Rock Creek Elementary-May 12, 2022
NEWSLETTER FOR ROCK CREEK ELEMENTARY
Dates to Remember
5/16- Virtual Art Literacy Training 9:00 am and 7:00 pm
5/19-4th Grade Field Trip
5/19-Virtual PTC Meeting
5/22- Rock Creek Family Fun Run and Walk
5/26- Early Release at 1:00 pm
5/30- SCHOOL CLOSED-Memorial Day
6/10-OBOB Popsicle Party 12:15-1:20 for OBOB participants
6/14-OMSI visiting 3rd grade
6/15-5th Grade Send-Off Event
6/21-Early Release 1:00 pm (Last day of school for students)
6/30-Office Closed for Summer
THANK YOU PTC AND ROCK CREEK FAMILIES
Wow…. Words cannot express how Grateful and Thankful we are for the wonderful week of spoiling. Rock Creek Families and our Fabulous PTC went above and beyond to shower us all with treats, adorable charcuterie boxes, lunch, beverages, shaved ice, supplies, gift cards, Trailblazer mascot Blaze, meaningful cards and more!! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!
We also want to shout out an Extra BIG thank you to April Smith-Magnaye for all your coordination, organization, photos, set-up, clean up and everything you did behind the scenes! Thank you Kristy Bartle for all your behind the scenes work, bringing in supplies, treats and helping set-up and cleaning up everything. Thank you Fahmida Ferdousi for organizing and helping to set-up the wonderful Great Harvest lunch. Thank you to everyone who contributed and helped, our staff feels so appreciated and loved!!
THE PTC ARRANGED FOR TRAILBLAZER MASCOT BLAZE TO VISIT ROCK CREEK!
Thank you April for taking all the pictures.
PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE
We are unable to answer the door or phone during Dismissal 3:00 -3:10 pm.
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!
PARENTSQUARE FOR FAMILIES OF INCOMING STUDENTS
Join us for a special ParentSquare 101 training for incoming families. Learn how to navigate our ParentSquare app, set your notification preferences and more! Head to our ParentSquare webpage to learn more about the platform and register for one of two virtual training sessions.
HEAD START AT ROCK CREEK 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR
A NOTE FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE
Hello Rock Creek families,
We are seeing COVID cases in the community starting to rise. If your student is showing symptoms of being unwell, please keep them home as we are doing our best to prevent the spread here at school. We appreciate your attention to this. Feel free to reach out if you have any question or concerns as to whether you should send your student.
Lindsey Henning, BSN, RN
FROM THE DESK OF MICHELLE SCHIMPKE
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
If you are interested in learning more about anxiety, please watch the anxiety training I, Michelle Schimpke (School Social Worker), recorded on YouTube. If you would like to reference my slides, those can be found here. If you have any questions, concerns, need consultation, or want to learn more, you can message on ParentSquare or email me at email@example.com. I am here for each and every one of you! Thank you for being my community!"
PTC NEWS AND EVENTS
PTC MAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Our next PTC virtual meeting will be on May 19, 2022 via Zoom at 6:30p.m.
ROCK CREEK FAMILY FUN RUN & WALK
ROCK CREEK FAMILY FUN RUN & WALK
The Rock Creek Elementary PTC is proud to bring you the Rock Creek Family Fun Run and Walk on Sunday May 22nd! This will be a fun community event open to all abilities of walkers and runners to raise funds to maintain the beloved rubberized track at the school. We are excited to welcome the community back to in-person events at the school with this fun-for-all fitness event! All registrants will receive a Rock Creek Family Fun Run drawstring swag bag and sunglasses!
The Family Fun Run and Walk will begin at 9:30am. The course will be an out and back through the Rock Creek neighborhood and Bethany Lake park covering 2.4 miles. Strollers are welcome but please leave your furry friends at home. Registration is $25 per person. Use the link below to sign up today!
Let's do this Rock Creek!
Art Literacy Needs You - Sign Up Today
Volunteers are still needed for upcoming Art Literacy lessons in every class EXCEPT Fitzgerald and Truman. If you have been thinking about signing up for this fun and rewarding opportunity, it's not too late!
Join the virtual training meetings on May 16th at 9am and 7pm, covering the Canadian Inuit project. A great way for newer volunteers to learn more about the Art Literacy program for next school year.
Please reach out to Amanda Rust, the Art Literacy Coordinator for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
LAST PTC MEETING OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR!
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!
MAY IS ASIAN AMERICAN, NATIVE HAWAIIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH
On April 29, 2022, President Biden proclaimed the month of May to be recognized as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
During Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, our Nation recognizes the innumerable contributions, vibrant cultures, and rich heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPIs). As some of the fastest-growing racial and ethnic groups in the Nation, AA and NHPI communities represent a multitude of ethnicities, languages, and experiences that enrich America and strengthen our Union.
