Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- December 17, 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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Mark your Calendar

Dates to Remember

12/17 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

12/18 Rocket Run Prize & T-shirt pickup 10:30 am-12:00 pm (Undercover Area)

12/21-1/01 SCHOOL CLOSED- Winter Break


01/01 SCHOOL CLOSED- New Year's Day

01/04 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/04 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/06 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

01/07 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

01/11 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/11 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/12 PTC Zoom Meeting

01/13 Principal chat (Zoom) 11 am -12 pm

01/13 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

01/14 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

01/18 SCHOOL CLOSED- Martin Luther King Jr Day

01/20 Synchronous Day

01/20 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

01/21 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

01/25 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/25 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/26 Picture Day (Tentatively Scheduled)

01/27 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

01/28 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm
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Dear Amazing RC Families,

We have endured a fall like no other and are headed into winter. In some ways we have made incredible growth that we could have never imagined. In other ways, we are sad for the loss of in person time with each other. Here is what we know and what we are learning: learning is not linear. It is not a checklist. It is a lifelong process that we as educators are so lucky to be a part of. Kids are learning skills right now. Incredible things like how to email, how to manage their time, how to be self-directed, how to self-regulate, how to be bored, how to fail, how to struggle, how to be lonely, how to ask for help, and how to use a gazillion different online platforms.
I would like for us to challenge ourselves to value the resiliency within our students. Not grades, not the test scores, but the strength.

Success this year must be measured differently. Give your students and yourself the permission to do so. It’s not a cop-out, it’s a change- a big one. As always, we use the content to teach the skill. It’s no different this year. The content is just teaching different skills. But different isn’t less valuable – it’s just not something we’ve experienced before. Focus on the skills you’ve seen shine during this first semester, rather than worrying about the skills they’ve “missed.” We’re all going to come out of this a bit different. And it’s ok to acknowledge that our students will too. Not “behind,” just changed. And change is painful, but it’s also the impetus of growth.

Wishing you a peaceful winter break full of reflection,

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December Assembly
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Results are in.... Over $18,000 was raised from Rocket Run Week! Tomorrow (10:30 am -12:00 pm) is the final day for Prize and T-shirt pick-up prior to winter break. Please review the Event Summary for Prize winners and timeframes for t-shirt and prize pick-up. All students will receive a t-shirt; we made our best guess for t-shirt sizes that were not submitted.

Wishing you a Safe and Joyous Conclusion to 2020,

Chris and Marianthe Tufts

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Immunizations are required by state law for children and students in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, child care facilities and Head Start programs in Oregon. Nearly every facility that provides care for a child outside the home requires immunizations or a medical or non-medical exemption to remain enrolled.

Children who are not up-to-date on their immunizations by February 17, 2021 will be excluded from school until their immunizations are updated. During Comprehensive Distance Learning, that means students will be put on a list and will not be allowed on campus for any reason until they’re up-to-date (i.e. no limited-in-person activities, no hybrid learning, no in-person learning, no athletics, no school events).

Keeping children up-to-date on immunizations will help schools transition safely and quickly to in-person learning when they’re able.

Students and families in the Beaverton School District may access immunizations at both the Beaverton School-Based Health Center and the Merlo School-Based Health Center in addition to their own health care providers.

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Starting January 4th- New Office 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 and email 7:30 am -4:00 pm Monday thru Friday.

Please note: These hours may be subject to change depending on what is happening with the metrics.

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The PTC is collecting information for a Digital Directory for students to connect with each other! This is completely optional and all information included is voluntary. The Digital Directory will be stored on the PTC Website in a password-protected page. The Digital Directory is only for use by the Rock Creek Elementary Community.

Submission Deadline requested by December 18, 2020

It is our goal to have the first edition finalized and on the PTC website by Winter Break so that families have the option to connect with friends during the two weeks. We will periodically update the Digital Directory on an as needed basis.

Use this link to complete the Digital Directory and choose to include your phone number, email address, street address or any combination of the information. Submit one form entry per student.

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Winter Break is Near - Gifting Season is here!

Safe teacher gift delivery options are:

1. Mail pictures and cards to Rock Creek at:

4125 NW 185th Ave, Portland, OR 97229

2. Send an electronic gift card!

3. Drop off gifts at Library Pick Up hours 12/10, 12/14, 12/17 or at the Book Bus on 12/9 or 12/16.

Physical gifts will be quarantined before distribution.

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.

