Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- September 10, 2020

Newsletter for Rock Creek Elementary School

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.

Upcoming Events

9/10- Meet & Greet Drive Thru for 3-5 grade students (Read below for details)

9/11- Back to School Slideshow sent out by Classroom Teachers (4 pm)

9/14- 1st -5th Grade 1st day of Comprehensive Distance Learning
9/17-Kindergarten instruction will begin for students whose last names begin with A-L

9/18-Kindergarten instruction will begin for students whose last names begin with M-Z
9/21- All kindergarten students will begin full Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) with their teachers.

Chromebook Request for Students 3rd thru 5th grade

If your 3rd thru 5th grade student did NOT receive a chromebook in the spring or if your chromebook quit working or if you are a new to Beaverton school district student 3rd thru 5th grade , please fill out the google form below before noon on Sept 10th. Please only submit form if your student needs a chromebook, please do not submit more than once. Teachers will have the chromebooks that are requested at the Meet & Greet on Thursday, Sept. 10th.

Chromebook Request for 3rd thru 5th Grade

Sept. 10th -Meet & Greet Drive Up for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade

Today, Thursday, Sept 10th there will be an opportunity for your child to introduce himself/herself in person to their teacher. While this interaction will be around 2 minutes, it will give students a chance to see their teacher in person before seeing them in a Zoom meeting. Parents/Guardians will drive the students up to the greeting area in the lane indicated by teacher name & alphabetical last name. To prevent back-up on 185th Ave. and prevent long waiting times; It is imperative that you come during the listed grade level/alphabetical time for your student. Teachers will be available at the indicated times only. If you requested a chromebook for your 3rd thru 5th grade, your student's teacher will give it to your student during their meet & greet time.

3rd Grade:
4:00 to 4:30 pm- Last Names A-L
4:30-5:00 pm- Last Names M-Z

Lane 1: Dams

Lane 2: Hood/Sypher

Lane 3: Neal

4th Grade:
5:00 to 5:30 pm- Last Names A-L
5:30-6:00 pm- Last Names M-Z
Lane 1: Dilworth

Lane 2: Huelskamp

Lane 3: Peerenboom

5th Grade:
6:00 to 6:30 pm- Last Names A-L
6:30-7:00 pm- Last Names M-Z
Lane 1: Beil

Lane 2: Helm

Lane 3: -Long

Did you miss picking up an iPad for your Kindy, 1st or 2nd grade student?

If you missed the K-2 iPad distribution on Wednesday, please contact Jessica Vogel to schedule a time to pick one up for your Kindy, 1st or 2nd grade student. If you have a Chromebook to return, please bring it with you when you pick up the iPad. Also, If you have library books to return, please bring those with you as well. Please complete the Device Checkout Card below and bring it with you when you pick up the iPad.

If you missed the K-2 Meet & Greet, we also have packets from your students teachers. Please call Jessica at 503-356-2452 or email Jessica Vogel.

From the Desk of Rock Creek Counselor-Michelle Solberg

Your attitude as a parent affects the anxiety in the home. Many of us are totally overwhelmed coping with everything that is happening!!! What can you do? Here's a link with some really helpful suggestions:

PTC's Boohoo/Yahoo Breakfast

Like just about everything else, our Boohoo/Yahoo breakfast will look a bit different this year. As we will not be able to meet in person, we are holding Zoom meetings!

Please join us on Tuesday, September 22nd, at 4:30pm or 7:00pm. We chose this date & time for a few reasons:

  • It seems most may be busy with schooling in the morning, so our typical breakfast time is not feasible. And, we wanted to give a little flexibility for afternoon/evening times.
  • Kindergartners will not be starting full Comprehensive Distance Learning with their teachers until September 21st.
  • We believe September 22nd gives everybody some time to get their feet under them and EXHALE (like the district says, YOU GOT THIS)

This event will be an opportunity to meet the PTC Board and to learn about what exactly it is that we do. We're looking forward to seeing you!

Meeting ID: 938 737 5710

Password: 9Fivuc

Return to School & Comprehensive Distance Learning Information

Here is glimpse of your student's day:

Each day will begin with a connection time with students at 8:30. This is a time to connect with students, share about the day, and support the emotional and social well-being of students. Learning will happen between the hours of 8:30-11:00 and 12:00-2:30. All staff and students will have lunch between 11-12. Lessons will be taught by the teacher, and small group instruction. About half the time will be applied learning which is a time where students are completing what is traditionally called “assignments” or independent reading/math/writing time. Every day the students will get 30 minutes of PE or 30 minutes of music on M/T and Th/F. Counselor and Student Success Coach lessons will be given to students on Wednesdays.

Teachers will record the mini lessons that they are teaching on Zoom. These lesson will be uploaded by 4:00 pm for students that are unable to participate during the live Zoom lessons.

Attendance Procedures- Subject to Change

Students are expected to be engaged in learning five days a week. However, the reality of the pandemic requires flexibility on how a student demonstrates meeting that expectation. For example a student may attend a live teacher-led session, watch a teacher-recorded video, interact with the teacher via email, post completed coursework. Further guidance is available in the ODE Guidance, but, in general, there needs to be two way interaction between the teacher and the student.

