Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- March 11, 2021

Newsletter for Rock Creek Elementary

Rock Creek Elementary School is a community on a mission to develop compassionate, responsible, lifelong learners. We strive to cultivate thinking, and inquiry that empowers students to engage in a changing world.

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Office Phone During CDL-503-356-2452

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Mark your Calendar

Dates to Remember


3/11 Special PTC School Board Candidate Zoom Meeting 7:30 pm

3/14 Daylight Saving Begins -Spring Ahead 1 hour

3/15 Virtual School Board Meeting 6:00-8:00 pm


3/29 No School for Elementary Students- Staff Training Day

3/30 No School for Elementary Students- Staff Training Day

3/31 No School for Elementary Students- Staff Training Day

Every Monday thru March 15th: Library Curbside 2:30-4:00 pm & Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Gr. 2:30-4:00 pm

Every Wednesday thru March 17th: Book Bus 1:30-4:00 pm (check route information here)

Every Thursday thru March 18th: Library Curbside 11:00 am -12:00 pm

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Dear Rock Creek Families,

We are in the thick of finishing up our return to school plans. We appreciate your patience and support as we navigate a completely new territory!

After spring break, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (March 29, 30 and 31), all elementary students will have those days off as the teachers prepare onsite and do some important training on safety. Please know that those 3 days are very important for planning and preparing for teaching students who are coming to Hybrid at school. Those are no school days.

We are happy to share with you that we will be providing school supplies for all of our students coming to us for Hybrid learning with the exception of headphones/earbuds. We are grateful for receiving grants and district funding to support this. We hope that this take a little stress off our RC families. We do have a request of our families returning to hybrid-- please send in the whiteboards that your kindergarten and second grade teachers sent home last spring or this fall. They are an important piece of our school equipment and we will need them during hybrid. We will put a container near the front door for you to place them in during library days. You can also have your child return the whiteboards when they return in April.

Thank you for supporting our wonderful school!

Have a wonderful day,

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Who should you call? Student Help Desk 503-356-4656

If you are having issues with a BSD device please contact our Student Help Desk, not the school office. The student help desk has trained technicians that can problem solve issues and order student devices, the school office has moms that have to ask their kids how to use their smart phones. :)

If you are having a technical difficulties with apps, logins or devices, please check out the technology support page for help.

Technology Support Page

Technology FAQ's

Student Help Desk

Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Please provide the following information and we will get back to you as soon as possible:

  • Name
  • Contact information (phone number)
  • School
  • Student ID
  • Description of issue
Student help Desk Information
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As we move toward In-person Hybrid Instruction, it’s very important for all schools to have up-to-date emergency contact information for their students.

You can update student information online through ParentVUE. After logging in, click on the Family Updates and New Student Enrollment button located in the top right of your screen.

To learn more, watch this tutorial video or visit our Online Verification webpage.

How to Update your Emergency Contacts in ParentVUE
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The District has made a video showing an example of what in person hybrid will look like for students.. This video is meant to be an overview and does not cover the many nuances that exist from site to site. The video is available in English, Spanish and Somali. The videos live on the District's YouTube channel and our webpage for Return to In-Person Instruction. It is not exactly what we will be doing at Rock Creek, but a close example.
Elementary Hybrid English
Elementary Hybrid - (Español)

Next Year’s Plan

For the 2021-22 school year, the District will NOT be offering Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) in the same format as we have done this year. All families who wish to remain fully online should enroll their students in the district’s FLEX Online School.

If current state-mandated health and safety protocols remain unchanged, all BSD schools will begin the school year in a Hybrid model. After evaluating the success of this school year’s various Hybrid models, the administration will make a determination as to which Hybrid model(s) will be implemented for the coming school year. If current state-mandated health and safety protocols are changed, BSD schools may be able to open in a “normal” model. We’ll be paying close attention to rules around cohorting and required social distancing.

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BSD is launching a new parent portal to assist parents/guardians with monitoring their students’ internet activity. Parents/guardians will receive a link to sign up for the portal at the bottom of their weekly parent reports during the weekend of March 6 - 7. Through this portal, you’ll be able to see what your student is looking at online and block internet access to your child’s school-issued device after school hours. For more information, please visit our FAQ page.

