December 13, 2020

BHS events updated daily on the School Bulletin!

Dec. 17 Yearbook and Diploma Pickup, 3-5 p.m.
Dec. 18 | Early Dismissal, 2:50 p.m.

Dec. 19 - BPA Pre-Ordered Coffee Pickup, 10 a.m. to noon

Dec. 21-Jan. 1 Winter Break

Jan. 7 | Library Curbside Pickup, 3-5 p.m.

AND PTSA Board Meeting, 7 p.m. via Teams
Jan. 18 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school

Jan. 22 | BPA Collage Concert, details to come

Jan. 28 | Day Between Semesters, no school
Jan. 30 | BPA Goodwill Truck, 9 to noon, North Parking Lot

Feb. 11 | PTSA Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.; General Meeting, 7 p.m. on Teams, details to come

Feb. 15-19 | Mid-Winter Break, no school
ASB Winter Spirit Week!
From PJs to Ugly Sweaters, online class dress-up rules!
Here are the ASB's Spirit Week Dress-up Days, from Dec. 14-18. Check out the always awesome intro video above to inspire your own Spirit Week looks. Follow @ballardhighasb on Instagram!

  • Monday: PJ Day
  • Tuesday: Ballard (Winter Olympics) vs. Ingraham (Summer Olympics) BHS ASB did a Food Drive competition with Ingraham and that is why you’ll see them in the video.
  • Wednesday: Holiday Themed (whatever that means for you)
  • Thursday: Ugly Sweater Day
  • Friday: School Spirit Day | School Colors
Last yearbook/diploma pickup before Winter Break
Students, you can still pick up your pre-purchased yearbooks ... plus Class of 2020 graduates can pick up diplomas, yearbooks and Senior Journals 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 in the North BHS Parking Lot (off N.W. 67th St).

BHS Library will also be accepting book donations for the BHS Library Book Replacement Drive Dec. 17.
The DAM BHS Student Store | Order Online!
"The DAM" has gone virtual with all of your Ballard merchandise needs!

"The DAM" is run by Advanced Marketing Students at Ballard High School and they choose and design all of the merchandise. More info and pickup/delivery options here.
Athletic Booster Beaver Gear Sale | Order by Dec. 16!
Please place your order by Dec. 16 for holiday fulfillment for Athletic Booster Club Beaver Gear!

Check out what's offered at The Beaver Gear Team will contact you when your order is ready. Email with any questions.
Beaver Reader Book Clubs | this week's meets
Beaver Readers: Explore one or more of our Beaver Reader Book Clubs before Winter Break! Join by checking out the Library Schoology page or emailing Ms. TuesD Chambers.

Monday, Dec. 14 - Eager Beavers, noon | Library Game Club, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 15 - Library Leaders, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 16 - Picture Book Pilot: Reading Buddies, 10 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 17 - Escape Hatch Pandemic Recommendations with SPL (check Library Schoology Page for more details)

Friday, Dec. 18 - Beaver Comic Book Club, noon;
Beaver Book Club, 12:30 p.m. Discussion: "They Called Us Enemy" by George Takei.
Please join Ms. Chambers and Mr. Wynkoop and bring a friend!

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

Follow the BHS Library on Twitter @BeaverReaders or on Instagram @beaverreadersbhs.
Read, then play Beaver Reader Book Bingo!
Winter Break is the perfect time to relax, read and play Bingo! Track your titles on a Beaver Reader Bingo sheet, available below or on the Library News page, and try to win a prize! Deadline for sheet submission: Jan. 7. Check Schoology for more details!
Students: Apply to help as Library Ambassador or Tutor
Become a Library Ambassador and teach other BHS students how to use Libby, Hoopla databases and tech skills!

Separately, the BHS Tutoring Program also needs virtual tutors in all subject areas.

Email Ms. Chambers at to learn more! Each role qualifies for service hours!
BHS Library love > 2020
Online Gallery highlights Beaver Reader fun
Check out the 2020 year of library love in the online Photo Gallery!

