School Supplies for 2018-2019

School Supplies!

School Supply lists and guidance for the 2018-19 year has been updated on the Cascadia school website, including details on financial assistance and payments.

  • Grades Two (2), Three (3), and Four (4): supplies have been purchased in bulk. Each family is asked to contribute payment of $30.
  • Grades One (1) and Five (5) have specific lists posted on the school page.
  • Specialty subjects like art and PE are also in need of supplies and have posted lists.

School supplies are managed by the teachers and staff at Cascadia directly, and the details can be found on the school website.



Summer Playdates

Grade Level Playdates

All grade level playdates will be held at the Cascadia Elementary playground. Kids from all grade levels are welcome, and siblings encouraged, but specific incoming (2018-2019) grade levels are listed to encourage meeting new classmates.

    • Wednesday, June 27, 5-7pm First grade
    • Wednesday, July 11, 5-7pm Second grade
    • Saturday, July 21, 3-5pm Third-Fifth grade
    • Sunday, July 22, 3-5pm First-Second grade
    • Wednesday, July 25, 5-7pm Third grade
    • Saturday, August 4, 10-12am First-Second grade
    • Monday, August 6, 5:30-7:30pm Second grade
    • Wednesday, August 8, 5-7pm Fourth and Fifth grades
    • Saturday, August 18, 10-12am All grades

Neighborhood Playdates

All neighborhood playdates are for students all all ages, and they are held in parks local to one of our neighborhoods. Neighborhood playdates are hosted by a local parent.

  • Queen Anne, Sunday, July 15 3-5 pm at Big Howe park
    Hosted by Sara Vora and Nicole Mirchandani
  • Ballard, Hosted by Gretchen O’Connell, Samantha Barth
    • Thursday, August 2, 4:30-6:30 pm at Sandel Park
    • Sunday, August 26, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Gilman Playground
  • Magnolia, Hosted by Jennie Cowan
    • Saturday, July 14, 4-6 pm at Ella Bailey playground
    • Sunday, August 19, 3-5 pm at Licton Springs playground
    • Sunday, August 26, 4-6pm at Ella Bailey playground
  • North End, Hosted by Vida Lyons
    • Saturday July 28th 10am-noon at Northacres Playground
    • Saturday August 11th 3-5 pm at Northacres Playground

Back To School Event
Join school families and staff for a Welcome Back event, Thursday, August 30th, 4:30-6:30 pm.


Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator Honorees, 2017-18

Congratulations to our 2017-18 Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator Award honorees!

The awards committee was impressed with the nominations and enjoyed getting to learn a bit more about our Cascadia team. We hope you’ll be inspired by the kind words and by the generous hearts represented by this stellar group. Below are excerpts from the nominations the committee received.

Outstanding Educator Awards 2018


Shirley Briones, PE
Shirley is kind, patient, understanding, fun-loving, hardworking, talented, spirited, helpful and dedicated. She has spent the last three years bringing the Cascadia PE program to a whole new level of greatness. She consistently goes beyond the scope of her job to make homemade equipment, pursue additional professional learning opportunities and plan engaging and outside-the-box lessons to give kids a wide range of physical activity options and help them find joy in movement. Her attitude is contagious and her passion is evident in all that she does.

Her accomplishments in 2017-18 include: Trained a teacher new to the PE discipline, coordinate the start of unicycling, recess running and recess equipment at our new campus. Planned and put on a fabulous community health and wellness night. Wrote a grant to bring archery to Cascadia. Served on BLT, Team Lead and Union committees. All-around leader and provider of daily smiles and encouragement to all kids. Amazing!

Stephanie Halpert, Speech
I have a kid with speech problems, who unfortunately is not at all motivated to work on them, but he needs help. Ms. Halpert figured out what his interests are [and used related] terminology in her explanations and exercises, which helped reach my son better. Ms. Halpert also made a significant effort to [reach out to an external speech therapist] so she could learn more about what my son needed. The speech therapist from outside school told me she was very impressed with what Ms. Halpert knew and what she’d been able to accomplish with my son. I also appreciate that she takes parent input very seriously in IEP meetings.


