Calling All Owls! It’s the Annual Back to School Bash!

5th Annual Back to School Bash!

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 5:30pm – 8pmowl.picnic

WHERE: Lincoln Park SOUTH END Shelter 1 & picnic tables 1-13. Park on the street (watch out to not park in a restricted ferry line) or in the SOUTH END parking lot. Walk in to the “zip line” playground.

WHAT: Food, friends and fun!

To SARE: Please bring a potluck food to share, plates, and utensils for just your family. STEM PTA will be providing hotdogs, veggie dogs, buns & condiments, water & lemonade. Feel free to bring playthings to share (footballs, chalk, soccer balls, bubbles, jump ropes).

Volunteers would be much appreciated for BBQ duty and cleanup crew.

More info? Want to volunteer? Contact: robingraham26@gmail.com

Rain or shine – thunderstorms cancel.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/07/12/back-to-school-bash/


Fun week planned for June 20-24

Celebrate the end of the 2015-16 school year with crazy dress options from June 20-24:

Monday: OUT OF THIS WORLD DAY. Dress as your favorite space/science fiction character: Androids, Bug Eyed Monsters, Dr. Who, Aliens, Wall-e, Star Wars, Star Trek, astronauts, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc. Who will you come as?

Tuesday: MISMATCH/TACKY DAY. Mix and match weird patterns, plaid, polka-dots, prints or stripes. Will it be a plaid shirt and paisley pants or a polka dress and patterned top? You decide!

Wednesday: CULTURE/OWL DAY. Celebrate your cultural heritage and wear clothing that has something to do with your family traditions. Another option is to wear owl gear, including spirit wear!

Thursday: CRAZY HAT/HAIR DAY. Wear a uniform but pair it with a silly hat or hairdo. Go crazy from the neck up! Today is the All School Field Trip to Lincoln Park!

Friday: FREE DRESS DAY. Wear whatever you want, uniform or not!

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/06/17/fun-week-planned-for-june-20-24/


Volunteer Appreciation Planned for 6/22

Calling all STEM volunteers!

To thank all volunteers for their support, STEM staff will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on Wednesday, June 22nd  from 3:40pm – 4:15 pm in the STEM library.   Enjoy light refreshments and celebrate a successful school year with fellow owl families! Playground supervision will be provided so that parents and caregivers can enjoy the party kid-free.



Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/06/13/volunteer-appreciation-planned-for-622/


June 1 Early Release Workshop Available

Kick off the start of summer with a bang!

Parents and kids from Mr. Daniels class are offering an afterschool rocket science workshop on June 1 (an early release day) to owls in grades k–6.  The workshop, which runs from 1:40–3:30 pm, will teach kids how to build and launch a rocket. What better way to celebrate the end of a successful school year?

Workshop cost is $25/ student and parents are responsible for picking up their attendees at school at 3:30 pm. Register your owl here!


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/05/08/june-1-early-release-workshop-available/


Teacher Appreciation Week: Help Us Thank a Teacher!

When it comes to education, our teachers have SNAILED it!

Staff Appreciation Week: May 2-6

Please join us in supporting our teachers by signing up to help with breakfast Monday-Wednesday and lunch Thursday & Friday. If you can help Monday – Friday with setting up the staff lounge or straightening up, please e-mail Robin.

We’ve made plans for a Happy Hour at Circa Friday after-school for the teachers, love notes from students, and massages. We will be giving them coffee cards as gifts for the next time they feel “sluggish.

Thanks to Circa, Deja Parrent, Darcey Pickard, & Nepenthe Massage for your support of teacher appreciation week.

Questions? Can you help? Contact Robin at robingraham26@gmail.com


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/04/25/teacher-appreciation-week-help-us-thank-a-teacher/


STEM to Host On-Site Preschool in 2016-17

In Fall 2016, Seattle Public Schools will expand its partnership with the City’s voter-approved Seattle Preschool Program and STEM has been selected as a site for a Preschool Program classroom for the 2016-2017 school year!

