August 30, 2020
This is it, last few days of summer!

Looking forward to seeing families at materials pickup this week!

Email Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson if you have any questions.

Sept. 1 | 9th Grade Materials Pick Up | Laptops/Textbooks*

Sept. 2 | 10th Grade Materials Pick Up | Laptops/Textbooks*

Sept. 3 | 11th Grade Materials Pick Up | Laptops/Textbooks*

AND 12th Grade Materials Pick Up | Laptops/Textbooks*
*Pickup time details below

Sept. 10 | PTSA Board Meeting, 7 p.m. on Zoom

Sept. 26 | BPA Virtual Camp, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Check the BHS Website for the most timely school news!

Time to pick up your textbooks, laptops and more!
Materials pickup for BHS students this week
Hey Beavers, we look forward to getting all your essential back to school supplies to you at the Materials Pick Up | Laptops/ORCA cards/Textbooks on Sept. 1-4 in the Parking Lot off of Northwest 67th Street (north side of building). Wear your masks and plan to use social distance practices to help make this a safe event for everyone.

Here's the schedule:
9th Grade on Tuesday, Sept. 1: 12-1 p.m. for last names A-E, 1-2 p.m. for F-L, 2-3 p.m. for M-R and 3-4 p.m. for S-Z.

10th Grade on Wednesday, Sept. 2: 12-1 p.m. for last names A-E, 1-2 p.m. for F-L, 2-3 p.m. for M-R and 3-4 p.m. for S-Z.

11th Grade on Thursday, Sept. 3: 12-1 p.m. for last names A-E, 1-2 p.m. for F-L, 2-3 p.m. for M-R and 3-4 p.m. for S-Z.

12th Grade on Friday, Sept. 4: 12-1 p.m. for last names A-E, 1-2 p.m. for F-L, 2-3 p.m. for M-R and 3-4 p.m. for S-Z.

If you can’t attend your time, you can come during another time, but this will lead to longer lines. Watch for more details on the school website.
Parent volunteers needed!
Looking for our first set of volunteers! We have a couple quick needs to fill, material distribution assistance is needed Sept. 1-4, and for the Sept. 8-9 makeup days. please email if you are interested.

Delivery service is also needed for those who are unable to pick up their materials, starting Sept. 11. Thanks for your consideration and stay tuned for more opportunities in this new school year.
Orientation had challenges but also great spirit
While last week's 9th grade Link Crew orientation was coupled with technology problems, Principal Keven Wynkoop was impressed with the participants' positivity.

"I hope that even with the challenges, they got to start to form some positive relationships with the rest of their group and enjoyed themselves along the way," he said.

One of the fun parts of the program included this Ballard High School video welcome to the Class of 2024. Check out more Freshman Resources here!
Schedules now available on the Source
Student class schedules are now available to view on the Source.

Paper copies of student schedules will be available when students come on their designated day for laptop/materials pick-up.
Apply now for free and reduced-price meals
All students who qualify for free or reduced price meals receive meals free of charge as well as these additional benefits such as discounts or no costs for Athletic fees, ASB fee, Pre-college exams (PSAT/SAT/ACT), College Application Fees, AP Tests, Field Trips and Running Start books. To receive these additional benefits, it is required that you check the boxes next to the benefit on the application. Learn more about the program here.
Time to turn in those library reads! More fun coming
Hey Beaver Readers, go to if you need a back to school read! No proba llama!

And if you finished your summer BHS Library takeout books and want to return them, there's a bin is outside the Main Office on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit the BHS Library page to stay current on what's happening in the BHS Library.

Follow Teacher-Librarian TuesD Chambers on:
Twitter @BeaverReaders | Instagram @beaverreadersbhs
Class schedule change process
Schedule changes will be prioritized for new students, students with holes in their schedule, students in a misplaced level of a class, and students in Running Start.

Schedules are set based on student selection from last spring and there is little room for movement. Students will pick up textbooks and other course materials Sept. 1-4, so schedules need to be correct/complete by that point.

To this end, students will have until Monday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. to email the information to their assigned BHS Counselor if they wish to request a change.

