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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.


    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
    Hi Cascadia Families! In the Cascadia gym we have a shoe shelf of used tennis shoes available to borrow when kids come to PE in rainboots, dance shoes, sandals, etc. All current shoes have been donated by Cascadia families when kids get a new pair of shoes or outgrow the current ones. We are looking for more donations, specifically in the smaller sizes (think those that might fit a 1st or 2nd grader). If you have a pair at home that you're willing to donate, please have your student bring them to the gym. Thank you! Also, I am trying to build a class set of yoga mats and exercise balls (in any size) for our mindfulness practices and rhythmic drumming units. If you happen to have one or know of connections to get these items, I would love to hear from you! Thank you! Ms. Sayles #PEROCKS
    Posted by kasayles  On Oct 09, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    This just in! Read all about it! Our very own Zoe Mirchandani has been selected by Scholastic Kids Press to be a Kid Reporter! She is one of 50 kids ages 10-14 from around the world who will report on local and global issues that are of interest to kids. Zoe says she got her love of writing right here at Cascadia from Mr. Downing!

    She’s already been on the King5 New Day Northwest and written up in the Queen Anne News. Click below to watch and read all about it. We are so proud of her!

    Link to Zoe on King5

    Link to Queen Anne News

    Also don’t forget to follow her news stories on Kids Press!! Scholastic Kids Press Logo

    Posted by aewallace  On Oct 03, 2019 at 8:31 AM
    Hi Families, What a whirlwind first 3 weeks. At this point I have now had the opportunity to spend 4 days of PE with each of your students. We spent our first week together going over procedures and expectations, discussing sportsmanship and giving grace to ourselves and others in learning new skills. We also played and went over rules for our favorite recess games here at Cascadia including 4 square, kickball, bump, hopscotch and SPUD. I began my journey to learn all your students’ names and a bit about each one! I hope to know everyone’s name by Halloween. These next 3 weeks we will be moving on to our 2nd unit. For 3rd-5th graders this is our week of baseline Fitness Measurements. We will measure our starting point and make goals for improvement this year. We measure our cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility doing push ups, curl ups, PACER (a progressive run test) and sit and reach. This can bring on some anxiety in kids, so it’s a good conversation to start at home and find out how your child feels about it. On the other hand, some kids really enjoy it and look forward to besting their previous measurements. For 1st and 2nd graders this week is all about personal space, pathways and locomotor skills as well as the introduction to the rock wall. Many kids have shared they are excited about climbing the wall, so be sure to ask your child how they enjoyed it following their week in PE. I do have one small reminder for PE moving forward. Please try to encourage your student to wear tennis shoes the week they have PE (they can also bring a pair to store in their classroom cubby). This helps us keep our gym floor in good condition as well as support and protect their feet/ankles while they move. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I’m looking forward to a great year being active and having fun! Ms. Sayles #PEROCKS
    Posted by kasayles  On Sep 26, 2019 at 3:16 PM 2 Comments

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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
    Well we made it... Today all the kids are gone, teachers have packed up and everyone has started their summer break. We had a fun filled year! The Student Council really took off this year and we had 4 different committees. We had lots of wonderful Community Meetings run by students (and Ms. Savage). We had fun assemblies from Book-It Theater and the Seattle Opera. Kids performed their instruments for us and we got to see Mr. Warren's class put on a theatrical rendition of a Native American tale. We got some days of snow that just gave us extra time with our wonderful students. We can't wait to see what they will do next year. Have a restful and relaxing summer! See you on August 28th for our Welcome Back event! teachers waving goodbye
    Posted by aewallace  On Jun 28, 2019 at 7:42 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



    SPL Programs and Reading Suggestions:




    Mrs. Bodmer’s Reading Suggestions and Book Lists:




    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!



    A Night Divided
    Save Me a Seat
    The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez
    the Evil Wizard Smallbone
    Wolf Hollow
    Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth 
    The Skeleton Tree
    The Tapper Twins go to War
    It Ain't so Awful Falafel
    TOTAL 84

    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
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