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Rock Creek Elementary - January 23, 2020

Weekly Newsletter for Rock Creek Elementary School

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

"We empower all students to achieve post-high school success"

Upcoming Events

1/24 January Birthday Lunches with the Principal

1/27 No School For Students- Grading Day

1/28 Tuesday Jump Rope Club

1/29 Wednesday Jump Rope Club

2/3 Report Cards Available Online

2/4 Tuesday Jump Rope Club

2/5 Wednesday Jump Rope Club

2/7 February Birthday Lunches with the Principal

2/7 PTC Movie Night- (Secret Lives of Pets 2) 6:00 pm

2/11 Tuesday Jump Rope Club (Last Day)

2/12 Wednesday Jump Rope Club (Last Day)

2/14 Valentine's Day Class Parties

2/17 No School- Presidents Day

New Student Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will open January 27, 2020. Already enrolled students do not need to register for the next year.


The yearbook team is working on the 5th grade yearbook and we need your photos to make this the best yearbook ever!

We are in need of photos from the following events/activities by March 1st:

1st day of kindergarten, Rocket Runs (all years), kindy egg drop, 1st grade winter music performance,

class parties (all years), field trips (all years), 3rd grade innovation fair, choir events, OBOB (all years), field day (all years), Pioneer Day.

We will also need a Kindergarten school photo of your 5th grader, if your child did NOT attend Rock Creek for Kindergarten.

Please also send a baby photo of your 5th grader.

Please label your photos with event/year/student name(s) if possible and send to:

If your photo files are large, feel free to send in multiple emails as needed.

THANK YOU Parents!!!!

Blast Off Benefit Requests

Dear Rock Creek Families,

On Friday, April 17th, 2020, The Rock Creek Elementary School Parent Teacher Club is hosting its annual Blast Off Benefit. This is a fun community event and also our 2nd largest fundraiser. We will have a Silent Auction, Raffle, Bingo, Cake Walk and more! The funds raised will go to support various enrichment programs throughout the school year such as the Art Literacy program, field trips, additional classroom supplies, and special experiences for our “graduating” 5th graders.

If you own a business or are able to make a personal donation to Blast Off Benefit, the procurement team is looking for donations of items, services, or gift certificates. Some examples may include restaurant or store gift cards, tickets to shows or sporting events, a night's stay at a hotel or vacation home, or technology items such as iPads, Fitbit, Nintendo Switch, GoPro camera etc. We appreciate all donations! Please reach out to Kimberly or Erin at

Your donation and business name will be on display at the event, making it a great way to gain exposure to the families in our community. The Rock Creek Elementary School PTC is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. A letter with our tax ID can be provided. The deadline for donations is April 1st, 2020.

Thank you for supporting the Rock Creek Elementary School PTC!

PTC Movie Night - Secret Life of Pets 2

Please come join us for a free movie night to watch the Secret Life of Pets 2 on Friday, February 7th at 6 PM. Doors open at 5:45. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn and water will be sold. Bring your blankets and pillows watch a movie in the gym.

Volunteers are needed. Please sign up on better impact.

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.

Please Send a Note. (Please Read)

Please be sure that your child knows what they are doing after school, before they leave in the morning.We cannot stress how important this is. Not knowing the daily pick up plan causes anxiety in many students. 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 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.

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. Calling to change plans after this time, is very disruptive to the class. We cannot guarantee that last minute changes will be delivered before dismissal. Thanks for helping us limit classroom disruptions.

OBOB Information

Friday, January 31st is the last of the preliminary battles. The top 16 will be determined next weekend, emailed and posted Monday with top 16 battles continuing Tuesday, February 4th. Parents are welcome to come and watch.

OBOB Preliminary Battles!

Thursday, January 23

3rd grade: 12:20-12:40

Hood: Blazer Readers vs. The Book Brawlers

Neal: The Royal Readers vs. Fire Breathing Tony Stark Guys who Hate Peppa Pig from The End

4th grade: 12:40-1

Helm: Cheesy Readers!! vs. CEOs

5th grade: 1-1:20

Beil: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Read vs. Galaxy Doggosaurs

