Teacher Appreciation Lunch!

We’re putting on a SANDWICH LUNCH BAR on March 27th for our wonderful teachers and staff, and would appreciate your help to make it successful.

We need lots of sandwich fixings, as well as fruit/veggies, salads, side dishes, beverages and desserts. Thank you for your contributions Cascadia parents!

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Anti-gun Violence Resolution

The Cascadia PTA Board has adopted the following resolution advocating for gun violence prevention measures. Along with the Seattle Council PTSA and several other local schools, we will be sending this resolution to the legislature to promote the change our kids deserve.


Library News!

Global Reading Challenge Success!

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!

Spring Book Fair – Coming in April

April 25th, Phinney Books will be hosting a spring book fair here at the Cascadia Library. This event will coincide with Science and Engineering Night from 5:30-8:00 PM. Mark your calendar!

Merrick Bodmer, Teacher-Librarian


Earth Day with Earth Corps

Looking for a fun and meaningful activity to celebrate Earth Day this year? Join your fellow Dragons and volunteer with Earth Corps!

You do NOT need to sign up on the Earth Corps website, but please sign up here so we know how many people to expect.

When: Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Where: West Duwamish Greenbelt at Pigeon Point Park, West Seattle

What: Join EarthCorps, Nature Consortium, the Green Seattle Partnership, and the Duwamish Alive Coalition as we work in this important forest habitat within the West Duwamish Greenbelt. This greenbelt is the largest contiguous forest in Seattle and an important resource for the Puget Sound region.

A healthy forest helps filter pollution, prevents erosion and storm damage, provides habitat for wildlife and green spaces where people can enjoy nature. Aggressive weeds such as Himalayan blackberry and English ivy threaten the health of this forest, so we need your help! This Duwamish Alive! event is part of the Green Seattle Partnership’s effort to restore Seattle’s forested park land in the city.

Map of Location.


Save the Date: Science & Engineering Night

Save the date for our 2017-2018 Science and Engineering Night! This year’s event is a Wednesday evening on April 25 in the Cascadia Commons and Gym (read the FAQ Flyer). Students from all grade levels are encouraged to participate with a poster or exhibit. Both individual and group projects are welcome. Also, local science, engineering, and technology professionals will be in attendance to provide lively demonstrations. It should be a fun and stimulating evening!

Sign up at

Sign up by April 6 to reserve your spot.

Email Joel at joelgrow (a) with any problems or questions.

Interested in volunteering? Science/Engineering Professional? Contact Joel at joelgrow (a) if you are able to help out a little or a lot!

If you are a science, engineering, and/or technology professional and would like to have your or your company/organization’s expertise/product/process represented, please contact Joel Grow (below). Also, if you’re interested in volunteering for the event, we will have jobs both big and small that could use your help. Please contact Joel Grow (joelgrow (at)

Science & Engineering Night Poster

Science and Engineering Night is April 25 at 6pm



Spring Movie Night: Wonder

Come join us in the Commons for our last Friday Movie Night of the year. Free pizza at 5:30 p.m. and a showing of Wonder at 6:00 p.m. (About the movie:; about the book: Bring blankets/pillows for the gym floor. Parents/guardians can bring NONSCRATCHING folding or beach chairs as well.

Wonder movie poster

Wonder (movie poster)


Garden Planning Meeting

Linda Overbay, Cascadia’s Garden Coordinator is hosting a Garden Team Planning meeting next Wednesday, March 7, 7pm, at Water Shed Pub, in the Thornton Creek Shopping/Living Complex.

We will initiate our Self-Help Application for the next short term and long term phases of infrastructure installation and Garden Design. New Volunteers from all grade levels welcome. Linda will plan to wear RED. If you don’t see us on the main floor, check the mezzanine. RSVP to gardencoordinator at

Linda Overbay,
Cascadia Garden Coordinator

Save the date: there will be another meeting on May 2.


Year Book Orders Start March 1

The Cascadia 2017-2018 Dragon Yearbook can be ordered online between March 1 and April 2. The cost is $18.25 per book (+ sales tax = $20.00 total), with delivery in early to mid June. The PDF order form has instructions for payment by credit card online (which we strongly recommend to avoid lost paperwork, but you can also request instructions for payment by cash/check by e-mailing Scholarships are available! Contact lremme at to arrange.

We also need photos of classroom and grade-level activities and field trips. Upload yours here by early May to be included:


Cascadia Has Heart

Hello Dragons!

We are spending most of February learning different and fun ways to jump as individuals, partners, small groups, and as a full class. Pick up a jump rope at your local sports store, on or online to jump as a family (another great way to getting moving indoors – try out your garage or covered porch areas if you have one). During this unit about jumping rope and heart health, we are teaching our students to not only take care of their own hearts, but to also have compassion for others who do not have the gift of full health. Our kickoff assembly was mission oriented to inspire our students to use their own health as a way to support others by spreading the mission of the American Heart Association and considering ways to raise money for those in need.

