Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- November 5, 2020

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


11/2-11/8-Online Book Fair

11/5- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

11/6- Submit Rocket Run Results and Donations by 11:59 pm (see below)

11/9- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/9 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/10- Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

11/10- PTC Zoom Meeting 6:30 pm

11/11- SCHOOL CLOSED - Veterans Day

11/12- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

11/13- No School for Students - Grading Day

11/16 Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/16- Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/17 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

11/19- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

11/23 Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/23 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/24- Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

11/25-27- SCHOOL CLOSED - Thanksgiving

11/30-Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/30- Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

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Important Rocket Run Information!

Results and Donation submission take place through Friday, November 6th at 11:59pm. Please use this form * to submit your student’s summary of activities and donations.

*If you are not redirected, please copy/paste this link into your browser:

Please Contact the Event Coordinators with Questions:

Chris and Marianthe Tufts

Rocket Run T-shirt Information
Please see the attachment for this year’s Rocket Run T-shirt! 2020 Rocket Run T-shirt.jpg

All students will receive a t-shirt. If you did not submit a size for your student, they will still receive a t-shirt; however, sizing cannot be guaranteed.

Our t-shirt vendor is working hard while minding social distancing production protocols which results in less staff in their facility and longer production times. The preliminary target is the first week of December. Drive-up details will be shared once final dates are identified.

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Learning Options Virtual Open Houses

On Friday, November 6, Open House informational videos for our option schools — ACMA, BASE, ISB and Rachel Carson — will be available on their websites. Please contact the school that you are interested in for details.

For Raleigh Hills and Springville, there won’t be any open houses this year due to the phasing out of the K-8 model. If you are interested in applying as a 7th or 8th grader, please call the school for more information.

For more information and important dates, please visit the Learning Options webpage.

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Rock Creek Library News!!

Online Book Fair until 11/8/20!!

Time Machine Fun!!

In honor of the Book Fair when you come to our curbside library checkout you will win a prize! The prize will be determined by spinning the Time Machine (staff will spin for you). This will only be available Monday October 26th, Thursday October 29th, Monday November 2nd and Thursday November 5th.

Our online book fair runs through November 8th. Here is a link to tell you more about the book fair this year.

Online Scholastic Book Fair Video from Mrs. Hilger!!

(There are two trailers on page four of the flyer that may scare younger students)

Online Book Fair Shopping

Book Bus Schedule and Curbside Pick-Up Times

Book Bus Tuesday Schedule:

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-Out

We will continue our curbside checkout schedule also. Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.

Mondays 2:30 - 4:00

Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00

Returning Library Books

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

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

It has been wonderful to see your faces in person and as always


Connie Hilger
Library Media Assistant
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Enrichment Activity Ideas for Students!

Check out this link for fun enrichment Ideas. It is updated every Friday with new activities.
Enrichment Ideas
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Just Right Books for 1st and 2nd Grade

Just Right Books

Beginning readers need ample practice in books that are at their level. First and second graders may pick-up some “just right books” when they pick-up their library books beginning October 19th. These books will be available every Monday during the library pick-up time 2:30-4:00 pm.

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Calling all 5th Grade Parents

Are you creative or looking for a way to volunteer from home? We are looking for a few parents to work on the 5th grade yearbook that each 5th grade will receive at the end of the school year. There is a template already set up from last year that could be used again or someone creative could choose a new template from the yearbook company.
If you are interested in helping please contact Jenny Sawyer at
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From the Desk of Rock Creek Counselor Michelle Solberg

Here is a great resource to understand what we can do to support our child's well being during this pandemic.

Michelle Solberg

Rock Creek Elementary School
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Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month

We encourage our community to observe, recognize, and celebrate the culture, heritage, and contributions of Native Americans to our country, our state, our cities, and our schools.

Please see the link below to find a partial list of just some of the ways to commemorate Native American Heritage Month this year.

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OBOB - Need to Find a Team?

Looking for an OBOB team?

Email if you still need a team.

Here’s a list of the books for this year:

3rd to 5th Grade Division

  • Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle
  • Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
  • Changeling by William Ritter
  • The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • Power Forward by Hena Khan
  • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
  • Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
  • A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

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The Rock Creek Parent-Teacher Club

The Rock Creek Parent-Teacher Club

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.