Dr. Bill Keating, House Administrator
Dr. Keating is an integral part of the workings before, during and after school. He is the first face many students see when getting off their bus in the morning. He interacts, problem- solves, resolves conflicts, contacts parents and listens to our children’s wants, needs, faults, concerns, ramblings and anger throughout any given day. Then he is the last person they see when boarding the bus to go home. Dr. Keating is kind-hearted, genuine, a good listener, a problem-solver, multi-tasker, patient, funny, and an all-around great person to interact with adults and kids. Dr. Keating does his job with heart and passion, going above and beyond to be certain our kids feel safe, comfortable and heard at Cascadia: even kids who previously haven’t been able to share verbally the complex feelings and events of their short lives open up and share with him. This says mountains about how comfortable and safe Dr. Keating makes them feel.

Kari Asadorian, aka Nurse Kari
Nurse Kari is warm and funny and always has a smile for a sick or injured kid. She’s a sympathetic listener and always makes time to chat with parents when she calls to tell them their kid needs to come home. Cascadia is lucky to have her!

Eileen Gray, Reading and Writing Specialist
Eileen is very warm, compassionate and hard working; she is also thoughtful and inventive in motivating kids. Students come into Cascadia with different capabilities in different subjects; some are behind in reading compared to their HCC peers. This could really hurt them in all subjects, but Ms. Gray helps them get caught up amazingly fast. She makes a huge difference in the lives of our younger kids. Also, everyone loves her and wants to work hard for her because of the kind of person she has chosen to be.

Gary Bass, Second Grade Teacher
Mr. Bass is funny, smart, and nice. While being funny, he is also helping students learn new things.

Elizabeth Knighton, Instrumental Music
Music education requires incredibly patience, perseverance, and commitment to kids who are not always focused on music—yet she stays with it and finds success! I know my own child has advanced from zero musical skills to a level of instrumental performance I hadn’t thought possible.

Ms. Knighton is incredibly organized, patient, persistent, and committed. She is focused on the growth of young musicians, and she understands the special challenges of our population of kids (executive dysfunction, higher rates of 2E students, etc.) that make teaching them challenging. Although she is strict, she is also just plain nice! She is a good communicator with parents, and we feel lucky to have her.

Golden Acorn Awards 2018


Hee Rae Cho
Hee Rae volunteers in the classroom, in the office and for many activities that need an extra lift–from hearing and vision screening day to managing the lost-and-found. Hee Rae is just incredibly nice, first of all. She’s easy to talk to and work with. Other volunteers enjoy working with her… But most importantly, she just signs up and shows up
for EVERYTHING. She is dutiful, reliable, amiable, collaborative and effective. We are so lucky to have her at Cascadia.


Debbie Paulsen and Nicole Mirchandani
Debbie served as PTA president and Nicole served as PTA Legislative & Advocacy Director Nicole and Debbie are team community builders. They put countless hours into guiding the PTA and keeping the Cascadia community apprised of the many changes and advocacy opportunities affecting the HCC community at the school board and other levels.


Garden Work Party

On Friday morning, June 15th, 8-10am, the Garden Team will be meeting for a work party for the end of the school year. Some jobs include tidying the garden beds, minor repairs to garden beds; setting up a watering system, watering, organizing the deck box and storage closet, inventory of items and replacements needed for Fall Budget, making a sign that says “Cascadia School Learning Garden”. Bring gloves.

Please join us for all or part of the time. Thanks! Contact GardenCoordinator at with any questions.

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If you missed yearbook ordering…

. . . there will be a limited number of extra copies available when the yearbooks are delivered next week! We don’t have a system set up for this yet, so look for more information in a separate e-mail and on the unofficial Facebook page.


