Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- October 29, 2020

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


10/26-30- Rocket Run Week!!
10/26-11/8- Online Scholastic Book Fair

10/29- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

10/29- 2nd Grade Packet Pick-Up 11:00 am -12:00 pm



11/1- Daylight Saving Time Ends- Fall back 1 hour

11/2- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/2- Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/3- Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

11/2-11/8-Online Book Fair

11/5- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

11/9- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/9 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/10- Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

11/10- PTC Zoom Meeting 6:30 pm

11/11- SCHOOL CLOSED - Veterans Day

11/12- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

11/13- No School for Students - Grading Day

11/16 Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/16- Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/17 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

11/19- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

11/23 Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/23 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/24- Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

11/25-27- SCHOOL CLOSED - Thanksgiving

11/30-Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

11/30- Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

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Important Rocket Run Information!

Rocket Run Week is this week, October 26th through October 30th. It is not too late to get started – download and/or print your student’s activity board today!

Results and Donation submission take place through next Friday November 6th at 11:59pm. Please use this form * to submit your student’s summary of activities and donations.

*If you are not redirected, please copy/paste this link into your browser:

Please Contact the Event Coordinators with Questions:

Chris and Marianthe Tufts

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2nd Grade Packet Pick-Up 10/29/20

A new packet of learning supplies for 2nd graders will be available during our Library Book Bundle pick-up time on Thursday, October 29th from 11 am - 12 pm. Items in these packets are tools your child will need in the near future.
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Rock Creek Library News!!

Book Bus Schedule and Curbside Pick-Up Times

Book Bus Tuesday Schedule:

Library Book Bus Stops (Each stop will last about 20 minutes)

1:35 pm NW Elk Run Dr @ NW 177th Pl

2:02 pm NW Holcomb Dr & NW Millstone Way
2:28 pm NW Buckboard Dr @ Mid Block
2:57 pm NW Deerfield Dr & NW 180th Pl

3:27 pm NW Rock Creek Blvd @ NW Mahama Way (East Entrance)

You will be able to checkout and return books. The books will be bundled in a variety of levels and genres. If you want a specific book you need to put it on hold. I send out emails so you know when your hold books are ready to pick up. You will need to wear a mask and a book bag would be a great idea.

If you don't know how to place a hold here is a short video.

Placing a Hold in Destiny

Curbside Library Book Check-Out

We will continue our curbside checkout schedule also. Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.

Mondays 2:30 - 4:00

Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00

Returning Library Books

Rock Creek will have a book return bin waiting for your books outside the main office doors,

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Time Machine Fun!!

In honor of the Book Fair when you come to our curbside library checkout you will win a prize! The prize will be determined by spinning the Time Machine (staff will spin for you). This will only be available Monday October 26th, Thursday October 29th, Monday November 2nd and Thursday November 5th.

Online Book Fair until 11/8/20!!

The book fair will be online only this year. You can order by going onto the Rock Creek Elementary School home page and signing onto our link. Our book fair runs through November 8th. Here is a link to tell you more about the book fair this year.

Online Scholastic Book Fair Video from Mrs. Hilger!!

(There are two trailers on page four of the flyer that may scare younger students)

Online Book Fair Shopping

It has been wonderful to see your faces in person and as always


Connie Hilger
Library Media Assistant

Cedar Mill and Bethany Library News

Our Local Libraries have many activities to share in this October newsletter

October's issue features:

What's Available Now- Browse what is currently available on our shelves!

Virtual Read to the Dogs program for beginning or struggling readers with DoveLewis Canine Therapy Team!

Distance Learning Resources in English and Spanish

Topical and Leveled (IRLA) booklists (Fall topics, Voting/Elections, Diwali and more!)

Read Alouds- Librarians reading picture books aloud on themes such as friendship, narrative

nonfiction, community helpers, and more!
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Just Right Books for 1st and 2nd Grade

Just Right Books

Beginning readers need ample practice in books that are at their level. First and second graders may pick-up some “just right books” when they pick-up their library books beginning October 19th. These books will be available every Monday during the library pick-up time 2:30-4:00 pm.

