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    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
      
    This Monday, the Cascadia team, the Alpha Avocados, competed at the semi-finals round of the Global Reading Challenge. This is a reading trivia challenge for fourth and fifth graders put together by the Seattle Public Library. There were ten teams at our semi-finals round, representing other Seattle elementary schools. The Alpha Avocados did great, only missing two questions! They played well together as a team and had fun in the process. Although there was a three way tie for first, The Alpha Avocados came in second. I am proud of all of their hard work, preparation and sportsmanship! I can't wait for next year!
    Posted by msbodmer  On Mar 05, 2019 at 12:32 PM
      

     

    Zine Artists Visit Cascadia  

    This Wednesday, January 23rd, several members of the local zine community will be at Cascadia to present to 5th graders. These are all local cartoonists and zine creators who will talk about why zines are their chosen art form, how they use zines to tell their stories, and who they are. They will relate the talk back to The First Rule of Punk by Cecelia Perez, which is a Global Reading Challenge book this year. We look forward to their visit!

    Cecelia Perez will be in Seattle this weekend!

    Saturday, January 26 at 3rd place Books, Ravenna at 7 PM: https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/event/celia-perez-first-rule-punk

    Sunday, January 27 at the Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium from 2-3 PM. 
    Doors open 30 minutes before the event. The first 3 rows of seats will be reserved for families accompanying a Global Reading Challenge Reader until 10 minutes before the event starts.

    Posted by msbodmer  On Jan 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM
      
    Many 4th and 5th graders are hard at work, studying for the Cascadia Global Reading Challenge. Each team of 7 students is reading a set of books and becoming experts. Our teams will all compete against one another in a trivia-style game on February 1st from 1:30-2:25 p.m. in the library. Parents and community members are invited! The winning team will advance to the semi-finals round where they will compete against the winners from other elementary schools in Seattle. Good luck, Dragons!!

    All students are learning about MLK and the importance of his life and work. We will be reflecting on what our own dreams for freedom and equality look like. Many of these will be shared at our school assembly next Wednesday.
    Posted by msbodmer  On Jan 10, 2019 at 2:19 PM
      
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