Garden Zucchini Fun!

The Cascadia PTA sponsors garden programming for third grade students.  Currently, the summer crop of vegetables are coming in, including scarlet runner beans, pumpkins, and a bumper zucchini crop.  One rising fourth grader proposed some summer Zucchini Math practice.
Come taste some zucchini bread and see the garden space during our back to school event next Wednesday.


Cascadia: Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year

Principal Anna Wallace sent the message below to families via School Messenger email on Friday, August 16. It is posted here for currently registered families to reference. See the communications section below for information on how to make sure you stay in the know, all year long.

Dear Cascadia Families,

I am excited to officially welcome you to the new 2019-2020 school year! I hope you are having a restful and fun filled summer. I am excited to start our third year in the new building as well as my third year as your principal. The summer has been quiet around the school, so I’m looking forward to the building being filled with students ready to learn and have a great year!

Many teachers have been attending trainings throughout the summer and some are learning new curriculum. They are starting back in the building in a couple weeks and are about to start setting up the classrooms. They are excited to share with your students all the new things they’ve learned and been planning.

We are welcoming several new staff to our community this year and are excited for you to meet them. In 4th grade Rebecca Peacock will be teaching ELA, and in 5th Grade Cynthia Fitzsimmons with be teaching Math and Science. We are also excited to welcome Sandra Mackey as our Assistant Principal, Jean Mishler as our General Music Specialist and Pete Halfaker as our Custodian. Kate Scott will be our ELL specialist. Please help me in welcoming them to our community!

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Vote by August 6: School Board Primary

Remember to vote by August 6, 2019 for the Seattle School Board primary!

This year, 4 of the 7 seats on the Seattle School Board are up for election. With 12 primary candidates holding a wide variety of perspectives, your August 6 vote is incredibly important. If you will be out of town, make a plan to cast your vote while you are away. King County Elections has tips here.

The Seattle Times has posted profiles. The 32nd District Democrats have endorsed Eric Blumhagen. The 36nd District Democrats have endorsed Eric Blumhagen and Lisa Rivera Smith. The 43rd District Democrats have endorsed Eric Blumhagen, Lisa Rivera Smith, and Rebeca Muñiz. The 46th District Democrats have endorsed multiple candidates.

Additional endorsements will be shared when possible.

Stay in Touch with Cascadia This Summer

Dragon Digest is not weekly during summer, but expect periodic communications about summer playdates, back to school events and logistics, and ad hoc updates as needed. Here’s how to know if you’re “in the know.”

Families with students attending Cascadia in 2018-19

  • If you have opted into communications AND have a child currently in grades 1-4 you will continue to receive all news. If you have two children continuing next year, communications may arrive twice, because during summer they are sent by grade level.
  • Families who solely have a currently enrolled fifth grader will not receive communications beyond June 27. If you wish to receive info from the PTA, please register for our “Community” Mailing list. This includes families with an incoming younger student.
  • In the fall watch for detailed information about how to register your family to continue to receive communications and/or be included in the school directory.


Incoming Students and Interested Parties

  • For anyone who has an incoming student you can sign up for the Community mailing list. You will receive all of the same communications as current families.
  • In the fall watch for detailed information about how to register your family to continue to receive communications and/or be included in the school directory.

Garden Educator Update

Thanks for all the fun, work, and learning in the Cascadia Garden!

Read all about the third graders’ spring garden experience below.

If you would like to continue gardening this summer, here are some fun possibilities:

  • Help at the Cascadia Garden during the summer!
  • Start a container or a small space garden. Radishes, tomatoes, and mint are all great plants to grow in a container. To learn more, check out some of these books available from the Seattle Public Library (the list also includes some of the books used during class and other fun garden-related books): SPL Garden Books
  • Visit or join a P-patch. The P-patch program consists of community gardens where Seattle residents can apply for a plot to garden. Some P-patches have spaces dedicated to a Children’s’ Garden. Read about the history of community gardening in Seattle: HistoryLink: P-patch Program (Seattle)
  • Visit a Seattle Learning Garden. The Tilth Alliance supports two Seattle gardens where kids can learn more about gardening. In Wallingford at Meridian Park you can visit the learning and children’s garden and Tilth Alliance’s office (located in the Good Shepard Center). The Wallingford Farmer’s Market is located at the park every Wednesday from 3-7pm, And in Rainer Beach, Tilth runs the Rainer Beach Learning Garden. On July 20th, visit the garden for Farm Fest, a celebration of urban farming and community.
  • Go to a local farm. The Tilth Alliance also provides a great directory of farms in the area and includes information about u-pick, farm tours, and children activities. Many of these local farms bring their freshly picked produce to Seattle Neighborhood Farmer’s Markets.
  • View the Seattle Public Library Summer of Learning video for 2019 that focuses on experiential learning in the outdoors supported by reading!

Happy summer and happy gardening!

Volunteer Positions

The Cascadia PTA is still looking for volunteers for a few key jobs.  These are great choices for either new or returning parents.If any of these sound interesting, please contact  The PTA looks forward to working with you!

1.  Someone who loves dotting i’s and crossing t’s to make sure the PTA meets all important dates and commitments next year.  The work load is steady through the year, but never more than two hours per week, with monthly check-ins at the board meetings.
2.  Someone who loves fiddling with the back-end of websites to join our dynamic communications team.  You don’t have to love writing newsletters, but staying on top of community happenings is a plus.  This is a year-long commitment still in development and may or may not include monthly board meetings.
3.  Someone who loves handing out awards to help coordinate our recognition committees and the annual Reflections Art context.  This position is a combination of a handful of discrete jobs throughout the year.  It is still in development and may or may not include monthly board meetings.
4.  Someone who loves sending out newsy updates to help with PTA fundraising communication.  This position would involve extra work during the annual fundraiser, but no on-going duties.  Great mentors for an easy ramp-up.
5.  Someone who loves working with other people and setting schedules to help coordinate volunteers for our expanded i-Lab program.  This position will include steady work throughout the year, but can mostly be done from home.

Summer Playdates

The calendar of grade level and neighborhood playdates for Cascadia Families is now available! Each playdate is on the events calendar, and a summary list is in the document below.

Come and play with others on the playground. Any grade/neighborhood is welcome as are friends and siblings of Cascadia students. You are welcome to bring your own picnic as you wish, and come/go at the time that best suits your family. We hope to see you there!

Contact if you have further questions.