Out of This World: STEM 2016 Auction

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

OutofThisWorld_nWhen: March 26th from 5:30pm-11pm

Where: Hall at Fauntleroy: 9131 California Ave SW

Why does STEM have an Auction?

PTA’s support basic education in Washington State. The Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA supports both basics (library books, gym equipment, art supplies) and “extras” (Project Based Learning supplies, scholarships for before & after school clubs, technology equipment, PTA events like Back to School Bash, and Pi Day). With your support, we can ensure our students will continue to get both the basics AND the extras… that make our school Out of This World!

“You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!”
Doctor Who

Thank you to everyone who has already registered – we’re looking forward to a terrific evening of friendship, fun and fundraising on March 26th. For those of you who have yet to purchase your tickets, the time is now! Ticket sales have been extended until noon on Monday, March 21.

If you’re not able to attend the auction, please consider sponsoring a STEM teacher or staff member instead. We love our teachers and want them to be a part of this special evening.



Contact auction@stemk8pta.org

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Two Enrichment Courses Still Available!

Registration is still open for two courses!

 Amelia’s Aero Club (girls only, grades 5-6) registration has been extended and is now open to 5th grade:

Amelia’s Aero Club @ Boren is an offshoot of the educational initiative of The Museum of Flight designed to inspire and nurture middle school girls’ exploration of educational and career pathways in science, technology, engineering, art, aviation and mathematics (STEA2M). For the 2015-16 school year we will be providing free afterschool programming for Boren K-8 STEM 5-6th grade girls that utilizes hands-on activities and project based learning. In our Winter session, AAC @ Boren K-8 STEM participants will continue to work on projects related to aviation and will start exploring projects in rocketry and aerospace. Register: http://stemk8pta.org/enrichment-program-registration-winter-2016/


Spoon River Anthology with StageStruck (grades 4-6) has been added:

This is a play that is mostly acting with some singing. The cast is all people from a small Illinois town who have died and are “sleeping on the hill”: the local cemetery. Some of the characters include: school teacher, soldier, Russian immigrant, arsonist, blind woman, young actress, alcoholic preacher, inventor, fiddler/farmer, and writer. Each comes alive to tell the story of their life: some had success, some failures, some died young, some lived to be very old, and several of them tell their story together because they were together in life.

Edgar Lee Masters wrote the anthology of free verse poems (monologues) in 1916. In 1963, a playwright put together a group of those monologues, added music from that time in history and produced it as a well-received play. Students will get a chance to hone their language and acting skills and will work as a tight ensemble. We will use student musicians to add to the color and flow of the show. Come be a part of Spoon River with us! Register: http://stemk8pta.org/enrichment-program-registration-winter-2016/

StageIf you have any questions please contact: afterschool@stemk8pta.org

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Winter PBL Night

graduating owlMark your calendars!

January 14, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
STEM K – 8 PBL Exhibition
Classrooms will be open for families to see the projects students have been working on.

It’s also a good reminder to renew or initiate your PTA membership if you haven’t had a chance. General membership is free, and a voting membership is only $15. You can
join online, as well as at the PTA membership table on PBL Exhibition night.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/01/11/winter-pbl-night/


2016 Focus Day

Join Washington State PTA in Olympia for the 2016 Focus Day on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The Columbia Room, 1st floor of the Legislative Building, has been reserved a place to gather, share information and prepare for the day’s events.

Bring your family and friends to meet with legislators and to rally in the main capitol building’s Rotunda at noon.

An event agenda will be posted in mid-January: https://www.facebook.com/events/714498921984895/


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/01/10/2016-focus-day/


Still Time to Register for Enrichment Classes!

kidslaptopThere is still time to register for Winter 2016 enrichment classes!

Registration is open through end-of-day Friday, January 8th so don’t delay.  Register online at http://stemk8pta.org/enrichment-program-registration-winter-2016/  or drop a paper registration off at the office.

Please contact afterschool@stemk8pta.org with any questions or to find out more about parent volunteering and scholarships.