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Help Wanted for the March Assembly

Sticks and stones

Imagination: the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful

Have you ever just been so bored you don’t know what to do with yourself? Many people do and that is when you can use your imagination to create great adventures and create new things. This month for our assembly I would like to challenge everyone to use their imagination. I will be reading the book Bug and Bird Find a Stick by Autumn Linde. It is all about what Bug and Bird do when they are bored.

For our assembly let’s take a look at what can happen when you find a stick or a rock. It will be so fun to see what different imaginations come up with using these two items (you can use one or both). When you come up with an adventure or create your new idea, please take a photo, or make a short 1-minute video (shot with your camera horizontal) showing how you use your imagination with these items.

All photos and videos need to be sent by Friday, March 12th to

Thank you and happy adventures using your imagination.

Marjorie (Marjie) Downing
Technology Instructor

Testing Coordinator


With change starting to occur at home and at your child’s school, it will be important to help them cope and prepare. This article provides tips and action plans you can take when your child is approaching change in their routine.

Michelle Solberg, Counselor
Rock Creek Elementary School
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If you'd like to learn more about BSD's safety procedures, check out our new COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance webpage.

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English version free student meals
Spanish text free student meals
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Hello 5th Grade Families,
It is time to start putting together the 5th grade yearbook. We want to give our 5th grade students a great yearbook and we are going to need your help collecting photos from the past six years!

We are asking for families to submit photos to be used in the yearbook.

Please email photos to by February 28th.

- include your students name and teacher

- include the grade, event, and names of students for the photos

- you can send multiple emails, breaking it down by grade or event or a google drive link

What pictures are we looking for?

for each student:

- a baby photo

- 5th grade first day of school photo or 5th grade school @ home photo

for school events (Kindy to 5th grade):

Assemblies, Choir, Classroom Parties, Field Trips, Innovation Fair, Rocket Run, 5k Color Run, any other school event

Participation in the yearbook is optional, but the more photos we get the better the yearbook will be.


Your 5th grade yearbook committee

Jenny Sawyer, Kim DeJong, and Christy Constantine

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Important Events with the PTC!

Thursday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. We are hosting an information night with School Board Candidates running for Zone 2 (which is the zone for Rock Creek Elementary School). At this time, there is one candidate who has filed with Washington County Elections. If other Candidates file before our special meeting, we will invite them to join this meeting. If other candidates file after our special meeting, we will invite those candidates to speak at our April PTC meeting. The PTC is not endorsing any Candidate. The PTC wishes to provide an opportunity for you to know more about the people running for the School Board Zone 2, to hear their statements, and ask questions. Submit your questions with this easy google form: by Sunday, March 6.

If the Google Form doesn't work for you, email with your questions for the candidates.

Looking forward to "seeing" you and continuing to work together to keep our Rock Creek community strong!



Jodi Bean

PTC President at Rock Creek Elementary School and mom of four (5th grade, 3rd grade, PreK, and a toddler)



Club choices are:

1) Book Club

2) Arts and Crafts Club

3) Games & Chat Club

When: Every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:15pm

How does it work? All kids interested in joining a club will follow the After School Zoom Social Club link sent to you by your teacher. Put the number corresponding to which club you want to join (1, 2 or 3 from above) before your name and you will be placed in a breakout room for that club. It's that easy! Hope to see you there!

All Rock Creek Parents are automatically members of the Parent Teacher Club (PTC). The PTC is a great way to learn about the exciting things happening at Rock Creek. There are tons of ways to get involved! Connect with the PTC at our meetings, on Facebook, via text message (text: @rcptcto 81010 to join) and through our website. Also, we just joined Instagram - follow us at @RockCreekPTC!



Signal To Noise

The Signal to Noise Festival is on for 2021!

-Film Entries are due Monday, March 29, 2021

-Online Awards Ceremony/Festival - Thursday, May 20, 2021

All films are required to have a BSD Staff Sponsor (teacher or other staff) who will review the film and share the link with the parent/guardian to complete the submission process. The link for entries has been sent to all elementary head secretaries, middle and high school film teachers, middle school tech teachers and LITTs.

This Smore has more information, details and links, please share with interested families.
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OBOB battles have started! Good luck to all teams! Email if any questions:
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Book Bus Schedule and Curbside Pick-Up Times

(This Schedule is also on the Rock Creek Website. Click on Academics & then Library Bus & Curbside Check Out!)

