RMS Wildcat Weekly

September 11, 2020 Information for our Families

Watch our Friday Update Video!

Friday Update 9/11/2020
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Happy Friday Wildcat Families!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your tremendous efforts this week to help us get our Wildcats connected to their new classes, new teachers, new learning management system, and new reality! Our first week has been a great success with the majority of our students logging in, prepared for their classes, and participating in their coursework. Though we would much prefer seeing all of our Wildcats in person and on campus, I know we are all doing our best to ensure that our students feel welcomed and successful in our virtual environment.

Please continue to reach out with questions and concerns so that we see even more connection and more success next week.

I know that we have all had a steep learning curve this week, but I have been so impressed by everyone's persistence, flexibility, and collaboration. We have such a wonderful Wildcat community, and I am so proud to be a Wildcat!


Heather Golly

Patriot Day

Patriot Day is a National Day of Service and Remembrance. On this day Americans across the country are called to volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the attacks, first responders, and the many who have risen in service to defend freedom.

Nineteen years ago today, on September 11, 2001, we suffered the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil in U. S. History. Although we remember the attacks, those are overshadowed by the incredible acts of heroism by thousands of Americans that helped each other on that day and many more days after that. My dear cousin, NYC Firefighter Jeffrey Olsen, was one of the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11 in the twin towers. His station, Tenhouse, is on Liberty Street and is located across the street from the World Trade Center. He was one of the first firefighters to enter the towers after the attack. Though we are struggling with many complicated societal issues right now, it is important that we stand together for each other and remember the fallen and their wonderful contributions to our country. #strongertogether

--Heather Golly

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Canvas Resources

Our Wildcats are doing a great job navigating our new learning management system Canvas! Teachers are learning as well, and the grace and flexibility we have shown each other as we learn together has been awesome to see.

Canvas has a great way for parents to be able to observe their student's dashboard, their classes and coursework, and to communicate with their teachers.

You will need to download the Canvas app and then have your student locate a "pairing code" for you to use to sign up as a parent observer.

CLICK HERE for the VIP (Vista Institute for Parents) Canvas Support page. Watch the videos to see how to download the app and how to find your pairing code. Elementary teachers are providing these codes to each parent, but at the secondary level, students can find their pair code very easily on Canvas and share with their parents.

Other Canvas Resources:

Canvas Startup (Student)

Student “How to” Canvas Videos

Canvas Startup (Parent)

Canvas Startup Spanish (Parent)

Canvas Startup Spanish (Student)

Attendance Matters!

Attendance is key to student success! Please encourage your student to sign on to virtual learning every day and on time. Teachers are required by Senate Bill 98 to take attendance every period, every day.

Students are considered "present" if they log in to their scheduled Live Zoom meetings each day (synchronous) AND if they log on and complete any work during their Learning Options & Work Time (asynchronous) periods.

If students complete work early in a Learning Options & Work Time period, they can log in early for a different period and continue independently with their work in that class. The intention is for each student to log in to each of their classes every day and make progress on their classwork.

New Attendance Codes:

A = absent

1 = present for a live Zoom meeting

2 = present for an asynchronous period (by logging into the class on Canvas and working on classwork)

Remember, absences must be cleared within 72 hours (3 school days) after student returns to school. If your student was accidentally marked absent or if you are planning a trip in which your student will miss 5 or more school days, please notify the attendance two weeks in advance to set up an independent study contract.

Please know that these attendance procedures are new, and there will be some adjustments that we are still making. If you have any concerns, please communicate with your student's teacher or with our attendance office (760) 726-8003 x63020 or yeseniabeas@vistausd.org


Wildcat Connections start on Monday at 1:30 pm! Wildcats will see a new course on their schedule called "Wildcat Connect" listed in period 9. Students will see a new course on their Canvas dashboard called "RMS Wildcat Connections" that they will click on every Monday to watch our episode of Rtv, join clubs and tutorials, and more! Watch our Friday Video above for more info!

Roosevelt Middle School Virtual Schedule

Please review the Daily Student Schedule that all students will be following in distance learning. All students will start the year with distance learning for the first six weeks. When health orders allow us to return to in-person learning, Vista Classic students will return to campus and will have the same classes and teachers. Vista Virtual students will continue distance learning with the same classes and teachers.

Click here for the single page document: Roosevelt Middle School Daily Student Schedule

Textbooks, Chromebooks, and Registration Documents

Important information:

We still have some Wildcats who have not picked up their textbooks, devices, and 6th or 7th grade math packets! Please call the office and schedule an appointment so that our students have the materials they need for success: (760)726-8003 x63000 or 63017 to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions!

  • If you still need to email your registration documents, please send them to RooseveltMS@vistausd.org. For more info on required documents, please see our Registration Flyer 2020-2021

  • For assistance with Parent Portal, please call the Roosevelt office (760) 726-8003 x63000

  • 6th and 7th graders: if you did not pick up a math packet at registration, please call the office to schedule a time to pick one up

For Site Specific Departments Click HERE

Library News!

You can sign up for a time to visit the RMS library, browse the shelves, and grab a book! With district guidelines for safety in place, please sign up for a time to visit the library using this link, and please wear a mask.

Device Coverage for 2020-21

If you have not purchased your 2020-2021 Device insurance yet, you may purchase it by clicking: Device Coverage 2020-21


ASES Learning Kits: Vista’s After School and Education Programs will be providing students with weekly grab and go learning kits. Each learning kit will include five hands-on activities that build on grade-level appropriate academics, support core day instruction, and/or provide experiential activities. Three options of the kits will be available to better serve student needs. There will be a K-2nd grade kit, a 3rd-5th grade kit, and a middle school version.