Teachers will mark students absent, during the scheduled school day, if there is no evidence of interaction with the teacher or the coursework. The interaction with the course does not need to include synchronous participation. (Live participation in Zoom meetings)

Teachers will verify (the next morning) if the students who were marked absent did interact with the coursework outside of the typical day. (Posted completed assignments etc.) They will update the absence if the student completed work after hours.

Back To School Nurse Information

Back to School Night- Health Services

Sydney Garl, RN, BSN

Rock Creek School Nurse

· Please contact the school nurse if your child has a medical condition that could impact them during school participation.

Examples of medical conditions that may impact your child’s learning includes but it is not limited to: diabetes, asthma, seizure disorders, life-threatening allergies, etc.

· The school nurse develops Health Management Plan as needed to help meet the medical needs of children during school participation. The school nurse also provides staff with the training necessary to meet the needs of children with medical conditions.

· If there is a return to in-person or a hybrid learning environment, the nursing staff and school administration will work in accordance with Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Health Authority, and The Washington County Public Health Department to ensure a safe learning environment and plan for contact tracing.

· If your child will need to take medication at school in the event of returning to an in-person or hybrid learning environment, please read Medication Administration Policy for the Beaverton School District (attached).

· Please contact your school nurse via email with any additional questions or concerns regarding your child’s health needs for the 20-21 school year.

Zoom Privacy Guidelines

To maintain a positive, productive learning environment and ensure privacy of students and teachers during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), all parents/guardians/students are asked to follow these guidelines:

  • Please don’t video record, audio record, photograph, livestream or transmit in any other way any part of a Zoom virtual classroom session. This restriction includes social media posting.

  • Any confidential or personally identifiable information related to students participating in Zoom virtual classroom sessions should not be collected, discussed or shared.

  • Students zoom display name must be their actual name or they will not be allowed into the session.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Beaverton Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

The new school year is the perfect time for students and families to start creating healthy (and safe!) habits. Safety is everyone’s responsibility! Here are some reminders when you are
traveling in your neighborhood:
• Keep your eyes and ears open for traffic all around.
• Wear a helmet whenever you travel by bike, skateboard, scooter or roller skates.
• If driving, slow down to 20 mph or less in school zones and neighborhood streets.
(Students are learning from home which means they might be taking a walk or roll break
at any time during the day.)
• Check for safety at all intersections and in bike lanes.

Remember to be alert and mindful of all road users (no texting!).

Back to School looks different this year. Start your day by taking a walk or a bike ride. Take
movement breaks in between classes or subjects. Share photos of how you are staying

physically active while learning at home using the hashtag #bsdsaferoutes

Build heathy (and fun!) habits into the remote school day: take a walk or wheel around the

block in between classes or subjects: Need some inspiration for activities on your walk or ride?

Check out this weekly activity calendar.

Looking to add variety to your usual walks or rides? Practice the route to school so you’re
ready to roll when school meets again in person. Find your preferred route map here.
Is your child commuting to another location for Comprehensive Distance Learning? Make that
trip an active one! Your kids will be more focused, and research shows that active kids perform 20% better academically. Is the location for your commute too far to walk? Try driving part way and parking to reap the endless benefits of a daily walk. 30 minutes of walking each day with your child = 150 minutes of quality time together every week. Build in those healthy
habits now and your body and mind will thank you.

Looking for remote resources for walking and biking with your family? Need to plan a route,
learn how to fit your child’s helmet properly or just want a fun activity to keep your kids
motivated to walk or roll? The Beaverton SRTS Remote Resource Guide can help with all of

Family Toolkit

Would you like some ideas or great resources for setting your student up for a successful school year? BSD has launched a library of resources and on-demand videos to support families during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). We'll be adding to our Family Toolkit throughout the next few months. Check the link below for all the resources.

Family Toolkit

Important information regarding meal service for the fall

The start of school is right around the corner, and our Nutrition Services department has been hard at work developing a plan for providing meals during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). We have just received waivers from the USDA which allow any child (age 1-18) to pick up free meals.

Here’s a look at how meals will be distributed this fall:

  • Parents or guardians may pick up meals for students who are not present.
  • Meal pickups will occur two days per week: Tuesday (2 days of food) and Thursday (3 days of food) from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Meals will be packaged with breakfast and lunch together.
  • Masks must be worn by anyone picking up meals.

Visit for bus stop locations.

For meal benefits questions, call 503.356.3957 or email:

Families can apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals ONLINE!

The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and available through

All students who qualify for free or reduced price meals receive breakfast and lunch meals free of charge. Instructions on completing and submitting your application are provided below. Please contact Laurie Bishop, Meal Benefits Coordinator, at 503-356-3957, if you have questions or need additional assistance.

Curbside Grab-and-Go School Sites:

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Cedar Mill and Bethany Library Information

Cedar Mill and Bethany Libraries want to support your family with the creation of a monthly newsletter full of resources to share with your students called WiserKids K-5 Newsletter .

September’s issue features:

Distance Learning Resources in English and Spanish from the County



Topical booklists - including IRLA booklists and a video on how to search for IRLA books in our library catalog.

Read Alouds- Librarians reading picture books aloud on themes such as friendship, narrative nonfiction, community helpers, and folktales! (four different Youtube playlists)

You can subscribe to our newsletter here:

Rock Creek School

4125 NW 185th Ave

Portland OR 97229

Main Office-503-356-2450


Fax- 503-356-2455

Principal: Tiffany Wiencken

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

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