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    Well we made it... Today all the kids are gone, teachers have packed up and everyone has started their summer break. We had a fun filled year! The Student Council really took off this year and we had 4 different committees. We had lots of wonderful Community Meetings run by students (and Ms. Savage). We had fun assemblies from Book-It Theater and the Seattle Opera. Kids performed their instruments for us and we got to see Mr. Warren's class put on a theatrical rendition of a Native American tale. We got some days of snow that just gave us extra time with our wonderful students. We can't wait to see what they will do next year. Have a restful and relaxing summer! See you on August 28th for our Welcome Back event! teachers waving goodbye
    Posted by aewallace  On Jun 28, 2019 at 7:42 AM

    Growing up in Seattle I have many memories of driving south down I-5 and crossing the bridge that leads through the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge . Mostly, it makes me think of potato chips (there used to be a brand of chips called Nisqually)! I've never stopped end enjoyed the Refuge, but I definitely have it on my to visit list now!

    Lucky for our 4th grade team and students, Ms. Gibson decided to stop and explore one day. She loved it so much, she thought, what so many teachers do, how can I get my kids here? She began planning a field trip to the Refuge for the 4th graders. The Saturday before all the snow started Ms. Gibson and the rest of the 4th grade teachers went on a field trip of their own to learn about the refuge and how to bring the students there.

    They had tons of fun exploring and got a chance to look at birds, plants and other wildlife. They learned about the importance of NWLRs to migratory birds, the links to Washington State history that the 4th graders study and how to use binoculars! They also learned about the deep history of the place and the Nisqually Tribes efforts to save the river delta. In 2015 the Refuge was renamed in honor of Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Tribal Leader and activist who had worked hard to ensure the land remained undeveloped. You can read more about the history here:

    I'm excited to hear all about the trip the kids take in the spring! They've got a few months for the snow to melt out...

    Mr. Downing & Mrs. Ford Ms. Gibson birds in a tree blue heron
    watching for birds Ms. Spreen & Mr. Downing learning

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    Posted by aewallace  On Apr 17, 2019 at 2:02 PM
    We have received our most recent crop of Coho Salmon eggs and they are already hatching! The first day back from break we received an email from Salmon in Schools that the eggs needed to be delivered right away! They were almost ready to hatch and needed to get into the tank. Luckily, Mr. Bass and Mrs. Daffara had set the tank up and the water was all ready for them. Kids have now been observing them as the hatch from eggs into alevin.

    We have been participating in Salmon in the Classroom for as long as I have been with the program. When I taught 1st grade I used to help manage the tank and clean it out and help take care of the fish. Then Mr. Bass and now Mr. Bass and Mrs. Daffara are helping to keep the salmon tradition going at Cascadia.

    There are 73 schools both public and private that participate in Salmon in Schools-Seattle. The group helps bring the eggs, permits and educational materials to the school in the Seattle area.

    We have Coho Salmon this year, but do you know all 5 types of Salmon that live in the Pacific Northwest? Get your hand ready...
    Repeat after me:  
    •    Thumb: Rhymes with "Chum"
    •    Pointer: "Sockeye" pokes your eye
    •    Middle: Tallest finger reigns "King" (Chinook)
    •    Ring: Wear "Silver" on your ring finger (Coho)
    •    Pinkie: is for "Pink" salmon

    Check back soon for more updates on the Salmon!
    Salmon Eggs in the tank
    Eggs introduced to the tank!

    Kids observing the salmon
    Kids observing the salmon changing from eggs to alevin!
    Posted by aewallace  On Jan 16, 2019 at 2:53 PM
    This week has been Hour of Code week around the world! We had many people from Amazon come and teach our students about coding and being technologists. Parent Daniel Taylor, helped organize and brought many of his coworkers to school. They worked in our 4th grade classrooms and one 3rd grade class with students on the laptops. Then for Community Meeting they shared all about their careers that involved coding. They shared about how they tinkered and built programs and games with their friends and now how they are using coding to solve real world problems. Then we had a dance party! Kids got a chance to be the computer and give an output based on inputs! It was a lot of fun and we had a blast. Thanks Daniel and Amazon for coming out to share with us.
    If you want to find out more about Hour of Code, check out the website:
    Posted by aewallace  On Dec 07, 2018 at 2:24 PM
    For several years 5th grade teacher, Nathan Brown, has been doing Inktober with his students. This year, most of the 5th grade got in on the action. Inktober is a challenge to draw something in ink for each day of the month of October, 31 drawings in 31 days. Each day has a prompt. Some of them for this year were drooling, slice, and prickly.

    The students also created a video that was shared at Community Meeting showcasing some of the drawings. Check it out. Also, check out the Inktober website, and mark your calendar for next year.

    Spotlight on 5th-inktober - Savage

    Click here to see the video. 
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    Posted by aewallace  On Nov 01, 2018 at 1:42 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!

    students riding giraffe unicycle
    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

    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
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