Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary - Sep 5, 2019

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

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

No Early Release

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Upcoming Events

9/5 1st day for Kindergarten students with last names A-M

9/6 1st day for Kindergarten students with last names N-Z (A-M do not attend this day)

9/10 Back to School Night for Parents/Guardians 6-7:30 pm

9/11 Volunteer Orientation 6-6:30 pm (Library)

9/11 PTC Meeting Library 6:30 pm

9/12 Volunteer Orientation 9-9:30 am (Cafeteria)

9/13 September Birthday Lunches with the Principal

9/16 Bus Evacuation Drill for al students 9:30-10:30 am

9/18 Dine In Fundraiser- Bethany Public House

2019-20 School Year: Morning Arrival Time for Students

Students should not arrive before 8:15 am. The doors are locked and there is no supervision for students. After 8:15 am, students can go to the cafeteria OR proceed to other supervised areas.

Attendance Matters- On Time and Ready to Learn

When it comes to attendance, every day matters. According to the Oregon Department of Education, more than one in six students in chronically absent or late. Chronic absenteeism means a student misses 10% or more school days. That’s about two days per month.

Regular attendance will help children do well in elementary school, secondary school, college and at work. According to the Attendance Works Organization, by 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of school. By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

Attendance habits are set the very first week of the school year, so please start building good attendance habits early. As a parent, you can help by establishing a regular bedtime and morning routine. You can also avoid medical appointments during school hours, as well as extended trips when school is in session. It is also important that children arrive at school on time.

Back to School Night for Parents/Guardians

This year’s Back-To-School Night will be held on Tuesday, September 10th. It is an informational night for parents and guardians (no students). We will meet in the gym at 6pm for about 20 minutes to introduce the staff. You will also have a chance to hear what the Rock Creek Parent Teacher Club is planning to do this school year to support our kids and provide them with enrichment opportunities.

After this meeting in the gym, teachers will host two back-to-back, 25 minute sessions in their classrooms (3rd grade will be in the library). This will allow parents with more than one child at Rock Creek to attend multiple sessions.

6-6:20 pm - Parents meet in the gym

6:25-6:50 pm – Session I

6:55-7:20 pm – Session II

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Wednesday, September 11th, is Rock Creek's day to volunteer at the Beaverton School District's Clothes Closet. This is an especially rewarding opportunity where our school helps members of our school district in their time of need. We need many volunteers for each shift throughout the day beginning at 9:30am until 4:15pm. Volunteers are especially needed for the afternoon shifts.
There are a couple of different ways to volunteer at the Clothes Closet. Volunteers are needed to help inspect and sort donated clothing before it goes over to the store. Volunteers are also needed to assist customers in finding the items they need and in the correct sizes.

The Clothes Closet serves kindergarten through high school. If you cleaned out your closet over summer break please consider bringing a donation with you to your shift. Many high school students wear adult sizes, so they do take larger men’s and women’s clothing and shoes.

The Clothes Closet is at the Beaverton School Administration Center on the back side in portables - 16550 SW Merlo Rd.Parking can sometimes be difficult so come early or carpool! Thank you in advance for helping with this important and rewarding volunteer work!

**Please join us in providing additional support to the Beaverton Clothes Closet by donating new and unopened socks and underwear. The donation box will be located underneath the community table in the Rock Creek school entrance lobby until 3pm on September 10th**

Speak Up 4 Student Success: HB 3427 - Student Success Act Community Conversations

The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is an historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. The Beaverton School District could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process.

School districts are required to apply for funds, and must engage their community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. All Beaverton schools will be engaging their communities in these conversations during September and October. Rock Creek will be holding a Student Success Act Community Conversation on Wednesday, Sept 25th at 6:30 pm.

Please join us to talk about what student success looks like in our school and the Beaverton School District? What is going well in our schools? What areas/services/programs could we improve?

Your voice matters! We welcome your perspective and opinion.

Adult T-shirts for the Rocket Run

The annual “Rocket Run” event, to be held on Friday October 4th, is the primary fundraiser for the Rock Creek Elementary School Parent Teacher Club (PTC).
Each Rock Creek student and faculty member will receive a free Rocket Run t-shirt which is supported by our sponsors.
This year we are offering families the option to order adult Rocket Run t-shirts. If a Rock Creek parent or family member would like to have their very own Rocket Run t-shirt, please fill out the form below and return it by Wednesday, September 11th to the school office. The cost is $15 and all proceeds from t-shirt sales will go towards covering the cost of the student and faculty t-shirts.

Nutrition Services- Menus This will show what is being served each day for breakfast and lunch.

A monthly menu will be posted on the NS Website. Parents can view and print monthly menus for breakfast and lunch here. The breakfast menu may stay the same for the whole school year. The lunch menu changes each month.

A Message from the Principal

Dear Rock Creek Families:
It has been a pleasure welcoming your children to Rock Creek! I want to thank each of you for helping make this first week of school a positive experience for our students and our staff. It is always a joy to see the excitement the kids have as they meet their teachers and are reacquainted with friends. I have certainly been reminded about how to be a more joyful learner myself from watching them this week.

We want you to know that our Rock Creek priorities are:

• Assure a safe, welcoming environment for our students and families.

• Every child must feel loved by staff and have a love of learning.

• Develop strong relationships with everyone involved in the community.

• Assure that each of our children progress in their learning and increase in their creativity and love of learning.

We look forward to working closely together with you as we partner in the teaching of your children! Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your children.

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

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

Rock Creek Elementary - School Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (No early release)

4125 NW 185th Ave

Portland OR 97229

Main Office-503-356-2450


Fax- 503-356-2455

Principal: Tiffany Wiencken