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Rock Creek Elementary- May 7, 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"

From Rock Creek PTC-Staff Appreciation Week - May 4-8

Staff Appreciation Week - May 4-8

Rock Creek Staff are the best - Let's show them our love & appreciation each day!

Memory Monday - I will never forget that you taught me...

Terrific Tuesday - Celebrate #GivingTuesdayNow in honor of Rock Creek.

Wear it Wednesday - Wear your teacher's favorite color.

Throwback Thursday - How did a Rock Creek Staff Member make your first day special?

Freaky Friday - Share your pics and words of encouragement for all who are switching roles lately.

Post your pictures, videos and art to the Rock Creek PTC Facebook page or email them to with subject line RC appreciation.

Additional details can be found in the attached flyer.

Personal Items Pick-Up Wednesday, May 13th-Change of Date!!!!

We have to change the original date, the new date is Wednesday, May 13th.

We we are asking parents to pick up their child(ren)’s belongings. We have bagged each student’s belongings and will have them in an organized manner for pick-up. If you are unable to pick up your child(ren)’s belongings, you might consider asking a neighbor to pick them up for you since we do not anticipate having another date this school year to pick up student belongings.

We will have drive up lanes by teacher name alphabetically for pick-up. Older sibling’s bags will be with the youngest siblings supplies in their teacher lane. Please note- For those with multiple children we have organized and staffed it for pick-up at the youngest sibling’s time only. We have over 100 families with multiple children and this is the only way we can efficiently distribute student belongings. It is imperative that you come during the listed grade level time for your youngest child. We won’t be able to accommodate you if you come at a different time. If you cannot make it during your designated time, please have a neighbor or other designated person pick up your student’s belongings at the allotted time. At this time this is the only pick up day scheduled for this year.

Kindy: 12:30 to 1:00 (Lane 1: Hinds Lane 2: Rees Lane 3: -Spivey)

1st Grade: 1:00 to 1:30 (Lane 1: Clark Lane 2: Jay-Lane 3: Vogel)

2nd Grade: 1:30 to 2:00 (Lane 1: Herinckx Lane 2: Kukini Lane 3: Lynn Lane 4: Rank)

3rd Grade: 2:00 to 2:30 (Lane 1: Dams Lane 2: Fitzgerald Lane 3: Hood Lane 4: Neal)

4th Grade: 2:30 to 3:00 (Lane 1: Brandom Lane 2: Dilworth Lane 3: Helm Lane 4: Peerenboom)

5th Grade: 3:00 to 3:30 (Lane 1: Beil Lane 2: Kerr Lane 3: -Long)

Schools, Fields & Playgrounds are Closed/Trespassing

As per Governor Brown’s direction all schools are closed for the remainder of the school year. Community members continue to gather on school property – in parking lots, fields, and stadiums – and this is trespassing. District Administrators may contact law enforcement and report trespassers as needed. Approved events where community may come to schools include Wi-Fi access for families, Chromebook distribution, and other school led events.

Accepting Kindergarten Enrollments for 2020-2021

We are enrolling incoming kindergartners for the 2020-2021 school year. Students must be 5 by Sept. 1, 2020 to attend kindergarten. Online enrollment is available at this link: Online Enrollment

If you are unable to access online enrollment, there will be Kindy enrollment forms available at the front entrance of Rock Creek on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to Noon. There will also be a designated spot for completed enrollment forms during this time frame.

From our Music & PE Teachers

Parents, if your child is using Google Classroom for their regular student learning, please have them check their Seesaw account as well. Specialists are posting lessons on Seesaw as a means of teaching Rock Creek Students. Thank you!

Student Plans for 2020-2021 School Year

To help us plan for next year please complete this short form to let us know if your student will not be attending for the 2020-2021 school year or if you are unsure if they will be attending. Student plans for 2020-2021

As we start to form classes for next year, grade level teams use a number of data points about each student. If you have input that will help understand your students specific needs please fill out this form by May 15th. Parent Input Form (This is our new electronic "blue" form and is not required)

From The Rock Creek Library

Hello from Mrs. Hilger. I have received a couple emails about having overdue books. The Beaverton School District knows that all books that have been checked out are overdue. Please don't worry. You haven't had the opportunity to turn the books in, I am not sending out any overdue notices because of this. If you want to turn in your library books, we will be accepting them on May 13th during personal belonging pick-up time. (It is your choice to bring them back, you may keep them longer if you wish. I will not be checking in them in until later)

Don't forget you can go to the Sora app and use your public library card to check out books online. The BSD online library page also has great information where you can do research and find articles to read. Looking forward to seeing you all again when we can.

Check out our Rock Creek Library Resource page. It has links to some wonderful resources.

