Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- February 25, 2021

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.

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Mark your Calendar

Dates to Remember


3/01 4th Grade Packet Pick-up 2:30-4 pm (outside 4th grade classrooms)

3/02 Read Across America Day

3/09 PTC Zoom Meeting 6:30 pm

3/10 District Led Zoom Community Wide Conversation Around Race 4:00-6:30 pm

3/15 Virtual School Board Meeting 6:00-8:00 pm


Every Monday: Library Curbside 2:30-4:00 pm & Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Gr. 2:30-4:00 pm

Every Wednesday: Book Bus 1:30-4:00 pm (check route information here)

Every Thursday: Library Curbside 11:00 am -12:00 pm

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February 26, 2021

Dear BSD Elementary Families,

Thank you for completing the survey indicating your student’s choice between Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and In-Person Hybrid Instruction. We’ve analyzed the results, and those results have presented us with an opportunity to modify the model in such a way as to provide the vast majority of families with what they truly wanted — the ability to remain with their existing teachers. Please allow us to explain.

While there was some variation by school, the elementary survey results were roughly split down the middle: 50% of students opting for CDL and 50% of students opting for Hybrid. Here’s what that allows us to do:

  • All students who opted for Hybrid will come to school for a morning session. During that time, students will receive live in-person instruction from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects. In the afternoon session, those students will be learning online at home asynchronously. They’ll be working independently on social studies, science and some other health lessons. Students may use Dreambox, our self-directed math program. They’ll also have music and P.E., either with live or recorded lessons. Students will attend school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Wednesdays will be devoted to asynchronous learning online, much like it is right now in CDL.
  • All students who opted for CDL will be learning online at home asynchronously in the morning. They’ll be working independently on social studies, science and some health lessons. Students may use Dreambox, our self-directed math program. They’ll also have music and P.E., either with live or recorded lessons. In the afternoon session, those students will receive live instruction online from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects. Students will have live online instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Wednesdays will be devoted to asynchronous learning online, much like it is right now in CDL.
  • The model for Grades 6-8 at our K-8 schools (Aloha-Huber Park, Raleigh Hills and Springville) is not impacted by this plan.

Again, the vast majority of students will not need to change teachers. However, there will be a few instances where — because of student numbers and the required 35 square feet of space per student — this will not be the case. We’ve done our very best to accommodate the largest number of families.

In addition, the District has been working with our local child care providers. The following vendors have been given permission to operate in our schools once students return for Hybrid. It’s important to note that we do not run these programs. The providers still need to ensure that they have the proper staffing levels and the ability to adhere to enhanced health and safety protocols. To check on availability, you’ll need to contact the provider directly. We’ve provided contact information on our Return to In-Person Instruction webpage under the Child Care tab.

  • Bethany Child Care - Bethany, Jacob Wismer, Springville, Sato
  • Champions - Cooper Mountain
  • Club K – McKinley, Oak Hills (maybe), Scholls Heights (maybe), Terra Linda, Vose
  • Mari’s Little Lambs - Sexton Mountain
  • REACH - Ridgewood
  • Student Stop – Bonny Slope, Cedar Mill (maybe)
  • Vermont Hills - Montclair

(A few of the programs are marked as “maybe.” We’re still evaluating space implications at these schools.)

If this new information or the information that we announced last week regarding the start of Hybrid at our middle, high and option schools has caused you to change your mind, here are your options:

  • If you previously chose Hybrid but would like to switch to CDL, you can do that. Contact your school office to request the move.
  • If you previously chose CDL but would like to switch to Hybrid, you may be able to do that. You’ll need to contact your school principal to see whether the class counts and space availability will allow for the change. If not, your student will be put on a waiting list.

If the last year has taught us anything, it’s the value of remaining flexible. We continue to work each day to find the best path forward for our students and staff. Thank you for your continued patience and support.



Who should you call? Student Help Desk 503-356-4656

If you are having issues with a BSD device please contact our Student Help Desk, not the school office. The student help desk has trained technicians that can problem solve issues and order student devices, the school office has moms that have to ask their kids how to use their smart phones. :)

If you are having a technical difficulties with apps, logins or devices, please check out the technology support page for help.

Technology Support Page

Technology FAQ's

Student Help Desk

Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


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

  • Name
  • Contact information (phone number)
  • School
  • Student ID
  • Description of issue
Student help Desk Information
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Office Contact Hours

The school office staff will be available for pickup or drop-offs during the following hours only:

Mondays: 2 pm -4 pm

Tuesday -Friday: 10 am -12:00 pm

Office staff will be available by phone 503-356-2452
and email 8:00 am -4:00 pm Monday thru Friday.