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Importance of Reading Comprehension

Although many children can read, the act of reading and the act of comprehending what you read are two very different things. Reading requires the fluent parsing and blending various phonetic sounds to create words. Reading Comprehension, on the other hand, involves thinking about the words that were just read and deriving a meaning, for just those words and the text as a whole! In simpler terms, reading comprehension is the ability to read, understand, process, and recall what was just read.

Reading Comprehension > 'Reading'

Well, without proper comprehension skills, students lack the ability to understand what they read. The point of reading isn't to make sounds in your brain or out loud, but rather, to understand important lessons, stories and arguments. Through the act of writing, our ancestors have recorded important knowledge that we can understand simply by reading. By understanding what we read, we pick up important information, understand scientific theories, past opinions and new frontiers. (In layman's terms, it is through reading that we no longer have to 'discover' gravity, or the independence of 182 nations with every new generation).

Having excellent reading comprehension skills is crucial. It increases the enjoyment and effectiveness of reading and helps not only academically, but professionally, and in a person's personal life. Imagine, for example, that your boss gives you a complicated document: you can read the words, but you cannot understand what the document is telling you. What then, is the point of being able to 'read,' if it can't help you move forward?

Building Reading Comprehension

Overwhelmed by the far-reaching implications of Reading Comprehension? Don't be! Comprehension is actually quite simple to build. However, it will require daily, active involvement from a parent or guardian, where you guide your child through the thought processes that underlie understanding any text.

  1. Daily Reading Practice: All children should spend at least half-hour daily, reading with a loved one. Not only does this foster a positive relationship with reading, but it also allows you to model the cognitive steps required to comprehend what is read.
    (Seriously, we can't emphasize this enough. The research out there is endless -- every child requires daily reading at home to succeed).

  2. Check for Understanding: Whether you are reading, or your child is reading, ask key comprehension questions, periodically, while reading. Doing this not only helps you see if they are understanding what is being read, but it also teaches them what questions they should be asking themselves as they read.

    Before Starting
    -Look at the Cover & Title! What do you think this book will be about?
    -Do you know anything about this topic?
    -What types of characters do you think will be in the story?

    Stop periodically (every paragraph or page) and ask:
    -"What just happened?"
    At key points, you can also ask "How did it happen?" and "Why did it happen?"

    As you progress through the story, make sure that your child is holding on to the story by asking "What has happened so far?"

    Teach them to predict / imagine / hypothesize by asking "How do you think the character will handle the situation?"

    Also, clear their doubts and give them a voice in your daily reading practice by asking “Is there anything you are wondering right now?”

    Check to see if your child understood the text by asking
    -“What was the main message in the story/text?”
    -“Tell me the story in your own words”
    “What were the most important events in the story?”

  3. Make connections. As you and your children read aloud, share experiences you have had that relate to the story and have them share theirs. Not only does this build an interest in reading, but it grounds them in the idea that there is something common and shared in the act of reading, and it invests them in the story.
  4. Create a visual. Sometimes children have a hard time visualizing what they just read. Help your children visualize by describing the scene, characters, and plot. You can even ask them what they are visualizing and have them draw in pencil, pen, markers, or colored pencils. They will be involved and creating their own story, which will help them get a clearer understanding of what is happening.

  5. Make inferences and predictions. Making inferences and predictions goes hand-and-hand with asking questions. Inferring is the ability to take clues and given knowledge from a text and conclude what will happen next. To help them infer, ask them to predict what might happen next in the story
    “What does the author want you to think about?”
    “Why do you think the character did ______?”
    “What do you think will happen next?”
    “If the story had a sequel, what do you think it would be about?”

