School Vision Document: Share Your Thoughts

A message from the Principal:  As we transition to a new year, an important development has been growing the vision for Louisa Boren STEM K-8. A vibrant, living vision inspires, guides, defines priorities, and sustains collaboration.

Back in November, the K-8 Design team began discussing important concepts from the vision created when K-5 STEM was founded. We also discussed missing elements, including the role of STEM subjects and a commitment to equity.

Our goal was to develop a guiding document stating what STEM K-8 was about, explaining key concepts, and pointing to more detailed frameworks and resources to guide planning and implementation. After multiple conversations with staff and the Building Leadership Team, we are ready to share the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Emerging Vision.

The plan is to support a broader community discussion when families return in the fall, but we wanted to share what is emerging now. Remember that a vision serves to guide our growth, rather than describe current practice.

Please let us know what you think. At the bottom of the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Emerging Vision page is a space for you to share your thoughts and provide feedback.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/07/29/school-vision-document-share-your-thoughts/


K-8 STEM End of Year Survey RESULTS – 2015

Thanks to all of you who participated in our end-of-year survey and the 89% of you that attended a PTA sponsored event this year! Let’s see if we can get to 100% this year! Grab a friend, and come to an event. The community is a huge part of our school and all are always welcome!

Volunteers this year threw some awesome events and we are looking ahead to next year. Favorites included the Rock’n’Roll UP! Auction, enrichment classes, pizza pi night and the Dia de los Muertos potluck. Many respondents loved anytime our community got together to do something fun – YES! As a newer school we are still figuring out our traditions, but after three years we’ve gone up with some keepers and would love your help this year!

Year one we did some weekend events that had low turnouts, in this survey respondents asked for some mixing it up – we will definitely make deliberate choices about what nights, days & times we schedule events to try to include as many families as possible.

Making all our families feel included has always been core to our mission and we are making it a priorit to will work even harder in the coming year to include more of our diverse community. We serve all kids, and our community is stronger when everyone feels included. Let us know how we can do a better a job of this and make a commitment to ask a friend to join us or reach out and make a new one!

You named the PTA’s strengths in communication, organizing events, supporting teachers, fundraising, enrichment and supporting our school community – YES! Next year we will have a new version of the Owl Post, and we are already planning next year’s events and how we can keep improving year 4.

If you ever have any questions or concerns – let the Executive Board know. We are a group of volunteers who always welcome input, support, feedback and help. Many concerns raised on the survey (like having a room liaison, or not getting e-mails, or not knowing that kids are supervised between after school and enrichment programs) are things we have solutions already in place for and we are happy to help make sure you are in the loop.

Stay tuned for more information about next year. Save the date for Back to School Bash 4 (B2SB4!) picnic potluck the evening of September 11th. Hope you are staying cool owls! See you soon!

WINNER of the $25 Amazon gift card Tia!

More information always on Facebook (West Seattle STEM PTA), twitter @STEMPTA and SPS site http://k5stem.seattleschools.org

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/07/08/k-8-stem-end-of-year-survey-results-2015/


Needed! Middle School Level Book Donations

owls_manyAs K – 5 STEM grows to a K – 8 school, we are in desperate need of donations of books for both the classroom and school libraries. If you know of any middle school or high school student that is ready to clear the clutter of their middle school reads, we would LOVE them!

Many Thanks,
Mary E. Bannister, Louisa Boren STEM NBCT – Library Media

P.S. Books can be dropped off at STEM when schools starts back up. Just mark that they are for the library!


Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/06/29/needed-middle-school-level-book-donations/


Pedestrian Safety Improvements at Boren Building!

Safe Routes to School improvements coming to Delridge Way SW!

Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will install a new marked crosswalk, curb ramps, pedestrian-activated rectangular rapid flashing beacons, and painted curb bulbs on Delridge Way Southwest at the front entrance to the Boren School building in July. The Boren building currently serves as home to more than 700 elementary school students including K-5 STEM as well as Arbor Heights Elementary while that building is being rebuilt.

