BHS PTSA News
April 4, 2021
April 19-June 12 | BHS Sports Season 2


May 6 | PTSA Board Meeting, 7 p.m.



May 31 Memorial Day, no school
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
IN-PERSON LEARNING
In-person survey due by April 6
Surveys were emailed to families from the district on Friday, April 2. Families have a choice whether to remain remote, or two afternoons a week in-person.

You MUST reply to the survey by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 6.

"I know that for many of you this is a difficult decision and we are going to work hard to make sure that all students are loved and appreciate as we go through this transition for all of our students. We are committed to making sure that students have full access to all of the instruction, no matter which option they choose," said Principal Keven Wynkoop in his April 2 family letter, linked below.

If you did not receive the survey, check your spam folder and your SPS Communication Preferences.
Ballard High School Re-Entry Guidebook linked in image for additional info.
Asynchronous schedule April 5-7 for all students
BHS Teachers have been asked to provide asynchronous activities for students on Monday, April 5, Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7 (regularly asynchronous) as staff will be in the building getting trained and preparing for students to return, so they won’t be able to teach their classes. Synchronous Teams calls resume on Thursday, April 8 and on Friday, April 9.
6-12 Grade In-Person Learning
SPS and SEA reach tentative agreement
Seattle Education Association (SEA) and Seattle Public Schools (SPS) have reached a tentative agreement to provide in-person learning for grades 6-12 that meets the guidelines of the Governor Inslee's proclamation.

Seattle Public Schools' updates are also featured on the home page of the BHS website
INCLUSION
Diversity Empowerment Council Meeting | April 22 at 7 p.m.
BALLARD FAMILIES OF STUDENTS OF COLOR: Meet up with our Diversity Empowerment Council and learn how to escalate your complaint beyond the school if you are not being listened to.
View Flyer and the DEC Meeting page for more info!
Unified Club meets 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
Join Unified Club! We meet Tuesday and Thursday at BHS from 4:15-5:15 p.m. to exercise, shoot hoops, and promote social inclusion at Ballard. Come join us.

Unified Club is a partnership between BHS and Special Olympics of Washington. It partners students with and without developmental disabilities together to build team work, camaraderie and have fun. (Picture from last year's epic hoops matchup with Roosevelt Unified.)

For information, contact Ms. Robyn Maddess at ramaddess@seattleschools.org.
SENIORS
Class of 2021 | Graduation Update – IN PERSON!
As a result of our move to Phase III, and with new guidance from Gov. Jay Inslee and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, we have been cleared for an in-person graduation at Memorial Stadium for those who want to participate. Each graduate will be given a small number of tickets for their guests to attend. The date is still June 16 but please note the time has been moved up to 5 p.m.

Many details still need to be worked out so stay tuned for more information! Visit the school website Graduation | Class of 2021 for more information.
Still need to order Cap and Gown?
Ballard HS Cap & Gown Orders + Senior Products

Order your Cap & Gown for Graduation! Visit and follow the steps on the National Achiever website. Order deadline has been extended to April 18 in order to get all the cap and gowns delivered on time!

Watch for more details about a Senior pick up date in May!
NEW! Senior SPREE event in works
The SPREE Committee is busy planning the Senior's Graduation Night party! Stay tuned for details and ticket information.
Facebook Group for Class of 21 parents

This non-PTSA affiliated group is for families of 2021 students. Share helpful information and ideas to facilitate a fabulous senior year. Sign up for Parent Page here.
LIBRARY
Welcome to OUR library | National Library Week
Woot, woot, it's National Library Week, from April 4-10!

Thank you to Teacher-Librarian TuesD Chambers and Assistant Librarian Lindi Wood for all your efforts to share your love of literacy with students during Curbside at the Library events and online library groups during remote learning. You've made positive connections and promoted community in this challenging time.

BHS students, come say "Hi" and thank you to Ms. Chambers and Ms. Wood at the next Curbside on Thursday, April 8 from 3-5 p.m. Don't forget to place books on hold at bit.ly/BHSHolds or browse the mini library Curbside!

Visit the BHS Library page for more reading inspiration and fun!
Library bookmark fundraiser
Another way to support the BHS library is to read fabulous books and use these beautiful bookmarks, made by BHS parent and artist Jessica Plesko, to hold your spot.

Now through April 30, $1 from each bookmark sold will be donated to the Ballard High School Library! More info at https://artasdistraction.square.site.
COUNSELING CENTER
Counseling Center running news page
Check out the Counseling Center news page for information on jobs, internships, college visits, scholarships and more!

