Roosevelt Middle School eNEWS | September 19, 2022


Below is a quick glance at what you will find in this week’s eNews.

Schedule of Events

Picture day, PAR meeting, open house, COVID testing and kit pick-up and drop-off, early release every Friday, A and B school calendar

Roosevelt School News

A message from the principals, open house, attendence, traffic at RMS, picture day, PAR info, volunteering info, masks optional, becoming an Observer in Canvas, COVID testing and kit drop-off, EEF Fun Run, Free bus pass

Clubs and Extracurricular Activities

French Plays Club, Chess Club, Teen Empowerment activities, Oregon Children’s Choir, Eugene Math Circle, Black Student Magazine, Design Arts Apprenticeship program

Community Resources

Students ride free with LTD

Mental Health Support

Free access to Care Solace, multiple links for support, 15th Night resource guide


Schedule of Events

This Week



  • Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
  • 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM, PAR Meeting
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, RMS Open House



  • Picture Day


  • 2:35 PM, Early Release from School

Next Week



  • Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit




  • 2:35 PM, Early Release from School

**A and B School Calendar for 2022 – 2023


Roosevelt School News

A Message from the Principal and Assistant Principal

Good morning, RMS families!

And, we’re off on our second week of school… We hope you are getting back into familiar routines and the flow of the school year in your households.

This week marks the second full week of school and we’ve got a Tuesday night event for you. Please see the information below for start and end times of our Open House and a special note about our A/B schedule. Your student is welcome to attend and should stay with you as you rotate through their classes; we’ll also have childcare available in the Library for elementary-aged children and younger, provided by our CORE leaders. Can’t wait to welcome you to our school that evening!

After an eventful first week, we handed out laptops to students on Wednesday during science classes. As much as possible, we are encouraging students to leave their laptops at school, secured in their lockers… and to take them home to charge as needed. Students need at least a 65% charge to go through the school day and we have limited charging options at school. Thanks for your help!

Rarely will students need them for school work at home. If students are concerned about checking Canvas, teachers will do this with students regularly during House and in classes. Your student should be carrying their laptop secured inside their binder or inside the industrial, reusable plastic bag we gave them. We’re seeing students trying to juggle laptops, binders and water bottles, and we’ll work to support students in putting everything away at the end of class to avoid a hallway mishap. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to share a concern. We are really trying to normalize tech as ‘tool’ rather than as a ubiquitous device, ever present outside of our classrooms. If you’d like to review our presentations from last week, please click here!

We’re looking forward to seeing you this week as we hurtle towards October and the golden month of school… and as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or ideas!

See you Tuesday night…

Courtney and Mike

Open House Event: Tuesday, September 20 @ 6:00 PM

We’ll see you Tuesday, September 20 for our first PAR meeting of the year and an open house event. Come to the Dining Hall at 6:00 PM for our first Parents at Roosevelt gathering and then follow your student’s schedule from 6:50 PM – 8:30 PM during Open House, choosing A or B electives to attend. Please refresh your knowledge of your student’s House advisor – that’s where your class schedule starts Tuesday evening.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday- our first Open House in two years!

Traffic Updates: Accidents and YMCA Construction

Between 3:00 PM and 3:35 PM, at least six neighborhood schools let out for the day. Last week, we saw an uptick in bike and pedestrian accidents and near-misses. A few key pieces of information to share:

  • If your student is biking or walking, please remind them to stop, watch and wait at driveways and intersections.
  • Remind your student to bike with the flow of traffic and to avoid sidewalks when possible. If they cannot avoid sidewalks, please remind them to make eye contact with drivers before they cross a driveway or intersection.
  • Be aware of sidewalk and street closures due to construction.
  • .. slow down in our school zones!

Construction at the Y will be ongoing for the next two years which will continue to impact traffic to and from RMS. Beginning today, Monday, September 19, the following closures will take effect:

  • The east-west crosswalk at Hilyard Street south is closed and the north-south crosswalk at 24th Avenue east is open.
  • The north-south crosswalk at 24th Avenue west is closed and the east-west crosswalk on Hilyard Street north is open.
  • Pedestrians can cross from west to east, north of 25th Avenue to the east side of Hilyard Street. It’s best if students travel on the east side of Hilyard Street before 25th Avenue because traffic stacks up at that intersection during drop-off and pick-up.
  • The existing pedestrian crossings north-south at Patterson Street across 24th Avenue are open.

