Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- October 22, 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.

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Upcoming Events

Dates to Remember


10/22- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

10/22- 1st Grade Math & More Supply Pick-Up 11:00 am -12:00 pm

10/26-30- Rocket Run Week!!

10/26- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

10/26- Just Right Book Pick-Up for 1st & 2nd Grade Students 2:30-4:00 pm

10/26- 1st Grade Math & More Supply Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

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

10/27- Library Book Bus

10/29- Library Book Bundle Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm



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

Rock Creek Assembly

Assembly October 2020

Important Rocket Run Information!

Rocket Run Week is next week, October 26th through October 30th.

Today, October 22nd, is the deadline for T-shirts.

SELECT THIS LINK to submit your student’s t-shirt size; please submit one form per student. We will do our best to guess t-shirt sizes if a submission is not made; all students will receive a t-shirt, but we cannot guarantee sizing for submissions after Thursday October 22nd.

SELECT THIS LINK to purchase a t-shirt.

Please see the attached flyer for Event, Donation, and Prize information.

Stay Safe + Run,

Chris + Marianthe Tufts

Please use the following links if you are not redirected or there is an error:

Student T-shirts:

Adult T-shirt sales:

Grade Level Supply/Packet Pick-Ups

Teachers will be sending 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 503-356-2450

For example:

1st grade will have a packet to pick up starting Today and need to be picked up by 10/26/20.

Music 3-5 grade recorder pick-up today 11:00 am -12:00 pm.

First Grade Packet Pick-Up

Hi Wonderful 1st Grade Families--

Packet/ Supplies Pick-Up: We will be sending home a project math rack and a bag full of stuff we’ll be needing in class on Friday, Oct. 30th. Your child will need this to participate with our live (on zoom) activities on that Friday!

Pick up times will be:

    • Thursday—Oct. 22 from 11-12
    • Monday—Oct. 26 from 2:30-4 pm.

If you cannot make it during the listed times, please contact the school office 503-356-2450

Thank you for your help 🙂

Rock Creek Library News!!

Our Online Book Fair Starts Next Week!!

Rock Creek Rockets Only 3 Days Until The Book Fair!!!

The book fair will be online only this year. You can order starting Monday,

October 26th by going onto the Rock Creek Elementary School home page and signing onto our link. Our book fair runs through November 8th. Here is a link to tell you more about the book fair this year.

Online Scholastic Book Fair Video from Mrs. Hilger!!

(There are two trailers on page four of the flyer that may scare younger students)

It has been wonderful to see your faces in person and as always


Connie Hilger
Library Media Assistant

Time Machine Fun!!

In honor of the Book Fair when you come to our curbside library checkout you will win a prize! The prize will be determined by spinning the Time Machine (staff will spin for you). This will only be available Monday October 26th, Thursday October 29th, Monday November 2nd and Thursday November 5th.

Book Bus Schedule and Curbside Pick-Up Times

The book bus is here!!!

We have exciting news!! Mrs. Hilger and Mrs. Downing will be riding a school bus that will be bringing library books to students. They will be delivering books to the following stops every Tuesday unless it is a non-school day!!

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)

You will be able to checkout and return books. The books will be bundled in a variety of levels and genres. If you want a specific book you need to put it on hold. I send out emails so you know when your hold books are ready to pick up. You will need to wear a mask and a book bag would be a great idea.

If you don't know how to place a hold here is a short video.

Placing a Hold in Destiny

We will continue our curbside checkout schedule also. Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.

Mondays 2:30 - 4:00

Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00

Last Day for Recorder Pick-UP

ATTENTION PARENTS: If you were unable to come to the Recorder Distribution on October 8th, then you can still pick up your child's Recorder during Library Book Pick-up today only between 11:00 am - 12:00 pm If you are not able to make it then I am asking for parents to purchase a Recorder online so that your student is able to learn and participate during Music Zoom Class.

Thank you. Sincerely, Mr. Gonzalez

Just Right Books for 1st and 2nd Grade

Beginning readers need ample practice in books that are at their level. First and second graders may pick-up some “just right books” when they pick-up their library books beginning October 19th. These books will be available every Monday during the library pick-up time 2:30-4:00 pm.

Virtual OBOB Information

If you missed the meeting this week, here is a link to the slide show.

Also if you want more general info about OBOB, visit or Teams will be formed independently- please see information in the slide show. Any questions? email

Enrichment Activity Ideas for Students!

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

From the Desk of Rock Creek Counselor Michelle Solberg

Structure and routine gives children a sense of security during uncertain times. Hopefully, many of you have established a new routine with the beginning of school. Here is an article to give you some helpful information about providing structure.

