Rock Creek Elementary- May 27, 2021
NEWSLETTER FOR ROCK CREEK ELEMENTARY
Dates to Remember
5/31 SCHOOL CLOSED- Memorial Day
6/2 Synchronous Day-(In Person Hybrid Attend School & CDL Students Live Zoom )
6/2 No Library Book Bus
6/10 PTC Zoom Meeting
6/10 Library Book Return 2:45 -5:30 pm (Free Discard Books Available)
6/16 5th Grade Zoom Send-Off Party
6/17 5th Gr Yearbook Signing Event 2:45 pm-3:30 pm (If attending must sign up)
6/18 Student's Last Day of School (Return all Chromebooks, Stylus, Chargers & iPads to the school- more information below)
Curbside Library every Thursday 2:45-4:00 pm
Wednesday Library Book Bus -Times and routes are in the Library section below and on our school website under Academics-Library Curbside & Book Bus
Dear Rock Creek Families,
It's hard to believe that June is just around the corner. It has certainly been a year that will stay in our memories for a very long time. We continue to be incredibly proud of our RC Rockets-- their ability to be flexible and grow is so impressive.
I want to share with you this article from The Atlantic (shared by a friend of mine). It is an excellent reminder of the power of our language, the belief we have in each child and the importance of seeing each child as brilliant every day. Although this article is written for educators, it also has a great message for parents. As we all know, parents are a child's first teacher!
The author Ron Berger writes: If students know that teachers value and believe in them, no matter what they have gone through over the past year, educators can create a classroom environment where high expectations are the norm. When students feel empowered, they care more and work harder. Next time you hear the phrase learning loss, think about whether we really want to define our students by their deficits instead of their potential. These are things to think about and engage with students and we close out this year and plan for the next.
Wishing you a wonderful day,Tiffany
5TH GRADE SEND-OFF EVENTS
5th grade families only, if you have not yet, please fill out the following surveys for your 5th grade student as soon as possible.
Onsite Yearbook Signing Event- All 5th grade students need to have this form filled out by May 28th. The Onsite Yearbook event for 5th grade students will begin at 2:45 pm and end at 3:30 pm on June 17th. Please note: There is no transportation to or from this event. This event is for Rock Creek 5th grade students, staff and preapproved volunteers only.
PTC Sponsored 5th Grade Celebration Treat Box & Sign- All 5th grade students need to have this form filled out by May 28th.
ROCK CREEK MAY ASSEMBLY-TALENT SHOW
RETURN ALL DISTRICT CHROMEBOOKS, IPADS AND HOTSPOTS ON JUNE 18TH
Rock Creek students will return their Chromebooks and iPads(along with power cords and the stylus on the newer Chromebooks) on June 18th.
Any family using a district issued hotspot will need to return the hotspot as soon as the school year ends.
Any student whose device is damaged should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes the following information as soon as possible:
Contact information (phone number)
Description of the issue
Hybrid students will bring their iPads and Chromebooks to school (including power cords and the chromebook stylus) on Friday, June 18th. All Hybrid students will receive a packet of asynchronous activities to complete in the afternoon.
CDL students will bring their iPads and Chromebooks (along with power cords and the chromebook stylus) to a car drive-thru at Rock Creek on June 18th from 2:45 -3:45 pm.
TIME TO RETURN LIBRARY BOOKS!
Time to gather up library books and return them to school. Look for the Rock Creek barcode on the front of the book it will also have a call number on the spine (which makes looking on bookshelves easier) or if it is a thin book on the front left bottom.
We will still have curbside checkout on May 27th from 2:45 - 4:00 and Thursday June 3rd 2:45 - 4:00.
(Beginning June 1st thru June 4th checkout will be limited to two books checked out per student.)
Just a friendly reminder- Remember there is no book bus on Wednesday June 2nd.
On June 9th and 16th, you can join me at a bus stop to return books and pick up a bundle of DISCARD books to take home and keep.
June 10th I will be in front of the school for book returns from 2:45 - 5:30. You can also pick up a DISCARD bundle at that time.
I will be sending out overdue notices every week through the end of the year so that you know what books need to come back.
Discard books are yours to keep, they are books that have been well used and replaced with new books. When you are done with them, please pass them on to someone else to read.
Connie HilgerLibrary Media Assistant
The Beaverton School District is very excited to be adopting a new and improved platform for communication. Beginning July 1, we’ll be transitioning to a product called ParentSquare to keep families better informed. ParentSquare will replace SchoolMessenger and any other texting/messaging apps like Remind or Talking Points that individual schools and teachers may be using. It will not replace ParentVUE, StudentVUE, Canvas or Seesaw.
ParentSquare provides a safe way for administrators, teachers, staff and parents to:
- Send and receive district, school and class information in your preferred language
- Share pictures and files
- See calendar items
- Sign up for conferences
- And much more… all in one place!
ParentSquare Parent Videos
Padres — Introducción a ParentSquare
District, school, grade level and classroom information will be sent to your computer and/or phone via email and/or text. Or you can download the free iOS or Android app.
