Join the STEM Pride March June 26

Make sure to mark your calendar for Louisa Boren STEM’s 3rd Annual Pride March on Sunday, June 26 from 2-4 PM in the Morgan Junction. STEM parent, woman & queer-owned Youngstown Coffee is partnering with us again. Last year it was super fun and the music was bumpin’–don’t miss it!


Join the STEM Bike Train Wednesday, May 18!

It’s May, and that means it’s time for the annual Bike to School Day.  Louisa Boren STEM K-8 students, parents, and staff are invited to join a BIKE TRAIN.  It’s free and fun!

Meet at Greg Davis Park (2600 SW Brandon St) between 8:00 and 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18 and we’ll bike to school together along a neighborhood greenway and the Longfellow Creek path. Bring a helmet, a bike lock, and your big smiles for this event.

  • You can bike to Greg Davis Park or drive and park.  Everyone is welcome.
  • Grade K-2 students – please have a parent or other adult join in the bike train with student.  If parent or adult is not available but student wants to participate, please contact Marlo Laubach at and we can likely find another adult to pair student with.
  • Grade 3-8 students – parents are welcome but not required if student is confident on a bike.
  • Please note the bike train is only in the morning.  Families should make their own plans for afternoon transportation.
  •  If there is more than a light drizzle on Wednesday, May 18, the RAIN DATE is Thursday, May 19.

Pedal On Owls!!

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STEM is hosting a school-wide virtual skill/career day on Feb 14th, 2022 which is NAAPID (National African American Parent Involvement Day). If you are interested and available that day (exact time to be determined) to share some information about your career and/or a skill you have- please fill out the form below. In particular- if you are a person of color/member of the LGBTQ+ community/an immigrant, we would love for our scholars to hear from you. However, it is open to everyone. If you have any questions- reach out to Danielle, school counselor, at

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Help us reach our goal!

Your gift right now to the STEM K-8 PTA helps provide Project-Based Learning supplies all school year. Your student could be a future statistician thanks to Project-Based Learning, which engages kids in real-world problem-solving. Give now!

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School Funding is Up For a Vote in February; Here’s What You Need To Know

Property Tax Levy Funds SchoolsVoter-Approved Education Levies Support Seattle Students

(This article in its entirety can be found at

There is a gap between what the state funds for K-12 education and what Seattle students need. Every three years, Seattle Public Schools asks voters to renew the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O), which is a local education property tax.

School construction is primarily funded by local voter-approved capital levies. Capital levies are also the primary funding source for technology used by students, teachers, school staff, and administrators, and for district operations. Capital levies are local education property taxes. Every three years, the district asks voters to approve renewal of one of the six-year capital levies.

The money Seattle Public Schools collects from local, voter-approved education levies stays in Seattle. We use these funds to provide the quality of education that our students and families expect, and to ensure our students have safe, welcoming schools that support student success.

View the Levy Presentation to understand how funds are used, and go to for more information. 

Key Dates Coming Up
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3: Expected date for Board Action on placing levies on the ballot
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022: Election Day — Seattle voters make decision on levies; ballots due by 8 p.m.

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View and Order School Pictures Online

All students who were photographed on October 12 have photos available for viewing and ordering through the Class Act Portraits website.

Check your email inbox, spam or junk folder for an email from with a link directly to your student’s photos. 

If you don’t see an email, you may go to, click Order Recent Pictures and enter your unique passcode:  STEM followed by the Student ID# (no spaces and no zeroes at the beginning). Example: STEM234567.

You can view the photos, choose backgrounds and order prints on the website.

School Pictures at STEM


SPS Cuts 142 School Bus Routes

This message was prepared by Naida Boyer, SCPTSA President, 

Monday, October 18th is the deadline for the Washington State COVID-19 vaccine mandate, and Seattle Public Schools will be suspending 142 school bus routes. Possible disruptions might also occur in other sectors including staff, culinary services, and building maintenance.

Seattle Public School’s PTSA recognizes that this disruption will further impact our school community. Indeed, the lack of school bus drivers has already impacted many of our schools, students, and families.

Below is a list of all schools affected by bus route suspensions starting Monday, October 18th.

Despite the challenges, this is an opportunity to come together and show up for each other in the community. 

Here are some resources to facilitate coming together as a community to get through this challenge:

10/14 SCPTSA General Membership Meeting Recording: 

Access Passcode: 0V1=5^f5 

PTSAs can only be a community connector of individuals to transportation solutions. For liability reasons PTA cannot provide transportation. We can act as a facilitate and connector for folks who choose to make space in their vehicle for a student who needs a way to get to school, or volunteer to chaperone a walking school bus. Via social media or published surveys, we can create a way to build a community for our families to reach each other and support each other. It is important to encourage safe practices and community guidelines. 

Additional information we have learned since a Friday afternoon meeting with Ashley Davies ( with the SPS transportation department include: 

  1. They are cutting routes using the racial equity analysis tool, and are currently cutting routes at Tier 4 schools. Most schools are Tier 4. This means that routes for tier 1, 2, and 3 schools will be prioritized, and should be continued.  For more information on the Equity tier model and methodology, please see this link, scroll to slides 32-38.

  2. Out of the number of drivers that they anticipate WILL show up for work on Monday, half of them will be used for routes for students who have transportation written into their IEP.

  3. They are trying to keep drivers for the buses for students who have transportation in their IEP as their same drivers. However, for general education, drivers will in many cases be driving new routes. Drivers will be practicing new routes this weekend, but weekend traffic patterns and weekday are different. So there is benefit to weekend practice but it is not perfect.

