- School Attendance Hours
- Building and Teacher Work Hours
- Arrival Procedures
- Dismissal Procedures
- Parking Lot Expectations and Procedures
- After School Plan
- School Bus
- Emergency Scheduling
- Health Information
- Healthy Snacks and Lunches
- Nutrition Services
- Home/School Communication
- Student Apparel
- Money/Treats/Toys/Animals/Cell Phones
- Field Trips
- Room Parties and Birthday Information
- Child Care
- Student Behavior Expectations
- Problem Solving
- Quick Rules for a Safe Playground
- Parent-Teacher Club (PTC)
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.
Breakfast begins at 8:15 am for bus students, 8:20 for walkers, and parent drop-off. Students getting breakfast need to proceed to the cafeteria through the outside door when they first arrive at school.
Students should be in their classroom by 8:30 am.
3:00 pm: Walkers are dismissed out the outside classroom door. Parent Pick-up wait outside the classroom door, teachers will release students. 3rd-5th grade bus students will be dismissed by bus number.
3:05 pm: Daycare and Kindy-2nd grade bus student will be dismissed by daycare and bus numbers
All students should go directly home at the end of the school day. School supervision ends 10 minutes after dismissal. Students are expected to be picked up or gone from the school campus by this time unless they are participating in a school-sponsored after-school activity.
If a bus is late, the students will stand in the bus line designated in the front of the school. If it is raining, the students will stand under cover or in the main halls at the designated line up area.
Due to safety reasons- Rock Creek does not have a drive-thru pick up. Parents need to park and pick up their students outside the classroom door. i
For safety reasons, we strongly encourage parents to have students ride the bus to school. (Our parking lot is small & not designed for a lot of car traffic.)
If you must drop off your child in the morning, please observe the following:
- Use right lane to drop off.
- Use the left lane as a thru lane to reach the lower parking lot and then park and walk across to the school. When crossing the lane to reach the school, please cross ONLY at the crosswalk.
- When you use the right lane (drop-off lane), always pull as far forward as possible before dropping off your student.
- Your student should ALWAYS exit the car from the passenger side of the vehicle.
ALWAYS be on the lookout for kids.
ALWAYS travel at a safe speed 3 MPH.
ALWAYS back out carefully from parking spaces.
Please refrain from talking on your cell phone while driving on school property.
If you must pick up your child in the afternoon, please observe the following
Park & Pick Up:
- Before 2:55, please park in a legal, designated parking spot.
- Go to your child's outside classroom door and wait for the teacher to release your child. Please pick up your youngest child first. There is NO student pick-up in the school lobby.
On the enrollment form, parents are asked to list before and after school care arrangements for each student. If these arrangements change, PARENTS/GUARDIANS MUST ADVISE THE SCHOOL IN WRITING.
If a parent chooses to email the teacher, please email the office- Head Secretary Jessica Vogel and Assistant Secretary Diana Carter to make sure that the office is aware of the change, too. If a student goes anywhere other than straight home from school, please keep the school informed in writing as to where the child should be going after school.
The school phone may not be used for making after school arrangements. This needs to be done prior to the beginning of the school day.
For those students that live beyond Rock Creek Boulevard or across 185th avenue, bus transportation is provided. Students should be at the bus stop five minutes before their scheduled time.
Students will need a note from the parent and need to check with the driver if they plan to ride a different bus or if they plan to get off at a stop other than their normal stop. All notes must be signed by office staff before boarding.
The Rock Creek bus rider rises up to the challenge of being people who respect, influence, stay safe and empathize.
- Use soft voices
- Use appropriate language
- Keep hands, feet and backpack to yourself and out of the aisle
- Wait your turn to board and exit the bus
- Be ready to get off at your stop
- Keep your backpack on your lap with items inside
- Sit with your back to the seat
- Walk inside the white line
- Share your seat with others
- Leave the bus as you found it
If your child rides a bike to school, please provide a helmet and sturdy lock and chain. The school is not responsible for bicycles that are stolen or damaged. Bicycles must be placed in the bike rack at the south end of the school. Students are to "walk" their bicycles while they are on school grounds.
