RMS Update: 10.3.23
RMS Newsletter, 2023-2024
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Roosevelt School News & Important Dates
What's Coming Up at RMS?
- OCTOBER 2ND (M): B DAY
- OCTOBER 3RD (T): A DAY
- Let's Eat Out! fundraiser at Hot Mama's Wings
- OCTOBER 4TH (W): B DAY
- Walk and Roll to School Day
- Early Release - 2:35 PM
- 7:00 PM, School Board Meeting
- OCTOBER 5TH (TH) A DAY
- 6:30 PM Parent Education Night: Healthy Relationships hosted by Ophelia's Place
- Join us in the RMS Library along with SBMS families
- Option for Zoom link: https://4J-lane-edu.zoom.us/j/9366455771
- OCTOBER 6TH (F): B DAY
- OCTOBER 9TH (M): A DAY
- OCTOBER 10TH (T): B DAY
- OCTOBER 11TH (W): A DAY
- Early Release - 2:35 PM
- OCTOBER 12TH (TH) B DAY
- OCTOBER 13TH (F)
- No School: Planning/Professional Development Day
Let's Eat Out!
Join us TODAY, Tuesday, Oct 3, for our first Let’s Eat Out! fundraiser of the year at Hot Mama’s Wings. Hot Mama’s is giving Roosevelt 15% of all order totals - just show your server this email! Money raised will go towards the Drama and Art classrooms, and our upcoming Teacher Appreciation event. So grab a few friends and Let’s Eat Out! Good for eat in and dine-out orders. Plenty of gluten-free and meatless option available.
Tuesday, Oct 3, 2023, 11:30 AM
Hot Mama's Wings, West 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR, USA
EEF Fun Run-- Raise Funds for RMS
Calling all Cross-Country athletes-- your entry is free!
Walk or run to support RMS on October 14! Join the Roosevelt Team at the Eugene Education Fund 5K for 4J and raise funds for our school. The 5K and Fun Run is an opportunity for all schools and grade levels to fundraise for the future of education and get to know the community organizations supporting education. Register before October 13.
Event Registration page: https://bit.ly/EEF5KFunRun2023
Remember to join the RMS team to direct funds to our school.
Saturday, October 14, 2023
9:00 AM PDT - 2:00 PM PDT
Food carts, nonprofit and PTA booths will be present!
Alton Baker Park
100 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401
First PAR Education Event: Healthy Relationships
Please join us on Thursday, October 5 in the Library for a presentation from Ophelia's Place. Families from Spencer Butte Middle School will also be joining us in this regional endeavor.
For those who wish to join from home, please use this Zoom link:
https://4J-lane-edu.zoom.us/j/9366455771 (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)
In a time of our students' lives when friends mean everything and adult influence and support enters a new dimension, students still need guidelines for what constitutes happy and healthy friend and romantic relationships. And, parents and loving adults need to be on the lookout for the healthy ways in which students are engaging, making decisions, moving ahead or pulling back. This starts with understanding relationship dynamics, communication strategies and knowing as a parent when to step in or step out.
Yuki Roberts from Ophelia's Place is a dynamic, knowledgeable and well-researched presenter. We look forward to seeing you at this joint event... bring a friend and come along!
RMS Responds to Targeted and Hateful Language
Last year, many schools in 4j, including Roosevelt, experienced a surge of students using targeted and hateful language directed towards students of color, students of specific religions, and students who identify as LGBTQAI+. Unfortunately, we've already experienced some of the same language this year at school.
We take these situations very seriously and this year, any instance of targeted, biased language will warrant two quick responses from us: out-of-school suspension and a required reading and activity for students and families. Restorative work may also follow as well as a school-wide conversation in House.
We are guided by several 4j Board policies and a Universal Response Protocol. Board policies that form the foundation of our response include: Nondiscrimination - AC and Discrimination Complaint Procedure AC-AR; Hate Symbols and Bias Incidents - ACB, Hate Symbol and Bias Incidents, Response ACB-AR, Racial Harassment - ACC.
When we learn about situations– and we often rely solely on staff and students to report to administration through several different avenues, including an anonymous form– we act. After we acknowledge receipt of the report to students or families, we start tracking the incident. Our immediate response is to insure the safety and well-being of the person who has been impacted and to consider the need for immediate support for those involved, including any witnesses or other community members.