Students are assigned to counselors by the first letter of their last name: Sonja Petersen A-Ci | Sarah Bowman Cj-Han | Tom Kramer Hao-Mci | Gail Olson Laing Mcj-Sch | and Leti Bravo Sci-Z. Please visit the BHS Counseling page for complete details.
Naviance opt out window goes through Sept. 25
Parent guardians, non-parent guardians, and students who are 18 years or older may document their decision to use or not use Naviance in the Source, now through Friday, Sept. 25. More info here.
Ballard Performing Arts program updates
BPA families: Please be sure to complete the Student Directory form to make sure you get program updates in time! For all the current Performing Arts updates check out the Ballard High School news webpage and visit the Ballard Performing Arts website for the most current updates.
Donate items to Goodwill Truck at BHS Sept. 20
Save the date to donate your unwanted items to Goodwill and raise money for Ballard Performing Arts in the North Lot of Ballard High School (off of Northwest 67th Street):
Sunday, Sept. 20 - 9 a.m. to noon

First day virtual 9 a.m. 9/4
School hours: 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. (Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday), 9 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. (Wednesday)

Please make sure your communication preferences are up to date to get the latest planning updates from Ballard High School and the Seattle School District.
Volunteer for the PTSA, help support BHS
The Ballard High School PTSA promotes and supports the social, emotional and academic well-being of all students. The work we do raises funds to run programs that provide academic opportunities, teacher and staff support, and backing for student activities.

We provide financial and volunteer support for the students, parents, and staff of Ballard High School. We offer educational opportunities to parents several times per year.

One easy way for parents to become involved in the school is through the PTSA. Our mission is to help enable an excellent educational environment for your children.

We are still looking for help with the following positions for the 2020-21 school year:
SPREE (senior celebration) co-chair
Memberplanet Website Editor

Stay connected with PTSA on social media!
Ballard High School PTSA is now on Instagram! Follow us @bhs.ptsa! We are also on Twitter and Facebook!
Athletics paperwork update
With the postponement of Fall Sports due to the COVID-19 closures comes an exciting new opportunity for the Ballard Athletics department. Starting this year, changes will be coming to how we accept athletics paperwork.

While we are not yet ready to announce these changes we are asking families and athletes to hold off turning in paperwork in order to avoid having to fill anything out twice.

In the meantime, this is a great time to get a completed and updated physical. Physicals are valid for two years from the date the physical was performed, and must be valid through the day after the LAST day of the sports season.

Questions? Contact BHS Athletic Secretary Rayna Bauer at
Meet the new BHS School Nurse
Hello Ballard Families,
My name is Laurie Tirtanadi and I am your new fulltime School Nurse at Ballard High School. I am very excited to be working with all the students and families!

With the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming school year, I hope to collaborate with, and support you as we navigate these challenging times.

Since we can’t be there in person to make introductions, let me tell you a little about myself. I recently moved to Seattle from Pennsylvania to be closer to family.

I have been in nursing forever. I started out working at the National Institutes of Health in the Critical Care Service in Maryland. After graduate school, I worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care in areas from newborn nursery to adolescent health to a college clinic. In 2018, I started working in school health.

I am thoroughly invested in supporting each student and family as we all work together this school year. 
I can’t wait to meet all of you!

Ballard High School PTSA
PTSA meeting Sept. 10
There will be a BHS PTSA Board Zoom Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10.

All are welcome to attend, but you will need to email Vice President Gloria Kruzner for login information.

Also, if you have a question or concern to be addressed, please email to have it added to the agenda. Thank you!
PTSA meeting schedule
All meetings are on Thursdays.
Board meeting 7 p.m. Sept. 10
Fall General Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Board meeting, 7 p.m. General Meeting Oct. 8
Board meetings 7 p.m. Nov. 5 | Dec. 3 | Jan. 7
Winter General Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Board, 7 p.m. General Meeting Feb. 11
Board meetings 7 p.m. March 4| April 8 | May 6
Spring General Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Board meeting, 7 p.m. General Meeting June 10
Help support Ballard PTSA while you shop!
Follow this link to learn about using AmazonSmile and select “Ballard High School PTSA, Seattle, WA.”

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to BHS PTSA. Thank you!
Fred Meyer Community Rewards help our PTSA
Swipe your shopper's card while checking out at Fred Meyer and help support the Ballard PTSA!

More info/signup here. Group name: Ballard High School PTSA. Organization Number: MJ933.
Stay connected!
BHS Families: Do you have a recent Ballard graduate? Please do not unsubscribe to PTSA newsletters. You will automatically stop receiving the PTSA Newsletter but will remain on file for important alumni info.

It is helpful, however, to correlate your newsletter email with a younger sibling grade level if you want to keep receiving the weekly PTSA newsletter this school year.

Some families are surprised come fall when they have "graduated" off the mail list. Send your younger student's graduation class information to and we'll make sure it's a seamless transition come fall.

Please also contact the editor if you'd like to add a secondary and/or student email address to the newsletter mail list.

Thank you!
Community resources
BHS PTSA provides Community Resources for informational purposes and does not necessarily support the activities or views presented therein.

Seattle Public Schools
Community support
Food bank services
Arts, culture, action
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.