  4. If a family cannot get their student to school they should reach out to their principal so that they can access funds to make sure that students can get to school.  

  5. They are actively looking for more solutions, including the use of passenger vans. While the district has a sufficient number of buses, you need different qualifications for driving buses than you need for driving a passenger van.  

  6. As they bring back routes they will be using a racial equity analysis too.  They will bring back routes as they get drivers.  It takes about 4 weeks for a person to complete training to be able to drive a bus.  


Contact me about:


SCPTSA position


SCPTSA leadership

Naida Boyer

President: presiding official and representative of the council

WA state PTA issues

Romanita Hairston

Co-Vice President

PTA Conflict resolution

Kiani Pineiro-Hall

Co-Vice President

PTA Board governance

Heather Hart


Brian Terry


Manuela Slye

Past President, Executive Board Advisor

Family Engagement

Sebrena Burr

Family & Healing Centered Engagement & Anti-racism, Executive Board Advisor

Reflections Program

Jennifer Sunami

Reflections Chair


Samantha Fogg

Legislative Chair

MemberPlanet, member drives

Melanie Jorgenson

Membership Co-Chair

PTA Equity and Inclusion 

Maritess Zurbano

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Chair

Special Education advocacy and inclusion, ELL 

Hodan Mohamed

Special Education Co-Chair

High school specific issues

Brian Duncan

High School Chair

D1 PTA questions and community

Christina Pizana

District 2 Director

D3 PTA questions

And community

June Nho Ivers

District 3 director

The following routes at the following schools will be suspended beginning Monday, October 18, 2021 until further notice.

SPS districts School General Education Routes
D1 Cedar Park 600, 601
D1 Hazel Wolf K-8 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522
D1 Loyal Heights 764
D1 North Beach 726
D1 Wedgwood 673, 674, 675
D1 Whitman 454, 455
D2 B.F. Day 669, 670, 671
D2 Cascadia 681, 682, 683, 684, 685, 686, 687, 688, 689, 690, 691, 692
D2 Daniel Bagley 719, 720
D2 Green Lake 703, 704, 705
D2 Greenwood 710
D2 John Stanford Internal 642, 643
D2 McDonald 645, 646, 647
D2 Sacajawea 768
D2 Whittier 617, 618
D2 Hamilton 493, 494, 495, 496, 497, 498
D2 Robert Eagle Staff 418, 419, 420, 422, 423
D2 Lincoln 1012, 1013
D3 Bryant 736, 737
D3 Decatur 638, 639, 640
D3 Laurelhurst 751, 752
D3 McGilvra 787, 788
D3 Montlake 733, 734
D3 Thornton Creek 602, 603, 604, 605
D3 TOPS K-8 573, 574, 575, 576, 577, 578
D3 View Ridge 695, 697
D3 Eckstein 481, 482, 483
D4 Adams 701
D4 Catherine Blain K-8 596
D4 Coe 743
D4 John Hay 722, 723, 724
D4 Lawton 607, 608
D4 Magnolia 595
D4 McClure 314, 476, 477, 478, 479
D4 Queen Anne 631, 632, 633
D4 Salmon Bay 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536
D4 West Woodland 745
D4 Ballard 1007
D5 Stevens 784
D6 Alki 706, 707
D6 Arbor Heights 610, 611, 612
D6 Fairmont Park 621, 622, 623, 624, 625
D6 Gatewood 759
D6 Genesee Hill 774
D6 Lafayette 636, 637
D6 Pathfinder K-8 560, 561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566
D6 Madison 432, 433, 434, 435, 436
D7 Orca K-8 583

School Protocols for Positive COVID-19 Result

Seattle Public Schools recently released flow charts that describe what actions take place when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. Check out the links below to stay informed on these safety protocols.

Staff Guidance

Student Family Guidance

Questions? Contact:


Attend the PTA’s Book Club in November

Everyone is welcome to attend the November STEM K8 PTA Meeting on Thursday, November 18 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM and join an important discussion on Obie is Man Enough by Schuyler Bailar. This discussion will be lead by LB STEM K8 family members Becky Barton and Shawna Murphy.

Published in 2021, Obie is Man Enough is a coming-of-age story about transgender tween Obie, who didn’t think being himself would cause such a splash. He leaves his swim coach, his pool and his best friends in order to find where he truly belongs. Included are topics of gender, bullying and ignorance, and this book is a great read for parents with their upper-elementary and middle school children.

Pick up your copy right away so you can join the discussion on November 18 with fellow PTA members. Here are several suggestions of where to find a copy of this book:

  • Locally- and Black-owned bookstore Estelita’s Library, online at or visit them at 241 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle
  • Paper Boat Booksellers online at or their store at 6040 California Ave SW, Seattle
  • Seattle Public Library, in person or online using the Libby app and connecting to your public library card

Join the November PTA Meeting: register as a PTA member to receive the link to meet virtually. STEM K8 PTA has underwritten ALL membership costs this year, so there is no cost to join online now:

The STEM K8 PTA annually hosts a learning event during the November PTA meeting to honor Trans Awareness Week.


Students Can Eat Lunch Outdoors

School lunches, long a fun hallmark of youth friendships and the school day, have transformed into a daily period of anxiety for many families and teachers during the pandemic. It’s the one time during the day when children can be inside maskless.

Indoor lunch period precautions include spacing kids out, staggering their seating, making sure they’re facing the same direction, improving ventilation and assigning seating.

Since mid-September, students have the option of eating their lunch outdoors under a tent, where COVID-19 is less likely to spread. Make sure your student dresses warmly each day so they can take advantage of this option!