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 GardenCoordinator@CascadiaPTA.org.

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 ntbrown@seattleschools.org 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: http://cascadiapta.org/info/cascadia-pta-faq/. Join here: https://www.pt-avenue.com/join/.


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 membership@cascadiapta.org.

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 membership@cascadiapta.org.

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 volunteers@cascadiapta.org 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. https://ps.seattleschools.org/public/

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 msbodmer@seattleschools.org or sign up directly:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A48AAA922A0FB6-volunteer.

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 (jdetert@gmail.com) for more info and sign up on the Sign Up Genius

Picture Day October 4th

Cascadia Picture Day is Thursday, October 4th and retake day is Thursday, November 8th.

Time to freshen hairdos and practice smiles. Picture day is coming up. Look for order forms coming home via kid mail. Please send completed forms back with your student on, or before Thursday 10/4. Online ordering is also available at www.yuenluischools.com:

  1. Search for Cascadia Elementary
  2. On our school page, click the ORDER button (Note: Don’t be confused by the generic school building picture at the top!)
  3. Click the View Gallery button under our Cascadia logo
  4. Complete the online order process.

If you order online, it is not necessary to send a receipt into school with your child.

A couple other things to note:

  • ALL STUDENTS will receive a free copy of their class photo! – even if you do not order any photos.
  • 4th and 5th graders will be provided with an ID card – much like an ASB card used in middle school.
  • Photos will be delivered to school in 3-4 weeks and sent home via kid mail.
  • Students who did not order pictures will be provided with a small proof and the opportunity to order photos later.
  • Retakes are scheduled for Thursday, November 8th.

We need a small team of volunteers to assist the photographers and make the day(s) go smoothly. In fact, Cascadia has received praise for being such great helpers in the past. So let’s represent for 2018! As a thank you, Yuen Lui offers a complimentary photo package to our volunteers.

Any questions? Contact Cheryl Haug at cheryl@houseofhaug.net.

Meet Tammy Foulk, our new school counselor!

Tammy Foulk has joined Cascadia this year as our new school counselor! Tammy was kind enough to answer a few questions about herself.

What is one thing you are particularly excited about this coming year?
Being new to the school, I am really excited about getting to know the students, making connections with them, and having a positive impact on their experience at Cascadia.

What are three words that describe you best?
Enthusiastic, Curious, Adventurous

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy exercising and traveling to visit friends.

Tammy works throughout the school both with classes and small groups, as well as individual students, to help all students thrive and succeed, especially in their social-emotional development. Her office is located inside the main office, and she can be reached by email at tafoulk@seattleschools.org.

Take the PTA Survey


Take the Cascadia PTA online survey to help your PTA delegates vote on the TOP 5 issues that are most important to your school. The issues supporting the “Health, Education & Welfare” of our students cover  a wide spectrum of legislative policies  from school meals and closing to the gaps to pre-school, recess, SEL, teacher shortages, gun safety and more. Take the survey to find out what’s on the proposed agenda and share your priorities with your PTA.

Your voice matters, please take a few moments and let us know what’s important to you and your family.

Questions? Contact : rebekkahmadden@gmail.com

Fun volunteer gig that needs YOU! Grade level event planners wanted.

Make a difference and plan something FUN! Give a little time to help build community at your child’s school by serving as a grade level event coordinator this academic year. What’s involved? Grade level event coordinators

  • Work with the other volunteers (2-3 per grade) in the respective grade level to organize 4 grade wide events per school year
  • PTA Provides some budget for events
  • Coordinates with the PTA Board, school staff, and fellow parents to communicate and support each event

Although we have had volunteers, third and fourth grade are without a volunteer as yet!
If you’d like to learn more and sign up, visit the Cascadia volunteer sign up page on Signup Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c49aca72fabf49-grade



Welcome back from Katie Detrano, PTA President

2018-2019 PTA President, Katie Detrano, with 5th grade daughter, Juniper

Hello Cascadia families,

Welcome back Dragons! I hope you all enjoyed a great summer break. Your PTA and parent volunteers have been hard at work this summer preparing for school, and we look forward to welcoming all our new families into our community.

First things first, keeping up to speed with what’s happening at the school is important. Here are some key resources:

As we begin our second year in our new building, our community continues to grow and thrive. Popular PTA-funded programs continuing this year include:

  • 1st and 2nd grade arts education with STYLE,
  • 3rd grade garden
  • 4th and 5th grade instrumental music
  • 5th grade Shakespeare.

All-school events help us build community and this year we’ll kick things off with a Back to School Family Picnic on Fri. September 14. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and connect with new classmates and old friends! You can also look forward to our Fall Festival in October and year-round Friday movie nights, as well as other community events throughout the year.

