Cascade Heights Public Charter School


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Falcon Flash: Week of Oct. 2, 2014

01 October 2014 Written by  

In this issue: Library Fundraiser / Health Alert / Office Volunteers Needed / Favorite Teacher Contest / Book Fair / PTA Jog-A-Thon / Harvest Festival / Parenting Community Book Club / Fall Conferences / Your Email Information / Free And Reduced Meals / Job Posting

Dear Falcon Families;

In September, I talked about how individual choice in books can encourage a love of reading and how libraries are the biggest resource available to children for finding engaging reading material.

As you probably know, our school is not the only one that has a library in sad shape. All over the US, school budgets are putting the library and art programs on the chopping block. Often these cuts are accompanied by debate: with public libraries, the Internet, and ebooks, do we even need a school library?

All those who base their answer on research and experience answer in the affirmative. Indications are that literacy as well as the opportunity to instill a love of reading in children are negatively affected without access to a school library. Cuts to school libraries are handicapping students all over America.

A school library gives every child access to resources for reading, research and creative projects. Research confirms that school librarians and school libraries support students in academic achievement, lifelong learning and reading. More than 20 state and international studies confirm that access to books allows children to read more. Reading more creates better readers. If you would like to read the research, a compilation of many studies can be found here.

I agree with Isaac Asimov who said, "When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself."

Since we opened our doors, I have been dreaming of a library and look forward to the day, hopefully in the not too distant future, when the room that now is only boxes and piles of books will open its doors as our very own Cascade Heights Public Charter School Library. Please join me in making this dream a reality.

Holly Denman,
Founding Director




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!




Three deaths are being studied in which EV68 is implicated. Oregon is one of the few states that has no confirmed cases to date. However, Washington state has had confirmed cases. At school, we implement best practices to help minimize the spread of disease; but we also rely on families to do their part as well.

  1. If you have a child with asthma or any other respiratory concerns, they should have an action plan on file with the school. The form is available in the office or here.
  2. Please teach your children how to keep viruses like Human Enterovirus 68 from spreading:
    • Enforce washing hands often with soap and water, especially before eating. Hand washing has been shown to be the most effective way to reduce the likelihood of receiving or spreading illness. Show young children how to do it effectively. (see below)
    • For enteroviruses, alcohol hand sanitizer is not a replacement for washing with soap and water.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don't have a tissue, cover your mouth with your sleeve.
    • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
    • Do not share food or water bottles at school.
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
    • If you are sick, stay home to avoid exposing others at school or in the workplace.
  3. We also ask that you be proactive by reporting your child's symptoms when you make those sick calls to the school office.

Effective Hand washing:




Thank you to Kaitlyn Brown (Quentin-3rd) and Alyssa Dodson (Kate-3rd, Rachel-6th) for volunteering in the office! We still could use a few more hours of coverage each week. If you can help this year, we would be very, very grateful.

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:





Favorite Teacher ContestWho Can Participate: Middle and High School Students.

Here's How It Works: Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English on 8.5" x 11" white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Each entry should be submitted with the entry form and a parent or legal guardian must sign the entry form acknowledging that they have read the Official Contest Rules.

Participating schools will collect the essays and provide them to their local Barnes & Noble store representative. Deadline for entries is March 1, 2015. Winners are selected, and the local store and community celebrations begin!

What Students Get: The students who author the winning essays, poems, or thank-you letters will receive a certificate of recognition and be honored at their local store during a ceremony for the winning teachers from their schools.

What Teachers Get: The winning teachers will be recognized at a special event at their local Barnes & Noble store and will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement and additional recognition and praise from their community.

The five regional winners will each receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The winner of the "Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year" award will receive $5,000 and will be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher's school will receive $5,000 as well.

Go to: for the entry form and contest rules.

An example of last year’s winning entry is posted by the office. The teacher who won the award sounds like every teacher at Cascade Heights every day!




