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April 29 | Curbside at the Library new time, 4-6 p.m.

May 27 | Curbside at the Library, 4-6 p.m.

May 31 Memorial Day, no school

June 3 | Spring Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

June 4 | Spring Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m.

June 5 | Spring Band Concert, 7 p.m.
June 10 | Curbside at the Library, 4-6 p.m.

AND PTSA Board Meeting , 5:30 p.m.

June 16 Class of 2021 Graduation, 5 p.m.

More info at the online School Bulletin!
All In-Person and Remote Students
We got this, BHS! One week down for our in-person and remote learning!

"It has been so great having students back in the building this week! I know that there have been many challenges in transportation, with the schedule change, for teachers figuring out how to balance the needs of in-person and remote students and more, but students have been patient and teachers are invested in making it all work well for all of our students," wrote Keven Wynkoop in his April 23 Principal Update.

(Photo of Ms. India Carlson readying her botany classroom for instruction c/o @beaverreadersbhs.)
Every student that is attending or will attend in-person this Spring has to have a signed Informed Consent form on file by Friday, April 30. This week, we only received about a third of the forms back.

Students can either bring in a signed, hard copy or parents can e-mail the form to Cindy Peterson in our Main Office at Additional information can be found on our website.
Bell Schedule starting April 26

Continue to refer to the BHS In-Person and Remote Information page for current updates and links and resources for families.
Daily Health Screening/Attestation
A Daily Health Screening/Attestation needs to be completed on every In-Person school day by 10 a.m. Students may come to school starting at 11:40 a.m. It is best to use the unique link that is sent from Qualtrics each morning but there is also a generic one.

If you are not receiving notifications please email Students participating in SPS Sports also need to complete a Health Screening Form.

Students will not be allowed to enter the school, if an attestation is not completed and APPROVED. Learn more about the Daily Health Screening/Attestation
Visit the In-Person and Remote Learning webpage for important updates.
Grab & Go meals offered at BHS
Grab & Go breakfast and lunch meals are available during in-person learning days. Meals may be picked up at the entrance by the gym doors only. The food is available and free for all students, and while students are not able to eat in the classroom, they may save it and snack on it during the day by stepping into the hall during class for a short time.
Metro Transit to BHS | Orca card tips
Students and families plan now for your return to school on Metro. Refer to the King County Metro blog for helpful information. Visit the SPS Metro Tips for students for additional helpful information.

More information also on the BHS website.
Digital Testing App for AP Exams
The district is planning to download the AP Central Digital Testing App on SPS student devices.

Digital Testing on Personal Devices
See Digital Practice for more information and details on downloading the app on a personal device. More info on the BHS AP exam page..
Talisman April issue now available online
The BHS award-winning student-produced newspaper Talisman has updated articles and its most recent April 9 edition online!

Visit the Talisman website ( for the most current updates and recent articles or through quick links to articles on the Ballard High School website.

Cover art by Sam Rainville.
Cap and Gown order distribution May 17, 20
Seniors: Cap & Gown orders will be distributed May 17 and 20 from 3:50-5 p.m.

Students are allowed to come either distribution day (suggested days and cohorts below):
Monday, May 17: suggested Cohorts A & C
Thursday, May 20: suggested Cohorts B & C

Senior SPREE 2021 | Buy tickets now!
The SPREE Committee is busy planning the Seniors' Graduation Night Party for June 16.

Senior SPREE is an all-night party hosted and chaperoned by Ballard High School PTSA parents and staff, in collaboration with the professional graduation party company, Grad Nights.

Don't Delay! Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing 
If you buy your tickets by May 1, you'll be able to purchase at the Early Bird rate:

  • Now through May 1 | Ticket Price is $160
  • May 2 through June 9 | Ticket Price is $180
More information on the SPREE 2021 Information page.

If you have questions contact Sarah Kopf at or Becky Moore at
Parent volunteers: Help make SPREE a Success!
It's a tradition for Parents/Guardians of Freshmen, Sophomore, Juniors to chaperone and "pay it forward" so their students can enjoy the event the year they graduate.

