BHS PTSA News
Jan. 3, 2021
B H S C A L E N D A R

News and updates also available through the online School Bulletin


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. 21 | Library Curbside Pickup, 3-5 p.m.


Jan. 28 | Day Between Semesters, no school

Jan. 30 | BPA Goodwill Truck, 9 to noon, North Lot
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
Welcome Back to School Monday, Jan. 4
We hope you had a great Winter Break, Beavers! Online learning continues Monday, Jan. 4.

The Main Office is staffed 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (for email or phone communications only) on weekdays.

Email BHS Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson at crpeterson@seattleschools.org or Assistant/Athletics Secretary Rayna Bauer at rcbauer@seattleschools.org with any questions.
Student artists participate in SCPTSA Reflections
Congratulations to BHS artists Sydney Smith, Sheridan Green, and Mara Scanlan for participating in the SCPTSA Reflections Contest. Here's a Virtual Gallery with all the SCPTSA entries. 

Reflections is a National PTA arts competition that provides an opportunity for students to use their creative talents. Reflections takes original student submissions -- inspired by this year’s theme, "I Matter Because" -- in the areas of visual art, photography, literature, music composition, film and dance choreography.

Works are judged at the city level and then further judged with opportunities for advancement to state and national levels. We'll let you know when we hear about our student artist entries!

Thanks to Photography Teacher Gina O'Neill for coordinating this year's entries.
Jan. 20 Picture/ID Day at Rowland Studio
School Pictures Days will again be offered at Rowland Studio (6900 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-522-7171, info@rowlandphoto.com). Sitting for the photo and Student ID Cards is free of charge for BHS students.

You are not required to have photos taken now in the studio. This is an optional service. If you choose to have your photo taken in the studio, you will get your free Student ID as well as be able to use the in-studio photo for the yearbook if you’d like. Check the Appointment Calendar below as it is constantly being updated.
Student Meal pickups continue
The SPS 40 meal sites will resume meal services on Monday, Jan. 4. Meal distribution is at specific geographic locations around the district including these area neighborhood schools:
  • B.F. Day Elementary, 3921 Linden Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Broadview-Thomson K-8, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98133
  • Catherine Blaine K-8, 2550 34th Ave. W, Seattle, WA 98199 and
  • North Beach Elementary, 9018 24th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117

Communications preferences
Now is a good time to review how you receive information from Seattle Public Schools and how to manage your Communication Preferences. Receive timely, helpful communications from Principal Keven Wynkoop messages, Seattle Public School (SPS) messages and the latest from Superintendent Denise Juneau.

Do you want phone calls for some messages, but only email or text messages for others? You can manage your Communication Preferences online.
  1. Visit go.schoolmessenger.com
  2.  Log in with the email on file at your student's school
  3. After you log in, select 'Preferences' in the menu and update how we connect best with you!

SPS school day PSAT cancelled
The school-day SPS PSAT/NMSQT that was originally scheduled for Jan. 26 has been cancelled. CollegeBoard will not be providing additional school-day administration dates for the PSAT/NMSQT during the 2020-21 school year. More info about assessments here.
LIBRARY
Library Curbside Pickup fun continues Jan. 7
I see you 2021! We resolve it's going to be fun for Beaver Readers! First Curbside Pickup of the year is 3-5 p.m. Jan. 7!

Pick up your new reads for the new year. Put books on hold any time at bit.ly/BHSHolds.

Turn in your Beaver Reader Bingo sheet and don't forget to return your BHS Library books then too! GIF c/o @waltermedia/Giphy
Beaver Reader programs available | Jan. 4-8
Beaver Readers: Explore one or more of our library programs in the New Year! Join by checking out the Library Schoology page or emailing Ms. TuesD Chambers.

Monday, Jan. 4 - Eager Beavers, noon

Tuesday, Jan. 5 - Library Leaders, noon

Wednesday, Jan. 6 - Picture Book Pilot: Reading Buddies, 10 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 7 - Pride Book Club, 12:30 p.m. | Curbside Pickup, 3-5 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 8 - Beaver Comic Book Club, noon

Visit the BHS Library page to stay current on what's happening in the BHS Library!
Breaking News! Top 25 BHS Library 2020 reads
#BeaverReaders: "I am thrilled to share the top 25 most checked out 📚 at #BHS for 2020.
I couldn’t be more excited to see the choices you’ve made and how our staff’s values are also reflected in the circulation!

