For more information on upcoming events, visit the Tesla STEM PTSA calendar page.

Oct 19th - Mo School, LEAP day.

Oct 26th - Reflections - submissions due.


Carpool Connection    
Looking for a carpool to and from school?
Check-out the Tesla STEM Carpool Facebook page.
Tesla STEM PTSA online directory   
The PTSA has created an online directory. To add/edit your family's information in the directory, please Register to our website. The directory is great for contacting other parents for parties, carpooling, etc.  Make sure to add your student's name and grade so they can be easily found!
The directory is accessible to PTSA Members only. Join PTSA today!
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 OCTOBER 15-19, 2018
Volunteer Opportunity - Internship Experience Committee 
The PBL internship-experience is an important and unique aspect of the Tesla STEM High School experience. The internship team is creating a committee dedicated to coordinating these opportunities for our scholars and to keeping the program robust. If you would like to help or have contacts who may be interested in providing internship experiences for our scholars, please contact

Volunteer Opportunity - Reflections Chair  
A Sincere & Urgent Request 

Tesla STEM PTSA is looking for a volunteer to assist with this year's Reflections Program. We have a team of volunteers, but we are looking for a chairperson/leader who can coordinate this program (artistic experience is not necessary). The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition which provides an opportunity for our scholars to use their creative talents through expression of their own original works.
Tasks Include:
  • Coordinate volunteers to enter participant information and assist in preparing projects for submission.
  • Help secure judges from the community to score projects based on the pre-generated scorecards & criteria set by the National PTA.
  • Coordinate student recognition for participants, including ordering ribbons/certificates.
Please email if you are interested.
Your Annual Contributions - Your Impact  

PTSA uses your annual contribution in support of all Tesla STEM scholars through grants and scholarships made to the school. Your past contributions have supported a unique education at Tesla STEM HS through the purchase of:
  • 3D printers
  • iRiS fluorescent microscope
  • Maker station
  • Subscriptions to Spanish language magazines and current events magazines
  • Kilns
  • much more
A big thank you to all the families who made an annual contribution this year. And to those who are still considering, your contribution will help bring in professional, industry-level equipment for the use of all our scholars. You can contribute today via the PTSA website. It is only through your generosity that we will be able to continue to fund grants and scholarships benefitting our scholars. Thank you!
Join the Parent Teacher Student Association

Support programs for student success at Tesla STEM HS - Join PTSA today!
You can fill out your membership form online and pay the membership fees and family contribution through PayPal.
Sign-up here.
Our students deserve our 100%!
Thank you for your support!
ACT Prep Course

Tesla STEM PTSA is excited to offer an ACT preparation course for students registering for the ACT exam on February 9 th, 2019.
What Paragon Tutoring  course includes 8 2-hour group sessions, 4 proctored full length ACT practice exams, study materials, and coaching
Who : Recommended for 11th graders
When :  First practice exam is Sat, Nov 17 at 9:00 am; first group session is Tues, Dec 4 at 2:45pm
Price : $385 per student, due by Nov 9th.
Why : Main goal of the course is confidence. Your student will learn the format of the ACT, what the ACT covers, and how to approach exam questions.
Registration link is available on the  Tesla STEM PTSA website .  Please note, this course  does not include  registration for the ACT .
LWPTSA Council - Special Needs Monthly Meeting - October 16 th @ LWSD Resource Center 
  • 6:30 PM - Informal networking with parents and Special Services staff. Coffee & cookies served.
  • 7:00 PM - Speaker: Dr. Shannon Hitch, Director of Special Services, will give an overview of the LWSD Special Education Department, including an introduction of the administrative team that supports all the schools. All families are welcome.
  • Student care will be provided by LWSD. If you would like to sign up for this service, please email Include your child's name(s) and age(s) at least 3 days prior to the meeting date.
Support the LWSF 

Help to support the Lake Washington Schools Foundation at Whole Foods Kirkland 5% Day - October 18th.
New Family Welcome Event  
Hosted by Lake Washington PTSA Council
Are you new to the area and have questions about our local school system? Join this event and learn how to navigate your way! Sessions are geared for parents of elementary, middle and high school students. Topics include: America 101, family activities & events in the Puget Sound area, and managing stress during relocation. Meet and learn from other PTSA parents in your community!

Thursday, October 25, 6:30 - 9 PM
Saturday, October 27, 9:30AM - 12PM
The same content will be offered both dates.
Where: Lake Washington Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond, WA 98052 
Questions? Email:
National PTA Reflections 2018-2019  
Theme -  Heroes Around Me
Reflections is an annual art contest that  all students can participate in, sponsored by the National PTA.  Students are given a theme and they produce a work of art that is a reflection of that theme.  
- Theme: Heroes Around Me
- Categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, and Original Music Composition
- For inspiration, visit the Virtual Exhibit
- Entry Forms with guidelines available in the school office
- Submit entries to Ms. Schaeffer's room #220
- Deadline extended to Monday, Oct. 29 at 2pm
All students will be recognized for their submissions.  Winning entries advancing to the District level will also receive special recognition. Questions?  Contact  
Lake Washington Schools Foundation News  
Are you looking for a way to serve your community and to also have a chance to support the Foundation?  Become an LWSF Ambassador!   Ambassadors help keep the lines of communication open between a school community and LWSF.   
View the flyer to learn more or contact Katy Philips at
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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