Chaperones will travel on tour buses to two different venues and monitor the party and facilitate the activities to keep kids safe and engaged.

Past chaperones have enjoyed this event and thought the time went by fast so please consider volunteering.

Volunteer Needs For Senior SPREE 
  • We need 10 volunteers to help check in Seniors on Wednesday, June 16 from ~9:45-10:45 pm. in the Ballard High School parking lot. (Times will be firmed up as we get closer to the event.)
  • We need 20 chaperones on Wednesday, June 16 from 10 p.m. until Thursday, June 17 at 6 a.m. If enough people volunteer we can break the night into two shifts.

We can't do it with you! Interested? For more information on SPREE chaperone roles, contact Danielle Steele at

For more information on how to complete SPS volunteer verification (easy online process and good for two years), check out the BHS Volunteer signup information page.
New delivery cart gets books to Beaver Readers!
Extra, extra! The BHS Library is making deliveries with its new and awesome Book Delivery Cart!

Go to and we will deliver to your classes on Tuesdays and Fridays.

We also have Curbside at the Library pickups every other week for all, including our Cohort C Remote students. Next Curbside is April 29 from 4-6 p.m.! (Note the new time, due to the amended Bell Schedule.)

The BHS Library is also open for classes! Ask your teachers and let’s get you what you need!

Online groups when all you want to do is talk books!
Check out this week's online Library groups; meeting links are available on the Library Schoology page:
Monday, April 26 - Eager Beaver Readers, Check Schoology for time
Wednesday, April 28 - Picture Book Pilot Reading Buddies, 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, April 29 - Curbside at the Library, 4-6 p.m., more information below
Friday, April 30 - Ballard on Comic Book Club, 4:30 p.m.

Visit the BHS Library page for more reading inspiration and fun!
Counseling Center running news page
As we return to having students and staff in the building, the Counseling Department wanted to share how its space looks and how students will make appointments to see us. Students will continue to use the Bookings link online (see Counselor Schoology pages) to schedule any appointment with their Counselor.

Appointments will continue to be offered virtual, however, students who are doing in-person school can see their Counselor in person. They will only be able to do this on the days they are assigned to be in the building.

Check out the Counseling Center news page for information on booking appointments, virtual jobs/internships board, online college visit details, scholarship offerings and more!
Scholarship opportunities on SPS/BHS bulletins
The Counseling Center offers a helpful Scholarship Bulletin page with current opportunities as well as a Seattle Public School Bulletin that is updated monthly. Check the page often for new opportunities!
Maxwell Foundation
The Maxwell Foundation provides financial resources to student leaders from Washington state. The Foundation is offering financial aid of up to $5,000 per year for freshmen starting a four-year private college program during the 2021-22 academic year. Apply on the Maxwell Foundation website by April 30.
Virtual College Visits & College Fairs
Visit the College Visits and Events webpage often for additional school visit dates and more details.
Wednesday, May 5 | 10:30 a.m. FIDM - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 12 | 10:30 a.m. San Diego State University | 12:30 p.m. Bates College, Lewiston ME
Virtual Job/Internship Board
Students, check out the virtual Job Board located on the Counseling Center page! Be sure to check the page often for current updates and opportunities! Here's some options:
Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners are looking for talented individuals to join its Fielder Team and provide fun and exciting service to guests through promotions and attractions! Flexible schedules include evenings, days, and weekends. Come join the fun this baseball season! Ages 16 and older. More info here.
Columbia Lutheran Home
Openings for 2 FT & 3 PT Dietary Aides | Duties include dishwashing, cleaning, and transporting food and dishes to dining areas. Hours are 4-7:30 pm. Apply online at the Columbia Lutheran Home or in person at 4700 Phinney Ave. N.
Service Learning Requirements
One of the graduation requirements for Seattle Public Schools is *60 hours of Service Learning. Service learning is giving time, without pay, to a nonprofit or government agency. Service learning allows students to learn and to apply academic, social and personal skills through activities. As part of service learning, students are asked to reflect and report on their experiences.

