Book Fair Blizzard


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All purchases benefit the STEM K-8 Library

Bring the Whole Family!

Wednesday, December 7th 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday, December 8th 8:30am – 10:00am & 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Book Fair is also online
(Dec. 5th through Dec. 18th)
Here you’ll find a bigger selection of books (from preschool to adult). You can also send wish-lists and e-cards to family and friends.

Book Fairs App Makes Finding the Right Book a Snap!
The Scholastic Book Fairs app is free and available for both iPhone and Android. With any scan of a book cover or barcode these details are displayed:

• Reading levels (AR, Lexile, DRA and Guided Reading)BOOK FAIR
• Appropriate age and grade
• Book summary
• Price
• Videos and podcasts
• Awards
• eBooks
• Reading Counts quiz indicated

Search thousands of titles to find recommendations on similar books, create wish-lists, and purchase books online.

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All for Books!

71006_afb_logoMonday November 28th is the start of our week-long All for Books campaign. We’re raising money to purchase books for classroom libraries during our Book Fair Blizzard (December 7th & 8th). All donations go towards buying books for your child’s classroom. 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 28th – Penny Day

Tuesday November 29th – Nickel Day

Wednesday November 30th – Dime Day

Thursday December 1st – Quarter Day

Friday December 2nd – Dollar Day (coins or bills)

Of course, spare change will be accepted on any of the above days!

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We hit our goal! Thank you!

2016 Direct Give thank youThank you STEM K-8 community for making the Direct Give Fundraiser a huge success!

Our final total is $36,566!  Every $5, every $100, every $1000 donation adds up and your contribution is very appreciated!
Tax letters will be sent to the address on file by Dec 31.
If you still want to make a donation the PTA will always accept your financial support. Check with your employer if they do matching gifts (Amazon, Nordstrom, Microsoft, Boeing, F5 Networks, and Google–to name a few–all do!). Contact for more information.
Next up – The STEM K-8 AUCTION is April 1, 2017!  Save the date. It’s going to be a hoot.
Much appreciation for your support.
Robin Graham – STEM K-8 Fundraising Chair

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Movie Night this Friday!

STEM Family Movie Night, November 18!movie-night-210x300

You are invited to Movie Night at STEM! Come to the school cafeteria from 7 – 9pm for movie, concessions, and community fun!

Bring a chair or blanket for seating and money for our Bake Sale! All donations, concessions, and bake sale proceeds support our 4th and 5th graders in overnight PBL field trips – including next year’s Islandwood trip for current 4th graders. This is a family event, students may not be dropped off unsupervised.

Interested in helping set up and take down the event? Register here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Chinook Books for Sale!

What is Chinook Book?2017 Chinook Book

Chinook Book is a print coupon book and mobile app featuring hundreds of green businesses near you. Enjoy discounts at the best grocery stores, restaurants, bike shops, plant nurseries, theaters, consignment shops, and more.

The STEM K8 PTA sells Chinook Book to raise funds in support of our families and classrooms. We will be selling books from Thursday, November 4–Thursday, December 11.

How can I get one and how much will it cost?

The books are $20, the apps are $15, and the combo packs (book + app) are $30.  The STEM K8 PTA gets to keep 50% of each sale! Order one for your family here.

Is this open to families outside of STEM K8?

Absolutely!  You can help sell Chinook Books by

  • E-mailing your family, friends, neighbors and/or coworkers
  • Talking about it on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking sites.

Once you have a count of all the books and apps needed, submit your order here.  Books/apps will then be sent home with students.

I’d prefer to pay with cash or check.

No problem! Order forms for Chinook Book/app have been sent home and can be returned to your child’s teacher or the main office with a payment. Please make checks payable to: K8 STEM PTA.  Books/apps will then be sent home with students.

Will I Really Save Money?

You bet! This includes savings with vendors located throughout Puget Sound, including West Seattle, White Center, and Burien. Vendors include

  • PCC Natural Markets
  • UwajimayaChinook Book Merchants
  • Bartell Drugs
  • Elliott Bay Brewing Co.
  • Grocery Outlet
  • Easy Street Records
  • Pet Pros
  • Meeples Games
  • Goodwill
  • SkyMania Trampolines
  • StoryBook Theater, SAM, The Burke, The Museum of Flight, Port Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
  • and more!


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New bell times for 2017? Let us know what you think!