Also follow your Counselors on Instagram @bhsschoolcounselors
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!
April Service Learning options
Learn about the Service Learning program and check out spring opportunities on the Counseling Center's Service Learning page.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Note from the Nurse: Spring is springing
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The birds are chirping, the cherry blossom trees are blooming and early spring flowers are popping up out of the ground. Signs of spring are all around us. It just feels magical. Why does spring feel so uplifting? Spring brings a sense of renewal and hope, very much like the tide is turning and new gifts are around every corner. Close your eyes and listen to the thunder the next time it comes. Savor a good piece of homemade apple pie. What about sitting on the porch and gabbing with a neighbor sitting on their porch? Spring brings us outside, calms our weariness and helps to make us feels better.

~ BHS Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi, RN, MS, ARNP. For more information, check out the School Nurse page or email ljtirtanadi@seattleschools.org
Coping with Traumatic Loss | LHS PTSA-sponsored talk 4/7
Please join Lincoln PTSA next Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. for a program with Jen McCormick of The Healing Center and Cedar Tree Counseling, where she will provide information and resources to help us navigate the school community's recent loss.

The Lynx community welcomes any Ballard High families who are also impacted by the tragic passing of Lincoln sophomore Ezra Mancini. 

Please register for this event by texting TABLETALKS to 41444.
BALLARD PERFORMING ARTS
Hot Java Cool Jazz Goes Virtual April 12
Although Starbuck's Hot Java Cool Jazz live event was cancelled last year and again this year, Ballard High school's Jazz Band will submit a recording for a video tribute to the event.

More information on where to find the videos coming soon. Concert date is April 12; stay tuned for details.
ATHLETICS
Season 2 Sports Registration Due April 9
Season 2 includes Baseball, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Boys Swim & Dive, Boys Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Girls Wrestling, and Boys Wrestling.

If you have NOT already registered your student athlete by completing the online FinalForms, they must be filled out by April 9 in order for your student athlete to be cleared in time to participate in Season 2 sports.

More information on the Athletic Paperwork Page.

DID YOU KNOW? SPS students can get a FREE physical in the Ballard Teen Health Center. For appointments, call Clinic Coordinator Sailau Tuitele at 206-390-3355 or email Sailau.Tuitele@providence.org.
New Beaver Gear & Spring Bundle Sale!
The Athletic Booster Club is excited to introduce a new clothing item to our Beaver Gear collection and our Spring Bundle sale too!

Spring Bundle Sale Includes
  • New! Athletic Shorts (w/pockets red & gray)
  • Baseball Style shirt, and
  • Ballard Beavers mask all for $40 ($50 when purchased separately).

This bundle will be available for a limited time so order now to get the best value! And now that the weather is warming up and we're all heading outside again, be sure to grab a Ballard Beaver Bleacher seat cushion to make those benches blankets and bleachers more comfortable!
Show your Beaver Pride with a red or black weatherproof cushion just $15 each or 2 for $25. More info on the ABC Gear page.
Ballard Cheer is Back | Spring Training
Want to learn what being a Ballard Cheerleader is all about? Bring A Friend from 3:45-5:15 p.m. Monday, April 19 and 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21: Open to current students and incoming 8th graders.

Spring Training (invite only): Join the team for a month-long program where you will train with some of the best and see if cheerleading is for you! Invitations will be out on April 23 following our open gym sessions.

ALL PARTICIPANTS are required to complete Final Forms and upload a current physical. Forms are due April 9! Tryouts will be June 7-11.
 
8th Graders: Please email ballardhs.cheerleading@gmail.com to make sure you’re on the list! Any questions? E-mail or DM us on Instagram @BallardCheer!
PTSA UPDATES
PTSA welcome to Freshmen Families!
Welcome Freshmen
As a parent of a Class of '24 member, I look forward to when my youngest student can finally enter the building for in-person learning.

I also look forward to working with more new parents from this "new" class who, like other BHS parents/guardians, have shown creativity and fortitude during this altered year.

I had to remind myself it's been more than a year since my younger son has been in the building for Open House and it's going to seem perhaps somewhat intimidating.
Here's a fun video from our awesome Digital Filmmaking Program that gave me a great look at the school/available activities when my older son, now a junior, was starting out at BHS and I hope you share it with your Class of '24 Beaver.

And whether your family chooses to remain solely online or a hybrid learning model, it truly is Always Great To Be a Beaver!

-Gloria Kruzner
Get involved!
Join our BHS PTSA
We need a PTSA Treasurer and Secretary for 21-22!

