Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of April 7, 2016

07 April 2016 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Announcements / First issue of monhly school newsetter / 8th grade spring plant fundraier / NON & Wax Museum / 3rd annual CHPCS spring cleaning / PTA Spring Gala tickets on sale! / Reminder regarding late arrivals / Please indicate your intent to return! /  Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday / Memo on cleanliness at CHPCS


  • SUPER READERS CLUB. Every day, 3:00 to 3:15pm. Adult volunteers welcome!
  • 2016 PTA Spring Gala Dinner and Auction Tickets Now on Sale!
  • NEW! As promised, Cascade Heights now has a Monthly Newsletter. Here you will find things that have been removed from Falcon Flash such as the Director's monthly "Letter from the Front," reports on big doings, articles of interest, news you can use, and more. We hope you like the new format. Comments or questions can be directed to Mrs. Dietch as This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The April 2016 issue is hot off the press

Read it at  pdf CHPCS newsletter 2016 04 (1.02 MB)

Let us know what you think!


Spring means it’s time to start planning your garden!

This year's plant fundraiser will benefit the 8th Grade trip to Ashland, Oregon for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Order forms went home before break. Extras are available outside the office, from any 8th grader, or from this link:

  pdf 2016 8th grade plant order form (1.31 MB)

Your orders, with payment, may be turned in to the office or the 8th grade classroom no later than April 13th, 2016. Pick up will be on May 4th, just before carline. Please make checks payable to Cascade Heights Public Charter School.

The 8th grade class thanks you in advance for your support!


5:30 - 8:05 p.m., April 28th , 2016
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 will be available soon.

  • 7:15- All notable characters will move to 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, parking and walking. 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: 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.


Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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. 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.


Save the date: Saturday, May 7, 6:00 pm
Camp Withycombe

Options for tickets:

  • $40 for one
  • $75 for two
  • Premier Table Tickets: $300 per table. Includes 8 dinner tickets, bottle of wine and admission to a private pre-auction party at 5pm withappetizers and exclusive silent auction items.

Ticket order forms were sent home in student planners. They are also available in the office, on the PTA board outside the art room, or by download from the auction web page:

Visit the CHPCS website for more Spring Gala information. If you have any questions, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


All tardy students must be signed in

In order to be at their desks ready to learn by 8:00 a.m., children need to arrive by 7:55 a.m. Therefore, students arriving after 7:55 a.m. are tardy and are required to be signed in by the accompanying adult to receive a pass for class.

HINT: if you drive up to the school and the doors are closed, your child(ren) are tardy. Please park and accompany them into the building. Children who arrive late without an adult will wait in the office until you come to sign them in. Thank you for your cooperation.


Please indicate your intent to return!

You mean we haven't even finished this year, but, we have to start thinking about the next one? Yes, we do! Planning for next year has already started and knowing which of our families intend to return next year is an important part of that. To that end, Intent to Return forms are being sent home, are available in the office, or from the link below.

Planning resoures, confirming rosters, ordering materials and more all starts happening now. We know life happens, however, if you know now that you are or or not returning next year, please let us know as soon as you can using the "Intent to Return" form. Thank you!

  pdf 2016 17 Student intent to return form (271 KB)


April 12th, 2016

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards... including more than 35 statewide awards her books have received based on the direct votes of her young readers. In 2000, to honor her invaluable contributions to children's literature, Beverly Cleary was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. This witty and warm author is truly an international favorite. Mrs. Cleary's books appear in over twenty countries in fourteen languages and her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. And her popularity has not diminished. (from

Falcons have read many Beverly Cleary books over the years. They are some of the most well worn books in our library. If your family has not been introduced to her world, now is an auspicious moment to begin. And here are some resources with delightful ideas to celebrate our well-loved and local celebrity. But don't just honor Oregon's famous author on only one day. There are ideas here for many days of reading pleasure!

Visit this link to find out about Mrs. Cleary's neighborhood and how to take a self guided walking tour. Don't miss visiting the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden, where life-sized bronze statues of Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Henry's dog Ribsy welcome young and old to Grant Park.


(Main take away? Mrs. Haight is a rock star.*  :-)

Via email:

April 1, 2016

Good Morning,

While I was over at your building a couple weeks ago I was pleasantly surprised. In the past when I have come over to set up summer cleaning crews the building is usually in really bad shape. It is very apparent to me that this year the School has hired some help to clean. The bathrooms looked 80% better. 

There are a few suggestions I have to help Cascade Heights become more compliant with the North Clackamas School District cleaning standards.


  • Once a week in the corner of the boys restrooms, wipe the urine build up out.
  • Wipe down and disinfect restroom doors once a week (smudges and marks all over the doors).


  • Sweep/ dust mop once a day
  • Spot mop once a week or as needed (Lots of dust bunnies)


I noticed a few classrooms that had food debris on the floor and in the sinks.  I do understand teachers and volunteers are cleaning the classrooms and are limited on time. What would really help is taking 5 minutes at the end of the day to vacuum, especially during this season where pests are scrounging for food.  There were 3 rooms that I saw were already having ant issues.

  • Vacuuming every day or every other day at the least.
  • Wiping out sinks to prevent pests.

Overall I was super excited to see a move in a cleaner direction. Studies show that kids pay attention and function better in a clean healthy environment. There are a few classrooms that are dialed in and I had no concerns.

I do, however, want to acknowledge a rock star. You guys have the cleanest art room I have seen anywhere in the district. AMAZING!!!

Thank you,
Amanda Wall, NC12
(via email)

* But we already knew that.

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