As always, it’s best to walk, bike, or arrange for a different pick-up and drop-off location for you and your student including the Very Little Theater or the SEHS track/tennis courts.

Thanks for your patience and attention!

Attendance Updates and Appointments: Please Dial 541-790-8525

  • Please use the RMS attendance line to report student absences, including if you are running late, have a family illness, or your student has an appointment, etc.
  • If you know your student needs to leave school during the instructional day, please send them with a note to present to the office asking to be excused at the appropriate time.
  • Families may also call the morning of to request a student be excused. We will send a note for your student to be excused from class to come to the office and sign out while you stay in your car and wait. This minimizes disruptions in our office and our classrooms and reduces your wait time.
  • If an unexpected appointment comes up, please call the office as early as possible to give us time to send a note to class for your student.

Please note, students may not leave school during the school day for appointments or any other reason without a parent/guardian or approved emergency contact coming to pick them up.

On rare occasions, administration may work with a parent/guardian to authorize the student to leave without a parent/guardian or emergency contact picking the student up

Thanks for your help!

Smile for the Camera 9/22/2022!

Picture day is Thursday, September 22nd. All students have their pictures taken for activity cards and the yearbook. Picture order forms are available from your student’s house advisor. The order form and your payment should be brought to school on September 22 and given directly to the photographer. Picture fees must be paid at the time pictures are taken. Please make checks for pictures payable to Lifetouch. If you instead choose to purchase pictures online, go to mylifetouch.com and enter picture ID: EVTG4GHSM.

**Check out this flyer (in Spanish and English) for more information.

PAR News

PAR Meeting

Welcome to Parents and Roosevelt! We invite you to join us as we kick off another great school year! Come on out Tuesday September 20th at 6 PM in the RMS Dining Hall (or over Zoom, Meeting ID: 936 645 5771) to hear about all the ways that we can continue our mission of community building as we support and encourage staff, connect and inform parents, and find fun ways two enrich our students’ experience in middle school.

PAR will regularly post information about what is coming up like teacher appreciation events, parent education nights, activity nights, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities each week in the eNews. You can also find us on our Facebook page.

We look forward to meeting you all soon!

**Check out the flyer for more information.

Volunteering Info

Many Thanks

Thank you to Casey Hire for not giving up on pulling weeds!!! As well to anyone who are taking care of our ground.

Thank you to Chloé Fuhriman, who helped getting the laptops ready and Rachel Anderson for shelving books in the library.

We are thankful for our front office volunteers: Courtney Harshbarger, Anne Miksis, Rachel Anderson and Kathy Lynn.

And a huge thank to Cara Francis for creating and editing our RMS’s eNews.

Join our incredible volunteers group

If you are interested in volunteering at RMS, please contact Laura Fuhriman at fuhriman_l@j4.lane.edu.

Join Us: October 23 @ 9:30 AM- EEF Fun Run and 5K

Don’t miss out on the fun!  On October 23, RMS joins schools from across the district in the first annual On Track for Success fundraising event. You and your family can walk, jog, run or roll at this fun event, designed as a fundraiser for each school that participates. RMS is already in the mix- sign up to run or to give a direct donation by clicking this link. You can designate RMS as the recipient of your donation by choosing our school from the list. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, cheer on your child, and raise money for our school. Stop by the RMS table to say hi and thanks in advance for your support!

Steps to participate

  • Register and pay for Fun Run or 5K via Eugene Education Foundation. Registration fee $5 for Fun Run or $20 for the 5K before Oct 17- the registration fee goes up after that.
  • Bib packets will be distributed to schools October 17; registrants after this date can pick up bibs at the 4J District Office on October 22 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.
  • Help students get pledges! Share the registration link far and wide to encourage participation and donation.
  • If you want to donate at any point, we will also accept check donations made payable to Eugene Education Foundation with Roosevelt Middle School in the memo.
  • Send donations to the school or make online donations by Thursday, October 27.


Access to Mental Health Resources

Student mental health remains a significant priority both at our school and at a district and state level. There are many excellent resources, and two places to start include our 4j website and Care Solace, a resource that connects you and your family to local therapists within a few days. Please always reach out if you have concerns about your student and know many supports exist both in and out of our school systems.

Also, there is always a Mental Health Support section at the end of the RMS eNews newsletter. It contains a wealth of links to help support our community.

Come Grab Your LTD Bus Pass!

Each year, students can renew their LTD bus pass. This means your student can continue to use the same pass from last year and you do not need to complete another permission form. Students can pick up bus passes in the office before or after school, between classes, and during lunch. If you need the permissions form, click here.

