All for Books!

Monday, November 26 is the start of our week-long All for Books campaign. We’re raising money so teachers can build their classroom libraries during our Book Fair Blizzard (December 4, 5 & 6). 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 26 – Penny Day

Tuesday November 27 – Nickel Day

Wednesday November 28 – Dime Day

Thursday November 29 – Quarter Day

Friday November 30 – Dollar Day (coins or bills)

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

Students can donate every morning at the school entrance between 8:20am and 8:50am.

Our goal is to beat our record of $560!

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Successful Direct Give!

With matching gifts, reoccurring donations added in, and all the numbers totaled – we’ve hit our goal! Every time this happens I get a lump in my throat and feel a huge sigh of relief. I feel really lucky to be at a school where families give what they can to support the learning being done and I really appreciate every single donation. The big ones because you are supporting other students besides your own, and the little ones because I know you gave what you could and it’s a sacrifice you made for our students’ education.

Thank your neighbors, your families, your friends who gave into a community that needs the help to do big learning. We have so many great things still to come this year. Community events, assemblies, projects, field trips – all already being planned. So many more minds to be blown! Tax letters will go out by the end of the month and then my energies will turn towards the auction coming up March 23. I hope you choose a way you can participate. And don’t worry – you can ALWAYS donate to the PTA. We ALWAYS will take ANY donation. Time, treasure, or talent – it’s all important.


Robin Graham – PTA Fundraising Chair

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“Our Goals” by Robin Graham

There is an art installation in the hallway called “Our Goals” – I’ve walked by it about 20 times now and Tuesday stopped for a closer look.

It blew my mind.

To become a doctor.
To go to the moon.
I will be a better friend.
Have a better life.
I want to be a scientist. To study hamsters!
To get better at math. Reading. Writing.
To make my family proud.

To have more food.

To sleep more.
To be a poet.

I like to think that teachers and the PTA help kids with these goals. That we change life trajectories. That we support our community with events. I’m an optimist – but I like to think all these goals are not only possible, but our guarantee – our promise. Some of these goals gut me – because they are not goals. They are just basic needs.

Help me fund the PTA budget. The Direct Give is 6 more days and we are $18,490.00 short of our $37,000 goal. I want to fund all the things planned. Every assembly, community event, every time a teacher says “can you pay for ______?” that we can say “yes!” and make the goals the kids have happen. The big long life ones and the little everyday needs ones. Help me.


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2018 Direct Give Campaign

I climbed the tree to see the world.

Dear STEM Owls & Friends,

The first fundraiser of the year is our Direct Give 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, science fair projects, 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 $37,000

We’ve raised the goal this year to reflect the increase in classes and teachers, and to support this learning 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.

We invite everyone in our community (including friends, neighbors, and relatives) to give what they can today. Every dollar makes a difference.
Go out on a limb for STEM.

From October 2017 – October 2018 here are some of the ways you have supported STEM K-8:

  • $1 every month for a year pays for a scholarship for one student to attend a show at Seattle Children’s Theatre. 
  • $3 a day for a month pays for a 7th and 8th grader to wear an apron or a coverall during CTE classes. 
  • $6 a day for a year pays for the 4th grade Blake Island Salmon Bake and Potlatch field trip.  
  • $20 a day for a year pays for nine teachers to have intensive math professional development. 
  • $23 a day for a month pays for three teachers to attend NatureBridge, an environmental science program. 
  • $25 buys “George” and “Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race” for the Library.
  • $60 a month for one year pays to sponsor the African American Pancake Breakfast.
  • 12 payments of $12.50 buys the jump ropes, hula-hoops, and balls for recess.
  • $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.
  • 12 payments of $12.50 buys one Kindergarten classroom an alphabet sounds teaching tub.
  • $150 gets one 3rd grade classroom an engineering kit.
  • Two payments of $100 pays for a Tiny Bug expert to come to school – ewwww! 
  • $225 a month for a year pays for TapRoot Theatre to come for two all-school anti-bullying shows.
  • Two $500 payments pay for all-staff professional development on racial equity.
  • 12 payments of $83.33 buys chapter books for grade band reading book groups.
  • $2,850 pays for an all-staff full day professional development on Project Based Learning.
  • $3,200 pays for every single 5th grade student to have their (sometimes first and only experience) of overnight camp at Islandwood.

What will we do this year? Give. Grow. Fly.

