Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of March 23, 2017

23 March 2017 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue:  Spring forward technololgy fundraiser! / Yearbook needs your pictures / Spring music concert / Important information regarding school attendance  /  Reporting absences / Safe Oregon


Almost $1000 raised so far!

How it works:

  • Decide how many Jamba Juice discount cards you want.
  • Send in your order form with payment and specify whether your cards should be sent home with your children or held in the office for you to pick up.
  • Use each discount card to buy up to 8 medium smoothies for the discounted price of $3 each (normally $5 - $6). You also get a free small smoothie, a savings of over $20 per card.

Each Jamba Juice discount card is $10 and $5 goes directly back to our school! All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to upgrade our technology. As the school wins, so do students…

  • $10,000 raised = a laptop cart + 2 free dress days!
  • $20,000 raised = a laptop cart + smart boards + document cameras + 4 free dress days!

Order forms were sent home. They are also available in the office and classrooms. Donations in lieu of card purchases are welcome.

Everybody loves smoothies - please share with all your family and friends. Thank you for your support!


We are still in need of pictures, especially for:

  • 3rd grade
  • 4th grade
  • 6th grade
  • 8th grade
  • Art grade
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Family Reading Night
  • Jog-a-thon
  • Harvest Festival
  • lunch and recess time.

If you have any pictures to share with us, please send them to Mrs. Marlatt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 1st.

The yearbook is a celebration of all the amazing learning experiences that happen for your children here at Cascade Heights and a repository of memories for them to treasure as they grow up. Thank you for your help!


Save the date! Thursday April 13.
Afternoon matinee, 1:00 – 2:30pm.
Evening performance, 6:30 – 8:00pm.
CHPCS gym.

Our Spring Concert is quickly approaching! All classes, Kindergarten through 8th grade, will be performing. This is a special occasion and showcases the culmination of what your children have been learning this year in music class. All performances need an audience - don’t miss it!

More information on dress code, student arrival times, parking, etc. will be forthcoming.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Pridey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Research confirms: Showing up for class makes a difference.

Students can’t benefit from any school, especially Cascade Heights’ multi-sensory instruction and sequenced, rigorous curriculum, unless they are here.

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Clearly going to school regularly matters!

We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.

In addition, Oregon Law (ORS 339.065) requires regular attendance. Parents or guardians of a child who has not completed the twelfth grade are required to enroll the child and maintain the child in regular school attendance. Regular attendance as defined by Oregon Law is attendance that does not include more than eight (8) unexcused one-half day absences, or the equivalent, in any four (4) week period school is in session. Any student may be excused from attendance by the district school board for a period not to exceed five (5) days in a term of three months or not to exceed 10 days in any term of at least six months. Please be advised that failure to comply with Oregon’s compulsory attendance law is a Class “C” violation and may result in a compulsory attendance citation (up to $500.00) with final determination by a court.

Notifying the school of absences:

Please email Mrs. Marlatt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding absences. Please do not send these notifications to Director Macy. If you may notify your teacher and Mrs. Marlatt in the same email. We understand how hard it is to do multiple things when taking care of a sick child.


Cascade Heights is participating in the district’s initiative to end unsafe behaviors in schools. You will notice signs up around the school. Here's a link to the website If you would like to know more, read on!

A commitment to safety

The goal of SafeOregon is to prevent school safety threats from occurring by providing schools and communities with a relevant tool for reporting potential threats. Tips can be submitted in a variety of ways, including email, phone calls, text, our mobile app and our web portal.

All tips go immediately to a live tip line technician where operators respond to the tips and forward them to designated personnel who can provide further assistance in resolving reported incidents.

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