Library News

The end of the school year is almost upon us! In June, students will no longer be checking out books as I’ll be doing library inventory, reordering and repairing books. Classes will still visit the library during their scheduled class time the first week in June.

As an incentive to return books and settle up on fines for lost and damaged books, I’ll be hosting a school-wide competition, the Race to Return. Beginning on June 4th and ending on June 11th students are to return all books to the library or their classroom teacher. ALL books are due by Monday, June 11th at the very latest. The first class to return all their books or pay fines for lost books will earn an ice cream sandwich or popsicle party (other treats can be made available for students with allergies or other health needs).

If you have lost a book, you can either send in a replacement copy or write a check to the Cascadia Self Help Fund and reference the lost library book on the check. If you pay a fine and find the book over the summer, please still return it. We can either refund you the money, (though please be aware that it goes through the district downtown and it may take a few months) or you can let me know if you would like us to consider it a donation to the Cascadia library. As always, please let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to help! Thanks so much!


Bike to School – Friday, May 25

Friday, May 25 is the final biking Friday in May. Ride your bike on Friday, check in to receive goodies and snacks*, and join us for a final check-in where you can pick up a Bike Calendar if you haven’t printed one out yet. Remember to submit your calendar by Monday, June 4 to the Cascadia office.

All our kids can participate.  If you can bike to school, that’s ideal.  However, kids who bike to their bus stops can also check in upon arrival with helmets.  Unicycling counts!

Bike to school on your own, or join one of our Bike Trains.  If you want to join a bike train, please let your leader know, so they will look for you!  Kids joining bike trains must have an adult responsible for them (although, one adult may bring more than one kid).

*  Donut treats are being privately funded.  Donations to cover the expense will be accepted at check-in.

Bike Trains

See you on the road!


Seattle School District Task Force Openings

Advanced Learning Task Force

Deadline May 24, noon

The goal is to rethink and re-examine our practices to ensure all students receive the high-quality instruction necessary to grow and achieve, across all of our schools. This Task Force will focus on the identification, support, services, operational systems and practices necessary to meet the academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of highly capable and advanced learners. Learn more and apply on the Advanced Learning Task Force page

Transportation Services Task Force

Deadline May 23

The primary purpose of the Transportation Services Task Force is to assist the Superintendent in revising policies and procedures that: review current transportation data and service standards; address current driver shortages as a system and identify strategies that support providing on time service delivery; identify and gather student voice; and review potential legislative recommendations that could allow flexibility in district funding for service delivery models. Learn more and apply on the Transportation Services Task Force page

Science Instructional Materials Adoption Committees

Grades K-5 and 6-8 (two committees)
Deadline May 29, 9 a.m.

Science Instructional Materials Adoption Committees, comprised of teachers, family and community members, will be formed and begin evaluating instructional materials for K-8 science. This work is to replace elementary instructional materials adopted in 1995 and middle school instructional materials adopted in 2003. Work will begin in June. If approved by the Seattle School Board, the new instructional materials will be ready for implementation by the 2019-20 school year. You may join the K-5 committee or the Grades 6-8 committee. Learn more and apply on the K-8 Science Adoption page


We Love Cascadia

children make outline of 'We <3 Cascadia'


Spirit Week

Our Student Counsel wants to announce Spirit Week, May 7-11.   As we also celebrate our teachers and staff, next week is shaping up to be quite the fun-filled week of Cascadia pride!  To find your theme of the day, see the attached flyer.


Bike To School, Wednesday May 9th

Wednesday May 9th is National Bike to School Day.  Biking to school is a wonderful way to kick off your day with a little fresh air and exercise, along with many other benefits.  At Cascadia, we hope Bike to School day is a fun way to join your community.

All our kids can participate.  If you can bike to school, that’s ideal.  However, kids who bike to their bus stops can also check in upon arrival with helmets.  Unicycling counts! Check in by the bike racks, upon arrival for treats and fun!

