Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of January 14, 2016

14 January 2016 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: "Park and Walk" survey / Oregon Food Bank food drive / Student led conferences / Alumni survey / Science Fair attire guidleines / NHS offers tutoring / Research on attention capacity / Winter weather advice

"PARK & WALK" MORNING CARLINE OPTION – An idea from our first Teacher Tea

The survey is up. Let us know what you think!

From January 6th to 14th, we tried a new option for morning drop-off, “Park and Walk,” at the side (south) door. We are now eager to hear how this idea worked for everyone. There is a (very) short survey up at:

Please take a moment to complete it, whether you used “Park and Walk” or not. It will be valuable to know how this impacted everyone during morning car line. Your input is greatly appreciated!


Who will win the Golden Can Award?

Don’t forget that 7th Grade is sponsoring an all-school food drive to help struggling Oregon families. The class that brings in the most food items will be rewarded with the coveted Golden Can Award. Items will be delivered to the Oregon Food Bank on January 28th when 7th Grade goes to volunteer. See our website for a list of items they can and cannot take. If you have a donation too large or heavy for your child to carry to their classroom, or have any questions, please contact Ms. Venture at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thank you for your support!


Friday, February 5th, 9 am to noon and 1 to 3 pm

Come and see what your Falcon has been learning! Students will have portfolios of work and reflections to share with you. Teachers will be on hand for quick questions or clarification. Classrooms will be open during times above; no appointment necessary. Specialists will also be available during those times.


Please pass this on to any graduates that you know!

It's been 10 years since we first opened the doors at Cascade Heights. Our accreditation team wants to know about our alumni. How are they doing? Where did they go? How prepared were they to succeed in high school and beyond? So we need your help. Below you will find a link to a survey monkey survey. It is only 6 questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete. If you would please take the survey and pass it on to other alumni it would be very helpful. We are hoping for a minimum of 100 results, so please, take just a moment!


Easy to read graphics. No confusion, no arguments :-)

This is required for the upcoming science fair but is helpful information for any formal situation.

Download "What to Wear" PDF


Cascade Heights National Honor Society members are offering tutoring support. Please fill out the CHPCS TUTORING REQUEST FORM at the link below and submit it to your child's teacher.

Additionally, any students capable and interested in tutoring other students may contact Mr. Vieira with their availability: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



More voices promoting the benefits of reading, singing and active play

 Several articles have made news lately about activities which either negatively or positively impact the development of attention capacity. The short version is: less time spent with electronic devices or sitting still, and more reading, singing and active play. At Cascade Heights, we think this is just common sense but love to see science vindicate our mission. If you want information on the research backing it up, read on!

Excerpt: “… overstimulating the developing brain in the first years of life will condition it to expect high levels of input and will lead to shorter attention spans later. We have found that exposure to rapidly paced television programs in the first 3 years of life increases the risk of attentional deficits at school age. We also found that cognitive stimulation during that same period in terms of reading, singing, and playing with children decreases the risk of attentional deficits. Simply put, there are things that we can do for children that maximize their genetic potential. Unfortunately, we are not doing them. The typical preschool child today watches about 4 hours of television per day (note that this study predated touchscreens and apps), meaning they spend about 30% of their waking hours in front of a screen. Whether this alone accounts for the rise we are seeing in attention-deficit/hyperactivity spectrum disorder is unknown, but surely we can do better.”

Excerpt: “Play with electronic toys is associated with decreased quantity and quality of language input compared with play with books or traditional toys. To promote early language development, play with electronic toys should be discouraged. Traditional toys may be a valuable alternative for parent-infant play time if book reading is not a preferred activity.”

Excerpt: “The findings… 'demonstrate a causal effect of a physical program on executive control, and provide support for physical activity for improving childhood cognition and brain health.' If it seems odd that this is something that still needs support, that's because it is odd, yes. Physical activity is clearly a high, high-yield investment for all kids, but especially those attentive or hyperactive. This brand of research is still published and written about as though it were a novel finding, in part because exercise programs for kids remain underfunded and under prioritized in many school curricula, even though exercise is clearly integral to maximizing the utility of time spent in class.”

Excerpt: “… those of us raising and teaching children can't afford to wait years for the final evidence to come in. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics plans to update its guidelines on media use later this year. Current recommendations are to avoid all screens for children under 2, and to allow a maximum of two hours per day of high-quality material for older children.”


Looking for the list or more info?

Mrs. Adams’ blog is the definitive source:

You may also reference the article on BOB in a prior issue of Falcon Flash on the website:


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! With many thanks to Mrs. Cram for keeping it so neat. Contact Mrs. Denman or your classroom teacher if you need help obtaining warm outerwear for your children. Mrs. Betty Munoz (grandparent of Eva in K) has kindly donated hats and gloves in all colors and sizes. Coats, boots, or any other needs may also be available.


When North Clackamas is closed or delayed, so are we.

North Clackamas provides school closure information in the following locations. (If schools are open as scheduled, these locations will not be updated.) 

 1. Call the School Closure Hotline: 503-353-6020. This is available in English, Spanish, Russian, & Vietnamese. This will be updated by 6:30 a.m. IF there is a school closure or delay.

2. Go to the Headlines section on the school district web page, This will be updated if there is a closure or delay.

3. Follow the district Twitter page (@nc12schools).

4. Become a Facebook friend of North Clackamas Schools and check Facebook in the early morning hours.

5. Go to to sign up to receive a text message.

6. Check the news on radio or TV.

CHPCS also has REMIND. You will receive a text message through REMIND if you are subscribed. To join, text @fa0a2 to 971.252.3285.

 Our most important consideration is the safety of all families. We draw families from a wide area and we understand local situations can be very different so if you ever believe it is not safe for you to drive to school you are welcome to make a family decision to keep your child home, or wait for additional time until the roads in your area are clear. If inclement weather is threatening, you may also decide to pick your child up early, even if school has not announced early release. In any of these circumstances, please remember to stay in communication with Mrs. Marlatt in the main office (503-659-5593).


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