The *60 hours service learning graduation requirement for Grade 12, Class of 2021 has been waived by the Seattle School Board. Those who have performed more than 240 hours of service may still qualify for the Above and Beyond Service Learning Award. Service Learning Hours for Seniors need to be turned in by May 21.

HistoryLink online service learning opportunity
Would you like to help HistoryLink’s Digital Media Editor find new images, videos, & audio recordings? is the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. Our digital media editor has identified the 200 most-accessed articles and needs help searching online archives for images, videos, and audio recordings that can be added to the articles to make them more engaging. This project can be done remotely & we will provide training. Email to get involved.
Nurse Notes: Walking for Relaxation
Want to rid yourself of unpleasant feelings? Boost your mood? Reduce stress in your life? Spend time in the outdoors? Well, I have just the thing. Walking for relaxation. The best part is it is absolutely free. Take a brisk 20-minute walk every other day or a leisurely 45-minute stroll twice a week. Do a solo walk for some alone time or bring a partner for laughs and giggles. Don’t forget to bring your mask! Make it a habit. Put it on your calendar. Just imagine the benefits.

Notes from the Nurse are provided by BHS School Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi. For wellness news and updates, go to the School Nurse webpage.
Vaccine eligibility now open to all in WA
All people in Washington age 16 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
To search for open appointments, use the WA Vaccine Locator tool or check "how to get vaccinated information" on King County's COVID-19 website.

If students or families have questions about vaccines, they can contact Karen Boudour through the Ballard Teen Health Center at (Note: The Teen Health Center does not currently have vaccine available.)
Spring Awakening | BPA Musical Spring Production
The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable.
Show Dates! May 6-8 and May 13-15 | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and good for the day and time of the show only, and work only on one device. Parental Guidance Advisory for explicit language and content.

Order at and you will be sent a link to watch it on the evening you select. More information.

Make it Dinner and a Show
Alison’s Coastal Kitchen Takeout has put together a spring-themed, takeout dinner box ($55 for two) to enjoy with the show. Preorder now (with 24-hour notice):
Jazz Band in Virtual Hot Java Cool Jazz | Congrats!
Ballard's Jazz Band is proud to be part of Virtual Performance for Starbucks Hot Java, Cool Jazz show, showcasing student talent from local high school jazz bands (and this year, some middle schools too!)

Since 1995, Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz has donated more than $700,000 to local high school music programs. More info on Hot Java Cool Jazz.

Check out Jazz 1’s “When You’re Smiling” here:
BHS Wins 2021 Support Music Merit Award
Ballard High School has once again been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. This is the third year in a row that BHS has been so recognized for its outstanding commitment to music education.

The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Our directors went the extra mile this year in finding innovative ways to compensate for the challenges of teaching music in a virtual setting, and the NAMM Foundation has recognized the value of our program.

"As boosters, we are proud to support BHS, a school that consistently demonstrates its dedication to music education and a commitment to the role of music and arts in a well-rounded education," from the BPA newsletter.
Season 2 sports begin
Good luck to our Season Two athletes as they start competing this spring!

This week's contests include:
Monday, April 26
Baseball vs Blanchet @ Whitman MS Field | 3:30 p.m.
JV Baseball vs Blanchet @ Lower Woodland | 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 27
Tennis vs Blanchet @ Lower Woodland | 3:30 p.m.
Softball vs Roosevelt @ Lower Woodland | 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 28
Soccer @ Ingraham | 4:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball @ Nathan Hale | 5:45 p.m.
Boys Basketball @ Nathan Hale | 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 29
JV Baseball vs O'Dea @ Whitman Middle School Field | 3:30 p.m.
Baseball vs O'Dea @ Bannerwood Field | 7 p.m.
JV Boys Soccer hosts Ingraham @ home | 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 30
Girls Basketball hosts Seattle Prep @ home | 5:45 p.m.
Boys Basketball hosts Seattle Prep @ home | 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 1
JV Baseball vs Bishop Blanchet @ Whitman Middle School Field | 10 a.m.
Frosh Baseball vs O'Dea @ Soundview Field | 9 and 11:30 a.m.
Ballard Strengthening continues in Season Two
Ballard Conditioning meets to train 7:30-8:15 a.m. weekdays on the football field. BHS athletes, as well as students not on school teams, are welcome to train with the group.

