Science and Engineering Night, April 25th from 6-8 PM

Have you ever seen a dry ice ring cannon? How could a ballerina could perfect her pirouette? How does the human lung work? These are some of the questions posed by student exhibitors for this year’s Science and Engineering Night. A limited number of spaces are still available for more student exhibits (see the sign-up link below to register.)

There will also be lively demonstrations and guest exhibitors on topics such as robotics, scat-sniffing dogs, build-your-own space suit, fish science, and a solar car derby. Roving scientists/engineers will be circulating too.

There is still space for more student projects. To sign up, visit here.  Sign up deadline is Friday, April 6.

If you’d like to be a roving scientist, and/or you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Joel Grow at joelgrow at gmail.com


iLab Donations

Dear Cascadia Families,

For many years, the iLab has been an institution at Cascadia. The iLab goes by many names, creative makers space being one of them. It is a place where students have access to tools and materials with which to create to the furthest expanses of their imaginations. The space is conducive to creativity, collaboration, problem solving, building responsibility, and refining fine motor control. Additionally, the space facilitates developing strengths in art and engineering.

To jump start the iLab, we are asking families to help provide the materials to make this space full and rich. As a space dedicated to problem solving, we would emphasize our dedication to recycling and reuse; as much as possible, we’d like to stock up on what would otherwise go unused. Please make sure everything is kid appropriate.

Please consider donating tools and materials this coming week, April 2nd through the 6th. You may drop off donations to the appropriately marked container outside of the iLab, 2nd floor, Cascadia. Please take tool donations to room 274. Below is a list of the types of materials that we are looking for, but it is not exhaustive by any means.

iLab Wish List

  • Safety
    1. Rubber Gloves (kid)
    2. Disposable gloves
    3. Protective eye wear
    4. Aprons
  • Cleaning
    1. Broom/dust pan
    2. Rags
    3. Empty spray bottles (for water)
    4. Painters cloth/tarps/floor covering
  • Serious Tools
    1. Hammers
      1. nails
    2. Screwdrivers of all sizes and shapes
    3. Exacto knives
    4. Hand drill
    5. Battery powered drill
    6. saw
  • Tools
    1. Scissors (adult)
    2. Scissors (kid)
    3. Glue guns
      1. Lots of glue gun glue
    4. Tape measure
    5. Yard sticks
    6. Paint brushes
  • Adhesives:
    1. Glue guns and glue sticks for them
    2. Glue of all sorts
    3. Tape of all sorts
  • Boards
    1. Trifold Boards
    2. Foam Core
    3. Tag Boards
    4. Poster boards (various colors)
  • Materials:
    1. Cardboard
    2. Cotton balls/pompoms
    3. Tissue paper
    4. Fabrics of all varieties, shapes, and sizes
    5. String/yarn
    6. beads
    7. Styrofoam
    8. Wood scraps
    9. decorating materials (sequins, crafty things)
    10. popsicle sticks
    11. Newspaper
    12. Magazines (collaging materials)
    13. Yarn/string
    14. Pipe cleaners
    15. PVC pipes
    16. Egg cartons/liter bottles
    17. Yogurt/stackable containers (for water for brushes)
    18. Feathers
  • Art Stuff:
    1. Sharpies, various colors
    2. Molding clay
    3. Acrylic paint
    4. Watercolor paint
    5. Fabric markers
  • Parts to dissesemble
    1. Old computer parts
    2. Other old electronics

Thank you so much for considering supporting the iLab!


Cascadia Art & Talent Show!

Dear Cascadia Students & Families,

The annual Cascadia Art & Talent Show will be Wednesday, May 9 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. This year’s theme is “Night Under the Stars!” The event will open at 5:30pm for busking and the displaying of art in the Cascadia Commons, and the talent portion of the show will begin at 6:00pm sharp in the gym.

