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Rock Creek Elementary- May 14, 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"

Thank You for Showering the Rock Creek Staff with Love and Appreciation last week!

On behalf of the Rock Creek staff, we would like to thank you for making us feel special with all notes, drawings and positive thoughts for Staff Appreciation Week. Teacher's faces sparkled with joy as they opened the cards and drawings. We are honored to be a part of such an amazing community!

Rock Creek Elementary...It is Not the Building...It is the People!

Here is a special video created by our Technology Instructor Mrs. Downing:

It's not the Building ..It's the People!

Living Apart Together #RockCreekStrong


Living Apart Together shirts are now available through our fantastic vendor and Rock Creek supporter GearUp Sports!

Three shirt options are available (Cotton, Dri-Fit unisex and Dri-Fit slim t-shirt) in sizes youth small-adult XXL.

Click on the link to order today -https://rockcreek.gearupsports.net.

Remote Learning Phase 3 Schedule Revisions: Furlough Day Plan

To mitigate some of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the District will be participating in Oregon’s Work Share program. This participation will result in weekly furlough days of staff each Friday through the end of the school year. To account for these furlough Fridays, the following adjustments to the student, teacher, and service provider weekly work schedule are necessary.

Elementary

Teachers and services providers will continue to use a mix of synchronous and asynchronous interaction during the final month of Remote Learning. With one less day to connect with students each week, teachers will make adjustments to their Monday through Thursday weekly schedules. This may include adjusting their office hours and/or student contact time. Teachers and service providers will not be available virtually, by phone or via email on Fridays for student or parent consultation, to deliver instruction or to provide feedback on student work.

Fridays were also used for student material pick up and for teachers to close classrooms. With the furlough, this day will need to be adjusted. On the day your classroom teacher or service provider is assisting with material pick up or closing their classroom, your child’s teacher or service provider will not be providing office hours or student contact time. Students will still be able to access learning by 8 am. You will be notified of this change in schedule.

Students can continue to use Friday to complete work previously assigned. They also have access to the Art Literacy lessons.

Elementary Special Education

Special Education teachers, case managers, and service providers will continue to follow the four-stage instructional model of I Do, We Do, You Do, and Feedback for the delivery of Specially Designed Instruction and Related Services to students. The only difference is that students will not receive teacher-led or service provider-led instruction, SDI, and/or related services on Fridays. For the purposes of Special Education services, Fridays that are furloughed will be treated in the same manner as a holiday, snow day, or other school closure. Furloughed days will not count as part of the 60-day evaluation timeline.

  • Students who receive daily teacher-led or service provider-led SDI or Related Services will not receive them on Friday and they will not be made up at a later time.
  • Case managers and service providers will review their schedules and work with families to make adjustments as needed to provide weekly/monthly SDI or Related Services Monday-Thursday.
  • Special Education staff will reschedule any Friday IEP meetings to another day of the week.

Elementary English Language Development

Students will not receive instruction or supplemental supports on Fridays. ELD teachers are still expected to collaborate with classroom teachers to align language and content targets during the teacher-led time and to provide supplemental activities to students. Small group check-in will occur from Mondays-Thursdays, especially for newcomer students and students at the emerging level.

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Secondary

The majority of teacher and service provider input and learning activities for students will continue to be asynchronous. Asynchronous learning allows for the greatest flexibility to address the needs of staff and students. Any synchronous learning will be within the schedule below to limit scheduling conflicts for students. Teachers and service providers will not be available virtually, by phone or via email on Fridays for student or parent consultation, to deliver instruction or to provide feedback on student work.



**Teachers will continue to use asynchronous interaction as the primary mode of Remote Learning. The time blocks for specific periods can be used for limited whole group activities, scheduled check in’s, and open office hours. **



Secondary Special Education

Special Education teachers, case managers, and service providers will continue to follow the four-stage instructional model of I Do, We Do, You Do, and Feedback for the delivery of Specially Designed Instruction and Related Services to students. The only difference is that students will not receive teacher-led or service provider-led instruction, SDI, and/or related services on Fridays. For the purposes of Special Education services, Fridays that are furloughed will be treated in the same manner as a holiday, snow day, or other school closure. Furloughed days will not count as part of the 60-day evaluation timeline.