If we are investigating a potential incident of bias speech or a racial slur, we consider race, culture, language, religion, sex, gender identity, disability status and intersectionality to determine how to move forward. Families may receive notification that we are investigating and we review policy to determine whether an incident might be a violation of district policy. We investigate the incident fully, ensuring that due process rights are upheld.
As we investigate, we also plan for safety and support. We consult with the students who were harmed and include family and community members to discuss culturally and linguistically responsive steps. We develop a plan to the extent desired by those harmed and work directly with those who caused harm. Our main goal is always to educate, address the impact of the action, and prioritize learning unless there is a risk to health or safety and/or it is a repeated violation with the intent to cause harm and previous measures have not been effective. We do suspend students for using hurtful and hateful language repeatedly.
We also continue to implement preventative measures. If we are seeing patterns and repetitive behaviors across campus, then we provide school-wide opportunities for learning and understanding to prevent instances of hate and bias speech from occurring in the future. This was our response last January 2023 when we saw a significant increase in the use of the n-word at school and White students asking for the ‘n-pass’ from students of color. We continue to monitor and adjust our response as we learn of incidents and remain vigilant in living our school commitment: The Roosevelt Middle School staff stands together against bigotry, harassment, bullying, and any form of discrimination.
When we know, we act. And, in the case of racial, religious, or homophobic slurs, we know it is happening more often than we realize which places an onus on us to respond to a greater extent. If your students are reporting anything to you, please let us know as soon as possible. We’ve also asked our staff to interrupt and circle back with students rather than risk missing potential harm. We can’t and won’t hear everything, and it takes all of us stepping in to create a safe and responsive school environment.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:
- Walk and Roll to School Day volunteer opportunity! Join us on Wednesday, October 4th from 8:15 - 9:00 am. We are looking for 4 volunteers who could help us on Wednesday, October 4th, 2023 for our Walk and Roll To School Day. You will be stationed outside of the School from 8:15-9:00 and distribute tickets to the students walking and "rolling" to school.
- Come and join us for another campus clean up! Join us October Friday 13, 2023 from 9am to 11am. This time we are going to focus on the courtyard and hanging posters throughout the building. Please bring your gloves, tools, and personal weedwacker WITHOUT BLADES. Treats and drinks will be served.
All volunteers need to do a background check found HERE , before volunteering during the school day.
Cross Country Has Started Up!
We're super excited about a cross-country season for middle school this fall. Registration is still open and practice just started last week. The first meet is this Wednesday, October 4 and students will be dismissed at 2:00 pm .
- Please use this link to create an account: https://account.students.arbitersports.com/signup
- Then, use this link to register your student: https://students.arbitersports.com/programs/2023-middle-school-cross-country-roosevelt-middle-school-fall-sports-registration
- Submit a payment on SchoolPay: https://www.schoolpay.com/link/RooseveltCrossCountry
Students will need a physical and insurance coverage. Once you read the information, scroll down to the blue ‘Register Now’ button and click to continue. All forms are available on the site.
Practice and Meets
We'll hold practices four days a week from 4:00 - 5:15 pm.
See you out there!
A Message from the Admins
October: A Golden Month in Schools
Happy first week of October!
We have this golden month of October to enjoy before we move into November, a month which always includes student-led conferences and several holidays. Unlike the last three years, next week is *not* the midterm; November 9 is the *mid-semester* grading day. Switching from trimesters to semesters makes the period between grading windows about three weeks longer, so this week or next is a great time to check in with your students about how their classes are going and to look for missed work and upcoming tests and assignments.
This week in House, our students will be not only participating in an activity about their experiences so far at school, they will also be working on some personal and academic goal-setting for the rest of the semester and on into the year. Please ask them about their goals! We'll also be continuing to develop House connection and spirit: Students will be re-igniting their House cheer or chant to be shared at an assembly on October 27.
Over the last few weeks in House, students also took a look at the responsibilities handbook which can be found on our website. Click here if you would like to access and discuss it with your student. Our main focus was to emphasize the responsibilities we have being in community together and the importance of staying safe and supporting each other. We’ll also spent two days on bullying and harassment, how to step in when you see something, and why we want a culture of upstanders and not bystanders– an important and sometimes difficult lesson for middle school students. Encouraging your student to say something if they see something is crucial and often not popular. Our work is to give students the confidence and agency to know it’s okay to step in and this year, we are responding swiftly, directly, and particularly to any hate or biased speech we know about.