Auditions for the talent portion of the show will be held in Cascadia’s music room (room 231) on Wednesday 4/18 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm and on Thursday, 4/19 from 2:45pm to 4:15pm. Click here to go to our Sign-Up Genius to pick a time slot to audition. Possible acts could include: singing, dancing, playing an instrument, stand up comedy, gymnastics, or magic. Acts must be no longer than 4 minutes, children must be accompanied by an adult, and acts must be prepared with instruments, props, etc. Any audio/video files necessary for an act must be submitted on a flash drive, IN ADDITION to playback ability on a personal device (phone, iPod, etc.) to plug in and play during the audition. Flash drives will be returned the following school week after we compile a master playlist of all acts’ audio/video files. Constructive feedback will be provided to ensure preparedness and time requirements. If an act requires multiple/large instruments or a full band, auditions via video (flash drive, DVD, or Youtube link) will be accepted until Thursday 4/19 at 4:15pm.

Dress Rehearsal for the talent portion of the show will be Monday, 5/7 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the gym. All acts participating in the show MUST attend Dress Rehearsal fully prepared with all instruments, props, members of an act, and an accompanying adult. Any audio/video files must have been submitted at auditions either on 4/18 or 4/19.

Busking at 5:30pm will be open to 5th graders only, and any interested 5th graders should speak with Ms. Watts-Driscoll at school.

Artwork displayed at the show will be art created at school and will be set up by Ms. Watts-Driscoll.

Night Under the Stars” will be an indoor event due to seating and space limitations, but in keeping with our theme we strongly encourage all families to bring blankets and pillows to “picnic” under the stars in our gym!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Watts-Driscoll at arwattsdrisc at seattleschools.org.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you “Under the Stars” on May 9!


PE Bicycle and Pedestrian Unit

Hello families!

Please read the attached newsletter from the Cascade Bicycling Club regarding the bicycling and pedestrian safety unit that is coming up in April for all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in Physical Education class. Personal helmets are needed in PE class during the unit to prevent the spread of lice and to expedite the helmet fitting process daily. There will be helmets to borrow with shields to use if your child does not have an helmet.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important message.

your PE teachers,
Mrs. Briones & Ms. Sayles


Box Tops For Education

Thank you for all the BoxTops that you have collected and brought in to the office! The collection box is in the corner to the left as you enter office. The money collected through BoxTops is deposited into our school’s Self Help Fund; money from this fund pays for things teachers need, staff room supplies, field trip scholarships, and other small special needs beyond the regular budgets.

Learn more about the program: http://www.boxtops4education.com/ including how you can get coupons and upload receipts to contribute. If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact parent coordinator, Tyra Sorensen twosolvej at gmail.com

Box Tops collection is a parent volunteer effort and separate from PTA fundraising, who we appreciate for all they do!


Lost and Found Donation coming up!

The lost and found is brimming and we’ll do one of our semi annual gathers and donate to Mary’s Place after school on April 6th. Please swing by or ask your child to check for any missing items before then!


Cascadia Student Council: Mary’s Place Drive

Dear Cascadia Elementary students and families,

I’m writing (a bit belatedly) to announce that the Cascadia Student Council has organized a food/clothing/essentials drive to benefit Mary’s Place. From their website: “Mary’s Place is a leading voice for homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations. We empower families to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope and dignity. Our work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help them find housing and employment. We inspire the community to support homeless women, children, and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropy.

Several students at Cascadia this year had the incredible initiative to start and run this drive, and I have been lucky enough to help guide them along in the process. As you may have seen, if you have visited Cascadia recently, there are orange donation bins scattered throughout the school, and they will be emptied on Friday, March 30 when we take the donations to Mary’s Place. The list of needed donation items can be found in the flyer (made by the students) attached to this email.

The Cascadia Student Council is also celebrating the last week of March, the 26th through the 30th, as “Community Service Project Week,” and is encouraging everyone at our school—students, staff, and families—to take up a service project of their own. Whether it be volunteering, cleaning up a local park, or reaching out to someone in need, we at Cascadia believe helping others helps everyone, and if you need a project you are more than welcome to donate essential items to Mary’s Place through our drive.

The Student Council has more activities planned for the rest of the year, such as “Spirit Week” and “Earth Week,” but we hope that this drive and Service Project Week will be a lasting contribution to the community of this and many more classes to come at Cascadia.

