Cascade Heights Public Charter School


JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with ID: 608

Falcon Flash: Week of Jan. 29, 2015

28 January 2015 Written by  

In this issue: Kindergarten Applications / Burgerville Fundraiser / Oregon Food Bank / Battle of the Books / Spring Auction / Board Updates / Science Fair Winners / Smarter Balanced State Testing


The deadline for applications for next year's Kindergarten class is fast approaching. All students (including siblings) must submit an application by Monday, March 2, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Applications may be downloaded ( or picked up at the office.

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 must submit an application. This includes siblings as well as in and out of district students. You may submit the application in person or send it via mail or courier. We do not accept fax or email submissions.

Any applications received after the deadline will be included in future lotteries.

The lottery for next year's Kindergarten class will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8:00 AM. The lottery is open to the public, but families do not need to attend and are not able to accept positions of enrollment at the drawing. Letters notifying families whether or not their child's name was drawn will be mailed by March 20, 2015.

Hardcopies of all documents required to accept the position must brought to the school by Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Families who accept will be given an enrollment and information packet at that time. Enrollment packets are due back at the Kindergarten Parent Orientation on April 21.

Failure to accept by the due date, or submit required documents will forfeit your child's position.

For the 26 Kindergarten openings for the 2015-16 kindergarten class the order of priority in the lottery is:

  1. siblings of current CHPCS students who have been enrolled for a full school year (“siblings”),
  2. students who reside within North Clackamas school district boundaries (“in-district”),
  3. students who do NOT reside within North Clackamas school district boundaries (“out of district”).

Notify Mrs. Marlatt personally if your child's application qualifies for the sibling lottery pool.

For more information: or contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2015 Important dates
Kindergarten children must be 5 years of age by: September 1
Deadline for all applications: March 2, 4:00pm
Lottery held: March 13, 8:00am
Notification letters mailed out: March 20
Acceptance documents due: April 13, 4:00pm
Kindergarten parent orientation meeting: April 21, 6:30- 7:30pm
Kindergarten camp: TBA (mid to late Aug)
Riggs training for parents (required): TBA (mid to late Aug)
Love and Logic parenting class (required): TBA (mid to late Aug)
First day of school (Kindergartners only-half day): Sep. 8, 8:00-11:30am



Family and Friends Dinner Night
Thursday, February 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
19119 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, Oregon

This is your chance to be served by our great group of 8th graders and help them raise money for their end of the year trip to Ashland, where they will tour a college campus and see some Shakespeare plays!!

Don't forget to invite ALL of your friends and family. The class will receive 10% of total sales!!!

It will be a fun evening and we can't wait to see you there!! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


A 7th Grade Service Project

Seventh grade is challenging the school to a food drive to benefit the Oregon Food Bank and will award the "Food Drive Trophy" to the class that brings in the most food by February 4th!

They will take our contributions of non perishable foods with them on their field trip to the Oregon Food Bank. See the list of needed foods here:


Important Dates:

March 2 – BOB battles begin.
March 12 – Final BOB battle at 2:30 pm. Spectators welcome!

Battle of the Books has begun and the official list of 29 books has been released!

Third through eighth grade will spend the next six weeks reading and strategizing before going head to head with the other classes in fast paced battles that test comprehension. Classes will work together to not only read these books, but master them. Because each student can answer only three questions per battle, it must be a team effort. Which class will come out on top? It's anyone's game at this point. Be sure to ask your student what BOB book they are reading. You are more than welcome to read it with them or even to them!

Here are some frequently asked questions about Battle of the Books at CHPCS:

How are books chosen?

The Battle of the Books list is chosen by a team of teachers and administrators. They review the National Librarian's Association recommendations, Newberry Medal winners, Caldecott Medal winners, and other notable award winners. From these lists they find books that range from the lowest reading level participating to 3 years above the highest grade participating. From there they ensure that we have fiction and nonfiction, historical fiction, classics, sports fiction, animal fiction, adventure, and a biography. The last consideration is a balance between female and male characters. The idea is to have at least one book in the list that appeals to every child participating.

What if I think a book is over my child's head or is inappropriate for them?

The beauty of Battle of the Books is that it is a team effort. No one child is expected to read every book. In fact, it's best if they don't read every book. Choose 2 or 3 from the list that you are OK with and read those.

Can my child listen to the book/watch the movie/have it read to them, etc.?

YES! The idea is for children to be exposed to literature and to understand the story. They can have it read to them by an adult or older sibling, listen to it on tape, or read it themselves. They can watch the movie, but be careful; often the movie is not the same as the book.


Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 6:30 in the evening
Camp Withycombe ~ Oregon National Guard Base
15300 SE Minuteman Way
Clackamas, OR 97015

We need every family to be part of this great event, both by soliciting donations, attending, and inviting guests. More information and downloadable documents, including sample solicitation letters, can be found here:

If you have questions, please email the PTA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or attend the upcoming PTA meeting on Wednesday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Thank you for making our auction a success!
CHPCS Auction Committee and PTA


Montessori Preschool at CHPCS

The Board reviewed the survey results regarding having a Montessori preschool at CHPCS and determined that there is enough interest to approve the next steps: developing a plan and budget.

Long Term IT Plan

The Board is in the process of reviewing a long term (5 year) plan for infrastructure, security and equipment replacement.


The Board confirmed its commitment to our school library project, including developing a plan to fund a part-time teacher/librarian.

Emergency Preparedness

The Board is developing a budget for the emergency preparedness plan at CHPCS and has hopes to partner with PTA on this important safety issue.


On 1/29/15, Grades 5-8 presented their science fair projects to judges from all over the Portland area. Congratulations to all our Falcons! The judges were extremely impressed by our students'projects, the depth of knowledge, their professionalism, nad the commitment of our school to science. We ALL learn and grow and we do not give up. After all, that is what science is all about!

A huge "thank you" to everyone who helped make the 2015 Cascade Heights Science Fair possible and for your continued support of the mission of Cascade Heights.

2015 Awards by Category
3rd — Kyler Pak "Smell vs. Taste"
2nd — Tim Arifdjanov "The Multitasking Myth"
1st — Malia Masterson "Is Hard Copy the Dinosaur of Comprehension?"
Physical Science
3rd — Meiling Masterson "Let's Wrap It Up"
2nd — Makana Stores "Do We Sacrifice Beauty?"
1st — Genae Vanek and Jenny Hansen "Polymer vs. Resin"
3rd — Gabe Agard "Pollution in the Water"
2nd — Kaleigh Nobel "Making Earth Green"
1st — Katherine Fisher "Fuel for Thought"
3rd — Helena Brinker "Trebuchet"
2nd — Jayden Stinson "Generating Electricity from Rain"
1st — Silas Peterson "Can It Keep Heat?"
3rd — Aniela Erbe "Sticky Feet"
2nd — Hunter Lehman and Lacey Gorsage "Is Sugar Really Worth It?"
2nd — Jaylen Booker "Fresh vs. Frozen"
1st — Akina Nakajima "Does playing the violin make your fingers longer?"


Here are some resources for understanding more about the new state benchmark tests that students in 3rd through 8th grade will take this spring. You will find more information, including links to practice test.

ODE Smarter Balanced Assessment pages

Oregon specific Smarter Balanced practice tests (sign in as Guest)

Smarter Balanced consortium website

ODE Common Core State Standards pages

Common Core State Standards website

Please visit our website at
Interested in volunteer opportunities? Click here! Or contact the volunteer coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Follow us on Facebook

Login Form