The classroom will be taught by certificated Seattle Public Schools teachers. Families will be able to enroll their 3 and 4 year olds for a full 6-hour school day and this classroom will operate on the same school-day, school year schedule as the other grades in our building. Tuition is subsidized for families with incomes at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

To have your child entered into Round 2 selection, please download and submit an application form by May 27, 2016 to the City of Seattle. Applications submitted after May 27 will be included in future selection rounds. For questions, call: (206) 386-1050

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/04/25/stem-to-host-on-site-preschool-in-2016-17/


Job Opening – Enrichment Program Coordinator



Job Description. Enrichment Coordinator works with enrichment program instructors, STEM staff, the PTA Board, parents, and students to administer and continually enhance STEM K-8’s before and after school enrichment program. Duties would include, among others:

  • Work with PTA survey data to independently select and develop new programs and classes.
  • Interface with instructors, STEM staff and administration, PTA board and web team, and parents regarding administration of the program.
  • General administration, including enrollment, roster maintenance, communication with teachers and instructors, collection of payments, qualification and payment of instructors, and room applications and assignment.
  • Respond in a timely manner to parent and teacher communications.
  • Provide periodic reports to PTA Board regarding status of program.
  • Work to develop strategies for improving the enrichment program, including development of forms and procedures.
  • Be present before and after school on a frequent basis in order to oversee the program and deal with issues as they arise.


  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills;
  • Think creatively about enrichment class offerings that can serve all kids;
  • Have a focus on equity, fairness and a perspective on serving all students and our community;
  • Reasonably capable of using Excel or other database management software; familiarity with Digital PTO a bonus;
  • Be generally available by email and cell phone for coordination with vendors, parents and school team;
  • Have a flexible enough schedule to be around before and after school frequently in order to meet with instructors, parents, and school staff;
  • Have some financial acuity to work with treasurer to manage invoices, scholarships and keep the enrichment budget balanced.

Time Commitment. The expected time commitment is approximately 5-10 hours per week, on average (though there will be busier and less busy times), for one calendar year, beginning on August 1, 2016. The Enrichment coordinator is also on the PTA Board as an important member of the team and is required to attend meetings of the board every other month. Attendance at PTA meetings is desired.

Pay. Currently budgeted at $7,000 per year payable through the Seattle Public Schools payroll system.

To Apply. Please send an email indicating your interest to Rebecca Garcia president@stemk8pta.org Please email a letter explaining who you are and why you’re interested.

Additional info: This is a very important role for our community and students and is work intensive. Pay is more of a stipend to offset the huge volunteer commitment this person makes to our community. We hope that anyone that takes it on would do so as much as a labor of love as for the pay. About half the students at STEM participate in the enrichment program. Because it includes scholarships and an extremely wide variety of classes, many kids participate in the STEM enrichment program who otherwise wouldn’t participate in any extracurricular activities at all. The enrichment program coordinator works directly with many of STEM’s teachers, parents, other staff and administration. If it is your goal to get to know the STEM community, this is a great way to do so. In summary, it is a demanding, involved job, but since it impacts many STEM families, it is also very rewarding.


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/04/24/job-opening-enrichment-program-coordinator/


YMCA to offer onsite childcare in 2016-17

Next school year, the YMCA will be providing Before and After School child care on site at STEM K-8. If you are interested in YMCA child care, please download and complete the YMCA Child Care Interest Form 2016-2017 School Year.  Email completed form to Philip Giammarino by May 8. Y staff will then gauge how many families are interested and begin to register students based on space available. A waitlist will be created once all spaces are filled.  Families will be notified by May 13 as to whether their child has been registered in the 2016-17 child care program or is on the waitlist.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/04/23/ymca-to-offer-onsite-childcare-in-2016-17/


Garden & Grounds Work Parties

Work Parties

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/04/22/garden-grounds-work-parties/


Family Wetlands Project – This Saturday!

Join STEM students and staff this Saturday for an exciting wetlands project just a block north of our school.

