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The state school funding (SSF) comes from your tax dollars which are allocated per student from our school district.  But the percentage we receive as a charter school does not cover the full cost of education for your child. We receive an average $4,800. per full time student per school year. The cost of providing education averages $6,000 per year. The deficit is made up by keeping expenses under control and by "Close the Gap" contributions as each family is able to contribute.  This money is a critical part of our basic budget with no extras.  Our Board of Directors, staff, and parents subsidizes the actual cost. Each year it is challenging to raise funds to cover the costs for all students. Each family is needed to be a part of this process, whether through volunteering to help, or making a direct financial contribution.  We have an annual meeting each September to keep   parents updated on this status.

Cascade Heights is committed to a focus on relationships.  While we all know that running a school takes money (and quite a bit of it), we also know that people are more important and children are at the center of our "people" here.  We all have strengths and passions.  We hope that people who volunteer with us are doing  something they are passionate about.  A retired librarian works happily in our library, a mom passionate about nutritious food works in our kitchen, a grandfather with a talent and passion for building makes our art tables  and a stay at home parent can help with projects that can be done at home.  Last year,  volunteers logged over 15,267 hours with services we would not have been able to pay for and would have gone undone.   Time is a valuable commodity and we never take it for granted.  Time is money, but there are some things that simply must be paid for.  Janitorial service is $2,700 per month. Utilities are $33,000 per year. Teacher salaries make up the bulk of our budget and we run the entire school on less than one million dollars a year.  We simply could not balance our budget without our volunteers, so thank you, thank you to all of you!

Many people love to give time and money. Many can only do one or the other.  To us, living our mission means finding a way to partner with every family and to choose to raise funds in a way that is consistent with our mission.  We don't sell cookie dough because it is does not support the physical or emotional growth of children.  We do a jog-a-thon because it does.   And our Education Takes Flight spring breakfast is a way to thank our benefactors and invite them to join in our mission at the same time. 

We gratefully recognize the  financial support and volunteer time over the past year and say thank you to Our Partners.

Staff Appreciation

Want to help out a specific teacher, or find a meaningful way to say "Thank You?" Here are some "hints" for what you can do for us.

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Volunteer Opportunities

At Cascade Heights involvement is not an obligation... it's an opportunity! There are volunteer opportunities to suit just about anyone's availability and talents — including work from home.

If any one of these opportunities sounds like a good match, contact us to get started.

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PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) promotes the positive growth of the Cascade Heights Public Charter School community, via meaningful and effective events. We enhance opportunities for our students, encourage positive involvement from all families in our school community, and work to strengthen communication between parents and staff.

Regular meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm in the library. Please join us!


Job (*indicates ARMATUS Training Required) Date\ Time Frame

Library Volunteer * ongoing
Development /Fundraising ongoing
Mailings periodic
Data Entry ongoing

PTA member *
Classroom Helper* ongoing
Reading Groups* ongoing
Sock Hop Dance Setup and Cleanup 4 dates throughout year
Math Groups* ongoing
Guest Speaker as needed
Field Trip Chaperone * periodic
Recess and Lunch Assistant * Ongoing
Open House
Office Assistant Ongoing
Board Member 3 year terms
Jog-a-thon/VIP /Bookfair Day
MAP Test Proctors Fall and Spring

Science Fair

Night of the Notables TBA
First Aid Asst.
Family Reading Night
Lice Check Monthly
Last Day BBQ Last day of School
Toothpick Bridge Competition Spring
Spelling Bee Spring

USO Show Last Day of School
Fine Arts Week
PE Equipment Clean-Up Early June, 2012
8th Grade Graduation Early June 2012
Education Takes Flight Breakfast May 2012

How to Volunteer for CHPCS

  • Please complete the online application
  • When your application has been cleared you will be entered into HelpCounter
  • Your clearance will be good for three school fiscal years.

Contact Mrs. Marlatt @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions.

Our school is always in need of supplies and helpers. Download this PDF for lists of individual classroom needs:

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