July 19, 2020
Hope you're having a great summer break, Beavers.

 We'll check in with another update mid-August. Check the BHS Website for timely news/info all summer!

Aug. 6 | Library Takeout Curbside Pickup , noon-3 p.m.

PTSA delivers thank you sign surprises to honored BHS teachers, volunteers
PTSA Board members delivered awards earlier this summer to 2020 BHS PTSA volunteers/educators of year !

Top to bottom, left to right: Outstanding Advocate Dick Lee ; Legislative Liaison Brian Duncan ; Golden Acorn winner Heather Bioren and Honorary Lifetime PTA Membership designee Mara Lim .

Outstanding Educators also received signs at school: Special Education teacher/Unified Head Coach Robyn Maddess, Math teacher Marie Lassley , and Social Studies teacher (and BHS parent) Robin Dowdy.

Congratulations and thank you! To learn more about the Ballard PTSA visit the  PTSA Overview   and What Does the PTSA Do pages.
School immunization rules changing on Aug. 1
Starting Aug. 1, Washington state school immunization rules are changing.
For families and students, this change means:

  • Student vaccine records given to schools must be medically verified.

  • All students in 7th through 12th grades are required to get a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccine. Before this change, Tdap was required for incoming 6th-grade students.

This fall, the Seattle Public Schools Health Services team will contact families of students who have records that have not yet met these requirements.
Still awaiting word on yearbook distribution date
Due to the pandemic, the publisher had to close which means there was a delay in students being able to continue to work on the yearbook. Stay tuned for completion date, possible more sales and pick up information . Read more about the delay here on The Talisman .
Don't miss this informative KUOW interview!
KUOW The Record | June 24 | How'd the school year go? | Bill Radke  spoke with  Ballard HS Language Arts Teacher Melissa Baron and other teachers, about what worked and what didn't work this year and looking ahead to fall. (Note: When accessing interview, audio link is fourth news item down on the page.)
Advanced Placement summer updates
AP Online Exam Scores | AP Exam scores were made available on July 15. For more details visit CollegeBoard AP Scores . For more information on AP exam scores, visit AP Exam Scoring and Earning Credit and Placement .
BHS AP Summer Assignments | Optional Spanish and Photography materials listed below. Updates will be posted on the BHS School Website .

Spanish 5 & 6, AP Photography Summer Optional Materials
Available To Download:
BHS Library curbside pickup Aug. 6
Hey students, check out Ballard's Best Takeout!
Curbside Pickup at BHS was a total success! Students checked out Summer Beaver Reader books, joined Antiracist Family Book Clubs, were given free puzzles, and shared in the joy of being a Beaver Reader!

If you missed this fantastic moment in time don't worry! We have another "Ballard's Best Takeout: Curbside Pickup" happening on Aug. 6 from noon to 3 p.m.

All students are encouraged to watch the video below and then go to this link to place holds:
If you finish your books and want to return them, a bin is outside the Main Office on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

So many amazing events are in the works from rage baking, biking brigades, and Besties Book Clubs!

Join our Schoology Course with  Access Code 76PM-ZT8B-X6FXB and f ollow us on Instagram @beaverreadersbhs and Twitter @BeaverReaders to learn more.

Can't make it to the designated pickup day or have a question? Email to make arrangements with Ms. Chambers at .
Summer Reading? No Prob Llama with these book lists!
Check out our awesome independent reading lists for the summer!

These lists are your tickets to awesome. Read as many books as possible from the list and share with Ms. Chambers your favorites. #BeaverReader4Life #SummerReadingNoProbLlama
Visit the BHS Library page  to stay current on what's happening in the BHS Library.

Follow TuesD Chambers on:
Twitter @BeaverReaders | Instagram @beaverreadersbhs

Also, a year of library photos here:
The Talisman , student newspaper, available online
Check out The Talisman , BHS's award-winning student-produced newspaper online! Visit their website at .

Teens as young as 16 can pre-register to vote online!
Students ages 16 and 17 years old can now pre-register to vote online! A ballot will automatically be sent in time for an election when they will turn 18 by the date of an election. No more waiting until you turn 18 to register!
Seniors, or anyone turning 18 by the next election (Aug. 4 Primary, and Nov. 3 General Election), can register online up to 8 days before the election, or in person up to and including the day of the election by 8 p.m.
For online registration, you'll need a WA State ID, Learners Permit, or Drivers License. If not, you can register by mail, or in person with a Social Security Number. You also must be a US citizen.
To pre-register or register to Vote (if you are 18, or will turn 18 by Election Day), visit the King County Register to Vote website . Deadline for registering for this election is July 27.

All details are located on the Official King County Elections website .
Encore presentation of Class of 2020 graduation
Diplomas available in fall
Senior transcripts have been processed and were sent to colleges/universities on July 3.

