Roosevelt Wildcat Weekly

March 25, 2022 Information for our Families

Dear Wildcat Families,

Happy Friday! As we head into Spring Break, we wanted to take this moment to thank you for your continued support of our Roosevelt Family. We hope you and your family have a relaxing break.

Just a reminder that COVID-19 kits were sent home with students on Thursday, March 24th. We need everyone's help to test 24 hours before returning from Spring Break on Monday, April 4th. If your student tests positive or has any symptoms associated with COVID-19, please do not send them to school. Instead, call the school office for next steps. Thank you for helping us keep our students in school.

See you on Monday, April 4th!

RMS Administration

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RMS Award-Winning Yearbooks!

Did you know that we have a tradition at RMS of creating award-winning yearbooks? In 2018, our yearbook won First Place and Best in Class at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar. Our yearbook class has a small staff of 20-25 7th & 8th graders. They learn journalism skills, including interviewing students and staff, writing informative stories and captions, and how to use cameras and online software to create our school's Yearbook.

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3 on 3 March madness was a big hit last Friday!!

Shoutout to Mrs. Catellanos and ASB students for making it happen! Also, we would like to give a HUGE shoutout to our very own RMS Teacher Basketball Champs, Greg Anderson, Daniel Guerzon, and Craig Parrott! They hustled on Friday after school at the RMS March Madness put on and organized by RMS ASB under the supervision of Mrs. Castellanos. There were teams of three, music, snacks to purchase, and enthusiastic fans! What a great way to end a busy week with a win for staff!


"Monochromatic Landscapes" from Mrs. Brayshaw's Art Basics class

A monochromatic painting is one created using only one color or hue by mixing white (tint), black (shade), or gray (tone) to create values. A silhouette is the image o a person, animal, object, or scene represented as a solid shape of a single color, usually black. Students used both a monochromatic color scheme and silhouettes to capture the scene of a location they would like to visit.


spring pre-festival concert

The spring pre-festival concert was to prepare our students for their performance at the Poway band and orchestra festival in April. We shared the concert with Mr. Dulaney and the Vista High School Wind Ensemble. The students will be graded at the festival, so we had Dr. Shannon Kitelinger from SDSU give the students feedback on their performance.

The students did an excellent job and received terrific feedback from Mr. Dulaney and Dr. Kitelinger.


Congratulations to the employees of the month!

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And that is why they are so AWESOME!

Mrs. Shannon Brayshaw Visual Art

  • Engagement: Shannon manages a calm classroom environment that allows students to feel safe and free to express themselves as creative artists no matter their special needs with academics and/or behaviors. Thank you Shannon for sharing your kindness, calmness, patience, and expertise with RMS students!

  • Collaboration: Shannon is an amazing example of collaboration. She has stepped up to share her expertise and creativity regarding art with staff on more than one occasion. While doing so, her calm and inspiring techniques shine and make us all want to spend more time in her classroom!

  • AL Leader: With Shannon’s expertise, creativity, and leadership skills, we greatly appreciate her involvement on the AL Leadership Team helping to carry out our vision here at RMS. Her enthusiasm for learning shows through to staff and students and she makes it easy to be inspired by art.

Ms. LeThi Stoneha One on One Instructional Assistant

  • Positivity: LeThi makes RMS a better place to work on a daily basis with her positive outlook. She always greets people with a smile and with a sincere willingness to listen to both staff and students. Your positive attitude is contagious and we are fortunate to have you here!

  • Accepts Challenges: LeThi Works extremely well with teachers, staff, and students no matter their needs. When it comes to helping her peers stay updated and relevant with PD, she works hard to make sure they get what they need. She supports students and staff with making our school a great place to learn, thank you for all of your hard work LeThi!

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Spring Break COVID-19 Testing Kits

The COVID-19 kits were sent home with students on Thursday, March 24th and Friday, March 25th. We need everyone's help to test 24 hours before returning from Spring Break on Monday, April 4th. If your student tests positive or has any symptoms associated with COVID-19, please do not send them to school. Instead, call the school office for next steps. Thank you for helping us keep our students in school.


spring break covid testing centers

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vaccinations COVID-19 starting April 2nd

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The California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA)

All 7th grade science students will be participating in the California Healthy Youth Act Curriculum starting in May. If you have any questions or would like to review the materials used in the comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention instruction please contact the Vista Unified School District Office.

Please click the red button below for more information.

The California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA)

Parents and guardians have the right to excuse their child from comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education by providing a written request to the school principal.


