Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of September 17, 2015

17 September 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Letter from the front / Menchies "Family Night Out" /  Picture Days / 10th Anniversary Passports / VIP Day / Jog-a-Thon / 10 ways to help children stay active


Dear Falcon Families,

As an independent charter school, Cascade Heights is very grateful for the community support that we depend on to keep our doors open. Last year, 100 plus volunteers contributed close to 6000 hours of service. We would like to acknowledge the many families who have contributed hours already this year.

  • Mrs. Dodson for volunteering in the office.
  • Mrs. Stores for organizing the Jog-A-Thon. This is her 7th year!
  • Mr. Gardner for changing all our burnt out light bulbs.
  • Mrs. Brown for hosting the lovely reception for Kindergarten families on the first day of school.
  • Mrs. Cram for organizing the uniform closet.
  • Mrs. Zundel & Mrs. Langston for organizing and running our Scholastic Book Fairs for the 3rd year running.
  • Mrs. Biller for finding and planning “Family Night Out” events.
  • Mrs. Edith Fuller and Ms. Janet Setness for the tireless efforts that enabled us to open our Library.
  • Mrs. Magby for staying late many nights working side by side with me to complete those projects that would have otherwise gone undone.
  • Mrs. Bradbury for volunteering daily in the first grade classroom

We truly couldn’t do it without you! Thank you so much!

If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer at Cascade Heights, some current needs include:

  • Office help (any time Monday to Thursday). Contact Mrs. Marlatt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Morning playground check for broken glass, graffiti, etc. (any day Monday to Thursday). Contact Mrs. Marlatt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • “Nit pickers” to help with an all school lice check. (Date TBA soon.) Contact Mrs. Bethke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Holly Denman


Thursday, 9/17/15, 4 to 7 PM
Menchies Frozen Yogurt at Clackamas Promenade, 8590 SE Sunnyside Road

“Family Night Out” fundraisers are organized throughout the year. They are a great way get to know families you might not otherwise meet, support the school, and support local businesses that give back to their community. Menchies will donate 20% of purchases to the school, but you must present a flyer. Flyers came home in planners on Wednesday. Additional flyers will be available in car line on Thursday or can be downloaded from the website. Invite your family and friends to come enjoy a treat with you and support the school. Sweet all around!


Grades K to 3 are scheduled for Monday, September 21. Grades 4 to 8 are scheduled for Tuesday, September 22.

Important information:

  • Picture days are regular uniform days. Wear your best smile!
  • No picture packets are needed and no money needs to be sent to school on picture day.
  • Shortly after our scheduled days, Apple of Your Eye Photography will provide information on how to view the pictures 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 participating in the September picture days will be included in the class composite photo.)


Collect passport stamps and fill ‘er up

As many of you know, we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary at Cascade Heights, and the teachers and staff are excited to have even more fun than usual. To kick off the celebration, red CHPCS 10th Anniversary Passports were distributed. These family passports are a special place to remember all of the wonderful activities planned for the 2015-2016 school year. Each passport came with a first day of school stamp along with many empty pages just waiting to collect more. Some special occasions we hope you will be sure to attend are listed in the passport, but also note that not all events are listed, including parent teacher conferences, classroom happenings, etc.

Everyone in the family is invited to work together to fill the passports. Bring them to any evening events or other special occasions occurring at Cascade Heights to receive additional stamps and help us celebrate our school's past and future.

If your family did not get a passport, contact Mrs. Hans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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. Be sure to bring your passport for a special stamp.

Note: Handicap access is through the breezeway doors facing the paved parking lot. Come early for good parking!


“How does it work?” for new families (and a refresher for old timers)

Collecting Pledges

Children collect pledges prior to Jog-a-Thon and record them on their pledge sheet. Even one pledge makes a difference in the success of the Jog-a-Thon. Family members, friends, and co-workers are great sources of pledges. Donors may choose to make a “per lap” donation, or a flat donation. We ask that each child try to collect a minimum of $50 in pledges and donations. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO SOLICIT DOOR TO DOOR. 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.

Returning the Pledge Sheet and Money

Return the filled out pledge sheet (just the sheet, no money, please) to your child’s teacher by Monday, October 5th, 2015. Following the Jog-a-Thon on October 8th, the pledge sheet will be returned to you marked with the number of laps completed so children can go back to their donors to collect their pledges.

The pledge sheet and the total money collected should be returned by Thursday, October 22, 2015. Put it all 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:

(Note: Any money collected after Oct. 22nd will be gratefully received but cannot be used to qualify for prizes.)

Volunteer opportunities

Helpers are needed for marking down laps on the runners' lap cards as they go by, handing out water, collecting lap cards and entering the number of laps on the pledge sheets, and cheering. If you can help for any amount of time on Jog-a-Thon day, just send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Questions may also be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


As the weather turns colder, most of us spend more time indoors and less time being active. This is the case for a lot of our children as well. Children should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity such as brisk walking per day, and participate in vigorous sports or exercise three times a week, according to the CDC and other sources.

This is one of the reasons Cascade Heights offers daily PE to all grades. As a parent, you can help shape your child's attitudes and behaviors toward physical activity and encourage them to be active with activities ranging from informal, active play to organized sports. Here are some ways you can do this:

  1. Set a positive example by leading an active lifestyle yourself.
  2. Ask your children what physical activities they like to do, then help them do it – often.
  3. Make physical activity part of your family's daily routine by taking family walks or playing active games together.
  4. Plan family events, including weekend outings and vacations, which include physical activity (e.g. hiking, water sports, skiing).
  5. Give your children equipment that encourages physical activity, like a ball, jump rope, hulahoop, or skates.
  6. Take young people to places where they can be active, such as public parks, community baseball fields or basketball courts and advocate in your community for the creation of neighborhood parks, bike paths and walking trails.
  7. Be positive about the physical activities in which your child participates and encourage them to be interested in new activities.
  8. Make physical activity fun. Fun activities can be anything your child enjoys, either structured or non-structured. Activities can range from team sports or individual sports to recreational activities such as walking, running, skating, bicycling, swimming, playground activities or free-time play.
  9. Monitor screen time. Have your children “earn” time for “voltage” activities by accumulating minutes of physical activity.
  10. Instead of watching television after dinner, encourage your child to find fun activities to do on their own or with friends and family, such as walking, playing chase or riding bikes.

Remember to be safe! Always provide protective equipment such as helmets, wrist pads or knee pads and ensure that activity is age-appropriate.

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