SPS Open Enrollment Time

It’s that time of year when we start choosing what school our students will attend.  The current timeline for dates is as follows:

  • Online registration for new students for 2021-22 school year begins: Jan. 4, 2021
  • Open Enrollment for School Choice: Feb. 1 – 12, 2021
  • Open Enrollment results available online in April
  • School Choice Window Closes: May 31, 2020

If you would like to read more about what makes Boren K-8 great you can read over our brochure.

You can also get more information about our Middle School program with this document

We are also hosting some virtual tours and open house that you can view on our Tour Page

Permanent link to this article: https://stemk8pta.org/2021/01/14/sps-open-enrollment-time/

Meet SPS CFO and Chief of HR


STEM Families,

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021!! Denise Juneau, the Seattle Public Schools Superintendent, asked her Senior Staff to visit with PTAs and meet with families to discuss SPS strategic plan goals, provide updates on remote learning, and next steps on the outdoor education pilots as well as return to in-person learning. Ms. JoLynn Berge, Chief Financial Officer and Ms. Clover Codd, Chief of Human Resources will attend our next PTA meeting on Thursday, January 14, 2021 and they will have additional time to field questions from attendees. This is an AMAZING opportunity to meet and interact with senior staff from SPS! There are so many important issues in our schools right now (e.g., race and equity issues, abuse of allegations, budget cuts, etc.) and engagement from parents and caregivers is key. When we engage SPS senior staff and ask the tough questions, SPS gains an understanding of what is important to us, our schools, and communities and can take that information back to the larger organization to inform the decision-making process. I encourage everyone who is able to log into the PTA meeting to engage and be heard! If you cannot make the meeting or want the PTA to ask a question on your behalf please email president@stemk8pta.org.

All the best,

Don Knutson
PTA President

Permanent link to this article: https://stemk8pta.org/2021/01/07/meet-sps-cfo-and-chief-of-hr/

Giving Tree 2020

Permanent link to this article: https://stemk8pta.org/2020/11/23/giving-tree-2020/

Follett Book Fair Nov 10-30th


Our First STEM e-BOOK Fair! https://efairs.follettbookfairs.com/guest/home?classCode=RK9LW

Thank you to STEM PTA for hosting our first ever STEM e-Book Fair November 10th – 30th!

Over the last few years, we were seeking a book fair vendor that offered a more diverse variety of books to better represent our students and families. We had planned to offer an in-building Follett Book Fair last spring, but then COVID happened. Special thanks to Angela Wallis for stepping in as our e-Book Fair chairperson.

This is an opportunity to get books to our students to READ! READ! READ! READ! READ!

Direct Link to STEM’s e-Book Fair   https://efairs.follettbookfairs.com/guest/home?classCode=RK9LW

How to Shop the e-Book Fair Video: https://players.brightcove.net/1464976798001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6183300179001

Love those book fair flyers from your childhood, check this out!: STEM Book Fair K-8_Flyer.

Permanent link to this article: https://stemk8pta.org/2020/11/10/follett-book-fair-nov-10-30th/

Global Reading Challenge

Global Reading Challenge Titles will be announced on November 1st.

They will be available at STEM Outdoor Library as soon as we have received, quarantined and processed them.

4th and 5th grade students have priority from Nov. 1st until the end of February. After that, all STEM Scholars may check out this year’s titles.

Permanent link to this article: https://stemk8pta.org/2020/10/26/global-reading-challenge/

More information about last Friday’s auction

Hello STEM Friends,

Thank you all so much for your generosity and giving – in time, treasure, and talent during the MacGyver Auction on Friday.

We are just over $40,000, which is shy of our goal – so if you haven’t donated you still can.

There are a few (FEW!) items still open and the link for making a tax-free donation is still OPEN!

You can access all of the videos on our YouTube Channel.

The individual movie links are here and are a great reminder of why we need these funds, and why Louisa Boren STEM K-8 is such an amazing community.

We are all in this Together.


We <3 our Teachers!

Band Intro ABC


If you won an item we are working on getting it ready for pick up:

Wednesday, October 14th 5-8


Saturday, October 17th 10-2

If you are unable to make these times, please try to find a friend & respond to the email that you will get with details about your arrangements.

Thank you again, and please consider giving if you haven’t already. Every dollar supports your student, even as we are remote learning. We need your support. We are all in this Together.

Permanent link to this article: https://stemk8pta.org/2020/10/12/more-information-about-last-fridays-auction/

Silent Auction is now open!

T-Minus 5 DAYS!

The Auction is OPEN!

The Silent Auction is LIVE and you can bid now on the Live and Dessert Dash – which then rolls into the Live Virtual Auction October 9th @7.


Don’t miss out on ordering wine for delivery before the 6th.


You have the option of ordering dinner at Auction Sponsor Circa: Circa order form (complete by October 6)

Or at Anju.


