Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Falcon Flash: Week of November 5, 2015

05 November 2015 Written by   Debra Dietch, Communication Coordinator

In this issue: Letter from the front / PTA Jog-a-Thon /  Hallowe'en candy drive / Volunteers needed: Nit Picker team & front office helpers / Photo drop email address / 8th grade fundraiser / Host families needed for Chinese exchange students / Community News


Greetings Falcon Families,

Thank you to all the families who get here on time every day. Your support of your child’s educational endeavor is greatly appreciated and your reward is… you don’t have to read the rest of this letter! ;-)

Unfortunately, arriving on time is a challenge for some of us. If this is you, read on. 237 tardies have been recorded already this school year, even though we have only had 34 days of school! 

CHPCS emphasizes the development of the whole child. Because the success of the educational experience depends upon teacher-student relationships and peer interactions, being late to class disrupts the educational process of the whole group (not just the person arriving late). Our policy is intended to ensure every student in every class has the opportunity to start the day ready to learn.

In addition, our number one priority is your child’s safety. Requiring late arrivals to be checked in assures that you know where your child is.

Here is how morning arrival works: 

The front doors open at 7:45 and close at 7:55.
If the front doors are not open when you drive up, your child/children are tardy.
Tardy children are accompanied into the office by the driver, signed in on the HelpCounter computer, and receive a pass to get into class.
Children who come in after 7:55 unaccompanied will call you and wait in the office until you come into the office to sign them in.

To be counted on time and present, students must be in class, seated, with coat and pack hung up, and their homework turned in by 8:00. This is not possible unless they walk in the doors by 7:55. The moral of the story? The only way to avoid the inconvenience of parking and coming in to the office is to get here by 7:55!

Leaving early also affects learning, so we ask that these be kept to the absolute minimum. All student early departures also need to be signed out on the HelpCounter computer under Student Early Departure. 

This is imperative. The purpose of HelpCounter is to have an accurate account of who is on campus. If we were to have a major emergency and the emergency response team came into the building looking for a student who had already left, lives could be risked unnecessarily.

Thank you for partnering with us to help your child learn the skills they will need to be successful in life, including being on time!


The Educators at Cascade Heights


Mountains of sweet treats are headed for our troops abroad

WooHoo! We exceeded last year’s collection by gathering up 82 pounds of candy! Fifth grade brought in the winning amount with 23 pounds and will receive a popcorn party. 2nd grade was in second place with 19 pounds! Way to go Cascade Heights!

If anyone still has candy or letters, you may bring them into the office on Monday morning. The shipment will be sent later that day. 

Thank you for helping Operation Shoebox!


Help keep our school lice free

Volunteers are needed to do lice checks at the school. Free training will be provided. If you can help, please contact the school office or Mrs. Bethke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office help positions available

Volunteers are needed in the office. Any day and any amount of time would be helpful. Duties are: 

Answering the phone and taking messages
Answering the door and directing visitors
Applying ice packs and taking head injury/accident reports 
Helping children call home
Receiving packages
Filing, shredding and small office or teacher projects (when the door and phone don't keep you too busy)
Late arrival slips and helping families sign in and out

Applicant must: 

Be cheerful and fluffily loving at all times
Understand and abide by the school confidentiality policy
Love all children as if they were your own

If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Marlatt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In addition, we have posted an opening for a part time receptionist. The job description is on the website. If you are interested, please submit a resume to Mrs. Marlatt.


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is up and runnig

Cascade Heights now has a specific email address for receiving pictures of Cascade Heights related events. Teachers, staff, parents, grandparents, etc. can send pictures of events they attend to the above address. We are always looking for photos for the website, yearbook and other places and will verify that all students in the photo have a release before using them.


Parents, please be sure include Mrs. Marlatt in communications regarding student absences. If it is in an email, cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If it is verbal, be sure to speak to her as well as the teacher. 

Mrs. Marlatt is the Attendance Secretary and the only person who can excuse absences in student records. Thank you!


