Nov
30
2014

Bring Pennies to School on Monday

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Monday December 1st is the start of our week-long All For Books campaign!

We’re raising money so all STEM students can buy books at our Book Fair Blizzard (December 11th & 12th). The money we raise also helps readers beyond our school. Every year, Scholastic matches the All for Books money raised nationwide with a donation of up to one million books to the Kids in Need Foundation and Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc.

Monday December 1st  - Penny Day

Tuesday December 2nd – Nickel Day

Wednesday December 3rd  - Dime Day

Thursday December 4th – Quarter Day

Friday December 5th – Dollar Day (coins or bills)

(Of course, spare change will be accepted on any of the above days!)

Donation boxes in every classroom and the school office.

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$50 Book Fair Gift Certificate for the class that raises the most money!

(to spend on books for your classroom)

 

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/11/30/bring-pennies-to-school-on-monday-3/

Nov
26
2014

Shop Shutterfly & Tiny Prints and Earn Money for our School!

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Earn 13% for STEM at Shutterfly and Tiny Prints!

If you are planning to shop at Shutterfly* or Tiny Prints, please use our new STEM School Storefront and 13% of your purchases will be donated to our school!! So go ahead and make those cards, order those gifts, or make some calendars, etc…and earn cash for our school!

Note: *Applies to all 6 of the Shutterfly brands (Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Treat, Wedding Paper Divas, ThisLife and Borrowlenses) Visit the store for details.

Tiny Prints - Holiday Offer

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/11/26/shop-shutterfly-tiny-prints-and-earn-money-for-our-school/

Nov
26
2014

Holiday Shopping? Amazon= $$ for STEM!

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Shopping through Amazon this holiday season? There are great deals to be had, and you can support STEM at the same time! With our Amazon affiliate membership we are currently earning 6.5% from purchases that are bought when using the links from our website. Support STEM and shop in your pajama’s from home- what could be better?

Shop Amazon – Black Friday Deals Week

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/11/26/holiday-shopping-amazon-for-stem/

Nov
24
2014

Lost & Found

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Missing anything? We bet you are because our Lost & Found is overflowing! Items will be in the main hallway during Parent/Teacher conferences – please stop by and take a look for any missing coats, sweaters, shirts, fleeces, lunch boxes, water bottles, hats….

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/11/24/lost-found-2/

Nov
24
2014

“THANK YOU” to the PTA from our kids…

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As classroom libraries are being delivered, our kids are sending the PTA many notes of thanks and gratitude for all their new classroom books! This is just one example of your Direct Give dollars at work!

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Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/11/24/thank-you-to-the-pta-from-our-kids/

Nov
17
2014

Direct Give Dollars at WORK!

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Goal #1 for our Direct Give was to improve our Literacy programs at K-5 STEM. Our wonderful librarian, Mary Bannister, has been hard at work finding great resources for both the library and classrooms. Every classroom library gets a boost and every child has access to new materials. Thank you all for your generous support of STEM and the PTA!

This is what the Guided Reading book room looked like before Direct Give

This is what the Guided Reading book room looked like before Direct Give dollars were used to purchase books.

This is what the Guided Reading book room looks like today, in progress.

This is what the Guided Reading book room looks like today!

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/11/17/direct-give-dollars-at-work/

Nov
14
2014

Volunteer for our 2nd Annual Book Fair Blizzard!

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Thursday, December 11th 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday, December 12th 8:30am – 11:30am

 

We need lots of volunteers to help make our Book Fair a big success!

Sign me up to help at the Book Fair Blizzard!

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Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/11/14/volunteer-for-our-2nd-annual-book-fair-blizzard/

Nov
14
2014

Washington State PTA Sets Legislative Agenda

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WPTA_JPEGThe Washington State Parent Teacher Association held its 36th Annual Legislative Assembly this past weekend in Vancouver, Washington. Delegates met there to set a new platform of legislative priorities for the 2015 -2016 legislative session in support of the organizational vision of “Making every child’s potential a reality.”
WSPTA’s priorities for the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions:

1. Funding McCleary

2. Create Positive School Climates Through Social Emotional Learning

3. Increasing Capital Funding

4. Increased Access to Higher Education

5. Breakfast After the Bell

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K-5 STEM PTA is seeking a volunteer to fill an advocacy position. This key position is open to a motivated, engaged volunteer interested in representing STEM during Legislative voting sessions and providing key information about State decisions that will impact our school. Contact Wendy at president@k5stempta.org if you are  interested in learning more.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/11/14/washington-state-pta-sets-legislative-agenda/

Nov
12
2014

Volunteers Needed for Classroom Libraries!

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K-5 STEM Librarian Mary Bannister needs your help to sort and level lots of new books for classroom libraries!

