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    I'm thrilled to announce that author and illustrator Ben Clanton will be visiting Cascadia the morning of Thursday, December 12th. He is best known for the Narwhal and Jelly books. He says he spends most of his time on this planet, reading, drawing, playing basketball, gardening and eating waffles. He will talk with us about writing and illustrating books, his creative process and where he gets his inspiration. Books will be available from the Secret Garden Book Store for purchase and autograph. The order form will go home next week and will be due back the day after his visit, Friday December 13th. Unfortunately, he won't have time to sign personal copies while here at Cascadia.  Mr. Clanton will host three different 40 minute sessions in the library at 8:10, 8:50 and 9:45. Parents and siblings are welcome to join us. Thank you to the PTA for funding this event!

     

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    Posted by msbodmer  On Sep 30, 2020 at 5:42 PM
      

    Please log in and place up to 3 books on hold for curbside library pickup! The schedule for the next few pickups are below. There is an evening time and a daytime for each pickup. I hope you can make it to one! However, if you can't make it but would still like some library books, please let me know. I'll see if I can get those books delivered.

    September 29th - 4-6 PM
    September 30th -11 am - 1 pm

    Tuesday October 13th - 4-6 pm
    Wednesday October 14th - 11 am - 1 pm
    Tuesday October 27th - 4-6 PM
    Wednesday October 28th - 11 am-1 pm
    Posted by msbodmer  On Sep 13, 2020 at 8:54 PM
      

    Curbside pickup is coming to Cascadia and the first one is scheduled for August 31st between 4 p.m and 6 p.m. Please click here for more details!

     

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    Posted by msbodmer  On Aug 19, 2020 at 4:24 PM
      

    As we wrap up this challenging and unprecedented school year, we look forward to summer and more time to enjoy the outdoors and a good book. Below are some summer reading resources. More specifics and details are outlined in the library Schoology page. This summer, I'm challenging families to take on my anti-racist summer reading challenge. I have included picture books, early chapter books, middle grade, young adult and adult titles. Students that read 5 or more books (at their level) can earn a small prize in the fall. 

    Don't forget about other reading resources that are available to you over the summer, including getepic.com, Hoopla, Libby and our own ebook collection at Cascadia! In July, there will be several new ebooks added to the Cascadia Catalog. In schoology, there is a Summer "Reading 2020" folder. Inside, you will find instructional videos and details about how to access these free book sources. Students and families will have access to all the resources in Schoology through August 8th. 

    Last, and certainly not least, I wish you all a restful summer. I have missed seeing the students in person and I applaud you for all the support you have given your children during distance learning. See you next fall!

    Posted by msbodmer  On Jun 18, 2020 at 10:19 AM
      

    Juneteenth, a blend of the words "June" and "nineteenth," marks the day June 19, 1865, when enslaved African Americans in Texas found out that they were free. It took this news two years, six months, and nineteen days after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to reach the enslaved African Americans of Texas. Learning of their freedom, the now free African Americans set out to find family members, follow their dreams, and fight for equal rights, a struggle that continues to this day.

    Today, African Americans around the country celebrate Juneteenth. At the heart of it, Juneteenth is a celebration that features, “the sights and sounds of blackness: People enjoying art, music and food that connect them to a shared ancestry and history. They celebrate being their authentic selves. They celebrate freedom in both solemn and festive ceremonies including parades, picnics, music, speeches, crafts, and dances.

    Below are some great resources and read-alouds that you can access and discuss with your children.


    FAMILY RESOURCES
    Online Read Alouds:
    All Different Now: Juneteenth, The First Day of Freedomby Angela Johnson & E. B. Lewis - Find on Libby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVTiF8MO_NM
    Juneteenth for Mazieby Floyd Cooper - Find on Libby! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4TvA7Iw64Q
    Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jbp_PPMNA8
    Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9RKJleFdBU
    YA chapter book: Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi – Find this book on Libby!

