Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- September 16, 2021


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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Mark your Calendar

Dates to Remember


9/17 -Recorded Back-to-School Night sent to parents by teachers

9/22 - Principal's Chat 4-5 pm (watch ParentSquare for zoom codes)

9/28 -PTC In Person Volunteer Orientation/PTC Meeting 5:45 pm

9/30- PTC Virtual Volunteer Orientation/PTC Meeting 8:45 am


10/1 -PTC Papa Murphy Fundraiser

10/8 -NO SCHOOL- Staff Workday

10/11-10/15- Rocket Run Events

10/12- PTC Meeting

10/20 -Earthquake Drill

10/21 -NO SCHOOL- Parent/Teacher Virtual Conferences

10/22- NO SCHOOL

10/26- School Picture Day

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Dear Rock Creek Families,

Thank you so much for your continued support and patience as we begin a year like no other. Your understanding of our focus on student safety and teaching & learning in person is truly appreciated.

Tomorrow afternoon our teachers will be sending out their Back to School information through ParentSquare. This is just the beginning of many opportunities for you to be informed about the curriculum in our school and details about your child's classroom and grade level. I encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher to learn more and find time to connect with them on the phone, through email or by zoom. We are here to support you and your child. You will also be receiving information from our specialists: PE, Music, Library, Technology, Special Education, English Language Development, and our Support Team (Counselor, Social Worker, Student Success Coach, Academic Coach) and more. I encourage you to make time to watch these videos and let the amazing RC staff know if you have questions. Our wonderful Parent Teacher Organization (PTC) will be sharing a video, too. Thank you PTC!

I will be hosting another Principal Chat next week on Wednesday September 22 from 4- 5pm. This will be another open agenda zoom and the codes will be sent to you that morning. Please consider checking the District Back to School FAQ LINK to see if your questions are answered there first and then ask away! I am here to support you. You do not need to wait until a Principal Chat to ask questions. Please feel free to send me an email or call any time.

We've got this-- TOGETHER!

Thank you for your support,







We are required to track all student absences and illness symptoms. When calling in your student's absence please leave detailed information ie. fever, vomiting, etc. If we do not have detailed information we are required to call parents. Our 24 hour attendance line is 503-356-2450. Thank you for your cooperation!
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Our office staff is unavailable during arrival and dismissal times. We are all helping with arrival and dismissal duties. Please do not call or ring the doorbell during the following times:

Arrival -8:20 am to 8:30 am

Dismissal-3:00 pm -3:15 pm

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Parking is not allowed on the grassy area (marked with red paint) at the end of the drive through lanes. We've had some close calls with kids walking on the grass and parents parking there. We know there are not a lot of parking spots. We are working on moving staff parking. In the meantime, If your student is routed on the bus, we highly encourage them to ride it. Please consider carpooling or walking to the school. Safety is always our top priority.
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Please label all your student's items, coats, gloves, hats, water bottles etc. We try our best to get items back to students, but without a name it is very difficult. We collect Lost and Found items at the end of the month and store them for the BSD Clothes Closet.
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Make arriving to school on time a priority. Students should arrive at school between 8:20and 8:25 am and be in their classroom ready to learn by 8:30 am. Students who arrive late disrupt the entire class and miss important information teachers share about the plans for the day. Children who exhibit chronic lateness often struggle with organization in general. They may find it hard to keep track of personal items or forget to turn in homework. Helping them establish the habit of timeliness tends to have a positive ripple effect to other areas of life.

Help your child have a good start to their day by making sure they arrive to school on time!

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Yes, nothing is required for students to access one free breakfast and one free lunch each day. Students can just go to the cafeteria when breakfast or lunch is served and select what they would like to eat.

Please know that students who bring lunches from home do not qualify for free milk; milk is part of the free meals. Milk by itself costs 50¢.

If your student gets "seconds" their account will be charged.

