Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of December 1, 2016

01 December 2016 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Family dinner night on Dec. 7 / Register for Parents' Night Out / PTA jog-a-thon results / Remember to check in when on campus / Join PTA! / Inclement weather info / Parking pointers / Call if late for pick up / Readers' corner / Lost & found / December lunch menu / Community news: ideas for winter break


Sweet Tomatoes in Clackamas
Wednesday, December 7
5 to 8 p.m.

A CHPCS-PTA fundraiser

Come have dinner with other Cascade Heights families and support our school at the same time! Sweet Tomatoes is donating 30% of sales generated by our community to the CHPCS PTA on Wednesday, December 7th, from 5-8pm. It's our opportunity to come together as a school and celebrate!

A flyer MUST be presented at time of purchase. Flyers will be handed out at car line the day of the event. There will also be copies in the office, or you may download and print here:

pdf Sweet Tomatoes flyer (2.71 MB)


Registration forms are due Thursday, December 8 by 3:30 pm

Eighth graders will entertain children with board games, crafts, a movie, and gym time. 8th graders can also help with homework if needed. Pizza will be provided and they need a head count so please be sure to register by 12/8. Gluten-free / dairy-free options are available.

Admission forms were sent home. Cost is $20 for the first child, $15 for the second child, and $10 for additional children (from the same family). Admission will be the same price for whatever time you bring your child (open drop off).

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


The numbers are in!

Thank you to everyone who pledged, volunteered, and came to cheer on the runners! The success of this year’s Annual PTA Jog-a-thon could not have happened without you.

The top earning class was 1st Grade who brought in a whopping $1352 in pledges!

Top earners in each class have earned a pizza lunch date with our Director, Mrs. Macy, on January 12, 2017. This will be held during their regular lunch time, in the Zip Room. Congratultions to:

  • K Max McCreadie
  • 1 Eva Munoz
  • 2 Cameron Maguire
  • 3 Bennett Passmore
  • 4 Lena Bader
  • 5 Tate Brandon
  • 6 Riley Bader
  • 7 Kennedy Hedberg
  • 8 Makana Stores

Our Falcons report the reason they are so enthusiastic about Jog-a-thon is because it’s something they can do to give back to their school. Every participant wins because the proceeds from Jog-a-thon go directly to grade level stipend accounts to be used to facilitate multisensory learning in the classroom.

Thank you for supporting your child’s efforts!


We love our volunteers and we’re glad to see you when you are here! Just a reminder that EVERY campus visitor or volunteer must check in and out on the HelpCounter computer in the office. Please also wear the appropriate badge. In case of emergency, and for student safety, we have to know who is on campus at all times.


Join our monthly meetings

Do you want to support your child’s education, help the school, be informed, meet new people, feel connected, and make your voice heard? Support CHPCS PTA! The PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) promotes the positive growth of the Cascade Heights Public Charter School community, via meaningful and effective events. We enhance opportunities for our students, encourage positive involvement from all families in our school community, and work to strengthen communication between parents and staff.

The next PTA meeting is Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30pm in the Library. Hope to see you there!


Cold weather recess policy

Our winter weather recess policy is posted at:

Bundle up!

If you need an extra sweater or sweatshirt to keep warm in the classroom, visit our uniform exchange! If you need help obtaining warm outerwear for your children, Contact Mrs. Macy or your classroom teacher.


When North Clackamas is closed or delayed, so are we.

Winter is coming, and with it the potential for school delays, closures, or early release. There are forecasts for small amounts of snow in our area next week. This is Oregon, so expect the unexpected!

In the event of inclement weather you will receive an email from Mrs. Macy. Also, North Clackamas provides school closure information in the following locations. (If schools are open as scheduled, these locations will not be updated.)

1. Call the School Closure Hotline: 503-353-6020. This is available in English, Spanish, Russian, & Vietnamese. This will be updated by 6:30 a.m. IF there is a school closure or delay.
2. Go to the Headlines section on the school district web page, This will be updated IF there is a closure or delay.
3. Follow the district Twitter page (@nc12schools).
4. Become a Facebook friend of North Clackamas Schools and check Facebook in the early morning hours.
5. Go to to sign up to receive a text message.
6. You will receive a text message through the school’s REMIND service if you are subscribed. To join, text @fa0a2 to 971.252.3285. You can opt out of messages at any time by replying 'unsubscribe @fa0a2'.
7. Check the news on radio or TV.

Our most important consideration is the safety of all families. We draw families from a wide area and we understand local situations can be very different so if you ever believe it is not safe for you to drive to school you are welcome to make a family decision to keep your child home, or wait until the roads in your area are clear. If inclement weather is threatening, you may also decide to pick your child up early, even if school has not announced early release. In any of these circumstances, please remember to stay in communication with Mrs. Marlatt in the main office (503-659-5593).


Inclement weather seems to bring more parking issues. We need your help keeping relationships with the neighbors positive! To that end, please be reminded:

  • No parking, EVER, in the spots across from the school marked “NW Eyecare.” It makes our neighbors very grumpy and they will call the sheriff if they continue to find unauthorized cars in their parking spots.
  • Park legally. NO PARKING on corners, in crosswalks, blocking driveways, or in No Parking zones. We’d hate to see you get a ticket!
  • You are welcome to join car line at 3:35 or 3:40pm to shorten your wait by a few minutes.

We need your help keeping relationships with the neighbors positive! Thank you for your cooperation. 


If you are going to be later than 3:45, please call or email. Children still at school after 3:45pm get anxious when they don’t know the whereabouts of the adult who is supposed to be coming for them and are greatly reassured when we can tell them we have heard from you.


Winter break may offer your family the opportunity for some quiet moments curled up with a good book. We hope you take advantage of them!

Miss Him has some suggestions for young children:

  • Books by Mo Willems (Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny)
  • Books by Dr. Seuss (Green Eggs and Ham)
  • Books by Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)

For those children who don’t have one yet, this would be a great time to introduce them to the joys of having a library card. Benefits include (but are not limited to) free access to stacks and stacks of books, free movie/DVD/CD rental, free children’s programs in everything from chess to robots, and free computer use with internet access. Clackamas County library patrons can check out free cultural passes to wonderful resources in the area like museums and gardens. Multnomah County has a great website that provides a 24 hour readers' advisory - never run out of things to read!

Find out more at a library near you.


Found on CHPCS campus:

  • Camera
  • Gold watch

To claim, see Mrs. Marlatt with a full description.


The menu is now posted at



Saturday Academy offers a variety of courses for students over winter break! Need all day care? Sign up for a morning and an afternoon class at Saturday Academy - Beaverton for a full day of hands-on, in-depth learning. Lunch is supervised.

Find out more at

Financial Aid is available to qualifying families:


NCPRD offers a variety of recreation programs and activities for all ages and interests. Their DISCOVERY GUIDE is your go-to guide for seasonal activities. In addition, the district offers more than 38 parks, 25 natural areas and 15 miles of trails. Choose your next adventure! NCPRD offers scholarships to qualifying families for fee based programs. Find out more at

Join their Winter Celebrations, free holiday fun for all ages!
Date: Saturday, Dec. 10
Time: 10 a.m. – noon


Run, run as fast as you can! Take a sweet and smart look at the science behind a favorite holiday pastime—gingerbread houses! Expert bakers and architects worked together to build towering sculptures to marvel at—and vote for! Who was the most creative? Which is a feat of tasty engineering? You decide!


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