Please consider donating to the American Heart Association through our Jump Rope for Heart Cascadia page by following this link: Scroll to the bottom of our page and click on the “donate directly to our school” button. We will be accepting donations until Wednesday, February 28th. The AHA will be thanking our students for their participation by donating some recess equipment back to our school, as well as some gift certificates for PE equipment depending on how much we raise as a school. This is completely optional, but most definitely a good cause. Thank you in advance for considering.

Your Passionate PE Teachers,

Shirley Briones & Kate Sayles



Advocacy Alert–Equity for HiCap Bill (SHB 2927)

The Equity for HiCap bill (SHB 2927) is in trouble. It needs to get onto the House Appropriations schedule by tomorrow. The bill passed unanimously through the Education Committee, so agreement is not the issue. It is a priority issue in that Appropriations has only so much time to hear bills before the deadline, and this bill needs to be slotted higher on the list.

Please Stop and Do These 3 Things Now:

1. We are urging everyone to stop what you are doing right now and contact Education Committee Chair Sharon Santos and Appropriations Vice Chair June Robinson about SHB 2927. Sample e-mail below (although it’s always better to rewrite it in your own words):

Subject: Urgent: Get SHB 2927 onto Appropriations Schedule
Body of E-mail:
Dear Ms. Santos, Dear Ms. Robinson:
The Equity for HiCap bill (SHB 2927) has still not been scheduled for appropriations. I am worried that it is going to miss the cut off. Can you please work with Rep. Timm Ormsby to get this on the appropriations hearing schedule ASAP? As you know, this is a very urgent issue for Seattle and will substantially improve equity–and long term, the achievement gap. Catching these students early will prevent disengagement, behavior problems, drop outs and kids lost to the prison pipeline, ultimately saving the state money–as well as being the right thing to do.
[your name]

2. Have family and friends who live in Washington State send the same e-mail the following Appropriations Committee members (copy and paste into your “to” field):,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

3. In addition, if you have friends or family in the **Spokane** area, please have them call Appropriations Chair Timm Ormsby at (360) 786-7946, using that e-mail as a script, or send the same e-mail to him using this form:

Spread the word TODAY!


Cascadia Spiritwear

Do you want to show your Cascadia school spirit, but don’t have a Cascadia t-shirt? Or a hoodie? Or a baseball cap for Spring? Well – now is your chance!

If you missed the opportunity at the start of school year to order school logo wear, or just want another – the Cascadia Spirit wear store is now open again for orders. We have a great lineup of t-shirts and sweatshirts in various color options, as well as baseball caps, all in a range of sizes to fit the whole family.

To place an order, go to and select the items you’d like to purchase and pay online. We are not able to accept offline orders or payment by check.

Delivery will be made via KidMail in mid-late March. When you place your order, you will be asked to include your child’s name and room number for delivery purposes. If you are ordering for more than one child, you need only provide the child’s name you want the whole delivery to go to.

Order deadline is Sunday March 4. Be sure and get your orders in early so you don’t miss out!

Sizing: Please be sure and refer to the size charts online. Some sample sizes are available in the office if you would like to see the size of an item. No refunds or exchanges can be made except for defective items accepted directly by the vendor.

Go, Dragons!

Cascadia Sprit Wear Committee – Spiritwear at


Lunar New Year Celebration


It’s time for Cascadia’s Lunar New Year celebration: Tuesday, February 13, 6-8pm!   Join us for the Lion dance, a performance by Hengda Dance Company, student New Year contributions, crafts, and snacks.
We will need lots of volunteers for what is one of our largest annual events–sign up HERE today if you can help out!


What Parents and Educators Need to Know about Smart Kids

The Cascadia PTA would like to invite you to a talk titled “What Parents and Educators Need to Know about Smart Kids” given by Austina De Bonte, president of the Northwest Gifted Child Association (NWGCA), on Thursday, February 1, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in Cascadia Elementary’s gym. Ms. De Bonte has given versions of this talk in the past at many schools and conferences, and she gave a presentation on equity in HC to the SPS board of directors in June 2017. She provides useful, accessible insights into social and academic needs — backed up with lots research and her many years’ experience in education. We think you’ll find this talk uniquely worthwhile, and we hope you can find time to attend.

Families are also welcome to use the lunch room area for a nut-free picnic dinner beforehand, if needed. (Just be sure to clean up!)

About the Talk:

What Parents and Educators Need to Know about Smart Kids

Many people are surprised to learn that their child’s unique “quirks” are actually well-studied social and emotional behavior patterns that appear across large populations of highly intelligent children. Whether it’s refusing to wear shirts with buttons or tags, overreacting to the slightest criticism, gravitating towards adults and older children, forgetting to turn in their homework, trouble with handwriting, anxiety about trying something new, or preferring a book to a party, these and
many other perplexing behaviors are common in this population.

