Roosevelt Middle School eNEWS | November, 28th, 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
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, picking up students early, Direct Drive, Sunday prep day, sleepy students at school, uptick in illnesses
Virtual Screening of the Upstanders, UO Math Competition, 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 28th (M): B DAY
NOVEMBER 29th (T): A DAY
- Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
NOVEMBER 30th (W): B DAY
DECEMBER 1st (TH): NO SCHOOL
- No School, Trimester Grading Day
DECEMBER 2nd (F): NO SCHOOL
- No School, Teacher Workload Relief Day
DECEMBER 5th (M): A DAY
DECEMBER 6th (T): B DAY
- Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
- 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, RMS Parent Education Night
- Location: RMS Library
DECEMBER 7th (W): A DAY
DECEMBER 8th (TH): B DAY
- 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, RMS Orchestra Concert
- Location: RMS Gym
DECEMBER 9th (F): A DAY
- 2:35 PM, Early Release from School
Roosevelt School News
A Message from the Principal and Assistant Principal
Good morning, RMS families:
On behalf of the Roosevelt staff, we hope you had a wonderful long weekend and are gearing up for the last three days of the trimester.
Many teachers have set deadlines for late work early this week, given the short week and grading– no school Thursday and Friday for teacher preparation and planning. Please remind your student to check in with any teachers for missing assignments and projects. If you reach out to teachers this week, thanks in advance for your patience as they manage their classrooms and support students during an intense, short week.
We wanted to share with you a few observations we’ve had over the last few weeks and offer some ideas and insights for supporting your magical middle schooler. Please see below for three items– preparing for the week, healthy sleep schedules, and illnesses. If you’ve got tips and tricks to share, please reach back out to us!
In addition, please check out information about our upcoming Parent Education Night. We’re pausing in our community-generated topics to share about the 4j Natives program and their work over the years, and to hear from our families about the potential to raise a totem pole on our school site. We have lots of history and background to share and we welcome conversation and perspectives on the topic.
Thanks for a great start to the year… onward to the next two terms!
Courtney and Mike
Sunday Prep Day
Ever feel like you’re sliding from Sunday straight into the week without a lot of transition time? We’re noticing it in students, too! We have some tips we’d like to share with you so that your student is more ready for Monday morning and can kick off the week in calm and prepared ways. Consider supporting your student over the weekend by helping them:
- Empty out their backpack. Loose papers can be recycled or put back into their binder. Who knows what else might be in that backpack!
- Check their binder. Can it pass the shake test? If not, time to clean it out + organize it!
- Look through their planner. Review last week and preview the week ahead. Any assignments they haven’t finished? Any teachers they need to check in with?
- Plan for after school events and activities. Anything special they need to be thinking about as they step into the week?
- Charge electronics. If your student brings their laptop home, please remind them to charge it up for the week.
- Get packed and ready to go! Cleaned out and revised planner + binder, and laptop all in a backpack, ready to go for Monday morning. Maybe even their room is clean and their clothes are laid out– wow!
Making a Sunday routine can be really helpful to calm excitement and soothe nerves the afternoon prior to the week’s kick-off. Please let us know how we can support you!
Sleepy Students at School!
Whatever the reason may be, perhaps the time of year, the arrival of a busy season or anticipating the end of the trimester, we’ve noticed recently our students have been very sleepy in class. We’re seeing it across the school day, not just in first period.
We know how much adequate sleep contributes to a student’s overall health and well-being. A regular sleep cycle helps students focus better and thus supports stronger academic performance. Students up to age 12 should be getting 9-12 hours of sleep a day and for ages 13-18, the recommended amount is 8-12 hours a day.
We talk about healthy habits in our Health classes and in House lessons, and ideas that help students include:
- Setting a regular bedtime and rise time, including on weekends. This is recommended for everyone—children, adolescents, and adults. Adolescents with adult-set bedtimes usually get more sleep than those whose families do not set bedtimes.
- Dim lighting. Adolescents who are exposed to more light in the evenings– such as room lighting or from electronics– are less likely to get enough sleep.
- Implement a media curfew. Technology use– computers, video gaming, or mobile phones– may also contribute to late bedtimes. Families should consider pausing technology use after a certain time or placing parameters on tech in bedrooms.
We regularly hear from students who are checking their socials and messages in the middle of the night. It could be a very useful strategy at home to have an agreement that tech doesn’t belong where you sleep. Please let us know how you can help!
An Uptick in Absences Related to Illness
Last Monday, we saw a record number of students out sick… and all day long, students kept arriving at the office from class, sick enough they headed home.
It’s unsurprising we’re seeing growing numbers of sick students. We’re all back together, unmasked for the most part, and at middle school, germs spread like wildfire. To help everyone at school stay healthy, students and staff need to be healthy when they are at school.
If your student is feeling unwell, or has symptoms of COVID-19 or any other communicable diseases, please keep them home. We’ve seen a number of students with what we assume could be the flu. Please remember students must be fever-free for 24 hours unaided before they return to school.