Duwamish Alive! is turning an ex-Seattle City Light property back to its original wetlands state. STEM staff Sunny Graves, Whitney Mebane, Craig Rankin and Sarah Waldron were all involved in organizing this grass roots event, and it will ultimately lead to a host of PBL opportunities for our students.

Duwamish Alive

Duwamish Alive!

Join us for the groundbreaking of our 

Delridge Wetlands and Stewardship Project

 Saturday, April 16, 11:00am – 1:00pm, 23rd SW and SW Findlay

Join us at the Delridge Wetlands and Stewardship Project on April 16th to kick off our 2016 activities – with students from STEM K-8 and Arbor Heights – while we share our plans for creating a children’s vegetable garden, learning landscape and restoring this wetland which is part of the Longfellow Creek Watershed.  We will have a short ceremony showcasing the project and breaking ground with shovels and jackhammers!

Join the fun:

·       Help paint a mural

·       Children’s scavenger hunt with prizes

·       Jackhammer the floor in what will become a Children’s garden

·       Learn about the wetland and salmon

·       Food and Beverages served

Become a Wetland Steward by helping work on the dry land, we will soon be getting our feet wet, taking measurements of water depths, flow rates and discussing with you what the overall plan is to maximize the effectiveness of the wetland.  Be sure to sign-up quick to ensure you can show your creative skills and love for our wetland!

Contact Willard at willard@dnda.org to sign-up and/or to learn more about the restoration work planned for the Wetland.

Thank you to our Project Partners for helping support this project for our community:

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA)

Nature Consortium

Seattle Tilth

Seattle Green Spaces Coalition

Seattle City Light

Duwamish Alive Coalition

Louisa Boren STEM K-8

National Park Service




Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/04/11/duwamish-alive/


Registration for Spring Enrichment Closes Soon!

Monday, March 21 will be the last day to register for any one of our excellent Spring enrichment classes, many of which begin the last week of March!

All classes but Robotic Engineers still have plenty of space for eager students, from drama to darkroom photography to drumming.  Visit the Enrichment page to finish registering your owl(s) before Monday, March 21!

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/03/19/registration-for-spring-enrichment-closes-soon/


A Big Hoot Out to Our Auction Sponsors!

Gold Sponsor

A huge thank you to Dunn Lumber and The Johnsons at Windermere for sponsoring our 3rd Annual STEM auction! Their generous donations help us offset costs, allowing more funding to reach our kids and teachers. Thank you!

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Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/03/06/a-big-hoot-out-to-our-auction-sponsors/


Spring 2016 Enrichment Registration Now Open!

Will it be Chess, Trendy Crafts, Ukulele or something else? With so many excellent before and after schools programs to choose from, you’re sure to please even the most picky child!

This spring, there will be not one but two drama programs, robotics, a makey hour for the little ones, sports, sewing, and so much more. Visit our Enrichment Programs page to see a full line-up or heads right to the registration form to start the process!

If you’d like to volunteer for a class or need a scholarship, please contact Linnea Seidelmann at afterschool@stemk8pta.org.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/03/06/spring-2016-enrichment-registration-now-open/


Access STEM’s eBook Collection Anywhere and Anytime!

Got a bookworm? Our school library has a huge selection of eBooks available for the ravenous reader! Students can access these books through a free, downloadable mobile app (Destiny Quest Mobile or Follett BryteWave K-12) or via the Seattle Public Schools libraries catalogue.

How to Access the Library Using Destiny Quest Mobile

  1. Download the app
  2. Connect to your library – enter spscatalog.seattleschools.org
  3. Select Louisa Boren STEM K-8 from the list.
  4. Login with username: studentsps and password: access

How to Access the Library Using Follett BryteWave K-12

  1. Download the app
  2. Select location – select Washington (WA) from drop down menu.
  3. Select school – enter Louisa Boren STEM K-8, Seattle, WA (it will pop up as you begin typing)
  4. Login with username: studentsps and password: access

How to Access the Library Using the Web

  1. Visit: http://spscatalog.seattleschools.org/common/welcome.jsp?site= 606
  2. Select the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 catalog.
  3. Select material type – Electronic Book (eBook) from the drop down menu.
  4. Search for a key word, title, author, or topic you are interested in.
  5. When prompted, login with username: studentsps and password: access

Contact STEM Librarian Mary Bannister with any questions: mebannister@seattleschools.org

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/02/17/access-stems-ebook-collection-anywhere-and-anytime/


After School Tennis Still Available!

