Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of October 1, 2015

01 October 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Letter from the front / PTA "Family Night Out" / PTA Jog-a-Thon / Catalogues for Art Room / Free & reduced meals / Toys (not) on campus / Park courteously / Music teacher position still open / Hallowe'en candy drive / Saturday Academy classes / La Salle HS Open House


Dear Falcon Families,

I am enjoying getting to know the Cascade Heights community. Thank you for welcoming me into your midst. It’s astounding how much goes on here every day!

It looks like October at Cascade Heights is a month all about reading. First we have Mrs. Denman's Birthday book drive. We all know how much Mrs. Denman loves books and how excited she is about our new library and seeing children with a good book in their hands. So it is fitting that her birthday present from the Falcon community be a Book Drive. Please join us in the competition to see which class can donate the most books to our new library. The drive is going on now and the winner will be announced at Mrs. Denman's birthday party on Oct. 22nd, 3:35-4:45pm. Bring a favorite book from home that you have already read or purchase a new book to donate, whichever you choose. The class with the most books wins a bonus recess!

October is also Scholastic Book Fair which begins on October 8. Family and friends on campus for the Jog-a-Thon are invited to shop at the Fair as well. The Fair will continue on campus all the following week until October 15. If you can’t make it to the onsite Fair, you can Shop online from 10/2 to 10/15 at
Your order will benefit the school and will be shipped for free to the school.

Creating life-long readers is also one of Mrs. Denman’s passions. One of the best ways to do that is by reading together! Reading is free, fun, and will bring you and your child closer. Find a time each day when you and your youngster can enjoy a good book. It does not matter the age; even middle schoolers enjoy hearing a good read-aloud. If you need help finding books, ask!

“…reading transforms the lives of individuals – whatever their social circumstances. Regular reading not only boosts the likelihood of an individual’s academic and economic success… The statistics confirm: Books change lives.” (Gioia 2007)

Happy reading!

Dr. Kathi Robinson, Interim Director


"Family Night Out" at Boardwalk Burgers
9993 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086

This PTA fundraiser will be going for 2 nights: Wednesday, October 14th, 5-8 pm and Thursday, October 15th 4:30 - 9 pm (before and after the Harvest Festival). Bring a flyer and they will donate 20% of sales. Please join us for another night of fellowship and food!


Important Dates

Monday, October 5th, 2015 – Pledge sheets due. Return the filled out pledge sheet (just the sheet, no money, please) to your child’s teacher. You still have the weekend to collect pledges!

Thursday, October 8th - Jog-a-Thon!

  • 9:00 to 9:30: Grades Kindi-2
  • 10:00-10:30: Grades 3-5
  • 11:00-11:30: Grades 6-8

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Pledge sheets and the total money collected are due. Put both in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and teacher’s name. Please make checks payable to CHPCS PTA and include your child’s name and teacher in the memo. Donations may also be made online at:

(Note: Any money collected after Oct. 22nd will be gratefully received but cannot be used to qualify for prizes.)

Jog-A-Thon Volunteer opportunities
Helpers are needed for marking down laps on the runners' lap cards as they go by, handing out water and treats, collecting lap cards and entering the number of laps on the pledge sheets, and cheering. If you can help for any amount of time on Jog-a-Thon day, just 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 9th Annual Jog-a-Thon a huge success!


Donate any that you are ready to part with to the Art Room. Any type of catalogue is welcome: Sears, Lands End, Hanna Anderson, anything (no magazines, please.) Thank you!


Do you know Cascade Heights participates in the National School Lunch Program? If there is any possibility your family may be qualified for free or reduced meals, please apply! This designation not only helps your family with meals and other needs, Cascade Heights also benefits with federal funding, grant awards and other opportunities available to schools.
Please note: Even if your family qualified for free or reduced meals before, you must reapply each year.
Visit: to complete an application. If you have no internet access, contact the school office. Complete one application for your family and include all children that attend school anywhere in our District, including foster children. More information, including income guidelines, can be found at the link above. (Start the application process to see the income guidelines.) If you don’t qualify now but your situation changes, you may apply at any time.
To add funds to your child’s school lunch account or check the account balance, please go to:


As parents, we know that sometimes it is hard to separate a child from a favorite toy or convince the proud owner that taking it to school to show off is not a good idea. So let us help you! We discourage the practice of bringing valued items to school. While this policy was written primarily with electronic devices in mind, it applies to all belongings, including toys. The school is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged belongings. Items that create a distraction for the student or others are to be left in the student’s backpack or with a teacher for safekeeping.

