Roosevelt High School 

Parent eNews  01.22.2021

School Announcements

2020/21 RHS Remote Learning Schedule
2020/21 School Year Calendar
Back To School Packet

RHS Finals Schedule
Second semester schedules are on the SOURCE

RHS PTSA In-Person School Survey Results
Thank you to everyone who responded to our in-person school survey. We received 582 responses! Of these 74% were very likely or likely to return to school buildings part time, and 68% full time. These numbers were slightly lower when schedule or teacher changes were considered. About 17-20% of respondents were unlikely or very unlikely to return to school under any of these conditions. We also found that 31% of special education families who are not currently receiving in-person services feel that it is important or very important that they receive those services. Lastly, the vast majority of families indicated that they are not receiving enough information from the district about plans and procedures for a return to buildings. You can find the complete survey results here. We also read all of your thoughtful comments! From these it is clear that many of you want to see teachers vaccinated ASAP, need more information from the district to make up your minds about whether to send your children back into buildings, and are concerned that the district doesn’t have a clear plan to reopen buildings now or in the fall. We will take this information to the School Board and District leadership, and use it to advocate on your behalf for a safe return to buildings.

SPS Intent to Return to In-Person Survey Results and Updates
The SPS survey results for PreK-1 students and students enrolled in Special Education Intensive Service Pathways are in. School principals and staff are now reaching out to families to ensure 100% of these families’ plans are accounted for. For more information on in-person planning, check out the Return to In-Person FAQ and the Return to In-Person Bargaining Update.

Vaccines for SPS Educators and Staff
SPS is partnering with Swedish Medical Group and Seattle University to provide SPS employees access to the COVID-19 vaccine series in compliance with the Washington Department of Health. Swedish has opened vaccine appointments to SPS staff in Phases 1A (tiers 1 & 2) and 1B (tier 1). Most SPS staff will be eligible for vaccination as part of Phase 1B tiers 1-4.

Office of African American Male Achievement Newsletter
The Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) works to ensure that the educational environment across the system supports the brilliance and excellence of Black boys and teens. This month, AAMA launched a quarterly newsletter to share the latest messages, events, and updates from the office, articles written by students, and other vital information to help ensure that SPS is supporting all Black boys and teens in Seattle Public Schools.

Restock the Pantry & Help Roosevelt Families in Need
The Roosevelt PTSA Packs for Teens program provides families in need with food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. Please help us to restock our pantry by shopping the Pantry wish list.  Items purchased from the Target wish list will be shipped to pantry organizers and then brought to the pantry for distribution. A minimum purchase of $35 may be required for delivery. As an alternative, your donations through our secure site are greatly appreciated.  
Need Help? Please contact Erin Bailey, our Academic Intervention Specialist, if your family would like support.

Language and Translation Supports
To make sure all our families have access to the latest fall 2020-21 updates and resources, SPS has created web pages in each of our community's top six languages: Amharic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Student and Family Meals
Families can pick up breakfasts and lunches Monday-Friday, 11:15AM-1:15PM at 40 area schools, including Bryant Elementary, Sand Point Elementary, Eckstein Middle School, Nathan Hale High School, and Olympic Hills Elementary. You can find more details on student meals and how to apply for Free and Reduced Lunch here.

Roosevelt School-Based Health Center
The Neighborcare Health Center at Roosevelt offers both remote and scheduled, in-person visits to students. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for you or your child, please send an email to  If you or your child are not yet registered, you can complete a registration form here.

At RHS PTSA all of our funds come from Membership Dues. And memberships must be renewed every year! Your dues dollars help support our many programs including Packs for Teens, Race and Equity Committee, Staff Appreciation, and Advocacy for students and families. JOIN NOW!

Do you have an announcement for the eNews?Submit content for the RHS eNews by Wednesday at 5pm to the RHS Parent eNews editor ( and it will be published the following Friday.

Do you need more information or more resources? Check out the RHS PTSA website or reach out to your PTSA Advocacy Chair, Natalya Yudkovsky, at

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 28, Day Between Semesters - NO SCHOOL

Academics, College, and Career

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program
The Seattle International District Rotary has three slots reserved and paid for junior or senior students interested in attending a powerful virtual Weekend Leadership Program called RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program) in March. Attendees cannot be 18 years old before April. If interested please contact Mr. Ed Jefferson, Scholarship Chairperson, at 206.852.8997 or as soon as you can with the following: your name, email address and phone number.

Seattle Promise - FREE College!
SPS seniors, don't miss out on tuition-free college opportunities! Apply to Seattle Promise by Feb. 1. With 130 programs and three college campuses to choose from, Seattle Promise scholars can find a truly promising future.

