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Rock Creek Elementary- October 7, 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

10/8 -NO SCHOOL- Staff Development Day

10/11- National Indigenous Peoples' Day

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

10/12- Virtual PTC Meeting- (Zoom codes will be sent day of 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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NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS -FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8TH

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Very Important: Please label your students coats, hats, lunch boxes, water bottles etc with their names.

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PARENT-GUARDIAN/TEACHER CONFERENCES SIGNUPS

Teachers will be sending out conference signups by ParentSquare on Friday, October 8th.

As a reminder, there will be no school for students on October 20th and October 21st due to Conferences.

Note: Unfortunately, our schedule does not allow us to hold separate conferences for separated families. Please inform the main office if there is a court order that mandates an exception to this policy. If two conferences for the same student are booked, the later of the two conferences will be canceled.
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ROCKET WEEK 2021-OCT. 11TH THRU OCT 15

Next week is Rocket Week!!

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. Your student will come home with an event packet with details for next week and an envelope to return to school with pledges. Event information is also provided in this message’s attachment.

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. T-shirt size submission has been extended to October 13th; t-shirt size estimates will be made to the best of our ability for student submission not received.

Stay Safe,

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

Please submit your child's t-shirt size today!!

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NEWS FROM ROCK CREEK SOCIAL WORKER

Michelle Schimpke, Rock Creek's part time school social worker, will be sending out a recording via ParentSquare in the next few days about how to handle COVID anxiety. As positive cases continue to occur in our community, it is imperative to remain calm and remember we never know the whole story of why a student may leave in the middle of the day--it may not always be COVID! You can watch the recording with your child and practice ways of calming our bodies amid uncertainty
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IMPORTANT ABSENCE INFORMATION

We are required to track all student absences and illness symptoms. When calling in your student's absence please leave detailed information ie. if your student is ill and has a fever or not, if they have a cough or not, vomiting, etc and the date symptoms started. Also, please contact us if students will be on vacation or have an appointment.If we do not have detailed information we are required to call parents. Our 24 hour attendance line is 503-356-2451 and our emails are jessica_vogel@beaverton.k12.or.us and Diana_carter@beaverton.k12.or.us. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

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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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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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OBOB INFORMATION FOR 3-5 GRADES

OBOB 2021-2022 - Registration is OPEN!

All 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students have watched an introduction and FAQ video about OBOB this week during their library class (click on the link if you’d like to watch it). They should also have bought home a flyer, bookmark and letter/contract. If your student is interested is forming or joining an OBOB team this year, parents should complete the contract page before October 31st and return it to your class teacher.


If you have any questions please email Shawna and Rowan at obob@rockcreekptc.org.

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NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY

Mondya, October 11th we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples' Day and honor the cultures and histories of the Native American people.


In September 2020, the Beaverton School Board adopted a resolution, acknowledging the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the month of November as Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month.


In May 2021, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2526 which recognizes and acknowledges the significant contributions made by Indigenous People and commits to ensuring greater access and opportunity for continued contribution, in addition to cultivating a community that honors and respects the diverse history of this land.

Join us in observing, recognizing and celebrating the culture, heritage and contributions of Native Americans.

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OCTOBER IS FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

Celebrated in October, Filipino American (Fil-Am) History Month honors the history, pursuits, accomplishments and legacy of Filipinos in the United States.

Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American group in the nation. The celebration of Filipino American History Month in October commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States, which occurred on October 18, 1587, when “Luzones Indios” came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California. In 2009, U.S. Congress recognized October as Filipino American History Month in the United States.
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ROCK CREEK PARENT-TEACHER CLUB (PTC)

Monthly PTC Meeting Reminder!

Join us via zoom on Tuesday, October 12th at 6:30 p.m. for the monthly PTC general meeting for all parents/guardians of Rock Creek students. This month there is a lot happening! In this meeting, we will be talking about volunteer opportunities, Room Parties, Rocket Week, and more. Plus, we'll either have a guest speaker talking about parenting in a pandemic now that we're thru the first month of transitioning back to school or we'll have parent connection time in grade-level breakout rooms.



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

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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

Be Mindful in the Parking Lot

When dropping off your student on school grounds, be sure to follow the school’s arrival/departure procedure to help ensure safety and efficiency for all.
  • Know the plan, follow directional arrows and staff

  • Pull forward as far as possible before dropping off

  • Students MUST enter/exit vehicle from the right side when in the drop-off lane

  • Students must cross at crosswalks: DO NOT wave students across travel lanes

  • Park only in designated spaces- Do not park in grass, anywhere that has a red paint or along side cones
  • 3 mph/maximum speed on school property

  • When dropping students off, driver must stay at the wheel

    Thank you for keeping the parking lot flow smoothly so everyone can stay safe and be where they need to be in a timely fashion.

Park & Walk

Park + Walk is simple: drive to a park or other safe location near school and then walk the rest of the way! Park + Walk is for families who don’t feel comfortable walking or biking the whole way to school. This may be due to distance or another hazard along the route.

Why Park + Walk to school?


  • Be part of the solution – fewer cars around schools makes it safer for everyone.

  • Reduce your carbon footprint and limit unhealthy pollutants.

  • Squeeze in some extra steps with a quick walk.

  • Save money by driving less.

    Ask your school if they have a Park + Walk location, if not, contact us and we’ll help you set one up. To learn more or ask questions: bsdsaferoutes@gmail.com or www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes

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FAMILY RESOURCES

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DOWNLOAD THE PARENTSQUARE APP & STAY INFORMED!!

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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

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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