Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- April 1, 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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Office Phone During CDL-503-356-2452

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Mark your Calendar

Dates to Remember


4/1 CDL All Students

4/1 Curbside Library 11:00 am-12:00 pm

4/2 CDL All Students

4/5 First Day of In Person Hybrid for Students K-2 (Students arrive between 8:45-and 9:00 am)

4/8 First Day of In Person Hybrid for Students 3-5 (Students arrive between 8:45-and 9:00 am)

4/8 PTC Zoom Meeting 6:30 pm (Zoom Codes will be sent before meeting)

4/16 Grading Day- No School for Students

4/28 Staff Work Day- No School for Students

Starting April 5th-Curbside Library every Monday & Thursday 2:45-4:00 pm

Wednesday Library Book Bus- New times - Times and routes are in the Library section below and on our school website under Academics-Library Curbside & Book Bus

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We know it's a lot, but it is important :)



Below you will find information about arrival and dismissal procedures at Rock Creek

beginning April 5th. Some things have changed since your children were at Rock Creek and so it will be important that you read these procedures carefully. Please Note: Life is ever changing this past year and we ask that everyone be flexible. Procedures may change as we gain experience.

Students are to arrive at school no earlier than 8:45 am and no later than 9:00 am.

It is EXTREMELY important that your student arrives on time for school. Students are to arrive no earlier than 8:45 am and no later than 9:00 am. There is no staff supervision until 8:45 am. At 8:45 am school staff, wearing yellow safety vests , will be outside directing students to their classroom exterior doors. Parents are not allowed on the playground/field and need to say their goodbyes before leaving home. We are limiting people on campus to help with social distancing. We ask parents that walk their students to stay on the path and let staff direct students to their classroom door. We will have staff all around the perimeter of the buildings.

Staff will direct students to their classroom doors. Each class has an assigned door to enter the building. Students need to be constantly moving when they arrive on the school grounds. Classroom doors will be open at 8:45 am and will close at 9:00 am sharp. Students will walk to their assigned door, get hand sanitizer from the teacher, and walk directly to their desks.
On the rare occurrence that a student arrives after 9:00 am, they will need to ring the doorbell at the front of the school and wait to be admitted. Late students cannot make up the loss of instruction time and it interrupts the learning of the entire classroom. We are hoping that our community will be punctual during this time to ensure all students have a safe and happy beginning to their day.

Please refrain from picking up your students early except in the case of an an emergency. Students are in school for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Please make appointments after your student in person instruction time (9:00 am -11:15 am)

It is EXTREMELY important that all students are picked up on time. Staff need to prepare for the afternoon session of CDL.

Transportation is provided for students that live outside the walking zone. To reduce traffic at arrival and dismissal times, we encourage students for whom bus transportation is an option to ride the bus. Riding the bus ensures timely arrival at school, and helps reduce car-related congestion and safety concerns at arrival and dismissal times. Transportation will update the routes and should let parents know before hybrid school begins. There will be no car drive thru, parents must park and wait, socially distanced, outside student's classroom door for pick-up. Please pick up youngest student first. If you park to pick up your child, please remain parked until the buses have departed.


  • 9:00 - 11:15 a.m. -- Morning In-Person Hybrid Instruction Time. During this time, students will receive instruction from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects.
  • Afternoons - Students work at home independently on social studies, science and some health lessons. They’ll also have music and P.E., either live or recorded lessons. During asynchronous times, students also may receive English Language Development, Special Education or Intervention supports.


  • Mornings -- Students work independently on social studies, science and some health lessons. They’ll also have music and P.E., either live or recorded lessons. During asynchronous times, students also may receive English Language Development, Special Education or Intervention supports.

  • 12:15 - 2:30 p.m. -- Live Online CDL Instruction. During that time, students will receive live in-person instruction from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects.

Lots of Information -The Answers To All Your Questions!!

Please review this information with your student before the first day of school for Hybrid as it explains what the school day will be like and what students will need to bring to school.

Start date for grades K, 1 & 2 is Monday, April 5th.

Start date for grades 3, 4 & 5 is Thursday, April 8h. These grade levels will continue in CDL until that date.

Click here to watch the Beaverton School District Hybrid Elementary video.

Hybrid is on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00 am to 11:15am

Student Arrival

  • Students arrive between 8:45am and 9:00am (Please do not arrive after 9:00 am)
    We are limiting people on campus to help with social distancing. We ask parents that walk their students to stay on the path and let staff direct students to their classroom door. We will have staff all around the perimeter of the buildings.

