Get Your Dance Shoes Ready! GGLOW OWLS Family Dance Party

Join us on 5/31, from 5:30-7:30pm.

Thanks to those who purchased the new 2019 GGLOW OWLS t-shirt. The campaign has ended and shirts will be shipped soon. Two GGLOW OWLS designs are available on our school’s Cafe Press account. GGLOW OWLS Family Dance Party is also an opportunity to raise money for the purchase of more LGBTQIA books for our library and classrooms. If you purchased a t-shirt during our campaign, that was one way to contribute to our book fund! Other ways include bringing cash or checks the night of the party or choosing a book or two off this list:

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering at our party on 5/31, please email Shawna Murphy, GGLOW OWLS PTA Chair at


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Join the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) Group

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The PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) Community Committee at STEM is looking for parents/guardians to join our team.

Every third Wednesday of the month
4pm in Mr. Des’s room

We cover a variety of topics including:
– How we use Hoot Outs at school
– What our All in 4 STEM expectations are and how we teach them
– Implementing The RULER Approach
– How we make the playground feel safer
& and other topics that address school safety, inclusion, etc.

We would really love and need parent/guardian input!

If you are interested in learning more or would like to join, please contact our school counselor Danielle Blechert at or (206) 252-8509.

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Louisa Boren Playground Painting and Clean-up Day

Playground painting and Clean-up

We need your help! Because of a Small Sparks grant that was funded though City of Seattle, our school and community will be installing a buddy bench and cleaning up the school blacktop. Please join us for a blacktop painting and clean-up party on June 15th, from 9:30AM-1:30PM.

If you can’t donate time but would still like to help, we are also in need of these supplies:

  • Painters’ tape
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint rags
  • Rollers
    Roller covers
  • Roller extenders
  • Paint Trays
  • Snacks and drinks for volunteers

Please RSVP at

Buddy Bench Community Celebration

June 20th


Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Play Area

Our school was awarded a Small Sparks grant though the City of Seattle for the installation of a buddy bench and for painting the blacktop. Come by, sit on our buddy bench, and celebrate with community members the improvements of our outdoor space. There will be crafts, some summer treats, and new friends to be made.

If you would like to help with organizing the community celebration, or setup, please contact Adrienne Ollerenshaw:

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Pi Night!

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“Classic Seattle” STEM Auction

The Best and the Worst
of Seattle & the PNW

Saturday, March 23
The Hall at Fauntleroy



Why does STEM have an Auction?

The Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA supports basics like classroom supplies, all school assemblies, library books, gym equipment, field trips and the “extras” like Project Based Learning supplies, scholarships for before & after school clubs, technology equipment, PTA community events like multicultural night, back to school bash, and Pi day.

What IS the Auction?

The auction is our major fundraising event of the year. Our hope is that guests (adults 21+ only) feel inspired to donate at the event in support of the STEM community and we depend on the countless hours of volunteer time to pull the event off, and the community at large to donate thousands of dollars in items to the auction itself for us to auction off.

The auction is broken into two blocks: a silent auction; with silent auction tables, games and mingling, and live auction; with dinner and a live auction with classroom art and larger package / higher ticket items.

What will be different this year? SPRING FLING!

The live auction has classroom art pieces that volunteers, teachers, and students create to sell at the auction. This Spring we will have a second event at Boren called “Spring Fling” open to the entire school community (kids too!) where families have the option to see the pieces created and get replicas of the live art pieces. More details coming soon on this event once it takes shape.

Tickets – Paper tickets OR online!


We couldn’t pull this off without volunteers! Please contact Robin: if you can’t make it to an auction meeting and still want to volunteer!  

Upcoming Auction Committee meetings are: 7-8 pm at Uptown Espresso – Delridge.

Jan 9, Jan 31, Feb 27, March 13, March 20

Dessert Dash

We need 25 donated desserts. Purchased desserts are welcome. Each dessert must serve 8-10. To donate a dessert, send an email to

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is another great way to support the auction! Levels range from $250 to $2,500 and include a variety of great benefits. Contact for information on becoming a sponsor or in-kind donor or sign up here.


Donate new item here.


Our auctions are themed! This year we are going best & worst of Seattle – coffee, mermaid, the sound, JP Patches, the gum wall, a mountain, Birkenstocks with socks, grunge, hipster, dresses or jeans – costumes welcome or “come as you are”.

After Party

Circa – post Auction. Because it will be raining after all and no one will want to go home yet anyway.



Contact Robin:



Don’t want to buy Tickets online? Hard copy order forms will be sent home in kid mail OR CLICK HERE to download a form.

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STEM K-8 School Tours for Prospective Students

STEM K-8 is hosting school tours in January and February. These tours are open to any families of children entering kindergarten through 8th grade. We host separate elementary and middle school tours to address the specific questions and concerns of each group.

Open Houses

STEM will also host Open Houses for elementary and middle school families. No reservations are necessary to attend an Open House.

  • Middle School Open House will take place on Thursday, January 31 from 6:00–7:00 pm
  • Elementary Open House will take place on Thursday, February 7 from 6:00–7:00 pm

Elementary School Tours

For families of prospective elementary (K-5) students, tours are conducted from 9:00–10:30 am on the following dates:

  • January 22
  • January 25
  • January 29
  • February 1
  • February 7

Reserve your spot on 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 29
  • February 1

Reserve your spot on one of these tours.

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6th Annual Book Fair Blizzard is a Big Success!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Book Fair Blizzard!

We raised a grand total of…


in Scholastic Dollars, which will be used to buy new books for classroom libraries and the STEM K-8 Library. Scholastic Dollars also pay for all sorts of library items including headphones, bean bags, comfy chairs, rugs, and bookcases.

The proceeds from our eight Book Fairs – six Book Fair Blizzards and two spring Book Fairs (Story Laboratory and Book Fair Fiesta) have enabled us to buy lots of new books for our school!

All for Books Raised $290! 

And a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who donated pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars to our All for Books campaign!

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Book Fair Blizzard (December 4, 5 & 6)

All purchases benefit Classroom Libraries and the STEM K-8 Library

Two Book Fairs in One!

Ever wondered why our annual Book Fair Blizzard has SO MANY BOOKS? It’s because it’s actually two book fairs – an Elementary Fair (including PreK) and a Middle School Fair. While Scholastic has a book fair option for K-8 schools, it doesn’t give middle-schoolers much choice in books – so we bring in a middle school book fair too!

It’s a blizzard of books for everyone!

Tuesday, December 4th
3:25pm to 8:30pm

Wednesday, December 5th
8:00am to 10:00am & 2:10pm to 7:00pm

Thursday, December 6th
8:00am to 10:00am

Visit our online Book Fair: CLICK HERE (Open Nov. 26th through Dec. 9th)

Here you’ll find an even bigger selection of books pre-school through adult. You can also send wish-lists and e-cards to family and friends.

Book Fairs App makes finding the right book a snap!

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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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