Rock Creek Library Resources

Connie Hilger

Rock Creek LMA

Public Library News

The online public library is still open and ready to help your students! Below is a list of online resources:

  • And for those students that already had a library card, but have questions about logging in, they can email us at While we are closed, we are responding to emails within 24 hours.

Useful links on our website:

Storytimes from Cedar Mill and Bethany Libraries are available on our Youtube Channel

Link for the growing playlist of storytimes

These will grow over the next few months.

  • Kanopy – the online streaming video service includes not only movies and TV shows but also Weston Woods video readings of well known picture books (including Mo Willems’ Pigeon)
  • The “history” lineup in Kanopy Kids has multiple titles that fit a narrative nonfiction category. During this crisis time, kids materials on Kanopy are unlimited.

Check it Out! Rock Creek's Virtual Assembly

Please click the link for Rock Creek's newest virtual assembly!

Rock Creek Virtual Assembly

Want to show your talent in upcoming assemblies?

See the guidelines below!

UPDATES from Beaverton School District

Important Information and resources

Supporting Students with Internet Connectivity

A way to help students needing internet connectivity in your neighborhood is to create an open, guest Wi-Fi network. Creating a guest network will create a separate Wi-Fi network that will allow access without a password. Many home routers have a setting that will create this separate network. Many internet service providers have removed usage caps. If you are interested in helping students in your neighborhood that lack connectivity and need it for distance learning, check first with your internet service providers that usage capacity has been removed and check your router settings to see if there is an Enable Guest Network setting.

Zoom Security Change

A recent change in Zoom has removed the ability for students to schedule meetings with other students. The change is consistent with settings in Google that restricted student to student video meetings on student accounts. Teachers are still able to schedule meetings and student

2020-2021 Budget

Superintendent Grotting presented the Budget Committee with his Budget Message and the Proposed 2020-2021 Budget on Monday, April 20. We are in unprecedented times. Our schools have been closed for over a month and our students will not return to in-person classes this academic year. In times like this, it is critical to focus on the health and welfare of our students, staff and community. While our work has changed, we continue to provide meals, daycare services for healthcare workers and education services to our students in a multitude of ways.

We will continue to engage students in learning through our teacher-led Remote Learning Plan until June 12. Our high school principals and their teams, along with the Teaching & Learning team are working to ensure that our seniors’ accomplishments over 12 years and 7 months of school are not impacted or diminished by this unprecedented closure during the last two months of their final school year. We are exploring possible alternatives for commemorating their achievements. Read the full Budget Message.

Virtual Town Hall

In case you missed it, District leaders held a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday evening. You can watch now on the District’s YouTube channel. The following are updates for today.

NCAA Updated Guidance - Adjustments to the Initial Eligibility Certification Process

Q: For schools with NCAA-approved core courses, how will the Eligibility Center approach those schools that issue Pass/Fail grades in Spring/Summer 2020 due to school closures?

A: For NCAA-approved core courses completed in Spring/Summer 2020 that have been issued a grade of “Pass,” the Eligibility Center will apply the credit earned in these courses toward the core course requirement in the student's certification. If the student's core-course GPA would increase by assigning a value of 2.300, this value will be assigned to the Passed courses. However, if the student's core-course GPA would decrease by including the 2.300 value for Passed courses, the student’s core-course GPA will be calculated based only on courses with assigned letter grades from other available terms (credit from these courses will still be applied toward the student's core-course requirements). Note: This policy will apply to students from all grade levels (e.g., freshmen, sophomores) who successfully complete NCAA-approved Pass/Fail courses in Spring/Summer 2020.


Every Friday night April 10, 2020 through June 12, 2020 at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military time), all BSD stadiums will light up for 20 minutes in honor of our seniors. Please do not congregate on or near stadiums and observe all social distancing rules.

Grab and Go Meals/Bus Stop Meal Distribution Update

K-12 students and children ages 1-18 years old may pick up meals at any of the dedicated sites for the Grab and Go Meals. Meals are also available at a number of bus stops. Children do not have to be a student at a particular school to receive meals. Here is a link with more information. Beginning Monday, April 13, Westview High School will be added as an additional Grab & Go school site.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

If your family has been financially impacted by the coronavirus crisis, you may qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. SNAP offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Those qualifying for SNAP benefits are automatically qualified for school Meal Benefits as well. See if you are eligible and learn how to apply for benefits by visiting:

Schools are Closed/Trespassing

As per Governor Brown’s direction all schools are closed for the remainder of the school year. Community members continue to gather on school property – in parking lots, fields, and stadiums – and this is trespassing. District Administrators may contact law enforcement and report trespassers as needed. Approved events where community may come to schools include Wi-Fi access for families, Chromebook distribution, and other school led events.

Remote Learning Photos

We want to take this opportunity to remind our families to respect the privacy of other students, and not to take and/or share photos/screenshots of children who are not their own during Remote Learning activities, including virtual classroom instruction and meetings.

