Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of December 12, 2016

12 December 2016 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Winter concert rescheduled / 12th Night postponed / Every kid in a park / Readers' corner / Lost & found / Inclement weather info / When to keep sick children home / Healthy habits /


Due to snow days, December 8’s issue did not get out on time. With more snow in the forecast, chances are this will be the last Falcon Flash until 2017! We’ll see you back on Tuesday, January 3. Have a happy, healthy winter break!


Presented by 5th to 8th grade

Wednesday, December 14
10:30 – 11:30am. Gym.

Family and friends are welcome!


Thursday, January 5, 2017
Matinee at 1:00 and evening performance at 6:00pm


Hey fourth graders! See America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free!

How it works:

  • Free for current 4th grade students with a valid Paper Voucher from the Every Kid in a Park web site.
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. At per-person fee areas, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.

How to get this pass:

  • Go to the Every Kid in a Park web site to get your Paper Voucher.
  • Visit a Forest Service office in the Pacific Northwest to exchange Paper Voucher for 4th Grade Pass.

Participating Sites:

Honored nationwide at all agency sites charging entrance or day use fees.

  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  • Forest Service (FS)
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service (US FWS)

More Information:

  • Call Outdoor Recreation Information Center at 1-800-270-7504


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!

Mrs. Venture has some suggestions for middle school children:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Bestselling author, Sherman Alexie, tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Illustrated by Ellen Forney with poignant drawings that reflect the character's art.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’ s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.
Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.

Find these books and more at your local library!

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.


The following items were found on campus. To claim, see Mrs. Marlatt with a full description.

  • Camera
  • Gold watch
  • Car key


Here are the ways to find out if CHPCS is open…

If North Clackamas is closed, delayed, or released early, so are we. You will receive an email from Mrs. Macy regarding weather events. Also, North Clackamas updates school closure information in the following locations IF there is a closure or delay.

  • Call the School Closure Hotline: 503-353-6020. This is available in English, Spanish, Russian, & Vietnamese. Updated by 6:30am if warranted.
  • Go to the Headlines section on the NC12 district web page,
  • Follow the district on Twitter (@nc12schools).
  • Become a Facebook friend of North Clackamas Schools and check Facebook in the early morning hours.
  • Go to to sign up to receive a text message.
  • 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'.
  • Check the news on radio or TV.



‘Tis the season for sneezes and sniffles. Deciding when to keep a sick child at home from school is not always easy. It’s important for children to attend school and for some parents staying home means missing work. But when a child is truly sick, they need to stay home in the care of an adult to get well and to prevent spreading illness to others.

Please keep the school office up to date with current phone numbers so you or an alternate contact can be reached if your child becomes ill or injured at school.

Note that children must be fever free (without fever reducing medication) and have no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. Also, children with symptoms like deep or uncontrollable coughing, or significant lack of energy belong at home even without a fever.

There are four general reasons to keep sick children at home:

  • The child is contagious to others.
  • The child does not feel well enough to participate comfortably in usual activities.
  • The child requires more care than school staff is able to provide without effecting the health and safety of other children.
  • The signs or symptoms are on the list for temporary exclusion.

This following list is not all inclusive and is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your health care provider. Our goal is to promote healthy environments for all students and staff. Thank you for your cooperation.



  • Temperature of 100 degrees or higher
  • Must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicines


  • Frequent loose or watery stools within last 24 hours
  • Must be symptom free for 24 hours without medicines


  • Within the last 24 hours
  • Until vomiting resolves or a healthcare provider decides it is not contagious
  • Especially if your child vomits before leaving for school in the morning


  • Severe uncontrolled coughing or wheezing that is uncomfortable to your child and/or disruptive to the learning process.
  • Rapid or difficulty breathing
  • In cases of asthma - if symptoms continue despite treatment.


  • Unusually tired or lacking sleep, pale, or irritable


  • Eye redness and/or itching with a fever, excessive drainage, discomfort or eye rubbing.


  • Ear pain and/or drainage from ear


  • Body or local rash especially with itching, red bumps, and/or discharge, unless it has been diagnosed as not contagious.

Sore Throat/Strep Throat:

  • Especially with fever, swollen neck glands and/or white areas on throat

Upper Respiratory Infections/Colds:

  • If your child has flu-like symptoms or discolored nasal drainage with or without any of the above signs or symptoms of illness.
  • Please allow 24 hours for all antibiotics to take effect


Please consult with your primary health care provider for questions about diagnosis, treatment, or concerns. If a child is having persistent dental pain, please contact a dentist. They will be able to give specific guidelines when it is safe and appropriate for your child to return to school.


  • The center of the burn is white or charred
  • Burn starts to look infected with pus, red streaks, and/or increased tenderness
  • Blisters that are greater than ½ inch in size

Cuts and Scrapes and Puncture Wounds:

  • Open wound that may need stitches should be checked and closed within 6 hours
  • Wound looks infected with redness, red streaks, swelling, fever and/or tenderness
  • Puncture wounds, especially if child does not have current tetanus vaccine

Head Injury/Concussion:

Contact a healthcare provider if:

  • Your child loses consciousness
  • Headache, Nausea/vomiting
  • Unequal pupils/blurred vision, double vision
  • Slurred speech/confusion/excessive drowsiness
  • Loss of muscle coordination, such as falling down, dizzy, walking strangely or staggering
  • Convulsions/seizures
  • Bleeding or discharge from ear/nose

Please note: each child exhibits different signs and symptoms and recovery times vary. For more information, see:

There is a helpful chart from the CDC on when to keep sick children home on the website. Go to: and click on “Illnesses.”


  • WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN with soap and water especially after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Alcohol‐based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to help prevent the spread of viruses.
  • Don’t share food, utensils, beverages, or anything that might be contaminated with germs.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home when sick, especially with flu‐like symptoms of fever and cough. Stay home for at least 24 hours after being fever free without the use of fever reducing medicine.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or elbow instead of your hands if you don’t have a tissue.

Teaching the hand washing habit early on is one of the best things you can do for your child’s health. Learn more at


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