Important August Dates for Incoming Kindergarten Families

We are so excited to welcome our newest Owls to the STEM community!

There are two sessions for this year’s PTA-sponsored kindergarten play dates during Jump Start Week of August 20-24. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other incoming families, current STEM families, and PTA officers and volunteers. All events will take place on the STEM playground.

Session #1 – Parents Only

  • Monday, August 20, 9:15 – 10:15 AM (parents only after drop-off)
  • Join us for coffee and muffins to meet and chat with other new parents. 

Session #2 –  Jump Start Halfway Celebration

  • Wednesday, August 22, 5 – 6:00 PM (families)
  • All incoming K students and families are invited to celebrate the Jump Start halfway point with Popsicles. 

The PTA is seeking any incoming families or parents who would like to help support these events with set up, tear down, or just being present to meet and greet our Kinder Owls and their families. Please email president@k5stempta.org to help.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/06/21/important-august-dates-for-incoming-kindergaten-families/


Spirit Week Dress Options

The last week of school is the STEM K-8 annual Spirit Week, sponsored by the Student Council. Here are the themes!

June 18 : PJ Day Wear your PJs!

June 19: Dress to impress! In honor of our 8th grade graduation, wear your favorite formal attire. Look sharp!

June 20: Crazy/Tacky Day Crazy hair, crazy clothes. polka dots with stripes… Get wacky!

June 21: Hat Day WITH UNIFORM This is our Lincoln Park field trip day so we ask that students wear uniforms so we can recognize and represent. HATS are encouraged though!

June 22: Twin Day/Free Dress Day Match up with a buddy or two or three, or fly solo and wear what you want as long as it is appropriate.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/06/18/spirit-week-dress-options/


Yearbooks are here!

The first ever Louisa Boren STEM yearbooks are available for purchase!

Cost: $16

Dates to purchase

  • Tuesday 3:30 – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday morning 8:30 -9am.

Students can pay for the yearbooks with cash  or checks (payable to Louisa Boren STEM).

Hurry! Supplies are limited.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/06/18/yearbooks-are-here/


Kick off summer by helping with Field Day

How many Owls out there are looking forward to FIELD DAY!!

  • When: Friday June 15th, beginning at 8:55 am
  • Where: STEM field

A great Field Day starts with amazing parent (or other STEM supporters) volunteers.  We are looking for volunteers in one of these time slots:

  • 8:35 – 10:35 am (Middle School)
  • 10:40 am – 12:05 pm (4th & 5th Grades)
  • 1:15 – 3:00pm (Pre-K to 3rd Grade)

Visit Sign Up Genius to help

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/06/09/kick-off-summer-by-helping-with-field-day/


Thank you volunteers!

Helped out with school events or activities this past year?  You are welcome to join students and staff on Thursday, June 14 from 1:30-3:00 pm for the STEM Talent Show and Volunteer Appreciation event!

Volunteers are invited to enjoy the super talented STEM kids and then head on down to the teacher’s lounge to enjoy the sweet satisfaction of having helped out this school year– by indulging in a dessert bar! Who doesn’t love a little dessert?

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/06/01/thank-you-volunteers/


8th Grade Graduation Ceremony, Tuesday, June 19

There’s a first time for everything and on June 19th, 2018, STEM K-8 will celebrate its first classes of graduating 8th graders!

There will be a graduation ceremony, followed by a celebratory dessert. The ceremony begins at 5:30 pm in the gym and ends at 7:30pm.  The event is also open to all families in the STEM community, including those who do not have a graduating 8th grader.

Please consider helping with graduation! You and your middle school student can help and get excited about their 8th grade graduation! Sign up here


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/05/12/8th-grade-graduation-ceremony-and-potluck/


Get Your Dance Shoes Ready! Middle School Dance and GGLOW Party

Middle schoolers, get ready to jam for the Middle School Dance on Friday, May 18! Start and end time to be confirmed the week of the 18th.

If you miss that dance, never fear because the GGLOW Owls Family Dance Party takes place on June 1 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm on the STEM playground!  Kick off Pride Month and celebrate our LGBTQ+ students, staff and families. Festive Dress or come as you are! There will be food trucks from Papa Bois & Full Tilt, and DJ Plaid Dad will be spinning some tunes.

There is no fee to attend the GGLOW Owls Family Dance Party, but if you would like to bring a book donation for our library to the dance party, here is a link to the wish list.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/05/12/get-your-dance-shoes-ready/


Kids And Race: Presentation and Workshop, May 14


Please plan to join us for this important talk on Monday, May 14 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, childcare will be provided.

