Staff Appreciation Week 2019 is May 6 – 10

Staff Appreciation Week
May 6-10th 2019

Staff appreciation week is coming up May 6-10th. This is the perfect time to show some extra appreciation for our incredible Cascadia Staff! We have a fun week of special events planned and would love support in making this a great week!

MONDAY, May 6: Coffee & Donuts (Provided by the PTA)
TUESDAY, May 7: Smokin Petes BBQ catered lunch (Provided by the PTA)
WEDNESDAY, May 8: Staff “Favorites” Day. Room parents will be sending out communication on how you can help!
THURSDAY, May 9: Taco Bar Potluck (Provided by parent volunteers) [SIGN UP HERE]
FRIDAY, May 10: Notes of Appreciation. All week, boxes with each staff members name will be located in the hallway by the Lost and Found. Students are encouraged to write a note of thanks, but would love for parents to also consider writing their own notes of appreciation. Please chat with your student to ensure they take the time to write their teacher a note as well as other staff members that have impacted their days at Cascadia!

If anyone has any questions please reach out to Jolie Nivison (Levi, third grade) at jolie.nivison@gmail.com or Jen Fraser (George, third grade) at antibodygirl@hotmail.com
Thanks so much!


KidsCo at Cascadia Offering Summer Camp 2019

Kids Co. at Cascadia is hosting summer camp onsite all summer! Enrollment information can be found on our website at www.kidscompany.org/cascadia. Each week is a different theme which will include field trips, onsite guests and lots of outdoor fun! We hope to have you join us!

Summer Flyer Cascadia 2019

Summer of Discovery Themes 2019 Cascadia

Contact vanessak@kidscompany.org with questions.


Next Community Reads Book Club Meeting – Raising You Spirited Child, May 16, Following PTA Meeting

Before spring break the Cascadia PTA hosted our first Community Reads book club meeting. A small group of parents discussed So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo. Our goal is to share a book with the community a few times a year, and we are pleased to announce our final selection for 2019.

This spring we have chosen the book Raising You Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. This book description says: The spirited child—often called “difficult” or “strong-willed”—possesses traits we value in adults yet find challenging in children. Research shows that spirited kids are wired to be “more”—by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child. In this revised edition of the award-winning classic, voted one of the top twenty books for parents, Kurcinka provides vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint.

While this book is not explicitly directed towards academically highly capable children, we believe that many of our parents will appreciate the positive approach to parenting our sometimes challenging, but always amazing children. The book contains real stories from other parents and numerous practical tips for working with your children.

We also believe that considering the variation in children and their strengths will help our community discuss learning and neuro-diversity, supporting our goal to build a welcoming school for every student.

Please join us in reading Raising Your Spirited Child during the next month. We will be holding a book discussion on May 16, directly following the General Membership PTA meeting. We hope that this is both a productive and enjoyable evening for all of our members.


Nominations for Golden Acorn Award and Outstanding Educator Award 2019

Nominate your favorite Cascadia Volunteer and Outstanding Educator!
Each year, the Cascadia PTA presents the GOLDEN ACORN AWARD to an individual in our school who has offered outstanding, continued, and dedicated volunteer service in support of our school community. If you know of someone who has gone above and beyond, please fill out a nomination form now! Just click here to link to the form.

The OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD is given out by the Cascadia PTA in recognition of an educator in our school who has made significant contributions to enhance the education of our students and provided our youth with outstanding opportunities that go beyond the normal scope of their jobs. An educator could be a teacher assistant, specialist, support staff or administrator. Click here to nominate an outstanding educator today!

Nomination forms will also be available in the school's main office. Please return the forms to the office or email them to membership@cascadiapta.org by Friday, April 19, 2019. Awards will be presented at the PTA's general membership meeting in May.
Thank you for your help in recognizing those who work hard for our students every day!


Science and Engineering Night 2019

Cascadia Science and Engineering night! Thursday, April 25. Come see fabulous student projects (and please sign up for one). We also have another great lineup of exhibits and demonstrations from local scientists and engineers.  To sign up: http://bit.ly/CascadiaSignup


Spring Art Department News

Hello Cascadia Families!

If you haven’t met me yet, let me introduce myself, I’m Ms. Bush and I am Cascadia’s new art teacher. Please feel free to come by and introduce yourself to me in person. I am making updates on Schoology so please look there for more information about lessons. It has been a wonderful year so far! My basis for the art program is to teach students dispositions so that they can learn to think like an artist. Those dispositions are based on research done out of Harvard called the eight studio habits of mind: develop craft, engage and persist, envision, express, observe, reflect, stretch and explore, and understand the art world. Through these dispositions we learn ways of thinking that are important to developing 21st Century skills.

