Roosevelt Middle School eNEWS | October 31st, 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

Roosevelt School News

A message from the principals, attendance, traffic at RMS, PAR info, volunteering info, becoming an Observer in Canvas, COVID testing and kit drop-off, Tdap boosters, direct drive

Community Resources

Students ride free with LTD, Dia de Los Muertos celebration, Moana JR show, host families needed

Mental Health Support

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


Schedule of Events

This Week


  • Halloween
    • (Students are welcome to dress up for Halloween and should follow the guidelines we share in House.)


  • Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
  • 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Parent’s Education Night w/Ophelia’s Place,
    • Topic: Safe relationships, teen dating, consent
    • Location: RMS Library
    • ZOOM: https://zoom.us/j/9366455771
    • Meeting ID: 936 645 5771




  • 2:35 PM, Early Release from School

Next Week



  • Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit


  • No School, Parent Conferences


  • No School, Professional Development


  • No School, Veteran’s Day

**A and B School Calendar for 2022 – 2023



Roosevelt School News

A Message from the Principal and Assistant Principal


Good morning, RMS families:

We hope Activity Night was a ton of fun for your student last Friday– we saw lots of dancing and singing, along with students enjoying some quieter spaces, too. Many thanks to our parent volunteers who came out to help at the event. Today and in the week ahead, we’ll focus on supporting the aftermath of Halloween on a Monday in middle school!

The Next Two Weeks

This is the last full week of school between now and November 14. Next week, students have school Monday and Tuesday, November 7 and 8. School is not in session Wednesday, November 9 for conferences or Thursday, November 10 for teacher professional development and planning. Friday, November 11 is the Veterans Day holiday dedicated to honoring those who have served our country.

This week in House and in classes, with the oversight and support of their teachers, students will complete a series of reflections and self-assessments for each of their classes in preparation for conferences on November 9. This year, students are strongly encouraged to attend and discuss with you and their House advisor their academic and social progress. Students and advisors will have information on updated grades and attendance for each class and students will assess themselves– with input from their teachers– on our CORE RMS values:


In addition, students will assess their own strengths and challenges for each class, and identify a goal they would like to work toward. On the form, students will provide examples from each class that supports their reflections. The role of the House advisor during conferences is to facilitate a conversation, provide feedback, and support students in achieving the skills and habits they need for middle school success now and in the future.

We look forward to our conferences with you! Please look for the special email from Skye today with links to sign up for a meeting time.


Parent Education Night Tomorrow!

We are pleased to invite you to our first parent education night of the year on Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30 PM. Over the course of the year, PAR will sponsor four business meetings and RMS will support parent and community education events. In the past, we’ve heard from mental health service providers, math education experts, and others that support a gamut of topics.

Our first meeting this year will consider the topic of social, emotional, and physical safety at school, relationship dynamics between students, healthy relationships and the potential for dating violence, even at middle school. It is sure to be an interesting and important conversation and we’ve asked Ophelia’s Place in to share resources and support dialog. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow in the Library. If you prefer to Zoom, the link to the meeting is: https://4J-lane-edu.zoom.us/j/9366455771 (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771).


Picking Up Your Student Early from School?

During the years we were shut down for COVID, no visitors were allowed into school. With changes to pandemic policy, we are now able to welcome essential visitors and volunteers in our schools… and this includes parents who are picking up their student for an appointment or to leave early. This is a change from the beginning of the year. When you arrive at school for a pick-up, please park, come to the main entrance, and wait in the lobby while we fetch your student. With this change, we also seek to reduce any potential miscommunication or missed messages.

In addition, if your student is leaving early for the day, they *must* check out with a school adult first and sign out on the green sheet in the front office. This is crucial; students should not leave the building without clear instructions from adults or signing out. We’ll work on re-teaching this in House… and if you can also reiterate that at home, we would appreciate it. Thank you!


Cultural Events and Recognition

Tuesday kicks off Native American History Month, a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people in American history. Heritage Month is also an important time to educate schools and communities about tribes and to raise awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the important ways in which tribal citizens have thrived.

