May
05
2015

No School May 19th, Last Day of School June 16th!

Teacher walk out, no school May 19

The Seattle Education Association (SEA) voted to join in a statewide action against the legislature to protest the lack of education funding in our state. The SEA is the organization of professionals and union that represents teachers in our district. This protest involves a one-day walkout.

SEA has selected May 19 as the day for their one-day walkout. Therefore, there will be no school for students on May 19 as teachers will not be at work on that day. SEA chose the day to provide the district two weeks of notice to work on arrangements in an effort to minimize disruption for students and parents to the greatest extent possible.
The district has been working to determine how to handle activities and events scheduled for May 19 that would be difficult to reschedule. For example, tests scheduled for that day will be rescheduled. However, previously scheduled interscholastic competitions will take place on May 19, after regular school hours.

While there is no school for students on May 19, the school day will have to be made up, just as we would make up a snow day or other unforeseen calendar change. The make-up day will be added to the end of the school year. This means Monday, June 15 will become a full school day and our last day of school will now be June 16. A revised school year calendar will be shared with families.

It is important for families to know that this SEA action is not directed at Seattle Public School families or community, but is a statement to the state legislature about the current lack of adequate state funding for basic education.

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Apr
28
2015

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week – May 4-8, 2015

Please help us celebrate and honor our teachers and staff by bringing a breakfast item to the Staff Lounge Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, or lunch items Thursday or Friday.

  • Mon/Tues/Weds: Breakfast in the Staff Lounge (8:45am)
  • Thursday Lunch: Potluck items in the Staff Lounge (12:15pm)
  • Friday Lunch: Multi-cultural Lunch- bring something from your family’s heritage! Staff lounge (12:15pm)

Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&useFullSite=true&URLID=10C0E44ACA72CA7F94-2015

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Apr
27
2015

Garden Party was a Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to help during the Spring Garden Party. We cleaned up the parking lot and playground, installed the final curb stops, put in a new Sensory Garden with Mr. Daniels class, put down weed barrier and mulch AND weeded weeded and weeded!

Extra thanks to Craig Rankin, Ro Gluck, Kent Daniels, Robin Graham, and The Garden Club for showing up and making it happen!

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Apr
09
2015

FREE Dress and Pictures

Free Dress tomorrow for ALL STEM KIDS!

There will also be spring pictures for those who want them- forms available in the office if they did not make it home in backpacks (or online at http://www.yuenluistudio.com/school-pictures/). Pictures are purely optional.

Happy Spring Break, everyone!

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Apr
08
2015

Internet and Online Safety Seminar

Join us for a special seminar with Seattle Police Detective, Stephanie Thomas, a high-risk victims specialist.

 When: April 30th, 6:00-7:30pm. Free childcare available.

Where: STEM/AH Library

Who: Parents/Guardians of any child who uses the Internet

Learn how to support, protect and educate yourself and your child on the following subjects:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Social networking
  • Online posting
  • Sexting
  • Reality of teens as targets
  • Internet & cell phone safety tips

****Children may attend, but the subject matter is geared towards parents and sensitive topics will be discussed. We would not recommend this seminar for children under 12.  There will be free childcare available in the Arbor Heights YMCA room that evening.

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Apr
06
2015

Auction Extra: Rockin’ Items for You and Your Owls

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Did you miss the recent auction or forget to sign up for a particular item before the volunteers whisked it away? Here’s your chance to get three great items or sign up for four different experiences! Learn more at  http://k5stempta.org/rockin-items-for-you-and-your-owls/

For questions, please contact: auction@k5stempta.org

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Apr
02
2015

Awesome Auction Video!

Check out this amazing video that was shown at the Rock N Roll Up Auction. Many thanks to Helen Green for putting it together. Go Owls!

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Mar
23
2015

Volunteers Needed!

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Volunteers still needed for the auction – any and all help would be welcome!

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Mar
22
2015

Enrichment Class Registration Ends Monday 3/23

Registration for Spring 2015 Enrichment Class Registration Ends Tomorrow 3/23!

Please visit http://k5stempta.org/enrichment-programs-preview/ for more information and to register online. If you require a paper registration form you can download and print one from our Web site, or pick one up in the office. Return paper forms to the PTA Enrichment Program mailbox with your payment.

Thanks!

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Mar
17
2015

Pi Day Festivities!

 

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Mar
17
2015

Operations and BTA Levy Meeting on March 31st

STEM NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!

Seattle Public Schools is hosting a community meeting Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Fairmount Park Elementary (School lunchroom) 3800 SW Findlay Street to share information about the next Operations Levy and our Buildings, Technology, Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy on the February 2016 Seattle ballot. Staff members will present information, ask for comments and answer questions.