Bike to school on your own, or join one of our Bike Trains.  If you want to join a bike train, please let your leader know, so they will look for you!  Kids joining bike trains must have an adult responsible for them (although, one adult may bring more than one kid).

Bike Trains

  • Kona Kitchen (8501 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115), leaving at 7:25, led by Jami Kimbal
  • Greenlake Wading pool (at Wallingford and Greenlake), leaving at 7:25, led by Lynne Peck Theis
  • Ballard via Greenwood, leaving at 7:15, led by Becky Dobbins *See route details below

See you on the road!

Ballard bike route:
Route from Ballard

7:15 am: leave Kirke Park (9th Ave NW & 70th Street)Google map of bike route.
– ride N on 9th
– turn right on 75th St / ride E
– turn left on 6th Ave NW / ride N
**7:20 am: pick up riders at 6th Ave Pocket Park (6th Ave NW & 76th Street)**
– turn right on 83rd / ride E
– turn left of Fremont Ave N / ride N
**7:35 am: pick up riders at Greenwood Park (Fremont Ave N & 87th Street)**
– turn right on 90th / ride E
– turn left on Linden Ave N / ride N
– turn right on 92nd / ride E
– we hop on the sidewalk to go around the Licton Springs/Eagle Staff
– 7:45 am: arrive!


My name is Becky; my son Porter is in 3rd grade — we have been riding to school all year and it’s really fun. If you need to text/call me the morning of our ride, my number is 206-375-0943.

If you plan to meet up with us, please give me a heads-up so I know to look for you. I thought parks along the way would be good places to meet (plenty of space), but feel free to join anywhere along the route (just let me know); meet-up times listed are my best guess. If you’re late, we may not be able to wait for you — sorry!

It’s OK to ride 2 abreast when there’s no traffic, but we ride single file when sharing the road with cars.

Pedestrians always have the right-of-way. We usually ride on the sidewalk around Licton Springs/Eagle Staff, but always dismount and walk our bikes if there are people on the sidewalk. Also, we have to walk our bikes across Aurora — the light is very long.

We cross several busy intersections (8th, 3rd, Greenwood, 80th, 85th, Aurora), and only two (85th and Aurora) have lights. To cross, an adult checks the intersection, and when it’s safe to cross yells “All Clear!” Most times, drivers are nice and will stop to let us cross — but always be sure cars behind the stopped car are also stopping!

There are a couple of hills — slow but steady!


PE News & Field Day!

Our May PE Rocks Newsletter is now posted on our Schoology site, please check it out for important information regarding your student’s PE class and to see this month’s activity challenge.

SAVE THE DATE – YOU ARE INVITED! PLEASE COME TO WATCH OUR OPENING CEREMONY AND/OR VOLUNTEER FOR OUR 3rd ANNUAL JUNIOR OLYMPICS THEMED FIELD DAY.  This will be held at Cascadia Elementary on our beautiful new shared field on Thursday, June 21st. Grades 4 and 5 will start at 8:25 am and end at 10:25 am. Grades 1, 2, and 3 will start at 11:30 am and end at 2:10 pm (3rd grade will be outside by themselves as a reward for being the top donation grade level in our Halloween Candy Challenge for the last 30 minutes 1:50-2:10 pm).

We will have classes representing different countries from around the world that your children are learning about in their classes.  A parade of nations will begin from student’s classrooms and continue around the track, followed by the presentation of flags on the field. Students will wear accessories, or comfortable clothing, to represent their class’ country for the parade of nations. Our goal is to promote learning about other countries and celebrate the diversity of our world on this celebratory day. Students should wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes for the days activities as well as sunscreen. Labeled water bottles are also highly encouraged on this day.

