Rock Creek Elementary- February 18, 2021
Newsletter for Rock Creek Elementary
No Library Book Bus on Wednesday, February 24th!!
Dates to Remember
02/18 Deadline for CDL/Hybrid Parent Decision
02/22 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm
02/22 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm
02/24 Staff Work Day- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
02/24 No Library Book Bus today!!!
02/24 Zoom Kindergarten Q & A Orientation 2:00 pm
02/25 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm
CDL/IN-PERSON HYBRID CHOICE DUE TODAY FEB. 18TH!
ALL elementary families (with the exception of FLEX 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. We do not know the exact start and end times for the morning and afternoon sessions, and you won’t know if you’ll be assigned the morning or afternoon session before making the choice. Please do not call your school asking this question. The information is not available.
To make your decision:
- Access your ParentVue account.
- Navigate to the upper right-hand corner and click on “Family Updates and New Student Enrollment” and then follow the instructions in the blue box.
- You’ll need to make a choice for each of your elementary students.
- If you don’t have a ParentVue account, read the sign-up instructions on our website.
You also can go to our Return to School webpage and follow the directions to submit your decision.
All decisions must be made by February 18.
Thank you for your cooperation.
What if I can't get to the ParentVue Survey to make a choice?
RTS ELEMENTARY Q&A SESSION RECORDED FEB. 10, 2021
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Since 1976, February has been designated as Black History Month. It’s our duty to highlight and recognize the significant accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans that have shaped and built our country but often have been historically neglected in our school textbooks and curriculum. This month also is a time for our staff, students and community to remember the injustices that have occurred, the struggles that have been endured and the victories that have been achieved by the Black community to ensure that all are able to experience the basic civil rights that are afforded to us and which can be often taken for granted.
Black History Month in the Beaverton School District will allow our students and teachers a time to pause, reflect, teach and learn. In our classrooms, we’ll revisit some of the worst times in our nation’s history as well as times that exemplify our best efforts. Moreover, this month allows us the time and space to critically assess where we are as a country and chart a course to where we need to be to truly achieve equality for our people.
I am encouraging and supporting our educators to provide opportunities for our students to celebrate Black history, both during Black History Month and throughout the year, by presenting and teaching factual information about both past and current times in a caring, candid and affirming manner. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity for our students to share their voices and help create a vision for their futures.
Don Grotting, Superintendent
ROCK CREEK ONSITE CONTACT OFFICE HOURS
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.
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 enroll your student online and then 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.
FROM THE DESK OF ROCK CREEK SCHOOL COUNSLEOR-MICHELLE SOLBERG
The winter blues are real. Although seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is most common in older teens and young adults, younger kiddos can also be affected. Go to the end of the article for some practical tips on what you can do to help your child who might be experiencing SAD.
Michelle Solberg, Counselor
Rock Creek Elementary School
5TH GRADE YEARBOOK INFORMATION
It is time to start putting together the 5th grade yearbook. We want to give our 5th grade students a great yearbook and we are going to need your help collecting photos from the past six years!
We are asking for families to submit photos to be used in the yearbook.
Please email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28th.
- include your students name and teacher
- include the grade, event, and names of students for the photos
- you can send multiple emails, breaking it down by grade or event or a google drive link
What pictures are we looking for?
for each student:
- a baby photo
- 5th grade first day of school photo or 5th grade school @ home photo
for school events (Kindy to 5th grade):
Assemblies, Choir, Classroom Parties, Field Trips, Innovation Fair, Rocket Run, 5k Color Run, any other school event
Participation in the yearbook is optional, but the more photos we get the better the yearbook will be.
Your 5th grade yearbook committee
Jenny Sawyer, Kim DeJong, and Christy Constantine
WHAT TO DO IF STUDENTS ARE HAVING A TECHNOLOGY ISSUE
If you are having a technical difficulties with apps, logins or devices, please check out the technology support page for help.
If you are having issues with a BSD device please contact our Student Help Desk, not the school office.
