Week of 12/9/2019
TESLA STEM High School
PTSA Newsletter
The Tesla STEM High School PTSA invites you to join us in supporting the students, families, teachers and staff of our school. By becoming a member, you are advocating for the safety, health, welfare and education of all our students. Thanks to the generous support from our Tesla STEM parents, staff, and community partners, we’ve been able to provide countless hours of volunteer time and financial assistance. Click   Join Tesla STEM PTSA   to complete your membership, along with your annual contribution online. We greatly appreciate your support!
Holiday Gift Card Drive - This is NOT a PTSA sponsored event
Dear Tesla STEM families – an integral part of the Tesla STEM PTSA is to promote the well-being of kids in our community. To this end we turn to you and respectfully ask for your support in covering essential needs of families in our Tesla STEM High School community facing hardship over the winter break. We ask for your participation in the Holiday Gift Card Drive.
Here's how you can help:
Donate a Fred Meyer* or Target* card: Purchase card at the appropriate store and drop it off in the designated box at the Tesla STEM High School office by December 15th.

*We have selected Fred Meyer and Target as they carry food, clothing, and other essentials.

PTSA will collect the cards and hand them to the counselors before winter break. We sincerely appreciate your generosity. Thank you.
Please Donate - Staff Birthday Celebration on 12/18
On Wednesday, November 18th   the PTSA will celebrate our Tesla STEM staff with November and December birthdays. Sign up here to contribute cake, treats, snacks or drinks. Food may be purchased or homemade and should be dropped off at the front office between 7 am and 10 am on Wednesday, December 18th. Email Lisa and  Sunni at staffappreciation@teslastemptsa.org with questions. Thank you for supporting our incredible staff!  
December 18th - Snacks Needed!
Tesla STEM HS counselors are requesting snacks for two events for the junior class and senior alumni get-together to be held on December 18th. If you would like to contribute, please sign up for an item here and label with "Jr. Planning Night"/ "senior alumni" and drop off in the school office on December 18th ,Wednesday.
Volunteers needed
TSA (Technology Student Association) needs help judging at their Regional Conference. No experience necessary. Rubrics will be provided. 
Date: January 11, 2020
Time: 8:30 am– 3:00 pm (you probably won’t be there that long, it depends on what event you are scheduled to judge)
Place: Juanita High School
Please contact Lori Zebrack-Smith (Tesla STEM teacher and TSA adviser) at lzebrack-smith@lwsd.org if you are available or need more information.
Nominating Committee Volunteers Needed
We are currently seeking 3 PTSA members to serve on the Nominating Committee. This short-term committee will be elected at the January 8, 2020 Membership Meeting. The committee’s role after the meeting is to put together a slate of candidates for the 2020 – 2021 Tesla STEM PTSA Executive Board.
Please contact president@teslastemptsa.org if you are able to help or if you have questions.
Tesla STEM PTSA Programs' survey
Thank you to all the volunteers who made it possible for us to offer a SAT Test Prep Course to our students. 30 students registered for the SAT Test Prep course and many took the December SAT Test this past weekend. The volunteers we want to thank are: Janice Bone, Shimpa Mithal, Sunitha Kaushik, Alejandra Guzman, Sangeeta Dutt, Deepthi Anumakonda, Maria Villar, Pramod Boggavaram, Prince Cheruvathur, Judith & Reto Kramer, Lisa Stillwell, Tatpurush Bhat and our volunteer coordinator Radhika Baskar.
Please take our survey to give your input for our SAT and ACT Test Prep Courses. The survey link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DS6X3LP
Lost & Found
The Lost and Found is filled with lunch boxes, coats, water bottles, etc. Please have your student stop by the office to see if anything belongs to them. Items remaining on December 20 th will be donated or discarded.
WA State PTA Game Development Competition
The WSPTA/Game Development Competition is a STEM-based program, introduced in 2016, to encourage and support student success. Students in grades 9-12 attending a school with a PTA in good standing may participate and share their knowledge of computer science based on an assigned theme. This year's theme is Animals .
The competition provides an opportunity for students, either individually or in teams of up to six members, to use their creative talents and express themselves by developing a computer game. Students’ submissions are judged in the following areas: game of the year, arts and animation, game design, programming (code), and audio design. 
The online intent to submit forms are due January 15, 2020, and information can be found  here .
All Aboard the Advocacy Bus!
Sign up to ride in style and comfort with fellow LWPTSA advocates to Olympia for Focus Day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20th, 2020! Members meet with legislators, tour the capitol, and demonstrate advocacy in action.

Note: Children are welcome on the bus as long as they are accompanied by a parent.

Send questions to Advocacy VP, Sarah Kimsey at advocacy@lwptsa.net
Join PTSA!
PTSA is the largest national child advocacy association. Demonstrate the importance you place on education and supporting our school community by joining today! Click here to learn more.
Carpool Connection
Looking for a carpool? Check out the Tesla STEM Carpool FB page .

*This is NOT a PTSA or school sponsored program. The Tesla STEM Carpool FB page is a bulletin board for families looking for a carpool to connect.
ASB Events
Remind your student to check the ASB calendar posted in the school or check the Tesla STEM HS website for student organized activities.

ASB announcements are included in this publication if submitted by the students with staff approval.