Classes begin January 19.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/01/07/still-time-to-register-for-enrichment-classes/


Winter Enrichment Registration is Open Until January 8th!

What do you have planned for 2016?  Have you checked out STEM Enrichment classes?  There is something for everyone whether your interest is Aero Club or Zumba, Basketball or Ukulele.  Spaces are available in 19 of the 24 Winter Enrichment activities.

Registration is open through January 8 so don’t delay.  Register online at http://stemk8pta.org/enrichment-program-registration-winter-2016/  or drop a paper registration off at the office.

Please contact afterschool@stemk8pta.org with any questions or to find out more about parent volunteering and scholarships.  Classes begin January 19.

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School Tours & Open House

10299955_10204085111599449_3886664754018424477_nLouisa Boren STEM K-8 staff and PTA would like to welcome prospective families to learn more about our school!

Please join us for an Open House on Thursday, February 11th and school tours throughout February. We recognize that there may be conflicts with other school open houses and tours. If you cannot attend the open house please be sure to sign up for a tour. Each will give you an opportunity to see the school, classrooms and speak with our principal. Open houses provide more time in the classroom talking to teachers as they take place after school hours.

Open House: Thursday, Feb 11th

K-5 Open House and Tour   6:00pm – 7:00pm
Middle School Open House and Tour   7:00pm -8:00pm

School Tours

Tours for prospective K-5 families:
Feb 10th 9:30am -11:00am
Feb 12th 9:30am -11:00am
Feb 17th 9:30am -11:00am
Feb 19th 9:30am -11:00am
Feb 24th 9:30am -11:00am
Feb 26th 9:30am -11:00am

Tours for prospective Middle School families:
Feb 17th 10:15am -11:45am
Feb 26th 10:15am -11:45am

Please RSVP at: http://stemk8pta.org/stem-school-tours/


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/12/16/school-tours-open-house/


Winter 2016 Enrichment Registration is Now Open!

1724970Good news, Owls! Winter 2016 Enrichment registration is now open! There are many great before and after school classes to choose from. Participants are selected on a first-come-first-served basis. All programs have a minimum and maximum enrollment, so please consider registering as soon as possible to ensure that programs can run.

View the complete schedule and register here.

For more information about scholarships or becoming a parent volunteer please contact Linnea Seidelmann at afterschool@stemk8pta.org.


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/12/09/winter-2016-enrichment-registration-is-now-open/


Giving Garland

screenshot-stemk8pta org 2015-12-07 14-36-16You can help families in our STEM community, who otherwise may not have much hope of receiving gifts for the holidays. If you have the resources to help a student in our community please pick an ornament off our Giving Garland in the STEM office. Gifts include those that are needed, wanted,and books. Please wrap the gift and attach the ornament tag you took from the garland so we can identify it. Return to the office by December 14. If you want to participate, but can’t get into the office to grab a tag, email president@stemk8pta.org and we will email you the info.

Thanks so much for your support and caring.

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Winter Enrichment Registration Opens Dec. 9

ministry-clipart-preschool-children-playing-clip-art-i4From drumming to cooking to coding there is something for everyone during Winter Enrichment!

Registration will open on December 9, 2015 and will run through January 8, 2016. 

A parent volunteer is needed for each class. Volunteers will help with signing students in and out of class, as well as assist instructors. Volunteers will receive 50% off tuition for the class and priority enrollment. For more information please contact Linnea Seidelmann at afterschool@stemk8pta.org.

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Literacy Campaign

At the PTA meeting last night our librarian Mary Bannister presented some interesting information about literacy curriculum in Seattle Public Schools. There has not been a literacy curriculum adoption in the Seattle Public School district for 14 years and our Louisa Boren STEM K-8 teachers have to design every single literacy lesson they teach from scratch. There are no officially adopted guides or materials in Seattle Public Schools. You can review the attached presentation for more information, though you will not have the benefit of Mrs. B’s wise words.

Our Advocacy committee has started a campaign to send a message to the superintendent and board of directors that we need and expect a literacy adoption now. We have postcards available that you can send to Superintendent Nyland. Look for them in your kid’s backpacks next week.