Also, a belated welcome to Coach Keyaira Corbray! Coach Corbray is finishing her senior year at SPU as an Exercise Science Major. She is also the head of the Black Student Union at SPU. She is a graduate of Chief Sealth High School, where she was a three-sport athlete in track & field, basketball and soccer.

To learn more about conditioning participation, contact Coach Colin Matthiesen at or DM via Instagram @ballardstrength.
NEW! It's Awards Time Again at BHS!
Every year, the BHS PTSA gives out Outstanding Educator and Volunteer Golden Acorn awards. Do you know a teacher, staff member or volunteer that goes out of their way to make an outstanding impact?

Email PTSA President Gloria Kruzner your 2020-21 nominees, along with a few details why you've chosen them, at

We're accepting nominees through Monday, May 17. Mark your calendars: Winners will be announced and celebrated at our 7 p.m. June 10 PTSA Awards General Meeting on Microsoft Teams.

We our BHS volunteers!
We Can't Do It Without YOU
Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who have stepped up to answer calls for curbside pick-up, material distribution, library projects, tutoring and the senior SPREE celebration.

Your patience and can-do attitude have been so generous during this interesting year.
Thank you for your unwavering support!
Want to learn how to help this Spring and for next Fall too?
Visit our BHS Current Volunteers Needs page or reach out to our fantastic Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Visser at for more details and opportunities.
Get involved!
Join BHS PTSA as our 21-22 Treasurer
Good with numbers? We’ve got the job for you! The Ballard PTSA Treasurer role is open for the 2021-2022 school year. This role is responsible for a complete and accurate accounting of PTSA Revenue and Expenses. Never fear, we have a fantastic certified accountant in place to help with the heavy lifting!

To learn more about this role and other open positions, please contact the BHS PTSA Nominating Chairs Michelle Renn, Sarah Visser and Carol Cheyne at
Back to In-Person learning ...
And we're feeling thankful!
The PTSA Staff Appreciation Committee was busy the past few weeks to support our teachers as they reentered the school building.

Thanks to Coordinator Phyllis Rosen who made delicious boxed lunches for staff on April 7.
We also saluted our Librarians TuesD Chambers and Lindi Wood with a bouquet of colorful cheer during National Libraries Week; and the Main Office and Counseling Center staff with snacks and arrangements (one pictured above) in honor of Administrative Professionals Day!

We can't thank our staff enough for all the ways they've helped our community during this school year.
Serve as BHS delegate at WSPTA online convention
Washington State PTA's 108th annual Convention, May 18-23, is a powerful and innovative experience allowing attendees to connect and learn with others.

At the conclusion of the event you are sure to feel energized to live out the WSPTA mission of being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families, schools, and communities, and a strong advocate for the well-being and education of each child.

More details here. For info on attending as a BHS PTSA delegate, email Gloria Kruzner at Delegates confirmed by her (by the May 3 deadline) will participate in debate and voting during the annual business meeting.
Have questions about remote or in-person learning? While parents/guardians cannot come into the building, the office staff is available to answer questions via email and telephone.

Please call (206-252-1000) or email BHS Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson at or Asst./Athletics Secretary Rayna Bauer at

Looking for SPS updates?
Seattle Public Schools' updates are also featured on the home page of the BHS website
The BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Assistance League Summer program
The Summer Enrichment Scholarship Program with Assistance League of Seattle is awarding scholarships of up to $500 to Seattle middle and high school students currently in grades 6-11 for summer enrichment programs such as overnight camp, music, science, art and more.

Scholarship information and application can be found on Assistance League website. 
Deadline May 1.
OneWorld Now summer language program
This summer OneWorld Now will be offering online sessions of its World Languages & Leadership Program in Arabic, Korean and Mandarin. 

