Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary - November 14, 2019

Rock Creek is a candidate school for
the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

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Rock Creek School Hours- Monday thru Friday 8:30-3:00

Please Note: There is no early release this year.

Upcoming Events

11/15 Hearing Re-screening K-2

11/15 PTC Carnival 6-8 pm

11/19 Stoller 5th Gr Parent Night 5:30 pm at Stoller

11/22 Picture Retakes 8:40-10:15 am

11/27 No School Thanksgiving Holiday

11/28 No School - Thanksgiving

11/29 No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

12/2 No School for Students- Staff Development Day

Student Arrival Time- Doors open at 8:15 AM

Students should not arrive before 8:15 am. The doors are locked and there is no supervision for students. Please remind your students not to block the doorway. We ask that students sit on the benches outside the front doors until the door is unlocked. After 8:15 am, students can go to the cafeteria OR proceed to other supervised areas.

Rock Creek PTC Carnival - Tomorrow 6-8 PM

Come join other Rock Creek Families for a night of games, prizes, fun and food for all ages! (All children must be accompanied by an adult) We need Many Volunteers for this fun event to happen Most spots are two to a game so get your Mom/Dad/Friend and sign up together!! Please sign up online at

Picture Retake Day- Nov. 22nd 8:40-10:15 AM

School Picture Retake Day is coming up on Friday, November 22nd. If your child was absent on our October Picture Day, now is your chance to have their school pictures taken. Order forms will be available on the Community Table outside the school office on Nov. 18th.

If you did not like your child’s picture and want to have retakes, please be sure to send the original picture packet with your child so they can turn it in when they have their picture retaken.

Retake day for Rock Creek Elementary is quickly approaching. If we did not see you on picture day or you would like a new image, Dorian Studio will be taking pictures on 11/22/2019. Do not miss out on ordering pictures of your student.

Pre-orders for picture packages may be placed online at using Rock Creek Elementary's access key, BF2YWA7Z. Online pre-orders using your school's access key are available up to 4 days after retake day. After the 4-day grace period, parents can call the customer advocate department at (800) 826-3535 to place an order.

Pre-Order Online

For order accuracy, please return your completed envelope on picture day for all payment types. Para la exactitud de su pedido, por favor devuelva su sobre el día de fotografía para todos los tipos del pago.

PTC Student Directory

2019-2020 Rock Creek PTC Directory

Please fill out the form on the link below by December 1, 2019 if you would like to be included in the 2019-2020 PTC School Directory. The PTC is a separate entity from Rock Creek Elementary School, therefore by providing this information, you will be included in the PTC School Directory regardless of your FRPA selection with the school. Please provide only the information that you would like included in the directory. Leave any field blank that you do not want included in the directory.

We will compile this information and provide a printed directory to each family. The directory will not be available digitally or online.

This form must be completed by DECEMBER 1, 2019 to be included in the 2019-2020 Rock Creek PTC Directory.

This form includes two sections with student information and parent/guardian contact information. You must hit the "submit" button on the third screen to complete this form and submit your information.

OBOB Information

Today was the first OBOB meeting during lunch recess. Students made a team card and got a divvy sheet. The next student meeting is Friday December 6th. It will now be the last meeting of the year. The third meeting has been moved to Friday January 10th to be closer to battle time. Email with any questions. Keep reading!

Middle School Boundary Adjustment

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Conestoga Middle School, 12250 SW Conestoga Dr., 97008 and the public will have the opportunity to participate in a similar visioning activity.

The Middle School Boundary Adjustment Advisory Committee held a public meeting last Tuesday at Stoller Middle School. The meeting was live streamed and the video is available on the Middle School Boundary Adjustment webpage.

The primary activity was a visioning workshop, where the public helped create the first set of themes for potential middle school boundaries. Everyone in attendance was at a table with approximately 6-8 people; they each had a large district-wide map and markers with which to work. The objective was for each table, as a group, to create a new boundary for the new middle school, reduce the size of Stoller Middle School, and amend other middle school boundaries to accommodate the changes created by the first two items.

This exercise was more qualitative than quantitative, forecast data was not provided on the maps at this meeting. The emphasis of the exercise was for participants to show the committee how they see their neighborhood identities, where “natural” boundaries (such as major roads, parks/open space, etc.) may be, and anything else that should be taken into consideration by the Committee. Committee members joined table groups throughout the room to listen in on the conversations.

The workshop maps have been posted to the Middle School Boundary Adjustment webpage.

Following the workshop staff will analyze the workshop maps and will provide the Committee with the data coming from those themes. This will serve as the starting point for the Committee's work in narrowing down a set of options to an eventual recommendation.

Change of After School Plans- Please Send a Note

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 with your child. If we don’t have a note, students will be sent home per their normal plan.

If you need to make weekly changes to your child's after-school plan, please email the teacher with all the dates and details. 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. Teachers pick up after school notes at their lunch time. We cannot guarantee that last minute changes will be delivered after 2:00 pm. Thanks for helping us limit classroom disruptions.

If your child attends an after school class at Rock Creek, please send a note to their teacher letting them know the class name, time and dates.

Late Arrivals

Make arriving to school on time a priority. Students should arrive at school between 8:15 and 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!

School and District At-A-Glance Reports

School and District report cards for the 2018-19 school year are available at (Select Beaverton in the school or district search bar). We welcome the opportunity to share this information with you on the progress we are making to improve academic achievement for each student in the Beaverton School District. We are making progress.

In 1999, the Oregon Legislature enacted ORS 329.105 requiring that the Oregon Department of Education produce and issue annual report cards for all schools and districts. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs. As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education redesigned the School and District report cards to engage and inform families about their school’s approach to learning, academic and extracurricular offerings, and student performance.

