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Rock Creek Elementary- August 30, 2021

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

SEPTEMBER

9/1 Principal's Zoom Chat 11:30 am -1:00 pm

9/8 1st-5th grade First Day of School 8:30-3:00 pm

9/10 1st Day of School for Kindergarten Last Names A-L (M-Z attend on 9/13)

9/13 1st Day of Kindergarten Last Names M-Z ( A-L do not attend today)
9/14 All Kindergarten Students Attend from this day forth

9/17 Recorded Back-to-School Night sent to parents by teachers

9/28 PTC Virtual Volunteer Orientation/PTC Meeting (TBD)

9/30 PTC Virtual Volunteer Orientation/PTC Meeting (TBD)

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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear Rock Creek Families,

As COVID cases are on the rise, we know that there are mixed feelings about coming back to school in person. We want to assure you that Rock Creek staff are ready to implement the safety guidelines put forth by the Oregon Department of Education and the CDC so that our children can return to school as safely as possible. Our children's physical, social, and emotional safety are our top priorities.


With that in mind, all of our students and staff will have ample time to get to know each other and promote the sense of community and togetherness that we know is critical to teaching and learning. Rock Creek is a community that recognizes and affirms ALL of our children and community members, and we celebrate the rich diversity of culture, language and abilities that exist here.


In these times where safety needs to come first, we are looking at a different model for our Back- to-School Night event this year. It is our hope that this family engagement event will help our students feel a sense of optimism and excitement about the school year, while reclaiming the important sense that the school is the hub of the community and enabling us to rekindle our connections with one another.


We realize that at typical Back-to-School Night events, administrators, teachers and PTC often share lengthy presentations about what to expect in the year ahead. It would not be safe for us to have an event with families packed into indoor spaces at this time. Instead, we’d like to focus on what really matters - the connection between students and families and their teacher(s).

We want to assure you that you will receive all the information you need regarding curriculum, learning targets and assessments in future communications but not at an additional event.


If you have questions about the school year, please join me in a virtual Principal's chat on Wednesday, September 1st. Zoom codes will go out that morning.


With respect and warm regards,

Tiffany Wiencken, Principal

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2021-2022 SUPPLY LIST

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ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES WILL BE CHANGING! MORE INFO TO COME NEXT WEEK!

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DISTRICT BACK-TO-SCHOOL PAGE

We know that you're eager to receive updates on what school will look like this fall. The District has created a Back-to-School webpage that they are updating on a daily basis as guidance and plans are adjusted. Please continue to check that page for new information.

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/back-to-school


If you have questions that are not answered on the District FAQ back-to school page, please use this link and we will do our best to answer them in our next newsletter.

Rock Creek New School Year Questions
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TEACHER MEET/SUPPLY DROP-OFF EVENT CANCELLED

With the rise in the Delta Variant covid cases, we have made the decision to cancel the in person meet & greet. Teachers will send a recorded greeting and video of their classroom to students. Students can bring their supplies the first few days of school
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MEDICATION INFORMATION

Home is the best place for your child to receive medication. If possible, spacing of medication dosages should be arranged to allow for home administration. The Beaverton School District follows State guidelines for medication administration, when home administration is not possible. Please review the BSD guidelines for medication administration to ensure safe, accurate administration at school.

MEDICATION FORMS MUST BE UPDATED EACH SCHOOL YEAR

All Medications:

  • Must be in original container.
  • Must be transported to/from school by a parent/guardian.
  • Necessary paperwork is completed by parent/guardian. (All medications forms can be obtained in the school office.)
  • Adequate amount of medication is provided by the parent/guardian.
  • All changes in instructions must be in writing and cannot be accepted verbally.
  • All medications must be picked up at the end of each school year or they will be discarded.



Prescription Medications:

  • Must be in prescription bottle.
  • Label must have child’s name, name of medication, route of administration, dose amount to be given at school, frequency/time of administration, and physician’s name.
  • Most pharmacists will provide two containers for prescription medication at home and school.
  • Middle and High school students may carry emergency medications needed for immediate access (non-injectable) medications with them IF permission is obtained and the Self-Administration Medication Authorization form is completed and on file in office.



Nonprescription Medications

  • Must be in original container (no baggies, foil, etc.) and labeled with child’s name.
  • Physician order needed only when the parent’s instruction for administration contradicts the safe dosing instruction on the bottle/container.
  • High school students may carry these medications with them IF permission is obtained and Self-Administration Medication Authorization form is completed and on file in the office.
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INFORMATION FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES

The first several days of school for kindergarten families look a little bit different. Teachers will be reaching out to schedule short virtual family connection meetings on Wednesday, September 8th and 9th. Then there will be a staggered start for kindergarten students so they can adjust to school in smaller groups.


  • Students with last name A-L will have their first day on Friday, September 10th.
  • Students with last name M-Z will have their first day on Monday, September 13th.
  • All kindergarten students will attend beginning on Tuesday, September 14th.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Please read the attachment below. (Important school information).
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ROCK CREEK PARENT-TEACHER CLUB (PTC)

Important Information coming soon!


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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IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND MEAL BENEFITS INFO

Did you know that your meal benefits application provides more than just free meals for your student?

Your free and reduced meal application also means:

◾️ Increased funding for schools to ensure students receive the support they need.
◾️ Discounts on fees associated with applying for college
◾️ Discounts on athletic participation fees
◾️ Discounts on some testing fees
◾️ Fee waiver for student device damage and loss protection program

So even though all students will receive free meals during the 2021-22 school year, you'll still want to fill out the application.

To apply, head to our website: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/…/nutrition-s…/meal-benefits

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CLOTHES FOR KIDS

The district-run Clothes for Kids is now open. Appointments are required. To schedule, please use the "book appointment" button, or call 503-356-4322. Visits are limited to one adult with four children or two adults with 8 children. All visitors must wear masks. If you don't have your own, we'll provide one.

Clothes for Kids is located in the portable on the west side of the District Administration Center, 16550 SW Merlo Road.

Donations now accepted

Donations of new and gently used clothing are being accepted during business hours. Donation bins are located in front of the portables.

Most urgent needs:

  • Adult large to xxl t-shirts in both genders for high school students

  • large to xxl sports bras for high school students

  • New/gently used sweatpants in all sizes for both genders

  • New/gently used blue jeans for Boys and Girls in sizes 4T to 10

  • Light weight/knitted winter gloves

* Please check back often as this list is updated as needs change.

Please call Volunteer Services at 503-356-4443 to schedule lost and found drop-offs.

Donation bins available:

Monday - Friday

Regular District Business Hours

Clothes for kids Hours

Summer Hours

Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Regular Hours

Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Book Appointment

Log into ParentSquare to book an appointment to visit
Clothes for Kids.

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PARENTSQUARE

The Beaverton School District is using a new communication platform called ParentSquare this year, replacing SchoolMessenger. We encourage you to watch this 3-minute video: https://youtu.be/r4cu2M3z5u4


To learn more about ParentSquare, visit their webpage: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/parentsquare

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Student help Desk Information
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COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDANCE


If you'd like to learn more about BSD's safety procedures, check out our new COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance webpage.

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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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CLUB K BEFORE AND AFTERSCHOOL

Club K has leased our facilities and will be providing before and after school care for Rock Creek Students. They are an independent company and not affiliated with BSD. Please contact them directly for rates and registration information. Club K Website


Rock Creek School provides the above information as a resource only for families and does not constitute an endorsement.

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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.

Approved After School Activities Link

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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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FAMILY RESOURCES

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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

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.
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