     
    Learn more:
    https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/teaching-juneteenth (a great resource for adults and 5th graders)
    https://www.facebook.com/PBSKIDS/videos/all-about-the-holidays-juneteenth/1099805670211491/ (a simplified, less than 2 minute explanation of Juneteenth)

    Posted by msbodmer  On Jun 18, 2020 at 9:58 AM
      
    Dragons,

    As our country deals with another death of an innocent black man at the hands of police, and the crippling effects this pandemic is having on black and indigenous communities, you may be asking, "what can I do to help my children understand this?" I strongly believe that books are a great place to start and can open the door to conversations with our children. This year's Caldecott winner, The Undefeated, is a wonderful picture book. Additionally, the Newbery winner, New Kid, deals with race and racism in an age-appropriate and accessible manner for our middle grade readers. Below are some resources I recommend as well. Please feel free to reach out to me for further resources.

     

    https://www.vocabulary.com/articles/tips-and-tricks/project-lit-communitys-2019-2020-book-selections/

    https://www.theconsciouskid.org/

    https://diversebooks.org/

    https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-resistance

    http://www.raceconscious.org/childrens-books/6/

    Posted by msbodmer  On May 31, 2020 at 4:47 PM
      

    Check out the link for summer reading suggestions!

    Did you see that today J.K. Rowling announced that her new book The Ickabog will be released online for free?!?! She will release a few chapters each day from now until July. The first 2 chapters are up and I can't wait to read them tonight!  just visit https://www.theickabog.com/en-us/home/  

    Also, free UW hats or socks are available to anybody who turn is a reading log 
    Don't forget the book fair is online. 
    Posted by msbodmer  On May 26, 2020 at 4:19 PM
      

     


    WEEK OF MAY 4, 2020

    Hi Dragons and happy May! It has been so great to see so many faces at book talks and book clubs this week! I have been compiling book recommendations in Schoology in case you can’t make it on Tuesdays at 3 pm. Each week I’ll post some new recommendations from myself and other students.
    For grades 1-3:
    • Battle of the Books is underway in Schoology. Watch the read-aloud videos and vote on your favorite. I will post the first 9 battles by the end of the week.
    • Check out the nominations for next years OTTER and SASQUATCH awards
    For grades 4-5:
    • If you are looking for some Young Adult audiobooks, check out Sync Audiobooks. This is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+, though I know many Cascadia students are already reading YA titles.
    • Next year’s award books have been posted and it’s never too early to start reading. Remember, if you read any 12 books from these lists by the spring you will earn a root beer float from Mrs. Bodmer SASQUATCH and YOUNG READER’S CHOICE (junior list)
    Optional Fun for All Grades:
    • May is Jewish History Month and the teachers and staff at Cascadia would love to celebrate those in our community that identify as Jewish. A portion of a May community meeting video will be dedicated to learning about Judaism and the history of its religion and people. We would love to see a short clip from as many families as possible, sharing with us what it means to you and your family to be Jewish. This can be as simple as a sentence or two from the kids, showcasing an important family artifact, teaching us a Hebrew phrase or religious tradition, or anything else you can think of! If your family is Jewish and you are interested in participating, please email Ms. Bodmer at msbodmer@seattleschools.org. Thank you and stay safe!"
    • Join me for some book talks! I’ll share some books and I would love to hear from each of you as well. Come prepared with a book to share or just listen to what others recommend. Tuesday at 3pm on Microsoft Teams Book Talks
    • #WhereIRead is a picture slideshow I have posted in Schoology. Please email me a picture of yourself reading and I’ll add it to the slideshow. It’s so much fun to see your faces!
     
    Posted by msbodmer  On Apr 30, 2020 at 3:13 PM
      
    Some students and families are asking for support and instructions for accessing the Student Portal and online resources. Please see this video for step-by-step instructions!  
    Posted by msbodmer  On Apr 02, 2020 at 11:03 AM
      
    Authors and Illustrators Share Books Online:
    Many authors and illustrators are sharing read-alouds, drawing instructions and more for free. Check out these fabulous resources! https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/books/writers-entertain-kids-virus.html?referringSource=articleShare.  Also storylineonline.net has some really fun read-alouds from famous actors! https://storytimefromspace.com/ is also a blast. Astronauts read stories from the international space station!
    Posted by msbodmer  On Mar 25, 2020 at 2:35 PM
      
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