Spring Sports Tryouts

We are pleased to announce that the Boys & Girls Club will be holding tryouts for Co-ed Soccer and Girl's Basketball on Wednesday, April 6th, and Thursday, April 7th at RMS. Please see the attached flyers for more information.

Updated- Spring 2022 Sports Academy Flyer + Form



Registration for ASES will begin on April 4th. You can check the website for more information: ASES at RMS


Counseling Corner!

Eighth-grade students received an HS Transition Presentation in their science class on Thursday, 3/24 to go over important high school information and course selection information. Click here to see the slides. Students will be selecting their high school classes online from April 4th-10th and will be meeting with their high school counselor on April 15th to confirm their selections. Click to view the HS Course Selection Instructions & Forms. Please email Ms. Licona for any high school registration questions.

If your student didn’t sign up for a club, THAT’S OKAY! Please see our completed RMS CLUBS LIST. With the exception of the Backpacking club, all of our clubs are open to visitors. No need to sign up. Just have your student show up at the time and place listed on our RMS CLUBS LIST.

Caseloads: Mr. Way - 6th Grade and 7A | Ms. Licona - 8th Grade & 7B

Go To: to make an appointment with either of our AWESOME School Counselors :)

Follow us on Instagram @rooseveltcounseling for updates.

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



Students are almost finished with ELPAC which is the state testing for English Language Learners. Our students are doing a great job staying focused during the test.


Amazing AM program at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista for RMS students

Boys & Girls Club of Vista is offering a free morning program for the Roosevelt students who are waiting for the bus to take them to school. We think this would be a great opportunity for them to have safe place to go to while waiting for the bus. Please take advantage of this opportunity! Click on the flyer for registration or check the QR code.


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Help Wanted: Come help us with the Snack Stop or Dippin' Dots sales! Every Wednesday the Snack Stop is open to selling snacks and drinks, and every Friday the Dippin' Dots cart is out to sell during student lunch. It's FUN and EASY! Hours are 11 am to 1 pm. Just click here to sign up for a shift (or two or three!)

Snack Stop and Dippin' Dots are back! Wednesdays at lunch purchase extra snacks from PTA. Fridays we offer Dippin Dots for $5.

Membership: Become a PTA member for just $10, join online:

Fridays are Spirit Days! Rock your RMS spirit wear or wear red and black on Fridays to show your Wildcat pride!. Visit the Spirit Cart at lunch for fun, free goodies at lunchtime for those showing off their RMS spirit.



Please encourage your students to take advantage of the free breakfast and lunch RMS offers daily to ensure they eat regularly.



All absences must be cleared within 72 hours (3 school days) after the student returns to school. If your student was accidentally marked absent please contact our attendance office. 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.


B&GC Co-Ed Soccer & Girls Basketball

Join Roosevelt Middle School Spring 2022 teams coming in March!

Practice Dates & Times: Tryout and Practice Dates TBD

Practices and games held at Roosevelt Middle School

Parent meeting information to follow.

Pick up your Release and Hold Harmless Agreement at the front office to participate in tryouts.

For more information email Hillary Wheeler at or


RMS is looking for your help

Parents, are you or anyone you know looking for part time work for 6 hours per day WITH BENEFITS while your children are at school? RMS is looking to hire Instructional Assistants to help out in all of our classrooms. Instructional Assistants work Monday through Friday from 8:30am - 3pm on school days only. Please call the front office if you are interested or if you have any questions!


Support and contribute just $10 in an envelope and drop it in the PTA drop box at the Roosevelt main office!

PTA connects families, schools, and communities by providing programs and services at your child’s school. PTA is the nation’s largest volunteer-led child-advocacy association working to drive improvements in the education, health, and well-being of all children and families. When you are a member of PTA, you are an advocate for your child and for all children.

Become a member today! As a member, you are able to vote at Association meetings held twice a year, receive benefits by being a PTA member, and most importantly, support Roosevelt Students. You can also make direct donations to support grade-level grants, which provide funds for 6th grade Greek Day, 7th-grade Safari Park field trip, and 8th grade Heritage Day as well as other projects and programs. Please help support our programs and students! You can join by visiting this site:

Email: Facebook: /RooseveltMiddleSchoolPTA Instagram: @rmspta

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Family and Community Liaison

Hi Wildcats families!

Computer workshops (3/16/22) and sewing club already started!

Find and connect to support. Financial assistance, food pantries, health care, and other free or reduced-cost help start here:

You may email your Roosevelt Family and Community Liaison, Ms. Gabby Thompson,, or contact her at extension 63013 for any needs your family might have.