5th and 4th grade have now worked very successfully on two group projects. They worked on masks inspired by West African art, and were fully engaged in performing and writing dialogue. Many 5th graders worked on the big idea, “We All Live Here,” based on the artist Richard Alapack from Chicago who wanted to bring community together through art.

3rd grade has been focused mostly on contemporary artist’s like Yayoi Kusama and Faith Ringgold. They recently finished artwork inspired by their families and by Faith Ringgold’s book Tar Beach. They are currently completing their work and moving on to working on their art journals more and learning different collage techniques.

 1st and 2nd grade did a whole unit on monsters that included wax resist, rubbings to make textures, and storytelling through art. We are now moving on to make Super Hero Selfies.

While some work is already up in the hallways, a lot more work will be put up for our Arts & Talent Show Night on May 22nd. So please stay tuned and please feel free to contact me if you are interested in volunteering that day for the show. During the event you will see an art exhibit representing all students as well as exciting student performances. All lessons include learning objectives based on the National Standards in Arts and Washington State Standards in the Arts. Creating, presenting, responding, and connecting are the four pillars of the national standards. Learning is assessed using a fall baseline and Spring final SPS assessment tool designed to show growth, through ongoing teacher observations and lesson linked rubrics as well as through self-reflection activities, written response and class presentations.

Most importantly, the Art Studio is a place for students to have some serious fun and explore their unique identity and confidence through art and self-expression!



Help bring the “Let Me Run” program to Cascadia!

Are you interested in bringing a running program to the boys of Cascadia?  “Let Me Run is a nonprofit wellness program that inspires boys to be themselves, be active, and belong.”

If you would be interested in coordinating this type of program at Cascadia, please contact vicepresident@cascadiapta.org, and consider attending the local training session on March 31st.



Take the PTA Funding and Programs Survey by March 16

Your Prompt Feedback is Critical!

The Cascadia PTA establishes an annual budget that provides additional supports to our school. To ensure these funding plans can appropriately inform staffing and spending resources managed by the school and district, PTA budget decisions are imminent. Survey responses collected between now and March 16 are greatly helpful to both the school and Principal Wallace in making thoughtful choices.

Note: Principal Wallace also recently distributed a survey regarding allocation of school discretionary dollars. These are two distinct funding processes and surveys. 



Click to take the 2019-2020 PTA Survey


Speaker-Gifted Kids and Anxiety

2E Seattle is hosting a discussion on gifted kids and anxiety on March 11th at Cascadia.  The meeting will be in the library from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  The guest speaker is Amy Bohlander Ph.D., a child psychologist who specializes in working with children and young adults with anxiety, OCD, autism spectrum, and related concerns.  Though this is a monthly meeting of the group 2E Seattle, all Cascadia parents and staff are welcome to attend.

Event Poster


Help in the iLab!

Dear Cascadia Parents, Guardians, and Family Members,

I am seeking volunteers to help with the week-to-week operations of the iLab. In a dream scenario, a couple volunteers would come in each week and help with light cleaning and organizing. Additionally, a volunteer will need to update an ongoing list of needed materials on the PTA website. It’s not glamorous work, but dearly needed.

If you are interested in helping, please get in touch with Mr. Brown at ntbrown@seattleschools.org.

Thank you and sincerely for your interest,



Garden Program Vision Planning Meeting

Are you interested in increasing outdoor learning opportunities for Cascadia students?

The Cascadia Garden Team invites parents to attend a Garden Program Vision Planning Meeting on Friday, February 8th  after morning drop off until 10:30 am at the home of Jenny Yoo.  We will be discussing ideas about how to expand the Garden Program to promote the garden’s use by the Cascadia Community, PTA events, after school, and within the academic curriculum of all grade levels.  We hope to involve parent representatives from all five grade levels to help establish a framework for moving forward over the next two years.  To RSVP and learn Jenny’s address, contact GardenCoordinator@CascadiaPTA.org.

If you are interested in increasing outside experiential learning opportunities at Cascadia, but can’t attend this Friday morning meeting, let us know your ideas and whether you would like to be included in the email list announcing other meeting times and opportunities for supporting the Garden Program.




