Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- September 30, 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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UPCOMING EVENTS

Mark your Calendar

Dates to Remember

OCTOBER

10/1 -PTC Papa Murphy's Friday Fundraiser

10/6- International Walk + Roll to School Day (See Safe Routes to school info below)

10/8 -NO SCHOOL- Staff Workday

10/11-10/15- Rocket Run Events- (Submit student t-shirt size before 10/6-See Info below)

10/12- PTC Meeting

10/20 -Earthquake Drill

10/21 -NO SCHOOL- Parent-Guardian/Teacher Virtual Conferences

10/22- NO SCHOOL

10/26- School Picture Day

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CAR ARRIVAL DROP-OFF TIME FOR STUDENTS IS 8:20 AM

For the safety of our students, students that are parent drop off, walkers and bike riders are not to arrive before 8:20 am. Bus riders arrive at 8:15 am because the school buses need to leave earlier to pick up middle school students. Classroom doors do not open until 8:20 am. We do not have space or the supervision for all students to safely line up outside the doors until 8:20 am.
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GAMES NEEDED FOR INDOOR RECESS

With the rainy season approaching, we are in need of some simple, quick games that kids can play if we have indoor recess. We’re looking for new or gently used games with all of the pieces that are easy to play and can be completed in 15-20 minutes. Some examples of upper elementary games are Uno, Sorry and Trouble. For the younger kids, it could be Candyland, Chutes and Ladders or Go Fish. I’m sure there are lots more that you know about and those would be ok too. If you have any games to donate, please drop them off in the labeled bin just outside the main entrance of the school. The bin will be in place on Friday, October 1st. Thanks so much for your help with this.

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WITH MUCH APPRECIATION!

We just want to send out a huge THANK YOU to all the families that brought us spoons and napkins for student lunches. It is so wonderful to be at a school where our community is so supportive!
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OFFICE UNAVAILABLE DURING DISMISSAL

Our office staff is unavailable during dismissal times. We are all helping with dismissal duties. Please do not call or ring the doorbell during the following times:

Dismissal-3:00 pm -3:15 pm

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COGAT SCREENER

In October, all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in Beaverton will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener. This 30-minute test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities through verbal/picture analogies, number analogies and figure matrices.

Currently the main purpose for administering the CogAT is to identify students for TAG in the area of intellectual ability. Students who score at the 97th percentile or above on the CogAT screener will be invited to test with the full version of the CogAT that is used for potential TAG identification. The full version of the CogAT will be given in late October. For more information about testing, please contact your school’s TAG facilitator.




En octubre, a todos los estudiantes de tercero, cuarto y quinto grado del Distrito Escolar de Beavertón se les administrará el Examen de Detección de Habilidades Cognitivas (CogAT). Esta prueba de 30 minutos mide las habilidades de razonamiento aprendidas de los estudiantes a través de analogías verbales / ilustradas, analogías numéricas y matrices de figuras.

Actualmente, el objetivo principal de administrar CogAT es identificar a los estudiantes para TAG en el área de la capacidad intelectual. Se invitará a los estudiantes que obtengan puntajes del percentil 97 o superior en la evaluación CogAT a que tomen la prueba con la versión completa de CogAT que se usa para la identificación potencial de TAG. La versión completa de CogAT se entregará en octubre. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con (su Facilitador de TAG para la construcción).


If you have any questions please email Hope Long at hope_long@beaverton.k12.or.us

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TALENTED AND GIFTED INFORMATION

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement in reading and/or math. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office or linked here. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion.


Please complete and return the Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, October 15th. Nomination forms are available on the TAG Website.


If you have any questions please email Hope Long at hope_long@beaverton.k12.or.us

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ROCKET WEEK 2021-OCT. 11TH THRU OCT 15

Rocket Week will be this year’s primary fundraiser for the Rock Creek Elementary Parent Teacher Club. This year’s event will include running, reading, and other fun activities. The longstanding Rocket Run jog-a-thon cannot take place this year due to student and staff safety. Like prior years, all students will receive a FREE t-shirt. Event t-shirts and prizes will be distributed in early December*. Please SELECT THIS LINK ** to submit your student’s t-shirt size; please submit one form per student. Review the event description with the provided link.

Stay Safe + Run,

Chris + Marianthe Tufts

rocketrun@rockcreekptc.org

*COVID-19 restricts the number of employees our vendor can have in their facility at one time. We will have a more accurate date once all t-shirt sizes are collected and our order is placed.

** Please enter this link directly into your browser if you are not re-directed to the t-shirt sizing page: https://forms.gle/c57HvKQL5dm5WuEW6

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OBOB INFORMATION FOR 3-5 GRADES

OBOB INFORMATION


Students will be bringing home a flyer and bookmark over the next few days that contains information about how they can join the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) for the 2021-2022 school year as well as a book list for the competition. They will also all watch an introduction/frequently asked questions video in class with their teachers.


The Battle of the Books is an exciting tournament of reading. Students will form teams of 4-5 players. Among them, they will read the list of 16 books chosen by the Oregon Battle of Books committee. OBOB meetings will start in November, to prepare for the tournament that begins in January 2022.


Students and parents will need to sign a contract that should be returned to school by October 31st.


