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Rock Creek Elementary- April 22, 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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Mark your Calendar


Dates to Remember


4/22 Earth Day

4/28 Staff Development Work Day- No School for Students


4/28 School Board Candidate Forum (Zoom) 7:00 pm

4/30 Complete Form for State Testing Grades 3rd thru 5th (see below)

5/05 2021-22 Kindergarten Zoom Orientation 6:00-7:00 pm

5/11 PTC Zoom Meeting 6:30 pm

Curbside Library every Monday & Thursday 2:45-4:00 pm

Wednesday Library Book Bus - New times - Times and routes are in the Library section below and on our school website under Academics-Library Curbside & Book Bus

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On April 5, we welcomed our youngest learners into our schools — some for the very first time. On April 8, we continued to see students in grades 3 through 5 happily walk through our doors. Both our students and staff did an excellent job of adhering to our safety protocols while still focusing on the main objective — reconnecting and teaching kids. It was a week of smiles, laughter and pure joy. And we can’t wait to welcome the remainder of our students in middle, high and option schools back this week.

While most of our attention has been focused on successfully implementing In-Person Hybrid Instruction, we are looking ahead to the 2021-2022 school year. Many of you have asked what direction the district will take. As I have indicated previously, we try to do as much planning as possible, but ultimately, we have to react to changing COVID-19 case counts and changing Ready School Safe Learners guidance from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

That being said and with the expanding distribution of vaccines, it is the intention of the Beaverton School District to welcome back all children at all grade levels for five full days of in-person instruction in the fall. Those families who do not wish to send their students back for in-person instruction should apply to our permanent distance learning option, FLEX Online School.

I want to acknowledge what a trying 13 months it has been. There’s been much discussion — and yes, sometimes disagreement — about the best course of action; this has truly been uncharted territory. But one thing that I have never doubted is the passionate commitment of the staff and parents in the Beaverton School District. We all want what’s best for our children. We all care deeply about their social and emotional health, in addition to their academic process. And together, we are all part of the work moving forward.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your steadfast support of your students and the Beaverton School District.


Don Grotting


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Dear BSD Families,

Because of the pandemic, the Oregon Department of Education requested a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education that would have allowed school districts to skip state testing this spring. However, the federal government denied that request. Therefore, to maintain our federal funding, the Beaverton School District must offer testing to our students. Parents and guardians have the right to OPT OUT their students from testing. More on that below.

Shortened versions of the following statewide tests will be offered:

  • 3rd Grade: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics
  • 4th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics
  • 5th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics & Science
  • 6th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics
  • 7th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics
  • 8th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics & Science
  • 11th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics & Science

To maximize in-person instruction time for Hybrid students and to provide testing opportunities for Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and FLEX Online School students, the district will provide testing opportunities on Wednesdays (asynchronous learning days only) in May and June. Students will take the tests at their current schools; FLEX students will take the tests at the District’s Central Administration Center (16550 SW Merlo Rd.). Transportation will be provided for students who live one mile (elementary) or 1.5 miles (secondary) from their home schools; FLEX families must provide their own transportation. (Note: if a school plans to test outside of the Wednesday windows, the school will communicate an alternate schedule directly with families.)

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** Students will be assigned to a morning or afternoon session.

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Please complete the form below for students 3rd-5th grade

Please complete this form in English or Spanish.

If you need additional translation services, please call our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would a student choose to test?

Test scores provide one piece of evidence of student attainment of state standards.

Will students be penalized or receive a negative grade if they don’t test?


Will my child’s school be penalized or receive a negative report card rating if my student doesn’t test?

No. The U.S. Department of Education won’t require the Oregon Department of Education to use summative test data for accountability purposes this year.

Will schools be adhering to the same safety protocols as during In-Person Hybrid Instruction?

The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. All safety protocols will be followed including mandatory mask wearing and social distancing.

Who will administer the tests?

