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    Dear Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Families:

    Welcome to another exciting year at Louisa Boren STEM K-8!  Over the summer we continued our growth, adding new grades, programs and rooms.  Our staff have been meeting to plan an amazing school year.  A remarkable community of staff, students, and families make STEM K-8 a special place.  Our expansion to 8th grade will continue to produce some growing pains.  The additional time involved in adding staff, developing plans, and modifying facilities, mean I may fall behind on email.

    Some ways to keep in the communication loop:  

    1. Bookmark the STEM K-8 PTA and Louisa Boren STEM K-8  websites (they overlap and contain a wealth of useful information).

    2. Make sure your email address is accurate and updated in the school information system (check the online data verification forms you receive at the beginning of the school year).  You will receive the PTA/School newsletter (Owl Post) weekly and other updates via School Messenger that use that email address.

    3. Follow me on my school blog at principalostrom.wordpress.com or @PrincipalOstrom on Twitter.  Both are linked to the school and PTA website and PTA Facebook page and share important news, ideas, and developments.

    Some key information regarding the new year:

    Start and End Time: 8:50 am and 3:25 pm. ***These are new***
    (The posted SPS start time of 8:55 marks the tardy bell)

    Supervision and breakfast start at 8:35 am. Please do not bring your child to school before 8:35 am as there is no supervision.

     

    Pick up/Drop off/Parking:

    For Morning Drop off and Dismissal:  Students may be dropped off or picked up in the designated zone on the west end of the playground.   Parents may pull into the drop off/pick up zone and supervisors will direct children accordingly.  When in the pick up line please remain in your car.  We will bring your child to you. Parents wanting to walk and pick up children may park in the visitor parking section of the parking lot, or the park and walk section designated “School Load and Unload only” along Delridge. Students may not be dropped off on Delridge to walk to the playground.  To respect instructional time and traffic flow in a building serving more than 560 students, we ask parents to pick up and drop off outside (or in the office for late arrivals) rather than at classroom doors. If you need to talk with the teacher, you are welcome to come into the building.  However, on the first day of school students and parents may go directly to classrooms

    A crosswalk and flashing lights make it permissible to park on the west side of Delridge and walk your child to the playground/school. For safety reasons students may not be dropped off on either side of Delridge to walk to the playground. Parents must walk from those parking spots to drop off/pick up their children on the playground.  FYI—During school hours/flashing lights driving faster than the posted speed limit will incur a hefty camera-recorded ticket!

    For safety reasons we are asking families to walk around the parking lot and use the exit crosswalk rather than cut across the parking lot for pick up.  

    Uniform Expectations:

    STEM K-8 is a uniform school (yes, for middle schoolers too)!  Uniforms were adopted to build community, decrease inequalities and distractions, support safety, and many other reasons.  Visit the STEM School Website for full details on uniform expectations and guidelines.  A uniform closet exists to support families requesting financial assistance to meet uniform guidelines, and also address short term needs.

    Welcome to New and Returning Staff:

    STEM K-8 welcomes several new staff members, and some staff changed assignments.  K-8 and program expansion means you’ll see new faces. We added 8th Grade, a second PE teacher, a second Access Special Education program, and an inclusion model Seattle Preschool Program.  We also said goodbye to some staff members who transitioned to new places and jobs.  We were fortunate to find amazing educators committed to STEM learning to teach your children. 

     

    Grade/Program

    Teacher

    Developmental

    Pre-School

    Anya Dale

    Seattle Preschool Program

    Abby Reid

    K

    Wendy Morgan

    K

    Alisha Henderson

    1st

    Jessica Brodland

    1st

    Adrienne Ollernshaw  (Soheyla Nur moved on to an ELL Position)

    2nd

    Jodi Williamson

    2nd

    Krissy Soltman

    3rd

    Sunny Graves

    3rd

    Kristen Colby

    4th

    Kent Daniels

    4th

    Daniel Castelli (Ryan Schaedig moved on to a math support position)

    4th

    Christina Massimino (Joe Roicki moved out of district)

    5th

    Deborah Giza

    5th

    Lauren Martin

    5th

    Matt McGavick

    5th

    David Goldenkranz (an additional class size reduction position)

    6th

    Travis DesAutels

    6th

    Adrienne Perkins

    7th

    Heidi Paulson

    7th-8th

    Craig Parsley

    7th-8th

    Ethan Bleeker (new middle school math position)

    8th

    Drew Kincl (new 8th grade position)

    Resource

    Nicole Albertson (replaces Katie in her Resource Room position)

    Resource

    Rebecca Ray (Feige Engelsberg decided to care full time for her children)

    Access

    Melissa Graham

    Access

    Katie Griffith (Katie moves to a new Access position from resource)

    Distinct

    Mary McGuire

    Distinct

    Shamsah Rahim

    PFA

    Marie Nelson

    Computer

    Julie Schmick

    PE

    Neisha Batiste (Ed Adams moved to Vancouver Island to care for parents)

    PE

    Chad Smith (a new PE position)

    Library

    Mary Bannister

    Band

    Casey Cheever

    ELL

    Lee-Chin Chua

    Counselor

    Meredith Osborne

    Instructional

    Assistants

     

    Special Education

    Craig Rankin

    Special Education

    Greg Wolfe

    Special Education

    Michael Brown

    Special Education

    Ron Adams

    Special Education

    Hayward Coleman

    Special Education

    Lynn Ferguson

    Special Education

    Jennifer Ramierez

    Special Education

    Anisha Madden

    Seattle Preschool Program

    Mercedes Diggs

    ELL

    Tuubo Jamac

    LAP

    Stephanie Hughes

    Custodial

     

    Custodial Engineer

    Tom Zech

    Office

     

    Administrative Secretary

    Cindy Baca

    Office  Assistant

    Christa Howsmon

    Nurse

    Rena Anderson

    Assistant Principal

    Kim Noble

    Principal

    Ben Ostrom


    Exciting things are in the air!  STEM K-8 staff are working hard to get ready for your children.  We will have much to share and celebrate in the weeks to come.  Thank you for trusting our staff to partner with you to create a powerful learning community for your children.

    Sincerely,

    Benjamin Ostrom

    Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Principal