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/12/05/literacy-campaign/


Winter Band Concert

snowflakeJoin our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade musicians for their Winter Band Concert!

When: December 15th at 6:30 PM

Where: Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium,

The program will last 45-50 minutes.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/12/03/winter-band-concert/


Ready to Order Holiday Card & Gifts?


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Literacy at STEM, this week’s PTA Meeting

Did you know that Seattle Public Schools does not have a district wide literacy curriculum?

Join us at Thursday’s PTA meeting for a short and informative presentation by the STEM Literacy Team, meeting starts at 6:30pm. They will share their current literacy work and answer our questions. Following the presentation, meeting attendees will have the opportunity to take part in an advocacy project asking SPS to adopt a literacy curriculum. The PTA meeting will be short and sweet so everyone has plenty of time to shop at the book fair. Principal Ostrom will also be there to answer questions and give a school update. As always complimentary childcare will be provided.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/11/30/literacy-at-stem-this-weeks-pta-meeting/


Denny International Middle School Online Auction

dennyOur neighbors at the Denny International Middle School PTSA  are having an online auction. This is a great way to support others in our community. If you are interested in learning more please visit their online auction site at: https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?vhost=dennymsauction

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/11/30/denny-international-middle-school-online-auction/


Holiday Shopping? Earn Cash for our School!

If you’re doing some shopping online or in stores don’t forget that many of your purchases can benefit our school. Here’s a reminder of all the ways to earn money for STEM K-8 when doing your holiday shopping and all year round.

Amazon Square LogoUse this link to shop at Amazon, and 7% of your purchase amount will be donated to our school. Support STEM and shop in your pajamas from home-what could be better? You can always find our Amazon link on the front page of the STEM PTA website. Important Note: Shopping via this link earns our school much more money than using Amazon Smile.

targetIf you have a Target REDcard be sure to register it in their Take Charge of Education program and 1% of purchases on your REDcard will come back to our school. Call 1-800-316-6142 to designate Louisa Boren STEM K-8. Our ID number is: 153701  If you would like to apply for a REDcard, learn more at Target.com/redcard or stop in at a Target store. The REDcard saves you 5% on all Target purchases everyday. It’s available as either a credit or debit card. Grandparents, friends and neighbors are all welcome to participate in the program. The more people we involve, the harder the program works for us. Sadly, Target has announced that the Take Charge of Education program will end in May 2016. So, let’s make the most of it while we can!shutterflyMake cards, calendars, photo books and more at Shutterfly, Tiny Prints or MyPublisher. Click on our STEM School Storefront and 13% of your purchases will be donated to our school! This offer applies to all Shutterfly brands (Borrowlenses, MyPublisher, Shutterfly, ThisLife Tiny Prints, Treat and Wedding Paper Divas).

PCC LogoOrder your $25 PCC scrip card here. Our school earns 5% each time you use it. You can reload it and use it every time you shop at PCC.

logo-thriftway-washington-996de0c6c416596537096e7234ec8ea7Please drop your West Seattle Thriftway receipts off in the donation box in the school office. 1% of the purchase price of every item you buy is returned to our school.

More Shop & Earn Opportunities on our website.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/11/30/holiday-shopping-earn-cash-for-our-school/


2015 Book Fair Blizzard

Bring the whole family!

Thursday, December 3rd 5:30pm – 8pm
Friday, December 4th 8:30am – 10am
All students must be accompanied by an adult.

Book Fair is also available online: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/k8stem
Please note that books bought online may not arrive before school is out for winter break.

Volunteers still need!
Sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c4caead28aa8-book

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Got Stuff? Looking for old Laptops, Gears, LEGO, and More!

3-gears-hiMs. Schmick is seeking the donation of old lap tops for students to use in Tech Lab. She is also looking for toys like gears, LEGO, K’Nex, magnetic letters, and other materials to use with students with the vision of a future maker space.

