Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of October 15, 2015

15 October 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

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!!

Sincerely,

Kathi Robinson, EdD
Interim Principal


BOOK FAIR

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

Boardwalk Burgers
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.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Help keep our school lice free

Volunteers are needed to do lice checks at the school. Free training will be provided. If you can help, please contact the school office or Mrs. Bethke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office help positions available

Volunteers are needed in the office. Any day and any amount of time would be helpful. 

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: 

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

If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Marlatt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Falcon Flash 10-08-15

 

BOOK FAIR

Open until Thursday, 10/15

 

All purchases at the Book Fair earn free books for the school. This year, Book Fair hours have been extended!

·         School days: 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00- to 4:30 p.m.

Or you can shop online anytime at: http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx?f=3456791

Online book fair is also open until 10/15 and 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 organizing 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.

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.

PTA’S OCTOBER “FAMILY NIGHT OUT” FUNDRAISER

Boardwalk Burgers

9993 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086

 

This 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!

 

Mrs. Denman's Birthday book drive

Winners announced at her birthday party on 10/22

 

This is a competition to see which class can donate the most books to our new library as a birthday present for Mrs. Denman. 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!

 

CHPCS 9TH ANNUAL JOG-A-THON

Time to collect 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

 

Parent-teacher conferences are an opportunity that comes early in the school year for families and teachers to develop a collaborative partnership. We invite you to talk with your child before and after the conference. This conversation can uncover needs and perspectives of which your teacher may be unaware and prepares you to share affirmations, successes, and concerns that come from your child’s unique perspective.

Conference times are limited. Sharing any questions or concerns you wish to address at the conference with your teacher ahead of time will help make it more productive. Also note that you are welcome at any point in the year to schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher at a mutually agreeable time.

OPERATION SHOEBOX CANDY DRIVE

Sweets 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

Information on school policy

 

There has been a case of live lice at school. PLEASE do lice checks at home (even the children who do not attend Cascade Heights) and be vigilant in checking them regularly during the year. New information indicates that wet checks are the most effective method and our website has good resources: http://cascadeheights.org/news/head-lice-information.html

Resources are also available through the office, our lice check team leaders, Mrs. Bethke and Mrs. Gilliam, as well as a local company Lice Knowing You (503.239-LICE (5423)

 

If you discover head lice in your family, please notify these people immediately:

·         Mrs. Marlatt:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         Dr. Robinson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AND your child's Classroom Teacher:

·         8-Mrs. Adams  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         7-Mrs. Venture This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         6-Mr. Vieira   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         5-Ms. O'Malley  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         4-Ms. Cantin   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         3-Mrs. Gausman  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         2-Mrs. Ketel  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         1-Miss Devlin  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         K-Mr. Currey  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Cascade Heights has a lice-free policy as follows:

·         When live lice are found at school, the student is sent home and the family is given head lice treatment information.

·         All live lice will be removed following the application of a lice-killing product.

·         All students with live lice shall be excluded from school until the measures above have been completed.

·         The parent/guardian shall accompany the student upon returning to school where the student will be screened for lice. If live lice are still present, the student will return home with the parent/guardian.

·         It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to ensure an approved treatment has been initiated and the appropriate environment cleaning is being conducted in the home, vehicles and housemates the SAME DAY.

·         It is also the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to notify the parent/guardians of fellow carpoolers and outside contacts.

·         When nits are found at school, the family is informed and given head lice treatment information. (If no live lice are found, the child will normally stay in class. However, if nits are excessive, a student may be sent home at the discretion of the Director.)

·         During treatment, manual removal of nits is strongly recommended. Lice are communicable until treated and nits are removed.

·         The parent/guardian shall accompany the student to school where the student will be screened for lice. If live lice are present, the student will return home with the parent/guardian.

·         If nits are present, the child will be re-checked daily until nit free.

·         It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to ensure an approved treatment has been initiated and the appropriate environment cleaning is being conducted in the home.

·         Once nit-free, the child will be rechecked for lice and nits in 8-10 days. After that the child will not be checked again unless another episode is reported.

 

For more information, see the attached documents.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping Cascade Heights stay lice free!

Please visit our website at www.cascadeheights.org.
Interested in volunteer opportunities? Click here! Or contact the volunteer coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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