Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of Mar. 12, 2015

12 March 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Director's Letter: Charter School Funding Equity Legislation Needs You / Auction Ticket Raffle / BOB Champs / Library Work Party / 2014-15 Yearbook Needs Pictures / Kindergarten Lottery / 2nd Annual Spring Cleaning / Spring Gala Dinner & Auction / School Policy: Absences & Tardies / College Savings Presentation / After School Activites


Please support funding equity for our school and all charter schools! If you have not already, write the House Education Committee supporting HB2771 and HB2772.

It is critical all board members, staff, and parents of Oregon’s 126 Public Charter Schools email the Oregon House Committee and ask that HB 2771 and HB 2772 be assigned a hearing and a work session.

In order to make any progress on funding equity for charter schools, the Chair of the Education Committee Representative Margaret Doherty needs to schedule HB 2771 and HB 2772 for a hearing and a work session. This will allow the public to testify and provide public comment on the importance of the bills. If the bills do not get a hearing and work session by the House Committee on Education, they will simply die.

Funding equity would result in approximately an additional $400,000 to our school every year.

The time is now! Please do it today!

Holly Denman, Founding Director


Raffle tickets on sale until 3:30pm on Thursday, March 19

Would you like a chance to win TWO tickets to attend the CHPCS Spring Gala Dinner, Live and Silent Auction on Saturday, May 9th?

One $5.00 raffle ticket will get you a chance to WIN a pair of tickets to attend our auction (a $60 value)! Auction tickets include admission to the event, dinner and non-alcoholic drinks.

Raffle tickets may be purchased Monday through Thursday either in the office from Mrs. Marlatt (7:45-3:30) OR in car line and walk up area from Mrs. Wrenn (3-3:30). The drawing will be at 3:45 pm on 3/19.


(drum roll, please!) 8th Grade! It was a close battle between 6th and 8th this morning but after all the excitement, 8th grade emerged victorious.

Congratulations to all our Falcons; every class did a fantastic job!


Saturday, March 14 - 9 to 1pm

We sure could use your help on Saturday! Lunch and childcare provided! RSVPs are needed so the organizers can plan for food and childcare providers. Please RSVP at SignUp Genius:

Contact Mrs. Rupert for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Our annual yearbook will be sent for publishing at the end of April. Mrs. Marlatt is currently collecting photos of all the amazing moments that will be immortalized in this year’s issue. Submit any pictures (high resolution, please) of field trips, classroom projects, evening events, Chinese exchange students, or anything else school related either by email or on a CD. Contact Mrs. Marlatt for more information.


Friday, March 13, 8:00am

The application deadline for the coming Kindergarten lottery has passed. Any applications for Kindergarten for 2015-16 will be included in future lotteries.

The lottery is open to the public, but attendance is not required and families will not be able to accept an offer of enrollment at the event. Notification letters will be mailed out by March 20 and acceptance documents are due by April 13, at 4:00pm. For more information: or contact: Mrs. Marlatt, Registrar


Save the date: Saturday, April 18, 9 to 4

A 1,000 thanks to those families who are able to help regularly with cleaning tasks at the school!

For those of you who do not have time during the week to help around the school, please join us at our 2nd Annual Spring Cleaning. Stay a few hours, or pack a picnic lunch and stay the day! We have 44,000 square feet of building and a BIG yard to clean, so there will be plenty of work to go around.

Last year was a great success and we hope even more families will participate this year. Many hands make light work. This is a great opportunity for children to take responsibility for caring for their environment and will count for those who need to complete service hours. More details to come. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Currey: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Saturday, May 9, 2015, 6:30 tp 9:30 pm

The 2015 CHPCS Spring Gala Dinner, Live and Silent Auction has a goal of raising $30,000 to assist with funding our school’s enrichment programs, including Physical Education, Art, Science, Music, World Languages and Library. CHPCS receives 48.8% of the funding per student that typical public schools receive and fundraises to fill the gap. For the 2014-15 school year, our primary fundraiser will be the Auction.

