Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of January 7, 2016

06 January 2016 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Important notice from Food ServicesNext Teacher Tea / Winter weather / Trial run for morning carline option / Oregon Food Bank Drive / Knitting club / BOB / Are schools open? / Community announcements

Important Information from Food Services to Middle School Users of Hot Lunch

Please read!

Dear Families of 6th, 7th and 8th Graders;

It has come to our attention that, due to a District Food Service department error, 6th, 7th and 8th graders who have been eating hot lunch have not been charged since the beginning of the school year.

This error is the fault of Food Service accounting and no back charges will be made to any account.

However, we have been asked to notify all 6th, 7th and 8th grade families that the situation will be rectified. As of this coming Monday, January 11, 2016, all middle school students who eat hot lunch will be charged properly according to their status (full price or reduced).

All accounts currently reflect the amount they started with at the beginning of September plus any funds you may have added since then. Please review your accounts at this time and make sure there are sufficient funds to cover future meals for your child(ren).

For your reference:


Please join us; we love to listen!

The next Teacher Tea will be hosted by Mrs. Ketel on Tuesday, January 12 at 8:00am. This is your chance to share ideas and ask questions.


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.

TRIAL RUN FOR MORNING CARLINE OPTION – An idea from our first Teacher Tea

Try it out and let us know what you think!

From January 6th to 14th, two options for morning drop-off will be available:

“Drop and Drive”

The front door will be open between 7:45 and 7:55 am, as usual.
Pull up in the loading/unloading zone, all the way to the tree,
Allow your child to safely exit on the curb side, 
Exit safely back out onto the road. Yield to traffic.

NEW!! “Park and Walk”

From 7:45 to 7:55 am, the SIDE DOOR (south wing) will also be opened. This option is for those who prefer to wait in the car until 7:45, or walk children to the door, or down to class.
This is for children being accompanied. Do not “Drop and Drive” at the south (side) entrance.
Park in the gravel lot.
Exercise caution when pulling out and yield to moving traffic and pedestrians.

Please remember…
Children arriving after 7:55 must be accompanied to the office.
Pull up all the way up to the tree for “Drop and Drive” to allow room for cars behind you.
Always yield to traffic and pedestrians.
DO NOT idle around the school at any time.
Do NOT park or leave car unattended in the loading zone during the regular school day.


Who will win the coveted Golden Can Award?

7th Grade’s next field trip will be to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank. It will mark the beginning of their Great Depression studies.

In conjunction with this unit, the class is collecting non-perishable food items to help struggling Oregon families. To increase the fun factor of this noble endeavor, the class that brings in the most food items will be rewarded with the coveted Golden Can. Maybe you noticed it outside the door of Mr. Currey’s winning class last year. Perhaps it will be your class that earns the Golden Can this year! Our last drive brought in a total of 380 pounds of food! Our goal this year is to hit the 400 pound mark!

Items will be collected directly from classrooms. If you have a donation too large or heavy for your child to carry, please contact Ms. Venture to make arrangements. Donations will be delivered to the Oregon Food Bank by the 7th grade class on January 28th. Please see below for the food banks requests and requirements.

Oregon Food Bank needs these nutritious foods:
Shelf-stable milk
Foods high in protein such as canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon) and canned or dried beans
Foods high in nutrients, such as canned fruits and vegetables (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced sugar)
Whole-grain foods such as brown rice, whole grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta
Soups, chilies and stews (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced fat)
100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
Unsaturated cooking oils
And other nutritious, “healthy-choice” foods (preferably with reduced fat, sodium and sugar)

To ensure food safety, Oregon Food Bank cannot use:
rusty or unlabeled cans
perishable items (applies only to food drive donations)
homemade items
noncommercial canned or packaged items
alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda
open or used items
expired items

PLEASE NOTE: If you donate glass products, box or bag them separately and label the box or bag "GLASS" on all sides.

Please contact Ms. Venture at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Thank you all for your support!


Knitting Club for grades 3-8 is in session!

Come to the Art Room on Thursdays during lunch and knit with Mrs. Haight. There is a sign up list on the Art Room door. Learn to knit or bring a project you are working on. If you have yarn and needles, bring them. If you need to borrow needles, Mrs. Haight can provide them. Just let her know in advance. Families still need to provide the yarn for special projects but we have donated yarn for learning!


BOB Official List and Information

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. Tuesday the official list of 29 books was released. 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 which BOB book they are reading. You are more than welcome to read it with them or even to them! 

FAQ about Battle of the Books

How are books chosen?

