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, A and B school calendar, no school day, PAR meeting, RMS math family education night, SEHS 8th grade Parent Information Night
Roosevelt School News
Message from the principals, online or on-site options, track and field this spring, state testing info, volunteer opportunities, parking info, new mailbox, PAR news, RMS math family education night yearbook purchase, the NATIVES program, becoming an Observer in Canvas, COVID: managing our resources, COVID testing and kit pick-up and drop-off
Extra Curricular Activities
Hip-hop online classes, 4H & U classes
Students ride free with LTD, Rose Theatre’s Frozen Jr., Hult newsletter, free tutoring with SEHS Rotary Interact, free Spanish tutor, UO telehealth research study, babysitting class through YMCA
Mental Health Support
Multiple links for support, 15th Night resource guide
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Schedule of Events
FEBRUARY 21st (M): NO SCHOOL
* No School
FEBRUARY 22nd (T): A DAY
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
FEBRUARY 23rd (W): B DAY
* COVID Sample Drop Off
FEBRUARY 24th (TH): A DAY
FEBRUARY 25th (F): B DAY
* 2:35 PM, Early Release from School
FEBRUARY 28th (M): A DAY
MARCH 1st (T): B DAY
* Receive COVID Testing Kit
* 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, PAR Meeting, https://zoom.us/j/9366455771, Meeting ID: 936 645 5771
* 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, SEHS 8th grade Parent Information Night
MARCH 2nd (W): A DAY
* COVID Sample Drop Off
MARCH 3rd (TH): B DAY
* 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, RMS Math Family Education Night, https://zoom.us/j/9366455771, Meeting ID: 936 645 5771
MARCH 4th (F): A DAY
* 2:35 PM, Early Release from School
Roosevelt School News
A Message from the Principals
Greetings, RMS families!
We hope you enjoyed the long weekend and are looking forward to a short week.
This week, we have our first assembly of the year– our annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Instead of a whole-school event, we’ll have three separate grade-level assemblies to allow for social distancing and a calmer, more serious event. Our choir will perform, our BSU has recorded a special poetry performance, and we’ll have a local guest speaker. We’ll practice our assembly flow this week during House to ensure smooth transitions and provide some pre- and post- lessons for teachers and students to support learning.
Planning a school-wide assembly is no small feat as we still account for Covid protocols and manage expectations for students. Students have not attended an assembly for almost two years and we would like the event to go smoothly. As we are instructing in House, we would appreciate you having a conversation with your student about kind, respectful behaviors as they consider the assembly message and the work their peers have done to prepare for the day. Thank you for your support… and please ask your student about their experience!
And, speaking of behaviors, as we continue to find ways to build community so that students know they belong and can connect, we’ve inaugurated a series of spirit days from now until Spring Break. You may have seen your student dressed up in the clothing of an iconic decade or last week, inside out, upside down and mismatched! Today, Tuesday, February 22, 2022, we’re celebrating “Twosday” with tutus and twinning. And, different from the past two weeks with only one House winner, this week, we’re awarding *four* Houses! Next week, Houses will choose their own theme and two groups will win.
And, as we work to engage our community, our focus on academics also continues. As part of a school-wide effort to support both skill-building and student engagement, our teams are working to explicitly support the development of academic language and content vocabulary. We feel this is crucial to deepen student understanding and critical thinking and to provide commonality across subjects. Students will see similar academic language across classrooms that require similar asks regardless of the subject area. Interestingly, when we look at education research, on average, students need to acquire about 50,000 academic words as well as understand types of reasoning and thinking by the time they graduate from high school. This will be our focus for content-area and grade-level teams in the months to come so your students are developing and can understand academic tasks with a common base.
Speaking of academics, the end of the trimester is less than one month away! The week of March 14 is short and marks the end of the grading period. Now is a great time to check with your student to see if they goals they have set for themselves in House are coming to fruition. As always, you can reach out to teachers to help your student set a path to finish out strong, heading into the last third of the year.
More to come for the spring… we’ll be planning for an evening activity night and our 8th grade promotion event– stay tuned for updates!
Courtney and Mike
OSAS Testing is Back!
Prior to the pandemic, the state of Oregon required all schools to offer the Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS), a series of assessments to gauge student performance. During school closures in 2020 and 2021, Oregon first suspended and then limited state testing requirements.
Now that we are back to school in person, we are returning to a regular testing schedule. Students test in English language arts and math in grades 6, 7 and 8 and in science in grade 8. Roosevelt will most likely begin testing in April and May with more detailed schedules to be sent after spring break.
Parents have the right to opt their student out of state testing. The opt-out form for math and language arts tests is available online. Parents can submit a written request to opt out of science testing on the basis of disability or religion. Students who opt out of state tests, beyond a certain amount, are counted as not proficient in their school’s reported test results.