Please note: These hours may be subject to change

depending on what is happening with the metrics and in person instruction.

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Monday, March 1st from 2:30 - 4:00 pm, there will be a packet pick-up for all 4th grade students. The packets will be available outside the 4th grade classroom exterior doors. 4th grade is located by the bike racks and playground. When facing the school go left around the building and look for classroom signs on the windows A114, A116 & A118.

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February Assembly
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Here are some great ideas about how we can help our children to build resilience during these uncertain times. Being resilient is a lifelong skill that we all need in order to live happy & healthy lives.

Michelle Solberg, Counselor
Rock Creek Elementary School
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Hello 5th Grade Families,
It is time to start putting together the 5th grade yearbook. We want to give our 5th grade students a great yearbook and we are going to need your help collecting photos from the past six years!

We are asking for families to submit photos to be used in the yearbook.

Please email photos to by February 28th.

- include your students name and teacher

- include the grade, event, and names of students for the photos

- you can send multiple emails, breaking it down by grade or event or a google drive link

What pictures are we looking for?

for each student:

- a baby photo

- 5th grade first day of school photo or 5th grade school @ home photo

for school events (Kindy to 5th grade):

Assemblies, Choir, Classroom Parties, Field Trips, Innovation Fair, Rocket Run, 5k Color Run, any other school event

Participation in the yearbook is optional, but the more photos we get the better the yearbook will be.


Your 5th grade yearbook committee

Jenny Sawyer, Kim DeJong, and Christy Constantine

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Valentine’s Day is such a magical time we decided to celebrate the love all month! Follow the prompts on the Kindness Calendar to complete a simple act of kindness activity for each day of February.

What’s In Your Heart Writing Contest - Winners Announced

We are thrilled to share the list of the winners for the Valentine's Contest of What Lives in Your Heart. It was really wonderful to have the writing challenge for the students and the art contest from the teachers and staff. It was hard to choose winners, so we used an online random number generator to select entries based on the number of entries per grade.

Winners have until Friday, Feb. 26 to let Chelsea Fisher, Room Party Coordinator, know what gift card is desired.

Winners get their choice from:

** Piccolo Mondo Toys

** Powells Books

** Blick Art Supply

** The Meating Place

** Rock Creek Corner (* please note per their website RCC is temporarily closed until March-ish..)

Please have students (or yourself) email Chelsea with the prize choice and any questions at

They must include their name, gift card choice, mailing address or school pickup.

Thank you to Blick Art Materials, Powells Books, Piccolo Mondo, The Meating Place and Rock Creek Corner for working with us to provide gift cards to all our winners – and an extra big thank you to Piccolo Mondo for their generous gift of an extra $45 gift card.

Additionally, winners were contacted directly via email. If you have any questions, please contact

Thanks All for supporting this contest and for participating!



Jodi Bean

PTC President at Rock Creek Elementary School and Mom of four



Lori Spivey

Tricia Clark

Anna Kukini

Joan Peck

Connie Hilger

Katherine Fitzgerald

Support Staff-

Jessica Vogel

Marjorie Downing

Karen Plunkett


Donavan H
Bennett S
Zechariah C
Everett A

Penelope K


Lilly V

Catherine T

Kaia T

Harper V

Lailah S


Riley H

Iris C

Luke R

Noah C

Zachery M


Venessa P

Reese W

Armita F

Maddy V

Lucille B


Saira R

Nathan H

Zoe P

Avery A

Jonah C


Lydia W

Ruby A

Gabriel S

Tyler B

Scarlett S



Club choices are:

1) Book Club

2) Arts and Crafts Club

3) Games & Chat Club

When: Every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:15pm

How does it work? All kids interested in joining a club will follow the After School Zoom Social Club link sent to you by your teacher. Put the number corresponding to which club you want to join (1, 2 or 3 from above) before your name and you will be placed in a breakout room for that club. It's that easy! Hope to see you there!

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!

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Extended Due date 2/28/21!

Square 1 Art is excited to partner with your child's school to celebrate creativity and raise funds for the school. The Square 1 Art art project provides you the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art. Every order will profit your school.

This year, our Square 1 Art fundraiser is virtual. Some teachers may choose to create an art project for Square 1 Art with their class. Families are welcome to create more than one art project, involve any child from your home, and create art with more than one artist! I If you have questions, email Leda Mareth at

Our Virtual Art Project will keep your child creative at home with 3 Easy Steps:

1. Create Art

• Lesson Plan: Your own ideas or use one of ours.