Seattle Public Schools put a new 3 tiered start and end time bell schedule into effect for this, the 2016/17 school year. Despite their efforts to gather community input and assign schools into the tiers accordingly, some schools ended up with different bell times than what they had requested. The Louisa Boren STEM K-8 community was polled last year and was found to prefer earlier start times over the later, third tier we were assigned.

Seattle Public Schools will enact further changes for the 2017/18 school year as a result of many factors including transportation costs, community feedback and professional development time. Many schools will add an additional 20 minutes daily. Although our school added the twenty minutes into our day this year, we may still be impacted by some of the proposed changes.

Many options are currently on the table for a school board vote. One proposed idea would eliminate the third tier and move all of the district’s K-8’s into the second tier. Another proposal could shift our school day earlier or later resulting in an earlier or later dismissal.

Seattle Public Schools surveyed families in October about these proposed changes. They are very interested in hearing our feedback before the school board makes their final decision in mid November or early December.

The Louisa Boren STEM K-8 would like to advocate on behalf of our community and our preferences for bell times next year. Please make your voice heard by responding to our survey.


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Even the smallest donations make a really big difference for students at our school. The PTA provides essential funding to our STEM K-8 community and it supports all the “extras.”

How can you help every student at STEM K-8?direct-give

  • $5 buys 1 polo shirt for the uniform closet for a student in need.
  • $10 pays for a scholarship for a student to attend a field trip.
  • $20 buys art supplies for a classroom project.
  • $25 buys 2 books for school library about women of color in technology.
  • $50 buys 4 safety vests for safety team.
  • $65 buys two Singapore Math textbooks.
  • $80 pays for pumpkins used for games at the Harvest Festival and engineering supplies for the Pumpkin Chunkin.
  • 10 payments of $10 dollars buys the jump ropes, hula hoops and balls that students play with at recess.
  • $100 pays for a scholarship for a student to participate in Sing Out Seattle through our enrichment program.
  • $150 buys 1 emergency backpack for a classroom.
  • $200 pays for an owl expert to bring a real owl to school for a Project Based Learning classroom project.
  • 100 donations of $50 pays for 50% of our Project Based Learning specialist who support our teachers projects and builds community connections.

Give. Grow. Fly.


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Black Lives Matter Day of Action, Wednesday, Oct. 19

In the first action of its kind in the country,  hundreds of teachers, counselor, instructional assistants, office staff, and other educators, will wear “Black Lives Matter” shirts to school on Wednesday, October 19th.  Organized by educators, this event lets our children and community members know that Black Lives Matter in Seattle Public Schools.

History: This action was sparked by incidents that happened recently at John Muir elementary school.  In September, the school had planned an event titled, Black Men Uniting to Change the Narrative, during which ac-blm-day-of-actionmore than 100 black men had planned to gather outside and greet John Muir students as they walked into the building. The goal of the event was to offer positive stereotypes about black men to the student body, a group which is almost 50% African American. Several local news outlets published stories about this planned event, which were then picked up by conservative news outlets. The building and district subsequently received threats, and the event was officially canceled by SPS, though a small group of teachers and community members held a smaller event.

Moving Forward: In support of SPS’s initiative to Close the Gap in equity, Seattle educators and community members have planned a counter event to ensure that these type of threats are not tolerated in our community. Hundreds of Seattle educators plan to wear Black Lives Matter shirts at school on Wednesday, October 19, and the day will culminate in an evening rally at Washington Hall (153 14th Avenue Seattle, Washington 98122) from 6:00-8:00 pm. STEM families and students are encouraged to wear their own Black Lives Matter shirts (or create one) and to join other families at the evening rally.


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The STEM K-8 2016 Direct Give Campaign

Give. Grow.

Welcome to the annual STEM K-8 Direct Give Campaign, our first fundraiser of the year. During October we aim raise $35,000 to support STEM learning.

Our kids are always pushing to go higher, to see more. That is why we choose STEM. We want them to climb higher and do more than they could anywhere else.

The STEM K-8 PTA serves as the roots of the STEM community and supports funding for every aspect of our unique school. State and local funding is terribly inadequate to support the vision of our school and provide the level of services, support, and materials we need for all of our students.

With the support of families and local businesses, STEM K-8 PTA has enriched the baseline curriculum by investing in technology, art, literacy, engineering, Project Based Learning, playground equipment, science fair projects, scholarships, emergency equipment, teacher training, field trips, and community events. It’s only with your financial support that STEM  K-8 PTA can continue to create opportunities for every student.

Our goal is $35,000.

