Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of September 10, 2015

09 September 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator
In this issue: Letter from the front / On being punctual /  Be in the know / School photos / VIP Day / PTA / Jog-a-Thon / 25 questions


Welcome back to school, Falcon Families!

We are off to a great start for the new school year and it’s going to be a busy month. Hope to see you all at our Library Ribbon Cutting (hooray!) and Back to School Night.

It has been a long time since we have had so many new families at Cascade Heights. In addition to a record number of new Kindergarten families (Belo, Goddard, Guthrie, Munoz, Khemchan, Kuntzmann, Layton, Lee, Lynch, Mason, Medhaug, Passmore, Ramirez Dupere, Stanwood, and Tran), we also extend a warm welcome to the following families: in 1st-Tang , in 2nd-Damian-Wingfield, Frantchuk and Hibpshman (also 3rd and 6th), in 6th-Bach, Chan, Cooper, Warren, Wilson, Osborne and Zinkina, and in 8th-Taylor. If you are a returning family and see a new face, please take a moment to introduce yourself.

At Cascade Heights, we know all parents want the best for their children. Our mission is to partner with parents because a family’s engagement is the key to children succeeding, not only in school but in life. We honor your unique role as your child’s primary educator and “resident expert”. Partnering with the school does not necessarily mean volunteering at the school or in the classroom. We value such volunteerism and we need it to run effectively but we realize not everyone can. Partnering does mean all the ways you connect with your children to demonstrate how much you value them and their education and support their learning in school. This could be dinner time conversations* about what happened in school, individual interests or current events, books you read aloud (even in 8th grade!), math facts practice during the car ride to and from school, or family "field trips" (e.g. art museums, science exhibits, music and theatre performances, bookstores, nature hikes) and especially anything that relates to and extends what is being studied in the classroom or your child's unique interests.

As your partner, the school seeks your input both formally and informally. We are all available by email or by appointment to meet with you. Our annual perceptions surveys and focus group participation are two of the ways we seek formal input. Our goal with surveys is always 100% participation as they provide us with actionable data to drive our continuous school improvement efforts.

By sharing your time and honest input, you help us ensure that your child’s time at Cascade Heights is enriching, fulfilling and the best preparation for high school and beyond. We welcome you to our unique community and a brand new school year. May it be the best one yet!

Holly Denman

* For inspiration, see the article below "25 Questions to ask your child instead of "How was your day?"


"A dillar, a dollar, a 10 0’clock scholar, what makes you come so soon?"

At Cascade Heights, families come from many different areas and getting to school punctually can be a challenge at the best of times. This year we have the added demand of major road construction and route changes in the our neighborhood. Please plan ahead! Here are some ideas to help:

Children are to be in their seats ready to learn by 8:00 a.m. Our doors open at 7:45 a.m. each morning and close at 7:55. This gives everyone plenty of time to walk to class, put away backpacks, jackets, and lunches, and be in their seat by 8:00 a.m.

If you do happen to be late:

  • Teachers close their classroom doors promptly at 8:00 and take attendance. If a student gets to school in time, but arrives to a closed classroom door, this may mean they were not efficient getting to class and an office pass will be required to enter class. This is to ensure the safety of all students.
  • If a student arrives at school after 7:55 the student must be signed in by an adult. If the front door is closed when you drive up, park legally, and come in to the office. Children will receive a pass to go right to class while the parent or carpool driver signs the student in under “Late Arrival” on the HelpCounter computer located by the door.
  • Habitual tardiness is a cause for concern as it negatively affects both the child arriving late as well as the learning environment. If your family has ongoing challenges getting to school on time and you need help, please contact your homeroom teacher.


Be in the know

Be sure to subscribe to all your children's teachers Blogs to stay up on the latest news. They can be found in the Staff Directory under the Contact Us tab of our website or on the sidebar of every Falcon Flash.

The website has lots of current content and our volunteer Webmaster works hard to keep it up to date for you. Whether you want to subscribe to Falcon Flash, get the current lunch menu, keep up with PTA events, after school activities, and more, the website is the place to check first.

The website also has an"Update Your Contact Info" link to easily update your email address. Find it under the Parents tab or on the sidebar of Falcon Flash. Use this whenever you have a new email address or additional email addresses you want added to school mailing lists. (Phone numbers and addresses need to be updated through the office.)

Cascade Heights also has a Facebook page. "Like" us to stay current on news and notes from the school. or click on the Facebook logo from any page on the website.

Back to School Night and PTA meetings are great places to connect with other parents to find carpools.