Many thanks to Trudy Langston (grandmother of Kiera-1st ,Cameron-7th and Garrett-alumni) and Chastity Zundel (Cameron-7th and Garrett-alumni) for organizing our Book Fair this year! A few more volunteer hours to man the Book Fair are needed. Please contact Mrs. Langston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if can help or if you have any questions.

Book Fair dates and times are:

Mon, Tue, Wed: 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. and 2:30- to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: all day (7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)



8th Annual PTA Jog-a-thon

It's that time of year again! The 8th annual CHPCS Jog-A-Thon is on Thursday October 9, 2014. Students will run, walk, or skip as many laps as they can in a 30 minute window. The schedule is as follows:

K-2nd 9:00-9:30 am
3rd-5th 10:00-10:30 am
6th-8th 11:00-11:30 am

The Jog-A-Thon is one of our major fundraisers of the year. We are hoping every family will participate and are aiming for each child to try to collect a minimum of $50 in pledges. Pledge sheets are due to teachers on Monday, October 6, 2014. Pledge money will be due on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Have fun collecting pledges! Remember that 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.

If you can help for any amount of time on Jog-A-Thon day, or have any questions, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks in advance for helping to make our 8th Annual Jog-A-Thon a huge success!



9th Annual CHPCS Harvest Festival: Thursday, October 16, 6:30 to dusk

Join the CHPCS community for a fun filled evening of FREE family frivolity.

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. Activities like hayrides, pumpkin decorating, tug o war, and needle in a haystack will entertain both young and old. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at dusk or 7:30 p.m., whichever is first!

Are you a baker? Are you the keeper of Great Granny’s apple pie recipe? Now’s the time to put on your chef hat, dust off your apron, and whip up your favorite apple or pumpkin themed recipe! The baking contest is open to all adult/child pairs. Baking with children is not only fun, but is great math practice and provides one on one time that encourages open communication. All baking entries are due on October 16th no later than 3:30 p.m. for judging. After ribbons are awarded, the baked goods will be sold at the Harvest Festival for $1.00 a piece. 

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



Parenting Community Book Club

Just a reminder that we will have our first informational meeting for our new PTA sponsored Parenting Community Book Club next Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30 pm (directly following PTA meeting). We want to create meaningful, connected, supportive discussion groups as an opportunity for parents to come together and have productive conversations about relevant articles that will help us do the best job raising our kids. The first book will be:

Raising Our Sons & Raising Our Daughters:
The Ultimate Parenting Guide for Healthy Children and Thriving Families
by Kathy Masarie.

If you have questions, or would like to participate, but cannot attend the informational meeting, please contact Jena Novotny (503)453-0725 or Emily Sanborn (503)936-4798.




Schedule your time with classroom teachers if you did not already do it at Back to School Night. Specialists will also be available and we encourage you to touch in with them as well as your child’s math level teacher.

Here are some resources you may find informative:




If you need to update an email address, phone number, address or any contact information on file with the school, there is an "Update your contact info" link included in the sidebar of every Falcon Flash.

If you no longer wish to receive Falcon Flash there is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of every issue. There you will also find a link to opt out of all email communications from the school.

We encourage families to use these tools when changes are needed. These links are more reliable ways to communicate changes than an email to your teacher.




Please be aware that if one of your children came to CHPCS from another district, NC12 may not be aware of his or her FARM status. This can be the case even if siblings were already attending school in NC12.

For information about the school lunch program in North Clackamas Schools, call 503-353-6034. We encourage every family who may qualify to apply.

Free and reduced price meal applications for the 2014 – 2015 school year are available at:




CHPCS is looking to fill a newly created Instructional Assistant position to help students in K thorough 8 with reading, writing, math and other subject matter individually or in small groups. Other duties will include tasks related to instruction and student medical or first aid needs such as, but not limited to, measuring and delivering diabetes doses via pump, cleaning and bandaging scrapes and cuts, administering medication. The position is part time (16 hours) and the successful candidate will have a choice of scheduling options. Please let anyone you know who may be interested that they can see the full job posting on our website.

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