Annual Chinook Book Fundraiser

Support our Fundraiser Right from your Phone! 40 paper copies also available!

This year we have a new easy way for you to support STEM: purchase a mobile subscription to Chinook Book using our special fundraising link!

Don’t have the Chinook Book App yet? Tap the link below from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL of the Chinook Book app. If you like it, you can purchase an annual app subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Caffé Ladro, Cupcake Royale, Seattle Children’s Museum, Elliot Bay Brewery & Curious Kids Stuff.  Plus! Your subscription will continue to benefit our fundraiser year after year as long as we continue to fundraise with Chinook Book.

Already have the app? First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then tap the link below. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner ID already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser.


Tap here from your phone to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser:

Don’t have email on your phone? Don’t worry! Just go to to download the app. Go to the “Purchase Full Access” screen on the “More” menu to pay for your subscription and enter the Partner ID “k8stemelementaryschool” to have your purchase benefit our fundraiser.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Robin Graham

Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Fundraising Coordinator /

P.S. If you would prefer to purchase a print book ($25) you can! Paper copies (which all come with a 12-month app subscription) will be available at the 1st PTA meeting (September 13), or you can contact me via e-mail or fill out a paper envelope (available in the office) and leave it in the PTA mailbox & I will get you a copy.  Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

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Welcome Back to School!

Happy last sleep before school Owls! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow! Late bell is at 8:55 am.

Remember bus drivers are checking routes and students carefully during the first week of school and will be running late.

Be careful in crosswalks and school zones.

1st-5th classes will leave from the playground and Middle School will meet in the gym at the bell for homeroom assignments.

Join us for Decompression Coffee and muffins after the bell; meet new friends and celebrate the first day of school!

Tomorrow is NOT an EARLY RELEASE Wednesday! So Owls need to be picked up the usual time of 3:25 pm.

See you soon Owls! We are looking forward to a great year.


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Welcome Our New Nurse: M.C. Nachtigal

School Nurse, M.C. Nachtigal
Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 8:30 am – 3:45 am, Thursdays 12:25 am – 3:45 pm.

Hello STEM community!  My name is M.C. Nachtigal and I am excited to be serving as your school nurse.  First off, my name.  It stands for Mary Carol, but only my mother calls me that, so please call me M.C.  My last name is German for nightingale and is pronounced “Nock-tee-goll”.

This is my first job as a school nurse, so I hope you will help me out if you notice I’ve forgotten something.  But no fear, I am not new to medical care.  I have worked as a nurse practitioner in urgent care and occupational health, including caring for employees at Boeing and Pepsi.  Before that I worked as an emergency room and oncology nurse.  Before I ever got into the medical field I worked as an English teacher in Japan for three years and put myself through college working in an after-school care program here in Seattle.  I also spent many days helping my mom in her kindergarten classroom before she retired from teaching.  I’m looking forward to combining my love of medical care and of education.  If you have any questions about how things work in our bodies, feel free to ask!

You might see two boys hanging around me at times.  These are my 2nd and 4th grade sons, who are also starting at STEM this year.  Along with my husband, our elderly chow mix dog, and two noisy chickens, we live in a small house here in West Seattle.  We are still getting to know the neighborhood since we’ve only been here for a year, so please give us ideas of places we should check out!

Please feel free to contact me at or call  206-252-8457.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome to another exciting year at Louisa Boren STEM K-8!


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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.

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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.

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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



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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 to help.

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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.

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