The School At-A-Glance Profiles include graphics showing how a school or district compares to the statewide average in categories like chronic absenteeism, graduation rates, average class size and more. The profiles were developed with extensive input from Oregon families, including families of historically underserved students.

The data points represent a more comprehensive approach to evaluating and measuring a school’s impact on students. In five minutes or less parents can get the comprehensive look at their school or district that they’ve been requesting. All of these changes are part of Oregon’s Plan which is the state of Oregon’s plan for meeting federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Washington County Letter on Measles, Flu and Norovirus

We want to inform your school community about measles, the flu (influenza) and norovirus to minimize illness and keep kids in class. Please review this letter to learn how to prevent getting sick, symptoms to look for, and how to avoid passing the illness to others. Contact your health care provider for more information on these illnesses.

Staff and students need to stay home from school and activities when they are sick to prevent passing the illness to others. School districts follow Washington County Public Health and Oregon Health Authority school exclusion guidelines, which state that a child with flu-like symptoms, vomiting or diarrhea should stay home from school until 24 hours after their symptoms have gone away.

Please read the following letter from Washington County Department of Health and Human Services ― Disease Control and Prevention:

Cell Phone, Smart Watch & Electronic Device Policy

As stated in the Rock Creek Parent-Student Handbook, cell phones and other electronic devices such as apple watches, are not to be brought to school. If a student needs a phone for safety, it must be turned off and put away as soon as students arrive at school. If they bring out their phone/apple watch to use during school hours, staff will take it to the office and a parent will need to come pick it up.

Connect with your Parent Teacher Club!

Volunteer opportunities, events and fundraising, oh my! Get the latest news on all your favorite PTC activities by connecting with us.



Text: text @rcptc to 81019

Calling all 5th grade parents

We are currently forming committees for 5th grade send off. Interested in helping? Please email for more information.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Fall Carnival

Rock Creek's Fall Carnival is Friday evening, November 15th and there are a ton of FUN volunteer opportunities! A bounce house, ping pong basketball, toilet paper toss and food sales are just a few of the events we need help with! Please consider volunteering and we promise you'll have a fabulous time! Shifts will be in Better Impact soon so please check back and mark your calendar!

Thank you for volunteering!

Katie & Nancy

Volunteer Coordinators

Check Out the New Rotation Day Calendar.

Inclement Weather Information

When the weather gets snowy or icy, school schedules may be affected. The District generally posts the announcement of delayed school opening or school closure by 5:30 a.m. All Portland Metro area media outlets announce the information on TV newscasts and online.

The District will notify parents and staff via SchoolMessenger with a Non-School Hours Emergency message. Please manage your communication preferences in SchoolMessenger InfoCenter.

For the latest inclement weather information:

  • Log on to the District website and a page pop will be posted in the middle of the main page with the status of District operations.

  • Opt-in for SMS Alerts from SchoolMessenger

  • Subscribe to Flash Alert for email or text message updates

  • Like the Beaverton School District on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

The Beaverton School District Inclement Weather Policy and transportation snow routes can be found on the Public Safety webpage.

Pictures of apparel

New Rock Creek Gear is Now Available!

Order Rock Creek gear anytime - pick up at their location on Cornelius Pass or have it sent directly to you. There are tons of fun options in adult and youth sizes too. Visit Gear Up Sports to order today -

Email with any questions.

Background Checks

Please be aware: For the safety of our students, we encourage all adults that are on school property during school hours have an approved background check with the Beaverton School District. Please fill one out today, it may take 3 weeks to be approved:

PYP Corner

Just as the leaves are changing outside, so are our students and classroom communities changing within! At times it’s brilliant and apparent right before our eyes and at other times it’s more subtle, with just a glimmer here and there for the keen observer to take in and celebrate. Our staff at Rock Creek is committed to the growth of every child, and we are seeking to engage our students through inquiry-based units of study.

Here are our current units…

Kindergarten- How the World Works: Patterns help us understand the Earth and how it works.

First Grade- How We Organize Ourselves: Community systems can solve problems and help others.

Second Grade- Who We Are: Responsibilities help communities function.

Third Grade- How We Organize Ourselves: Citizens collaborate to organize themselves.

Fourth Grade- How We Organize Ourselves: The resources and environment of a community influence decision-making.

Fifth Grade- How We Organize Ourselves: Government influences people.

Learning Options Application Process 2020-2021

The Beaverton School District is nationally recognized for high student achievement and innovative programs. Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school, or apply for one of a number of Learning Option Programs. Transportation is provided.

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available starting Monday, October 14, 2019. Please do some early investigation of the Learning Options Programs online and plan to attend one or more of the open houses that are available. Students may only select one option on their application.

All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Beginning October 14, current Beaverton School District students are able to apply online using their BSD student ID. Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school will need to complete a paper application available online, or at any school office beginning October 14, 2019. Applicants who do not have Internet access may also complete a paper application available at any school office. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, December 6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (PST).


Information Line: 503.356.4440 • FAX: 503.356.4415

Mon., October 14, 2019 ------- Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available.

Fri., December 6, 2019 ------- Applications due no later than 4:00 p.m. PST.

Wed., December 11, 2019 ------- Electronic Lottery conducted for the 2020-21 School Year.

  • Acceptance or wait pool notifications will be sent via email.

  • Students who are not selected via the lottery will be emailed a Second Consideration application for the school for which they applied where applicable.

Thurs., January 9, 2020 ------- Second Consideration applications due to schools.

Wed., January 29, 2020 ------- Deadline to accept/decline enrollment – by 4:00 p.m. PST

For online links to academic and extra-curricular activities offered in the community, please use this link:

Rock Creek School Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

No Early Release this year

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.