Welcome Our New Counselor: Danielle Blechert

Hello STEM community! My name is Danielle Blechert and I am your school counselor. Previously, I worked down the street at Highland Park Elementary as the Youth Services Assistant. There, I helped kids solve problems, worked to start a peer mediation program, and was an active member of the Race & Equity Team. Before that, I worked as a Youth & Family Advocate at a domestic violence shelter. It was a privilege to work with and support families during such a difficult time in their life. Trust is very important to me and I try my best to take time to build it.

I chose school counseling for two reasons. The first is because I believe there is no such thing as a “bad kid”, just students who are doing the best they can with the tools they have. The second is I want to ensure students and families voices are heard and representing at all times in school.

As your school counselor; I work to address personal/social, academic and career/college needs. Some of my responsibilities are; talking with kids about topics ranging from anxiety to organization, facilitating small groups and going into classroom to teach lessons. I can also help with referrals to all types of community resources from the food bank, to immigration services, to housing. If you and your family need additional help; please reach out. Being a STEM school; I am excited to help students explore various careers and, when applicable, connect them with community members who hold such positions.

I come from a very small family- with only one cousin and one brother! I was born in a suburb of Los Angeles and am thankful to have grown up in a community that was very racially diverse. I look forward to getting to know you and your family and to learn from you. Feel free to email or call me anytime.


Danielle Blechert
School Counselor
Louisa Boren STEM K-8



“Our ancestors dreamed us up and then bent reality to create us” ― Walidah Imarisha

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Annual Back to School Bash for All STEM Families!

It’s almost time to Back to School BASH, for the 7th year in a row, or LBSK8B2SB7!

The Back to School Bash is a great way to connect with old friends and welcome new Owls into the community. This event is Potluck Style – PTA supplies the hot dogs & lemonade – so please bring a dish or item to share.

  • Date: Friday, September 7
  • Time: 5:30–8:00 PM
  • Location: Lincoln Park NORTH END Shelter 5 & picnic tables 60-84. Park on the street (be careful not to park in a restricted ferry line) or in the NORTH END parking lot. Walk in to the wading pool/playground area.

Want to get more involved?  Sign up to help with set up, grilling, and/or clean up; it’s super easy and a great way to meet other families.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/08/22/annual-back-to-school-bash-for-all-stem-families/

MOD Pizza Fundraiser!

Save the date! Don’t make lunch or dinner on 9/27 – MOD Pizza is donating to STEM K-8! Gluten free, salads, beer, wine – PIZZA & friends! Thank you MOD Pizza for supporting public education and our community!

Bring a copy of the flyer with you and MOD will donate 20% of food & beverage sales to our school! Only valid at West Seattle location on 9/27. Phone, Dine-in, or take-out orders. Not valid on online orders. Flyers available at school or download and print.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/08/21/mod-pizza-fundraiser/

Uniform Policy and Shopping Tips

New to STEM K-8 and wondering about uniforms for your Owl? We have all the information you need here!

Uniform and Dress Code Policy

Uniform Shopping

Uniform Closet



Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/08/17/uniform-policy-and-shopping-tips/

Important August Dates for Incoming Kindergarten Families

We are so excited to welcome our newest Owls to the STEM community!

There are two sessions for this year’s PTA-sponsored kindergarten play dates during Jump Start Week of August 20-24. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other incoming families, current STEM families, and PTA officers and volunteers. All events will take place on the STEM playground.

Session #1 – Parents Only

  • Monday, August 20, 9:15 – 10:15 AM (parents only after drop-off)
  • Join us for coffee and muffins to meet and chat with other new parents. 

Session #2 –  Jump Start Halfway Celebration

  • Wednesday, August 22, 5 – 6:00 PM (families)
  • All incoming K students and families are invited to celebrate the Jump Start halfway point with Popsicles. 

The PTA is seeking any incoming families or parents who would like to help support these events with set up, tear down, or just being present to meet and greet our Kinder Owls and their families. Please email president@stemk8pta.org to help.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/06/21/important-august-dates-for-incoming-kindergaten-families/

Spirit Week Dress Options

The last week of school is the STEM K-8 annual Spirit Week, sponsored by the Student Council. Here are the themes!

June 18 : PJ Day Wear your PJs!

June 19: Dress to impress! In honor of our 8th grade graduation, wear your favorite formal attire. Look sharp!

June 20: Crazy/Tacky Day Crazy hair, crazy clothes. polka dots with stripes… Get wacky!

June 21: Hat Day WITH UNIFORM This is our Lincoln Park field trip day so we ask that students wear uniforms so we can recognize and represent. HATS are encouraged though!

June 22: Twin Day/Free Dress Day Match up with a buddy or two or three, or fly solo and wear what you want as long as it is appropriate.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/06/18/spirit-week-dress-options/

Yearbooks are here!

The first ever Louisa Boren STEM yearbooks are available for purchase!

Cost: $16

Dates to purchase

  • Tuesday 3:30 – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday morning 8:30 -9am.

Students can pay for the yearbooks with cash  or checks (payable to Louisa Boren STEM).

Hurry! Supplies are limited.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/06/18/yearbooks-are-here/

Kick off summer by helping with Field Day

How many Owls out there are looking forward to FIELD DAY!!

  • When: Friday June 15th, beginning at 8:55 am
  • Where: STEM field

A great Field Day starts with amazing parent (or other STEM supporters) volunteers.  We are looking for volunteers in one of these time slots:

  • 8:35 – 10:35 am (Middle School)
  • 10:40 am – 12:05 pm (4th & 5th Grades)
  • 1:15 – 3:00pm (Pre-K to 3rd Grade)

Visit Sign Up Genius to help

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/06/09/kick-off-summer-by-helping-with-field-day/

Thank you volunteers!

Helped out with school events or activities this past year?  You are welcome to join students and staff on Thursday, June 14 from 1:30-3:00 pm for the STEM Talent Show and Volunteer Appreciation event!

Volunteers are invited to enjoy the super talented STEM kids and then head on down to the teacher’s lounge to enjoy the sweet satisfaction of having helped out this school year– by indulging in a dessert bar! Who doesn’t love a little dessert?

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/06/01/thank-you-volunteers/

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


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2018/05/12/8th-grade-graduation-ceremony-and-potluck/

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