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UPCOMING DATES OF NOTE
 
For more information on upcoming events, visit the Tesla STEM PTSA calendar page.
            
Updated Calendar Items

JUNE 4 - 8 - Senior Finals
JUNE 13 - Graduation
JUNE 15, 18, 19 - Second Semester Finals (subject to
 change if we have weather-related make up days)

Please Note:  We do not give early finals.  Please plan accordingly...thank you!!

ASB Events

ASB events are advertised by students, for students.  

Please remind your student to check the ASB calendar posted in the school or look on the  Tesla STEM HS website  for the most current information. 

ASB may opt to send announcements to this newsletter for inclusion, but it is not their primary source of communication.



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WEEK OF FEBRUARY 19 - 23, 2018 
Early Bird Discount Extended - ACT NOW!

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 19TH! ACT NOW!

Grad Night is an all-night celebration which starts immediately following graduation in June. It is the last time our Tesla STEM High School students will be together as a class and is intended as a safe alternative to private parties.  Students are whisked by bus to two separate private venues for a night they won't forget with tons of activities, dancing, entertainment, food and prizes.
 
MAKE SURE YOUR KID GETS TO BE PART OF THE FUN!
 
Note that Grad Night is sponsored by Tesla STEM PTSA. It is not an official school or ASB activity.
 
PRICING:
Early Bird: $175.00 (extended to February 19, 2018)
Regular:     $195.00 (after February 19, 2018)
Note: These prices apply, if paid by check. There is a small processing fee for online sales to cover our costs: $4 for Early Bird tickets (for a total of $179) and $5 for Regular Tickets (for a total of $200).
 
IMPORTANT: Scholarships are available.  Please contact your student's counselor if you would like to request assistance.   We don't want the expense to be an issue for any student.
 
SIGN UP TODAY!
 
HOW TO BUY TICKETS
Two ways to purchase:
Online: Tickets can be purchased online OR
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By check:  You can bring a check to the school office or mail it to:
 
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Tesla STEM High School
4301 228th Ave N.E.
Redmond, WA 98053
 
The envelope should be marked "Attn: Grad Night". Make checks payable to "Tesla STEM PTSA". Please put your student's name, phone and email on the check.
 
DONATIONS/SPONSOR A STUDENT
If you would like to make a donation to support Grad Night or to sponsor a student scholarship, visit the Grad Night site and donate via PayPal.
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For more information, email us at gradnight@teslastemptsa.org
February 23 - Chipotle Fundraiser to support Prom
Come to Chipotle at 17875 Redmond Way Suite 170 in Redmond on February 23 between 4:00 - 8:00pm, show this flyer and 50% of your purchase will be donated toward Tesla STEM Prom.
Tesla STEM PTSA Contributions
 A huge THANK YOU to everyone who submitted a monetary contribution to Tesla STEM PTSA!  Your donations made it possible for PTSA to grant almost $20,000 to Tesla STEM HS for the following:
 
  • Iris fluorescent microscope which allows students to visualize fluorescent protein tags on cells
  • Spanish periodicals to enhance student learning
  • Books for the counseling resource center
 
Your contributions also helped fund events such as the BBQ/Movie Night and Reflections art contest as well as provide support for students in need due to financial hardship.
 
Tesla STEM PTSA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Donors may use their canceled check and/or  PayPal verification as a receipt for their tax records; please confirm with your tax advisor.  If you require a receipt from Tesla STEM PTSA, please contact  treasurer@teslastemptsa.org.
Last chance to order yearbooks - order now!

