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


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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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:

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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!


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STEM Auction Art

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

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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.



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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.


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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:

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


Contact Robin at:

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!

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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



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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

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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  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



Fill out a procurement sheet here:

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 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 Party on!

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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 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.

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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.

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2017 Direct Give Campaign

Welcome to the annual STEM K-8 Direct Give Campaign, our first fundraiser of the year. During October we aim raise $35,000 to support the STEM community.


The STEM K-8 PTA serves as the roots of the STEM community and supports funding for every aspect of our unique school. 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.

With the support of families and local businesses, STEM K-8 PTA has enriched the baseline curriculum by investing in technology, art, literacy, engineering, Project Based Learning, playground equipment, science fair projects, scholarships, emergency equipment, teacher training, field trips, and community events. It’s only with your financial support that STEM K-8 PTA can continue to create opportunities for every student.

Our goal is $35,000.

The Direct Give Campaign ensures that each dollar you donate goes directly to the school. Each donation is tax deductible, and many employers will match donations, increasing your gift to our school and community.
The PTA invites everyone in our community (including friends, neighbors and relatives) to give what they can today.

Every dollar makes a difference.

  • $5 buys 1 polo shirt for the uniform closet for a student in need.
  • $0.83 every month for 12 months pays for a scholarship for a student to attend a field trip.
  • $25 buys 2 books for school library about women of color in technology.
  • $4.16 every month for 12 months Buys 4 safety vests for safety team.
  • $65 buys math consumables for one classroom.
  • 12 payments of $8.33 buys the jump ropes, hula-hoops and balls for recess.
  • $100 buys soil planters and seeds for life sciences project.
  • $110 purchases microscope slides for Middle School Project Based Learning.
  • 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 an owl expert to bring a real owl to school.
  • $500 pays for a classroom teacher to buy a specialized piece of equipment for their classroom.
  • 12 payments of $83.33 buys chapter books for a grade band for reading book groups.
  • $2000 pays for student learning software – Learning A-Z.

To Donate

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

  • Submit a payment online
  • Did you want to setup recurring, online payments?
  • Checks can be made out to: Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA.Return the donation form to the STEM K-8 PTA mailbox at STEM or mail to: STEM K-8 PTA, 5950 Delridge Way Seattle, WA 98106

Thank you for supporting Louisa Boren STEM K-8.

Give. Grow. Fly.

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Call for CTE Advisory Committee Members; First Meeting 10/4 at 6:30

The goal of the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 CTE Advisory Committee is to promote the long-term efficacy of its program by inspiring students to examine career pathways in STEM fields. We are seeking community members willing to serve a two-year term on our CTE Advisory Committee. Parents of current 8th grade students may apply for a one year term.

Are you employed in one of the following STEM fields?

  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Geotechnical Services
  • Sustainable Business Practices

If so, please consider joining Craig Parsley on Wednesday, October 4 at 6:30 pm in Room 117 (Louisa Boren STEM K-8) for an exploratory meeting of the Green Technologies and Geosciences CTE Advisory Committee. At this meeting, Mr. Parsley will provide information about membership on the Louisa Boren STEM K-8, CTE Advisory Committee and the purpose of the committee.

Initial goals of Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Advisory Committee are as follows:

  • Guide Boren STEM K-8 in planning an integrated STEM/CTE Curriculum
  • Suggest modifications and updates to Boren STEM K-8 classroom practices
  • Consult program on current and future trends in Washington career possibilities
  • Bring together experts from around the Puget Sound as on-call experts and troubleshooters
  • Support business and academic partnerships to strengthen Boren K-8’s program and value
  • Suggest occupational competencies to integrate into the Middle School curriculum
  • Communicate with School Board members to advocate for CTE funding

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The Chinook Book contains hundreds of coupons for local places you love, like Elliot Bay Brewing, PCC, Woodland Park Zoo, and Cupcake Royale!

STEM K-8 PTA is offering 2 ways to support the PTA and get access to some sweet deals!


Get a print book plus a 12-month full access subscription for Chinook Book app!

  • Total cost $25
  • To Order:  Make out checks to “STEM K-8 PTA” or pay by cash for $25.  Cash or check payment due by September 29th. Return the completed form to teachers / PTA mailbox or send info to: Books out Oct 1.

Parent Name: _________________________________________________________________________________________

Parent Email or Phone #: ___________________________________________________________________________

Student Name(s): ____________________________________________________________________________

Student Grade(s) & Teacher(s): ____________________________________________________________

Option 1: MOBILE APP 

Get 12-month full access subscription via the Chinook Book app!

  • To Order: Download the app using your phone at After purchasing the app you can “promote” year-round and STEM K-8 will continue to get 50% of the proceeds of any sale through our link.
  • Total cost $15

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Jump Start for K’s, bus information, orientation, the PTA and more!


For all incoming kindergarten families, SPS is hosting a weeklong Jump Start from Aug. 21-25 from 9am to 12pm daily.  All kindergarten families *should* have gotten information via email about Jump Start (check your junk mail if not).  You can also visit the Seattle Public School Jump Start page to learn more and/or to register your littlest owl.

Additional info

  • Sept. 6-8, 2017 will be Family Connections.  Each family meets with their Kindergarten teacher
  • Sept. 11, 2017  will be First day of school for Kindergarten students 


Bus schedules come out late August via postal mail. Parents may also call SPS’s transportation office at 206-252-0900

Teacher Assignments

Teacher assignments will come out via e-mail the THURSDAY before school starts (August 31). You can call the office starting September 1 for class assignments.

Student Orientations

Orientation for all NEW students in grades 1-5 will be August 31 from 5:00-6:00 pm.

Orientation for ALL middle school students will be August 31 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Students will have the opportunity to meet teachers, register for Pathway classes, sign up for athletics, and learn about school expectations.


The first PTA meeting will be Wednesday, September 13 from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Library

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