In this issue: NON & Wax Museum / Thank You for Supporting Book Fair / CHPCS PTA Spring Gala Dinner & Auction / Library Work Parties / China Trip 2016 / District World Language Survey / Falcon Sprirt Week / Spring Music Concerts / Annual Perception Survey / 2015-16 Kindergarten Class / Campus Safety / Charter School Funding Equity / News You Can Use / Community Events
NIGHT OF THE NOTABLES AND OREGON WAX MUSEUM
Thursday, May 7th, 5:45 and 6:30 pm
This is a highlight of our school year and the culmination of major history projects for 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Please join us starting at 5:45 pm. The children are excited to share their hard work with you!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!
Spring Book Fair gets everyone reading
$2551 worth of books went into the hands of our children and teachers received every book on their wish lists for their classroom libraries. Also, many people made extra donations towards our school library!
If you want to feel vindicated about all those books you bought, see the article under “News You can Use.” Happy reading!
CHPCS PTA SPRING GALA DINNER, LIVE & SILENT AUCTION
Saturday, May 9th at 6:30pm
We are excited about our CHPCS PTA Spring Gala Dinner and Auction on Saturday, May 9th! This is such a great opportunity to show off our community to your friends and family members while sharing a meal and having fun with our school family! We have procured some awesome items and great services, such as:
- Multiple hotel nights
- American Girl "Grace" doll
- Multiple spots for a football camp featuring four U of O players
- Phelps Creek Vineyard private tour and tasting
- Nights at the beach
- AAA membership
- Diamond necklace
- Rifle package (won't be on site)
- Signed Blazer basketball
- Two Chinese class series at PSU
- Winterhawks tickets
There will be MANY auction items perfect for children and family fun like OMSI tickets, Cinnamon Bear Cruise, and local memberships! Also, don't forget those coveted classroom projects our children have worked so hard on. They have all turned out amazing!
If you are interested in volunteering, go to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080B4FAEAA29A13-2015/12051271
If you have any questions, please call Jena Novotny at 503-453-0725 or Kaitlyn Brown at 503-830-4233, PTA Co-Presidents.
We can't wait to see you there!!
CHPCS PTA Auction Committee
LIBRARY WORK PARTIES
May 16th and 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. We will have two Saturday labelling parties in May, on the 16th and 30th, from 9am - 1pm. Training is provided and so is lunch and child care! If you have either or both dates available, please join us. "Many hands make light work!" We also welcome middle school students, high school students, and grandparents! The children ask everyday "when will the library be open?"
Please sign up so we know how many to plan for for lunch and child care:
SPRING BREAK IN CHINA, 2016
Register your interest by May 20th!
Thank you again for your support of the Chinese program at Cascade Heights!!
MORE NEWS ON THE WORLD LANGUAGE FRONT
District seeking input from families. Survey closes May 8th.
If you would like your students to continue their Mandarin language learning in one of North Clackamas School District's high schools PLEASE take the time to complete this World Languages Survey that the District is using to determine which world languages they should/will offer.
This is your opportunity to let the District know that this important to you and your family.
The district will base their decision on whether to offer this by how BIG of a response they get from this survey! There are links for Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Simplified Chinese versions of this survey. If the district started offering Chinese in the high schools, your children could continue their World Language studies.
The deadline is May 8th. Please click this link to access the survey. This is also posted on the District's facebook page. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZQ5JTF8
If you would prefer to provide input on a paper copy of this survey, contact:
FALCON SPIRIT WEEK
Brought to you by CHPCS National Honor Society
May 11 to 14: Adopt-a-Falcon
Bring in your pennies! We’ll be collecting change all week for Adopt-a-Falcon. Donations help the National Wildlife Foundation in its efforts to protect and recover the wild places that sustain wildlife. The class that donates the most change will get the honor of naming our CHPCS Falcon!
Monday, May 11: Hobby Day
Do you play a sport or have a favorite activity outside of school? Wear something that represents your hobby over your uniform on this day.
Tuesday, May 12: Buddies Day
All classes will spend time with their buddies and do a special activity with them!
Wednesday, May 13: Read-on-the-Green Day
Bring a blanket and a good book! Classes will spend time reading outside on the field.
Thursday, May 14: Superhero Day
Be your own Superhero! Create a super-persona for the day. (No Superman, Batman, etc. - be original and creative!) Need help making a costume? NHS students will be on hand on Wednesday afternoon from 3:45 to 4:45 with extra supplies to assist in costume creating.
SPRING MUSIC CONCERTS
Save the dates!
The students are so excited that our Spring Concerts are coming up! Each class has been working very hard on their portion of the concert. I think they are all sounding fantastic and I am impressed with their musicality! Please read the details below for information about our program:
K-4 Performance: Thursday, May 21 - 6:30pm @ Cascade Heights Gym
Arrival Time: Students will gather by class in the gym at 6:15pm.
