Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary - December 19, 2019

Rock Creek is a candidate school for
the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

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Rock Creek School Hours- Monday thru Friday 8:30-3:00

Please Note: There is no early release this year.

Upcoming Events

12/20 Comfy Clothes day for Students and Staff

12/23-1/3- School Closed- Winter Break

1/6 Vision Screening K-5

1/7 Art Lit Training 7 pm (Art Lit Portable)

1/8 Art Lit Training 9 am (Art Lit Portable)

1/10 OBOB Meeting for 3-5 gr teams during their lunch recess

1/15 Principal Chat 6:00 pm

1/15 PTC Meeting 6:30 pm

1/17 NAEP Testing

1/20 School Closed- MLK Jr. Day

1/27 No School For Students- Grading Day

Recess Runners

Recess Runners has been very successful the last couple of months with many kids participating. We've awarded many shoe tokens already for those that have completed 50 laps and some are very close to hitting 100 laps! Because we are only offering Recess Runners once a week, students have the opportunity to run once a week outside of school and have you track them using the form attached.

Please fill this out and return it to school so these additional laps can be added to their totals. We are also extremely short on volunteers, especially for the 12:20-1:20 shift (3rd through 5th grade) which only has one volunteer. If you are able to help, please contact Sarah Morriss at semorriss@gmail.com.

Comfy Clothes Day

Everyone can wear their school appropriate comfy clothes on Friday, Dec. 20th! Comfy clothes can be pajamas, sweats or regular clothes, whatever you are comfortable wearing.

Please Send a Note. (Please Read)

Please be sure that your child knows what they are doing after school, before they leave in the morning.We cannot stress how important this is. Not knowing the daily pick up plan causes anxiety in many students. If there is a change to their normal dismissal plans, please send a note with your child. If we don’t have a note, students will be sent home per their normal plan.


If your child attends an after school class at Rock Creek, please send a note to their teacher letting them know the class name, time and dates.


We ask that phone calls with change of plans be limited to EMERGENCIES only. Urgent messages should not be left on teacher voice mails during the school day. Teachers pick up after school notes at their lunch time. Calling to change plans after this time, is very disruptive to the class. We cannot guarantee that last minute changes will be delivered before dismissal. Thanks for helping us limit classroom disruptions.

If you need to make weekly changes to your child's after-school plan, please email the teacher with all the dates and details. We ask that phone calls with change of plans be limited to emergencies only.

Jump Rope Club!!

It’s that time of year! The Rock Creek Jump Rope Club is starting up next month and will run for four weeks. Come learn the basics of jump roping with a single rope, double dutch as well as some advanced tricks using hippity hops, pogo balls and pogo sticks. The club will meet every Tuesday and Wednesday starting January 21st/22nd through February 11th/12th after school from 3:10 to 4pm. Participants can choose EITHER Tuesdays OR Wednesdays (not both). This is a free club and is open to all students!

Signups can be done on Google Forms at https://forms.gle/fdxfFTogdWtmHJnR9 . Registration ends Wednesday, January 15th!


This is my last year as a Rock Creek parent. The PE staff would love to carry on this 8 year tradition, but I need someone to take over the program. In addition, I need parent volunteers to help with some of the stations. With over 150 kids last year, we need many parent volunteers to make this a successful club. You don’t need to be an expert jump roper! Just be willing to help with some of the basics or turn the rope for jumpers (younger siblings are welcome). Sign up to volunteer at www.myvolunteerpage.com and note on the Google Form. You must have a completed background check to volunteer. Please contact Sarah Morriss if you have any questions or are interested in running the club at semorriss@gmail.com.

OBOB Information

The next student meeting is Friday January 10th.
Email KatieEMurry@hotmail.com with any questions. Keep reading!

Friendly PSA

It’s that time of year to bring to your attention again head lice. With the added layering, jackets, gloves and hats seem to end up scattered about. It’s a really good idea, now and always, to start checking your child’s head for lice, weekly. It’s just a fact that we have to deal with and those little critters love to share.

