Cascade Heights Public Charter School


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Falcon Flash: Week of Dec. 4, 2014

04 December 2014 Written by  

In this issue: Chinese Students To Visit / Lice Alert / Student Absences / Cold Weather

Chinese Students To Visit In February — Host Families Needed

Cascade Heights Public Charter School will again have the opportunity to host 10 students from Suzhou Experimental Elementary School on February 10, to 14. These students will be coming to our school and learning with our students. We are seeking families who can host students during this time frame and provide transportation to school. Our first preference would be to have at least two students with a host family. This is an excellent opportunity for Cascade Heights students to practice speaking Chinese with a native speaker and to help the visiting students enjoy our part of the world. It is not required that you have students in Chinese to participate.

If you are interested in hosting, please talk with or email Wenny Laoshi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), by TODAY, Thursday December 4th, 2014.

Lice Alert

We had a few cases of lice in November. PLEASE be vigilant in checking your children for lice (even the children who do not attend Cascade Heights). This will be especially important over the holiday break while traveling and visiting. New information indicates that wet checks are the most effective method and our website has good resources. Resources are also available through the office, our lice check team leaders, Mrs. Bethke and Mrs. Gilliam, as well as a local company Lice Knowing You.

If Your Student Is Absent

Please be sure to advise the office by phone (503.653.3996) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) of the absence and let us know the reason. If the absence is due to a contagious illness or communicable disease (for example: strep throat, chicken pox, etc.), we appreciate knowing so that other families can be alert for symptoms in exposed children.

Cold Weather Is Here!

School closures, late starts, or early releases

CASCADE HEIGHTS FOLLOWS NORTH CLACKAMAS CLOSURES FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER. To determine whether schools are affected by weather, call the NC12 School Closure Hotline 503.353.6020 or visit Are Schools Open? on the NC12 website.

Another resource is to sign up for “Remind” (formerly “Remind 101”). Mrs. Denman uses Remind ONLY for emergent or urgent school messages. To receive emergency messages from the school via text, simply text @faØa2 to (971)252-3285. There is also an email version. You can opt out at any time and all personal information is protected.

An additional benefit to Remind is that you will get timely messages and updates that are CHPCS specific, such as a CHPCS closure or early release due to power outage, local emergency, etc. For more information, see or the posters around the school.

Winter Outdoor Recess Policy

It does get chilly in our part of the country, and students and families need to be prepared for it. Teachers will use the following guidelines and their own best judgment in ensuring your child is safe and relatively comfortable during the cold months of the year. You can do your part by sending your children to school with the following: coat, warm hat, gloves or mittens, scarf (ideal), warm shoes and socks. If you are unable to acquire the basics, please contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Denman.

Students need fresh air daily, and it helps reduce illness (being cooped up in a room with recycled air is the best way to spread germs), a bad case of the wiggles, and sleepy brains. Therefore, we do our best to ensure daily fresh air for students, in spite of inclement weather, following the policy outlined below.

This policy was drafted taking into account average activity level, average recess time, and average regional temperatures for Portland, OR, and are based on actual air temperatures (no wind chill factor).

41°F and above:
Children will eat outdoors and may make the choice about coats, etc. for outdoor activity.
Normal outdoor recess.

40°F and below:
Eating (snack and lunch) will occur indoors.
Teachers will require the wearing of coats for outdoor activity.
Normal outdoor recess

35°F and below
Eating (snack and lunch) will occur indoors.
Teachers will require the wearing of a hat and gloves/mittens in addition to coats for outdoor activity.
Students without appropriate outerwear will not participate in the activity.
Normal outdoor recess.

All of the above plus shortened outdoor recess (5 to 10 minutes).

18°F and below
All of the above plus indoor recess.

What you can do to ensure your child's comfort and health with the above policy:

  • Send them to school with a coat, hat, mittens/gloves, and scarf.
  • Teach them how to zip or button their coats, put on mittens, tie hoods, etc.
  • Tell them they must wear the coat, hat, mittens/gloves, and scarf.
  • Send them with plenty of quality-calorie food for snack and lunch, as well as fresh water.
  • Tell them about the children in Fairbanks, AK, who have normal recess unless it's below -20°F!

Please note:

  • Frostbite CANNOT happen unless the ambient temperature (actual temperature + wind chill) falls below 32°F. Fingers may hurt, be cold and numb, but they are not frostbitten.

  • Hypothermia can happen under a variety of temperatures and situations. Someone submerged in water that is 70°F for an extended period of time will succumb to hypothermia. Someone ill-equipped for the weather and left outside without movement at 20°F will eventually succumb to hypothermia. Students who wear coats (and possibly hats or hoods) at 35°F or so for 15-20 minutes, and who are (hopefully) moving, have no danger of hypothermia.

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