Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- December 3, 2020

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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Mark your Calendar

Dates to Remember


12/03 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

12/07 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

12/07 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

12/08 November & December Birthday Zoom with Principal

12/09 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

12/10 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

12/14 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

12/14 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

12/15 Principal Chat (Zoom) 11am -12pm

12/16 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

12/17 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

12/21-1/01 SCHOOL CLOSED- Winter Break


01/01 SCHOOL CLOSED- New Year's Day

01/04 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/04 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/06 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

01/07 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

01/11 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/11 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/12 PTC Zoom Meeting

01/13 Principal chat (Zoom) 11 am -12 pm

01/13 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

01/14 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

01/18 SCHOOL CLOSED- Martin Luther King Jr Day

01/20 Synchronous Day

01/20 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

01/21 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

01/25 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/25 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/26 Picture Day (Tentatively Scheduled)

01/27 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

01/28 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm
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Just a friendly reminder! Parents of students K-4th grade please check seesaw messages daily. This is the way that most teachers communicate with parents. If you don't check your messages you will miss out on important information.
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We have scheduled a Tentative Picture Day for January 26th, 2021. More details will be coming soon!
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Many of us just celebrated Thanksgiving and dealt with the changes in plans that threat of COVID-19 has brought us in 2020. Here is a link that may help you with some ideas about planning for the holidays we celebrate for the rest of this year. I especially like the tip about involving children in deciding what new activities you can do this year to celebrate.

Many parents have been worrying about how to keep their kids safe online when they have so much access during this time of distance learning. Here is a perfect opportunity to learn more about what you can do.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office is hosting a Zoom webinar for parents to educate them about how to keep their kids safe online on Thursday, December 10 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Michelle Solberg

Rock Creek Elementary School
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Pre-register by December 11th for Winter Break Meals

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The Nutrition Services Department will be offering 5 days of meals for pick-up over winter break on the 22nd and 29th, 11am - 12pm, at the following locations:

Aloha HS

Beaverton HS

Southridge HS

Sunset HS

Vose ES

Westview HS

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The PTC Wants to Hear from You!

Help us plan our pandemic programming. Please take a moment to complete this quick survey -

The Rock Creek Parent-Teacher Club

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.

The PTC is currently seeking volunteers for School Directory and Clothes Closet Coordinator. Descriptions can be found below. Please contact for more information.

Clothes Closet Coordinator- Work with Beaverton School District on staffing and fulfilling critical clothes closet needs. The Clothes Closet provides free clothing for students in grades K-12 from families with limited income.

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News from the LIBRARY:

I am so happy to send out this link to make navigating in the library easier for you. Please take some time to look it over, there is a video to help you put books on hold, OBOB practice questions, our checkout schedule, and more.

Check out Mrs. Hilger's Virtual Library!!

Rock Creek Virtual Library

The BOOK BUS schedule has changed to Wednesdays. Same times and stops just a different day of the week. We hope more students will be able to come check out books with this Wednesday schedule.

Book Bus Schedule and Curbside Pick-Up Times

(This Schedule is also on the Rock Creek Website. Click on Academics & then Library Bus & Curbside Check Out!)


Library Book Bus Stops (Each stop will last about 20 minutes)

1:35 pm NW Elk Run Dr @ NW 177th Pl

2:02 pm NW Holcomb Dr & NW Millstone Way
2:28 pm NW Buckboard Dr @ Mid Block
2:57 pm NW Deerfield Dr & NW 180th Pl

3:27 pm NW Rock Creek Blvd @ NW Mahama Way (East Entrance)

Please wear a mask and bring a book bag!

If you don't know how to place a hold here is a short video.

Placing a Hold in Destiny

Curbside Library Book Check-Out

We will continue our curbside checkout schedule also. Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.

Mondays 2:30 - 4:00

Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00

Returning Library Books

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.

It has been wonderful to see your faces in person and as always


Connie Hilger
Library Media Assistant
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Library Book Bus now on Wednesdays! Stops and times will remain the same!!

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New Holds Pick Up Hours at Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries

New and Notable Titles for All Ages and Across All Formats, along with many topical and leveled (IRLA) booklists

Parenting During the Pandemic - An online workshop held on Zoom on December 10.

Rockstar Readers Book Club - An online monthly book discussion for grades 3-5 that explores books from various genres with an emphasis on diverse stories.

OBOB Trivia for Grades 3-5 - Registration information can be found on our OBOB website, along with practice questions for this year's books.

Thank you!