Curb ramps will be installed on both sides of Delridge, midblock between Southwest Juneau Street and 24th Avenue Southwest. Crews plan to begin work on Monday, July 6, with construction expected to last approximately two weeks. Crews will work weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  During this time, pedestrians will follow signed detours next to the school or into a temporary walkway using the parking lane.

These pedestrian safety improvements are funded jointly by Neighborhood Park and Street Fund with matching funds provided by SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program. For more information about this project, contact SDOT’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator Brian Dougherty, brian.dougherty@seattle.gov or 206-684-5124.


Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/06/25/pedestrian-safety-improvements-at-boren-building/


K-8 STEM PTA End of Year Survey (and win $25)!

survey-clipart-survey_icon_surveyicon-555pxWe would love your feedback about how this year went, and how the PTA can be better.

Please participate in this survey to help inform our decisions for next year and for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VD3KGCJ

The survey will be open through June 30.

Happy Summer and see you in September Owls!

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/06/10/k-8-stem-pta-end-of-year-survey-and-win-25/


Sing Out Seattle Presents Annie

K-5 STEM and Sing Out Seattle are proud to present our performance of Annie. There is no charge to download the video but please consider making a donation to the PTA. Thank You.

In case you missed our previous Sing Out Seattle performances … watch Mary Poppins and The Lion King below.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/06/02/sing-out-seattle-presents-annie/


Field Day 2015: Volunteers Needed!

multi_sports_mainField Day is coming and we need your help!

June 12, 2015
9:45 AM – 2:45 PM

If you are interested in helping with this year’s Field Day festivities please visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4eabab2fa4f49-field1

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/05/28/field-day-2015-volunteers-needed/


Science Fair and PBL Extravaganza!

STEM is hosting a Science Fair and PBL Extravaganza on Thursday, 5/28 from 6-7:30pm. It will be an open house format with spring Science and PBL projects from all grades on display. Meander from classroom to classroom to see what STEM K‐8 students and staff have been working on. From 6:00‐6:30 our 5th graders will be standing by to talk about science fair‐type projects, so you may want to start in the 5th grade first.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/05/27/science-fair-and-pbl-extravaganza/


3rd Annual Book Swap!


The 3nd Annual STEM Book Swap takes place on Thursday, June 4th. We are asking for donations of gently used books for readers from kindergarten through middle school. Donations can be placed in boxes by the office door in the main hallway, and at the end of the orange and blue corridors. Each grade will take turns going to the swap and every STEM student will be able to choose a few new books to take home!

Please sign up to volunteer – click on the SignUpGenius link below:


Our previous Book Swaps were great fun and a huge success!

Book Swap student with book

1st Book Swap 2013 – This student loved her “new” books!

2nd Book Swap 2014 – There were lots of Star Wars books!


Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/05/25/3rd-annual-book-swap/


“Heron and the Salmon Girl” coming to STEM!

Join us as the Seattle Opera bring “Heron and the Salmon Girl” to STEM
Wednesday, 5/20, from 2:30-3:15 PM in the cafeteria!

Seattle Opera has created a trilogy of operas created especially for our youngest opera fans. The Our Earth trilogy explores stories of a Pacific Northwest river including marine life, freshwater ecosystems and forests. In the first opera, Heron and The Salmon Girl, the salmon fail to return to the sea one spring. Animals such as Orca, Heron, Turtle and a grumpy fisherman embark on a journey upriver to find the missing fish.


Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/05/18/salmon-opera-coming-to-stem/


Teacher Walk-Out 5/19

As you likely know, Seattle Education Association voted to walk-out for one day, May 19th, to protest the state legislature’s failure to fund 1351 and the McCleary decision. Parents, students, and community members are welcome at their march and rally in downtown Seattle. School will not be in session on 5/19/15.
Find out more at http://www.seattlewea.org/

In addition there are other events being planned at both WS High School and Chief Sealth starting at 8am.

