Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of April 21, 2016

21 April 2016 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: NON & Wax Museum are here! / 8th grade spring plant fundraiser / 3rd annual CHPCS spring cleaning / PTA Spring Gala tickets on sale / Local traffic alert / Host families needed in July / Summer camps at CHPCS / May lunch menu / Chinese tests coming to CHPCS / Spring MAP /


Thursday, April 28th, 5:30 to 8:05pm
Camp Withycombe
15300 Minuteman Way, Clackamas, OR 97015

Night of the Notables and the 4th Grade Oregon History Wax Museum are highlights of our school year and a chance for your friends and family to see the amazing work done here at Cascade Heights. Please mark your calendar and clear your schedules! Students are excited to share their hard work with you.


  • 5:30 – 4th graders arrive in costume and set up for the Oregon History Wax Museum
  • 5:45 - Wax Museum opens. Visit each of the wax figures and push their button to hear their recordings.
  • 6:00 – 6th-8th graders must arrive by 6:00 p.m.
  • Middle school parents may then visit the Oregon Wax Museum
  • 6:30 - Wax Museum closes and Night of the Notables opens.
  • 4th graders are encouraged to attend the Night of the Notables portion of the evening.
  • Visitors to NON are invited to start questioning the notable characters. Each character will be wearing a number and your job is to match that number to the list of characters provided. Remember, you only get three questions per character and you can only ask yes/no questions. If you'd like to do some research ahead of time, the list of characters is available from Mrs. Adams.
  • 7:15- All notable characters will open their display boards and you'll have the chance to check your answers. How many do you think you can identify correctly?
  • 8:05 - Students will be ready to leave WITH their display boards.

Our evening will be held at Camp Withycombe. We are expecting a full house, so allow time for getting through the entrance. Because Camp Withycombe is a military base, everyone over 18 will need picture ID to get on base. The Base also recommends high school students under the age of 18 bring their student cards. Once there, proceed to the large building just inside the gate. There is plenty of parking and the building is handicap accessible!

Wax Museum: Mrs. Cantin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Night of the Notables: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Pick up will be on May 4th

Thank you for your support of the 8th grade class! Please plan to pick up your plant orders on May 4th, starting at 2:45pm. Park and come in to the building. Orders will be set out in the music room and science lab.


Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Love Cascade Heights but don't have time to show it during the school week? Come help us spruce up our space! Drop in any time Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for our 3rd annual spring cleaning. Choose a job off the board you'd like to do: inside jobs, outside jobs, big jobs, little jobs; there will be jobs for everyone.

Come with the whole family and a picnic lunch and stay as long as you like (no childcare provided). Bring your

  • mower,
  • weed-eater,
  • edger,
  • gardening gloves,
  • litter grabber,
  • carpet steamer,
  • wipes,
  • rags,
  • spray bottles,
  • dusters,
  • anything else you can think of. 

Students will get a homework pass and service hours will be approved. Email Mr. Currey with any questions This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tickets Now on Sale!

PTA is excited to announce they have some great auction items so far: Wine/Spa Overnight getaway for 8, Zombie Cagefighter collectables autographed by Nate Quarry, Racecar ride around PIR, Disneyland tickets, and more. We hope to see there!

For more information and ticket order forms, go to:

PTA is also looking for volunteers for the night of the auction and the day before! Please sign up at:


Please note changes to travel lanes and detours during Sunrise Highway project construction and allow for additional travel time to school as warranted.

Daytime Impacts:
• I-205 (between exit 12 and 14) - daytime right shoulder closures.
• OR 212/224 between SE 106th & SE 130th Avenues - daytime lane closures.
• SE 122 Ave - flaggers between 212/224 & SE Ford St.
• SE Lawnfield Road - flaggers between Minuteman Way and SE 98th Court.
Visit the ODOT Website for more information:


For visiting Chinese exchange students

Our 3rd annual Riggs Institute and Institute for Excellence in Writing International Summer Camp will be held July 11th - 22nd. 15 students (5th and 6th ) from China will be attending. If your family would like to host visiting Chinese students, please email Wenny Laoshi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than May 5th , 2016. Each family will have an option to choose either a $200 stipend to cover gas and meals OR a $400 credit towards attending any classes during these two weeks with Chinese students.


A separate catalogue for summer camps will come out shortly. There is a wonderful selection of courses, whether you are looking for enrichment or something fun for the long, lazy days of summer. Check them out!

pdf 2016 Summer Camp Calendar (19 KB)


The May menu is now available.  pdf May 2016 Menu (159 KB)


May 21st, 2016

The Confucius Institute at Portland State University is again hosting the Youth Chinese Test (YCT) at Cascade Heights Public Charter School. We encourage all 4th – 8th grade students to take this test. The testing fee will be paid by Cascade Heights Public Charter School and Wenny Laoshi will determine the appropriate testing level for each student.

Test date: May 21st, 2016. Test session starts at 1:30 pm. Students need to arrive to register no later than 12:50 pm.
Permission Forms were sent home with students. Please sign and return them to Wenny Laoshi no later than Thursday, April 28th. If your child’s permission form did not make it home, or you have any other questions, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


May 2 – 5 for K through 3rd

During May, children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade will take assessments called Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP). We give MAP assessments to determine what your child knows and is ready to learn, as well as to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year.

All students took these assessments in the fall. Some also took them in the winter. The second data point (winter or spring) allows for measuring growth over time.

MAP assessments are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward assessment. And with MAP, we can administer shorter assessments and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s academic growth. The assessments are completed in multiple sessions and are taken on a computer.

Your child’s MAP results are reported in RIT scores. RIT is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that measures item difficulty and is independent of grade level. This is different from tests that give results based on percentage correct or by comparing your child to others in the same grade. This makes RIT scores a valuable tool to improve student learning. With it, we can easily measure each child’s growth, allowing teachers to use it to inform instruction, students to use it for goal setting, and you to use it to get a clear picture of student growth and how to support your children's learning.

Partnering to help all children learn, parents and teachers have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children. We are truly excited to be able to use MAP to focus on every child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information on assessments at CHPCS as well as resources for parents, see the Assessment page on our website ( under Academics. There you can download the Parent Toolkit, Strategies Packet for Parents and Students, and read our FAQ. You can also help by making sure your child gets a good night’s rest and eats a healthy breakfast on assessment days.

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