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

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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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 .
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  
2018 WSPTA Legislative Assembly 

At this year's Legislative Assembly, Washington State PTA members voted to advocate for the following top 5 legislative priorities for the next two years:
1. Social Emotional Learning
2. School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds
3. Prevent Gun Violence
4. Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage
5. Strategic K-12 Investment to Close Gaps
For more information about each of these priorities plus 7 supported issues, please visit the WSPTA Advocacy page.
Grants & Scholarships at Tesla STEM HS - Annual Contribution

It is through your generosity that we can continue to give grants and scholarships to the school in support of all Tesla STEM scholars.
Make your annual contribution today via the PTSA website. A million thanks to all the families who have already made their annual contribution for this year!
Thanks to past contributions, today your scholar has access to:
  • 3D printers
  • iRiS fluorescent microscope
  • Maker station
  • Subscriptions to Spanish language magazines and current events magazines
  • Kilns
  • much more
Membership benefits   
Who Doesn't Love a Good Discount?

Did you know that by becoming a member of our PTSA, you can enjoy discounts at a variety of businesses and organizations? Here are just a few:
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet's The Nutcracker
  • Wild Waves
  • Car Rentals: Avis, Budget, Hertz
  • And much more!
To join, visit the Tesla STEM PTSA website and click on 'join ptsa'.
Volunteer Opportunity: Special Needs Liaison 

Seeking a caring volunteer 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
Become a Volunteer: Multiple Ways to Serve Our Scholars and School Community     

  • 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.
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
Yearbooks are available for sale online through parent access, or at the office with cash or check (made out to LWSD), November 1-22. The cost is $48.00. If you are uncertain if a book was purchased for your student, please look at the parent access purchase history to confirm.
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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