If you need additional copies or have a question, please contact Cindy Peterson, Main Office, In addition, the Transcripts will be available with Diplomas in the fall.
Graduating Seniors Continuing Access to Naviance
Graduating seniors lose access to the District's Student Portal after they graduate.
SPS Graduates who would like to continue using Naviance must change their username and password in Naviance before Aug. 1. This will enable access to Naviance directly at
Questions, email or visit the SPS Naviance Information page.
Stay on mail list for important summer, alumni details
Class of 2020 students and parents, please do not unsubscribe to PTSA newsletters. You will automatically stop receiving the PTSA Newsletter but will remain on file for important alumni info. Thank you!
Senior SPREE canceled, ticket refunds available
Follow up to Principal Keven Wynkoop's July 7 email to Senior Families : The BHS PTSA has paid the non-refundable deposits to our event partner. However, we are happy to refund individual ticket purchases upon request.

If you do not wish to receive a refund, your ticket purchase will be con sidered a donation to the PTSA and you may request a receipt as well. If you would like a full or partial refund of your ticket purchase, please contact PTSA Treasurer Carolyn Stalter directly at: . More info HERE.
Calling all Performing Arts home bakers!
It's time to put all that baking you've been doing to a good cause. This year, the BHS Foundation Golf Classic Dessert Dash -- traditionally held at the dinner the night before the golf event -- will become a Dessert Delivery.

 Bidders can snag a sweet treat from A la Mode Pies, Rosellini's Bakery, and more, as well as from our talented home bakers,  online during the  Celebrating All Things Ballard Virtual Auction from Aug. 16-23 . Desserts will be delivered to recipients at a future date.

All funds raised from the Dessert Delivery will support the BHS Performing Arts Programs, which include Band, Orchestra, Choir and Theatre.

If you'd like to contribute:

2. Send a photo and description (including all ingredients/potential allergens) of the dessert you plan to make to Shelley Rousseau at   by July 30. BPA themed-desserts welcome!
3. Or just bid on a dessert in August.

Visit the BPA Desserts Needed post for more complete details. 

Stay Tuned!  More details to follow about the Celebrating All Things Ballard Foundation Auction 2020 | 100% of Dessert Dash proceeds go to Ballard Performing Arts!
Musical Notes
2020 BPAB Golden Note Award Winners
The following parents have demonstrated an ongoing commitment and involvement to the Ballard Performing Arts Boosters (BPAB) throughout their students’ years at BHS.
This year’s Golden Note winners include:
  • Mara Lim -- longtime BPAB co-president
  • Patti Kashiwa -- longtime BPAB band rep and co-president
  • Felicia Johnson -- longtime choir representative
Congrats and thank you for your many years of service and dedication.

Also, in honor of Mara’s outstanding years of service, the BPAB has created the new Mara Lim Award, which, starting next year, it is giving to a Ballard Performing Arts Board parent volunteer for their outstanding contribution within the academic year.
BPA Music Camps info: Save the following dates
Each fall, Directors and students look forward to the Music Camps that bond groups and share knowledge and instruction. While it is unlikely that we will be able to travel to our camps and stay overnight as we have done in the past, we are instead planning to hold them at school during the day on those same weekends.

We are working out the details and will be communicating updates through our usual communication channels (BPA Newsletter, social media).

Please save the following dates for these events:

·    Band Camp:  Sept. 11–13
·    Orchestra Camps:  Sept. 18–20  
·    Choir Camp:  Sept. 25–27

Visit the BHS website BPA Camp Featured News page for more information.
Sign up for the Performing Arts Newsletter 
If you would like to sign up for the Performing Arts Newsletter please email with your name, email and student name and grade as well as what Performing Arts (Band, Choir, Theatre, Orchestra) your student will be in.
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Get involved with Ballard Performing Arts!
We welcome new parents and have lots of volunteer needs -- something for everyone.

Email us and let us know if you'd like to get involved.

Ballard Performing Arts Co-Presidents
Jeannette Chen,
Shelley Rousseau,
Rachel Hart Rios,
Follow BPA on Social Media

Twitter: @bhsmusicdrama
Celebrating All Things Ballard Foundation Auction Aug. 16-23
Each summer the Golf Classic and Dinner of Champions have been a major
source of the funding for the Ballard High School Foundation, providing support for Athletics, Band, Cheer and Dance.

The  20th Annual Golf Classic  is still happening on Aug. 24 but we have organized the  Celebrating All Things Ballard Foundation Auction 2020 as an online virtual auction to take the place of the Dinner of Champions!

The silent auction will open on  Sunday, Aug. 16  and continue for the following week, culminating in the virtual auction the night of  Sunday, Aug. 23 .

"We believe our students
will be back to school, even if we don’t know what changes there will be in the meantime
and will need our support and your support, as much if not more than in the past. We are planning for that future as best we can."
-It’s Always Great to be a Beaver, 
Keven Wynkoop, BHS Principal

To learn more about the Ballard High School Foundation visit .

For information about the Golf Classic visit .

