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  • PTA Meeting Tonight/Updates

    PTA Meeting

    Please join us for our PTA meeting tonight in the RHMS Library from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

    School Mascot & Colors Contest

    We are having a contest to create a new school mascot and school colors. All students are welcome to submit their ideas to Ms. Santiago. The student body will vote for their top choice at the beginning of May!

    Racial Equity Learning Community Book Group

    If you are interested in joining a book group that is reading Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Principal Ellwood at kellwood@pps.net has copies available that can be checked out. Our first meeting to discuss the book is on May 7th in the RHMS Library from 6:30-8 p.m. Additional information follows:

    Read the book Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving.  

    “Waking Up White is a wake-up call for white people who want to consciously contribute to racial justice rather than unconsciously perpetuate patterns of racism.  With honest and humility, Debby Irving shares her own story of transformation - a journey of opening herself to learning about the realities of racism and the unintended impacts of white privilege.  By confronting her own fears and mistakes, she gleans many useful lessons and tips that can help move others from confusion and avoidance to constructive engagement, authentic connection, and courageous action.”  Terry Keleher, Thought Leadership and Practice Specialist, Race Forward

    More about Debby Irving and her work can be found on her website at:  http://www.debbyirving.com/

    Volunteers Needed

    We are in need of volunteers for the 8th Grade Junior Achievement field trip on May 20th, and for our 8th Grade promotion committee. If you are interested in helping with either of these please contact Assistant Principal Keyla Santiago at ksantiago@pps.net.

    Upcoming Events in April

    4/16/19 - PTA Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m., RHMS Library

    4/22/19- RHMS Leadership Team, 4-5:30 p.m., RHMS Library - All are welcome!

    4/25/19 & 4/26/19- 5th Graders visit RHMS

    4/25/19- 5th Grade Information Night

  • Volunteers Needed/RHMS Announcements

    Spring Pictures on Friday 4/12- Parent Volunteers Needed

    Spring Pictures will be taken on Friday for those 6th & 7th graders interested in purchasing pictures. All 8th graders will have their pictures taken. We are looking for two to three parent volunteers to help out from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parent volunteers receive a $35 voucher that can be used for their own child's pictures.If you are interested, please contact Ms. Santiago at ksantiago@pps.net

    8th Grade Junior Achievement Finance Trip- May 20th

    Parent volunteers are still needed for this trip also. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Santiago at ksantiago@pps.net.

    Day of Silence- Friday, April 12th

    Friday, April 12 is National Day of Silence. It is a student-led national event where individuals take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school. The Gay Straight Alliance will provide name tags for all students that wish to participate. We will deliver them to all advisory classes that morning.

    In support of the Day of Silence, The Gay Straight Alliance is also hosting a film for all students to view Wednesday and Thursday (April 10 & 11) during both 1st and 2nd lunches in Mr. Mo’s room. Room To Grow is a new film that shares the real-life stories of today's Oregon LGBTQ+ teens, their families and their allies on their search for understanding & an identity that fits.

    Principal's Coffee Tonight- 6:30-7:30 p.m. @ RHMS Library

    Topic: Social Media

    This presentation will be repeated on Friday morning from 9-10 a.m. in Room 109.

    Racial Equity Event- Tuesday, 4/9 @ RHMS Library

    The RHMS Racial Equity Learning Community is an initiative of the Parents Interested in Equity Committee.  The learning community will explore how race functions in our society and in the school setting, and reflect on our own experiences, values, and social responsibility. Attendees are encouraged to read/view/listen the selected discussion topic before each meeting. All members of the RHMS community are welcome to participate including: parents, guardians, teachers, and other adults who are involved in the lives of Roseway Heights students. Our goal is to build community through learning and reflecting together. The initial discussion topics are focused on White people becoming more aware of the white dominance in our culture and institutions. Future topics will be chosen by participants and they will steer the direction of the group.  It is our hope that the learning community will grow to reflect the diversity of the RHMS. 

    Meeting Tomorrow Evening: April 9th: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. @ RHMS Library

    Listen to to the podcast BOLD: Conversations About Race (Episode 2), focusing on the conversation with author and activist Paul Kivel. The conversation with Paul starts at approximately 8:24 min into the podcast and goes to minute 48 of the podcast.  The podcast starts with a the poem called “ID Check” from son Ariel Luckey, Paul Kivel’s son. The podcast ends with a report on a @blmlosangeles led #boycott24 action at 24 Hour Fitness on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, where #albertramondorsey was killed by LAPD in October. https://soundcloud.com/user-682532119/bold-e02/s-aINrH  

    Paul Kivel’s most recent book is:  Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice.  More about Paul and his work can be found on his website: http://paulkivel.com/

    Upcoming Meeting Dates

    Monday, 4/8 @ 6:30 p.m., Library         Evening Principal's Coffee, Topic: Social Media

    Tuesday, 4/9 @ 6:30 p.m., Library        Equity Event: Conversations about Race podcast and discussion

    Thursday, 4/11 @ 4:00 p.m., Library     Leadership Team meeting

    Friday, 4/12 @ 9:00 a.m., Room 109    Morning Principal's Coffee, Topic: Social Media

    Monday, 4/15 @ 6:30 p.m., Library       PTA Meeting

    Thursday, 4/25 @ 5:30 p.m., Gym        5th Grade Information Night

    Tuesday, 4/29 @ 4:00 p.m., Library      School Climate Committee (review of disciplinary data and planning for next year)

  • Announcements and Upcoming Events

    Parent Volunteers Needed for New Leadership Team

    The state of Oregon is changing how schools create their annual plan, so we are forming a new Leadership Team that will be making decisions about programming, professional development, and the budget. The committee will also oversee other committees. Staff members from different areas will be serving on the committee, but we are also looking for parents and student representatives. Our first meeting is next Thursday 4/11 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Library. Future meeting dates and times will be determined by the group. Please contact Principal Ellwood at kellwood@pps.net if you are interested, or just come to the meeting. 