  • Students who receive daily teacher-led or service provider-led SDI or Related Services will not receive them on Friday and they will not be made up at a later time.
  • Case managers and service providers will review their schedules and work with families to make adjustments as needed to provide weekly/monthly SDI or Related Services Monday-Thursday.
  • Special Education staff will reschedule any Friday IEP meetings to another day of the week.


Secondary English Language Development

Students will not receive instruction or supplemental supports on Fridays. ELD teachers at the secondary level will provide language instruction through the ELD Class Period or to collaborate with content teachers to align language and content targets through an Integrated model synchronously or asynchronously. ELD teachers will continue to provide supplemental activities to students. Small group check-in will occur from Mondays-Thursdays especially for newcomer students and students at the emerging level.

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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.

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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 know of a family that has a child entering kindergarten next year, please give them a quick call, text or email to ask them to register their child for school. Registering for kindergarten allows the school district an idea of how many teachers will be needed for next year.


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.


School Boundary Information

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Dreambox Webinars

BSD Parents & Families: The Beaverton School District is offering two webinars to learn more about Dreambox. Dreambox is an adaptive math program that is being used in the Beaverton School District by K-8 students. Dreambox constantly collects data from students and provides them with lessons, hints, and pacing to best match each child as an individual learner.

Join our BSD Dreambox experts as they share tips for how you can support your student's learning in Dreambox. They are hosting two free webinars that will also be livestreamed to Facebook.

The first is Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m. Joining info: https://bit.ly/2Wl6WME Password: dreambox

The second is Thursday, May 21st at 2:00 p.m. Joining info: https://bit.ly/3biW5a5 Password: dreambox
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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

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?

Must Be Submitted by June 1st!

See the guidelines below!

Safe Routes To School Parent Survey- Please Complete by May 31st

Dear Rock Creek Parents and Guardians,

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 link was generated from the National Safe Routes to School Center and will be used to give us a good picture of how students are getting to and from schools throughout the district.

The school’s survey will be open for responses until May 31.

We appreciate your help in giving us information to make our program effective for all Beaverton School District students.

Thank you,

Leah Biado-Luis

Beaverton Safe Routes to School Coordinator

1270 NW 167th Place

Beaverton, OR 97006

Email: bsdsaferoutes@gmail.com

Website: www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes

Follow us on Facebook! @BeavertonSafeRoutes

Survey Link

http://www.saferoutesdata.org/surveyformparent.cfm?key=9484427



Estimados padres y tutores de Rock Creek:

Es hora de recopilar información nuevamente para el programa de Beaverton de Rutas Seguras a la escuela. El propósito de este programa es ir caminando y en bicicleta a la escuela de manera segura, conveniente y divertida.

El aporte de los padres y tutores acerca de cómo los estudiantes viajan de ida a la escuela y de regreso a la casa y su impresión de la seguridad de la ruta, es valioso, ya que la ciudad y el condado priorizan las mejoras necesarias para nuestras carreteras.

El siguiente enlace link fue generado por el Centro Nacional de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela y se utilizará para darnos una buena idea de cómo los estudiantes viajan de ida a la escuela y de regreso a casa, en todo el Distrito.

La encuesta de la escuela estará abierta hasta el 31 de mayo para recibir sus respuestas.

Agradecemos su ayuda al brindarnos información para que nuestro programa sea efectivo para todos los estudiantes del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton.

Gracias,

Leah Biado-Luis

Coordinador de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela de Beaverton

1270 NW 167th Place

Beaverton, OR 97006

Email: bsdsaferoutes@gmail.com

Website: www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes

Follow us on Facebook! @BeavertonSafeRoutes

Enlace de la encuesta

http://www.saferoutesdata.org/surveyformparent.cfm?key=9484427

From The Rock Creek Library

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 AskUsCMLB@wccls.org. 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

https://www.youtube.com/user/CedarMillLibrary


Link for the growing playlist of storytimes

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH43bK4eHMTsAOYh1g39Px5AzfzgMzjh8

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)
  • https://www.wccls.org/streaming-video
  • 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.

