Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of May 21, 2015

21 May 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Falcon Week / Annual Perception Surveys Spring Music Concerts /  Charter School Funding Equity / Library Work Party / 2015-16 Kindergarten Class / Fun Run Fundraiser / ODE Focus Groups / Health Alert / Summer Reading Challenge / Summer Camps / PTA Announces New Board / Community Events


For sponsoring a great Falcon Week!

The Adopt-a-Falcon campaign raised $288. Third grade won the privilege of naming our CHPCS Falcon adopted from the Nation Wildlife Foundation.

It was exciting to see all the sports, books and blankets, super heros and buddy class activities on campus during the week. Go Falcons!


Let us hear your voice

For the last 8 years we have listened to parents and students through this survey. Here are some actions taken the last two years because of your suggestions:

  • Science Fair - increase Science time
  • Art history and Art program - refine and strengthen
  • Increase support for Talented and Gifted
  • Homework time evaluation
  • Volunteer help in the office
  • Auction - PTA fundraiser instead of breakfast
  • Increased janitorial

Just follow the link to the Parent Perception Survey and fill out the form; it should take less than 10 minutes.

Last day to participate is May 21. Thank you!


K-4 on May 21 and 5-8 on 28

The students are excited that our Spring Concerts are almost here! We are looking forward to seeing all of you in the audience!

K-4 Performance: Thursday, May 21 - 6:30pm @ Cascade Heights Gymnasium
Arrival Time: Students will gather by class in the gym at 6:15pm.

6-8 Performance: Thursday, May 28 - 6:30pm @ Cascade Heights Gymnasium
Arrival Time: Students will gather by ensemble at 6:15pm as follows:

  • 5/6 Orchestra - Library
  • 5/6 Band - Science Room
  • 7/8 Orchestra - Art Room
  • 7/8 Band - Music Room

Dress Code: Concerts are a very special occasion. Children always perform better and sing more confidently when they know they look the part! Please see the guidelines below:

  • Girls - Dress pants and blouse or dresses are acceptable. Shoulders must be covered and dresses must reach knee length. Clean uniforms are also acceptable.
  • Boys - Dress slacks and a collared shirt are acceptable. Ties are welcome but not required. Clean uniforms are also acceptable.

Parking: Please arrive early to assure a parking space. If you need handicap access, enter at the breezeway doors (north side, by the dumpsters) and ring the bell on the intercom. That entrance has a ramp to the gym level.

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


No one can do this for us; only we can do this for us

After the initial momentum, Senate bill 819 is currently languishing in committee. This legislation, which would require all sponsors of charter schools to transfer federal, state, and local moneys to public charter schools on the same basis as moneys are transferred to traditional public schools, would mean approximately $400,000 in additional funds for Cascade Heights, annually!

Our Charter School leaders have been working tirelessly​,​ meeting with all our Senators and Representatives and politicians are taking notice. We have a senator on the Committee who is sympathetic to our cause and co-sponsored this bill. Now is the time. Let's not let up until every single charter school student gets the funding they deserve! ​Here is what you can do​:​

1. Contact your Legislators. If you have already contacted the Legislators in the district in which you live, focus your efforts on the Senators and Representatives on the Ways and Means Subcommittee On Education​. Find a list of these committee members​ here:

Remember that Senator Roblan is the co-sponsor of this bill and is on this committee. It would be great if you and your children took the time to write him a thank you letter for sponsoring this bill (with the understanding we already have his support). He is being a strong advocate for our cause.

Legislators need to hear from charter school parents, staff, and board members how important this issue is to us. Here are some "talking points" you can use when writing/contacting Legislators. But remember, use your own words and stories. That makes our advocacy efforts much more powerful.

Senate Bill 819:

  • is about equity; students in public charter schools are as valuable and as worthy of our public investment as students in other traditional public schools.
  • charter schools receive up to $5,000 less per student in public funding than their district-run school counterparts but are expected to achieve at the same level.
  • would NOT require any new revenue; it would shift about 1% of the statewide K-12 budget to fund charter school students at an equitable level.
  • would ensure that students in public charter schools receive 95% of all local, federal and state funds.
  • would enable us to attract and retain excellent educators, have safer, more comfortable facilities and would allow us to better invest in our students’ overall education.

2. Be ready to go to Salem. We are not sure the date of the next hearing on our bill and these things happen fast. We will keep you posted and hopefully get enough advanced notice that would allow everyone to attend the hearing. We want to pack the room, the hall and the steps of the capital with parents and supporters.

You can follow the bill here:

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


Please join us Saturday, May 30th, 9am - 1pm

Thanks to everyone who has helped with our library project; we are getting very close to opening. It is now time to label the picture books and the NON-Fiction books. Training is provided and so is lunch and child care. "Many hands make light work;" parents, friends, middle school students, high school students, grandparents… everyone is welcome! The children ask everyday, "when will the library be open?"

RSVP so we know how many to plan for for lunch and child care:

We would love to open the library for one day a week during the summer. What do you think? Let us know:

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


Mark your calendars!

Come to Kindergarten Camp: August 24-27, 8:30 to noon

This camp is not required but is highly recommended.
(Download flyer:

For more information about Kindergarten Camp , contact Mrs. Ketel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Riggs Training for Parents (required): August 25, choose am or pm*

Love & Logic Parenting Class (required): August 27, choose am or pm*

* Both Riggs Training and Love & Logic are required classes. Two sessions are offered for each class: 8:30-10:30am OR 6:30-8:30pm. Choose one (morning or evening) for Riggs Training and one (morning or evening) for Love & Logic Training. If you did not sign up at the Parent Orientation Meeting, or need more information regarding these classes, please contact Mrs. Denman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


And raises your cardio fitness, too!

