Cascade Heights Public Charter School


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Falcon Flash: Week of Feb. 19, 2015

19 February 2015 Written by  

In this issue: Calling All Kindys / Spring Gala Dinner & Auction /  Favorite Teacher Contest / Family Reading Night / 2nd Annual Spring Cleaning / / 8th Grade Night @ RPHS


WHAT: Information and Q&A on Oregon’s New State Tests
WHERE: Gladstone HS auditorium (access through the Fine Arts / Technology entrance at 18800 Portland Ave, Gladstone)
WHEN: February 24 – 6:30 PM

Curious about our new state tests? Education leaders at the state and local level will discuss Oregon’s transition to the Smarter Balanced assessments in English and math. Come to learn more about:

  • DIFFERENCES between our previous state tests and the new Smarter Balanced assessments.
  • What higher standards and more challenging state tests MEAN FOR OUR STUDENTS.
  • How parents can SUPPORT THEIR STUDENTS and schools during this transition.

Spanish and ASL translation services will be available.
Please call 503-655-2777 to sign-up for LIMITED childcare. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED for childcare due to limited space.


Applications due Monday, March 2, 2015 at 4:00 PM

All children turning 5 years of age on or prior to Sept. 1, 2015 who wish to attend Kindergarten at CHCPS for the 2015-16 school year mustsubmit an application. This includes siblings as well as in and out of district students.

Applications may be downloaded from our website or picked up at the office. You may submit the application in person or send it via mail or courier. Applications are not accepted by fax or email.

For more information see our website at or contact Mrs. Marlatt, Registrar, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 6:30 in the evening

This event, spearheaded by the PTA, will be our main fundraiser of the year. Tickets will be on sale soon: $35 per person or $60 per couple (over 21 only).

We hope every family will be able to join us in this community fundraising activity. You can help by soliciting donations of items to be auctioned (all items large and small are welcome). We hope you will also attend and invite family, friends and others as guests.

The handbook and other downloadable documents, including sample solicitation letters, can be found at Please read over the Auction Handbook to see how we can all join together to support our students at CHPCS!

Beautiful, full size, color posters will be available in the office starting March 2nd. Put them up at work, local community boards, businesses you patronize, or anywhere else you can think of to help spread the word.

If you have questions, please email PTA or attend the upcoming PTA meeting on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 pm.

Thank you for making our auction a success!


Entries are due by Sunday, March 1st

Every year, Barnes & Noble holds a contest to celebrate the amazing work that teachers do. Students in Middle and High school may write an essay, poem or thank you letter about their favorite teacher. Entries are due by March 1st.

A panel of local judges selects the Local Favorite Teacher. The winner from each local store receives a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift card and is submitted to the Regional contest. The winner from that level is sent to the National My Favorite Teacher Contest, and the National Favorite Teacher receives $5,000 for themselves and $5,000 for their school.

The local winner will be honored at Clackamas Town Center Barnes and Noble’s award ceremony on April 16th as a part of their Spring Educator Appreciation.

The entry form for students is here:

You may submit your entry to Mrs. Denman by Thursday, February 26, who will send them all to the Clackamas store, or you can deliver it to the store by the deadline.


March 5, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00

Online sign ups for Family Reading Night are live! To sign up, visit:

If you have multiple children who will be attending the same session, please sign up for multiple spots. Sessions will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so please sign up early. (Green Eggs and Ham is always very popular!) Once a session is full, it will be closed. After your form is turned in, either electronically or hard copy, you will receive an email confirming your selections or letting you know the session was full. Feel free to contact Mrs. Adams with any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Family Reading Night is a free CHPCS community event of literacy fun! Each classroom teacher will be reading a fabulous favorite book and leading a fun project for families to enjoy together. This night is NOT just for primary students and middle school students are encouraged to attend.

New this year! We will be holding a teacher vs studentBattle of the Books at 7:30. Students (3rd – 8th grade) may sign up by the gym to be on the student team.


Save the date: Saturday, April 18, 9 to 4

If you are like many families at Cascade, you love our school, but don't have money or time during the week to show that love. Please join us in giving back as we spruce up the inside and outside of our school. Stay a few hours, or pack a picnic lunch and stay the day! We have 44,000 square feet of building and a BIG yard to clean, so there will be plenty of work to go around.

Last year was a great success and we hope even more families will participate this year. Many hands make light work. This is a great opportunity for children to take responsibility for caring for their environment and will count for those who need to complete service hours. More details to come. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Currey: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sign up for online access for lunch money accounts

Parents who are interested in having balance updates for lunch money should sign up for the service. Online access allows families to have complete control and overview of student accounts.

With MySchoolBucks, you can add money to your child's account, view account balances and recent purchases, and set up notifications for upcoming payments from the convenience of your home, office, or on-the-go with the mobile app. Myschoolbucks is the preferred method for adding currency and balance tracking.

If you need your child’s account number, it is the same as the student ID and can be found on your child's progress report.


Monday, March 2, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Cascade Heights 8th grade students and families are invited to attend Rex Putnam’s annual 8th Grade Night.

Come anytime between 6:30 and 8:00 pm to learn more about the classes, special programs, athletics, and activities available at RPHS. Counselors will be stationed in the computer labs to answer questions and to help families make forecasting choices.


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