Friday, January 24

3rd grade: 12:20-12:40

Hood: The Twin Terrors vs. The Spirit Readers

Neal: The Invader Readers vs. Baby Fame Lightning Readers

4th grade:12:40-1

Helm: Professional Readers vs. Single Birds

5th grade: 1-1:20

Beil: Bananas Blast Off vs. Awesome Dudes

Tuesday, January 28

3rd grade: 12:20-12:40

Hood: Blazer Readers vs. The Royal Readers

4th grade: 12:40-1

Helm: Soccer Spirits vs. (Insert name here…) we couldn’t think of a name

5th grade:1-1:20

Beil: Rocket Readers vs. Rock, Paper, Scissors, Read

Wednesday, January 29

3rd grade: 12:20-12:40

Hood: Fire Breathing Tony Stark Guys who Hate Peppa Pig from The End vs. The Book Brawlers

4th grade: 12:40-1

Helm: Cheesy Readers!! vs. Professional Readers

5th grade: 1-1:20

Beil: Awesome Dudes vs. Galaxy Doggosaurs

Thursday, January 30

3rd grade: 12:20-12:40

Hood: The Warrior Kitties vs. Super Soccer Readers

4th grade: 12:40-1

Helm: Single Birds vs. CEOs

5th grade: 1-1:20

Beil: Ankle Breakers! vs. Rocket Shooters

Friday, January 31

3rd grade: 12:20-12:40

Hood: The Royal Rainbow Readers vs. Touchdown Readers

4th grade: 12:40-1

Helm: OR Fire Balls vs. Fearless Five

5th grade N/A

Email with any questions. Keep reading!

Late Arrivals- Start the New Year with a new resolution!

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!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Please see below for volunteer needs for Movie Night, Art Literacy, Jump Rope Club, and Classroom Parties.

Movie Night

Movie Night at Rock Creek is Friday, February 7th! Join us for The Secret Life of Pets 2 at 6pm. Doors open at 5:45pm. This is a fun and free family event, but we need volunteers for clean up and popcorn sales. Please sign up and thank you! **Popcorn sales shifts are for 5th grade parents/students only as proceeds will go to support their 5th grade send-off activities. This is a great opportunity for you and your child to help support the 5th graders and have fun together!

Art Literacy

There are still many classrooms without volunteers to lead this amazing program that unfortunately can't happen without you. Our kiddos need your help so please sign into Better Impact, click on your child's class, and let's make this happen! We promise that you will love helping all our Rock Creek budding artists create their masterpieces!

Art Literacy is a wonderful program that brings art education into the classroom while enhancing overall literacy. Volunteers will lead a project with a featured artist every other month. Time commitment is typically 1-2 hours per project. Please sign up!

For questions contact Amanda Rust

Jump Rope Club

The Rock Creek Jump Rope Club begins January 21st and with over 150 participants last year, we need many volunteers! Shifts are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school for one hour each. Volunteers will be checking in students, running various stations and having fun! Please sign up.

This is also the last year that Sarah Morris will be a Rock Creek parent. She has been running the jump rope club for 8 years!! Our PE staff would love to continue this program, but we need a volunteer to take it over. Please contact Sarah if you are interested or have any questions!

Valentine's Day Classroom Parties

Classroom parties are on February 14th! Share the love by volunteering in your child's classroom. Party times will be announced soon! If you volunteered for the fall classroom parties in October there is no need to sign up again. You will be contacted by the Party Coordinator soon. If you volunteered for the fall party and are no longer available then please remove yourself from the opportunity in Better Impact. Please sign up if you would like to volunteer and haven't already signed up. Deadline to sign up is Friday, January 24th!

Thank you for volunteering!

Katie & Nancy

Volunteer Coordinators

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

Reports Cards Going Paperless!

The Beaverton School District is transitioning to electronic report cards for all students. The electronic report cards will be accessed through ParentVUE (mobile and desktop). If you have not set up your ParentVUE account, you will need to do that by January 2020.

There are resources and guidance on how to set up a ParentVue account. Please view the FAQ for instructions on setting up your account. There are several benefits to moving to paperless report cards. You will be able to view grades days after grading days, rather than wait up to two weeks for a report card to come by mail or in your child’s backpack. In addition, moving away from paper is environmentally friendly and cost-effective for the District.

Please contact your school if you need help setting up or accessing your ParentVUE account or need assistance with a printed copy. We will be sharing more information about this transition in the coming weeks.

Las boletas de calificaciones se enviarán electrónicamente y no en papel

El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton está haciendo la transición a las boletas de calificaciones electrónicas para todos los estudiantes. De ahora en adelante usted podrá obtener las boletas de calificaciones electrónicas a través de la aplicación ParentVUE (por celular y computadora). Si todavía no ha configurado su cuenta de ParentVUE, deberá hacerlo antes de enero de 2020.

