Thursday June 6th, 5pm – 8pm
Friday June 7th, 8:30am – Noon
Details to come later this month
We now have another option for you to make affordable donations. You can schedule monthly recurring payments through PayPal. Enter the details below and click the “Donate” button: When would you like this to Recur? Monthly How many times would …View full post
Exciting news from the Uniform Committee! You can now order uniform shirts with our owl mascot from French Toast and Land’s End. They’re available in adult sizes too! Plus, both French Toast and Lands End are fundraisers for K-5 STEM PTA – so any purchase kicks …View full post
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We are kicking off our biggest fundraising effort of the year and our goal is to raise $60,000.
All proceeds go to the PTA and directly benefit your child, so every dollar counts.
Your contribution will allow the PTA to:
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2013/04/28/direct-give-fundraiser-kick-off/
On Thursday, our students enjoyed a performance by SCATS (Seattle Cirque & Acrobat TeamS) – Seattle Public Schools’ demonstration team. This acrobatic group travels around the Greater Seattle area performing for schools, colleges, sports teams (including the Storm and Seahawks), festivals and parades.
Their performances include tumbling, juggling, unicycling, jump rope, handwalking, ballwalking and world class Double-Dutch. The student ages range from Kindergarten through High School.
K-5 STEM PE teacher Gretchen Gray says SCATS is a wonderful PE program, and she would love to teach these skills as part of the PE curriculum at our school. Ms. Gray says that about $10,000 worth of equipment is needed to do the whole program successfully … something to think about for the future!
Thanks to STEM parent Kari Scheff for these photos of the SCATS performance. Kari says,
Words cannot describe what an incredibly amazing job the kids from SCATS did in their assembly performance!! It was such a treat and our kids had an awesome time.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2013/04/27/scats-performance-thrills/
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Thank you to all who attended Tuesday’s Strategic Plan meeting. As a BLT member who had the chance to sit in on some of the Strategic Plan meetings, it was very exciting to share it with our families. The West Seattle Blog today published a great story on the meeting. If you were not able to attend, I hope you will take some time to look over the plan and the timeline and offer any feedback you have via our online survey. I have included a small glossary of terms to accompany the plan (added to the document since the presentation), though I am certain I have missed some. There were several great questions at the meeting, many having to do with what will happen to our students after they graduate out of fifth grade. Although our plan can only address our own school, we do want the community to know that Dr. McKinney is already having conversations with Madison Middle School about what they are doing to prepare for a growing cohort of students who are advanced in math and science. As parents, we must also continue to let our school board members and SPS staff know that we need our students to have continued access to quality education at their level as they graduate out of our school.
We also received great questions that were not so easy to answer, such as: How do we ensure our students don’t fall behind over the summer? How we will integrate and expand arts education in our school? How are we thinking about diversity, equity and globalism in our school? The conversations on all of these subjects has been more extensive than was presented at this meeting, and it is important to us to continue the conversations with our school community to figure out how to integrate them into our long-term plan. We look forward to meeting with more of you as we continue to develop a plan that is both visionary and pragmatic.
– Lily Pierson
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2013/04/25/strategic-plan-update-and-survey/
Our school board representative, Marty McLaren has scheduled two more community meetings before the end of the school year. We would encourage anyone who is able to attend. It would be nice to share some stories of the cool learning that is happening in our school.
Saturday, May 11, from 10 AM to 12 PM
at the SW Branch Seattle Public Library, 9010 35th Avenue SW.
Saturday, June 15, from 12:30 PM to 2 PM
at the High Point Branch Seattle Public Library, 3411 SW Raymond St.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2013/04/25/community-meetings-with-marty-mclaren/
Tonight, in lieu of a PTA meeting, the Five Year Strategic Plan for our school was presented to our community. This plan picks up where our Design Team left off last summer, outlining the goals for our school over the next five years. Many thanks to the Strategic Planning Committee (listed below) for the tremendous effort they put into compiling this plan and timeline.
Lily Pierson – PTA/BLT
Nancy Maher – PTA/ Parent Volunteer
Craig Parsley – 5th Grade Teacher – Engineering Committee
Ro Gluck – 2/3 Teacher – Science Committee
Katie Bilanko – K/1 Teacher – Math Committee
Ashley Toney – Technology Committee
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2013/04/23/five-year-strategic-plan/
School assignments are out for the 2013-14 year and according to Seattle Schools Community forum, we will have 59 additional students coming to our school in the Fall.
To those families who are newly assigned to K-5 STEM, welcome to K-5 STEM and our PTA website! You don’t need to wait until September to get involved. We would like to invite you to a few upcoming events:
To those parents who are anxious about waiting lists, please know that many things happen between now and September as people move, change schools etc.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2013/04/22/newly-assigned-to-k-5-stem/
Play-Well Northwest Center is opening in Kirkland.
From Play-Well TEKnologies:
If you have been searching for a place where your child can create whatever they put their minds to, with more LEGO than they know what to do with..
Then Play-Well Northwest may be the place for you. Our Activity Center opens on May 2nd. We will be running workshops, summer camps, classes, and birthday parties, exploring the world of engineering utilizing over 100,000 pieces of LEGO.
Click HERE for details on our May 18th Grand Opening Celebration and join us for the party!
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2013/04/13/play-well-center-grand-opening-lego-engineering-summer-camps/
Students should select attire from the following list of options, five days a week:
- Plain white, navy blue, or black collared shirt, i.e. blouse, button-down, or polo style short or long-sleeved shirt (small brand logo acceptable). Short or long-sleeved t-shirts or turtlenecks are allowed under the same color collared shirt.
- Plain white, navy blue, or black pullover sweatshirts, sweaters, cardigans, vests, or fleece.
- Any top may include a small (under 4 inch) optional approved STEM owl mascot logo on the left breast. French Toast and Lands End both have approved logos.
- Plain navy blue, black or khaki pants, skirts, jumpers, shorts, skorts or collared dresses (no jeans, sweats or stretch pants).
- Plain navy blue, black or white tights or leggings may be worn under dresses, jumpers, skirts or skorts.
- Navy blue, black, khaki or white socks.
- Closed-toed shoes or boots.
- Hats are not permitted in classrooms but may be worn outside.
- Belts, hair accessories, jewelry, etc. should not distract from learning.
- STEM students with clothing-related religious practices may modify the uniform (e.g. head scarves).
- STEM students with special needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
If you have any questions please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page.
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