Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of November 19, 2015

19 November 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Welome new staff! / Volunteers needed: Nit Picker team & front office helper / Host families needed for Chinese exchange students / Uniform notes / Charter school advocacy /  Winter Showcase / Winter weather is coming / $8.79 million for charter schools


WELCOME TO OUR NEW STAFF!

Music

Miss Lydia Chung comes to us Highly Qualified. She has a PhD in piano performance and she has taught private lessons. A native of South Korea, she moved to Baltimore for her advanced degrees and has only been in Oregon for a short time. She takes public transportation so if any of you are in the Hollywood district and could offer a carpool, please contact us.

ELL

Miss Priscilla Nanni is our new ELL teacher. She has several years of experience and has taught in Portland Public prior to coming to us.

Office

Miss Marisa Bunch has joined us in the office as a part time school receptionist. Miss Bunch is a college student preparing for nursing school and will be here 10 hours a week.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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

We could still use one more friendly volunter 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.


HOST FAMILIES OPPORTUNITIES STILL OPEN

Indicate your interest by Thursday, November 20th

There are still opportunities available to families who are interested in hosting Chinese exchange students the week of January 25-30, 2016. Your children do not have to be in the Chinese program to participate! 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, and reply with the following information if you are interested:

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

See the November 12th issue of Falcon Flash for additional information. If you have other questions please email Wenny Laoshi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


UNITED ON UNIFORM

We are grateful for every family's commitment to sending children in uniform each day. We have heard concerns about discrepancies between classrooms on following the policy (such as socks, shoelaces, skirt length, etc.). Each classroom will be following the written dress code that is currently in our handbook. We will continue to do our best to ensure that children are as close to the uniform as possible. Children who come to school in the morning out of uniform will be able to change into uniform items (from the uniform exchange) during the day.

We believe strongly that uniforms help build self confidence, scholarly attitudes, and promote safe environments. Searching the web you can quickly find over 3 million web sites that would love to tell you all the positive reasons schools have uniform policies.
School uniforms have a positive effect on students AND teachers!
School uniforms promote a single standard of dress. Therefore, school environments become less competitive and more focused on learning.
School uniforms boost school spirit!
Helping to build a sense of community within the school, uniforms create an atmosphere of belonging. This essence of unity can positively affect a child's attitude toward school and can lead to better learning and improved attendance. A child excited about school is a child ready to learn! "Hurrah!" for school pride!
School uniforms promote a safe, healthy learning environment!
No doubt about it! Education professionals agree that a safe school environment is essential for learning to take place. The safer the environment, the more likely children will attend. Uniforms make it easier for school officials to identify non-students while promoting a safe and comfortable atmosphere.
School uniforms make mornings easier!
Uniforms eliminate the need to argue over what to wear to school every day. Through simplicity, uniforms promote time efficiency, organization, and neatness. Parents and students agree that getting the morning off right is the key to a productive and happy day.
School uniforms encourage individual self-expression.
With uniforms, students find ways to express themselves creatively, rather than through their clothes - through the arts, music, sports, personality and academic achievement.

If you have additional questions about the uniform, please see the Handbook (in the front of your planner, starting at page 18), ask a teacher, or staff member. Thank you!


CHARTER SCHOOL ADVOCACY

Charter schools have much support, but they also have some vocal critics who perpetuate a number of negative myths. National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has posted some very helpful information in their “Truth About Charters” series, highlighting some of these myths and giving responses based on facts and independent research findings. http://www.publiccharters.org/truthaboutcharters/


WINTER CORE KNOWLEDGE SHOWCASE

December 17th, 6:30pm
Camp Withcombe Auditorium

Join us for an evening performance highlighting current units by all 9 classes. Our wonderful PTA has rented the auditorium at Camp Withycombe (same venue as Auction) so that everyone will be in the same place and each class will perform just once.

Our evening performance begins at 6:30 PM. Family and friends may take their seats beginning at 6:10 while students make their way to the back of the auditorium where teachers will seat them. We are expecting a full house, so be there early for the best seats. Because Camp Withycombe is a military base, all drivers will need picture ID to get on base. Once there, proceed to the large building just inside the gate. There is plenty of parking and the building is handicap accessible!
Reminders:
• Each class will be told what to wear. If in doubt, wear your school uniform.
• There will be a concession. All proceeds will go toward 8th grade’s end of year trip to Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival.
• Please take pictures or film from your seat or standing in the back of the room.
• Please silence your cell phone and all other noise making devices.
• In order to minimize interruptions to the performance, students will not be released until the end of the show.
• At the end of the performance, students will need to be picked up from their teacher.

Camp Withycombe Address: 15300 Minuteman Way, Clackamas, OR 97015


BE PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER

Our winter weather recess policy is posted at: http://cascadeheights.org/news/winter-outdoor-recess-policy.html
If you need an extra sweater or sweatshirt to keep warm in the classroom, visit our uniform exchange! With many thanks to Mrs. Cram for keeping it so neat.

DECEMBER LUNCH MENU

The new menu is posted at cascadeheights.org


CHARTER SCHOOL PROGRAM GRANT OPPORTUNITIES COMING TO OREGON

The Oregon Department of Education has received an $8.79 million federal grant to increase the quality of public charter schools in our state between 2015-2018. This grant is designed to support newer public charter schools in Oregon and disseminate best practices from effective charter schools to the rest of the public education system. Funds will be used to support training and professional development for all subgrantees in culturally responsive education practices, reduce systemic educational inequities, and promote collaboration and partnership with non-charter public schools.

For more information, go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=5444

Please visit our website at www.cascadeheights.org.
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