And... the most checked out book is Born a Crime by Trevor Noah - may these titles inspire you! See them all and put on hold at bit.ly/BHSHolds and get them on Jan 7th at #CurbsidePickup" ~ Teacher Librarian Ms. TuesD Chambers
SENIORS
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: Letter of Recommendation Form | Class Rank | Transcript Requests | High School and Beyond Plan
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.

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

Place order on the National Achiever website. Deadline is Jan. 31. Visit the BHS Cap & Gown webpage for more info.
COUNSELING CENTER
Counseling Center offers services online
The BHS Counseling Center has helpful information online such as its updated Featured News section, updated Service Learning opportunities, and a convenient online appointment signup site for students.
WIAA Smart Choices Scholarships
The Smart Choices Scholarship Program recognizes graduating seniors from WIAA-member high schools for excellence in athletics/activities, academics, leadership and community service by awarding two $5,000 scholarships and eight $1,000 scholarships annually. Applications due April 1. More info here.
SAEOP Annual Scholarships
The Seattle Association of Educational Office Professionals (SAEOP) is proud to be continuing the tradition of awarding one $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships.

Application deadline is Friday, April 9. Complete scholarship information is available on the SAEOP website.
BALLARD PERFORMING ARTS
Join BPA for the Virtual Spaghetti Dinner | Feb. 6
Join Ballard Performing Arts for the reimagined 2021 Virtual Spaghetti Dinner! While the event will be virtual this year, we will still have lots of pasta, lots of laughs and lots of fun.
 
62nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner | 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.
Location: YouTube (Link to be sent closer to the day of the show)
Pick Up Pasta Dinner: Time TBD; Location: North Parking Lot.
Jan. 30 Goodwill Truck at BHS to help BPA

Please save your new year’s resolution Marie Kondo-ing, outgrown clothes, outdated home decor, velvet dog paintings, and unused furniture. We’ll take it! More details as we get closer.
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

Dates are tentative based on COVID outbreak, WIAA decision making. More info on the BHS Athletics Overview.
PTSA UPDATE
PTSA forming nominating cmte.
It's time to look for candidates for the 2021-22 PTSA Executive Board (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer).

In order to identify candidates, a nominating committee is formed.

Members of the nominating committee must belong to the PTSA and are elected by fellow BHS PTSA members at the Feb. 11 General Meeting.

Committee work includes reviewing nominations, interviewing candidates, and searching for the best qualified candidates.

The nominating committee is not charged with filling the non-elected positions on the PTSA.

If you're interested in helping with the nominating committee, email Gloria Kruzner at bhs.ptsa.pres@gmail.com.
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 bhs.ptsa.pres@gmail.com 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 details coming soon.

The final General Meeting is June 10, featuring the year-end Teacher/Volunteer recognition event.
SPS UPDATES
Planning for Inclement Weather and Snow Days
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Planning for winter weather in 2020-21 is different than in past years.

As a result of remote learning, SPS is better positioned to continue school even when it is snowing, and or the roads are icy.

Changes to school schedules because of winter weather will be limited and traditional "snow day" closures are unlikely.
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. Visit the skimohan.com website for more details or contact Program Coordinator Noam Gundle at noamjg@gmail.com with any questions.
SPL offers free printing at area branches
Seattle Public Libraries are offering up to 10 free, black and white printed pages per person per day while Library buildings are closed.

Send your document by email, web or mobile device and pick up at one of the SPL curbside printing pickup locations.

The service is available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. at Ballard and Broadview Branches.

It's also available Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. at the Greenwood Branch.

Stay in touch w/ WA Legislature
Sign up for the “Focus on Advocacy” program to keep WSPTA informed and engaged on .

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!
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!
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!

Please consider membership in the BHS PTSA! Your membership helps drive our focus on supporting our school.
Community Resources
The BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Community support
Food bank services
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.