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Rock Creek Elementary- March 10, 2022

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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TODAY, MARCH 10TH-STUDENTS DISMISSED AT 1:00 PM

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Mark your Calendar

Dates to Remember

MARCH
3/10-Early Release 1:00 pm

3/11-OBOB Battles

3/13-Spring Forward 1 hour-Daylight Saving Time

3/15- Virtual PTC Meeting 6:30 pm

3/17-PTC McDonald's Fundraiser

3/21-3/25- SCHOOL CLOSED-Spring Break


APRIL

4/14- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS-Staff Workday

4/15-NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS-Grading Day

4/19-Early Release 1:00 pm

4/19-Virtual PTC Meeting 6:30 pm

4/21-2022-23 Kindy Orientation- more information to come

4/28-NO SCHOOL FOR ROCK CREEK STUDENTS-Parent-Guardian/Teacher Conferences

4/29-NO SCHOOL FOR ROCK CREEK STUDENTS

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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear Rock Creek Families,


We are entering a time of reducing Covid restrictions and returning to pre-Covid times. We are excited to have our volunteers back at school, in person school events and so much more that we have missed.


As we make this shift, I would like to encourage our families to take the time to have conversations about these changes. Your modeling of respect for the choice to wear masks or not wear masks at school is really important and needed. We want for all of our students to feel like it is OK, either way.


Our students will see staff, starting on Monday, who will be making the same choices. Some will choose to wear masks and others will choose to not wear masks. Our district is following the Oregon Health Authority guidelines with this shift and the message is clear: It is OK, either way.


Taking the time to speak with your children about this shift, before it happens, will set them up for success. We want to support our students in feeling comfortable at school.


If you would like support in having this conversation, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or one of our support staff: Ms. Solberg, our Counselor, Mr. Beil, our Student Success Coach, or Ms. Schimpke, our School Social Worker. We are all here to help your students through this shift.

Again, starting Monday March 14-- either way, it is OK.


Thanks for your support,



Tiffany

Email: tiffany_wiencken@beaverton.k12.or.us

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MRS. BERNSON'S 5TH GRADE CLASS

"This year, Mrs. Bernson's 5th graders have shown their understanding and knowledge of the word 'Bravery' through quotations. This display presents the importance of courage and stepping up to the occasion."

- Bailey, Ella, Jamie, and Melia (5th graders in Mrs. Bernson's class)

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5th GRADE YEARBOOK PICTURES

We need your help with this year's yearbook. Please submit a baby photo of your 5th grader + any fun pictures you have from your student's time at Rock Creek (first day of school, Rocket Run, field trips, Color Run, class parties, Zoom class, etc.).


If your 5th grader didn't go to Rock Creek for kindergarten, please upload their kindergarten picture too! Please submit ONE form per picture.

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COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS AROUND RACE-SAVE THE DATE

The BSD 3rd Annual Community Conversations Around Race event will be held virtually on April 6, 2022 hosted by Southridge High School. Additional information and registration coming soon. Staff, students, families and community are welcome to attend. Please mark your calendars.

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REGISTER FOR KINDERGARTEN NOW

Help us get the word out: It’s time to register for Kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year. Children need to be 5 years of age by Sept. 1, 2022, to be eligible for Kindergarten next school year. Parents can register online here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/enrollment/kindergarten


Our Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for April 21st. Please register your kindergarten student before the orientation date. We will send out more information about the orientation next month.


Please call the office at 503-356-2450 with any questions .


Welcome to Kindergarten Guide LINK

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WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

Every year, March is designated as Women’s History Month. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. Subsequent presidents continued to proclaim a National Women’s History Week in March until 1987 when Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month.”

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MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

For more than 30 years, March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), raising awareness about the importance of music education for all children and reminding people that school is where all children should have access to music.


Thank your music teacher today!

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IMPORTANT ABSENCE INFORMATION

Please read!

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 jessica_vogel@beaverton.k12.or.us and Diana_carter@beaverton.k12.or.us. If sending an email please include both Jessica and Diana. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

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ROCK CREEK PARENT-TEACHER CLUB (PTC)

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VIRTUAL PTC MEETING-TUESDAY, MARCH 15TH

Join us for our next virtual PTC meeting this Tuesday, March 15th at 6:30pm. We will have BSD representatives with us to discuss the upcoming bond measure happening May 17th. Details about the return of Art Literacy in the classroom and Square 1 Art will also be given, plus an update from Principal Wiencken! The Zoom link will be provided through ParentSquare the day of the meeting.
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SQUARE 1 ART

It is time for Square 1 Art! Your students will be bringing home a custom catalog and order form for their original art. The art you order helps support our classrooms and our students. Orders are due by Monday, March 28. Orders will arrive at the end of April. https://www.square1art.com/

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OBOB NEWS!

After some very fierce and exciting competition in the Final Four battles, our championship battles is now set. It will be:

Spirit Readers vs Book Dragons

The battle will take place on Friday March 11 during the 4th grade recess.

Parents of these two teams should have received an email from us with additional battle details.

We are excited to get to host this battle in person in the Rock Creek Library. Unfortunately, due to ongoing COVID restrictions we continue to be unable to allow any parent or student battle observers.

Congratulations to our two final teams!

Rowan and Shawna

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DELIVERY OR DRIVE-THRU PROCEEDS FROM TANASBOURNE MCDONALD'S BENEFITS ROCK CREEK SCHOOL

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Stay Connected! Website: http://rockcreekptc.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockCreekElementarySchool Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockcreekptc/


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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OHSU COVID TEST SAMPLES

If you receive positive test results please notify the school.