I’m also proud to share that your Cascadia PTA has been recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence by identifying potential areas for growth and making significant strides in these areas. Continuing this work, in addition to our many community events, we will focus on diversity and inclusion through community building. Speaking of inclusion and community building, we hope you can join us for our first PTA General Membership Meeting on September 27! Principal Wallace will be there to talk about school plans and answer questions and we’ll review our PTA’s standing rules and budget. We’ll have snacks and social time at 6:45 pm, and the meeting will start at 7 pm. I hope to see you there!

As in past years, Cascadia PTA relies on a single fundraising event to support all our PTA programs, school, and community. This Annual Fund drive happens each October, so look for your red envelope containing more info on curriculum night, or in your child’s backpack that week!

Go Dragons!
Katie Detrano, Cascadia PTA president

Help build out our bus route maps

Parent volunteer Dan Sabath is once again putting together a bus route map for families. By registering your stop and time, it will help parents to know when and where buses to and from the school are available. If you would like to participate, complete the Google form here: https://goo.gl/forms/GicNTh1w5L7zrFhC2. This is a parent led and participant project, and is fully optional, but those who wish to take part will need a gmail account in order to securely produce the map.

Garden Update

The garden is growing so spectacularly! I was so pleased to see some little pumpkins, and bunches of beans and greens when we went to drop off materials for the 3 new beds we will be installing Thursday. We actually have a bunch of weeds, too. Our Garden Educator, Rowan Lang, will be on site twice to prep the garden for the Fall classes. If you can help, please come by. Bring your kids who can play on the playground or work in the garden, too.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1-3 PM: General straightening up. Consider bringing gloves and weed digging trowels, and compostable yard bag if you can donate a couple.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30th, 4-5:30: This session is purposefully planned to overlap with the Teacher “Meet and Greet” so students and families can come early and see the garden before going inside. Raised bed installation, specifically geared towards the students doing the work. Hopefully 3rd graders heard about this with their teacher’s welcome letters, but all grades are welcome! A great learning experience for those who have never done it before.

Linda Overbay
Cascadia PTA Garden Coordinator

School Supplies for 2018-2019

School Supplies!

For grades doing bulk school supply orders (2-4) a new online payment system is now available! Create an account, select your student(s), and supply funds for supplies.  If you choose to pay via check, please make the check payable to Cascadia Self-Help, and turn it in to your child(ren)’s teacher.

Supplies requested this year are as follows:

  • Grades Two (2), Three (3), and Four (4): have purchased supplies in bulk. Each family is asked to contribute $30. Payment may be made with the new online tool or via check made out to Cascadia Self-Help with student name noted on the check.
  • Grades One (1) and Five (5) have specific lists posted on the school page. Specialty subjects like art and PE are also in need of supplies and have posted lists. Payment may be made by via check made out to Cascadia Self-Help with student name noted on the check.

School supplies are managed by the teachers and staff at Cascadia directly, and the details can be found on the school website.


Summer Playdates

Grade Level Playdates

All grade level playdates will be held at the Cascadia Elementary playground. Kids from all grade levels are welcome, and siblings encouraged, but specific incoming (2018-2019) grade levels are listed to encourage meeting new classmates.

    • Wednesday, June 27, 5-7pm First grade
    • Wednesday, July 11, 5-7pm Second grade
    • Saturday, July 21, 3-5pm Third-Fifth grade
    • Sunday, July 22, 3-5pm First-Second grade
    • Wednesday, July 25, 5-7pm Third grade
    • Saturday, August 4, 10-12am First-Second grade
    • Monday, August 6, 5:30-7:30pm Second grade
    • Wednesday, August 8, 5-7pm Fourth and Fifth grades
    • Saturday, August 18, 10-12am All grades

Neighborhood Playdates

All neighborhood playdates are for students all all ages, and they are held in parks local to one of our neighborhoods. Neighborhood playdates are hosted by a local parent.

  • Queen Anne, Sunday, July 15 3-5 pm at Big Howe park
    Hosted by Sara Vora and Nicole Mirchandani
  • Ballard, Hosted by Gretchen O’Connell, Samantha Barth
    • Thursday, August 2, 4:30-6:30 pm at Sandel Park
    • Sunday, August 26, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Gilman Playground
  • Magnolia, Hosted by Jennie Cowan
    • Saturday, July 14, 4-6 pm at Ella Bailey playground
    • Sunday, August 19, 3-5 pm at Licton Springs playground
    • Sunday, August 26, 4-6pm at Ella Bailey playground
  • North End, Hosted by Vida Lyons
    • Saturday July 28th 10am-noon at Northacres Playground
    • Saturday August 11th 3-5 pm at Northacres Playground

Back To School Event
Join school families and staff for a Welcome Back event, Thursday, August 30th, 4:30-6:30 pm.