Roosevelt Middle School eNEWS | January 9, 2023


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, PAR meeting, parent equity meeting, IHS info meeting, MOD fundraiser, RMS school choice info

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, fundraising at MOD Pizza, incoming freshman info: IHS, ordering yearbooks, school choice info, parking info

Extracurricular Activities

Chess Club, Lacrosse Camp

Community Resources

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

This Week



  • Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
  • 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM, Chess Club
    • Location: RMS Library Forum
    • Meets every Tuesday
  • 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, PAR Meeting


  • 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, 8th Grade Parent Info for Eugene IHS
    • Location: SEHS Cafeteria



  • 2:35 PM, Early Release from School
  • All Day, Mod Fundraiser for RMS
    • Location: 77 E. 29th Ave
    • Online Ordering Fundraiser Code: MODF17570


Next Week


  • MLK Day, No School


  • Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
  • 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Parent Equity Meeting
  • Location: RMS



  • 6:30 PM, RMS School Choice Event
  • Location: RMS

JANUARY 20th (F):  B DAY

  • 2:35 PM, Early Release from School

**A and B School Calendar for 2022 – 2023


Roosevelt School News

A Message from the Principal and Assistant Principal

Greetings from RMS…

We hope the first week back was a positive re-entry for your students! I heard one student call it the longest, short week of their life– middle schoolers, of course, tend towards the hyperbolic. And, as we get back into the routines and rhythms of school, we’re sure that felt real. Here’s to the first full week of school in 2023!

And, as we move into the new year, second trimester begins to pick up pace. Midterms are just around the corner– only 3-½ weeks away and February 3 is a no-school day for grading and planning. This week in House, we’ll do some work around goal-setting and planning so students can use the midterm to shore up assignments and grades. This week, we’ve provided a deeper ‘why’ for academic mapping each week in House during Tuesday Time:

We want students to build good habits– that’s one of the main foci in middle school.

We want them to get the help they need– from their advisor and peers in their House.

We want them to know successful people plan, track and take responsibility.

This ‘why’ isn’t exhaustive, and we know middle school students crave a rationale and an invitation.

Also in House this week, we resume digital citizenship lessons. Ask your students about their digital footprint, how they can manage it, and what steps they need to take in an online environment to keep themselves accountable and safe. We’ll introduce ‘THINK,’ and if they have social media or message or chat with others, we’ll ask students to pause before they post:

As an aside, we engage in digital citizenship because of the ubiquitous nature of students’ access to screens and media. As administrators, we don’t love social media for middle school students and wonder if other districts will follow the lead of Seattle Public Schools.

As January continues, we acknowledge the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with lessons in House, culminating in our annual MLK, Jr. Assembly during Black History Month on February 10. Look for additional projects during January and February that celebrate service, community, and connection.

We hope it’s a wonderful start to the new year for you and your families… and we look forward to moving through the second third of the year with you!

Our best,

Courtney and Mike


Reminder about Pick-up After-School 

Traffic after school is tricky! With ongoing construction at the YMCA, limited pull-through space in our parking lot, and 600 RMS students letting out all at the same time, the area in and around our school and SEHS are congested. Please, be patient with each other and with students. Please remind your students our crossing guard is there for their safety and protection as they traverse 24th Avenue. Thanks for slowing down, looking around, and staying aware and calm.   

Places to park and wait:

  • SEHS track/tennis court parking lot
  • Very Little Theatre parking lot
  • Side streets off of 24th and Hilyard (Patterson, 25th and 26th, etc.)

Please DO NOT park and wait:

  • Spencer View apartments– this is private property and people have been ticketed
  • 4j Bus Zone
  • RMS parking rows– please only use the pull through



It’s School Choice Time: See what our schools offer!

In Eugene School District 4J, every school offers an excellent education for our students. Students may enroll in their neighborhood school at any time, or may request to enroll in a different 4J school provided there is space available. School choice requests will be accepted in an order determined by lottery.

