Letter from the President, May 2019

Dear Cascadia Families,

Our final PTA general meeting of the year was last Thursday, and it was very productive! Thanks to all who attended.

  • The PTA board presented a budget for next year, and it was approved by the general membership. We are excited to continue offering grade level programs such as Shakespeare and garden to our community. As we will have a full time general music teacher next year, the PTA is working to replace our STYLE program with an iLab program. Stay tuned for more details. Additionally, we will continue funding the counselor and instrumental music, as well as our many events throughout the year.
  • We also voted to approve the slate of nominees for next year’s board. This board is full of amazing parent volunteers and will be headed up by Megan Hazen as President. I have no doubt it will be a great year!
  • Finally, I am pleased to announce the recipient of this year’s Golden Acorn Award for honoring an individual who has given outstanding, continued, and dedicated volunteer service to the children of our school community–Jean Hanson. As written in her nomination letter: The 3rd Grade Garden program would not be what it is without Jean. She’s always ready to help with whatever needs to be done in the garden, to support Rowan’s lesson and help the kids learn in a way that’s fun. But—even more importantly—she’s a great “big picture” planner and always has amazing ideas for how to integrate educational concepts into garden activities. Her ability to make connections—between people, kids, ideas, projects, science, abstract concepts, and concrete realities—is inspiring.One standout is that she always evaluates her projects to include as many kids as possible as part of their school day….Jean’s consistent presence has provided a good deal of enrichment for the whole grade level.  Thank you, Jean, for all of the time and energy you have devoted to enriching our students’ learning experience at Cascadia!

Go Dragons!

Katie Detrano, Cascadia PTA President


Field Day June 18

Field Day is coming and we need YOU!

In order to pull off this amazing event for our students we need YOUR help. We need volunteers to set up, run stations and clean up. Please join us for part or all of the day and follow the link to sign up. Any time you can give is greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Your PE teachers,

Ms. Hanford and Ms. Sayles


Drop-off and Pick-up Safety Procedures

Please keep the Fire Lane Clear at all times.

Please follow pick up and drop off procedures every day

These procedures are put in place for yours and our students’ safety. Please especially do NOT double park or park in the fire lane (red painted curb). We need to ensure that emergency vehicles can always access the building safely. If you have family or others coming to enjoy events or pick your student up at the end of the day, please also relay these guidelines to them.

Drop-off and Pick-up Safety Procedures

We hope that these procedures and guidelines will help keep everyone safe and ensure that each of us gets to school ready to learn. Keep your eye out for people in the crosswalks and biking around school. Having patience with staff and other drivers as we all navigate drop off and pick-up will help us have a wonderful school year.

School Day Drop-off and Pick-Up:

We strongly encourage students to ride the bus, walk or bike to school. These methods help reduce the number of cars entering and exiting the campus, reducing congestion and increasing safety. Each student outside of the walk zone should receive busing information. If you have any questions about your child’s bus, please contact the Transportation Department at 206.252.0900 or . In years past, the buses have been late the first few weeks of school as driver’s learn routes. We still encourage you to have your child ride the bus as it will familiarize them with the routines which are taught early in the school year.

When children arrive via the bus, they are dropped off on Wallingford Ave. They will then walk through an interior courtyard, through the building, and out to the playground to play and wait for their teacher. Staff will be on Wallingford Ave to meet and greet students arriving via bus.

If you do drive to school for drop-off or pick-up we encourage you to carpool with other families.

Cars enter the lot by turning from N 90th Street. Once in the line of cars we ask that you do not get out of your vehicle for any reason. Do NOT Park along the curb in front of the school. Your child should be ready to hop out of the car in the morning. Then you exit the lot by turning RIGHT ONLY. This helps keep cars moving.

Please do not drop your child off from the middle section of the parking lot. Either pull up to the curb or park and walk them in.

If you need to enter the building or assist your child you may park in the lot, find legal street parking or park at the the Eagle Staff/Licton Springs parking lot further west. Please be very careful when backing out in our lot.

Also, if you notice a backup on N 90th Street of cars waiting to turn into the lot, please consider finding street parking and walking in.

At Dismissal: Please find a parking spot either in the neighborhood, in the parking lot, or in the marked parking stalls along the curb. Please turn off your engine to avoid idling.

Use the crosswalk in the parking lot to meet your child at the front of school. Once you have your child, use the crosswalk to return to your car. Remember, kids learn by watching adults, please use the crosswalks!

Please continue to drive slowly and safely in the parking lot. Also, ensure that you are taking a RIGHT TURN ONLY out of the parking lot onto 90th St.

Cars exiting the lot can only turn right/west onto N 90th Street.

Please also ensure that you are refraining from using your cellphone while in line, giving your full attention to driving will help keep staff, students and community safe.

If you are walking or biking to pick up your child after school you will also meet them out front of the school. Please use the pedestrian walk ways on either side of the parking lot and do not cut through the lot.

If you would like to play after school you are welcome to pick your child up and walk through the gates to the playground. Please make sure that you are supervising their play and enforcing the playground rules posted.

Events at School:

We will have many fun events that will happen at school during the day and in the evening. We also encourage taking the bus, walking, biking or carpooling to reach these events. We are lucky to have a Metro stop right on the corner of school!

You may utilize parking in the front lot. Especially for evening events, the lots at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School and Licton Springs K-8 may also be used. If all lots are full please find legal street parking which does not block driveways or alleys (5′ clearance on either side), crosswalks (20′ clearance on either side), or stop signs (30′ clearance). The west side of Wallingford Ave north of N 90th St is bus only during the school day, but can be utilized for evening events. Wallingford Ave south of N 90th St often has ample parking. Other options are to park at Licton Springs Park, the Oak Tree Village parking lot, Greenlake Bathhouse, Sandel Park, Greenwood Park (Fremont and 91st), and walk the several blocks.

Please see the attached map and Transportation plan created for our school.



Ice Cream Social for incoming Hamilton families: June 6



Cascadia’s Got Talent

Greetings, Dragon Families! Mark your calendars for the Annual Cascadia’s Got Talent at 6P on May 22.

Support students’ bravery and talent! Note: Please bring picnic blankets (no picnic), pillows, or soft-footed camping chairs, as you will be sitting on the gym floor.  The talent show should last two hours or less. There will also be an Art Walk starting at 5pm. Cruise through the 1st floor hallways to check out student art work!

Thank you and see you on the 22nd!


Robert Eagle Staff Middle School – New student and family welcome nights

New student/family welcome night – Thursday June 6, 7pm

Save the date! Incoming students and families are invited to attend a new student welcome night on Thursday June 6, scheduled for 7-8:15pm at Eagle Staff MS. Meet other students, learn about the school, chat with PTSA, find out about sports and music and other programs, and enjoy some refreshments.

Can’t make it on the official night? There will be an additional opportunity to get connected to the school on Tuesday, June 11, 6-7pm. Afterward, you are welcome to stay for our end of the year Orchestra Concert starting at 7pm (note that parking will be limited due to the concert – consider parking at Cascadia).


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 students would prefer to write their notes at home please use [THIS FORM].

If anyone has any questions please reach out to Jolie Nivison (Levi, third grade) at or Jen Fraser (George, third grade) at
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 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 with questions.


Next Community Reads Book Club Meeting – Raising Your 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.


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, and consider attending the local training session on March 31st.


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

Thank you and sincerely for your interest,



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 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 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 ( If you would like to coach or help coach, please contact Geoff Coco ( or Christa June ( For general questions or interest in volunteering, email Sarah Fuelling (

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



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:


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 ( If you have general questions about Terracycling, read the attached pdf or go to 

Terracycle Tom

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