BHS PTSA News
December 6, 2020
Dec. 17 Yearbook and Diploma Pickup, 3-5 p.m.

Dec. 18 | One hr. early out

Dec. 21-Jan. 1 Winter Break

Jan. 7 | Library Curbside Pickup (Bingo due), 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

Feb. 11 | PTSA Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. | PTSA General Meeting, 7 p.m. both via separate Teams Links, details to come


Current BHS news and events are also featured on the School Bulletin, updated daily!
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
Pickup events continue on Dec. 10 and 17
Students, you can still pick up your pre-purchased yearbooks ... plus Class of 2020 graduates can pick up Diplomas and Senior Journals 3-5 p.m. on Thursdays, Dec. 10 and 17 in the North BHS Parking Lot (off N.W. 67th St).

The BHS Library will also have its Curbside Pickup on Dec. 10. Book donations for the BHS Library Book Replacement Drive will be accepted both Dec. 10 and 17.

3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10

3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17
BHS School Photo/ID Dec. 9 at Rowland Studio
BHS School/Student ID Pictures are being offered at Rowland Studio for BHS students noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Students are not required to have photos taken at the studio. We still hope to have an all-school, in-school Picture Day if and when the COVID restrictions are relaxed. At that time, we plan to take everyone’s photo for the yearbook and Student ID cards.

If you choose to have your photo taken in the studio, you'll get your Student ID immediately as well as be able to use the photo for the yearbook if you’d like.

Questions? Contact: info@rowlandstudio.com or 206-522-7171.
Share your summer memories in the Shingle
The Ballard Shingle is looking for students to share their favorite activities or pastimes from the summer of 2020. Complete this Google Document or direct message on @bhs_shingle. More information on the yearbook page.
Parents/Guardians | BLM Day of Action for students
International People with Disabilities Day, Dec. 9
BLM Day of Action Opportunity for students - International People with Disabilities Day/Synchronous Meeting for BHS students at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. Students, please check the BHS Library Support Page course on Schoology for the link and other resource material too. We hope to see you there! More information: khkendrick@seattleschools.org 
Support student journalism
New BHS Talisman articles available online!
Check out BHS student journalism through the online version of the student newspaper, the Ballard Talisman. Recent Talisman articles are also featured on the school website.

Visit the BHS Journalism webpage or follow @ballardtalisman on Instagram.
Info for National Merit Scholarship Program
SPS school-day Jan. 26 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.

The PSAT is the route of entry into the National Merit Scholarship Program. Since students were unable to take the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT due to school closures, students may use SAT scores as alternative method for entry requirements.

More information is on the Alternate Entry to the National Merit Scholarship flyer. Also visit the BHS Assessments page for more details.
LIBRARY
Library Curbside Pickup fun coming Dec. 10
Need a new read? We got the books! Check out the next BHS Library Curbside Pickup from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 in the North Parking Lot. Put books on hold at bit.ly/BHSHolds!

To help replace missing titles, we're still accepting book donations from our wishlist (bit.ly/bhsbookdrive) at this week's Curbside Pickup. We encourage you to check your shelves for any gently used current titles as well or your independent local bookstore. (Queen Anne Book Company has our wishlist at https://www.qabookco.com/wishlist/231),

More details on the Library News page!
Beaver Reader Book Clubs | this week's meetings
Beaver Readers: Explore one or more of our Beaver Reader Book Clubs! Join by checking out the Library Schoology page or emailing Ms. TuesD Chambers.
Monday, Dec. 7 - Eager Beaver Readerswe see you out there! Some of you are voracious readers and just want to TALK ABOUT BOOKS! The group meets every other Monday at noon.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 - Library Leaders is a group of students excited about finding community-building events that YOU want to do! We meet weekly on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. and everyone is invited.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 - Picture Book Pilot Reading Buddies: We meet biweekly at 10 a.m. Wednesdays to talk about picture books and plan for our time with reading buddies at Magnolia Elementary. Join us as we continue to add buddies from around the district!

Thursday, Dec. 10 - Pride Book Club meets at 12:30 p.m. every other Thursday. All LGBTQ students and allies are invited to join.

