Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary - Sep 12, 2019

Rock Creek is a candidate school for
the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

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Rock Creek School Hours- Monday thru Friday 8:30-3:00

Please Note: There is no early release this year.

Upcoming Events

9/12 Volunteer Orientation 9-9:30 am (Cafeteria)

9/13 September Birthday Lunches with the Principal

9/16 Bus Evacuation Drill for all students 9:30-10:30 am

9/18 Dine In Fundraiser- Bethany Public House

9/19 Summer Reading Program Celebration 2:30 pm

9/24 Art Lit Training 7:00 pm in Portable # 1

9/25 Art Lit Training 9:00 am in Portable #1

9/25 Student Success Act Community Conversation Night 6:30 pm

9/27 Rocket Run Assembly for Students

10/4 Rocket Run

10/7 School Picture Day

Doors open at 8:15 AM

Students should not arrive before 8:15 am. The doors are locked and there is no supervision for students. Please remind your students not to block the doorway. We ask that students sit on the benches outside the front doors until the door is unlocked .After 8:15 am, students can go to the cafeteria OR proceed to other supervised areas.

Speak Up 4 Student Success: HB 3427 - Student Success Act Community Conversations

The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is an historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. The Beaverton School District could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process.

School districts are required to apply for funds, and must engage their community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. All Beaverton schools will be engaging their communities in these conversations during September and October. Rock Creek will be holding a Student Success Act Community Conversation on Wednesday, Sept 25th at 6:30 pm.

Please join us to talk about what student success looks like in our school and the Beaverton School District? What is going well in our schools? What areas/services/programs could we improve?

Your voice matters! We welcome your perspective and opinion.

Nutrition Meal Benefits

Nutrition Services information is easier to access this year, and we have lots of cool information to share!

Click on the link below to go to SchoolCafe, and see all the things that you can do:

All you need is your student’s ID number. If you don’t have that, you can call your school office

or the Meal Benefits line (503-356-3957). Here are some of your options in SchoolCafe:

  1. Create an account
  2. Apply for Meal Benefits
  3. View and print Meal Benefits letters
  4. See what items your student is getting in the cafeteria.
  5. Check your student’s account balance.
  6. View cafeteria menus
  7. Set up low balance alerts
  8. Set up auto-pay (when balance gets to an amount that YOU set, the account is replenished from your credit card)

SchoolCafe can provide amazing amounts of information!

If you do not have access to a computer, you can also apply for Meal Benefits on paper. Applications are available in every school office and cafeteria.

If you have questions or need help, please call Laurie Bishop at Meal Benefits, (503)356-3957 or email us at

Sock & Underwear Drive thru Sept. 24th

Please join us in providing additional support to the Beaverton Clothes Closet by donating new and unopened socks and underwear. The donation box will be located underneath the community table in the Rock Creek school entrance lobby until 3pm on September 24th.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Art Literacy

There are still many classrooms without volunteers to lead this amazing program that unfortunately can't happen without you. Our kiddos need your help so please sign into Better Impact, click on your child's class, and let's make this happen! We promise that you will love helping all our Rock Creek budding artists create their masterpieces!

Art Literacy is a wonderful program that brings art education into the classroom while enhancing overall literacy. Volunteers will lead a project with a featured artist every other month. Time commitment is typically 1-2 hours per project. Please CLICK HERE to sign up!

The Art Lit Coordinator will contact you about training sessions and work with you to schedule your classroom time. For questions contact Amanda Rust

Classroom Parties

Parent volunteers are essential in order to help plan, purchase supplies and participate in the two room parties that our students will enjoy this school year. Please CLICK HERE to sign up!

Each group of class party volunteers will work together to plan each party. For some groups this may involve appointing one person to take the lead, while others may decide to evenly divide up the responsibilities (You will be provided with more information and a budget closer to each party date). Remember there is no right or wrong way to plan a party. Don’t over think it, and just have FUN!

We need volunteers to sign up for our upcoming classroom fall harvest parties! We will have the official date and time soon, but parties will be on or around October 31st!

The Room Party Coordinator will work with you regarding the next steps for the Harvest party planning. For questions contact




Thank you for volunteering!

Katie & Nancy

Volunteer Coordinators

Dine in Fundraiser

Going to the Dine In at Bethany Public House? Make sure to show the flyer (digital or paper version) to your server! This great event goes ALL DAY, includes take out orders & gives 15% of your total purchase back to our Rock Creek PTC

PYP Corner

What is the status of IB PYP schools in Beaverton School District?

Great news! We are excited to be kicking off our 2019 - 2020 year as a PYP Candidate School. The PYP schools are all continuing their work with IB and we plan to have our verification visit at Rock Creek in the fall of 2020.

What does that mean for my child?

Your child will experience the full Programme of Inquiry (POI) this year. Our Programme of Inquiry are units designed by teachers through collaboration that include all of the elements of the PYP. In grades 1 through 5 students will experience six units, and Kindergarten will experience four play based units. During each 4 - 6 week unit students will be immersed in learning engagements that encourage them to take on both local and global perspectives.

What unit is your child focused on?

Kindergarten- Who we are: Rules and responsibilities help us work together

First Grade- Who we are: Actions affect relationship

Second Grade- Who we are: People may agree to work together in order to create a peaceful and productive community

Third Grade- How we organize ourselves: Citizens collaborate to organize themselves

Fourth Grade- Who we are: Individual identity and well being impact the community

Fifth Grade- Who we are: Our need to share our feelings and ideas drives us to find effective ways to communicate

A Message from the Principal

When it comes to attendance, every day matters. According to the Oregon Department of Education, more than one in six students in chronically absent or late. Chronic absenteeism means a student misses 10% or more school days. That’s about two days per month.

Regular attendance will help children do well in elementary school, secondary school, college and at work. According to the Attendance Works Organization, by 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of school. By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

Attendance habits are set the very first week of the school year, so please start building good attendance habits early. As a parent, you can help by establishing a regular bedtime and morning routine. You can also avoid medical appointments during school hours, as well as extended trips when school is in session. It is also important that children arrive at school on time.

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

For online links to academic and extra-curricular activities offered in the community, please use this link:

Rock Creek Elementary - School Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (No early release)

4125 NW 185th Ave

Portland OR 97229

Main Office-503-356-2450


Fax- 503-356-2455

Principal: Tiffany Wiencken