Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- October 8, 2020

Newsletter for Rock Creek Elementary

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.

Upcoming Events

Dates to Remember


10/8- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

10/8- 1st Grade Handwriting Book Pick-Up 11 am -12:00 pm

10/8- 3rd thru 5th Grade Recorder Pick-Up (see below)

10/9- No School for Students- Staff Development Day

10/12- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

10/12- Kindergarten Supply Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

10/14- September & October Zoom Birthday Lunches with the Principal

10/15- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

10/15- Kindergarten Supply Pick-Up 11:00 am -12:00 pm

10/19- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

10/22- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

10/26- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

10/26-11/8- Online Scholastic Book Fair

10/29- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm



11/10- PTC Zoom Meeting 6:30 pm

11/11- SCHOOL CLOSED - Veterans Day

11/13- No School for Students - Grading Day

11/25-27- SCHOOL CLOSED - Thanksgiving


12/21-31- SCHOOL CLOSED - Winter Break



On Thursday, October, 8th from 5:30 – 6:30PM there will be a Recorder distribution for ALL 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. This year, 3rd graders will receive a complimentary Recorder from Rock Creek School and the 4th and 5th graders will come to pick up their personal recorders that were left here last Spring. We are asking parents to please park in the parking lot and then walk to the front of the school to receive your Recorders. We will be following ALL social distancing protocols, including PPE. Thank you in advance for doing the same. We are also asking that after you get your Recorders, that you would please return to your vehicles and leave promptly as others will be coming in. Thank you for understanding this process.

Sincerely, Mr. Gonzalez

1st grade Handwriting Workbook- Pick-Up Schedule

Hi Fabulous First Grade Families! Our awesome Handwriting Without Tears workbook just came in! If you didn't pick up your book on Monday, today Thursday, October 8th from 11-12, we will have them available during Library pick up time. Just tell the Rock Creek Staff your first name and your teacher name and they will get it for you. We'll start using them the week of the 12th!

Exciting Library News!!

The book bus is coming!!! We will be out in neighborhoods on Tuesday afternoons starting October 13th. I believe we will have 5 stops. We will send out the schedule by schoolwide messenger on Monday the 12th. You will be able to checkout and return books. The books will be bundled in a variety of levels and genres. If you want a specific book you need to put it on hold. I send out emails so you know when your hold books are ready to pick up. You will need to wear a mask and a book bag would be a great idea.

If you don't know how to place a hold here is a short video.

Placing a Hold in Destiny

We will continue our curbside checkout schedule also. Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.

Mondays 2:30 - 4:00

Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00

Our Online Book Fair is Coming!

The Book Fair will run from October 26th - November 8th.

Keep reading the Rocketeer for more information. You can also find information on the Rock Creek PTC Facebook page.

It has been wonderful to see your faces in person and as always


Connie Hilger
Library Media Assistant

Kindergarten Supply Pick-Up

It is time to pick-up more kindergarten supplies. Supplies will be available next week during the Library Book Bundle Pick-Up, Monday, October 12th from 2:30 -4:00 pm and Thursday, October 15th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Just let the staff know your name and your teacher's name and they will get you your supply packet.

What's Happening with the Annual Rocket Run??

Coming Soon!! Exciting News about this Fun Fundraiser!!

Box Tops for Education

Even though Box Tops has gone digital, there are still some products out there that have unexpired traditional clips. If you see the traditional clip on the box, you can still get credit for those as long as they are not expired!

We know getting these traditional Box Tops to school this year could pose a challenge, so they are opening up the fall submission process to all Box Tops clippers! We request that you do not send clipped Box Tops to the school.

First, if you don't have the Box Tops For Education app for your phone, you can find it on the App Store or Google Play Store. It's easy to set up & earn! Next, click the link below to learn how to submit your own unexpired clipped Box Tops. Any clipped Box Tops submissions must be postmarked by November 2nd.

Birthday Zoom Time with the Principal

On Wednesday, October 14, Ms. Wiencken will be holding special zoom meetings with students that have birthdays in September & October. Classroom teachers will send you the zoom invitation and time that Ms. Wiencken will be celebrating your birthday month.