This information can also be found in the Community Resources section in every edition of the eNews newsletter.

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.

Masks are Optional

Masks are optional, AND, students who are experiencing symptoms of any illness should stay home. Please call school to share about students who have tested positive and students who are feeling sick.

Here is the latest Oregon Health Authority guidance in use at schools:

Any student or staff can be at school if after exposure (regardless of vaccine status) as long as they are symptom free and well.

Any student experiencing ONE PRIMARY SYMPTOM may return after symptoms are improving and any fever has been resolved without medication for at least 24 hours.

Any student experiencing TWO OR MORE PRIMARY SYMPTOMS may return:

  • If Negative COVID test result: same as one primary symptom
  • If no test result: after 5 days exclusion
  • If Positive COVID test result: see below for student who tests positive




If your student tests positive, please call your student’s school to let the staff know. Students who test positive are required to isolate at home for at least 5 days before returning to school.

Isolation calculator: Day 1 is the first full day after the symptoms developed or the positive test result is received. Isolation may end after 5 days if the individual is fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine and other symptoms have improved.

It’s recommended, but not required that individuals should wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public, including at school, for 5 additional days (Days 6-10) after the end of the required 5-day isolation period.

To calculate the 5-day isolation period, see Lane County Public Health’s isolation calculator.

Other, related OHA guidance:

  • Diarrhea: ( 3+ watery stools in 24 hours OR sudden onset of loose stools OR student unable to control bowel function when previously able. may return 48 hours after last episode.
  • Vomiting: (one or more episodes that can’t be explained): may return 48 hours after last episode.
  • Fever only: may return after 24 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medication.

COVID-19 SUPPORT HOTLINE: call 866-917-8881 or text OHACOVID to 6122

This service is available Mon-Friday 8-6 and Sat 10-4.

**Click here to read a guidelines for keeping students home from school due to illness.

COVID-19 News

Sign Up for COVID-19 Testing

RMS has enrolled in the OHA/UO COVID-19 Screening Testing Program this year. This is an optional, weekly saliva test, via a take-home test kit. Please review this info/registration-flyer for more information.

If you would like to participate, please sign up by completing these two steps:

  • STEP 1: Complete the UO K-12 Student Information Survey at https://tinyurl.com/k12covidscreening. The registration survey can be viewed in English or Spanish. We have a rolling enrollment; students can sign up anytime. Testing can begin about 1-2 weeks after student sign-up begins.
  • STEP 2: Complete and return the OHA Consent Form. This form is required for all participating students and must be completed and returned to the school at the start of the program – plan to bring this form on your first test pick up day. If you do not have a printer, your school can provide a printed copy at test pick up. Schools are required by OHA to retain these consent forms.

Ages 5 – 14

Test Kit Drop off Info

Students should return the kits every Tuesday morning. Collection bins are located at the front office for sample drop-offs. Students should have their test kits in hand when arriving at school so they can be quickly and easily dropped in the designated bins.

**Check out the flyer (French and English) for more information.

Clubs and Extracurricular Activities

Get Ready For Yearbook Club

Yearbook Club begins in October!

If you like writing stories, taking photos, and working as a team – this might be the right place for you! Yearbook club will be held for an hour after school, days TBD. Yearbook Press applications can be found via a google form on your House slides starting this week.

Design Arts Apprenticeship Program


  • Applications Due: September 28th
  • Kickoff Event: October 5th
  • 10-Week Apprenticeship: October 10th – December 16th
  • Final Showcase: January 6th

Applications are now open for the Fall 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.

Mentor-led groups meet for approximately 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks to work directly on design projects. Apprentices also participate in engaging design-focused workshops, and showcase their final products during a week-long public display.

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

**Check out the flyer.

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.


Meeting Time: Zoom Meeting on Wednesdays from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM


  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Guest Speaker
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Editorial Sessions

Contact: Jael Calloway, Director of Student Publications


**Click here for more information or click here to register.

French Plays Club

Join the French Plays Club!

Roosevelt students in the French Immersion program will meet in small groups of 4-6 students and 2 high school leaders to write their own short plays in French! Meetings will be held after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the RMS library lounge starting in October. The plays will be written and rehearsed to perform in the Commons before Winter Break.

Sign up with this survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHb7x5kdi7lIpoccwIwn5kVz_FLp1XWS0gtzhrhGkX3mcRIQ/viewform

Email mrawland23@4j.lane.edu with any questions.

