• Weekly Memo - March 2

    Roosevelt Weekly Memo to Families
    Monday, March 2, 2020

    College Ready Career Focused Committed to a Socially Just World


    Dear families,

    So much is happening at Roosevelt right now!  We had AVID students head to the OSU extension campus in downtown Portland to have a “first day of college” experience with students from Wilson and Grant.  Our Emergent Bilingual students attended the International Youth Leadership Conference with students from around the district.  Our Unified Basketball team beat the Grant Generals in front of a packed gym at Grant. And, our Jazz Band went to Idaho for a band competition and received the highest honor - a Superior Rating at the festival.  Winter sports are wrapping up.  We narrowly missed the playoffs in boys’ basketball, and spring sports are just around the corner!  Make sure to get your tickets for Bring It On the Musical.  The show starts March 5th and runs for two weeks.  

    Thanks to all of the families that have supported their students to ensure they could access these amazing oppotunities.  I am so proud to be a Rider, and I feel so fortunate to be able to work with all of these amazing students!

    Go Riders!


    ~KD Parman, Principal 


    Message about Coronoavirus - The district sent out a message about Covid-19 (Coronavirus).  We will be following the lead of the MESD, Multnomah County Health, and the district on any messaging or information.  We will communicate through phone, email, and text if we need to make any announcements.  Remind your students to wash their hands regularly and stay home if they are sick. 




    Monday: B Day

    Tuesday: A Day

    Wednesday: B Early Dismissal Day

    Thursday: B Day

    Friday: A Day




    Mar 4: SAT Test Date

    Mar 5: Rose Festival Announcement Assembly (3:30pm-TBD)

    Mar 5 - 7: Bring It On: The Musical (7:00 PM in the Main Stage Theatre) 

    Mar 6: iTRADES Summit at U of P

    Mar 12-13: Bring It On: The Musical (7:00 PM in the Main Stage Theatre) 

    Mar 14: Bring It On: The Musical (2:00 PM in the Main Stage Theatre) 

    Mar 17: Coffee with the Principal  (8:30 am-9:30 am: Spanish and  9:30 am-10:30 am: English in Room 105)

    Mar 18:  Site Council (4:00 - 5:00 PM in room 105) 


    Buried in Treasures Workshop - Do you know a teen who struggles with too much stuff? Has a hard time throwing anything away? Becomes upset when confronted about just how much stuff they have? There is a new group being offered through the NW Anxiety Institute that is specifically for teens with hoarding behaviors. Call them at 503-542-7635 or email Jessica@nwanxiety.com. Here is a flyer with more info.

    If you are an adult struggling with these same behaviors, please go to this website for local resources: https://multco.us/ads/hoarding   - Caitlin Clark

    Athletics - Spring Sports (Tennis, Golf, Softball, Baseball, and Track & Field) practices and tryouts start on Monday, March 2nd. Make sure to sign up through FamilyID and check in with the Athletic Office if you have any questions. - Sanjay Bedi

    Parents of Seniors - All further Jostens orders need to be placed online or by phone. Here is a direct link to the basic graduation package. - Lisa Greenwood

    Japanese Students Visiting - We will have 12 Japanese students staying with host families and visiting us from March 6 - 19. Please welcome them if you see them on campus!

    College & Career Symposium - April 7th, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. This will be an opportunity for sophomore and junior students and families to learn more about opportunities after high school including college, apprentices/trades, and the military.  We will have a dinner starting at 5:30 pm in the Lower Commons and will begin the program at 6:10 pm in the Auditorium.  Breakout sessions will be offered in both English and Spanish.  Students who attend will be eligible to enter a drawing for one of twenty $1,000 scholarships.  For questions please contact Jennifer Reeves-Eisbach in the Counseling Office.

    Rider Softball Gear - Softball is gearing up for another exciting season and currently selling Rider Softball gear. Please see the online team store link.  All items will be shipped two weeks after your order.  Online store closes March 9th.  https://bashors.tuosystems.com/stores/roosevelt-softball-2020?fbclid=IwAR1E1yJ3IvTIbvnQaRpNa8KWGeM99BXc2oHwime9a6L4qtKIJFwAZ9FqyrQ

    Annual Pancake Breakfast - Softball is hosting their Annual Pancake Breakfast at Kenton Station Restaurant on Saturday, March 7th from 8 am-11 am.  $10 for pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee.  This is a very fun event every year.  Bring your family and have breakfast with your softball coaches and softball players!  Kenton Station is located at 8303 N Denver Ave. -Coach Kelsey Porter, Coach Taryn York and Coach Ryan Palmer 

    March is Theatre In Our Schools Month. What a way to kick it off, but coming to see Bring It On: The Musical. 😉 Show opens March 5 and runs two weekends, with the final show being a matinee only. Here’s a link to an Oregonian article about our production! - Jo Lane

    SAT Day - Wednesday, March 4th will be SAT testing day for PPS high schools. Juniors will take the SAT. All other students will go to B day classes. It is also an Early Dismissal day, and bells will be turned off during the test. The early dismissal bell schedule is posted on the main page of the Roosevelt website. NOTE: Thursday, March 5th will ALSO be a B day, to put us back on our A/B schedule for the year. We will have two B days in a row that week.

    Juniors: arrive early and be at your testing room by 8:10 AM. Signs will be posted by the main office and the counseling office starting February 28th, showing which rooms juniors should go to. 

