Roosevelt Middle School eNEWS | November, 7th 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 days, Parent Equity Group meeting
Roosevelt School News
A message from the principals, PAR info, volunteering info, becoming an Observer in Canvas, COVID testing and kit drop-off, Tdap boosters, Parent Equity Group meeting, picking up students early
Students ride free with LTD, Middle School Madness with YMCA, 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
NOVEMBER 7th (M): B DAY
NOVEMBER 8th (T): A DAY
- Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
NOVEMBER 9th (W): NO SCHOOL
- No School, Parent Conferences
NOVEMBER 10th (TH): NO SCHOOL
- No School, Professional Development
NOVEMBER 11th (F): NO SCHOOL
- No School, Veteran’s Day
NOVEMBER 14th (M): B DAY
NOVEMBER 15th (T): A DAY
- Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
- 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Parent Equity Group
- Where: RMS Library
NOVEMBER 16th (W): B DAY
NOVEMBER 17th (TH): A DAY
NOVEMBER 18th (F): B DAY
- 2:35 PM, Early Release from School
Roosevelt School News
A Message from the Principal and Assistant Principal
Good morning, RMS families:
We hope you had a great wintery weekend and found great ways to enjoy your additional hour in the switch to Daylight Savings time. As we move further into the fall and winter months, please check out this 4j page for information on how to sign up for weather alerts, school delays and building closures. We’ll always re-share district information in the case of winter weather, and no news means no change to the daily schedule.
Conferences This Week!
We’re looking forward to seeing many of you this week during conferences. Last week’s eNews message outlined the planning, structure and organization for conferences and we look forward to hearing from and sharing with you, and making a plan for the rest of the year. Again, we would like students to attend so a true dialog can occur. See you Wednesday!
Parent Education Event, 11/1/22
Last week on Tuesday, we had a wonderful parent education event with Ophelia’s Place. Yuki Roberts, our main presenter, shared with us foundational information about healthy relationships and boundaries, encouraging all of us to keep communication flowing between parents, other adults and our tweens and teens. Her part of the presentation starts around thirty-three minutes in– please check out the recorded Zoom session by clicking here. And, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the amazing work Ophelia’s Place does in our community, check it out here!
Have a great, short week… and we’d love to hear from you about how your year is going so far– thanks for reaching out.
Courtney and Mike
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. Thanks for your help!
Our teacher and staff appreciation is just days away! 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. We are still in need of a few items including soup. If you are able to contribute soup, please sign using the link below. If all items for the meal could be delivered on Wednesday, November 9th between 8 AM – 10 AM or 2 PM – 4 PM so that we can set everything up, that would be great. If you are interested in helping with set up or clean up or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jamie Harms at email@example.com.
Even if you are not able to contribute to the “souper” meal, I would encourage you to drop an email or note to a teacher with something that you are thankful for about them. Those words of encouragement are a huge gift. Thanks for helping make our Roosevelt community a great place to be!
P.S. If you missed out on the Parent Education Night last week, you can find the link to the slides and video or our time in Courtney’s message. It is a great resource on school safety and relationships that can be a tool in your back pocket as you parent teenagers.
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.
Thank you to our Facebook Editor: Monica Shovlin. You can find us here: https://www.facebook.com/parentsatroosevelt
Thank you to our awesome volunteers who helped with documents for our coming Parent/teacher conference: Izzy Gleason, Chloé Fuhriman, Augustina Iturra, Tereza Parish,Jill Rodin, Sudha Rajendran, Audrey McCarthy, Eric Meyers, Colleen Cunningham, Deb McLaughin, Jennifer Weaver, Sara Loveless, Elisha Hocking Ellen Currier and Anne Miksis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Middle School Madness with the YMCA
The YMCA will be hosting a new teen night program: Middle School Madness!
- Who: 6th – 8th Grade Students
- Cost: $10/ Y Members – $25/ Community Members
- When: 11/18, 12/16, 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19
- Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- Where: Eugene Family YMCA
- What: An opportunity for middle school students to safely get together with peers, play gym games, enjoy snacks, and arts and crafts!
Click here to register online.
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 email@example.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).
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.
- 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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