Girls on the Run registration

Hello STEM community,

Exciting news- registration for Girls on the Run is now open! Girls on the Run is an after-school program for 3rd-6th grade students who identify as girls. Practice will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5 March 2nd-May 13th ending in a 5k on May 17th. The price is sliding scale- pay what you can! For more information about the program/to register go to the link below or ask your school counselor Danielle Blechert at

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2019 Auction Time!

It’s time to give money to the kids and have fun doing it.  You can learn all about the auction on our site.  It will be on March 28th from 5:30-11pm at the The Hall at Fauntleroy.  Hope to see you there!

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Hammering Owl Art Extravaganza

If you are interested in volunteering please sign up

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Winter Enrichment sign up January 7th

Registration for Winter Enrichment opens on January 7th! Classes include watercolor, crafting, carpentry, coding, LEGO, makerspace, acoustic rock band, and more! You can preview classes and get more detailed information online at

Classes that don’t meet their minimum registrations could be cancelled, so please register as soon as you are able to ensure we get an accurate count of who is interested. Scholarships are also available. Email for more information.

An adult volunteer is required for every class. Volunteers get a FREE class for their child and get PRIORITY registration. Email is you are interested in volunteering. Classes without a volunteer may be at risk of cancellation.

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“Make It & Take It” One-day Enrichment Classes!

Join the amazing Ms. Schmick for these one-day Make It & Take It MakerSpaces. Your engineers will craft amazing creations to bring home. Parent volunteers needed! Get priority registration and a free class for volunteering. Contact for more information.

Register Nov 20 – Dec 2 at

Dec. 10th

7:45 – 8:45

MakerSpace – Animals, Ornaments, and More
Schmick will bring craft supplies and tools to make funky animals, ornaments to hang, and Do-Hickies galore!  Join us this morning for a ONE HOUR workshops and see how many items you can make!

3:40 – 5:00

MakerSpace Gingerbread Houses
Create a Gingerbread House WITHOUT ginger or bread!!  Schmick will provide a plethora of materials to design a house of your young maker’s dreams!

Dec. 11th

7:45 – 8:45

MakerSpace – Sign Making using Vinyl and Cricuts
We’re bringing in the vinyl cutters so STEM designers will be able to make sticker, signs, and sayings!  Join the FUN and make some presents!


Join Schmick as we combine beads, string, yarn, and weaving to our list of Gingerbread House making, ornament creating, and gift producing activities.

Dec. 12th

7:45 – 8:45

MakerSpace – That’s a WRAP

In this ONE HOUR workshop you will make small gifts for your friends and family.  Then wrap them up….NO you won’t wrap you friends and family UP!  You’ll wrap your gifts up!

3:40 – 5:00

MakerSpace – House Hunters BEWARE

Designing, creating, building but NOT EATING your house is what this workshop is all about!  In addition to many of the usual supplies, Schmick found some goofy objects to stuff, glue, and BLING out!  Join the fun!!

Dec. 17th

7:45 – 8:45

MakerSpace – Dashing thru the Do-Hickies

Dashing thru the Do-Hickies in a One Room MakerSpace

Oh WHAT fun it is to MAKE when you select what to take!!!  Good Morning Makers!  Bring a song to SING and Schmick will have BLING to STRING!!!!

3:40 – 5:00

MakerSpace – It’s Raining, It’s Pouring MakerSpace is NEVER Boring
Bring your Making Spirit and spend 90 mins crafting and creating what’s in your heart!

Dec. 18th

2:30 – 5:00

MakerSpace – CLOSE OUT Special
Schmick will be cleaning out the tubs and ONE corner of her office!  Come join in on the FINAL Make It Take It of 2019!!

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2019 Direct Give Success!!

2019 Direct Give was a success!  And with matching it brings the total to $46,809.00.  Thank you everyone who donated and help give our kids the best.

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Center School Open House

Dear Seattle middle school community,

The Center School is having an Open House on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Armory Loft, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus.  Check-in opens at 6:00 pm.  We request that you forward this letter to your 8th Grade families.

The Center School is a small, arts-integrated public high school available to students from any neighborhood.  While our class selections are not as numerous as those of larger schools, our curriculum provides depth and hands-on rigor, with a college prep track for each and every student.  All seniors take AP English.  Our math and science program includes AP Environmental Science and AP Statistics.  Our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art.  We have robust, high-quality programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film-making and photography.  The Center School also has an exemplary social justice focus.  Our students excel in an award-winning Model UN program.  The Center School is a gem among Seattle Public High Schools!

We are a great choice for your graduating 8th graders who are artistically inclined and want intellectual rigor.  The Center School is perfect for students who prefer a high school experience out of the mainstream that provides the structure and support needed for success.  Talented students who might be uninspired by other schools really thrive here.

Being situated in the Armory, in the heart of Seattle Center, The Center School has many arts and cultural organizations as neighbors.  The Center School builds partnerships and learning opportunities with these unique resources and our students benefit from this rich environment.

We want your students and their families to know about The Center School and what it offers that sets it apart from other high schools.  Please contact us if you would like a student representative or two to speak to student groups at your school.  We can also arrange for a parent to speak to a parent group.  And we look forward to seeing you at our Open House in the Armory Loft, (up the stairs from the food court), on Thursday, November 14th – 6:30 to 8:30 pm, check-in opens at 6pm.  Additional open houses will be held January 23rd and February 13th 2020.

