Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of November 12, 2015

12 November 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Board meeting agenda / Volunteers needed: Nit Picker team & front office helpers / Photo drop email address / 8th grade fundraiser / Host families needed for Chinese exchange students / Asbestos notification / PTA Jog-a-Thon results


6:30 pm Library, November 16th, 2015

All CHPC Board meeting are open to the public. The Board May elect to adjourn to an Executive Session at any time.

NOTICE TO MEDIA: In accordance with ORS 192.660(3) media representatives must be excluded when student matters are discussed and all other matters discussed in Executive Session must remain undisclosed.

  • 6:30 — Meeting Called to Order, Pledge of Allegiance
  • 6:35 — Approval of Minutes
  • 6:45 — Treasurer Report - Introduction of Rick Proulx- Kern & Thompson Auditor to review our FYE 6-30-15 Independent Financial Audit
  • 7:00 — Long Range Planning
  • 7:10 — Update: Science Subcommittee
  • 7:15 — Director’s Report
    • Smarter Balanced Analysis — Results from year 1 continued
    • NWEA Growth Scores
    • Discipline Policy review — any changes necessary
    • Accreditation update
    • Enrollment report
  • 7:35 — Public Comments
  • 7:45 — Board Comments
  • 7:55 — Adjourn

Next Meeting: December 14th, 2015. 6:30pm CHPCS Library
Items to be discussed (subject to change):
                Cash on hand


Help keep our school lice free

Volunteers are needed to do lice checks at the school. Free training will be provided. If you can help, please contact the school office or Mrs. Bethke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office help positions available

Volunteers are needed in the office. Any day and any amount of time would be helpful. Duties are: 

Answering the phone and taking messages
Answering the door and directing visitors
Applying ice packs and taking head injury/accident reports 
Helping children call home
Receiving packages
Filing, shredding and small office or teacher projects (when the door and phone don't keep you too busy)
Late arrival slips and helping families sign in and out

Applicant must: 

Be cheerful and fluffily loving at all times
Understand and abide by the school confidentiality policy
Love all children as if they were your own

If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Marlatt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In addition, we have posted an opening for a part time receptionist. The job description is on the website. If you are interested, please submit a resume to Mrs. Marlatt.


Send your field trip photos to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cascade Heights now has a specific email address for receiving pictures of Cascade Heights related events. Teachers, staff, parents, grandparents, etc. can send pictures of events they attend to the above address. We are always looking for photos for the website, yearbook and other places and will verify that all students in the photo have a release before using them.


Parents, please be sure include Mrs. Marlatt in communications regarding student absences. If it is in an email, cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If it is verbal, be sure to speak to her as well as the teacher. 

Mrs. Marlatt is the Attendance Secretary and the only person who can excuse absences in student records. Thank you!


Last day to order: Thursday, Nov 12!

Help 8th grade fund their end of year trip to Ashland by purchasing beautiful holiday poinsettias. We will be taking orders through November 12th with delivery occurring on December 2nd. These make great gifts for your office, family members, as well as lovely home decorations. The order form is attached. Return it to the office with payment by November 12th.

You may choose Red, White, or Pink Poinsettias:

  • 6” pot, one plant with four to six flowers, $12.00
  • 8” pot, two plants with nine or more flowers, $20.00

pdf 2015 poinsettia order form (64 KB)


January 25-30, 2016

Cascade Heights Public Charter School will again have the opportunity to host 10-14 students and 1 teacher from Suzhou Experimental Elementary School (SEES) the week of January 25, 2016. These students will be coming to our school and learning with our students. We are seeking families who can host students during this time frame and provide transportation to school. Our first preference would be to have at least two students with a host family. This is an excellent opportunity for CHPCS students to practice speaking Chinese with a native speaker and to help the visiting students enjoy our part of the world. However, it is not required that you have students in Chinese to participate.

If you are interested in hosting, please talk with or email Wenny Laoshi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by Thursday November 20th, 2015.  Please indicate the following information:

  • how many students you can host
  • whether you have completed your criminal background check for the school year (2015-2016)
  • whether you have been cleared as a Cascade Heights volunteer.

Dates host families needs to know:

  • Mon, Jan 25th, after 5:00 PM: Pick up students at University Inn in Downtown Portland and students stay with host families and follow same schedule as your own children **
  • Tues, Jan 26th - Thu Jan 28th: Students go to Cascade Heights with your students
  • Fri, Jan 29th: Students have free day with host families
  • Sat, Jan 30th:  Host families take students to Portland Airport for departure [exact time TBD] **
    ** We can help with carpooling if time/date is difficult for host family 

Host Families Provide:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. School will provide lunch for students
  • Transportation to/from school each day

You bring your Chinese student(s) to school and pick them up, just like your own CHPCS students. Students will be provided school lunches, so even if you pack a lunch for your own child, you will NOT have to pack an additional lunch for your Chinese student(s).

Additional information:

While it is better for these young students to have two students in each host family, in past years they have been fine going by themselves with a host family.

You should include your Chinese student(s) in your everyday activities . . . soccer practice, music lessons, etc. You do not need to adjust your schedules to do special events. They want to see what "real American families" are like!

CHPCS students who take Spanish at the school are also welcome to host Chinese students.

If you have other questions, please email Wenny Laoshi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thank you for considering this opportunity for your family. 

Wenny Liaoshi
Chinese Teacher

Asbestos Notification

The North Clackamas School District is required to provide an annual notification to parents that the Asbestos Management Plan is available for review upon request at each school site. Please direct all questions and inquiries regarding Asbestos to Melinda Shumaker, Facility Operations Director, at (503) 353-6061.

The notification statement has been provided in English, Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese. pdf Please see the attachment (120 KB) .


Thank you to alll the donors and volunteers who made this year’s PTA Jog a thon was a great success

Here are the top earners in each grade:

  • K - Dexter $971
  • 1 - Victor $4000
  • 2 - Sophia $140
  • 3 - Nicholas $335
  • 4 - Emma $227
  • 5 - Madison $225
  • 6 - Kyler $135
  • 7 - Meiling $767
  • 8 - Jennifer $155

Congratulations! The class that collected the most money will have a special class party and the top earner from each class will have a special lunch with Principal Denman.

Total amount raised this year is over $16,000. As you know, PTA Jog-a-thon funds teacher stipends and every penny goes directly to our classrooms. Thank you everyone for your support!

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