Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of September 15, 2016

15 September 2016 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Campus safety / Free & reduced meal applications available / School lunch accounts / Arriving to school on time / Teacher blogs & other resources / Picture days! / PTA / MAP / After school classes / Harvest festival 


ALL parents who are on campus, either as a visitor or volunteer, must check in and out on the HelpCounter computer in the office. Please also wear the appropriate badge. We have to know at all times who is on campus in case of an emergency.


Cascade Heights participates in the National School Lunch Program. If there is any possibility your family may qualify for free or reduced meals, please apply! This designation not only helps families, it helps Cascade Heights tremendously with federal funding, grant awards, and other opportunities available to schools. If you qualified before, you must reapply each year. (If you qualified this year, but in a district other than North Clackamas, you must also reapply.)

Visit: to complete an application.

If you have no internet access, you may use a school computer. (Contact the school office to make arrangements.) 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.

For information about the school lunch program in North Clackamas Schools, call 503-353-6034. Again we encourage every family who may possibly qualify to apply.


To add funds to your child’s school lunch account or check the account balance, please go to:


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 continuing road construction in the area. Please plan ahead! Here are some ideas to help:

  • Lay out uniform and backpack the night before (don’t forget your planner)
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Leave in plenty of time (especially if you cross train tracks or travel with traffic)
  • Check the website for the Sunrise project to stay abreast of construction news:

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 happen to be late:

a. 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.

b. 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 (somewhere other than the gravel lot); 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.

c. 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 sure to subscribe to your Classroom’s Teacher Blogs to stay up on the latest news from your child’s teachers. They can be found in the Staff Directory under the Contact Us tab of our website.

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. There is also a link to easily update your contact information under the Parents tab:

Cascade Heights has a Facebook page! "Like" us to stay current on news and notes from the school.

Last but not least, be sure to sign up for Mrs. Denman’s 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.

For more information, see


Wear your best smile! All Picture Days are regular uniform days. Apple of Your Eye Photography will be here for 2 days: October 4 and 5.

Important information:

  • No picture packets are needed and no money needs to be sent to school on picture day.
  • K through 3rd will take pictures on October 4.
  • 4th through 8th will take pictures on October 5.
  • Once the photographer has completed uploading and editing the photos, you will receive information on how to view the pictures and complete purchases online.
  • There will be no retake days because the photographer will take a few shots for you to choose from.


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. Please join our monthly meetings!

2016-17 PTA Officers

  • Co Presidents: Michah Hibpshman and Lisa Haight-Stott
  • Vice President: Angie Munoz
  • Secretary: Sarah O’Malley
  • Treasurer: Trudy Langston
  • Membership Coordinator: Denise Cantin
  • Parent Liaison: Marcie Handsaker

Website page:

Upcoming events:

  • PTA Jog-a-thon: October 6, details TBA.
  • Please-take-it-away Sale: October 8, 8am outside under the covered play area.
  • Parent Education Classes: TBA. Please let someone on the PTA Board about any suggestions you have for classes!
  • Next PTA Meeting: Tuesday, October 11, 6:30pm.


During September, your child will take assessments called Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP). We give MAP assessments to determine what your child knows and is ready to learn, as well as to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year.

All students take the assessments in Reading, Language Usage and Mathematics. Grades 3 – 8 also take the Science assessment. They will take them again later this year. This yields the second data point which allows for measuring growth through the course of the year.

MAP assessments are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward assessment. And with MAP, we can administer shorter assessments and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s academic growth. The assessments are completed in multiple sessions and are taken on a computer.

Your child’s MAP results are reported in RIT scores. RIT is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that measures item difficulty and is independent of grade level. This is different from tests that give results based on percentage correct or by comparing your child to others in the same grade. This makes RIT scores a valuable tool to improve student learning. With it, we can easily measure each child’s growth, allowing teachers to use it to inform instruction, students to use it for goal setting, and you to use it to get a clear picture of student growth and how to support your children's learning.

Partnering to help all children learn, parents and teachers have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children. We are truly excited to be able to use MAP to focus on every child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information on assessments at CHPCS as well as resources for parents, see the Assessment page on our website ( under Academics. There you can download the Parent Toolkit, Strategies Packet for Parents and Students, and read our FAQ. You can also help by making sure your child gets a good night’s rest and eats a healthy breakfast on assessment days.


After school classes and homework club have started. For more information, go to:

Contact: Mr. Weaver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thursday, October 6, 6:00 to 7:00PM

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 6:00 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.!

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.

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