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    Posted on 08/27/2018
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    Dear Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Families:

    Welcome to another exciting year at Louisa Boren STEM K-8! We can’t wait to welcome your children!   Our staff have been meeting to plan an amazing school year.  Our remarkable community of staff, students, and families make STEM K-8 a special place.  Our “10-year” project to build a pre K-8 STEM option school is entering it’s 7th year—with our full contingent of grades and programs in place.  Lots of learning and consolidation remains!

    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. To sign up for PTA & school TEXT alerts & updates sign up here!

    4. Follow me on my school blog at or  @PrincipalOstrom on Twitter.  Both are intermittently updated 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:

    A.   Start and End Time: 8:50 am and 3:25 pm.

    a.      (The posted SPS start time of 8:55 marks the tardy bell)


    B. Pick up/Drop off/Parking:

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

    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.

    C. Classroom Assignments:

    Due to changes in FERPA regulations, classroom assignments are no longer posted publicly.  Classroom assignments will be shared at the end of the day on Thursday, August 3o via email using School Messenger.  On the first day of school there will be staff and volunteers available to share assignments and families may walk students to their new classrooms.  Class lists are carefully constructed by teachers to support equity, a balance of skill levels and educational needs, student relationships, and classroom environment.  We are rarely able to make adjustments to class assignments.


    D. Important Dates:


    August 29, 5:00-6:00: New Student Orientation.

    ***Since we welcomed Kindergartners with a Jump Start week, we are no longer hosting a Kindergarten orientation.  If you’re a new 1st-5th grade family and want to view the school and ask questions before September 5, we will host a welcome and tour on Aug. 29, from 5:00-6:00.***


    August 30, 5:00-6:00: Middle School Orientation.

    This is for new students and rising 6th graders.


    September 5: First day of school for 1st-8th grade students.

    First day of school decompression coffee hour! 

    8:50-9:50 am meet with other parents and me to celebrate/decompress.


    September 10: First day of school for students in Seattle Preschool Program and Kindergarten.


    September 5, 6, and 7: Family Conferences with Kindergarten and Seattle Preschool Program families.


    September 7, 5:30-8:00 pm:

    7th ANNUAL STEM BACK TO SCHOOL BASH! B2SB6 Lincoln Park NORTH END Shelter 5 & picnic tables 60-84. Stay tuned to school/PTA Facebook page for updates Be there or be c!


    September 10: First day of school for students in Seattle Preschool Program and Kindergarten First day of school decompression coffee hour! 

    8:50-9:50 am meet with other parents and me to celebrate/decompress.


    September 13, 6:30-8:00 pm PTA meeting.  Come to the first PTA meeting of the year to discuss plans and what’s happening! There will also be a Uniform Swap – bring uniform items that don’t fit anymore and exchange them for ones that do.



    F. 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. To access the uniform closet check in with office staff.


    G.  School Supplies:

    We will not be distributing a school supplies list. In lieu of an expensive list of supplies we ask K–5 students bring a backpack and a check made to STEM K-8 for $45 and middle school students a backpack and check for $90. The fee is per student, not per family, and multiple students can be paid for on a single check. The check can be delivered to the office or teachers the first week of school and payment can be spread out over multiple months if necessary. You are welcome to add more for a donation! Water bottles are optional.  All students will receive the same supplies in each classroom regardless of ability to pay. Middle school fees help cover additional technology and science additional supplies used at the middle school level.


    H. Back to School packets and Health information.

    Back to school packets will go home on September 5.  Please fill out the necessary forms and return them as promptly as possible.  Pay particular attention to any health-related documents.  STEM K-8 is not a nut-free school, and will work with families to develop an individual health plan for students with significant health concerns.  Please call the office at 252-8450 if you are a new family to STEM and a have a child with a significant health concern.


    I.     Welcome to New and Returning Staff:

    STEM K-8 welcomes several new staff members, and some staff changed assignments.  Class size reduction added positions.  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 who want to be at STEM! 




    Dev. Pre-School

    Anya Dale


    Kristina Catt


    Abby Reid


    Wendy Morgan


    Alisha Henderson


    Jessica Brodland


    Adrienne Ollerenshaw


    Amanda Burke


    Hannah Lortz


    Heather Sorrentino


    Krissy Soltman


    Jodi Williamson


    Kristin Colby


    Christina Massimino


    Daniel Castelli


    Sunny Graves


    Matt McGavick


    Marie Clevering


    Travis DesAutels


    Deborah Giza


    Lauren Martin

    7th ELA/SS

    Heidi Paulson

    7th/8th Science

    Craig Parsley

    7th/8th Math

    Ethan Bleeker

    8th ELA/SS

    William “Drew” Kincl


    Anhsaly Grant


    Nicole Albertson

    Resource .6

    Shaindel David Bresler


    Katie Griffith


    Monique Morgan-Uzzle


    Shamsah Rahim


    Michael Holland


    Julie Schmick


    Matthew Schiavo


    Timothy Avery


    Mary Bannister


    Lee-Chin Chua


    Danielle Blechert





    Monica Aikas


    Connor Lee


    Michael Brown


    Ron Adams


    Lynn Ferguson


    Hayward Coleman


    Jennifer Ramirez


    Dustin Davis


    Anisha Noriega


    Mercedes Diggs


    Tuubo Jamac



    Custodial Engineer

    Tom Zech

    Evening CE’s

    Steve Lowe, Tzarina DeLeon



    Administrative Secretary

    Cindy Baca

    Office Assistant

    Christa Howsmon

    Office Assistant

    Jody Hapgood


    M.C. Nachtigal

    Assistant Principal

    Kim Noble


    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.




    Ben Ostrom


    Benjamin Ostrom

    Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Principal