If you have plans to get rid of something, check in with Ms. Schmick at jaschmick@seattleschools.org to see if it may have a future at K-8 STEM.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/11/24/got-stuff-looking-for-old-laptops-gears-lego-and-more/


All for Books Campaign

71006_afb_logoMonday November 16th is the start of our week-long All for Books campaign. We’re raising money to purchase books for classroom libraries during our Book Fair Blizzard (December 3rd & 4th). All donations go towards buying books for your child’s classroom. The money we raise also helps readers beyond our school. Every year, Scholastic matches the All for Books money raised nationwide with a donation of up to one million books to the Kids in Need Foundation and Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc.

Monday November 16th – Penny Day

Tuesday November 17th – Nickel Day

Wednesday November 18th – Dime Day

Thursday November 19th – Quarter Day

Friday November 20th – Dollar Day (coins or bills)

Of course, spare change will be accepted on any of the above days!

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Join Us for Movie Night!


We are strongly encouraging all 4th grade families to help! Visit our Sign-Up Genius for info.

This is NOT a drop-off event. Kids must be supervised by an adult.


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/11/10/join-us-for-movie-night/


PTA Meeting Thursday, 11/5

0515_PT_MeetingLogosPTA Meeting tonight. The agenda is short, but we will be discussing an allocation of money to a new PBL resource for teachers this year, which will include a vote. Please join us.

Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA
Meeting Agenda
November 5, 2015, 6:30-8:00pm in the Boren Library

    • Discuss PBL as part of STEM Vision and curriculum
    • Present information on PBL resource Sara Waldron
    • Allocation of funds for PBL resource teacher
    • Direct Give
    • Chinook Books
    • Bell Times
    • Student Assignment Plan
    • Next meeting, Literacy campaign
    • Harvest Festival Potluck, Thank you organizers
    • Family Movie Night, November 20
    • Veterans Day Assembly?
    • December 3, Book Fair
    • December 12, Grease Performance
    • December 18, Guest Author
    • Additional business or questions

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One More Week to Make Our Goal!

All_in_microscope_donateWe are extending our Direct Give for one more week to see if we can make our goal for 2015. Our final deadline will now be Sunday, November 8. We are so close to our goal and there are so many programs and projects we want to continue to support next year.

We are currently at $27,000, which is phenomenal and close to our goal of $35,000. We are immensely thankful to everyone in this engaged, generous community who has donated so far. If you haven’t had the chance to donate, now is the time to help us meet our goal.

The Harvest Festival potluck last week was a good reminder of the amazing community we have at our school and the family and staff that come together to put on such fun events. But that is not where our money goes. Those community events are put together almost entirely by volunteers. The money you donate all goes back into the programs, projects and consumables that our students use to learn and grow.

The money we raised last year has already been put to work this year, here are a few of the things were are able to support:

  • $10,000 in library books, which only fills a few shelves
  • Tech support for educational apps for iPads
  • Singapore math textbooks that the district would not purchase for us
  • Project Based Learning support in teacher professional development time and consumables for classrooms and projects
  • We provide each teacher with a $200 stipend to buy items for their classroom that the school district does not have budget to provide
  • PTA dollars provide our before and after school Enrichment program , the diverse programming, coordination and all scholarships
  • A clean campus with new wood chips and beautiful new plants
  • Balls, ropes and playground equipment for recess

Please consider a donation of any amount in this last week. You can donate online any time or leave a check in the PTA box in the office.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/11/02/one-more-week-to-make-our-goal/


Last Week to be All in for STEM

All_in_microscope_donateIt’s already the last week of our Direct Give and we have a long way to go. Our goal is $35,000 and we are short of the half way mark at $14,000.

The first several weeks of school have been a blur of late starts, unexpected changes and some disappointing news. In the midst of all this students went to school everyday and committed themselves as best they could to learning, participating and holding onto the values of their school and classroom.

Every bit of our support financially helps to support and cultivate that commitment. By providing the tools, training, programs and support that help make our school what we want it to be.

