Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- April 15, 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

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS APRIL 16TH- GRADING/ASSESSMENT DAY

Dates to Remember

April

4/16 Grading/Assessment Day- No School for Students

4/22 Earth Day

4/28 Staff Development Work Day- No School for Students

4/28 School Board Candidate Forum (Zoom) 7:00 pm

5/05 2021-22 Kindergarten Zoom Orientation 6:00-7:00 pm

5/11 PTC Zoom Meeting 6:30 pm


Curbside Library every Monday & Thursday 2:45-4:00 pm

Wednesday Library Book Bus- New times - Times and routes are in the Library section below and on our school website under Academics-Library Curbside & Book Bus

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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear RC Families,



We are amazed and so proud of how our incredible community has come together, once again to support the start of hybrid. It has been absolutely incredible to see our students IN school!


Our staff has worked so hard to prepare for your children and our first couple weeks are going really well! Such JOY can be felt throughout the school! We have missed your students!!


We were honored and pleasantly surprised to host a filming crew from the District last Thursday to document and celebrate our first day back with grades 3-5. It was exciting to share the happiness that we all have about this positive change!


Also, a big thank you goes to our families who are remaining in CDL instruction in the afternoons. Because of your choice, we were able to keep most of our classrooms intact with the same teacher. Much of the fanfare at the district level involved welcoming students back in our buildings, which is a huge step, and we’d like to specifically acknowledge all of our CDL families who have made that possible. Please know that we are so grateful to all of you for that decision you made, and that we celebrate all of you every day.


We are looking forward to the fall, when all students K-12 will be welcomed back to school.


Thank you for partnering with us to make our school the very best it can be! Rock Creek Elementary is a wonderful place!


Sincerely,

Tiffany
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IMPORTANT IN PERSON INSTRUCTION NEWS

**Important Misc. Going Home information**

  • Going home plans need to be set and consistent. This means the way your student gets home should NOT be changed. All 2 hours and 15 minutes will be devoted to instruction; thus teachers will have no time to check emails or make phone calls to see if changes have been made.

  • NO EARLY PICK-UPS, barring a true emergency. We will need every minute of instructional time.

  • Bus Riders: Students must ride THEIR assigned bus. Students will not be allowed on a bus that is not connected to their home address. If you haven’t been assigned a bus, you cannot take another one. Transportation worked hard to meet safety protocols and are relying on addresses that match assigned buses and cannot go over a certain capacity. Please contact Transportation if you have a concern.

  • Walkers: Students will be asked to leave campus immediately. If your child will be meeting a buddy to walk with, they will have to meet up off campus by the paths. Older siblings can pick up younger siblings at their classroom doors (Socially distanced) Make sure your children have a plan and know that support staff will be present.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW- ANSWERS TO ALL YOUR HYBRID QUESTIONS!

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    PLAYGROUND & FIELDS CLOSED TO PUBLIC 8:00 AM -4:00 PM

    The District is keeping all school playgrounds and fields closed to the public during teacher work hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday beginning April 5, 2021.


    Just a Friendly Reminder: Dogs are not allowed on school grounds.

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    BIMAXNOW TEST INFORMATION

    The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) supports COVID-19 testing in public and private K-12 schools in Oregon for students and staff who display symptoms of COVID-19. The Beaverton School District has registered to have Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing available for students and staff who develop primary symptoms of COVID-19 at school. Primary symptoms of Covid-19 include:

    • New or different than usual shortness of breath

    • New or different than usual coughing

    • Fever of 100.4 or higher

    • New loss of taste or smell.


    The Abbott BinaxNOW test will only be administered to students who have consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian on file. The student must be capable and willing to perform a nasal swab test independently. The parent(s) or guardian can decline testing and opt to test their child with a healthcare provider. If there is any doubt as to whether a specimen may be safely self-collected by an individual, they should be referred to their healthcare provider for COVID-19 testing. Positive test results will be shared with the Local Public Health Authority to assist in contact tracing.


    If you would like your child to participate in this testing program, please complete and return the consent form to the school office. You can find the consent form at this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/public-safety/emergency-preparedness/coronavirus/return-to-in-person-instruction/covid-19-health-safety-guidance under the COVID-19 Testing Information. For further information on the Abbot BinaxNOW rapid antigen test see the following link: FDA information on BinaxNOW test.

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    CAFETERIA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

    We have a volunteer opportunity for Rock Creek volunteers that have already been background approved. Our cafeteria needs 2 to 3 committed volunteers every day to help bag fruits, vegetables, entrée items and helping assemble the bags that will go home.

    Volunteer hours would be between 8:30 and 10:30 am. Volunteers can commit to one day, two days etc. If you have a food handling license even better (but not required).