Some of the items in the Silent and Live auction, include: Disneyland tickets, Portland Thunder tickets, 2 nights at Yachats Inn, dinner for 8 with Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader, a birthday party at Voicebox Karaoke, Portland Trailblazers gift basket from Wells Fargo with a basketball signed by all of the Trailblazers, Forte Floral wine and gift basket, Fly Your Flag for Civil War Week, a diamond necklace from LaRog Jewelers - and much, much more.

Tickets are $35 each or $60 for two (21 and over, only).

We hope every family will be able to join us in this community fundraising activity. You can help by soliciting donations. Donations are still being accepted for any and all types of items for the silent and live auction. We hope you will also attend and invite family, friends and others as guests.

The handbook and other downloadable documents, including sample solicitation letters, can be found at

Beautiful, full size, color posters are available in the office. Put them up at work, local community boards, businesses you patronize, or anywhere else you can think of to help spread the word.

If you have questions, please email PTA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or attend the upcoming PTA meeting on Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm.

Thank you for making our auction a success!


Absences and Tardies

There seems confusion has arisen regarding school policy on absences and tardies. The following policy is taken from the Parent-Student Handbook and has not changed. While teachers appreciate contact from families regarding absences, it is the responsibility of parents to notify the office.


Please notify the front office (Mrs. Marlatt) via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone call (503.653.1850 x2) by 8:00 a.m. if your child will be absent that day. Missed work will be waiting for them upon return.

Absence due to vacation or other events is strongly discouraged. When students will be absent for reasons other than illness, parents are asked to inform the teacher at least two weeks in advance. Missed work will be waiting for them upon return.

For every day a student is absent, one day is allowed to make up work assigned during their absence. Work assigned prior to the absence and due during the absence becomes due the first day back in class. We ask that whenever possible, routine medical and dental appointments should be made during non-school hours.


At 8:00 a.m. all students should be at their desks, ready to learn. Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. are considered tardy and are required to be signed in by a parent or guardian or carpool driver to receive a pass for class.

Excessive absences or tardies will result in corrective action consistent with school and district policy, as well as Oregon Department of Education statutes. This may include: letters home to parents, home visits, or contacting Child Protective Services.


You’re invited!
Thursday, March 19, 6:30 PM
Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Whether your children or grandchildren are learning to crawl or learning to drive, you can help make a college education a reality. Join us for our college savings presentation as we discuss:

  • Questions to consider as you establish a college savings goal
  • Strategies to help you reach your goal
  • Features and benefits of various education savings plans

Presentation by: Jesse B Layton, Financial Advisor
4111 SE Division Street
Portland, OR 97202

Spring After School Activities

Starts Monday, April 6th
Mondays (3:45-4:45)
7 weeks ($60)
K-4th grade
Mrs. Erbe
All Proceeds will go to School Emergency Preparedness

Homework Club
Starts Monday, March 30th
Monday-Thursday (3:45-4:45)
10 weeks ($175 total, $5/day)
K-8th grade

Starts Monday, March 30th
Mondays (3:45-4:45)
4 weeks ($40)
K-8th grade
Mr. Weaver

Starts Monday, April 27th
Mondays (3:45-4:45)
4 weeks ($40)
K-8th grade
Mr. Weaver

Magic the Gathering
Starts Tuesday, March 31st
Tuesdays and Thursdays (3:45-4:45)
10 weeks ($60 total, $3/day)
K-8th grade
Mrs. Venture

Improv Troupe
Starts April 1st
Wednesdays (3:45-4:45)
4 Weeks- April 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th ($30)
5th-8th grade
Mr. Vieira

Fitness Club
Starts Wednesday, April 1st
Wednesdays (3:45-4:45)
5 weeks ($40)
Grades K-5
Miss Devlin

Chinese Club
Starts Tuesday, March 31st and Thursday, April 2nd
Tuesdays (3:45-4:45): 1st-4th grade
Thursdays (3:45-4:45); 5-8th grade
10 weeks ($80, $8/day)
Miss Tina

Summer Camps

Summer Spelling Camp
August 3rd - August 21st
3 weeks ($350)
Monday - Friday (8:00 - 12:00)
Mrs. Adams

More summer camps coming soon!

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