Also, share more BHS love and year-end staff appreciation through the continuously updated Ballard Appreciation Instagram page!

High School & Beyond Plan
Graduating Requirement for Seniors
Seniors, please refer to the following information from the Senior Presentation last Wednesday on how to complete your High School & Beyond Plan on Naviance. Visit the School Website HS & Beyond Plan page and/or the Presentation Plan Overview video which outlines the three main tasks.  

The HS & Beyond Plan is a WA State requirement which helps students set goals and plan for their future including a post high school career/college plan. SPS uses Naviance to support students in creating their High School Graduation Plan. You can't graduate without one! 

Keep track of all 2021 News on the Senior Resource page!
Filling out college applications?
Applying to College page offers helpful links
The Counseling Center's Applying to College resource guide has answers to commonly asked questions about applying to college as well as upcoming events and opportunities. It is updated often with new content and helpful links, including:

BHS Class of 2021 on Facebook
Senior Families: Check out the BHS Class of 2021 Parent Facebook Page for updates specific to your Ballard HS Seniors.
Senior Cap & Gown Orders | Due Jan. 31
Ballard HS Cap & Gown Orders + Senior Products
Time has come to begin the process of getting your Cap & Gown for Graduation!

The Ballard High School Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16.

Place order on the National Achiever website. Deadline is Jan. 31.
Note from the Nurse: Humor for relaxation
Laughter is a natural way to boost your mood and reduce stress. Giggling, chuckling, cackling, snickering and laughing all help to relax your muscles, boost your immune system, decrease your heart rate and blood pressure and reduce stress hormones.

Giggling and laughing with another person helps to strengthen relationships. Giggling with other people is contagious. Watch several children in a room and one starts to giggle, pretty soon they are all giggling and rolling around on the floor.

You can encourage laughter by watching a funny podcast or comedian, following a funny meme account, playing with your pets (I am not sure how many times I have laughed at my cat pouncing on the red laser dot moving across the floor) and also a family game night. Whatever you choose, always start it with a smile on your face and it is guaranteed to progress into laughter. Happy giggling!

BHS Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi is available at or via phone at 206-252-1007. More info on the School Nurse webpage.
One-week Meal Box pickup Dec. 21
Seattle Public Schools Nutrition Services will offer one-week meal box pick up for students and their families on Monday, Dec. 21. Meal boxes will be limited.

The School Meal Sites will be closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 3. The SPS 40 meal sites will resume meal services on Monday, Jan. 4.

Meal box distribution will be Monday, Dec. 21, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at these Northwest Seattle schools:
  • B.F. Day Elementary, 3921 Linden Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Broadview-Thomson K-8, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98133
  • North Beach Elementary, 9018 24th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117

Note: Regular weekday Student Meal Services are still offered at sites around the city from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 18. Check out the menu below and service locations here.
Counseling Center offers services online
The BHS Counseling Center has helpful information online such as its updated Featured News section and a convenient online booking system.

The Counseling Center also keeps a list of Virtual College Visits. Sign up for this week's 5 p. m. Thursday, Dec. 17 University of Colorado-Denver visit on Naviance. More information here.
Seattle Promise application & financial workshops
Visit the Seattle Promise Application & Financial Workshop site to find workshops to best help students complete the Promise milestones ahead of deadlines and get connected early. Seattle Promise workshops are open to all students.
Jan. 26 school-day PSAT cancelled
The school-day SPS PSAT test on Jan. 26 has been cancelled. CollegeBoard will not be providing additional school-day dates for the PSAT during the school year. Visit the BHS Assessments page for more details.
WA State PTA offers multiple scholarships
Washington State PTA offers three $3,000 scholarships and one $1,000 scholarship to graduating seniors who will be starting college in the fall.