    RHMS Racial Equity Learning Community

    The RHMS Racial Equity Learning Community is an initiative of the Parents Interested in Equity Committee.  The learning community will explore how race functions in our society and in the school setting, and reflect on our own experiences, values, and social responsibility. Attendees are encouraged to read/view/listen the selected discussion topic before each meeting. All members of the RHMS community are welcome to participate including: parents, guardians, teachers, and other adults who are involved in the lives of Roseway Heights students. Our goal is to build community through learning and reflecting together. The initial discussion topics are focused on White people becoming more aware of the white dominance in our culture and institutions. Future topics will be chosen by participants and they will steer the direction of the group.  It is our hope that the learning community will grow to reflect the diversity of the RHMS.

    Upcoming Meetings/Discussion Topics:

    • April 9th: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. @ Roseway Heights MS

    Listen to to the podcast BOLD: Conversations About Race (Episode 2), focusing on the conversation with author and activist Paul Kivel. The conversation with Paul starts at approximately 8:24 min into the podcast and goes to minute 48 of the podcast.  The podcast starts with a the poem called “ID Check” from son Ariel Luckey, Paul Kivel’s son. The podcast ends with a report on a @blmlosangeles led #boycott24 action at 24 Hour Fitness on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, where #albertramondorsey was killed by LAPD in October. https://soundcloud.com/user-682532119/bold-e02/s-aINrH  

    Paul Kivel’s most recent book is:  Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice.  More about Paul and his work can be found on his website: http://paulkivel.com/

    • May 7th:  6:30 - 8:00 p.m. @ Roseway Heights MS

    Read the book Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving.  

    “Waking Up White is a wake-up call for white people who want to consciously contribute to racial justice rather than unconsciously perpetuate patterns of racism.  With honest and humility, Debby Irving shares her own story of transformation - a journey of opening herself to learning about the realities of racism and the unintended impacts of white privilege.  By confronting her own fears and mistakes, she gleans many useful lessons and tips that can help move others from confusion and avoidance to constructive engagement, authentic connection, and courageous action.”  Terry Keleher, Thought Leadership and Practice Specialist, Race Forward

    This book has many examples relevant to a school community, is a very engaging read, and has good study questions at then end of each chapter.  Ms. Ellwood is ordering some copies of the book to lend out to those who need a copy. A notice will be sent to the group when the books arrive at the school and are available for check-out. More about Debby Irving and her work can be found on her website at:  http://www.debbyirving.com/

    Volunteers Needed for Friday's Dance

    Miss Gwaltney would appreciate a few volunteers to help with the Theatre Program's first fundraiser:  an ice cream bar on Friday, April 5th, 2:30-4pm.  Please let her know if you can help out.

    8th Grade Promotion

    Due to the School Board's decision to extend the school year, our 8th grade Promotion originally scheduled for Thursday, June 6th has been moved to the evening of Tuesday, June 11th beginning at 6 p.m. More information about end of the year activities for eighth graders is being mailed home later this week.

    Upcoming Meeting Dates

    Monday, 4/8 @ 6:30 p.m., Library         Evening Principal's Coffee, Topic: Social Media

    Tuesday, 4/9 @ 6:30 p.m., Library        Equity Event: Conversations about Race podcast and discussion

    Thursday, 4/11 @ 4:00 p.m., Library     Leadership Team meeting

    Friday, 4/12 @ 9:00 a.m., Room 109    Morning Principal's Coffee, Topic: Social Media

    Monday, 4/15 @ 6:30 p.m., Library       PTA Meeting

    Thursday, 4/25 @ 5:30 p.m., Gym        5th Grade Information Night

    Tuesday, 4/29 @ 4:00 p.m., Library      School Climate Committee (review of disciplinary data and planning for next year)

  • Lockdown Drill & Spirit Week

    Lockdown Drill Today

    Each month schools are required to practice one type of emergency drill. This afternoon we had our required Lockdown Drill for the month of March. The procedures were reviewed with students during Monday's advisory period and they did an outstanding job. 

    Spring Break/Spirit Week

    School will be closed during Spring Break from March 25th through March 29th. Upon our return we will starting our second Spirit Week of the year and finishing off the week with Activity Day on the afternoon of April 5th. Here are the themes for each day:

    Monday, 4/1- Slop or Comfy Day

    Tuesday, 4/2- Twin Day

    Wednesday, 4/3- Rainbow Day

    Thursday, 4/4- Senator (Madison) Pride Day

    Friday, 4/5- Pajama Day

    Have a wonderful Spring Break!

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