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OBOB teams have been formed and should start reading!!! There are sample battle questions at

If you have a team that has not registered, you need a team parent to email the list of team participants and team name to as soon as possible! An email will go to team parents about starting mock battles and real battles in January, so use the break to read, read, read!

Here’s a list of the books for this year:

3rd to 5th Grade Division

  • Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle
  • Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
  • Changeling by William Ritter
  • The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • Power Forward by Hena Khan
  • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
  • Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
  • A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry
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Check out this link for fun enrichment Ideas. It is updated every Friday with new activities.
Enrichment Ideas
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Basic First Aid

School aged kids are prone to injuries. Implementing safer practices in the home, in the car, and around water can help prevent more serious injuries.

Tips for general basic first aid guidance:aid n your

· Keep a well-stocked first aid kit in the car and in the home

· First aid kits should be stored in an easy to get to location and out of reach of small children.

· Make sure school aged children know the purpose of first aid kits and where they are stored.

· Check your first aid kit regularly for expiration dates and/or need for battery replacements.

· Consider taking a basic first aid class through your local Red Cross

Basic first aid guidance for minor scrapes (skin injuries that do not penetrate the skin layer):

· Wash hands

· Stop bleeding by applying pressure with a clean cloth or gauze pad

· Wash the injury with running water. Ok to apply soap around the wound but avoid using soap directly on broken skin.

· Avoid using products such as iodine or hydrogen peroxide on broken skin; it can be abrasive to the skin and delay healing time.

· Cover the wound with a clean bandage or gauze pad and tape.

· Change the dressing daily or when soiled

· Watch for signs of infection and notify your health care provider of symptoms such as redness, red streaking, swelling, drainage, and increasing pain.

· Skin injuries that do not penetrate the skin layer will not need stitches but need to be monitored for infection.

Guidance for cuts/lacerations (skin injuries that penetrate the skin layer):

· Wash hands and apply firm pressure with a clean cloth or gauze pad and consider need for evaluation by a healthcare provider.

· The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states the following in regards to sutures:

o Cuts longer than ½ inch (12 mm) usually need sutures.

o On the face, cuts longer than ¼ inch (6 mm) usually need to be seen by a health care provider. They usually need closure with sutures or skin glue

o Any open wound that may need sutures should be seen as soon as possible. Ideally, they should be checked and closed within 6 hours. Reason: to prevent wound infections.

Helpful Resources:

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Cold Weather Doesn’t Mean You Need to Stay Inside!

With the change in weather it can be tempting to stay indoors. We know that our kids need to move every day and the extensive associated benefits of physical exercise. Here are some tips to help you build healthy (and fun!) habits into the remote school day:

  1. Start your day by taking a walk or a bike ride. Do you still travel to a different location for school? Then make that trip an active one! Too far to walk? Try parking halfway and walking the rest. Commit to walking or biking 2 days a week and start building those healthy habits.
  2. Take movement breaks in between classes or at lunch time. A brisk walk around the block will get your heart pumping and re-energize you for the rest of your day.
  3. Need to pick up your library holds or free lunch? Bike over to your pickup location and reap the benefits of an active trip while checking off your to-do list.

Winter Walk and Bike Preparation

Don’t let the cold weather keep you inside all season! Time spent being active outside can
boost mood and mental health and keep kids focused and learning better. With some simple
preparation, your children can still be active and stay safe and warm during our winter
• Wear a raincoat or poncho and/or carry an umbrella.
• Carry a plastic bag if you need to store wet gear.
• Wear gloves and waterproof shoes. Carry (or store) extra shoes and socks to change
• Find an under-cover area to park your bike if possible. If not, bring a plastic bag to cover
the seat.
• Wear reflective gear and/or bright colors and use a light on your bicycle.
• Only walk or bike in the rain if you are comfortable, as roads are slick and visibility may
be reduced.
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Inclement Weather Information During CDL

All classes and school schedules will continue on time in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), even if district facilities are closed due to inclement weather. In other words, we will not have any "snow days" in CDL.

If district facilities are closed, any on-site classes/programs including Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) will be canceled. All daytime and evening activities/events also will be canceled. For more information, please visit the Inclement Weather Information webpage.
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Click on the link to find Important Information we've included in previous Rocketeers. Here are the topics:

Click here for all information listed above- Family Resources & District Information During CDL
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Assistance for Families

During these changing times, we are aware that some families may experience loss of income or a reduction in income.

Our counselor, Michelle Solberg can help connect families with resources 503-356-2454 or

Families can directly contact The Pantry
Their hours are Tuesdays 3-6 pm (Drive-Thru)

They are located at 4470 NW 185th Ave

Portland, OR 97229

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Technology Information

Student help Desk Information
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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.
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