The District policy remains the same for Remote Learning - any student who has been opted out of Directory/Media Exclude will not be included in any photographs or videos shared by schools or the District.

May Walk + Roll Challenge

Beaverton Safe Routes to School is launching our May 2020 Walk + Roll Challenge! Track your trips all month long and submit your tally card to earn prizes. Schools with the most student entries will be announced in June. Visit Beaverton SRTS to find all of the information you need to get started.

Make Healthy Choices! Help the Earth! Explore your Neighborhood! Earn Prizes!

Here are some safe ideas, resources, and activities from Safe Routes to School to keep you active and healthy.

Virtual School Board Meeting

The School Board held a virtual Business Meeting on Monday, April 27. You can watch now on the District’s YouTube channel. You can view the Meeting materials, including public comment on Boardbook.

Virtual Budget Committee Meeting - May 4

The Budget Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. You can watch the live stream on the District’s YouTube channel.

Public comments will be accepted by online form submission that closes at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Please submit comments electronically.

Middle School Boundary Adjustment Process Postponed

Due to the closure of the District for the remainder of the current school year, the Middle School Attendance Boundary (MSBA) Advisory Committee will not resume its meetings during the time of school building closure. If reopening of school buildings is authorized by Governor Brown, the District will reconvene the MSBA advisory committee in August 2020. The District will post notice of the next committee meeting at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting. Opportunity to submit written comment will resume at the same time notice is posted.

Student Enrollment and Incoming 2020-2021 Kindergarten Enrollemnt

The Beaverton School District began the Remote Learning Plan on Monday, April 6, 2020. As of that date, teachers began working with students. Schools are to begin processing student enrollments to ensure we are serving those students new to our community and those who were made inactive during the COVID-19 school closure.

For students returning to the Beaverton School District (who were withdrawn) please contact your school for re-enrollment guidance. For students new to the Beaverton School District including 2020-2021Kindergarteners, please visit the Online Registration Webpage.

Staff will mark students active in this situation, and make the effective enrollment date Monday, April 6, 2020. Requests to withdraw a student from the Beaverton School District will be processed in the same way as before school closure. Please contact your school regarding withdrawals. Oregon requires children to be either enrolled in a public school, private school, or registered as a homeschool student with their local Education Service District.

Donate to the Beaverton Schools Community Resources Fund

The Beaverton School District is now accepting donations from the greater Beaverton community to support community-wide efforts to provide food boxes, toiletries and other essential items to our families during this emergency situation. Food Banks are working hard to remain stocked to feed communities. There are many Beaverton families who struggle economically even in the best of times, and this fund will enable the Beaverton School District to work with community partners to serve our families. We use this fund to triple the buying power and thus increase the amount of families we can serve, a number that increases daily. Pass this on to friends and neighbors (we can also honor matching dollars!)

To make a donation to the Beaverton Schools Community Resources Fund, visit,

  1. Select “Beaverton School District” under School

  2. Select “Beaverton Schools Community Resources Fund” under Item

  3. Add a donation amount

  4. Click on Buy

  5. Click on Checkout

We started by serving 200 families and are currently serving 650 families. WE would love to serve more ...and more often. Please consider donating to the Beaverton Schools Community Resources Fund today! Together WE are better!

Counselor's Corner

During these challenging times, you may have noticed that your child is having difficulty handling the many changes that are happening all around them. If you think getting some professional counseling help for your child during this time would be helpful, our social worker can help connect you with a professional counselor. All you need to do is email our counselor, Our counselor will have the social worker contact you.

Also, remember that our counselor is available to talk with your student, too. All you need to do is email to set up a Zoom meeting with your child.

Student Resources

My Mindfulness Book - mindfulness activities to do at home

My Feelings Workbook - action plan for big feelings

Mindful Activities - virtual learning materials for Yoga/Mindfulness/SEL

Parent Resources

Parent and Child Emotional Survival Toolkit - free interactive resources for parents and kids

How to Get Your Kids to Treat You Like Their Teacher - creating space and habits to keep kids engaged while at home

7 Guiding Principles for Parents Teaching From Home - understanding the why behind teaching practices

Identifying the Signs of Stress in Children

Children often react to stressful events differently than adults. How the child in your life reacts to COVID-19 will vary by age, their previous experiences and how they typically cope with stress. The graphic below shares signs of stress that you can watch for in preschool and elementary aged children and how to help them.

You can find resources and learn more about how to support children of all ages by visiting CDC’s Helping Children Cope website or the national Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope.

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

Resources for Parents:

Sometimes the best way to build our own resilience is to send our best intentions out for those around us. Send some loving-kindness into the world with this practice for adults.

Loving-Kindness For Adults

Self-Compassion Break Practice for Adults

Breathe For Change

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.

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

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

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.