Thank you for your contribution and support.


Matthew David Perez
Special Education Assistant
Cascadia Elementary


PTA Board Positions Open for Next Year

We have a great PTA Board of Directors coming together for next year, and we still have a few positions that need to be filled. Participation on the Board is a fun and rewarding way to support our Cascadia community and connect with other parents.

Volunteers are still needed for the following positions:

  • Membership Chair
  • Community Engagement Chair
  • Finance Officer- Admin

To learn more about any of these positions please contact Susanna Coco at susannacoco at gmail


Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator

Each year the Cascadia PTA presents two awards highlighting individual achievement and contribution to the Cascadia community.

The Golden Acorn Award honors individuals who have given outstanding, continued and dedicated volunteer service to the children and youth in our school community. This is an excellent way to honor our volunteers that have gone above and beyond!

The Outstanding Educator Award is given in recognition of a Cascadia educator who has made significant contributions that enhance students’ education and growth opportunities—beyond the normal scope of their jobs.

To nominate a volunteer for the Golden Acorn Award, use this form.

To nominate an educator for the Outstanding Educator Award, use this form.

Nomination forms will also be available in the main office, and students are welcome to participate!

Nominations must be returned to the Cascadia office or membership at cascadiapta.org by Friday, April 6. Awards will be presented in May.

Thank you for participating,

Cascadia PTA


Teacher Appreciation Lunch!

We’re putting on a SANDWICH LUNCH BAR on March 27th for our wonderful teachers and staff, and would appreciate your help to make it successful.

We need lots of sandwich fixings, as well as fruit/veggies, salads, side dishes, beverages and desserts. Thank you for your contributions Cascadia parents!

Sign Up Now:

Sign Up Now!


Anti-gun Violence Resolution

The Cascadia PTA Board has adopted the following resolution advocating for gun violence prevention measures. Along with the Seattle Council PTSA and several other local schools, we will be sending this resolution to the legislature to promote the change our kids deserve.


Library News!

Global Reading Challenge Success!

On Monday, March 5th, the Cascadia Flaming Falafels took third place in the semi-finals round of the Global Reading Challenge hosted by the Seattle Public Library. Our team, a mix of 4th and 5th graders, competed against other elementary schools at the downtown branch, answering trivia questions about the ten books they read. We are proud of their hard work and sportsmanship!

Spring Book Fair – Coming in April

April 25th, Phinney Books will be hosting a spring book fair here at the Cascadia Library. This event will coincide with Science and Engineering Night from 5:30-8:00 PM. Mark your calendar!

Merrick Bodmer, Teacher-Librarian


Earth Day with Earth Corps

Looking for a fun and meaningful activity to celebrate Earth Day this year? Join your fellow Dragons and volunteer with Earth Corps!

You do NOT need to sign up on the Earth Corps website, but please sign up here so we know how many people to expect.

When: Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Where: West Duwamish Greenbelt at Pigeon Point Park, West Seattle

What: Join EarthCorps, Nature Consortium, the Green Seattle Partnership, and the Duwamish Alive Coalition as we work in this important forest habitat within the West Duwamish Greenbelt. This greenbelt is the largest contiguous forest in Seattle and an important resource for the Puget Sound region.

A healthy forest helps filter pollution, prevents erosion and storm damage, provides habitat for wildlife and green spaces where people can enjoy nature. Aggressive weeds such as Himalayan blackberry and English ivy threaten the health of this forest, so we need your help! This Duwamish Alive! event is part of the Green Seattle Partnership’s effort to restore Seattle’s forested park land in the city.

Map of Location.


Save the Date: Science & Engineering Night

Save the date for our 2017-2018 Science and Engineering Night! This year’s event is a Wednesday evening on April 25 in the Cascadia Commons and Gym (read the FAQ Flyer; for 5th-graders, download the 5th Grade Science Fair Packet). Students from all grade levels are encouraged to participate with a poster or exhibit. Both individual and group projects are welcome. Also, local science, engineering, and technology professionals will be in attendance to provide lively demonstrations. It should be a fun and stimulating evening!

