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

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

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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!
  
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Carpool Connection    
Looking for a carpool to and from school?
Check-out the Tesla STEM Carpool Facebook page.
 
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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!
 
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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.

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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 4-8, 2019
Desserts Needed to Celebrate our March/April Staff Birthdays

 
Wednesday, March 6 th, the PTSA Staff Appreciation committee will be a hosting a celebration for March/April staff birthdays.  
Our staff loves these events and they are always very thankful for the amazing treats that are donated. Please sign-up to donate a birthday dessert for this event.  
You can drop off your dessert at the front desk between 7:00am - 12:00pm on March 6 th.  
Thank you for helping us host a fun event!
   
3rd Annual Pi Day Pie Sale to Benefit Senior Prom Class of 2019 - Pies Needed

 
The Seniors will be selling slices of pie (store bought) during lunch on Thursday, March 14 th - Pi Day. This is a fundraiser to help offset costs for the senior class's prom and is a great way to help support a night to remember for our graduating seniors. We need your help! Please sign-up here to donate a pie.
 
Contact Christine Lee with questions.
This is an ASB activity. 
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: http://www.lwsf.org/bridgethegap.
 
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: http://teslastemptsa.org/Page/Programs/SAT-Prep-Course 
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
Tesla Spring Concert on Monday, March 11 th
 

Mr. Kruse will conduct the T-Stem Symphony Orchestra and Choir.
The performance is at 7 pm in the Lake Washington High School Performance Center.
The music groups will show what they have been working on since December.
Admission is free. Everyone is invited to attend.
This upcoming performance is the second of three concerts that are given for a wider audience throughout the year.
All our musicians are getting ready to meet the other orchestras, bands, and choirs of the school district later this month for the adjudicated festival days.
Also, this past Saturday, March 2nd, about a dozen of the Tesla Stem Musicians participated at the Northlake Solo Ensemble Day.
It is a busy month for our musicians!
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 http://lwptsa.net 
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. 
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'.
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 katy@lwsf.org
 
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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