Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of May 7, 2015

06 May 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

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


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!


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!

Book Fair would not happen without the dedicated volunteers who set up, run, and pack up the fair. Many thanks to Mrs. Zundel, Mrs. Langston and their team. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve Book Fair, contact Mrs. Denman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you want to feel vindicated about all those books you bought, see the article under “News You can Use.” Happy reading!


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
  • Kitten
  • Nights at the beach
  • AAA membership
  • Diamond necklace
  • Rifle package (won't be on site)
  • Photography
  • 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:
If you have any questions, please call Jena Novotny at 503-453-0725 or Kaitlyn Brown at 503-830-4233, PTA Co-Presidents.

Note: The Gala​ is an event for ​adults only, ​21 years and older​. An affordable childcare option will be available at the school. ​​"​Parents​'​ Night Out​,​​"​ ​group childcare for school-age children, will be open from​ ​6:00-10:00​ ​pm that ​evening​.​ For more information, see the attached flyer or contact Mr. Weaver: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We can't wait to see you there!!
CHPCS PTA Auction Committee


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:


Register your interest by May 20th!

At least 10 students will need to commit to make this trip happen. Please email Wenny Laoshi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 20th, 2015 if you are seriously interested in this opportunity. We will decide if we can move forward based on the number of students interested. A second planning meeting will be announced if it looks like there are enough participants.

Thank you again for your support of the Chinese program at Cascade Heights!!


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.

If you would prefer to provide input on a paper copy of this survey, contact:
Jonathan Fost
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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.


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!

Mrs. Waroff


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 )

Note: There will be computers available at the school for you to use to complete the survey.


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).
For more information about Parent Orientation or 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.


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.


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.

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


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.”

Read more:

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.

Read more:


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!

Call 503-558-9878 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to place your order ahead of time, or enjoy brunch at the cafe. Mention that you are from CHPCS when you come in on Sunday, May 10.

From Saturday Academy

Join us for a summer of exploration. We've developed several new camps and classes designed to inspire curiosity in new and unique ways. Check them out here:

  • 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:


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