Cascade Heights Public Charter School


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Falcon Flash: Week of Oct. 9, 2014

08 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 / Fall Conferences / Your Email Information / Free And Reduced Meals / Job Posting / Community Immunization Clinic / School Pictures

Dear Falcon Families;

You may have already figured out that I am a bit of a stickler for safety. As a mother and a grandmother, I guess worry comes fairly naturally and just as naturally extends to my job as the Director.

I want to share with you what we do to keep safe all the little ones in our care here at Cascade Heights. At the forefront of my mind these days is car line. This week we implemented some changes to lessen the chaos and tighten up the security around our dismissal time procedures.

  • Students who attend After School Activities will go directly to the gym and be supervised there until 3:45. They will not wait in car line.

  • For children waiting for rides, snacking and other activities that involve unpacking bags will have to wait until they are safely ensconced in your car.

  • Speaking of safely ensconced, please do not let younger children (5th grade and below) load from the street side of your vehicle.

  • Teachers may NOT release students to pedestrians who walk up to front car line. If you wish to walk up, please arrange to meet your children at the side door. If you do walk up, expect to be re-directed to your car.

  • Teachers are not to engage in conversations with other adults during car line and will re-direct you if you approach them. If you need to communicate something that cannot wait for an email, hand them a note. To conference with your teacher, please make an appointment for a mutually agreeable time.

  • The entry and exit to the employee parking area (paved lot) will be closed (as indicated by cones at both entrance and exit) from 2:00pm to 3:45pm each day. Cars may not enter or leave this lot while it is coned off.

We have done our best to communicate all school policies around arrival and dismissal times, but it is obvious that we have not reached everyone effectively. Going forward, we will communicate directly with individuals who seem to not be aware of our policies and the Oregon laws which govern public streets. If you have not reviewed the car line safety section of our web site, please take a moment to do so in the near future. Also, if you have alternate drivers who pick up your children, make them aware as well. They will feel more comfortable knowing what is expected of them and we will feel more comfortable knowing all drivers are aware of our safety guidelines.

The other way we ensure everyone’s safety at school is to have clear procedures for emergent situations and practice, practice, practice. Since the start of school this year we have had fire drills, lock out drills, lock down drills, and bus evacuation drills. Coming up, we have the Great Oregon Shakeout earthquake drill on October 16 at 10:16 am; a playground inspection; and a “strange dog” safety training. Children who feel safe and secure can learn.

If you ever have any questions or concerns about safety at Cascade Heights, please let me know.


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! 



628 people in 44 states and the District of Columbia have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Oregon is one of the very few states that has no confirmed cases to date. However, Washington, California, and Idaho all have confirmed cases. Health officials all agree that the best way to protect your children is for everyone in your house to follow basic steps to stay healthy and avoid infections: wash your hands frequently with soap and water, stay away from sick people, and disinfect objects that a sick person has touched.

Washing your hands the right way is one of the best things you and your children can do to protect against getting sick. Wash your hands

  • before you touch food;
  • after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, changing a baby’s diaper, or touching an animal, an animal’s food, pee or poop;
  • and before and after taking care of a sick person or a cut or wound.

Ten children in Colorado have been hospitalized with muscle weakness or paralysis mostly in their arms or legs. It is still unknown whether EV68 is linked to these symptoms or not. If your child is having problems walking or standing or develops sudden weakness in an arm or leg, you should contact a doctor right away.

Please note the following important information:

  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 here or in the office.
  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:



We still could use a few more hours of coverage each week. If you can help this year, we would be very, very grateful. Contact Mrs. Marlatt if you are interested or have questions.



For Middle and High School Students

Favorite Teacher Contest

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. Turn it in to the school. We will collect the essays and send them to our local Barnes & Noble.

Deadline for entries is March 1, 2015.

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.

Entry form and contest rules are here.

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! They did a great job and sales were brisk. Our fundraising goal for the Fair was $3700. Stay tuned for final results. Thank you for supporting our Book Fair.


8th Annual PTA Jog-a-thon

One of the reasons we do Jog-a-thon every year is because the children at Cascade Heights have consistently expressed their desire to help support their school. Jog-a-thon day is always exciting for Falcons from kindergarten to eighth grade, and a tangible way they show their school pride. Thanks for supporting them and helping to make our 8th Annual Jog-a-thon a success! Stay tuned for results and awards.


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.



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. Math teachers will have sign ups for their homeroom students, so you will need to get on that schedule. Spanish and Chinese teachers are using Sign Up Genius. Music and PE (not Art) teachers will be available for drop in meetings from 10 to 2 on Friday, October 31.

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. All of 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.

Free and reduced price meal applications for the 2014 – 2015 school year are available here.

We encourage every family who may qualify to apply. Even if you do not plan on school meals, there are other benefits for families and the school

For information about the school lunch program in North Clackamas Schools, call 503-353-6034. Please ensure that all your children are listed as eligible if your family qualifies.



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. The deadline for applications is November 1st .



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. Please see the attached flyer for details.



The due date for ordering school photos online has passed. If you missed it but still want pictures, send an email to Apple of My Eye Photography at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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