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!
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 JUNE 10-14, 2019
2019 - 2020 Open Chair Positions  

Our PTSA is powered by the energy, intelligence, and dedication of its volunteers! Consider using your time and talent to make an impact on our school and scholars through one of these roles:
Awards Chair
- Leads the awards committee in soliciting and evaluating nominations from the school community for the Outstanding Educator Award (Spring 2020).
Advocacy Chair
- Communicates information on the legislative process and current issues affecting education and youth. Attends WSPTA Legislative Assembly and Focus Day.
Scholarship Auction Basket Designer
- Creative individual who designs our PTSA's basket contribution for the Lake Washington PTSA Council Scholarship Basket Auction (Fall 2019).
Learn more/indicate your interest: 
Food donation needed - May/June staff birthdays celebration  
The PTSA will be celebrating May/June staff birthdays on Tuesday June 18th. Please click here and sign up to donate treats.  Thanks!
Outstanding Educator Award  
And the winner is...
Tesla STEM PTSA would like to congratulate Mr. Andrew Ivy, this year's winner of the Outstanding Educator Award, nominated by Tesla STEM students and parents. Mr. Ivy attended the June 5th PTSA membership meeting to accept the award.   A contribution to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program will be made in his name. We would also like to thank Kimberly Wolf, Jay Pulacode and Heidi Cooperrider for being on the Awards committee this year.
Announcing the Tesla STEM PTSA Executive Officers for 2019 - 2020:    
Co-President: Jay Pulacode
Co-President: Heidi Cooperrider
Co-Treasurer: Vaithegi Punniamoorthy 
Co-Treasurer: Shen Liu
Co-Secretary: Monika Berger
Co-Secretary: Jennifer Anker
Co-VP Community Building: Shital Shende
Co-VP Community Building: Supriya Natu
Co-VP Programs: Zerelina Mukherjee 
Co-VP Programs: Eela Nair
Elected at the June 5, 2019 Tesla STEM PTSA Membership Meeting.
Term: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.
Special thanks to volunteers Sangeeta Dutt, Salima Bangur, and Jay Pulacode for serving on the Nominating Committee. 
June 5th Membership Meeting: Highlights & Thank You

-Thank you to PTSA members who showed up to vote on all the important PTSA business we had on the agenda including voting for new officers and passing the budget.
-The 2019 Outstanding Educator of the Year award was presented to Tesla STEM HS AP US History teacher Mr. Andrew Ivy by the Awards Committee. We are grateful that he could be there to receive the award in person.
-Thank you to Tesla STEM Startups teacher Ms. Kong and her team of enthusiastic student entrepreneurs for their inspiring presentations about their innovative startups.STEM Startups is a year-long course at Tesla STEM HS where students learn design, engineering, and business through creating startups.
-Thank you to Tesla STEM counselor Kelly Wescott for the informative and relevant presentation on the myths and realities of college admissions. We are fortunate to have a great counseling team at our school.
-Thank you to school staff and other supporters who were in attendance.
Grad Night Tickets on sale now  
It is the last time students will be together as a class and is intended as a safe alternative to private parties.  Students are whisked by bus to two separate private venues for a night they won't forget with tons of activities, dancing, entertainment, food and prizes.  There are few events in a teen's life more important than graduation.  Our students have worked hard to get where they are and deserve a special night. This event is only for Tesla STEM students, no guests are allowed.
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Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop
Saturday, June 22nd 8:30AM-5:30PM @ LWSD Redmond (please note off-campus location).  
Take a certification course in first aid for youth mental health. This formal program is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in a crisis. 
More information here.
Program through Lake Washington Schools Foundation
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
College Application Workshops 

Applying to college can be confusing, lengthy, and an unforgiving process. Make sure you're ready for the college application season by joining Mary Pat O'Neil of True Fit College Counseling and Lake Washington Schools Foundation at thesethree summer Find Your Fit workshops.
College Application Bootcamp - for rising seniors only
  • June 29, 2019, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM at the LWSD Resource Center
  • Topics include: The five possible parts of a college application, how to create a balanced college list and why it is important to do so, understanding the various college application platforms and more!
Apply to College 101 Workshop - for high school students and parents
  • July 30, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Kirkland Library
  • Learn the steps involved in applying to college, but also how to find the perfect college fit. From how to decide where to apply, why grades matter, how scholarships work, and more - this workshop explains everything you'll need to know to be college ready.
College Application and Essay Workshop - for rising seniors only
  • August 5, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00PM at the Redmond Library
  • Learn tips on how to complete a college application as well as what it takes to write a personal and compelling college essay.
All workshops are FREE to attend, but registration is required. Visit
Council Basket Chair 

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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