RMS Wildcat Weekly

January 8th, 2021 Information for our Families

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Greetings Wildcat Families!

Happy New Year! I hope you and your family are safe and healthy as we move into this weekend. Please remember that next week all students remain virtual and will follow the virtual bell schedule that is linked below. Classic students are scheduled to return to in-person learning on January 19th. The school board will be meeting again on January 14th to evaluate current health metrics and health orders and to determine if our return to in-person learning will need to be altered.There is no school on Monday, January 18th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

First semester ends on January 29th, and second semester will officially begin on February 1st. Our counselors are working to make schedule changes based on the learning model registration that everyone completed prior to winter break. They will be communicating with students via email with their new schedules, and these schedules will be effective on February 1st. While they are working hard to keep schedules the same for students who are not switching models, there still might be some changes due to shifting of many schedules schoolwide. Students who are switching models WILL have different classes and will very likely switch teachers, although counselors are doing their best to keep students with their same teachers and in their same electives.

Thank you so much for your continued commitment, support, and collaboration. Enjoy your weekend!


Heather Golly

Semester 1 is coming to an end

Semester 1 of 2020-21 for middle schools ends on January 29th, 2021.

Semester 2 of 2020-21 for middle schools will be on February 1st, 2021.

RMS VIRTUAL SCHEDULE- all students continue to follow our virtual schedule next week. Please remember the periods that are shaded gray will be ASYNCHRONOUS. This means that students will log into Canvas for those periods, complete work assigned, and attend office hours/tutorials that teachers may announce. Please email teachers for any clarification.

Message to Our Community

Without a doubt, the violent acts that occurred at the US Capitol Building on Wednesday, January 6, were difficult for all of us to experience. I was disheartened and saddened by the violence that we all witnessed, but I am encouraged by the reactions of so many that I have seen who are denouncing the violence and coming together to support justice and democracy. As adults, it's difficult to grapple with troubling times, and as educators and parents, it can be challenging to support students as they try to process what they are witnessing. This is compounded by the stresses we are already feeling due to the pandemic. As a school, we are committed to creating safe, welcoming, inclusive environments for our students in order for them to feel comfortable expressing the feelings that they may be experiencing.

If your student(s) need to speak to someone about their concerns, please reach out to one of our school counselors, Ms. Licona and Mr. Way, and our social worker Ms. Robertson.

Contact information is below:

Counselors: Nancy Licona: nancylicona@vistausd.org & Cory Way: coryway@vistausd.org

Social Worker: Staci Robertson: stacirobertson@vistausd.org

Roosevelt Staff will continue to attend to the emotional needs of our students while continuing to engage them in valuable learning experiences. Roosevelt Middle School is committed to our values of respect, trust, collaboration, and equity and to ensuring that we maintain a caring environment for all students and families based on these principles. Our community as a whole includes many perspectives, beliefs, lived experiences, and backgrounds. Regardless of our political beliefs, it is paramount that we move forward together as neighbors, as friends, and ultimately, as Americans.


Heather Golly


Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol

Tips for Parents and Teachers

Common Sense Media: Explaining the news to our kids

Community Update, January 7, 2021

Click here to read the latest VUSD Community Update on December 18, 2021.
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RMS School Yearbook Picture Day

RMS School Yearbook Picture Day is Thursday, January 28th. Classic students will be taking their pictures during their PE Period and Virtual students should come to campus between 8:30am-3:50pm Unfortunately due to scheduling restrictions with COVID-19, there will NOT be a make-up day. More details to follow in the coming weeks!

2nd Semester Math Packets for 6th and 7th grade Classic and Virtual Students will be distributed on January 28th during Yearbook Pictures. Students that are currently Virtual will receive their packet when they have their picture taken. Current Classic students will receive their packets from their math teacher.

Mano a Mano, hosted by PASS Americorps

We are happy to announce that PASS AmeriCorps has partnered with the Mano a Mano Foundation to offer a virtual Spanish Language Parent Workshop!

Instead of being offered in-person, the series will be via Zoom, on Wednesdays beginning January 6th and going through February 24th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Please see the flyer for details. Here is the website for additional information on the foundation: https://mamf.org/en/. In the series, the Mano a Mano Foundation’s founder, Dr. Beatriz Villarreal, will offer information and resources (in Spanish) on many of the topics and challenges that parents are facing today.

