• Student & Parent Handbook

    2018-2019 School Year

    From the Principal

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year.  I’m looking forward to a great school year with everyone.  I appreciate all of the parents who took our survey at the end of last school year.  I heard you and am making changes to make school a better experience for everyone.  One of the changes it that whenever possible information will come in a way that is quick and easy for you to see.  So, you will see more lists and fewer letters.  So, here we go!

    • Student Support Specialist news
      • Grace moved up to Hood River Middle School. We will miss her, but our kids will have a familiar face when they get to middle school.
      • Our new Student Support Specialist is Nicole Faaborg.
    • Please get involved! Parent involvement has been shown to help children do better in school.  It’s easy to get started, just fill out the Volunteer Application. Here are some of the things you can do:
      • Volunteer in the classroom &/or library
      • Chaperone field trips
      • Come to family evenings
      • Help out at special school activities
      • Join the PTO
    • This handbook is just to answer quick questions you may have. It does not take the place of the Standards of Student Conduct. 
    • If you do not have internet access at home, you are welcome to come to school and use an iPad to read and sign the Standards of Student Conduct
    • Information in this handbook can change from time to time.

     Please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have.

     ~ Amy Moreland

     Cascade Locks Elementary School Staff



    Amy Moreland

    Nicole Faaborg

    Merideth Cole

    Principal & Reading Specialist

    Student Support Specialist


    Classroom Teachers

    Karen Schmidtmann

    Samantha Dorsch

    LeAnne Haifley

    Derek Gries

    Kindergarten & 1st Grade

    1st Grade Reading & Math

    2nd & 3rd Grades

    4th & 5th Grades


    Brack Hassell

    David Church

    Jana Arthur

    Physical Education

    Music Education

    Special Education

    Instructional Assistants

     Sheri Holloway

    Terri Back

    Lacey Kessler

    Custodial Staff

    Steve Malone


    Need to contact us?  It’s easy!

    • By phone: Call the school office at 541-374-8467
    • By email: Every staff email address is in this format:

     If you need to meet with a teacher in person, please set up an appointment first with a phone call or email.

    What do I do if I have questions or concerns?

    Classroom Questions or Concerns:

    1. Talk with the teacher. You can email, call or make an appointment to meet in person
    2. If your questions or concerns still aren’t answered/addressed, make an appointment with the principal

    School-wide Questions: email or call the office to make an appointment with the principal


    Visiting School

    You are welcome to come visit.  Please contact your child’s teacher to set up a visit in advance.

    Volunteering at School

    Volunteers at school are welcome and appreciated!  In order to volunteer at school, adults  must have completed a Volunteer Application which includes a background check.  Please plan ahead as completing this check generally takes a few days.

    All visitors/volunteers must sign in at the main office and wear a visitor/volunteer badge while in the building.  Please sign out and return the badge when you leave.


    Student Pick-up and Drop-off

    Parents will drop off their children at the front doors of the school.  Parents picking up their students can park along the west side of School Rd. (the field side) or in the parking lot.  For student safety, please do NOT turn around on School Rd. if the bus is blocking the exit.    If you do not want to wait for the bus to pull away in the afternoon, we recommend arriving by 2:00 and parking in the lot.


    Attendance & School Day Schedule

    It is the law in Oregon that children regularly come to school.  Too. Many absences make it hard for students to learn and keep up with their class.  There is more information about attendance at the end of this handbook

     Excused absences are:

    • Illness of the student
    • An emergency in the family 

    If your child is going to be absent, please make sure to:

    1. Call the school the morning your child is absent
    2. Students who get to school after 7:35 will put their backpacks in the hallway and go straight to the gym.
    3. Students who get to school at 7:40 (8:40 on Mondays) or later need to check in at the office.
    4. If you bring your child to school after 7:50 (8:50 on Mondays) please come into the office to sign them in
    5. If you pick your child up early, please sign them out in the office.
    6. Please make all appointments for your child after 2:10 pm or on non-school days.


    Late Start Mondays

    School will start one hour late every Monday that school is in session.  Breakfast will be served between 8:15 and 8:35 am.  Teaching and learning begins at 8:40 am. School will be out at the regular time, 2:10pm.


