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    Welcome back to another great school year! Cascadia Dragons love to read and all classes have had a chance to come in and check out books this week. Students in first grade can check out up to three books at a time and students in other grades can check out five. I'm happy to announce that I will be at Cascadia five days a week this year so students will have more consistent access to both the books and myself as a resource. This fall we will learn about how our library is organized and how to navigate and utilize our library database to support our reading and learning needs.   I am also happy to announce that Cascadia families now have access to SchoolPay so families can pay for lost books from home with a credit card. Some students have fines from other Seattle Public Schools and those can be taken care of  through SchoolPay as well. Simply log into "The Source" and click on SchoolPay on the left hand side.    Additionally, I'm always looking for volunteers in the library. I would love help with checking in books each mornings and shelving books throughout the day. It is fun to help students locate books and check them out, too! There are also library tasks such as stamping books, adding bar codes and spine labels and repairing books. If you're interested, please contact me at opens an email client application opens an email client application or sign up directly here   As always, please let me know if you have any questions at all. I look forward to collaborating with you this your on your student's education.{ max-width: 80% !important; } .ifCalendarPicker, #spanCalendarStatus, #ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_ctl15_ucCal_pnlContainer, .ae-calendar-warning{ display: none; } .ae-calendar-warning{ display:block !important; font-size: 32px !important; font-weight: bold; } [class^="ae-icon-launcher"], [class*=" ae-icon-launcher"], [class*=" ae-icon-launcher"] [class*=" path"]{ margin: auto !important; } #school-list, #school-list-src{ display:none; } table, thead, tbody, tr, th, td, .container.table-container, .container.table-container > .row, .container.table-container > .row > .column{ display: block !important; } transfer close carousel
    Posted by aewallace  On Sep 14, 2018 at 4:39 PM
    Community meeting is often a place for our students to showcase their skills. This week we had students who regularly participate in lunchtime unicycling give us a performance! They were able to go up and down ramps, slalom around cones and even play limbo! Several of the kids even rode "Giraffe" unicycles! They were extra tall! All the kids participated in a flower dance where they worked together riding in formation. It was quite impressive!
    Each student also got to say their name, grade and how long they had been practicing for. Quite a few have been riding unicycle for several years, but several just learned this year. I know I was impressed! It's been a fun activity (supported by our wonderful PTA) that happens at most lunch recesses. Keep on riding Dragons!

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    Posted by aewallace  On May 12, 2018 at 3:06 PM
    I've unfortunately, not posted in a while! We've been super busy and having a great time at our Community Meetings. Several weeks ago the 1st and 2nd grade classes performed their STYLE songs. Each class shared songs they had written together and learned the choreography to! It was so much fun to hear our fellow Dragon's sing and dance.

    Then one week we showcased lots of writing from our students. Ms. Bodmer had been working on Haiku with classes in the library and three girls from Ms. Gibson's class came up to share their poems with us. They also helped launch "Poem in your Pocket Day," which Cascadia celebrated on Wednesday April 25th. Kids across the school carried original or favorite poems in their pockets. Anyone who asked me got to hear Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Swing," my favorite poem since childhood!

    We also heard excerpts from two of our 5th Graders, Ava and Sylvia. Many of the 5th graders had entered the MoPOP Write Out of This World science fiction writing contest. Sylvia's story "Letting Go" took 2nd place, and Ava's story "38 Minutes" took 3rd. You can read the stories in their entirety here: Write out of this World contest winners

    This last week, we had a performance from Taproot Theater about how to recognize, report and refuse bullying. "Alexandra and the Dragon" told the story of an imaginative girl who learned how to stand up to a bully and be an ally for a friend. There were Dragon's and chess involved! It was great! 
    Posted by aewallace  On Apr 27, 2018 at 12:20 PM
    On Monday, March 5th, the Cascadia Flaming Falafels took third place in the semi-finals round of the Global Reading Challenge hosted by the Seattle public Library. Our team, a mix of 4th and 5th graders, competed against other elementary schools at the downtown branch, answering trivia questions about the ten books they read. We are proud of their hard work and sportsmanship! Other Library News: Classes will be introduced to the Caledecott and Newbery award winners for 2018. We will examine past winners and write a brief reflection on our favorite picture book. Please stop by and check one out!  Student Choice Voting: All 1st and 2nd grade classes will participate in voting for the Washington State Children's Choice Picture Book for 2018. We will finish reading the nominees and vote on our favorite by early April. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will also have an opportunity to vote for the WA Library association's student choice award (The Sasquatch award) as well as the NW Library Association's student choice award (Young Readers Choice Award). If the students have read four or more of the nominated titles they may cast a vote. In early April, we will hold a voting party to celebrate the students who participated. A List of the nominated titles can be found here Stay tuned for the winners! WLA Book Awards WLA Book Awards The School Library Division proudly sponsors four book awards: The William C. Towner Award: Informational text for grades 2-6, open nominations ... 2018 Sasquatch Nominees - Washington Library Association WLA Book Awards | Sasquatch Book Award |Sasquatch News | Nominees | How to Nominate | Promotional Ideas | Sasquatch Award History | The Committee
    Posted by aewallace  On Apr 27, 2018 at 10:31 AM
    Thank you to all who were able to attend the book fair last night hosted by Phinney Books! There was a great selection of books available and they have agreed to continue the book fair via phone or in person at the store until May 8th. Any purchases made between now and then will go towards Cascadia so if you missed us or just didn't find that book you were looking for, please do visit them or give them a call. We will still take donations for Emerson Elementary school as well if you're interested in helping them build their collection. Please contact Mrs. Bodmer directly for that. Thanks again for all your support and happy reading!   Phinney Books 7405 Greenwood Ave. N (206) 297-2665
    Posted by aewallace  On Apr 27, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    It was so wonderful to see so many families out at the 3rd Annual PE Health and Wellness Night! Mrs. Briones and Ms. Sayles worked hard to pull such a fun event off! They had kids and parents moving and playing and so many community partners. Kids learned about healthy teeth, how to get their body moving, and fire safety (including getting to climb in a Fire Truck)! They made their way through a giant colon to learn about cancer and swung a golf club (a sport I love to play). They had people from the Seattle Fire Department, SpikeBall, Washington Archery, Feminist Karate, Ian Fitness, Interbay Crossfit (including our own Mrs. Thilo) and First Tee. There was such a fun energy in the room!

