Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of December 3, 2015

03 December 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Come to our first Teacher Tea! / Host family still needed for Chinese exchange student / Winter Showcase / Winter weather is coming / December menu updated / Knitting club / Saturday Academy


December 8th from 8 to 8:30 am, in the Library

The staff of Cascade Heights cordially invites you to join us in the Library for the first monthly Teacher Tea. This first tea will be hosted by Mrs. Adams. Subsequent Teacher Teas will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00am. This is your chance to share ideas, questions, or concerns. We look forward to working with you!


January 25-30

CHPCS will host 16 students from our sister school in Suzhou, China in January. We still need one additional family to host one boy. Please contact Wenny Laoshi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in this opportunity. Your children do not have to be in the Chinese program to participate.

See the November 12th issue of Falcon Flash for additional information. If you have other questions, please email Wenny Laoshi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


December 17th, 6:30pm
Camp Withcombe Auditorium

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. 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.

Camp Withycombe Address: 15300 Minuteman Way, Clackamas, OR 97015


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!

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.

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.


The UPDATED December lunch menu is posted at


Knitting Club for grades 3-8 will be starting AFTER Christmas break. Come to the Art Studio 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. If they need to borrow needles, Mrs. Haight can provide them. Just let her know in advance (families still need to provide the yarn).


Winter/spring classes, plus information sessions for summer internships for 9-11th grade

As the colder weather hits Portland, it's that time of the year for the Winter/Spring catalog. There are lots of new exciting classes to explore. Check out the Winter Break offerings such as DIY Holidays: Light it Up! And 3D Printing! For the full offerings, go to:

In addition, Information Sessions are starting for ASE internships and the application is open. To find out more, sign up for our ASE Mailing List. If you know a 9-11th grader that is interested in a summer internship in science or engineering, encourage them to check out the Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering page.


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