Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of September 22, 2016

22 September 2016 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Important announcements / Be in the know / Riggs class for families / Sunrise expressway / Free & reduced meals - important info / School lunch accounts / Harvest festival 




Strep throat has started its rounds. Three children sent home from school have been diagnosed with strep already this year.

When your children come to school with symptoms, the virus gets passed on to other children and staff, who in turn infect other children and their families and on it goes. Excessive absenteeism affects learning for all.

Many graver illnesses (swine flu, measles, strep throat, etc.) start with symptoms very similar to the common cold, but are highly contagious at this stage (before the onset of rashes, cough, etc.). Therefore it is important that your children be kept at home if they do not feel well.

We have medically fragile children at CHPCS. What would be a mild illness to others can cause debilitating complications for them.

  • Please do not come to school if you are not well (this goes for parents, too).
  • Wash your hands! Frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness.
  • Children who have had symptoms of fever or vomiting from common illness such as cold or flu, must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. Other infectious diseases require a doctor’s note before returning to school.


Enrollment forms are overdue!

Enrollment forms were due on the first day of school. If we have not received these forms for your child, another set was sent home. If you received a second packet, please complete all the forms (some are two sided) and return them by Monday, September 26.

These forms provide school personnel with emergency contact, medical, and other essential information. Students who do not have this information on file by Monday, September 26 will not be allowed to attend school starting Tuesday, September 27 until the forms are returned.

Student Safety

Adults are not to use student bathrooms. There is an adult bathroom in both the lower and upper wings of the school. If you need a family bathroom, the one up by the gym is your best choice.

Absences and late arrivals/early departures

If your child is going to be absent, please contact the school office directly. Provide your child's full name, grade, and reason for being absent. You can contact the school office by phone or email.

  • email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR
  • call 503.653.1850 Ext 2 and leave a short message

If your child is tardy or leaving early because of a healthcare appointment, please get a note from the healthcare provider for the school office to have the late arrival/early departure excused.


There are several ways to stay informed about all the doings at Cascade Heights.


Remind is a text or email service that you subscribe to. The school uses Remind ONLY for emergent or urgent school messages. You can opt out at any time and all personal information is protected.

Through Remind, you will get messages and updates that are CHPCS specific, such as a CHPCS closure or early release, notice of power outage, local emergency, late field trip buses, etc.

To receive messages via text, send the text message "@faØa2" to (971) 252-3285. You can opt-out of messages anytime by replying: "unsubscribe @faØa2".

To receive messages via email, send an email to faØThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  To unsubscribe, reply with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line.

For more information, see


The website is your go-to resource for timely information. Here you can find news alerts, supply lists, the school calendar, monthly menus, policy documents, quick links to read Falcon Flash or teacher blogs, and much more. Book mark it and visit often!

There is also a link to easily update your contact information under the Parents tab. Emails going to the wrong in-box? Missed something important from your teacher? Fix it here!


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


Be sure to subscribe to your Classroom’s Teacher Blogs to stay up on the latest news from your child’s teachers. Find out about current as well as up and coming units of study, special class projects, and more. Blog links can be found in the Staff Directory under the Contact Us tab of our website and in the sidebar of every Falcon Flash.


Demystify Riggs and successfully support your child’s learning at home

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 @ 9:30-11:30

If you have new students at Cascade Heights or need a refresher, we encourage you to attend this class. Children are welcome, too!

Riggs is an important part of a Cascade Heights education. It is multi-sensory and addresses all learning styles. It is a complete language arts program teaching spelling with handwriting, reading, and composition. Proper letter formation, good posture, accurate composition, correct spelling, vocabulary, and spelling rules are taught with careful precision in a program that is

  • Explicit
  • Sequential
  • Multisensory
  • Diagnostic
  • Differentiated
  • Direct Instruction

See for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at class!


The new expressway opened this summer and has changed the traffic patterns around the school. If you need some help figuring it all out, see the maps and images at


Cascade Heights participates in the National School Lunch Program. If there is any possibility you have children that may qualify for free or reduced meals who are not currently on the program, 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 have some children who participate and some who do not, you must apply for any children in your household (including foster children) who are not yet in the program. The status of siblings does not automatically enroll other children in the family.

Visit: to complete an application. Contact the school if you need help applying. We have computers available for online applications or can print paper forms for you. Just let us know.

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


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


Join the CHPCS community for a fun filled evening of free family frivolity!

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

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. Hayrides, pumpkin decorating, tug o war, and needle in a haystack will keep the young and old happily entertained. The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at dusk or 7:00 p.m., whichever is first!

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 with a third category for apple or pumpkin recipes that take into account dietary restrictions. 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 6th 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.

To enter the baking contest, download the attached entry form or pick one up at the school. 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.

pdf Harvest Festival Flyer 2016 (75 KB)

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