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Rock Creek Elementary- October 1, 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.

Upcoming Events

Dates to Remember


10/1- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm (See below)

10/1- 3-5 Grade New Chromebook Pick-Up 3-4 pm (Last Chromebook Distribution)

10/5- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

10/5- 1st Grade Handwriting Book Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

10/6- PTC Zoom Meeting 6:30 pm

10/7- International Walk + Roll Day

10/7- Synchronous Day for Students

10/8- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

10/8- 1st Grade Handwriting Book Pick-Up 11 am -12:00 pm

10/8- Recorder Pick-Up- See Below

10/9- No School for Students- Staff Development Day

10/12- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

10/14- September & October Zoom Birthday Lunches with the Principal

10/26-11/8- Online Scholastic Book Fair



11/10- PTC Zoom Meeting 6:30 pm

11/11- SCHOOL CLOSED - Veterans Day

11/13- No School for Students - Grading Day

11/25-27- SCHOOL CLOSED - Thanksgiving


12/21-31- SCHOOL CLOSED - Winter Break

3rd-5th Grade New Chromebooks

Last Chance to Pick-Up the Upgraded Chromebooks

Our last Chromebook distribution will be held on Thursday, Oct 1st from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This is the last chance to get the new Chromebooks from Rock Creek.
If your 3rd thru 5th grade student has an old Chromebook from spring, (or has not ever picked up a Chromebook) now is the time to upgrade. We have new Chromebooks for 3rd thru 5th grade students. (Students that picked up Chromebooks during the meet & greet and students that have already replaced their old Chromebooks received the new Chromebooks.)

  • If 3-5 grade student signed out a Chromebook in the spring, we request that you bring the old Chromebook and charger to the New Chromebook Distribution event.

  • Please fill out this card: Device Checkout Info Card.pdf prior to arriving at the will help speed up the process and maintain social distancing.

  • Each Chromebook needs to be assigned to the student so it will take a few minutes to receive them.

If driving, please drive to the upper lot in front of the school and wait in your car. In order to maintain social distancing, we request that everyone remain in their vehicle until their vehicle is the first in line. When it is your turn, please turn off your vehicle, wear a mask, and walk over to the pick-up table. You will exit thru the lower parking lot when you are finished.

If you are unable to make this time, please ask a neighbor to pick up for you, just have them bring the paperwork, old Chromebook and charger to exchange for the new one.



On Thursday, October, 8th from 5:30 – 6:30PM there will be a Recorder distribution for ALL 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. This year, 3rd graders will receive a complimentary Recorder from Rock Creek School and the 4th and 5th graders will come to pick up their personal recorders that were left here last Spring. We are asking parents to please park in the parking lot and then walk to the front of the school to receive your Recorders. We will be following ALL social distancing protocols, including PPE. Thank you in advance for doing the same. We are also asking that after you get your Recorders, that you would please return to your vehicles and leave promptly as others will be coming in. Thank you for understanding this process.

Sincerely, Mr. Gonzalez

Schedule Change Wednesday, October 7th- Due to Staff Development Day

Wednesday Schedule Update

Please note that the District will follow a different student schedule next week. Students will have a regular synchronous (Live Zoom) learning day on Wednesday, October 7th, as opposed to an independent asynchronous learning day.
There are no scheduled classes or new Seesaw /Canvas activities on Friday, October 9th.

Any synchronous (Zoom) PE and Music classes usually held on Friday, October 9th, will be moved to Wednesday, October 7th.

For your planning purposes, the following Wednesdays also will be traditional synchronous learning days: January 20, February 17 and June 2.

1st grade Handwriting Workbook- Pick-Up Schedule

Hi Fabulous First Grade Families! Our awesome Handwriting Without Tears workbook just came in! On Monday, October 5th from 2:30-4 pm and on Thursday, October 8th from 11-12, we will have tables out for you to swing by and pick up that book! All you need to do is find the table with your teacher's name (Vogel, Spivey or Clark) and then grab the handwriting practice book with your kiddos name on it! They will be laid out in alphabetical order by first name! We'll start using them the week of the 12th! 🙂

Library News!!

The library back to school bulletin board usually says something like THE BOOKS HAVE MISSED YOU. Well that is still true this year, so do we. It has been great to see students and families come to our outdoor checkout and hope you will continue to take this opportunity to get more books.