Do you or your child have an interest they would like share with other kids? We would love to hear from you!

The PTC is currently seeking volunteers to help facilitate Zoom Clubs for 4th and 5th graders, providing a time to connect and socialize over shared Interests. Volunteers will be in student Zooms and possible club topics could be: book club, interactive game club (uno, checkers, Minecraft). Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Michele Simantel, at for more information and to sign up.

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We have some Rock Creek families who still need to pay for their Device Protection. If you enrolled in the Damage/Loss Protection Program and have not paid the $20.00 fee, you may pay for the coverage using the District's Online Payment System. Here is the link to pay online: Online Payments.

For more information, please visit

Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University

Supports for Families

We at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University recognize that in these unprecedented times you are working hard to support your child’s literacy learning at home as best you can. We want to help. To that end, we have created free offerings for families. We hope these will bring more joy into home literacy learning. We will be adding to these regularly; check this page for updates and additions!

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GRIEF: It's not a topic we like to talk about, but it is something we all experience at one time or another. Right now, many of us are grieving the life and traditions that we have been forced to change this holiday season. Also, many of us are grieving the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19 or other illnesses. Here is a great resource with some ideas that may help you navigate this challenging season

The Dougy Center has many other resources on their website at

You can also contact them if your child needs grief support and might benefit from an online grief support group.

Michelle SolbergCounselor
Rock Creek Elementary School
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The Rock Creek staff would like to thank each of you for all of your support while we navigate teaching during these unprecedented times. We recognize that each of you has had to provide added support for your children while learning remotely and that our success is a group effort. Thank you for your kindness, your persistence, and your grace. We recognize what a gift it is to be a part of the Rock Creek Community. Thank you!
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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.

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December Wiser Kids K-5 Newsletter

You can subscribe here.

December's issue features:

Current Services at Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries

NEW and NOTEABLE Titles for All Ages and Across All Formats: Find what's available now, including graphic novels, early readers, books in Chinese, Spanish, Tamil and more.

One World Many Faiths: Celebrate the diversity of faiths in picture books!

Winter Holiday Picture Books: Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah picture books to read for the holidays!

Favorite Children's Non-fiction Books of 2020: A timely, beautiful and interesting selection of books that were published in 2020.

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

OBOB Trivia for Grades 3-5 - Registration information can be found on our OBOB website, along with practice questions for this year's books.

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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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The 3 W’s for a Safe Holiday WEAR your mask, WATCH your distance, WASH your hands

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This year the Oregon Health Authority has encouraged everyone to participate in low-risk holiday activities to keep all Oregonians safe during the pandemic, because we know social gatherings have been the catalyst for a significant level of spread of the Coronavirus. If you are planning on gathering with family or friends this holiday season, it is important to remember the 3 W’s to keep you and your family safe - wear your mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands!

Low risk ideas for this holiday season:

● Make seasonal dishes with the people you live with

● Enjoy time outside and plan a family walk

● Meet virtually

● Shop locally or online

It is safest to stay home and celebrate. If you are planning on traveling or having someone who does not live with you attend your holiday activities, it is important to take precautions and celebrate safely.

Tips to help keep you and your family safe:

● Stay home and avoid others when you are sick or have been exposed to illness

● Get your flu vaccine

● Wear your face covering and only remove it to eat

● Wash your hands frequently

● Maintain 6 feet of distance

● Limit the gathering to 6 or less people

● Take your seasonal activities outdoors

● Prepare individual food plates to limit the sharing of utensils

● Drive instead of fly, if possible

Get COVID-19 tested before going anywhere or reduce interaction with others outside of your home for 2 weeks before a social gathering

If you want more information, see additional CDC recommendations. Have a safe and joyous holiday season!

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5th Grade Parents: Learning Options Schools

Applications are now being accepted for the following Middle Schools:

  • Arts and Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA)
  • Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering (BASE)
  • International School of Beaverton (ISB)
  • Rachel Carson School of Environmental Science

Open House Information

Due to COVID restrictions they will not be hosting an Open House, so each school has posted an Informational video. We encourage you to go the school's website and watch the video presentations with your student to gather information about the school(s) and programs.

For more information and important dates, please visit the Learning Options webpage.

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Snowflake Hunt

This month Beaverton Safe Routes to School invites your school community to go on a Snowflake Hunt! To participate make a snowflake and place it in a window facing the street and then go for a walk and count how many snowflakes you find. We hope this provides your family with a fun activity and a little encouragement to get outside for a walk or roll. Use the link below for a snowflake making tutorial and make sure your trip is counted in the following ways:

1. Send an email to with the number of snowflakes you found. BSD students (or parents) please include how many students participated and what school they are from.