  • As soon as students arrive they will go directly to their exterior classroom door - staff will be supervising outside (Parents please say your goodbyes before arriving on campus)

  • Students will be spaced 6 feet apart as they walk to class

  • Once in class they will receive a squirt of hand sanitizer and go directly to their desk - desks are spaced 6 feet apart

  • The bell will ring at 9:00am signaling it’s time for learning to begin

  • Basic school supplies will be provided for all students

Student Arrival

Car Drop Off

  • Cars will drop off in the left lane

  • All buses will drop off ONLY in the right lane

  • Please help your child put on their mask before you leave the house so that it’s already on when they exit the car. Staff will direct students to their classroom door.

  • If you need to assist your child in any way with getting out of the car, please do not use the car drop off lane - instead we ask that you pull into a parking space in the lower parking lot.

  • If the car drop off line is too long, feel free to park.

Student Dismissal

  • Students will be dismissed at 11:15 am

  • Students that ride a bus will go directly to the bus

  • Parents that walk to the school will wait outside their child's classroom. Please make sure you honor social distancing and know that the teacher will be unable to talk with you at the end of the day due to dismissal procedures duties. Please pick up youngest child first.

  • Parents that drive to school to pick up their student will need to park and wait outside the classroom door. Please make sure you honor social distancing and know that the teacher will be unable to talk with you at the end of the day due to dismissal procedures duties. Please be sure to be parked by 11:10 am Please pick up youngest child first. Please note you will not be able to leave the parking lot until the buses depart.

  • **Important Misc. Going Home information**

  • Going home plans need to be set and consistent. This means the way your student gets home should NOT be changed. All 2 hours and 15 minutes will be devoted to instruction; thus teachers will have no time to check emails or make phone calls to see if changes have been made.

  • NO EARLY PICK-UPS, barring a true emergency. We will need every minute of instructional time.

  • Bus Riders: Students must ride THEIR assigned bus. Students will not be allowed on a bus that is not connected to their home address. If you haven’t been assigned a bus, you cannot take another one. Transportation worked hard to meet safety protocols and are relying on addresses that match assigned buses and cannot go over a certain capacity. Please contact Transportation if you have a concern.

  • Walkers: Students will be asked to leave campus immediately. If your child will be meeting a buddy to walk with, they will have to meet up off campus by the paths. Older siblings can pick up younger siblings at their classroom doors (Socially distanced) Make sure your children have a plan and know that support staff will be present.

  • Masks - While on school grounds, everyone will need to wear masks and keep them on the whole time. If your student struggles with keeping their mask on, and/or above their nose, please practice keeping the mask on at home for 2 hours and 15 minutes, so they are prepared to do so at school. Below are a few resources on mask wearing.

  • Classroom Routines

    • When students enter their classroom, they will be given a squirt of hand sanitizer. They will then go straight to their desk, unload their supplies,/backpack and then place their coat and backpack on the chair next to them. They are to stay put in that spot and may not roam the classroom. While in the classroom, they are to maintain a 6-foot distance from all students and the teacher the whole time

    • Space - Students will be expected to stay in their 35 square feet of space at all times. This would be helpful to let students know exactly what this means and to practice if your child struggles with maintaining distance with others. In the classroom, it’s important to note what that really means: students are to remain at their desk, within their 5ft by 7 ft square for the length of our short day together.

    • Each student should bring a water bottle to school - (students are not able to use drinking fountains). Please be sure to put your name on it in case it drops and ends up in the lost & found
    • Your student’s teacher will let you know if students will need to bring their device (iPad or Chromebook) to school each day - and then take it back home to use in the afternoon.

    • There is no recess and no in person PE or Music.


    Students are encouraged to use the bathroom before they leave their home, to reduce the need for the bathroom at school. If necessary, students will use the designated bathroom for each grade.

    Students will be placed into 3 Groups:

    • Group 1 is Kindergarten, and 2nd grade They will use restroom in the modular

    • Group 2 is 1st grade they will use the restroom located next to 1st grade

    • Group 3 is 3rd, 4th & 5th grade they will use the restrooms in the main hallway

    What do I bring to school?

    • A backpack (Unless class room teachers have requested no back packs)

    • A water bottle (filled with water only - no juice, milk, smoothies - just water) To prevent spills or damaging electronics, please do NOT put the water bottle in your student's backpack.

    • A coat or jacket (the teacher may take the class outside for a movement break and walk the path - students will not have recess on the playground - the district has closed school playgrounds)

    • A mask - students will be required to wear a mask at all time

    All school supplies except water bottles and headphones/earbuds (i.e. pencils, markers, scissors, etc ) will be provided by the school.