This month, we celebrate our fellow Americans from AA and NHPI communities and pay tribute to all they have done to help fulfill the promise of America for all. Together, let us recommit ourselves to building a country in which every American — regardless of who they are, where they come from, or what they look like — has an equal opportunity to thrive.
REPEAT IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW
OHSU TEST KITS-DATES AND HOW TO WITHDRAW
Just a reminder for OHSU authorized enrolled students, test kits went home Wednesday 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 students are enrolled in the program they should take a test kit home (unless you have notified Jessica Vogel that you are on a hiatus).
If you would like to withdraw from the OHSU testing, please email Jessica Vogel at email@example.com with your student's name.
ARRIVE ON TIME-READY TO LEARN
Make arriving to school on time a priority. Students should arrive at school between 8:15 (if eating breakfast) 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!
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Please join Beaverton Safe Routes to School this May as we celebrate spring and encourage students and families to walk and roll to school! This year there are two ways to celebrate:
1. During the week of May 2nd -6th ride your wheels to school. The Wheel Fairy will be visiting all Beaverton schools to attach small notes and prizes to any wheels found in school racks.
2. On May 18th walk, bike, scoot, skate or bus to school to get active, be green, spend time with friends, have fun and win prizes!
Visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes for more information
Beaverton Safe Routes to School Parent Surveys
It’s data collection time again for Beaverton’s Safe Routes to School program. The purpose of this program is to make walking and biking to school safe, convenient, and fun.
Parent’s and guardian’s input into how students travel to and from schools and their impression of the safety of the route is valuable as the city and county prioritize needed improvements for our roads.
The following links will take you to a district survey and will be combined with classroom tallies to give us a good picture of how students are getting to and from schools throughout the district.
The district survey will be open for responses for four weeks from May 1st until May 31st.
We appreciate your help in giving us information to make the Safe Routes to School program effective for all Beaverton School District students.
Tiếng Việt https://forms.office.com/r/CBbDtCvkLY
Why Should You Walk + Roll to School?
Thousands of BSD students and families participate in May Walk + Roll Day each year. Whether you’re new to Walking + Rolling or you’re already a Walk + Roll Superstar, it’s always good to remember the endless benefits that come from active transportation. Here are just a few:
It’s fun – especially when you can get your friends and family involved.
It keeps you fit and prepares your brain for learning.
It boosts your endorphins and makes us happier.
It saves us money, otherwise spent on gas and car maintenance.
It often saves us time from sitting in traffic and in crowded parking lots.
It’s better for the planet – no air pollution, no fossil fuels burned. Just foot and pedal
It makes roads safer as more active road users are visible to vehicles.
Gather up your family or find some friends. Plan a route with low-speed and low-volume roads, use your school’s preferred walk/bike map to find your route. Ask your school about May Walk + Roll Day on May 18th and find out how to win fun prizes! Whatever mode you choose, be Polite, Alert, Legal and Safe!
BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND 2022
IMPORTANT ABSENCE INFORMATION
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Diana_carter@beaverton.k12.or.us. If sending an email please include both Jessica and Diana. Thank you so much for your cooperation!
CHANGE OF AFTER SCHOOL PLANS
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, email or ParentSquare message the teacher. If the teacher is not notified of the change by a parent, students will be sent home per their normal plan. 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. We cannot guarantee that last minute messages will be delivered before the end of the day. Thanks for helping us limit classroom disruptions.
CAR/WALKER ARRIVAL TIME 8:20 AM- CLASSROOM DOORS LOCK AT 8:30 AM
For the safety of our students, students that are parent drop off, walkers and bike riders are not to arrive before 8:20 am (8:15 am if eating breakfast). 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.
Very Important: Please label your students coats, hats, lunch boxes, water bottles etc with their names.
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON SCHOOL CAMPUS EXCEPT FOR CERTIFIED SERVICE ANIMALS
FAMILY RESOURCES & SCHOOL POLICY/INFORMATION
Click on the link to find Important Information we've included in previous Rocketeers. Here are the topics:
- Back To School Information (updated frequently)
- Help Center Newsletter
- Parent Support Group
- Approved After School Activities Link
- School Arrival Time
- Reporting School Absence Information
- Birthday Treats and Invitations
- Toys/Electronic Policy
- Change of After-school Plans
- Covid Testing in School
- Cedar Mill and Bethany Library News
- Learning Options- Application Deadlines
- Arrival Time at Rock Creek
- Birthday Treats/Prizes Policy
- Calling in Ill Student Policy
- Lost & Found
- District Back to School Page
- Safe Routes to School
- TAG Info
- Help with Technology
- Applying for Meal Benefits
- Local Food Resources
- Clothes for Kids
- Community Resources
WEBSITE TRANSLATIONS AVAILABLE
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
View the BSD website in Chinese
View the BSD website Japanese
View the BSD website in Korean
View the BSD website in Russian
View the BSD website in Somali
View the BSD website in Spanish
View the BSD website in Vietnamese