New community partnership opens a world of reading!

Students will be bringing home a Washington County youth access library card beginning this week and into next week. Please see the article below from Washington County with information and frequently asked questions. Students that are new, students that already have a card, and students that are opted out of the directory will not receive a card. These students can go to the public library and sign up.


We are also participating in the Read for Bees Winter Reading Challenge. This is also through the Washington County libraries. Your students will be bringing a flyer home this week or early next week. This is optional but if they do participate I will be collecting the the numbers of hours they have read in the library.


Connie Hilger

Rock Creek LMA



The Beaverton School District and our Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) partners are expanding access to library materials and resources via the public library Youth Access Card (YAC) for BSD students who do not already have a public library card. This special library card allows students to check out up to five print books or audiobooks from any WCCLS library without any overdue fines. It also provides access to ebooks, digital audiobooks, and other online library resources that can be obtained directly from their BSD Chromebooks or other device.


Using the Sora app, students can link their WCCLS library cards to the BSD digital library so they can browse and borrow BSD and public library ebook/audiobook collections in one place. Rolling distribution of the YAC cards to BSD schools will begin starting in November and continue through January. For more details about these cards, please see the the BSD webpage about the partnership.

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Winter Break- School Closed

Schools will be closed Monday, December 23, 2019 through Friday, January 3, 2020 for Winter Break.


School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

PYP Corner

When our schedules are full and the flu season is upon us, it is helpful to be even more intentional about seeking balance in our lives. We can engage the children in conversations about decisions and priorities, which will foster their own self-awareness and the development of self-management skills. Consider what the following questions could spark.

· Have I had both active times and calm times today? Do I need more of one or the other?

· Which of my tasks are urgent and which ones can wait? How do I know?

· What is something I have done today to make me healthy? What is one thing I could do better tomorrow?

Seeking balance is one of the key attributes of a learner!

Here are our current units…

Kindergarten- How We Express Ourselves: Discovering what makes us unique helps us express ourselves in many creative ways.

First Grade- How We Express Ourselves: People express themselves through the traditions of their cultures.

Second Grade- How We Organize Ourselves: The demand for goods and services creates the need for systems of exchange.

Third Grade- Sharing the Planet: Human choices contribute to global changes.

Fourth Grade- Sharing the Planet: Energy is transferable and it is our responsibility to conserve it.

Fifth Grade- How We Organize Ourselves: Government influences people.

Reports Cards Going Paperless!


The Beaverton School District is transitioning to electronic report cards for all students. The electronic report cards will be accessed through ParentVUE (mobile and desktop). If you have not set up your ParentVUE account, you will need to do that by January 2020.


There are resources and guidance on how to set up a ParentVue account. Please view the FAQ for instructions on setting up your account. There are several benefits to moving to paperless report cards. You will be able to view grades days after grading days, rather than wait up to two weeks for a report card to come by mail or in your child’s backpack. In addition, moving away from paper is environmentally friendly and cost-effective for the District.


Please contact your school if you need help setting up or accessing your ParentVUE account or need assistance with a printed copy. We will be sharing more information about this transition in the coming weeks.


Las boletas de calificaciones se enviarán electrónicamente y no en papel


El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton está haciendo la transición a las boletas de calificaciones electrónicas para todos los estudiantes. De ahora en adelante usted podrá obtener las boletas de calificaciones electrónicas a través de la aplicación ParentVUE (por celular y computadora). Si todavía no ha configurado su cuenta de ParentVUE, deberá hacerlo antes de enero de 2020.

Tenemos recursos e instrucciones sobre cómo configurar una cuenta de ParentVue. Por favor consulte la sección de Preguntas Frecuentes donde podrá encontrar esta información.

Hay varios beneficios de solo recibir las boletas de calificaciones de manera electrónica. Usted las podrá ver de tres a cuatro días hábiles después de los días de calificación, en lugar de esperar hasta dos semanas para recibir una boleta de calificaciones por correo o en la mochila de su hijo. Además, deshacerse de la opción de papel ayuda al medio ambiente y es mas económico para el Distrito.