ParentSquare has a familiar design, similar to a social media feed. Families will only receive notifications that are relevant to their students. In addition to district- and school-wide messaging, teachers and staff will have access to two-way messaging with real-time translation. Families will be able to receive and send information in their chosen languages.
You don’t need to take any action to receive emails, texts or phone calls prior to the July 1 launch. Our student information system will sync contact information directly with ParentSquare. If you’d prefer to use the app, simply download it from the app store on or after July 1 and follow the prompts.
To learn more about ParentSquare, visit our webpage: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/parentsquare
Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
OREGON APPROVED FOR P-EBT
Oregon Approved for P-EBT
The State of Oregon received approval from the federal government to issue Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the 2020-21 school year. Oregon was approved to provide retroactive food benefits to eligible students for the 2020-21 school year. The P-EBT benefits are expected to be issued beginning in July.
All students and children (ages 1-18) will continue to receive free meals through June 30, regardless of Meal Benefits eligibility. If you wish to receive P-EBT money in addition to food, please visit the Pandemic EBT webpage to see if your family qualifies. Qualifying for free or reduced meals for the 2020-21 school year before June 30 will ensure that you receive P-EBT when the benefits are issued.
If you have questions, call 503-356-3957 or email NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.
OBOB book/ice pop info!!!!
FROM THE DESK OF ROCK CREEK SCHOOL COUNSLEOR-MICHELLE SOLBERG
It can be difficult to monitor what your child watches when they are using electronics. Here's one thing that might be helpful. Does your child love Netflix?! Netflix is full of great entertainment for kids, but your child might stumble upon some age-inappropriate content too. Here is a guide on how to set up parent controls on Netflix to prevent your child from seeing inappropriate content. : https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/how-to-set-parental-controls-on-netflix
Michelle Solberg, Counselor
MOVING THIS SUMMER?
Our priority is to create harmonious and productive classrooms for next year. To help keep our classrooms balanced we need your help. If your family is not planning on attending Rock Creek in the fall, please fill out this short survey.
If an in person hybrid student is not physically present during in person instruction time, they are marked absent and are not eligible to participate with CDL afternoon class. The only exceptions to this is if a student is out due to a rare long-term occurrence i.e...out due to quarantine, Covid 19, broken leg etc. Parents will need to contact the principal and school nurse if these circumstances arise. In person hybrid students that are on vacation are not eligible to switch to CDL, they will be marked absent.
OFFICE STAFF UNAVAILABLE PHONE HOURS
Our office is not staffed to answer phone calls from 8:40-9:05 am (We are out on arrival duty) and from 11:15 am to 11:25 am (dismissal duty) Please leave a message and we will call back as soon as possible. Our 24 hour attendance line is 503-356-2451.
Thanks for your understanding!!
CAMP ACHIEVE DETAILS
This summer for 4 weeks in July, Camp Achieve is coming.
Camp Achieve will be open to students who will be in 1st through 5th grade in the 2021-2022 school year. The registration / application process was designed at the District level. As in prior years, priority registration will be given to students with the most need. Students will attend Camp Achieve four hours per day, four days per week for four weeks. The primary focus is on enrichment (community building, activities, arts, STEM, and more) while also providing a continuation of academic skills and social and emotional support.
Tenants can be approved for up to 12 months of past-due rent, and three months' upcoming rent. The payments will go directly to landlords, property owners, and utility companies.
The money will be allocated based on need, so everyone who applies for the program will go through a review process.
Assistance is offered to all renters, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
Here's a link to the application and information on how to apply:
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education/Foster Care Program Specialist
Beaverton School District | McKinney-Vento Homeless Program
16550 SW Merlo Road, Beaverton, OR 97003
Office: 503-356-5071 | Mobile: 503-819-7300
CAFETERIA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We have a volunteer opportunity for Rock Creek volunteers that have already been background approved. Our cafeteria needs a committed volunteer on Wednesday to help bag fruits, vegetables, entrée items and helping assemble the bags that will go home.Volunteers can commit to one day or both days. Volunteer hours would be between 8:30 and 10:30 am.
If interested please complete this form: Rock Creek Cafeteria Volunteer
For more information please contact Jessica at 503-356-2452 or email email@example.com
ROCK CREEK PARENT-TEACHER CLUB
Our last PTC Meeting of the Year is Thursday, June 10 at 6:30pm. Zoom information will be sent out via school email on Thursday.
If you are interested in being next year's PTC Board Secretary, contact PastPresident@RockCreekPTC.org.
Stay Safe + Show Your Rock Creek Pride!
Two types of face masks are available to purchase directly from our local vendor and Rock Creek supporter, Gear Up Sports. Order here: https://rockcreek.gearupsports.net/index.php?route=common%2Fhome&fbclid=IwAR2s_4m5vTZjH_OHXZeUabUgN0lBusUA_cw5iiWebg42ex93Qy_oDA44P8E
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Beaverton Safe Routes to School Parent Surveys
It’s data collection time again for Beaverton’s Safe Routes to School program. The purpose of the program is to make walking and rolling to school safe, convenient, and fun.
