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

April 8th-12th,  no school, Spring Break.

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!
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.

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 MARCH 18-25, 2019
Bridge the Gap 

Tesla STEM will have a table at the Bridge the Gap: A Benefit Luncheon to benefit the Lake Washington School Foundation, on March 28th at 11:30 a.m. It is a great non-profit that serves the Lake Washing School Community. You may have heard of some of the programs that it funds:
  • Pantry Packs - 23,000 pantry packs handed out in 2016-17 school year for students to take home over the weekend, so they don't have to be hungry.
  • LINKS - 1:1 mentoring for youth needing extra help in reaching their potential.
  • Crossings - A bilingual publication for families new to the US education system.
  • AVID - Prepares students for success in high school and college.
  • New Teacher Support - Instructional coaches support for teachers in their second year of teaching.
  • Innovation Fund - Provides funding for schools to support innovative programs that increase student success and close the achievement and opportunity gap.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid - Training for parents, peers, teachers on how to help a youth of teen who is experiencing a mental health crisis of struggling with substance abuse.
If you are interested in attending the luncheon and lending your financial support, please contact the table captain Zerelina Mukherjee to sign up for the luncheon. If you are unable to attend, you can also consider donating at:
Lost & Found

The Lost and Found (located in the office) will be cleaned out again before Spring Break.  Anything left behind on April 5th
will be donated or thrown out.
If you have misplaced your phone, please check in with the office.
Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CSRSEF)

This past Saturday (March 16th) over 70 of our T-Stem students participated in the CSRSEF event that was held at Bellevue College. Since participation was mandatory for the students of Mrs. Allender's AP Psychology class at our school, Tesla Stem was well represented among the CSRSEF participants from King and Snohomish County.
Students entered in various categories, from engineering to environmental science, from biology to psychology and medicine, to name just a few.
The morning started with presentations closed to the public, while the judges were examining and scrutinizing the student's entries. In the afternoon the doors opened for everyone and a wider audience had the opportunity to enjoy the wide range of the students' project presentations and ideas. 
Congratulations  to EVERYONE who entered a project after months of research, preparation and hard work! A special shoutout to the prize winners. And a special THANK YOU to all teachers who supported our students over the course of the last months, weeks, and days! 
SAT Test Prep is starting at Tesla STEM

Missed the dates for signing up for SAT Test Prep at Tesla STEM School? We are still taking students for SAT Test Prep. There are 8 group sessions on Tuesdays after school 2:45-4:45 pm, starting March 5th up until the May 4th 2019 SAT Test date. There are also 4 full length proctored SAT Tests included in the Prep. For more information or to sign up see: 
Scholarships for Students and Staff  

The Lake Washington PTSA Council is pleased to offer twelve student scholarships of $1,250 each to graduating LWSD seniors and two staff scholarships of $500 each to LWSD Certificated Staff. The staff scholarships can be used for: 
1. continuing education programs, 
2. LWSD professional development courses, or 
3. National Board Certification (or related registration fees). 

The student scholarships are offered in the categories of Merit, Perseverance, Turn Around, Educational, At Large, and 2 year/Vocational/Technical studies.
All applications are due on April 1, 2019 and application forms are available on the LWPTSA Council website at 
Forms and instructions can be downloaded here:  Staff Scholarship Application & Student Scholarship Application 
Please contact Council Scholarship Chair Yumna Green if you have any questions. Thank you. 
Parents of Freshman, Sophomore & Junior students - Chaperones Needed for Senior Party 2019

Chaperones are needed for this once-in-a-lifetime evening where graduates celebrate with their classmates at fun, safe, alcohol-and drug-free venues. 
JUNIOR parents get a sneak preview before you have a Senior next year.
We need 15 volunteers to be apart of this Tesla STEM tradition and spend time with a great group of students before their next journey begins.
If interested or need more information, contact: Melody French email
STEM'S Senior Party Co-Chair
Seeking  Nominations for 2019-20 Tesla Stem PTSA Board of Directors 

Our Tesla STEM community has multiple strengths with the backbone being the thoughtful and intelligent parents and guardians who quietly work every day to make a better future for their families and beyond. The diligence and compassion you all practice daily are also hallmarks of volunteerism. If you have the motivation, consider contributing your talents and skills to the school community through a leadership position in the Tesla STEM PTSA. 
The Nominating Committee is currently seeking candidates for our 2018-2019 Board elected positions:
  • President or Co-President
  • Secretary or Co-Secretary
  • Treasurer or Co-Treasurer
  • Vice-President of Programs or Co-Vice President
  • Vice-President of Community Building or Co-Vice President
PTSA leadership positions allow you to take a more active part in advocating at the local level for the benefit of all Tesla STEM scholars and give you the very exciting opportunity to see firsthand how your association allocates your money and works to improve the school community. If you would like to be a part of this team or know of someone who might want to join us, please email the formto the Nominating Committee by April 5th, 2019. 
Jay Pulacode, Salima Bangur, Sangeetha Dutt
Tesla Stem Nominating Committee
Make an Impact Through Your Tax-Deductible 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 contribution today via the PTSA website . Hover over 'join PTSA' icon then click 'donate'. Thank you 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
  • And much more!
Discounts for PTSA Members 

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