    CLES Daily Schedule


    8:10 am

    Doors Open for students/parents

    8:15-8:35 am

    Breakfast Served

    8:35 am

    First Bell

    8:40 am

    School Starts

    11:10 am – 11:50 am


    2:10 pm

    School Over (students dismissed)

     Tuesdays - Fridays

    7:10 am

    Doors Open for Student Arrival

    7:15-7:35 am

    Breakfast Served


    First Bell

    7:40 am

    School Starts

    9:40 am


    11:10 am – 11:50 am


    2:10 pm

    School Over (students dismissed)


    Inclement Weather Delays or Closures

    (Snow Days or Late Starts)

    If there is a change to the school day because of weather, you will get a robo-call letting you know.  If you are not sure if there will be school, check the district website, www.hoodriver.k12.or.us. If a parent does not think it is safe to get their student to school they may wait until later in the day or keep their student home for the day.

    If there is a 2 hour late start on a Monday, school will be open at 9:10 am for breakfast and learning will start at 9:40 am.

    Breakfast and Lunch are FREE

    We are lucky to have a grant that gives free breakfast and lunch to all students at Cascade Locks Elementary.  If your child is going to be late to school, please call the office and let us know what they would like for lunch.  We have to put our order in by 8:30 in the morning, 9:15 on Mondays. Students may always bring a lunch from home if they prefer.  Students who do not bring a lunch from home will automatically be served a school lunch.



    Birthdays are very special days.  It’s a day that you don’t have to share with anyone else (usually).  We want to celebrate birthdays in an equitable manner at school so please do not bring treats or balloons to school on your child’s birthday.  We announce student birthdays at morning meetings and at the end of the school year we will have a Birthday Extravaganza where we will celebrate everyone’s birthdays.



    Research has shown that the most effective homework activities for elementary students are:

    • Reading every night for 20-30 minutes is the only academic area that has been shown to improve learning. This reading can be a parent or sibling reading to a student, the student reading to someone else, or silent reading.
    • Quality time spent together as a family (talking, working and playing together) and student exploration.

    A checklist of “homework” choices will come home with your student every month.  Students who bring back the checklist on the last day of the month will be entered into a drawing for a game.


    Field Trips

    We go on field trips to add to student learning.  Please fill out the local field trip permission form and send it to school with   Please be sure to include an emergency contact number in the indicated spot on the form. Safety of self or other students is only reason any student will be excluded from a field trip.  Parents/guardians are often asked to help chaperone field trips, please be sure to complete the volunteer application and background check in advance of the trip.

    Dress Code

    Students must dress in a way that doesn’t distract students at school and for school events. 

    • Anything students wear or bring to school may not show, promote, or advertise drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or profanity (“bad words”).
    • Visitors and volunteers are asked to follow these guidelines when at the school or school events.
    • Please make sure that shorts are long enough for the top student’s hand to touch when they stand up with their arms at their sides.



    PBIS is a school-wide program that focuses on positive behavior.

    General Expectations for Behavior

    At Cascade Locks Elementary School, we believe in respect.  If you give it you will get it. The expectation is that everyone will show respect for each other everywhere during the day.  Students are expected to follow all district rules at all times when they are on school property or at school activities.

     Safe, Respectful and Responsible

    We have 3 “rules”; Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible.  These rules all have expectations specific to each area of the school.  These expectations will be taught, and retaught, to the students throughout the school year.  We reinforce this system using Class Dojo, which you can check/track on a smartphone or computer.



    Bicycles ridden to school by students must be parked in the designated area on school grounds and should be locked.  Students must wear a helmet, it’s the law.  If a student rides their bike to school without a helmet, they will not be allowed to ride it home.

    Personal Electronics

    Electronic devices such as handheld video devices, tablets, or music players are not permitted at school.  Cell phones must be turned off and placed in the student’s locker while at school or any school activities, such as on the bus or a field trip.  Students who need to contact their parents or guardians may do so using the phone in their classroom or the front office.   The best way for parents to contact their student is to call the school office.