Sign up at http://bit.ly/SENight2018

Sign up by April 6 to reserve your spot.

Email Joel at joelgrow (a) gmail.com with any problems or questions.

Interested in volunteering? Science/Engineering Professional? Contact Joel at joelgrow (a) gmail.com if you are able to help out a little or a lot!

If you are a science, engineering, and/or technology professional and would like to have your or your company/organization’s expertise/product/process represented, please contact Joel Grow (below). Also, if you’re interested in volunteering for the event, we will have jobs both big and small that could use your help. Please contact Joel Grow (joelgrow (at) gmail.com).

Science & Engineering Night Poster

Science and Engineering Night is April 25 at 6pm



Spring Movie Night: Wonder

Come join us in the Commons for our last Friday Movie Night of the year. Free pizza at 5:30 p.m. and a showing of Wonder at 6:00 p.m. (About the movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543472/; about the book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11387515-wonder). Bring blankets/pillows for the gym floor. Parents/guardians can bring NONSCRATCHING folding or beach chairs as well.

Wonder movie poster

Wonder (movie poster)


Garden Planning Meeting

Linda Overbay, Cascadia’s Garden Coordinator is hosting a Garden Team Planning meeting next Wednesday, March 7, 7pm, at Water Shed Pub, in the Thornton Creek Shopping/Living Complex.

We will initiate our Self-Help Application for the next short term and long term phases of infrastructure installation and Garden Design. New Volunteers from all grade levels welcome. Linda will plan to wear RED. If you don’t see us on the main floor, check the mezzanine. RSVP to gardencoordinator at cascadiapta.org.

Linda Overbay,
Cascadia Garden Coordinator

Save the date: there will be another meeting on May 2.


Year Book Orders Start March 1

The Cascadia 2017-2018 Dragon Yearbook can be ordered online between March 1 and April 2. The cost is $18.25 per book (+ sales tax = $20.00 total), with delivery in early to mid June. The PDF order form has instructions for payment by credit card online (which we strongly recommend to avoid lost paperwork, but you can also request instructions for payment by cash/check by e-mailing programs@cascadiapta.org). Scholarships are available! Contact lremme at seattleschools.org to arrange.

We also need photos of classroom and grade-level activities and field trips. Upload yours here by early May to be included: https://www.dropbox.com/request/0PMO3ZyhV10QoeSmueZs


Cascadia Has Heart

Hello Dragons!

We are spending most of February learning different and fun ways to jump as individuals, partners, small groups, and as a full class. Pick up a jump rope at your local sports store, on or online to jump as a family (another great way to getting moving indoors – try out your garage or covered porch areas if you have one). During this unit about jumping rope and heart health, we are teaching our students to not only take care of their own hearts, but to also have compassion for others who do not have the gift of full health. Our kickoff assembly was mission oriented to inspire our students to use their own health as a way to support others by spreading the mission of the American Heart Association and considering ways to raise money for those in need.

Please consider donating to the American Heart Association through our Jump Rope for Heart Cascadia page by following this link: http://www2.heart.org/goto/CascadiaDragonsSeattle. Scroll to the bottom of our page and click on the “donate directly to our school” button. We will be accepting donations until Wednesday, February 28th. The AHA will be thanking our students for their participation by donating some recess equipment back to our school, as well as some gift certificates for PE equipment depending on how much we raise as a school. This is completely optional, but most definitely a good cause. Thank you in advance for considering.

Your Passionate PE Teachers,

Shirley Briones & Kate Sayles



Advocacy Alert–Equity for HiCap Bill (SHB 2927)

The Equity for HiCap bill (SHB 2927) is in trouble. It needs to get onto the House Appropriations schedule by tomorrow. The bill passed unanimously through the Education Committee, so agreement is not the issue. It is a priority issue in that Appropriations has only so much time to hear bills before the deadline, and this bill needs to be slotted higher on the list.

Please Stop and Do These 3 Things Now:

1. We are urging everyone to stop what you are doing right now and contact Education Committee Chair Sharon Santos sharonTomiko.santos@leg.wa.gov and Appropriations Vice Chair June Robinson june.robinson@leg.wa.gov about SHB 2927. Sample e-mail below (although it’s always better to rewrite it in your own words):

To: sharonTomiko.santos@leg.wa.gov, june.robinson@leg.wa.gov
Subject: Urgent: Get SHB 2927 onto Appropriations Schedule
Body of E-mail:
Dear Ms. Santos, Dear Ms. Robinson:
The Equity for HiCap bill (SHB 2927) has still not been scheduled for appropriations. I am worried that it is going to miss the cut off. Can you please work with Rep. Timm Ormsby to get this on the appropriations hearing schedule ASAP? As you know, this is a very urgent issue for Seattle and will substantially improve equity–and long term, the achievement gap. Catching these students early will prevent disengagement, behavior problems, drop outs and kids lost to the prison pipeline, ultimately saving the state money–as well as being the right thing to do.
[your name]

2. Have family and friends who live in Washington State send the same e-mail the following Appropriations Committee members (copy and paste into your “to” field):

Timm.Ormsby@leg.wa.gov, June.Robinson@leg.wa.gov, Bruce.Chandler@leg.wa.gov, Drew.MacEwen@leg.wa.gov, Drew.Stokesbary@leg.wa.gov, Steve.Bergquist@leg.wa.gov, Vincent.Buys@leg.wa.gov, Michelle.Caldier@leg.wa.gov, Eileen.Cody@leg.wa.gov, Cary.Condotta@leg.wa.gov, Joe.Fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov, Paul.Graves@leg.wa.gov, Larry.Haler@leg.wa.gov, Drew.Hansen@leg.wa.gov, Paul.Harris@leg.wa.gov, Zack.Hudgins@leg.wa.gov, Laurie.Jinkins@leg.wa.gov, Ruth.Kagi@leg.wa.gov, Kristine.Lytton@leg.wa.gov, Matt.Manweller@leg.wa.gov, Eric.Pettigrew@leg.wa.gov, Gerry.Pollet@leg.wa.gov, David.Sawyer@leg.wa.gov, Joe.Schmick@leg.wa.gov, Tana.Senn@leg.wa.gov, Larry.Springer@leg.wa.gov, Derek.Stanford@leg.wa.gov, Pat.Sullivan@leg.wa.gov, David.Taylor@leg.wa.gov, Steve.Tharinger@leg.wa.gov, Brandon.Vick@leg.wa.gov, Mike.Volz@leg.wa.gov, JT.Wilcox@leg.wa.gov

3. In addition, if you have friends or family in the **Spokane** area, please have them call Appropriations Chair Timm Ormsby at (360) 786-7946, using that e-mail as a script, or send the same e-mail to him using this form:

Spread the word TODAY!


Cascadia Spiritwear

Do you want to show your Cascadia school spirit, but don’t have a Cascadia t-shirt? Or a hoodie? Or a baseball cap for Spring? Well – now is your chance!

If you missed the opportunity at the start of school year to order school logo wear, or just want another – the Cascadia Spirit wear store is now open again for orders. We have a great lineup of t-shirts and sweatshirts in various color options, as well as baseball caps, all in a range of sizes to fit the whole family.

To place an order, go to https://cascadiaelementaryseattle2017.itemorder.com/ and select the items you’d like to purchase and pay online. We are not able to accept offline orders or payment by check.

Delivery will be made via KidMail in mid-late March. When you place your order, you will be asked to include your child’s name and room number for delivery purposes. If you are ordering for more than one child, you need only provide the child’s name you want the whole delivery to go to.

Order deadline is Sunday March 4. Be sure and get your orders in early so you don’t miss out!

Sizing: Please be sure and refer to the size charts online. Some sample sizes are available in the office if you would like to see the size of an item. No refunds or exchanges can be made except for defective items accepted directly by the vendor.

Go, Dragons!

Cascadia Sprit Wear Committee – Spiritwear at Cascadiapta.org

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