Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of June 2, 2016

02 June 2016 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Annual survey closes soon / Host families needed / BOGO book fair / CHPCS summer camps! / Annual "For the Love of Schools" fun run / Last PTA meeting / Resources on mosquito-borne disease / News from Saturday Academy / Be a super summer reader / PTA report /


(We want to know what you think. We really do!)

All SCHOOL LIBRARY BOOKS were DUE ON 6/1. Please return any outstanding items! Thank you!

5th GRADE PERFORMS “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Thursday, June 2, 6 pm, in the Gym. Don't miss it!


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There are just a few more days to take advantage of the opportunity to anonymously let us know what you really think! Surveys will close on Monday, June 6th at midnight. We ask every parent/guardian involved with their children’s education to participate.

Surveys only take a few minutes, and can be done on any computer with internet access. Computers are also set up by the office for your use. By sharing your honest thoughts, you help us ensure that your child’s time at Cascade Heights is enriching, fulfilling and the best preparation for high school and beyond. Thank you!


Host families still needed for 2 boys, July 11 to 22

This opportunity is open to all! The goal for the visiting students is English immersion. You do not have to be in the Chinese program or have any fluency in Mandarin to participate.

If your family is interested in this wonderful cultural exchange opportunity, email Wenny Laoshi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible even if you can't do both weeks.

For more information, go to:


Fair will be open until last day of school

Stock up for summer reading at the annual, much anticipated, Buy-One-Get-One-Free book fair. Your children have worked hard all year achieving reading goals. Help keep their skills this summer. Reading just five books over the summer prevents “summer slide.” In the Science Room.

  • June 2nd, & 6th: 7:30 – 9:30am and 2:30 – 4:30pm.
  • June 7th: 7:30am to 12:30pm.


REMINDER: Registrations are due by the last day of school: Tuesday, June 7th

The pdf Summer Camp issue of our Newsletter (2.96 MB) is available!

Complete information, including registration forms, can also be found on the After School Activities Board across from the gym or on our website:


Sunday, June 5th, beginning at 8am
Audi Wilsonville (26600 SW 95th Ave, Wilsonville OR, 97070)

Join us for our third year participating in the Tonkin Challenge Fun Run and raising money for our school. The Ron Tonkin dealership donates 100% of the proceeds to the school you choose! Be sure to indicate Cascade Heights Charter School when registering.

There is something for everyone with many different running/walking events to participate in as well as great food, fun games, and other activities. This is a great family event that not only promotes health and fitness, but also benefits your school. Hope to see you there!

Contact Mr. Weaver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find out more at:


The final PTA meeting of this school year will be held on June 7th (the last day of school) at 8am. Please join us!


Clackamas County Vector Control District (CCVCD) is now offering a free education program called “Mosquito School” for grades K-8. These educational materials are available for children and parents at


Receive $100 off

Eligible camps: CyberAcademy: Hacker Defense Training, Game Development Camp, Innovation Camp or Model UN Camp. To use, start your online application, click on Coupon Code and enter: NEWS2016. Subtract $100 off of the listed tuition and enter the final amount. (Coupon cannot be used retroactively or with another offer. Expires 06/04/2016)

STEAM Academy is Enrolling Now

Students entering grades 4 - 9 receive tutoring in math and language arts from graduate students at University of Portland for 2 hours, followed by lunch and a Saturday Academy class each day. The goal is to serve low-income students in need of additional academic support and to provide them with the opportunity to participate in hands-on, project-based STEAM classes throughout the summer. The cost is $25 per student for the five-week program and must be paid prior to the start date.
For more information, contact Heidi Venneri, their School-Based Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
To see what else SA is offering for summer fun and enrichment, go to and find information on financial aid at


Let's get started and read all summer!

Summer is quickly approaching! As you begin to schedule your summer plans, don't forget to incorporate reading. “Summer slide” refers to the literacy skills children lose over the summer months. Research shows that reading just a few books can help prevent the loss: 11 books for K through 3rd grade or 5 chapter books for 4th -8th grade. Here are some ideas to help.

Take the Summer Reading Pledge at Cascade Heights

Join our special Summer Reading Pledge program! To participate, each child keeps track of the books they read over the summer. Each grade has been provided a pre-set goal based on reading research. Every child who reaches their goal and returns their form will receive a free book at the beginning of the next school year!

To achieve their goal, they can read to themselves, aloud, to a sibling and even with a parent. The most important thing to remember is to read books at their level as well as books with interesting content. Find pledge forms here.  default K-3 Summer Reading Pledge Sheet (56 KB)   default 4-6 Summer Reading Pledge Sheet (57 KB)   default 7 Summer Reading Pledge Sheet (136 KB)

Join Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge

Sign up at

The program has many benefits:


• Read & log minutes all summer
• Unlock stories & earn rewards
• Enter for a chance to win Klutz books!
• Help your school be Best in State!


• Get your child reading more this summer
• Find free book lists and activities
• Questions? Ask the books experts!

Find a library program near you

Clackamas County Reading Programs

Multnomah Summer Reading Program

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program (*Earn a free book by participating)

Have a great summer and Happy Reading!

PTA Progress Report 2014/15 to 2015/16

The following report from the CHPCS-PTA was submitted recently to the board of directors. We would like to share it with you as well as publicly thank the PTA and especially the current PTA board for their dedication and hard work. As you will see in the following report, the students, staff, and families of Cascade Heights have all benefited by the PTA's generous support. Thank you PTA!!


For the past two school years, the PTA team has worked especially hard to raise funds for a variety of projects that would directly benefit our students and school community. This team put in many, many unseen volunteer hours to accomplish positive outcomes. For those who have joined PTA and attended meetings and events, volunteered for any events, donated time, money, or resources - we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This school community does wonderful things when people come together for the benefit of all our students, and embraces contributions, opinions, and skills from all.

During the past two school years, the PTA team has raised $92,463 with only two major fundraisers per year. We are quite proud of this accomplishment.

Funds have been used to directly enhance our school and better the educational experiences for our students. These funds have been utilized for the following:

  • Library books and furniture
  • Sound system for the gym
  • Tables for 6 classrooms
  • Refinished foreign language tables
  • Bonus field trips
  • Teacher stipends - $1,000 to each classroom teacher and specialist every year
  • Science Fairs
  • Vacuum for every classroom
  • Computer Lab (coming for 2016/17)
  • Lego Robotics
  • School Guard
  • Picnic tables
  • additional smaller items.

The PTA has been and continues to be transparent and shows publically how every penny is spent.

We encourage all families to join PTA and volunteer your time, talents, and positive energy - making CHPCS a school community we can all be proud of. Be a leader, contributor, and participant.

Best regards,

Your retiring 2014-2016 PTA Team:

Shonna Schroedl, Kaitlyn Brown, and Amy Dorr

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