Library News

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 libraryI 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 or sign up directly:

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.

Merrick Bodmer, Teacher-Librarian
Cascadia Elementary School
(206) 413-2014


Recess Unicycling is back!

UnicycleRECESS UNICYCLING NEEDS VOLUNTEERS— no experience necessary
Recess Unicycling is looking to start up again the week of October 1, but we can’t do it without volunteers.

Commitment is easy: you show up for 1 hour (10:30am -11:30am) and provide access and safety to kids who want to unicycle during their lunch recess period. No unicycling/biking experience on your part is necessary! Can you help kids adjust helmets? Can you help kids lift unicycles onto a rack? Can you be encouraging and supportive for two 20-minute recess periods during your 1 hour shift? This is the job for you! Plus, you get to meet some great kids and enjoy the recess experience, but you won’t be standing in the rain (we practice under the covered area outside the gym).

Contact Jessi ( for more info and sign up on the Sign Up Genius


Picture Day October 4th – Volunteers needed

Cascadia Picture Day is Thursday, October 4th and retake day is Thursday, November 8th.

Time to freshen hairdos and practice smiles. Picture day is coming up. Look for order forms coming home via kid mail. Please send completed forms back with your student on, or before Thursday 10/4. Online ordering is also available at

  1. Search for Cascadia Elementary
  2. On our school page, click the ORDER button (Note: Don’t be confused by the generic school building picture at the top!)
  3. Click the View Gallery button under our Cascadia logo
  4. Complete the online order process.

If you order online, it is not necessary to send a receipt into school with your child.

A couple other things to note:

  • ALL STUDENTS will receive a free copy of their class photo! – even if you do not order any photos.
  • 4th and 5th graders will be provided with an ID card – much like an ASB card used in middle school.
  • Photos will be delivered to school in 3-4 weeks and sent home via kid mail.
  • Students who did not order pictures will be provided with a small proof and the opportunity to order photos later.
  • Retakes are scheduled for Thursday, November 8th.

We need a small team of volunteers to assist the photographers and make the day(s) go smoothly. In fact, Cascadia has received praise for being such great helpers in the past. So let’s represent for 2018! As a thank you, Yuen Lui offers a complimentary photo package to our volunteers.

Any questions? Contact Cheryl Haug at


Meet Tammy Foulk, our new school counselor!

Tammy Foulk has joined Cascadia this year as our new school counselor! Tammy was kind enough to answer a few questions about herself.

What is one thing you are particularly excited about this coming year?
Being new to the school, I am really excited about getting to know the students, making connections with them, and having a positive impact on their experience at Cascadia.

What are three words that describe you best?
Enthusiastic, Curious, Adventurous

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy exercising and traveling to visit friends.

Tammy works throughout the school both with classes and small groups, as well as individual students, to help all students thrive and succeed, especially in their social-emotional development. Her office is located inside the main office, and she can be reached by email at


Take the PTA Survey


Take the Cascadia PTA online survey to help your PTA delegates vote on the TOP 5 issues that are most important to your school. The issues supporting the “Health, Education & Welfare” of our students cover  a wide spectrum of legislative policies  from school meals and closing to the gaps to pre-school, recess, SEL, teacher shortages, gun safety and more. Take the survey to find out what’s on the proposed agenda and share your priorities with your PTA.

Your voice matters, please take a few moments and let us know what’s important to you and your family.

Questions? Contact :


Fun volunteer gig that needs YOU! Grade level event planners wanted.

Make a difference and plan something FUN! Give a little time to help build community at your child’s school by serving as a grade level event coordinator this academic year. What’s involved? Grade level event coordinators

  • Work with the other volunteers (2-3 per grade) in the respective grade level to organize 4 grade wide events per school year
  • PTA Provides some budget for events
  • Coordinates with the PTA Board, school staff, and fellow parents to communicate and support each event

Although we have had volunteers, third and fourth grade are without a volunteer as yet!
If you’d like to learn more and sign up, visit the Cascadia volunteer sign up page on Signup Genius:




Welcome back from Katie Detrano, PTA President

2018-2019 PTA President, Katie Detrano, with 5th grade daughter, Juniper

Hello Cascadia families,

Welcome back Dragons! I hope you all enjoyed a great summer break. Your PTA and parent volunteers have been hard at work this summer preparing for school, and we look forward to welcoming all our new families into our community.

First things first, keeping up to speed with what’s happening at the school is important. Here are some key resources:

As we begin our second year in our new building, our community continues to grow and thrive. Popular PTA-funded programs continuing this year include:

  • 1st and 2nd grade arts education with STYLE,
  • 3rd grade garden
  • 4th and 5th grade instrumental music
  • 5th grade Shakespeare.

All-school events help us build community and this year we’ll kick things off with a Back to School Family Picnic on Fri. September 14. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and connect with new classmates and old friends! You can also look forward to our Fall Festival in October and year-round Friday movie nights, as well as other community events throughout the year.

I’m also proud to share that your Cascadia PTA has been recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence by identifying potential areas for growth and making significant strides in these areas. Continuing this work, in addition to our many community events, we will focus on diversity and inclusion through community building. Speaking of inclusion and community building, we hope you can join us for our first PTA General Membership Meeting on September 27! Principal Wallace will be there to talk about school plans and answer questions and we’ll review our PTA’s standing rules and budget. We’ll have snacks and social time at 6:45 pm, and the meeting will start at 7 pm. I hope to see you there!

As in past years, Cascadia PTA relies on a single fundraising event to support all our PTA programs, school, and community. This Annual Fund drive happens each October, so look for your red envelope containing more info on curriculum night, or in your child’s backpack that week!

Go Dragons!
Katie Detrano, Cascadia PTA president


Help build out our bus route maps

Parent volunteer Dan Sabath is once again putting together a bus route map for families. By registering your stop and time, it will help parents to know when and where buses to and from the school are available. If you would like to participate, complete the Google form here: This is a parent led and participant project, and is fully optional, but those who wish to take part will need a gmail account in order to securely produce the map.


Garden Update

The garden is growing so spectacularly! I was so pleased to see some little pumpkins, and bunches of beans and greens when we went to drop off materials for the 3 new beds we will be installing Thursday. We actually have a bunch of weeds, too. Our Garden Educator, Rowan Lang, will be on site twice to prep the garden for the Fall classes. If you can help, please come by. Bring your kids who can play on the playground or work in the garden, too.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1-3 PM: General straightening up. Consider bringing gloves and weed digging trowels, and compostable yard bag if you can donate a couple.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30th, 4-5:30: This session is purposefully planned to overlap with the Teacher “Meet and Greet” so students and families can come early and see the garden before going inside. Raised bed installation, specifically geared towards the students doing the work. Hopefully 3rd graders heard about this with their teacher’s welcome letters, but all grades are welcome! A great learning experience for those who have never done it before.

Linda Overbay
Cascadia PTA Garden Coordinator


School Supplies for 2018-2019

School Supplies!

For grades doing bulk school supply orders (2-4) a new online payment system is now available! Create an account, select your student(s), and supply funds for supplies.  If you choose to pay via check, please make the check payable to Cascadia Self-Help, and turn it in to your child(ren)’s teacher.

Supplies requested this year are as follows:

  • Grades Two (2), Three (3), and Four (4): have purchased supplies in bulk. Each family is asked to contribute $30. Payment may be made with the new online tool or via check made out to Cascadia Self-Help with student name noted on the check.
  • 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. Payment may be made by via check made out to Cascadia Self-Help with student name noted on the check.

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, 10:00 am – 12:00 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.


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.

Sign Up Here


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

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