When it comes to education, our teachers have SNAILED it! Staff Appreciation Week: May 2-6 Please join us in supporting our teachers by signing up to help with breakfast Monday-Wednesday and lunch Thursday & Friday. If you can help Monday – …
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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. …
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A message from the Principal: As we transition to a new year, an important development has been growing the vision for Louisa Boren STEM K-8. A vibrant, living vision inspires, guides, defines priorities, and sustains collaboration. Back in November, the …
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When it comes to education, our teachers have SNAILED it!
Staff Appreciation Week: May 2-6
Please join us in supporting our teachers by signing up to help with breakfast Monday-Wednesday and lunch Thursday & Friday. If you can help Monday – Friday with setting up the staff lounge or straightening up, please e-mail Robin.
We’ve made plans for a Happy Hour at Circa Friday after-school for the teachers, love notes from students, and massages. We will be giving them coffee cards as gifts for the next time they feel “sluggish.
Thanks to Circa, Deja Parrent, Darcey Pickard, & Nepenthe Massage for your support of teacher appreciation week.
Questions? Can you help? Contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/04/25/teacher-appreciation-week-help-us-thank-a-teacher/
In Fall 2016, Seattle Public Schools will expand its partnership with the City’s voter-approved Seattle Preschool Program and STEM has been selected as a site for a Preschool Program classroom for the 2016-2017 school year!
The classroom will be taught by certificated Seattle Public Schools teachers. Families will be able to enroll their 3 and 4 year olds for a full 6-hour school day and this classroom will operate on the same school-day, school year schedule as the other grades in our building. Tuition is subsidized for families with incomes at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
To have your child entered into Round 2 selection, please download and submit an application form by May 27, 2016 to the City of Seattle. Applications submitted after May 27 will be included in future selection rounds. For questions, call: (206) 386-1050
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/04/25/stem-to-host-on-site-preschool-in-2016-17/
STEM K-8 PTA
ENRICHMENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Job Description. Enrichment Coordinator works with enrichment program instructors, STEM staff, the PTA Board, parents, and students to administer and continually enhance STEM K-8’s before and after school enrichment program. Duties would include, among others:
- Work with PTA survey data to independently select and develop new programs and classes.
- Interface with instructors, STEM staff and administration, PTA board and web team, and parents regarding administration of the program.
- General administration, including enrollment, roster maintenance, communication with teachers and instructors, collection of payments, qualification and payment of instructors, and room applications and assignment.
- Respond in a timely manner to parent and teacher communications.
- Provide periodic reports to PTA Board regarding status of program.
- Work to develop strategies for improving the enrichment program, including development of forms and procedures.
- Be present before and after school on a frequent basis in order to oversee the program and deal with issues as they arise.
- Detail oriented with strong organizational skills;
- Think creatively about enrichment class offerings that can serve all kids;
- Have a focus on equity, fairness and a perspective on serving all students and our community;
- Reasonably capable of using Excel or other database management software; familiarity with Digital PTO a bonus;
- Be generally available by email and cell phone for coordination with vendors, parents and school team;
- Have a flexible enough schedule to be around before and after school frequently in order to meet with instructors, parents, and school staff;
- Have some financial acuity to work with treasurer to manage invoices, scholarships and keep the enrichment budget balanced.
Time Commitment. The expected time commitment is approximately 5-10 hours per week, on average (though there will be busier and less busy times), for one calendar year, beginning on August 1, 2016. The Enrichment coordinator is also on the PTA Board as an important member of the team and is required to attend meetings of the board every other month. Attendance at PTA meetings is desired.
Pay. Currently budgeted at $7,000 per year payable through the Seattle Public Schools payroll system.
To Apply. Please send an email indicating your interest to Rebecca Garcia email@example.com Please email a letter explaining who you are and why you’re interested.
Additional info: This is a very important role for our community and students and is work intensive. Pay is more of a stipend to offset the huge volunteer commitment this person makes to our community. We hope that anyone that takes it on would do so as much as a labor of love as for the pay. About half the students at STEM participate in the enrichment program. Because it includes scholarships and an extremely wide variety of classes, many kids participate in the STEM enrichment program who otherwise wouldn’t participate in any extracurricular activities at all. The enrichment program coordinator works directly with many of STEM’s teachers, parents, other staff and administration. If it is your goal to get to know the STEM community, this is a great way to do so. In summary, it is a demanding, involved job, but since it impacts many STEM families, it is also very rewarding.
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/04/24/job-opening-enrichment-program-coordinator/
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/04/23/ymca-to-offer-onsite-childcare-in-2016-17/
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/04/11/duwamish-alive/
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!
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/03/19/registration-for-spring-enrichment-closes-soon/
A huge thank you to Dunn Lumber and The Johnsons at Windermere for sponsoring our 3rd Annual STEM auction! Their generous donations help us offset costs, allowing more funding to reach our kids and teachers. Thank you!
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/03/06/a-big-hoot-out-to-our-auction-sponsors/
Will it be Chess, Trendy Crafts, Ukulele or something else? With so many excellent before and after schools programs to choose from, you’re sure to please even the most picky child!
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 email@example.com.
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/03/06/spring-2016-enrichment-registration-now-open/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/02/17/access-stems-ebook-collection-anywhere-and-anytime/
The after school tennis program is open for more players at a pro-rated price of $43. See the flyer below (click to enlarge) for more details, or visit the TAZ website to register.
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/01/28/after-school-tennis-still-available/
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
When: 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!”
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/01/27/12072/
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: email@example.com
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/01/19/two-enrichment-courses-still-available/
Mark 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/
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/
There 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 firstname.lastname@example.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/
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 email@example.com 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/2016/01/04/winter-enrichment-registration-is-open-until-january-8th/
Louisa 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
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/
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.
View the complete schedule and register here.
For more information about scholarships or becoming a parent volunteer please contact Linnea Seidelmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/12/09/winter-2016-enrichment-registration-is-now-open/
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 email@example.com and we will email you the info.
Thanks so much for your support and caring.
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/12/07/giving-garland/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/12/07/winter-enrichment-registration-opens-dec-9/
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/
Join 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/
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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.
Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/11/30/literacy-at-stem-this-weeks-pta-meeting/