More information to come in next weeks' Rocketeer. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact Rowan and Shanna at obob@rockcreekptc.org

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ROCK CREEK SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

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MESSAGE FROM TRANSPORTATION- PLEASE READ

A reminder that due to COVID 19, we cannot have unauthorized riders on buses. Specifically, we cannot allow students to ride home with a friend or use their non-assigned bus. Drivesr will turn away students not assigned to their route in the afternoons. For the time being, we need to be strict about ridership
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ROCK CREEK PARENT-TEACHER CLUB (PTC)

Papa Murphy's Fundraiser

Let’s kick off October with Pizza Day! The Rock Creek Parent Teacher Club is partnering with our local Papa Murphy’s for a fundraising event this Friday, October 1st. Visit the Papa Murphy’s at 2515 NW Town Center Drive, Hillsboro 97006 on Friday October 1st and Papa Murphy’s will donate 30% of your online only purchase to the Rock Creek PTC! When placing your online order, use the promo code of "GIVE30". See the attached flyer for details!

Stay Connected! Website: http://rockcreekptc.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockCreekElementarySchool Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockcreekptc/


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!

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NO DOGS ALLOWED ON SCHOOL CAMPUS EXCEPT FOR CERTIFIED SERVICE ANIMALS

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DOWNLOAD THE PARENTSQUARE APP & STAY INFORMED!!

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HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

September 15th starts the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This month, we honor the histories, stories, cultures and contributions of those with roots in Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

So, why does Hispanic Heritage Month start on September 15? The day is significant because it marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. On September 16, Mexican independence is celebrated, while Chile honors its independence on September 18.
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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL


International Walk + Roll to School Day is October 6th this year. This is a fantastic time to encourage our students and families to walk + roll to school and help with our extremely congested parking lots. Due to COVID restrictions, our celebration will look different this year:

For elementary and comprehensive middle schools:

Every elementary and comprehensive middle school will receive a scooter/helmet grand prize and five reflective drawstring bags with smaller prizes to raffle off to students. We will provide K-5th teachers and 6th-8th 1st period teachers with a checklist of their students to mark how they traveled to school that day. Students who walk, bike, scooter, skate, roll, bus, or carpool to school on Oct. 6th are eligible to enter the raffle. The travel checklist will be the students’ raffle entry. Additionally, each K-8 school will receive a $20 prize to raffle off to teachers who turn in their checklist. Please add October 6th to your school’s calendar and share the newsletter article below, and attached graphics, with your school community. Additional instructions and prizes will be delivered to your school soon!

International Walk + Roll to School Day

On October 6th, 2021 join people from around the world as we celebrate International Walk + Roll to School Day. Walk, bike, scooter, skate, roll, bus or carpool to school and be entered to win fun prizes. The grand prize winner will earn a new scooter with helmet! Walking and rolling to school is great for kids, our community and our planet. Here are the top five reasons:

1. Fewer vehicles driving to school reduces traffic congestion and carbon emissions near schools and in our parking lots.

2. More people walking and rolling builds school community and makes routes safer.

3. Physical activity boosts kids’ readiness to learn and improves their physical and mental health.

4. Kids have fun with friends and bond with families while walking and rolling together.

5. Being outside builds independence and lifelong transportation skills.

For more information visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes

For options schools, high schools, and FLEX school:

Students are encouraged to walk, bike, scooter, skateboard, roll, bus, and carpool to school (or anywhere for our Flex students) on October 6th and fill out our google form to enter to win a scooter/helmet or a reflective backpack filled with safety accessories. Please add October 6th to your school’s calendar and share the newsletter article below and attached graphics with your school community.

International Walk + Roll to School Day

On October 6th, 2021 join people from around the world as we celebrate International Walk + Roll to School Day. Walk, bike, scooter, skate, roll, bus or carpool to school (or anywhere) and enter to win fun prizes. The grand prize winner will earn a new scooter with helmet! To enter fill out the google form and tell us how you traveled to school (or anywhere) on October 6th. For more information visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes

Google form: https://forms.gle/mgi5mGykBjY99Sry7

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Spanish walk to school
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FAMILY RESOURCES

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DISTRICT AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY LINK

The District has a community flyer page that list all approved extra curricular flyers such as chess clubs, soccer camps, childcare etc. It is updated monthly. Please Click on the link below to find approved extra curricular activities for students.

Approved After School Activities Link

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WEBSITE TRANSLATIONS AVAILABLE


We understand that it can be challenging to access current information regarding your child’s schooling in your own language. We do our best to send out messages about important updates, especially during these challenging times. However, you can access the BSD website — and specifically, our return-to-school page — at any time. Below, we’ve included a link that will take you to our website, where you’ll find it already translated into your language. Please know, the translation is generated by Google Translate. It’s not perfect, but we do hope it’s helpful.

If you need additional assistance, please contact our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.


View the BSD website in Arabic

قم بزيارة الموقع الإلكتروني للقطاع التعليمي لمدارس بيفرتون باللغة العربية


View the BSD website in Chinese

请浏览中文版的BSD网站


View the BSD website Japanese

BSDウェブサイトを日本語で見る


View the BSD website in Korean

한국어로 BSD 웹사이트를 보십시오.


View the BSD website in Russian

Посмотрите веб-сайт школьного округа Бивертон на русском


View the BSD website in Somali

Ka fiiri bogga BSD ee ku qoran af-Soomaali


View the BSD website in Spanish

Vea la página web del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton en español


View the BSD website in Vietnamese

Xem trang mạng BSD bằng tiếng Việt

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Student help Desk Information
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COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDANCE

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The Beaverton School District is publishing data on reported positive or presumed positive COVID-19 cases among our students and staff on our website. This data is collected by the Oregon Health Authority and is published weekly in the COVID-19 Reporting Report.
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Rock Creek School


4125 NW 185th Ave

Portland OR 97229

Main Office-503-356-2450

Attendance-503-356-2451

Fax- 503-356-2455

Principal: Tiffany Wiencken

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

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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