TAG Information

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement in reading and/or math. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, our evaluation process will look different this year. We will administer in-person TAG testing after January 11, 2021. Until then, teachers will collect evidence on how your student responds to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. This evaluation may include: file reviews, teacher and student observations, a collection of work samples, and/or individual or group assessments. This process may take some time, but every effort will be made to complete the evaluation in a timely manner. Parents will be notified of their school’s in-person testing dates in January.

If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office or linked here. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion.

Please complete and return the Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher.

The Rock Creek Parent-Teacher Club

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: @rcptc to 81010 to join) and through our website.

The PTC is currently seeking volunteers for: President, School Directory and Clothes Closet Coordinator. Descriptions can be found below. Please contact for more information.

President - Do you love making lists and delegating tasks? Have your finger on the pulse of all things PTC and strengthen the Rock Creek community as the PTC's next President. The president shall preside at all meetings of the PTC and at all Board meetings. The president shall be a member ex-officio of all committees except for the Nominating Committee.

School Directory - Classroom connections mean more now than ever before. Help Rock Creek families connect by collecting and compiling contact information for the Rock Creek Annual Directory.

Clothes Closet Coordinator - Work with Beaverton School District on staffing and fulfilling critical clothes closet needs. The Clothes Closet provides free clothing for students in grades K-12 from families with limited income.

Nurse News

October 2020

Do you have concerns about the amount of screen time your child is accessing each day during comprehensive distance learning? New guidelines issued this year by the American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes, especially with distance learning, that screen time can be useful and beneficial if balanced with non-screen time. When deciding how to develop your family’s screen time plan outside of distance learning it’s important to keep these tips in mind (Morin, 2020):

1. Modeling healthy limits and behaviors with screens is important. Create family non-screen times such as during meals, 30-60 minutes before bed, or other family times.

2. Make a point to engage in non-screen activities together such as reading, exercising, talking to each other, or playing games.

3. Engage with your child and their technology by asking questions about what they’re doing, why they enjoy it, what they’re learning, or maybe participate together in the electronic activity or game.

4. Media and content online can be positive and negative, use parental controls and know what your child is watching so that your child has a positive experience.

5. Create reasonable time limits for screen time as a family by encouraging your child to help determine how much screen time is enough, then stick to it.

6. Try not to let your children have unlimited screen time over the weekends or school breaks, continue to stick to your screen time plan even during unstructured times.

For more information about screen time effects, and resources for creating a screen time plan please visit:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Pediatrics: Create your family media plan

Reference: Morin, A. (2020). How much should you limit kids’ screen time and electronics use: The American Academy of Pediatrics’ screen time guidelines. Verywell Family.

Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Week

BSD will be promoting its first Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Week (October 12-16) to spread awareness of actions that we can all take to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma related to mental health concerns. Last school year, BSD staff completed 138 suicide screenings and/or interventions for elementary-aged students. Unfortunately, we suspect the number of students struggling with a mental health crisis was much higher.

As part of our effort to support student wellness, students at Rock Creek will be receiving Social Emotional instruction to promote positive mental health and navigating their feelings. Children and young people in particular can be overwhelmed by stress during an event like the COVID-19 pandemic. These stressors include changes in routine, breaks in continuity of learning, missing significant life events and feeling less safe and secure due to loss of housing or a shortage of food resources.

We wanted to highlight a few resources for parents of elementary-aged children that can be found on our website. Learn more about mental health and how to engage kids in important topics by accessing the resources at The organization has gathered quite a list of resources. Specifically related to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a Parental Resources Kit. It includes resources, by age group, to help you support your child’s social, emotional and mental well-being.

From the Desk of Rock Creek Counselor Michelle Solberg

We have all been experiencing an incredible amount of change over the last few months. One of the things that brings all of us comfort and lowers our anxiety is routine. When we develop a new routine to fit our current times, it provides predictability which also provides our children with stability. Read more about it in this article:

Michelle Solberg

Rock Creek Elementary School

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 3-6 pm (Drive-Thru)

They are located at 4470 NW 185th Ave

Portland, OR 97229

Middle School Boundary Adjustment Advisory Commitee Meeting

The rescheduled Middle School Boundary Adjustment Advisory Committee Meeting is Thursday, October 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. It will be livestreamed on the BSD YouTube Channel.