The Junior Olympic Games will consist of many stations where small groups will participate in different games and activities. Please consider volunteering for field day to help run stations or set up and/or take down. We can’t have that fun and amazing day without you! Follow the link here to sign up through the PTA sign up genius:

Be happy, be healthy,

Mrs. Briones & Ms. Sayles


Parents Night Out, May 24th

Who: All Cascadia students are welcome, as well as younger siblings 4 years old and above.
What: An opportunity to drop your kids off at school for a night out! This event is our way of saying thank you to all of the parents who volunteered at Cascadia this school year.
When: Thursday, May 24th from 6:00-8:00pm, check in will start at 5:45pm.
Where: Cascadia Elementary! We will have a movie showing, board games, coloring pages, and recess equipment out in the courtyard.


Second Chance Yearbook Orders thru May 14

Yuen Lui has opened a second-chance ordering window for yearbooks, which is from now through May 14.

Ordering Steps:
1) Go to and click on School / Sports / Yearbooks
2) Select Order Yearbooks
3) Click View Gallery for 2017 – 2018 Cascadia Elementary Yearbook Prepay

Scholarships are available; contact lremme (a)


Bike to School Month

Bike to School Month is May!  Please join your Cascadia classmates in biking to school, and around town.  Students may participate by recording biking minutes during the month of May.  Cascade Bicycle Club will provide small prizes for biking students. Students are encouraged to record minutes on unicycles and for recreation as well as commuting minutes. Calendars are available in PE, or downloadable.

Wednesday, May 9, is Bike To School Day. Ride to school and check-in in front of the school for prizes and snacks.


Cascadia Book Fair

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.  Phinney Books 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


Night Under the Stars Art and Talent Show

Please come out to celebrate our creative community for the Night Under the Stars Talent and Art Show.

Wednesday, May 9, 5:30-8PM

5:30-6 Art Walk through and Buskers
6-8pm Talent Show in the Gym


Teacher Appreciation Week May 7th-11th

There are lots of ways you can contribute during Teacher Appreciation Week in May!

Fri. May 4th: Help decorate for the week ahead

Mon. May 7th: PTA provided breakfast
Tues. May 8th: Catered BBQ lunch from Smokin’ Pete’s
Wed. May 9th: Favorites Day **watch for an email from your room parent(s) for how to help**
Thurs. May 10th: Potluck Taco Bar!
SignUp to contribute:
Fri. May 11th: Deliver notes of appreciation

Whole week:  Consider writing your own note of appreciation to one of our teachers or staff! Boxes with each person’s name will be right next to the Lost & Found area all week. So drop in and write a note to someone who has made a positive difference in our wonderful school!

Thanks everyone!


National PTA School of Excellence Survey

Dear Families,

The Cascadia PTA knows that a strong partnership among our families, school leaders and community members is important to the success of our students and school. That’s why we are participating in the National PTA School of Excellence program, which grows partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students.

School of excellence badge

At a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement. We feel Cascadia Elementary and Cascadia PTA can achieve that together—and the result will be national, state and community-wide visibility for the positive impact we are making together at Cascadia Elementary.

We need your help! As part of the process, National PTA requests feedback from families at two points in the school year—the beginning and the end. Please take 5-10 minutes to reflect on your experience at this school and complete the final survey linked here. This survey is completely anonymous and will close on April 27, 2018.

Thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we work toward becoming a National PTA School of Excellence!


Anna Birinyi
Cascadia Elementary Principal

Debbie Paulsen
Cascadia PTA President


Welcome New Families

We are so excited for the new families who will join Cascadia in September, 2018.  Here are so tips to stay in touch through the spring and summer:

  • You should have received an email from Anna Birinyi welcoming you to the school. If you did not, please check with your co-parent. (Due to communications restrictions from the district, the school only has access to the primary contact for each child.)
  • To help with your child’s class placement, fill out the questionnaire attached to that letter by May 20
  • You can always refer to this website for news. You may wish to subscribe to our PTA Calendar in order to keep up with current events.
  • Sign up to receive PTA communications through the summer here.
  • Join us at the Cascadia Community Open House on Thursday May 17th from 5:30-7:00 p.m

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