Last but not least, be sure to sign up for Cascade Heights Emergency Only Text Message service through “Remind.” The main benefit to Remind is that you will get timely messages and updates that are CHPCS specific, such as a CHPCS closure or early release due to power outage, local emergency, etc. The Remind service will be used for only urgent and emergent situations. For more information, see
To receive messages via text, send the text message "@fa0a2" to (971) 252-3285. You can opt-out of messages anytime by replying: "unsubscribe @fa0a2".
To receive messages via email, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To unsubscribe, reply with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line.


Wear your best smile!

All picture days are regular uniform days. Apple of Your Eye Photography will be here for 2 days, September 21 and 22.

Important information:
• No picture packets are needed and no money needs to be sent to school on picture day.
• Once the photographer has completed uploading and editing the photos, you will receive information on how to view the pictures (of your child only) and complete purchases online.
• There will be no retakes because the photographer will take a few shots for you to choose from. For anyone who is absent, there will be another picture day TBA in October. (Note: Only children participting in the September picture days will be included in the class composite photo.)


Show off your school to the VIPs in your life

Very Important Person Day is on Thursday, September 24 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. This is a chance for your children to invite grandparents, aunts and uncles, or any other special adults in their lives to visit their school. There will be a short presentation and light refreshments. Note: Handicap access is through the breezeway doors facing the paved parking lot. Come early for good parking!


Join our monthly meetings

Do you want to support your child’s education, help the school, be informed, meet new people, feel connected, and make your voice heard? Support CHPCS PTA!

The PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) promotes the positive growth of the Cascade Heights Public Charter School community, via meaningful and effective events. We enhance opportunities for our students, encourage positive involvement from all families in our school community, and work to strengthen communication between parents and staff. Regular PTA Meetings are on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. Free babysitting is provided.

2015 PTA Officers
Co Presidents: Kaitlyn Brown and Shonna Schroedl
Vice President: Taylor Wrenn
Secretary: Debbie Biller
Treasurer: Amy Dorr
Membership Coordinator: Donna Higgins
Teacher Liaison: Janice Venture
Website page:

9th Annual CHPCS PTA Jog-A-Thon

Every pledge makes a difference

The Ninth Annual Cascade Heights Public Charter School Jog-a-Thon will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015. This event is the PTA’s primary fundraiser and we hope to have every family participate! Our first Jog-a-thon was held in 2007 and has been a greater success with each passing year thanks to the participation and dedication of students and parents. Thank you all for your hard work. Let’s all get together to make our ninth one the best yet!

On Jog-a-Thon day, students have the opportunity to run, walk, or skip as many laps as they can complete in 30 minutes. Grades Kindi-2nd will run their laps from 9:00-9:30 a.m. Grades 3-5th will run their laps from 10:00-10:30 a.m. and Grades 6-8th will have their lap time from 11:00-11:30 a.m. We will hold the Jog-a-Thon in our school fields. After running their laps, students will receive a treat for their great efforts!

The class that collects the most money will have a special class party and the top earner from each class will have an invitation for a special lunch with Principal Denman. Please check with your employer to see if they have a matching gifts program and make a pledge that your employer will match dollar for dollar.

Volunteers are needed! We would appreciate your help marking down laps on the runners' lap cards as they go by, handing out water and Otter Pops, collecting lap cards, entering the number of laps on the pledge sheets, and cheer leading. If you can help for any amount of time on Jog-a-Thon day or have questions, just send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Cathy Wellman Stores, CHPCS PTA Jog-a-Thon Coordinator

Thanks in advance for helping to make our 9th Annual Jog-a-Thon a huge success!

25 questions to ask instead of "How was your day?"

...that a child will answer even at the end of a long school day

1. What did you eat for lunch?
2. What games did you play at recess?
3. What was the funniest thing that happened today?
4. Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
5. What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
6. Who made you smile today?
7. What new fact did you learn today?
8. What challenged you today?
9. If school were a ride at the fair, which ride would it be? Why?
10. What would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10? Why?
11. If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day, who would you want it to be? Why?
12. If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
13. Did anyone push your buttons today?
14. Who do you want to make friends with but haven’t yet? Why not?
15. What is your teacher’s most important rule?
16. What is the most popular thing to do at recess?
17. Does your teacher remind you of anyone else you know? How?
18. Tell me something you learned about a friend today.
19. What is one thing you did today that was helpful?
20. When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
21. What rule was the hardest to follow today?
22. What is one thing you hope to learn before the school year is over?
23. Which person in your class is your exact opposite?
24. Which area of your school is the most fun?
25. Which playground skill do you plan to master this year?


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