Week of 11/18/2019
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!
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.
Scholarship Basket Auction - December 5th
Spread the word. Basket photos and descriptions will be available for viewing on the LWPTSA website . Baskets will be on display in the lobby of the LWSD Resource Center and available for silent auction bidding from Nov 7th to Dec 5th, 2019.
The basket auction reception will be held from 10:00 am - 11:30 am, December 5th (following a brief council meeting) at the LWSD Resource Center in Redmond Town Center.

Questions? Email Auction co-chairs Colette Ulloa and Melissa Stone at auction@lwptsa.net
Winter Sports at Eastlake High School
If you live in the Eastlake attendance area and want to play a Winter Sport it is time to sign up!
Visit the Eastlake website – Athletics for complete information. Please be aware of all sport start dates and registration deadlines.
Please Note:
  • All registration is done through FinalForms. Choice school families need to email Amy Hill with their student’s name and sport they want to register for. She then makes the forms available for registration.
  • Your student must have a physical on file in the Eastlake Athletics office to participate.
Playing a Spring Sport at Eastlake? You can register for that now too!
If you have any questions, please contact Amy Hill .

Please Contribute to the Staff Luncheon on 11/20
On Wednesday, November 20 th the PTSA will host a Holiday Luncheon for the fantastic staff of Tesla STEM High School. Please sign up here to contribute a festive or traditional dish from your family's favorite fall or winter holiday. Food may be purchased or homemade and should be dropped off at the front office between 7 am and noon on Wednesday, November 20 th . If you have questions, email Lisa and Sunni at staffappreciation@teslastemptsa.org . Thanks for supporting staff appreciation!
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 .
Screenagers Film Series Screenings
Screenagers Film Series Screenings
Sandburg/DCS PTSA, Thoreau Elementary PTSA and Finn Hill MS PTSA are collaborating to offer FREE of charge the Screenagers Film series. Each screening will host a discussion panel after the viewing.
November 21 at 7PM: Screenagers: Next Chapter at Finn Hill Middle School
Tickets are free but required. Download a Screenagers flyer to share

Blackwell PTSA and McAuliffe PTSA are hosting a screening in December.
Parent Education events
LWPTSA Council is sponsoring two parent education events in November:

Common Sense Answers on College Admissions Presented by Anne Holmdahl
This talk will cover standardized tests, extracurricular activities, summer plans and the difference between high school graduation requirements and college admission requirements. This presentation will also focus on how to research colleges, what the application process looks like, and a basic overview of financial aid. No RSVP required.
When: November 19, Noon – 2PM
Where: Lake Washington Resource Center (16250 NE 74th St, Redmond)
Download a flyer for this event

Nurturing Your Child to Independence
Parents: learn how to lovingly encourage responsibility and self-mastery.
When: November 18 from 7 - 8:30PM
Where: Twain Elementary (9525 130th Ave NE, Kirkland)
Download a flyer for Nurturing Your Child to Independence
Listening Session on Access & Inclusion
Please join LWPTSA Council Special Education Group and LWPTSA Council for a PTSA Listening Session on Access and Inclusion. The discussion will center on ways to make local PTSA events and activities accessible for and inclusive of all students and their families. Download a flyer to share.

Do you have ideas on what your PTSA could do to make events more accessible? What challenges has your family experienced trying to access PTSA activities? We want to hear from you! Please email us at specialeducation@lwptsa.net and use the subject line ‘PTSA experience’.

We are looking for a few families that would be willing to share their experiences with the group as part of a panel discussion. If you are interested, please reach out to us at specialeducation@lwptsa.net

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
6:30 pm with parent networking & opportunity to meet Director of Special Services, Dr. Shannon Hitch and staff.
7:00 pm panel discussion on access & inclusion.
Where: LWSD Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052

Complimentary student care (under 21) is available for attendees from LWSD. See instructions for signing up.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations, persons needing interpreters or anyone with questions may email us at specialeducation@lwptsa.net in advance of the meeting. Download a flyer to share
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.