  • And of course, we'd love to see you at Curbside Pickup from 3-5 p.m. Put books on hold at bit.ly/BHSHolds!
Friday, Dec. 11 - Beaver Book Club meets at 12:30 p.m. Fridays. This month's books are "The Downstairs Girl" by Stacey Lee for Dec. 11 and "They Called Us Enemy" by George Takei for Dec. 18. These titles can be placed on hold at bit.ly/BHSHolds. Please join Ms. Chambers and Mr. Wynkoop and bring a friend!

  • Ballard Comic Book Club meets 12:30 p.m. Fridays. Students can find the books always available on Hoopla with your SPL Library Link account. Mr. Lee and Ms. Chambers look forward to everyone attending!

Visit the BHS Library page to stay current on what's happening in the BHS Library or check out the running online gallery of all the fun there too!

Follow the BHS Library on Twitter @BeaverReaders or on Instagram @beaverreadersbhs.
Read, then play Beaver Reader Book Bingo!
It's not too late to 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!

Earn service hours, become a BHS Virtual Tutor
New! The BHS Tutoring Program needs virtual tutors! Earn service hours, all subjects are needed.

Email Teacher-Librarian Ms. Chambers at tschambers@seattleschools.org.
Learn how to become a Library Ambassador
Become a Library Ambassador and teach other BHS students how to use Libby, Hoopla databases and tech skills!

Earn service hours and share online literacy with other Beaver Readers.

Email Teacher-Librarian Ms. Chambers at tschambers@seattleschools.org to learn more!
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!

Visit and follow the steps on the National Achiever website. Order deadline is Jan. 31, but we recommend ordering before then.
Class of 2021 Graduation | 5:30 p.m. June 16
The Ballard High School Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16.

Keep track of all 2021 News on the Senior Resource page!

Follow @bhseniors2021 on Instagram too (epic Spirit Week flashback photo from their page!)
Filling out college applications?
Applying to College page offers helpful links
Hey Seniors! 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:

HEALTH & WELLNESS
Note from the Nurse: Walking for relaxation
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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.

BHS Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi is available at ljtirtanadi@seattleschools.org or via phone at 206-252-1007. More info on the School Nurse webpage.
BHS Teen Health Center available by appointment
Did you know your student can get health care and confidential mental health therapy through the Teen Health Center (BTHC)? The BTHC also has free flu shots and sports physicals available by appointment.

To schedule a visit, call or text clinic coordinator Say Tuitele at 206-390-3355 or at Sailau.Tuitele@swedish.org.
Student Meals distribution sites
SPS is offering free student meals at 40 school locations and eight bus routes.

Meal sites are open Monday-Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. SPS students and/or parents/guardians can pick up sack breakfast and lunch meals prepared by SPS Nutrition Services team. Please see menu below.

Meal support for weekends, provided by the Backpack Brigade and Food For Schools, provides non-perishable food items such as canned goods, snacks, juice, etc., is available for all families in need to pick up on Fridays.

For more information, check out the Student Meals page.
COUNSELING CENTER
Counseling Center resources, appointments available online
The BHS Counseling Center online dashboard has featured news, student assignment information, as well as links to targeted topical pages such as the continuously updated Featured News section, Scholarship Bulletins, and Virtual College Visits.

The Counseling Center has an online booking system for students to make an appointment to see BHS counselors. Click the link below to see available time slots and make an appointment. More information here.
Learn about Service Learning opportunities
Service Learning is giving time, without pay, to a non-profit or government agency. Service Learning allows students to learn and to apply academic, social and personal skills. As part of Service Learning, students are asked to reflect and report on their experiences on the fillable SL Documentation form.

Reminders: 
  • 60 hours is still required for all classes at this time, any updates will be posted when received by the District.
  • Students should only participate in an opportunity they feel is safe to them.
  • BHS only shares these postings and does not endorse any of these businesses. 
 