If you'd like to apply for one of the live public testimony slots, the form will be available from 4:00 p.m. Tuesday until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Here is the link:

Child Care Community Flyer

Club K Flyer


BSD Clothes Closet Information

Whether they’re in school physically or not, we know that kids keep growing and growing out of their clothes. The district-run Clothes Closet provides new or gently used clothing to any student who qualifies for free or reduced lunch.

Because of COVID-19, we’re moving to an appointment-only scheduling system. If you and your student(s) would like to select clothes for the upcoming school year, please sign up online. If you’re unable to access our online calendar, call 503-356-4322 to schedule an appointment. Please note: all Clothes Closet visitors will need to wear masks and gloves. If you don’t have your own, we’ll provide them.

Technology Information

Student Chromebook Usage Summary Report

This fall, parents will automatically receive a report on their student’s weekly Chromebook usage. More information is available here:

Google Read & Write

Google Read & Write has been automatically installed as a Chrome extension on all student Chromebooks. The easy-to-use extension provides personalized support to make documents, web pages and common file types in Google Drive more accessible.

Read & Write offers a range of powerful support tools to help students gain confidence including:

◾️ Translating words and entire webpages into different languages
Attaching voice recording to documents to pose questions, take notes or add comments
◾️ Simplifying the language of any text viewed through the Chrome browser
◾️ Entering information into a text document using your voice (speech-to-text)
◾️ Hearing the text on your screen read aloud to you (text-to-speech)
◾️ Looking up unfamiliar or unknown words in a dictionary without leaving your document
◾️ Improving your understanding of a word through a picture dictionary

Students can access Read & Write throughout the 2020-21 school year. It will appear as a purple-colored jigsaw piece icon on the Chrome toolbar.

Student Help Desk Information

Need help with your BSD Device?

Student Help Desk

Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Phone: 503-356-4656


Please provide the following and we will get back to you as soon as possible:

  • Name
  • Contact information (phone number)
  • School
  • Student ID
  • Description of the issue

Due to the large volume of support needs at this time, there may be wait times on the phone as well as delayed responses to email requests. Our staff are working hard to ensure that students have working devices and we appreciate your patience.

Student Login Information

Need a Student Device?

If your student does not have a previously-issued device or has one that is not working properly, please email

Forgotten Passwords

If your student has forgotten his/her email password, it can be found in ParentVue. If ParentVue says that the password has been changed, ParentVue will provide a number for you to CALL for help.

Device Protection Program

Anticipating that all students will get a district-owned device (either Chromebook or iPad), the District adds a fee of $20 to students’ Online Payment accounts (maximum fee of $60 per family per school year) to enroll them in the Damage-Loss Protection Program. This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced-price meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share form. Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage and no later than 30 days after they begin school.

Students may choose to decline coverage. However, doing so isn't recommended, because a family would then assume full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how the damage occurs.

Visit the Student Device Resources webpage for more information.

Repeat Information-Learning Platforms

Seesaw Information and Resources

Seesaw is used by our K-4 teachers as learning platform. Teachers using Seesaw with their students can post assignments, give feedback, and communicate with students. Families connected to Seesaw can see their student's work and communicate back and forth with the teacher.

For more information and an FAQ, please visit: Seesaw Landing Page

Canvas Information and Resources

The Canvas Learning Management System is used by our 5th grade teachers as an extension to in-class instruction. Teachers using Canvas can post assignments, give feedback, and communicate with students.

For parent information on Canvas, please visit: Canvas Landing Page

Repeat Information -Attendance for Students

If your child is going to be absent, please notify the teacher and the school office (503-356-2451) so they will be marked excused.

Unlike last spring, student attendance will count during Comprehensive Distance Learning. Please read the following guidance on how attendance will be tracked:

  • Teachers will take student attendance daily. Attendance may be counted in a variety of ways to accommodate families who may need to access instruction during different times of the day.

    • Attending a live teacher-led session

    • Watching a teacher-recorded video

    • Interacting with a teacher via email

    • Posting completed coursework online

  • Parent/guardian notifications will be sent out at approximately 5 p.m. each day if students haven’t engaged in their school work and have been marked as absent.

  • Each morning, teachers will access an attendance report and will reconcile any absences from the previous day with any new evidence of engagement during the evening.

