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Rock Creek Elementary- February 3, 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



2/4- PTC Papa Murphy's Fundraiser- see below for more info

2/10- PTC Virtual Meeting 6:30 pm

2/11-Report Cards Available Online

2/16- Immunization Exclusion Day

2/21- SCHOOL CLOSED- President's Day


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Dear Rock Creek Families,

Have you heard about the community circles that your student participates in at our school? Circles are a powerful learning tool that we use to support all of our students in connecting, building relationships and regulating their emotions. Most classes participate in daily circles, usually at the start of their day. During circle time, students build trust and do community building. Students find that through this dedicated time their class makes connections and students learn to take risks as the community strengthens.

This is perhaps, one of the most important parts of the school day, especially right now, as we are all processing the challenges of living through a pandemic. When our students are regulated and feel connected with their classmates and teacher, then they are ready for academic learning.

We teach the whole child at Rock Creek. This is not just a catch-phrase. It is real and crucial. Throughout their lives, our students will encounter challenges and we are working to give the skills and practice of the skills to help them to work through challenges successfully.

If you would like to start circles at home, here are some ideas to get started. Remember that when you model genuine curiosity and willingness to share your thoughts with your kids, they will gain so much and grow from learning about you!

Wishing you connections and awesome family time,



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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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.

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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

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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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Congratulations to all OBOB 2022 teams who have completed their first round battles! We had a few glitches related to zoom scheduling, but overall, the teams did very well!

Round 2 battles dates are Feb 2 and Feb 7.

All parents should have received an email prior to the Mock Battles. Please keep this email as it holds links to all of your student's battles. In addition, teams with Feb 7 battles will receive a reminder email this week. It will include the zoom link again, for your reference. Please ensure that your student logs on to the correct zoom meeting 3-5 minutes prior to their battles.

Team totals from round 1 and round 2 will be added together to determine the top 16 teams that will move on to our bracket play rounds. These will begin on Feb 15.

Here are the team standings after Round 1:

Spirit Readers 40
The Story Guards 40
Book Dragons 35
COVID Crashers 35
Golden Apples 35
Raging Readers 30
Sussybacaś 28
Taco Cats 28
Four Fearless Foxes 25
Golden Nuggets 23
3rd Grade Bunny Readers 23
Rainbow Readers 20
Page Turners 20
Dangerous Delta Duckies 18
Phantom Gummy Bears 16
Amazing Fire Readers 15
Book Buddies 11
Lightning Readers 10
Rosey Readers 8
Hawkins 0
Cheese 0

Please email us at with any questions/concerns.

Happy reading!
Shawna and Rowan


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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The Rock Creek Parent Teacher Club is partnering with our local Papa Murphy’s for a fundraising event. Visit the Papa Murphy’s at 2515 NW Town Center Drive, Hillsboro 97006 on Friday February 4th and Papa Murphy’s will donate 30% of your online only purchase to the Rock Creek PTC! When placing your online order, use the promo code of "GIVE30". See the attached flyer for details!

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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 next 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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A note from the PTC President:

Hello Everyone!

Since 2022 is bustling along and we're five months to the end of the school year, I wanted to mention a few things.

First, thanks to all of the volunteers who have been working on the class parties, school digital directory, dropping off snacks, volunteering on the board, leading OBOB, and helping out teachers and staff with projects that come up. It takes a community and ours is doing amazing things!

Second, we have some important things coming up in the next few PTC meetings that I encourage you to put on your calendar:

February 10th - Principal Update on the new 3rd & 4th grades blended class, plus a Meet & Greet with new teachers to Rock Creek

March 15th - a representative from the BSD Bond Team will present about the upcoming bond proposal

April 19th - spring events and open positions for the PTC Board 2022-2023 school year

May 19th - PTC Board Elections

June 14th - last meeting of the school year and introduction of new board members

Any event or project that the PTC takes on relies on volunteers to make it happen. We are grateful for your involvement and support whether it is a few hours from home, an on-going role, on campus drop-offs of materials, etc. Thank you for volunteering! You make a difference.

Lastly, it is my hope that as weather improves, so will the metrics so that we can look forward to reconvening in-person, likely outside, for a meeting. Until then, join us via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on the above dates (the zoom link is sent via ParentSquare). Each parent/guardian of a Rock Creek Elementary student is invited to attend the meetings and is a welcome member of the Parent Teacher Club. We are stronger together!



Jodi Bean, PTC President

Mom to a 6th, 4th, and Kindy grade students and a Preschooler :)

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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.
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!



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.



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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Why is Play so Important?

