Roosevelt Middle School eNEWS | April 10, 2023

New Announcements:

  • Roosevelt School News
    • Message from the Principals
    • Showcase: In Two Weeks, Sign Up to Help
    • State Testing in May at RMS
    • 1st Track Meet of the Season on the 13th, Volunteers Needed
    • PAR Info: Blue Bag Bottle Drop program
    • Volunteer Info: Thanks for your Help, Office and eNews Help Needed
  • Extracurricular Activities and Clubs
    • Summer Youth Art Camps
  • Community Resources
    • 4j Events this Week to Support Student and Family Wellbeing


Schedule of Events

This Week

APRIL 10th (M): B DAY

  • 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM, Track Practice

APRIL 11th (T): A DAY

  • Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
  • 3:40 PM – 4:40 PM, Chess Club in the Library
  • 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM, Track Practice

APRIL 12th (W): B DAY

  • 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM, Track Practice

APRIL 13th (TH): A DAY

  • 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM, Track Practice

APRIL 14th (F): B DAY

  • 2:35 PM, Early Release from School

Next Week

APRIL 17th (M): A DAY

  • 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM, Track Practice

APRIL 18th (T): B DAY

  • Drop Off COVID-19 Test Kit
  • 3:40 PM – 4:40 PM, Chess Club in the RMS Library
  • 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM, Track Practice
  • 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Incoming 9th Grade Family Information Night @ South Eugene High School

APRIL 19th (W): A DAY

  • 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM, Track Practice

APRIL 20th (TH): B DAY

  • 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM, Track Practice
  • 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Parent Equity Group in the RMS Library

APRIL 21st (F): A DAY

  • 2:35 PM, Early Release from School
  • 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, RMS Showcase Event

**A and B School Calendar for 2022 – 2023



Roosevelt School News

A Message from the Principals

Hello to our RMS Families!

April is flying by … hard to believe we are entering the third week of the third trimester and are less than two weeks away from our RMS Showcase! More on Showcase in a moment.

In the meantime, this week in House, we invite your student to participate in both dress-up days and important conversations about what it means to be kind and to practice kindness in the context of our school community.  The following week, we will have more in-depth conversations about interrupting when students hear racial slurs, racially biased language, or other bullying behaviors, and give them explicit language they can use for interrupting.  We’ll share these lessons with our families …and hope you can also encourage your student to embrace the themes and spirit of the coming week:

  • 4/10. Monday– Practice positivity. Wear pink or purple.
  • 4/11. Tuesday– Support others. Wear a superhero cape/outfit.
  • 4/12. Wednesday– Avoid assumptions. Wear a wacky outfit!
  • 4/13. Thursday– Stand up for each other. Wear RMS red or RMS swag.
  • 4/14. Friday– No excuses! Wear your college gear.  Assembly day!

We hope this will be a fun, connecting week for Houses and that it will set students up for thoughtful conversations the following week.

And, that following week, speaking of fun!  All RMS families are cordially invited to Showcase beginning at 6:30 pm at Roosevelt.  Please see the information from PAR in this eNews and come prepared to have fun with your whole family.  This is not a student activity night and we expect students will have family supervision.  Showcase is an event meant to be enjoyed by everyone that highlights the outstanding RMS community… hope to see you there!

Showcase truly marks a post-Covid reality– this is the first time in four years all of us can come together in a whole-scale school spectacular.  Showcase also marks two months to go in the school year and all the exciting end-of-year events.  Thanks for hanging on with us for the incredible middle school ride!

All our best,

Courtney and Mike


Showcase: In Two Weeks, Sign Up to Help

We are two weeks away from our Showcase event!

This means that it is time to pre-order tickets so that you can maximize the fun when you arrive. Forms will be sent home with your student during house this week or you can print off a form using the PDF. Return the forms to the RMS office, and tickets will be waiting for you when you arrive. Tickets are required for food, games, activities, and raffles. If purchasing tickets is a hardship, please make a note on your form when you send it in. We want everyone to be able to participate.

We are still in need of some helping hands to run the different activity rooms. If you love ping pong or face painting, could serve pizza, or host/take payments at the auction, that would be amazing. Check out what the volunteer needs are on the Sign Up Genius. It is set up so that you can take a shift to help and still have half the time to enjoy with your family.

All of the details are coming together for a great Showcase event for the whole family on Friday, April 21st at 6:30 PM. Hope to see you all there!

