In this issue: letter from the front / Book Fair / Harvest Festival / PTA "Family Night Out" / Mrs. Denman's Birthday / PTA Jog-a-Thon / Parent-Teacher Conferences / Hallowe'en candy drive / Vounteers needed: Nit Picker team & Front Office helpers
LETTER FROM THE FRONT
Dear Falcon Families,
I want to thank all of the staff, students, and families for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Cascade Heights Public Charter School community. My personal goal has always been to learn something new every day, and my time at CHPCS has been a wonderful learning experience. The entire staff works hard to give each student what he or she needs to succeed. They work tirelessly designing lessons, collaborating with each other, working in the office, and making a difference.
Systems are in place to maximize learning time and students know how to be respectful, not only to the adults in the building, but to one another. Here is a sample of the student perspective on what makes CHPCS a great school:
"We get to learn math facts while running around the school";
"Our teachers notice when we are doing a good job, and remind us when we need to pay more attention to some details”;
"My brother said that high school was easier for him because he had to do his best every day - even in kindergarten."
Congratulations on your first ten years; I am eager to see what the next ten years bring!!
Kathi Robinson, EdD
Going, going, gone!
Book Fair ends on Thursday, 10/15. The campus store will be open until 5pm or you can shop online until midnight at: http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx?f=3456791
Orders placed online will be shipped to the school for FREE.
Many thanks to Trudy Langston (grandmother of Keira 2nd ,Cameron-7th and Garrett-alumni) and Chastity Zundel (Cameron-8th and Garrett-alumni) for running our Book Fair again this year!
10TH ANNUAL CHPCS HARVEST FESTIVAL
Thursday, October 15, 6:30 to 7:30PM
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 7:30 p.m.!
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 15th 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.
PTA’S OCTOBER “FAMILY NIGHT OUT” FUNDRAISER
9993 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086
This PTA fundraiser continues Thursday, October 15th 4:30 - 6 pm and 7:30 to 9pm (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! Flyer is available on the website.
MRS. DENMAN'S BIRTHDAY!
October 22, 3:45 to 4:45pm
Please join us to celebrate! Birthday party activities include: Cupcakes and Penny’s Puppet Show.
The Birthday Book Drive is our birthday present for Mrs. Denman. There will also be an envelope if you wish to give her something personal. Her wish list of books that the Library needs is on the website. Bring a book from home or purchase a new book to donate, whichever you choose. The winner will be announced at Mrs. Denman's birthday party and the class with the most books wins a bonus recess!
CHPCS 9TH ANNUAL JOG-A-THON
Time to turn in pledges!
Pledge sheets have been returned to Jog-a-Thon participants with the number of laps tallied. Now is the time to collect those pledges.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - The pledge sheet 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: http://cascadeheights.org/parents/cascade-heights-pta.html
(Note: Any money collected after Oct. 22nd will be gratefully received but cannot be used to qualify for prizes.)
PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES ARE COMING!
Friday, October 30 - Sign up with your teachers
As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. You and your child’s school have something in common: You both want your child to learn and do well. When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child’s talents and needs. Each person can also learn something new about how to help your child. Parent–teacher conferences are a great way to start talking to your child’s teachers. This check list from Harvard Family Research Project suggests ways that you can make the most of parent-teacher conferences so that everyone wins, especially your child.
Checklist for before the conference
• Schedule a time to meet. If you can’t go at the scheduled time, ask the teacher about other times.
• Review your child’s work, grades, and progress reports.
• Talk with your child about his or her progress in school.
• Talk with others—family members, after school staff, mentors, etc.—about your child’s strengths and needs.
• Make a list of questions to ask during the conference.
• Think about ways you would like to be involved in your child’s learning so that you can discuss them with the teacher.
For more resources on Parent-Teacher conferences, see the attachments.
OPERATION SHOEBOX CANDY DRIVE
Sweet treats for our troops abroad
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.
Help keep our school lice free
Office help positions available
Volunteers are needed in the office. Any day and any amount of time would be helpful.
• 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
• 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