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    Calling all 4th and 5th graders! The Seattle Public Library Global Reading Challenge is once again under way. This is the annual "battle of the books" challenge where teams of seven students—both 4th and 5th graders—will read 10 books representing a wide variety of reading levels and genres. Working with their team, students will answer specific, fact- and content-based questions about the books. In early February, a Seattle Public Librarian will moderate Cascadia’s In-School Challenge. One Cascadia team will advance to a Semi-Final round at SPL’s downtown library in early March. From there, one team from each Semi-Final round will advance to the City Final at SPL’s downtown library in late March.  

    Teachers and I will create teams of participating students; once teams are formed, students will remain on their team. To sign up, please fill out the online form (below) is due Friday, November 15th. December through February, students will meet once a week at lunch and lunch recess to practice answering questions about the books.  

    IMPORTANT: Students must begin reading outside school by December. Students who sign up must commit to it and regularly meet with their team during lunch and lunch recess. Class work and homework come first, but this is not an average extra-curricular activity and only dedicated students should apply. Parents and guardians need to be certain that this is something they’ll allow their child to participate in and please make sure that this is something your child wants to participate in and NOT something you are requiring for them. Students that do not make a strong personal commitment can let down their team members. By Friday, November 15th, please fill out the form below.

     

     https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WNEx1HRgMkiHg1Hqb23SJ-iU3wXcIBRFiqZgcpmpO6FUQUxDUDVSNkFYQUxXR1g4WjBHNzFSTDdYOC4u

    Posted by msbodmer  On Nov 04, 2019 at 10:58 AM
      

    Each year the Washington Library Association and the Pacific Northwest Library Association select middle grade books for students to read and vote on their favorite. At Cascadia, I'm challenging all 3rd-5th graders to read a dozen or more of these books. Yes, that’s 12!  I will be sending home a paper copy and an electronic copy of a record sheet and in each box, note the date when you read the book, 5 sentences about the book, and have a parent sign. Parents: this is a good time to have some book talks with your child. This project works toward Common Core College and Career Ready Anchor Standard 10: Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently with proficiency. In the spring, I will host a Root Beer Float Party for those students who have completed the challenge. See the list below for book titles. Please note that some students have already handed in a summary of the books they completed. They do not need to turn in an additional summary.

    Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley
    Bailey's Story by W. Bruce Cameron
    Forever or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
    Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats
    The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
    Refugee by Alan Gratz
    Real Friends by Shannon Hale
    The Song From Somewhere Else by A. F Harrold
    The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow
    Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullan
    Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
    The Goldfish Boy by Lisa ThompsonThe Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
    Refugee by Alan Gratz
    Restart by Gordon Korman
    The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
    The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
    The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
    The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey
    Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

    Posted by msbodmer  On Oct 12, 2019 at 10:14 AM
      

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    Welcome back to another great school year! We were busy last week, getting familiar with the library space, rules and expectations. Students were all able to check out a book (or several)! This month, students will learn about the library catalog, how to conduct a search and how to locate a book. Older students will be helping by creating short videos to demonstrate. Please remember that the library is open each morning from 7:40-7:55 for check in/out. Recess reading will be on Tues/Thurs for grades 1-3 and on Thurs/Fri for grades 4-5. 
    Posted by msbodmer  On Sep 15, 2019 at 11:23 AM
      

    Summer is just around the corner and I know many of you are looking forward to a slower pace, which means more time for great books! Below are some reading suggestions from me and Lena Quijano, the Children’s Librarian at the University Branch of SPL. I hope you enjoy a fabulous summer, the great outdoors and a great book!

     

    Merrick Bodmer

    Teacher-Librarian

     

    SPL Programs and Reading Suggestions:

    https://seattle.bibliocommons.com/list/share/72851953_unj1/1429530597_university_summer_of_learning_2019_reading_suggestions

     

    https://www.spl.org/programs-and-services/authors-and-books/your-next-5-books

     

    https://www.spl.org/programs-and-services/learning/summer-of-learning

     

    Mrs. Bodmer’s Reading Suggestions and Book Lists:

    http://readkiddoread.com/index

     

    http://www.ala.org/alsc/publications-resources/book-lists/2019-summer-reading-list

     

    https://www.readbrightly.com/summer-reading-central/

     

    https://diversebooks.org/resources/summer-reading-series/

    Posted by msbodmer  On Jun 13, 2019 at 5:21 PM
      
    This spring many Cascadia students participated in the WA library Association and NW Library Association student choice awards. Several great books were nominated and throughout the year many students took on the challenge of reading the books in order to cast a vote. The results are in! The Winners are listed below. Congratulations to all of our readers. I will be hosting a small celebration for them next week!

