• Weekly Memo - Feb 10

    Roosevelt Weekly Memo to Families
    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    College Ready Career Focused Committed to a Socially Just World


    Dear families,

    There’s a lot of information below!  Make sure you take some time to review the information about all of the upcoming events and the great things our students and staff are doing in and around Roosevelt.  Also, take a moment to complete the Successful Schools Survey that is linked below!  Have a great week.

    ~KD Parman, Principal 

    Families – We want to know what you think!  Please complete the Successful Schools Survey before February 28th.  It should only take a few minutes, and we value your input!


    Monday: B Day

    Tuesday: A Day

    Wednesday: B Day

    Thursday: A Flex Day

    Friday: B AM Flex Day



    Feb 14: Winter Assembly (9:39 - 10:31 AM)

    Feb 14: Alumni Night at boys basketball game (home - 7:15 PM)

    Feb 17: Schools & District Offices Closed (President’s Day) - Possible Snow Make-Up Days  

    Feb 18: Coffee with the Principal  (8:30 am-9:30 am: Spanish and  9:30 am-10:30 am: English in Room 105)

    Feb 19 - Immunization Exclusion Day

    Feb 26:  Site Council (4:00 - 5:00 PM in room 105)



    This is a place to introduce you to a staff member or partner who helps our students or parents, and who you might not have met. To find other family resources, check out the Family Resource Directory on the RHS website.

    Chanel Walker-Harris, LPC

    School Based Mental Health Therapist

    Western Psychological and Counseling Services

    I have a diverse background in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling. Areas of focus include the following: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Addiction, LGBTQA+, POC Issues, and stress management. What I love most about working with teens is the ability to empower them as they find their own voice and claim their spot in this world! The services I provide are Mental Health Counseling and Substance Abuse Counseling through individual therapy or group therapy.



    Theatre Shout Outs - Congratulations to Edme Guetschow who placed second at the Branch Level English-Speaking Union's Shakespeare Competition on Saturday, February 8 at Lewis & Clark College! This is the second year in a row a Roosevelt HS student has placed second overall.

    Great job Intermediate Acting for their hard work crafting a powerful new work around school violence as part of their residency with Hand2Mouth Theatre. They performed their piece entitled Rough Rider on Sat. Feb. 8 as part of the citywide Fertile Ground New Works Festival. - Jo Lane

    Roosevelt Jazz Bands bring home some hardware - This weekend we brought both of our Jazz bands to the West Salem Jazz Festival. Our top band moved up to the advanced division and took 2nd place. The intermediate Jazz band brought home a 5th place trophy in their first festival. Solo awards went to Simon Ghilarducci, Axel Guell, Jack Nieuwendorp, Riley Harris, Darren James, Ethan Darco, and Jonah Banta. - Jason Margolis

    Athletics - Here is the schedule for next week. The Swim Team & Wrestling Teams will be competing at the PIL District Meets next Friday & Saturday to compete to qualify for State. We wish them all the best! GO RIDERS!! - Sanjay

    Career Bulletin - Check out the career bulletin for the latest career related opportunities for students! Apply for after school programs, internships, job readiness classes, career focused days, trades and apprentices, resume workshops and so much more! - Raisa Puchalski, Career Coordinator 

    Next Week’s College Visits - 


    Date & Time

    Oregon Institute of Technology

    2/10/20 10:00 AM

    ECMC-Portland Community College

    2/12/20 10:00 AM

    Grand Canyon University

    2/13/20 1:00 PM


    2/14/20 1:00 PM

    Job Opportunity for Students / Parents - UNITE Oregon's Paid Field (2020 US Census) Job application. Paid phone banking for up to 32 hours a week, Tuesday through Sunday, lunch and dinner provided each workday.  Pay is $17 per hour these positions run March 11th through August 1st, 2020. Contact Perla Alvarez at 503-358-2927 and perla@wecountoregon.com 

    From your Roosevelt Supporter Club (RSC) - 

    Blazers Tickets: Been hoping to catch a game this season? Now is the perfect time to grab some tickets!!! A portion of sales made through this link (https://groupmatics.events/group/abschoolfundraising20) will be donated back to the RSC to help with our fundraising efforts for the All Night Grad Party. You can see the Blazers take on the Celtics on 2/25 or the Mavericks on 3/19. Just be sure to select Roosevelt when you buy your tickets. 