The scholarship may be used to offset the cost of tuition, books, supplies, room and/or board. Application deadline is March 1. More information under Scholarship News.
Attn: Juniors | Alexander Hamilton 2021 Award
The Hamilton Award is a scholarship that recognizes and supports college-bound juniors from all over the US with high achievement and financial need. This award is a five-year Alexander Hamilton Scholars Empowerment Program. For information on how to apply, please visit the Alexander Hamilton Scholars Website or the FAQ page. Closes Jan. 27.
2020 seniors' "For Good" on Seattle Channel
BHS choir programs' 2020 seniors Virtual Graduation Performance, “For Good,” was featured Dec. 8 on Seattle Channel’s City Stream Show.

Show producer Norm Ohashi, who called the performance “uplifting and beautiful,” said, “I’ve been looking for an opportunity to air the incredible ‘Senior Song’ performed by your Ballard HS Choir during the 2020 BHS virtual graduation .... This has been such a challenging year, anything that brings joy is a very good thing. Each time I watch it, it's so uplifting and makes me smile!”
BPA Caffe Appassionato Coffee Pick-up Details
All coffee orders can be picked up Curbside at Ballard High School (north parking lot off of 67th) on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. until noon. ALL ORDERS ARE CURBSIDE PICKUP. No orders will be delivered unless prior arrangements were made with the student named on the order.

Students picking up for friends and family who ordered online should make sure that they coordinate with them in advance regarding the delivery of their order.
Questions? Contact Lori Day at Thank you for supporting our students!
One-act Trifles offers online theatrical intrigue
The Play Production Class' virtual reading of the one-act, murder-mystery Trifles is now online. Students cast the show, designed the poster, selected costumes and music, and recruited Digital Filmmaking Program students to record the play.

Check out all their hard work! A link to the show and donation information are on
Tentative Season 2 dates & deadline
Ballard Beavers Logo
Season 2 Athletic Registration is due Jan. 15 on FinalForms.

Season 2 includes the following teams and tentative season dates:
  • Jan. 25-March: Gymnastics
  • Feb.-March: Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Swim & Dive, Girls Wrestling and Boys Wrestling

Note, these dates are tentative based on WIAA decision making with regard to the COVID-19 situation. More info on the BHS Athletics Overview.
In gratitude for gift card donations
Thank you BHS families for your generous gift card donations to Bucky’s Home for the Holidays.

We assisted 60 families this year, so thank you for your support.

BHS Craft Club students, under the supervision of Assistant Librarian Lindi Wood, created beautiful hand-made envelopes for Bucky’s cards.

Thanks also to American Studies teacher Ms. Kira Franz-Knight who made the cute tags!
Ballard Cares continues support
Just a reminder that while Bucky's Home for the Holidays offered our families some December cheer, you can continue to support families in crisis by donating to Ballard Cares.

Ballard Cares is a fundraiser partnership between the Ballard High School Foundation, the Ballard High School PTSA and Ballard High School in support of BHS community members severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Ballard Cares is intended to provide monthly assistance for food and basic needs for families in crisis. Additionally, it allows Principal Wynkoop to meet the emergent needs of families in our community who are struggling with the impacts of the pandemic.
Please contribute whatever you can. Your donation will go directly to supporting families in our community.
PTSA Board meets in new year
The BHS PTSA Board will next meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

PTSA Board meetings are held monthly during the school year via Microsoft Teams and are open to all, although only Board and Standing Committee members may actively vote.

2020-21 school year PTSA Board meetings
Following Thursdays at 7 p.m.: Jan. 7, March 4, April 8 and May 6:

Following Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.: Feb. 11 and June 10

Email Gloria Kruzner at for more information and meeting link.

PTSA General Meetings
These meetings typically feature a speaker or program of interest to the school community.

The next General Meeting is Feb. 11, with more details coming soon.

The final General Meeting is June 10, featuring the year-end Teacher/Volunteer recognition event.
Winter Break coming soon!
Winter Break is Monday, Dec. 21 through Friday, Jan. 1.

BHS will have a one-hour early dismissal at 2:50 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18.

The BHS Main Office will be closed Dec. 21-25 as well as Dec. 28, 31 and Jan. 1.