The after school tennis program is open for more players at a pro-rated price of $43. See the flyer below (click to enlarge) for more details, or visit the TAZ website to register.

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Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/01/28/after-school-tennis-still-available/


Out of This World: STEM 2016 Auction

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

OutofThisWorld_nWhen: March 26th from 5:30pm-11pm

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, we can ensure our students will continue to get both the basics AND the extras… that make our school Out of This World!

“You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!”
Doctor Who

Thank you to everyone who has already registered – we’re looking forward to a terrific evening of friendship, fun and fundraising on March 26th. For those of you who have yet to purchase your tickets, the time is now! Ticket sales have been extended until noon on Monday, March 21.

If you’re not able to attend the auction, please consider sponsoring a STEM teacher or staff member instead. We love our teachers and want them to be a part of this special evening.



Contact auction@stemk8pta.org

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/01/27/12072/


Two Enrichment Courses Still Available!

Registration is still open for two courses!

 Amelia’s Aero Club (girls only, grades 5-6) registration has been extended and is now open to 5th grade:

Amelia’s Aero Club @ Boren is an offshoot of the educational initiative of The Museum of Flight designed to inspire and nurture middle school girls’ exploration of educational and career pathways in science, technology, engineering, art, aviation and mathematics (STEA2M). For the 2015-16 school year we will be providing free afterschool programming for Boren K-8 STEM 5-6th grade girls that utilizes hands-on activities and project based learning. In our Winter session, AAC @ Boren K-8 STEM participants will continue to work on projects related to aviation and will start exploring projects in rocketry and aerospace. Register: http://stemk8pta.org/enrichment-program-registration-winter-2016/


Spoon River Anthology with StageStruck (grades 4-6) has been added:

This is a play that is mostly acting with some singing. The cast is all people from a small Illinois town who have died and are “sleeping on the hill”: the local cemetery. Some of the characters include: school teacher, soldier, Russian immigrant, arsonist, blind woman, young actress, alcoholic preacher, inventor, fiddler/farmer, and writer. Each comes alive to tell the story of their life: some had success, some failures, some died young, some lived to be very old, and several of them tell their story together because they were together in life.

Edgar Lee Masters wrote the anthology of free verse poems (monologues) in 1916. In 1963, a playwright put together a group of those monologues, added music from that time in history and produced it as a well-received play. Students will get a chance to hone their language and acting skills and will work as a tight ensemble. We will use student musicians to add to the color and flow of the show. Come be a part of Spoon River with us! Register: http://stemk8pta.org/enrichment-program-registration-winter-2016/

StageIf you have any questions please contact: afterschool@stemk8pta.org

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/01/19/two-enrichment-courses-still-available/


Winter PBL Night

graduating owlMark your calendars!

January 14, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
STEM K – 8 PBL Exhibition
Classrooms will be open for families to see the projects students have been working on.

It’s also a good reminder to renew or initiate your PTA membership if you haven’t had a chance. General membership is free, and a voting membership is only $15. You can
join online, as well as at the PTA membership table on PBL Exhibition night.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/01/11/winter-pbl-night/


2016 Focus Day

Join Washington State PTA in Olympia for the 2016 Focus Day on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The Columbia Room, 1st floor of the Legislative Building, has been reserved a place to gather, share information and prepare for the day’s events.

Bring your family and friends to meet with legislators and to rally in the main capitol building’s Rotunda at noon.

An event agenda will be posted in mid-January: https://www.facebook.com/events/714498921984895/


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/01/10/2016-focus-day/


Still Time to Register for Enrichment Classes!

kidslaptopThere is still time to register for Winter 2016 enrichment classes!

