Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- November 12, 2020

Newsletter for Rock Creek Elementary

Rock Creek Elementary School is a community on a mission to develop compassionate, responsible, lifelong learners. We strive to cultivate thinking, and inquiry that empowers students to engage in a changing world.

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Upcoming Events

Mark your Calendar

Dates to Remember


11/12- Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

11/13- No School for Students - Grading Day

11/16 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/16- Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/16- Kindergarten Supply Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/16- Deadline for Rocket Run Submission

11/17 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

11/19- Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

11/19- Kindergarten Supply Pick-Up 11:00 am -12:00 pm

11/23 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/23 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/24- Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

11/25-27- SCHOOL CLOSED - Thanksgiving

11/30-Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/30- Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

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Important Rocket Run Information!

Deadline Extended to Monday, November 16th

Results and Donation submission take place through next Monday November 16th at 11:59 pm. Please use this form * to submit your student’s summary of activities and donations.

*If you are not redirected, please copy/paste this link into your browser:

Please Contact the Event Coordinators with Questions:

Chris and Marianthe Tufts

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Kindergarten Supply Packet Pick-Up~Next Week!!

A new packet of learning supplies for Kindergartners will be available during our Library curbside pick-up time on the following dates:

11/16 - Kindergarten supply pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/19 - Kindergarten supply pick-up 11 am-12 pm

Please remember to wear your mask and practice social distancing.

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School Report Card

Our 2019-20 school profile is posted on our school webpage under About Us>School Profile>Oregon Report Card. There is also a link on this page to school profiles for other years and other schools. The 2019-20 district profile is posted on the district report card webpage.

State report cards began when the 1999 Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring every public school and district to receive a report from the Oregon Department of Education about how they are performing overall. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and affords states greater flexibility. ESSA encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs. As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education redesigned the School and District report cards to engage and inform families about their school’s approach to learning, academic and extracurricular offerings, and student performance. Reports cards also serve as an important tool for continuous improvement planning by local and state policymakers, in conjunction with the communities they serve.

The 2019-20 school and district profiles do not include statewide assessments data, class size data, or attendance data as a result of the necessary statewide school closures and the implementation of Distance Learning for All. The profiles present all available data not impacted by the state’s response to COVID-19.

At Rock Creek WE are committed to using this information to help tailor our school improvement plans and academic programs to meet the needs of every student.

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Rock Creek Marathon Kids 2020/2021

Beaverton School District is excited to announce its partnership with Marathon Kids; a running club that will be available to your student on November 9, 2020.

What is Marathon Kids?

  • An all inclusive running club

  • Students track miles run to earn Marathons

  • Rewards are available for students when they hit different mile markers

Marathon Kids mission is to get kids moving, one lap at a time, at the pace they choose. Walk, run, jog those laps until they have earned the goals they have set for themselves.

Why Marathon Kids?

We all know how much exercise and movement is important for not only our physical health but also our mental health. Research shows that incorporating consistent running/walking routines into students' lives, helps them both physically and mentally. No matter the students ability, they can run/walk/jog at their own pace and set their own mileage goals. This is the perfect activity for students and families to do safely and socially distanced from others, in the time frame that fits each family's schedule.

How will this work during CDL?

Students will run/walk/jog and track their own miles at home with their families. Parents will then submit the miles completed on the Marathon Kids website. Miles will then be approved by the student’s PE teacher.

In order to have access, parents will receive an email to join the schools Marathon Kids Club. Be sure to click on the link in the email to get connected!

When does it start?

As soon as you receive your email and you are logged in, you can start running and tracking your students miles! You will be receiving an invitation from Marathon Kids to make an account and sign up on Friday morning.

Be on the lookout for our Kick Off Turkey Trot event information coming soon!

Happy Running!

BSD Parent's Handout for Marathon Kids

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Rock Creek Library News!!

Book Bus Schedule and Curbside Pick-Up Times

Book Bus Tuesday Schedule:

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

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

Mondays 2:30 - 4:00

Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00

Returning Library Books

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.

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


Connie Hilger
Library Media Assistant
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Enrichment Activity Ideas for Students!

