RMS Update: 10.31.23
RMS Newsletter, 2023-2024
Roosevelt School News & Important Dates
What's Coming Up at RMS?
- OCTOBER 30 (M): A DAY
- OCTOBER 31 (T): B DAY
- NOVEMBER 1 (W): A DAY
- Early Release- 2:35PM
- School Board Meeting- 7:00PM
- NOVEMBER 2 (TH): B DAY
- Par Meeting, Direct Drive Kick-off - 6:30PM
- Via Zoom: https://4J-lane-edu.zoom.us/j/9366455771
- NOVEMBER 3 (F) A DAY
- 6th Grade Drama Showcase- 6:00PM
- NOVEMBER 6 (M): B DAY
- NOVEMBER 7 (T): A DAY
- NOVEMBER 8 (W)
- Early Release- 2:35pm
- NOVEMBER 9 (TH)
- No School- Mid-Term Grading
- NOVEMBER 10 (F)
- No School- Veterans Day
Parent Events Coming Up!
We have several Thursday evenings in a row designed to support families!
Thursday, October 26 @ 6:30 pm: Parent Focus Group (by invitation)
Thursday, November 2 @ 6:30 pm: Kick-Off to Direct Drive an HAP (via Zoom)
- Come learn about the rationale for our direct drive
- Find out more about Helping All People (HAP)
Thursday, November 16 @ 6:30 pm: Parent Focus Group (by invitation)
Thursday, November 30 @ 6:30 pm: Education Event: Teens and Tech
- Ophelia's Place will present tricks and tips for how to help you and your teen manage tech
Thursday, December 7 @ 6:30 pm: Parent Equity Group
- If you would like a copy of This Book is Anti-Racist, please contact Courtney: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Conference sign up, coming soon!
Log into Parent Square now!
Conference scheduling will be done through Parent Square this year. Please sign in now to get familiar with the platform.
If you have any questions or issues logging in, please contact Skye at email@example.com
More information regarding conferences to come next week!
Looking for a fantastic way to get involved at in our community, and make a difference in the lives of young people?
Roosevelt Middle School is looking for a new volunteer Mentor Coordinator. Our Middle School Lunchtime Mentoring Program supports a small group of 6th, 7th and 8th graders by partnering them with an adult Mentor for lunch once a week.
The Roosevelt Mentor Coordinator would volunteer on Thursdays from 12-2, and does another 30 minutes of communications during the week. Their primary role is to be an additional support in the room while Mentors meet with their students.
The volunteer Mentor Coordinator is fully trained and supported by the 4J staff Mentor Coordinator.
Please contact Kate Becker for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org 541-517-0394
Middle School Mentor Program
Can you give 30 minutes a week to make a difference in the life of a middle school student?
Be a mentor—touch a life! A small investment of time, energy and caring can yield great dividends in the life of a middle school student.
What is the Middle School Mentor Program?
Volunteers from the community are paired with middle school students who have been referred to the program. Once a week, volunteer mentors visit their student at school during lunchtime. They talk and listen, share a meal, play board games, share news about school and friends, maybe play basketball.
It’s a way to give extra support to a teen or tween who may be facing challenges—kids who are living in poverty, are homeless or in transitional housing, are having a hard time at home or at school, or just need another caring adult in their lives. Most schools have students on waiting lists.
What the mentoring program provides
Principals and counselors love the mentor program because it helps kids who need support. Especially in these days of tight budgets and crowded classrooms, mentoring helps fill students’ need for more one-on-one adult attention.
Mentors love the program because it gives them an opportunity to work one-on-one with a student throughout the school year and develop a relationship that supports the student.
Students love the program because they have a reliable, caring adult to talk to one-on-one. They look forward to their weekly lunches, are more likely to come to school on mentoring days, and get help with things like building strong relationships with peers.
How to become a volunteer mentor
Thank you for your interest in the mentor program. Please begin by completing an online background check here. Please select all 8 middle schools on your background check.
After you have completed your volunteer background check, please submit a Mentor Application here.
If you have any questions, please contact the volunteer program coordinator, Kate Becker, at email@example.com. We look forward to mentoring with you.
Mentoring Schedules (2023–24 School Year)
- Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.
- Thursday: 3 lunches, 11:25–11:55 a.m., 12:20–12:50 p.m. and 1:15–1:45 p.m.
- Cal Young, 2555 Gilham Rd.
- Friday: 2 lunches, 12:26-12:56 p.m. and 1:21-1:51 p.m.
- Kelly, 850 Howard Ave.
- Tuesday: 2 lunches, 12:25–12:55 p.m. and 1:20–1:50 p.m.
- Kennedy, 2200 Bailey Hill Rd.
- Monday: 2 lunches, 11:25–11:55 a.m. and 12:20–12:50 a.m.
- Madison, 875 Wilkes Dr.