Skateboards, scooters wheelies are not to be ridden at school because of concerns for safety and security.
Snow Days: Delayed Opening or School Closure
School closure or delayed start decisions will typically be communicated to media outlets and posted on the District website, Facebook and Twitter by 5:30 a.m.
On a two-hour delayed school day Rock Creek will open at 10:30 am. Buses will operate two hours late on normal routes. Rock Creek does not have designated snow routes.
Breakfast will not be served, lunch will be served at the regularly scheduled times.
Parents were asked to determine, at the beginning of the school year, specific details and information about where children are to go in the event of an emergency. In the event of an emergency closure when school is in session, teachers will refer to the Unforeseen Early Closure Plan completed by parents. Parents should also share this information with children to help reduce anxiety, as it will be impossible to notify each parent by phone.
Sending a Child Home
A child is never sent home from school during a school day without specific parental permission (see Emergency Closure above for exception). Students must check in and out through the office when leaving school early or arriving after 8:30 am.
Regular school attendance is extremely important. Your child should be in school, on time, every day all day unless there is an illness.
It is essential that classes begin promptly at 8:30 am. Children should be in their classrooms at that time. Students that arrive after 8:30 am should check in at the office, with a note from their parents, before going to class. Tardiness interrupts the instruction that starts the day. Please be on time!
All tardies will be documented on the report card. Late arrivals due to bus delays are not considered tardies.
All absences require communication from parent/guardian stating the reason for the absence within 24 hours for the absence to be excused.
If a student will be absent, it is the parent’s responsibility to call the attendance hotline at (503) 356-2451 before 9:00 a.m.
Please state student name, teacher name, reason for absence and expected days of absence.If we don’t hear from you, an automated call will be made in the AM and PM to notify you of your child’s absence.
To protect their health and the health of others, student with fevers greater than 100.4° F may return only when fever-free for 24 hours (WITHOUT use of fever-reducing medicine).
When it becomes necessary for students to be absent from school other than for illness (doctor’s appointments, etc.), contact the school office.
State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start, and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunizations, or have religious or medical exemption.
Parents or guardians will receive a letter in early February if their child’s immunization record shows that they have not received the required vaccinations. Children will not be able to attend school or childcare if their records show missing immunizations.
If you have questions or need correct dates, contact your doctor or the County Health Department a (503) 648-8881.
Illness or Accident at School
If a student becomes ill or injured at school, every effort is made to contact parents or other designated persons. In case of an emergency, we will call 911 and emergency treatment will be pursued.
If a child needs medication during the school day, a parent must:
- Bring medication to the school office in a pharmacist’s container that states the student’s name, dosage and time of day, prescription number and doctor’s name.
- Complete a medical authorization form. Non-prescription medication can be given without a doctor’s written instructions, as long as it is brought to school by a parent, in the original container with age-appropriate administration instructions.
ALL MEDICATION MUST BE TRANSPORTED TO AND FROM SCHOOL BY AN ADULT
Head Lice Policy
(BSD code: JHCCF adopted 5/14/18)
A student with a suspected case of head lice maybe referred to designated trained staff for a screening. The screening will be done in a confidential manner by trained personnel. School personnel will notify the parent or guardian of a student found with head lice and provide information on appropriate treatment. The student will be allowed to remain in school.
Suggestions for Packing Healthy Lunches
If students chose to pack their lunch it is very important that the student and parents work together to pack healthy lunches.
The Food & Nutrition Services Dept. discourages parents from bringing in non-nutritious “fast- food” from outside establishments.
Students should avoid packing non-nutritious foods in their lunches (i.e. candy, poptarts) but rather include more healthy options. Please do not send soda or high sugar content snacks with your students.
Home Packed Lunch Suggestions: (Cold, refreshing, nutritious low fat milk (1%, skim) can be purchased at school.
