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

Oct 25th & 26th - LW PTSA Family welcome event.
Oct 26th - Reflections - submissions due.

Join the PTSA
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!

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 22-26, 2018
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 .
Volunteer Opportunities  
Currently Seeking to Fill the Following Roles

Staff Appreciation Co-Chair - Help the PTSA show gratitude to the wonderful staff at Tesla STEM HS who work hard every day for our scholars! We have one fantastic volunteer doing all the work, and we'd like to have someone to work right alongside her to:
  • Organize bi-monthly staff birthday events and create gift baskets.
  • Coordinate the events of annual Staff Appreciation Week (May).
To find out more, contact
● Special Needs Liaison(s) - Seeking caring volunteer(s) with great listening and communication skills:
  • Attend monthly meetings (6:30 - 8:30 PM) in which you will hear from speakers, learn about resources in the community, network with other parents, and keep updated on district and PTSA issues affecting children with special needs.
  • Keep our school community informed about the topics.
  • Help answer families' questions about special education and/or direct them to the relevant resources.
  • Meeting Schedule and Other Information 
  • LWPTSA Special Needs Parent Brochure
To say yes to the role, contact
● Internship Experience Committee* -  The PBL internship-experience is an important and unique aspect of the Tesla STEM High School experience. The internship committee is dedicated to coordinating these opportunities for our scholars and keeping the program robust. Are you:
  • Interested in serving?
  • Able to provide internship experiences?
  • Have contacts who can provide internship experiences?
** Please note this is a school committee, which PTSA is helping to promote. ** 
There are many more ways and opportunities to serve!
  • Fill out the form on the website ('volunteer') - let us know how you would like to help!
  • Opportunities also posted on the PTSA FaceBook page.
Hey, PTSA!
What Do You Do with My Annual Contribution?

PTSA uses your annual contribution to support all Tesla STEM scholars through grants and scholarships made to the school. Thanks to the families who came before us, the PTSA was able to make grants to the school which were used to purchase some pretty cool things. Here are some currently in use by our scholars:
  • 3D printers
  • iRiS fluorescent microscope
  • Maker station
  • Subscriptions to Spanish language magazines and current events magazines
  • Kilns
  • much more
Make your annual contribution today via the PTSA website. It is only through your generosity that we can continue to give grants and scholarships to the school which benefit all Tesla STEM scholars! A very BIG thank you to all the families who have already made their annual contribution for this year!
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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