- Tuesday: 2 lunches, 12:25–12:55 p.m. and 1:20–1:50 p.m.
- Monroe, 2800 Bailey Lane
- Friday: 3 lunches, 11:30 a.m.–noon, 12:25–12:55 p.m. and 1:20–1:50 p.m.
- Roosevelt, 500 E. 24th Ave.
- Thursday: 2 lunches, 12:20–12:50 p.m. and 1:15–1:45 p.m.
- Spencer Butte, 500 E. 43rd Ave.
- Monday: 1 lunch, 12:25–12:55 p.m.
RMS Spirit Gear Sale - 10/16 through 10/31
RMS sweatshirts, t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, joggers, and beanies are on sale now! The online shop will run from Monday, October 16th through Tuesday, October 31st. Upon ordering, you'll have the option to pick up your items at school or shipped directly to your home!
The online store will be open through Tuesday, October 31st.
Carpool Conundrums: Please Consider These Three Requests
We've got a lot going on in and around school these days... including YMCA construction and lots of students walking, biking and getting dropped off at school. Please follow these three reminders to ensure safety and flow.
1. Do not pause along 24th Avenue to drop off your student. We have lots of traffic coming from both directions and it is dangerous to pull over into the bike lane and potentially force traffic into the oncoming lane.
2. Students should use the crosswalk directly across from the school for safety. If you are dropping your student off at the Very Little Theatre or near the apartments, please remind your student to use the crosswalk with the crossing guard. Trying to cross at Patterson Street is also dangerous and slows down traffic.
3. Only turn right out of the school parking lot. We know this is inconvenient. However, when cars try to turn left across traffic, it is causing a significant back-up in our parking lot. Please only make right-hand turns to ensure a smooth flow in and out of the lot.
Many thanks for your attention and cooperation for the benefit of our entire community!
FLEX Continues this Week
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.
On Mondays during House, students complete 'Monday Mapping' in which they review their planners, organize their binders and check Canvas. They will also determine whether they need to see a teacher during FLEX by filling out a survey in House on Monday.
We hope it us useful and connecting time-- please let us know what your students think.
More Ways to Communicate
Please ... please... please... Sign up for ParentSquare today!
In anticipation of conferences coming up, we truly need all our families to sign up for Parent Square.
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).
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!
Hello parents, educators, and community members!
We've got news about our upcoming youth programs coming your way.
Fiction Fantastic Contest
Our annual Fiction Fantastic Young Writers Contest is now open. Youth that live or attend school in Lane County are eligible to enter this free short story contest. Visit fictionfantastic.org for more information or download this handy PDF to share.
Rainbow Reads Book Club
Rainbow Reads is a young adult LGBTQIA2S+ book group for Lane County teens hosted by Wordcrafters in Eugene in partnership with the Eugene Public Library! For more information about this free program visit here.
For November we're reading Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh.
When: Wednesday, November 8 | 4:30-6:00 PM Pacific
Where: Eugene Public Library, Downtown
Rainbow Read Club members can pick up a free copy of the monthly book at the Eugene Public Library Downtown.
Write Club for Youth
This our monthly writing workshop that runs during the school year and is offered to youth 9 and up. These workshops offer the opportunity for young writers to explore various genres and topics in writing with local teaching artists throughout the year.
November: Playwriting; Just Begin with Jeany Van Meltebeke Snider
Saturday, November 11, 2023
10 AM - 12 PM | ages 9 and up
Join Jeany Van Meltebeke Snider for our November Write club and jump into writing for theatre.
December: Roll-Up a Holiday Story with Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Saturday, December 9, 2023
10 AM - 12 PM | ages 9 and up
Join author Nina Kiriki Hoffman for December’s Youth Write Club, and roll the dice to collect ingredients to create three characters, then roll again to find plot elements.
For information about our upcoming Write Club (for Youth) workshops visit here or download this handy PDF.
Toys for Tots!
4J Welcome Center will once again be hosting and collaborating with Toys for Tots this year to be a satellite distribution site for all 4J families with students from ages 0-13yrs old.
- Deadline: Nov 24, no applications will be accepted after this date.
- Distribution Date: Saturday, Dec 9
- Time/Location: TBD
Click on this link to register: https://eugene-or.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/request-toys.aspx
Haga clic en este enlace para registrarse: https://eugene-or.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/local-toy-request-single-form.aspx
Calling all Duck families!
On November 3rd, mark your calendars and prepare for the University of Oregon Family Day! Your Oregon Volleyball team will take on the Utah Utes in a fun atmosphere centered around families! The University of Oregon is serving up an incredible offer you can’t pass up. Using the code 23VBFAMILY, you can grab tickets for the whole family for just $3 each. So, bring out the entire family, grab your Oregon gear, and enjoy some good old family fun.
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.
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.