Welcome Back!



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, modifying facilities, and obtaining 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 the 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:

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


  1. Pick up/Drop off/Parking:

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.

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.

  1. 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 31 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.


  1. Important Dates:


August 31, 6:00-7:30: Middle School Orientation.

***Since we welcomed Kindergartners with a Jump Start week, we are no longer hosting a Kindergarten and New Student orientation.  If you’re a new 1st-5th grade family and want to view the school and ask questions before September 6, we will host a brief tour on 8-31 from 5:15-5:30 PM***


September 6: First day of school for students in Seattle Preschool Program and grades 1-8.


First day of school decompression coffee hour! 

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


September 6, 7, and 8: Family Conferences with Kindergarten families.


September 8, 5:30-8:00 pm: 6th ANNUAL STEM BACK TO SCHOOL BASH! B2SB6 Lincoln Park NORTH END Shelter & picnic tables 60-84. Stay tuned to school/PTA Facebook page for updates Be there or be c


September 11: The first day of school for kindergarten students.


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.


September 28: PreK-5th Grade Curriculum Night and Open House


October 5: Middle School Curriculum Night and Open House


  1. 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.


  1. 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 $85. This can be left with teachers the first week of school and payment can be spread out over multiple months if needed. The supply payment is not required and all students will receive the same supplies ordered by their teachers in each classroom. Middle school fees help cover additional technology and science additional supplies used at the middle school level.


  1. 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


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 Kirsten 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)
Distict 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


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 Engineer Tom Zech
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.



Ben Ostrom

Benjamin Ostrom

Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Principal