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Rock Creek Elementary-May 26, 2022

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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UPCOMING EVENTS

Mark your Calendar

Dates to Remember

MAY

5/26- Early Release at 1:00 pm

5/30- SCHOOL CLOSED-Memorial Day


JUNE

6/3-PTC Papa Murphy's Fundraiser

6/10-OBOB Popsicle Party 12:15-1:20 for OBOB participants

6/14-OMSI visiting 3rd grade

6/15-5th Grade Send-Off Event

6/16-Field Day

6/17- 2nd Grade Field Trip

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

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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear Rock Creek Families,

It's hard to believe that June is coming next week. Spring in Oregon is often a time of growth and beauty and this year has been no exception. It seems like our students are growing physically, academically and emotionally before our very eyes. They have learned so much this year and we plan to finish strong! Please keep engaging your child in discussions about school-- what they love and what they are working hard to be stronger at. Your partnership and collaboration with our school team makes a huge difference for your child.

We know that some folks are beginning to think about summer plans and I want to encourage you to take your children regularly to our wonderful Cedar Mill library, check out all kinds of books and keep reading part of their regular schedule each day. We know that a student's success is greatly connected to the time they spend reading and enjoying books. Spending time outdoors is also an important activity as you begin to plan for the summer break. Time exploring, playing games and learning to be on a team is so important for children as they grow.

Let's Finish Strong!

Rock Creek Rockets are the BEST!


With Appreciation and Gratitude,

Tiffany
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STUDENT PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR

Are you moving before next school year or have a different schooling plan for your child? Please complete this brief survey by May 26, 2022 to help us with planning for next year.


Please do not fill out this form if your student WILL BE attending Rock Creek in the fall.

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CHANGE OF ARRIVAL PROCEDURE BEGINNING 5/31/22

We want to notify you of a change of our arrival procedures beginning Tuesday, May 31st. Students will no longer go to their exterior classroom doors in the morning. We will be using designated controlled access entrances for each grade level. Staff will be positioned by the designated doors. Each designated door has a card reader and staff will admit students no earlier than 8:20 am.


Kindergarten and 2nd grade will enter through the K-2 double doors in our breezeway area.

1st grade will enter in the 1st grade double doors in the breezeway area.

3rd and 5th grade will enter through the front doors of the building.

4th grade will enter through the back Playground/Bathroom door across from the playground.


*Please see map


All controlled entrance doors will have a green sign. These doors are locked at all times. Staff will be located at each of the main entrance and controlled access points. Students will not be admitted until 8:20 AM.


Students that eat breakfast at school will line up at the main entrance and Staff will let them in at 8:15 am to go to the cafeteria where they will remain until it is time to go to their classroom.


For the safety of our children, please do not have students that walk, ride bikes or are parent drop-off arrive before 8:20 am. We have no adult supervision until this time.

Dismissal will remain the same as it has been all year.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our principal, Tiffany Wiencken at tiffany_wiencken@beaverton.k12.or.us


~Rock Creek
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FREE AT HOME iHEALTH COVID-19 TESTS

Dear Families,

As we near the end of the 2021-2022 academic school year, ODE and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are partnering to expand at-home COVID-19 testing for all children in Oregon’s public K-12 schools. OHA is providing free, at-home iHealth COVID-19 tests for the Beaverton School District to distribute to our student population. Each student will receive one test kit, containing 2 tests, to take home. This distribution represents one strategy to increase access to testing resources in our school communities.

OHA has flyers about the test kits available in 13 languages (OHA testing page under “For recipients of iHealth home test kits”). Flyers are available here in English and here in Spanish.

Students and families are encouraged to use the test kit for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who have had a known exposure to COVID-19 . If your student tests positive or experiences two of the following primary COVID-19 symptoms, they must stay home for 5 days from the onset of symptoms unless documentation of a negative COVID-19 test is provided.

● Fever of 100.4°F or higher

● Cough

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● New loss of taste or smell

● Chills

Please be aware that muscle aches, headache, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, new nasal congestion and runny nose are also symptoms often associated with COVID-19.

If you’d like more information on how the Beaverton School District is addressing COVID-19 in our schools, including testing options, please visit our website.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to email Jessica_vogel@beaverton.k12.or.us or call the office 503-356-2450.

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PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE

We are unable to answer the door or phone during Dismissal 3:00 -3:10 pm.

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!

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PTC NEWS AND EVENTS

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PTC MAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Our PTC virtual meeting is tonight, May 19, 2022 via Zoom at 6:30p.m.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY!

