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Rock Creek Elementary- February 10, 2022


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


2/10- PTC Virtual Meeting 6:30 pm

2/11-Report Cards Available Online

2/15-Early Release Day-Students dismissed at 1:00 pm

2/16- Immunization Exclusion Day

2/21- SCHOOL CLOSED- President's Day


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Dear Rock Creek Families,

Monday, we will have Friendship class parties in celebration of Valentine’s Day. I have learned it doesn’t take Valentine’s Day to remind us of the need to communicate kindness. We can recognize and acknowledge the inherent goodness in each other on a daily basis. Being inclusive at our school is as meaningless as the message on a candy heart if we don’t show it through actions and words. We can, to paraphrase the famous Rogers and Hart lyric, make every day Valentine’s Day by banishing bullying behavior, showing respect to each other, and being kind to ourselves. We can show our affection for our school by keeping it free of litter, making safe choices at recess and making a commitment to come to Rock Creek each day, on time, ready to learn and contribute.

One needs only to chat with children, witness the supportive acts of staff or attend a PTC event, to recognize that huge hearts are alive and well in our learning community.

May our hearts continue to shine and may every day be Valentine’s Day.



February is Black History Month. It was first celebrated as a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has determined the focus of this year’s Black History Month to be on Black health and wellness.

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Please read!

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 and If sending an email please include both Jessica and Diana. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

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Help us get the word out: It’s time to register for Kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year. Children need to be 5 years of age by Sept. 1, 2022, to be eligible for Kindergarten next school year. Parents can register online here:
Please call the office at 503-356-2450 to place your student on our email list.Welcome to Kindergarten Guide LINK

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Dear BSD Families,

First and foremost, thank you for your flexibility over the past several months as we continue to navigate unpredictable times together. I also want to express my gratitude for the tremendous work that our staff has done throughout this pandemic. In the coming weeks and months, we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to return to more normal routines while still remaining vigilant against the COVID-19 virus.

Because of the unprecedented number of absences coupled with unfilled positions due to a nationwide labor shortage, many of our staff members have been foregoing their planning and collaboration time to fill vacancies and keep schools open for in-person instruction. However, the situation is no longer sustainable. As such, and like in other districts, we’ve been looking for ways to relieve the mounting stress on our staff.

To ensure that our staff has adequate planning time to better prepare for and serve our students, we’ve identified five upcoming days for early release, meaning students will be dismissed two hours early on the following days:

  • Tuesday, February 15
  • Thursday, March 10
  • Tuesday, April 19
  • Thursday, May 26
  • Tuesday, June 21

These days were selected based on bus availability along with other scheduling considerations; Wednesday afternoons were not an option.

We acknowledge that this measure to relieve stress in our school system may create stress for some of our families. Please know that the decision was not made lightly and represents the least disruptive option available to us. We believe that providing this needed time to staff will help them provide a better educational experience to our students.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Don Grotting


Rock Creek will dismiss at 1:00 pm on the early release dates listed above.



Please be sure that your child knows what they are doing after school, before they leave in the morning. If there is a change to their normal dismissal plans, please send a note, email or ParentSquare message the teacher. If the teacher is not notified of the change by a parent, students will be sent home per their normal plan. We ask that phone calls with change of plans be limited to emergencies only. Urgent messages should not be left on teacher voice mails during the school day. We cannot guarantee that last minute messages will be delivered before the end of the day. Thanks for helping us limit classroom disruptions.



As outlined on the Oregon Secretary of State’s website, students who are not up-to-date on required immunizations will be excluded from valuable instruction time due to the state-mandated immunization exclusion day on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022.

The statewide exclusion applies to all children enrolled for five or more days per school year in a school or preschool or five or more days per calendar year in other children’s facilities.

More information, including a full list of required immunizations for the 2021-22 school year can be found on the district website’s Health and Immunizations webpage.

If you did not receive a letter from Oregon Health Authority, Washington County or Rock Creek, your child's immunizations are up to date and will not be excluded from school. If you have questions, please call Jessica at 503-356-2452.



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. We are unable to answer the door or phone between 3:00 -3:10 pm. Your call is important to us and we will call back as soon as we can.

Thanks for your understanding!

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RCES Student Digital Directory is Now Live!

It's finally here! Thank you to everyone who participated, the digital directory is ready for your use.

The pdf is located at:

It is password protected and for the use of the Rock Creek Elementary School community only. Distributing or sharing this information with others or using the information for personal gain is strictly prohibited.

The password is provided via ParentSquare.

Thanks again for your patience and participation as we pulled this together.

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We are looking forward to the PTC Meeting this week! The February monthly meeting is full of exciting updates about the upcoming Valentine Friendship parties, showing "love" to our amazing teachers and staff, and even meeting some of the new teachers! Principal Wiencken will be there to give updates from the school and to talk about the new blended class we have for 3rd and 4th graders.

Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 10th! The link and password will be sent out the day of the meeting on ParentSquare.

