In this issue: Update on EV68 / Health Alert / Carline Safety / Volunteers Needed / Book Fair / Jog-A-Thon Pledges Due / Harvest Festival / Library Update / Favorite Teacher Contest / Free Immunization Clinic / Backpack Fitting Event
HAPPY FALL, FALCONS!
With the weather changing, the leaves turning and Harvest Festival this week, it really does feel like autumn... finally.
October 24th is our first Field Trip Friday of the year and I always feel like we are forging full steam ahead when everyone heads out on their first field trips.
Field trips are an essential component of our multi-sensory learning model. The wider community provides opportunities for experiential, focused learning that directly addresses the curriculum of each grade level. None of our field trips are taken simply because they are "fun" or "traditional." We seek out opportunities for meeting experts, experiencing content outside of school, and making those broader connections that excite young learners, expand their horizons, and give them perspective in their studies.
Parent and grandparent volunteers are a valued and necessary part of the success of our field trips. Chaperones are additional mentoring adults who not only make it possible for teachers to safely take large groups of children into the community (and sometimes even provide the transportation) but they also provide the one on one attention that makes it possible for each student to engage in a positive and productive way.
Teachers spend about 20 extra prep hours getting ready for a field trip (no wonder other schools have nearly cut them out completely). They do it willingly because they know the importance of engaging learning outside the classroom. Even if you can’t volunteer, your partnership in this effort is vital and appreciated. Teachers are constantly looking for new and unique perspectives and resources regarding the units they teach, and welcome your suggestions of locations, organizations, guest speakers, and resources. Field trips are funded by your student activity fees. And your children know you value their experience when you share your enthusiasm for what they bring home and ask thoughtful questions.
Thank you for your participation and support of this valued tradition at Cascade Heights.
Holly Denman, Director
UPDATE ON EV68
691 people in 46 states and the District of Columbia have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. (http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/index.html)
- Teach your children about the best methods for protecting themselves from contracting viruses, primarily handwashing.
- Children with asthma or other respiratory concerns, should have a plan on file at the school.
- All children should have updated emergency contact information on file.
There have been confirmed cases of strep throat at the school. Many sore throats are caused by viruses, but strep throat is caused by bacteria. These bacteria are spread through direct contact with mucus from the nose or throat of people who are sick with a strep infection.
To avoid making others sick, we should all practice the habit of covering every cough and every sneeze... but not with your hands! Use a tissue, then throw it away, and wash your hands. (Cough into your elbow or sneeze at your knees as an alternative to using a tissue when none are available.) Do not share food or water bottles at school. It is possible to spread these bacteria by drinking from the same glass or eating from the same plate as someone who is ill with strep throat. People can be contagious before they show symptoms.
Children with strep throat should be kept home until symptom free or, if they have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours, until fever free. (Treating an infected person with an antibiotic for 24 hours or longer generally prevents the spread of the bacteria to others.)
- For an article on how to tell if your child may have strep throat, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/URI/sore-throat.html
- Click here for a helpful chart on "When to keep sick children home from school."
We are continuing to refine safety policies for afternoon pick up and have updated some policies. Please review them if you have not already.
Mrs. Denman's birthday party
Please join us October 23rd, 3:45-4:45 pm to celebrate our one and only Mrs. Denman's birthday! The party will be held in the school gym. The theme she has chosen this year is “School Emergency Preparedness.”
VOLUNTEERS (still) NEEDED
If you can help out in the school office on Wednesday mornings, Mrs. Marlatt would be very, very grateful. Please contact her for more information. Thank you to Mrs. Dodson and Mrs. Brown!
A pick-up or two (and the strong arms and backs that go with them) to haul some unneeded furniture from our storage area to a donation site.
A person who can spot-weld some desk legs (new desks cost between $75 and $125 each).
BOOK FAIR UPDATE
To date, Book Fair has sold 731 books and raised $2700. Our goal is $3700 and it is not over yet! The online Book Fair goes until Oct. 18. http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/cascadeheights
CHPCS gets the same credit when you shop at our online Book Fair.
By shopping our book fair online you also get:
- free shipping to the school
- 2000 additional titles
- ability to search by age/grade, category and price
- extra days to shop at your leisure (until Saturday, October 18)
JOG-A-THON PLEDGES DUE THURSDAY, 10/23
Please return all pledges by Thursday, October 23 to be included in awards and prizes. Any pledges that come in after that time will still be gratefully received, they just won’t count towards to individual and class awards.
Remember that ALL the money raised goes to Teacher Stipends. The stipend funds ALL activities and supplies that provide for a successful classroom environment for our children.
Please check with your employer to see if they have a matching gifts program and make a pledge that your employer will match dollar for dollar. A partial list of major companies that make matching gifts is attached. Remember also that if your company encourages United Way participation that you can designate your United Way contribution to the non-profit of your choice. Our non-profit tax ID number is 59-3824209.
HARVEST FESTIVAL IS THIS THURSDAY
The 9th Annual CHPCS Harvest Festival will be this Thursday, October 16, from 6:30 to dusk. It is NOT supposed to rain!
The Harvest Festival is a chance for CHPCS families and friends to get together and celebrate the turning of the season with music, games, and a baking contest. Join us for a fun filled evening of FREE family frivolity. Stop by and see our Culture Club table and sign our new poster! “I won the lottery.”
Our library is really shaping up thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Maguire and her mom, Mrs. Rupert, Mr. and Mrs. Vieira and Tina Liaoshi. The books are off the floor and out of boxes and onto shelves. They are transforming chaos into order!
Please share the link for our Library GofundMe campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, wherever you can. If every family found a way for just $37.04 to get into the pot, we would meet our goal of $5000. This money will pay for the checkout software, scanners, additional shelving and installation, book repair materials.
B&N FAVORITE TEACHER CONTEST IS BACK!
To participate, middle school students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them.
COMMUNITY IMMUNIZATION CLINIC
Clackamas County Health is offering FREE vaccinations for uninsured adults and children on Monday, October 27 from 4 to 7pm. The clinic will be at New Hope Community Church.
COMMUNITY BACKPACK FITTING EVENT
Free backpack fittings are being offered by Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy in Oregon City on October 20 from 5 to 7 pm. See flyer for details.