Holiday Help: It's that time of year already. If your family is struggling financially and needs holiday help, please contact by Oct 29, 2020. Sunset Presbyterian Church will supply families with a toy or gift card for each child under 18 and a food box.

Michelle Solberg

Rock Creek Elementary School

Middle School Boundary Adjustment Update

Superintendent Grotting will hold a listening session with public testimony regarding the Middle School Boundary Adjustment Committee’s recommendation on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom. The session won’t be livestreamed but will be recorded and posted online.

Anyone interested in providing oral public testimony to Superintendent Grotting must register to do so by completing the public testimony form on the Middle School Boundary Adjustment webpage. The form will be available on October 19 at 9 a.m. through October 23 at 5 p.m. Participants will have two minutes each to share their comments. This will allow for approximately 60 individuals to participate. If more than 60 people register to comment, two to four individuals will be selected at random from each elementary school attendance boundary area to ensure equal participation from across the district.

Individuals selected to participate in the Zoom listening session will be contacted by district staff with meeting information and public testimony guidelines on October 27.

The Parent Support Network of Beaverton

The Parent Support Network™ of Beaverton**** is a free and confidential program designed to provide parents who are concerned about the mental health of their children, teens, and young adults with a dependable and caring network, valuable peer support, and access to peer recommended resources in the community.

The Parent Support Network™ was developed by The Youth Mental Health Project™ and grew out of the recognition that, when it comes to the mental health of their children, parents feel isolated, have a difficult time finding and accessing proper resources, and need help to meet these challenges. Ultimately, supporting our youth means supporting their parents.

The Parent Support Network™ of Beaverton holds monthly, parent support meetings run by volunteer, trained Facilitators who are parents with experience raising a child who has struggled with his or her mental health. The program is based on the following model:

  • Meetings are confidential and free for parents and caregivers;

  • Meetings are open to any parent or caregiver who is concerned about their kids

(under the age of 25) who struggle with anxiety, depression, mood dysregulation, or other

emotional, behavioral or mental health problems;

  • A child does NOT need to have a diagnosis for a parent to benefit from meetings;

  • Meetings are organized and led by a trained Facilitator who is a parent or caregiver

with lived experience raising a child with a mental health condition;

  • While the dialogue among parents is facilitated, the content is driven by the needs

of the parents in attendance;

  • Parents work together to share experiences and resources.

Due to the pandemic, all of our meetings are currently being held virtually, but we will return to in-person meetings as soon it is safe and appropriate. You can learn more about The Parent Support Network™ and direct parents to our meeting schedule on our website.

****This resource is not connected to the Beaverton School District

Nurse's Corner

Why We All Should Get A Flu Shot This Year

Let me begin by acknowledging shots are no one’s favorite thing to do. As a nurse, however I feel it’s important to let you know why it’s especially important now to get your flu shot.

As the annual flu season approaches, health experts are urging everyone, 6 months and older, to get a flu shot this year. The worry is that with the onset of flu season we could see peaks of flu and COVID-19 cases at the same time. Unlike COVID-19, however, the flu virus is a familiar foe, and a safe and effective vaccine is available every year.

The time to get vaccinated is early in the flu season. It is best to get your flu shot in late September or early October in order to ensure you have time – usually two weeks – to develop an immune response before there is widespread transmission of flu. A flu shot in this time frame helps provide protection throughout the entire flu season.

Even if the flu vaccine doesn’t prevent you from contracting the flu, it may make the illness less serious if you should be infected.

Let’s all help protect each other, especially now. Remember, the more people who are vaccinated, the fewer overall cases. Oh yes, and did I mention, let’s all wash our hands and cover our coughs and sneezes.

Family Resources

Click on the button below to find Family Resources we've included in previous Rocketeers. Here are the topics:

  • Family Toolkit
  • Zoom Information
  • TAG Info
  • Help with Technology
  • Free Meal Distribution Sites & Info
  • 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 Closet
  • Comcast Internet Essentials & Hotspots
  • Applying for Meal Benefits
  • 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

Family Resources During CDL


Please Read-Important Information

Zoom Etiquette/Agreements for Parents and Students

1. First and Foremost: Please make sure your child has a quiet spot to work. If this isn't possible, headphones have been working to help limit some of the background noise. While we understand that many family members want to be nearby for assistance, please make sure that only your student is seen and heard on the screen for privacy and security reasons.

2. If your child is having a hard time remembering to join Zoom meetings throughout the day, please help set timers on their iPads. For example, for class if you set the timer for 2 minutes before each class, it would be 8:28, 9:38, 11:58 (for Tuesday and Thursday specials), 12:28, and 1:38. Here is a link for a video to help with timers:

If your student is using a chromebook, maybe add an alarm to a watch or phone.