The PTC is currently seeking volunteers for School Directory and Clothes Closet Coordinator. Descriptions can be found below. Please contact for more information.

School Directory- Classroom connections mean more now than ever before. Help Rock Creek families connect by collecting and compiling contact information for the Rock Creek Annual Directory.

Clothes Closet Coordinator- Work with Beaverton School District on staffing and fulfilling critical clothes closet needs. The Clothes Closet provides free clothing for students in grades K-12 from families with limited income.

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Child Care Subsidies for Families

Washington County has secured a grant through the federal CARES Act to provide child care subsidies to parents/guardians. The Beaverton School District will be distributing approximately $2.4 million to families who are eligible and apply for these funds.

The application window is now open to apply online for money to help cover some or all of your out-of-pocket child care expenses:

If you don’t have internet access, you can pick up a paper application at your school or the district Office (16550 SW Merlo Drive, Beaverton).

If you have questions, call 503-793-0408 or email If you need interpretation or translation assistance only, please call our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

The funds will be distributed until they are gone. It’s in your best interest to apply early.

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Nurse's Corner


Immunizations are required by state law for children and students in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, childcare facilities and Head Start programs in Oregon. Nearly every facility that provides care for a child outside the home requires immunizations or a medical or non-medical exemption to stay enrolled.

Children who are not up-to-date on their immunizations by February 17, 2021 will be excluded from school until their immunizations are up-to-date.

IMPORTANT: This year, your child can still be excluded from school even if they only attend online. Keeping children up-to-date on immunizations will help schools transition safely and quickly to in-person learning when they’re able.

Students and families in the Beaverton School District may access Immunizations at both the Beaverton School-Based Health Center and the Merlo School-Based Health Center.

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Upcoming District Events

Middle School Boundary Adjustment Update

On Thursday, October 29, Superintendent Don Grotting heard from community members about the Middle School Boundary Adjustment. He will review the findings and recommendations of the MSBA Advisory Committee and make a final decision that will be announced on Friday, November 6. He will then present his decision to the School Board for consideration on November 30. The Board will give its final approval on December 14, as per Policy JC.

The Superintendent would like to thank the MSBA Advisory Committee members for their service and dedication to this difficult task. He also would like to thank the community for their engagement and participation throughout the process.

Virtual School Board Work Session

Virtual School Board Work Session

Monday, November 16, 2020

6:30 p.m.

Meeting Materials

This board meeting will be dedicated to discussing issues regarding our School Resource Officers (SROs), including the community survey results from the summer. If you were unable to participate in the survey, your opinion has changed or you have additional information to share, please feel free to provide written comment to the Board.

Public Comments will be accepted from Thurs., Nov. 12 at 12 p.m. through Mon., Nov. 16 at 12 p.m.

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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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Family Support & Student Independence

Throughout the year, classroom teachers administer academic assessments to students in many different forms. It​'s extremely important to get accurate information so that teachers can effectively differentiate their instruction to meet students' needs.

We need your​ help. Please allow your children to work on their assessments and assignments in Seesaw, Canvas and/or Zoom independently​, without the help of a parent ​or tutor. It​'s okay if your children answer incorrectly​; that's part of the learning process. We expect students to engage in “productive struggles” as they learn. Teachers review where students are in the learning process and assist them in ways that allow children to grow and learn.

Of course, if children need assistance with technical challenges, that​'s a perfect time to help. You also can help support your children by practicing skills that teachers have already introduced. We’d ask that you allow your students’ teachers to give feedback and support, especially during live instruction. Please do not speak for your children or supply them with answers to share during live sessions.

Please note, that without independent evidence of students’ proficiency towards learning targets, teachers may not be able to assess your students on their report cards. Report cards would instead include a X (not assessed this semester) with a comment that there was not enough independent evidence to support a progress mark.

Your students’ progress is extremely important to us. Thank you for partnering with us and supporting your children.

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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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Technology Information

Student help Desk Information
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USDA Free Food Box program and more

Free Food Box

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.