Visit the School Service Learning page for more information.
Naviance online college & career planning tool
Naviance is Seattle Public School's tool for students in grades 6-12 to explore colleges and career paths, analyze talents and skills with personality and career assessments, create 4-year course plans, understand financial options for college, and help students stay on track to reach their academic goals.

Students can also develop resumes and portfolios for job and college applications, including their transcript and letters of recommendations from educators. More information here.
WSU National Merit Scholarship opportunity
WSU offers all eligible National Merit Scholarship semifinalists a full tuition award for up to four years. Students can become eligible for more awards and financial resources by filling out the WSU General Scholarship Application and FAFSA by Jan. 31. More information under Scholarship News.
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides four-year scholarships of $30,000 and extensive support services, including career guidance and internship placement, to highly motivated African American students who have maintained a 98% college graduation rate. The application, linked here, closes at 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 1.
BALLARD PERFORMING ARTS
Caffe Appassionato Coffee sale fundraiser
BPA Coffee Sale Fundraiser! Only a few days left to order your BPA Caffe Appassionato Coffee online! The deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 8. Order your favorite coffee now and directly support a BPA student by specifying their name on the order!

For every bag purchased, the student named will earn $6 in credits that can be used towards future trips, camps, and program fees. Proceeds with no student named will go into the BPA general fund.  
Coffee pick up is curbside at BHS on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.

ALL ORDERS ARE CURBSIDE PICKUP! NO ORDERS WILL BE DELIVERED, UNLESS YOU HAVE MADE PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE STUDENT NAMED TO HAVE THEM PICK IT UP FOR YOU.
Questions? Contact Lori Day at daynewell@msn.com. Thank you for supporting our students!
Turn in receipts, pick up BPA t-shirts Dec. 10
The Ballard Performing Arts T-shirts featuring the "Unity and Community" graphic will be handed out during Curbside Pickup from 3-5 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the North Ballard High School parking lot off 67th.

Please also drop off your Ballard Market receipts at the Dec. 10 Curbside Pickup. For every receipt submitted to BPA, Ballard Market will give a portion to support our students.
One-act Trifles offers online theatrical intrigue
Want some intrigue amidst December’s darkness? Curl up with a blanket and enjoy the Play Production Class' virtual reading of the one-act Trifles.

Play Production students cast the show, designed the poster, selected costumes and music, and recruited Digital Filmmaking Program students to record the play.

A link to the show is on www.ballardperformingarts.org and people can donate on the website. For questions contact Shawn Riley at smriley@seattleschools.org
ATHLETICS
Tentative Season 2 dates & deadline
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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.
BALLARD CARES
Help those affected by COVID through 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 a 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.

Many of us are so fortunate to have our needs met on a daily basis, but now is the time for us to come together to ensure that EVERYONE in our community knows that Ballard Cares.
FAQ: How does Ballard Cares differ from Bucky's Gift Card donations?
Ballard Cares differs from the PTSA Bucky's Home for the Holidays gift card drive in that Ballard Cares has and continues to provide funds for basic needs for BHS families severely affected by the COVID pandemic, since last spring's school closure.

Bucky's is an annual BHS tradition that helps those who are having financial difficulties enjoy a special gift from our community to help make the holidays brighter. Thank you to those who helped donate to the PTSA gift card drive.

Donations are delivered to identified families in December in festive Bucky giftbags.

(You can still donate gift cards to Target, Fred Meyer, Safeway, Starbucks and other local businesses through Monday, Dec. 7 by contacting Brenda Savage at bsavagemama@gmail.com)
PTSA UPDATE
PTSA Board votes in new President
At it's Dec. 3 Board Teams Meeting the PTSA Board elected Gloria Kruzner President.

In other news:
Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Visser is working to form a Senior Celebration Committee (more details soon);

BHS Webmaster (and alumni parent/longtime PTSA volunteer) Diane Taylor has offered to step in and assist with PTSA website development;

Grants Chair Kelly Norton detailed recent allocations to assist with digital learning. (Read about how teachers use a program called Mentimeter in their classroom in Kelly's write-up below.)

The BHS PTSA Board will next be meeting online at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

Monthly PTSA Board meetings are held 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

For a PTSA Board meeting link, email bhs.ptsa.pres@gmail.com

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.

