Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of March 10, 2016

10 March 2016 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Super Readers Club / Kindergarten lottery / Car line safety / Parking complaints / Call for year book photos / Remember eye glasses & Box Tops / MS vs Staff basketball game / We <3 volunteers / NON & Wax Museum / PTA Spring Gala / Summer camps / Community news: Saturday Academy, Trackers, ODE community forums on ESSA


Note time adjustment: Every day from 3:00 to 3:15pm

Cascade Heights is looking for volunteers to visit our new library and listen to one of our wonderful Falcons read a book to them. Readers will be awaiting your arrival in the library at 3:00pm and will return to class at 3:15pm. Please join us any day that works for you!

Super Reader Club is one way we can offer children the opportunity to read a free choice book out loud. More opportunities to read are more opportunities to improve skills and gain confidence.

“…reading transforms the lives of individuals – whatever their social circumstances. Regular reading not only boosts the likelihood of an individual’s academic and economic success… The statistics confirm: Books change lives.” (Gioia 2007)


The lottery will be held on March 11 at 7:45 am in the office

The kindergarten lottery process for 2016-17 is open to the public. Attendance is not required. All families will receive a letter advising of their status (accepted or wait-listed) after the lottery. We look forward to welcoming the 2029 class of Falcons!


Laws regarding traffic patrols

During afternoon carline, it is IMPERATIVE that people wanting to cross the street at the front of car line WAIT until cars are stopped by the staff acting as traffic patrol. While pedestrians using crosswalks normally have the right of way, Oregon law states that if a traffic patrol is issuing instructions, they shall be followed and right of way will only apply once the traffic patrol has granted it. A traffic patrol is “one or more individuals appointed by the principal of a public, private or parochial school to protect pupils in their crossing of streets or highways or by cautioning vehicle operators.” (ORS 339.650). This keeps everyone safe. Thank you for your cooperation!


We have heard many complaints from Falcon families about safety problems created by a local business’ trucks. If you have witnessed this or other safety issues and wish to take action, call the Clackamas County Sheriff non-emergency line (503.655.8211) to report violations and to ask for increased patrols during peak times 7:45-8:00 & 2:45-3:40.

Please be aware that local businesses and neighbors also complain about us! Parking on the corner, facing the wrong direction, blocking a crosswalk (marked or unmarked) and double-parking are illegal. Crossing the street between cars is not only illegal, it is dangerous. We hope to be welcome in the area for years to come! Show respect to our neighbors, each other, and consideration for the safety of the children – PLEASE park and drive with courtesy.


Please send pictures for the yearbook by Friday, March 11, 2016. If you chaperoned a trip, helped at school, or attended an event and have some candid photos suitable for our 10th anniversary yearbook, please share them! Tag them with the grade, date, and name of event and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The year book is only as good as the pictures Falcon families send in so please take a moment to help. Thank you!


Every contribution counts

Collection containers are in the office and classrooms. Spread the word to your family and friends. Grandparents are often great Box Tops collectors. Thank you for your support.


March 17th , 6:30 - 8:00pm in the CHPCS gym

Tickets are $1/person.
There will be snacks, raffle, and prizes.
Don’t miss it!


... and appreciate your patience :-)

Thank you so very much to everyone who has volunteered at Cascade Heights this year and all past years. We would like to thank you for being patient with our system this year. There were some problems with a required update, but it is fixed. All should now be able to register and login in to do the video training. Please go to and follow “Step #3.”

The HelpCounter program on the sign-in computer in the office has also been updated. If you sign in and get a message that your background check has expired, please speak with Mrs. Marlatt or Miss Bunch. They will advise you what piece is missing to complete your background check and can update help counter immediately once the steps are completed.


Save the date: Thursday, April 28th at Camp Withycombe

This is a highlight of our school year and the culmination of major history projects for 4th (Oregon Wax Museum), 6th, 7th and 8th grades (Night of the Notables). Please plan on joining us - the children will be excited to share their hard work with you!


Saturday, May 7th at Camp Withycombe

We are quickly approaching the PTA Spring Gala. The auction page on the school's website is a helpful resource:

Please check it out if you would like to learn more. Also, if you are able to procure any items, this is where you will find the documents needed for donations. Thank you for your help!


Summer camp offerings will be posted soon

We are putting together an exciting roster of classes designed to keep your Falcons happy and learning after school lets out. Whether you want enrichment, academic help, or just something fun to fill the long lazy days of summer, there will be something for everyone.

If there is something in particular you would like to see on campus this summer, let us know!

Community News


Saturday Academy provides adventures for the curious with hands-on classes & camps for students in grades 2 – 12 in a variety of topics. They are committed to making it possible for all interested students to participate in their enrichment program regardless of circumstances through their financial aid program. They also offer free vouchers for Native American students. Spring break and summer camps, classes for after school, weekends and in-service days are available for a wide array of interests: arts, humanities, sciences, test prep, and more. Find more information at:


Trackers Earth offers camps and outdoor programs for all ages that provide innovative education in nature connection and authentic outdoor skills. Camps and classes include outdoor skills, wild plants, archery, restoration, and much more. Their stated purpose is to create a village of connection to the land, accountability, common sense, and limitless enthusiasm.

Scholarship applications for summer 2016 camps will be accepted through March 15, 2016. Scholarship recipients will be notified of awards via email by April 1, 2016.

Note that scholarship applications do not guarantee a place in a summer camp program. To reserve a space in the program of your choice, consider signing up for a monthly payment plans. Payment plans may be adjusted at a later date if your family is awarded a scholarship. Find more information:


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) represents a significant change from prior law. It returns a great deal of autonomy and authority to states to develop local systems that improve outcomes for students. We have a chance to communicate with our school district and community about Oregon’s ESSA State Plan. The community is invited to Reimagine Education in Oregon with Deputy Superintendent Salam Noor.

This is the first time in our knowledge that Superintendent Noor, or any superintendent, has done community forums. These community forums will be held regionally across Oregon using a town hall format.

It so happens the first meeting will be held right in our neighborhood! Be informed: March 31, 2016 at 6pm at the Wichita Center for Children and Families in Clackamas. Please read here for more information:


ODE’s ESSA webpage:
U.S. Department of Education ESSA webpage:
Council of Chief State School Officers ESSA webpage:
ESSA Full Text:

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