You may have noticed that your child is engaging in online playdates or playful inquiry in school. At a time when we are all worried about our children, we might feel like children should be working on more “academic” things when they are attending synchronous time. This workshop and document is to help you understand why these play experiences are so important for your child and their future.

Play Helps Children Build Social Competence (and social competency is essential for success in life)

Research studies have found that social skills are a better predictor of long term success than academic skills. This is because in order to be successful academically, children need to learn how to share, work together, problem solve, rebound from failure. Play provides an opportunity to build this “infrastructure” for a lifetime of learning.

Play Helps Children Process Stress and Anxiety

Children often “play out” the things they feel anxious or stressed about. In playing scenarios that tackle the things they fear, children can feel like they have power and agency. In fact, Lawrence Cohen writes that children often play powerfully, “to overcome feelings of powerlessness”. Without this opportunity, children may have more issues with paying attention, focusing, and handling the big feelings we are all having right now. If your child is engaging in weapon play, that is also normal. There is no evidence linking weapon play to later violence.

Play Helps Children Build Academic Skills in an Engaging Way

Young children are experiential, which means they learn better through concrete, real experiences than just hearing about those things (think about all the times you asked your child not to do something, then they do it anyway and only then realize WHY you said not to). Play and playful inquiry give opportunities to experience important parts of literacy and math in meaningful ways. Sarah Lewis notes a study that ⅓ of all time playing is spent discovering and applying concepts in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Some of the most important literacy work your child is learning at this age is how to retell stories, and sequence their own stories. Children at play can often do this at very sophisticated levels. The stories your child plays become the stories they write.

Play Helps Children Build Their Brain and Memory

Executive functions are the skills that enable us to wait patiently, solve multi-step problems, and remember the grocery list when we are at the store. Everyone is born with the ability to develop these skills, but they must be nurtured and fostered. Research teaches us that when children are young, play is the most effective way to develop these essential brain functions.
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The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) supports COVID-19 testing in public and private K-12 schools in Oregon for students and staff who display symptoms of COVID-19. The Beaverton School District has registered to have Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing available for students and staff who develop primary symptoms of COVID-19 at school. Primary symptoms of Covid-19 include:

  • New or different than usual shortness of breath

  • New or different than usual coughing

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher

  • New loss of taste or smell.

The Abbott BinaxNOW test will only be administered to students who have consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian on file. The student must be capable and willing to perform a nasal swab test independently. The parent(s) or guardian can decline testing and opt to test their child with a healthcare provider. If there is any doubt as to whether a specimen may be safely self-collected by an individual, they should be referred to their healthcare provider for COVID-19 testing. Positive test results will be shared with the Local Public Health Authority to assist in contact tracing.

If you would like your child to participate in this testing program, please complete and return the consent form to the school office. For further information on the the Abbot BinaxNOW rapid antigen test see the following link: FDA information on BinaxNOW test

If you wish to enroll your student. please click on the link below, go to Covid-19 testing consent forms and choose language. Please fill out the form and return it to the school office or email it to


Vaccination Upload Instructions

We strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated as it’s the most effective way to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.

After your student receives the second dose, it’s critical that you take the time to upload the vaccination card as part of the Online Verification Process. Even if you completed the process at the beginning of the year, you can go back and upload. Otherwise, our staff has to spend a substantial amount of time determining vaccination status when doing contact tracing. Vaccinated students who are asymptomatic do NOT need to quarantine even if they’re determined to be a close contact.

To input your vaccination dates and upload your student’s card with both doses recorded, login to ParentVUE. Select “Family Updates and New Student Enrollment” in the upper right hand corner. You’ll then select “2021-2022 Vaccination Card Upload” from the dropdown menu in the blue box at the bottom of the screen.

Thank you for doing your part to keep your child and our community safe.



Birthday treats /prizes not to be brought to school.

Due to student allergies, equity and the number of birthdays we celebrate each month we do not allow birthday treats/prizes at school. We will however, be recognizing and celebrating birthdays on their special day in other special ways!

We also ask that private birthday party invitations or other type of private invitations NOT be delivered and distributed at school. This can lead to hurt feelings among students. Please make an effort to deliver these important messages in another manner.

Thank you for your cooperation. It is greatly appreciated.


Just a friendly reminder- No parking along the red fire lane or along the cones.

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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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We cannot stress how important it is to have students in class all day, with as little interruptions as possible. Please schedule appointments before or after school whenever possible.
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School closure or delayed start decisions typically will be communicated to media outlets and posted on the District website, ParentSquare, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by 5:30 a.m.

Inclement Weather Information for families can be found on the Inclement Weather Information webpage.

Rock Creek does not have snow routes.

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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

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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.