Direct Give Update!



We are one week into the Direct Give and so far have raised $2500!

No cookie dough, no wrapping paper, no magazine sales by you or your kids- just a tax free donation to support our wonderful school.

These funds support each and every child at STEM. Please spread the word to friends and family who will support STEM- and don’t forget to include asking your employer if they will do matching funds!

Our goal of $50,000 will be far reaching in the area’s of literacy, tech/science/engineering support, safety, community events and more! Donate Today!


Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/10/08/direct-give-update/


RSVP Today for the STEM Social!


Please join us for the first STEM Social! Parents, guardians, friends, STEM community all welcome!

Who:     STEM community (adults only/babes in arms).
What:   Join us for light refreshments (beer, wine, soda & coffee & light appetizers). YMCA has a parents night out that night or share a babysitter. $5 suggested donation per person
Where: TAF Bethaday Community Learning Space, 605 SW 108th Street, Seattle, WA 98146
When:   Saturday, October 11th, 7:00 – 9:00+/- pm


1)  Online Here

2)  Email to Robin


3)  Write check for $5 to K-5 STEM PTA and leave in the STEM Social mailbox by Thursday, October 9th at 10:00 a.m.



Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/10/06/rsvp-today-for-the-stem-social/


Direct Give Goal #1: Supporting Literacy



Our teachers are working hard to introduce all of our students to the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), but without literacy skills, students cannot access many of the tools they need to excel in these areas. Literacy is not just the ability to read and write. True literacy includes critical thinking, active inquiry, and reasonable and creative response. Supporting students in achieving true literacy requires diverse tools and resources, from phonics programs, reading assessment tools, quality fiction and non-fiction texts, and access to online resources.

Despite the profound importance of literacy, the district does not fund these resources. While we were provided with some books when we opened two years ago, all of the books that we have added to the school library since have been paid for by PTA donations and book fairs, and it has fallen on teachers to develop their classroom libraries, which can take years.

Our principal, Ben Ostrom, and our librarian, Mary Bannister, are eager to offer more to our students. They have requested sets of guided reading books, for small reading groups, to be shared among the teachers. They also want to make sure that all of our classroom libraries are adequate to the needs of our students, with leveled libraries and quality informational texts. There are also several online subscriptions that would provide access to a large selection of nonfiction texts to all students.

Library Books Tornadoes

We want our students to be surrounded by inspiring and informative books every day. We want to ensure the access of all students to a great classroom library, even if their teacher is new.

Please submit your donation now.  The impact of your donation will be far-reaching.  Supporting the literacy of our STEM community will allow each child to go further in years to come.

For more information and to see all the Direct Give Goals click here.

Donate Now

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/10/06/direct-give-goal-1-supporting-literacy/


“Feather The Nest” Direct Give Campaign is Live



Feather The NestOur Fall Fundraising Event is a Direct Give

The Direct Give is our first fundraiser of the year and your first opportunity to help STEM students and staff get the resources they need for an enriched school year.
State and local funding is inadequate to support the vision of our school and provide the level of services we want for all of our students. The PTA works for school improvements by advocating locally and nationally, but our voices do not provide the dollars we need, so we ask for support from you, our community. We chose a Direct Give so that each dollar you spend goes directly to the school. We do not ask our students and families to sell products or gather pledges. Each donation is tax deductible, and many employers will match donations, increasing your gift to our community.


View more information about the PTA’s goals and where your generous donations go.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/10/01/feather-the-nest-direct-give-campaign-is-live/


You’re Invited to the STEM Social……


martiniSTEM Social


Who:        STEM parents (adults only/babes in arms).

What:       Join us for light refreshments (beer, wine, soda & coffee & light appetizers).  YMCA has a parents night out that night or share a babysitter.  $5 suggested donation per person

Where:    TAF Bethaday Community Learning Space, 605 SW 108th Street, Seattle, WA 98146 - Get Directions

When:     Saturday, October 11th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm


  • Price: $5.00 Quantity:

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/09/29/youre-invited-to-the-stem-social/


Math in Focus – Parent University, Oct 9th



Struggling to help with the math homework?

Want to learn more about the Singapore Math and the Math in Focus curriculum?

Seattle Public Schools is providing an opportunity for families to learn more about Math in Focus directly from the company.   Math in Focus trainers will provide a “Parent University.”  They will share the framework for the Singapore approach to math and provide strategies families may use at home to support students in their learning.

When:  Thursday, Oct. 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m

Where:  West Seattle High School Auditorium

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/09/29/math-in-focus-parent-university-oct-9th/


School Picture Day – Sept 30!




Bring your smile Tuesday…and your order forms! Yuen Lui will be taking individual student photos on Sept 30. Students should bring in order envelopes even if orders were placed online – just write order number on envelope. Class group photos will be taken in the spring.

Visit www.yuenluistudio.com and search “K-5 STEM at Boren Prepay” for more information.

Big thanks to the parent volunteers who are coming in to help Tuesday!

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/09/26/school-picture-day-sept-30/


Spirit Wear Day – A Primer for New Owls!


Friday, September 26th is Spirit Wear Day!

STEM Spirit Wear Day Policy

Students can wear shirts (including any t-shirts, sweat shirts, hoodies, in long or short sleeves):

• Ordered from ZOME (spirit wear site)

• With any owl on it (shirt in any color)

• Plain (no graphics or logos) blue shirts

• Plain (no graphics or logos) green shirts

With any uniform bottoms (any bottom that is part of the uniform code – no jeans, PJ pants etc)

As always, students should follow SPS dress code (“dress appropriately for school in

ways that will not cause safety or health problems, or disruptions”).

Spirit wear days are optional, please dress in uniform if you choose not to participate.

The uniform closet welcomes donations of sprit wear. Donations can be dropped off in the main office or PTA room.


2014-2015 Sprit wear days:

Friday, September 26

Friday, October 31 (no costumes please)

Friday, November 21

Friday, December 19

Thursday, January 29 (no school on Friday)

Friday, February 27

Friday, March 27

Friday, April 24

Friday, May 29

Thursday, June 15 (last day of school)

STEM staff will determine any other spirit days during the year (pj day, crazy hair day, etc….)


Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/09/22/spirit-wear-day-a-primer-for-new-owls/


Early Release Afternoon of Games






2:00PM – 4:00PM

Train your brain with games!
Come down to Uptown Espresso & Gameporium to spend your afternoon learning great new games! Game Valets will get you completely set up to play. This is an Exclusive Event for K-5 STEM families! Tell the barista the secret code phrase “Hoot Owl Hoot” to get a free small Italian Soda and mini-cookie.

Uptown Espresso & Gameporium
3845 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106

Uptown Espresso Gameporium

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/09/22/early-release-afternoon-of-games/


Lands’ End Offers Free Logos from Sept. 19-21


Order a new shirt, jacket, or sweater from Lands’ End between September 19-21 and get a free owl logo!

Click on the Lands’ End logo below to start shopping.  The K-5 STEM preferred school number is 900152018. Use this number to find the STEM logo.

Lands' End free logo sale Sept 19-21



Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/09/16/lands-end-offers-free-logos-from-sept-19-21/

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