Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- January 28, 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


01/28 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm


02/01 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

02/01 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

02/03 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

02/04 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm


02/08 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

02/08 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

02/10 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

02/11 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

02/11 PTC Zoom Meeting

02/12 Report cards available on ParentVue

02/15 Deadline for CDL/Hybrid Parent Decision

02/15 SCHOOL CLOSED- President's Day

02/17 Synchronous Day (Monday Specials Schedule)

02/17 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

02/18 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

02/22 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

02/22Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

02/24 Staff Work Day- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

02/24 Zoom Kindergarten Q & A Orientation 2:00 pm

02/25 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

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Dear Rock Creek Families,

Yesterday, our superintendent sent out our return to school message to all BSD families. I have included the message in full below. Please mark your calendars for February 15, the deadline to decide whether your student(s) will be participating in Hybrid or continue in CDL. I know that these are hard decisions to make. Please remember that your student's teacher is not able to determine which class your child will be in when the changes are made. Please know that all of us care about making the best placements we can. We want the best for every single Rock Creek student. Please contact me with questions and concerns:

Thank you for your support of our school,


BSD Families,

I want to thank you for your tremendous patience over the past several weeks as our school district grapples with an ever-changing landscape. We know that you’ve been hungry for information. We’ve had to pivot our plan more than once to incorporate changing health metrics, increased mandatory safety measures and the realities of vaccine availability.

It’s important to remember that the information that we’re about to share with you regarding our return-to-school plan remains dependent on several factors including 1) an efficient vaccination rollout for educators and 2) instructional adjustments that may be necessary due to negotiations occurring right now with our employee unions.

Limited-In Person Instruction

Limited-In Person Instruction (LIPI) is scheduled to tentatively begin on February 22 at 29 schools in the district. As the name indicates, this instruction model is limited to a very small number of our students who’ve been most impacted during COVID-19, including some students with disabilities, some English language learners and those students who don’t have reliable internet connectivity. Staff members have identified eligible students and will be reaching out to those families. Please do not call your school to inquire about LIPI. Again, staff will be contacting those students who are eligible.

Elementary Schools: Hybrid Instruction

As long as we continue to meet the advisory health metrics set by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority (≤ 350 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over the previous two-week period in Washington and Multnomah Counties), we will begin Hybrid Instruction (part in-person/part online) in our elementary schools, starting with Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The earliest date that students will return to school buildings for Hybrid Instruction will be April 5. After we’ve had a smooth transition with our youngest students, we’ll consider bringing back grades 3-5, possibly one grade per week.

For a full picture of what the Hybrid Instruction model will look like for students, please watch this video. You also can read our Return-to-School FAQ (link will be live at 12 p.m.) for elementary students.

If you’re not comfortable sending your students back for in-person instruction, they can continue to remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). However, no student — whether CDL or Hybrid — will be guaranteed the same teacher as the one instructing them now. Again, please refer to the video for a full explanation.

All elementary families must choose whether to remain in CDL or move to Hybrid. This decision will apply to the rest of the school year; no switches will be allowed. You’ll receive instructions on how to declare your choice during the first week of February. All choices must be made by February 15.

Middle, High and Option School: BSD Connect

If we meet the advisory health metrics for secondary schools (≤ 200 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over the previous two-week period in Washington and Multnomah Counties), students could begin what we’re calling BSD Connect, starting April 19, the first day of the fourth quarter. Middle, high and option schools will be communicating about opportunities for in-school small group interactions. For example, we may bring students in Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), clubs, community service, specific course activities and specific social activities. However, students will remain in CDL for their academic classes. More details about BSD Connect will be communicated as plans are finalized. For OSAA-sponsored sports and activities, we’ll continue to follow statewide guidance.

In addition, we’ll continue to evaluate the feasibility of bringing secondary students back in a Hybrid Instruction model and will communicate a start date when we’re able.

