Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of November 17, 2016

17 November 2016 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Parents' night out / Parental involvement key to student success / Tips to stay lice-free / Hand washing, the DIY vaccine

Parents’ Night Out

An 8th grade fundraiser

Parents’ Night Out is a great way for parents to get a night off, while children have fun with board games, pizza, crafts, a movie, and gym time. 8th graders can also help with homework if they are struggling. Pizza will be provided and gluten-free / dairy-free options are available.

It will be held on Friday, December 9, from 4 to 9pm. Admission forms will be handed out to each child in every classroom. Admission is $20 for the first child, with $5 off for the second child and $10 off for any additional children (from the same family). Admission will be the same price for whatever time you bring your child (open drop off).

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

We hope to see your children there!
The 8th grade class


Research shows parental involvement is key

If school is important to you, it will be important to your child. If your child feels good about his or her schoolwork, the chances for your child to succeed in school increase. Your involvement in your child's education is also one of the best investments you can make. Research shows that when parents get involved, their children:
• Are better behaved and have more positive attitudes.
• Are more likely to pursue higher education.
• Earn better grades and test scores.
• Graduate from high school at higher rates.

Some parents have the time to become involved in many ways. Others may only have the time for one or two activities. Your involvement might be as simple as asking your children, "What was the most interesting thing you found out today?" or "What did you learn today that you would like to know more about?" By asking something about their day, each and every day, you will be communicating the message that their school life is important to you and that you expect them to learn. If you become involved and stay involved, you will make a big difference.

Becoming involved in your children's education can be reading with your children regularly, taking time to listen to your children reflect on their day, or encouraging their efforts to learn. It is also important to:

  • Attend as many school meetings and activities as possible.
  • Attend parent conferences requested by the school.
  • Read all newsletters that are sent home from school and feel free to call if you have any questions.
  • Talk to other parents about their perceptions of school.
  • Support your children's learning by helping them complete their homework.

If you have time, you can also support in other ways:

  • Volunteer at your child's school. The help is always welcome.
  • Get involved with your school’s PTA.
  • Attend school board meetings to find out about the kinds of issues the schools are facing and who is making the decisions.

You can find more on this topic, including tips on homework and study skills, from the website this article is taken from:

Other resources:
CHPCS volunteer opportunities to help with cleaning:
CHPCS PTA information: or the PTA board by the Art Sudio.
CHPCS Board of Directors information:


Do regular checks at home

The best way to keep your children free of lice is to do lice checks at home and be vigilant in checking them regularly during the year. Current information indicates that wet checks are the most effective method.

If you discover head lice in your family, note that it is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to immediately notify the school as well as parent/guardians of fellow carpoolers and outside contacts.

It is also the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to ensure an approved treatment has been initiated for all infected housemates and the appropriate environmental cleaning is being conducted in the home, vehicles, etc. the SAME DAY.

Or contact the office for more help.


The “Do It Yourself” vaccine!

Cold and flu season is upon us. Hand washing is the single most important factor in keeping children healthy as it directly reduces the spread of illness. Regular hand washing is recommended all day long, and especially:

  • Before eating.
  • After using the restroom.
  • After coughing, sneezing, or blowing the nose.
  • Before, during, and after preparing food.
  • Before and after being with a sick person.
  • Before and after treating a cut.
  • After changing a diaper or helping another child use the toilet.
  • After interacting with an animal or animal waste.
  • After throwing away or touching garbage.
  • After handling money.

Effective hand washing is one of those essential skills that needs to be taught. Children also need to understand the whys and wherefores, in order to be motivated to do it properly. To demonstrate correct hand washing procedure, follow these tips:

  • Use soap and warm running water
  • Keep fingers pointing down
  • Rub hands vigorously for 20 seconds

Wash all surfaces including:

  • Backs of hands
  • Wrists
  • Between fingers
  • Tips of fingers
  • Thumbs
  • Under fingernails (nailbrush is best)

When done:

  • Dry vigorously with paper towel
  • Turn off faucet with paper towel
  • Open door with paper towel

20 seconds is the magic number. Try singing the ABCs with young children, or a 20 second snippet of a popular song for older children, to keep them washing long enough.

Teaching the hand washing habit early on is one of the best things you can do for your child’s health. Learn more at

Need some tricks for hesitant hand washers? Try

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