To Donate

You can donate online, either as a one-time donation or set up recurring payments, or you can pay by check.

  • Submit a payment online
  • Set up recurring, online payments
  • Checks can be made out to: Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA. Return the donation form you receive in “kid mail” to the PTA mailbox in the school office 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 owls in our tree.

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October 2nd is School Picture Day!


Students should be in normal uniform attire.

*Make Up Picture Day November 6

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Middle Schoolers: Play Ultimate!

Ultimate practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45pm – 5:15pm. If your middle schooler is interested in playing, please contact Mr. Des.

Join the new STEM K-8 Ultimate Facebook group, created by STEM 8th grade parent Debbie Atkinson. It’s a good way to communicate about snacks, carpooling and anything else related to our Ultimate players.

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Crossing Guard Needed at STEM K-8

Crossing Guard hours for Louisa Boren STEM K-8

Mornings 8:10 – 9:10am

Wed. Early Release 1:40 – 2:40pm

Mon. Tue. Thur. & Fri. 2:55 – 3:55pm

Interested applicants please contact:
Yvonne Carpenter
Field Staff Lead



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Annual Chinook Book Fundraiser

Support our Fundraiser Right from your Phone! 40 paper copies also available!

This year we have a new easy way for you to support STEM: purchase a mobile subscription to Chinook Book using our special fundraising link!

Don’t have the Chinook Book App yet? Tap the link below from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL of the Chinook Book app. If you like it, you can purchase an annual app subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Caffé Ladro, Cupcake Royale, Seattle Children’s Museum, Elliot Bay Brewery & Curious Kids Stuff.  Plus! Your subscription will continue to benefit our fundraiser year after year as long as we continue to fundraise with Chinook Book.

Already have the app? First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then tap the link below. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner ID already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser.


Tap here from your phone to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser:

Don’t have email on your phone? Don’t worry! Just go to to download the app. Go to the “Purchase Full Access” screen on the “More” menu to pay for your subscription and enter the Partner ID “k8stemelementaryschool” to have your purchase benefit our fundraiser.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Robin Graham

Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Fundraising Coordinator /

P.S. If you would prefer to purchase a print book ($25) you can! Paper copies (which all come with a 12-month app subscription) will be available at the 1st PTA meeting (September 13), or you can contact me via e-mail or fill out a paper envelope (available in the office) and leave it in the PTA mailbox & I will get you a copy.  Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

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Welcome Back to School!

Happy last sleep before school Owls! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow! Late bell is at 8:55 am.

Remember bus drivers are checking routes and students carefully during the first week of school and will be running late.

Be careful in crosswalks and school zones.

1st-5th classes will leave from the playground and Middle School will meet in the gym at the bell for homeroom assignments.

Join us for Decompression Coffee and muffins after the bell; meet new friends and celebrate the first day of school!

Tomorrow is NOT an EARLY RELEASE Wednesday! So Owls need to be picked up the usual time of 3:25 pm.

See you soon Owls! We are looking forward to a great year.


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Welcome Our New Nurse: M.C. Nachtigal

School Nurse, M.C. Nachtigal
Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 8:30 am – 3:45 am, Thursdays 12:25 am – 3:45 pm.

Hello STEM community!  My name is M.C. Nachtigal and I am excited to be serving as your school nurse.  First off, my name.  It stands for Mary Carol, but only my mother calls me that, so please call me M.C.  My last name is German for nightingale and is pronounced “Nock-tee-goll”.

This is my first job as a school nurse, so I hope you will help me out if you notice I’ve forgotten something.  But no fear, I am not new to medical care.  I have worked as a nurse practitioner in urgent care and occupational health, including caring for employees at Boeing and Pepsi.  Before that I worked as an emergency room and oncology nurse.  Before I ever got into the medical field I worked as an English teacher in Japan for three years and put myself through college working in an after-school care program here in Seattle.  I also spent many days helping my mom in her kindergarten classroom before she retired from teaching.  I’m looking forward to combining my love of medical care and of education.  If you have any questions about how things work in our bodies, feel free to ask!

You might see two boys hanging around me at times.  These are my 2nd and 4th grade sons, who are also starting at STEM this year.  Along with my husband, our elderly chow mix dog, and two noisy chickens, we live in a small house here in West Seattle.  We are still getting to know the neighborhood since we’ve only been here for a year, so please give us ideas of places we should check out!

Please feel free to contact me at or call  206-252-8457.

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