Learn what’s normal, what to expect as they grow, and why genuine challenge is vitally important for kids’ social and emotional development, as well as developing their academic talents, from the preschool and elementary years all the way to high school and beyond.


Terracycle Report 2018


Box tops – practically free money!

Thank you for clipping and bringing in the BoxTops for Education! Another pile was sent off for another $52.00 Keep clipping!

The collection canister is in the corner to the left as you enter office. The money collected through BoxTops is deposited into our school’s Self Help Fund; money from this fund pays for things teachers need, staff room supplies, field trip scholarships, and other small special needs beyond the regular budgets. Learn more about the program: here including how you can get coupons and upload receipts to contribute.

If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact parent coordinator, Tyra Sorensen twosolvej at Box Tops collection is a parent volunteer effort and separate from PTA fundraising, who we appreciate for all they do!


You are invited to PE Health & Wellness Night!

Our 3rd annual PE Health & Wellness Night is coming up on Wednesday, February 7th from 5:00-7:00 PM in the gym and commons area. We invite all of you to come and participate in fun PE style activities and to learn something new about health and wellness! This is an awesome time to come in person and see what your kids are learning in PE class. All family members can participate too, so come in comfy clothes and your sneakers. We will have many community partners here to teach you and your child about how to be safe, active, healthy and stay well. Our goal is to have all the whole family participating.

The winter Olympics are starting on February 9th with opening ceremonies. We are following an Olympic theme this year and will have some winter Olympic themed activities to participate in as well. Feel free to wear any Olympics garb that you may own that is comfortable to celebrate the 2018 Olympics with us.

If you are a parent, or know someone, who would like to participate in our event as a community partner, please email Ms. Sayles and Mrs. Briones (kasayles at seattleschools dot org, sabriones at seattleschools dot org). We would love to have you there with us.

We also need about 10 parent volunteers during the event to help us run things smoothly. We would need your assistance from about 4:30-7:30 pm. Please email us if you can offer assistance during our event.

Thank you and we look forward to a fun night with our Dragon community!

Mrs. Briones & Ms. Sayles


Movie Night: Jan. 19 – Zootopia

Cascadia’s next Movie Night is Friday, January 19: Zootopia. There will be free pizza (first come/first served–no RSVP needed) in the Commons at 5:30 p.m., and the movie will run in the gym 6:00-7:50 p.m. This is not a drop-off event. Bring blanket/pillows!


Current Volunteer Needs

Urgent: Recess Reading needs a volunteer every Thursday until midwinter break. Thursdays @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Friday Movie Night: January 19 @ 5:30 p.m. A couple of volunteers to help manage pizza and with minimal clean-up. Movie: Zootopia.

Save the date: Cascadia’s annual Lunar New Year celebration will be on Tuesday, February 13 @ 6:00 p.m. SignUpGenius lists will be forthcoming for help with set-up, clean-up, and potluck. Keep an eye out for it!


Cascadia PE Communications

Hello fantastic families and happy new year,

Welcome to 2018! It is a new year, and we have a new way of sharing information that comes from the Cascadia PE program for the rest of the school year. Starting in February, we will only be sharing our newsletter, monthly PE calendar, and activity challenges on our Schoology site. If you have a student in Seattle Public Schools that is a middle or high school student already, you are already using Schoology as it is a requirement. At the elementary level, we are all just getting trained and starting to use it more and more throughout the district. This Schoology website is a powerful communication tool for us to organize all of our information, resources, events, assignments, quizzes and much more. It is secure and safe for us to share anything student or family related to you.

To sign up for parent view of Schoology:

First parents must create a Source account if they haven’t done so already. Directions are on this site.
Then parents create a Schoology account. Directions are here.

After you successfully sign up, please go to your students PE page from Cascadia to find the current month’s newsletter, as well as all archived newsletters from this school year. We will also be adding resources every month that will prove useful for our students and you as a family. Please answer the one question true/false question under the quiz section to indicate that you have found our page by Wednesday, January 31st.

This email for January is a hybrid email, meaning that we are attaching our newsletter as well as directing you to our Schoology webpage. For the rest of the school year, our goal will be to only communicate our newsletters via Schoology and not through the emails that we have been sending monthly. We receive many bounce back emails every month and know that we are not getting our communications to everyone like we hope to, so this is a great solution to this problem. An added bonus is that we can share resources all in one place without overloading your already full and busy inboxes.

Thank you for your help in signing up, logging in, and answering the quiz question by the end of January. We will be making announcements in our classes as well to let our students know that they can access our website as well through their student account, or through your account, to get to resources we share during PE class.

Be happy, be healthy!

Shirley Briones  &  Kate Sayles


PTA Bronze Award for Cascadia

In our first year at our new school, we’ve achieved the PTA’s Bronze Award for enrolling 50% or more of the previous year’s membership by September 30. Since we’ve actually enrolled 75% of last year’s membership from a smaller overall school population, we are very proud of our parent engagement. You rock!

Thank you for supporting the Cascadia Elementary community.

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