    Students will be given their own supplies and books to keep inside their desk (there will be no shared materials).

    Other Information

    • Take home meals will be sent home with all students (meals are FREE to all students - parents can request vegetarian meals by contacting, please opt out if you do not want your child to bring home meals. See below for more information.)

    • PE & Music will remain CDL and will happen in the afternoon for Hybrid students (specific times will be available soon…)

    • ESL (English as a Second Language), Speech, Intervention and Resource Room services will remain CDL and will happen in the afternoon for Hybrid students

    • We will have one fire drill each month (just like we would during a typical school year) as required by the Fire Marshal - teachers bring their classes outside to the small parking lot


    • We are counting on you to not send your child to school if they are sick. Doing a wellness check each morning will be necessary.

    • Please make sure that you review the primary Covid symptoms (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, a new loss of taste or smell). Any students exhibiting those symptoms will be sent home from school.


    Health Screenings in Hybrid
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    The District is keeping all school playgrounds and fields closed to the public during teacher work hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday beginning April 5, 2021.

    Just a Friendly Reminder: Dogs are not allowed on school grounds.

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    The start of In-Person Hybrid Instruction is right around the corner, and our Nutrition Services department has been hard at work developing a plan for how to continue to provide free meals for all children during both Hybrid and CDL. The USDA has provided waivers for the rest of the school year that allow any child (ages 1-18) to access free meals.

    Starting April 5, meal service via bus routes will be discontinued.

    If you attend Hybrid Elementary School:

    ● Hybrid students will receive a free daily meal bag to take home unless you opt out.

    ● Two days of meals will be sent home on Tuesday.

    ● No registration is required.

    If you need a vegetarian meal, please email All meals may include dairy, egg and gluten. Only students with a doctors note will have meals that exclude dairy, egg and gluten. Please give Doctor's notes to the office and they will update the cafeteria.

    We are required to give In Person Hybrid students the daily meal bags.

    These meal bags contain Breakfast, Lunch and Supper.

    Please OPT OUT if you do not wish your child to receive the daily meal bag.

    If you attend CDL or are a non-enrolled community child:

    ● All CDL students and children not enrolled in the Beaverton School District can access a free 5-Day Meal Bag every Wednesday from 11am-12pm.

    ● Meal bags include 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 supper snacks. Only children aged 4 and older are eligible for supper snacks.

    ● Families can select a school to pick up these meals in the Meal Bag Registration


    Registration is strongly encouraged. We need to know how many meal bags to prepare.

    ● Children do not need to be present to pick-up meal bags.

    ● Masks are required to be worn by anyone picking up meal bags.

    To register for 5-Day Meal Bags and for the most up-to-date information, please visit:

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    MOD Pizza Fundraiser

    Pizza Pie + (hopefully) Blue Skies! The Rock Creek Parent Teacher Club is partnering with our local MOD Pizza for a fundraising event. Visit the MOD Pizza at 2540 NW 188th Ave, Suite C, Hillsboro 97124 on Thursday, April 8th from 10:30am to 10:00pm and MOD Pizza will donate 20% of your meal’s price back to the Rock Creek PTC! For in store ordering, mention the Rock Creek Elementary fundraiser; For Online ordering (inclusive of Delivery Orders) use the promo code of "GR185679R".

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    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

    Student help Desk Information
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    If your child is feeling anxious about returning to the school building, here are a few ideas that may help.,mental%20health%20counselor%20or%20pediatrician.Michelle

    Michelle Solberg, Counselor

    Creek Elementary School
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    We understand that it can be challenging to access current information regarding your child’s schooling in your own language. We do our best to send out messages about important updates, especially during these challenging times. However, you can access the BSD website — and specifically, our return-to-school page — at any time. Below, we’ve included a link that will take you to our website, where you’ll find it already translated into your language. Please know, the translation is generated by Google Translate. It’s not perfect, but we do hope it’s helpful.

    If you need additional assistance, please contact our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

    View the BSD website in Arabic

    قم بزيارة الموقع الإلكتروني للقطاع التعليمي لمدارس بيفرتون باللغة العربية

    View the BSD website in Chinese


    View the BSD website Japanese


    View the BSD website in Korean

    한국어로 BSD 웹사이트를 보십시오.

