PTSA Support

Become a PTSA leader
Become a PTSA leader

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-Round

Take your support of PTSA to the next level, by volunteering for an open leadership position. Take an active role in our organization, and take pride in having first hand involvement in making our school the best it can be for our scholars.
Membership
Membership

Chair:
(none)

This committee handles the PTA membership drive at the beginning of the year. We are striving for 100% membership!
Financial Review
Financial Review

Chair:
(none)
When:
June

Three or more volunteers go through a checklist to check the PTSA financial documents. No financial background needed, just two or three hours and a bit of patience to browse through papers.
Service Awards
Service Awards

Chair:
(none)
When:
April-May

The Tesla STEM PTSA recognizes volunteers and educators who have given outstanding service to our children and school community. We do this through three awards: the Golden Acorn, the Honorary Life Membership and the Outstanding Educator Award. The Awards Committee selects recipients based on nominations submitted by PTSA members, Tesla staff and parents from our school community.

Communications

Weekly Newsletter
Weekly Newsletter

Chair:
(none)
When:
August-June

Subscription to the PTSA electronic weekly newsletter is free and content is accepted from the school, ASB, PTSA, and school district. Subscribers do not need to be PTSA members to receive the newsletter.

Website
Website

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-Round

The PTSA Website is a great resource to the school community. Parents and students can learn about PTSA programs, join PTSA and sign up for PTSA programs and events and pay safely online.
Online Directory
Online Directory

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-Round

The online directory is available to website registered users who are paid PTSA members.
Social Media
Social Media

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-Round

PTSA currently has a Facebook page and a Facebook Carpool Group.

Enrichment

SAT Training
SAT Training

Chair:
(none)
When:
Winter

Tesla STEM PTSA has partnered with Paragon Tutoring to offer a SAT Preparation class. Info and dates coming soon.
ACT Training
ACT Training

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

Tesla STEM PTSA has partnered with Paragon Tutoring to offer an ACT Preparation class. Info and dates coming soon.
Reflections
Reflections

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall

The PTA Reflections program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme, and to submit their art in six arts areas (dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts).

Internships & Mentoring
Internships & Mentoring

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing/As needed

Do you work in a STEM or related field? Let us know if you and/or your employer can offer a student internship. We will put you in touch with the internship coordinator.

Community Support

Grad Night
Grad Night

Chair:
(none)
When:
June

Grad Night is an all-night celebration after graduation in June. 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.

Advocacy
Advocacy

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-Round

This year is an historic opportunity to make a difference in our State of Washington, because many very important changes to our education system are being discussed, and very important state budget issues are being decided as our legislature tries to comply with the State Supreme Court 2018 deadline to fully fund basic education in line with the McCleary decision. Our opportunity has a short time frame and a deadline. If we miss it, we may not get another opportunity of this magnitude for a long while. Ask president@teslastemptsa.org how you can help Tesla STEM PTSA advocate for our children.
Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-Round

This committee ensures supplies are organized and available to support the school administration’s emergency plan. Includes optional participation with LWSD PTSA Council Emergency Preparedness group.
Special Needs
Special Needs

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-Round

The Lake Washington PTSA Special Needs Group is made up of parents in Lake Washington School District whose children receive special services (IEPs) and accommodations (504s). The group also includes interested staff and students. The group meets every school month except for December and June. We hear from speakers, have an extensive lending library, learn about resources in the community, network with other parents and keep updated on district and PTSA issues affecting children with disabilities.

LWSF Ambassador
LWSF Ambassador

Chair:
(none)
When:
As needed

Promote the Lake Washington Schools Foundation and share information with the Tesla STEM Community. Serve as a Table Captain and recruit attendees for the spring fundraiser. (Ongoing)

School Support

Grants
Grants

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall, sometimes Mid-Year

Thanks to your generosity and Tesla teachers' creativity and commitment to improving their students' education, PTSA is able to fund multiple projects a year with the largest awards being given in the Fall. Working together towards our common goal of improving our children's lives through better education, parents and teachers have made a significant contribution to giving our students' a high quality academic environment.

Graduation
Graduation

Chair:
(none)
When:
June

Volunteers provide hospitality and other support for the Graduation ceremony in June. Parents of freshmen, sophomores and junior students are encouraged to volunteer for this hands-on, one-day task.
Staff Appreciation
Staff Appreciation

Chair:
(none)
When:
September-June

PTSA supports staff by providing refreshments once per month to celebrate birthdays and to show how much we appreciate the very important role of Tesla educators in our children's lives.

Fundraising

Your Family Contribution
Your Family Contribution

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-Round

Time spent on fundraising is time NOT dedicated to volunteering for the benefit our students. For this reason, PTSA asks for tax-deductible cash donations. The suggested donation per family is $200 (before matching funds).

Tesla STEM PTSA recognizes not all families can contribute equally, but every family is encouraged to consider donating the suggested minimum or more to continue enhancing the educational environment for all our students.

Double Your Gift! Tesla STEM PTSA is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Ask your employer if they match donations and/or membership fees.
Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-Round

How to Sign up for Amazon Smile:
1) Go to https://smile.amazon.com and sign in using your Amazon account.
2) Type Tesla STEM PTSA in the charitable organization search box and select ‘Tesla Stem Ptsa 2-8-105’.

Pi Day
Pi Day

Chair:
(none)
When:
March

Donate a homemade or store-bought pie for this sweet fundraiser! The Grad Night team sells slices of pie at school in honor of Pi Day. This fundraiser offsets costs for the senior class’ Grad Night event. (March)