In this workshop, Jasen Frelot and guest speakers will disassemble the narratives that we are swimming in and how they impact our views on race. This is a great introductory workshop for adults on how to be “color conscious” not “colorblind.” Bring your questions and get ready to explore topics around race in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment
Please join us for an informative conversation to help support your family in navigating these important and needed conversations.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/04/28/kids-about-race-presentation-and-workshop-may-14/


SBA & MSP Testing Schedule May 2018

The information is to help your students prepare for standardized testing dates.

3rd Grade

  • May 10 – May 11 ELA
  • May 17 – May 18 Math

4th Grade

  • April 30 – May 1   ELA
  • May 21 – May 22 Math

5th Grade

  • May 2 & May 4 ELA
  • May 24 – May 25 Math
  • May 29 Science WCAS

6th Grade

  • May 10 – May 11 ELA
  • May 17 – May 18 Math

7th & 8th Grade

  • May 7 – May 8 ELA
  • May 14 – May 15 Math

8th Grade

  • June 5 Science WCAS

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/04/28/sba-msp-testing-schedule-may-2018/


Dine Out Night Tuesday, May 1st from 5-8pm: Burgers and fries for kids!

What’s up, you might be asking, why so many Dine Out Nights this year?

This will be our third Dine Out Night to round out this school year with Beer Star Li’l Woody’s Burgers & Shakes & CTO Chinese Takeout.

STEM is co-hosting these events with the high poverty Title One schools in our area as away to give back to our community. For example, after our first Dine Out Night with Sanislo Elementary School we were able to turn around and give their PTA a donation to help defray the costs of their upcoming auction. Equity work is a central tenet of our PTA and while our school community is able to raise money through our auction and direct give, not all our neighboring schools have the same fundraising capacity. These Dine Out Nights are an excellent opportunity to come socialize with your school community and neighbors, eat delicious food and help raise money for schools. This time we get to hang out with our friends from Highland Park Elementary School.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/04/28/dine-out-night-tuesday-may-1st-from-5-8pm-burgers-and-fries-for-kids/


Be a Part of Teacher Appreciation Week!

Please join us in celebrating our teachers & staff for teacher appreciation week May 7-May 11.

Sign up here to bring breakfast items Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The PTA will supply all paper products and utensils. The PTA will gift all staff & teachers with a gift card, notes from the students, and a dessert bar on Wednesday afternoon.

Anytime during the week is a great time to bring in a homemade card telling your teacher how much you appreciate them – from parents and from kids! Give your teacher a hug, tell your teacher a joke, or to bring in an apple, some flowers – or nothing but a smile and your thanks! If you want to help or have questions contact Robin at: robingraham26@gmail.com.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/04/22/be-a-part-of-teacher-appreciation-week/


Get Your GGLOW Owls Tees & Hoodies Here!

Purchase a “Louisa Boren STEM K-8 is a Safe Place” hoodie or t-shirt to show your GGLOW OWL Pride and support our LGBTQ+ students, staff and families. All proceeds will go to the PTA to purchase more LGBTQ+ books for our library.

CLICK HERE to buy!

CLICK HERE to check out the GGLOW Owls Book Wish List on Amazon, and don’t forget to join us at the second annual:

Friday, June 1
5:30pm – 7:00pm
STEM K-8 Playground

Kick off Pride Month and celebrate our LGBTQ+ students, staff and families. Festive Dress or Come as you are. Food from Papa Bois Food Truck, Full Tilt Ice Cream, and music from DJ Plaid Dad!


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/04/19/get-your-gglow-owls-tees-hoodies-here/


STEM Auction Art

Here is a selection of artwork created by STEM students for our 2018 auction.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/03/31/17332/


Join us for Pi Night!

Pi Night, that STEM K-8 celebration that features all things pie, from the sweet to the savory to the mathematical, is happening Wednesday, March 14th, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 p.m in the Cafeteria. 

There will be some pizza to eat, activities, and a pie walk. Pi Night is supported by 1st grade parents, the PTA, and the Middle School Student Council

Volunteers will be available to entertain children if you would like to attend the Moms Demand Action gun violence prevention presentation scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the library.



Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/03/07/join-us-for-pi-night/


Join us for a conversation on preventing gun violence, Weds., March 14

On Wednesday, March 14, Be Smart for Kids will present an adults-only conversation at STEM K-8 about gun violence prevention and keeping kids safe.  The talk will take place at 7:00 pm in the STEM library.