Please see the link below for more nutrition information

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Beaverton School Buses are equipped with Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) systems that track movements in real time. Parents may access information about their student's bus by using the VersaTrans My Stop app. This app will show you the location of your student's bus and give real time estimates of expected arrival at your assigned stop. Please note, that arrival times are approximate, and not precise. You can also download a version of this app free of charge for Android and iOS devices. ​

To install the app, simply visit the Google Play Store​​ (for Android) or​ the Apple Store​ (for iOS), and search for "VersaTrans My Stop". Make sure you select Beaverton School District when prompted. See FAQ​. ​

Important Information regarding MyStop & Snow Routes

When buses are on snow routes, My Stop​ may not accurately reflect estimated arrival times. Please refer to the snow route lists to see Snow Stops.​

To log in:

User Name: Enter your student's 6-digit ID number

Password: Enter your student's birthdate in the format mmddyyyy - For example, 05052003 for a birthdate of May 5th, 2003

Click here to access My ​Stop​ (web based)

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If you have not completed your fall verification process through ParentVUE, we encourage you to do it as soon as possible. These verifications are meant for currently enrolled students. We encourage parents to complete the required annual process before school begins. If you don’t complete this process before the start of the school year, it doesn’t mean your child isn’t enrolled in our schools. Verification simply allows you to double-check important information such as emergency contacts and any health/medication requirements are up-to-date in our system.

Click on the “Family Updates and New Student Enrollment” tab in the top right-hand corner and “Verification and Family Updates” from the drop-down menu on the next screen to start the verification process. A message will display in your parent portal with a link to the online verification screens for your review.

If you have not activated your ParentVUE account or if you have access concerns, please contact your school (not the District’s Central Office). If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, please follow these instructions to reset.

Helpful links for more information:


Back-to-School Verification (with step by step instruction video)

Thank you for ensuring that we have the most accurate information on your student.



September 15th starts the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This month, we honor the histories, stories, cultures and contributions of those with roots in Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

So, why does Hispanic Heritage Month start on September 15? The day is significant because it marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. On September 16, Mexican independence is celebrated, while Chile honors its independence on September 18.


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Meet Your Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Board of Directors!

This team of eight manages the PTC’s budget, volunteers, and programs to support the kids, teachers, and build community at the Rock Creek Elementary School. This year we are focusing our bios on heritage because of the importance in celebrating diversity in our community. Each parent/guardian of Rock Creek Elementary School is a welcome and included member of the Parent Teacher Club. We look forward to connecting with you soon! Join us in the monthly meetings to share how it’s going, hear about all the opportunities to be involved, and get updates from the principal. All of us are thrilled to return to campus with the awesome Rock Creek Staff! Come say hello or reach out with any questions at pick-up/drop-off, the soccer field or in the neighborhood. Stay connected on social media and at and mark your calendar for the first PTC monthly meeting on September 28, right after the Volunteer Orientation.

Stay Connected! Website: Facebook: Instagram:

Jodi Bean, President

I’m Jodi Bean and this is my second year serving as the President of the Parent Teacher Club. I have four kids (6th grade, 4th grade, Kindergarten, and Preschool) which means I’ve been at Rock Creek for seven years and have eight more to go! I’m originally from Minnesota, but I love the PNW. I’m going back to Oregon State University for graduate school this fall and taking a break from teaching yoga. My heritage is French, Swedish, and Mdewakanton Dakota and Lakota and I am an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. My husband is half Chinese from his mother who was born and raised in Beijing and Taiwan. Our children are one quarter Chinese, enrolled in the Rosebud Tribe, and learning about the different cultures that are in our family and within the community. We love to cook, camp, hike, swim, and be outside as much as we can. I look forward to meeting with you and getting to know your family too!

Chanel Sheragy, 1st Vice President

I'm Chanel Sheragy, 1st Vice President of the PTC. Originally from San Diego and an affiliated member of Diegueno Mission Indians Tribe. My husband Andrew Sheragy and I moved to Portland in 2006. We are the parents of Violet aka Bubbles, who has a diverse make-up of Native American, Spanish and European backgrounds, she is enthusiastically heading into 2nd Grade. When not volunteering for the Rock Creek - PTC, I also serve as a Board Member with the Beaverton Education Foundation, am actively involved with BSD's Native American Parent Advisory Committee and work full-time at Travel Portland in Convention Sales. My husband Andrew works out of Chicago in the Fintech world as a Software Engineer. I look forward to connecting with you!

