Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of April 30, 2015

30 April 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Spring Means Assessments / Thank You for Supporting Book Fair / 2015-16 Kindergarten Class  / CHPCS PTA Spring Gala Dinner & Auction /  Spring Music Concerts /  China Trip 2016 / Community Events / Charter School Funding Equity / Find Time for Fun / District Survey

Dear Falcon Families;

Spring is upon us and that means assessment time. Assessments for our students come in two forms: Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP) and Oregon's required annual state tests.

The state requires that Smarter Balanced tests in English Language Arts and Math be taken annually by students in Grades 3 - 8, and OAKS Science by 5th and 8th grade. State testing was completed in April.

During the month of May 2015, all children K-8 will take MAP in Reading, Language Usage and Mathematics. Grades 3 - 8 also take the Science assessment. Students took these assessments in November and taking them again in April yields the second data point which allows for measuring growth through the course of the year. Here are some FAQ regarding assessments at CHPCS.

Q: Why do we administer MAP when we are already required to administer state tests?

A: The state tests tells us whether students have made progress toward mastery of state grade level content standards. MAP serves a different purpose: it is a measure of what your child knows and is ready to learn.

State tests measure progress towards meeting grade level benchmarks based on percentage correct and your child's score compared to others in the same grade. MAP results are reported in Rasch Unit (RIT) scores, which is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that is independent of grade level. The RIT Scale is a curriculum scale that uses individual item difficulty values to estimate student achievement and has the same meaning regardless of grade or age of the student.

Q: How are OAKS and MAP different?

A: MAP assessments are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child's level of learning regardless of grade or age. MAP measures academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year. It is a tool which can be used to improve student learning by teachers, students and parents. Teachers use it to inform instruction, students use it for goal setting, and parents use it to get a clear picture of student growth and how to support their children's learning.

Score Reports for state tests indicate if a child has met or not met state benchmarks but their primary use is to provide collected group data for districts, schools, teachers, and demographic groups for school accountability purposes. The tests start in 3rd grade and give no information in the crucial early learning years. They are administered once at the end of the year after instruction is complete. The scores do not pinpoint what children already know or what they are ready to learn next.

Another key difference is that MAP results are available instantly and help your child and your child's teacher modify teaching and learning to best support student academic progress. With the new Smarter Balanced state tests, results are delayed.

Q: How can we help at home?

A: Partnering to help all children learn, parents and teachers have a profound positive effect on the lives of 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 resources for parents, open the attached Parent Toolkit and Strategies Packet attached. You can also help by making sure your child gets a good night's rest and eats a healthy breakfast not only on assessment days, but always. And of course read, read, read!

Holly Denman, Founding Director 


Spring Book Fair continues online until May 2

Our spring Book Fair has been a great success. Thank you to everyone who helped and supported the Fair. Sales had already reached $2000 as of this issue of Falcon Flash and the Scholastic dollars we earn can be used to buy new books for our library!

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


Mark your calendars!

Come to Kindergarten Camp: August 24-27, 8:30 to noon

This camp is not required but is highly recommended.

For more information about 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. If you did not sign up at the Parent Orientation Meeting, or need more information regarding these classes, please contact Mrs. Denman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tickets orders due now! Volunteers can sign up on SignUp Genius!

We are excited about our upcoming CHPCS PTA Spring Gala Dinner and Auction on May 9th! The event is less than 2 weeks away and we need an accurate headcount for the caterer soon. Please get your ticket order forms in or email us by Thursday, April 30. A ticket order form is attached or you can contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are looking for volunteer support to make this event a success! Help is needed both before, during, and after the Auction. There is sure to be something to fit everyone's schedule. For more information and to sign up, go to:

If you have any questions, please call Jena Novotny at 503-453-0725 or Kaitlyn Brown at 503-830-4233, PTA Co-Presidents.

