Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- March 4, 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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Important- Office Number to Call during CDL- 503-356-2452

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Mark your Calendar

Dates to Remember


3/09 PTC Zoom Meeting 6:30 pm

3/10 District Led Zoom Community Wide Conversation Around Race 4:00-6:30 pm

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


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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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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Office Contact Hours

The school office staff will be available for pickup or drop-offs during the following hours only:

Mondays: 2 pm -4 pm

Tuesday -Friday: 10 am -12:00 pm

Office staff will be available by phone 503-356-2452
and email 8:00 am -4:00 pm Monday thru Friday.

Please note: These hours may be subject to change

depending on what is happening with the metrics and in person instruction.

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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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Elementary Hybrid/CDL Update

February 26, 2021

Dear BSD Elementary Families,

Thank you for completing the survey indicating your student’s choice between Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and In-Person Hybrid Instruction. We’ve analyzed the results, and those results have presented us with an opportunity to modify the model in such a way as to provide the vast majority of families with what they truly wanted — the ability to remain with their existing teachers. Please allow us to explain.

While there was some variation by school, the elementary survey results were roughly split down the middle: 50% of students opting for CDL and 50% of students opting for Hybrid. Here’s what that allows us to do:

  • All students who opted for Hybrid will come to school for a morning session. During that time, students will receive live in-person instruction from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects. In the afternoon session, those students will be learning online at home asynchronously. They’ll be working independently on social studies, science and some other health lessons. Students may use Dreambox, our self-directed math program. They’ll also have music and P.E., either with live or recorded lessons. Students will attend school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Wednesdays will be devoted to asynchronous learning online, much like it is right now in CDL.
  • All students who opted for CDL will be learning online at home asynchronously in the morning. They’ll be working independently on social studies, science and some health lessons. Students may use Dreambox, our self-directed math program. They’ll also have music and P.E., either with live or recorded lessons. In the afternoon session, those students will receive live instruction online from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects. Students will have live online instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Wednesdays will be devoted to asynchronous learning online, much like it is right now in CDL.
  • The model for Grades 6-8 at our K-8 schools (Aloha-Huber Park, Raleigh Hills and Springville) is not impacted by this plan.

Again, the vast majority of students will not need to change teachers. However, there will be a few instances where — because of student numbers and the required 35 square feet of space per student — this will not be the case. We’ve done our very best to accommodate the largest number of families.

In addition, the District has been working with our local child care providers. The following vendors have been given permission to operate in our schools once students return for Hybrid. It’s important to note that we do not run these programs. The providers still need to ensure that they have the proper staffing levels and the ability to adhere to enhanced health and safety protocols. To check on availability, you’ll need to contact the provider directly. We’ve provided contact information on our Return to In-Person Instruction webpage under the Child Care tab.

  • Bethany Child Care - Bethany, Jacob Wismer, Springville, Sato
  • Champions - Cooper Mountain
  • Club K – McKinley, Oak Hills (maybe), Scholls Heights (maybe), Terra Linda, Vose
  • Mari’s Little Lambs - Sexton Mountain
  • REACH - Ridgewood
  • Student Stop – Bonny Slope, Cedar Mill (maybe)
  • Vermont Hills - Montclair

(A few of the programs are marked as “maybe.” We’re still evaluating space implications at these schools.)

If this new information or the information that we announced last week regarding the start of Hybrid at our middle, high and option schools has caused you to change your mind, here are your options:

  • If you previously chose Hybrid but would like to switch to CDL, you can do that. Contact your school office to request the move.
  • If you previously chose CDL but would like to switch to Hybrid, you may be able to do that. You’ll need to contact your school principal to see whether the class counts and space availability will allow for the change. If not, your student will be put on a waiting list.

If the last year has taught us anything, it’s the value of remaining flexible. We continue to work each day to find the best path forward for our students and staff. Thank you for your continued patience and support.

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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


This article provides useful tips to help your child maintain resiliency through traumatic events and crises.

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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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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Next Week Two Important Events with the PTC!

Tuesday, March 9th at 6:30 p.m. A guest speaker is presenting about how to support our children in stressful situations while parenting in a pandemic! Then, we will have our regular PTC business and a Principal Update on the most current hybrid/CDL info. For the link to the Agenda, click here.

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!

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Teachers often send home supply items that students need throughout the school year. (Especially grades K-2). We try to schedule pick-up times during the library book bundle pick-up times. Mondays 2:30-4:00 pm and Thursday 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Please check teacher newsletters and the Rocketeer for grade level pick-up days. If you cannot make it during the listed times, please contact the school office 503-356-2452
The office is open for pick-up on Monday 2-4 and Tuesday thru Friday 10 to 12. (except non-school days).


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


February Wiser Kids K-5 Newsletter

You can subscribe here.

February's issue features:

Current Services at Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries

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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Head lice are tiny insects about the size of a sesame seed. Lice do not jump or fly; they do not have wings. They live close to the human scalp. An itchy head is a common symptom of lice. All people can get head lice, it a common condition and is not associated with lack of cleanliness. While lice are a nuisance, they are not dangerous.

Take care to educate your child on the following preventive methods:

● Head lice are mostly spread by direct head to head contact. Lice do not jump or fly.

● Avoid head-to-head contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere such as sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp.

● Less often, lice are spread via objects that have been in contact with a person with head lice; such as hats, scarves, hair ribbons, combs, brushes, stuffed animals or bedding. Do not share these personal items.

● Pets do not get lice.

What to look for:

Itching/scratching of head, especially at the back of the head and neck.

● Nits on the hair, close to the scalp. These are usually pearly-grey or brown in color and are tightly attached to the hair shaft.

● Dandruff is easily removed, whereas nits cannot be brushed or swept away.

What to Do if Lice are Found:

● Treat your child with lice treatment recommended by your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Follow all instructions carefully.

○ Seat child in a well-lit area, check the hair in small sections looking for lice and nits.

○ Work to remove nits by using a nit comb and/or pulling them off the hair shaft with fingernails and dispose of in a sealed plastic bag.

○ Check heads of household members. Treat if live lice are found.

○ Daily head checks are recommended for the next 2 weeks.

○ Wash your child’s towels, bedsheets and recently worn clothing in hot water and dryer.

○ Clean combs and brushes used by the child by soaking them in water at least 130°F, for 5–10 minutes.

○ Place non-washable items, such as stuffed toys in a sealed plastic bag for 2 weeks.

○ Vacuum furniture, rugs, floors, and the vehicles where the child has been.

● Hatched nits/lice cannot survive more than 2 days without a human host

● Spending excessive time and money on house cleaning activities is not necessary to avoid re-infestation by lice or nits. Do not use fumigant sprays; they can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through skin.

● The school would appreciate notification if your child gets head lice. All information is completely confidential. Please contact your child’s school nurse, local pharmacist, and/or health care provider if you have additional questions or concerns.

Prevention is key:

It is recommended for parents/guardians to talk to their children about lice prevention and also check for lice throughout the year as it is very common in school aged children. Please direct questions or concerns related to lice to your child’s school nurse, local pharmacist, and/or health care provider.

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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-503-356-2452


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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