Our October schedule will remain the same:

Mondays 2:30 - 4:00

Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00

LIBRARY BOOK BUS will be coming to a stop near you starting October 13th. The stops will be in the afternoon. The schedule is being worked out right now so look again next week for a place and time.

Soon, I will also have exciting news about our online Scholastic Book Fair.

Connie Hilger
Library Media Assistant

Birthday Zoom Time with the Principal

Wednesday, October 14th

Ms. Wiencken will be holding special zoom meetings with students that have birthdays in September & October. Classroom teachers will send you the zoom invitation and time that Ms. Wiencken will be celebrating your birthday month.

BSD Clothes Closet Information

Whether they’re in school physically or not, we know that kids keep growing and growing out of their clothes. The district-run Clothes Closet provides new or gently used clothing to any student who qualifies for free or reduced lunch.

Because of COVID-19, we’re moving to an appointment-only scheduling system. If you and your student(s) would like to select clothes for the upcoming school year, please sign up online. If you’re unable to access our online calendar, call 503-356-4322 to schedule an appointment. Please note: all Clothes Closet visitors will need to wear masks and gloves. If you don’t have your own, we’ll provide them.

International Walk + Roll to Anywhere Day October 7th, 2020

Beaverton Safe Routes to School has recently purchased new ebook titles for students! We have put together a few slides to introduce this new collection to students and remind them about how to access ebooks via Sora.

Join students and families from around the world as you walk or roll in your neighborhood on October 7th. (Please remember to stay 6 feet from those not in your household and wear a mask.) All community members are welcome to participate.
Use the link to fill out the google form for each person that joined you on your trip. (BSD students may include name and student ID number for a prize entry).
This year students can earn things like flashing safety lights, reflective shoelaces and new bike helmets. Schools with the most participation will also earn a Safe Routes to School book bundle for their school library.
Finally, celebrate International Walk + Roll Day with our Beaverton community by visiting our Facebook page @BeavertonSafeRoutes to share a photo of you with a sign telling us why you love to walk, bike, scooter or skate! (Use the hashtag #BSDtogether)

Google Form Link:

From the Desk of Rock Creek Counselor Michelle Solberg

In our world today, there is a lot of uncertainty. It can be difficult for us as adults to cope with the uncertainty, but it also affects our children. Here is a link with some helpful tips on how to cope with uncertainty: Solberg
Rock Creek Elementary School

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

Social Emotional Learning Lesson (SEL) Zoom Schedule

First Grade: Students will be using Classroom Teacher's Zoom Link- (Stay logged in)

8:45 Monday: Spivey

8:45 Tuesday: Vogel

8:45 Wednesday: Clark

2nd-5th Grade will all use the same link or meeting number and password. Please remember that after your zoom session with your teacher you need to QUIT(log out of Zoom) and reopen it for it to work for the SEL Zoom Session.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 981 1575 5445
Passcode: counselors

Schedule on Wednesdays for 2nd thru 5th Grade:

9:15-9:45: 2nd grade

9:45-10:15: 3rd grade

10:15-10:45: 4th grade

10:45-11:15: 5th grade

Check with your child's Teacher for Zoom Codes for Kindergarten SEL lessons taught by our Student Success Coach Mrs. Krueger


Jay: 9:00-9:20

Peck: 9:20-9:40

Pfeaster: 9:40-10:00

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 help with your BSD Device?

Student Help Desk

Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Phone: 503-356-4656


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

  • Name
  • Contact information (phone number)
  • School
  • Student ID
  • Description of the issue

Due to the large volume of support needs at this time, there may be wait times on the phone as well as delayed responses to email requests. Our staff are working hard to ensure that students have working devices and we appreciate your patience.

Student Login 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

Forgotten Passwords

If your student has forgotten his/her email password, it can be found in ParentVue. If ParentVue says that the password has been changed, ParentVue will provide a number for you to CALL for help.

Device Protection Program

Anticipating that all students will get a district-owned device (either Chromebook or iPad), the District adds a fee of $20 to students’ Online Payment accounts (maximum fee of $60 per family per school year) to enroll them in the Damage-Loss Protection Program. This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced-price meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share form. Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage and no later than 30 days after they begin school.

Students may choose to decline coverage. However, doing so isn't recommended, because a family would then assume full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how the damage occurs.

