November 15, 2020

2-3pm – Last Names A-L
3-4pm - Last Names M-Z

Nov. 26 | Thanksgiving Day, no school
Nov. 27 | Native American Heritage Day, no school

Dec. 3 PTSA Board Meeting, 7 p.m. via Teams

Dec. 10 | Library Curbside Pickup, 3-5 p.m.

Dec. 18 | One hr. early out
Dec. 21-Jan. 1 Winter Break

Jan. 7 PTSA Board Meeting, 7 p.m. via Teams

Check out what's happening at BHS on the School Bulletin, updated daily!
Thanksgiving Break coming | No school Nov. 26-27
As we get closer to holiday celebrations and breaks from online learning, we thought it would be helpful to share your student's bell schedule around the Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks.

More info on the Bell Schedules page.
Class of 2020 Yearbook/Diploma/Sr. Journal Pickup | Monday, Nov. 23, noon-4 p.m. | 🍂 Schedule: noon to 1 p.m. Last Names A-E | 1-2 p.m. Last Names F-L | 2-3 p.m. Last Names M-R | 3-4 p.m. Last Names S-Z.

Curbside Book Pickup/10th-12th Grade Yearbook Distribution | Nov. 24-25, 2-4 p.m. | 🍂 Schedule: 2-3 p.m. Last Names A-L | 3-4 p.m. Last Names M-Z.

Asynchronous Day | Wednesday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day | Nov. 26, no school
Native American Heritage Day | Nov. 27, no school

One hour early dismissal | Friday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Winter Break | No school Dec. 21-Jan. 1
Bucky's Home for Holidays helps make merry
Thank you to those who brought gift cards for Bucky's Home for the Holidays to last Thursday's Library Curbside Pickup. We were touched by your generosity.

Bucky’s Home for the Holidays is intended to assist school families who have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and may not have the financial stability to enjoy the holiday season as much as many BHS families.

The BHS PTSA is still accepting donations of gift cards to Fred Meyer, Target, Starbucks, Safeway and other local businesses in the amount of $10 or more. Please bring purchased gift cards to the PTSA representative at the Yearbook/Library Curbside Pickup from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 24-25 in the North Parking Lot.

Yearbooks coming Nov. 24-25, check pickup time!
Students in grades 10-12 who have pre-purchased a 2019-20 yearbook (and paid all outstanding fines for the 19-20 school year) may pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday, Nov. 24 or Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the north entrance of the school off of Northwest 67th Street.

Pick up schedule: 2-3 p.m. – Last Names A-L | 3-4 p.m. - Last Names M-Z.

Yearbook sales for the School Year 19-20 will resume on Dec. 2, while supplies last. More information on the yearbook news page.
Share art, poems & short stories with Ink Club
Ink Club celebrates the creativity of students, be it through their sketches, painting, photography or writing.

Each year the club puts out an Ink Journal, featuring students' art and writing.

Check out the club's Instagram @ballardinkclub. Head on over to our Ballard Ink Club website and go to the Contact tab to become an Inkster!

Want to check out more clubs? Beavers are still welcome to check out the community and varied interest groups that are part of this year's virtual Ballard High School Clubs and Organizations!
Seattle Public Library offers free virtual tutoring
Seattle Public Library has launched free virtual tutoring in a variety of subjects for K-12 students. This service will be available 7 days a week in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese and help is available in math, writing, science, history, foreign languages, college essay writing, AP courses, and more.

Sign up for Library Link using your SPS student ID and get access to thousands of free tutors today.
Also BHS offering student-led online tutoring
BHS offers free virtual tutoring, led by qualified student volunteers in a variety of core subjects. To sign up, go to and enter your information. That’s it! Make sure to check your email for meeting link and we’ll see you there!

Contact Teacher-Librarian Ms. TuesD Chambers at for more information or if you'd like to learn how to volunteer as a tutor and gain service hours.
Say thanks through Ballard Appreciation page!
During this time of Thanksgiving, it's easy to recognize someone in the Ballard High School Community whom you're thankful for! The Ballard Appreciation Club will make an awesome Instagram shoutout to these honorees!

