Roosevelt Middle School eNEWS | October 3rd, 2022
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
Roosevelt School News
A message from the principals, attendance, traffic at RMS, 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, Black Student Magazine
Students ride free with LTD, learn to ride a bike for free
Mental Health Support
Free access to Care Solace, multiple links for support, 15th Night resource guide
Schedule of Events
OCTOBER 3rd (M): B DAY
OCTOBER 4th (T): A DAY
- Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
OCTOBER 5th (W): B DAY
OCTOBER 6th (TH): A DAY
OCTOBER 7th (F): B DAY
- 2:35 PM, Early Release from School
OCTOBER 10th (M): A DAY
OCTOBER 11th (T): B DAY
- Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
OCTOBER 12th (W): A DAY
OCTOBER 13th (TH): B DAY
OCTOBER 14th (F): NO SCHOOL
- No School, Progress Reports/Professional Development Day
Roosevelt School News
A Message from the Principal and Assistant Principal
Good morning, RMS families:
Happy first week of October and happy upcoming Yom Kippur to our families who celebrate!
In the spirit of moving school back to more normal times, we had our first full-school assembly in two-and-a-half years on Friday last week. Each House presented their own cheer or chant that embodies their House– we saw pyramids with snakes, funny songs and signs, and students dressed up in unique costumes. It was purely for fun and school spirit and to grow connection, belonging and identity in House. Hoping your student told you a bit about it!
This week in House, our students will be taking a deep dive into our responsibilities handbook which can be found on our website and in our student planner. Click here if you would like to access and discuss it with your student. Our main focus will be to emphasize the responsibilities we have being in community together and the importance of staying safe and supporting each other. We’ll also do two days on bullying and harassment, how to step in when you see something, and why we want a culture of upstanders and not bystanders– an important and sometimes difficult lesson for middle school students. Encouraging your student to say something if they see something is crucial and often not popular. Our work is to give students the confidence and agency to know it’s okay to step in. This will be the main thrust of our conversations this week– please keep in touch about your own conversations!
Now that we are into October, both affinity groups and clubs will be starting up. Club life is a crucial part of middle school development. It gives students an opportunity to come together outside of academic classes to participate together in ways that strengthen identity, develop leadership skills with a shared interest, fosters community building, and provides support for the overall well-being and success of our students. We are always looking for additional parent supports and contacts in our community for all our clubs and groups. If you are interested or know folks in our community who might be able to volunteer time to support club meetings, we would be grateful for your contacts.
We have this golden month of October to enjoy before we move into November, a month which always includes a student conference day and several holidays. Next week marks the midterm– no school on Friday, October 14 for teacher grading and planning– so now is a great time to check in with your students about how their classes are going and to look for missed work and upcoming tests and assignments.
Many thanks for your ongoing support and communication… hope it’s a great week for everyone.
Courtney and Mike
Traffic Updates: Accidents and YMCA Construction
Construction at the Y will be ongoing for the next two years which will continue to impact traffic to and from RMS and other local schools. Last week, a number of sidewalks and pedestrian crossings closed.
Please help us support your student! If they walk or bike to and from school or are walking to meet you elsewhere after school, remind them to *exit down the front steps* and *across 24th* where we have a crossing guard to stop traffic.
Many students are still attempting to cross at Patterson Street or they are walking east in the bike lane on 24th Avenue– pretty dangerous without a protected sidewalk.
The closures include:
- 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, on 26th Avenue to the east side of Hilyard Street. It’s best if students travel on the east side of Hilyard Street before 26th Avenue because traffic stacks up at that intersection during drop-off and pick-up.
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!
RMS Parent Equity Team Postponed: Join Us October 18 at SEHS!
Our first RMS Parent Equity Team was scheduled for Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 pm… instead please join us at South Eugene High School at 5:30 pm for a film screening: I’m Not Racist… Am I? Click here to view the trailer and for more information, contact the 4j Equity Team at 541-790-7581. The next RMS Parent Equity Team meeting will be Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 pm.
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!
As we have talked about in the past few weeks, PAR exists to support Roosevelt parents, teachers/staff, and students. Thus, here are a few save the dates for some coming events that you won’t want to miss!
On Tuesday, October 18th at 5:30pm at South Eugene High School, we will be hosting a showing of “Am I a racist?” followed by discussion for parent equity night. We would encourage you all to join in with us.
For Teachers and Staff:
On Wednesday, November 9th, we want to remind our teachers and staff how thankful we are for them and how “Souper” they are. So, we will provide them a soup and bread dinner during parent teacher conferences. We will post a sign up genius two weeks before the event for families to consider bringing an item to bless the teachers and staff. We will also be looking for some helping hands to do the set up and take down. If you are interested in helping, please contact Jamie Harms at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, October 28th, we will be hosting a student activity night so that the kids can gather and have a fun and safe evening of food, music, dancing, and games. In order to make this happen, we are looking for volunteers to host the different areas of activity. If you are interested in helping, please contact Laura Fuhriman at email@example.com.
Save the date:
- Next PAR meeting: Tuesday, January 10th
RMS Parent Equity Group
We invite you to participate in our RMS Parent Equity Group, focused around a series of book studies about educational equity, access and inclusion. We’ll meet the third Tuesday of each month– at 6:30 PM in the Library at school. Titles we’ll consider appear below and we welcome your additional suggestions. Thank you!