    If interested please complete this form: Rock Creek Cafeteria Volunteer


    For more information please contact Jessica at 503-356-2452 or email jessica_vogel@beaverton.k12.or.us

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    SCHOOL MEALS FOR EVERY IN PERSON HYBRID STUDENT UNLESS YOU OPT OUT

    Click here for more Information

    Please fill out the form and send it with your student or email it to Jessica_vogel@beaverton.k12.or.us

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    FROM THE DESK OF ROCK CREEK SCHOOL COUNSLEOR-MICHELLE SOLBERG

    Getting outside is a great mood booster and can be calming for children. Here are some ideas of things to do outdoors: https://www.verywellfamily.com/outdoor-family-activities-2764716




    Michelle Solberg, Counselor

    Creek Elementary School
    503-356-2454
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    NO PICTURE RETAKES AT ROCK CREEK

    Parent's can schedule appointments directly with Dorian

    Dorian is unable to do any retakes at schools. As an alternative, they are offering retakes at their office by appointment. Rock Creek parents/guardians can book an appointment by calling customer support at 1-800-826-3535. Currently, their next days are scheduled for May 19th and 20th and they anticipate that they will add more dates if these fill up.
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    OREGON HEALTH EDUCATION STANDARDS

    Here in the Beaverton School District, we teach children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. In order to help our school be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn, we also provide age-appropriate health instruction. There will be two primary resources used for this instruction: The Great Body Shop to teach the adopted Oregon Health Standards and fightchildabuse.org to teach sexual abuse prevention in accordance with Erin’s Law. Continue reading for more information on each resource.

    Oregon Health Education Standards

    The Great Body Shop, published by The Children’s Health Market, will be used to teach the Oregon Health Education Standards. It offers skills-based instruction that addresses physical, social, emotional, and mental health. Human Sexuality Education instruction is age appropriate, medically accurate, and relevant for all students.


    Erin’s Law (Sexual Abuse Prevention)

    An important component of our curriculum is to help children protect their bodies, get support when abuse has occurred, and report to a trusted adult. In accordance with Erin’s Law, we are educating children about sexual abuse and promoting awareness within our communities. The Oregon Department of Education has required all Oregon schools to comply with Erin’s Law. The Erin’s Law lessons address personal safety, touching safety, and assertiveness.


    Previewing Materials/Opting Out

    The process for previewing materials and opting out of instruction will be slightly different due to the pandemic. Your child’s teacher will be sending communication home prior to instruction in human sexuality and sexual abuse prevention to address this.


    Thank you for helping us to make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.

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    TECH CARTS FOR CLASSROOMS FUNDRAISER

    Tech Cart Fundraiser UPDATE as of WED 4/14

    Tech Cart Fundraiser UPDATE as of WED 4/14 - YOU DID IT! You helped us raise $800 in just one week to buy a third cart! Can we keep the momentum going and get a 4th?!?


    Our Rock Creek Community Can!

    This will reach our goal of enough Tech Carts per grade!!


    This next $800 push is matched! Dollar for dollar! This fundraising ask is roughly $2 per student. Families do what you can because every donation matters. We appreciate you!

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    ROCK CREEK PARENT-TEACHER CLUB

    ZOOM CLUBS for 4th and 5th GRADERS!

    Zoom Clubs are continuing every Wednesday at 3:30pm. We will be playing games, chatting, crafting - fun for all! Come on by and see what's happening! Ask your teacher for the Zoom link!


    THE PTC NEEDS YOU
    The PTC is looking for new members to join our Board of Directors and Committees for the 2021-2022 School year. Vacant positions include:

    1st Vice President
    The 1st Vice President maintains the PTC calendar and secures facility use for PTC meetings and events. Assists the Rocket Run Committee and President to perform the duties of President in their absence.

    A full list of open positions & descriptions is listed on the PTC website. Please contact Sharon Zell at pastpresident@rockcreekptc.org if you are interested or have questions.


    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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    OBOB INFORMATION

    Congrats to the COVID Crossouts, Ethan, Sid, Dharya, and Genna. They got to third place at virtual Regionals this past weekend. It was extremely tough with multiple amazing teams. OBOB members looks for info on the icepop party coming in May.

    Email KatieEMurry@hotmail.com if you'd like to take over OBOB next year, or if you'd like the link to the video of the final Rock Creek battle.

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    ROCK CREEK LIBRARY NEWS!!

    In honor of National Library week we are having a contest going on all month. When you come to any of our check out times, we will take your guess on how many books we have in our library. Whoever has the closest guess in each grade level will receive a free book. Good luck hope to see you soon.


    We are also so EXCITED to share that our Library Book bus will continue. We have new hours but the stops are the same.



    Curbside Library & Book Bus Checkout

    Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.