Marianthe Tufts, 2nd Vice President

Hi, I’m Marianthe Tufts and I’m glad to be back as the 2nd VP and planning Rocket Run with my husband Chris. This is our third year planning the primary fundraiser, the Rocket Run, and while we love it, we’ve got a great time to transition it to so we can volunteer in other ways. I’m originally from Ohio, but my family originates from Greece and Central Europe. My heritage is Greek and Russian American. I have two kids at Rock Creek Elementary School: Catherine in 2nd Grade and Charlie in 4th Grade. Our family loves to visit state and national parks and camp. I work in Operations at Nike and I am passionate about mentoring individuals early in their career and bringing increased diversity, equity, and inclusion to the workplace. I look forward to getting to know you!

Becky Erion, Secretary

My name is Becky. I am a native-born Oregonian. I have lived in the greater Portland area for the last 20 years. I am a social worker and my husband is a school psychologist for BSD. We have two great daughters Abby in 4th grade and Maddie in 2nd grade. My cultural and religious background is Protestant Christian though I prefer to think of myself as a progressive Protestant. My husband is a Korean American and my children are half Korean. My husband and I feel passionate about diversity and inclusion and hope to promote more diversity within our district. My family enjoys outdoor activities, primarily hiking and going to the beach, or taking in a Portland Thorns game.

Erica Johnson, Communications Coordinator

Hello, I’m Erica! I was born in Chicago but raised in Dallas, TX where I lived until I moved to Portland in 2014 with my husband, Jeremy, and our son, Thaddeus. Much of my family history is rooted in Chicago. That's where my great grandparents (on my mother's side) came from Poland to set up their grocery/deli shop. Chicago is where my maternal grandparents met and where my parents met and married and later had me. Chicago is also where my husband proposed and where we married 3 days later. Chicago holds a special place in my heart. Thaddeus is our one and only, he turned 9 years old in July and is in the 4th Grade this September. In my spare time, I love to craft and coffee runs with friends.

Leda Mareth, Treasurer

My name is Leda. I grew up in New England and then spent 10 years living (and skiing) in Utah. We moved here in 2012 to be closer to my family who had moved to the Pacific Northwest. I have a 6th grader at Five Oaks and a 4th grader at Rock Creek. My family loves exploring the great outdoors, reading, and watching movies.

Michele Simantel, Volunteer Coordinator

I am Michele Simantel and I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2020-2021 school year. I have Nora who is a 4th grader and Kellen who is a 7th grader at Five Oaks. I was born and raised in Hillsboro, Oregon where my roots run deep, one grandfather graduated from the original Hillsboro High school and the other from Forest Grove. I remember when 185th was an old country road and I loved going to movies at the "big" Tanasbourne theater. The area has grown up around and with me, and I love raising my kids where I have such great memories.

Sharon Zell, Past President

My name is Sharon. I grew up in the Midwest (Minnesota, Michigan and Ohio). Twenty years ago, I moved here from Portland, Maine and never looked back—I love it here in the Pacific NW! I have a 7th grader at BASE (the Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering, one of the BSD option schools) and a 4th grader at Rock Creek this year. During the summer, you can find me tending my garden and watching the bees. My family enjoys camping, skiing and The Great British Baking Show.

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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The Beaverton School District is using a new communication platform called ParentSquare this year, replacing SchoolMessenger. We encourage you to watch this 3-minute video:

To learn more about ParentSquare, visit their webpage:

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The new school year is the perfect time for students and families to start creating healthy (and safe!) habits. Safety is everyone’s responsibility! Here are some reminders when you are traveling in your neighborhood:

  • Keep your eyes and ears open for traffic all around.

  • Wear a helmet whenever you travel by bike, skateboard, scooter, or roller skates.

  • If driving, slow down to 20 mph or less in school zones and neighborhood streets.

  • Check for safety at all intersections and in bike lanes.

    Remember to be alert and mindful of all road users (no texting!).

To learn more visit:



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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



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


View the BSD website Japanese


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

Student help Desk Information
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If you'd like to learn more about BSD's safety procedures, check out our new COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance webpage.

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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


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.