Letter from the PTA President-January 2019

Happy New Year, Dragons! Here’s hoping you had a chance to rest and recharge during Winter break, because we are jumping into a busy January with both feet!

We have a couple all school events coming up:

·      Movie Night is this Friday (1/11) at 6pm and we’ll be showing Christopher Robin. As always, the commons will be open at 5:30pm for families that want to bring their dinner. Bring pillows and blankets to cozy up on the gym floor during the movie!

·      PE Circus Night is Wednesday, 1/16 from 5-7pm. This is a fun-filled, active, and much loved event. Come out to see what your kiddos are learning in PE, and maybe try something new yourself.

·      Everyone is welcome at our 2nd PTA General Membership meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24. The school will open at 6:45pm for snacks and social time, and we’ll begin the meeting at 7pm. Principal Wallace will be there to shed some light on the school budget, both at the district level and in our building.

If you’re at school for drop-off, pick-up, Movie Night, or Circus Night, make sure to check the Lost and Found racks. All red-tagged items will be donated on Jan. 18.

Believe it or not, now that we’ve turned to corner into 2019, there is already work being done to prepare families for the 2019-2020 school year!

·      Cascadia is hosting Prospective New Family Nights in advance of open enrollment. If you know of a family who is considering Cascadia, point them to this link to RSVP.

·      For families of 5th graders, middle school tours are also happening this month:

o   Robert Eagle Staff Middle School (RESMS): Tonight! Jan. 10, 6:45pm-8:30pm

o   Hamilton Middle School (HMS):  Tues. Jan. 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm

o   Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS):  Wed. Feb. 6, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Some other opportunities to learn about middle school experiences from HC families include SeaHiCap meet-ups on 1/20, 3/10, and 5/12 at 1pm at the PACCAR room in the Central Library. SeaHiCap is a new group started by former Cascadia parents with the aim to connect families of HC students throughout the district. We are also working to organize a Cascadia meet up to share middle school info. Keep an eye out for more info.

Finally, just a reminder, Winter after school clubs resume Mon. Jan. 14, and run through March 22.

Many thanks to our fantastic PTA board, volunteers, and families for a great first half of the year. I’m very excited for all that’s in store for our community in this second half!

Go Dragons!

– Katie






Terracycle Program Update

In January 2019, we redeemed 23,000 more points to earn another $230 for the Cascadia PTA!

As we begin 2019, I’d like to remind students, parents, and staff about the Cascadia Terracycle Program (the blue station located in the Cascadia lobby) and encourage you all to bring in:

  • foil-lined energy bar wrappers
  • mouthwash bottles and caps
  • deodorant containers and caps
  • toothpaste tubes and caps, floss containers, and toothbrushes
  • healthy, squeezable snack pouches and
  • plastic markers, dry erase markers and highlighters

If you have questions about the Terracycling Program at Cascadia or ideas for additional ways to keep hard-to-recycle items out of the waste stream, contact Tom Good (tomgood62@comcast.net). If you have general questions about Terracycling, read the attached pdf or go to http://www.terracycle.com/en-US. 

Terracycle Tom

Art News

Check out the current newsletter from our Art department!

New system for Lost and Found items

When lost and found items were last purged some parents expressed concern that if an item had only just been lost it would be purged before its owner had a chance to reclaim it. Based on this and some other good input, we are trying a new system with the lost and found.

All items will go into a two week rotation system. Newly lost items go on the “new-lost-item rack” for two weeks and will then get shifted to the “old-lost-items rack.”  When items are moved to the old-lost-item rack pictures will be posted in the parent group on Facebook by our lost and found volunteers. On the last school day of the month the old-lost-items will be donated.   This results in each item beingon the rack for at least two weeks before it is donated. Note that labeled items will be separated and will be returned to the child’s classroom. Please label all loose items with a name and phone number so it is easier to return labeled items.

The next purge is on FRIDAY DECEMBER 21st. All items that have been on the rack for more than one week, with the exception of labeled items, will be boxed up to be donated. Please have your child check the lost and found and retrieve any lost items BEFORE THIS FRIDAY! You can also review the details of what is in inventory in the Facebook post with lots of photos. 

Results of Holiday Giving Tree

Thank you to our Robert Eagle Staff and Cascadia community!

Working together we filled 75 gift envelopes for our students, from a total of around $5860 donated in gift cards and via PayPal. That’s enough to provide for each gift request received by the two schools. The balance of the fund was used to restock the gift cards and emergency warm weather gear for the Eagle Staff counselors. These items will be given to students in need who may not have requested formal support.

Cascadia PTA and the RESMS PTSA are teaming up to make the holiday season a little brighter for students from both schools who need extra support.

