Roosevelt Middle School eNEWS | December 12th, 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, Winter Break
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, HAP, Direct Drive, spirit week, fundraising at MOD Pizza, Upstanders
UO Math Competition, Students ride free with LTD, Middle School Madness with YMCA
Mental Health Support
Free access to Care Solace, multiple links for support, 15th Night resource guide
Schedule of Events
DECEMBER 12th (M): B DAY
- Spirit Week: Decades Day
- 6th – 60s
- 7th – 70s
- 8th – 80s
- Staff – 90s
DECEMBER 13th (T): A DAY
- Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
- Spirit Week: Fancy Day
DECEMBER 14th (W): B DAY
- Spirit Week: WACKY DAY
DECEMBER 15th (TH): A DAY
- Spirit Week: Cowboy and Pirates Day
DECEMBER 16th (F): B DAY
- Spirit Week: Color Day
- Red / Orange – 6th
- Green / Yellow – 7th
- Blue / Purple – 8th
- Staff – Rainbow
- 2:35 PM, Early Release from School
- Last day before Winter Break
- December 19th through January 3rd
- School resumes on Wednesday, January 4th
Roosevelt School News
A Message from the Principal and Assistant Principal
To our wonderful community:
We wish all of you a safe, healthy and happy break after this last week of school. We look forward to seeing you in the new year, ready to finish out the 2022-23 school year with verve and excitement. See you in the new year!
Courtney and Mike
Roosevelt is incredibly low on tissue boxes! Our students and staff would be very appreciative if your family is able to donate a few boxes to help us through this cold/flu season.
Thanks for helping out.
4J Presents The Upstanders, A Film About Cyberbullying
Please visit the 4j website to learn more about an important opportunity to watch The Upstanders: https://www.4j.lane.edu/2022/12/theupstanders/.
The 56-minute film features in-depth interviews with kids, families who have lost their children to cyber-bullying related suicide and the very best experts in the world from prestigious institutions including Stanford University and Child Mind Institute in NYC. The Upstanders also includes two members of Oprah’s 2020 Vision Tour: Jesse Israel of The Big Quiet, and Radha Agrawal of Daybreaker, and author of Belong.
The film is recommended for students in grades 4 and above, but younger students are encouraged to attend and have conversations with their parents regarding the topics. More about The Upstanders.
The film is the second of four the team will show this school year to help spur conversations about important social issues faced by today’s youth. The first documentary film, I’m Not Racist … Am I? that screened in October, examined race and privilege. The remaining two films, LIKE and RACE to be Human, will be shown in February and April, respectively, and examine the impacts on youth of social media and the role of race and racism on mental health.
Questions about the film or showing? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*If you didn’t receive the link, please be sure your school has your email address. You can get a copy of the link by emailing email@example.com.
Two Ways to Give
HAP: A Huge Success
Our thirty-year tradition continues… HAP (Helping All People) was an incredible success this year. As a school, we raised over $4000 to support families in need in our community. From student bake sales to art shows to a student-run raffle and can collection, our students rallied for HAP in ways we’ve never seen before! We truly live and work in a special place. Thanks for all the support!
Direct Drive: Giving to Help the School
Our RMS Direct Drive is on! Last week on Giving Tuesday, you received 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!
SPIRIT WEEK!: December 12th – 16th
The RMS Yearbook club is hosting a Spirit Week, December 12th through 16th! Keep your eyes out for yearbook staff taking pictures throughout the week!
- Monday: Decades Day
- 6th – 60s
- 7th – 70s
- 8th – 80s
- Staff – 90s
- Tuesday: Fancy Day
- Wednesday: WACKY DAY
- Thursday: Cowboy or Pirates Day
- Friday: Color Day
- Red / Orange – 6th
- Green / Yellow – 7th
- Blue / Purple – 8th
- Staff – Rainbow
January 13th: Fundraiser at MOD Pizza
Bring this flyer in or order online using the provided code and MOD will donate 20% of your bill to support Roosevelt!
- When: ALL DAY January 13th
- Where: MOD Pizza – 29th/Willamette
- Fundraiser Code: MODF17570
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!
Save the date! Tuesday, January 10th will be our next PAR meeting. We encourage all the parents who are able to join us to come and celebrate some of the good things that happened this fall and look forward to the second half of our year which includes teacher grants, teacher/staff appreciation, our Showcase, fundraisers, activity nights and more.
Have a great break and see you in January!
Opportunities to Help
Are you interested in joining our Volunteers Team?
You can found more info on our website at: https://roosevelt.4j.lane.edu/index.php/volunteer/
Below are a few ongoing projects/needs where we are looking for volunteers.
- 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.
Teen Empowerment Activities
Check out the City of Eugene Teen Empowerment Programs!
Offered to all interested youth and teens. All are FREE of charge and offer snacks. Registration opens 9 am on Dec. 13 to participate in these free programs taking place from January – April. Space is limited, so sign up early!
Programs collaborate with community partners to provide free low barrier, inclusive, out of school time recreation and enrichment activities for youth. Experiential project-based activities empower teens by building life and job skills, offering access to peer and adult mentors, and participating in community service opportunities.
**Check out the flyer for more information.
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 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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