School staff who have met training and security requirements will administer the test.

How long is each test?

The Oregon Department of Education has decreased the number of questions in the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics tests by 40% and removed field test questions from the science test. The estimated testing times are:

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Can my student opt to take one test but not another (for example, take English Language Arts (ELA) but not Mathematics)?


My student needs transportation. When will I find out when and where my student will be picked up and dropped off?

Families will receive an email on May 10 with their students’ routes, bus stop locations and pick-up and drop-off times.

When can I expect to receive my child’s test results?

We expect individual overall student test results will be available in ParentVue in August. Contrary to prior years, the Oregon Department of Education won’t be reporting subscores. For example, in English Language Arts (ELA), students won’t receive subscores in reading, writing, listening and research.


No. Statewide, many students continue to learn remotely, and parents may not wish to have their children participate in testing this year. In addition, the circumstances under which students have participated in learning this year have varied widely compared to a traditional school year. If this year’s test participation isn’t representative of students across Oregon, percentiles produced by the Oregon Department of Education won’t be comparable to prior years. While these percentiles may be informative for parents, they won’t be used for identification or placement decisions.

English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics tests are one way for students to demonstrate Essential Skills to earn a diploma. Are Essential Skills required for the Class of 2022?

No. On April 15, 2021, the State Board of Education suspended the Essential Skills graduation requirement for the Class of 2022. The Board previously suspended the requirement for the Class of 2021.

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If an in person hybrid student is not physically present during in person instruction time, they are marked absent and are not eligible to participate with CDL afternoon class. The only exceptions to this is if a student is out due to a rare long-term occurrence i.e...out due to quarantine, Covid 19, broken leg etc. Parents will need to contact the principal and school nurse if these circumstances arise. In person hybrid students that are on vacation are not eligible to switch to CDL, they will be marked absent.

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The District is keeping all school playgrounds and fields closed to the public during teacher work hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday thru June 18th.

Just a Friendly Reminder: Dogs are not allowed on school grounds.

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The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) supports COVID-19 testing in public and private K-12 schools in Oregon for students and staff who display symptoms of COVID-19. The Beaverton School District has registered to have Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing available for students and staff who develop primary symptoms of COVID-19 at school. Primary symptoms of Covid-19 include:

  • New or different than usual shortness of breath

  • New or different than usual coughing

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher

  • New loss of taste or smell.

The Abbott BinaxNOW test will only be administered to students who have consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian on file. The student must be capable and willing to perform a nasal swab test independently. The parent(s) or guardian can decline testing and opt to test their child with a healthcare provider. If there is any doubt as to whether a specimen may be safely self-collected by an individual, they should be referred to their healthcare provider for COVID-19 testing. Positive test results will be shared with the Local Public Health Authority to assist in contact tracing.

If you would like your child to participate in this testing program, please complete and return the consent form to the school office. You can find the consent form at this link: under the COVID-19 Testing Information. For further information on the Abbot BinaxNOW rapid antigen test see the following link: FDA information on BinaxNOW test.

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ZOOM CLUBS for 4th and 5th GRADERS!

Zoom Clubs are continuing every Wednesday at 3:30pm. We will be playing games, chatting, crafting - fun for all! Come on by and see what's happening! Ask your teacher for the Zoom link!

Tech Cart Fundraiser UPDATE as of WED 4/21
Rock Creek, your support is so amazing! Your generous donations have made an incredible impact!

We only have ONE more Tech Cart to purchase, so every classroom in the school will have access to this fabulous technology. The PTC is matching all funds donated for the final cart - that means we only need $75 in donations to reach our goal. We can do it!


The PTC is looking for new members to join our Board of Directors and Committees for the 2021-2022 School year. Vacant positions include:

The secretary shall keep an accurate record of all business transacted at each PTC meeting and Board meeting.

A full list of open positions is listed on the PTC website. Please contact Sharon Zell at if you are interested or have questions.