2020-2021 District Calendar

The 2020-21 District Calendar has been updated.

The calendar is subject to change based on contract negotiations and resource availability. In the event inclement weather or other emergency closures prevent the District from meeting required instructional hours set by ODE, the days will be made up in June.

USDA Free Food Box program and more

We've updated the Community Resources on our Return-to-School webpage to include a number of food resources for families, including the District's partnership with Urban Gleaners and four school-based food markets (open to all families) sponsored by the Oregon Food Bank.

  • Go to our BSD website > Return-to-School > Community Resources > Free Food

Also we've expanded our USDA Free Food Box program that starts on October 7. It now includes 3 sites every Wednesday:

  • Aloha HS: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Beaverton HS: 12-1 p.m.
  • Southridge HS: 12-1 p.m.
Free Food Box

Free or Reduced Meal Benefits

Repeat: Important information regarding meal service for the fall

We have received waivers from the USDA which allow any child (age 1-18) to pick up free meals.

Here’s a look at how meals will be distributed this fall:

  • Parents or guardians may pick up meals for students who are not present.
  • Meal pickups will occur two days per week: Tuesday (2 days of food) and Thursday (3 days of food) from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Meals will be packaged with breakfast and lunch together.
  • Masks must be worn by anyone picking up meals.

Visit for bus stop locations.

For meal benefits questions, call 503.356.3957 or email:

Families can apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals ONLINE!

The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and available through

All students who qualify for free or reduced price meals receive breakfast and lunch meals free of charge. Instructions on completing and submitting your application are provided below. Please contact Laurie Bishop, Meal Benefits Coordinator, at 503-356-3957, if you have questions or need additional assistance.

Curbside Grab-and-Go School Sites:

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Important Zoom Information!

Zoom Privacy Guidelines

To maintain a positive, productive learning environment and ensure privacy of students and teachers during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), all parents/guardians/students are asked to follow these guidelines:

  • Please don’t video record, audio record, photograph, livestream or transmit in any other way any part of a Zoom virtual classroom session. This restriction includes social media posting.

  • Any confidential or personally identifiable information related to students participating in Zoom virtual classroom sessions should not be collected, discussed or shared.

  • Students zoom display name must be their actual name or they will not be allowed into the session.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Important! Rename Zoom for iPads

It is very important for security and community building that your student has their name visible during Zoom meetings. If a student's name is not visible the teachers cannot allow them in to the Zoom meeting. Here is a link to help rename your student's device whenusing an iPa

Rename Student device when Zooming for Ipads

Important! Rename Zoom for Chromebooks

It is very important for security and community building that your student has their name visible during Zoom meetings. If a student's name is not visible the teachers cannot allow them in to the Zoom meeting.

How do you rename a zoom on a Chromebook?

Step 1: Open your Zoom app and click on Settings in the bottom right corner of your screen. Step 2: Tap on your 'Profile' at the top of your sidebar and then select 'Display Name'. Step 3: Once selected, enter your desired new name in the two text fields that appear and tap on 'Ok' to finalize your name change.

Adding an Alarm for iPads

Here is a quick tutorial for adding an alarm for iPads so that your student will know when to log on for Zoom meetings etc.

Alarm for iPad Tutorial

Beaverton School District seeks applicants for Social Studies Curriculum Adoption Project Team

Parents, guardians, community members, teachers, students and administrators are encouraged to apply to serve on the Beaverton School District Social Studies Project Team. The Social Studies Project Team will review existing Social Studies curriculum and practices to make curriculum adoption recommendations to the School Board. The Project Team is an important part of the BSD Quality Curriculum Cycle (QCC), which provides a systematic means for making decisions about the BSD curriculum review, revision, development, and adoption of practices and instructional resources.

The Project Team’s work will begin on October 20 and will conclude by June 2021. The team will meet on the following weekday evenings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom (unless otherwise communicated): October 20, November 17, January 5, February 16, March 30, April 27 and May 25.