BHS relies heavily on parent volunteers to help provide the best possible experience and opportunities for all students ... even more so now!

To learn more about these integral positions and other open roles, contact the BHS PTSA Nominating Chairs Michelle Renn, Sarah Visser and Carol Cheyne at join.bhs.ptsa@gmail.com.

You can also email PTSA President Gloria Kruzner at bhs.ptsa.pres@gmail.com if you would like to join us at our next Board Teams meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 to learn more about BHS PTSA!
Ready to volunteer?
Now that our students will be re-entering the school, it is a great time to get your paperwork
updated through the SPS online volunteer process.

Once you have completed this step, you
are cleared for up to two years of volunteer work.

OFFICE UPDATES
Online Fall Registration 21-22
Current BHS students in grades 9-11, your online registration windows have closed. Please contact your counselor to submit your requests for next year.

Grade 8 (Class of 2025) and students transferring to Ballard for 2021-2022 School Year - Stay Tuned! More information to come in early April.

The district will be sending ALL new student assignments in early April. Once we receive our official list of students from the district, we will reach out to newly assigned BHS students to complete registration. Please stay tuned for more information. We will be holding information sessions and counselor drop-in sessions the week of April 19 to answer all of your questions.

Please visit our 8th Grade webpage for more information!
Have a BHS question? Here's who to contact!
Ballard High School Office Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, although the building is closed for visitors.

For Spring Break, office staff will be available to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please call (206-252-1000) or email BHS Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson at crpeterson@seattleschools.org or Asst./Athletics Secretary Rayna Bauer at rcbauer@seattleschools.org with any questions at all.

Non SPS Adults Not Permitted in School Buildings 
As we gear up for welcoming back more students into our buildings, we want to ensure that health
and safety protocols are being strictly followed and adhered to, especially as it pertains to volunteers and/or non-SPS adults.
Please Note:
~Volunteers are NOT permitted in schools, both during and outside of school hours.

~Parents/family members/caregivers can be on-site outside to pick-up/drop-off students.

The district is following the recommendations from DOH and Public Health-Seattle & King County to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in schools.
SPS UPDATES
Meal sites service time changes
District meal distribution site hours are changing to support in-person learning.

All meal sites will open 30 minutes earlier starting on April 5. Our 40 meal sites will now be open from 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Beginning April 5, bus routes will deliver meals on Wednesdays only. Wednesday bus routes, times, and stops will remain the same. Grab and go breakfast and lunch will be available for students learning in-person at each school site.

BHS Athletics streams
Watch another week of regular Season One sports home games this week on our BHS Athletics YouTube Channel.

All three home volleyball matches against Seattle Prep will be featured on Thursday, April 7, starting with JVC at 4 p.m.; JV at 5:30 p.m. and Varsity at 7 p.m.

Girls Soccer also takes on Prep this week, with the Varsity stream kicking off at 4 p.m. Friday, April 8 and the JV game viewing at 7:30 p.m.
More information at the BHS Athletics Update.
Girls Swim Times Trials 2 | March 29
Season One, just some of the Week Five fun!
FOOTBALL
Lots to be proud of for Ballard Football!

We battled but lost 13-28 to our Week 5 opponent Eastside Catholic.
#BallardPride
GYMNASTICS
Soodjai was in the Dam for Saturday's Meet against Nathan Hale and Lincoln.

Follow @ballardgymnastics on Instagram.
SOCCER
Thanks to all the underclassmen players who saluted our seniors at the April 1 game. Check out the slideshow of the celebration @ballardgirlsoccer on Instagram. And congrats to graduating players Kristen, Ella, Macy, Elise, Meghan and Sarah!
CROSS COUNTRY
The BHS Cross Country Team returned to Shoreline's Hamlin Park Course to face Bishop Blanchet March 30.

Running on the same course two weeks in a row paid off! Almost the entire team improved from the week prior, and not by a small amount! Overall it was a great team effort.

Follow @ballardhsxc on Instagram.
SHOP AND SUPPORT PTSA
Contribute to PTSA while you shop
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!
LEGISLATIVE CORNER
Submit advocacy concerns to WSPTSA
Any PTA member is encouraged to submit an issue, resolution, or legislative principle that addresses concerns that affect children on a state-wide level.

As a grassroots association, WSPTSA relies on its members to provide the priorities that we will advocate for at the state level and within our communities. Learn more about our legislative priorities here and the history of our advocacy efforts here.

The submission process is now open. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2021.

Community Resources
The BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Food bank services
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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 ballardhighnews@gmail.com. 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.