Beyond Cascadia

Visit this page for information and opportunities within Cascadia’s larger community!

Kendo Club

Unleash your samurai, and learn Japanese fencing! Kendo is a traditional martial art using bamboo swords and armor, and classes are offered through Seattle Parks and Recreation. The Sno-King Kendo Club classes are taught nearby at the Bitter Lake Community Center. Classes start on September 13th run to mid December on Thursdays from 7:00pm to 8:30 pm. Kids (8 and up) and adults (any age) can get a great workout, make friends, have fun and learn the art of the samurai!

Piano lessons

Are you interested in lining up private piano lessons for your child next Fall? Our lovely teacher is located in Ballard and is taking students! Lessons begin in September and run through June, as she believes our kids need their summers. Email Colleen directly at colleen_obrien22 at, or feel free to reach out to me as a reference (deborah.paulsen at

Music Lessons!

Hello! My name is Jennifer SavageCrane, I am a mother of a 5th grade Cascadia student and teach private in-home FLUTE, PIANO, GUITAR, SINGING, AND SONGWRITING lessons in the Ballard, Magnolia, QA, and Freemont areas. I have worked with students from 3 – 18 for over 20 years as well as performed as a professional musician for over 20 years. Please contact me, Jennifer, if you are interested or would like more information at sixfootsavage at

Clarinet and Saxophone Lessons available

My name is Jenny Ziefel and I teach clarinet and saxophone lessons in north Seattle. I have over 20 years of experience with teaching and performing in the Seattle area and have worked with numerous school districts and schools as a clinician and adjudicator. Clarinet and saxophone instruction is available. Please contact Jenny Ziefel at jennyziefel at and check out

Cub Scouts

Join Ballard Cub Scout Pack 100! Sunday, June 3, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Carkeek Park Now organizing Dens for Boy and Girls currently Kindergarten – 4th Grade Joining Meeting, Picnic Lunch and Games Please RSVP to Doug at badhiker at

Green Lake Elementary Presents The Wizard of Oz

Green Lake Elementary’s Drama Dragons proudly present their 4th & 5th grade school play, The Wizard of Oz. We’d like to extend an invitation to the Cascadia community to join us for this classic show with our own Seattle twist! Performances will be Friday June 1st at 7:00 PM, Saturday June 2nd at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM, and Sunday June 3rd at 11:30 AM at the Eckstein Middle School Auditorium (3003 NE 75th St). Tickets are by donation at the door (suggested donation $10). Hope to see you there!

Let’s Play Soccer!

Registration now open for the best youth soccer club in Seattle— Ballard Youth Soccer! Ballard Youth Soccer Club is primarily a recreational club for youth who reside in the northwest neighborhoods of Seattle, including Broadview and Bitter Lake. All youth ages 5-18 are eligible to play and experience is not required. Ballard Youth Soccer Club fields teams at all ages and skill levels. Don’t delay as registration closes June 5th!

LAKE CITY SOCCER CLUB Registration is now open for fall recreational soccer. Ages 4-19 Lake City Soccer Club organizes soccer for around 500 boys and girls in the Seattle area every fall season. There are teams for all ages, from 4 to 19 years old. Register for the Fall season starting each May. Find out more at  LAKE CITY SOCCER CLUB serves Northeast Seattle, from 85th to 145th and east of Aurora, including Lake City. Olympic Hills, Cedar Park, Maple Leaf, Wedgewood, Haller Lake, Pinehurst, Victory Heights, Northgate, Licton Springs, Mathews Beach, Meadowbrook. Early bird registration pricing through June 15th, 2018.

Youth Football Camps

Register now for youth football leagues. Non-contact. Current grades 1-7.

Sign up now for Roosevelt High School Youth Football Camp! July 17-20th at Roosevelt High School. Join RHS coaches and current players for an exciting week of football in a fun and positive environment. Download registration form: Email questions to WHO RIDES?!

Football camp also available through Ballard:

Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club Open House

Open House – Come try out a sprint kayak or canoe!
No experience needed (but bring change of clothes). Learn about paddling programs for Youth, Active Adults, and Para-Athletes.
When: Saturday, May 12 and June 23, 2018
10 am – 12 pm Youth,
12-1 Hot Dogs,
1 – 3 pm Adult/Para-athlete
Where: Green Lake Small Craft Center – (South End of Green Lake)
Info: or 206-684-4074

Signed consent waiver required, Limited scholarships available, Free lessons for adult members

Fitness, fun, or aim for the Olympics!

UW Department of Philosophy

Join us for a presentation about ways to encourage children’s philosophical questioning and critical thinking! Are numbers real? Why do we die? What is time?

This interactive presentation will consider the importance of philosophical thinking in children and how we, as adults, can help them examine the big questions on their minds.

Hosted by the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children, we will explore ways to inspire philosophical conversations with children.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
5:30-7:00 pm
Capitol Hill Library Meeting Room
425 Harvard Ave E, Seattle


SENG Mini-conference

SENG stands for Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted, and is a national organization. The events, connections, and fun of the SENG Annual Conference are all packed into one day at SENG’s Mini-Conferences! Join us for sessions, SMPG Facilitator Training, and more. Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Held in The Brig at Magnuson Park. [Read More]

Screenings of Angst

Angst is an independent documentary film about kids dealing with anxiety. In the film, they interview kids who struggle with anxiety and their families. They also talk about some possible root causes of anxiety, and how it affects the brain. Our resource room teacher, Yelena Amundsen, saw the film and suggested it may be relevant for many of our families.

Please visit for more information and screening dates and locations.  There are many upcoming dates in Seattle.

Ultimate Frisbee

Cascadia’s beginning Ultimate Frisbee teams need two more girls (3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, or ages 8-12). This is a great opportunity to learn the sport in a supportive environment with other beginners, it’s easy to learn (takes 1 session!), and it’s fun.  Join now!

Girls need not attend Cascadia to sign up for our teams. Practices are after school on Thursdays with games on Saturdays through May.

Ultimate has an inclusive culture with an emphasis on integrity and fair play (fouls are self-called!), and it’s also a great team sport your student can potentially use in middle school as a P.E. waiver (why not pick up the ropes now?).

For more information, contact Sarah Fueling sarahfu (a), and sign up here:

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Middle School Updates

Middle school announcements relevant to our current fifth-grade families mentioned in the weekly Dragon Digest can be found here, along with links to specific middle school information. If you have a suggestion for content or corrections, e-mail Last updated: April 27, 2018 Hamilton MS | Robert Eagle Staff MS | Jane Addams MS General …

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Summer Opportunities

Summer Opportunities Seattle Visual Arts Studio, Summer Art SUMMER STUDIO FOR YOUNG ARTISTS! It’s that time of the year again! Schools will be over in few days and then another fun chapter of summer will start! I am excited to teach 3 painting workshops at Seattle Visual Arts Studio. If you know of a kid/teen …

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