The Project Team and supporting BSD Teacher Cadre will be charged with the following goals:

● Researching best practices and instructional materials to be considered for possible adoption in Social Studies

● Articulating and supporting long-term academic learning targets and assessments in Social Studies

● Recommending professional development and structures for ongoing professional learning

● Participating in learning opportunities in the form of readings, discussion and trainings related to culturally relevant teaching practices

These goals are aligned with Oregon Social Sciences Standards as well as Multicultural Studies and Ethnic Studies Standards (draft)

The District reviews and updates its curriculum, instructional practices and classroom materials according to Board policy and Oregon State Statute and Administrative Regulations.

Membership for the Social Studies Project Team will include:

● Elementary classroom teachers (4)

● Middle school classroom teachers (2)

● High school classroom teachers (2)

● Students (4)

● Parent/Community members (4)

● School administrators (2 elementary, 1 middle school, 1 high school) (4)

● Social Studies specialists (1 elementary, 1 secondary) (2)

● Teaching Specialists, including but not limited to special education, multilingual, dual-language, advanced program and additional content area specialists (6)

● School Board representative (1)

Please note that membership roles/numbers are subject to change based on applications received.

Google Form and/or email submissions are due on Monday, October 5 by 4 p.m.

Applications should include the following information:

  1. Students: Name, address, school and grade level, plus any special training or experience in Social Studies.

  2. Parents/Community members: Name, address, ages of children and schools where enrolled (if applicable), plus any special training or experience in Social Studies.

  3. Teachers & Administrators: Name, address, teaching experience and current assignment.

All: Respond to the following questions/prompts: (please limit your response to no more than one typed page)

  1. Why do you want to serve on the Social Studies Project Team and what contributions will you make towards its goals?

  2. Please describe your personal/professional experiences with educational equity work, and your commitment to educational equity in the realm of Social Studies education. (Educational Equity Policy, BSD Equity Lens)

  3. What unique skills, perspective and voice will you contribute to ensure an inclusive and socially just Social Studies education for all of our students?

Please complete the appropriate online application form here:

  1. Students

  2. Parent/Community members

  3. Teachers & Administrators

Or mail your application including all information listed above to:

Beaverton School District

Teaching and Learning

Attn: Susan Ouellette

16550 SW Merlo Rd.

Beaverton, OR 97003

For questions or additional information, please contact

Repeat: Family Toolkit

Would you like some ideas or great resources for setting your student up for a successful school year? BSD has launched a library of resources and on-demand videos to support families during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). We'll be adding to our Family Toolkit throughout the next few months. Check the link below for all the resources.

Family Toolkit

Repeat: Beaverton Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

Beaverton Safe Routes to School has recently purchased new ebook titles for students! We have put together a few slides to introduce this new collection to students and remind them about how to access ebooks via Sora.

The new school year is the perfect time for students and families to start creating healthy (and safe!) habits. Safety is everyone’s responsibility! Here are some reminders when you are
traveling in your neighborhood:
• Keep your eyes and ears open for traffic all around.
• Wear a helmet whenever you travel by bike, skateboard, scooter or roller skates.
• If driving, slow down to 20 mph or less in school zones and neighborhood streets.
(Students are learning from home which means they might be taking a walk or roll break
at any time during the day.)
• Check for safety at all intersections and in bike lanes.

Remember to be alert and mindful of all road users (no texting!).

Back to School looks different this year. Start your day by taking a walk or a bike ride. Take
movement breaks in between classes or subjects. Share photos of how you are staying

physically active while learning at home using the hashtag #bsdsaferoutes

Build heathy (and fun!) habits into the remote school day: take a walk or wheel around the

block in between classes or subjects: Need some inspiration for activities on your walk or ride?

Check out this weekly activity calendar.

Looking to add variety to your usual walks or rides? Practice the route to school so you’re
ready to roll when school meets again in person. Find your preferred route map here.
Is your child commuting to another location for Comprehensive Distance Learning? Make that
trip an active one! Your kids will be more focused, and research shows that active kids perform 20% better academically. Is the location for your commute too far to walk? Try driving part way and parking to reap the endless benefits of a daily walk. 30 minutes of walking each day with your child = 150 minutes of quality time together every week. Build in those healthy
habits now and your body and mind will thank you.

Looking for remote resources for walking and biking with your family? Need to plan a route,
learn how to fit your child’s helmet properly or just want a fun activity to keep your kids
motivated to walk or roll? The Beaverton SRTS Remote Resource Guide can help with all of

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.