3. Make sure your student's name shows up appropriately. 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.

4. Eating- Please encourage your child to eat outside of our Zoom times. If they do need to eat during the Zoom classes, then the video will need to be turned off due to the fact that this can be very distracting to both students and teachers.

5. Video- As long as students are participating (answering when called on, using the thumbs up/raised hand reactions, etc.) then students can turn off the video as needed. If a student is demonstrating distracting behaviors (such as a lot of movement, or putting things up to the screen), then it is possible that the teacher will turn off the video of a student to help our class stay focused.

6. Seesaw/Canvas assignments- Please encourage your child to do as much of the work as they can on their own. We keep our Zooms open after most assignments are given so that students can ask us for help as needed.

We know that the families at home play a vital role in managing all of this. We appreciate all the parent/guardian support during this “new to us all” learning process.

2021-2022 Full-Time Learning Options Lottery & Admission Information

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Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or apply to a Learning Option Program. Transportation is provided.

Please do some online research on the Learning Options Programs and attend one or more of the virtual open houses.

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available starting October 19:

  • Current BSD students may apply online using their student ID.

  • All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries.

  • Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school (i.e. homeschool or private school students) will need to complete a paper application available online or at any school office beginning October 19.

  • Applicants who don’t have internet access may complete a paper application.

  • Students may only select one option on their applications.

  • Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

  • Raleigh Hills and Springville will only be accepting applications for 7th and 8th grades.

Applications must be received no later than December 11 at 4:00 p.m.

Important dates, deadlines and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Learning Options webpage.

Indigenous People's Day and Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month

The Beaverton School Board has adopted a resolution to acknowledge the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the month of November as Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month.

Along with the coming implementation of the Oregon Senate Bill 13: Tribal History/Shared History curriculum, we are excited to better recognize the historic and contemporary experiences and contributions of our Indigenous and Native American/Alaska Native community.

Thank you to the BSD Office of Equity and Inclusion, Multilingual Department and Native American Parent Committee (NAPAC) for their partnership in ensuring the recognition of our students and our community.

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

Distance Learning Resources from WCCLS

Looking for resources to help your student with distance learning? Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) can help.

All BSD students have a Youth Access Card allowing them to access all services for free. (New students and kindergarteners will receive their cards this fall). Youth Access Cards allow students to check out five books or audiobooks at a time, plus access these services:

  • Library of Things: Beaverton City Library and Cedar Mill Community Libraries have Library of Things collections with STEM items to enhance learning, including math games, robotics, coding kits and Legos.

  • Book bundles: Check out Book Bundles at Beaverton City Library and Cedar Mill Community Libraries, designed for a variety of reading levels and interests.

  • Virtual events: Register for virtual events, including weekly storytimes.

  • eBooks and eAudiobooks: Using Sora, students can select titles from WCCLS’s collection.

  • Homework Help: Live online homework help is available daily from 1-10 p.m. in English and Spanish through Brainfuse HelpNow. Brainfuse also offers test prep and writing/research assistance.

  • Tumblebooks: View and listen to animated books.

  • Mango Languages: Learn one of 70 languages with Mango.

  • Computer Lab: Beaverton City Library has a computer lab. Call or check the website for hours.

TAG Information

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement in reading and/or math. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, our evaluation process will look different this year. We will administer in-person TAG testing after January 11, 2021. Until then, teachers will collect evidence on how your student responds to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. This evaluation may include: file reviews, teacher and student observations, a collection of work samples, and/or individual or group assessments. This process may take some time, but every effort will be made to complete the evaluation in a timely manner. Parents will be notified of their school’s in-person testing dates in January.

If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office or linked here. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion.

Please complete and return the Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher.

The Rock Creek Parent-Teacher Club

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: @rcptc to 81010 to join) and through our website.

The PTC is currently seeking volunteers for: President, School Directory and Clothes Closet Coordinator. Descriptions can be found below. Please contact for more information.

President - Do you love making lists and delegating tasks? Have your finger on the pulse of all things PTC and strengthen the Rock Creek community as the PTC's next President. The president shall preside at all meetings of the PTC and at all Board meetings. The president shall be a member ex-officio of all committees except for the Nominating Committee.

School Directory - Classroom connections mean more now than ever before. Help Rock Creek families connect by collecting and compiling contact information for the Rock Creek Annual Directory.

Clothes Closet Coordinator - Work with Beaverton School District on staffing and fulfilling critical clothes closet needs. The Clothes Closet provides free clothing for students in grades K-12 from families with limited income.

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

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 a Student Device?

If your student does not have a previously-issued device or has one that is not working properly, please email

USDA Free Food Box program and more

Free Food Box

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.