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    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  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
    For several years 5th grade teacher, Nathan Brown, has been doing Inktober with his students. This year, most of the 5th grade got in on the action. Inktober is a challenge to draw something in ink for each day of the month of October, 31 drawings in 31 days. Each day has a prompt. Some of them for this year were drooling, slice, and prickly.

    The students also created a video that was shared at Community Meeting showcasing some of the drawings. Check it out. Also, check out the Inktober website, and mark your calendar for next year.

    Spotlight on 5th-inktober - Savage

    Click here to see the video. 
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    Posted by aewallace  On Nov 01, 2018 at 1:42 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
    Community meeting is often a place for our students to showcase their skills. This week we had students who regularly participate in lunchtime unicycling give us a performance! They were able to go up and down ramps, slalom around cones and even play limbo! Several of the kids even rode "Giraffe" unicycles! They were extra tall! All the kids participated in a flower dance where they worked together riding in formation. It was quite impressive!
    Each student also got to say their name, grade and how long they had been practicing for. Quite a few have been riding unicycle for several years, but several just learned this year. I know I was impressed! It's been a fun activity (supported by our wonderful PTA) that happens at most lunch recesses. Keep on riding Dragons!

    students riding giraffe unicycle
    Posted by aewallace  On May 12, 2018 at 3:06 PM
    I've unfortunately, not posted in a while! We've been super busy and having a great time at our Community Meetings. Several weeks ago the 1st and 2nd grade classes performed their STYLE songs. Each class shared songs they had written together and learned the choreography to! It was so much fun to hear our fellow Dragon's sing and dance.

    Then one week we showcased lots of writing from our students. Ms. Bodmer had been working on Haiku with classes in the library and three girls from Ms. Gibson's class came up to share their poems with us. They also helped launch "Poem in your Pocket Day," which Cascadia celebrated on Wednesday April 25th. Kids across the school carried original or favorite poems in their pockets. Anyone who asked me got to hear Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Swing," my favorite poem since childhood!

    We also heard excerpts from two of our 5th Graders, Ava and Sylvia. Many of the 5th graders had entered the MoPOP Write Out of This World science fiction writing contest. Sylvia's story "Letting Go" took 2nd place, and Ava's story "38 Minutes" took 3rd. You can read the stories in their entirety here: Write out of this World contest winners

    This last week, we had a performance from Taproot Theater about how to recognize, report and refuse bullying. "Alexandra and the Dragon" told the story of an imaginative girl who learned how to stand up to a bully and be an ally for a friend. There were Dragon's and chess involved! It was great! 
    Posted by aewallace  On Apr 27, 2018 at 12:20 PM
    On Monday, March 5th, the Cascadia Flaming Falafels took third place in the semi-finals round of the Global Reading Challenge hosted by the Seattle public Library. Our team, a mix of 4th and 5th graders, competed against other elementary schools at the downtown branch, answering trivia questions about the ten books they read. We are proud of their hard work and sportsmanship! Other Library News: Classes will be introduced to the Caledecott and Newbery award winners for 2018. We will examine past winners and write a brief reflection on our favorite picture book. Please stop by and check one out!  Student Choice Voting: All 1st and 2nd grade classes will participate in voting for the Washington State Children's Choice Picture Book for 2018. We will finish reading the nominees and vote on our favorite by early April. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will also have an opportunity to vote for the WA Library association's student choice award (The Sasquatch award) as well as the NW Library Association's student choice award (Young Readers Choice Award). If the students have read four or more of the nominated titles they may cast a vote. In early April, we will hold a voting party to celebrate the students who participated. A List of the nominated titles can be found here Stay tuned for the winners! WLA Book Awards WLA Book Awards The School Library Division proudly sponsors four book awards: The William C. Towner Award: Informational text for grades 2-6, open nominations ... 2018 Sasquatch Nominees - Washington Library Association WLA Book Awards | Sasquatch Book Award |Sasquatch News | Nominees | How to Nominate | Promotional Ideas | Sasquatch Award History | The Committee
    Posted by aewallace  On Apr 27, 2018 at 10:31 AM
    Thank you to all who were able to attend the book fair last night hosted by Phinney Books! There was a great selection of books available and they have agreed to continue the book fair via phone or in person at the store until May 8th. Any purchases made between now and then will go towards Cascadia so if you missed us or just didn't find that book you were looking for, please do visit them or give them a call. We will still take donations for Emerson Elementary school as well if you're interested in helping them build their collection. Please contact Mrs. Bodmer directly for that. Thanks again for all your support and happy reading!   Phinney Books 7405 Greenwood Ave. N (206) 297-2665
    Posted by aewallace  On Apr 27, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    It was so wonderful to see so many families out at the 3rd Annual PE Health and Wellness Night! Mrs. Briones and Ms. Sayles worked hard to pull such a fun event off! They had kids and parents moving and playing and so many community partners. Kids learned about healthy teeth, how to get their body moving, and fire safety (including getting to climb in a Fire Truck)! They made their way through a giant colon to learn about cancer and swung a golf club (a sport I love to play). They had people from the Seattle Fire Department, SpikeBall, Washington Archery, Feminist Karate, Ian Fitness, Interbay Crossfit (including our own Mrs. Thilo) and First Tee. There was such a fun energy in the room!

    I can't wait for next year! Thanks Ms. Sayles and Mrs. Briones!
    PE Teachers in front of the giant colon.

    Posted by aewallace  On Feb 13, 2018 at 5:46 PM
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