    New Library to go schedule:

    Monday Curbside Library 2:45 - 4:00

    Wednesday Book Bus 10:20 - 12:45

    Thursday Curbside Library 2:45 - 4:00



    WEDNESDAY LIBRARY BOOK BUS ROUTES

    10:20 am NW ELK RUN DR @ NW 177TH PL

    10:47 am NW HOLCOMB DR & NW MILLSTONE WAY

    11:13 am NW BUCKBOARD DR @ MID BLOCK

    11:42 am NW DEERFIELD DR & NW 180TH PL

    12:12 pm NW ROCK CREEK BLVD @NW MAHAMA WAY (EAST ENT)


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


    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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    PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS

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    WHAT TO DO IF STUDENTS ARE HAVING A TECHNOLOGY ISSUE

    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

    Student help Desk Information
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    4th & 5th GRADE STUDENT SURVEY

    Student Survey


    • Each year the District surveys students, staff, and parents to gather information for planning, program evaluation, and assessment of progress on the District's Strategic Plan.

    • The student survey takes about 20 minutes during the regular school day. The data gathered from the survey is anonymous; your child will not put his/her name or other identifying information on the survey. Like other surveys, results will be presented only about groups. No individual data will be reported.

    • The surveys will be given between March 30 - June 4.

    • Your child may skip questions or stop filling out the survey at any time. Refusing to participate or withdrawing from the survey does not affect your child's grades or class standing in any way. If you or your child does not want to participate, your child can read or do some other activity while his or her classmates complete the survey.

    • A copy of the survey is available at the school office and is posted at

    https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/accountabiity/research-reports

    • After reviewing the survey, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify the Rock Creek office at 503-356-2452.

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    Encuesta Anual de Estudiantes

    • Cada año, el distrito lleva a cabo encuestas para los estudiantes y el personal con el fin de obtener información para la planificación y la evaluación del programa así como del progreso del Plan Estratégico del Distrito.

    • La encuesta de estudiantes toma aproximadamente 20 minutos durante el día escolar. La información que obtengamos de la encuesta es anónima; su hijo no incluirá su nombre o cualquier información de identificación en la encuesta. Al igual que otras encuestas, los resultados que se presentan son sólo acerca de los grupos. No se proporcionará información de su estudiante.

    • Su hijo puede no contestar las preguntas o dejar de contestar la encuesta en cualquier momento. El negarse a participar en la encuesta o no terminar de contestarla, no afecta las calificaciones o rango de su hijo. Si usted o su hijo no quieren participar, su hijo puede leer o hacer alguna otra actividad, mientras que sus compañeros de clase completan la encuesta.

    • Una copia en blanco de la encuesta, está disponible en la escuela de su hijo y se encuentra publicada en

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    COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDANCE


    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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    ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS

    Check out this link for fun enrichment Ideas. It is updated every Friday with new activities.
    Enrichment Ideas
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    SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM

    The Communications & Community Involvement Department will host a School Board Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. The School Board election is in May.

    The forum will be conducted via Zoom. Community members can submit questions in advance via the form. A moderator will pose the questions to the candidates during the forum. The meeting will be recorded and posted to the District's YouTube and Facebook pages shortly after its completion.

    If you'd like to submit a question for the School Board candidates, please complete the Candidate Forum Questions form by Monday, April 26 at 5 p.m. https://bit.ly/3mgjwIm
    To learn more about the candidates, visit our webpage: https://bit.ly/3cHfoOq

    #BSDtogether

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    SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

    Kids are everywhere. Drive like it.

    As students return to schools for in-person learning this month, arrival and departure times may be different than you are used to. While traffic and activities around Beaverton schools may look different, one thing is for sure – kids are out and about in our community. Some kids may be returning to school buildings while others will be continuing to learn remotely and taking breaks outside during the day. Safety is everyone’s responsibility! Kids are everywhere. #DriveLikeIt.

    Driving Safety Tips

    Our community needs everyone to drive safely, be alert, and follow traffic laws, especially when observing students walking, biking, skateboarding, and scootering. Let’s work together to keep our students safe!

    · Stop for school busses when red lights flash. Both directions of traffic must stop.

    · Watch your speed. 20 mph is the school zone speed limit.

    · Be ready to stop at all times. Kids may dart into the street without checking for traffic.

    · Stop for people at intersections and when asked by the crossing guard. Check your blind spots before turning and behind your vehicle before reversing.

    · Drive for conditions – This time of year is often rainy and foggy limiting visibility for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians so keep those headlights on to help others see you.

    Walking and Rolling is Good for the Earth!

    April is the month we celebrate Earth Day and one way you can help our planet and combat climate change is to replace car trips with active ones! 2 miles of driving = 1.6 lbs of
    carbon emissions. Think about local car trips that your family takes often. Maybe it is a trip to the park or a friend’s house.
    Map your route and try walking or biking instead. We often think places are farther than they seem. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your location and be amazed at what your body can do for you!
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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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    FAMILY RESOURCES

    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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    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

    SAFEOREGON TIP LINE
    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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