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    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 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!  Also has some really fun read-alouds from famous actors! is also a blast. Astronauts read stories from the international space station!
    Posted by msbodmer  On Mar 25, 2020 at 2:35 PM
    Dear Cascadia students and families,
    I hope you all stay safe and healthy! As most of you are aware, the Seattle Public Library is closed and books are harder to come by, but I would like to share a few sources with you to keep our students reading over break. Also, Seattle school librarians are currently working with the public librarians to see if we can offer some books to the public during the lunch distribution times. Stay tuned. In the meantime, please take advantage of the reading opportunities and resources below. 
    Optional Award Book Challenge Grades 3-5:
    For grades 3-5, this is a great time to participate in the year-long challenge! Students should read at least 12 of the books and write a short reflection. Books can be found at (junior division)and I will host a root beer float party in the library for students that complete the challenge by the time we return to school. 
    Optional Award Book Challenge Grades 1-2:
    In light of the school closure, I have created a 1 and 2nd grade challenge as well. Students should read all of the Otter Award Books as well 4 other books of your choice. Hand in a short reflection on each book (2-3 sentences) to me when we return to earn a root beer float party in the library.
    Just for Fun for all Cascadia Students, Family and Staff:
    Similar to the Extreme Reader Challenge we did over winter break, I'll be collecting photos of students reading over this break. Snap a picture of yourself reading in your favorite spot and email it to me (a cozy spot on the couch, snuggled next to your pet, on a park bench, anywhere!!). I will put together a slide show to display in the hallway when we return. This is entirely optional. #WhereIRead
    Ebooks at our Cascadia Library:
    We have a small selection of ebooks available through our school library. Go to Online Student Resources, click on Library Catalog Classic, click on Cascadia, on the left click on Destiny Discover, then on top right log in with your student account. example 1msbodmer. Scroll down to the ebooks and open in your browser. There are some good classics in there, including Little Women and The Call of the Wild!
    Ebooks and Audio Books available at Seattle Public Library:
    Download the Libby app from SPL to download eBooks and audio books  remotely for free. I use this all the time!!
    Online Academic Resources:
    There are so many online resources available to ALL Seattle Public School students, including keyboarding practice, Tumblbooks, the Encyclopedia and PebbleGo. Please take advantage of these. The login is studentsps and the password is access.

    Office 365 and Student Portal:
    Teachers may post lessons and resources online through Schoology. Students can access this through the student portal. All students should know their username and password, However, if they forget I can reset it. Only Librarians have been given access to do this from home so please just email me directly if you or your student is having a hard time logging in.
    Posted by msbodmer  On Mar 14, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Seattle School District and Cascadia Elementary School believe that "Public education systems and educators have an important role to play in disrupting legacies of racism. Declaring “Black Lives Matter at School” affirms our commitment to all of our students and elevates Black students’ stories, strengths, and struggles - publicly demonstrating our intentional work to create a more just and loving society."

    For the third year in a row, we will be discussing the importance of this movement in the library at an age appropriate level. Students in grade levels 1-3 will participate in a read aloud and discuss the importance of self-expression. Student will reflect on what makes each person special and how we can celebrate differences among ourselves. Students in grades 4-5 will examine literature through a race lens. We will look at statistics of books published in 2017 and what races are represented. We will discuss bias and misrepresentation and the reasons for this.

    Posted by msbodmer  On Jan 31, 2020 at 7:41 AM
    Inviting all Students, Staff, and Community Members to participate in the Extreme Reader Challenge from December 20th to January 10th.

    1. You must be reading in an extreme location (ie: in a tree, on a trampoline, upside down on the couch)
    2. Take a picture.
    3. Send the photo with your name to Ms. Bodmer at

    THAT'S IT!
    You photo will be on the slideshow in the library. Let's ring in the new year with some great books!

    Posted by msbodmer  On Dec 16, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    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!



    Posted by msbodmer  On Dec 03, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Library and Book Fair Open During Conferences
    Once again, the Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the library during conferences. All sales will benefit the school library. Cascadia earns 20% of all profits so we can buy more books!! Feel free to drop off your kids here in the library while you meet with teachers. If you are out of town or miss the book fair, you can still purchase books online and this year the books will ship directly to your home. I hope to see you there! Thanks for supporting our school library!


    Hours: Monday 11/25 8:00 a.m.- 6:30 p.m and Tuesday 11/26 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Posted by msbodmer  On Nov 20, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Calling all 4th and 5th graders! The Seattle Public Library Global Reading Challenge is once again under way. This is the annual "battle of the books" challenge where teams of seven students—both 4th and 5th graders—will read 10 books representing a wide variety of reading levels and genres. Working with their team, students will answer specific, fact- and content-based questions about the books. In early February, a Seattle Public Librarian will moderate Cascadia’s In-School Challenge. One Cascadia team will advance to a Semi-Final round at SPL’s downtown library in early March. From there, one team from each Semi-Final round will advance to the City Final at SPL’s downtown library in late March.  

    Teachers and I will create teams of participating students; once teams are formed, students will remain on their team. To sign up, please fill out the online form (below) is due Friday, November 15th. December through February, students will meet once a week at lunch and lunch recess to practice answering questions about the books.  

    IMPORTANT: Students must begin reading outside school by December. Students who sign up must commit to it and regularly meet with their team during lunch and lunch recess. Class work and homework come first, but this is not an average extra-curricular activity and only dedicated students should apply. Parents and guardians need to be certain that this is something they’ll allow their child to participate in and please make sure that this is something your child wants to participate in and NOT something you are requiring for them. Students that do not make a strong personal commitment can let down their team members. By Friday, November 15th, please fill out the form below.


    Posted by msbodmer  On Nov 04, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Each year the Washington Library Association and the Pacific Northwest Library Association select middle grade books for students to read and vote on their favorite. At Cascadia, I'm challenging all 3rd-5th graders to read a dozen or more of these books. Yes, that’s 12!  I will be sending home a paper copy and an electronic copy of a record sheet and in each box, note the date when you read the book, 5 sentences about the book, and have a parent sign. Parents: this is a good time to have some book talks with your child. This project works toward Common Core College and Career Ready Anchor Standard 10: Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently with proficiency. In the spring, I will host a Root Beer Float Party for those students who have completed the challenge. See the list below for book titles. Please note that some students have already handed in a summary of the books they completed. They do not need to turn in an additional summary.

    Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley
    Bailey's Story by W. Bruce Cameron
    Forever or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
    Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats
    The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
    Refugee by Alan Gratz
    Real Friends by Shannon Hale
    The Song From Somewhere Else by A. F Harrold
    The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow
    Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullan
    Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
    The Goldfish Boy by Lisa ThompsonThe Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
    Refugee by Alan Gratz
    Restart by Gordon Korman
    The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
    The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
    The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
    The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey
    Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

    Posted by msbodmer  On Oct 12, 2019 at 10:14 AM
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