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    Check out the link for summer reading suggestions!

    Did you see that today J.K. Rowling announced that her new book The Ickabog will be released online for free?!?! She will release a few chapters each day from now until July. The first 2 chapters are up and I can't wait to read them tonight!  just visit  

    Also, free UW hats or socks are available to anybody who turn is a reading log 
    Don't forget the book fair is online. 
    Posted by msbodmer  On May 26, 2020 at 4:19 PM


    WEEK OF MAY 4, 2020

    Hi Dragons and happy May! It has been so great to see so many faces at book talks and book clubs this week! I have been compiling book recommendations in Schoology in case you can’t make it on Tuesdays at 3 pm. Each week I’ll post some new recommendations from myself and other students.
    For grades 1-3:
    • Battle of the Books is underway in Schoology. Watch the read-aloud videos and vote on your favorite. I will post the first 9 battles by the end of the week.
    • Check out the nominations for next years OTTER and SASQUATCH awards
    For grades 4-5:
    • If you are looking for some Young Adult audiobooks, check out Sync Audiobooks. This is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+, though I know many Cascadia students are already reading YA titles.
    • Next year’s award books have been posted and it’s never too early to start reading. Remember, if you read any 12 books from these lists by the spring you will earn a root beer float from Mrs. Bodmer SASQUATCH and YOUNG READER’S CHOICE (junior list)
    Optional Fun for All Grades:
    • May is Jewish History Month and the teachers and staff at Cascadia would love to celebrate those in our community that identify as Jewish. A portion of a May community meeting video will be dedicated to learning about Judaism and the history of its religion and people. We would love to see a short clip from as many families as possible, sharing with us what it means to you and your family to be Jewish. This can be as simple as a sentence or two from the kids, showcasing an important family artifact, teaching us a Hebrew phrase or religious tradition, or anything else you can think of! If your family is Jewish and you are interested in participating, please email Ms. Bodmer at Thank you and stay safe!"
    • Join me for some book talks! I’ll share some books and I would love to hear from each of you as well. Come prepared with a book to share or just listen to what others recommend. Tuesday at 3pm on Microsoft Teams Book Talks
    • #WhereIRead is a picture slideshow I have posted in Schoology. Please email me a picture of yourself reading and I’ll add it to the slideshow. It’s so much fun to see your faces!
    Posted by msbodmer  On Apr 30, 2020 at 3:13 PM
    Some students and families are asking for support and instructions for accessing the Student Portal and online resources. Please see this video for step-by-step instructions!  
    Posted by msbodmer  On Apr 02, 2020 at 11:03 AM
    Authors and Illustrators Share Books Online:
    Many authors and illustrators are sharing read-alouds, drawing instructions and more for free. Check out these fabulous resources!  Also has some really fun read-alouds from famous actors! is also a blast. Astronauts read stories from the international space station!
    Posted by msbodmer  On Mar 25, 2020 at 2:35 PM
    Dear Cascadia students and families,
    I hope you all stay safe and healthy! As most of you are aware, the Seattle Public Library is closed and books are harder to come by, but I would like to share a few sources with you to keep our students reading over break. Also, Seattle school librarians are currently working with the public librarians to see if we can offer some books to the public during the lunch distribution times. Stay tuned. In the meantime, please take advantage of the reading opportunities and resources below. 
    Optional Award Book Challenge Grades 3-5:
    For grades 3-5, this is a great time to participate in the year-long challenge! Students should read at least 12 of the books and write a short reflection. Books can be found at (junior division)and I will host a root beer float party in the library for students that complete the challenge by the time we return to school. 
    Optional Award Book Challenge Grades 1-2:
    In light of the school closure, I have created a 1 and 2nd grade challenge as well. Students should read all of the Otter Award Books as well 4 other books of your choice. Hand in a short reflection on each book (2-3 sentences) to me when we return to earn a root beer float party in the library.
    Just for Fun for all Cascadia Students, Family and Staff:
    Similar to the Extreme Reader Challenge we did over winter break, I'll be collecting photos of students reading over this break. Snap a picture of yourself reading in your favorite spot and email it to me (a cozy spot on the couch, snuggled next to your pet, on a park bench, anywhere!!). I will put together a slide show to display in the hallway when we return. This is entirely optional. #WhereIRead
    Ebooks at our Cascadia Library:
    We have a small selection of ebooks available through our school library. Go to Online Student Resources, click on Library Catalog Classic, click on Cascadia, on the left click on Destiny Discover, then on top right log in with your student account. example 1msbodmer. Scroll down to the ebooks and open in your browser. There are some good classics in there, including Little Women and The Call of the Wild!
    Ebooks and Audio Books available at Seattle Public Library:
    Download the Libby app from SPL to download eBooks and audio books  remotely for free. I use this all the time!!
    Online Academic Resources:
    There are so many online resources available to ALL Seattle Public School students, including keyboarding practice, Tumblbooks, the Encyclopedia and PebbleGo. Please take advantage of these. The login is studentsps and the password is access.

    Office 365 and Student Portal:
    Teachers may post lessons and resources online through Schoology. Students can access this through the student portal. All students should know their username and password, However, if they forget I can reset it. Only Librarians have been given access to do this from home so please just email me directly if you or your student is having a hard time logging in.
    Posted by msbodmer  On Mar 14, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Seattle School District and Cascadia Elementary School believe that "Public education systems and educators have an important role to play in disrupting legacies of racism. Declaring “Black Lives Matter at School” affirms our commitment to all of our students and elevates Black students’ stories, strengths, and struggles - publicly demonstrating our intentional work to create a more just and loving society."

    For the third year in a row, we will be discussing the importance of this movement in the library at an age appropriate level. Students in grade levels 1-3 will participate in a read aloud and discuss the importance of self-expression. Student will reflect on what makes each person special and how we can celebrate differences among ourselves. Students in grades 4-5 will examine literature through a race lens. We will look at statistics of books published in 2017 and what races are represented. We will discuss bias and misrepresentation and the reasons for this.

    Posted by msbodmer  On Jan 31, 2020 at 7:41 AM

    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

    The salmon have returned to Cascadia! For another year we are excited to get to participate in the Salmon in Schools program. We received about 200 eggs. The 1st graders are keeping the eggs in 50º F water.'s just about the same temperature as the Puget Sound!

    The eggs we received at Coho eggs. Coho is the Salish name for Oncorhynchus kisutch. The fish is sometimes called 'silver' as well. Do you know how many types of Salmon there are in the Puget Sound region? We have 5 different types! Ask a 1st grader and they should be able to tell you the hand trick for remembering all of them. Chum (thumb), Sockeye (pointer finger), King (middle finger), Silver (ring finger), Pink (pinky finger).

     The 1st graders also taught me about the stages of the salmon life cycle. They start as an egg, then hatch into aelvin where they carry their dinner with them. Then they become fry, then smolt and then finally adult! 

    Next time you're in the building check out the tank and see how the salmon are growing!

    graphic of a hand with types of salmonkids standing at the salmon tankpicture of the salmon eggs

    (sorry some of the pictures are sideways...the image editor wasn't working :/)

    Posted by aewallace  On Jan 29, 2020 at 3:11 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
    Inviting all Students, Staff, and Community Members to participate in the Extreme Reader Challenge from December 20th to January 10th.

    1. You must be reading in an extreme location (ie: in a tree, on a trampoline, upside down on the couch)
    2. Take a picture.
    3. Send the photo with your name to Ms. Bodmer at

    THAT'S IT!
    You photo will be on the slideshow in the library. Let's ring in the new year with some great books!

    Posted by msbodmer  On Dec 16, 2019 at 10:12 AM
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