Rock Creek Elementary- January 6, 2022
NEWSLETTER FOR ROCK CREEK ELEMENTARY
Dates to Remember
1/11-PTC Meeting 6:30 pm
1/17- MLK JR. Day- SCHOOL CLOSED
Dear Rock Creek Families,
Happy New Year! We are grateful for your partnership as we head into a new year- 2022! We are currently enduring a surge in Covid cases in our state and district. We encourage you to continue to stay vigilant with social distancing as staying in school, in person is our goal. Your students' safety is always our top priority. Guidance from the district and state health authorities continues to shift quickly and we really appreciate your patience with us as we do the best we can with the information that we know at this time.
Thank you for supporting our school-- it means so much to us!
Let's make 2022 a year full of warm memories and amazing learning~
Dates for the in person battles have been confirmed. Battles will take place during 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade lunch recess. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions there will be no student or parent audiences this year.
Mock Battles: January 12 and 14
All Team Battles:
1st battles will be held January 19 & 25
2nd battles will be held February 2 & 7
Sweet 16 Battles (16 top scoring teams from the preliminary rounds):
February 15 & 17
Elite 8 Battles:
Final 4 Battles:
More information will be sent out to team parents via email this week.
AUTHORIZATION FOR COVID TESTING IN SCHOOL
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. For further information on the the Abbot BinaxNOW rapid antigen test see the following link: FDA information on BinaxNOW test
PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE
If you call the school and don't get an answer, please leave a message. We often have only one person in the office answering calls, the doorbell and escorting kids to and from class and may not always be able to answer right away. Your call is important to us and we will call back as soon as we can.
Thanks for your understanding!
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 email@example.com and Diana_carter@beaverton.k12.or.us. Thank you so much for your cooperation!
ROCK CREEK PARENT-TEACHER CLUB (PTC)
PTC's Papa Murphy's Pizza Day 1/7/22
The Rock Creek Parent Teacher Club is partnering with our local Papa Murphy’s for a fundraising event. Visit the Papa Murphy’s at 2515 NW Town Center Drive, Hillsboro 97006 on Friday January 7th and Papa Murphy’s will donate 30% of your online only purchase to the Rock Creek PTC! When placing your online order, use the promo code of "GIVE30". See the attached flyer for details!
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!
TEST TO STAY PROGRAM ON PAUSE
Dear BSD Community,
Happy New Year and welcome back to school. As many of you know, we once again find ourselves navigating the ever-changing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, we received new COVID-19 data that indicated our case count in Washington County is at the highest level since the pandemic began in March 2020. It’s clear to us that changes need to be made to ensure our primary goal — keeping schools open safely for in-person learning.
In the coming days, we’ll be announcing changes to some of our safety protocols. We need another day or two to fully think through those changes and their impacts, as well as time to coordinate with other school districts in the metro area.
In the meantime, we’re announcing an immediate pause in the Test-to-Stay Program. As you’ll recall, this program allowed unvaccinated students who were exposed to a COVID-positive case at school or on the bus and not experiencing symptoms to test negative and remain at school rather than quarantine at home. To test and administer this program requires a great deal of people-power. Due to COVID-related absences, we currently don’t have enough nurses or health assistants to run the program. Despite efforts to do so, we also are unable to find qualified people to hire to fill health assistant vacancies. If staffing allows, we hope to restart the program on January 24.
We’ll continue to offer COVID-19 testing at schools and the District Office to students and staff who present primary symptoms. We’ll also continue our Test-to-Shorten-Quarantine and Test-to-Return Programs. For details, please refer to the district message dated December 15 in your ParentSquare feed or visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website.
CAR/WALKER ARRIVAL TIME 8:20 AM- CLASSROOM DOORS LOCK AT 8:30 AM
For the safety of our students, students that are parent drop off, walkers and bike riders are not to arrive before 8:20 am. Bus riders arrive at 8:15 am because the school buses need to leave earlier to pick up middle school students. Classroom doors do not open until 8:20 am. We do not have space or the supervision for all students to safely line up outside the doors until 8:20 am.
Classroom doors shut and lock at 8:30 am. If your child is not in the classroom by 8:30 am, please walk them to the main front doors and ring the doorbell. Staff will escort them to class.
BIRTHDAY TREATS AND INVITATIONS
Birthday treats /prizes not to be brought to school.