And while we are on the subject, here is the section from the Parent/Student Handbook regarding:

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
Cascade Heights is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items including cell phones and other electronic devices. Valuables such as cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, hand held electronic games, etc. should NOT be brought to school. Ebooks and iPad-like devices will be allowed in the middle school with a written waiver of school responsibility on file.
Students may not use cell phones or other electronic devices during the school day. They must be turned off and kept off and stored in a backpack, locker or in teacher safekeeping.


A parking plea: do not take up more parking space than you need!

We know that families are self transporting from all over the county and we are honored that you are so committed to your child’s education and the mission of the school, that you make that sacrifice. Policies the school has developed regarding morning drop off, car line, parking, etc. have been designed to make your life as efficient as possible. We are thinking of you. Really!

However, the policies are only effective at making traffic efficient when everyone follows them. This includes you!

We know you are in a hurry, that the traffic congestion in the area is frustrating and you just want to get on with your life. So does every other parent in the car line or looking for parking around the school. Please be courteous. When parking in the gravel area or on the street, keep in mind the other families arriving after you and use the space efficiently. We thank you, the neighbors thank you, and all your fellow Falcon families thank you!


School lunch menus are available on the website. Look for the link on the home page:


Music Teacher position still open at Cascade Heights

As many of you know, last spring our music teacher left for a full time position, Portland Public School District resurrected their long absent music program, and full time music teachers were all of sudden in short supply.

Music is important to the mission of Cascade Heights because creating, performing and responding to music are the fundamental music processes in which children engage. Students, particularly in grades K-8, learn by doing. Singing, playing instruments, moving to music, and creating music enables students to acquire musical skills and knowledge that can’t be developed in any other discipline. Listening to, analyzing, and evaluating music are also important building blocks of musical learning. Learning to read and notate music provides children with the ability to explore music independently and socially. In addition, to participate fully in a diverse, global society, students must understand their own historical and cultural heritage and those of others within their communities and beyond. Because music is a basic expression of human culture, every student should have access to a balanced, comprehensive, and sequential program of study in music.

This summer we posted our music position on on our website, Craig's list, National Alliance of Charter Schools job board, and the Core Knowledge Foundation job board. We received seven applications and interviewed them all. They were musicians, but not music teachers. Very different. One applicant was qualified but did not have a college degree. Another applicant was a retired 33 year veteran choir teacher who only wanted a middle school choir. We also sent letters of inquiry to every music group large and small in the Portland Metro Area (Portland Baroque Orchestra, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland Symphonic Choir, Oregon Symphony, Harmony Road Music, and several others). We received only one applicant from this effort and he changed his mind before the interview.

We have continued to search and are now asking for your help. Please, post on Facebook, talk to friends and coworkers, and ask them to also ask others. With over 400 adults at our school, someone must know someone that is looking for part time work. Ideally, we would love to have one person teach K - 8 music including band and orchestra, but we are open to splitting it into several smaller jobs. The right person has a current teaching certificate with a music endorsement and is available Mondays and Wednesdays. Please have anyone interested email Mrs. Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Mrs. Denman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last year, our post-Halloween candy drive collected 76 pounds of sweets! One of our Falcon families covers shipping costs to send the loot to Operation Shoebox, an awesome organization that supports our troops abroad. This year, the sponsoring family wanted to make this an even bigger success and is giving the incentive of a popcorn party for the class that brings in the most candy.

Operation Shoebox will also pass along letter, cards, or pictures. If you have any you would like to bring in with your candy donation, there will be collection boxes in the school after Hallowe’en.


From Saturday Academy

Looking for enriching activities for your children during In-Service Days or other school holidays? How about igniting their curiosity with a Saturday Academy class!

Are you looking for a Holiday Class? Get ready for Halloween with Special Effects Make-Up workshops on Oct. 24 and Oct. 31. Winter Holiday classes include Electronic Expressions: Greeting Card, Frozen: Let it Snow! and Have a Teensy™ Holiday. Winter Break options run during Dec. 21-24

To find classes, go to and search by date, grade, subject or location.

From La Salle Prep High School

Join us at La Salle Prep for our Open House this Sunday afternoon, October 4th from 1:00-4:00 pm. If you want to learn more about our exceptional community, come see for yourself what it’s like to be a Falcon!
Take a tour of our beautiful campus and state-of-the-art facilities. See our engaging and interactive classrooms, meet teachers who love what they do, listen as student leaders share experiences both in and out of the classroom, hear presentations from the President and Principal, and interact with coaches and student athletes. Find out more at

Please visit our website at
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