Just in time for the holidays

Help 8th grade fund their end of year trip to Ashland by purchasing beautiful holiday poinsettias. We will be taking orders through November 12th with delivery occurring on December 2nd. These make great gifts for your office, family members, as well as lovely home decorations. The order form is attached. Return it to the office with payment by November 12th.

You may choose Red, White, or Pink Poinsettias:

  • 6” pot, one plant with four to six flowers, $12.00
  • 8” pot, two plants with nine or more flowers, $20.00

pdf 2015 poinsettia order form (64 KB)


January 25-30, 2016

Cascade Heights Public Charter School will again have the opportunity to host 10-14 students and 1 teacher from Suzhou Experimental Elementary School (SEES) the week of January 25, 2016. These students will be coming to our school and learning with our students. We are seeking families who can host students during this time frame and provide transportation to school. Our first preference would be to have at least two students with a host family. This is an excellent opportunity for CHPCS students to practice speaking Chinese with a native speaker and to help the visiting students enjoy our part of the world. However, it is not required that you have students in Chinese to participate.

If you are interested in hosting, please talk with or email Wenny Laoshi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by Thursday November 20th, 2015.  Please indicate the following information:

  • how many students you can host
  • whether you have completed your criminal background check for the school year (2015-2016)
  • whether you have been cleared as a Cascade Heights volunteer.

Dates host families needs to know:

  • Mon, Jan 25th, after 5:00 PM: Pick up students at University Inn in Downtown Portland and students stay with host families and follow same schedule as your own children **
  • Tues, Jan 26th - Thu Jan 28th: Students go to Cascade Heights with your students
  • Fri, Jan 29th: Students have free day with host families
  • Sat, Jan 30th:  Host families take students to Portland Airport for departure [exact time TBD] **
    ** We can help with carpooling if time/date is difficult for host family 

Host Families Provide:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. School will provide lunch for students
  • Transportation to/from school each day

You bring your Chinese student(s) to school and pick them up, just like your own CHPCS students. Students will be provided school lunches, so even if you pack a lunch for your own child, you will NOT have to pack an additional lunch for your Chinese student(s).

Additional information:

While it is better for these young students to have two students in each host family, in past years they have been fine going by themselves with a host family.

You should include your Chinese student(s) in your everyday activities . . . soccer practice, music lessons, etc. You do not need to adjust your schedules to do special events. They want to see what "real American families" are like!

CHPCS students who take Spanish at the school are also welcome to host Chinese students.

If you have other questions, please email Wenny Laoshi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thank you for considering this opportunity for your family. 

Wenny Liaoshi
Chinese Teacher


Help Meals on Wheels make the holidays festive for homebound seniors!

Meals on Wheels collaborates with schools to have children decorate place mats for holiday meals. Mrs. Brandon and Mrs. Brown have 300 white paper place mats that need a special touch to brighten them up and make them festive. This is a great volunteer opportunity for your child and family.  

The decorating session is this coming Friday, November 6th from 10am-12pm at the school. All the supplies will be provided; just show up and decorate a few placemats to brighten someone's day during the holidays.

Meals on Wheels delivers hot, nutritious lunches to homebound seniors. Their mission is to enrich the lives of seniors and assist them in maintaining independence by making nutritious food, social contacts, and other resources accessible. Visit for more info.

If you are unable to make it on Friday, but would like a stack of 10 to take home and decorate, contact Mrs. Brandon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The finished place mats need to be returned to Meals on Wheels by Monday, November 23rd.

 Please share this opportunity with other friends and family. All are welcome!

Thank you, and hope to see you Friday!
Dana Brandon (Tate and Jay's mom)
Kaitlyn Brown (Quentin's mom)

Saturday Academy posts Winter/Spring class offerings

Winter/spring classes are online at

Check out:

  • College Prep - get ready for the Re-designed Test!
  • In-Service Day classes - keep the curiosity going while school is out.
  • And other new class offerings!

Did you know SA offers financial aid? More info at


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