Por favor comuníquese con su escuela si necesita ayuda para configurar o entrar a su cuenta de ParentVUE o si necesita ayuda con una copia impresa. Estaremos compartiendo más información sobre esta transición en las próximas semanas.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

We want to thank you for volunteering this year, and we wish you all a wonderful Holiday season!




Please check the Rock Creek PTC Facebook page for updated information!



Thank you for volunteering!

Katie & Nancy

Volunteer Coordinators

Late Arrivals

Make arriving to school on time a priority. Students should arrive at school between 8:15 and 8:25 am and be in their classroom ready to learn by 8:30 am. Students who arrive late disrupt the entire class and miss important information teachers share about the plans for the day. Children who exhibit chronic lateness often struggle with organization in general. They may find it hard to keep track of personal items or forget to turn in homework. Helping them establish the habit of timeliness tends to have a positive ripple effect to other areas of life.

Help your child have a good start to their day by making sure they arrive to school on time!

Smarter Balance Test Update

Last spring, students in grades 3 – 8 and 11 in the Beaverton School District and throughout Oregon took the state tests (Smarter Balanced) in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

In addition to content standards, these assessments are designed to measure critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. The test results provide you, our schools, our district and the state with information about how well we are preparing our students for their next steps including college and career readiness.


Our students will take these tests once between January and June 2020. House Bill 2655 permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting a form to the school the student attends. The school shall provide any student who is exempted from a state test with supervised study time while other students are testing.


Here is a link to additional information: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Opt-Out_Form_2019-20.pdf

Connect with your Parent Teacher Club!


Volunteer opportunities, events and fundraising, oh my! Get the latest news on all your favorite PTC activities by connecting with us.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockCreekElementarySchool/

Website: www.rockcreekptc.org

Text: text @rcptc to 81019

Middle School Boundary Adjustment

The Beaverton School District has held four (4) community meetings with the Middle School Boundary Adjustment (MSBA) advisory committee. Attendance boundaries for all of the middle schools are being considered for adjustment and the advisory committee is seeking community input from residents in the central and southern part of the District.

The City of Beaverton is planning for almost 7,000 new residential dwelling units in the Cooper Mountain area near Mountainside High School over the next 10-15 years. Which middle school(s) should serve these new developments? Do you have reasons why your neighborhood should attend a different middle school? Do you understand that changes to attendance boundaries in the north part of the District will impact other attendance boundaries? Are you concerned about the potential for the size of student enrollment at middle school?

If you are concerned about any of these questions, or if you have other questions about the MSBA project, please visit the District's MSBA web page (link). Read the materials, visit the advisory committee calendar, and/or submit written comment to the committee. Please come to an advisory committee meeting or watch the meeting live streamed in real time. The district wants and needs to hear from you.


Dec 19 2019

Middle School Boundary Advisory Committee Meeting Subscribe to Alerts

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Mountain View Middle School, 17500 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton, OR 97007


  • Meeting Packet
  • Video
  • 12/19/19 - 12/26/19 Comments
  • 12/27/19 - 1/2/20 Comments
  • 1/3/20 - 1/9/20 Comments
  • 1/10/20 - 1/15/20 Comments





Jan 16 2020

Middle School Boundary Advisory Committee Meeting Subscribe to Alerts

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Highland Park Middle School, 7000 SW Wilson Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97008


  • Meeting Packet
  • Video
  • 1/16/20 -1/23/20 Comments
  • 1/24/20 - 1/29/20 Comments





Jan 30 2020

Middle School Boundary Advisory Committee Meeting Subscribe to Alerts

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Meadow Park Middle School, 14100 SW Downing Street, Beaverton, OR 97006


  • Meeting Packet
  • Video
  • 1/30/20 - 2/6/20 Comments
  • 2/7/20 - 2/12/20 Comments





Feb 13 2020

Middle School Boundary Advisory Committee Meeting Subscribe to Alerts

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Five Oaks Middle School, 1600 NW 173rd Ave., Beaverton, OR 97006