Due to student allergies, equity and the number of birthdays we celebrate each month we do not allow birthday treats/prizes at school. We will however, be recognizing and celebrating birthdays on their special day in other special ways!
We also ask that private birthday party invitations or other type of private invitations NOT be delivered and distributed at school. This can lead to hurt feelings among students. Please make an effort to deliver these important messages in another manner.
Thank you for your cooperation. It is greatly appreciated.
OHSU COVID TEST SAMPLES
WINTER READING CHALLENGE AT CEDAR MILL & BETHANY LIBRARIES
Participate THREE ways:
- Download the Beanstack app and track your reading on your phone or tablet.
- Track your reading on a paper log from the library. Play BINGO and connect the dots as you read! Return forms to either library by January 16.
- Log online using Beanstack at Library.CedarMill.org/read-now
Just a friendly reminder- No parking along the red fire lane or along the cones.
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
3rd Annual Walk + Roll Art Contest
Safe Routes to School invites all Beaverton Elementary School Classes, Kindergarten through 5th grade, to participate in our January Art Contest. Each elementary school teacher has been sent the instructions for students to create a Safe Routes to School piece of art depicting why they choose to walk or roll to school. A winner will be chosen for each grade, K-5th across the district. Each winner will receive a prize bag with items to help safely travel to school. A grand prize winner will also receive a full day art class from Gilchrist Art Camp. All submissions are due by January 31st. Ask your teacher for more details.
Welcome back to school! January is a perfect time to try walking or biking to school -- for your health, your community and the planet! 1 mile of walking each way to school equals 2/3 of the daily recommended 60 minutes of physical activity. Get your steps in while decreasing the traffic and air pollution around your school and neighborhood.
• Does your school have a walking or biking school bus? If so, join in the fun. If not, find your school's preferred walk/bike route on our interactive Safe Routes to School maps.
• When you're out and about, keep your EYES and EARS OPEN, phones down and heads up. Know what’s going on around you. Have fun with your active commute!
• Need more tips and inspiration? Follow the Beaverton Safe Routes to School Facebook page.
¡Decídase a ser más activo!
¡Bienvenido de nuevo a la escuela! Enero es un momento perfecto para ir caminando o en bicicleta a la escuela, ¡por su salud, su comunidad y el planeta! Caminar 1 milla de ida y vuelta a la escuela equivale a 2/3 de los 60 minutos diarios recomendados de actividad física. Sea activo mientras disminuye el tráfico y la contaminación del aire alrededor de su escuela y vecindario.
• ¿Su escuela tiene un grupo de walking o biking school bus? Si es así, únase a la diversión. Si no es así, encuentre la ruta preferida para caminar/andar en bicicleta de su escuela en nuestros mapas interactivos de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela.
Mapas de escuelas primarias, Mapas de escuelas secundarias, Mapas de escuelas preparatorias
• Cuando esté fuera de casa, mantenga la cabeza hacia arriba, los OJOS y OÍDOS ATENTOS y guarde su teléfono celular. Esté alerta a lo que sucede a su alrededor.
• ¿Necesita más consejos e inspiración? Sigan la página de Facebook de Baverton Safe Routes to School.
Very Important: Please label your students coats, hats, lunch boxes, water bottles etc with their names.
School closure or delayed start decisions typically will be communicated to media outlets and posted on the District website, ParentSquare, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by 5:30 a.m.
Inclement Weather Information for families can be found on the Inclement Weather Information webpage.
Rock Creek does not have snow routes.
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON SCHOOL CAMPUS EXCEPT FOR CERTIFIED SERVICE ANIMALS
Click on the link to find Important Information we've included in previous Rocketeers. Here are the topics:
- Back To School Information (updated frequently)
- Cedar Mill and Bethany Library News
- Learning Options- Application Deadlines
- Arrival Time at Rock Creek
- Birthday Treats/Prizes Policy
- Calling in Ill Student Policy
- Lost & Found
- District Back to School Page
- Safe Routes to School
- TAG Info
- Help with Technology
- Applying for Meal Benefits
- Local Food Resources
- Clothes for Kids
- Community Resources
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.
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
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View the BSD website Japanese
View the BSD website in Korean
View the BSD website in Russian
View the BSD website in Somali
View the BSD website in Spanish
View the BSD website in Vietnamese