Visit the Student Device Resources webpage for more information.

Enrollment Verification Due Now!

Before the beginning of every school year, we request that parents/guardians of our returning students review and/or update their family and student information. ​Keeping your family's information up to date is crucial to receiving timely communication from Beaverton School District and ensures that you can be contacted in case of emergency. These updates can be done online through your ParentVUE account. For more information about Enrollment Verification and to begin the verification process, please click the button below.

Enrollment Verification

Learning Platforms

Seesaw Information and Resources

Seesaw is used by our K-4 teachers as learning platform. Teachers using Seesaw with their students can post assignments, give feedback, and communicate with students. Families connected to Seesaw can see their student's work and communicate back and forth with the teacher.

For more information and an FAQ, please visit: Seesaw Landing Page

Canvas Information and Resources

The Canvas Learning Management System is used by our 5th grade teachers as an extension to in-class instruction. Teachers using Canvas can post assignments, give feedback, and communicate with students.

For parent information on Canvas, please visit: Canvas Landing Page

Attendance for Students

If your child is going to be absent, please notify the teacher and the school office (503-356-2451) so they will be marked excused.

Unlike last spring, student attendance will count during Comprehensive Distance Learning. Please read the following guidance on how attendance will be tracked:

  • Teachers will take student attendance daily. Attendance may be counted in a variety of ways to accommodate families who may need to access instruction during different times of the day.

    • Attending a live teacher-led session

    • Watching a teacher-recorded video

    • Interacting with a teacher via email

    • Posting completed coursework online

  • Parent/guardian notifications will be sent out at approximately 5 p.m. each day if students haven’t engaged in their school work and have been marked as absent.

  • Each morning, teachers will access an attendance report and will reconcile any absences from the previous day with any new evidence of engagement during the evening.

2020-2021 District Calendar

The 2020-21 District Calendar has been updated.

The calendar is subject to change based on contract negotiations and resource availability. In the event inclement weather or other emergency closures prevent the District from meeting required instructional hours set by ODE, the days will be made up in June.

Free or Reduced Meal Benefits

Covid has impacted the lives of many family members. Families may not be aware of the free and reduced priced meals available to them which is why I want to encourage all families to read the following information in the event they may qualify for this program. Additionally, once families qualify, they also can receive benefits such as free device coverage, reduced athletic fees, etc. The following information came from the BSD website found here.

1. Who can get free or reduced-price meals?

  • All children in households receiving benefits from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, TANF or FDPIR are eligible for free meals.
  • Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
  • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals. • Children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if your household’s income is at or below the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines (see chart below). Oregon’s Expanded Income Guidelines (EIG) has been fully funded through the Student Success Act, effective July 1, 2020. This means families can qualify for free meals if their income is between 185-300% above the Federal poverty rates for all BSD enrolled students. Families must fill out a Meal Benefits application to participate in this free program.
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*Reduced price is $0 for all reimbursable meals. Here are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

2. How do I know if my children qualify as homeless, migrant, or runaway?

  • Do the members of your household lack a permanent address?
  • Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement?
  • Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis?
  • Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household?

If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call Homeless Liaison Lisa Mentesana at (503)356-5071 or Migrant Liaison Judy Swearingen at (503)356-3764.

3. Do I need to fill out an application for each child?

No. Use one Family Application for Free & Reduced Meals for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: Meal Benefits, 10740 NE Walker Road, Entrance D1, Hillsboro, OR 97006. Your children may not receive benefits until you receive a letter saying they are eligible.

4. Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children are already approved for free meals?

No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Laurie Bishop, Meal Benefits Program Specialist, at (503)356-3957 immediately.

5. Can I apply online?

Yes! The online application is faster for us to process, and it cannot get misplaced! The online application has the same requirements as the paper application. Visit to apply online. Contact Laurie Bishop, Meal Benefits Program Specialist, at (503)356-3957 if you have any questions about the online application.

USDA Free Food Box program and more

We've updated the Community Resources on our Return-to-School webpage to include a number of food resources for families, including the District's partnership with Urban Gleaners and four school-based food markets (open to all families) sponsored by the Oregon Food Bank.

  • Go to our BSD website > Return-to-School > Community Resources > Free Food

Also we've expanded our USDA Free Food Box program that starts on October 7. It now includes 3 sites every Wednesday:

  • Aloha HS: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Beaverton HS: 12-1 p.m.
  • Southridge HS: 12-1 p.m.