If you have questions about your school’s testing dates, your student’s test scores or your school’s report card, please call or email Kelly Ayres: email@example.com or 541-790-8508. Thank you for partnering with us to help your student succeed in school and beyond.
Spencer View Apartment Streets/Lanes Not Open to Roosevelt Drop Off or Pick Up
Please remember the Spencer View Apartments, across 24th from Roosevelt, are not open to Roosevelt families for drop off or pick up. Roosevelt families have been observed:
1. parking in the fire lane between the tennis courts and the apartments
2. using the apartments’ streets and lanes as shortcuts between Patterson and 24th
3. speeding through the complex.
Please remember, parking or even stopping in a fire lane is illegal. This is private property and not a short cut to Roosevelt. Small children play outside.
Let’s be good neighbors and stay out of the Spencer View Apartment complex.
Roosevelt’s New Mailbox
You may have noticed Roosevelt’s new mailbox next to the pause parking lane in the parking lot. This is a private mail box intended only for USPS delivery of school mail to Roosevelt. Please do not leave your outgoing mail in this box, as it will not be picked up or delivered.
On-Site or Online?
Request Learning Location Change for Trimester 3 by Feb. 28
Families of 4J middle and high school students can request a change between in-person and online school programs for the third trimester. There are two learning pathways available: attend regular school in-person full-time or Eugene Online Academy for asynchronous online learning. The deadline for change requests is Monday, Feb. 28. Please submit a separate form for each student. ONLY complete the form if you want to request a change. Families who want to continue with their student’s current enrollment do not need to respond.
Change request form due Feb. 28: bit.ly/2Yf6p2q
More Information: 4j.lane.edu/2022/02/learning-location-secondary-change-requests
¿En la escuela o en línea?
Solicite el cambio para el 3er trimestre antes del 28 de febrero.
Los padres de estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria de 4J pueden solicitar el cambio entre enseñanza en persona o el programa en línea para el tercer trimestre. Hay dos formas de enseñanza disponibles: asistir a su escuela regular a tiempo completo, o aprender de manera asincrónica en la Academia en línea de Eugene. La fecha límite de cambio es el lunes 28 de febrero. Por favor llene un formulario separado para cada estudiante. SOLO complete el formulario si usted quiere pedir un cambio. Las familias que deseen que sus hijos continúen con el formato de enseñanza en el que están ahora no necesitan responder.
Envíe su solicitud de cambio antes del 28 de Feb: bit.ly/3bJgkAH
Más información: 4j.lane.edu/2022/02/learning-location-secondary-change-requests/#spanish
Roosevelt Track and Field 2022
The Roosevelt 2022 track and field season starts soon. Any current Roosevelt student interested in participating in track and field should pick up all the required forms in the office or print them from this site. Track practices will most likely begin in April at 3:45pm in the Roosevelt big gym. The practice schedule will be available soon, but in past years, practice has been held daily. Practice is generally 3:45-5:00 or 5:30pm. The schedule for all dual meets, as well as the sub-district meet and district meet, will also be available from the school district soon.
Student athletes must be present at no less than two practices during the week to participate in that week’s track meet. Our team is open to all – experienced track and field athletes and beginners, as well.
State law requires that student-athletes complete sports physical exams every two years when participating in athletics. Therefore, if the athlete’s last sports physical examination expires before the end of the season in late May, 2022, a new one must be completed before any participation, either in practices or in meets, is permitted. So, if your student-athlete’s last sports examination occurred prior to May 26, 2020, then you should get them scheduled for a sports physical now so there will be no delay in starting practices in March with the rest of the team. Copies of the sports physical are available here or in the Roosevelt office. The sports physical forms, completed and signed by your student-athlete’s medical care provider, should be submitted to the school office, along with all of the other required forms, found here. Hard copies of all required forms are also available in the Roosevelt office.
School District 4J charges a $100 per student-athlete participation fee to cover the costs of running the middle school track and field program in Eugene School District 4J. We ask that each family pay as much as they are able. Partial and full scholarships are available based upon individual/family need. WE DO NOT WANT MONEY TO PREVENT ANYONE FROM PARTICIPATING! Contact the school secretary (541-790-8544) for information about scholarships. In addition, donations to cover Roosevelt track team jerseys, tee shirts and equipment will be greatly appreciated. All checks should be made payable to Roosevelt.
Proof of insurance is required for all student-athletes. If your student is not fully covered by insurance carried by the parent/guardian, then inquire in the Roosevelt office about School Time student accident insurance available through Myers-Stevens & Toohey. Application forms are available online.
There are also numerous opportunities for parents to volunteer. Information about volunteering is included in the packet of track and field forms found here.