Date: June 7, 2015, Time TBA
Location: Audi Wilsonville, Wilsonville OR, 97070

  • 5K Run/Walk ($37)
  • 10K Run/Walk ($47)
  • Kids 5K ($16) (14 and under)
  • Kids 10K ($16) (14 and under)
  • ½ Marathon ($57)

The Tonkin Family of Dealerships is putting on their 4th Annual For the Love of Schools Race on June 7th, 2015 to raise money for local schools. Each registrant chooses the particular school they wish their entry fee dollars to support. 100% of your entry fee will go toward your school!

You can register online or via registration form. Hard copies of the registration form have been sent home. You can fill the form out and send it in yourself, or bring it back, with payment, to the school and we can send it in for you. The registration deadline is June 5th, 2015. We have included a box on the back of the form already checked for Cascade Heights Public Charter School.

If you would like to "Honor a Teacher" here at CHPCS, you can find the forms on the After School Activities Bulletin Board. You can find extra registration forms here, too.

If you would like to register online, to make sure 100% of your entry fee goes to Cascade Heights, please follow the registration procedure below:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “2015 Online Race Registration”
  3. Click on “Register”
  4. Choose your event, then “next”
  5. Log in or join Athlete Path
  6. Enter Registration Information:
    • In field for Select a School, select “Share the Love”
    • In Comment box, type in “Cascade Heights Public Charter School”
      (This is the most important step to ensure that 100% of the money comes back to CHPCS.)
  7. Enter payment information
  8. Place order

We are also looking for some volunteers for the event. If you are willing to help out at the event, please let Mr. Weaver know. Thank you so much for your continued support, Cascade Heights families!

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Mr. Weaver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


As part of their Smarter Balanced assessment feedback collection efforts, the Oregon Department of Education will be conducting focus groups with students to learn more about their experiences with our new state tests.

They need 5-7 students from the same grade per focus group. Each focus group will last roughly 30-60 minutes. Since the few days we have left in the school year at Cascade Heights are so full, students would need to be willing to stay after school to participate.

If you are willing/interested in having your child participate in this endeavor, please contact Mrs. Dietch by Tuesday, May 26: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If we have enough students from a given grade, we will set up a meeting time with the contact person at ODE.


So wash those hands regularly!

Several cases of pinkeye (conjunctivitis) have been reported at the school. It is highly contagious but easily contained with good hygiene, especially regular hand washing. If you need a refresher about prevention, symptoms, and treatment, go to:


Power Up and Read!

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge 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. More information will be available at our upcoming music concerts. Mrs. Denman has set a goal to read 100 books this summer. Join her in reading for the world record!


Whether for fun or enrichment, there is something for everyone!

CHPCS Summer Camps

Spelling Camp
August 3rd - August 21st
3 weeks ($350.00)
8:00 - 12:00
CHPCS (8th grade classroom)
Mrs. Adams (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Arts, Crafts, Literacy and Games Camp
August 24th - August 27th
1 week ($80.00)
8:30 - 12:00
1st - 4th Grade
Mrs. Ketel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Frog and Toad Camp
June 22nd - June 26th
1 week ($80.00)
9:00 - 12:00
K - 2nd Grade
North Clackamas Park
Miss King (503) 830-4249

Cooking Camp
August 17th - 21st
1 week ($100.00, siblings are $95.00)
12:30 - 3:30pm
K - 8th Grade
Ms. Devlin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Download flyer:

North Clackamas Summer Camps

Summer Art Academy
July 6-9th AND July 13-16th
2 weeks ($120.00)
9:00 - 11:30
Happy Valley Elementary School
Linde Westling (503) 353-6040
Download flyer:

YMCA Summer Camps

Classes and registration instructions can be found at:

Registration forms are attached or pick up a hard-copy on the After School Activities bulletin board next to the Science Lab. Many camps need a minimum number of students, so please get your registration forms in early!

More camps are coming, including World Peace Game, so please keep checking your e-mail, looking at the website, and reading Falcon Flash.

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


The CHPCS PTA would like to announce it's new board members and roles for the 2015/16 school year. The first meeting of the new school year is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2nd, time TBD.

  • Kaitlyn Brown: Co president
  • Shonna Schroedl: Co president
  • Taylor Wrenn: Vice president
  • Amy Dorr: Treasurer
  • Donna Higgins: Membership
  • Debbie Biller: Secretary
  • Mrs. Barrett: Teacher Liaison

Many thanks to our current board members for a fabulous and successful year! Our final meeting for the 2014/15 school year will be on June 9th at 8 a.m. in the Zip Room.

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


Support the “LOVE MY REFLECTION” Campaign

The Love My Reflection Campaign was started by the Destination ImagiNation team from North Clackamas/Cascade Heights and they invite you to join them for their final fundraiser of the school year!

  • Who: Genae Vanek, Avery Burn, Andrea Reeves
  • Where: Burgerville in Gladstone on McLoughlin
  • When: May 27th starting at 5pm
  • Why: Burgerville will donate 10 percent of all proceeds to the campaign
  • Why else: A chance to support our students, alumni, and a great cause.

Their mission is to help develop positive self-esteem and body images in middle school girls by engaging in peer to peer interaction and giving out mirrors with encouraging statements written on them.

The campaign has been very successful. Because of the outpouring of support and interest, the LMR project has been in several online publications, created a website, been on Australian and local Oregon TV, was invited to participate at Girls World Expo, and is working on becoming a non-profit. They are currently developing a national campaign to partner with other girls, schools, and organizations to distribute mirrors and all the materials needed for a successful, local peer to peer campaign. See more at:


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