Rock Creek Elementary- February 17, 2022
NEWSLETTER FOR ROCK CREEK ELEMENTARY
Dates to Remember
2/21- SCHOOL CLOSED- President's Day
2/22-NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS-Staff Workday
2/23-OHSU Test kits due back at 8:30 am
3/4-5th grade Forecasting
3/10-Early Release 1:00 pm
3/15- Virtual PTC Meeting 6:30 pm
3/21-3/25- SCHOOL CLOSED-Spring Break
Dear Rock Creek Families,
It has been a special week at our school. For many of our students (Kindergarten through 2nd grade) it was their first friendship party and their excitement was so sweet! Huge thanks to our Parent Teacher Club (PTC) for putting together the "parties in a box" for our students. I am so happy that our students are continuing to have fun and enjoy special events, even when we have to get creative to make it happen.
I want to make sure everyone has seen the information regarding the EARLY RELEASE DAYS that were added to the district/school calendar for the rest of the year. School will end 2-hours early, at 1:00 pm, on the following days:
- Tuesday, February 15th
- Thursday, March 10th
- Tuesday, April 19th
- Thursday, May 26th
- Tuesday, June 21st
All students will still receive specials and lunch on the early release days in a modified condensed schedule.
NO SCHOOL MONDAY, FEB. 21ST & TUESDAY, FEB. 22ND
OHSU Test kits will go home on Friday, please have students return them Wednesday morning by 8:30 am.
WE LOVE OUR PTC!
IMPORTANT ABSENCE INFORMATION
We are required to track all student absences and illness symptoms. When calling in your student's absence please leave detailed information ie. if your student is ill and has a fever or not, if they have a cough or not, vomiting, etc and the date symptoms started. Also, please contact us if students will be on vacation or have an appointment.If we do not have detailed information we are required to call parents. Our 24 hour attendance line is 503-356-2451 and our emails are firstname.lastname@example.org and Diana_carter@beaverton.k12.or.us. If sending an email please include both Jessica and Diana. Thank you so much for your cooperation!
STATE TESTING INFORMATION (OSAS)
In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. The state tests: challenge your child to think critically, go beyond multiple choice and ask your child to explain their answers, act as a snapshot of your child’s progress, and help us identify schools that need additional supports to ensure more students are meeting higher standards.
Rock Creek with be taking our state test throughout the month of May. Your classroom teacher will communicate the exact dates.
You can find more information by going to the Assessment page on the district website,
See the download for the official notification form from the state which also has an Opt Out Form.
Please note, we are accepting opt out forms through the beginning of May, we encourage you to fill them out as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Testing Coordinator, email@example.com
Marjorie (Marjie) Downing
REGISTER FOR KINDERGARTEN NOW
Help us get the word out: It’s time to register for Kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year. Children need to be 5 years of age by Sept. 1, 2022, to be eligible for Kindergarten next school year. Parents can register online here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/enrollment/kindergarten
Please call the office at 503-356-2450 to place your student on our email list.Welcome to Kindergarten Guide LINK
PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
CHANGE OF AFTER SCHOOL PLANS
Please be sure that your child knows what they are doing after school, before they leave in the morning. If there is a change to their normal dismissal plans, please send a note, email or ParentSquare message the teacher. If the teacher is not notified of the change by a parent, students will be sent home per their normal plan. 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. We cannot guarantee that last minute messages will be delivered before the end of the day. Thanks for helping us limit classroom disruptions.
PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE
If you call the school and don't get an answer, please leave a message. We often have only one person in the office answering calls, the doorbell and escorting kids to and from class and may not always be able to answer right away. We are unable to answer the door or phone between 3:00 -3:10 pm. Your call is important to us and we will call back as soon as we can.
Thanks for your understanding!
ROCK CREEK PARENT-TEACHER CLUB (PTC)
5TH GRADE SEND-OFF COMMITTEE
Here are the standings from the 2 prelim battles :
1. Spirit Readers
2. Book Dragons
3. COVID Crashers
4. The Story Guards
5. Golden Apples
6. Golden Nuggets
7. Raging Readers
9. Dangerous Delta Duckies
10. Phantom Gummy Bears
11. 3rd Grade Bunny Readers
12. Taco Cats
13. Rainbow Readers
14. Page Turners
15. Four Fearless Foxes
16. Rosey Readers
17. Amazing Fire Readers
18. Lightning Readers
19. Book Buddies
The top 16 teams will move on to the single elimination bracket play. The "Sweet 16" round will take place on Feb 15 and Feb 17. As of now, battles will remain on Zoom. We will introduce steals for all battles moving forward. Please check your email accounts for instructions and Zoom links for information on your team's next assigned battle.