Parent’s and guardian’s input into how students travel to and from schools and their impression of the safety of the route is valuable as the city and county prioritize needed improvements for our roads.
The following link was generated from the National Safe Routes to School Center and will be combined with classroom tallies to give us a good picture of how students are getting to and from schools throughout the district.
The school’s survey will be open for responses for three weeks starting May 1st.
We appreciate your help in giving us information to make our program effective for all Beaverton School District students.
Beaverton Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Rock Creek Families, please complete the survey. We have only had 10 families complete is so far.
Parent Survey Link: http://www.saferoutesdata.org/surveyformparent.cfm?key=9717630
2021-21 KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION SLIDESHOW
PLAYGROUND & FIELDS CLOSED TO PUBLIC 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Only certified service dogs allowed on school grounds
APPLY TO SERVE ON THE DISTRICT BUDGET COMMITTEE
Interested candidates must live in the School Board Zone that they represent, be a qualified voter of the district, have lived in the district for one year and cannot be a BSD employee. Budget Committee members are appointed by the School Board.
The Budget Committee reviews the district's budget, recommends needed changes and approves the budget document to forward to the School Board for adoption in June. The Committee conducts business at evening public meetings held between November and June. The position is open until filled and those who wish to apply should complete an application and attach a letter of interest and/or resume.
ANNUAL PARENT SURVEY
Annual Parent Survey
Please take a few moments to complete the BSD Annual Parent Survey! Our goal is to ensure that every member of our school community feels welcomed, valued, and informed, so it is important for all parents/guardians to complete the survey.
A link to the 2021 Annual Parent Survey will be sent to all valid parent email addresses via School Messenger on Sunday, May 16. The deadline to participate is Wednesday, June 2.
Encuesta Anual de Padres de Familia
¡Tómese unos minutos para completar la Encuesta Anual de Padres de Familia del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton! Nuestro objetivo es asegurar que todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad escolar se sientan bienvenidos, valorados e informados, por lo que es importante que todos los padres o tutores completen la encuesta.
Se enviará un enlace a la Encuesta a todas las direcciones de correo electrónico válidas para padres a través de SchoolMessenger el domingo, 16 de mayo de 2021. La fecha límite para participar es el domingo, 2 de junio de 2021.
SCHOOL MEALS FOR EVERY IN PERSON HYBRID STUDENT UNLESS YOU OPT OUT
ROCK CREEK LIBRARY NEWS!!
No Library Book Bus on June 2nd!!
In person Hybrid students can return library books to their classroom. Every teacher has a book return bin.
Books can also be returned to the black tub outside the school from 7:00 - 3:00 every school day. They can also be returned to the Thursday Curbside or Book Bus checkout on Wednesdays.
PLEASE NOTE: LIBRARY CURBSIDE SCHEDULE CHANGE
Curbside Library & Book Bus Checkout
Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.
New Library to go schedule:
Wednesday Book Bus 10:20 - 12:45 June 9th & 16th- Pick up discard books return library books
Thursday Curbside Library 2:45 - 4:00 May 27th & June 3rd.
WEDNESDAY LIBRARY BOOK BUS ROUTES
10:20 am NW ELK RUN DR @ NW 177TH PL
10:47 am NW HOLCOMB DR & NW MILLSTONE WAY
11:13 am NW BUCKBOARD DR @ MID BLOCK
11:42 am NW DEERFIELD DR & NW 180TH PL
12:12 pm NW ROCK CREEK BLVD @NW MAHAMA WAY (EAST ENT)
If you don't know how to place a hold here is a short video.Placing a Hold in Destiny
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.
PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
WHAT TO DO IF STUDENTS ARE HAVING A TECHNOLOGY ISSUE
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.
COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDANCE
ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS
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
View the BSD website in Chinese
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
Click on the link to find Important Information we've included in previous Rocketeers. Here are the topics:
- Family Toolkit
- All the Information about the Hybrid Day
- Child Care Subsidies for Families
- Cedar Mill and Bethany Library News
- Signal to Noise
- Safe Routes to School
- Zoom Information
- TAG Info
- Help with Technology
- Free Meal Distribution Sites & Info
- Applying for Meal Benefits
- Local Food Resources
- Setting up a Home Learning Environment
- At Home Learning Tips
- Visual Schedule & Zones of Regulation Templates
- Placing Holds on Library Books - Video
- Damage/Loss Protection Coverage for BSD Devices at Home
- Clothes for Kids
- Comcast Internet Essentials & Hotspots
- BSD COVID-19 Resources
- Behavioral Health Phone Line
- Mental Health & Washington County Resources
- Community Resources during CDL
- 2-page Resource for Community Resources in Washington County
- Washington County Cooperative Library Information for Families and Students
- 2021-2022 Full-Time Learning Options Lottery & Admission Information
- Safe Routes to School
Click here for all information listed above- Family Resources & District Information During CDL