National USA Gap Year Fair 2021
Saturday, January 23, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Thinking about taking a gap year and wondering what your gap year program options are for 2021? Join us for this combined webinar & virtual gap year fair to get the most up to date information about gap year basics, how the gap year field has adapted to COVID, tips for researching & planning your gap year, navigating the college deferral process, and which programs are accepting applications this year. Register here.

Job Application Workshop Week
January 25-28

Looking for one-on-one guidance on your job application process? Drop by the virtual office hours hosted by our IUW Dream Project CCRA, Michelle Um, to get your questions answered and to learn more about resumes, cover letters, and job interviews! Book an appointment.

Seattle Promise and Intiman Theater Info Session
Wednesday, January 27, 4:00-5:00 PM

Intiman Theatre and Seattle Central College are now offering a two-year Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Technical Theatre for Social Justice. Graduates of the program will have the skills to begin working backstage in theatre, TV, and film right away! The program is eligible to be covered by Seattle Promise, and it starts this fall. Learn more about the program, backstage storytelling, and walk through the application in an info session with Intiman and Seattle Promise.

The DO-IT Scholars Program
DO-IT Scholars is a comprehensive program that empowers students with disabilities to succeed in challenging fields of study and employment. The program provides students: access to technology, peer support, mentor support, college preparation, and work-based learning. The foundational event for Scholars is Summer Study, held each year in July on the University of Washington campus. Most Scholars begin the program in their sophomore year. Applications are accepted throughout the school year for the upcoming summer. However, priority is given to applications received by January 30th.

Young, Gifted, and Black (YGB) Workshops
Saturday, February 6, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

YGB is hosting a virtual workshop and mentoring for African American high school students with a 3.0 or higher GPA. The purpose of this conference is to promote positive self-esteem, social consciousness, and cultural awareness, while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of higher education. UW faculty and staff work to connect with students and provide them with the resources they need to pursue the goal of higher education. Register.

Washington State Opportunity Baccalaureate Scholarship
The Washington State Opportunity Baccalaureate Scholarship provides up to $22,500 in financial aid support and access to career-launching support services for students pursuing high-demand STEM and health care majors. This scholarship can be used to cover tuition, fees and other indirect costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more. Funding can be used for any eligible STEM or health care degree at any eligible public or private college or university in Washington state. Application deadline: Feb 11, 2021
Applicants must expect to have a GED or high school diploma by June, 2021 to apply.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
As an HSF Scholar, you will have access to HSF’s invaluable Scholar Support Services and be eligible to receive a scholarship, depending on available funds. The program is open to graduating seniors of Hispanic heritage with a minimum 3.0 GPA who plan to enroll full time in college in the fall of 2021. Deadline: February 15. Details and Application.

FREE Online Tutoring Through Seattle Public Library in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese
The Seattle Public Library is partnering with! Get help with a variety of subjects in a safe and secure online classroom. 1-1 help is available in math, writing, science, history, foreign languages, college essay writing, Advanced Placement (AP) courses and more. Find out more and sign up here.

Study Tips for RHS Students
Academic Intervention Specialist Erin Bailey has been publishing weekly Study Skillz tips on YouTube for our RHS students. Parents can find good tips on helping their kids stay organized.

RHS Scholarship Bulletin
January Scholarship Bulletin
RHS Career Center Announcements


New sports this year: Girls bowling and Slow-pitch softball. For more information, please email Coach Sherlock.

Roosevelt athletic paperwork is online. Please complete your packet via the link located on the Athletic page. Athletic Paperwork deadlines:
Season 1: Wednesday, February 17th
Season 2: Friday, April 16th

Proposed start schedule for Metro League sports
Proposed start schedule for WIAA sports

Performing Arts

As You Like It Musical Meeting - Parents & Students Required
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 PM

Mr. Stuart, Ms. Greve, & Jon (musical director) will go over details, schedule, and Patron of the Arts (POTA) Fundraiser. Can't wait! Go to for the Zoom meeting link.


WSPTA Legislative Report and Advocacy Week
Thank you to everyone who participated in Advocacy Week by contacting their legislators through the WSPTA Action Alerts. If you haven’t yet subscribed to Action Alerts, please do so now - this is the best way to take action on important bills during this legislative session. The latest WSPTA Legislative Report contains information on the new virtual testimony procedures, as well as lots of links to Bills that align with the WSPTA Legislative Platform. A couple of items of note are Senate Bill 5128, which would fix some transportation budget allocation issues due to the school closures, and House Bill 1121, which would grant the State Board of Education the authority to issue credit waivers to high school graduation requirements in times of emergency.

