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Rock Creek Elementary- April 8, 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


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/Assessment Day- No School for Students

4/22 Earth Day

4/28 Staff Development Work Day- No School for Students

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 on school campus 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. 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.

**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.


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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.

    Please fill out the form and send it with your student or email it to

    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:

    Pandemic EBT picture
    Pandemic EBT information
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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 TODAY 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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    Stress is a normal part of life and can certainly be heightened during this time in our lives. Help your child know and manage their stress by helping them create their own stress monster! Click on the link for instructions.

    Michelle Solberg, Counselor

    Creek Elementary School
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    Congrats to the COVID Crossouts, Ethan, Sid, Dharya, and Genna. They got to third place at virtual Regionals this past weekend. It was extremely tough with multiple amazing teams. OBOB members looks for info on the icepop party coming in May.

    Email if you'd like to take over OBOB next year, or if you'd like the link to the video of the final Rock Creek battle.

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    In honor of that we are having a contest going on all month. When you come to any of our check out times, we will take your guess on how many books we have in our library. Whoever has the closest guess in each grade level will receive a free book. Good luck hope to see you soon.

    We are also so EXCITED to share that our Library Book bus will continue. We have new hours but the stops are the same.

    Curbside Library & Book Bus Checkout

    Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.

    New Library to go schedule:

    Monday Curbside Library 2:45 - 4:00

    Wednesday Book Bus 10:20 - 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


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

    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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    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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    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



    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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    Check out this link for fun enrichment Ideas. It is updated every Friday with new activities.
    Enrichment Ideas
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    The Communications & Community Involvement Department will host a School Board Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. The School Board election is in May.

    The forum will be conducted via Zoom. Community members can submit questions in advance via the form. A moderator will pose the questions to the candidates during the forum. The meeting will be recorded and posted to the District's YouTube and Facebook pages shortly after its completion.

    If you'd like to submit a question for the School Board candidates, please complete the Candidate Forum Questions form by Monday, April 26 at 5 p.m.
    To learn more about the candidates, visit our webpage:




    Kids are everywhere. Drive like it.

    As students return to schools for in-person learning this month, arrival and departure times may be different than you are used to. While traffic and activities around Beaverton schools may look different, one thing is for sure – kids are out and about in our community. Some kids may be returning to school buildings while others will be continuing to learn remotely and taking breaks outside during the day. Safety is everyone’s responsibility! Kids are everywhere. #DriveLikeIt.

    Driving Safety Tips

    Our community needs everyone to drive safely, be alert, and follow traffic laws, especially when observing students walking, biking, skateboarding, and scootering. Let’s work together to keep our students safe!

    · Stop for school busses when red lights flash. Both directions of traffic must stop.

    · Watch your speed. 20 mph is the school zone speed limit.

    · Be ready to stop at all times. Kids may dart into the street without checking for traffic.

    · Stop for people at intersections and when asked by the crossing guard. Check your blind spots before turning and behind your vehicle before reversing.

    · Drive for conditions – This time of year is often rainy and foggy limiting visibility for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians so keep those headlights on to help others see you.

    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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    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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    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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