Symptoms that should keep a student home include:
- Fever of 100.4º or higher
- Sore throat + runny nose
- Muscle or body aches
If your student has any of these symptoms, please keep them at home and call our attendance line. We know it can be a hardship for families to keep students home and in the long term, it’s a more supportive option for everyone involved. Thank you for helping students and staff stay healthy in our school buildings!
Direct Drive: Consider Giving Tuesday
Our RMS Direct Drive is on! Tomorrow, for Giving Tuesday, you’ll receive an email from us with information about our *only* fundraising event of the year. In this year after COVID, our students still have significant needs and our teachers need additional support. Last year was one of recalibrating, forging ahead to encourage students’ continued growth. This year, in what feels like a more normal experience for staff, students, and families, we continue to respond and support.
In order to do our work, we need to be able to reduce class sizes next year and purchase specific supplies now to support our unique elective course offerings. To have additional staffing– teachers in classrooms and supervision support– comes with a significant cost. To reach the equivalent of one classroom teacher, if we raised an average of $150 per RMS student, we would achieve our goal.
With this reality, and in this season of giving, we hope you will consider a generous donation to Roosevelt this year. We will not ask you to participate in any other whole-scale school fundraiser; our direct drive is the only avenue through which we will ask specifically for your support.
For your reference, our tax ID number is 93-6000566. Your tax-deductible donation can be made before December 31, 2022 in several ways:
- US Mail: Send a check to Roosevelt Middle School at 500 E. 24th Ave., 97405.
- Via EEF: Send a check to EEF/Roosevelt to Eugene Education Foundation, PO Box 1015, 97440.
Your contribution ensures an outstanding experience for every student at Roosevelt. We recognize not every family is comfortable contributing to a direct drive and know our families give in myriad ways. We are grateful for the time family members spend in classrooms and organizing community events. All types of support add up in our school!
Upcoming Parent Education Night: 4j Natives Program/Totem Pole @ RMS
On Tuesday, December 6, at 6:30 PM in the Roosevelt Library, we invite all families to an education event in conjunction with the 4j Natives Program. Roosevelt is slated to receive a totem pole carved by students in our district who participate in the 4j Natives program. We would like the opportunity for our community to hear about the history and background of the program, share in conversation, raise questions and consider implications. We look forward to the rich opportunity for dialog!
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!
PAR likes to provide a little something on teacher work days to remind the teachers and staff how much they are appreciated. Sometimes it is a meal like during conferences, other times it is something different. December 1st is the next grading day for our teachers. We thought it would be fun to put a basket of snacks and hot drinks in the staff room. If you are willing and able to drop off an individually packaged snack or beverage before the 1st, that would be great! You can sign up to bring something using the link below:
Thanks in advance and Happy Thanksgiving.
Opportunities to Help
We are so thankful to have volunteers back in the building.
Many of you, are already volunteering weekly, have supported RMS with food or treats, have chaperoned during events, or help in the library or at the front office.
We are looking for more volunteers for different areas and needs. Below you will find the sign ups.
Please look at them and sign up for the area you would like to volunteer.
**BEFORE YOU CAN VOLUNTEER YOU WILL NEED TO DO A BACKGROUND CHECK HERE AND A ONLINE TRAINING.
Thank you very much and let me know if you have any questions.
Laura Fuhriman – fuhriman_l@4J.lane.edu
- Office Volunteer and SUB Volunteers
- Library Volunteers
- Landscaping, Drama, Display Cases Volunteers
- Right now, we are looking for volunteers to make signs for our different clubs to exhibit in our display case.
- General Classroom Volunteers
- Opportunities during school days either for on going projects or to help in classrooms.
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.
The Upstanders: Virtual Screening 12/5 – 12/12
The Equity Department will be virtually screening three additional films this year, the first one is called The Upstanders. The Upstanders examines cyberbullying from the perspectives of the bully, the victim, and the onlooker, providing practical tips and resources to change the narrative, to stand up, speak out and support, and become an Upstander, not a Bystander.
The Upstanders virtual screening will open starting on Monday, December 5 @ 6 AM PST and end on Monday, December 12 @ 8:30 PM PST. The link will be sent to 4J families via the 4J Communications Department.
Also, in partnership with the Prevention Services department, there will be a live screening of The Upstanders on Friday, December 9, at the Campbell Community Center. The Prevention Services department will offer a debrief and discussion following the film. The Campbell Community Center is located at 155 High Street in Eugene, Oregon.
UO Math Competition
The UO Math Department is hosting an international math competition, Math Kangaroo, for students in grades 1-12. It is an excellent opportunity for the advanced learners to try their abilities at solving interesting problems. All participants receive T-shirts and gifts, and the winners receive extra prizes.
For more information please check the Math Kangaroo in USA website: https://mathkangaroo.org/mks/.
The competition date is March 16 and the registration deadline is December 15. Click here to register. The registration fee is $21 per student.
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 email@example.com 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.
| Roosevelt Middle School | Phone: 541-790-8500 | Attendance: 541-790-8525 |