The Direct Give Campaign ensures that each dollar you donate goes directly to the school. Each donation is tax deductible, and many employers will match donations, increasing your gift to our school and community.

The PTA invites everyone in our community (including friends, neighbors and relatives) to give what they can today. Every dollar makes a difference.

Help us climb higher on the tree.

To Donate: 

Thank you for supporting Louisa Boren STEM K-8.

Give. Grow. Fly.

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Free Showing of “Screenagers, Growing up in the Digital Age” (Oct. 5)

screenagers_fb_coverphotoAre you puzzled about how to handle kids and electronic distractions? The movie  SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

The PTA will be showing Screenagers on Wednesday, October 5 at 6:30 pm in the lunch room, followed by discussion groups moderated by STEM school counselor Meredith Osborne.  Children 10 and over are welcomed to attend with an adult family member.  There will be childcare for children ages 5–9.

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Several before and afterschool classes are closed to registration

Thanks to the enthusiastic response to the slate of fall enrichment classes, there are several that are at capacity and are no longer taking registrations.  This includes Wednesday morning Carpentry, Robotic Arts, Spanish, Advanced Robotics VEX IQ, Drumming (K-5), and Trendy Crafts. 

There are still many fantastic classes to choose from including Circus Arts, Life Skills, Bridge, Futsal, and many more. Registration for all classes closes on Tuesday, September 27.

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Volunteers Needed Tuesday to for Last Minute Prep/Clean Up!

The school is looking for volunteers on Tuesday (9/6) and during the first week of school.  Duties include classroom and overall school help with clean-up and organizing. All of the moving and improving has taken a toll and our hallways and our classrooms could use some extra hands. In addition we could use some help in the first couple weeks of school to make sure kids get where they need to go and help everything go more smoothly. Please sign up on the dates/times that you can lend a hand.

Remember that to volunteer at school and in classrooms you need to fill out the Seattle Public Schools volunteer paperwork each year. Access it at the Seattle Public Schools website.

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Latest update from Principal Ostrom

In his 9/3/16 letter, Mr. Ostrom talks about STEM staff, the September schedule and more.

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Principal Ostrom Updates STEM Families

Yesterday, Principal Ostrom has sent out a comprehensive letter to STEM families covering topics like school supplies, orientation, class assignments, onsite childcare and more.  Read the full letter HERE.

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Help Needed for Parking Lot Painting Party!

Who: Louisa Boren STEM K-8parking-lot-910075_960_720 community and any community member willing to help!

When: August 27th 9am-1pm (drop in as you can!) but rain cancels event

Why: Safety!

What to bring: Wear old clothing! PTA / SPS will provide painting supplies, water, coffee and donuts. Kids more than welcome with parent supervision.

Need more info? contact Robin Graham: or 206-841-2901


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Need a rewarding job? PTA seeks a paid Volunteer Coordinator

Are you a K-8 STEM supporter with good people and organizational skills?  Why not put those to work and become the new PTA Volunteer Coordinator?

For the 2016-17 school year, the PTA Board and the general membership allocated some budget support for a Volunteer Coordinator stipend. Because there are many working parents involved in the PTA and at school, the PTA is seeking a “chief of staff” who can provide occasional on-site support, find and coordinate volunteers, and support PTA-related events with top-notch organizational planning and coordination.


  • Be the lead coordinator and owner of the calendar of events and school activities. Ensure that events and projects have a lead (in many cases finding and assigning the lead) and help to provide whatever resources needed to put on a successful event.
  • Manage a running sign-up genius for all volunteer needs and ensure it is regularly updated, specific, and posted to Owl Post each week.
  • Be on hand at school to help with distribution of materials to classrooms, managing checks and payments that come to the PTA at school, and completing required paperwork.
  • Support before and after school enrichment classes as needed
  • Support community events, as needed, to ensure they run smoothly.
  • Support other, on-site school activities as needed such as fundraising events, field days, or PBL nights.
  • Manage the PTA room by purchasing supplies and helping with processes and organization.

The Volunteer Coordinator will also serve on the PTA board for one year – to be continued at the discretion of the PTA Board and the executive team.

STIPEND: Approx. $7,000 over the course of the school year and paid through the school.

TO APPLY: Contact PTA President Rebecca Garcia at

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Kindergarten Play Dates!


Come meet other incoming kindergarten families!

August 18 & 25

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Louisa Boren STEM K-8 playground.

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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:

Rain or shine – thunderstorms cancel.

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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!

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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.



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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!


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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


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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

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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 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.


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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.

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