March 22, 2020
Hello Beaver Families –
Seattle's glorious blue skies offered a beautiful backdrop to our first full week out of the school building.

The Ballard PTSA Board will be continuing its weekly newsletters as well as keeping our school BHS Website updated with information to help get you through this unusual time.

  • School Sites for Student Lunch Support -- including Ballard High School (Catherine Blaine K-8 School in Magnolia and McClure Middle School on Queen Anne are also local neighborhood pickup sites.)
Learning at home during school closure
Seattle Public Schools has provided online activities during the school closure to assist with the continuation of learning. For students who do not have regular access to internet, the District will be providing aligned, printed activities at the 26 student meal distribution sites starting the week of March 23. These activities are not required nor will be graded. For more information visit the SPS Resources for COVID-19 Related School Closures .
Special Education families: Sign-up for communication
The Seattle Public Schools Special Education Department will be providing specific information to families of students who receive special education services weekly. Those communications will be via email and added to the Department's COVID-19 announcement page . If families are not receiving communications from the Special Education Department, please email .
Submit an entry to the Ink Club journal
Every year, Ink Club prints a journal filled with student work. While school is out, why not share some of your artistic expression?
Please submit your entries to . This includes art, literature, and photography.
Zoom in for a virtual library hangout on Tuesdays
Be sure to read the Letter From Teacher Librarian Ms. Chambers . It is packed full of tips and information about all of the upcoming Library Events via Zoom and how to get and stay connected!
  • Tuesday 3/24 from 11 a.m. to noon Ms. Chambers will have a bunch of book talks ready to go and can't wait to hear what you've been reading, watching and making so far!
  • Tuesday 3/24 from 8-9 p.m is Virtual Book Club Story Before Bed: Before Tuesday, re-read and get ready to share about a book you love from when you were younger! 

Beaver Readers can access digital materials online!
Did you know that all BHS students have automatic access to digital materials — e-books, downloadable audiobooks, comics, and more—through the Seattle Public Library’s LibraryLink partnership ? This is in addition to their personal library card — students are already automatically signed up.
Follow the link to find out more! Your BeaverReader's barcode is 990000+[student ID number] (ie, 9900009876543) and their PIN is their birth month and day (ie, 1220). Digital materials NEVER accrue fines or fees and expire when their loan period ends. Please encourage them to activate their account and show you what they are reading!

Follow Teacher Librarian TuesD Chambers on:
Twitter @BeaverReaders | Instagram @beaverreadersbhs | or Schoology to see daily updates
What's all this library Hoopla? Find out here and access for free!
From Ms. Chambers: I know some of you might like a graphic novel or movie at this time. I know I could use a distraction. Posted below is how to access your Hoopla account FOR FREE which can give you both. Let me know if you need help by emailing .
BHS Scholarship Opportunities – Extended Due Dates!
Extended Due Date! The Ballard 19 Scholarship | This scholarship is to remember the nineteen men from Ballard High School who died serving in Vietnam. A $1000 award to any graduating senior at Ballard High School for college or accredited trade school who meet the criteria listed on the application. View or  download an application . Email your application to the Carol Bristol at The due date is extended to April 29, 2020 .

Extended Due Date! BHS is offering a new scholarship in honor of fallen Marine Daniel Chavez  who graduated from Ballard High School in 2003. View or  download an application . Email your application to Carol Bristol at .  The due date is extended to April 29, 2020 .

Opportunity Extended!    The Golden Beavers Scholarship is a one-time grant given by BHS alumni graduates of 50 or more years. The Golden Beavers are offering scholarships for students going to 4 year, 2 year, and technical colleges/universities. View or  download an application . Email your application to Carol Bristol at The due date is extended to April 29, 2020 .

Please continue to visit the BHS Website > Scholarship Bulletins for the most current scholarship opportunities from both SPS and BHS.
Watch BHS Digital Filmmaking movies online
Forget Netflix, check out the intro trailer for the 2020 Winter edition of the BHS Film Festival, featuring BHS Digital Filmmaking program productions from this school year.
Since its beginning in the fall of 2001, students from the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program have earned hundreds of awards at regional, national and international film festivals. Follow them on Vimeo below!
Follow Ballard Strengthening Coach on Instagram

BHS athletes: Follow Ballard Strength Coach Colin Matthiesen on Instagram @ballardstrength for suggested workouts you can do at home!
Do you know someone not getting the PTSA Newsletter? To subscribe, v isit the  PTSA Newsletter sign up page . Students are also encouraged to subscribe! T he BHS PTSA promotes and supports the social, emotional, and academic well-being of all students. We raise funds to run programs that provide academic opportunities, teacher and staff support, and backing for student activities.
BHS PTSA Annual BASH Auction : Stay tuned for more info!
The Legislature adjourned “sine die” on March 12, leaving $2 billion in the Rainy-Day Account and nearly $1 billion in reserves. Read the full recap and find the updated Bill Status Report on the WSPTA blog .
Community resources
The BHS PTSA provides Community Resources for informational purposes and does not necessarily support the activities or views presented therein.
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.