2. BSD elementary students can also log their miles on their Marathon Kids account. If you need information on how to set up a Marathon Kids account, contact your PE teacher.

3. Post a photo to social media with the following hashtags #BSDsaferoutes #BSDtogether #BSDmarathonkids


Cold Weather Doesn’t Mean You Need to Stay Inside!

With the change in weather it can be tempting to stay indoors. We know that our kids need to move every day and the extensive associated benefits of physical exercise. Here are some tips to help you build healthy (and fun!) habits into the remote school day:

  1. Start your day by taking a walk or a bike ride. Do you still travel to a different location for school? Then make that trip an active one! Too far to walk? Try parking halfway and walking the rest. Commit to walking or biking 2 days a week and start building those healthy habits.
  2. Take movement breaks in between classes or at lunch time. A brisk walk around the block will get your heart pumping and re-energize you for the rest of your day.
  3. Need to pick up your library holds or free lunch? Bike over to your pickup location and reap the benefits of an active trip while checking off your to-do list.

Winter Walk and Bike Preparation

Don’t let the cold weather keep you inside all season! Time spent being active outside can
boost mood and mental health and keep kids focused and learning better. With some simple
preparation, your children can still be active and stay safe and warm during our winter
• Wear a raincoat or poncho and/or carry an umbrella.
• Carry a plastic bag if you need to store wet gear.
• Wear gloves and waterproof shoes. Carry (or store) extra shoes and socks to change
• Find an under-cover area to park your bike if possible. If not, bring a plastic bag to cover
the seat.
• Wear reflective gear and/or bright colors and use a light on your bicycle.
• Only walk or bike in the rain if you are comfortable, as roads are slick and visibility may
be reduced.
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The District has more than 10,600 library books that are overdue or lost. In addition, we have more than 2,200 textbooks and devices (those that are NOT currently being used for Comprehensive Distance Learning) that also need to be returned. Some of these items are likely under your student’s bed or sitting in a backpack.

We desperately need to recover these items or the associated fines for the lost items. Only then can schools begin to replace books and devices for future use.

Please search for overdue and lost items: library books, textbooks from last school year and school-issued devices (iPads, Chromebooks) that your student isn’t currently using. Search your in-box, too, for any emails from ( or (, which will indicate that your student has a missing item.

Then return that item to any BSD school. You have several options: (Please arrive in a mask.)

  • Return items to your school during regular school hours. Some schools also may offer evening drop-off hours. Check with your school’s newsletter for additional drop-off hours and directions.

  • Return items to any Library Book Bus stop. See schedule and map for days and times.

  • Pay lost fine through the district’s Online Payment System.

If you’ve already returned materials or items were left in classrooms last spring, please contact your school library staff via email to let them know. Library materials are quarantined for up to one week before being checked in, so it will take time for fines to be resolved in InTouch accounts.

Thank you for helping us get resources back to our schools so that they can be re-distributed to those students who need them.

Open Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

The Open Enrollment application window for the 2021-22 school year is now open.

Applications will be accepted from Monday, December 7 through Friday, January 22 at 2 p.m. Applications are available online, at each school and at the District Office. Completed applications should be returned to the school for which the student is applying.

Beaverton and Southridge High Schools each have 50 open slots. There are no open slots available at elementary or middle schools. Principals will make the final determination as to what grade levels will be filled with these Open Enrollment slots. For more information, please visit the Open Enrollment webpage.

Sign Up to Visit the Clothes Closet

Does your student need new or gently used clothing at no cost? The district-run Clothes Closet is ready to serve you! Appointments are required. To schedule, please complete the Clothes Closet Appointments form or call 503-356-4322. Visits are limited to one adult with four children or two adults with 8 children. All visitors must wear masks. If you don't have your own, we'll provide one.

Student Testing on Hold

Due to the Governor’s “freeze,” all planning for testing (Summa/SAT/ACT) is on hold until further notice.

Inclement Weather Information During CDL

All classes and school schedules will continue on time in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), even if district facilities are closed due to inclement weather. In other words, we will not have any "snow days" in CDL.

If district facilities are closed, any on-site classes/programs including Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) will be canceled. All daytime and evening activities/events also will be canceled. For more information, please visit the Inclement Weather Information webpage.
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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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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.
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