Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of September 3, 2015

02 September 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator
In this issue: First week of school / Traffic changes in neighbourhood /  Parking Plea / Back to School Night / Car Line Refresher Course


Schedule for first week of school:

Monday, September 7: Labor Day holiday. Campus closed.

Tuesday, September 8:  Kindergarten ONLY (1/2 Day): 7:45 to 11:30 am.

Classrooms Open House: 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Drop off supplies, and meet your teacher.

Wednesday, September 9: First Day of School for All Students. Doors open at 7:45 am. Dismissal at 3:30 pm.

(Note: Homework Club and other after school activities will not start until September 14.)

Thursday, September 10: Back to School Night: 6:00 to 7:30 pm. See below for details.


Heads Up! New connection between SE 82nd Avenue and SE 82nd Drive now in effect

Please be aware that the traffic changes may impact your travel time and plan ahead!

From ODOT: Southeast 82nd Avenue, I-205 and Southeast 82nd Drive Changes 

The new connection between Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast 82nd Drive is now open. There are new signs to direct traffic.

  • Travelers heading in both directions between SE 82nd Avenue and SE 82nd Drive will use the new connection.
  • Travelers heading south on Southeast 82nd Avenue have the option to continue south to I-205 or turn left at the new signalized intersection and continue east to Southeast 82nd Drive.
  • A new signal was installed on the I-205 northbound off-ramp to control traffic heading to SE 82nd Avenue northbound and the Milwaukie Expressway.
  • The biggest change/closure as a result of the new connection between 82nd Avenue and 82nd Drive that the Milwaukie Expressway eastbound access and I-205--southbound access to SE 82nd Drive will be closed permanently.
  • Motorists traveling to SE 82nd Drive from the Milwaukie Expressway eastbound must now take I-205 south to exit 12A (OR 212/224) and then north on SE 82nd Drive.
  • All lanes of Southeast 82nd Avenue between Southeast Sunnybrook Boulevard and OR 224 (Milwaukie Expressway) are now open. 

Maps and other information can be found at:

If you have questions, contact:
Susan C. Hanson Interim Community Affairs Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or visit the ODOT Region 1 Web site:


If you are not able to find a legal parking spot, please join car line.

Last year, complaints of repeated parking violations around the school put the Clackamas County Sheriff on notice. We expect increased scrutiny by the Sheriff to continue this year which means that parking in an illegal place is more likely to result in a ticket. Examples of illegal parking include:

  • in a fire lane,
  • crosswalk,
  • handicapped parking (without a permit),
  • our neighbors (both business and residential) restricted parking, or
  • blocking a driveway.

Being a good neighbor is an ongoing endeavor and we appreciate your help making sure that our school community is a welcome and valued neighborhood partner for years to come. We would much rather see this come about through voluntary efforts than a rash of parking tickets. Thank you for your cooperation.

For more information including clarifying maps and photos, see our website:


Thursday, September 10th, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

The staff of Cascade Heights invites you to our 10th annual Back to School Night on Thursday, September 10th, 2015. The evening begins at 6:00 pm in the Library for the official ribbon cutting, followed by a short welcome and introductions in the gym. This year, instead of our usual two sessions with teachers talking too fast trying to cram everything you might want to know into 20 minutes, we will be trying something new.

  • Parents with students in Kindergarten through 4th grade will remain in the gym while parents with students in 5th through 8th grade will move to the lunch room.
  • If you have students in both primary and upper grades, please go with the 5 - 8 group to the cafeteria (lunch room).
  • In each of these rooms the teachers will spend about 20 minutes sharing ideas for ways to make the most of our Home-School partnership this year.
  • After the group session, all classrooms will be open to allow parents to meet each other and the classroom teacher, pick up daily schedules and syllabi, and sign up for conferences, volunteering, and field trips.

In order to make the most of our short time together, we ask that students not attend. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!


In order to ensure safe and efficient student drop off and pick up, the following are our procedures:

Morning Drop-off:

  • Arrival time is 7:45 a.m. to 7:55 a.m.
  • The student drop off area is in the front of the building between the driveway and the tree.
  • Pull as far forward in the drop off area before stopping your car to allow as many families as possible space to disembark.
  • Students should not be left unattended before the front doors open at 7:45 a.m. (If earlier drop off is necessary, please contact the office to make arrangements.)
  • School starts at 8:00 a.m. at which time students need to be in their seats ready to learn. Arriving by 7:55 allows children time to get to their classroom, get settled, and be in their seats by 8:00 a.m.
  • Students arriving after 7:55 a.m. are tardy.
  • Students arriving late must be signed in by the adult who brought them to school and get a hall pass from the office.

Afternoon Dismissal:

  • School is dismissed at 3:30 p.m.
  • Students should not remain on campus unattended after 3:45 p.m.
  • The student pick up area for front carline is in front of the building between the driveway and the tree.
  • Pull to the front of the line and wait for your student(s) to come to the car once dismissed by the teacher in charge.
  • Students will be dismissed from front carline only to vehicles, not to pedestrians. (If you wish to meet your child as they exit the building, plan for side door dismissal. See bleow.)
  • Follow all directions of the traffic monitors.
  • Do not double-park in car line.
  • Cell phone use is prohibited in the car line.
  • Car line drivers must remain in the vehicle at all times. If you leave your vehicle for any reason or any length of time, please move to a legal parking spot.

Side Door Dismissal:

  • Side door hours are 3:30 to 3:45 p.m.
  • If you pick up your children at the side door, park only in the gravel lot or in a legal spot on the street.
  • Please cross at the corner or the crosswalk to return to your parked vehicle. Do not walk out between vehicles in car line.
  • Obey the traffic monitor's direction to cross the street.
  • Yield to traffic leaving car line when pulling out of parking spots.
  • Do not park in the employee (paved) lot for afternoon pick up. This lot is closed (as indicated by cones in the entrance and exit) between 2 pm and 3:45 pm.
  • Any students remaining after 3:45 p.m. may be picked up at the school office. They will be issued an espresso and a free puppy. Warning: Puppies left from last year are getting pretty big!

Cascade families commute from all over the area and many families are new to our school this year. Please use caution and set a good example for our community.

Idling cars can turn schools into air pollution hot spots

"You could be hurting your kids (sic) just by picking them up after school." How? By not turning off your car while you're waiting.

Research shows idling can turn schools into air pollution hot spots, as parents gather in large numbers outside with engines running. You can't see the toxic exhaust, but children have to wait in it and walk through it. Please turn off your engine while waiting in car line. Read more on this issue at

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