Rock Creek Elementary-June 16, 2022
NEWSLETTER FOR ROCK CREEK ELEMENTARY
Dates to Remember
6/17- 2nd Grade Field Trip
6/17-5th Grade Send-Off Activities (for 5th grade students only)
6/20-JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY-SCHOOL CLOSED
6/21-Early Release 1:00 pm (Last day of school for students)
6/21-School Medication Pick-up day- Please pick up your student meds
6/30-Office Closed for Summer-Reopens August 1st, 2022
Dear Amazing Rock Creek Families,
Wow! What a memorable year for all of us! Thank you for your continued support of your students and our school. We could not have made it through this year without your words of support and partnership with your students. As we head into our last days with students, we will all be reflecting on this year, unlike any other. Our students showed us time and again how flexible, caring and resilient they are. They adapted to change after change and did it with grace. Our students showed up, ready to learn and ready to make new friends. Our families reached out to teachers and staff in support of students. We are truly lucky to be together in the education of our Rock Creek students.
Rock Creek community is the BEST!
Have a wonderful summer!
SCHOOL MEALS FOR 2022-2023 WILL NO LONGER BE FREE
Next school year, breakfast and lunch will no longer be free for all students. USDA meal waivers that have permitted all students to eat for free the last two years are set to expire June 30, 2022.
Families can apply for Free and Reduced meal benefits for school year 2022-2023 beginning July 1 online at: www.schoolcafe.com
IPADS, CHROMEBOOKS AND CHARGERS
We are missing Chromebooks and iPads and chargers. If your student had a BSD iPad and charger or BSD Chromebook and charger to use while on Temporary Remote Learning, please make sure you return them before June 17, 2022.
Our IT department thanks you!
LOST AND FOUND
MEDICATION PICK-UP BY JUNE 21, 2022
INCOMING 2022-2023 KINDERGARTNERS
KINDERGARTEN ADVENTURE CAMP!
We are so lucky to be able to offer Kindy Adventure Camp this summer for our incoming Rock Creek kindergartners! If you know of anyone who has an incoming kindergartner, please encourage them to get registered asap, so that they can be on the list to participate in this amazing opportunity! Our Rock Creek Kindergarten teachers will be with the students this August 8-11 from 8 am to 11am daily. There will be bus transportation available for those that live outside the walking zone, too! Please fill out this form to reserve your child's spot today!
2022-2023 SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST LINK
2022-2023 District Calendar
ROCK CREEK JULY AND AUGUST BIRTHDAYS
Calling for the return of all library books.
You can also replace the book with the same title and author, it doesn’t need to be a new book but must be in good shape.
Library Media Assistant
Sunday, June 19th marks the commemoration of Juneteenth, designated a federal holiday on June 17, 2021. This year, the day will be recognized as a holiday on Monday, June 20. The website Juneteenth Oregon offers information about the local celebration of Juneteenth, including the Clara Peoples Freedom Trail Parade on Saturday, June 18th.
To add to your own learning and understanding of Black history and anti-Black racism in Oregon, peruse the following resources, curated by Oregon Health Sciences University:
Semuels, Alana. “The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America.” The Atlantic, July 22, 2016.
Serbulo, Leanne. “Small Steps on the Long Journey to Equality: A Timeline of Post-Legislation Civil Rights Struggles in Portland.” Oregon Historical Quarterly, Fall 2018, 119:3.
Thompson, Carmen P. “Expectation and Exclusion: An Introduction to Whiteness, White Supremacy, and Resistance in Oregon.” Oregon Historical Quarterly, Winter 2019, 120:4
Imarisha, Walidah. “Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?” 2014.
Oregon Public Broadcasting. Oregon’s Black Pioneers. 2019.
Oregon Public Broadcasting. Local Color. 1999.
Primary historical sources
Portland State University’s Collections on African American History in Oregon include digitized Historic Black Newspapers of Portland, which contains articles written by Portland’s second Black physician, DeNorval Unthank.
Reports and resource guides
City of Portland. “History of Racist Planning in Portland.” Report and resource guide from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
Historical programs and initiatives
Oregon Black Pioneers, founded in 1993, aims to educate Oregonians about Black history in the state through exhibits, publications and programming.
Vanport Mosaic is a memory-activism project that aims to amplify, honor, present and preserve the silenced histories that surround us in order to understand our present, and create a future where we all belong.
Historic Black Williams Project is a community-led memory and art initiative, using collected stories, memories and histories from Black community members to create an art walk on Williams Avenue commemorating the history of the neighborhood.
- A Hidden History: The stories and struggles of Oregon’s African American communities, by Walidah Imarisha and Oregon Humanities, is a Conversation Project program that reveals the stories and struggles of Oregon’s African American communities.
SUMMER FOOD SERVICE
PTC NEWS AND EVENTS
Thank you PTC and Rock Creek Families!
Rock Creek Staff want to send a HUGE Thank You to the PTC Board and all the Rock Creek families that have supported our school, staff and students during these Covid crazy years! We truly appreciate each and everyone of you!
Wishing you all a relaxing summer!
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!
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Have a Safe Summer!
As you and your children get ready for a summer of fun and adventure, review the PALS slogan to help all have a healthy, happy, fun- filled summer!
P – Polite: Respect all road users.
A – Alert: Keep your eyes, ears, and brain open and ready.
L – Legal: Obey all signs and signals, know your rights AND responsibilities.
S – Safe: Know your abilities to make good choices.
This summer try mapping your route to school, community center, pool, or park. List positives and negatives about the trip. What can you/we do to make it better? Try writing a letter to your local newspaper or schoolteacher about where you’ve gone, how many miles traveled, and what improvements you’d like to see on those routes. Maybe we can make them better!
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON SCHOOL CAMPUS EXCEPT FOR CERTIFIED SERVICE ANIMALS
FAMILY RESOURCES & SCHOOL POLICY/INFORMATION
Click on the link to find Important Information we've included in previous Rocketeers. Here are the topics:
- Back To School Information (updated frequently)
- Head Start Application at Rock Creek
- Help Center Newsletter
- Parent Support Group
- Approved After School Activities Link
- School Arrival Time
- Reporting School Absence Information
- Birthday Treats and Invitations
- Toys/Electronic Policy
- Change of After-school Plans
- Covid Testing in School
- Cedar Mill and Bethany Library News
- Learning Options- Application Deadlines
- Arrival Time at Rock Creek
- Birthday Treats/Prizes Policy
- Calling in Ill Student Policy
- Lost & Found
- District Back to School Page
- Safe Routes to School
- TAG Info
- Help with Technology
- Applying for Meal Benefits
- Local Food Resources
- Clothes for Kids
- Community Resources
WEBSITE TRANSLATIONS AVAILABLE
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.
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