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:
- Contact information (phone number)
- Student ID
- Description of issue
ROCK CREEK PARENT-TEACHER CLUB
Do Good with Burritos! Chipotle Fundraising Event
Do Good with Burritos! The Rock Creek Parent Teacher Club is partnering with our local Chipotle for a fundraising event. Visit the Chipotle at 2048 NE Stucki Ave in Hillsboro on Wednesday, February 24th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. For in store ordering, bring the attached flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds are donated to Rock Creek Elementary Parent Teacher Club. For online ordering, use code WXVFYET before checkout in ‘promo’ field. Please note, Delivery orders do not count towards the fundraiser.
Broadcast Email Wednesday February 24th - include flyer as attachment
Do Good with Burritos! The Rock Creek Parent Teacher Club is partnering with our local
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.
What’s in Your Heart Contest Winners will be ANNOUNCED this Friday (2/19) on the PTC FaceBook Page via FaceBook Live. Additionally, winners will be notified via email.
AFTER SCHOOL ZOOM SOCIAL CLUBS WEEKLY for 4th and 5th GRADERS!
Club choices are:
1) Book Club
2) Arts and Crafts Club
3) Games & Chat Club
When: Every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:15pm
How does it work? All kids interested in joining a club will follow the After School Zoom Social Club link sent to you by your teacher. Put the number corresponding to which club you want to join (1, 2 or 3 from above) before your name and you will be placed in a breakout room for that club. It's that easy! Hope to see you there!
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!
SQUARE 1 ART
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 email@example.com.
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
2. Photograph & Upload your Art to Square1Art.com
• 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
3. Shop for Keepsakes
• Remember, every order profits your school.
Your One-Stop Shop for everything you need for your project including instructional videos, printable lessons and helpful links.
PACKET PICK-UP FOR STUDENTS
The office is open for pick-up on Monday 2-4 and Tuesday thru Friday 10 to 12. (except non-school days).
ROCK CREEK LIBRARY NEWS!!
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!)
Wednesdays No Book Bus on 2/10/21 or 2/24/21!!
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.
CEDAR MILL & BETHANY PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
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February's issue features:
Current Services at Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries
Parent Information Series: Join us for one or all of our virtual parenting series on Zoom. All sessions are free, but registration is required. Upcoming workshops include Positive Parenting to Create a Happy Home on March 4 and Supporting Dual Language Learners on March 16.
Picture Books by Black Authors: Own voices picture books great for K-2nd grade.
Fantastic Fiction by Black Authors: New own voices titles for ages 8+
Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids: Encourage kids to breathe, slow down and be present.
Experiment Books for Young Scientists: Science experiments that even young children can do with adult help.
Distance Learning Resources: Your libraries are ready to support parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources for distance learning. Find live tutoring, homework help, online reference materials, e-books, writing help and much more for all grades in both English and Spanish.
Virtual Read to the Dogs program for beginning or struggling readers with DoveLewis Canine Therapy Team!
ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS
Do you have concerns about the amount of screen time your child is accessing each day during comprehensive distance learning? New guidelines issued this year by the American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes, especially with distance learning, that screen time can be useful and beneficial if balanced with non-screen time. When deciding how to develop your family’s screen time plan outside of distance learning it’s important to keep these tips in mind (Morin, 2020):
1. Modeling healthy limits and behaviors with screens is important. Create family non-screen times such as during meals, 30-60 minutes before bed, or other family times.
2. Make a point to engage in non-screen activities together such as reading, exercising, talking to each other, or playing games.
3. Engage with your child and their technology by asking questions about what they’re doing, why they enjoy it, what they’re learning, or maybe participate together in the electronic activity or game.
4. Media and content online can be positive and negative, use parental controls and know what your child is watching so that your child has a positive experience.
5. Create reasonable time limits for screen time as a family by encouraging your child to help determine how much screen time is enough, then stick to it.
6. Try not to let your children have unlimited screen time over the weekends or school breaks, continue to stick to your screen time plan even during unstructured times.
For more information about screen time effects, and resources for creating a screen time plan please visit:
Reference: Morin, A. (2020). How much should you limit kids’ screen time and electronics use: The American Academy of Pediatrics’ screen time guidelines. Verywell Family. https://www.verywellfamily.com/american-academy-pediatrics-screen-time-guidelines-1094883
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Wet Weather Doesn’t Mean You Need to Stay Inside!
