Rock Creek News

Keeping up with the Redhawks! August 21, 2022 Edition

Dear Rock Creek Families,

We had a great first full week of school! We enjoyed our PBIS kickoff week last week which included a PBIS pep rally, a schoowide expectations rodeo, and a recess rodeo taught by our 6th-graders to all other grades in the school. Please be sure to ask your child what a Red Hawk ticket is, how they earn one, and how they can use them!

We loved getting to see you at our Back to School Night on Thursday and at our Food Truck Friday! It was a great turnout despite the heat!

As a reminder, with an increased districtwide focus on safety this year, you will find some new expectations as parents on campus that have begun to implement on campus. This week, we include first-grade families in following these expectations. Please keep in mind that this is happening districtwide and these changes are made with the intent to keep our school safe:

-You will see signage throughout campus noting that only RUSD staff and students are allowed past certain points. Please follow these signs as we work to make our campus more secure.

  • Visitors and students are not allowed on campus before 7:40. At 7:40, your 1st-6th grade student may walk themselves to class.
  • Please do not enter campus until 2:20 unless you've checked in at the office. At 2:20, you may walk to meet your child. If you pick up a kindergartener at 2:10, we ask that you wait with your kindergartener at the front of the school (our trees out front provide some nice shade!) until the bell rings before walking to pick up your other student.
  • If you are on campus during school hours, you must check in at the office to sign in and get a visitor's badge.

We understand that this is a change in our drop-off and pick-up procedures and we appreciate your kindness, grace, and cooperation as we work to make our campus more safe and secure for our students and staff.

Finally, we are thrilled to introduce one of our new staff member, Sarah Phleger, our school counselor. To learn more about Sarah, check out her bio here.

We are settling into the school year and appreciate your partnership with us to give your child a the best educational experience possible!


Bevin Graham


Week at a Glance

Monday, August 22nd
  • Articulation Day: Dismissal for TK: 11:50, K: 1:10, 1-6: 1:20

Tuesday, August 23rd

Wednesday, August 24th

Thursday, August 25th

Friday, August 26th

  • Red Hawk Spirit Week
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Get Involved!

There are so many great ways to get involved and volunteer at Rock Creek!


  • Check out our PTC meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 16th in the library at 6:30. Stay tuned for our schoolwide spirit event, Penny Wars, from August 22nd-26.

Art Docent

  • Sign up on our new Rock Creek Elementary app or email for more information. A parent meeting is scheduled for September 7th at 1:30 in the large conference room.

Science Docent

  • If you would like to become a science docent, please fill out the form linked here.

Classroom Volunteer

  • Specific information on volunteering for your child's teacher to come at Back to School Night.

Lunch Monitor

  • If you are interested in helping out at lunch, please see Courtney Sequenzia, our Front Office Clerk and Volunteer Coordinator for more information.
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Drop-Off Procedures

As we work hard to keep our students and staff healthy and safe on campus, please follow the following drop-off procedures:

  • Students are welcome on campus between 7:40 and 7:50 and will head straight to their classrooms in the morning. When you hear the music playing, you know that the campus is open!
  • Please practice kindness and patience with each other in the school drop-off lines.
  • The kindergarten drop-off is for drop-off only. If you would like to walk your TK/Kindergartener to class, please park along the street or in the parking lot.
  • Bus lanes are for buses only.
  • When using the drop-off lanes, please remain in your car and pull forward.
  • Please follow all signs and staff directions as we work to keep our campus safe.

RUSD's Health and Safety Information for the 2022-2023 School Year

  • Our district sent out our health and safety guidance as it relates to COVID-19 last week. It is linked here for you if you missed it and is available on our district's website.
  • If you are on campus during school hours, it is required that you sign in at the office. This helps us keep our kids, staff, and you safe!
  • Our school conducts monthly safety drills. If we conduct a lockdown drill, you will receive a note from the office ahead of time so that families may have conversations with their children to help ease nerves that we know these cause for some of our students.

Important Dates to Remember

August 22-26: Penny Wars

August 25th: DELAC (District English Learners Advisory Committee) Meeting 3:15-5:00 at RUSD District Office

September 5th: No school in observance of Labor Day

September 7th: RUSD School Board Meeting 6:30

September 13th: PTC Meeting 6:30

September 15th: Picture Day

September 21st: RUSD School Board Meeting 6:30

September 23rd: Picture Makeup Day

October 10-14: Rock Creek Book Fair

October 11th: PTC Meeting 6:30

October 19th: RUSD School Board Meeting

October 24-28 Red Ribbon Week

October 27: DELAC Meeting

October 31: No School (Staff Development Day)

November 4: Last day of Trimester 1

November 7-10: 6th-Grade Sly Park Trip

November 10: Minimum Day

November 11: No school in observance of Veteran's Day

November 14-18: Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 21-25: No School for Thanksgiving Week

December 22: Minimum Day

December 23-January 6: No school for Winter Break