Get ready for Fifth Grade Promotion!

Can you help make our fifth grade promotion and fifth grade fun day happen this year? We need a pair of volunteers to work alongside the 5th grade teachers to coordinate this year’s festivities. Please email KimberlyChristensen@live.com if you’re willing to help our fifth graders celebrate their transition to middle school in style!


Cascadia Community Reads

The PTA is proud to announce a book club for our parent community. It is hoped that a community reading program, fostered through regular book selections and discussions, will engender unity, camaraderie, and thoughtful conversation. Shared reading experiences allow communities to explore big ideas through literature, and regular discussions provide adults with social connections. Our kids love reading together, and we hope our parents will, too!

Books chosen for community reading will reflect varied themes and interests pertinent to our families. The PTA will provide an evening book club meeting for each book. We hope that everyone in our community feels welcome to read selected books and discuss them with fellow parents, either at the meeting or in other venues. Please stay tuned for more information about the continuing program and book choice process.

Community Reads Inaugural Book

The PTA is pleased to announce the first book selection: So You Want To Talk About Race, written by local author Ijeoma Oluo. The book explores race in America providing not only stories, but practical solutions for moving forward with productive dialogue about race and bias.

So You Want To Talk About Race is currently part of Seattle Public Library’s Peak Picks program, ensuring available copies of the book at our public library discussion throughout Seattle. There will also be a few copies of the book on the parent shelf in Cascadia’s school library.

So You Want To Talk About Race will provoke conversation as our community works towards the current Cascadia Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP) goal to ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for all families and cultures.

The book club meeting for this book will be held April 4, 7-8:30 PM, in the Cascadia Library, and open to all adults in our community. We hope to see you there!


Jan 31 Letter from PTA President

Hello Dragon Families!

Principal Wallace spoke at our PTA general meeting last week about the SPS levies and the school budget. We are grateful she was able to walk us through this dense information and answer our questions. If you missed this meeting, check out our advocacy page on the PTA website for levy information. And don’t forget to cast your vote by Feb. 12. Ballots have arrived in mailboxes.

Winter Festival is around the corner! Join Dragon families on 2/7 to celebrate the season and the New Year with a multicultural event. Our Programs Director, Jennie Cowan, is still looking for volunteers to help make this event at success. Email her at program@cascadiapta.org for more information.

The PTA is starting a parent book club! Join us in reading “So You Want To Talk About Race” by local author and public school mom Ijeomo Oluo. We’ll have an opportunity to come together to discuss this book in April. You can find more info on this book club in today’s Dragon Digest.

And don’t forget Movie Night this Friday 2/1. We’ll be showing “Pete’s Dragon”. The school opens at 5:30pm for families to bring their dinner, movie starts at 6pm.

Go Dragons!
Katie Detrano


Cascadia Dragons Ultimate (frisbee) starts soon!

Does your 3rd, 4th or 5th grader want to play on a Cascadia Dragons ultimate frisbee team? Could you help coach a team? Then fill out this survey today! Roster spots for players are limited and priority is determined by the date you sign up on the survey. Sign up your player as soon as possible before the teams fill up!!

Cascadia parents are organizing teams to play in the 2019 DiscNW Spring Elementary Mixed (co-ed) league. We will kick off our 2019 season with a throwing day for all interested players on Friday, March 1st, from 3pm-4:30pm at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. For your player to be placed on the appropriate level team, it is important that they attend this initial throwing day. The coaches will also have a brief parent meeting from 4:15pm-4:30pm that same day. Don’t miss this!!

After the initial throwing day, practices for all teams will be once a week on Thursdays from 3pm-4:30pm at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. Parent volunteers and players will walk together to the park each Thursday after school. Games will be on Saturdays starting March 9th. The season extends through mid May with league playoffs during the weekends of May 4th and May 11th.

To participate, players must be in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade and have a DiscNW account with all relevant waivers signed. Girls and boys are welcome as we need roughly equal numbers for each co-ed team.

Don’t worry if your child has never played sports or ultimate. Ultimate is a fun sport to learn as a new player. Ultimate focuses on Spirit of the Game. Coaches teach players about spirit of the game and after each game, coaches and players discuss the game and assign a “spirit” or good sportsmanship score to the opposing team. In ultimate, players call their own fouls and learn valuable conflict resolution skills.