To be included in the lottery, 4J residents must apply by January 31 at midnight. Non-district residents must apply between March 1 and 31. All students who want to obtain a transfer must apply, including new incoming siblings and students who have moved out of our school neighborhood or the district and want to remain enrolled next year.

Virtual and in-person school visits are scheduled in the month of January. If you have any friends or family members who are considering school choice, please invite them to learn more about Roosevelt Middle School and their school choice options!

School Choice Information Sessions

  • Get answers about the school choice process
  • Spanish interpretation provided during Spanish presentation

Virtual School Visits

  • Learn about your neighborhood school and more!
  • Each school offers live virtual visits or in-person info sessions with an opportunity for questions
  • Request interpretation support in advance

School Event Schedule: https://www.4j.lane.edu/school-visits-2023

RMS Event Schedule:

Learn more and apply: www.4j.lane.edu/choice

Es el tiempo de elección de escuelas (“school choice”)

¡Vengan a ver que ofrecen nuestras escuelas!

En el Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J, cada escuela ofrece una excelente educación para nuestros alumnos. Los alumnos pueden matricularse en la escuela de su vecindario en cualquier momento, o pueden solicitar matricularse en otras escuelas de 4J, siempre y cuando haya puestos disponibles. Las solicitudes de elección de escuelas son aceptadas en un orden determinado por medio de una lotería.

Para participar en la lotería, los residentes de 4J deberán completar una solicitud (4jschoolchoice.com) antes de la medianoche del 31 de enero. Los que no residen dentro del distrito deberán completar una solicitud durante el 1º y 31º de marzo. Todo alumno que desee obtener un traslado deberá completar una solicitud, incluyendo los alumnos nuevos que tengan hermanos matriculados, y alumnos que se hayan cambiado de vecindario o distrito y deseen quedarse en la misma escuela. La inscripción no es automática.

Las visitas a las escuelas están programadas durante el mes de enero. ¡Si usted tiene amigos o familiares que estén considerando la elección de una escuela, por favor invíteles a aprender más sobre nuestra maravillosa escuela y sus opciones de elección de escuelas!

Reuniones informativas de elección de escuela

  • Martes 10 de enero a las 18 h en inglés y jueves 12 de enero a las 18 h en español
  • Información general sobre el proceso de solicitudes.
  • Se proporcionarán intérpretes de español.

RMS Event Schedule:

Más información: www.4j.lane.edu/choice/spanish


Incoming Freshman News 

Transitioning from 8th grade to 9th grade is an exciting time and can raise many questions. This section is devoted to helping parents and their 8th grade students find answers to (most) of those questions. Check here for information regarding end of school activities at RMS, summer programs and information about high school.

School Choice for Eugene International High School

Eugene International High School (Eugene IHS) is a choice school for students in grades 9-12 offering a 4-year interdisciplinary humanities curriculum focused on international studies. Students spend two class periods each school day in their IHS classes and the other three class periods in host school classes.

ANY student can enroll. All interested students must fill out an online 4J School Choice application, regardless of attendance area: www.4j.lane.edu/choice. The in-district deadline is January 31, 2023.

IMPORTANT DATES for the 2023-2024 School Year:

  • January 1
    • Online application period for 4J School Choice Lottery opens for in-district students
  • January 31
    • Deadline to submit in-district 4J School Choice Lottery Applications
  • March 1
    • Online application period for 4J School Choice Lottery opens for out-of-district students
  • March 31
    • Deadline to submit out-of-district 4J School Choice Lottery Applications

Spanish and French Immersion students from Monroe and Roosevelt will be enrolled in Eugene IHS without the lottery process because they entered immersion through the lottery in elementary or middle school. However, immersion students do need to submit the Eugene IHS Enrollment Form to the Eugene IHS office at South or Sheldon by the January 31st deadline. This form will be included in a special mailing to immersion families.

Eugene IHS will hold special 8th grade parent information nights: Please join us for any of the special information nights to learn more about our exciting school. The presentations will be the same on each night. Please attend any night you can.