The Battle of the Book 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. Books are chosen which range from the lowest reading level participating to three years above the highest grade participating and include fiction and nonfiction, historical fiction, classics, sports fiction, animal fiction, adventure, and a biography. Another consideration is a balance between female and male characters and, if possible, a variety of cultural backgrounds. 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 two or three from the list that you are comfortable with and read those.

May 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. Children may have it read to them by an adult or older sibling, listen to it on tape, or read it themselves. They may watch the movie, but be careful; often the movie is not the same as the book. To help with reading, always turn on closed captioning when watching anything on the screen!

Official List

1. Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham 

2. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 

3. Holes by Louis Sachar 

4. The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch 

5. Emma by Jane Austen 

6. Stuart Little by E.B. White 

7. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh 

8. Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary 

9. Ecoviews Snakes, Snails, and Environmental Tales by Whit Gibbons and Anne R. Gibbons 

10. Freckle Juice by Judy Blume 

11. Elephant Run by Roland Smith 

12. The Skirt by Gary Soto 

13. The Boy on the Wooden Box How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List by Leon Leyson with Marilyn J.Harran & Elisabeth B. Leyson

14. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 

15. Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles 

16. Courage Has No Color-The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone 

17. Peace Warriors by Andrea Davis Pinkney 

18. The Wildlife Detectives How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature by Donna M. Jackson 

19. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 

20. Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh 

21. The Walk On by John Feinstein 

22. Frindle by Andrew Clements 

23. Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons, a Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson 

24. Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan 

25. How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills 

26. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull 

27. The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop 

28. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson 

29. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt


Ways to find out…

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. You will receive a text message through REMIND if you are subscribed. To join, text @fa0a2 to 971.252.3285. You may opt out at anytime.

7. Check the news:  

TV Channels:2, 6, 8 and 12

The following FM stations: 

KBVM 88.3

KOPB 91.5

KGON 92.3

KNRK 94.7 

KSND 95.1

KYCH 97.1

KUPL 98.7

KWJJ 99.5

KKRZ 100.3 

KUFO 101.1

KINK 101.9

KKCW 103.3

KRSK 105.1

KLTH 106.7

The following AM stations: 

KPOJ 620

KXL 750

KPAM 860

KWBY 940

KXPD 1040

KEX 1190

 What does the information mean?

School closure 

When schools are closed for a day due to an emergency, weather or safety factors, the school building will not be used for classes or activities, after school or evening events. Unless otherwise stated, all evening meetings and activities are cancelled.

Two-Hour Delay

Schools will be opened, but two hours late. THERE MAY BE A DELAY FOR SPECIFIC SCHOOLS OR FOR CERTAIN SCHOOL LEVELS (SUCH AS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ONLY). When there is a two-hour delay:
Staff members should report at regular times or as soon as they can arrive safely.
CHPCS doors will open at 9:45 and attendance will be taken at 10am.
There is no on site care for children before the doors open at 9:45.

Early Release

When schools must close early, classes are canceled and early transportation home will be necessary. Unless otherwise stated, all after school and evening meetings and activities are also cancelled.

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).


From La Salle High School:

La Salle is hosting an information night on Thursday, January 7, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (with an optional self-guided tour beginning at 6:30 p.m.) for anyone who might like to learn more about La Salle. It’s a much smaller event than Open House but will offer the same information. We will have some brief presentations on academics, student life, financial aid, our mission, and the admissions process and then there will be ample opportunity for families to talk with our administrators, athletic director, CFO, and look around the school. There will be a student party at the same time in our cafeteria so students will be able to find something fun to do with other 8th graders and our current student ambassadors. Our goal is to share our educational philosophy and goals and answer any questions people may have. With our application deadline coming up on January 15, this is another opportunity for people who missed the Open House to come and learn more about La Salle.

From Saturday Academy:

The Winter/Spring catalog has new classes to explore. In January alone there are dozens of options, including Crazy Creatures of the Deep Sea and Mystery Theater! Additionally, you can save 20% off of any class in January 2016 using the coupon code NEWYEAR2016. For full offerings click here.

In addition, don't forget that the ASE application is open! You could find out how technology and intelligent systems support our power system and local utilities in an Electric Utility System Protection and Automation Engineering internship at PGE's Avery Regional Service Center in Tualatin. Or, you could learn more about how DNA helps researchers understand forest ecosystems in a Genetics and Biotechnology Research in Forest Trees internship at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Neither of these pique your interest? Check out the full list of internships here.


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