Now that we are into October, both affinity groups and FLEX-- supports and extensions (clubs) will be starting up. This opportunity is a crucial part of middle school development. It gives students an opportunity to come together outside of academic classes to participate together in ways that strengthen identity, develop leadership skills with a shared interest, fosters community building, and provides support for the overall well-being and success of our students. We are always looking for additional parent supports and contacts in our community for all our clubs and groups. If you are interested or know folks in our community who might be able to volunteer time to support club meetings, we would be grateful for your contacts. FLEX is every Thursday from 10:00 - 10:30 am.
Many thanks for your ongoing support and communication… hope it’s a great week for everyone.
Courtney + Mike
FLEX Starting Up October 12
We view FLEX as a time for students to get additional academic support and continue to explore and find an enrichment activity outside of their regular class schedules. Our desire is for students to have more personalized learning, develop additional skills and social connections and reduce stress for students either to connect with the teacher they need or take a welcome break during a busy school day.
During FLEX, students can choose to visit a teacher to complete work, make-up a test, or get additional help on an assignment. Teachers might also request to see a student during FLEX. If students don't need this option, they can join a club or activity about which they are passionate. FLEX is fluid: one week students might need to see a teacher and another week, they might participate in a different activity.
Next week in House, we will introduce the concept of FLEX and encourage students to think about how they would like to make the most of the time. We look forward to FLEX enhancing our students' middle school experiences and helping them grow academically and personally.
Please feel free to reach out to teachers or other staff if you have questions!
More Ways to Communicate
Log In to ParentSquare
Our district is launching a new school-to-home communication platform called ParentSquare to keep parents and guardians informed and encourage greater engagement and connection with their school and our district. RMS is embracing this new tool whole-heartedly and we love it because you can get *all* your communications in one place, even if you have multiple students in multiple schools!
Get Started: Log in to ParentSquare TODAY!
To help make registration has seamless as possible, make sure your student and contact information are up-to-date. You can do this by visiting ParentVUE or by contacting the front-office staff of your school.
ParentSquare provides a safe way for district administrators, school principals, teachers, staff, and parents to send and receive school and class information, share pictures and files, see calendars, sign up to volunteer, schedule parent-teacher conferences, and much more . . . all in one centralized place!
All information will now be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text, depending on your preference. For even more convenience, download the ParentSquare app (available for free on the Apple/Google app stores for iOS and Android devices).
Want to Stay Up-to-Date with RMS?
Our weekly Smore newsletter keeps you informed through weekly news briefs. Content includes calendar highlights, updates from administrators, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and more. Weekly updates are sent to all families via email. You’ll recognize the eNews when it arrives in your in-box because in the subject line you will see: "[RMS] eNews" and the date. The Roosevelt eNews is a service of Parents at Roosevelt (PAR), in cooperation with Roosevelt Middle School, and is produced by staff working with volunteers on privately-owned equipment.
We also use text and social media to stay connected. Every time we send out an email communication, we will also send out a text. Our main social media platforms are Facebook and IG. The official RMS information page is Roosevelt Middle School: https://www.facebook.com/rmseugene. We also use Parents at Roosevelt - PAR: https://www.facebook.com/parentsatroosevelt. This is where we’ll post updates, fun school news, and opportunities for students and families. You can also find us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parentsatroosevelt/.
How To Reach Us
To avoid disruptions to our school day, please email or call to schedule an appointment with any staff member. Our doors remain locked during school hours.
In addition, as we work to create an innovative, rigorous, and culturally relevant learning environment that emphasizes collaboration across the school and a culture of respect, our administrators spend as much time as possible out in our building and in classrooms supporting teachers and ensuring students have a high quality experience. They only check email twice daily during the school week.
If you send an email that requires a response, they will respond in a timely way and may also forward your email to the appropriate staff member or to Skye Stier, our RMS office manager. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Skye at 541-790-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Main Office Phone: 541-790-8500
Attendance in Spanish: 541-790-8507
For other questions, please contact:
Kelly Ayres, Registrar
Student records, telephone & address changes, transcripts, enrollment
Theresa Elmore, Attendance
Student attendance, planned absences, excusing absences, lost items, lockers, medication disbursement
Skye Stier, School Secretary
Financial issues and fees, announcements, general information, meeting scheduling
Extracurricular Activities and Community Events
Our 2023 Showcase last spring was a big success thanks to hundreds of donations from generous local businesses and families. Thank you for supporting Roosevelt! We’re offering the last of these donations to you on sale now as we wrap up the year and prepare for the 2024 Showcase. Check out the last of the silent auction items for some great deals on fantastic items! Every penny raised goes to support PAR - the parent group at Roosevelt that exists to enrich the learning environment of our school for students, teachers, and staff. Take a look at the auction link and score some deals while supporting RMS. And thank you!