6-8 Performance: Thursday, May 28 - 6:30pm @ Cascade Heights Gym
Arrival Time: Students will gather by ensemble at 6:15pm in the following rooms:
5/6 Orchestra - Library
5/6 Band - Science Room
7/8 Orchestra - Art Room
7/8 Band - Music Room
Information for both concerts:
Dress Code: Concerts are a very special occasion. Children will 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. Uniforms are also acceptable.
- Boys - Dress slacks and a collared shirt are acceptable. Ties are welcome but not required. Uniforms are also acceptable.
Parking: Please arrive early to assure a parking space. If you need handicap access please park at the breezeway entrance and ring the bell to get to the ramp.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding our upcoming performances. Thank you for your support of your child's musical endeavors. I am looking forward to seeing all of you in the audience in a couple of weeks!
ANNUAL PERCEPTION SURVEYS
We want to know what you think. We really do!
(But we need to hear it from you by May 21)
“We do not act differently from what we value, believe, or perceive.” Every year, we give students, staff, and parents a chance to anonymously share perceptions, both negative and positive, about the school. Trends that emerge from these honest responses help us understand what we are doing well and where we need to improve. Please take the time to share your feedback through these surveys.
Students will be given time in school to complete the survey. For parents, the link is below. We ask that all parents/guardians of students at Cascade Heights complete a parent survey. Thank you for helping us with our Continuous School Improvement efforts!
PARENT SURVEY (Please complete by Thursday, May 21 ) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OR_EFF_PAR_NCSD_CascadeHghts
Note: There will be computers available at the school for you to use to complete the survey.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR NEW KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES
Mark your calendars!
Come to Kindergarten Camp: August 24-27, 8:30 to noon
This camp is not required but is highly recommended (see attached flyer).
Riggs Training for Parents (required): August 25, choose am or pm*
Love & Logic Parenting Class (required): August 27, choose am or pm*
Keeping children safe is our highest priority
Please remember that the school grounds are a public park. During school hours, the school has exclusive use, but not every member of the public is aware of that and there have been instances of strangers on the grounds during the school day. Staff are very vigilant when supervising children outside during school hours. We are allowed, and do not hesitate, to ask people who are not here for school related reasons to leave.
After school is out the situation changes and the public has full access to the grounds. Please be vigilant when you are on campus during non-school hours (i.e. before 7:45, after 3:30 or any time on a day school is not in session, even if there are school related activities happening). Make sure your children are aware that, during those times, other people on the grounds are “strangers” and not related to the school. And never leave them unattended.
LEGISLATION FOR CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING EQUITY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
Senate Bill 819 Scheduled for Public Hearing
This senate bill would require school districts or other 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. This would mean approximately $400,000 in additional funds for Cascade Heights, annually!
To get involved, write your legislators and attend the public hearings. Legislators need to hear from charter school parents, staff, and board members how important this issue is to us.
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Bedtime stories DO aid reading, brain tests show
Parents have long been urged to read bedtime stories to their little ones to help them grow into voracious readers. And now for the first time, scientists have found medical proof that the old advice really does work. A study has found that reading to toddlers provides a 'meaningful, measurable' boost to their brain development.
Study author Dr John Hutton, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Centre in the US, said the pre-school years are 'critical' in brain development. He added: “We are excited to show, for the first time, that reading exposure during the critical stage of development prior to kindergarten seems to have a meaningful, measurable impact on how a child's brain processes stories and may help predict reading success.”
Class size matters a lot, research shows
A new review of the major research that has been conducted on class size by Northwestern University Associate Professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and published by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder makes clear that class size matters, and it matters a lot. Schanzanbach, an associate professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern and chair of the Institute for Policy Research’s Program on Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies, writes in the review:
Considering the body of research as a whole, the following policy recommendations emerge: Class size is an important determinant of student outcomes, and one that can be directly determined by policy. All else being equal, increasing class sizes will harm student outcomes.
Mothers’ Day Deal for CHPCS Moms
Petite Patisserie in the Happy Valley Town Center is offering CHPCS families a 10% discount on Mothers' Day brunch - also breakfast in bed curbside pick up is available!
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- CyberAcademy - In our expanding cyber world nothing is secure, only well-protected. Dive into the world of cyber security! Tour the FBI's Data Center.
- NASA Camp: Astrophysics - Explore the frontiers of astronomy and physics with hands-on explorations that will take beyond the blue horizon. Visit PSU's NASA Ground Station and Dryden Drop Tower facility.
- Game Development Camp - Design, program and beta-test your own video games. Learn the basics of Java programming as you explore Minecraft's open worlds.
- And more including: I Object! Kid Lawyer Camp, Great Gads, Goats! and Physics of Rock Climbing.
Visit their website for a complete list and other information: http://www.saturdayacademy.org/