Cascade Heights Public Charter School


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Falcon Flash: Week of Nov. 20, 2014

20 November 2014 Written by  

In this issue: Fall Concert / Cold Weather / Winter Outdoor Recess / Website Updates / Student Absences / Birthday FUN-draiser

Dear Falcon Families,

For the benefit of new families and a refresher for our seasoned families, here are a few reminders about our school board meetings:

We are the only independent charter school in North Clackamas School District. This means we have a contract (charter) to operate with a certain level of autonomy, but we also have a high level of accountability.

We are registered as a non profit 501(c)3 organization (your donations are tax deductible) but we are ALSO a government entity which receives some tax dollars for operation (approximately 41% of every dollar that traditional schools in North Clackamas receive). We follow the laws for having a separate Board of Directors and that board has regular meetings to oversee the governance of the school and support the Director in carrying out the mission and vision of the school.

While we are not required to notify everyone via email regarding our board meeting agendas, dates and times, we are required to give "reasonable notice" to interested parties for general meetings and at least 24 hours notice for executive meetings.

Our website has all the information posted.

Meetings are open to the public. If you have comments you would like to make at the board meeting, our board Chairman, Jesse Layton is happy to receive a note from you in advance This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It is not necessary, but it is helpful in scheduling the length of the meeting.

Our board meetings are generally the third Monday of each month. IF the third Monday is a holiday, our meetings are moved to the next available Monday.

Our current meeting is posted on our website:

Holly Denman, Founding Director


TONIGHT AT 6:00 PM ~ Combined Fall Concert Featuring K-4 and 5-8

Schedule of events:

5:45pm: K-4 students gather in their respective classrooms by grade level. Please keep your K-4 child’s coat with you, as they will not be returning to their classrooms at the conclusion of the concert. 5-8 students who arrive at this time should go to their classrooms as noted below (not gym).

6:00pm: K-4 concert begins.

6:15pm: 5-8 students ned arrive by 6:15 at the latest if they did not come with younger siblings. Late arrivals, please enter through the side door by the art room. Upon arrival, gather in the following rooms to tune and leave cases and coats.

  • 5/6 Band: Mrs. Hans – 5th grade room
  • 5/6 Orchestra: Mr. Vieira – 6th grade room
  • 7/8 Band: Mrs. Adams – 8th grade room
  • 7/8 Orchestra: Ms. Venture – 7th grade room

Parents who come at this time may gather in the cafeteria until the K-4 concert is over (please do not enter gym until Intermission if you arrive after 6pm).

6:30pm (approximately): K-4 concert concludes. There will be a brief intermission while K-4 performers are dismissed directly to their parents in gym and families arriving for 5-8 concert are seated. Families of K-4 students are welcome to stay for the second half of the concert, or may choose to leave at this time. If you plan to stay, pleasedo not “save” seats for your K-4 child as we need all of them for adult audience members! Children may sit up front on the floor, sit on a lap, etc.

6:45pm (approximately): 5-8 instrumental concert begins. At the end of the concert, 5-8 students will return to the classrooms to get their cases and coats.

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. For handicap access, park at the breezeway entrance and ring the bell to get to the ramp.

It has been a delight working with your children to prepare for this performance, and I am excited for them to share their music with you. If you have any questions, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your support!


School closures, late starts, or early releases

CASCADE HEIGHTS FOLLOWS NORTH CLACKAMAS CLOSURES FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER. To determine whether schools are affected by weather, call the NC12 School Closure Hotline 503.353.6020 or visit Are Schools Open? on the NC12 website.

Another resource is to sign up for “Remind” (formerly “Remind 101”). Mrs. Denman uses Remind ONLY for emergent or urgent school messages. To receive emergency messages from the school via text, simply text @faØa2 to (971)252-3285. There is also an email version. You can opt out at any time and all personal information is protected.

An additional benefit to Remind is that you will get timely messages and updates that are CHPCS specific, such as a CHPCS closure or early release due to power outage, local emergency, etc. For more information, see or the posters around the school.

Winter Outdoor Recess Policy

It does get chilly in our part of the country, and students and families need to be prepared for it. Teachers will use the following guidelines and their own best judgment in ensuring your child is safe and relatively comfortable during the cold months of the year. You can do your part by sending your children to school with the following: coat, warm hat, gloves or mittens, scarf (ideal), warm shoes and socks. If you are unable to acquire the basics, please contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Denman.

Students need fresh air daily, and it helps reduce illness (being cooped up in a room with recycled air is the best way to spread germs), a bad case of the wiggles, and sleepy brains. Therefore, we do our best to ensure daily fresh air for students, in spite of inclement weather, following the policy outlined below.

This policy was drafted taking into account average activity level, average recess time, and average regional temperatures for Portland, OR, and are based on actual air temperatures (no wind chill factor).

41°F and above:
Children will eat outdoors and may make the choice about coats, etc. for outdoor activity.
Normal outdoor recess.

40°F and below:
Eating (snack and lunch) will occur indoors.
Teachers will require the wearing of coats for outdoor activity.
Normal outdoor recess

35°F and below
Eating (snack and lunch) will occur indoors.
Teachers will require the wearing of a hat and gloves/mittens in addition to coats for outdoor activity.
Students without appropriate outerwear will not participate in the activity.
Normal outdoor recess.

All of the above plus shortened outdoor recess (5 to 10 minutes).

18°F and below
All of the above plus indoor recess.

What you can do to ensure your child's comfort and health with the above policy:

  • Send them to school with a coat, hat, mittens/gloves, and scarf.
  • Teach them how to zip or button their coats, put on mittens, tie hoods, etc.
  • Tell them they must wear the coat, hat, mittens/gloves, and scarf.
  • Send them with plenty of quality-calorie food for snack and lunch, as well as fresh water.
  • Tell them about the children in Fairbanks, AK, who have normal recess unless it's below -20°F!

Please note:

  • Frostbite CANNOT happen unless the ambient temperature (actual temperature + wind chill) falls below 32°F. Fingers may hurt, be cold and numb, but they are not frostbitten.

  • Hypothermia can happen under a variety of temperatures and situations. Someone submerged in water that is 70°F for an extended period of time will succumb to hypothermia. Someone ill-equipped for the weather and left outside without movement at 20°F will eventually succumb to hypothermia. Students who wear coats (and possibly hats or hoods) at 35°F or so for 15-20 minutes, and who are (hopefully) moving, have no danger of hypothermia.


The December lunch menu is now on the website. Also find links to resources listed in this Falcon Flash such as school closure updates, signing up for Remind, health information, subscribe to Falcon Flash, and more.


Please be sure to advise the office by phone (503.653.3996) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) of the absence and let us know the reason. If the absence is due to a contagious illness or communicable disease (for example: strep throat, chicken pox, etc.), we appreciate knowing so that other families can be alert for symptoms in exposed children.


We are inviting all the children born in November and December to celebrate their birthday in school on December on 4th from 3:45 to 4:45pm.

The Birthday Fun-draiser is a way for children and families to redirect funds that would normally be spent for birthday celebrations into a donation to the school. Guests donate money they would have spent on a birthday present to the school as well. The birthday child has the option to designate where the funds will go. The child will receive a certificate, 2 free classes from one of the after school program choices and lunch with Mrs. Denman or his/her favorite teacher.

Guidelines are as follows:

  • All members of the birthday child's class are invited.
  • The birthday child may invite friends and family from outside the school.
  • Parents will provide invitations and any food and drink they want served.
  • Parents will be present to celebrate and help supervise.
  • The Birthday team with the help of parents will organize, set up, and clean up after the event.

Please, contact Iwona Erbe This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Serene Perkins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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