Tenemos recursos e instrucciones sobre cómo configurar una cuenta de ParentVue. Por favor consulte la sección de Preguntas Frecuentes donde podrá encontrar esta información.

Hay varios beneficios de solo recibir las boletas de calificaciones de manera electrónica. Usted las podrá ver de tres a cuatro días hábiles después de los días de calificación, en lugar de esperar hasta dos semanas para recibir una boleta de calificaciones por correo o en la mochila de su hijo. Además, deshacerse de la opción de papel ayuda al medio ambiente y es mas económico para el Distrito.

Por favor comuníquese con su escuela si necesita ayuda para configurar o entrar a su cuenta de ParentVUE o si necesita ayuda con una copia impresa. Estaremos compartiendo más información sobre esta transición en las próximas semanas.

IB PYP Corner

One of the special elements of the IB PYP at Rock Creek is that students are encouraged to take action based on their learning. Students might take action by doing, saying, thinking, or feeling something new. In addition, students may have increased their care, respect, knowledge or determination. Most importantly students in an IB PYP school have the opportunity to think and learn in ways that encourage inquiry and wonder. If you see evidence of this learning at home, we encourage you to share this with your child's teacher. We want to know when the learning is impacting students, families and the larger community.

Here are our current units…

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

First Grade- How We Express Ourselves: People express themselves through the traditions of their cultures.

Second Grade- How We Express Ourselves: People influence change through their actions.

Third Grade- Sharing the Planet: Human choices contribute to global changes.

Fourth Grade- Sharing the Planet: Energy is transferable and it is our responsibility to conserve it.

Fifth Grade- How We Organize Ourselves: Government influences people

Emergency School Closure Plan for your Student

In the event of an emergency closure, when school is in session, teachers will refer to the
Unforeseen Early Closure Plan completed by parents. Parents were asked to determine, at the
beginning of the school year, specific details and information about where children are to go in
the event of an emergency. Parents should also share this information with children to help

reduce anxiety, as it will be impossible to notify each parent by phone. If your child is on a bus route, we do encourage you to have them ride the bus if possible.

If you do not remember your student's emergency closure information, you can check in ParentVue. Once you open the app, click on your child’s name. Then select Student Info. At the very bottom of Student Info, in the purple border written in white letters it says, “Additional Information”, click on that. Then it should be listed under “Other Data”. If you want to change your plan, you should be able to update it through ParentVUE on the computer. If not, please email Jessica Vogel at with an update request.

Register to attend the Community-Wide Conversation Around Race

In our ongoing efforts to ensure equitable access, inclusion, and opportunity for our students, families, and staff, the Beaverton School District is engaging in the first of, hopefully, many community conversations around race. As a valued member of our community we would like to cordially invite you to attend and participate!

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 3:15 to 6:00 p.m., we will be welcoming students, families, staff, and community members from throughout Beaverton and the surrounding region to join us at Southridge High School. The afternoon will include the elevation of student and adult voices from our schools and community partners in two breakout sessions focused on specific topics within the conversation around race. In between those two sessions, we will be listening to students engaging in conversation about the importance of developing and empowering our racial literacy. Please consider joining us for the event, and please share the opportunity with others!

You can learn more about the schedule, the various breakout sessions being offered, and register to attend the event by going to our website.

Southridge High School is located at: 9625 SW 125th Avenue Beaverton, OR 97008

For questions or assistance please call Susan Ouellette at 503-356-4431.

Regístrese para asistir a la conversación comunitaria sobre educación racial

En nuestros esfuerzos continuos para garantizar el acceso equitativo, la inclusión y la oportunidad para nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal, el Distrito Escolar de Beaverton está participando en la primera de muchas conversaciones comunitarias sobre la raza. Como miembro valioso de nuestra comunidad, nos gustaría invitarle cordialmente a asistir y participar.

El miércoles, 29 de enero de 2020 de las 3:15 a las 6:00 p.m., daremos la bienvenida a estudiantes, familias, personal y miembros de la comunidad de todo Beaverton y la región circundante para que se unan a nosotros en la escuela preparatoria Southridge. La tarde incluirá la opinión de estudiantes y adultos de nuestras escuelas y socios comunitarios en dos sesiones grupales centradas en temas específicos dentro de la conversación en torno a la raza. Entre esas dos sesiones, escucharemos a los estudiantes entablar una conversación sobre la importancia de desarrollar y empoderar nuestra educación racial. ¡Por favor considere asistir al evento e invite a otras personas!

