Rock Creek Elementary- December 16, 2021
NEWSLETTER FOR ROCK CREEK ELEMENTARY
Dates to Remember
12-20-12/31-NO SCHOOL-Winter Break
1/3- Bring OHSU Test Samples by 8:30 am
1/11-PTC Meeting 6:30 pm
1/17- MLK JR. Day- SCHOOL CLOSED
Winter Break is around the corner, literally one day away. As we approach the end of 2021, it is with pride that we look back at what our students and staff have accomplished in a mere 3 months. Student learning continues to take center stage at Rock Creek. Across all grades and subject areas students and teachers collaborate in the learning process through innovative teaching practices, feedback and student input into their learning and assessment. On behalf of everyone at Rock Creek, I want to offer you our best wishes for the season and for a happy and healthy 2022. I hope that over the break everyone will make space to do what feels right for them to renew and recharge. I hope you have the opportunity to relax, reconnect with friends and family, and enjoy this time. We are excited to have students back in school refreshed and ready to learn on Monday, January 3rd.
~With gratitude and appreciation,
AUTHORIZATION FOR COVID TESTING IN SCHOOL
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. For further information on the the Abbot BinaxNOW rapid antigen test see the following link: FDA information on BinaxNOW test
PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE
ROCK CREEK PARENT-TEACHER CLUB (PTC)
ROCKET RUN RESULTS!
You did it!! Thank you for the participation and support for Rocket Week. We have met our fundraising goal of $25,000 - this enables the PTC to fully operate the operating budget inclusive of items such as funding class parties, $500 allocation for each teacher, and emergency preparedness. All students will receive a t-shirt (sent home this week). Additionally, all students will receive a Rock Creek pen and bracelet which are expected to arrive in early January.
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!
CAR/WALKER ARRIVAL TIME 8:20 AM- CLASSROOM DOORS LOCK AT 8:30 AM
For the safety of our students, students that are parent drop off, walkers and bike riders are not to arrive before 8:20 am. Bus riders arrive at 8:15 am because the school buses need to leave earlier to pick up middle school students. Classroom doors do not open until 8:20 am. We do not have space or the supervision for all students to safely line up outside the doors until 8:20 am.
Classroom doors shut and lock at 8:30 am. If your child is not in the classroom by 8:30 am, please walk them to the main front doors and ring the doorbell. Staff will escort them to class.
BIRTHDAY TREATS AND INVITATIONS
Birthday treats /prizes not to be brought to school.
Due to student allergies, equity and the number of birthdays we celebrate each month we do not allow birthday treats/prizes at school. We will however, be recognizing and celebrating birthdays on their special day in other special ways!
We also ask that private birthday party invitations or other type of private invitations NOT be delivered and distributed at school. This can lead to hurt feelings among students. Please make an effort to deliver these important messages in another manner.
Thank you for your cooperation. It is greatly appreciated.
OHSU COVID TEST SAMPLES
WINTER READING CHALLENGE AT CEDAR MILL & BETHANY LIBRARIES
Participate THREE ways:
- Download the Beanstack app and track your reading on your phone or tablet.
- Track your reading on a paper log from the library. Play BINGO and connect the dots as you read! Return forms to either library by January 16.
- Log online using Beanstack at Library.CedarMill.org/read-now
Just a friendly reminder- No parking along the red fire lane or along the cones.
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Winter Walk and Bike Preparation
Don’t let the cold weather keep you inside all season! Time spent being active outside can boost mood and mental health and keep kids focused and learning better. With some simple preparation, your children can still be active and stay safe and warm during our winter months.
Wear a raincoat or poncho and/or carry an umbrella.
Carry a plastic bag if you need to store wet gear.
Wear gloves and waterproof shoes. Carry (or store) extra shoes and socks to change into.
Find an under-cover area to park your
bike if possible. If not, bring a plastic bag to cover the seat.
Wear reflective gear and/or bright colors and use a light on your bicycle.
Only walk or bike in the rain if you are comfortable, as roads are slick, and visibility may
Don’t let your guard down!
Our crossing guards work hard every day to help our children get to and from school safely. Whether on school property or in the community, if you see a crossing guard, please do what they are asking you to do. It takes all of us to keep the roads safe for everyone. Please be especially mindful in school zones, at intersections and crosswalks (marked and unmarked), near bike lanes and in neighborhoods. Thank you!
Very Important: Please label your students coats, hats, lunch boxes, water bottles etc with their names.
School closure or delayed start decisions typically will be communicated to media outlets and posted on the District website, ParentSquare, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by 5:30 a.m.
Inclement Weather Information for families can be found on the Inclement Weather Information webpage.
Rock Creek does not have snow routes.
IMPORTANT ABSENCE INFORMATION
We are required to track all student absences and illness symptoms. When calling in your student's absence please leave detailed information ie. if your student is ill and has a fever or not, if they have a cough or not, vomiting, etc and the date symptoms started. Also, please contact us if students will be on vacation or have an appointment.If we do not have detailed information we are required to call parents. Our 24 hour attendance line is 503-356-2451 and our emails are firstname.lastname@example.org and Diana_carter@beaverton.k12.or.us. Thank you so much for your cooperation!
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON SCHOOL CAMPUS EXCEPT FOR CERTIFIED SERVICE ANIMALS
Click on the link to find Important Information we've included in previous Rocketeers. Here are the topics:
- Back To School Information (updated frequently)
- Cedar Mill and Bethany Library News
- Learning Options- Application Deadlines
- Arrival Time at Rock Creek
- Birthday Treats/Prizes Policy
- Calling in Ill Student Policy
- Lost & Found
- District Back to School Page
- Safe Routes to School
- TAG Info
- Help with Technology
- Applying for Meal Benefits
- Local Food Resources
- Clothes for Kids
- Community Resources
DISTRICT AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY LINK
The District has a community flyer page that list all approved extra curricular flyers such as chess clubs, soccer camps, childcare etc. It is updated monthly. Please Click on the link below to find approved extra curricular activities for students.
WEBSITE TRANSLATIONS AVAILABLE
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
View the BSD website in Chinese
View the BSD website Japanese
View the BSD website in Korean
View the BSD website in Russian
View the BSD website in Somali
View the BSD website in Spanish
View the BSD website in Vietnamese