Uniform Sale and Free Logos at Land’s End

Land’s End is having a sale through Tuesday on Uniforms and mark your calendar for free logos starting July 28th.

30% off Reg Price Kids & Uniform

Savings reflected at checkout when you enter

Promotion Code: SAVE30
PIN: 1614
Save 30% on regularly priced Kids and School Uniform merchandise online or by phone only (excludes Buy More and Save pricing, monogramming, embroidery, gift boxing, gift cards, shipping, taxes, duties and excluded items as marked). Discount will be applied at checkout. This offer has no cash value and is not redeemable for cash. Excludes Lands’ End Business Outfitters purchases. Promotional savings may be deducted from returns. Offer valid from 12:00 a.m. Central, July 18, 2014 through 11:59 p.m. Central, July 22, 2014.Not valid on previous purchases or when combined with any other promotional offers or employee discounts.




SAVE THE DATE:  7/28/2014 – 8/4/2014

free logo july28




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Summer Food Service Program Locations

lunchThe Washington State Summer Food Service Program, or Summer Meals, provides free meals and snacks to all children and teens (18 years and younger) during the summer months. No proof of income, address or citizenship is ever required.  More information here

Following is a list of the locations near K-5 STEM and Arbor Heights:

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1st Graders Take Off!

The K-5 STEM 1st Graders would like to share a video that shows you how Project Based Learning can be lots of fun!

We look forward to many more learning opportunities next year!



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Dr. McKinney in Bike Accident

Dr. McKinney was in a bad bicycle accident Monday and is in the hospital after emergency surgery. The PTA will be sending flowers – but we invite you to stop by the PTA room over the next few days to sign a “get better soon!” and goodbye note.
- PTA Exec

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/06/17/dr-mckinney-in-bike-accident/


5th Grade Promotion and Award Assembly – Thursday, June 19th, 10:00 AM

graduating owl

The assembly to celebrate our 5th graders will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

The awards:

  • K-5 STEM Certificate of Excellence (academic, teacher nominated): 1 boy and 1 girl per classroom.
  • Seymour Kaplan: 2 students from each classroom (classroom nominated). K-4 names read aloud, 5th graders get certificate.
  • Presidential Academic Awards (5th only, teacher nominated).
  • Habits of the Mind (teacher nominated): 1 boy and 1 girls from each classroom.

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Shakespeare at STEM – THURSDAY 7pm


June 12th at 7pm: A Comedy of Errors

Mr. Parsley’s class would like to invite you all to the spring Shakespeare play- A Comedy of Errors! This production has been completely run by the students- from set design, lighting, props to direction on the stage. Come see this great (and funny) work this week on June 12th at 7pm in the cafeteria. Sure to be a wonderful night for all!


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Shop for Dad + Donate to STEM

 AmazonSmile Org Central

In honor of Dad, shop at AmazonSmile through 6/15/14 and Amazon will donate an extra $5 to K-5 Stem PTA.

Click here to get started: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-5313405

Amazon will donate an extra $5

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So many items, so little time… left!

Please come to the Lost & Found (located between the gym and cafeteria) to see if anything there belongs to your student!

There are lots of winter coats, hoodies, polos, and lunch boxes.

Parent volunteers will try as best they can to return labeled items to students before year end, but all unlabeled/unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

Time is running out!

Remember: Sharing the building and playground with Arbor Heights next year means labeling clothing will be extra important. Let’s keep our Lost & Found happy and empty!

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/06/06/missing-items-found/


Singapore Math for all!

Math in Focus

From K-5 STEM PTA President, Robin Graham:

The Seattle School Board has voted to approve Math in Focus (Singapore Math curriculum) as the math curriculum for all Seattle Public Schools. The vote was 4-3.

Thank you friends for writing in and to the board who made math a priority for all students. Math in Focus – Singapore Math for everyone!

If you see Kathleen Voss around school – give the girl a high five. She has been tireless in her advocacy of Math in Focus for all SPS kids.


What this means for K-5 STEM

  • The same Singapore Math curriculum.
  • We no longer need a waiver from the school district to use Singapore Math
  • The K-5 STEM PTA no longer needs to fund our math curriculum – freeing up money to spend on other awesome projects and STEM curricula!

Math in Focus is the same Singapore Math curriculum we have been using, but published by a different company. We have been using Singapore Math published by Singapore Math, Inc.  In September, we will switch to Singapore Math published by Marshall Cavendish.

More Information on Math in Focus – Singapore Math by Marshall Cavendish

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ACTION NEEDED: SPS Board Votes On Math Curriculum Tomorrow

Please see today’s message from the Seattle Council PTSA. Your show of support for Math in Focus (Singapore Math) at tomorrow’s Seattle School Board meeting would be greatly appreciated!

You don’t have to testify or give a speech, just support our current curriculum.

Meeting info:
4:15pm – 8:00pm  (Public Testimony and general crowd sourcing starts around 5:30 p.m.)
at the John Stanford Center
2445 3rd ave S
Seattle, WA 98124-1165
PTA Leaders and Members,
On May 1, 2014 Seattle Public Schools announced the Math Adoption Committee’s recommendation for the enVision Math Curriculum (see here).  Tomorrow Wednesday, June 4th,  the Seattle School Board will vote on the adoption of this new elementary math curriculum to be used in Seattle Public Schools K-5 programs.  As announced May 1st, the initial recommended motion to the Board by the Curriculum & Instruction Policy Committee is the single adoptions of the enVision Math Realize 2015 edition (enVision) curriculum (see recommendation here).
School Board Directors Marti McLaren & Sue Peters have subsequently filed an amended motion recommending a dual adoption of both the Math in Focus (MiF) Singapore Math and enVision curriculum (see this amended recommendation here).
If the dual adoption amendment is approved by the full Board this Wednesday, principals will  have to choose one of the two options not later than June 20, 2014.   Each school may select only ONE curriculum to be implemented at their school and the adoption will be binding for a 7 year adoption cycle.
It is also possible that other amendments regarding math curriculum adoption will be presented tomorrow for a vote, but they have not been posted to the School Board agenda at this time.

PTAs should be aware of these impending decisions and are encouraged to talk with their principal or the School Board (schoolboard@seattleschools.org) about questions or concerns.  
While the Seattle Council PTSA does not have a specific recommendation regarding the math adoption proposals up before the board, we do have strong concerns regarding two elements of the process.
First, we believe the committees making recommendations around curriculum should consider empirical results obtained by other districts, ideally comparable to Seattle in size and diversity. In this specific evaluation, we further believe that teacher input should have been solicited and considered, as several schools in Seattle use the curricula under evaluation.
Second, we continue to be concerned that the District’s engagement of parents and communities in Seattle is severely inadequate and unrepresentative of our District.  With roughly 50,000 students in Seattle Public Schools, and 27,000 in the K-5 program, comments by fewer than 150 parents does not constitute significant or representative family engagement, nor should it be portrayed as such.  We thank those parents who did provide input, and will continue to call on parents throughout the District to provide their opinions.
Further, we call on the District, as we have in the past, to develop processes that successfully engage families and communities in gathering information and making decisions.



Katherine Schomer

President, SCPTSA

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/06/03/action-needed-sps-board-votes-on-math-curriculum-tomorrow/

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