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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Getting outside is a great mood booster and can be calming for children. Here are some ideas of things to do outdoors:

Michelle Solberg, Counselor

Creek Elementary School
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Click here for more Information

Please fill out the form and send it with your student or email it to

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Parent's can schedule appointments directly with Dorian

Dorian is unable to do any retakes at schools. As an alternative, they are offering retakes at their office by appointment. Rock Creek parents/guardians can book an appointment by calling customer support at 1-800-826-3535. Currently, their next days are scheduled for May 19th and 20th and they anticipate that they will add more dates if these fill up.
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Here in the Beaverton School District, we teach children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. In order to help our school be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn, we also provide age-appropriate health instruction. There will be two primary resources used for this instruction: The Great Body Shop to teach the adopted Oregon Health Standards and to teach sexual abuse prevention in accordance with Erin’s Law. Continue reading for more information on each resource.

Oregon Health Education Standards

The Great Body Shop, published by The Children’s Health Market, will be used to teach the Oregon Health Education Standards. It offers skills-based instruction that addresses physical, social, emotional, and mental health. Human Sexuality Education instruction is age appropriate, medically accurate, and relevant for all students.

Erin’s Law (Sexual Abuse Prevention)

An important component of our curriculum is to help children protect their bodies, get support when abuse has occurred, and report to a trusted adult. In accordance with Erin’s Law, we are educating children about sexual abuse and promoting awareness within our communities. The Oregon Department of Education has required all Oregon schools to comply with Erin’s Law. The Erin’s Law lessons address personal safety, touching safety, and assertiveness.

Previewing Materials/Opting Out

The process for previewing materials and opting out of instruction will be slightly different due to the pandemic. Your child’s teacher will be sending communication home prior to instruction in human sexuality and sexual abuse prevention to address this.

Thank you for helping us to make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.

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Congrats to the COVID Crossouts, Ethan, Sid, Dharya, and Genna. They got to third place at virtual Regionals this past weekend. It was extremely tough with multiple amazing teams. OBOB members looks for info on the icepop party coming in May.

Email if you'd like to take over OBOB next year, or if you'd like the link to the video of the final Rock Creek battle.

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No Book Bus on 4/28/21

In honor of National Library week we are having a contest going on all month. When you come to any of our check out times, we will take your guess on how many books we have in our library. Whoever has the closest guess in each grade level will receive a free book. Good luck hope to see you soon.

We are also so EXCITED to share that our Library Book bus will continue. We have new hours but the stops are the same.

Curbside Library & Book Bus Checkout

Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.

New Library to go schedule:

Monday Curbside Library 2:45 - 4:00

Wednesday Book Bus 10:20 - 12:45

Thursday Curbside Library 2:45 - 4:00


10:20 am NW ELK RUN DR @ NW 177TH PL



11:42 am NW DEERFIELD DR & NW 180TH PL


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

Returning Library Books and Devices- Please ring the doorbell if returning a device.

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

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm on school days. Make sure the books you are returning have Rock Creek's bar code on them.

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Who should you call? Student Help Desk 503-356-4656

If you are having issues with a BSD device please contact our Student Help Desk, not the school office. The student help desk has trained technicians that can problem solve issues and order student devices, the school office has moms that have to ask their kids how to use their smart phones. :)

If you are having a technical difficulties with apps, logins or devices, please check out the technology support page for help.

Technology Support Page

Student help Desk Information
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Student Survey

  • Each year the District surveys students, staff, and parents to gather information for planning, program evaluation, and assessment of progress on the District's Strategic Plan.

  • The student survey takes about 20 minutes during the regular school day. The data gathered from the survey is anonymous; your child will not put his/her name or other identifying information on the survey. Like other surveys, results will be presented only about groups. No individual data will be reported.

  • The surveys will be given between March 30 - June 4.