Registration is open through end-of-day Friday, January 8th so don’t delay.  Register online at http://stemk8pta.org/enrichment-program-registration-winter-2016/  or drop a paper registration off at the office.

Please contact afterschool@stemk8pta.org with any questions or to find out more about parent volunteering and scholarships.

Classes begin January 19.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/01/07/still-time-to-register-for-enrichment-classes/


Winter Enrichment Registration is Open Until January 8th!

What do you have planned for 2016?  Have you checked out STEM Enrichment classes?  There is something for everyone whether your interest is Aero Club or Zumba, Basketball or Ukulele.  Spaces are available in 19 of the 24 Winter Enrichment activities.

Registration is open through January 8 so don’t delay.  Register online at http://stemk8pta.org/enrichment-program-registration-winter-2016/  or drop a paper registration off at the office.

Please contact afterschool@stemk8pta.org with any questions or to find out more about parent volunteering and scholarships.  Classes begin January 19.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2016/01/04/winter-enrichment-registration-is-open-until-january-8th/


School Tours & Open House

10299955_10204085111599449_3886664754018424477_nLouisa Boren STEM K-8 staff and PTA would like to welcome prospective families to learn more about our school!

Please join us for an Open House on Thursday, February 11th and school tours throughout February. We recognize that there may be conflicts with other school open houses and tours. If you cannot attend the open house please be sure to sign up for a tour. Each will give you an opportunity to see the school, classrooms and speak with our principal. Open houses provide more time in the classroom talking to teachers as they take place after school hours.

Open House: Thursday, Feb 11th

K-5 Open House and Tour   6:00pm – 7:00pm
Middle School Open House and Tour   7:00pm -8:00pm

School Tours

Tours for prospective K-5 families:
Feb 10th 9:30am -11:00am
Feb 12th 9:30am -11:00am
Feb 17th 9:30am -11:00am
Feb 19th 9:30am -11:00am
Feb 24th 9:30am -11:00am
Feb 26th 9:30am -11:00am

Tours for prospective Middle School families:
Feb 17th 10:15am -11:45am
Feb 26th 10:15am -11:45am

Please RSVP at: http://stemk8pta.org/stem-school-tours/


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/12/16/school-tours-open-house/


Winter 2016 Enrichment Registration is Now Open!

1724970Good news, Owls! Winter 2016 Enrichment registration is now open! There are many great before and after school classes to choose from. Participants are selected on a first-come-first-served basis. All programs have a minimum and maximum enrollment, so please consider registering as soon as possible to ensure that programs can run.

View the complete schedule and register here.

For more information about scholarships or becoming a parent volunteer please contact Linnea Seidelmann at afterschool@stemk8pta.org.


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/12/09/winter-2016-enrichment-registration-is-now-open/


Giving Garland

screenshot-stemk8pta org 2015-12-07 14-36-16You can help families in our STEM community, who otherwise may not have much hope of receiving gifts for the holidays. If you have the resources to help a student in our community please pick an ornament off our Giving Garland in the STEM office. Gifts include those that are needed, wanted,and books. Please wrap the gift and attach the ornament tag you took from the garland so we can identify it. Return to the office by December 14. If you want to participate, but can’t get into the office to grab a tag, email president@stemk8pta.org and we will email you the info.

Thanks so much for your support and caring.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/12/07/giving-garland/


Winter Enrichment Registration Opens Dec. 9

ministry-clipart-preschool-children-playing-clip-art-i4From drumming to cooking to coding there is something for everyone during Winter Enrichment!

Registration will open on December 9, 2015 and will run through January 8, 2016. 

A parent volunteer is needed for each class. Volunteers will help with signing students in and out of class, as well as assist instructors. Volunteers will receive 50% off tuition for the class and priority enrollment. For more information please contact Linnea Seidelmann at afterschool@stemk8pta.org.

Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/2015/12/07/winter-enrichment-registration-opens-dec-9/

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