Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of January 21, 2016

21 January 2016 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: "Park and Walk" is a go / Science Fair open house / Oregon Food Bank food drive / Student led conferences / Alumni survey / NHS offers tutoring / Thank our volunteers for the sparkle / Kindy application deadline approaches / Subscribe to Falcon Flash email / Research on attention capacity / BOB resources


Feedback was very positive so “Park and Walk” is here to stay. From 7:45 to 7:55 am, the SIDE DOOR (door to south wing) will be open for those who prefer to wait in the car until 7:45, or walk children to the door, or down to class. Please remember…

•             This is for children being accompanied. Do not “Drop and Drive” at the south (side) door.
•             Park in the gravel lot or in a legal street spot.
•             Children arriving after 7:55 must be accompanied into the office by an adult. If you pull up and the doors are closed, please park and come into the office via the front doors.
•             DO NOT idle around the school at any time. The exhaust from idling cars is harmful to our children and our planet.


Thursday, 3:45 to 5:30, in the Gym

We invite you to celebrate the success of our scientific scholars! All projects will be set up for viewing so you can appreciate all the hard work that went into them and the excellent questions that CHPCS students explored. Parents and students are welcome to view the projects from 3:45 until 5:30pm. (Children must be accompanied.) Please come in and look around; we promise you'll be impressed with the quality of work. Don't forget your passport!

Note: The gym will be closed to the public all day Friday for judging.


One week left to see who wins the Golden Can!

You have all been so generous with your food donations! Here are the three leading classes in the running for the Golden Can: Kindi – 212, 4th – 159 and 3rd – 79. We have one week to go so there is still plenty of time for the lead to change. Help your class win! Thank you for supporting 7th grade’s food drive. (Note: Items will be delivered to the Oregon Food Bank on January 28th when 7th Gr. goes to volunteer. See the link on the front pade of our website for a list of items they can and cannot take.

Student Led Conferences ARE COMING

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.

Alumni Survey

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 survey link. 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!


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.


Through Mrs. Biller’s advocacy, a team of volunteers from her work place, Pacific Furnishings Northwest, were on campus to clean over the MLK long weekend. Many thanks to Mrs. Biller and her team!


Application deadline: March 3 at 4 pm

Please note that siblings of current CHPCS students must submit an application by the 4 pm deadline on March 3, like all other families. Children must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2016. Applications are available in the office or online. If more than 26 siblings apply, a lottery will be held on March 11 at 7:45 am, in the office. All lotteries are open to the public; however, attendance is not required to be eligible for acceptance and families will not be able to accept the offer for enrollment at the lottery. Letters with required forrms and directions on accepting will be sent to those whose names are drawn. Deadline for acceptance is March 28 at 4pm.


Subscribe to receive each new issue as an email

For those of you who view Falcon Flash on the website, did you know you can subscribe to receive each new issue, hot off the press, as an email? Due to anti-spam laws, it is up to you to subscribe to this service. Go to the home page and follow the "Subscribe to Falcon Flash" link in the bottom right hand corner.


Thank you to our host families!

Falcons again have the opportunity to meet and study with students and teachers from Suzhou Experimental Elementary School (SEES) the week of January 25, 2016. From Tuesday to Thursday, these students will be coming to our school and learning with our students. Thank you to the families who have offered to host our guests, providing transportation, housing, meals and cultural experiences for them. Also, many thanks to Wenny Liaosi for her tireless efforts in arranging this excellent opportunity for Cascade Heights students to practice speaking Chinese with native speakers and for Chinese students to practice their English and enjoy our part of the world. Please join us in making them feel welcome.


Leap Day, Monday, February 29, 2016
McMenamin's on Sunnyside

PTA's next Family Night out is on Leap Day, Monday, February 29, 2016 at McMenamin's on Sunnyside. They will donate 50% of the sales to CHPCS PTA after 5pm! Watch for more info to come!


Saturday, May 7, 2016
6:00 pm
Camp Withycombe

This is the main fundraiser of the year for CHPCS-PTA. Tickets will be available for sale soon!

There will be childcare available with Mr. Weaver and Miss King at school. Pizza and snacks will be provided to the children participating.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2016 PTA Spring Auction, sponsorship information is available at

If you are able to help send donation requests to businesses, PTA would really appreciate it! Before contacting anyone, please check the ongoing list of businesses already contacted. You may find the list at

Current list of donors:
Oaks Amusement Park
Ruhl Bee
Big A** Sandwiches
Guardian Games
Vine Gogh
Happy Valley Station
Pie Box
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Killer Burger
Oregon Symphony
Arthur Miller Dance Academy
Menchies, Clackamas



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 a prior issue of Falcon Flash that published the same information:

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