- Meat or cheese sandwiches
- Cheese with whole wheat crackers or bagel
- Fresh vegetables with dip
- Pretzels, crackers, bagels,
- Granola bars
- Dried fruit
- Pudding or fruited yogurt cup
- Cottage cheese and fresh fruit
School Meals & Nutrition Standards
Special Note: For the 2021-2022 all students are entitled to a free breakfast and free lunch.
Nutrition Services serves meals that meet USDA nutrient standards every school day at all sites. At breakfast, students are offered 4 servings from 3 food groups (fruit, whole grains, LF/NF dairy), and students must take 3 servings for the meal to be considered a” complete” meal.
At lunch, students are offered foods from 5 different food groups, (fruit, vegetables, whole grains, LF/NF dairy & protein). They must take 3 of the 5 servings, and 1 of the servings must include at least a ½ cup of fruit or vegetables for the meal to be “complete”.
- Breakfast is served daily between 8:15 am and 8:25 am
- Lunch is served between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm
Menu and Meal Prices
Menus and meal prices can be found on the Nutrition Services website.
Free & Reduced Price Meal Benefits
Families may complete one application for meal benefits for all students in their household. Meal benefits online application and instructions are available on the Nutrition Services website.
Paper copies will also be available in the school office, cafeteria, or from the Nutrition Services Meal Benefits office.
The application process and each student’s meal benefit status are completely confidential. Families may apply for meal benefits at any time throughout the school year, even up to the last day of school. However, a new application is required for each school year.
For more information, please call the Nutrition Services Meal Benefits Office at (503) 259-8427.
The Multilingual Department is also available to assist with translation services and can be reached at (503) 672-3715.
Student Meal Accounts & Making Meal Payments
Each student is assigned their own individual meal account, which they can access using a Personal Identification Number (PIN). The meal account is a debit account, so students must deposit money into their account before they can purchase meals. Parents may deposit money into their student’s account by any of the following methods:
- Sending cash or a check made out to the school café. When making a payment, please indicate your student’s first and last name, along with their PIN, on the memo line of the check. It’s best to deliver the payments directly to Nutrition Services staff in the cafeteria so that the payments can be applied before the next meal.
- Making payments online. Parents can register and log onto www.schoolcafe.com to deposit funds with a nominal fee. They can also monitor account balances and set-up low-balance emails at no charge online or via the toll free number. More information about registering for a free Schoolcafe account is available on the Nutrition Services website.
- In emergencies, students can charge a meal, but are limited to charging up to the cost of three lunches. When account balances get low, or each time a student charges, they will receive a verbal reminder that the account balance is getting low and/or is negative. Each time a charge is made, an automated voice mail message will be sent from the District to the parents/guardian, informing them of the amount that is owed (please note that it is parent/guardian's’ responsibility to ensure the school has a current phone number on file). After three charges, the cashier will give students an “emergency meal” of a fruits & vegetables and a carton of milk, in lieu of the complete meal.
Please see the information above regarding easy ways to track your student’s meal balance. Whenever your student graduates to the next level or transfers to another school within BSD, their account balance will transfer too.
Health department regulations stipulate that students should wash their hands before eating and are not allowed to share any portion of their meals. Students are expected to clean up after themselves, return trays to the proper location, recycle appropriate items, and dispose of garbage in the waste.
Messages from School
The Beaverton School District and Rock Creek use email to relay almost all information. Please make sure we have your current email address. Please do not block RKCRK communications. Children will sometimes deliver messages, newsletters and important notes from school to home. Please help us by checking your child’s backpack on a daily basis.
Monthly lunch menus are posted on the Nutrition Services website and are available in the community brochure holder in the school lobby.
The Rocketeer Newsletter is sent electronically on Thursdays by ParentSquare and posted on the Rock Creek website.
Messages to Students during School Hours
Only emergency messages can be relayed to students by the office staff. Every time the office has to relay a parent message, instruction time is interrupted. We cannot guarantee that students will get messages received after 2:00 pm so please discuss after school plans with your child before they leave for school each morning.
Do not leave urgent student messages on teacher voicemail during the school day. Students will NOT be called out of class except in emergencies.
