RHS Counseling Connection

2020 - 2021: November/December

Hello Riders,

We know that the winter months can feel long and often difficult for various reasons and there are a lot of things going on, locally and nationally, that are impacting our physical and emotional well-being. As we go into November and December, we want to make sure that you all have information about community resources and supports that you can access now and throughout the winter months. Every resource provided in this newsletter will be accompanied by a link to a website with more up to date information. Please remember that you can always reach out to your counselor if you need additional support or if you have any questions about any of the resources provided.

~RHS Counseling Team

Mental Health Supports & Resources

Safe + Strong Helpline: 1-800-923-HELP(4357)

Portland Suicide Lifeline: 503-972-3456

Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Line: 503-988-4888

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800 273-TALK En Español: 1-888-628-9454

Crisis Text Line: text “HOME” to 741741

The Teen Line: 1-310-855-HOPE (4673) (Text "TEEN" to 839863)

YouthLine: 1-877-968-8491 (text "teen2teen" to 839863)

Trevor Project: Supporting LGBTQiA+ youth: TrevorLifeLine, 1-866-488-7386 (text "START" to 678678)

Trans Lifeline: Supporting trans community members, 877-565-8860

BIPOC Student Mental Health Supports

PPS Youth Resource App

We now have a PPS Youth Resource App- Say goodbye to the old Pocket Resource Guide and Hello to the new PPS Youth Resource App! This App was created by a PPS Mental Health advisory group along with the input of over 100 PPS students from around the district. The app is full of youth friendly community resources. Please get the word out and download this FREE app to your phones.

Student Health Center

During distance learning, students can still access their medical & mental health services at the Roosevelt Student Health Center regardless of insurance provider. School counselors can also make referrals for students interested in receiving ongoing counseling support.

Roosevelt HS School Based Health Center

503-988-3909 - Call for an appointment 8:45 am - 4:45 pm

Online Black and African American NAMI Peer-to-Peer

An education program focused on mental health, wellness, and recovery for the Black and African American community. Register by calling 503-228-5692 or emailing education@namimultnomah.org

Dates: January 16 - March 6, 2021

Schedule: Saturdays at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT

Location: Online via Zoom

NAMI education courses offer a safe and confidential space while providing opportunities for mutual support and growth. Every course is free of charge, and registration is required. Register today, classes fill up fast!

Parenting Through the Holidays During a Pandemic

Portland Public Schools community partners Big Village and Volunteers of America are offering a FREE Family Night on December 12th from 6:00-7:30pm. Topics will include mental health and wellness, celebrating during a pandemic, and mutual support break out groups for parents by grade level.

This is a great opportunity for parents to hear some new ideas and connect with others who are facing the same challenges.

1 (833) 732-2467

Monday-Friday 12-7pm. Parents know how lonely it is to care for a young person experiencing emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges. It can be frightening and isolating. It’s hard to know where and how to reach out for help and information. As caregivers, we have experience navigating challenges on behalf of our children and families. And as a community, we have much to offer one another. This is what Reach Out Oregon is all about, a supportive community where you will find a support team: Parent to Parent.

Racial Equity Support Line


Available weekdays from 9am-5pm. The Racial Equity Support Line is a service led and staffed primarily by people of color, designed to support those who are feeling the daily impacts of racist violence and microaggressions, as well as struggles with immigration and other cross-cultural issues.

Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group

PPS and Student Success Center are hosting a safe affinity space for Black students to process and unpack the trauma and grief that they may be dealing with as a result of police brutality, opposition to the BLM movement, seeing fellow black people lose their lives without consequence, the pandemic, etc. Click on the flyer to register.

For more information contact:

Maurice Phillips mphilli1@pps.net

Jonicia Shelton jshelton@pps.net

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PPS Native Student Support Group

Come and join fellow Native American students and caring PPS Native staff to connect and build community with Native students across the district. The goal of this group is to provide a safe space for Native students to meet, talk and process current events in the local community and nation. We will also be using this space to learn/utilize traditional wellness, healing and stress reduction practices.

WHEN: Tuesdays from 11:55-12:45 am (lunch time for most HS’s)


1. Go to Google Meet

2. Click “Join/Start Meeting”

3. Enter nickname PPS Native Students

4. Click continue.

SUN Clubs and Resources

Clubs officially started meeting the first week of October, access our list of clubs by visiting this linktree image or visiting the RHS school website! If you have any questions, please email Josephine Arceo at jarceo@pps.net. And don’t forget to follow @Rooseveltsun20 on Instagram for club and resource updates.

Distance Learning Tips

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Check out the district At-Home Strategies for Distance Learning page for more resources and don't forget about the PPS Virtual Calming Room!

