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!
Katie Detrano, Cascadia PTA President