Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of Mar. 5, 2015

04 March 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Director's Letter: Manners in March / Charter Funding Equity Legislation Needs You / Family Reading Night & BOB / Library Work Party / 2014-15 Yearbook Needs Pictures / Kindergarten Lottery / Welcome Mrs. Haight / 2nd Annual Spring Cleaning / Spring Gala Dinner & Auction / Spring Ahead on Sunday


At Cascade Heights, it is the" Mannerly Month of March"   and we are reminding students about the importance of manners.  When children recieve a consistent message from home and school it is effective.

We believe that you are the primary educator of your child, and we are here to partner with you. Even though it may seem like your children spend most of their life at school, the reality is that there are only 1110 hours in our school year. Assuming children sleep 10 hours a night, that leaves 4000 hours when children are awake, but not in school to model and influence good manners. Some manners are essential in a group and easy to practice that way; but some are more difficult to practice in a large setting. For example, dining is a very big part of manners but when children eat at school, it is very different than eating at home around the dinner table where proper courtesy is readily modeled and enforced.

Each day in March, we will be focusing on a different aspect of manners:

Here is an excellent .pdf with a comprehensive list of manners you can expect from your child. Choose one or two at home, encourage and expect them until they become second nature, then add another one or two.

Find ways your family can celebrate mastery of manners: a fancy meal at home to practice and show off manners (invite a family friend or Grandma to make it even more special), a visit to a new restaurant, attendance at a "grown up" affair to show off introduction and handshaking, etc. When you get a compliment on your children's behavior and manners, be sure to pass it along to them: deserved praise goes a long way.

You might also address WHY we have and practice manners: to ensure that others are comfortable.  It is a way of being courteous, considerate, and welcoming. When others feel comfortable and welcomed, they are also more likely to feel safe.

Our time spent on manners helps us meet our mission: to inspire the social, emotional, academic, physical, personal, and ethical growth of children, to prepare them to be members of a global society, and to partner with parents who share the same mission. Manners are essential to moving with comfort and confidence in any society.

Please join us in celebrating the Mannerly Month of March!


Holly Denman
Founding Director


Please support HB2771 and HB2772!!

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.

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

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

The time is now! Please do it today!

(Check your email for a letter from Mrs. Denman with more details.)


This Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00

Remember to sign up for BOTH sessions:


Results of the daily battles can be tracked on the BOB board by the gym. Who are you cheering for?!?


Saturday, March 14 - 9 to 1pm

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


It is our pleasure to introduce Mrs. Lisa Haight as our K-4 Art teacher! Mrs. Haight comes to us with many years of teaching art to children. Her philosophy is all about exploration: exposing students to a wide variety of artists and styles and then having them try their hand at creation. She will also be supporting Mr. Harrel and Mrs. Allen in 5-8 Art, as needed.

If you have a chance, stop by the Art Studio on a Tuesday to welcome her and see the exciting work your young artists are doing.


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!

If you are like many families at Cascade who love our school, but don't have money or time during the week to show that love, join us in giving back 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 at 6:30 in the evening

This event, spearheaded by the PTA, will be our main fundraiser of the year. Tickets will be on sale soon: $35 per person or $60 per couple (over 21 only).

We hope every family will be able to join us in this community fundraising activity. You can help by soliciting donations of items to be auctioned (all items large and small are welcome). 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 Please read over the Auction Handbook to see how we can all join together to support our students at CHPCS!

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, March 11 at 6:30 pm.

Thank you for making our auction a success!


It’s that time of year when we “lose” an hour. It throws us all off, but please remember that the littlest people in our lives seem to take the longest to adjust. Be patient, be kind, and make sure they get enough sleep!


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