Chess Club


Chess Club at Roosevelt has a long and storied tradition. In fact, the Roosevelt team won the Oregon State Middle School Championship as recently as last year. Beginner to expert, we invite you to join us. Meetings on Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45PM in the Library forum, September 20th until December 13th for the fall chess term. Learn to play competitively in tournaments or just for fun with your friends.

Go here for more information and to register:  http://www.southsidechess.com/school-clubs.html

Teen Empowerment Activities

Funded by the Community Safety Initiative, the Teen Empowerment Program works with community partners to empower teens by building life and job skills, offering access to caring youth and adult mentors, and increasing access to other vital community resources. Programs are designed to be low-barrier and inclusive so that every young person is provided the opportunity to grow up safely and access their best possible future. More information can be found at GetRec.org/empowerment

All programs are free and provide food. Most activities are scheduled to start at the end of September. Free registration is open and required and will close on the first day of each activity.

**Check out the flyer for more information.

Sing with the Oregon Children’s Choir!

The Oregon Children’s Choir welcomes 2nd-12th graders to join one of our fun and inspiring choirs for the 2022-2023 school year! Develop new singing techniques, learn new songs and make new friends. Choirs meet once per week and perform four concerts per year. Scholarships and sibling discounts available.

Registration and information at www.oregonchildrenschoir.org

Eugene Math Circle at UO

This year the Eugene Math Circle at the University of Oregon will be offering in-person classes for school-age children who like math and want to be challenged.

Currently, we have openings at the Upper Division levels (classes for middle and high school students). This fall the Upper Division I students (6-7 graders) will solve many interesting logical puzzles and will get their first introduction into formal logic. The Upper Division II students (8-9 graders) will solve fun problems from different branches of math working in small groups and on their own.

The classes will begin the week of September 20th. The Upper Division I class will meet at 6:30 PM -7:30 PM on Thursdays, the Upper Division II class (8-9 graders) will be at 5:45 PM -7 PM on Wednesdays, and the Upper Division II class (10-12 graders) will be at 5:00 PM -6:30 PM on Wednesdays.

Students should apply online at https://pages.uoregon.edu/nemirovm/apply.html. The target date is September 12 but late applications will be considered if there are openings.  The cost of the program is $300 per term but thanks to our sponsors we are able to offer a sliding-scale option for tuition: $100, $200, or $300 per term. We are also able to provide financial aid (partial or full scholarships) for families who need it.


Community Resources

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.

Mental Health Support

Free Access to Care Solace

4J families, does your student or a family member need help with mental health care? Eugene School District 4J is providing students, staff and their families’ free access to Care Solace, a confidential care coordination service, to help provide an additional layer of care and address the growing need for mental health care and substance abuse treatment.

Care Solace will connect you to verified community care providers matched to your needs, including providers that accept your medical insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or sliding scale options for those without insurance. Their care companion team is always available. Get help finding care providers that meet your needs at caresolace.com/eugene or call 888-515-0595 anytime, day or night, in any language. (Note, Care Solace is not a mental health service provider or emergency response service. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255.)

Learn more: 4j.lane.edu/2022/03/care-solace-mental-health-care-coordination-service/

Familias de 4J, ¿Necesitan ayuda con la atención de salud mental de algún miembro de su familia? El Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J brinda a los estudiantes, el personal y sus familias acceso gratuito a Care Solace, un servicio confidencial de coordinación de cuidados, para ayudar a proporcionar una capa adicional de atención a la salud mental y tratamiento de abuso de sustancias para abordar la creciente necesidad de atención mental.

Care Solace le conectará con proveedores de atención comunitaria verificados que se ajusten a sus necesidades, incluidos los proveedores que aceptan su seguro médico, Medicaid, Medicare u opciones de pago por escala de ingresos para aquellos sin seguro. Su equipo de acompañantes de cuidados siempre está disponible. Obtenga la ayuda de contactos que satisfaga sus necesidades en caresolace.com/eugene o llame al 888-515-0595 en cualquier momento, de día o de noche, en cualquier idioma. (Tenga en cuenta que Care Solace no es el proveedor de los servicios de salud mental ni un servicio de respuesta a emergencias. En caso de una emergencia de vida o muerte, llame al 911 o a la Línea Nacional de Suicidio al 800-273-8255).

Infórmese: 4j.lane.edu/2022/03/care-solace-mental-health-care-coordination-service/


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.

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!

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.

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