The final window for yearbook orders began January 31. Purchase available online on parent access or at the office by cash or check made out to LWSD. ($50)
WSPTA Scholarships

Washington State PTA offers three $3,000 scholarships and one $1,000 scholarship to graduating seniors from Washington state public high schools with an active PTA, so Tesla STEM HS graduating seniors are eligible.  Click here  to learn more and to complete the online application.  The name/number of our PTA is:  Tesla STEM PTSA 2.8.105.  You do NOT need to be a PTA member to apply, however if you are a member and need assistance finding your PTA membership number, please email  info@teslastemptsa.org .  The application deadline is March 1, 2018.
Attention Class of 2018: LWPTSA Council Scholarships Available

LWPSTA Council is pleased to announce its 2018 Student Scholarship Program for graduating seniors! There are 14 scholarships  available for $1,250.00 each; these are the categories:
 
·              8 Merit scholarships  - 2 per Learning Community* 
·              2 Education scholarships
·              1 Perseverance  scholarship
·              1 Turn Around  scholarship
·              L.E. Scarr 2 year  scholarship, technical or vocational
·              1 At -Large scholarship
 
* LWSD students not attending one of the four neighborhood high schools apply for merit scholarships based on residence; so if a you live in the boundary area for Lake Washington HS, your Tesla STEM student will be considered for one of two Lake Washington Learning Community merit scholarships.
 
Students may apply for more than one scholarship, but only one will be awarded per student.   Click here for more information and to download aapplication. Completed applications are due April 18th; early applications are welcome.

Represent Tesla STEM PTSA at the LWSF Luncheon
You are invited!
 
Please join the Tesla STEM community for Lake Washington Schools Foundation's annual benefit luncheon. The 2018 LWSF "Bridge The Gap" luncheon will be held at the Marriott Redmond Town Center on Tuesday, March 27 at 11:30am.
 
*RSVP online on the LWSF website: http://www.lwsf.org/bridgethegap.html
*To join a STEM table please note "Greta Climer, Tesla STEM High School" when registering.
 
Your meal is complimentary. The luncheon is indeed a benefit, so please bring a giving spirit. 
 
Not able to attend? Not a problem! You can still support the children of our school district with a Virtual Attendee gift made online at https://lwsf.salsalabs.org/bridgethegapgiving/index.html.
 
Thanks in advance for being part of the Tesla STEM community and extending our support to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. Please contact Tesla STEM parent Greta Climer ( gretacl@hotmail.com) if you have any questions.
LWSF News
The Lake Washington School Foundation (LWSF) has a lot of news about opportunities to support our students and other events.

REACH FOR SUCCESS GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 2
Are you a parent, PTSA member, community member, or school staff person involved with a great project that needs funding? Consider applying for a Reach for Success grant. These grants fund creative educational initiatives that enhance or expand Lake Washington School District's curriculum. With awards up to $3,000, proposed projects may benefit an individual classroom, a specific grade level, or an entire school. Questions?  Attend the Q&A session on February 13. Full details at  http://www.lwsf.org/rfs.html.
 
SHOW A TEACHER HOW MUCH YOU CARE
This Valentine's Day, a donation to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation in your favorite teacher's honor gets their name on our Wall of Love, or for a little more, we'll send them a keepsake postcard and a heart-filled lapel pin. Send a Valentine today at  http://www.lwsf.org/valentine.html.
 
RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW FOR OUR SPRING LUNCHEON
Registration is now open for our benefit luncheon on March 27 at the Marriott Redmond Town Center. Our inspiring program, lead by Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, promises to show you creative and concrete ways you can "Bridge the Gap" between what students have and what they need to succeed. Sign up today to ensure a spot-remember, we're holding just one spring event this year, and it will fill up! Reserve your seat at  lwsf.org/bridgethegap.html.
PTSA is here to help!

Tesla STEM PTSA believes that financial need shouldn't be a barrier to students fully participating in the Tesla STEM HS curriculum. To support that, the PTSA has partnered with the school counselors and Principal to provide scholarship funds to students in need.
  
Families who need help with fees and supplies are encouraged to contact their counselor at STEM with their requests.
  
Confidentiality of such requests is strictly maintained - requests are considered by the school and no one at PTSA knows the names of the requestors. 
  
Please don't hesitate to contact the counselors, if PTSA can help.
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