    Other grade levels: about 15 classrooms are being used for testing, so some classes for freshmen, sophomores and seniors will occur in a different room on SAT day. Room changes are be posted on the signs showing the juniors’ room numbers. - Kim Castle

    Free Zumba Classes - Are you on a personal wellness journey?  Are you looking for help to achieve your health and fitness goals in our local North Portland Community?  New to RHS is a FREE, FUN and EXCITING HIP-HOP Zumba class!  Please click on the link to check out the flyer. - Kia Swain

    Jostens Pickups March 3 - March 3rd some seniors will be able to pick up their Jostens orders at lunch at the concession stand (must be paid in full).

    Safety Improvements in our Area - Portland Bureau of Transportation has installed safety improvements at three intersections on North Fessenden Street and North St. Louis Street. Click here for more information in English and Spanish.

    Next Week’s College Visits - See our counseling website for all the college visits this year.


    Debate results - I've been meaning to share the results from our overnight trip to University of Oregon, but I've either been busy or sick since we returned. Anyway, we really represented! Six of the ten students on the trip placed! - Shawn Swanson


    JV Poetry

    3rd Place- Siwar Aoudad

    2nd Place- David Hamblin


    JV Oratory 

    4th Place- Pasha Ceniceros

    2nd Place- Audrey Nelson

    1st Place- Ignacio Aldama-Shaw


    Varsity Oratory

    2nd Place- Keenan Gray (That's right, a freshmen competing in varsity got second place!) 


    From your Roosevelt Supporter Club (RSC) - 

    All Night Grad Party Fundraising and Planning: Big thanks to both the Peninsula Optimists and the RHS Alumni Golf Tournament for kicking off our fundraising efforts with very generous donations! We continue to offer one of the lowest-priced parties in the district and provide scholarship tickets to all students who need them – we want everyone to have a safe place to celebrate. Tickets are just $25 but the actual cost per student is closer to $100. We’re able to make this happen thanks to the efforts of hard-working volunteers (we’d love to have more people join our group, especially freshman and sophomore parents) and the generous support of our community. If you know of a business or individual that might be interested in helping to sponsor our party, please connect them with us! You can email roosevelt.grad.party@gmail.com with any questions or connections.

    Food for Theatre: Can you help? This week, food donations are needed to help feed the more than 75 students putting in some long hours (some will be at school for more than 12 hours!) getting ready for and performing in Bring it On: The Musical (have you bought your tickets yet?). If you can help, please drop off donations of things that don’t require refrigeration in the main office – granola bars, fruit, chips, etc. – any day this week. Thanks!

    Abby’s Closet: Looking for the perfect dress for prom? Want to get it for free? Abby’s Closet will be giving away more than 7,000 dresses on March 14th and 15th at the Oregon Convention Center. This event is open to all high school students – you just have to show your school ID or your StudentVUE account. More info about the event can be found here. They’re still looking for volunteers and would appreciate Spanish speaking helpers. If you’d like to get involved, let us know.

    Blazers Tickets: Speaking of Grad Party fundraising, we’ve got a super easy, super fun way for you to help! Grab some tickets to a Trailblazers game and part of your ticket price will be donated back to the RSC. You have to buy your ticket through this link and be sure to select Roosevelt when you buy your tickets. The next available date is Blazers vs Mavericks on 3/19.

    Dub’s Fundraiser for Roosevelt: Every Tuesday night, Dub’s St. Johns at Marie’s (8727 N Lombard) is donating the 100% proceeds from the sale of a $15 Fried Chicken Dinner (two pieces of chicken, mashed potatoes and mac n’ cheese) to a different school. Roosevelt’s night is Tuesday, March 24th. The fundraiser starts at 5 pm and is cash only. Marie’s is 21+ but you can order takeout or hang out with the kids on the shared patio by Mikasa and Gracie’s Apizza. Please come if you’re able and tell your friends!

    RSC Get Together: Our next RSC Get Together is April 1st – No Foolin’! This is a great chance to connect with other parents in a fun, social setting, and get a little info about what’s going on at Roosevelt. We’ll be meeting at Dub’s/Marie’s at 7 pm. As we noted, Dub’s has been supporting a different school every week since the beginning of the year – giving away thousands of dollars to help our kids – and we’d like to show our appreciation by going on a non-fundraiser night and ordering a ton of food! We’ll get you started with some yummy appetizers but you’ll be responsible for your own drinks and food. Marie’s is 21+ and Dub’s is cash only. We hope to see you there!

    New Merch Alert! The awesome bridge logo baseball shirt has been restocked at St. Johns Ace Hardware! And, we’ve got some cool new trucker hats available, too! Be sure to swing by, check them out and thank Ace for being such great Roosevelt Supporters! Coming soon … Rider Socks!!!

    Call for Volunteers - We are quickly coming up on Track and Field season.  This year we are hosting three home meets.  Unlike other sports, we are not provided with officials, so rely heavily on volunteers.  Please let me know if you are willing and available to work any of our meets. We are needing 12-15 per meet, from 3:30-8:00.  Thank you in advance.  - Jonquil Vann, Head Track and Field Coach


    Home Meet Dates:

    Wednesday, March 18th

    Wednesday, April 29th  

    Wednesday, May 6th


    Spring Jobs 101 - Jobs 101 is an afterschool class that meets once a week to empower students with essential job skills. Learn how to build a resume, do well in job interviews, explore careers you might be interested in, and gain volunteer experience. You also get $50 and elective credit. Submit an application today in the SUN Office (Room 91) or email kgray@impactnw.org with questions! - Kaylynne Gray, Impact NW

    Bring It On: the Musical is Coming  - Get your tickets today!

    Thurs., Fri., Sat. March 5, 6, & 7 @ 7:00 P.M.

    Thurs. Fri. March 12 & 13 @ 7:00 P.M.

    Sat. March 14 @ 2:00 P.M. CLOSING MATINEE ONLY

    Tickets: www.roosevelttheatre.org/buy_tickets

    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 

    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 



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