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Field Day this June!


Field Day is coming and many volunteers are needed to make this a successful and memorable day. Volunteer opportunities will be announced soon on Better Impact. Stay tuned!


Volunteers need to have a background check in Better Impact and have their vaccination card/or exemption certificate uploaded on their Better Impact profile.

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Stay Connected! Website: http://rockcreekptc.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockCreekElementarySchool Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockcreekptc/


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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REPEAT IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW

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HEAD START AT ROCK CREEK 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR

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OHSU TEST KITS-DATES AND HOW TO WITHDRAW

Just a reminder for OHSU authorized enrolled students, test kits went home Wednesday and need to be returned on Monday by 8:30 am. We cannot accept late test samples. All late test samples need to be discarded.


If students are enrolled in the program they should take a test kit home (unless you have notified Jessica Vogel that you are on a hiatus).


If you would like to withdraw from the OHSU testing, please email Jessica Vogel at jessica_vogel@beaverton.k12.or.us with your student's name.


Thanks!!

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ARRIVE ON TIME-READY TO LEARN

Make arriving to school on time a priority. Students should arrive at school between 8:15 (if eating breakfast) 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!

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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

MAY IS ASIAN AMERICAN, NATIVE HAWAIIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH

On April 29, 2022, President Biden proclaimed the month of May to be recognized as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.


During Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, our Nation recognizes the innumerable contributions, vibrant cultures, and rich heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPIs). As some of the fastest-growing racial and ethnic groups in the Nation, AA and NHPI communities represent a multitude of ethnicities, languages, and experiences that enrich America and strengthen our Union.


This month, we celebrate our fellow Americans from AA and NHPI communities and pay tribute to all they have done to help fulfill the promise of America for all. Together, let us recommit ourselves to building a country in which every American — regardless of who they are, where they come from, or what they look like — has an equal opportunity to thrive.

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Beaverton Safe Routes to School Parent Surveys

It’s data collection time again for Beaverton’s Safe Routes to School program. The purpose of this program is to make walking and biking to school safe, convenient, and fun.

Parent’s and guardian’s input into how students travel to and from schools and their impression of the safety of the route is valuable as the city and county prioritize needed improvements for our roads.

The following links will take you to a district survey and will be combined with classroom tallies to give us a good picture of how students are getting to and from schools throughout the district.

The district survey will be open for responses for four weeks from May 1st until May 31st.

We appreciate your help in giving us information to make the Safe Routes to School program effective for all Beaverton School District students.

Survey Links:

English https://forms.office.com/r/vaCpecR32D

Español https://forms.office.com/r/JmQH2Und5A

اللغة†العربي†ة https://forms.office.com/r/ZAgVPzjGrr

中文 https://forms.office.com/r/LScgXwFDRw

日本語 https://forms.office.com/r/fvpdNUsBhf

한국어 https://forms.office.com/r/hLvG4Qy0QU

Русский https://forms.office.com/r/AJ2W9P3ver

Soomaali https://forms.office.com/r/6TX3seUpFU

Tiếng Việt https://forms.office.com/r/CBbDtCvkLY

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IMPORTANT ABSENCE INFORMATION

Please read!

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 jessica_vogel@beaverton.k12.or.us and Diana_carter@beaverton.k12.or.us. If sending an email please include both Jessica and Diana. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

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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.

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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 (8:15 am if eating breakfast). 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.

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Very Important: Please label your students coats, hats, lunch boxes, water bottles etc with their names.

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NO DOGS ALLOWED ON SCHOOL CAMPUS EXCEPT FOR CERTIFIED SERVICE ANIMALS

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FAMILY RESOURCES & SCHOOL POLICY/INFORMATION

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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

قم بزيارة الموقع الإلكتروني للقطاع التعليمي لمدارس بيفرتون باللغة العربية


View the BSD website in Chinese

请浏览中文版的BSD网站


View the BSD website Japanese

BSDウェブサイトを日本語で見る


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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COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDANCE

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The Beaverton School District is publishing data on reported positive or presumed positive COVID-19 cases among our students and staff on our website. This data is collected by the Oregon Health Authority and is published weekly in the COVID-19 Reporting Report.
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Rock Creek School


4125 NW 185th Ave

Portland OR 97229

Main Office-503-356-2450

Attendance-503-356-2451

Fax- 503-356-2455

Principal: Tiffany Wiencken

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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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.