    I can't wait for next year! Thanks Ms. Sayles and Mrs. Briones!
    PE Teachers in front of the giant colon.

    Posted by aewallace  On Feb 13, 2018 at 5:46 PM
    Every Wednesday we will gather as a school community. This week we got together in the gym and watched skits put on by our wonderful playground experts, Ms. Orme, Ms. Erickson and Mr. Bass. They taught us about using the "Buddy Bench," how to come in safely to the lunchroom and reminded us about not harming the trees and other plants in the playground. The kids loved seeing teachers on stage acting out the "wrong way" and then also acting our the Cascadia Way.

    We also watched several time lapse video's on our new projector! One is a time lapse of the building of Cascadia and the other is about the moving of Andrew Morison's murals from the old site to the new. I promised the kids I would share the video's with you, so here they are...

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    Posted by aewallace  On Jan 12, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    On Wednesday at Community Meeting our Student Council created and presented our Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly. Students from across the grades on Student Council worked together to create the assembly. We learned all about Dr. King's early life on through his work with the Civil Rights Movement and up to his death. One interesting fact I did not know before was that his name was Michael when he was born and that after a trip to Germany his father changed his own name to Martin and then also his sons name. 

    The kids also performed two skits about his life and read a portion of his "I Have a Dream" speech. It was wonderful to have the students be so involved in the creation and execution of the assembly. I think everyone learned a lot! 

    Students present timeline at assemblyStudents perform at assemblyStudents perform skit at assembly

    Students perform at assemblyStudents present speech at assembly

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    Posted by aewallace  On Jan 12, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    This year we are starting a Student Council! Mr. Matt our Instructional Assistant Extraordinaire is helping to supervise the Council. The students applied to join and we got an exciting response! Students held their first meeting on December 13th and were excited to learn about how it will work.

    There are two types of council members, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students are eligible to be a Junior Council Member. 4th and 5th Grade students are eligible to be a Senior Council Member. Junior Council members will meet once a month during their lunch and the Senior Council will meet each week during theirs.

    The student council will be a way for students to give their voice and input into things that impact them and the school culture. Things the council might work on are school events, School Spirit days and activities, leading the school with positive behavior, keeping our school clean and looking great, and working on service projects in our school and in the community.

    I’m excited to see what they can do!

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    Posted by aewallace  On Dec 19, 2017 at 10:47 AM
    We had quite the exciting morning today at Cascadia! During drop-off this morning you might have noticed police officers were at school. They were here to check on the owl! This morning a staff member at Robert Eagle Staff was walking along the walkway between the two schools and noticed that an owl was stuck in the netting near the baseball diamond. People tried calling various animal rescue services and vets, but many were still closed at that time of the morning. Then the police were called to offer assistance. Several staff members and some of the people working on the field helped to stack pallets to be able to reach the bird. Then our very own Ms. Gibson came to help out. She used to work in wild life rescue and knew what to do! We got her leather gloves and a blanket to keep her safe as she helped the owl. One of our parents called for a dog carrier to be brought to school. While we waited Ms. Gibson and one of the workers carefully wrapped the owl in the blanket and cut him out of the net. We brought it still wrapped in the blanket to wait in the office where it was warmer. The family then took the owl to PAWS Wildlife Center. They reported back that the owl should be okay to return to the wild soon! ​

    What a teachable moment! Today during Community Meeting we talked about what had happened that morning. We got a chance to learn a little more about Barred Owls and see two video's on owl regurgitating their owl pellets. video 1  video 2

    Thanks to our wonderful community who stepped up to help an animal in distress!
    Barred owl in crateBarred owl at the wildlife clinic
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    Posted by aewallace  On Sep 27, 2017 at 8:18 PM
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