Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary - April 1, 2020

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"

Dear Parents and Community of Rock Creek

If you have not already, you will be hearing from your child's classroom teacher very soon about next steps involved with Phase 2 of Remote Learning in Beaverton School District. I have spoken with all staff members and they are certainly looking forward to reconnecting with students and families. As social connections are the heart of our job, the social distancing is particularly hard on all of us.

This Rocketeer is going to focus on instructions for Chromebook Deployment Round 1. We had nearly 200 hundred students sign up for this round! I am so thankful that so many students and families are excited to continue to engage in learning.

You should have received an email from the district about picking up your Chromebook if you were able to sign up prior to 5pm on March 27th.

If you are not sure, you can email me at: and I can let you know if you made it in time.

If you did not make it in time, here is the link for Round 2 of Chromebook Deployment. Because of the vast numbers of students signed up in the district, there is no latitude in picking up a Chromebook on Thursday if you did not get signed up for Round 1.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything at all. I know that I and our staff will do anything in our power to help out. I am truly lucky to be part of such an incredible community.

With gratitude,

Tiffany Wiencken


Rock Creek Elementary

Chromebook Deployment - Round #1

Chromebook Deployment for Rock Creek is from 9-11am on Thursday, April 2nd. Because we have so many families picking up devices and so few volunteers, I am asking that the deployment be staggered as follows. This allows for about 50 families per 30 minute period. It also allows us to keep the Chromebooks arranged in an organized manner in order to quickly & efficiently get them handed out. Please have your student's last name clearly visible, so that staff can have the chromebooks ready.


9:00-9:30 Student Last Names A-C

9:30-10:00 Student Last Names D-I

10:00-10:30 Student Last Names J-O

10:30-11:00 Student Last Names P-Z


  • Drive in to the upper lot as if you were doing car pick up with student's last name clearly visible.
  • Have this form ready to show the Greeter (if you forget the form, you can still get a Chromebook but you may have to leave the line and re-enter)
  • Pull forward and remain in your car
  • A volunteer will check your form and walkie talkie for a runner to grab your student(s) Chromebook package (this will include Chromebook, charger, login instructions, tech troubleshooting tips) Note: We are resetting the password for your student(s) so that we can give you the password with the Chromebook.
  • A volunteer will bring the device(s) to your car. You will not need to leave your vehicle.


  • If you have multiple children who are signed up for a Chromebook, please fill out this form for each child.
  • If you have children with different last names, you may choose the time frame that works best for you.
  • Hotspots are not yet available for pick up. For those who signed up for Internet access, we will notify you if we are able to acquire hotspots. Please visit the Internet Access for Families link for connectivity options.
  • You will be contacted by the district or your child’s teacher with more details about what to expect with Remote Learning Opportunities. Students will begin interacting with their teachers on or before April 6.
  • Thank you for responding to our requests for information as we get everyone set up for the upcoming Remote Learning Opportunities. We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the technology device pickup this week, and reengaging with all of your students very soon.
  • You will not be able to enter the building to pick up any items at this time.

Childcare Referral Hotline for Essential Workers

Oregon has set up a Childcare referral hotline for Essential Workers during the COVID-19 Crisis. Examples of categories and occupations considered Essential Workers can be found here. The attached information sheet will show how families are prioritized for childcare. Please share as needed to those who might benefit from this resource as they carry on critical functions.

Additionally, Oregon's Early Learning Division (ELD) is actively recruiting childcare substitutes. People can apply to be a substitute here. Please share with anyone you know looking for Childcare work who might be willing to support your colleagues and neighbors performing vital missions.

Student Help Desk is Available

For students needing help with the BSD student device or applications, IT has created a student help desk. Students can email the help desk at or call (503) 356-4656 for support. Please visit: for more information.

Assistance for Families

During these changing times, we are aware that some families may experience loss of income or a reduction in income.

Our counselor, Michelle Solberg can help connect families with resources 503-356-2454 or

Families can directly contact The Pantry
Their hours are Tuesdays 9-12 & 4-7

They are located at 4470 NW 185th Ave

Portland, OR 97229

Helpful Tips for Families

Keep to a new weekday schedule: Have set times for waking & sleeping, have regular meal times. This will help your family stay grounded and feel in control of the day.

-Spend time outside, everyday. Take walks, go for a picnic or plant a new garden.
-Enjoy your weekends as usual, even though you are spending most time at home. Have fun weekend plans, whether it’s having a family pizza & game night on Friday evenings or a Saturday evening popcorn & movie night.
-For students, it’s best to schedule work to be done on weekday mornings and early afternoons.

Now is a great time for kids to learn how to:

-Prepare meals and follow recipes
-Do laundry and other tasks to care for themselves and others
-Complete small household projects & repairs
-Help people in need
-Research future careers
-Research colleges

It is also a great time to have fun with your kids and teach them resilience. It's a time where old and new hobbies can be explored and some competitive board games can begin. Movies and video games can be enjoyed as a family and just maybe we can all learn something new across generations. So take out the old sewing machine and teach your kids how it works, pull out pictures when you were young and share old stories. This is the time to come together, as families, as neighbors and as communities. Let's show our kids how grateful we are for them and all that we can enjoy together. This is a time to change to a new normal and to appreciate what we have at this moment. It will be a temporary situation, let's make the best of it!

Most importantly, our kids need to learn to be aware of the situation and still not live in fear. The best we can do is to be prepared to care for ourselves and one another while still enjoying each and every moment.

As parents, we are seeing things we may have not seen before and our kids are learning from us as we go through this new process. What do you want to teach them about you? How about teaching them that we can't let this rattle us, that we will be resilient together, and perhaps we can make the world a better place in the process.

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Text: text @rcptc to 81019

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

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

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