UO Fall Science Open House
What: Free Science Outreach Event The UO Fall Science Open House is a showcase of all the wonderful formal and informal science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach available in our community. The open house features dozens of interactive, hands-on science tables and demonstrations. The event is free and open to the public. The goal of the open house is to connect families and teachers with science education opportunities. Participation raises awareness of your group and the work you are doing, provides a pool of enthusiastic recruits for your education and research projects, and raises the profile of STEM in the community.
The event is coordinated by the SPICE program. Participation is 100% free for presenters and attendees.
When: Wednesday October 4th, 2023 - 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Willamette Hall Paul Olum Atrium on the UO Campus
Like to Argue and Make Your Point?
With the help of South Eugene High School, RMS is working to start up a middle school Speech and Debate Club. We don't have a lot of particulars yet though we do anticipate students participating in tournaments with the support of high school mentors. If you're interested, please email email@example.com. And, as soon as we have more information, we'll share it with our community!
Chess Club at Roosevelt ♟️
Chess club will meet on Tuesdays, 3:40 to 4:40PM, in the Library Forum, starting September 19. Beginners are welcome! More experienced players are also welcome! We had a great chess club last year, winning the state team championship for the 2nd straight year, and this year we hope to be even better. New students can try the club out before paying the tuition, but please fill out the registration form here: http://www.southsidechess.com/school-clubs.html
Our first tournament of the year is the Wizard’s Chess Tournament on October 28. This is a really fun event. Kids can dress up in Halloween outfits (if they wish), and we will give out prizes for best costumes. Our participants (3 tournaments this year) will receive a free USCF membership, a $20 value (new members or renewals at their annual expiration dates). You can register for the tournament here: https://www.southsidechess.com/tournaments.html.
Desi Fest is Coming to LCC!
October 7, 2023
10:00am-5:00pm at Lane Community College
Desi Fest is Eugene's first celebration of South Asian identity and culture through the arts. Enjoy South Asian food, dance, comedy, film, literature, and more!
Visit Desi Fest on Facebook to stay up to date on developments.
Sing with the Oregon Children’s Choir!
The Oregon Children’s Choir welcomes 1st-12th graders to join one of our fun and inspiring choirs for the 2023-2024 school year! Develop new singing techniques, learn new songs and make new friends. Choirs meet once per week and perform four concerts per year. Scholarships and sibling discounts available. Registration and information at www.oregonchildrenschoir.org.
Join Roosevelt's Ultimate Frisbee Team
- Practice is T/TH from 3:45-5:15 starting September 12th
- Games are from 10-12 at Century Fields starting September 23rd
- Season ends Saturday November 4th
- Open to all experience levels and genders
- For more information go to our registration page
Free LTD Transit Pass!
All students in 4J schools can get a student pass to ride Lane Transit District (LTD) buses for free. Student transit passes can be used to travel anywhere within the LTD service area. Student passes can be used at any time—after school, on weekends and during school breaks, as well as to get to and from school each day.
To get a free LTD student transit pass middle school students can request their own passes at the front office. Passes are valid from September 1 of the current school year to September 30 of the following year and can be renewed by the school each year for ongoing free service.
¡Pase de tránsito para estudiantes gratis!
Todos los estudiantes de las escuelas 4J pueden obtener un pase para viajar en los autobuses del Distrito de Tránsito de Lane (LTD) de forma gratuita. Los pases de transporte para estudiantes se pueden usar para viajar a cualquier lugar dentro del área de servicio de LTD. Los pases para estudiantes se pueden usar en cualquier momento: después de la escuela, los fines de semana y durante las vacaciones escolares, así como para ir y volver de la escuela todos los días.
Para obtener un pase de tránsito para estudiantes LTD gratuito, disponible como tarjeta táctil o aplicación para teléfonos inteligentes Umo, los tutores/padres pueden solicitarlo para estudiantes de primaria; los estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria pueden solicitar sus propios pases en la oficina. Los pases son válidos desde el 1 de septiembre del año escolar actual hasta el 30 de septiembre del año siguiente y la escuela puede renovarlos cada año para continuar con el servicio gratuito.
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.)
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!
Oregon's Bottle Drop Program! Blue bags and tags are available for pick up in the front office.
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 the link above 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.