We are asking our generous community for gift card donations to distribute to students in need this holiday season. We would be grateful for donations of the following cards (or similar):

– $25 Fred Meyer
– $15 or $25 Regal Cinemas or movie tickets
– $10 Starbucks

We are collecting donations now through December 12. You can donate in one of two ways:

  1. Place cards in a sealed envelope marked PTA and turn into the school office (or put them in the Vice-President PTA mailbox).
  2. Donate online  directly to the Robert Eagle Staff PTSA and they’ll purchase cards.

Thank you for your help in supporting our families! Happy Holidays!

The Giving Tree program is a confidential program. If your family could use a little extra help during the upcoming holiday season, contact Ms. Foulk at (206) 413-2013 or tafoulk@seattleschools.org.

Cascadia Circus Night January 16

Come join the Cascadia Circus! Your PE teachers, Ms. Hanford and Ms. Sayles, will be hosting a free PE family night on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 5-7pm. All families, friends and neighbors are welcome to come learn circus arts skills. We will have vaulting, jump rope, balance beams, trampolines, unicycle, diablos, flower sticks, juggling, stilts and more. This is not a drop off event, please plan to accompany your student. We can’t wait to see you there!

Donations and Fourth Grade Work Party to Support Aurora Commons

Aurora Commons, located a few blocks from our school, provides meals, resources and community to our unhoused neighbors. The organization has an urgent need for cold care items, and we can help!  Cascadia Fourth Graders are collecting donations of hats, scarves, tissues, cough drops, lip balm and other items to add to a cold care packages for those in need. A donation bin marked “Fourth Graders for Aurora Commons” is at the front office.

: Please sign up to donate items and RSVP for the work party to put together the cold care packages on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 2:30 to 4:00.

Winter session of Kids Co Registration Dec 4-16

Registration for the winter session of after school programs will run from 8:00 am Tuesday December 4th to 12:00 midnight December 16th. All registrations** will be done online at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/KidsCo?season=2560210.

For more information and details, please review the After School Clubs page.



For the language link registration, please go tohttps://thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/(S(hh3244cngptgg1xuuaixul15))/Form.aspx?regkey=RpYOYPxE378wNjTYCkFkMw%3d%3d&qid=79993 . All Cascadia classes will be located on their website. For specific questions, you can contact Jessica at the language link atjessica.pierard@thelanguagelinkllc.com 

Cool program volunteer gigs

The PTA is searching for a volunteer to serve as movie night coordinator for the 2018-2019 school year.  Movie night occurs roughly once per month at 6 pm in the school gym.  Duties include communicating the event to families, choosing the movies covered by the PTA license, set up and clean up including moving stage panels, moving PE equipment, and moving PE mats for families to sit on.
The PTA is also searching for a parent volunteer to serve as the Winter Festival event coordinator.  Winter Festival is scheduled for 2/7/19.  The Programs Chair will heavily assist the Coordinator in planning this event.
If interested, please contact programs@cascadiapta.org

Chess Mates Foundation Fall Kick Off Tournament Results

On Saturday, November 17th several Cascadia students competed in the Chess Mates Foundation Fall Kick Off Tournament,  Congratulations to all the Dragons who competed!

Here are the top place finishers:

1st Grade Winner
  • 4th Place – Anh Doh
2nd Grade Winners
  • 4th Place – Ethan Elms
  • 5th Place – Alec Van Wesep
3rd Grade Winner
  • 5th Place – Tobias Johnson
4th Grade Winner
  • 2nd Place – Ivan Allen
Overall Team Throphies
  • 3rd Place – (5th – 8th) grade section
  • 5th Place – (2nd – 4th) grade section
  • 5th Place – (K-1st) grade section

Love to play chess? Join your fellow Dragons Saturday, December 1st at the Bryant Fall Classic Tournament, one of Seattle’s oldest elementary school chess tournaments.

Receipts for Annual Fund Donations

Thank you to everyone who contributed funds to the Annual Fund! The fundraising team is hard at work to distribute receipts as requested by donors. Expect to receive a receipt on or before the 16th of November, if you have not already received one. If you opted for monthly contributions, you will receive an acknowledgement letter by mid-January that acknowledges all of your contributions for 2018 in aggregate.

Should you have any issues with the receipt you are issued or if your receipt does not come through before that time, please email Fundraising.

If you have an employer that matches your donation and have not already requested your match, please do so when you receive your receipt. Thanks again for all the support!

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 GardenCoordinator@cascadiapta.org.

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, GardenCoordinator@CascadiaPTA.org

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 – https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=57204378



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 register.seattleflu.com 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 GardenCoordinator@Cascadiapta.org.

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. http://cascadiapta.org/event/family-movie-night-pta-hosted/?instance_id=436

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 aewallace@seattleschools.org.

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 www.seattleschools.org, 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: NutritionServices@seattleschools.org 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!