Student Telephone Use
Students are allowed to use the telephone only for emergencies. Going home with a friend after school or staying for activities must be prearranged so that telephoning from school is unnecessary.
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences: October 21 & October 22
Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences: April 28 & April 29
Conference days are non-school days for students.
Rock Creek is on a semester reporting schedule and will have two grading periods. Report cards will be available on ParentVue on February 11th, 2022 and June 22, 2022.
Rock Creek has no formal dress code. Students are encouraged to practice healthy grooming habits, because good grooming fosters poise and self-assurance.
Students should differentiate between “play clothes” and “school clothes”.
Following is a list of clothing items NOT appropriate for school:
- Spaghetti straps
- Short skirts
- Halter tops
- “Sagging” pants
- Running and other short shorts
- Half-shirts or shirts exposing midriff
- Clothing displaying inappropriate comments or remarks
- Hats or scarves (hats can be worn outside)
- Wheelie shoes
- Flip flops
Students need to have PE appropriate shoes every day.
Students should not have money in school except as needed for meals, or purchases from the book fair.
Students are discouraged from bringing candy and soda to school. Chewing gum is NOT allowed at school or on the bus.
Toys (including footballs, basketballs, soccer balls etc.) are to be left at home. This includes any type of playing/trading cards, balls, dolls and electronic toys etc. No personal toys/balls at recess at any time. Any toy that represents a weapon is NOT to be brought to school ever. If found, it will be confiscated and parents will be notified.
Latex balloons are not allowed in school. No balloons are allowed on the bus.
Animals are NOT to be brought to school unless arrangements are made for a brief sharing time.
Cell phones and other electronic devices are not to be brought to school. If your family needs you to have a phone for safety, it must be turned off and put away as soon as you arrive at school. If you bring out your phone or use it at school, an adult will take it away. Your parent will need to come to the office and pick it up.
Teachers will occasionally plan learning experiences outside of the school building. These could involve visits to farms, museums and local landmarks.
Parents will be asked to assist teachers during these outings, but because of District insurance policies, preschool siblings cannot join students on field trips. Parents will be asked to fill out a field trip permission slip for each student.
There are two room parties held during the school year:
- Fall Party: TBD
- Valentine’s Day:TBD.
Room parents plan parties with teacher’s guidance. District wellness guidelines will be followed regarding treats. Latex balloons are not permitted in the school. Volunteers are not to being preschool siblings.
Private Invitations/Birthday Treats
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.
The teacher requires a written record of each student’s before and after school daycare arrangements. A parent or guardian must provide this information at the beginning of the school year. If these arrangements change, the school must be notified in writing.
Rock Creek School provides the following childcare information as a resource only for families and does not constitute an endorsement of any of the mentioned providers.
Club K (An outside entity that leases our portable from the District, not affiliated with Rock Creek) offers on-site care for Rock Creek students from 6:45am until 8:15am and from 3:05pm until 6:00pm each school day. For more information, please call (503-643-9059 ext. 201).
A short list of childcare providers in the area is available in the school lobby.
In order to provide the excellent learning atmosphere that all Rock Creek students deserve, the Rock Creek student shall observe the following:
- Use appropriate language
- Use good manners
- Follow directions the first time
- Keep hands and feet to yourself
- Honor personal space
- Respect others' work
- Appropriate speaking volume
- “Thank you”
- “I’m sorry”
- “May I borrow your ___?”
- Use strategies to solve small problems
- Ask adults for help with big problems
- Be open minded to new things
- “Can you help me?”
- “I feel___when___.”
- “It bothers me when ___. Please stop.”
- “We can do this. Let’s keep trying.”
- Walk at all times
- Ask permission and go directly to your destination
- “May I go to _____?”
- “I’m in a hurry, but I know I need to walk.”
- Include everyone
- Help others when they need it
- “Do you want to join us?”
- “Great Job!”
- “Can I help you?”
- “Are you OK?”
When children experience difficulties with each other, the following Problem Solving Plan is encouraged.