    View the BSD website in Russian

    Посмотрите веб-сайт школьного округа Бивертон на русском

    View the BSD website in Somali

    Ka fiiri bogga BSD ee ku qoran af-Soomaali

    View the BSD website in Spanish

    Vea la página web del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton en español

    View the BSD website in Vietnamese

    Xem trang mạng BSD bằng tiếng Việt

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    As we move toward In-person Hybrid Instruction, it’s very important for all schools to have up-to-date emergency contact information for their students.

    You can update student information online through ParentVUE. After logging in, click on the Family Updates and New Student Enrollment button located in the top right of your screen.

    To learn more, watch this tutorial video or visit our Online Verification webpage.

    How to Update your Emergency Contacts in ParentVUE
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    Next Year’s Plan

    For the 2021-22 school year, the District will NOT be offering Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) in the same format as we have done this year. All families who wish to remain fully online should enroll their students in the district’s FLEX Online School.

    If current state-mandated health and safety protocols remain unchanged, all BSD schools will begin the school year in a Hybrid model. After evaluating the success of this school year’s various Hybrid models, the administration will make a determination as to which Hybrid model(s) will be implemented for the coming school year. If current state-mandated health and safety protocols are changed, BSD schools may be able to open in a “normal” model. We’ll be paying close attention to rules around cohorting and required social distancing.

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    The final OBOB battle was Thursday before Spring Break between 5th grade team The COVID Crossouts and the 4th grade (last year's champions) Spirit Readers. It was an extremely close battle separated by only one question leading the COVID Crossouts to be Rock Creek Champions this year! They will be competing in on online regional battle this Saturday. Wish Ethan, Dharya, Genna, and Sid good luck!

    Again, please contact if you'd like to take over as OBOB coordinator.

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    Student Survey

    • Each year the District surveys students, staff, and parents to gather information for planning, program evaluation, and assessment of progress on the District's Strategic Plan.

    • The student survey takes about 20 minutes during the regular school day. The data gathered from the survey is anonymous; your child will not put his/her name or other identifying information on the survey. Like other surveys, results will be presented only about groups. No individual data will be reported.

    • The surveys will be given between March 30 - June 4.

    • Your child may skip questions or stop filling out the survey at any time. Refusing to participate or withdrawing from the survey does not affect your child's grades or class standing in any way. If you or your child does not want to participate, your child can read or do some other activity while his or her classmates complete the survey.

    • A copy of the survey is available at the school office and is posted at

    • After reviewing the survey, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify the Rock Creek office at 503-356-2452.

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    If you'd like to learn more about BSD's safety procedures, check out our new COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance webpage.

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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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    PTC Monthly Meeting! Thursday April 8th with Special Guest.

    Be part of the next PTC monthly meeting and hear about upcoming Board and coordinator positions for the 21-22 school year, upcoming events, volunteer activities, and also hear from our guest speaker, Fuhua Xu, who is running for the School Board Director Zone 2 position for the Beaverton School District. Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8th for the Q&A with Candidate Xu followed by PTC regular business.

    As we learned first hand during the middle school boundary process, it is helpful to know who our representative on the school board which is the Zone 2 position. The PTC cannot endorse a candidate. The PTC is interested in providing informational sessions with candidates to facilitate a meet and greet virtually. You can submit questions in advance to If you previously submitted a question for Candidate Perez de Silva, we will be reusing those questions.

    The login and password for the Zoom PTC meeting will be sent out on Thursday April 8th by the school.


    Jodi Bean

    PTC President at Rock Creek Elementary School and Mom of four



    No Zoom Clubs March 24th & March 31st!

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

    Curbside Library Book Check-

    Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.

    Thursday, April 1st 11:00 - 12:00

    Starting Monday April 5th, this will be the new Library to go schedule:

    Monday Curbside Library 2:45 - 4:00

    Wednesday Book Bus 10:00 - 12:45

    Thursday Curbside Library 2:45 - 4:00


    10:20 am NW ELK RUN DR @ NW 177TH PL



    11:42 am NW DEERFIELD DR & NW 180TH PL


    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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    Check out this link for fun enrichment Ideas. It is updated every Friday with new activities.
    Enrichment Ideas
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    Walking and Rolling is good for the earth

    April is the month we celebrate Earth Day and one way you can help our planet and combat climate change is to replace car trips with active ones! 2 miles of driving = 1.6 lbs of
    carbon emissions. Think about local car trips that your family takes often. Maybe it is a trip to the park or a friend’s house.
    Map your route and try walking or biking instead. We often think places are farther than they seem. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your location and be amazed at what your body can do for you!
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    English version free student meals
    Spanish text free student meals
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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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    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.
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