Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of April 23, 2015

23 April 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue:  Thank you for your support! / Book Fair / 2015-06 Kindergarten Class  / China Trip 2016 / CHPCS PTA Spring Gala Dinner & Auction /  Spring Music Concerts / Community Events / Charter School Funding Equity / State Testing / 


Pancake Breakfast a Success

8th Grade’s final fundraiser was fun and delicious. Over 80 tickets were sold and approximately $500 was raised for their trip to Ashland. It was a great community event with lots of time for visiting. Thanks for coming!

2nd Annual Spring Cleaning Exceeds Expectations

Many thanks to everyone who came to help spruce up the school! We don’t have a head count for adults, but it was a great turn out. We do know 35 students qualified for homework passes. Nearly all the requested projects were completed. The school looks marvelous inside and out and the job board looks bare. Falcon families are the best!


April 27 through May 2

Book Fair is a great way to stock up on resources to enrich your children's education. Reading expands the mind, nourishes the imagination, informs, and opens “a world of possible.” The right book can ignite a life-long passion for reading, and book fair is a way to improve our home, classroom, and school libraries. While you are shopping for your home library at the Fair, please check out the teacher wish lists!

ONSITE: The CHPCS Spring 2015 Book Fair will be on display in our cafeteria April 27 through April 30. Regular Shopping hours will be 7:45 to 8:30am, & 3:15 to 4:00pm. You can preview the Fair online at

ONLINE SHOPPING is now open and will continue through 5/2 at the link above. All purchases made through this link earn book fair credit for our school.


“Pastries for Pops” - Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 - 8:00am. Dads, stop by for a cup of coffee and a bite while you shop.

"Open for Lunch" - Tuesday, April 28, 11:15 - 12:45. Shopping for students accompanied by an adult.

“Grand Event” - Wednesday, April 29 at 3:30 to 4:30pm. Grandparents are invited to pick up your grandchildren and shop the fair.

For more information or to volunteer, contact: Mrs. Langston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mark your calendars!

Parent Orientation Meeting (required): April 28, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
The Parent Orientation Meeting is a required meeting for all families who have Kindy students starting in the coming year (September of 2015). Please make arrangements for at least one family member to attend.

Come to Kindergarten Camp: August 24-27, 8:30 to noon
This camp is not required but is highly recommended (see attached flyer).

For more information about Parent Orientation or Kindergarten Camp , contact Mrs. Ketel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Riggs Training for Parents (required): August 25, choose am or pm*

Love & Logic Parenting Class (required): August 27, choose am or pm*

Both Riggs Training and Love & Logic are required classes.

* Two sessions are offered for each class: 8:30-10:30am OR 6:30-8:30pm. Choose one (morning or evening) for Riggs Training and one (morning or evening) for Love & Logic Training. Sign ups will be available at the Parent Orientation Meeting.

For more information regarding these classes, contact Mrs. Denman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download Come to Kindergarten Camp flyer


Planning Meeting on April 29 at 8:00 AM

Mark your calendars! All parents of middle school Chinese students are invited to join our planning meeting for "Trip to China 2016 Spring Break" in the CHPCS Library on April 29th, 2015 at 8:00 am, right after morning drop-off. Hope to see you all there!!

Contact: Wenny Laoshi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tickets now available!

The CHPCS PTA Spring Gala Dinner and Fundraising Auction is right around the corner. Don’t miss the fun on Saturday May 9 at 6:30 pm. This is an event for adults over 21 only and will be held at Camp Withycombe National Guard Base directly east of CHPCS.

Dinner tickets are $35 each or $60 for two. Tables of 8 are available for $220. Contact PTA to purchase.

This event will include a silent and live auction with lots of fabulous items to bid on, including: classroom art projects and baskets, gift certificates to local merchants (Home Depot, New Seasons, Bridgetown Automotive), vacation stays, basketball signed by all of the current Trail Blazers, spa services, and lots of family activities. Proceeds from the auction will be used by the PTA to fund school projects which will benefit ALL children enrolled at Cascade Heights.

Thank you to all the CHPCS families who have helped with donation items thus far! If you wish to contribute to classroom baskets, contact your child’s teacher. If you have more items to donate, please leave a note at the main office or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information, join our weekly meetings on Thursdays at 2pm, in the Zip Room.

Thank you for making our auction a success!
Cascade Heights PTA


Save the dates ~ More information to follow

K-4 Concert - Thursday, May 21 - 6:30pm

5-8 Concert - Thursday, May 28 - 6:30pm


Summer Programs at La Salle High School

La Salle would like to invite Cascade Heights students and families to classes happening on their campus this summer. With classes and athletic camps for ages 7-17, Art to Science, Red Cross Babysitter Training to Saturday Academy, and football to cheerleading; there is something for everyone.

Download the Summer Program flyer

Safety Town

During June and July, the Wichita Center gym is transformed into a small city complete with houses, streets, traffic lights and little cars to peddle through Safety Town. Under the guidance of district staff, teen and community volunteers, incoming Kindergarteners and First graders are introduced to a wide variety of safety concepts. Songs, poems, art projects, movies, guest presenters and a short school bus ride combine to make Safety Town a fun learning experience.

If you enjoy children and have leadership skills, become a teen volunteer. Please note, the volunteer application deadline is May 15th, 2015.

All information including registration and volunteer applications can be found at:
Contact: Lisa Kay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Services Available at Wichita Center

Clackamas County Behavioral Health Counseling
For information on this service for students, contact Marylou Bonham at 503.722.6518 or Kim Pengelly at 503.723.4895

Ready, Set, Go! Program
This is a kindergarten readiness/parent education program for families with 3, 4, and 5 year olds. For information, contact the coordinator, Maria Eugenia Perdomo at 503.353.5663 ext 4.

Dental Health Solutions for Children
This program helps families without access to dental care for their children. Contact the coordinators at 503.353.6096.


Senate Bill 819 Scheduled for Public Hearing

This senate bill would require school districts or other sponsors of charter schools to transfer federal, state and local moneys to public charter schools on the same basis as moneys are transferred to traditional public schools. This would mean approximately $400,000 in additional funds for Cascade Heights, annually!

Observers say this is a strong bill with much more bi-partisan support than prior bills. Please write your senators letting them know you support funding equity for charter schools.

Contact Mrs. Denman for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Many students in Grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 have completed all required state tests. 3rd Grade will be testing next week. CHPCS is on track to be finished by April 30. Support your Falcons during testing season by:

  • Discussing the importance of these tests and encouraging children to take their time and do their best.
  • Making sure they get a good night’s sleep.
  • Focusing on good nutrition and packing a healthy lunch. Hard working brains get hungry!
  • Also send them with a healthy snack every day.
  • Cut back as much as possible on extra-curricular activities the evening before test days to reduce stress.

If you have any questions on scheduling, contact your classroom teachers.

For more information on state testing, visit:

For more information on Oregon academic standards, visit:

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