May 2017

STEM Lab General Information

If you need basic information about STEM Lab, check out the STEM Lab website by following this link . This information will be at the bottom of the newsletter each month, and it's your basic starting point if you have any questions. The information on our website includes current news, calendar of events, classroom pages, and so much more.


Word From Our Principal

As we wrap up our 7th year since being established, STEM Lab continues to be a showcase school. This year we hosted hundreds of educators interested in STEM Learning from across the country, we continued to have an extensive wait list of students wanting to be a part of our school, and we welcomed hundreds of partners into the building to work with the students. We demonstrated academic success by receiving the John Irwin School Of Excellence award. STEM's success would not be possible without the support of our families. We appreciate the community passing the bond which will allow us to have a facility that truly supports 21st century learning. We are thankful that our families are partners with our teachers and work collaboratively to help students be academically, socially and emotionally successful at both school and home. We hope you all have a safe and wonderful summer, we look forward to seeing you back in August!

Tracy Tellinger

Below is just a small glimpse of some of the amazing work that teachers shared with us that occurred across the school this year:

The Stem Lab World Music Ensemble performed as a part of Dia Del Nino at the Denver Art Museum. Stem Lab Choir and Percussion Ensemble performed for Colorado Gives day in support of the A Child's Song Studio.

Kindergarten did 2 PBLs. One was around being a good citizen in our community. The other one was helping others be aware of zoos and how to rate a zoo as good verses bad.

First Grade's compassion and engagement in our current learning about prairie dogs. Students are taking their knowledge of these important creatures and using it to educate others in our community.

Second Grade Shared a lovely song with us please follow link below:

Third Grade enjoyed all of the following field experiences, Miller Farm, South Mesa Trailhead, Wildlife Experience, Adaptations at the DMNS, Zoo adaptations! Publishing state reports to Padlet! Making our own Science hyperdoc! Magnet Inventions!!

Fourth graders designed a remodeled, sustainable STEM building with the help of experts in the energy field and District. They designed their models using 3-D printed signs. Two of the best groups went and presented to industry partners about their designs.

In Fifth grade, we have had one busy and successful year! We worked on and solved many PBLs. Some of them are; Designing/building an updated colonial tool, Sun safety, Colonial illnesses diagnosis and prevention video, Index card bridges, Pringle challenge, and assorted smaller projects. We visited and had presentations from; Cool Creative Chemistry, Muggle Magic, Bio Engineering, Hawkquest, Weather Works, Squid dissection, Crime scene detective lecture, Denver Art Museum, tried our first Breakout Box, Wind Powered Vehicles, Marine Biology Workshop, North Metro Fire Science, and even had the DMNS Star Lab. We also continued the tradition of leading the school in the annual Holiday Sing Along! It was a great year!

Sixth grade students visited Keystone Science School in February to study snow pack, the Colorado River watershed and how to conserve water. Special thanks to those who volunteered to help raise money for this experience.

The seventh graders worked hard and had a great year. They prepared to change the world as they completed PBLs focused on: creating tools to decrease the spread of pathogenic bacteria in hospitals from cell phones and other technology, creating an easy-to-use, early detection tool for chronic diseases that could be used at home, and finally, they wrapped up the year examining biomimicry (engineering designs that mimic nature), and redesigning a bag that is more functional based on surface area and volume. They were also able to take part in a heart dissection and special mummy exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

All Eighth grade students participated in the Toshiba Exploravision Contest in their Language Arts and Engineering Classes to imagine what a technology would look like 20 years from now. Two teams received Regional Honorable Mention Honors.


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This renovation project is possible thanks to community support of a $350 million school construction bond.

You can find more information at


Please remember no pets on campus

This is an Adams 12 Safety standard, and we want to keep our kids safe!


The STEM Lab PTO has partnered with SchoolKidz for an exciting service for our families!

Beginning Monday, May 8th you can pre-order next year’s school supplies. No need to fight the crowds! These kits are exactly what the teachers have included on their school supply lists. Purchase the kits you need and they'll be available on Back-to-School Night this August!

To take advantage of this service, visit and enter our school’s account number: 79089.

Here are a few things to be aware of:

  1. This is a service only, not a fundraiser.

  2. Your child(ren) will be coming home with a flyer/order form that is for your information only. Please do not fill out the form or send any money to the school.

  3. Some grades have boy and girl-specific lists.

  4. The 3rd grade list is split into 3 separate lists based on last name.

  5. Backpacks, Accessories, & Bundle deals are shown on the flyer, but are not offered as part of our sale.

  6. The sale begins on May 8, 2017 and ends on June 9, 2017.

  7. Remember to order for the grade your child will be in beginning this August 2017.

  8. **This is an online-only sale. Please do not fill out the order form or send any money to the school.**

Contact with any questions.


Mark Your Calendars

May 5 ( Fri.) Elementary Assessment Day K-5 by appt only Grades 6,7,8 Full Day

May 5 (Fri.) Dine Out - Cold Stone

May 8-11 Spirit Week

May 11 Kona Ice Truck

May 12 (Fri.) NO SCHOOL Teacher Work Day

May 15-19 Book Fair

May 16 (Tues.) Elementary Field Day

May 18 (Thurs) GroundBreaking Ceremony

May 24 (Wed.) Last day of school

August 14 ( Mon.) Back to school Night

August 16 ( Wed.) First day of school


Congratulations to our new 2017-18 PTO Executive Board

The Executive Board Officers are:

  • President: Monica von Hoff
  • Vice President: Melissa Roder
  • Secretary: Tia Beeby
  • Treasurer: Katie Henneuse
  • Fundraising Chair: Heather Carpenter


STEM Carnival Volunteer Sign-Up

Calling All Volunteers! We need your help to make the Carnival a success!

We need parent volunteers to help with collecting cupcakes the morning of the Carnival, set-up, pizza pick-up, coordinating volunteers, ticketing, food, and clean-up. Ticketing and food volunteers, please check in at the volunteer table 5 to 10 minutes before your shift.

If interested in volunteering or help with supplies please see links below:




Grocery Store Cards

Help Raise Funds for our School!

Here is how it works:

  • Purchase a reloadable King Soopers and/or Safeway gift card for $5.00. You will receive a card with $5.00 on it.
  • Keep reloading your card up to $500 at a time or each time BEFORE scanning your groceries, or purchasing gas at King Soopers/Safeway.
  • King Soopers/Safeway will send 5% of reloaded amount back to Stem Lab PTO.
  • Cards with a zero balance will become inactive after 90 days.
  • Lost, stolen, damage, destroyed or tossed cards will not be replaced by King Soopers/Safeway.

For more information or if you would like to purchase a card, please contact our Grocery Card Coordinator at


Lost & Found

Please make sure to stop by the lost and found for anything you may have misplaced! All unclaimed items will be donated May 24th!


Pick up /Drop off map....student pick up will be the same next year except K-2 will be dismissed out the NORTH side of the bldg. Just a reminder that there is no supervision prior to 7:45 am so please for the sake of student safety do not drop off prior. Pick up must occur by 3:20 or students will be in the office until 3:30 when the office closes.