If you need food from our Roosevelt Food Pantry, please stop by the school or ask for Ms. Gabby. Your student is welcome to come to the Parent Center as well. VTO (Vista Teen Outreach) provides support for our families in need. Please check the information below for some restrictions for students on campus and the proper use of food from the RMS food pantry. food pantry regulations

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Health and Safety Update

As a school community, we need your help to ensure that we can safely keep students in school and minimize the number of quarantines we might need. If there is a family that is waiting on the results of COVID tests, please keep your student home until the results come in. If your student is not feeling well, please don't send them to school.

Please refer to the VUSD COVID-19 Case Dashboard for updated information on COVID cases. The Dashboard is updated by 7:00 pm daily.

A few other reminders about protocols:

  • Notify us immediately if your child or any member of your household becomes ill with COVID-19.

  • Please keep your child home from school if they have ANY of the symptoms listed on the decision tree guidelines (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea).

  • Have your child vaccinated. Remember, your child will not need to be quarantined if they come in close contact at school if they are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic. The vaccination will keep them in school and able to participate in all of the extracurricular activities like athletics, band, dance, ASB, etc.

  • If your child is quarantined, then they will receive support/connection with a VUSD Learning Support Teacher, via Zoom and email.

  • If your child is quarantined, they are to follow along in Canvas for their coursework.

  • If your child is fully vaccinated, they are NOT required to Quarantine at this time.


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BLAST Tutoring

Our amazing teachers, Ambrosia Solis and Robert LaPorte, will be hosting after-school tutorials Monday through Thursday! Please see the flier linked for the full schedule.

Please keep in mind, it is first-come, first-serve.


Purchase your yearbook

Welcome back Wildcat Families!

We are back to school and ready for a great year of memories! Remember to pre-order your 2021-22 Yearbook at a 20% discounted price (compared to the end of year price) by following the link or using the QR code! As always, thanks for supporting our award-winning Yearbook program!


Library Announcements

Chromebooks have been distributed to all students. We highly encourage you to purchase the device insurance plan, which covers the replacement and repair costs for chromebooks and their chargers. The insurance plan can be purchased online, in the RMS Webstore. The plan will protect the device against ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE, THEFT, FIRE, FLOOD, NATURAL DISASTERS, POWER SURGE and VANDALISM. This plan will provide full replacement cost coverage and will protect the item on and off school grounds.


Health Office

Please send a refillable water bottle with your student everyday. Roosevelt has refill stations available for your student to use.

The Health Office would like to remind all parents/guardians that only PCR/NAAT Covid Test results are accepted as proof of testing for Covid19. Please contact with questions or concerns.

The Health Office would like to remind SEVENTH GRADE parents/guardians that the T-dap vaccine is required for all students entering the 7th grade. ALL students are required to have 2 Varicella vaccines. Notifications have been mailed to parents/guardians of students missing these vaccines. September 15 is the deadline for turning in missing immunizations. Please contact the Health Office with any questions or concerns.

School Nurse Contact Information:Amy McGruire: Cell:760-936-3825 Email: Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Please also refer to Health and Safety Webpage for information:


Independent Study Contracts Needed To Continue Learning During to Quarantine

The Vista Unified School District is committed to providing ongoing opportunities for students to continue their education and earn attendance credit while on quarantine. Currently, the state only allows districts to provide these opportunities through independent study, and parents/guardians must agree for their students to voluntarily participate. We need your help to sign a short-term independent study contract so that our schools can get the funding they need to maintain services for all students.

Currently, students on quarantine are marked with excused absences, but once parents/guardians approve for their student to participate in independent study during quarantine, the student will begin to generate positive attendance. Students enrolled in this short term independent study during periods of quarantine will have access to classroom content through Canvas, the district learning management system. Students can complete classroom assignments to stay current with the classroom learning and earn attendance credit. Keep in mind that when a student is marked absent, the school loses funding for that student for as long as they are absent.

Please, check your email from VUSD sent on September 24th for the personalized link. If you cannot find the email with the personalized link, please follow this link VUSD Independent Study Online Form to complete the form.


Parent Canvas & Parent VUSD Email

Click here to see instructions to create a Parent Canvas account and how to check the parent VUSD email


VUSD Parents: Notification for Remind

Vista Unified School District is committed to engaging families as partners in education. We continue to refine our communication systems to provide up to date information about teaching and learning, collaboration, family engagement, and college and career pathways. One important improvement of our plan is to implement a more efficient and seamless communication platform called Remind......[READ MORE]


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