STEM PTA Pizza PI(e) Dinner

Come get irrational and transcendental with pizza pi(e) dinner & a pi(e) walk!

WHAT: Pizza and pie walk

            Pizza Pi: Cheese, pepperoni, gluten free, and vegan will be on hand

            Pi Walk: A cake walk, but with pie! Donations of pies welcome. $1 per participant per round

            STEM PTA will supply all the utensils, plates, and drinks

WHEN: Friday, March 13th (3/14/15 – pi day!) from 5:30-7pm

WHERE: Boren Cafeteria

WHY: To celebrate pi, Albert Einstein’s birthday & have fun!

HOW: Suggested $10 per family donation (collected at the event- checks or cash).

WHO: STEM friends

More information at (and you can RSVP!): www.facebook.com/K5STEMPTA


Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/02/22/stem-pta-pizza-pie-dinner/


Islandwood Fundraiser- Parents Night Out!

Our 4th Grade classes are raising funds for Islandwood environmental camp! Register today to have a Parent’s Night Out (or stay in!).  Movie, pizza and games- sounds like fun!

When: Friday, February 13th from 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Why: This is a fundraiser to help the fourth grader go to Islandwood (a week long science camp).

Cost: $30 for the first child, $10 for each additional child. This event is only available to students at K-5 STEM.

What: Games, pizza served by fourth graders, movies, popcorn and fun! Feel free to bring your sleeping bag and pillow.

If you would like your child to join us please fill out the bottom section of this form. Please turn the form in to Ms. Newton’s box (located in the office). We will accept the first 35 students to attend the event.


Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/02/05/islandwood-fundraiser-parents-night-out/


THE MACHINE- Mr. Gluck’s Classroom

What started as a new year warm up quickly morphed into a all-consuming Engineering, problem-solving and team-building experience for Mr. Gluck’s class!

The parameters were simple (and, per usual, intentionally vague): using the materials available, construct a path for a tennis ball to follow. Together, they planned the assessment tools by which they would measure success. The class assigned point values to all materials (with a quick lesson in drawing 3D shapes). They then developed the scoring criteria: completed projects would be measured in length, height, time taken for the ball to travel, and of course STP (Smooth, Tight, and Pretty, as all well-fabricated structures should be).

The planning stage included a variety of loops, jumps, and the occasional ring of fire, all of which quickly fell to the wayside as the students realized that creating a direct path would be difficult enough! After about a day and a half of construction, one team asked another if they could combine their projects in a Voltron-esque attempt to take the top prize. This conversation quickly spread around the class, and soon enough the class was facing an entirely different challenge. With each of the four groups focusing on one side of the square, the students committed to building a singular structure that would allow the tennis ball to travel in a full circuit around the classroom.

Summary: Watch the video, and pass it along. We’re doing amazing things here and we like to show off.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/02/05/the-machine-mr-glucks-classroom/


Get Ready to Rock ‘n’ Roll UP at the STEM Auction!


Saturday, March 28, 2015
The Hall at Fauntleroy
5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Wear your rock ‘n’ roll finest!

Visit the Auction Information page for details and tickets!

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/02/03/rock-n-roll-up-auction/


Arbor Heights and STEM Random Acts of Kindness Food Drive


February 9th – February 13th 2015

Collecting donations for the Backpack Program!

 Individual Sizes:

Shelf Stable Milk

 Juice Boxes or Cans

 Fruit Cups

Cereal (.95oz)

Instant Oatmeal

Cup of Noodle

Individual Microwaveable Meals (e.g. Ravioli, Mac n’ Cheese, Spaghetti O’s, etc)

Top Ramen


Healthy Snacks(e.g. granola bars, animal crackers etc)

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/02/02/arbor-heights-and-stem-random-acts-of-kindness-food-drive/


5th Grade Science – Theory to Practice

During the months of October to December, 5th grade students at STEM engaged in a study of landforms. Specifically, students used large-scale models of landforms to investigate the effects of surface run-off (from rainfall) on watersheds. What they discovered is that unstable soils, or soils lacking vegetation, will erode more rapidly than soils stabilized by native vegetation (see video below).