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

Rock Creek has $1,600 in outstanding Device Coverage fees. If you opted in and have not paid for the Device Coverage for your student, please see instructions below.
Please go to the online payment system to make your payment:

Steps for Online Payment:

  2. Log In
  3. Choose child
  4. “Attention: . . .unpaid fines/fees” click View
  5. Pay Online
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Just Right Books for 1st and 2nd Grade

Just Right Books

Beginning readers need ample practice in books that are at their level. First and second graders may pick-up some “just right books” when they pick-up their library books beginning October 19th. These books will be available every Monday during the library pick-up time 2:30-4:00 pm.

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Calling all 5th Grade Parents

Are you creative or looking for a way to volunteer from home? We are looking for a few parents to work on the 5th grade yearbook that each 5th grade will receive at the end of the school year. There is a template already set up from last year that could be used again or someone creative could choose a new template from the yearbook company.
If you are interested in helping please contact Jenny Sawyer at
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From the Desk of Rock Creek Counselor Michelle Solberg

Research has shown that people who practice being grateful on a regular basis are happier. It's up to us to model gratefulness for our children to help them to grow up as happier children and adults. Here are some tips:,what%20you're%20grateful%20for.

Michelle Solberg

Rock Creek Elementary School
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Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month

We encourage our community to observe, recognize, and celebrate the culture, heritage, and contributions of Native Americans to our country, our state, our cities, and our schools.

Please see the link below to find a partial list of just some of the ways to commemorate Native American Heritage Month this year.

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OBOB - Need to Find a Team?

Looking for an OBOB team?

Email if you still need a team.

Here’s a list of the books for this year:

3rd to 5th Grade Division

  • Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle
  • Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
  • Changeling by William Ritter
  • The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • Power Forward by Hena Khan
  • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
  • Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
  • A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

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The Rock Creek Parent-Teacher Club

The Rock Creek Parent-Teacher Club

All Rock Creek Parents are automatically members of the Parent Teacher Club (PTC). The PTC is a great way to learn about the exciting things happening at Rock Creek. There are tons of ways to get involved! Connect with the PTC at our meetings, on Facebook, via text message(text: @rcptcto 81010 to join)and through our website.

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

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

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Child Care Subsidies for Families

Washington County has secured a grant through the federal CARES Act to provide child care subsidies to parents/guardians. The Beaverton School District will be distributing approximately $2.4 million to families who are eligible and apply for these funds.

The application window is now open to apply online for money to help cover some or all of your out-of-pocket child care expenses:

If you don’t have internet access, you can pick up a paper application at your school or the district Office (16550 SW Merlo Drive, Beaverton).

If you have questions, call 503-793-0408 or email If you need interpretation or translation assistance only, please call our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

The funds will be distributed until they are gone. It’s in your best interest to apply early.

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Nurse's Corner

Healthy Habits- Healthy Eating!

Healthy habits and routines are important to manage and improve both mental and physical wellness, even when students are participating in distance learning. Healthy eating is linked with improvements in behavior, attention, mood, safety, school performance and attendance, and boosting immune systems. Here are a few tips.


· Try to make half the plate fruits and vegetables

· Limit sugary drinks. Did you know that in 12 ounces of soda, there are about 40 grams of sugar? That is 10 teaspoons of sugar in just one can!

· Focus on eating more fresh foods and less packaged foods.

· Occasional sweets are fine, but try not to make dessert a reward

· Let kids stop eating when they feel they’ve had enough

· Nutrition Resources:

Free food resources are found on the Community Resources webpage.

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Upcoming District Events

Virtual School Board Work Session

Virtual School Board Work Session

Monday, November 16, 2020

6:30 p.m.

Meeting Materials

This board meeting will be dedicated to discussing issues regarding our School Resource Officers (SROs), including the community survey results from the summer. If you were unable to participate in the survey, your opinion has changed or you have additional information to share, please feel free to provide written comment to the Board.

Public Comments will be accepted from Thurs., Nov. 12 at 12 p.m. through Mon., Nov. 16 at 12 p.m.

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Family Resources

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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Technology Information

Student help Desk Information
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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.