- Ijeoma Oluo: So You Want to Talk About Race
- Ta-Nehisi Coates: Between the World and Me
- Ibram X. Kendi: How to be an Antiracist
- Heather McGhee: The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone
- Isabel Wilkerson: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Thank you Courtney Harshbarger for cutting tennis balls and Rachel Anderson for taping Social Study books.
Join our incredible volunteers group
We still have open shifts (weekly) for the front office and the library. Activity Night is coming up as well as different projects that we would love for you to join us to lighten the work.
If you are interested in volunteering at RMS please contact Laura Fuhriman, firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible, as the process to become a volunteer can take more than two weeks.
Get to School Safely!
We encourage students to get to school using active transportation like walking, biking, skating and scooting, or shared transportation like busing and carpooling. It’s great for their health and the environment and makes the space around our school safer and less trafficked.
Please take a look at the safety tip sheets for walking and biking on our regional Safe Routes to School website, and go over some of the safety tips with your student: https://www.eugenespringfieldsrts.org/local-resources
Finally, when choosing a walking or biking route, try a route other than the one you would use to drive to school. Sidewalk riding on busy streets is dangerous because people driving don’t expect people biking on sidewalks. Quieter neighborhood streets may be a better option. Safe Routes to School has walking maps on their website, here: https://www.eugenespringfieldsrts.org/maps-for-biking-and-walking
You can also connect with our Safe Routes to School staff for route planning assistance at email@example.com or 541-790-7539.
¡Llegue a la escuela con seguridad!
Alentamos a los estudiantes a llegar a la escuela utilizando medios de transporte activos, como caminar, andar en bicicleta, patinar y andar en patineta, o medios de transporte compartidos, como autobuses y vehículos compartidos. Es excelente para su salud y el medio ambiente y hace que el espacio alrededor de nuestra escuela sea más seguro y menos transitado.
Eche un vistazo a las hojas de consejos de seguridad para caminar y andar en bicicleta en el sitio web de Rutas seguras a la escuela de nuestra región, y repase algunos de los consejos de seguridad con su estudiante: https://www.eugenespringfieldsrts.org/local-resources
Finalmente, cuando elija una ruta para caminar o andar en bicicleta, pruebe con una ruta diferente a la que usaría para conducir a la escuela. Andar en bicicleta en las aceras es peligroso porque las personas que manejan no esperan que las personas anden en bicicleta en las aceras. Las calles más tranquilas del vecindario pueden ser una mejor opción. Safe Routes to School tiene mapas para caminar en su sitio web, aquí: https://www.eugenespringfieldsrts.org/maps-for-biking-and-walking
También puede conectarse con nuestro personal de Safe Routes to School para obtener asistencia en la planificación de rutas en firstname.lastname@example.org o 541-790-7539.
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
PRIMARY COVID SYMPTOMS:
- FEVER 100.4 OR HIGHER OR CHILLS
- DIFFICULTY BREATHING OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH
- LOSS OF SENSE OF TASTE OR SMELL
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.
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!
Thank you to everyone who applied to be part of the yearbook staff this year. We will be reviewing applications starting this week. Those who applied should receive information some time in the next week.
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!
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
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 email@example.com with any questions.
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.
Learn to Ride a Bike – A Free, All Ages, Drop-In Event!
Friday, Oct 7th, stop by any time between 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
4J District Office parking lot, 200 North Monroe Street
Do you or your child want to learn how to ride a bike? We’ll start with balancing and gliding without pedals or training wheels. Some will learn to pedal in one session, while others may need more practice to reach that final goal.
Join Safe Routes to School, Cascadia Mobility, the City of Eugene, the City of Springfield and Shift Community Cycles for this fun event with pedal-powered smoothies, bike checks, information about bike share, and workshops for families and individuals of all ages on biking for transportation.
You don’t need your own bike to participate, but please bring a helmet and bike if you have one. Contact Safe Routes to School at (541) 516-0887 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to volunteer.
¡Aprende a andar en bicicleta! – ¡Un evento gratis y sin cita, para todas las edades!
Viernes, 7 de octubre, puede presentarse en cualquier momento entre las 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
En el estacionamiento de la oficina principal del distrito 4J, 200 North Monroe Street
¿Usted o su hijo quieren aprender a andar en bicicleta? Recibe instrucciones y la práctica necesaria para balancear. Comenzaremos con el equilibrio y el deslizamiento sin pedales ni ruedas de entrenamiento. Algunos aprenderán a pedalear en una sola sesión, mientras que otros pueden necesitar más práctica para alcanzar ese objetivo final.
¡Aprovecha la oportunidad y ven al evento! Únase a Safe Routes to School, Cascadia Mobility, la ciudad de Eugene, la ciudad de Springfield y Shift Community Cycles para este divertido evento de hacer licuados usando los pedales como fuente de energía, revisión de bicicletas, información sobre bicicletas compartidas y talleres para familias e individuos de todas las edades sobre usar bicicletas como transporte.
No necesita su propia bicicleta para participar, pero traiga un casco y una bicicleta si tiene uno. Comuníquese con el programa de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela al (541) 516-0887 o por correo electrónico email@example.com si tiene preguntas o para ser voluntario.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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