So when an opportunity arose two weeks ago to put their newfound discoveries into action, STEM 5th grade students worked with Seattle Parks and Recreation to plant native trees and shrubs on a hillside just south of the school on Delridge Way SW (see photos below). Their efforts both beautified the neighborhood and improved the soil/plant ecosystem.













Mr. Parsley and Mr. DesAutels are very proud of the work their students did in this science unit. There is no greater joy for a parent or teacher than to see learning transferred to a real-world application. Thank you 5th graders and parents who supported this event.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/26/5th-grade-science-theory-to-practice/


Books, Books and More Books!

Our Book Fair has paid off!

We received a large shipment of new books for the library that was the result of proceeds from our Winter Book Fair (in December). Thank you to everyone who came out to participate!

Mrs. Bannister was also awarded a Donor’s Choose Grant which allowed her to purchase sets of 6 copies each of the 2014 Sasquatch Award Nominee’s for our readers. Congrats, Mrs. B!

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Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/23/books-books-and-more-books/


2nd Annual STEM Art Walk and Potluck

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This Thursday, January 22
5:30 – 7:30pm

A community gathering sponsored by our PTA for all of our families and friends.

Please bring a dish to share and tour the school to see the amazing projects created in our classrooms.

Enjoy food, art and short student performances.

PTA will provide plates, utensils, napkins, cups, water & lemonade.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/21/2nd-annual-stem-art-walk-and-potluck/


Blue Friday!

12Special Blue Friday Seahawks Spirit Wear day tomorrow!
Kids can wear Seahawks shirts/sweatshirts, owl shirts/sweatshirts, Spirit Wear or blue/green tops to school tomorrow.

Go Birds!

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/15/blue-friday/


Marination Ma Kai and STEM!

Marination Ma Kai and K-8 STEM are teaming up to raise money for our school!

Join us at the famous food truck’s brick & mortar space in West Seattle for Hawaiian-Korean fusion fare and
20% of all net food sales goes right back to STEM!

When: January 14th from 4-8pm (early release day)

Where: Marination Ma Kai, 1660 Harbor Avenue SW





Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/13/marination-ma-kai-and-stem/


A Few More Ways to Shop and Earn for Our School!

 We wanted to share with you a few more ways that you can shop and earn for our school!

Box Tops: Earn cash for our school simply by clipping Box Tops for Education coupons from hundreds of participating products. Drop off your coupons in the Box Tops collection box in the main office. Learn more at http://www.boxtops4education.com/Default.aspx.

Labels for Education: Labels for Education is a fun and easy program where families and members of the community work towards a common goal – earning “free stuff” for K-5 STEM! By collecting UPCs and beverage caps/sauce caps from over 2,500 participating products our school earns points that can be redeemed for Arts, Athletics, and Academics merchandise. Bring your labels to the Labels for Education box in the main office. Learn more at http://www.labelsforeducation.com/.

West Seattle Thriftway: We are collecting West Seattle Thriftway receipts. Please drop them off in the donation box  in the main office. 1% of the purchase price of every item you buy is returned to our school!

Reminder: BoxTops and L4E boxes are INSIDE the main office!

Also consider these options:

  • With the eScrip program you can earn money for our school every time you swipe your credit and/or debit cards! Escrip (Safeway/Bartells) earned our school $80 in November. Visit our eScrip page for more information.
  • Order a PCC scrip card (or key tag) through K-5 STEM PTA, and our school receives 5% of the purchase price of everything you buy! Order yours today at http://k5stempta.org/get-involved/shop-earn/pcc-2/

Thank you!


Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/11/a-few-more-ways-to-shop-and-earn-for-our-school/


Smarter Balanced Is Coming!

This Spring, our kids will be taking the new Smarter Balanced tests which are replacing the MAP tests for evaluations. This format has marked differences from the MAP tests, and being informed is the best way to support your child.

Below, you will find an overview presentation that Mary Bannister and Julies Schmick presented to the PTA in January. Take a look!

More information, resources, and access to practice tests can be found on the SPS website.