Students can earn 0.5 World Language credits for each session; therefore, if they complete 6 weeks (Level 1A and Level 1B), they will get 1.0 credits, which is a year's worth of language study.

Registration deadline is June 6 at
Penguin Productions The Tempest
Penguin Productions is casting for its summer teen (14-19) production of The Tempest.

Rehearsal dates: June 28-July 23 (1-4 p.m.), with performances on July 24-25 at 2 p.m.

Live and in-person, join us as we re-enter a brave new world of connection, magic, and reconciliation. Refuel your artistic sensibilities as we come together to explore the magic of outdoor theatre!

Looking for a new adventure/hobby?
Try multihull sailing
Multihull Youth SAIL Foundation (MY SAIL) offers week long camps in the summer through Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. Learn how to sail fast on catamarans.

Sail out of Shilshole Marina. During COVID sailing is a great way to participate in a social distancing sport.

Make new friends. Get out on the water. And have fun! Go to or call (360) 660-7087 for more information. Space is limited.
Career learning opportunity: FAPA Virtual Pilot Forum 5/1
Register for the FAPA Virtual Future Pilot Forum to learn about pathways to professional pilot careers.

Students of all ages, their parents and school counselors are invited to this free event.

FAPA will be giving presentations and taking Q & A starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 1.

Interested in the learning ultimate?
Seattle Ultimate youth clinics offer a variety of drills suitable for different levels of play, so all experience levels are encouraged to attend. The coaches are Seattle Tempest and Cascades players -- learn from the pros!

Clinics are single-day sessions that run anywhere from two to five hours.

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Forum | April 28
The 32nd District Democrats will be hosting a Seattle Mayoral Candidates Forum via Facebook stream from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 28.

More information/stream at
April 19 WSPTA Focus on Advocacy
All that's left is for the lady to sing
Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant 

Only one week remains in the 67th legislative session, and there is actually a lot that’s left to do before that famous lady sings the final song: budgets, the climate commitment act, a capital gains tax, and a transportation revenue package, just to name a few of the topics still to be resolved by sine die (April 25).

Starting April 12, lawmakers began the reconciliation process – this has a couple of different parts:

  • Bills that were changed in the opposite chamber must return to their original chamber for concurrence or dispute with those changes.
  • Budget reconciliation, including differences in language when the dollar amounts are the same and differences in the funding amounts.
  • Requests for conference committees, which are used to resolve major differences in bill versions. 
WSPTA advocacy submission process is now open!
Any PTA member is encouraged to submit an issueresolution, or legislative principle that addresses concerns that affect children on a statewide level to the WSPTA.

WSPTA relies on its members to provide the priorities that we will advocate for at the state level and within our communities. Learn more about WSPTA legislative priorities here and the history of its advocacy efforts here.
The submission process is open through June 1.

Check out the video series on submitting a proposal on the WSPTA YouTube channel.
Contribute to BHS PTSA while you shop at Fred Meyer stores
Thank you to BHS families who contribute to our PTSA while they shop at Fred Meyer. A digital account is needed to participate. To help contribute, link your Shoppers Card card to the BHS PTSA (code MJ933).

Once your card is linked, all you have to do is swipe your Shopper's Card while paying for your Fred Meyer purchases.

More info about Community Rewards here.
AmazonSmile purchases benefit PTSA
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to BHS PTSA. Check out the AmazonSmile information page to learn about using AmazonSmile and select “Ballard High School PTSA, Seattle, WA.” Thank you!
Community Resources
The BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Do You Have an Announcement for the BHS PTSA Newsletter?
Submit content (appropriate and relevant to Ballard High School or Community) by 5 p.m. Thursday (1 or 2 weeks before your event ) to the BHS Newsletter Editor email at Please submit posts no more than 100 words and include relevant URLs, contact info and a small graphic (if available). Editor has full discretion over what is published. The BHS PTSA provides Community News for purely informational purposes and does not necessarily support the activities or views presented therein.