Again, we must emphasize that this plan is our most up-to-date thinking given what we know at this moment. If this school year has taught us anything it’s that we need to remain flexible and open to change.

Finally, we want to thank all Oregonians who continue to practice diligent mask wearing and social distancing. As we make progress against the virus, we move closer to resuming school in the way that we all know and love.


Don Grotting


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Hybrid Explainer for Elementary Families (English)
Hybrid Explainer for Elementary Families (Spanish)
Please email Principal Wiencken with any questions
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Office Contact Hours

The school office staff will be available for pickup or drop-offs during the following hours only:

Mondays: 2 pm -4 pm

Tuesday -Friday: 10 am -12:00 pm

Office staff will be available by phone 503-356-2452 and email 8:00 am -4:00 pm Monday thru Friday.

Please note: These hours may be subject to change depending on what is happening with the metrics.

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

Technology Support Page

Technology FAQ's

If you are having issues with a BSD device please contact our Student Help Desk.

Student Help Desk

Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Please provide the following information and we will get back to you as soon as possible:

  • Name
  • Contact information (phone number)
  • School
  • Student ID
  • Description of issue
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Square 1 Art is excited to partner with your child's school to celebrate creativity and raise funds for the school. The Square 1 Art art project provides you the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art. Every order will profit your school.

This year, our Square 1 Art fundraiser is virtual. Some teachers may choose to create an art project for Square 1 Art with their class. Families are welcome to create more than one art project, involve any child from your home, and create art with more than one artist! If you need paper, it is located by the library book drop off in front of the school. If you have questions, email Leda Mareth at

Our Virtual Art Project will keep your child creative at home with 3 Easy Steps:

1. Create Art

• Lesson Plan: Your own ideas or use one of ours.

• Art Dimensions: At least 8.5 in X 8.5 in. Use Our Art Paper

• Get the Best Results: View our Art Do's & Dont's

Download Art Paper

2. Photograph & Upload your Art to

• Go Outside Natural light is best and avoid shadows.

• Be Directly Overhead Get the best photo possible.

• Edit & Crop Make your art perfect

Art Upload is due 2/22/2021

Upload Your Art

3. Shop for Keepsakes

• Remember, every order profits your school.

Parent's Portal

Your One-Stop Shop for everything you need for your project including instructional videos, printable lessons and helpful links.

Go to the Parent's Portal

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Help us get the word out: It’s almost time to register for Kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. Children need to be 5 years of age by Sept. 1, 2021, to be eligible for Kindergarten next school year.
Please call the office at 503-356-2452 to place your student on our email list.
Zoom Kindergarten Q & A Orientation has been tentatively scheduled for February 24th at 2:00 pm and May 5th at 10:00 am.



Teachers often send 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 503-356-2452
The office is open for pick-up on Monday 2-4 and Tuesday thru Friday 10 to 12. (except non-school days).


Immunizations are required by state law for children and students in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, child care 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 remain enrolled.

Children who are not up-to-date on their immunizations by February 17, 2021 will be excluded from school until their immunizations are updated. During Comprehensive Distance Learning, that means students will be put on a list and will not be allowed on campus for any reason until they’re up-to-date (i.e. no limited-in-person activities, no hybrid learning, no in-person learning, no athletics, no school events).

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 in addition to their own health care providers.

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January is a time to reflect and think about areas of our lives where we would like to improve. This article lists some helpful tips related to parenting. I encourage you to find one thing that you would like to try to make a difference in your parenting.

Michelle Solberg, Counselor
Rock Creek Elementary School
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Conversation about race Spanish version
conversation about race English version
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OBOB battles have started! Good luck to all teams! Email if any questions:
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Valentine’s Day is such a magical time we decided to celebrate the love all month! Follow the prompts on the Kindness Calendar to complete a simple act of kindness activity for each day of February.

Also, all students and teachers are invited to participate in our What’s in Your Contest.