You can “see” all your STEM friends starting @6 October 9th at the “pre-funk” pre-auction zoom. Have dinner, talk, share how things are going, what you are winning, or bidding on – a chance to just meet as if it were real life! Introverts welcome to hang – no games we promise!


Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 915 5185 2026
Passcode: 5950
At 6:50 we are moving to the LIVE VIRTUAL AUCTION on YouTube where our goal is $60,000 for your kid, our students, our teachers & our community!
So grab a spoon, a magazine, and a shoe box – we are going to MacGyver this Auction to the finish line!
Auction Committee


Also if you can please support our sponsors for this year

Gold: Jayme and Gini Johnson with The Johnsons at Windermere Real Estate Wall Street Group

Silver: Resting Waters Aquamation, Seattle’s Pet Funeral Home

Bronze: Evie Knoke, Senior Loan Officer with Guild Mortgage

Permanent link to this article: https://stemk8pta.org/2020/10/05/silent-auction-is-now-open/

Auction is fast approaching!

Dear STEM Friends,

Our annual Auction is October 9th! We are likely all feeling the strain of the pandemic; this fun event is a time for us to gather and celebrate our community that we haven’t seen since March. Your support of this event goes directly back to your students: funds raised at the auction pay for remote learning resources, teacher support, supplies for your students, and much more.

The best parts:

You don’t need a babysitter! Anyone can join in from the STEM community – there are NO tickets and it’s free to register. Anyone who cares about our kids – grandparents, aunts, uncles can be in on the fun so please send this information to your friends and family who care about your student.

Please join us by doing the following:

  1. Sign up! There is no cost to register; this is not a ticketed event: https://louisaborenstemk8.schoolauction.net/cartoons
  2. Like wine? Buy our STEM K-8 wine and we will deliver it to your door. After signing up using the link above, you can buy 2 bottles for $30.
  3. Mark your calendar for October 9th at 7 PM for the Live Virtual Auction. After you sign up, you’ll receive auction communications, including our YouTube link to participate in the live event.
  4. Consider ordering dinner to enjoy during the auction: choose from STEM Sponsor Circa (who is donating 10% back of Auction night sales) or Anju!

Circa order form (complete by October 6): https://forms.gle/S8iPX9Dk7dFL8ihi8
Anju order form:  http://www.toasttab.com/anjuseattle/v3

Our goal is to raise $60,000.

For your kid, for our students, for the teachers – for today, tomorrow, and all the amazing that is still to come. We look forward to celebrating with you – the first step is to sign up:  https://louisaborenstemk8.schoolauction.net/cartoons

The Auction Team

Permanent link to this article: https://stemk8pta.org/2020/09/28/auction-is-fast-approaching/

Helpful information for Seesaw and Schoology

STEM K-8 Families,


I am sharing the links for three different training sessions we are offering on Wednesday and Thursday this week for STEM families to support access to Seesaw and Schoology by parents/guardians. Click on the class title below to join an online training at that time.

Additionally, self-guided and translated support videos for SeeSaw and Schoology can be found at:

SPS Remote Learning Tools.

Hope you are breathing (shallowly) and staying healthy, brilliant, and sane!

Ben Ostrom

STEM Principal

STEM Schoology and Seesaw classes for families:

Wednesday, 9/16 6-7pm:

Schoology for Middle School Families (Mr. Bleeker)

Thursday, 9/17 6-7pm: (if you have primary and intermediate students choose one to attend).

Seesaw for Kindergarten-2nd grade families  (Ms. Wasser)

 Seesaw for 3rd-5th grade families (Ms. Ollerenshaw)

Permanent link to this article: https://stemk8pta.org/2020/09/15/helpful-information-for-seesaw-and-schoology/

2020 Auction News

Dear STEM friend,

Update on the Saturday Morning Cartoons & PJ’s Auction – originally scheduled for March, then May, then October. We are changing the TV channel off of Animaniacs (it’s much to Wakk-o!) and changing it over to MacGyver!

The past six months we’ve had to be problem-solvers, innovators, flexible, and improvise under unpredictable circumstances. A swiss-army knife isn’t SUPER helpful for COVID, but it will help you open up your Auction winnings – so get ready for the STEM MacGyver Virtual Live Auction!

The silent auction items will be online before and after October 9th, and live virtual auction will be October 9th @7pm and open to all – no tickets will be needed for this event.

Just this year we are flipping things around with the Auction in the Fall and the Direct Give in the Spring.

Thank you for your patience and your understanding during this time – the students, teachers and community depends on the monies raised and we are grateful for your support. Every year we say it’s imperative – this year more than ever every line-item has been carefully budgeted for supporting the needs of our community.

If you can help with auction planning, email robingraham26@gmail.com and save September 14th @7 for a zoom auction committee meeting.  The zoom information will be on the calendar event.

We have always been the school that “made it work” and we will this year too.

We’ve got this.

More information soon,

Robin Graham – Auction Chair

Permanent link to this article: https://stemk8pta.org/2020/08/26/2020-auction-news/

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