Roosevelt Middle School eNEWS | November, 14th 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, a thank you to PAR
Students ride free with LTD, Middle School Madness with YMCA, LGBTQ+ Group
Mental Health Support
Free access to Care Solace, multiple links for support, 15th Night resource guide
Schedule of Events
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
NOVEMBER 21st (M): A DAY
NOVEMBER 22nd (T): B DAY
- Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
NOVEMBER 23rd (W): A DAY
NOVEMBER 24th (TH): NO SCHOOL
- No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
NOVEMBER 25th (F): NO SCHOOL
- No School, Thanksgiving Break
Roosevelt School News
A Message from the Principal and Assistant Principal
Good morning, RMS families:
We are back in it after a short conference week, looking forward to a full week of school ahead, and two short weeks to follow. We hope your conferences last week were fruitful and informative… We certainly enjoyed having students in the building with their families! Unbelievably, the end of the trimester is only three weeks away– and that’s eleven school days from today. Congrats to everyone for arriving at this point in the school year.
November is a unique month of interrupted weeks! It is also a month that brings some wonderful community events to Roosevelt and one in which we mark Native American Heritage Month– also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. This month and throughout the year, we honor and celebrate the rich and diverse ancestry, cultures, and traditions of indigenous people in the United States. We examine our shared history in Oregon and the nation in order to raise awareness and acknowledge the incredible ways in which tribal citizens maintain voice and presence in our current world.
This week, we preview Helping All People (HAP). Over the next three weeks, students will work together in House to support our annual school-wide event. For over a quarter of a century, families at Roosevelt have shown their generous spirit by donating food and other supplies to Eugene-area families during November and December. As we’ve done the past two years, we are opting for collecting pre-paid gift cards and cash donations to distribute to families in our school community. More information on how to donate is coming soon.
We will run HAP through House. Our Student Government will play an integral role in compiling gift bags for distribution under the guidance of Marty Smith and our volunteer coordinator, Laura Fuhriman, liaison Alison Wagner and counselor, Lee Baker, will be our adult contacts.
Our timeline for the event appears below:
- November 14 – 18: Preview and launch HAP in House
- November 21 – 23: HAP drive + collection begins – Thanksgiving week (no school Th/Fr)
- November 28 – 30: HAP drive and collection continues – grading week (no school Th/Fr)
- December 5 – 9: HAP drive and collection continues
- December 12 – 16: Gift cards compiled and delivered to families
Thanks in advance for your support!
November is also the month we kick off our direct drive. Though we haven’t sent anything to families yet, our direct drive is the only time throughout the year we will ask you for a specific donation to Roosevelt. Please be on the lookout for that information and thanks in advance for considering offering your support!
We hope you have a great week ahead and a strong finish for the trimester! Please let us know if you have any questions… and thanks for your patience as our teachers also wrap up the trimester with *all* their students.
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!
Thank you, PAR!
On Wednesday evening, November 9, during conferences, staff enjoyed a delightfully simple soup supper with delicious bread and yummy cookies, thanks to our parents! Seriously, we’re still raving about the chocolate chip cookies, along with the amazing chowders and chicken soup. On a cold night, after a long day of conferences, a meal from PAR made our evening shine… many thanks to all of you who generously donated your time and talents!
Thank you to all who were able to make the “souper” dinner possible for our teachers and staff last week. From set up and clean up to making and delivering food, thank you. It went off without a hitch and was a blessing to our staff during their long day of conferences! If you missed out, you can always drop your child’s teacher a quick email of gratitude too.
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 PAR for the yummy dinner during Parent/teacher conference.
Thank you for the organizers: Kelly Josephsen and Jamie Harms.
Thank you for food and help with setting up and cleaning up: Tiffany Lewis, Jessica Zetlmaier, Kelly Josephsen Elaine Lawson, Nancy Toth, Mina Roth, Rani Hurd. Nicole Kuhl, Yvonne Braun. Heather McClure, Tereza Parish, Ellen Currier, Zara Logue, Jamie Harms, Casey Hire, Cara Francis, Jennette Claassen, Kathy Lynn and Jennifer Weaver.
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.
LGBTQ+ Group: November 15th
- Tuesday, November 15th
- 3rd Tuesday of the Month
- 6:00 – 7:30 PM
A parent group for LGBTQ+ students is forming! We have met already and want to include more parents. This group is for parents of students of all ages in Eugene schools. Please join us for:
- Safe space for support & community
- Educating regarding LGBTQ+ youth issues
- Education regarding LGBTQ+ student rights
- Exposure to school & community resources
- Advocation for LGBTQ+ student inclusive schools in unity with other parents
Contact Lisa for location at (541)517-4775 or email@example.com
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.
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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