The office will be open Dec. 29-30 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Note, the office is only staffed for email or telephone (206-252-1000) contact.
SPS updates on BHS Website
SPS District Announcements are featured on the Ballard High School website.
SPS interpretation, translated updates
SPS offers interpretation & translation services, in the top languages spoken by parents/guardians of its students.

To make sure all our families have access to the latest updates, SPS has created web pages in each of the community's top six languages:

The BHS PTSA offers these Community Activities for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Ski Bus Program Update
Plans for Mohan Skiing's 2021 Snowsports Season are still being developed. Vist the website for more details or contact Program Coordinator Noam Gundle at with any questions.
Parenting Mindfulness
Please join the virtual Parent University event at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, featuring mindfulness expert Ann Hollar.

Learn mindfulness skills and practices to help stay connected to your students.
Advance registration is required, Click here to learn more about Parent University.
UW LEAH Parent Advisory Board
WSPTA Focus on Advocacy
The campus in Olympia is closed to the public for the 2021 legislative session, which means WSPTA will not be able to host its annual Focus Day on the Capitol steps Jan. 18.

However, advocacy is not a one-day event; it is an everyday action. And so, the group is moving to an ongoing “Focus on Advocacy” program to keep WSPTA members informed and engaged.

During the State Legislative Sessions, WSPTA will send action alerts and informational broadcasts to members who have subscribed to WSPTA's Action Network Group. These action alerts are quick, easy ways to communicate with our legislators.

Learn more about WSPTA Focus on Advocacy!
LLS Students of the Year opportunity
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year campaign is a leadership development and philanthropy program in which high school students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS.

The winner gets a scholarship, but all who are successful get letters of recommendation and references.

Do you know an incredible high school student looking to make a difference? Visit the Students of the Year – Seattle website to nominate a candidate or to apply!
PTSA grants help online learning
To date, the BHS PTSA has approved requests for more than $12,000 to support teacher and staff needs in this year's remote learning environment.

Your PTSA and Grants Committee will continue to solicit applications and collaborations to enhance digital learning in all departments at BHS as the school year continues. THANK YOU to all teachers and staff for your herculean efforts!

For more information, contact the Grants Committee,
Support BHS PTSA at Fred Meyer
Thank you to the BHS families who contribute to BHS PTSA while they shop at Fred Meyer.

A digital account is needed to participate in Fred Meyer Community Rewards. To help contribute, link your Shoppers Card card to the BHS PTSA (code MJ933).

Once you link your card, all you have to do is shop at Fred Meyer and swipe your Shopper’s Card.
More information about Community Rewards here.
AmazonSmile supports Ballard 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!
BHS PTSA Friends of Ballard FB group offers community support
The BHS PTSA Friends of Ballard Facebook group is about community -- parents, volunteers, staff, students, neighbors all sharing news and information.

Parents, students, staff, neighbors, alumni -- it takes a village, let's build one here! Join the conversation, get involved -- it's Great to be a BHS Beaver. Check out Friends of Ballard here!

Follow BHS PTSA on our Instagram page @bhs.ptsa! We are also on Twitter!
Become a member of BHS PTSA
The BHS PTSA exists to strengthen the BHS Community but we can't do it without you!

Support this PTSA with a gift of your time. Volunteer to help engage with families, support our website under development, help with library activities as able during the building closure and more. For more information, check out the PTSA Volunteer Page.

Also, please consider membership in the BHS PTSA! Your membership helps drive our focus on supporting our school.
Community Resources
Public Health – Seattle & King County Flu Clinics 
Public Health – Seattle & King County Flu Clinics has listed a number of free and low-cost flu shot and vaccination clinics around the region.

Flu shots protect our most vulnerable students from getting ill and can help keep our students and staff healthy and in school.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the single best way to protect yourself and your family from influenza is to receive a flu shot each year.

The CDC recommends everyone six months of age and older be vaccinated against the flu.
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.