Being part of the track team at Roosevelt is important in a variety of ways. First, it provides a healthy activity that many of our students need in our current world of technology and video games. Second, it teaches each athlete the importance of being part of a team. Finally it gives our students a chance to connect and foster positive, supporting relationships with people, both students and staff, they may not normally interact with during the regular school day. Required paperwork is available here or in the Roosevelt office. All completed forms must be turned in at the office before students may begin practice. If you have questions, please contact the school secretary, Karen Kingzett, 541-790-8544 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Required Track and Field Forms
RMS Math Family Education Night
On Thursday, February 3rd, we welcomed Dr. Jenny Ruef, UO College of Ed to our 3rd math education night this year. She spoke about what causes math anxiety in and out of the classroom and ways it can be addressed by educators and parents. We’ll post the Zoom recording to our FB page this week and hope you’ll join us on March 3rd when we discuss differentiation in the math classroom. See you then!
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.
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!
We are looking for a tech savvy volunteer to help with our Yearbook club. We are meeting after school on Mondays and Tuesdays. If you would like to join, or would like to volunteer in another capacity, please contact Laura Fuhriman at email@example.com.
Track and Field
Please contact Laura Fuhriman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering during our Track and Field season.
PAR Meeting Info
Each month we gather as parents to not only hear about all the happenings at Roosevelt, but also to have conversations about topics pertinent to our growing teens and how we can help them navigate this season of life. This month, we will be meeting Tuesday March 1st from 6:30 PM -7:30 PM over zoom. Come join us as we get a spring update from Courtney and talk about a survey that our students completed regarding community, connection, belonging, and academic readiness. Let’s work together to learn how we can best support them as they figure out who they are as individuals and who they want to become.
Meeting ID: 936 645 5771
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, email@example.com, 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.
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.
Trouble Accessing COVID Vaccines?
Do you want COVID vaccinations but due to your housing situation you cannot gain access to the vaccine? Lane County Public Health (LCPH) has mobile vaccine deployment for qualified individuals. To find out more information contact the LCPH call center at 541-682-1380. The call center in open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. They can help request a mobile vaccine visit.
Free COVID-19 Test Kits
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:
* Limit of one order per residential address
* One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
* Orders will ship free starting in late January
Click here to order your free test kits.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
Request Your Child’s Free LTD Pass!
In 4J, elementary and middle school students need parent/guardian permission to receive a student transit pass. To get a free LTD student transit pass, fill out the permission form at this link or request a paper copy from the front office.
The student transit pass can be used to get anywhere within the LTD service area, including on weekends and after school.
¡Solicite el pase LTD gratuito para su hijo!
En 4J, los estudiantes de escuelas primarias y secundarias necesitan el permiso de los padres/guardián para recibir un pase de tránsito. Para obtener un pase de tránsito estudiantil LTD gratis, complete el formulario de permiso en este enlace o solicite una copia impresa en la oficina.
El pase de tránsito para estudiantes se puede usar para llegar a cualquier lugar dentro del área de servicio de LTD, incluso los fines de semana y después de la escuela.
Interested in Babysitting?
The Eugene Family YMCA is offering a Red Cross Babysitter Training course.
What: American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training
When: Saturday, February 26
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Who: Those 11 years and older
Where: EUGENE FAMILY YMCA
Cost: $90 for Members – $100 for Non-Members (Financial Assistance available)
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.
Spring 2022 Term Design Arts Apprenticeship Program
IMPORTANT DATES FOR SPRING 2022 TERM:
* Applications Due: March 14th
* Kickoff Event: April 6th
* 10-Week Apprenticeship: April 11th – June 17th
* Final Showcase: July 1st
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
**Click here to check out the flyer.
Rose Children’s Theatre Frozen Jr.
Rose Children’s Theatre is heading to the stage for the first time in 2 years, with their production of Frozen Jr. Thirty-one kids (10 of whom are from RMS!) in grades 6-9 have been working diligently to bring Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle to stage. There will be 5 shows from February 24th – 27th at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Tickets available https://rosechildrenstheatre.org/ Livestreaming will also be available during several shows.
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 (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.
UO Telehealth Research Study
The University of Oregon is looking for caregivers, foster parents, parents, grandparents, and other adult family members raising a middle schooler to participate in a telehealth research study. There are many ways the COVID-19 pandemic may have negatively impacted your family. You or your child may have experienced increased depression, anxiety, stress, or social isolation. This might make the school year more challenging. This project aims to provide caregivers with tools to help their middle school student manage these challenges, get good grades, and improve behavior at home and at school. Families will participate over a 6-month period.
Interested in learning more? Go to https://www.middleschoolstudy.org/information.
Contact us to see if you qualify for the study at MSStudy@uoregon.edu or (971) 219-2025.
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.
| Roosevelt Middle School | Phone: 541-790-8500 | Attendance: 541-790-8525 |