  • Meeting Packet
  • Video
  • 2/13/20 - 2/18/20 Comments
  • 2/19/20 - 2/24/20 Comments





Feb 25 2020

Middle School Boundary Advisory Committee Meeting Subscribe to Alerts

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Whitford Middle School, 7935 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton, OR 97008


  • Meeting Packet
  • Video
  • 2/25/20 - 3/3/20 Comments
  • 3/4/20 - 3/11/20 Comments





Mar 12 2020

Middle School Boundary Advisory Committee Meeting Subscribe to Alerts

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Administration Center, 16550 SW Merlo Road, Beaverton, OR 97003


  • Meeting Packet
  • Video
  • 2/25/20 - 3/3/20 Comments
  • 3/4/20 - 3/11/20 Comments





https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/long-range-planning/boundary-adjustments/middle-boundary-adjustments

Washington County Letter on Measles, Flu and Norovirus

We want to inform your school community about measles, the flu (influenza) and norovirus to minimize illness and keep kids in class. Please review this letter to learn how to prevent getting sick, symptoms to look for, and how to avoid passing the illness to others. Contact your health care provider for more information on these illnesses.


Staff and students need to stay home from school and activities when they are sick to prevent passing the illness to others. School districts follow Washington County Public Health and Oregon Health Authority school exclusion guidelines, which state that a child with flu-like symptoms, vomiting or diarrhea should stay home from school until 24 hours after their symptoms have gone away.


Please read the following letter from Washington County Department of Health and Human Services ― Disease Control and Prevention:

Cell Phone, Smart Watch & Electronic Device Policy

As stated in the Rock Creek Parent-Student Handbook, cell phones and other electronic devices such as apple watches, are not to be brought to school. If a student needs a phone for safety, it must be turned off and put away as soon as students arrive at school. If they bring out their phone/apple watch to use during school hours, staff will take it to the office and a parent will need to come pick it up.

Check Out the New Rotation Day Calendar- It includes all days that school will be closed!

Inclement Weather Information

When the weather gets snowy or icy, school schedules may be affected. The District generally posts the announcement of delayed school opening or school closure by 5:30 a.m. All Portland Metro area media outlets announce the information on TV newscasts and online.


The District will notify parents and staff via SchoolMessenger with a Non-School Hours Emergency message. Please manage your communication preferences in SchoolMessenger InfoCenter.


For the latest inclement weather information:

  • Log on to the District website and a page pop will be posted in the middle of the main page with the status of District operations.

  • Opt-in for SMS Alerts from SchoolMessenger

  • Subscribe to Flash Alert for email or text message updates

  • Like the Beaverton School District on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


The Beaverton School District Inclement Weather Policy and transportation snow routes can be found on the Public Safety webpage.

Pictures of apparel

New Rock Creek Gear is Now Available!


Order Rock Creek gear anytime - pick up at their location on Cornelius Pass or have it sent directly to you. There are tons of fun options in adult and youth sizes too. Visit Gear Up Sports to order today - https://rockcreek.gearupsports.net/index.php?route=common/home.


Email customerservice@gearupsports.net with any questions.

Background Checks

Please be aware: For the safety of our students, we encourage all adults that are on school property during school hours have an approved background check with the Beaverton School District. Please fill one out today, it may take 3 weeks to be approved:

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/communications-community-involvement/volunteer

For online links to academic and extra-curricular activities offered in the community, please use this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/communications-community-involvement/after-school-activitiesflyers

Rock Creek School Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

No Early Release this year

4125 NW 185th Ave

Portland OR 97229

Main Office-503-356-2450

Attendance-503-356-2451

Fax- 503-356-2455

Principal: Tiffany Wiencken

SAFEOREGON TIP LINE
Keep Rock Creek safe: report any student safety threats to SafeOregon. Tips can be reported by phone or text (844-427-3367), email (tip@safeoregon.com), or online (safeoregon.com). For more information, visit safeoregon.com.

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.