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/02/25/join-us-for-a-conversation-on-preventing-gun-violence-weds-march-14/


STEM 80’s Auction Update! Volunteers needed, limited tickets still available.

With the 80’s auction just around the corner, there are plenty of ways you can still contribute to STEM K-8 PTA’s biggest fundraising event.


Every Donation in ANY amount supports ALL students at STEM K-8. The auction is just one way our community raises money to support our school. If you can’t make the auction, please consider making a donation in any amount in support of our students and school. Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Lots of opportunities to help out! Transport items Friday 9am, set up Friday 10-2, games 5:50-7:30 in shifts, live auction help 7:30-9:30, clean up! Sign up here: www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba8ab29aa8-auction1

This can’t happen without more help, and I appreciate you considering supporting our community with your time and enthusiasm.


Contact Robin at: auction@stemk8pta.org

Stay Tuned!

If you have tickets – stay tuned for Auction, pre-check in & volunteer e-mails and see you FRIDAY! Ticket sales have closed – limited extra are seats are available. E-mail to confirm a seat – it’s 1st come 1st served!

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/02/25/stem-80s-auction-update-volunteers-needed-limited-tickets-still-available/


Introducing our rad auction sponsors!

Thanks to the following businesses for sponsoring the PTA’s STEM Prom 80’s auction,   With their support, the PTA reduces event costs and can direct more $$ to activities that impact our students, from PBL supplies to scholarships to books and equipment!

Gold and Silver










Fred Northup

Georgetown Beer

Heidi Baughman Designs



Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/02/08/introducing-our-rad-auction-sponsors/


STEM staff preview math program at PTA meeting

At the January PTA meeting, 5th grade teacher Lauren Martin previewed the Math program the school will be using.

You can download her presentation here: Math Presentation at Jan 11 PTA Board meeting 2018

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/01/26/stem-staff-preview-math-program-at-pta-meeting/


STEM K-8 Auction 2018 – 1980’s Prom

1980’s STEM Auction

Brush up on your break-dancing and rock on down to Electric Avenue so we can party like its 1984!

What better reason to rat your hair than to raise money for STEM K-8 students and programs!?

When: March 2nd from 5:30pm – 11:00pm
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, our students get the basics AND the extras which is what makes STEM awesome!


  • $130 per couple / $65 single ticket
  • You can purchase tickets online
  • You can order tickets using the order forms also coming home via kid-mail and available in the school office.

Auction Committee, Volunteers &

Join the Auction committee! Want to help? Email auction@stemk8pta.org.  Upcoming Auction Committee meetings are 7-8 pm Uptown Espresso in the Junction January 31 and February 15.

We couldn’t pull this off without volunteers! Help is needed in the days leading up to the auction, for event setup, and during the auction itself.  Check back for the Sign Up Genius.

Dessert Dash

We need 25 donated desserts to cap off the evening. Don’t like to bake? Purchased desserts are welcome. Each dessert must serve 8-10. To donate a dessert, send an email to auction@stemk8pta.org.



Fill out a procurement sheet here: https://louisaborenstemk8.schoolauction.net/80s/give

In-Kind & donations still needed:

Wine, printing services, hotel stays, desserts, vacation homes – all support is welcome!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is another great way to support the auction! Levels range from $250 to $5,000 and include a variety of great benefits. Contact auction@stemk8pta.org for information on becoming a sponsor or in-kind donor.

It’s a party you are gonna wanna rat your hair out for.


Neon, shoulder pads, skinny ties, red leather jackets, Risky Business shades, leg warmers, ruffles, ruffle, ruffle dresses or jeans all awesome!

After Party!

Circa – post Auction. Bring your Chuck’s and get ready to dance.


Contact auction@stemk8pta.org. Party on!

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/01/23/stem-k-8-auction-2018-1980s-prom/


High School Transition Night for STEM K-8 Families

Louisa Boren STEM K-8 will be hosting its first-ever High School Transition night on Wednesday, 1/17/18 from 6 – 7 pm. It’s been a winding journey, and we’re almost at the destination!  It’s exciting to be at the place where we are asking which high schools will provide the best fit as students plan for the next step in their STEM education. 

At the STEM K-8 High School Transition Night we will share information and answer questions about high school planning, enrollment, and school choice.  Representatives of Chief Sealth International High School, West Seattle High School, The Skills Center and possibly a few other programs will be available to talk about their schools and answer questions as well.