Puede obtener más información sobre el horario, las diversas sesiones grupales que se ofrecen y registrarse para asistir al evento visitando nuestro sitio web.

La escuela preparatoria Southridge está ubicada en: 9625 SW 125th Avenue Beaverton, OR 97008

Si tiene preguntas por favor llame a Susan Ouellette al 503-356-4431.

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.

Immunization Exclusion Date -Feb. 19, 2020

State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunizations, or have a medical or nonmedical exemption.

State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunizations, or have a medical or nonmedical exemption.

Parents or guardians will receive a letter in early February if their child’s immunization record shows that he or she has not received the required vaccinations. Children will not be able to attend school or childcare starting . February 19, 2020 - Exclusion day.

Friendly PSA

It’s that time of year to bring to your attention again head lice. With the added layering, jackets, gloves and hats seem to end up scattered about. It’s a really good idea, now and always, to start checking your child’s head for lice, weekly. It’s just a fact that we have to deal with and those little critters love to share.

Recess Runners

Recess Runners has been very successful the last couple of months with many kids participating. We've awarded many shoe tokens already for those that have completed 50 laps and some are very close to hitting 100 laps! Because we are only offering Recess Runners once a week, students have the opportunity to run once a week outside of school and have you track them using the form attached.

Please fill this out and return it to school so these additional laps can be added to their totals. We are also extremely short on volunteers, especially for the 12:20-1:20 shift (3rd through 5th grade) which only has one volunteer. If you are able to help, please contact Sarah Morriss at

Smarter Balance Test Update

Last spring, students in grades 3 – 8 and 11 in the Beaverton School District and throughout Oregon took the state tests (Smarter Balanced) in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

In addition to content standards, these assessments are designed to measure critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. The test results provide you, our schools, our district and the state with information about how well we are preparing our students for their next steps including college and career readiness.

Our students will take these tests once between January and June 2020. House Bill 2655 permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting a form to the school the student attends. The school shall provide any student who is exempted from a state test with supervised study time while other students are testing.

Here is a link to additional information:

Middle School Boundary Adjustment

The Beaverton School District has held four (4) community meetings with the Middle School Boundary Adjustment (MSBA) advisory committee. Attendance boundaries for all of the middle schools are being considered for adjustment and the advisory committee is seeking community input from residents in the central and southern part of the District.

The City of Beaverton is planning for almost 7,000 new residential dwelling units in the Cooper Mountain area near Mountainside High School over the next 10-15 years. Which middle school(s) should serve these new developments? Do you have reasons why your neighborhood should attend a different middle school? Do you understand that changes to attendance boundaries in the north part of the District will impact other attendance boundaries? Are you concerned about the potential for the size of student enrollment at middle school?

If you are concerned about any of these questions, or if you have other questions about the MSBA project, please visit the District's MSBA web page (link). Read the materials, visit the advisory committee calendar, and/or submit written comment to the committee. Please come to an advisory committee meeting or watch the meeting live streamed in real time. The district wants and needs to hear from you.

Jan 30 2020

Middle School Boundary Advisory Committee Meeting Subscribe to Alerts

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Meadow Park Middle School, 14100 SW Downing Street, Beaverton, OR 97006

  • Meeting Packet
  • Video
  • 1/30/20 - 2/6/20 Comments
  • 2/7/20 - 2/12/20 Comments

Feb 13 2020

Middle School Boundary Advisory Committee Meeting Subscribe to Alerts

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Five Oaks Middle School, 1600 NW 173rd Ave., Beaverton, OR 97006

  • Meeting Packet
  • Video
  • 2/13/20 - 2/18/20 Comments
  • 2/19/20 - 2/24/20 Comments

Feb 25 2020

Middle School Boundary Advisory Committee Meeting Subscribe to Alerts

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Whitford Middle School, 7935 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton, OR 97008

  • Meeting Packet
  • Video
  • 2/25/20 - 3/3/20 Comments
  • 3/4/20 - 3/11/20 Comments

Mar 12 2020

Middle School Boundary Advisory Committee Meeting Subscribe to Alerts

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Administration Center, 16550 SW Merlo Road, Beaverton, OR 97003

  • Meeting Packet
  • Video
  • 2/25/20 - 3/3/20 Comments
  • 3/4/20 - 3/11/20 Comments

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.

Check Out the New Rotation Day Calendar- It includes all days that school will be closed!

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:

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.