Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of October 22, 2015

22 October 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Letter from the front / Mrs. Denman's birthday / Parent-teacher conferences / Book fair / School pictures / Harvest Festival / PTA Jog-a-Thon /  Hallowe'en candy drive / Volunteers needed: Nit Picker team & front office helpers / 8th grade fundraiser


LETTER FROM THE FRONT

Greetings Falcon Families,

One of the many things that students and families love about Cascade Heights is our uniform policy. We believe strongly that uniforms help build self confidence, scholarly attitudes, and promote safe environments. Searching the web you can quickly find over 3 million web sites that would love to tell you all the positive reasons schools have uniform policies.

School uniforms have a positive effect on students AND teachers!
School uniforms promote a single standard of dress. Therefore, school environments become less competitive and more focused on learning.

School uniforms boost school spirit!
Helping to build a sense of community within the school, uniforms create an atmosphere of belonging. This essence of unity can positively affect a child's attitude toward school and can lead to better learning and improved attendance. A child excited about school is a child ready to learn! "Hurrah!" for school pride!

School uniforms promote a safe, healthy learning environment!
No doubt about it! Education professionals agree that a safe school environment is essential for learning to take place. The safer the environment, the more likely children will attend. Uniforms make it easier for school officials to identify non-students while promoting a safe and comfortable atmosphere.

School uniforms make mornings easier!
Uniforms eliminate the need to argue over what to wear to school every day. Through simplicity, uniforms promote time efficiency, organization, and neatness. Parents and students agree that getting the morning off right is the key to a productive and happy day.

School uniforms encourage individual self-expression.

With uniforms, students find ways to express themselves creatively, rather than through their clothes - through the arts, music, sports, personality and academic achievement.

http://www.frenchtoast.com/category/school+info/more+about+school+uniforms/benefits+of+school+uniforms.do

This week every classroom discussed uniforms and clarified what was and was not uniform for Cascade Heights. After that discussion, bright orange reminder sheets were placed in planners for students that had uniform issues. If your child arrives home with one of these reminders, it is not the end of the world. It is intended to be a reminder, a "fix it ticket" if you will.

Some of the biggest issues we are seeing are shorts and/or skirts that are too short. Our uniform policy says that shorts and skirts must reach no more than 3 inches above the knees. Having a daughter with very long legs, I know how difficult this can be. I've seen some very creative solutions. One mom added an extra ruffle to the bottom of her daughter's skirt while another used pants that their son had ripped the hems out of to cut off and make shorts. The other uniform issues we see are blue dresses without a white collar, wrong color or no show socks, and shoes that are the wrong color. If you have any questions about whether something is uniform or not, please feel free to ask any staff member. We are happy to help. Also, the PTA has a great selection of uniform items for very reasonable prices.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Adams, 8th Grade Teacher


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 available below. 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!

pdf MrsDs Book WishList (290 KB)

 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES ARE COMING!

Friday, October 30

If you have not already done so, sign up for a conference time with your teachers. A resource “Tips for a successful parent-teacher conference” will be sent home in planners and is also available below. It can be printed out and taken to your meeting.

Wenny Laoshi’s conference sign up link for children in Chinese:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4fa5ab2ca1f58-fall

Sr. Herboth’s sign up link for Conferencias de español: 
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4eadaa28a2ff2-fall

pdf P T conference brochure (381 KB)

 

BOOK FAIR

Rumor has it this fall's fair was our best ever! More details will be forthcoming as the results are tallied.

Many thanks to everyone who supported our fall fair and to Trudy Langston (grandmother of Keira 2nd ,Cameron-7th and Garrett-alumni) and Chastity Zundel (Cameron-8th and Garrett-alumni) for such a great job running our Book Fair again this year!

 

LAST CHANCE TO ORDER SCHOOL PICTURES

Apple of My Eye Photography will keep picture ordering open until Friday, October 23, 2015

Photo galleries will not be available beyond that point.

All families should have received an email from AOMEP explaining how to view and order pictures. If you did not receive this email, or have lost the information, or have any other questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Neither the office nor the teachers will be able to help you with issues. Please contact the photography studio directly.

 

10TH ANNUAL CHPCS HARVEST FESTIVAL

Thank you to everyone who attended our 10th annual Harvest Festival! It was a pleasure to see so many families here enjoying time together. Judging the baking contest was extremely difficult due to the high quality of all entries. We hope to see you all again next year! The winners were:

Cake Decorating:
1st Place - Lily Hodson
2nd Place - Khemavo Bandera
3rd Place - Samantha Elkins

Special Diet:
1st Place - Vivian Frackiewicz
2nd Place - Christina Osborne
3rd Place - Adrian Kuntzman

Apple:
1st Place - Samantha Standwood
2nd Place - Sanborne Family
3rd Place - Julian Martin

Pumpkin:
1st Place - Levi Hampton
2nd Place - Abby Rogers
3rd Place - Parks Herndon

If you are missing a tray or dish, they have been washed and can be found in the zip room.

 

CHPCS 9TH ANNUAL JOG-A-THON

Time to turn in pledges!

Your pledge sheet and the total money collected are due Thursday, October 22, 2015. 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.)

 

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.


8TH GRADE POINSETTA FUNDRAISER

Just in time for the holidays

Help 8th grade fund their end of year trip to Ashland by purchasing beautiful holiday poinsettias. We will be taking orders through November 12th with delivery occurring on December 2nd. These make great gifts for your office, family members, as well as lovely home decorations. The order form is available below. Return it to the office with payment by November 12th.

Red Poinsettias:

  • 6” pot, one plant with four to six flowers, $12.00
  • 8” pot, two plants with nine or more flowers, $20.00

Pink Poinsettias:

  • 6” pot, one plant with four to six flowers, $12.00
  • 8” pot, two plants with nine or more flowers, $20.00

White Poinsettias:

  • 6” pot, one plant with four to six flowers, $12.00
  • 8” pot, two plants with nine or more flowers, $20.00

pdf 2015 poinsettia order form (64 KB)


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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