    YOUNG READERS CHOICE WINNER AT CASCADIA - The GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill
    YOUNG READERS CHOICE WINNER IN THE NW - DOG MAN by Dav Pilkey

    SASQUATCH AWARD WINNER AT CASCADIA - A NIGHT DIVIDED by Jennifer Nielsen 
    SASQUATCH AWARD WINNER IN WA STATE - A NIGHT DIVIDED by Jennifer Nielsen

    CASCADIA RESULTS
    A Night Divided
    21.43%
    18
    Save Me a Seat
    10.71%
    9
    Fuzzy
    14.29%
    12
    Ghost
    20.24%
    17
    The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez
    0.00%
    0
    the Evil Wizard Smallbone
    3.57%
    3
    Wolf Hollow
    4.76%
    4
    Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth 
    5.95%
    5
    The Skeleton Tree
    3.57%
    3
    The Tapper Twins go to War
    1.19%
    1
    Wish
    8.33%
    7
    It Ain't so Awful Falafel
    5.95%
    5
    TOTAL 84



    WA STATE RESULTS
    Fuzzy 999 
    Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth 529
    It Ain't so Awful, Falafel 404
    Skeleton Tree 923
    Midnight War of Mateo Martinez 295
    A Night Divided 1920
    Wish 1449
    Ghost 1642
    Tapper Twins Go to War 1402
    Evil Wizard Smallbone 430
    Save Me a Seat 1043
    Wolf Hollow 608

     

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    Posted by msbodmer  On May 14, 2019 at 1:17 PM
      
    All grade levels will be engaging in digital citizenship lesson in the library over the next three weeks. Lessons will focus on internet responsibility, safety, cyber bullying and safe and appropriate communication. The curriculum I use is from Common Sense Media. More parent information is available here. Please let me if you have any questions!
    Posted by msbodmer  On May 12, 2019 at 12:32 PM
      

    The Cascadia spring book fair, hosted by Phinney Books, is on Monday. This Monday, May 6th! Students should bring money to school since the fair will be a one day event during school hours and will run until 4:00 PM.  There will be a large selection of the most popular and current titles. Prices will range from $3.99 and $4.99 for early reader paperbacks to $7.99 to $9.99 for paperbacks and graphic novels to $17 for hardcover middle readers and most picture books. Students should plan accordingly and be sure to bring enough to cover taxes. 

    Posted by msbodmer  On Apr 30, 2019 at 11:45 AM
      
    A spring book fair from Phinney Books is coming to Cascadia on Monday, May 6th! The book fair will run all day during school hours and continue until about 4 pm. All classes will have an opportunity to visit the book fair and students can purchase books at that time. Please remind students to bring money to school and keep it in a safe place. I would recommend not sending kids with large amounts of cash though. 20% of all sales will go back to Cascadia as store credit. We're thankful for our neighbors, partners and fellow readers at Phinney Books!
    Posted by msbodmer  On Apr 23, 2019 at 10:32 PM
      
    Last week, local author (and Cascadia parent) Julie Kim visited the library. She spoke to us about her book Where's Halmoni? This connected well to the Culture Night event that occurred later that evening as she spoke to us about the characters and her own cultural identity. She even demonstrated the creative process she uses when illustrating her books! We are so thankful that she shared her amazing talent with us.
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    Posted by msbodmer  On Apr 17, 2019 at 2:11 PM
      

    Cascadia Poem in Your Pocket Day, Thursday April 25th

    Poem in Your Pocket Day is a fun way to celebrate National Poetry Month. On this day, all students are encouraged to select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others on the bus, at school, on the playground, in bookstores, libraries, parks, anywhere! This can be an original poem (maybe one submitted for the school-wide poetry contest) or just a fun poem you love. I can't wait to hear what poetry inspires you!

    Posted by msbodmer  On Apr 17, 2019 at 12:17 PM
      
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