We’re also pleased to share the 4j Natives program, in conjunction with our RMS Native American Student Union, has been designing and carving a totem pole for our campus. This project has lasted two years and we are drawing ever closer to putting it up on site. Though totem poles are not a part of the Kalapuya tribes’ traditional decoration or representation– our school sits on Kalapuya homelands– they do represent the influence of myriad tribes and experiences in the Pacific Northwest and serve as a symbol for cultural pride and connection. When the totem pole is ready, we will have a dedication ceremony with district support and school-wide activities to inform and educate.

Please see below for additional information about the activities and supports that exist for families at RMS and in the district and please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any questions or ideas– we always appreciate hearing from our families.

Have a great week!

Our best,

Courtney and Mike


Direct Drive Kicks Off at RMS      

Tuesday, November 1 kicks off our RMS Direct Drive, one of the only ways we ask our families for financial support for the school. Please be on the lookout for a special email from us Tuesday outlining our rationale for a direct drive, the specific ask, and a goal for our fundraising efforts. We have purposefully drawn back from overt and all-encompassing school-level fundraisers for sound pedagogical reasons, thus the move to a direct drive. Many thanks for sharing our request for funds far and wide– more details to follow via email soon!


Tdap Boosters 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.

Information about exemptions


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!

PAR News

Our teacher and staff appreciation is here! We will be providing a meal for our teachers and staff during conferences, November 9th, to remind them how “souper” they are and how thankful we are for their investment in our children. You can sign up to help contribute to this event using the link below. If you are interested in helping with set up or clean up, please contact Jamie Harms at jamieharms@gmail.com


Thanks for helping make our Roosevelt community a great place to be!


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

The next RMS Parent Equity Team meeting will be Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 pm.


Volunteering Info

Many Thanks

Thank you to Ellen Currier one of our library’s volunteer.

Thank you to Tereza Parish, Casey Hire and Ann Dejong for helping with the Social Study Books.

And a huge THANKS to all our volunteers that chaperoned and helped with Activity Night: Courtney Harshbarger, Angela Cherbas, Izzy Gleason, Chloé Fuhriman, Etienne Fuhriman, Sara Starlin, Kellie Bennett’s, Lee Corette, Morgan Munro, Lily Daniels, Sara Loveless, Monica Shovlin, Ellen Currier, Rani Hurd, Tereza Parish, Brooke Parrill, Rachel LaBuda, Rachel Anderson, Kelsey Shields, Anna Shipway, Kathryn Kuttis, Mohit Singla, Morgan Diment, Tanna Giroux, Leslie Cusati, Deb McLaughlin, Marla McBee. Col Abrams, Duncan Rhodes, Kathie Tagwerker, Kari Parsons, Heather McClure, Elisa Lawler, Ava Brooks and Lily Hansen.

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, fuhriman_l@j4.lane.edu, as soon as possible, as the process to become a volunteer can take more than two weeks.

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 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.


Community Resources

RCT Presents Moana JR: November 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th

Rose Children’s Theatre spent months collaborating with Pacific Islanders in the community and is thrilled to be bringing Moana to life onstage as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana JR. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.  Come support the cast of talented kids from 3rd through 10th grade, including some from Roosevelt Middle School, with this epic experience for your eyes and ears.

4 students from Roosevelt will be in the show!


Performances at the Richard E. Wildish Theater

  • November 4, 5, 11 & 12 at 7:00 PM
  • November 5, 6, 12 & 13 at 2:00 PM


Dia de Los Muertos Celebration: November 4th

Join the Dia de Los Muertos celebration!

  • When: Friday, November 4th
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Where: North Eugene High School

This celebration is free and open to all 4J families. There will be art workshops for kids, music, art displays and food for purchase.

Charlemagne Seeking Host Families      

Every year, Charlemagne Elementary hosts interns from France who work at the school and provide much-needed language support and cultural perspectives. Hosting an intern is rewarding and exciting– you gain a new friend and an international connection for years to come. If you are interested in hosting an intern for about three months, please email charlemagneinternprogram@gmail.com. Host families provide three meals a day and a bedroom for the intern. Thank you for your interest!

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).

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 this link 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.

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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