  • The Operations Levy renews every three years, represents nearly 25% of the district’s annual general fund budget and supports basic educational programs not fully funded by the state.
  • The Buildings, Technology and Academics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy renews every six years and funds hundreds of small renovations and major maintenance projects, as well as technology, academic and athletic initiatives at our school buildings.

Information on the priorities and levy projections can be found here.

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Mar
13
2015

Spring Enrichment Registration is Now Open!

Registration for Spring 2015 Enrichment Classes is now open!

Please visit http://k5stempta.org/enrichment-programs-preview/ for more information and to register online.  If you require a paper registration form you can download and print one from our Web site, or pick one up in the office. Return paper forms to the PTA Enrichment Program mailbox with your payment.

If you need a scholarship, or are able to be a parent volunteer for a class, please contact afterschool@k5stempta.org.

All programs have minimum and maximum enrollment numbers, so please consider registering within a within a week to ensure programs can run and your child has a spot in your desired class. Registration ends March 23rd.

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Mar
12
2015

Spring Enrichment!

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We are proud to offer several new classes, including another Sing Out Seattle performance, Art Glass, G.B. Bots (Girls Build Robots) as well as standard favorites for this Spring session of Enrichment Classes. Registration will be open from March 13th-23rd, with most classes starting the week of April 2nd. Please make sure to check start days/times!

Questions? Email Linnea at afterschool@k5stempta.org.

 

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Feb
23
2015

Lion Dancers visit STEM!

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The Franklin High School Lion Dancers delighted our kids today at their Monday morning assembly to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and the Year of the Goat! The performers did an amazing job engaging their audience, often waggling a long feathery tongue or batting their huge eyelashes at their young admirers. Fun was had all around and what a great way to start the week!  Watch the video here.

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Feb
22
2015

STEM PTA Pizza PI(e) Dinner

Come get irrational and transcendental with pizza pi(e) dinner & a pi(e) walk!

WHAT: Pizza and pie walk

            Pizza Pi: Cheese, pepperoni, gluten free, and vegan will be on hand

            Pi Walk: A cake walk, but with pie! Donations of pies welcome. $1 per participant per round

            STEM PTA will supply all the utensils, plates, and drinks

WHEN: Friday, March 13th (3/14/15 – pi day!) from 5:30-7pm

WHERE: Boren Cafeteria

WHY: To celebrate pi, Albert Einstein’s birthday & have fun!

HOW: Suggested $10 per family donation (collected at the event- checks or cash).

WHO: STEM friends

More information at (and you can RSVP!): www.facebook.com/K5STEMPTA

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Feb
05
2015

Islandwood Fundraiser- Parents Night Out!

Our 4th Grade classes are raising funds for Islandwood environmental camp! Register today to have a Parent’s Night Out (or stay in!).  Movie, pizza and games- sounds like fun!

When: Friday, February 13th from 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Why: This is a fundraiser to help the fourth grader go to Islandwood (a week long science camp).

Cost: $30 for the first child, $10 for each additional child. This event is only available to students at K-5 STEM.

What: Games, pizza served by fourth graders, movies, popcorn and fun! Feel free to bring your sleeping bag and pillow.

If you would like your child to join us please fill out the bottom section of this form. Please turn the form in to Ms. Newton’s box (located in the office). We will accept the first 35 students to attend the event.

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Feb
05
2015

THE MACHINE- Mr. Gluck’s Classroom

What started as a new year warm up quickly morphed into a all-consuming Engineering, problem-solving and team-building experience for Mr. Gluck’s class!

The parameters were simple (and, per usual, intentionally vague): using the materials available, construct a path for a tennis ball to follow. Together, they planned the assessment tools by which they would measure success. The class assigned point values to all materials (with a quick lesson in drawing 3D shapes). They then developed the scoring criteria: completed projects would be measured in length, height, time taken for the ball to travel, and of course STP (Smooth, Tight, and Pretty, as all well-fabricated structures should be).

The planning stage included a variety of loops, jumps, and the occasional ring of fire, all of which quickly fell to the wayside as the students realized that creating a direct path would be difficult enough! After about a day and a half of construction, one team asked another if they could combine their projects in a Voltron-esque attempt to take the top prize. This conversation quickly spread around the class, and soon enough the class was facing an entirely different challenge. With each of the four groups focusing on one side of the square, the students committed to building a singular structure that would allow the tennis ball to travel in a full circuit around the classroom.

Summary: Watch the video, and pass it along. We’re doing amazing things here and we like to show off.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/02/05/the-machine-mr-glucks-classroom/

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