Note: Talk to your students about educators who have stood out during First Semester learning! As the year moves along, it's helpful to remember when Educator of the Year nominations are sought at the end of the year.

Both students and parents can vote for their favorite educators when nominations open in May!
MAIN OFFICE NOTES
Winter Break coming soon!
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Winter Break is coming soon! BHS will have a one-hour early dismissal at 2:50 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18.

Winter Break is Monday, Dec. 21 through Friday, Jan. 1.

The BHS Main Office will be closed the week of Dec. 21-25 as well as Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

From Dec. 28-30 the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main office open for calls/emails
The Main Office is staffed 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays by Cindy Peterson and Rayna Bauer who are only available via their linked emails or phone at 206-252-1000.
SPS UPDATES
School Board Director Meetings – Outdoor Education & More
SPS School Board District IV Director Eden Mack will be hosting an online community meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 to give an update on progress of the SPS Community/Outdoor Education Task Force and address other topics of interest.

These meetings are facilitated by the Seattle Council PTSA. Register in advance for this Zoom meeting. Translation supports provided. Please indicate language needs when you register.

More information. Questions? Contact SCPTSA President Manuela Slye at president@scptsa.org.
SPS website redesign survey
Please take a moment and participate in the SPS Website Redesign Survey before Monday, Dec. 7. SPS is kicking off a website redesign project for the public facing district website and school websites. Visit the SPS Website Redesign page for more details.
Special Education Community Forum
COMMUNITY ARTS, CULTURE, ACTION
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 skimohan.com website for more details or contact Program Coordinator Noam Gundle at noamjg@gmail.com with any questions.
Learn about the Computer Science program at UW Dec. 9-12
Celebrate Computer Science Education Week by learning more about what it means to study in the University of Washington's Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering.

Events are intended for high school students.
Students must be 13+.
Zoom required to attend virtual programs below:

Dec. 9: Life as an Allen School student panel
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Dec.10: Life as an Allen School student panel
4:30-5:30 p.m. (repeat session)

Dec. 12: Allen School information session
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Parenting Mindfulness with Ann Hollar
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 elementary, middle or high schooler(s).
 
Advance registration is required, Click here to learn more about Parent University.
BHS PTSA grants include helpful online tool Mentimeter | Thank you!
From Grants Chair Kelly Norton: To date, your PTSA has approved requests for more than $12,000 to support teacher and staff needs in this year's remote learning environment.

In one case, we've partnered with BHS administrators to purchase a 50-user subscription for Mentimeter, an online tool that uses live polls, word clouds, quizzes, and Q&As to promote student engagement during class and provide real time feedback for teachers.

Requested by many teachers in varied disciplines, the subscription is available to every academic department and is actively used in multiple classes.

Teacher feedback has been positive; comments include: "Mentimeter allows me to make my classes engaging and interactive, and it is so easy to create presentations that I have way more time to spend with my students!"
 
"It has allowed me to complete a quick anonymous temperature check to see if students understand a concept, if they feel comfortable about a topic, or even things like which application they prefer to use for an assignment."

"I used it as a word cloud, feedback exit ticket to a group activity ... It is a great way to give a voice to everyone without having students see each other's answers. I like the anonymous part and the fact that it downloads results immediately. And students can see the results immediately."
  
And in a nod to the realities of teaching to a screen full of initials rather than faces, "since the majority of students do not turn on their cameras and do not participate in chat discussions, it has provided a way for me to receive student input."

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, bhsgrants@gmail.com
PTSA Legislative Corner
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.

Post news, photos, events, ask questions and invite others. 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 Ballard HS Beaver. Check out Friends of Ballard here!

Follow BHS PTSA on our new Instagram page @bhs.ptsa! We are also on Twitter!
Become a member of BHS PTSA
The Ballard High School PTSA exists to strengthen the BHS Community but, even in this remote capacity, we can't do it without you!

SHOP AND SUPPORT BHS PTSA
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!
Community Resources
The BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.

Seattle Public Schools
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 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.