Additional information:
* The City of Seattle is providing free childcare on May 19 at community centers
* SPS’s FAQ: http://www.seattleschools.org
* The Seattle Education Association is planning rallies and a march through downtown to which parents and students are invited.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/05/18/teacher-walk-out-519/


Bell Times: Online Survey Extended Until May 10th

We asked, primer-clipart-school-bell-clip-art_430610they listened! An online survey at belltimes.www.seattleschools.org  is now available until May 10 for all parents, students and staff to collect input on possible bell time changes for schools.  The District would like your input because a change in the start and end time for a school day has the potential to affect the entire community. It is recommended that even those who completed previous surveys send their input online to ensure your feedback is considered.


Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/05/06/bell-times-online-survey-extended-until-may-10th/


No School May 19th, Last Day of School June 16th!

Teacher walk out, no school May 19

The Seattle Education Association (SEA) voted to join in a statewide action against the legislature to protest the lack of education funding in our state. The SEA is the organization of professionals and union that represents teachers in our district. This protest involves a one-day walkout.

SEA has selected May 19 as the day for their one-day walkout. Therefore, there will be no school for students on May 19 as teachers will not be at work on that day. SEA chose the day to provide the district two weeks of notice to work on arrangements in an effort to minimize disruption for students and parents to the greatest extent possible.
The district has been working to determine how to handle activities and events scheduled for May 19 that would be difficult to reschedule. For example, tests scheduled for that day will be rescheduled. However, previously scheduled interscholastic competitions will take place on May 19, after regular school hours.

While there is no school for students on May 19, the school day will have to be made up, just as we would make up a snow day or other unforeseen calendar change. The make-up day will be added to the end of the school year. This means Monday, June 15 will become a full school day and our last day of school will now be June 16. A revised school year calendar will be shared with families.

It is important for families to know that this SEA action is not directed at Seattle Public School families or community, but is a statement to the state legislature about the current lack of adequate state funding for basic education.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/05/05/no-school-may-19th-last-day-of-school-june-16th/


Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week – May 4-8, 2015

Please help us celebrate and honor our teachers and staff by bringing a breakfast item to the Staff Lounge Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, or lunch items Thursday or Friday.

  • Mon/Tues/Weds: Breakfast in the Staff Lounge (8:45am)
  • Thursday Lunch: Potluck items in the Staff Lounge (12:15pm)
  • Friday Lunch: Multi-cultural Lunch- bring something from your family’s heritage! Staff lounge (12:15pm)

Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&useFullSite=true&URLID=10C0E44ACA72CA7F94-2015

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/04/28/teacher-and-staff-appreciation-week-may-4-8-2015/


Garden Party was a Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to help during the Spring Garden Party. We cleaned up the parking lot and playground, installed the final curb stops, put in a new Sensory Garden with Mr. Daniels class, put down weed barrier and mulch AND weeded weeded and weeded!

Extra thanks to Craig Rankin, Ro Gluck, Kent Daniels, Robin Graham, and The Garden Club for showing up and making it happen!

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Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/04/27/garden-party-was-a-success/


FREE Dress and Pictures

Free Dress tomorrow for ALL STEM KIDS!

There will also be spring pictures for those who want them- forms available in the office if they did not make it home in backpacks (or online at http://www.yuenluistudio.com/school-pictures/). Pictures are purely optional.

Happy Spring Break, everyone!

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Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/04/09/free-dress-and-pictures/


Internet and Online Safety Seminar

Join us for a special seminar with Seattle Police Detective, Stephanie Thomas, a high-risk victims specialist.

 When: April 30th, 6:00-7:30pm. Free childcare available.

Where: STEM/AH Library

Who: Parents/Guardians of any child who uses the Internet

Learn how to support, protect and educate yourself and your child on the following subjects:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Social networking
  • Online posting
  • Sexting
  • Reality of teens as targets
  • Internet & cell phone safety tips

****Children may attend, but the subject matter is geared towards parents and sensitive topics will be discussed. We would not recommend this seminar for children under 12.  There will be free childcare available in the Arbor Heights YMCA room that evening.


Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/04/08/internet-and-online-safety-seminar/

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