Free parking is available in the Memorial Stadium Parking lot with the parking pass attached PARKING 2019, or you can email or to request an Open House parking pass.  Memorial Stadium parking is next to MOPOP museum – enter from 5th Ave. N, turning west on Harrison.

Thank you,
Roxanne Duniway
Proud parent at The Center School


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2019 Direct Give Campaign

Dear STEM Owls family and friends,

The first fundraiser of the year is our Direct Give campaign that runs October 1-31. State and local funding is terribly inadequate to support the vision of our school and provide the level of services, support, and materials we need for all of our students.
 The PTA serves as the roots of STEM and funds many aspects of our unique school. We’ve invested in technology, art, literacy, engineering, Project Based Learning, playground equipment, scholarships, teacher training, field trips, and our community. The PTA is a vital supporter of the tools, materials, books, instruments, equipment, supplies, software, and training that support every student, family and staff member at Louisa Boren STEM K-8.

Our goal is $40,000. We’ve raised the goal this year to reflect the increase in classes and teachers, and to support our community that increasingly struggles to make ends meet.

We chose Direct Give so that each and every dollar – every penny  – you donate goes directly to the school. We don’t ask your student to sell anything and we don’t pay a company any percentage to run a fundraiser. Each donation is tax deductible and many employers will match donations, increasing your gift to our school and community.

 I invite everyone in our community (including friends, neighbors and relatives) to give what they can today. Every dollar makes a difference. Each dollar is appreciated. 

To Donate:

You can submit a payment online at . There is an option for recurring payments on the page if you prefer to pay monthly.

Checks can be made out to: Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA

Return the donation form sent home with your student to the PTA mailbox at STEM or mail to:
STEM K-8 PTA, 5950 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106 

Thank you for supporting Louisa Boren STEM K-8 and all the students & teachers in our community. 


From October 2018 – October 2019 here are some of the ways you have supported Louisa Boren STEM K-8 & our Community: 

  • $1 every month for a year pays for a scholarship for one student to attend “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” at Seattle Children’s Theatre
  • $3 a day for a year pays for the 4th grade Blake Island Salmon Bake and Potlatch field trip.  
  • $7 a day for a year pays for 7th and 8th graders to wear a safety apron or a coverall during Career & Technical education classes. 
  • $8 a day for a year pays for Project LIT books – that increase access to culturally relevant books – like Solo, For Black Girls Like Me, and Patina
  • 12 payments of $13 buys the jump ropes, hula-hoops, and balls for recess.
  • $17 a month pays for pizza & supplies at Pi Night on 3.14 where we celebrate the nerd in all of us. 
  • $24 a month buys new books about anxiety including the graphic novel Guts for the Library.
  •  $100 buys soil, planters and seeds for a 2nd grade life sciences project.
  • $120 purchases microscope slides for a Middle School Project Based Learning science experiment.
  • $150 pays for an entire 1st grade class to work with a Lakeshore Learning Math Manipulatives Place Value Activity Kit
  •  $200 buys six Lakeshore Learning Building Math Skills Math & Wipe Boards for an entire class of 3rd graders. 
  • $200 pays for “Gender Universe” a community learning event on gender & identity. 
  • $750 pays for the Robotics Club to have support for the entire year. 
  • $88 a month for a year pays for TapRoot Theatre a K-5 & Middle School specific  all-school assembly 
  • $5 a day pays for many of the Multi-cultural and Heritage events including the Juneteenth Celebration and Talent Show which featured the Buffalo Soldiers, Mokojumbies & DJ, and Black History Month Events which featured an opening day event, Afro-Indigenous Night with Polynesian Dancers, HELLA BLACK BOOKS & tostones demonstration and a Black Lives Matter Day of Action. Included in this line item was all-staff professional development on racial equity and an additional family donating $1000 would pay for a community event like Countering Whiteness which brought in two experts for a community learning workshop. 
  • $2,000 pays for scholarships for every single 5th grade student to have their (sometimes first and only experience) of overnight camp.

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Last change for Enrichment Registration!

There is Still Time to Register: Enrichment Registration Closes 9/24!
There are still many great classes to choose from!
The following classes could use some more registrations to help meet their minimums. If you are interested in any of these classes please register as soon as you are able to ensure that they will run!
Registration closes Tuesday 9/24 @ 6:00 PM
Carpentry (AM & PM)
Trendy Crafts Llama Drama
iPad Moviemakers
Circus Arts with SANCA
Mad Science: Revealing Science
Marine Biology
The following classes still need volunteers and have room for enrollments. Volunteers receive 100% tuition for one child. Email if you can volunteer.
Phython Game Development
Beginning Coding (with Ms. Schmick!)
Trendy Crafts
iPad Moviemakers
Makerspace: What’s in Your Brain? (with Ms. Schmick!)
Makerspace: Circuits Lights Breadboards Action (with Ms. Schmick!) (with Ms. Schmick!)
Makerspace: Simple Machines (with Ms. Schmick!)
Mad Science: Revealing Science

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Fall 2019 Enrichment sign ups starting soon!

The sign ups for Fall Enrichment classes starts September 16th and 8am and will remain open until September 24th at 6pm.  You can find out all about the programs and how to register on our Enrichment Program page.  Coordinate with friends and classmates to join in on the fun!

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