Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of May 18, 2017

18 May 2017 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: PTA year end BBQ / Schedule for the last day of school / June lunch menu / Get ready for summer reading! /


Monday, June 5th, 3:30- 6pm. School grounds.

Please join us for our last Falcon family event of the year! PTA will provide hotdogs, gardenburgers, and chips. Slips to RSVP were sent home in planners - please respond so the chefs have a head count. No admission fee - donations accepted.

Thank you for your support in 2016-17!

 If you did not receive an RSVP form, you may download it here:  pdf 2017 PTA BBQ (46 KB)


The last day of school is Tuesday, June 6th, 2017.

8:00am to 11:30am for ALL students .

  • 9:30 to 11:00am - The highlight of the morning will be the Annual USO Show, presented by 7th Grade. Gym.
  • 11:30am - Dismissal time for ALL students
  • 12 noon. - Campus closes to students, families, visitors, and staff.
  • 6:30pm - 8th Grade Promotion in the Gym.


You can always find a link to the current menu on the home page of our website in a box labeled School Lunch Menu. Click on the link and the menu will download to your device.

  • When on the desktop site, look right under the main photo, along the left side.
  • If you are on a mobile device, scroll about two thirds of the way down the home page to find it.

pdf June 2017 Lunch Menu (832 KB)


Many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice during the summer months. Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing.

There are many ways to keep children engaged in reading this summer. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Ask your librarian for suggestions. Children love to read series books. By the last book, they are good "friends" and are looking for more.
  • Many libraries have summer reading programs. Check out the one nearest you!
  • Audiobooks! Use these in the car, in the evening, or at breakfast. If you are not such a good reader yourself, engaging audiobooks will be an inspiration. Again, ask your librarian for appropriate ideas.
  • Use the "five finger test" to tell if a book is too difficult. Open to any page on the book and begin reading. Count the number of words you can't read. If you get to five, the book is too difficult!
  • Did you know President Nixon gave every family in America a free reading machine?! When he signed the "Closed caption law" requiring television and movies to add subtitles, televisions became the most powerful reading tools in history, yet most of us never use it. For a child learning to read, write, and spell English, closed caption subtitles are a must! Try it!
  • Read out loud to your children every single day. Children can listen four years above their reading level which helps build vocabulary, fluency and content knowledge.

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be--
I had a Mother who read to me.

More resources:

Check out the “Let’s raise readers” video at and get inspired to stock up for your summer reading adventures.

Join the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This is a free online program designed to motivate and excite your children to read this summer. Children can log the minutes they spend reading, play games, earn virtual rewards, and enter sweepstakes, all on a safe child friendly website you and your children can use together. Parents can find age-appropriate activities, resources, tips & articles, and reading lists. Take a reading adventure this summer!

Articles with ideas for staving off boredom:

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