Smarter Balanced Assessment PTA Presentation updated January 8, 2015

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/09/smarter-balanced-testing-information/


Special Spirit Wear Day Tomorrow!

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Special Blue Friday Seahawks Spirit Wear day tomorrow!
Kids can wear Seahawks shirts/sweatshirts, owl shirts/sweatshirts, Spirit Wear or blue/green tops to school tomorrow. Go Birds!


Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/08/special-spirit-wear-day-tomorrow/


FREE After School Science Programs for K-2 @ Neighborhood House






FREE After school Enrichment Science Program on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 4:30-5:30 @ Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126)

Mondays: “Science with Anne” – 1st and 2nd graders come participate in fun activities to learn about environment, nature and the science of it all.

Wednesdays: “Science in Action” – Kindergarten to 2nd graders join us for hands on learning activities to explore how your actions impact the environment

** You can sign your child up for just Monday, just Wednesday, or both days

Please call or email if you have any questions or would like to register: (206)588-4900 ext. 620 or megand@nhwa.org

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/07/free-after-school-science-programs-for-k-2-neighborhood-house/


Direct Give Dollars at WORK- Update


Direct Give Dollars at WORK- Update!

Last month brought forth many requests from teachers and staff for things the District doesn’t cover- and we were able to make many of their wishes come true! Creating a school where teachers and staff have the resources they need to teach and work effectively make for a better learning environment- and we can all agree that great learning is our #1 priority at STEM!

Here’s a short list of how YOUR donations were used to support our school:

  • New headphones for the library computers- kids are often listening to different programs making it a noisy experience! Nice and quiet now…
  • New hula-hoops for the playground- kids are tough on those toys outside!
  • A new wireless microphone for Mr. O to use during assemblies. This allows him to walk all around the gym instead of being tethered to the speakers- and allows him to to interact more fully with our kids. AND, last but not least….
  • A full classroom starter set of VEX IQ robots for Ms. Schmick and our 3-5th grade (and 6th!) programmers!

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Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/07/direct-give-dollars-at-work-update/


Enrichment Class Enrollment Ends Wednesday

Enrichment Class enrollment ends Wednesday 1/7/2015. Please visit http://k5stempta.org/enrichment-programs-preview/ for more information and to register online.  Registration forms will also be available in the STEM office.

All classes (excluding Sphero) are open to more participants. Several classes need more students to be held: Design Time with Pacific Science Center, Tennis, Hoops K-1, iPad LEGO Animation: Impossible Worlds 2, Hoops 2-5, and Hip Hop/Jump Rope.

If you already know which classes you are interested in, your registration prior to the deadline is appreciated as it gives our coordinators as much time as possible to finalize class lists. Please contact afterschool@k5stempta.org with any questions, interest in being a Parent Volunteer or to request information about scholarships.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/05/enrichment-class-enrollment-ends-wednesday/


Learn, Respond, Rally – 3 Ways to Help Make Schools a Priority in WA


You’re doing your part in the K-5 STEM community. Now help make sure the state does their part to support Washington’s public schools. Three great opportunities are coming up!

1) Paramount Duty—Learn in Seattle
Sponsored by: Seattle Education Association, League of Women Voters and Seattle Council PTSA

When: Tuesday, January 6, 2015–6:30 to 8:30pm
Where: John Stanford Center Auditorium, 2445 3rd Ave. S., Seattle
Why: Because bake sales and auctions cannot fill funding gaps in basic education

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2) Remind your Legislator to Fully Fund Education – Respond online
A quick survey will add your voice to WSPTA’s call for full funding for education: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FocusDay2015

When: Got a minute now?
Where: Wherever you are
Why: Legislators need to know that we care…and really, why not?

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3) WSPTA FOCUS DAY 2015—Rally in Olympia!

When: Monday, January 19, 2015 – MLK Day (no school!)
Where: WA State Capitol (transportation available!)
Why: Because legislators hear more about chickens and no taxes than they do about funding education.

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Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/12/19/learn-respond-rally-3-ways-to-help-make-schools-a-priority-in-wa/

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