The reality is that only our support is going to replace the technology and tools that students use every day. For example, the 32 out-dated iPods that were purchased 4 years ago when STEM started. Or the 16 iPads also purchased 4 years ago and the cart used to charge and secure them as they travel from classroom to classroom. They are used in myriad ways and integrated into projects from Kindergarten to 6th grade, to take photos and video, operate robots and learn basic code.
Current, working technology should be a given for a STEM school,
but it only happens with our support.

Help us to make our goal today!

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/10/26/last-week-to-be-all-in-for-stem/


Campus Beautification Work Party – This Saturday!

Campus Beautification Work Party – Saturday, October 17 9am

Join us for a morning of gardening and cleaning our school. We have been awarded a grant to make the Delridge facing side our our school more beautiful. We are starting with a pollinator garden in one of the courtyards. We could use all the help we can get. We will also be cleaning up the front of the school and the front left corner of the playground. We will supply the tools, coffee and donuts if you can come out and lend a hand.


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Share your voice on changes to STEM Bell Times!

STEM Community,

We have had some bad news in the last few days and many of us are dealing with the frustration of unanticipated change. Another issue has arisen over the last day that could also use some family attention and communication. Seattle Public Schools has been working on a proposal for new bell times for next school year. Bell times are the start and dismissal times for all schools throughout the district. In the proposals put forth up to this point and through the public comment period, STEM K-8 and all other K-8s were proposed to be in a time slot called Tier 2, which would move our bell time to 8:50am start time – 3:20pm Dismissal.

This is the time slot we advocated for and in discussions families felt good about. Part of the goals of the bell times analysis was to move start times back for Middle Schools and High Schools to account for their need for more sleep and to move most elementary schools to earlier times when younger kids are best able to focus. The Tier 2 time slot gave K-8s the best of both these scenarios and was recommended by the committee.

Yesterday new bell times were published and STEM along with two other K-8s were moved to a new bell time called Tier 3. This would make our new bell time for next year 9:40am start – 4:20pm dismissal. The opportunities for public comment have been completed and we were not notified why we were selected to move to the later start time. The Bell times task force will be presenting the latest and likely final bell times at the Operations Committee Meeting this evening at 5:15pm. We believe this later bell time may be a hardship for some. The later start makes childcare more challenging, the late dismissal can mean younger kids are getting home after dark in the winter among other challenges.

We want to give you the opportunity to email school leadership and the Bell Times Task Force to speak out about this last minute change should you oppose it. We have provided a sample letter below and encourage you to send it immediately before this evenings meeting. Adding your own personal story or the impact it may have on you or your students always makes a bigger impact. Please send to the following addresses: superintendent@seattleschools.org, schoolboard@seattleschools.org, and arrivaltimes@seattleschools.org.

You need to speak up now if this is something you oppose. Please feel free to contact Rebecca Garcia with questions or concerns at president@stemk8pta.org.

Thank you – STEM K-8 PTA

Dear Superintendent Nyland, Seattle School Board and Bell Times Task Force:

Yesterday, with less than 24 hours until the Operations Committee Meeting, the district publicly released a revised Bell Times Recommendation Schedule, including a last- minute change, which moves STEM K-8 and two other K-8 schools into Tier 3 for 2016-17. This revision was released without explanation or communication to our community as to why we have apparently been arbitrarily moved from Tier 2 to Tier 3.

Your Task Force recommended Tier 2 start times for K-8s. Our community advocated for Tier 2 start times. The reasons for keeping K-8s in Tier 2 (young children walking home after dark, lack of morning care for working families, inability to participate in after-school programs, to name a few) have not changed. Why has our start time? Why was STEM K-8 chosen as an ”outlier” from the majority of K-8s? Our community and your committee both agree that Tier 2 is the right place for K-8s. We respectfully ask that you reconsider and reject this last-minute, seemingly arbitrary, unfair and ill-advised change to the 2106-17 Bell Times Recommendation Schedule.

Please RETURN STEM K-8 and all affected K-8s to TIER 2 – per the original recommendation of this committee and for the well being of the students and families in our communities.


STEM K-8 Community Member

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/10/15/share-your-voice-on-changes-to-stem-bell-times/

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