Please email mebannister@seattleschools.org for more information.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/11/12/9553/

Nov
11
2014

November 13th PTA Meeting Agenda

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Please join us for our November PTA meeting! We’ll meet from 6:30-8:00pm on Thursday November 13, 2014 in the Boren Library. Childcare will be provided – follow the signs to check kids in for childcare.

I.  CALL TO ORDER

II.  PRINCIPAL UPDATE

III.  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • President (Wendy Warborg)
    • Direct Give results (with Mrs. Bannister)
    • Calendar changes
  • Vice President (Rebecca Garcia)
    • Volunteer openings
    • Acknowledgments
  • Treasurer (Anne Higuera)
    • 990 filing
    • Budget update
  • Secretary (Lisa Dawson)
    • Membership update
  • BLT (Kathleen Voss, Mercedes Diggs)
    • Holidays and school celebrations

IV.  COMMITTEE & COORDINATOR REPORTS

1. Grants & Corporate Sponsorship (Heidi Alessi, Chair)
2. Auction (Lisa Dawson)
3. Library (Helen Green, Coordinator)

  • Book Fair 12/10-12

4. PTA Website (Michelle Johnson and Leah LaCivita)
5. Communications (Robin Graham)
6. Before & After School Enrichment (Linnea Seidelmann)

V.  NEW BUSINESS, QUESTIONS, COMMENTS

  • WinterFest volunteers needed (12/11)

VI.  ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Next PTA meeting on 12/4 

VII.  ADJOURNMENT

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/11/11/november-13th-pta-meeting-agenda/

Nov
11
2014

Positive Discipline Parenting Series

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parents_image“Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Children do better when they feel better.”
-Dr. Jane Nelsen

Positive Discipline is a program designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities. Based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (and teachers and parents!).

Intro Class: Tuesday, November 18th, 6:30-7:30pm, Boren Library

Enjoy the intro? Sign up for the full, FREE course (space limited to 30 people)

Free Course: Wednesdays (7 weeks), 6-8pm, starting January 7th, Boren Library
*Please note that the last class with be on Thursday, February 19th)

Free Childcare!

Instructor: Anita Garcia Morales

Please contact: Wendy Warborg at president@k5stempta.org to get your name on the list!

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/11/11/positive-discipline-parenting-series/

Nov
10
2014

Picture Retakes This Friday

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For students who missed the first picture day or if you want a retake, Yuen Lui will be back at school on Friday, November 14th.  Please send in the first package of photos if you are requesting a retake.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/11/10/picture-retakes-this-friday/

Nov
08
2014

Get your Chinook Book here!

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What is Chinook Book?

Chinook Book is a print book and mobile app (for iPhone and Android phones) and is filled with valuable coupons for saving at local, sustainable businesses that help grow the sustainable local economy in Seattle and the Puget Sound.

How do I help?

We’re asking each family to peruse the display copy in the main office or online at http://chinookbook.net/whats-inside/seattle-puget-sound/

The books are sold for $20, the apps are sold for $15, and the combo packs are sold for $30, and we keep 50% of each sale! By reaching our goal of 1 book per family we will raise $3,900.00

● Announce the sale at your work place. Ask people to download the free app so they can see the coupons.

● E-mail your family, friends and neighbors about your school and the Chinook Book fundraiser. Talk about it on Facebook, Twitter or other social networking sites.

Our fundraiser begins Saturday, November 8 and ends Friday, December 5.

Books, Apps and Combos may be purchased online here.

Order Envelopes may also be returned to your child’s teacher or the main office. Please make checks payable to: K5 STEM PTA. Books will be sent home with students.

What’s it Worth? Will We Really Save Money?

Here is just an example of some of the coupons:

  • Two free Metro bus passes/$5;
  • One free Take-and-Bake PCC Pizza (BOGO);
  • Uwajimaya 20%;
  • Bartell Drugs 20%;
  • Elliott Bay Brewery (BOGO);
  • Thriftway 20%;
  • Grocery Outlet 15%;
  • Super Supplements 20%;
  • Skymania (BOGO);
  • Trampoline Nation (BOGO);
  • Pharmaca 20%;
  • Goodwill 20%;
  • Value Village 30%;
  • Curious Kidstuff 25%;
  • 2 for 1 Admission to StoryBook Theater, SAM, The Burke, The Museum of Flight, Century Ballroom Dance Classes,
  • and 400+ more!

Thanks for your participation and support.  Let’s make this a successful fundraiser!

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/11/08/get-your-chinook-book-here/

Oct
28
2014

How does the PTA use your donation?

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Are you curious about what the PTA did with the donations from last year?  Take a look at these slides:

 Please remember this is a public school and the funds from the district and state are not great.  We need help from every family to provide the best experience possible – please consider your son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandson, granddaughter, neighbor, friend and donate anything you can.  We won’t ask again when this drive is over (well, until the Auction and next year).