  • South region:
    • When: Wednesday, January 11, 7:00 PM
    • Location: South Eugene High School Cafeteria (Includes French Immersion break-out session)
  • Any region – Presentation delivered in Spanish for Spanish Speakers:
    • When: Thursday, January 19, 7:00 PM
    • Location: 4J Education Center Auditorium in the 4J District Office located at 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene
  • Any region – Zoom Meeting (for anyone who can’t make one of the in-person presentations):

If your student has an interest in the world, and wants to learn about other countries and cultures, we hope they will consider becoming part of our Eugene IHS family.

For more information contact one of the Eugene IHS offices below, or visit the Eugene IHS website at www.ihs.4j.lane.edu.


Purchase Your 2022-2023 Yearbook Now!

Now is the time to place an order for your student’s yearbook! The cost is $30 ($15 for those who qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program).

If you would like to pay online please visit the following link to purchase your yearbook:  https://www.schoolpay.com/link/Roosevelt-2022-2023-Yearbook

If your student is already qualified for the federal free and reduced lunch program, please use this link: https://www.schoolpay.com/link/Roosevelt-2022-23-Yearbook-freereduced

If you prefer to pay with cash or check, please send your payment to the office. Checks can be made to Roosevelt Middle School with “Yearbook and Student Name” written in the memo space.

If you are not sure if you’ve already purchased a yearbook, please reach out to Skye Stier, stier_s@4j.lane.edu


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!


PAR News

Happy New Year from PAR!

As we jump into this new year, we want to invite all of you to come out on Tuesday January 10th from 6:00 PM -7:30 PM at RMS or over Zoom (https://4J-lane-edu.zoom.us/j/9366455771 (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)) to our next PAR meeting. We will discuss some ideas for teacher and staff appreciation for the term, review teacher grants, consider a few fundraising opportunities, and begin putting pieces into place for a Spring Showcase community event. We are thankful for you and your investment in our RMS community.

Best wishes as you come back from the holidays. See you soon!


Volunteering Info

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.

Thank you!

Signs ups:


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


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.


Extracurricular Activities

2023 Sheldon Boys and Girls Youth Lacrosse Clinics

Get ready for the lacrosse season by signing up for the Sheldon 1st-8th grade boys and girls lacrosse skills clinics. Two total sessions. Each session is 90 minutes long.

Join Sheldon’s coaches and varsity players for a series of clinics designed for both beginners and returning players.

  • Returning players should bring all of their equipment.
  • New players will have no contact drills and will be separated from the returners. Loaner lacrosse sticks will be provided if needed.

Dates for the Boy’s Lacrosse Clinics are:

  • Friday, February 10th, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at Sheldon Turf Field
  • Saturday, February 11th, 10:30 AM to Noon at Sheldon Turf Field

Dates for the Girl’s Lacrosse Clinics are:

  • Saturday, February 11th 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM at Sheldon Turf Field
  • Sunday, February 12th 10:30 AM to Noon at Sheldon Turf Field

Cost for the Two Clinic Series: $50

  • You must register at least one week prior to the clinic to guarantee receiving a camp t-shirt
  • Sibling discounts are provided and pro-rated pricing available if you can’t attend all the sessions

Registration will ONLY be through the Sheldon lacrosse website: www.sheldonlacrosse.com. Registration for the Sheldon Youth Clinics will NOT be on the Kidsports webpage. Players are encouraged to sign up for the Kidsport’s regular season on their website: kidsports.org (Enrollment in January – February, Season starts in March).

Parent Contact: Kevin Strode


RMS Chess Club

Roosevelt Chess Club winter term starts Tuesday, January 10th. New players are welcome to try the club before committing. We meet in the Library Forum each Tuesday after school, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM. Please join us!

Click here to register:  http://www.southsidechess.com/school-clubs.html.


Community Resources

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.

**Check out the flyer in Spanish or English.


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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