Use this resource for:

  • Share a rough draft of your paper and have it proofread.
  • Help tackling how to do a math problem.
  • Practice questions and study guides for the PSAT.
  • Live real-time tutoring in Spanish as a foreign language.
  • Live one-to-one help from 2 pm to 10 pm daily in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
  • Ayuda con la prueba de ciudadanía
  • Giúp với thử nghiệm công dân

Escalera - Latino Network

The Escalera program is an additional support program for juniors and seniors. The Escalera program provides individual case management and checks in with students twice a month to help meet their academic, social-emotional, and college/career goals. The Escalera program also offers a virtual after-school session every week (Tuesday for Seniors and Thursday for Juniors) through Zoom starting at 3:30pm. If you are interested in receiving support please reach out to Marlene Lopez-Patton at marlenelopez-cruz@latnet.org


  • Starting November 2, our grab-and-go curbside serving locations will be open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To see the full list of meal sites, please visit the nutrition services site by clicking on the image to the right.

  • PPS is reopening access to home meal deliveries, a service for PPS families that are not near a meal site or need assistance accessing meals. To apply for meal deliveries fill out this form.

PPS McKinney-Vento - Homeless Program

The McKinney-Vento (formerly Title X) Homeless Program does not just serve families living in shelters or cars, but all students who do not have a fixed, regular & adequate living situation.

Students or families qualify for services if they are:

  • Staying with relatives or friends because they lost their own housing

  • In inadequate conditions (not all utilities turned on, overcrowded, etc)

  • Living in a garage, basement, or other space not designed for sleeping

  • Youth living on their own without a parent or legal guardian

  • Living in an RV, car, tent, or on the street

  • In a shelter or transitional housing

  • In a motel

  • Couch surfing from place to place

To make a referral contact you school counselor, school liaison or the main office

message line, 503-916-5770.

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Family-Teacher-Student Conferences

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Need help writing a resume or looking for volunteer/internship experiences? Do you want to learn about different career options and get help with post high school planning?

Check out the Fall 2020 RHS Career Newsletter and connect with our amazing Career Coordinator, Raisa!

Important information for Seniors

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Seniors, all documents that need to be submitted to colleges/universities you are applying to, are uploaded and sent through Maia Learning. If you haven't already added schools that you are applying to, on Maia Learning, you need to do so as soon as possible to make sure that your applications are complete. Please contact your counselor if you have any questions or need help navigating Maia Learning.

College Visits & MaiaLearning

Look for weekly emails from MaiaLearning and our College Coordinator, Angel Gutierrez, for upcoming virtual college visits! Angel will be sending out a list of college visits happening each week. The email will also have information about how to sign up for each visit!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Angel!

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FAFSA and ORSAA are now open!

To be eligible for most types of financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). These applications compile financial information and other details about students and families, which the US Department of Education and the State of Oregon use to determine financial need and eligibility for various financial aid opportunities. You do not need to fill both applications out, if you have questions about which application is right for you, please contact our College Coordinator or your counselor.

FAFSA Application

ORSA Application

FAFSA Completion Night!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday December 9th from 6-8 pm...more info to come!

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Our partners at The College Place put together these webinars to help explain how students can pay for college, including going over the FAFSA. You can access the webinar here in English and here in Spanish.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities & Resources

You can find a list or scholarship sites on the RHS Counseling web site under the Financial Aid & Scholarships tab. Here is a list of scholarships with November and December deadlines:

Important Information from PCC

Letters of Recommendation

Your counselors want to write the best possible letters for you and in order to do that, we need you to do the following:

  • Complete the Counselor Letter of Recommendation Request Form (brag sheet), you can find links to this form on the RHS website or you can email your counselor if you need a copy. This is important, please complete this form with as much detail as you can provide.
  • Submit this form to your counselor as soon as possible and schedule a time to meet with them at least 3 weeks before you need the letter.

Requests for letters of recommendation must be made at least 3 weeks before you need to submit your letter!

Need to Contact Your Counselor?

If you have any questions or concerns, please send your counselor an email. We look forward to checking in with you all!

Important Support Staff

In light of ongoing events in Portland and across the country, including grieving the losses of so many Black men and Black women to police brutality, the Roosevelt School Counseling team wants to acknowledge that we stand in solidarity with our Black students and families. We are here to listen and to support each of you. We commit to combating systemic racism within our school and community and we understand that simply making a statement is not enough. Our role and responsibility is to advocate for policies, practices and beliefs that combat systemic injustice. We are working within our department and our school to listen and grow. Young people are a critical part of this movement; please know that we support you and we care about you.