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/10/28/how-does-the-pta-use-your-donation/

Oct
28
2014

Box Tops Fall Deadline Approaches

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The Box Tops for Education (BTFE)  program is an easy way to help the PTA raise funds! You can find the pink Box Tops logo on cereals, yogurt, T-shirts, plastic bags, paper products, folders and many other items. Each Box Tops logo is worth .10 cents and can add up to thousands of dollars per year.

The PTA collects Box Tops year round and submits these collections to BTFE twice yearly. The fall deadline is Monday, November 3. Please clip and send any Box Tops to school with your child or drop them off in the Box Tops basket in the school office before the 11/3 deadline.

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Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/10/28/box-tops-fall-deadline-approaches/

Oct
27
2014

2014 STEM Pumpkin Chunkin’ – this Saturday

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Please join us on Saturday, Nov. 1st to put those leftover Halloween pumpkins to good use by destroying them! Come see engineering and science in action as we catapult, drop, and roll our way to pumpkin destruction. Does a pumpkin’s size affect how far it is thrown by the catapult? Is there a difference in ease of destruction when a pumpkin is carved v. whole? How high on a ladder do you need to go to get a good “splat!”? These questions and many more may be answered!

Here are the details:

Saturday, November 1st
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Boren Playfields

This is a Bring-Your-Own-Pumpkin event. So, grab them off of your porch, offer to compost them for your neighbors, or go buy more at after-Halloween bargain rates! Big ones, small ones, bring them all! Bring some to share!

VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP IF YOU CAN HELP.  

 

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/10/27/2014-stem-pumpkin-chunkin-this-saturday/

Oct
27
2014

Direct Give Goal #4: Community

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We are near the end of of our Direct Give campaign and are far from our goal of $50,000. Our teachers have a big year planned, and our PTA wants to sponsor as many resources and community events as possible, but we need your help to make it happen.donate-button-md

This school has been a community effort since day one, and if you are reading this, you are part of our community. Our goals for our students and our school are lofty: we want to provide each child with an engaging, rich and rigorous education that prepares them for a lifelong love of learning. We want to build a caring community where each child is able to participate to her or his fullest. The dollars the PTA spends on Community go toward enrichment scholarships, assemblies and guest speakers, safety equipment and disaster planning, playground resources and special events such as Pi Day and our Back to School Bashes.

How much does it cost to give our school a boost? Take a look at some of the items on our wish list this year to get a sense of just some of the costs hope to cover this year.

Guided Reading Libraries $1500 per classroom (over $20k for whole school)
Each classroom needs to have a substantial collection of fiction and non-fiction books for students at every level. We need sets of books for students to use in small groups.

Reading Assessments $300 (we need at least two)
In order for each student to be introduced to reading material at his or her level, teachers need to do regular reading assessments. The Fountas Pinnell system used by our teachers allows them to find just the right book level for each student, but we don’t have enough of the assessment kits to provide each teacher with regular access to them.

Community Speakers and Demonstrations $500-1000 each
We want to make learning come alive to our students, and we believe that seeing and hearing from specialists and professionals. We want to bring excellent presentations from individuals and groups into our school for assemblies or community events.

treeEmergency Kits $250
In the event of an emergency, it is important that every classroom has a grab-and-go kit that contains basic supplies to care for a group of students out of the building. These packs have first aid supplies, snacks, rain protection and more.
In addition to these kits, we also have potable water in each classroom in the event of a short-term situation, and we are working toward building a comprehensive disaster kit that would contain food rations and sanitation supplies for our whole school for 24-72 hours.

Microscopes $150 each (we need 15 more)
Last year we were able to purchase 15 microscopes for our lab with Direct Give funds. It is wonderful to be able to provide our students access to high-quality tools, but our teachers have told us they could do much more if we had a microscope available for each student, rather than requiring students to share as they do now.

Professional Development in Project Based Learning (PBL) $1500 per teacher (over $20k for all-staff training)
Creating a STEM-focused PBL curriculum requires a lot of hard work from our teachers, and in order for their projects to come together as a whole school year after year, they need to have a common set of skills and practices. Sending a teacher to a PBL training will have a tremendous benefit to each child at STEM. More teacher confidence in PBL means more hands-on learning, more art, and more field experience, meeting the needs of each child at her or his level.

Playground Equipment $350 twice a year
Our kids love to kick balls, jump ropes, and draw with chalk. They play as hard as they work, and just as pencils are worn to stubs, ropes are jumped to shreds.

Safety Patrol Vests and Flags $300
STEM staff member Hayward Coleman has done an excellent job training our 4th and 5th graders in the fine art of safety patrol. These students give up their recesses and take time before and after school to assist staff in making sure that all of our students move safely through and around our campus.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/10/27/direct-give-goal-4-community/

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