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    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. ?
    Posted by msbodmer  On Mar 18, 2019 at 12:31 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: 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
    Inviting all Students, Staff, and Community Members to read harder and participate in the Extreme Reader Challenge from December 21st to  January 15th. EXTREME READER RULES 1. You must be reading. 2. You need to have evidence in the form of a photo. 3. You need to send the photo with your name to Ms. Bodmer. THAT'S IT! You will be entered into the competition for prizes. All Entries are welcome. START READING!
    Posted by msbodmer  On Dec 13, 2018 at 10:31 AM
    Thank you all for visiting the fall book fair! We raised money for new library books and donated 20 new STEM books to the Emerson Elementary library! It was very successful indeed. Likewise, we had a successful author visit the week before break. Local author, David Kennedy McCulloch, shared his book series with 3rd and 4th graders. We especially enjoyed listening to him read-aloud! We have five copies of the first book, Blackhope Scar, in the library, but you can also find his books on Amazon.
    Posted by msbodmer  On Nov 30, 2018 at 3:20 PM
    The fall Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Cascadia during conferences again this year! Monday, November 19th 9:00-6:30 and Tuesday, November 20th 8:30-4:30. Feel free to drop off your school-age children in the library while you attend conferences. You can buy a book to support our library or our sister school, Emerson Elementary School, on your way out. You can also visit the online fair here. I hope to see you there. Happy reading!!{ max-width: 80% !important; } .ifCalendarPicker, #spanCalendarStatus, #ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_ctl15_ucCal_pnlContainer, .ae-calendar-warning{ display: none; } .ae-calendar-warning{ display:block !important; font-size: 32px !important; font-weight: bold; } [class^="ae-icon-launcher"], [class*=" ae-icon-launcher"], [class*=" ae-icon-launcher"] [class*=" path"]{ margin: auto !important; } #school-list, #school-list-src{ display:none; } table, thead, tbody, tr, th, td, .container.table-container, .container.table-container > .row, .container.table-container > .row > .column{ display: block !important; } transfer close carousel
    Posted by msbodmer  On Nov 13, 2018 at 8:45 AM
    What's happening in the library this November? A lot!! Global Reading Challenge, an author visit, a read-aloud "Battle of the Books" and a book fair! 4th and 5th graders will have the chance to participate in the Global Reading Challenge run by the Seattle Public Library (more info will be sent home in early November). Local author, David McCulloch, will visit with grades 3-5 on November 16th. Check out his book, Wullie the Mahaar Gome, on Amazon! On November 2nd, Seattle Public Library's, Erin Mohering brought her "Battle of the Books" to Cascadia. Students in grades 1-2  listened to some great picture books and voted for their favorite! Finally, the Scholastic Book Fair will be back during Parent-Teacher conferences. The library and book fair will be open and available during conferences. Feel free to drop off your school age kids while you conference and buy a book on you way out! Proceeds go towards our book budget for the year. 
    Posted by aewallace  On Nov 06, 2018 at 3:42 PM
  Happy October! All classes have learned about library expectations and organization in September and we’re now ready to dig into some exciting curriculum and books. October 8th is Indigenous People’s Day and we will be honoring indigenous authors and point of view in the library all week. The 5th graders will be recording a short opinion video, responding to the question “Should Washington State officially change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day?” Younger grades will read Shi-Shi-etko, a story about a young girl who gathers together many of the things of nature and places them into her bag of memories so that she will never forget her people and land as she prepares to go many miles away to the required residential school. Students will also collect items from nature in a small bag and share their items and personal significance next week.  The weather seems to be turning cold and rainy and it’s a great time to snuggle up with a good book! I’ve been doing some book talks with the 3-5 grade classes to get them excited about the student choice award nominees for this year. I’ve attached a link Sasquatch_AWARDS_2018-2019.pptx with book trailers and author websites for the Sasquatch books (given by the WA Library Association). If the students read at least 5 books, they can participate in the state voting process and we’ll celebrate those readers with an ice cream float party in the spring. I will be reading the picture book nominees to the 1st and 2nd graders and we will all vote for our favorite in the spring.  There are several new release books in the library, but we’re always accepting donations!  You can find the Wishlist here Opens a New Window.   Save the date for the fall Scholastic Book Fair that will be held in the library during conferences in November. You are welcome to drop off your school age students in the library while you conference with teachers. All purchases go towards new books for the library.   As always, please let me know if I can help you with anything. I LOVE to make and receive good recommendations!!   Merrick Bodmer  Cascadia Teacher-Librarian opens an email client application opens an email client application{ max-width: 80% !important; } .ifCalendarPicker, #spanCalendarStatus, #ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_ctl15_ucCal_pnlContainer, .ae-calendar-warning{ display: none; } .ae-calendar-warning{ display:block !important; font-size: 32px !important; font-weight: bold; } [class^="ae-icon-launcher"], [class*=" ae-icon-launcher"], [class*=" ae-icon-launcher"] [class*=" path"]{ margin: auto !important; } #school-list, #school-list-src{ display:none; } table, thead, tbody, tr, th, td, .container.table-container, .container.table-container > .row, .container.table-container > .row > .column{ display: block !important; } transfer close carousel
    Posted by aewallace  On Oct 16, 2018 at 4:53 PM
    Welcome back to another great school year! Cascadia Dragons love to read and all classes have had a chance to come in and check out books this week. Students in first grade can check out up to three books at a time and students in other grades can check out five. I'm happy to announce that I will be at Cascadia five days a week this year so students will have more consistent access to both the books and myself as a resource. This fall we will learn about how our library is organized and how to navigate and utilize our library database to support our reading and learning needs.   I am also happy to announce that Cascadia families now have access to SchoolPay so families can pay for lost books from home with a credit card. Some students have fines from other Seattle Public Schools and those can be taken care of  through SchoolPay as well. Simply log into "The Source" and click on SchoolPay on the left hand side.    Additionally, I'm always looking for volunteers in the library. I would love help with checking in books each mornings and shelving books throughout the day. It is fun to help students locate books and check them out, too! There are also library tasks such as stamping books, adding bar codes and spine labels and repairing books. If you're interested, please contact me at opens an email client application opens an email client application or sign up directly here   As always, please let me know if you have any questions at all. I look forward to collaborating with you this your on your student's education.{ max-width: 80% !important; } .ifCalendarPicker, #spanCalendarStatus, #ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_ctl15_ucCal_pnlContainer, .ae-calendar-warning{ display: none; } .ae-calendar-warning{ display:block !important; font-size: 32px !important; font-weight: bold; } [class^="ae-icon-launcher"], [class*=" ae-icon-launcher"], [class*=" ae-icon-launcher"] [class*=" path"]{ margin: auto !important; } #school-list, #school-list-src{ display:none; } table, thead, tbody, tr, th, td, .container.table-container, .container.table-container > .row, .container.table-container > .row > .column{ display: block !important; } transfer close carousel
    Posted by aewallace  On Sep 14, 2018 at 4:39 PM
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