* Llame al 541-790-7738 para información en español
Ninguna notificación = Ningún cambio. Si no hay ningún cambio de horario o de rutas de autobuses, NO habrá ningún anuncio.
Podrá encontrar más información en inglés en el sitio web www.4j.lane.edu/weather/#spanish.
Please Remember Your Facemask!
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.
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 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.
If you have questions, please email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extra Curricular Activities
Ophelia’s Place Winter Activities
What is Ophelia’s Place?
Ophelia’s Place is committed to helping girls make healthy life choices through prevention, support, and education.
OP provides a range of services and support to meet girls and families where they are, when and how they need it. Services are available in person or virtually, and individually or as a group. Offerings include after and out-of-school workshops and activities; school girl empowerment groups; presentations to students; and strength-based therapy.
Girls cannot overcome challenges alone. (No one can.) Because of that, we offer guidance for parents, teachers and peers, including boys. That’s where our trainings for parents, teachers, and in-school programs come in. We also provide professional development training to youth-serving organizations.
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.
Upcoming Workshops at SparkLab
At Connected Lane County we know that parents and guardians may have scheduling and logistical challenges when navigating no-school days. We have you covered! We are offering interactive workshops for in-service days where youth will explore all types of fun Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) activities at our downtown Eugene space, SparkLab.
This is a fee-based service, but all of the funds that come in are directed back into our program. Income generated from these workshops will be reinvested into our programming to help us serve those who need us most.
* December 20th – 21st: Digital Storytelling: Crafting a 3 – 4 minute digital story
* January 3rd: Marshmallow Games: Competing in teams with marshmallow catapults and towers
* January 17th: T-Shirt Hacking: Transforming t-shirts into works of art or a new garment
* January 21st: Robots in a Maze: Building and programing LEGO Mindstorms
* February 3rd – 4th: Create Your Own Board Game: Design, build, and play your very own board game
We offer 5 fee waivers for each workshop for students who may not be able to cover the cost. Contact Brice Mercer at email@example.com or call (541) 393-7414 to request a fee waiver.
We hope to see many of your students at a SparkLab workshop soon! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
**Check out the flyer.
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!
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Debbie Snow (email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.