Just a reminder for OHSU authorized enrolled students, test kits go home on Friday ( Or Thursday if Friday is a no school day) and need to be returned on Monday by 8:30 am. If there is no school on Monday please return them on the next school day at 8:30 am.. We cannot accept late test samples. All late test samples need to be discarded. Please email jessica_vogel@beaverton.k12.or.us with any questions.

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FROM THE DESK OF ROCK CREEK SCHOOL COUNSELOR -MICHELLE SOLBERG

How to talk with your children about the Ukraine:

It's challenging to know how to talk with young children about what is happening in the Ukraine. Cheri Lovre from the Crisis Management Institute has written a blog post to address this for parents that I think you will find helpful. https://cmionline.com/talking-with-youth-about-ukraine/

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CHROMEBOOK AND IPAD CHARGERS

We are missing Chromebook and iPad chargers. If your student had a BSD iPad or BSD Chromebook to use while on Temporary Remote Learning, please check and see if you have a charger laying around. Please send them to school with your student.

Our IT department thanks you!

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STATE TESTING INFORMATION (OSAS)

In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. The state tests: challenge your child to think critically, go beyond multiple choice and ask your child to explain their answers, act as a snapshot of your child’s progress, and help us identify schools that need additional supports to ensure more students are meeting higher standards.


Rock Creek with be taking our state test throughout the month of May. Your classroom teacher will communicate the exact dates.


You can find more information by going to the Assessment page on the district website,

See the download for the official notification form from the state which also has an Opt Out Form.

Please note, we are accepting opt out forms through the beginning of May, we encourage you to fill them out as soon as possible.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Testing Coordinator, marjorie_downing@beaverton.k12.or.us

Marjorie (Marjie) Downing
Technology Instructor

Testing Coordinator
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PARENT SUPPORT GROUP

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CHANGE OF AFTER SCHOOL PLANS

Please be sure that your child knows what they are doing after school, before they leave in the morning. If there is a change to their normal dismissal plans, please send a note, email or ParentSquare message the teacher. If the teacher is not notified of the change by a parent, students will be sent home per their normal plan. We ask that phone calls with change of plans be limited to emergencies only. Urgent messages should not be left on teacher voice mails during the school day. We cannot guarantee that last minute messages will be delivered before the end of the day. Thanks for helping us limit classroom disruptions.

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PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE

If you call the school and don't get an answer, please leave a message. We often have only one person in the office answering calls, the doorbell and escorting kids to and from class and may not always be able to answer right away. We are unable to answer the door or phone between 3:00 -3:10 pm. Your call is important to us and we will call back as soon as we can.

Thanks for your understanding!

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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.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT RESOURCE FAIR

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Please join us for the 4th Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair via Zoom on April 6, 2022 from 6-8pm!

Parents will have an opportunity to listen to presentations from different organizations and businesses that serve children with disabilities and their families! Parents will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters after their formal presentations.

The fair will include presentations from:

  • Spectra Gymnastics

  • Oregon ABLE Savings Plan

  • Decoding Dyslexia

  • Palladio Consulting

  • TriMet: Ride Connection

  • Disability Resource Center at PSU

and more!

To register please visit: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/special-education/parent-resource-fair


We hope to see you there!



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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

Spring’s Steps to Bicycle Safety

With more people itching to get outside to walk and bike, it’s a good time to review the rules to ensure everyone’s safety. Be sure to review the best routes to use and if biking, check the bike’s condition before you head out. This short video, “ABC Quick Check” can help!

Here are a few steps to remember:

  • Always wear your helmet

  • Ride in the same direction as traffic, not

    against traffic.

  • Be visible. Wear a bright jacket or add

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reflective material or blinking lights to increase visibility.

  • Stay alert and ride predictably, in a straight line.

  • If riding on the sidewalk or in a crosswalk, ride at walking speed and be prepared to walk

    your bike when it gets busy or at the request of crossing guards. Be always mindful of

    pedestrians and aware of traffic.

  • Don’t assume that drivers see you – always watch for cars making turns or backing out

    of driveways. Learn bicycle safety skills in a class or ask Safe Routes to School to give a lesson at your school!

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Very Important: Please label your students coats, hats, lunch boxes, water bottles etc with their names.

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NO DOGS ALLOWED ON SCHOOL CAMPUS EXCEPT FOR CERTIFIED SERVICE ANIMALS

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FAMILY RESOURCES & SCHOOL POLICY/INFORMATION

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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

قم بزيارة الموقع الإلكتروني للقطاع التعليمي لمدارس بيفرتون باللغة العربية


View the BSD website in Chinese

请浏览中文版的BSD网站


View the BSD website Japanese

BSDウェブサイトを日本語で見る


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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COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDANCE

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The Beaverton School District is publishing data on reported positive or presumed positive COVID-19 cases among our students and staff on our website. This data is collected by the Oregon Health Authority and is published weekly in the COVID-19 Reporting Report.
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Rock Creek School


4125 NW 185th Ave

Portland OR 97229

Main Office-503-356-2450

Attendance-503-356-2451

Fax- 503-356-2455

Principal: Tiffany Wiencken

SAFEOREGON TIP LINE
Keep Rock Creek safe: report any student safety threats to SafeOregon. Tips can be reported by phone or text (844-427-3367), email (tip@safeoregon.com), or online (safeoregon.com). For more information, visit safeoregon.com.

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.