This Spring, our kids will be taking the new Smarter Balanced tests which are replacing the MAP tests for evaluations. This format has marked differences from the MAP tests, and being informed is the best way to support your child. …
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K-5 STEM is experiencing exciting changes and growth. For the 2015-2016 school year, STEM will roll up a 6th grade as part of our three-year K-8 Transition. Join us as we build an innovative and inspiring K-8 STEM program! Read …
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We would like to welcome anyone interested in learning more about K-5 STEM! Please join us for an Open House on Thursday, February 12th for prospective families. All are welcome to come and see what K-5 STEM is all about. …
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During the months of October to December, 5th grade students at STEM engaged in a study of landforms. Specifically, students used large-scale models of landforms to investigate the effects of surface run-off (from rainfall) on watersheds. What they discovered is that unstable soils, or soils lacking vegetation, will erode more rapidly than soils stabilized by native vegetation (see video below).
So when an opportunity arose two weeks ago to put their newfound discoveries into action, STEM 5th grade students worked with Seattle Parks and Recreation to plant native trees and shrubs on a hillside just south of the school on Delridge Way SW (see photos below). Their efforts both beautified the neighborhood and improved the soil/plant ecosystem.
Mr. Parsley and Mr. DesAutels are very proud of the work their students did in this science unit. There is no greater joy for a parent or teacher than to see learning transferred to a real-world application. Thank you 5th graders and parents who supported this event.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/26/5th-grade-science-theory-to-practice/
Our Book Fair has paid off!
We received a large shipment of new books for the library that was the result of proceeds from our Winter Book Fair (in December). Thank you to everyone who came out to participate!
Mrs. Bannister was also awarded a Donor’s Choose Grant which allowed her to purchase sets of 6 copies each of the 2014 Sasquatch Award Nominee’s for our readers. Congrats, Mrs. B!
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/23/books-books-and-more-books/
2nd Annual STEM Art Walk and Potluck
This Thursday, January 22
5:30 – 7:30pm
A community gathering sponsored by our PTA for all of our families and friends.
Please bring a dish to share and tour the school to see the amazing projects created in our classrooms.
Enjoy food, art and short student performances.
PTA will provide plates, utensils, napkins, cups, water & lemonade.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/21/2nd-annual-stem-art-walk-and-potluck/
Special Blue Friday Seahawks Spirit Wear day tomorrow!
Kids can wear Seahawks shirts/sweatshirts, owl shirts/sweatshirts, Spirit Wear or blue/green tops to school tomorrow.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/15/blue-friday/
Marination Ma Kai and K-8 STEM are teaming up to raise money for our school!
Join us at the famous food truck’s brick & mortar space in West Seattle for Hawaiian-Korean fusion fare and
20% of all net food sales goes right back to STEM!
When: January 14th from 4-8pm (early release day)
Where: Marination Ma Kai, 1660 Harbor Avenue SW
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/13/marination-ma-kai-and-stem/
We wanted to share with you a few more ways that you can shop and earn for our school!
Box Tops: Earn cash for our school simply by clipping Box Tops for Education coupons from hundreds of participating products. Drop off your coupons in the Box Tops collection box in the main office. Learn more at http://www.boxtops4education.com/Default.aspx.
Labels for Education: Labels for Education is a fun and easy program where families and members of the community work towards a common goal – earning “free stuff” for K-5 STEM! By collecting UPCs and beverage caps/sauce caps from over 2,500 participating products our school earns points that can be redeemed for Arts, Athletics, and Academics merchandise. Bring your labels to the Labels for Education box in the main office. Learn more at http://www.labelsforeducation.com/.
West Seattle Thriftway: We are collecting West Seattle Thriftway receipts. Please drop them off in the donation box in the main office. 1% of the purchase price of every item you buy is returned to our school!
Reminder: BoxTops and L4E boxes are INSIDE the main office!
Also consider these options:
- With the eScrip program you can earn money for our school every time you swipe your credit and/or debit cards! Escrip (Safeway/Bartells) earned our school $80 in November. Visit our eScrip page for more information.
- Order a PCC scrip card (or key tag) through K-5 STEM PTA, and our school receives 5% of the purchase price of everything you buy! Order yours today at http://k5stempta.org/get-involved/shop-earn/pcc-2/
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/11/a-few-more-ways-to-shop-and-earn-for-our-school/
This Spring, our kids will be taking the new Smarter Balanced tests which are replacing the MAP tests for evaluations. This format has marked differences from the MAP tests, and being informed is the best way to support your child.
Below, you will find an overview presentation that Mary Bannister and Julies Schmick presented to the PTA in January. Take a look!
More information, resources, and access to practice tests can be found on the SPS website.
Smarter Balanced Assessment PTA Presentation updated January 8, 2015
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/09/smarter-balanced-testing-information/
Special Blue Friday Seahawks Spirit Wear day tomorrow!
Kids can wear Seahawks shirts/sweatshirts, owl shirts/sweatshirts, Spirit Wear or blue/green tops to school tomorrow. Go Birds!
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/08/special-spirit-wear-day-tomorrow/
STARTING NEXT WEEK – JANUARY 12th and 14th
FREE After school Enrichment Science Program on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 4:30-5:30 @ Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126)
Mondays: “Science with Anne” – 1st and 2nd graders come participate in fun activities to learn about environment, nature and the science of it all.
Wednesdays: “Science in Action” – Kindergarten to 2nd graders join us for hands on learning activities to explore how your actions impact the environment
** You can sign your child up for just Monday, just Wednesday, or both days
Please call or email if you have any questions or would like to register: (206)588-4900 ext. 620 or email@example.com
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/07/free-after-school-science-programs-for-k-2-neighborhood-house/
Direct Give Dollars at WORK- Update!