~Laura (volunteer coordinator) and Jamie (PAR chair) 


A Reminder About Cell Phones and Laptops

After every extended break from school, we will reteach certain expectations in classrooms– and devices require some special attention.  At RMS:

  • Cell phones are off and away all day.
    • If you need to reach your student, please call the front office or remind your student they can use the office phone between classes, at break and lunch,and before and after school.  Please do not text your student during the day and expect they will respond.  
    • We understand some parents may feel uncomfortable knowing students’ cell phones are inaccessible during the day.  We know from experience, training and research that in the case of an emergency, there won’t be time or opportunity for students to text or call parents.  In addition, we need the resources and ability for adults-on-campus  to communicate clearly and directly with 550 or more students.  Thanks for considering this perspective.
    • Cell phone are *incredibly* distracting for students– sometimes more so than their laptops.  Even if a cell phone is off and away in a student’s pocket, it’s still present for the teenage brain.  Having cell phones secured in lockers is one more way students can be present and engaged in classes.
  •  Laptops are out at the invitation of an adult only.
    • Laptops are academic tools we use to support our learning in classrooms.
    • When we aren’t using our laptops, students store them in the black neoprene cases we handed out at the beginning of the year.  If your student needs a new one, please send them to the front office.
    • In between classes, laptops should be carefully stored in the sleeve and/or tucked into a student’s binder.


Please Lock Up All Wheels

Electric scooters are becoming more and more popular among students and we’ve seen an increase in the number of students riding them to and from school. First and foremost, if your student needs a helmet, we have extras– send them to our front office! In addition to this important safety reminder, we do not have room in our offices to hold electric scooters for students. Students who ride to school need to have a substantial lock to secure their scooters in the bike racks. RMS is not responsible for lost or stolen bikes, scooters, or skateboards nor can we secure them in our office space. Thanks for making the necessary arrangements with your students and their eclectic scooter!


PAR News

One of the functions of our Parents at Roosevelt group is to support and enhance the educational opportunities for all our children. In order to fund teacher grants, provide scholarships for field trips, support the Helping All Peoples program, and more, we need to have some funds to do so. One easy way that you could help support PAR and in turn RMS would be to participate in our blue bag bottle drop program. It is simple:

  1. Pick up a large blue bag from the RMS front office that has our QR code sticker on it
  2. Fill up your blue bag with rinsed cans and bottles from home
  3. Drop off the full bag at the Santa Clara Fred Meyer bottle drop.

Every little bit helps. If you love your sodas and seltzer waters, this is a great way to also support our school. If you have any questions about this program, feel free to contact Jamie Harms.


RMS Track is Back!

We’re looking forward to enjoying spring weather this week as our RMS Track and Field team goes head-to-head with ATA on Thursday, April 13 at 3:30 pm at the SEHS track. Come cheer on your athletes sporting RMS red!

The running events will start at 3:30 PM and the field events start at 4:15 PM. We still need volunteers to help put on the meet. You can signup here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-J7vk6gLvsD0v4visDav8fND08Jg5jnzvmp6ewSiHmo/edit#gid=0

The track team is always looking for parent volunteers. Or, are you interested in coaching? Either way, email Courtney, principal, and Trevor, head coach: leonard@4j.lane.edu and betenson_t@4j.lane.edu.

If you have any other questions regarding the season, please reach out to Skye Stier, stier_s@4j.lane.edu, or the head coach, Trevor Betenson, betenson_t@4j.lane.edu.


Volunteering Info

Thanks for your help!

Thank you to our volunteers you are working hard to get Showcase ready.

Thank you for the families who donated ping-pong tables.

We are so grateful for all the support and help we are given from our amazing volunteers.


Office Help Needed

We are looking for positive people to help at the front office. You will be welcoming people and answering the phone as well as delivering messages to classrooms, and other duties.

It is important that you are present and on time for your weekly shift.

We have 2 shifts opening:

  • Mondays from 1:45 PM -3:45 PM
  • Fridays from 12:00 PM -2:00 PM

If this is something that you can do, please contact Laura Fuhriman.


RMS eNews Editor Needed

RMS is seeking a dedicated and reliable parent volunteer to compile our weekly “eNews” newsletter. This newsletter is an important communication tool that keeps our families informed about the latest news and events happening at our school.

The volunteer will be responsible for collecting articles from school administrators and putting them together in a timely manner using Constant Contact, as the eNews is sent out to parents on Monday mornings.  Most of the editing and compiling work can be done throughout the week (the average volunteer time is a couple hours per week) with a small time commitment on Sunday afternoon/evening or Monday morning.

Consistency is key, so we are looking for a volunteer who can commit to being available every week to ensure the newsletter is sent out regularly. This is a great opportunity to get involved and make a positive impact on our school community.

If you are interested in volunteering for this important role, please contact Laura Fuhriman or RMS eNews directly. We appreciate your support and commitment to our school.


State Testing in May at RMS

Spring brings state testing in its regular format after a disrupted three years. RMS will start the Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS) on Monday, May 1 with a special week-long schedule for math and English Language Arts. Science will be a separate test held during regularly scheduled classes after the week of testing is complete.

From Monday, May 1 through Thursday, May 4, students will be in testing sessions from 9 – 10:50 am with a short break between sessions. Then, we will have our regular morning break and shortened classes the remainder of the day– we will share the schedule for testing in next week’s eNews. Friday, May 5 is a normal day and classes begin at 9:00 am.