If your team is not listed in the top 16, then your OBOB 2022 season is now complete. Congratulations on all that you accomplished in this crazy year!!
Please feel free to reach out with any questions at
Shawna and Rowan
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!
WE CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
February is Black History Month. It was first celebrated as a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976.
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has determined the focus of this year’s Black History Month to be on Black health and wellness.
CAR/WALKER ARRIVAL TIME 8:20 AM- CLASSROOM DOORS LOCK AT 8:30 AM
For the safety of our students, students that are parent drop off, walkers and bike riders are not to arrive before 8:20 am. Bus riders arrive at 8:15 am because the school buses need to leave earlier to pick up middle school students. Classroom doors do not open until 8:20 am. We do not have space or the supervision for all students to safely line up outside the doors until 8:20 am.
Classroom doors shut and lock at 8:30 am. If your child is not in the classroom by 8:30 am, please walk them to the main front doors and ring the doorbell. Staff will escort them to class.
SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT RESOURCE FAIR
Please join us for the 4th Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair via Zoom on April 6, 2022 from 6-8pm!
Parents will have an opportunity to listen to presentations from different organizations and businesses that serve children with disabilities and their families! Parents will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters after their formal presentations.
The fair will include presentations from:
Oregon ABLE Savings Plan
TriMet: Ride Connection
Disability Resource Center at PSU
To register please visit: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/special-education/parent-resource-fair
We hope to see you there!
OHSU COVID TEST SAMPLES
Please notify the school if your receive positive test results from OHSU
TOY AND CELL PHONE/SMART WATCH POLICY
Toys (including footballs, basketballs, soccer balls etc.) are to be left at home. This includes any type of playing/trading cards, balls, dolls and electronic toys etc. No personal toys/balls at recess at any time. Any toy that represents a weapon is NOT to be brought to school at any time. If found, it will be confiscated and parents will be notified.
Latex balloons are not allowed in school. No balloons are allowed on the bus.
Cell Phones/Smart Watches
Cell phones/Smart watch and other electronic devices are not to be used at school. If your family needs you to have a phone for safety, it must be turned off and put away as soon as you arrive at school. If you bring out your phone /smart watch or use it without permission at school, an adult will take it away. Your parent will need to come to the office and pick it up.
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Walk and Bike: It’s Good for Your Heart!
Whether you walk or bike a few blocks to school or close to a mile, your active commute is good for your heart, your whole body and it’s invigorating and fun!
With colder winter weather, children spend less time playing outside, but a nice brisk walk or bike ride to school will help achieve their recommended 60
minutes of moderate exercise every day. This will help prevent childhood obesity and support healthy bones.
Walking and biking to school is also a great way for kids to get the physical activity needed for healthy minds. Kids who are more physically active have better academic performance. Studies are beginning to show that exposure to nature and free outdoor play can reduce stress and relieve ADHD symptoms. If that isn’t enough to get you out of your car, think about the air quality around a school when dozens of parents sit in idling cars while their children jump out. Air pollution has contributed to childhood asthma rates doubling between 1980 and the mid- 1990s. Asthma rates remain at historically high levels and cause 14 million missed school days every year. Walking and biking to school is healthy for kids, healthy for communities, and healthy for the planet.
Very Important: Please label your students coats, hats, lunch boxes, water bottles etc with their names.
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)
- 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
DISTRICT AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY LINK
The District has a community flyer page that list all approved extra curricular flyers such as chess clubs, soccer camps, childcare etc. It is updated monthly. Please Click on the link below to find approved extra curricular activities for students.
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.
View the BSD website in Arabic
View the BSD website in Chinese
View the BSD website Japanese
View the BSD website in Korean
View the BSD website in Russian
View the BSD website in Somali
View the BSD website in Spanish
View the BSD website in Vietnamese