Join K-12 students and families for a wintry walk or roll in your neighborhood on February 24th!
The following tips can help keep you safe and comfortable while walking and rolling in Winter:
- Be Safe – Stay 6 feet away from those not in your household and wear a mask.
- Be Seen – Wear bright, reflective clothing, use a bike light, and stay alert on dark, winter days.
- Be Prepared – Dress for the weather. Rain gear and warm layers keep you dry and comfortable all season long.
After your trip, visit the link below and fill out the form to earn a raffle prize. 25 raffle prizes will include: reflective umbrella, clip-on safety light, bicycle seat cover and bicycle light! Tag #BSDtogether #BSDsaferoutes to be featured on BSD’s social media accounts.
¡El clima lluvioso no significa que deba permanecer adentro!
¡Únase a los estudiantes y familias de K-12 para una caminata de invierno en su vecindario el 24 de febrero!
Los siguientes consejos pueden ayudarle a mantenerse seguro y cómodo al caminar y/o andar sobre ruedas durante el invierno:
- Cuídese - Manténgase a 6 pies de distancia de las personas que no formen parte de su familia inmediata y use una mascarilla.
- Sea visible - Use ropa brillante y reflectante, utilice una luz para bicicleta y manténgase alerta en los días oscuros de invierno.
- Esté preparado – Vístase apropiadamente para el invierno. Vestirse con varias capas y con ropa apropiada para la lluvia nos mantienen secos y cómodos durante toda la temporada.
Después de su paseo, haga clic en el enlace y complete el formulario. Ingrese su nombre si desea ganar uno de los premios de la rifa. Los 25 premios de la rifa incluirán: paraguas reflectantes, luces de seguridad con clip, fundas para el asiento de la bicicleta y luces para bicicleta. Etiquete #BSDtogether #BSDsaferoutes para aparecer en las cuentas de redes sociales de BSD.
Walk & Roll: It’s Good for Your Heart
Whether you walk or bike a few blocks or over a mile, physical activity is good for your heart, your whole body, and it’s fun! With cold winter weather, children spend less time playing outside, but a nice brisk walk or bike ride will help achieve their recommended 60 minutes daily exercise and help prevent childhood obesity and support healthy bones.
Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Follow us @BeavertonSafeRoutes
2020-21 30-DAY NOTICE FOR STATEWIDE TESTS
Under the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon’s school districts must provide families with a Notice of Statewide Tests and Opt-out Form 30 days before the start of statewide testing.
This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, ODE plans to ask the United States Department of Education for a temporary pause (also known as a “waiver”) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. A pause is also being requested for science testing, but science testing is not subject to this opt-out rule.
If this waiver request is approved, then statewide ELA and Math testing will not happen this year, and there will be no need for parents to submit opt-out forms to their child’s school.
If the waiver request is not approved, test windows will open on March 4, 2021.
ODE will update the district regularly with news about the waiver.
Click on the link to find Important Information we've included in previous Rocketeers. Here are the topics:
- Family Toolkit
- Child Care Subsidies for Families
- Cedar Mill and Bethany Library News
- Signal to Noise
- Safe Routes to School
- Zoom Information
- TAG Info
- Help with Technology
- Free Meal Distribution Sites & Info
- Applying for Meal Benefits
- Local Food Resources
- Setting up a Home Learning Environment
- At Home Learning Tips
- Visual Schedule & Zones of Regulation Templates
- Placing Holds on Library Books - Video
- Damage/Loss Protection Coverage for BSD Devices at Home
- Clothes for Kids
- Comcast Internet Essentials & Hotspots
- BSD COVID-19 Resources
- Behavioral Health Phone Line
- Mental Health & Washington County Resources
- Community Resources during CDL
- 2-page Resource for Community Resources in Washington County
- Washington County Cooperative Library Information for Families and Students
- 2021-2022 Full-Time Learning Options Lottery & Admission Information
- Safe Routes to School
Click here for all information listed above- Family Resources & District Information During CDL
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 Michelle_Solberg@beaverton.k12.or.us
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