  • Days: Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning on September 14th

  • Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

  • Where: Bobier, Casita, Grapevine, Foothill Oak, Hannalei, Maryland, Monte Vista, THELA, VAPA, Rancho Minerva, Roosevelt

  • *All ASES program sites excluding Alamosa, Beaumont, and VIDA.

Supper Meals: For the week will also be available and distributed from 11 a.m.-1 P.m on Monday's, which will include seven suppers Monday-Sunday, and Wednesday's kits, that will include five suppers (Wednesday-Sunday).

Please visit our website for more information:

Roosevelt Middle School ASES Website

PTA Welcomes 2020-21 Parents

PTA's first Restaurant Night PTA Fundraiser is Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 11am-9pm at Tony Pepperoni. Stop by for take-out, dine in, or get it delivered. Support Roosevelt Middle School by mentioning or presenting the flyer when you order. CLICK HERE FOR FLIER SPANISH FLIER

PTA Membership Join our fabulous group of RMS parents and teachers on the RMS PTA!

Please help support our school and students by joining the PTA. By joining you are not committing to volunteering, being on the board, or any other responsibilities. Your membership allows (but does not require) for you to attend PTA association meetings (held twice a year) that help support and approve budgets and plans set by the board. Your membership dues also helps support students directly in the PTA grade level grants that are provided to help fund events such as Heritage Day.

To join please visit HERE and complete registration online. You can purchase a single membership for $10. If you wish to help support the students you can click on “donation” and choose an option which will include your membership (you do not need to purchase separately under membership, we will add it in for you). The following options are available:

* Appreciation Pack: $25 include membership and RMS Spirit Sticker

* Super Great Pack : $50 includes membership, RMS spirit sticker and T-Shirt

* Awesome Pack: $100 includes membership, RMS spirit sticker, T-Shirt and $10 credit at the student store

You can also find this information to print HERE and send in to the school with a check. Thank you for supporting our students!

Spirit Fridays and Spirit Wear Roosevelt Wildcat Spirit is still strong!!!! Every Friday is Spirit Day! Wear RED, at home and all day long!!! Wear your spirit shirt, Wildcat hat, your Wildcat PE Clothes, hoodies!!! Buy a Wildcat Sticker to decorate your hydroflask or desk area! To check out and purchase our spirit wear click here: Spirit Wear ! ! For more information look at our flyer: RMS Spirit Wear! Supplies are limited at this time, so buy now!!!! Your items will be delivered to you at no charge.

Get Connected Would you like to get connected and receive emails from PTA? This is a GREAT way to stay informed and to indicate interest in helping out! Sign up here https://mailchi.mp/3ae0633fa24a/rooseveltmiddlepta or click on this document for more information.

BoxTops can now earn your school money through your phone! The new Box Tops mobile app allows users to scan the store receipt and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online.

Board Participation Did you know there are more than a dozen dedicated individuals currently involved on the PTA board? These wonderful folks are lending their time and talents to raise funds in support of our Wildcats. You can be one of them! Contact rooseveltmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com for more information.

Health Office:

Per Vista Unified School District: All missing immunization records are due by 10/20/2020 in order to remain active in class. Please contact the Roosevelt Health Office with any questions. Thank you to those families who have submitted immunization records.

Vaccinations include Tdap vaccine for all incoming 7th graders and all incoming students must have 2 Varicella vaccines. Parents may call the Health Office with questions or concerns.

(760)726-8003 ext. 63010

School Nurse Contact Information: Lisa Franck: Cell: 760-691-0165 Email: lisafranck@vistausd.org. Please contact with any questions or concerns. Please also refer to Health and Safety Webpage for information: https://www.vistausd.org/healthandsafety

Fall 2020 School Meals

Mondays and Wednesdays: 8-9 am and 11-1 pm

Monday's pick up contains Monday and Tuesday breakfast and lunch.

Wednesday's pick up contains Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday breakfast and lunch.

Parents picking up meals for children must present ID to verify the student (i.e. ID card, report card, registration letter).

If you need to apply for free or reduced lunch CLICK HERE

VUSD Community Updates

As Superintendent Dr. Doyle shared in his most recent Community Update September 8, 2020 our district's School Reopening website is comprehensive and informative and contains a wealth of helpful documents and links. Check out the FAQs for some great information and to stay informed!

RMS Administration and Counseling

Counseling Corner!

Follow us on Instagram @rooseveltcounseling for updates.

Use the PSST tool (THIS LINK) to report something anonymously.

Check our RMS and VUSD pages and follow us on social media here:

Family and Community Liaison

It is a pleasure to be in touch with our Wildcat families again. Despite beginning our school year 2020-2021 with some challenges, this will not prevent us from offering virtual workshops to our parents.

We will continue to offer Vista Teen Outreach food resources beginning next week, starting with a smaller number than usual, but hope to increase it little by little according to our community’s needs.

Email your Roosevelt Family and Community Liaison Ms. Gabby Thompson, gabrielathompson@vistausd.org or dial extension 63013 if you would like to join a workshop or for suggestions on future ones, or to make an appointment for assistance with any other matters or help with resources.



If you are not receiving emails or communications from the district or from Roosevelt, please let us know. It is likely that the information that is linked in AERIES is not up to date, or your emails might be getting blocked by your email provider. You can check your junk and spam folders, and you can contact tiffanyequihua@vistausd.org if you would like help checking your contact information in AERIES. In these times, it is crucial that your contacts are correct so that you can stay informed. We are also continuing to post information on our website, on Twitter @rooseveltmiddl2, in our Facebook Group "Roosevelt Wildcats Parent Group," and through School Messenger calls, emails, and text messages. Check out the informative video that our counselor Cory Way created to help you troubleshoot and understand why your email might not be connected correctly.
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