WSPTA Advocacy Issue Highlight of the Week
Increasing Educational Equity by Closing the Digital Divide:  Washington State PTA shall support legislation, policies, and funding that ensure equitable digital inclusion and access for all students, families, and staff. Get more details about the digital divide in this handout, or by watching this short video.

Washington State PTA Region 6 Listening Session on Special Education
Monday, January 26, 7-9 PM

Join our host, WSPTA Region 6 DEI/FACE Chair, Cherry Holmes, and her guest speakers to help families and communities to work together to support students with special educational needs. This is a safe place for communicating any concerns or struggles that may come up. Advance registration required.

Upcoming Special Education Family + Community Forums
The Special Education Department, in partnership with families, facilitators, and community-based organizations will be hosting our second round of engagement sessions with families in December and January. The purpose of these sessions is to summarize the information we received at our first listening sessions in late August, share updates on our work so far this year, listen to feedback from families, and answer questions.

Washington State PTA Advocacy Platform


Laptop Problems?
If students are unable to log on or need assistance: please call or email our tech support team. The team is available, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call: 206-252-0100. Email

Roosevelt Centered Tech Support
RHS librarian Deb Gallaher has compiled a treasure trove of Roosevelt centered tech support information here.

Technology Resource Centers
Eight temporary Technology Resource Centers are open to support students and families with remote learning technology. Supports include remote learning software, computers or internet access, and general technology information.

How-to Videos for Common Platforms
Need help with Schoology or Teams? How-to videos, including translated versions, are now available. These videos will teach you how to log in, navigate your student’s school courses, submit assignments, and more.

Community Events and Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Update
We are currently in Phase 1B tier 1 of vaccine distribution. The vaccine is available to anyone 65 and older, and all people 50 and older who also live in a multigenerational household. This is in addition to populations eligible during phase 1A including health care workers at high risk for COVID-19 infection, first responders, people who live or work in long-term care facilities, and all other workers in health settings who are at risk of COVID-19. Learn more about who gets the vaccine and when.

The Bush School Parent University Presents Digital Safety With Jo Langford
Wednesday, February 3, 5:30-6:30 PM

In this age of remote schooling and nonstop developments in educational technology, now more than ever, it is important for families to educate themselves on digital safety. Please join us for an overview of t/ween behavior in this digital age. Due to online platform capacity, advance registration is required, but there is no cost associated with your ticket. Click here to learn more about Parent University or contact Events and Community Engagement Manager Amelia Kramer for further questions.

Forefront Suicide Prevention Presents: Parenting Through COVID-19
Wednesday, February 24, 7:00-8:00 PM

The new normal for parents/caregivers across the country involves working from home, taking on new responsibilities for educating their children, isolation, big questions and significant world events. Join UW psychologists and professors Jim and Lizz Mazza for a virtual Q & A as they discuss their top social emotional education strategies for raising kids during these challenging times. Only 100 seats available, so be sure to reserve yours now! You can also submit questions in advance.

Free Printing at Seattle Public Libraries
Need to print something? Seattle Public Libraries are offering FREE printing services at participating Curbside Pickup locations--10 pages of B&W per patron, per day.  Send your document by email, web or mobile device. Service limited to curbside pickup days and times.

Seattle Parks & Rec Middle School and High School Community Center Learning Sites
Sites provide support for SPS virtual learning. There is access to recreational, enrichment, and mentoring programs, and lunch is provided daily. Sites closest to our community are at Meadowbrook and Magnuson Community Centers. Learn more and register on the Parks & Rec page.


Girls on the Run Junior Coaches Needed
Girls on the Run Puget Sound teaches girl identifying youth in 3rd-8th grade how to be joyful, healthy, and confident while creatively integrating running and walking. We are looking for high school girls age 16 to 18 to apply for our Junior Coach program. Our program will provide leadership opportunities, instructional training, service hour credits, and a ton of fun! There are safe, in-person and 100% virtual coaching positions available. Applications for Junior Coaches close on February 26th.

If you need Service Learning hours, please visit the RHS Career Center Internships and Volunteering Opportunities website.

Volunteers Needed at SPS Schools
If you are in a position to add a volunteer commitment to your life in support of students most adversely affected by COVID-19, please consider volunteering remotely to support students and educators. Training on using MS Teams (our virtual classroom platform) will be provided - you do not need to have this software on your computer. Please view the most urgent volunteer support needs here. Then, complete an interest form so you can be matched with a virtual classroom!
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