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    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
      

    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
      
    Owl  
    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
      
    Hi Families,

    This is the inaugural post of the Principal's Blog! I hope to use this space to give you a glimpse in to life at Cascadia. I will still send out SchoolMessenger's or write in the Dragon Digest for things I feel the whole community should know.

    You can subscribe to the blog by using the RSS buttons.

    The beginning of the year has been full of unpacking boxes, finding missing boxes, getting to see old friends and make new ones. We are still settling in to the building and trying to locate all of the things that we hoped were coming with us. Thanks for being patient in the office as we work to build new practices.

    We held our first Community Meeting last week. Each Wednesday before early dismissal we will gather as a school community and have a chance to learn together. This last week we introduced all the staff members at Cascadia and Mr. Bass, Mrs. Erickson, and Ms. Orme taught us all about playground expectations. We learned we take care of ourselves by using equipment the right way, we take care of each other by giving them personal space, and we take care of our community by not playing with the trees and other nature.

    We are excited to continue to build community here at Cascadia!
    Teachers onstage during assembly
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    Posted by aewallace  On Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM