Successful Garden Work Party!

October’s Garden work party, lead by 4th grade mom Mary Ellen Miller, was hugely productive.  The vines from the pumpkins and the beans were chopped and composted.  The invasive weeds from the embankment next to the Garden were pulled and removed from site. (See  pictures below.)  The weather was perfect to be outside in the garden and the ground was soft for good weed pulling.


Thank you, Mary Ellen, Jean, Tyra and daughters, Bill DeMartini, and everyone else who pitched in!


For more information on how to help with the Garden contact


Seeking: Garden Coordinator

The Cascadia PTA is looking to fill the garden coordinator position for the calendar year 2019.  The Garden coordinator provides curriculum support by organizing volunteers and ordering supplies to maintain the garden space, and is the liaison to the PTA Board for the 3rd grade Garden Educator.


The ideal volunteer for this position would be a parent of a current 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade parent who is interested in project management. While it helps to have a passion for nature and outdoor learning, it’s not necessary to be an expert on gardening.


For more information about the position, please contact Linda Overbay,


November Library News

What’s happening in the library this November? A lot!!

  • Global Reading Challenge: Fourth (4th) and fifth (5th) graders will have the chance to participate in the global reading challenge run by the Seattle public library (more info will be sent home in early November).
  • Author Visit:  Local author, David McCulloch, will visit with grades 3-5 on November 16th. Check out his book, Wullie the Mahaar Gome, on Amazon!
  • Read-aloud “Battle of the Books:” On November 2nd, Seattle Public Library’s, Erin Mohering will bring her “Battle of the Books” to Cascadia. Students in grades 1-2 will listen to some great picture books and vote for their favorite!
  • Book Fair: The Scholastic book fair will be back during parent-teacher conferences. The library and book fair will be open and available during conferences. Feel free to drop off your school age kids while you conference and buy a book on you way out! Proceeds go towards our book budget for the year.


Flu shots

Update: Additional and corrected info on the SPS website –



Update: The date and time has been set – Nov 7 from 8:15 to 11:15.  Nurse Kari says you can bring her the forms anytime between now and that day.

Cascadia Families,

The district has partnered with Healthy Schools Visiting Nurse Association to provide free flu shots.  The date is not yet finalized, but anticipated to be in early November. I will keep you updated on a final date November 7.

At this time the flu vaccine is available only to your children. It looks like the vaccine is egg-based and the Flu-mist is not going to be administered- only shots will be given.

If you haven’t signed up yet or received the form that was sent home with your child and wish to do so, you can register your student for the shot online at or complete the attached form.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Kari Asadorian BSN RN
Cascadia Elementary School Nurse
Phone 206.413.2007


Help Our Garden Grow

Have you seen the Garden grow over the last 2 years?  We have an amazing group of volunteers on the Garden Team but can always use more help at this time of year after school or on weekends. Please find out about specific needs and sign up for a specific task on the Cascadia PTA Volunteer page’s SignUpGenius!  For questions, contact


Cascadia Movie Night – Nov 2 – Coco

Cascadia Friday night movies are back! Come join your classmates for a showing of Coco on Friday, Nov. 2. Bring blankets and pillows to cozy up on the gym floor for the movie. The commons will open at 5:30 for families that want to bring their dinner to eat there. The movie will begin at 6:15. No food or drink allowed in the gym.


Art Supplies Needed

From our Art Teacher Veronica Bush:

Hi Cascadia Community,

There is an art donation box downstairs by the office. We would love anything you have to donate. We could use: coffee cans, yogurt containers, fabric scraps, buttons, bottle caps, old c.d.’s and tapes, as well as things like shoe boxes and magazines. Feel free to stop by the art room and say “hello” and bring anything by as well.


Seeking Recess Monitors and a Lunchroom Assistant

We have several job openings in our building for part-time work. If you or someone you know (does not have to be a parent in our community) is available for a couple of hours during the day, please send them our way! While the jobs aren’t a lot of time, they are vital roles to help our kids stay healthy by being active and getting good nutrition.

Recess Monitors:

Do you like to see kids having fun? Do you like to help kids solve problems? Do you want to get fresh air in the middle of the day? We are looking for TWO new recess monitors to help out during lunch recess. The hours are from 10:15am-12:15pm. The job includes supervision of students play as well as some preparing and maintaining of recess equipment. The pay is $15.45 per hour. If you are interested or know someone who might be looking for a fun job working with kids please contact Anna at

Lunchroom Assistant:

Christine Robel, our wonderful Lunchroom Manager, needs an assistant! You would help prepare and then serve lunches to our kiddos.

The Seattle School District has an online application system. All available positions are listed in one place, just go to, click Careers at SPS then click the Job Opportunities link on the left-hand navigation bar. If you have any questions or need assistance with the new application system, please email Nutrition Services at: or contact by phone at (206) 252-0675.


Please join us for Fall Festival! Also, bring your Red Envelope!

Cascadia families are invited to the Fall Festival on 10/19/18, 5:30-8:00 pm at the school.  The event includes crafts and cookies, a pumpkin walk with the chance to win pumpkins from the school garden, and dancing. Students may request songs of the DJ online in advance using group name “cascadia”.

Also, bring your Red Envelope if it’s not already turned in!


Race and Equity Parent Ed – Diversity in Literature

What kids are reading can be a window into their world.

Join us on Tuesday October 23rd from 7 – 8:30pm in the library for our first Race & Equity Parent Education night. Childcare for school-aged children will be available. Cascadia’s Librarian, Merrick Bodmer, will be presenting on Diversity in Children’s Literature, and how parents can stay connected with their kids through books.

You’ll gain tips on how to help kids be critical readers, what questions to ask to start conversations, share strategies with other parents and receive resources on further learning including recommended book lists.


Cascadia Garden “Move the Mulch” Work Party – Saturday Oct. 20th

From Linda Overbay, our Garden Coordinator:

I received confirmation that our Arborist Chips will be delivered Friday at Cascadia to the Grass lawn in front of the school.  The next step is for our Cascadia parent volunteers to move it into the garden space.  The Cascadia Garden Team is hosting a work party on Saturday, October 20th, from 9-11:30.  Please join us!   We’ll have some shovels, tarps, and gloves, but if you have your own tools and a couple of wheelbarrows, please bring those.   If there is leftover time and energy from the group, we will tackle the Japanese Knotweed that has begun to invade the embankment next to the Garden.   You can sign up for this event, and other important volunteer jobs for the Garden, on the PTA website or RSVP to Linda directly at

Cascadia Garden Volunteer SignUpGenius


iLab Update!

Dear Cascadia Families,

Thank you so much for all the support for the iLab. The iLab is in full swing, and many teachers have been using the space daily to design and create with their students. As we continue through the year, the needs of the iLab will fluctuate and evolve, but we will continue to rely on material donations. You can drop off donations at the iLab on the 2nd floor.

The iLab is also looking for regular parent volunteers. Please email Mr. Brown at if you are interested.

Here a couple of things we cannot take any longer:

  • Any kind of foam, Styrofoam, or packing peanuts
  • Electronics of any kind

In general, we are always looking for:

  1. Safety
    1. Rubber Gloves (kid)
    2. Disposable gloves
    3. Protective eye wear
    4. Aprons
  1. Boards
    1. Trifold Boards
    2. Tag Boards
    3. Poster boards (various colors)
  1. Materials:
    1. Cardboard
    2. Cotton balls/pompoms
    3. Tissue paper/wrapping paper
    4. Fabrics of all varieties, shapes, and sizes
    5. Beads
    6. Wood scraps
    7. Decorating materials (sequins, crafty things, googly eyes)
    8. Popsicle sticks
    9. Newspaper
    10. Magazines (collaging materials)
    11. Yarn/string
    12. Pipe cleaners
    13. PVC pipes
    14. Egg cartons/liter bottles
    15. Yogurt/stackable containers (for water for brushes)
    16. Feathers
    17. Mod podge

Thank you so much for considering supporting the iLab!



Soaring Together: 2018-19 Annual Fundraising

Annual Fundraising, “Soaring Together”

The Cascadia Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a non-profit organization committed to supporting families, teachers and school leadership.

During the 2018-19 school year, the PTA will spend nearly $300,000 to fund programs designed to help our students reach their full social, emotional and academic potential.

At Cascadia, we keep our fundraising simple and straightforward. We ask you to consider giving generously one time this school year, during our Annual Fund. The theme for the Annual Fund is “Soaring Together.”

A paper dragon has been created to represent each student. For every red envelope returned to school, a dragon will take flight and soar throughout the school.>

This will be a visual representation of the power of our families, Soaring Together, rising to the challenge of meeting our PTA goal.

Thank you for your support!






Walk to School day October 10

National walk to school day is October 10th! It celebrates and encourages walking to school. Studies show that walking to school helps boost student concentration and learning, as well as have a positive impact on in-school behavior. Walking to school can be part of a healthy exercise regime, as well as reduce pollution in school zones.

Ways to participate:

  1. Walk from home to school with parents or friends
  2. Meet up at a muster point and join a walking school bus; parents are invited to park and walk with the students to school
    Muster points will be leaving from Maple Leaf at 7:15, and Greenwood Park, at 7:30.  Please plan to walk with your child, or have another adult supervise your child.
  3. Walk at least 1/2 mile before getting on the bus; consider walking to a bus stop further from your house


Why you need to join your Cascadia PTA!

Join the Cascadia PTA!


As a PTA member, you are eligible to vote at PTA meetings and help direct the budget, endorse school activities, and make decisions that affect our school community. Find out more here: Join here:


Your PTA membership is good for one year. In addition to contributing to the Cascadia PTA budget, membership fees help support local, state, and national PTA administration in their work to advocate for students across the country. Scholarship funds are available.


Unsure whether you have joined the Cascadia PTA for the 2018-19 school year, or have other questions about membership? Contact Amanda Van Kirk at


Reflections Art Contest

The annual Reflections student art contest is here!

Young artists are encouraged to submit original works on the theme “Heroes Around Me” by Friday, November 2. Submissions are reviewed by local artists and creative professionals. Artists who are selected to participate in the next round of the contest will have their work displayed at the Seattle Center. National winners receive scholarships and a trip to the national awards celebration!

The categories this year are: visual art (2D and 3D), photography, and literature. Follow each link for complete rules for each category. All entries must be dropped off in the Cascadia office by Friday, November 2, along with a completed entry form.

If you would like more information or to volunteer on the Cascadia Reflections team, please contact Amanda Van Kirk at


Seeking Teacher Appreciation Volunteer Lead

Teachers change our kids lives, and they do it without asking for much in return. One small way we let them know they are amazing is by doing some teacher appreciation activities throughout the school year. This year we are looking for a new volunteer to lead teacher appreciation, such as our staff lunches (typically two per year) as well as celebrations and gifts for teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week.

The parent volunteer who has kept this effort successful for several years will help mentor our new volunteer lead, and of course the PTA board is also here to help. Can you spend a bit of time helping all of us show the teachers at Cascadia how much we appreciate them? If so, email to get more information or volunteer!


PTA General Meeting September 27th

Please join the PTA for the first general membership meeting of the year, with accompanying parent education talk – “Where’s the Funding” by Summer Stinson.  This is the perfect meeting to get to know your board, catch up on membership, fundraising, and treasury news.  You will also hear a school update from Principal Anna Wallace.

The PTA will provide supervision and a movie in the library for children in attendance.

September 27th 6:30-9P, Cascadia Gymnasium
6:30pm – Come early for socializing
7-8pm – Board updates and PTA Business
8-9pm – Funding talk (see attached flyer)



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

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