To donate an item to the Auction or if you have any questions contact
Dick Lee 206-391-5555 or
BHS PTSA is on Instagram
Ballard High School PTSA is now on Instagram! Follow us @bhs.ptsa! We are also on Twitter and Facebook!
Summer SPS & BHS info updated on BHS Website

Catch all the latest BHS  and  SPS News this summer on the  Ballard High School website  !
The School Website Home page includes Featured News, District Announcements ( see arrow in graphic below) , and more!
Announcing the 2020-21 BHS PTSA Board
President: OPEN
Vice President: Gloria Kruzner
Treasurer: Carolyn Stalter
Secretary: Michelle Renn

Volunteer Coordinator: OPEN
Membership Coordinator: Lisa Vanderford
Legislative Liaison: Brian Duncan Building Leadership Team: Glory Frodesen
Family and Community Engagement: Brenda Savage
BASH (Auction) Co-Chairs: Ilka Blarg and Carol Cheyne
Direct Appeal: Heather Bioren
Staff Appreciation: Phyllis Rosen
Grant Committee: Kelly Norton
SPREE (Grad Night Party): OPEN

Social Media (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram): Kimball Mullins
BHS Website: Diane Taylor
PTSA Newsletter: Gloria Kruzner
Standalone Emails: Chuck Fuller
 PTSA Website: OPEN
Ballard High School relies heavily on parent volunteers to help BHS provide the best possible experience and opportunities for its students.

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.

Right now, the PTSA is actively seeking BHS parents who want to get involved with our Executive Board.

A variety of positions are available and some positions require little to no PTSA experience or only take a minimal amount of time. Positions can also be shared by two members. Openings include:

Volunteer Coordinator
PTSA Website Development
SPREE Co-coordinator

Questions? Email the Nominating Committee at
AmazonSmile supports Ballard PTSA
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!
Ballard High School Sports
Metro League
BHS Athletic Packets available online, can be e-submitted after Aug. 10
BHS Athletic Packets can be download now and completed and submitted electronically AFTER Aug. 10 by sending a PDF version to the Athletics Secretary, Rayna Bauer, at with "Sports Packet" in the subject line.

Here's everything you'll need to know about BHS Athletics:
New WA Interscholastic Activities Assoc. (WIAA) fall statement coming July 22
During its July 7 meeting, the WIAA Executive Board took action to delay the start of the fall season until Sept. 5 for football and Sept. 7 for other fall sports.
The Board will continue to work with staff, member schools and state agencies to monitor the impact of COVID-19. The Board plans to make its next statement concerning the start of fall sports on July 22.

Summer Cross Country workouts have started
Summer BHS Cross Country workouts have begun. For necessary participation forms, practice dates and locations, and to learn about the COVID-19 guidelines the team is following, contact Coach Neal Howard at .
BHS Scholar Athletes video
Hurrah! Check out Ballard Athletic Director Eric Ensign's video shoutout to 2019-20 BHS Athletics, scholar athletes and Spring senior athletes one more time!
ARROW Virtual Intro To College Week
BHS Students and Parents: The Association for Regional Representatives of Oregon and Washington (ARROW) invites you to attend its first inaugural Intro to College Week!

This event will be held virtually and will host eight unique webinars about the college admissions process, along with individual college presentations. We hope you will able to join us!

Registration information, additional details, and virtual joining information will be sent out the first week of August and uploaded to .

If you have questions in the meantime, email .

Visit the BHS Counseling News page for more updates on this event as well as other counseling news!
Juniors: Start to explore Naviance now!
Naviance is a great resource for exploring college options. They have just added “Show Me How” which provides self-service instructional tours in Naviance designed to help students quickly understand college research features as they continue their college planning process while at home.
Teen Health Center Summer Services
The BHS Teen Health Center MEDICAL services are still available virtually! Services include consultation and refilling prescriptions. Visits are via telephone or video.

More info: Nurse Practitioner Karen Boudour, ARNP  at phone/text 206-390-3355.

The center's Mental Health Team is not available during the summer: If this is a mental health emergency please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.

For short-term crisis counseling and support getting connected with ongoing counseling you can contact the  Children's Crisis and Outreach Response Service (CCORS)  for support.
BHS is hub for summer meal program
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) has school sites, including Ballard High School, that serve as a hub for student meal support and provides sack lunches weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SPS is also providing student meals for pick up at many bus routes. More info HERE .
Community resources
BHS PTSA provides Community Resources for informational purposes and does not necessarily support the activities or views presented therein.
Community support
Food bank services
Seattle Artist League camps
Shakespeare in the Park
Penguin Productions is hosting a LIVE Theater workshop for teens - register now!

Shakespeare in the Park
Directed by Shana Bestock
Ages 12-18
August 17-21

Unplug with a fun exploration with how to create social connection when physically distanced. Develop voice, body, and imagination through great scenes -- love scenes, fight scenes, wicked characters and noble ones, magic and mayhem.  More info.
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.