    Interested in helping with the All Night Grad Party? We’re looking for a few more freshman or sophomore parents who can join our group of junior parents with the idea of taking over the process next year, when our kids are seniors. We’ve got this process pretty well dialed in and we have a lot of fun! If you’re interested, please email president.rhs.ptsa@gmail.com

    Want More Info? Check out our website, follow us on Facebook or Instagram and sign up for our mailing list.

    Mental Health Corner - Do you care for a teen who struggles with anxiety, depression, or another mental health disorder? For families and caregivers these can be very challenging. Frustration at a teen who won’t get out of bed, refuses to go to school, or simply just never feels good is common. On Wednesday, February 19th from 6 pm-7:30 pm Caitlin Clark, Roosevelt’s Bilingual Family Therapist, will be hosting the first in a monthly series of workshops for parents to learn the brain basics of these mental health conditions, some ways to problem solve around common challenges, and an opportunity for questions/discussion with other attendees. Please join us in the Counseling Center that evening. Snacks provided! 

    Caitlin Clark, LMFT
    Work cell: 971-266-1512 (8 am-4 pm)

    Successful Schools Survey of Parents - Shape the future of your student's education! What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But we want to hear your thoughts.

    In 2019-20, Portland Public Schools is again partnering with Panorama Education to gather information students and families that will help us improve student experiences across the district. We will survey students in grades 4, 5, 7-10 on their experiences in their classrooms and schools, and families about their perception of the school their child attends.

    The survey will cover topics on sense of belonging, school safety, school climate, barriers to family engagement, as well as how students are thinking and feeling about diversity, equity, and inclusion in school. 

    The current launch date is set for January 27th, the student window is scheduled to be open until February 14th and the family survey until February 28th. Stay tuned for further information! Please be honest and thoughtful, we value your feedback!

    Immunization Exclusion Day - Hello parents, Immunization Exclusion is coming up fast.   If we have no immunization record, or our vaccine information is incomplete, you will be receiving a letter from the health department showing what information we need.  Immunization Exclusion Day is Wednesday February 19th.   Your student will be excluded on that day if we do not have complete information.   If your student needs any vaccinations, you may

    1.   Make an appointment with your physician to have them give any vaccines that are needed.   Then bring that information to the school nurse (me) so I can enter it into school information.
    2. Your student can also go to our School Health Clinic (a Multnomah County Clinic right in our school), and they can receive any needed vaccines there.   If you would like this option, let me know and I can help student enroll in their system.
    3. If you do not wish your student to have immunizations, you need to go to the Oregon Health Authority website (information is in the letter), you need to view a module of any vaccine you wish to exempt them from, and at the end of the module you will be led to print out a certificate.   Bring a copy of that certificate for me, and I will turn it in.

    If you receive a letter and have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Roosevelt.  My phone number is 503-916-5260, ext. 82474, my email is nzimmerm@pps.net.   - Nurse Nicky


    Here’s an opportunity for poetry loving students to enter a local contest:

    Read the Landscape Poetry Gathering: Lan Su Chinese Garden celebrates the Scholar's Arts every April. The Scholar’s arts include music, calligraphy, painting and poetry. Poetry is an important aspect of Lan Su and Chinese culture and we are excited to host Read the Landscape, a youth poetry contest and poetry gathering on Saturday April 25, 2020 from 2 - 4 p.m. 

    Application Form Submission Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020 at midnight

    Download an application today! 


    Your daughters are invited to make film this spring break!


    Families, you can help increase the literacy rate in Oregon!  See this link:

    We have a super dynamic new Ambassador for Youth Lit!

    The library accepts donations of used books in excellent condition, preferably with copyright dates in the past ten years.  We will add what we can use to the collection, and then try to sell the remainders at Powell’s for credit for future library purchases.