Try at least two of the following ideas if you are having a small problem:
- Go to a different game
- Share and take turns
- Talk it out
- Walk away
- Ignore it
- Tell them to stop
- Make a deal
- Wait and cool off
IF YOU FEEL THREATENED, UNSAFE OR CAN’T GET YOUR PROBLEM SOLVED, TELL AN ADULT IMMEDIATELY.
- Students are to play in designated field areas only.
- Kick or throw only footballs and soccer balls on grass fields. Do not throw balls at people. No sports balls from home.
- Throw only balls. Objects such as bark dust, rocks, sticks and snowballs need to be left on the ground.
- Collect all grade level equipment when the whistle blows.
- Use playground equipment safely, i.e. no standing or sitting on the bars, no playing tag on big toys, no climbing up the slides and two hands on the bars at all times.
- Swings are for swinging only (bottoms on swing). Please swing back and forth and not side to side.
- Avoid tackling, pile on, wrestling, shoving, or rough physical contact.
- Common sense rules. Students should try to work out conflicts in their own games. Ask for help if needed.
- The playground needs to remain free of food, candy and gum. If it is snack time for your class, sit on the bench and eat before playing.
- Obtain a pass from a duty teacher if you need to leave the playground for any reason.
- Have fun and help others have fun!
- Include everyone in game
- Follow the rules of the games
- Play nicely with others at all times
- Keep the playground clean
- When whistle/bell sounds, follow directions
- Return equipment when finished
- “Do you want to play?”
- “Thank you”
- “Excuse me.”
- Return equipment when finished
- “Maybe the teacher can help us.”
- “It’s time to clean up.”
- Use strategies to solve small problems
- Ask an adult for help with big problems
- Follow the judge’s decision
- “I feel ____ when ____. Please stop.”
- Stop, walk, talk
- “Can you help me?”
- Walk on all paved surfaces
- Use equipment safely
- Report unidentified visitors
- Notify duty teachers of injuries
- Stay within activity boundaries
- Get permission from duty teacher before leaving area
- Leave nature where it belongs
- Freeze and hands on knees for the whistle
- “May I go to the restroom?”
- “Remember, keep nature in its place.”
- “Three points of contact on the bars.”
- “Someone’s been hurt.”
- Include everyone
- Use great sportsmanship skills
- Help others when they need it
- “Do you want to play?”
- Great job! Way to go!
- “Can I help you?”
Rock Creek’s active Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) is in charge of fundraising and other activities that benefit students. You are encouraged to participate. All parents are members of the PTC and are encouraged to attend monthly meetings and get involved in the school.
Feel free to contact the school or any PTC board member:
- President: Jodi Bean
- 1st Vice President: Chanel Sheragy
- 2nd Vice President: Marianthe Tufts
- Secretary: Becky Erion
- Treasurer: Leda Mareth
- Communications Chair: Erica Johnson
- Volunteer Coordinators: Michelle Simantel
- Past President:Sharon Zell
During the Pandemic- Volunteer roles may be different. Please watch the Rocketeer Newsletter for more information.
Volunteers play a vital role in meeting the individual needs of many youngsters, assisting in the media center, classrooms and resource room. No experience is required, just a willingness to help and a desire to do what is best for students. All volunteers that work in the school or help with any activities need to have a background check run before they can volunteer and have proof of covid vaccination. Volunteers will need to complete an application, which can be found on the Volunteer Website.
Volunteers should not bring younger siblings and babies to school when they are scheduled to volunteer. It is a safety issue. It is distracting in the classroom and other areas and causes disruption when there are additional children in a classroom or other learning space.
Rock Creek Volunteers exercise the following:
The job is voluntary; the commitment is professional. Volunteers work with staff and maintain an attitude of mutual respect and confidence.
Dependability & Punctuality
Students and staff rely on volunteers. Please contact the school if you are unable to volunteer on your scheduled day.
Volunteers must protect the teachers’ and students’ right to privacy. You must not disclose school affairs or personal matters which may come to your attention. Please respect student’s privacy and do not question students that are in the office or health room. Discuss problems or concerns only with the teacher, volunteer coordinator, or Principal.