Download your Kindergarten Heart Contest, 1st through 5th grade Heart Contest or Teacher Heart Contest form and send us your creation to receive a raffle ticket to win a gift certificate (one entry per student)! There will be four student winners per grade level. Submit contest submissions February 8-14 via email at


The PTC is looking for volunteers to help facilitate Zoom social clubs for students in the 4th and 5th grade. The clubs will be offered weekdays, after school (full details to come). Volunteers would be in Zoom breakout rooms with the kids during the club time, facilitating conversation and club activities. Club topics may include: video game chat, arts and crafts, book club, sports talk... or other idea you may have! Email the Michele Simantel, the volunteer coordinator at to sign up and for more details.

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!

Reminder: This information provided is for Rock Creek Elementary School students and families only. It is to be used only for personal use. This information may not be sold, distributed, shared, or used for monetary or professional gain in anyway. This Digital Directory is a collection of information provided voluntarily by parents and guardians with their permission to share in our school. This information is protected by federal student privacy laws.

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Book Bus Schedule and Curbside Pick-Up Times

(This Schedule is also on the Rock Creek Website. Click on Academics & then Library Bus & Curbside Check Out!)


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)

Please wear a mask and bring a book bag!

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

Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.

Mondays 2:30 - 4:00

Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00

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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Check out this link for fun enrichment Ideas. It is updated every Friday with new activities.
Enrichment Ideas
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School Attendance

Good attendance, whether class is held in person or remotely, is important for your student’s health, wellbeing and academic success. As your School’s Nurse, we are here to help!

Absences can add up quickly and missing school can have a big impact on your student’s learning and overall health. Did you know missing just 2 days a month can lead to chronic absenteeism?...But we know, there are some reasons for absenteeism that cannot be avoided!

Common Causes:

● Stomach Bugs – Tips for stopping the spread

● Headaches – When to call the pediatrician

● Toothaches – Access to low-cost dental care

● Sore Throat – Common infections

● School Avoidance – Tips for concerned parents

● Depression – How can parents help

How Can Parents Positively Impact Their Student’s Attendance?

● Establish routines – getting a good night’s sleep (about 10+hours depending on your student’s age) is important for helping your child wake up and show up for class on time.

● If your child has a chronic mental or physical health condition, inform your student’s school nurse, teacher, or school counselor.

● Try to schedule medical and dental appointments before or after school and schedule extended trips during school breaks.

● Talk with your student about why they do not want to go to school. If your child seems anxious about school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or ask the school nurse for advice.

What Does Attendance Look Like in Distance learning?

Distance learning can be difficult for many students. Your student’s health and safety is our number one priority. In order for your student to learn and be successful while at school, it is important to address their physical and mental health. There are many options for attendance in distance learning. If your student is struggling, please reach out to the teacher, counselor, nurse, or administrative staff so we can help create a plan for your student’s success.

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The District has more than 10,600 library books that are overdue or lost. In addition, we have more than 2,200 textbooks and devices (those that are NOT currently being used for Comprehensive Distance Learning) that also need to be returned. Some of these items are likely under your student’s bed or sitting in a backpack.

We desperately need to recover these items or the associated fines for the lost items. Only then can schools begin to replace books and devices for future use.

Please search for overdue and lost items: library books, textbooks from last school year and school-issued devices (iPads, Chromebooks) that your student isn’t currently using. Search your in-box, too, for any emails from ( or (, which will indicate that your student has a missing item.

Then return that item to any BSD school. You have several options: (Please arrive in a mask.)

  • Return items to your school during regular school hours. Some schools also may offer evening drop-off hours. Check with your school’s newsletter for additional drop-off hours and directions.

  • Return items to any Library Book Bus stop. See schedule and map for days and times.

  • Pay lost fine through the district’s Online Payment System.

If you’ve already returned materials or items were left in classrooms last spring, please contact your school library staff via email to let them know. Library materials are quarantined for up to one week before being checked in, so it will take time for fines to be resolved in InTouch accounts.