RMS Band Fundraiser at Little Cakes

Order yummy cupcakes from Little Cakes on Jan. 28 between 11 am and 6 pm and a portion of proceeds will go to support RMS Band programs. Don’t forget to mention RMS when you order!



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ASES Homework Helpline, Visual Arts, and Tea Time

The RMS ASES Team is now providing virtual support to our ASES students. We will be providing Homework Helpline, Virtual Arts, and Tea Time (Virtual Games) from 3-5 p.m.

Homework Helpline with Mrs. Lina & Ms. Christine


Meeting ID: 953 0639 0372

Passcode: 449583

Visual Art with Mrs. Maddison & Mrs. Shirley


Tea Time (Virtual Games) with Mr. Vincent & Ms. Christine



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PTA Announcements for Parents

Band Fundraiser at Little Cakes: Order yummy cupcakes from Little Cakes on Jan. 28 between 11 am and 6 pm and a portion of proceeds will go to support RMS Band programs. Don’t forget to mention RMS when you order!

Virtual Student Store Open While Supplies Last: Order snacks online at https://rooseveltmiddlepta.square.site and receive free contactless delivery by including the address and phone number with the order. Choose from Popcornopolis Caramel Corn Popcorn, Dippin Dots, and Poptarts in various flavors. Supplies are limited and are first-come, first-served. Contact Liz DeBaets lizdebaets@gmail.com for questions. Unfortunately, we cannot offer to pick it up.

PTA announcements here!!


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A Letter From Yearbook

Dear Wildcat Parents and Families,

Our Yearbook Staff needs your help! With students at home for distance learning, it is incredibly challenging for our Yearbook Staff to capture photos of life during these times. You can help us by submitting photos and/or stories that we can share in our yearbook!

Submit photos and/or stories by clicking on this link:

Yearbook 2020-21 Submission Form

We are looking for photos and stories that capture life outside of school. This includes:

  • Candid photos (students don’t have to pose!)

  • What does learning look like at home?

  • How does your student stay active? Stay creative? Stay social?

  • How do you spend family time together?

  • How are you celebrating birthdays/special occasions?

  • What has been difficult to find at the grocery store?

  • Socially Distanced Family Vacations

  • Anything that might relate to our school, our school year and your wonderful Wildcat student.

With a year unlike any other comes a yearbook unlike any other.

You can also watch our video announcement here:

Yearbook Announcement 2020-21

On behalf of our Wildcat Yearbook Staff, THANK YOU!

Mr. Daniel Guerzon (Yearbook Advisor)


Roosevelt Middle School


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Family and Community Liaison

The RMS Parent Center and your Community Liaison are here to support you! Please check out the new RMS Parent Center Website, a place where you can find information about resources, support, and more!! On the website, you will find a Parent Survey where you can add comments, suggestions, or concerns regarding our school. Let us provide the best service to you and your students.

Remember on Tuesday the RMS Parent Center Office Hour from11:00 am. to 12:00 pm. Connect with Ms. Gabby for any questions you may have and to get information about resources. Zoom link: https://vistausd.zoom.us/j/97238523393?pwd=STV5Z3FIRWh0ZHY3OHdDRFNTZ2k4dz09

CSUSM's Habits of Mind series for parents.

FAMILY WORKSHOP SERIES.- Habits of Mind is a free workshop series offered to families. This eight-session workshop will focus on ways to develop habits essential for personal growth and future success. Workshops are held every Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

Free and Low-Cost Internet Services

Please click here to view local internet service providers offering COVID-19 assistance, as well as additional internet & technology access resources.

Email your Roosevelt Family and Community Liaison Ms. Gabby Thompson, gabrielathompson@vistausd.org, or contact her at extension 63013 to set an appointment for assistance or with any other needs your family might have.

Counseling Corner!

Follow us on Instagram @rooseveltcounseling for updates.

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

Health Office:

The Health Office would like to remind SIXTH 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. Please contact the Health Office with any questions or concerns.

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

Library News

Library Appointments

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 2020-2021

If you have not purchased your 2020-2021, Device insurance yet, our only option at the moment is to accept payment online, through our school Webstore. Click here, then click on the RMS Webstore link, and select 20/21 Device Coverage-CC. You can pay with a debit or credit card.


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


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.