• Art Dimensions: At least 8.5 in X 8.5 in. Use Our Art Paper

• Get the Best Results: View our Art Do's & Dont's

Download Art Paper

2. Photograph & Upload your Art to

• Go Outside Natural light is best and avoid shadows.

• Be Directly Overhead Get the best photo possible.

• Edit & Crop Make your art perfect

Art Upload is due 2/28/2021 Extended Deadline!!

Upload Your Art

3. Shop for Keepsakes

• Remember, every order profits your school.

Parent's Portal

Your One-Stop Shop for everything you need for your project including instructional videos, printable lessons and helpful links.

Go to the Parent's Portal

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Teachers often send home supply items that students need throughout the school year. (Especially grades K-2). We try to schedule pick-up times during the library book bundle pick-up times. Mondays 2:30-4:00 pm and Thursday 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Please check teacher newsletters and the Rocketeer for grade level pick-up days. If you cannot make it during the listed times, please contact the school office 503-356-2452
The office is open for pick-up on Monday 2-4 and Tuesday thru Friday 10 to 12. (except non-school days).


Signal To Noise

The Signal to Noise Festival is on for 2021!

-Film Entries are due Monday, March 29, 2021

-Online Awards Ceremony/Festival - Thursday, May 20, 2021

All films are required to have a BSD Staff Sponsor (teacher or other staff) who will review the film and share the link with the parent/guardian to complete the submission process. The link for entries has been sent to all elementary head secretaries, middle and high school film teachers, middle school tech teachers and LITTs.

This Smore has more information, details and links, please share with interested families.
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OBOB battles have started! Good luck to all teams! Email if any questions:
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Book Bus Schedule and Curbside Pick-Up Times

(This Schedule is also on the Rock Creek Website. Click on Academics & then Library Bus & Curbside Check Out!)


Library Book Bus Stops (Each stop will last about 20 minutes)

1:35 pm NW Elk Run Dr @ NW 177th Pl

2:02 pm NW Holcomb Dr & NW Millstone Way
2:28 pm NW Buckboard Dr @ Mid Block
2:57 pm NW Deerfield Dr & NW 180th Pl

3:27 pm NW Rock Creek Blvd @ NW Mahama Way (East Entrance)

Please wear a mask and bring a book bag!

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

Placing a Hold in Destiny

Curbside Library Book Check-Out

Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.

Mondays 2:30 - 4:00

Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00

Returning Library Books and Devices- Please ring the doorbell if returning a device.

Rock Creek will have a book return bin waiting for your books outside the main office doors,

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm on school days. Make sure the books you are returning have Rock Creek's bar code on them.

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Great news! The Beaverton City Library doors are open for our BCL Grab & Go service at our main location. With this service, families can walk into the library and pick out their own items to checkout.

¡Buenas noticias! La biblioteca ya está dejando entrar a la comunidad para usar el servicio de BCL Visitas Breves. Con este servicio, familias pueden entrar a la biblioteca para escoger sus materiales y sacarlos prestados.

1. Video in English

2. Video en español


February Wiser Kids K-5 Newsletter

You can subscribe here.

February's issue features:

Current Services at Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries

Parent Information Series: Join us for one or all of our virtual parenting series on Zoom. All sessions are free, but registration is required. Upcoming workshops include Positive Parenting to Create a Happy Home on March 4 and Supporting Dual Language Learners on March 16.

Picture Books by Black Authors: Own voices picture books great for K-2nd grade.

Fantastic Fiction by Black Authors: New own voices titles for ages 8+

Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids: Encourage kids to breathe, slow down and be present.

Experiment Books for Young Scientists: Science experiments that even young children can do with adult help.

Distance Learning Resources: Your libraries are ready to support parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources for distance learning. Find live tutoring, homework help, online reference materials, e-books, writing help and much more for all grades in both English and Spanish.

Virtual Read to the Dogs program for beginning or struggling readers with DoveLewis Canine Therapy Team!

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Check out this link for fun enrichment Ideas. It is updated every Friday with new activities.
Enrichment Ideas
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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.

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Walk and Bike: It’s Good for Your Heart! Whether you walk or bike a few blocks or over a mile,
physical activity is good for your heart, your whole body and it’s fun! With colder winter weather, children spend less time playing outside, but a nice brisk walk or bike ride will help achieve their recommended 60 minutes daily exercise and help prevent childhood obesity and support
healthy bones.
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Click on the link to find Important Information we've included in previous Rocketeers. Here are the topics:

Click here for all information listed above- Family Resources & District Information During CDL
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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

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Rock Creek School

4125 NW 185th Ave

Portland OR 97229

Main Office-503-356-2452


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.
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