The Gala​ is an event for ​adults only, ​21 years and older​.​​ ​An affordable childcare option will be available at the school. ​​"​Parents​'​ Night Out​,​​"​ ​group childcare for school-age children, will be open from​ ​6:00-10:00​ ​pm that ​evening​.​ For more information, see the attached flyer or contact Mr. Weaver: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is such a great opportunity to show off our community to your friends and family members while sharing a meal and having fun with our school family! We have procured some awesome items and great services, such as:

  • Multiple hotel nights
  • American Girl "Grace" doll
  • Multiple spots for a football camp featuring four U of O players
  • Phelps Creek Vineyard private tour and tasting
  • Kitten
  • Nights at the beach
  • AAA membership
  • Diamond necklace
  • Rifle package (won't be on site)
  • Photography
  • Signed Blazer basketball
  • Two Chinese class series at PSU
  • Winterhawks tickets

There will be MANY auction items perfect for children and family fun like OMSI tickets, Cinnamon Bear Cruise, and local memberships! Also, don't forget those coveted classroom projects our children have worked so hard on. They have all turned out amazing!


We can't wait to see you there!!
CHPCS PTA Auction Committee


Save the dates ~ More information to follow

Your children have been working hard to show you what they have learned this year. Please join us!

K-4 Concert - Thursday, May 21 - 6:30pm
5-8 Concert - Thursday, May 28 - 6:30pm


Register your interest by May 20th

Update from Wenny Laoshi

Thank you all very much for supporting our Chinese program at CHPCS. We had eleven parents attend the first planning meeting. The following points were covered.

Draft Trip schedule

  • Depart Wednesday or Thursday before spring break to Shanghai, China; two days tour in Shanghai.
  • Bus to Suzhou, China (our sister school); stay with host families for 3-4 days.
  • Overnight train to Beijing China; three day tour in Beijing.
  • Depart from Beijing for return to US


  1. Engage Educational Travel US help us to organize the trip:
  2. Ask for help from our sister school to organize the trip.
  3. Organize the trip by ourselves.

The preference of parents at the meeting was for option #1.

Time line

  1. Students will need passports by September 1st, 2015.
  2. We will need visas to be ready by November, 2015.
  3. We will start to book the airline tickets and put deposit money down by December 30, 2015.

Student number

We will need at least 10 students to make this trip happen.

Next Steps

Email Wenny Laoshi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 20th, 2015 if you are seriously interested in participating in this trip. If we have enough interest to move forward, a second planning meeting will be announced.

Thanks again for all your support!!


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.

Clackamas Youth and High School Cheerleading Program

Cavalier Cheer is currently holding open practices to help prepare athletes for tryouts in May. This is particularly helpful for youth athletes who have not had exposure to the sport to ensure they enjoy it before committing to a team. Practices are open to all students in 4th through 12th grade who are interested in Cheerleading.

Upcoming Dates: May 4th & 11th
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: CHS East Campus
Visit their website at

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.

Volunteering for Safety Town

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.

North Clackamas 5th Annual Summer Art Academy

Students from grades 1 to 12 and adults who love art will find an exciting summer enrichment experience at the North Clackamas Summer Arts Academy. This year's theme is Flora and Fauna of Oregon.

The 8-day academy runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. July 6 to 9 and from July 13 to 16. The final art exhibit will be Thursday, July 16 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

All classes will meet at Happy Valley Elementary, located at 13865 SE King Road.

The cost to enroll is $120.

To register, contact Linde Westling at phone 503-353- 6040 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can also find a registration form on the after school activities bulletin board or go to the website at and click on the “Flora and Fauna” link.

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.


Who doesn't look forward to a note from home in their lunch? Here are some printable jokes and brain teasers to spice up lunchtime with laughter.


Survey available online or on paper

Dear Community Member,

You have been invited to take this survey because you are a current or future parent of a North Clackamas student. The North Clackamas School District values our community and is seeking input from families regarding bilingual education and world languаge classes offered in our schools. Please take a moment to answer the following questions. If you would prefer to provide input on a paper copy of this survey, please contact your local school. Thank you for your time.

Please click this link to access the survey:

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