Repeat: Important information regarding meal service for the fall

We have 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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Important Zoom Information!

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.

Important! Rename Zoom for iPads

It is very important for security and community building that your student has their name visible during Zoom meetings. If a student's name is not visible the teachers cannot allow them in to the Zoom meeting. Here is a link to help rename your student's device whenusing an iPa

Rename Student device when Zooming for Ipads

Important! Rename Zoom for Chromebooks

It is very important for security and community building that your student has their name visible during Zoom meetings. If a student's name is not visible the teachers cannot allow them in to the Zoom meeting.

How do you rename a zoom on a Chromebook?

Step 1: Open your Zoom app and click on Settings in the bottom right corner of your screen. Step 2: Tap on your 'Profile' at the top of your sidebar and then select 'Display Name'. Step 3: Once selected, enter your desired new name in the two text fields that appear and tap on 'Ok' to finalize your name change.

Adding an Alarm for iPads

Here is a quick tutorial for adding an alarm for iPads so that your student will know when to log on for Zoom meetings etc.

Alarm for iPad Tutorial

Beaverton School District seeks applicants for Social Studies Curriculum Adoption Project Team

Parents, guardians, community members, teachers, students and administrators are encouraged to apply to serve on the Beaverton School District Social Studies Project Team. The Social Studies Project Team will review existing Social Studies curriculum and practices to make curriculum adoption recommendations to the School Board. The Project Team is an important part of the BSD Quality Curriculum Cycle (QCC), which provides a systematic means for making decisions about the BSD curriculum review, revision, development, and adoption of practices and instructional resources.

The Project Team’s work will begin on October 20 and will conclude by June 2021. The team will meet on the following weekday evenings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom (unless otherwise communicated): October 20, November 17, January 5, February 16, March 30, April 27 and May 25.

The Project Team and supporting BSD Teacher Cadre will be charged with the following goals:

● Researching best practices and instructional materials to be considered for possible adoption in Social Studies

● Articulating and supporting long-term academic learning targets and assessments in Social Studies

● Recommending professional development and structures for ongoing professional learning

● Participating in learning opportunities in the form of readings, discussion and trainings related to culturally relevant teaching practices

These goals are aligned with Oregon Social Sciences Standards as well as Multicultural Studies and Ethnic Studies Standards (draft)

The District reviews and updates its curriculum, instructional practices and classroom materials according to Board policy and Oregon State Statute and Administrative Regulations.

Membership for the Social Studies Project Team will include:

● Elementary classroom teachers (4)

● Middle school classroom teachers (2)

● High school classroom teachers (2)

● Students (4)

● Parent/Community members (4)

● School administrators (2 elementary, 1 middle school, 1 high school) (4)

● Social Studies specialists (1 elementary, 1 secondary) (2)

● Teaching Specialists, including but not limited to special education, multilingual, dual-language, advanced program and additional content area specialists (6)

● School Board representative (1)

Please note that membership roles/numbers are subject to change based on applications received.

Google Form and/or email submissions are due on Monday, October 5 by 4 p.m.

Applications should include the following information:

  1. Students: Name, address, school and grade level, plus any special training or experience in Social Studies.

  2. Parents/Community members: Name, address, ages of children and schools where enrolled (if applicable), plus any special training or experience in Social Studies.

  3. Teachers & Administrators: Name, address, teaching experience and current assignment.

All: Respond to the following questions/prompts: (please limit your response to no more than one typed page)

  1. Why do you want to serve on the Social Studies Project Team and what contributions will you make towards its goals?

  2. Please describe your personal/professional experiences with educational equity work, and your commitment to educational equity in the realm of Social Studies education. (Educational Equity Policy, BSD Equity Lens)

  3. What unique skills, perspective and voice will you contribute to ensure an inclusive and socially just Social Studies education for all of our students?

Please complete the appropriate online application form here:

  1. Students

  2. Parent/Community members

  3. Teachers & Administrators

Or mail your application including all information listed above to:

Beaverton School District

Teaching and Learning

Attn: Susan Ouellette

16550 SW Merlo Rd.

Beaverton, OR 97003

For questions or additional information, please contact

Repeat: 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

Repeat: Cedar Mill Library 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:

Repeat: 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

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.