To maximize student success, please make sure your student brings extra snacks and a water bottle and gets plenty of sleep– as always!– during the week. We always have snacks available in our Dining Hall during morning break so please encourage your students to take advantage of this option!

For students who are opting out of state testing, we will provide supervised spaces for quiet reading and homework completion from 9 – 10:50 am, Monday through Thursday. If your student is opting out and chooses not to come to school during the testing period, classes start at 11:10 am each day.

For more information about state tests, the purpose and rationale and options, please visit https://www.4j.lane.edu/instruction/assessment/assessment-middle-schools/.


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.

SEHS Parent Info Night and Forecasting for 9th Grade Classes

  • Tuesday, April 18th: Incoming 9th Grade Parent Information Night at SEHS, 6:00 PM -7:30 PM
  • Monday, April 24th: SEHS scheduling team meets with RMS students in science class for 9th grade course selection (forecasting)


High School Webpages for “Class of 2027”

Most of the local area high school host a webpage dedicated to incoming freshmen. Check out these links here:

**Not all of the webpages have been updated for the “Class of 2027” yet.


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). Preorders will be available through April 28th.

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


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.


Extracurricular Activities and Clubs

Summer Art Camps with Emerald Art Center

Our summer program is designed for youth to explore a variety of visual and digital art and cultivate creativity. Students will develop new skills and techniques in drawing, painting, digital art and more. Using traditional mediums, iPads/iPencils for each student and the Cricut Explore 3, these camps are for ages 11-14.

Our instructors are working artists with extensive experience teaching art to youth and have crafted the program to allow kids the flexibility and freedom to be creative, have fun and develop skills they can use not only in art, but in life!


  • July 18-21, Tuesday-Friday from 1:00 PM – -5:00 PM
  • Ages 11-14
  • $160/ $140 Early Bird (price ends June 30)


  • July 25-28, Tuesday-Friday from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Ages 11-14
  • $160/ $140 Early Bird (price ends June 30)


  • August 1-4, Tuesday-Friday from 1-5 pm
  • Ages 11-14
  • $160/ $140 Early Bird (price ends June 30)

Session 4: PAINTING!

  • August 8-11, Tuesday-Friday from 1-5 pm
  • Ages 11-14
  • $160/ $140 Early Bird (price ends June 30)

“An excellent camp for older kids, focused on building art skill and not entertainment, group activities or busy work.” – Parent Feedback

“It was an awesome program. Just the right amount of freedom and direction.”  -Parent Feedback

Our website has more info, scholarship forms and registration links.

**Check out the flyer for more information (in Spanish and English).


Chess Club at Roosevelt

Chess Club meets on Tuesdays, 3:40 PM – 4:40 PM in the Library Forum. We invite new players (or old ones who have not participated in a while) to join us for a free trial session on April 4th.  Spring term goes April 4th to May 30th. Hope to see you there!

You can register using this link:  http://www.southsidechess.com/school-clubs.html.


Design Arts Apprenticeship Program


  • Applications due by: April 10th
  • Kickoff Event: April 19th
  • 10-Week Apprenticeship: April 24th – June 30th*
  • Final Showcase: June 30th

Applications are now open for the Spring 2023 term of Lane Arts Council’s Design Arts Apprenticeship Program! The application is available in English or Spanish.

The Design Arts Apprenticeship program offers Lane County middle and high school students apprenticeship opportunities with professionals working in graphic, digital, and physical design.

Student apprentices will learn new skills and uncover potential career paths through engaging, direct, and hands-on learning.

Students can choose between virtual or in-person participation this term.

  • In-person sessions will follow OHA guidelines for safety.
  • The fully virtual version of the program allows Lane County students from any location to easily participate!
  • In-person groups will meet in the Eugene/Springfield area or Cottage Grove, based on what option best fits the student’s need.

Mentor-led groups meet for approximately 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks to work directly on design projects. Apprentices also participate in engaging design-focused workshops, and showcase their final products during a week-long public display.

Please share this opportunity with students who may be interested and encourage them to apply! Reach out to artsed@lanearts.org with any questions.


Community Resources

4j Events this Week to Support Student and Family Wellbeing

  • Monday, April 10 @ Monroe Middle School from 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM is a presentation entitled “Parenting Tips for Promoting Healthy and Safe Online Experiences.” For more information click here.  Do you worry about your child’s screen time? Does technology cause tension in your home? You are not alone! Eugene School District 4J is hosting a community talk with Dr. Jennifer Doty for parents and community members to learn how to help help their children navigate technology safely and become good digital citizens.
  • Tuesday, April 11@ Cal Young Middle School from 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM there will be a presentation from the 4J Care Team and Oregon Healing Collective to discuss resources for supporting students with grief.


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:  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.


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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