'See' you then! Here's a look at the Agenda for the February PTC Meeting

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Call for Volunteers - 5th Grade Send-off Committee

Help give our 5th graders a send-off as fabulous as they are!
Contact for more information.
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Congratulations to all 21 teams who have completed their preliminary battles! We have been so impressed with all of the hard work and reading skills the students have displayed in their battles thus far. Keep it up!!

Here are the standings from the 2 prelim battles :
1. Spirit Readers
2. Book Dragons
3. COVID Crashers
4. The Story Guards
5. Golden Apples
6. Golden Nuggets
7. Raging Readers
8. Sussybacaś
9. Dangerous Delta Duckies
10. Phantom Gummy Bears
11. 3rd Grade Bunny Readers
12. Taco Cats
13. Rainbow Readers
14. Page Turners
15. Four Fearless Foxes
16. Rosey Readers
17. Amazing Fire Readers
18. Lightning Readers
19. Book Buddies
20. Cheese
21. Hawkins

The top 16 teams will move on to the single elimination bracket play. The "Sweet 16" round will take place on Feb 15 and Feb 17. As of now, battles will remain on Zoom. We will introduce steals for all battles moving forward. Please check your email accounts for instructions and Zoom links for information on your team's next assigned battle.

If your team is not listed in the top 16, then your OBOB 2022 season is now complete. Congratulations on all that you accomplished in this crazy year!!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions at

Happy Reading!
Shawna and Rowan
Stay Connected! Website: Facebook: Instagram:

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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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.



With the omicron variant surging, we are seeing more students testing positive for COVID. Those students who test positive should not participate in our program for 90 days after receiving their results, as they will continue to test positive during this time period. These repeat positive tests consume testing supplies and staff time, and distract us from helping students who are healthy or are just being diagnosed with COVID for the first time. Students with a positive result do not need to opt-out of the program, but they do need to pause their participation until the 90-day period has ended.

We need to once again emphasize the importance of correctly labeling specimens. Labels must contain both the student’s full name and date of birth in order to be processed by our lab.

This is a program-wide issue, and we received 400 specimens within the last 10 days that were handwritten with no date of birth provided. These tests were all cancelled and discarded due to not including two unique identifiers. On Monday alone, we received 49 tests without a label of any kind. We want to avoid this unfortunate situation in the future and make sure that we can test all specimens that we receive.

Printed labels should be used whenever possible. All enrolled students should have received barcoded labels from OHSU. If/when handwritten labels do need to be used, please review the attached instructions again, and note the following.

  • Names should be written in the format of ‘Last Name, First Name’ (with no abbreviations or initials)
  • Dates of birth should be written in the format of ‘mm/dd/yyyy’
  • Providing the school name is helpful, but not required


The K-12 COVID Screening Program team at OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University

Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd. | Portland, OR 97239


Please notify the school if your receive positive test results from OHSU

Just a reminder for OHSU authorized enrolled students, test kits go home on Friday ( Or Thursday if Friday is a no school day) and need to be returned on Monday by 8:30 am. We cannot accept late test samples. All late test samples need to be discarded. If your student signed up after 10/7 it will take 3 weeks or more to get all the labels and test kits from OHSU.
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Toys (including footballs, basketballs, soccer balls etc.) are to be left at home. This includes any type of playing/trading cards, balls, dolls and electronic toys etc.. No personal toys/balls at recess at any time. Any toy that represents a weapon is NOT to be brought to school at any time. If found, it will be confiscated and parents will be notified.

Latex balloons are not allowed in school. No balloons are allowed on the bus.

Cell Phones/Smart Watches

Cell phones/Smart watch and other electronic devices are not to be used at school. If your family needs you to have a phone for safety, it must be turned off and put away as soon as you arrive at school. If you bring out your phone /smart watch or use it without permission at school, an adult will take it away. Your parent will need to come to the office and pick it up.

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love the bus
Join us as we celebrate the big yellow school bus February 14-18th. During Love the Bus week we invite parents, students, and staff to take a moment to thank the 270 bus drivers that safely transport 28,000 students to our Beaverton schools daily. Elementary students are invited to create a card and show appreciation for their bus driver during the week. For more information and to download a card template visit #lovethebus #BSDtogether #BSDsaferoutes

Walk and Bike: It’s Good for Your Heart!

Whether you walk or bike a few blocks to school or close to a mile, your active commute is good for your heart, your whole body and it’s invigorating and fun!

With colder winter weather, children spend less time playing outside, but a nice brisk walk or bike ride to school will help achieve their recommended 60
minutes of moderate exercise every day. This will help prevent childhood obesity and support healthy bones.

Walking and biking to school is also a great way for kids to get the physical activity needed for healthy minds. Kids who are more physically active have better academic performance. Studies are beginning to show that exposure to nature and free outdoor play can reduce stress and relieve ADHD symptoms. If that isn’t enough to get you out of your car, think about the air quality around a school when dozens of parents sit in idling cars while their children jump out. Air pollution has contributed to childhood asthma rates doubling between 1980 and the mid- 1990s. Asthma rates remain at historically high levels and cause 14 million missed school days every year. Walking and biking to school is healthy for kids, healthy for communities, and healthy for the planet.

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

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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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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.