     Electronics brought to school, including visible or audible cell phones, will be collected and taken to the office and will go home with the student at the end of the day or held to be picked up by the parent/guardian.

    Weapons/Weapon Replicas (toys)

    Students may not bring, possess, conceal or use a weapon on or at Cascade Locks Elementary or any school sponsored activities.  Discipline related to weapon possession will follow school board policy.  Please read the HRCSD Standards of Student Conduct for more in this area.


    We want school to be a safe place for all children.  We teach what bullying is and what to do if someone is bullying you or you see someone being bullied.  Children are still learning appropriate behavior in elementary school and may not report to us. Please let your child’s teacher know if you hear of bullying at school so that we can take action.

    Bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, intimidation, and menacing by students is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated at Cascade Locks Elementary.

    Students whose behavior is determined to be bullying, intimidation, or harassment will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion. Students may also be referred to law enforcement officials.

    Medication at School

    The district recognizes that the administering of medication to students and self-medication may be necessary when the failure to take such medication would jeopardize the health of the student, or when the student would not be able to attend school if medication were not made available during school hours. Medication shall not be administered nor self-medication allowed until the necessary permissions and written instructions have been submitted as required by the district.  All medication will be kept in the school office.  In the event of a field trip the teacher will bring necessary medications along.

    Prescription Medications

    All requests for the school to administer medication to a student shall be made in writing by the parent/guardian. For prescription medications, the request must include:

    • The written signed permission of the parent/ guardian;
    • The written instruction from the physician for the administration of the prescription medication to the student including:
      1. Name of student;
      2. Name of the medication;
      3. Route;
      4. Dosage;
      5. Frequency of administration;
      6. Other special instruction, if any; and
      7. Medication in original prescription bottle

    The prescription label will be considered to meet this requirement if it contains the information listed above.

     For non-prescription medications, the request must include:

    • The written signed permission of the parent/guardian;
    • The written instruction from the parent/guardian for the administration of the non-prescription medication to the student including:
      1. Name of student;
      2. Name of the medication;
      3. Route;
      4. Dosage;
      5. Frequency of administration; and
      6. Other special instruction, if any.

     Self-Administered Medication

    Students grades K-12 may be allowed to self-administer medication, following the same procedure as above. The student must be able to demonstrate the ability, developmentally and behaviorally, to self-medicate. A medical protocol regarding each student who self-administers medication will be developed, signed by a physician or other licensed health care professional and parent/guardian and kept on file. Permission for self-administered medication may be revoked at any time if the student violates policy or medical protocol.


    Cascade Locks Elementary School is a Title 1 School

    Our school receives federal funds for Title 1A programs that are part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).  At Cascade Locks Elementary School, most Title 1 funds are used for reading interventions and parent/family education events.

    As a Title 1A school, we must meet federal regulations related to staff qualifications.   Under these regulations, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher(s) and/or paraprofessional(s).  If you request this information the district will provide you with the following as soon as possible:

    • If the teacher has met state licensing requirements for the grade level and subjects in which the teacher is providing instruction;
    • If state licensing requirements have been waived for the teacher on a temporary basis;
    • The type of college degree major of the teacher and the field of discipline for any graduate degree or certificate; and
    • If your child is receiving Title 1A services from paraprofessionals and, if so, his/her qualifications.

    If you would like to request this information or if you have any questions about your child’s assignment to a teacher or paraprofessional, please contact me at school.

    Some ways Title 1A provides support for your child are:

    • Support within classroom during reading
    • Extended time for reading instruction
    • Staff development training for your child’s teacher


    Some ways parents can support the school programs and be informed about Title 1 are:

    • Ask teachers or the principal about the program
    • Participate in evening school family events like Math Night, Reading Night, etc.
    • Talk to your child’s teacher about their progress - all learners are assessed three times a year in reading and math (using DIBELS Next for reading and iReady Math for math)
    • Volunteer to be part of the annual CLES Title 1A plan review at Site Council Meetings

    If you have a question or concern about your child’s participation in a Title 1A program, please contact their teacher or the principal, Amy Moreland.  Thank you for your interest and involvement in your child’s education.