Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of December 17, 2015

17 December 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Winter Showcase / Next Teacher Tea / Winter weather is upon us / Homework over breaks / Test drive idea for morning carline / Knitting club / Community resource


December 17th, 6:30pm
Camp Withycombe Auditorium
15300 Minuteman Way, Clackamas, OR 97015

Join us for an evening performance highlighting current units by all 9 classes. Our wonderful PTA has rented the auditorium at Camp Withycombe (same venue as the Auction) so that everyone will be in the same place and each class will perform just once.

Our evening performance begins at 6:30 PM. Family and friends may take their seats beginning at 6:10 while students make their way to the back of the auditorium where teachers will seat them. We are expecting a full house, so be there early for the best seats. Because Camp Withycombe is a military base, everyone 18 and over 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!

• Each class will be told what to wear. If in doubt, wear your school uniform.
• There will be a concession. All proceeds will go toward 8th grade’s end of year trip to Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival.
• Please take pictures or film from your seat or standing in the back of the room.
• Please silence your cell phone and all other noise making devices.
• In order to minimize interruptions to the performance, students will not be released until the end of the show.
• At the end of the performance, students will need to be picked up from their teacher.


The next Teacher Tea will be hosted by Mrs. Ketel on Tuesday, January 12 at 8:00am. This is your chance to share ideas, questions, or concerns. Please join us!


About school closures

To receive alerts about school closures, sign up for “Remind.” This service will send you a text to let you know about any school wide closure or emergency. To join, text @fa0a2 to 971.252.3285. You may opt out at anytime.

Alternately, you may monitor the local news or check the North Clackamas website and look in the Quick Links for “Are schools open?”
If North Clackamas is closed, so are we.

Cold weather recess policy

Our winter weather recess policy is posted at:

Bundle up!

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. As such, we do our best to ensure daily fresh air for students, following the policy outlined at the link above. Contact Mrs. Denman or your classroom teacher if you need help obtaining warm clothes or outerwear for your children. Mrs. Betty Munoz (grandparent of Eva in K) has kindly donated hats and gloves. Coats, boots or any other needs may also be available.

If you need an extra sweater or sweatshirt to keep warm in the classroom, visit our uniform exchange! All items are only $3 (make checks out to CHPCS-PTA). With many thanks to Mrs. Cram for keeping it so neat.


Opportunities for real world applications!

In addition to one night's worth of the "usual" evening homework, your Falcon can expect homework over the major breaks, including our upcoming winter break. This homework looks different, because its intent is for your child to practice applying some of the important work practiced at school in the real world. For example, "help bake something delicious" reinforces measurement (time, volume, etc.), reading, planning and organizing, and social skills (negotiating to lick the spoon). Similarly, "write thank-you notes" encourages students to practice their handwriting, IEW dress-ups, addressing an envelope, as well as the important social skill of expressing gratitude. 

This holiday homework is best done a little at a time, spread out over the whole break. This is preferred over cramming it all in on the Sunday before we return because it will be of a higher quality, it will be more meaningful for the student, and it helps children flex their academic skills a little each day, which is the best way to keep them strong.

We understand many families travel over long breaks, but we are confident that you will be able to complete the holiday homework with a little ingenuity.  Thank you for helping your children see that learning certainly doesn't happen only at school!


Take a test drive in January and let us know what you think!

Thanks to a great idea that came out of our first Teacher Tea, we will be trying something new for morning drop-off. From January 4 to 14, you will have an additional option to try for morning drop-off:

·         Loading zone drop off is still available: If you would like to drop off your child and then drive away, please pull up in the loading/unloading zone (all the way to the tree), allow your child to safely exit on the curb/passenger side, and then exit back out into the road. Your child will enter through the front door between 7:45 am and 8:00 am, like normal.

·         NEW! Morning access to side door is being tested: If you would like to sit in your car while you wait for 7:45, or if you would like to walk your child down to their classroom, please park in the gravel lot. From 7:45 am to 8:00 am, the SIDE DOOR (south wing) will be opened for families or children to enter. Exercise care when pulling out from the lot and yield to pedestrians and cars coming from car line.

Please be sure to…

·         Pull up all the way up to the tree when dropping off to allow room for cars behind you.

·         NOT idle or park in the loading/unloading zone at any time during the regular school day.

·         BE ALERT when pulling out from the gravel lot. Watch for other families walking to and from side door and cars coming from car line.


Knitting Club for grades 3-8 will be starting AFTER Christmas break. Come to the Art Room on Thursdays during lunch and knit with Mrs. Haight. Learn to knit or bring a project you are working on. If children have their own yarn and needles, they can bring them. But if they need to borrow needles, Mrs. Haight can provide them. Just let her know in advance (families still need to provide the yarn).


Mrs. Ketel’s blog has been missing from the list, so in case you have been looking for it, here it is!


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