We anticipate the cost per student (including t-shirt, league sign up and equipment costs) to be approximately $60, but we will provide precise cost information when teams have been set. Scholarships are available, so please don’t hesitate to request one from Sarah Fuelling (sarahfu@comcast.net). If you would like to coach or help coach, please contact Geoff Coco (cocoboxx@gmail.com) or Christa June (christasana@gmail.com). For general questions or interest in volunteering, email Sarah Fuelling (sarahfu@comcast.net).

Cascadia Ultimate is parent-organized and not an official school sport. Please do not direct questions to the school. They will greatly appreciate it!!


Winter Festival Event

Please join us as we ring in the New Year for a cultural celebration of Cascadia families. Families are invited to attend and participate by wearing their traditional attire, bringing traditional foods, or showing traditional art, song or dance. A Lion Dance will be performed as well. A sign up genius is available for families who wish to contribute and for parents who wish to help with the event. Stay tuned for more details!

In addition, the PTA is still searching for a parent volunteer to serve as the Winter Festival event coordinator. The Programs Chair will heavily assist the Coordinator in planning this event. If interested, please contact programs@cascadiapta.org.



Help for our Art room and teacher

Our art room and wonderful Art instructor, Ronnie, would really benefit from some volunteer help of an hour or more of time. Anyone who is willing to hang up art work is great. Poster making and helping with organizing is great fit for people with an arts background!

If you can offer your time and/or expertise, please contact Ronnie Bush: vebush@seattleschools.org.


Letter from the PTA President-January 2019

Happy New Year, Dragons! Here’s hoping you had a chance to rest and recharge during Winter break, because we are jumping into a busy January with both feet!

We have a couple all school events coming up:

·      Movie Night is this Friday (1/11) at 6pm and we’ll be showing Christopher Robin. As always, the commons will be open at 5:30pm for families that want to bring their dinner. Bring pillows and blankets to cozy up on the gym floor during the movie!

·      PE Circus Night is Wednesday, 1/16 from 5-7pm. This is a fun-filled, active, and much loved event. Come out to see what your kiddos are learning in PE, and maybe try something new yourself.

·      Everyone is welcome at our 2nd PTA General Membership meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24. The school will open at 6:45pm for snacks and social time, and we’ll begin the meeting at 7pm. Principal Wallace will be there to shed some light on the school budget, both at the district level and in our building.

If you’re at school for drop-off, pick-up, Movie Night, or Circus Night, make sure to check the Lost and Found racks. All red-tagged items will be donated on Jan. 18.

Believe it or not, now that we’ve turned to corner into 2019, there is already work being done to prepare families for the 2019-2020 school year!

·      Cascadia is hosting Prospective New Family Nights in advance of open enrollment. If you know of a family who is considering Cascadia, point them to this link to RSVP.

·      For families of 5th graders, middle school tours are also happening this month:

o   Robert Eagle Staff Middle School (RESMS): Tonight! Jan. 10, 6:45pm-8:30pm

o   Hamilton Middle School (HMS):  Tues. Jan. 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm

o   Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS):  Wed. Feb. 6, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Some other opportunities to learn about middle school experiences from HC families include SeaHiCap meet-ups on 1/20, 3/10, and 5/12 at 1pm at the PACCAR room in the Central Library. SeaHiCap is a new group started by former Cascadia parents with the aim to connect families of HC students throughout the district. We are also working to organize a Cascadia meet up to share middle school info. Keep an eye out for more info.

Finally, just a reminder, Winter after school clubs resume Mon. Jan. 14, and run through March 22.

Many thanks to our fantastic PTA board, volunteers, and families for a great first half of the year. I’m very excited for all that’s in store for our community in this second half!

Go Dragons!

– Katie







Terracycle Program Update

In January 2019, we redeemed 23,000 more points to earn another $230 for the Cascadia PTA!

As we begin 2019, I’d like to remind students, parents, and staff about the Cascadia Terracycle Program (the blue station located in the Cascadia lobby) and encourage you all to bring in:

  • foil-lined energy bar wrappers
  • mouthwash bottles and caps
  • deodorant containers and caps
  • toothpaste tubes and caps, floss containers, and toothbrushes
  • healthy, squeezable snack pouches and
  • plastic markers, dry erase markers and highlighters

If you have questions about the Terracycling Program at Cascadia or ideas for additional ways to keep hard-to-recycle items out of the waste stream, contact Tom Good (tomgood62@comcast.net). If you have general questions about Terracycling, read the attached pdf or go to http://www.terracycle.com/en-US. 

Terracycle Tom


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