  • Date: Jan. 17
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Location: STEM library

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/01/14/high-school-transition-night-for-stem-k-8-families/


High Point library event to help parents access, navigate Source and Schoology

How well is my child doing with school work and homework? Are they getting homework? Are they turning in that homework I see them complete at home? Are they making it to class on time? How can I stay in touch with my student’s teachers?

Join us January 23, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 PM at the High Point Library meeting room  forParent Power Tools Workshop.  There will be a hands-on workshop to help parents sign up for and navigate The Source and Schoology. These online tools can be your resource to answer the questions above and much more!

There will be laptop computers available at the workshop so you can navigate yourself through the resources. The Parent Power Tools workshop is free and appetizers will be provided.

Space is limited! If you have questions and reserve your seat, please call 206 734-7859.

  • Date: January 23
  • Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Location: High Point Library Meeting Room, 3411 SW Raymond St, 98126

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/01/14/high-point-library-event-to-help-parents-access-navigate-source-and-schoology/


Seeking Guides to Lead School Tours in January and February

Love STEM and want to talk to prospective families about the school?  If you have some time in January or February, we are seeking guides willing to lead tours of the elementary and middle school. Dates and times are as follows:

School Tours—Elementary:  all elementary tours take place from 8:55–10:25 am

  • 1/23/18
  • 1/26/18
  • 1/30/18
  • 2/2/18
  • 2/6/18

School Tours—Middle School: all middle school tours take place from 10:15–11:45 am

  • 1/26/18
  • 1/30/18

Tour leads will be provided with training and a FAQ sheet to help discuss the school. Please contact Christine with available time and dates that you can help.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2017/12/10/seeking-guides-to-lead-school-tours-in-january-and-february/


STEM K-8 School Tours for Prospective Students

That time of year is just around the corner, STEM K-8 will be hosting school tours this coming January and February. These tours are open to any families of children ages kindergarten to eighth grade, though STEM hosts separate elementary and middle school events to address the specific questions and concerns of each group.

Open House

If your family can’t make a tour date, STEM will also host an Open House on February 1.  No reservations are necessary to attend an Open House.

  • Elementary Open House will take place from 6:00–7:00 pm
  • Middle school Open House will take place from 7:30–8:30 pm

Elementary School Tours

For families of prospective elementary (K-5) students, tours are conducted from 8:55–10:25 am on the following dates:

  • January 23
  • January 26
  • January 30
  • February 2
  • February 6

Reserve your spot in one of these tours

Middle School Tours

For families of prospective middle school (6-8) students, tours are conducted from 10:15–11:45 am on the following dates:

  • January 26
  • January 30

Reserve your spot in one of these tours

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2017/12/10/stem-k-8-school-tours-for-prospective-and-incoming-middle-school-students/


Spirit Wear Now Available!

Thinking of holiday gifts yet?  Consider getting your owl some Spirit Wear and, in the process, supporting the STEM K-8 PTA! Simply place your order by Dec. 4 and your order will arrive between Dec. 13-22.

There are 3 designs to chose from, including 2 student-created designs.

Shirt options include

  • youth crew-neck t-shirt in unisex sizes ($20)
  • premium crew-neck t-shirt in unisex sizes ($22)
  • v-neck t-shirt in unisex sizes ($22)
  • pullover hoodie ($35)

Order your Spirit Wear today!

Owls Rock logo

Aspire Create Expect More logo

Standard STEM logo

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2017/11/16/spirit-wear-now-available/


Direct Give a Success Thanks to You!

Thank you so much for your generous contributions!

Our goal for the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA 2017 Direct Give Campaign was $35,000 and we reached $38.699.20, all of which will support the PTA mission of supporting STEM learning and our community.

Each and every donation from $10-$2,000 is appreciated. Many employers match contributions to non-profits. Check with your employer and/or contact president@stemk8pta.org for help.

The PTA always appreciates your support and will always take any contribution you can make, at any time. Your time, your financial and  emotional support, your support of your student–it’s ALL appreciated.

The next major fundraiser is the PTA Auction – STEM PROM 80’s style on March 2nd! Stay tuned for more information about this rad event. We can’t wait to party with you dudes and dudettes.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2017/11/10/direct-give-a-success-thanks-to-you/


SPS Provides Answers to Questions Posed at STEM Community Meetings

Seattle Public Schools has provided answers to questions posed during community meetings held on June 1 and October 24.  During these meetings, SPS reps and STEM K-8 families discussed plans for the Louisa Boren building. In the latter meeting, SPS reps confirmed that STEM K-8 will not be moving from the building.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2017/11/05/sps-provides-answers-to-questions-posed-at-stem-community-meetings/

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