Next school year, the YMCA will be providing Before and After School child care on site at STEM K-8. If you are interested in YMCA child care, please download and complete the YMCA Child Care Interest Form 2016-2017 School Year. Email completed form to Philip Giammarino by May 8. Y staff will then gauge how many families are interested and begin to register students based on space available. A waitlist will be created once all spaces are filled. Families will be notified by May 13 as to whether their child has been registered in the 2016-17 child care program or is on the waitlist.
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Join STEM students and staff this Saturday for an exciting wetlands project just a block north of our school.
Duwamish Alive! is turning an ex-Seattle City Light property back to its original wetlands state. STEM staff Sunny Graves, Whitney Mebane, Craig Rankin and Sarah Waldron were all involved in organizing this grass roots event, and it will ultimately lead to a host of PBL opportunities for our students.
Join us for the groundbreaking of our
Delridge Wetlands and Stewardship Project
Saturday, April 16, 11:00am – 1:00pm, 23rd SW and SW Findlay
Join us at the Delridge Wetlands and Stewardship Project on April 16th to kick off our 2016 activities – with students from STEM K-8 and Arbor Heights – while we share our plans for creating a children’s vegetable garden, learning landscape and restoring this wetland which is part of the Longfellow Creek Watershed. We will have a short ceremony showcasing the project and breaking ground with shovels and jackhammers!
Join the fun:
· Help paint a mural
· Children’s scavenger hunt with prizes
· Jackhammer the floor in what will become a Children’s garden
· Learn about the wetland and salmon
· Food and Beverages served
Become a Wetland Steward by helping work on the dry land, we will soon be getting our feet wet, taking measurements of water depths, flow rates and discussing with you what the overall plan is to maximize the effectiveness of the wetland. Be sure to sign-up quick to ensure you can show your creative skills and love for our wetland!
Contact Willard at email@example.com to sign-up and/or to learn more about the restoration work planned for the Wetland.
Thank you to our Project Partners for helping support this project for our community:
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA)
Seattle Green Spaces Coalition
Seattle City Light
Duwamish Alive Coalition
Louisa Boren STEM K-8
National Park Service
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Monday, March 21 will be the last day to register for any one of our excellent Spring enrichment classes, many of which begin the last week of March!
All classes but Robotic Engineers still have plenty of space for eager students, from drama to darkroom photography to drumming. Visit the Enrichment page to finish registering your owl(s) before Monday, March 21!
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This spring, there will be not one but two drama programs, robotics, a makey hour for the little ones, sports, sewing, and so much more. Visit our Enrichment Programs page to see a full line-up or heads right to the registration form to start the process!
If you’d like to volunteer for a class or need a scholarship, please contact Linnea Seidelmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Got a bookworm? Our school library has a huge selection of eBooks available for the ravenous reader! Students can access these books through a free, downloadable mobile app (Destiny Quest Mobile or Follett BryteWave K-12) or via the Seattle Public Schools libraries catalogue.
How to Access the Library Using Destiny Quest Mobile
- Download the app
- Connect to your library – enter spscatalog.seattleschools.org
- Select Louisa Boren STEM K-8 from the list.
- Login with username: studentsps and password: access
How to Access the Library Using Follett BryteWave K-12
- Download the app
- Select location – select Washington (WA) from drop down menu.
- Select school – enter Louisa Boren STEM K-8, Seattle, WA (it will pop up as you begin typing)
- Login with username: studentsps and password: access
How to Access the Library Using the Web
- Visit: http://spscatalog.seattleschools.org/common/welcome.jsp?site= 606
- Select the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 catalog.
- Select material type – Electronic Book (eBook) from the drop down menu.
- Search for a key word, title, author, or topic you are interested in.
- When prompted, login with username: studentsps and password: access
Contact STEM Librarian Mary Bannister with any questions: email@example.com
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
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!
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.
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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/
If you have any questions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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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/
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Registration is open through end-of-day Friday, January 8th so don’t delay. Register online at http://stemk8pta.org/
Please contact email@example.com with any questions or to find out more about parent volunteering and scholarships.
Classes begin January 19.
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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/
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to find out more about parent volunteering and scholarships. Classes begin January 19.
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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
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/
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Good 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.
For more information about scholarships or becoming a parent volunteer please contact Linnea Seidelmann at email@example.com.
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You 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email you the info.
Thanks so much for your support and caring.
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From 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 email@example.com.
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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.
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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.
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Our 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
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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.
Use 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.
If 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!Make 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).
Order 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.
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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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