  6. Fix any type of confusion. It is important to go back and re-read as soon as your child seems confused! Make sure you are tracking your child's comprehension progress. The moment they can't answer one of your questions, whether it's at the first sentence or in the middle, or maybe even at the end, back up and re-read!
Remember, building Reading Comprehension will take time. Comprehension is built on phonetic awareness, reading fluency, vocabulary, and / or language arts. Stick to your daily reading practice (especially when you want to give up) and remind your child that it is important to understand every single word / sentence / paragraph / story they read.

Over time, as you lovingly help them to see the importance of comprehension., and pour through endless stories together, you'll see your child learn the steps it takes to understand what they read -- slowly, and then all at once :)

by Sarah Rutzler


Montgomery, Courtney. "How to Improve Reading Comprehension: 8 Expert Tips." How to Improve Reading Comprehension: 8 Expert Tips. PrepScholar, 25 June 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2017.

Osewalt, Ginny. "6 Tips for Helping Your Child Improve Reading Comprehension." Web. 10 Oct. 2017.

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Family Support & Student Independence

Throughout the year, classroom teachers administer academic assessments to students in many different forms. It​'s extremely important to get accurate information so that teachers can effectively differentiate their instruction to meet students' needs.

We need your​ help. Please allow your children to work on their assessments and assignments in Seesaw, Canvas and/or Zoom independently​, without the help of a parent ​or tutor. It​'s okay if your children answer incorrectly​; that's part of the learning process. We expect students to engage in “productive struggles” as they learn. Teachers review where students are in the learning process and assist them in ways that allow children to grow and learn.

Of course, if children need assistance with technical challenges, that​'s a perfect time to help. You also can help support your children by practicing skills that teachers have already introduced. We’d ask that you allow your students’ teachers to give feedback and support, especially during live instruction. Please do not speak for your children or supply them with answers to share during live sessions.

Please note, that without independent evidence of students’ proficiency towards learning targets, teachers may not be able to assess your students on their report cards. Report cards would instead include a X (not assessed this semester) with a comment that there was not enough independent evidence to support a progress mark.

Your students’ progress is extremely important to us. Thank you for partnering with us and supporting your children.

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Calling all 5th Grade Parents

Are you creative or looking for a way to volunteer from home? We are looking for a few parents to work on the 5th grade yearbook that each 5th grade will receive at the end of the school year. There is a template already set up from last year that could be used again or someone creative could choose a new template from the yearbook company.
If you are interested in helping please contact Jenny Sawyer at
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The Rock Creek Parent-Teacher Club

The Rock Creek Parent-Teacher Club

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.

The PTC is currently seeking volunteers for School Directory and Clothes Closet Coordinator. Descriptions can be found below. Please contact for more information.

School Directory- Classroom connections mean more now than ever before. Help Rock Creek families connect by collecting and compiling contact information for the Rock Creek Annual Directory.

Clothes Closet Coordinator- Work with Beaverton School District on staffing and fulfilling critical clothes closet needs. The Clothes Closet provides free clothing for students in grades K-12 from families with limited income.

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Beaverton Safe Routes To School

November 1st Brings Daylight Savings and Important Tips for Traveling Safely This Fall

On Sunday, Nov. 1st, we lose an hour and it will be darker earlier. With shorter days this time of year, all road users should be extra alert to see each other. Here are some suggestions to help everyone stay safe on the road:

Wear bright reflective clothing when walking or rolling.

Don’t assume people driving will see you. Make eye contact before crossing in front of vehicles.

Be alert! Keep eyes and ears open, especially while crossing the street.

Cyclists should make sure to have lights and wear helmets – it is the law, and it helps people see you and keep you safe.

Driving or biking? Use extra caution and slow down in the dark and rain. Always be alert for people on foot or bike at intersections, crosswalks (marked and unmarked), bike lanes and in school zones. Do not text and drive – it’s against the law, carries steep fines and is unsafe for all road users.
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Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month

As we prepare to move into November, consider ways that you can engage in learning and action in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. Curriculum developer April Brown offers this resource, How To Honor Indigenous People With Your Kids, Today and Everyday, with a variety of ideas for learning about, engaging with, and supporting the past and contemporary work of Indigenous people, including Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Additionally, the National Museum of the American Indian offers its Native Knowledge 360º Education Initiative with resources devoted to professional development, student programs, and instructional resources.
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OBOB - Need to Find a Team?