Wednesdays thru March 17th

Library Book Bus Stops (Each stop will last about 20 minutes)

1:35 pm NW Elk Run Dr @ NW 177th Pl

2:02 pm NW Holcomb Dr & NW Millstone Way
2:28 pm NW Buckboard Dr @ Mid Block
2:57 pm NW Deerfield Dr & NW 180th Pl

3:27 pm NW Rock Creek Blvd @ NW Mahama Way (East Entrance)

Please wear a mask and bring a book bag!

If you don't know how to place a hold here is a short video.

Placing a Hold in Destiny

Curbside Library Book Check- Times subject to change after March 18th

Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.

Mondays 2:30 - 4:00

Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00

Returning Library Books and Devices- Please ring the doorbell if returning a device.

Rock Creek will have a book return bin waiting for your books outside the main office doors,

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm on school days. Make sure the books you are returning have Rock Creek's bar code on them.

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Great news! The Beaverton City Library doors are open for our BCL Grab & Go service at our main location. With this service, families can walk into the library and pick out their own items to checkout.

¡Buenas noticias! La biblioteca ya está dejando entrar a la comunidad para usar el servicio de BCL Visitas Breves. Con este servicio, familias pueden entrar a la biblioteca para escoger sus materiales y sacarlos prestados.

1. Video in English

2. Video en español

Online Spring Break Events for Kids

Beaverton City Library’s Spring Break is all online for 2021! Join us to make your own sundial, learn “whose scat is that?” find a dark corner to enjoy “Scary Stories to Read in the Dark,” and so much more! For a full list of activities and to register visit:


Parent Information Series: Join us for one or all of our virtual parenting series on Zoom. All sessions are free, but registration is required. Upcoming workshops include Positive Parenting to Create a Happy Home on March 4 and Supporting Dual Language Learners on March 16.

Picture Books by Black Authors: Own voices picture books great for K-2nd grade.

Fantastic Fiction by Black Authors: New own voices titles for ages 8+

Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids: Encourage kids to breathe, slow down and be present.

Experiment Books for Young Scientists: Science experiments that even young children can do with adult help.

Distance Learning Resources: Your libraries are ready to support parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources for distance learning. Find live tutoring, homework help, online reference materials, e-books, writing help and much more for all grades in both English and Spanish.

Virtual Read to the Dogs program for beginning or struggling readers with DoveLewis Canine Therapy Team!

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Check out this link for fun enrichment Ideas. It is updated every Friday with new activities.
Enrichment Ideas
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Spring’s Steps to Bicycle Safety
With more people itching to get outside to walk and bike, it’s a good time to review the rules
to ensure everyone’s safety. Be sure to review the best routes to use and if biking, check the
bike’s condition before you head out. This short video, “ABC Quick Check” can help!
Here are a few steps to remember:
• Always wear your helmet
• Ride in the same direction as traffic, not against traffic.
• Be visible. Wear a bright jacket or add reflective material or blinking lights to increase
• Stay alert and ride predictably, in a straight line.
• If riding on the sidewalk or in a crosswalk, ride at walking speed and be prepared to walk
your bike when it gets busy or at the request of crossing guards. Be mindful of
pedestrians and aware of traffic at all times.
• Don’t assume that drivers see you – always watch for cars making turns or backing out
of driveways. Learn bicycle safety skills in a class or ask Safe Routes to School to give a
lesson at your school!

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Free Food Box Distribution
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Click on the link to find Important Information we've included in previous Rocketeers. Here are the topics:

Click here for all information listed above- Family Resources & District Information During CDL
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Assistance for Families

During these changing times, we are aware that some families may experience loss of income or a reduction in income.

Our counselor, Michelle Solberg can help connect families with resources 503-356-2454 or

Families can directly contact The Pantry
Their hours are Tuesdays 3-6 pm (Drive-Thru)

They are located at 4470 NW 185th Ave

Portland, OR 97229

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Rock Creek School

4125 NW 185th Ave

Portland OR 97229

Main Office-503-356-2450


Fax- 503-356-2455

Principal: Tiffany Wiencken

Keep Rock Creek safe: report any student safety threats to SafeOregon. Tips can be reported by phone or text (844-427-3367), email (, or online ( For more information, visit

The District prohibits discrimination and harassment based on any basis protected by law, including but not limited to, an individual's actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, familial status, economic status, veteran status, or because of a perceived or actual association with any other persons within these protected classes.
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