Thank you for helping us get resources back to our schools so that they can be re-distributed to those students who need them.



Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience as we navigate TAG/Summa testing during the 2020-21 school year. The following updates have been made to our current Identification processes to reflect comprehensive distance learning and research on test score stability.

TAG/Summa Testing

  • TAG testing for students nominated by parents or teachers will occur in the spring

  • Current 5th graders will have the opportunity to qualify for Summa by testing in late spring/summer

  • Outdoor testing opportunities for TAG/Summa will also be available in early summer

  • Current 3rd and 4th graders will take reading and math achievement tests (ITBS) in the fall

  • Current 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will take a cognitive ability (CogAT) screener test in fall

  • In addition to national norms, local norms will be explored for TAG/Summa identification

Summa Qualifying Tests and Criteria

  • No change in admission criteria, only tests used

  • Results from full version CogAT tests (composite score ) in grades K-5 can be used to qualify for Summa

  • Results of achievement tests in grades 3-5 can be used to qualify for Summa

    • Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS) Language Arts and Math tests

    • ITBS/Logramos Reading and Math tests (total scores)


  • Testing opportunities will be posted on the BSD TAG page as they become available

  • Invitations to test will be sent via School Messenger prior to testing dates

  • Summa eligible students will be notified before January 15, 2021

Please direct questions to Heidi Hanson, or 503-356-4548.

Estimadas familias,

Gracias por su paciencia mientras administramos los exámenes TAG/Summa durante el año escolar 2020-21. Se han realizado las siguientes actualizaciones a nuestros procesos de identificación actuales para reflejar el aprendizaje a distancia y la investigación sobre la estabilidad de la puntuación de los exámenes.

Exámenes TAG / Summa

  • Los exámenes TAG para los estudiantes nominados por los padres o maestros ocurrirán en la primavera

  • Los estudiantes actuales de 5º grado tendrán la oportunidad de ser considerados para el programa Summa mediante el examen a fines de la primavera/verano

  • Las oportunidades de exámenes al aire libre para TAG/Summa también estarán disponibles a principios del verano

  • Los estudiantes actuales de 3º y 4º grado tomarán exámenes de rendimiento en lectura y matemáticas (ITBS) en el otoño

  • Los estudiantes actuales de 2º, 3º y 4º grado tomarán un examen de evaluación de habilidades cognitivas (CogAT) en otoño

  • Además de las normas nacionales, se explorarán las normas locales para la identificación de TAG/Summa

Exámenes y criterios de calificación de SUMMA

  • No hay cambios en los criterios de admisión, solo se utilizan exámenes

  • Los resultados de los exámenes CogAT en los grados K-5 se pueden usar para calificar para el programa SUMMA

  • Los resultados de los exámenes de rendimiento en los grados 3-5 se pueden usar para calificar para el programa SUMMA

    • Exámenes de literatura y matemáticas del Sistema de Evaluación Estatal de Oregón (OSAS)

    • ITBS/Logramos


  • Las oportunidades de exámenes se publicarán en la página BSD TAG a medida que estén disponibles.

  • Las invitaciones para el examen se enviarán a través de School Messenger antes de las fechas del examen.

  • Los estudiantes elegibles para Summa serán notificados antes del 15 de enero de 2021

Dirija sus preguntas a Heidi Hanson, o al 503-356-4548.

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Inclement Weather Information During CDL

All classes and school schedules will continue on time in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), even if district facilities are closed due to inclement weather. In other words, we will not have any "snow days" in CDL.

If district facilities are closed, any on-site classes/programs including Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) will be canceled. All daytime and evening activities/events also will be canceled. For more information, please visit the Inclement Weather Information webpage.
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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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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 help Desk Information
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Rock Creek School

4125 NW 185th Ave

Portland OR 97229

Main Office-503-356-2452


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.