Looking for an OBOB team? Mrs.Murry will host another zoom meeting for kids who need to find a team. Join us at 4pm on Wednesday November 4. Zoom ID: 5050972475. Password: AGS2.
Email if you can’t make it and still need a team.
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Rock Creek Assembly

Assembly October 2020
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School Photos??

Our school photography company, Dorian will reschedule our picture day sometime in the spring for school photos. As soon as we know the schedule we will update parents.
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Grade Level Supply/Packet Pick-Ups

Teachers will be sending home supply items that students need throughout the school year. (Especially grades K-2). We try to schedule pick-up times during the library book bundle pick-up times. Mondays 2:30-4:00 pm and Thursday 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Please check teacher newsletters and the Rocketeer for grade level pick-up days. If you cannot make it during the listed times, please contact the school office 503-356-2450

For example:

2nd Grade has a packet to pick up starting Today.

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Child Care Subsidies for Families

Dear BSD Community,

Washington County has secured a grant through the federal CARES Act to provide child care subsidies to parents/guardians. The Beaverton School District will be distributing approximately $2.4 million to families who are eligible and apply for these subsidies. In other words, if you pay for child care, you could be eligible to receive money to help cover some or all of your out-of-pocket expenses.

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  1. You are a parent or guardian who has a child (or children), age 0 (birth) to 17 years old.
  2. You live in the Beaverton School District attendance area. However, your child does not need to be enrolled in the district.
  3. Your child has been enrolled with a licensed child care provider any time after August 1, 2020 AND/OR your child will be enrolled with a licensed child care provider before December 30, 2020. Check the state’s list of licensed child care providers to verify that your child care provider is licensed.
  4. Your job qualifies you as an “essential worker” (pages 7-23). Qualifying industries include (but are not limited to) health care, public safety, education, food service, grocery, agriculture, energy, water and wastewater, hazardous waste, transportation, logistics, government, public works, communications, information technology, critical manufacturing, defense, finance and housing. If you’re unsure if your job qualifies, simply apply.

If you answered “yes” to the above questions, you qualify for a child care subsidy up to $1415/month per child.

We will be opening the application window on October 28, 2020. To apply, visit the Child Care Subsidy website: If you do not have internet access, you can pick up a paper application at your school or the District Office (16550 SW Merlo Drive, Beaverton). If you have questions, email

In preparation to apply, we suggest that you gather the following information to include with your application. The funds will be distributed until they are gone. It is in your best interest to apply early.

Required Documentation

  1. Receipts or invoices for any child care expenses paid or to be paid to a licensed child care provider, starting August 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020: If you do not have your receipts or invoices, ask your child care provider for copies. If you participate in an Employment-Related Day Care (ERDC) program or any program that already subsidizes your child care expenses, know that you may only claim your out-of-pocket child care expenses (the portion that you pay) for this subsidy. You’ll need to either scan or take a photo of your documents to upload online. If you’re applying via a paper application, you’ll need to include copies of your receipts or invoices.
  2. Valid license number for your child care provider: Ask your provider for the number or check online.

We’ll be sending a reminder next week prior to the application window opening. If you need translation assistance, please contact our Multilingual Department before October 28 at 503-356-3755.
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Enrichment Activity Ideas for Students!

Check out this link for fun enrichment Ideas. It is updated every Friday with new activities.
Enrichment Ideas
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From the Desk of Rock Creek Counselor Michelle Solberg

Many of us avoid challenging or tricky conversations with our children because we aren't confident in how to approach the conversations. In this article, you will find some tips for having difficult conversations.

Holiday Help: It's that time of year already. If your family is struggling financially and needs holiday help, please contact by Oct 29, 2020. Sunset Presbyterian Church will supply families with a toy or gift card for each child under 18 and a food box.

Michelle Solberg

Rock Creek Elementary School
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Nurse's Corner


Immunizations are required by state law for children and students in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, childcare facilities and Head Start programs in Oregon. Nearly every facility that provides care for a child outside the home requires immunizations or a medical or non-medical exemption to stay enrolled.

Children who are not up-to-date on their immunizations by February 17, 2021 will be excluded from school until their immunizations are up-to-date.

IMPORTANT: This year, your child can still be excluded from school even if they only attend online. Keeping children up-to-date on immunizations will help schools transition safely and quickly to in-person learning when they’re able.

Students and families in the Beaverton School District may access Immunizations at both the Beaverton School-Based Health Center and the Merlo School-Based Health Center.

Let's Take Care of our Eyes During CDL

Eyestrain is a common condition that occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use, such as staring at a computer screen or other digital devices. Eye strain can be annoying. But it usually isn’t serious and goes away once you rest your eyes or take steps to reduce eye discomfort. In some cases, signs and symptoms of eye strain can indicate an underlying eye condition that may need treatment. Here are some ways to help prevent eye strain:

  • Encourage students (staff and parents also) to take frequent screen breaks. Follow the 20:20:20 rule, take 20 second breaks every 20 minutes to look away from the screen at a distance of at least 20 feet.
  • Keep screens at least an arm’s length away from eyes.
  • Discourage using screens in a dark room.
  • Consider printing assignments, if possible.
  • Turn off screens at least one hour before bedtime to support healthy sleep.
  • Children should have regular vision screenings.
  • Look for signs of vision issues.

Signs and symptoms of eye strain or possible vision Issues:

  • Complaints of eye discomfort or fatigue
  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking; watery or dry eyes
  • Short attention span; difficulty concentrating
  • Frequent headaches
  • Covering one eye or squinting when looking at the screen
  • Holding reading materials or computer screen close to the face
  • Losing place when reading
  • Blurred or double vision
  • An eye turning in or out

Extended use of computers and other digital devices is one of the most common causes of eye strain. The American Optometric association calls this condition computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. People who look at screens two hours or more a day are at greatest risk of this condition. In some cases an underlying eye problem, such as eye muscle imbalance or uncorrected vision can cause or worsen eye strain.

Information about vision screening:

  • In a traditional school year, a basic vision screening is completed each year for every elementary school student in the Beaverton School District. It is unlikely vision screenings will be performed in the school setting for the 20-21 school year due to COVID-19
  • The American Optometric Association recommends regular eye exams for all children
  • Please contact your school nurse if you need help accessing vision screening services

Web Resources for accessing vision care:

Originally posted by Wendy Costanzo, RN

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Middle School Boundary Adjustment Update

Superintendent Grotting will hold a listening session with public testimony regarding the Middle School Boundary Adjustment Committee’s recommendation on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom. The session won’t be livestreamed but will be recorded and posted online.

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Family Resources

Click on the link to find Important Information we've included in previous Rocketeers. Here are the topics:

Click here for all information - Family Resources & District Information During CDL
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2021-2022 Full-Time Learning Options Lottery & Admission Information

Full Day Option Programs - Application Window Is Now Open

2021-22 application period opens Monday, October 19, 2020

Deadline to apply -- Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4:00 PM

For more information please visit:

Full Day Options Programs 2021-2022

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Assistance for Families

During these changing times, we are aware that some families may experience loss of income or a reduction in income.

Our counselor, Michelle Solberg can help connect families with resources 503-356-2454 or

Families can directly contact The Pantry
Their hours are Tuesdays 3-6 pm (Drive-Thru)

They are located at 4470 NW 185th Ave

Portland, OR 97229

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Technology Information

Student Chromebook Usage Summary Report

This fall, parents will automatically receive a report on their student’s weekly Chromebook usage. More information is available here:

Student help Desk Information

Need a Student Device?

If your student does not have a previously-issued device or has one that is not working properly, please email

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USDA Free Food Box program and more

Free Food Box

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

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.