  • Your child may skip questions or stop filling out the survey at any time. Refusing to participate or withdrawing from the survey does not affect your child's grades or class standing in any way. If you or your child does not want to participate, your child can read or do some other activity while his or her classmates complete the survey.

  • A copy of the survey is available at the school office and is posted at

  • After reviewing the survey, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify the Rock Creek office at 503-356-2452.

Spanish version:

Encuesta Anual de Estudiantes

  • Cada año, el distrito lleva a cabo encuestas para los estudiantes y el personal con el fin de obtener información para la planificación y la evaluación del programa así como del progreso del Plan Estratégico del Distrito.

  • La encuesta de estudiantes toma aproximadamente 20 minutos durante el día escolar. La información que obtengamos de la encuesta es anónima; su hijo no incluirá su nombre o cualquier información de identificación en la encuesta. Al igual que otras encuestas, los resultados que se presentan son sólo acerca de los grupos. No se proporcionará información de su estudiante.

  • Su hijo puede no contestar las preguntas o dejar de contestar la encuesta en cualquier momento. El negarse a participar en la encuesta o no terminar de contestarla, no afecta las calificaciones o rango de su hijo. Si usted o su hijo no quieren participar, su hijo puede leer o hacer alguna otra actividad, mientras que sus compañeros de clase completan la encuesta.

  • Una copia en blanco de la encuesta, está disponible en la escuela de su hijo y se encuentra publicada en

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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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Check out this link for fun enrichment Ideas. It is updated every Friday with new activities.
Enrichment Ideas
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The Communications & Community Involvement Department will host a School Board Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. The School Board election is in May.

The forum will be conducted via Zoom. Community members can submit questions in advance via the form. A moderator will pose the questions to the candidates during the forum. The meeting will be recorded and posted to the District's YouTube and Facebook pages shortly after its completion.

If you'd like to submit a question for the School Board candidates, please complete the Candidate Forum Questions form by Monday, April 26 at 5 p.m.
To learn more about the candidates, visit our webpage:




Kids are everywhere. Drive like it.

As students return to schools for in-person learning this month, arrival and departure times may be different than you are used to. While traffic and activities around Beaverton schools may look different, one thing is for sure – kids are out and about in our community. Some kids may be returning to school buildings while others will be continuing to learn remotely and taking breaks outside during the day. Safety is everyone’s responsibility! Kids are everywhere. #DriveLikeIt.

Driving Safety Tips

Our community needs everyone to drive safely, be alert, and follow traffic laws, especially when observing students walking, biking, skateboarding, and scootering. Let’s work together to keep our students safe!

· Stop for school busses when red lights flash. Both directions of traffic must stop.

· Watch your speed. 20 mph is the school zone speed limit.

· Be ready to stop at all times. Kids may dart into the street without checking for traffic.

· Stop for people at intersections and when asked by the crossing guard. Check your blind spots before turning and behind your vehicle before reversing.

· Drive for conditions – This time of year is often rainy and foggy limiting visibility for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians so keep those headlights on to help others see you.

Walking and Rolling is Good for the Earth!

April is the month we celebrate Earth Day and one way you can help our planet and combat climate change is to replace car trips with active ones! 2 miles of driving = 1.6 lbs of
carbon emissions. Think about local car trips that your family takes often. Maybe it is a trip to the park or a friend’s house.
Map your route and try walking or biking instead. We often think places are farther than they seem. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your location and be amazed at what your body can do for you!
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May Walk + Roll Challenge Week

Please join Beaverton Safe Routes to School for our final Walk + Roll event of the year! Over 100 prizes will be raffled, and the Wheel Fairy will visit elementary schools to attach an extra prize on any wheels they find in the racks. All students (any grade level, hybrid and CDL) can enter our raffle by completing the May Challenge form. There are five activities to choose from and an extra raffle entry for each activity completed. Find more information at

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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


View the BSD website Japanese


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

Click here for all information listed above- Family Resources & District Information During CDL
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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.
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