Last month brought forth many requests from teachers and staff for things the District doesn’t cover- and we were able to make many of their wishes come true! Creating a school where teachers and staff have the resources they need to teach and work effectively make for a better learning environment- and we can all agree that great learning is our #1 priority at STEM!
Here’s a short list of how YOUR donations were used to support our school:
- New headphones for the library computers- kids are often listening to different programs making it a noisy experience! Nice and quiet now…
- New hula-hoops for the playground- kids are tough on those toys outside!
- A new wireless microphone for Mr. O to use during assemblies. This allows him to walk all around the gym instead of being tethered to the speakers- and allows him to to interact more fully with our kids. AND, last but not least….
- A full classroom starter set of VEX IQ robots for Ms. Schmick and our 3-5th grade (and 6th!) programmers!
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/07/direct-give-dollars-at-work-update/
Enrichment Class enrollment ends Wednesday 1/7/2015. Please visit http://k5stempta.org/enrichment-programs-preview/ for more information and to register online. Registration forms will also be available in the STEM office.
All classes (excluding Sphero) are open to more participants. Several classes need more students to be held: Design Time with Pacific Science Center, Tennis, Hoops K-1, iPad LEGO Animation: Impossible Worlds 2, Hoops 2-5, and Hip Hop/Jump Rope.
If you already know which classes you are interested in, your registration prior to the deadline is appreciated as it gives our coordinators as much time as possible to finalize class lists. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, interest in being a Parent Volunteer or to request information about scholarships.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/05/enrichment-class-enrollment-ends-wednesday/
You’re doing your part in the K-5 STEM community. Now help make sure the state does their part to support Washington’s public schools. Three great opportunities are coming up!
1) Paramount Duty—Learn in Seattle
Sponsored by: Seattle Education Association, League of Women Voters and Seattle Council PTSA
When: Tuesday, January 6, 2015–6:30 to 8:30pm
Where: John Stanford Center Auditorium, 2445 3rd Ave. S., Seattle
Why: Because bake sales and auctions cannot fill funding gaps in basic education
2) Remind your Legislator to Fully Fund Education – Respond online
A quick survey will add your voice to WSPTA’s call for full funding for education: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FocusDay2015
When: Got a minute now?
Where: Wherever you are
Why: Legislators need to know that we care…and really, why not?
3) WSPTA FOCUS DAY 2015—Rally in Olympia!
When: Monday, January 19, 2015 – MLK Day (no school!)
Where: WA State Capitol (transportation available!)
Why: Because legislators hear more about chickens and no taxes than they do about funding education.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/12/19/learn-respond-rally-3-ways-to-help-make-schools-a-priority-in-wa/
The K-5 STEM PTA challenged classrooms to create a team-based, collaborative structures for our first annual Gingerbread House Engineering Expo. We had participation from 11 class teams and the results were creative, artful, festive and FUN! Teachers had no limits except their imaginations and each team was given a “starter kit” of materials. Many classroom continued with themes they have been studying including geometry, architecture, native bird species and literary themes. All participating classes received an award for their work such as “Most Epic Implosion”, “Most Spellbinding” and “Best Ecosystem” Great job STEM owls!
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/12/18/gingerbread-house-engineering-expo/
As many of you know Miss Cook will be out for the next month due to major surgery from medical issues. Since she will be in the hospital and unable to be active for a prolonged amount of time, we’ve determined that the most helpful and private way to support her is to get her an Amazon gift card for food delivery, a new book to read, or a dog toy for her pup.
If your family would like to contribute, Lisa Waskowitz (Sam & Theo’s Mom), Ms. Hardman, Ms. Graves, or Robin Graham (Derek & Warren’s Mom) can collect your cash or check donations (checks can be made out to STEM PTA who will then buy a gift card). You can send donations with your child to school Dec 15-19 in an envelope marked “Miss Cook”.
Please join us in sending our best wishes by also signing a card in the front office for Whitney.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/12/16/donations-for-miss-cook/
Please join us Wednesday, December 17th from 4-6pm in the STEM Science Lab for a community viewing of these amazing classroom gingerbread creations!
Hours available for viewing through Thursday 12/18 end of school day!
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/12/16/gingerbread-house-engineering-challenge/
$3,220 raised for our school library and classroom libraries
Thank you to everyone who came to our Book Fair Blizzard last week!
We sold $6,410 worth of books and other items (spy pens, bookmarks, you name it…) – which gives us a grand total of $3,220 to spend on Scholastic books.
A special thank you to those of you who bought a book for your child’s teacher from the Wish Boxes!
- Between generous donations and money earned from the Book Fair, every teacher got EVERY BOOK in their Wish Box (that includes Mr. Des and Mr. Parsley’s 6th Grade Library)
- We were able to buy EVERY BOOK Mrs. B. had picked out for the STEM Library
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/12/15/2nd-annual-book-fair-blizzard-was-a-big-success/
Registration for Winter 2015 Enrichment Classes is open!
Please visit http://k5stempta.org/enrichment-programs-preview/ for more information and to register online. During the past two registrations all classes have had seats available for more than 48 hours.
If you require a paper registration form you can download and print one from our Web site, or pick one up in the office. Return paper forms to the PTA Enrichment Program mailbox with your payment.
If you need a scholarship, or are able to be a parent volunteer for a class, please contact email@example.com.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/12/13/winter-2015-enrichment-class-registration-now-open/