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    Happy Lunar New Year! This last weekend many Cascadia families celebrated Lunar New Year! Welcome to the year of the rat! Today at community meeting we heard from a handful of students all about how their families celebrate! One of our students told the story of the monster Nian from Chinese culture. We learned about yummy foods, red envelopes, and sweeping! Does your family celebrate Lunar New Year? What are your special traditions?

     We are always looking to highlight special cultural traditions that our students and families celebrate! If you have something you'd like to share don't hesitate to reach out to your students teacher!

    Vietnamese rat image for Lunar New Year

    Posted by aewallace  On Jan 29, 2020 at 3:32 PM
      

    This Wednesday at Community Meeting we learned all about the Hindu Festival of Lights. We watched two video's that shared about the tradition of Diwali. You can check the video's out yourself below! Several 5th grade students who celebrate Diwali also shared with us their family traditions. We learned about some of the yummy foods (lots of food!) and the lights and the noise that make up part of celebrating Diwali. Students also had a question and answer session.

    Our Race and Equity Team is working with families and students to highlight the special celebrations and traditions our students celebrate. If your family has a tradition you'd like to share please let us know! You can fill out the online survey here.

    Diwali National Geographic video

    Ramayana: Story of Diwali

    Posted by aewallace  On Dec 19, 2019 at 12:55 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
      
    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