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, Michelle_Solberg@beaverton.k12.or.us. 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 Michelle_Solberg@beaverton.k12.or.us 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



Resources


Gratitude~

How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain

Why Gratitude is Important During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Gratitude Journal


Media Use~

How to Make a Family Media Use Plan

Common Sense Media: Age-Based Media Reviews for Families

Bark: Keeping Kids Safe Online


Social Emotional~

Games to Play with Kids to Boost Emotional Intelligence

10 Ways Parents Can Bring Social-Emotional Learning Home

Building Calming Spaces at Home


Parents~

Stress Relief for Caregivers and Kids During Covid-19

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.

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

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 Michelle_Solberg@beaverton.k12.or.us


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

thepantry@rockcreekchurch.com

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.


Elementary Grading and Reporting - Second Semester 2020

After Governor Kate Brown announced the closure of schools for the remainder of the academic year, Teaching & Learning began working towards Phase 3 of our Remote Learning plan. Elementary content Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs) established priority learning targets and units in Reading, Writing and Math. Lessons in Health, Science and Social Studies were also provided during this time. The lessons and learning activities for teachers and students were created with the goal of creating a common experience for all.


Even with a consistent curriculum, we are aware that the ability to access learning will look very differently for students. While learning remotely for some will be an easy reach, for some grade levels the learning will first be about the technology and then the lessons themselves.


During this time, teachers continue to reach out and provide students with whole group and small group instruction. While engaging with students, we acknowledge assessing students would look very different from classroom to classroom and child to child. While some students will adapt quickly and thrive, others may be uncomfortable sharing their knowledge and understanding in this format.


To help relieve the pressure on students, families and teachers, we are implementing a more standardized grading approach at the elementary level for the second semester. The intent of the report card is to provide information about a child’s engagement and participation during this closure.


When you receive the elementary report card this year you will see the changes described below.


Behavior Marks

X - Not assessed this semester

Each report card will also include the following auto-populated comment.

School closure was ordered by Governor Brown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Academic Progress is marked with an X as teachers do not have adequate summative assessment data for students. Comments in Reading, Writing, and Math reflect the participation and engagement of students during the period of Remote Learning. Paper packets which mirrored the learning of the Remote Learning classrooms were given to some students. During this closure, the social emotional health of a child was our number one priority.


Academic Progress for All Subject Areas

X – Not assessed this semester

In the areas of Reading, Writing and Math, teachers will include a comment that reflects the students participation and engagement during this time. Report card comments will also reflect a goal for moving forward. PE and Music specialists will also be including information about the concepts and skills instructed during the period of Remote Learning.


Thank you for partnering with us to help educate your child. We acknowledge that these are challenging times and that we are learning together. Thank you for allowing our teachers into your home each day. If you need assistance, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher for support.


NCAA Updated Guidance - Adjustments to the Initial Eligibility Certification Process

http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/COVID-19_Public.pdf

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.


#bethelightOR

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: oregon.gov/DHS/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS


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 Budget Committee

Monday, May 18, 2020

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Virtual Meeting: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGCsl4R0vYcEcVMkLBl-cqQ

Budget Message

2020-21 Proposed Budget Document


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

https://or-beaverton-lite.intouchreceipting.com/,

  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!

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.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockCreekElementarySchool/

Website: www.rockcreekptc.org

Text: text @rcptc to 81019

For online links to academic and extra-curricular activities offered in the community, please use this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/communications-community-involvement/after-school-activitiesflyers

Rock Creek School


4125 NW 185th Ave

Portland OR 97229

Main Office-503-356-2450

Attendance-503-356-2451

Fax- 503-356-2455

Principal: Tiffany Wiencken

SAFEOREGON TIP LINE
Keep Rock Creek safe: report any student safety threats to SafeOregon. Tips can be reported by phone or text (844-427-3367), email (tip@safeoregon.com), or online (safeoregon.com). For more information, visit safeoregon.com.

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.