Anyone in the BHS Community can highlight the awesome efforts or a teacher, student or staff member! Direct Message on Instagram or email at
Note from the Nurse: Expressions of Gratitude
What is gratitude? Gratitude is being thankful for what is valuable and meaningful to you. It actually is very good for your health. Practicing gratitude can bring you a sense a calmness and peace by helping to appreciate the positive things in life. So choose to savor every bite to eat. Bask in the sunshine when you step outside in the morning. Count your blessings before you sleep at night. And enjoy the smell of fresh brewed coffee when you wake in morning.

BHS Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi is available at 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
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. (except for the Thanksgiving Break). For more information, check out the Student Meals page.

Reheatable Meals by FareStart: Monday through Friday, FareStart is providing reheatable prepared meals available for all families to pick up at school sites.

Weekend Meal Support: Meal support for weekends, provided by the Backpack Brigade and Food For Schools, offers non-perishable food items such as canned goods, snacks, juice, etc., is available for all families in need to pick up on Fridays.
Counseling Center offers helpful resources
The BHS Counseling Center online dashboard has featured news, student assignment information, as well as links to targeted topical pages such as: Featured News, Scholarship Bulletins and Service Learning. Students can also sign up for an online appointment with their counselor there. More information here.
Filling out college applications?
Check out Applying to College page for 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. The Applying to College webpage is updated often with new content and helpful links, including:

Sign Up For Virtual College Visits | Naviance
BHS is hosting Virtual College Visits this year via Naviance. Log onto your Naviance account to sign up. You will need to access the link for the College Visit at the assigned time on the day of the visit. Log onto Naviance and the link will be available at the same place you registered online (under Colleges > Visits).
Virtual college visits this week include UW-Bothell
Here are list week's virtual college visits, sign up through Naviance. Additional details on the College Visits and Upcoming Fairs webpage.

Monday, Nov. 16
1:10-2 p.m. | Bellevue College
2:05-3 p.m. | Westminster College, Salt Lake City
Tuesday, Nov. 17
1:10- 2 p.m. | The New School, New York City
2:05-3 p.m. | Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Seattle
Wednesday, Nov. 18
9-9:45 a.m. | Thomas College, Waterville ME
9:45-10:30 a.m. | Seton Hall University, South Orange NJ
*10:30-11:15 a.m. | University of Connecticut
*10:30-11:15 a.m. | US Army
* Note: same time
Thursday, Nov. 19
1:10-2 p.m. | University of Washington - Bothell Campus
2:05-3 p.m. | FIDM - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles
Friday, Nov. 20
1:10-2 p.m. | Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
2:05-3 p.m. | University of California, San Diego
Women's University Club Seattle Scholarship
The Women's University Club of Seattle
seeks young women focused on the humanities and social sciences as well as those with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) goals to apply for its scholarship. Successful candidates reflect the Foundation’s values of innovative leadership, civic involvement, and personal growth.

Applications must be received no later than Feb. 16. Applications are available online at under the search name Women’s University Club of Seattle Foundation. View the WUC Application Flyer for more details.
Put books, games on hold for next Curbside Pickup
Timed to coincide with the Grades 10-12 2019-20 Yearbook Pickup, the next Curbside Pickup will be 2-4 p.m. Nov. 24-25!

Put books and games -- everything you'll need for Thanksgiving Break -- on hold at

Thank you to those who donated awesome books to the Library Book Drive at last week's Curbside Pickup. Your donations are helping to replace books students are unable to return during COVID.

If you're interested in helping with the Book Drive: Go to More information on the Book Replacement Drive news page. Questions? Email Ms. TuesD Chambers at
Learn about the BHS library or schedule time to chat!
Want to learn more about engaging with the library as a Beaver Reader? Now you can pop-in online to say hello!

Book a time to Chat with Ms. TuesD Chambers! Stop by virtually with an appointment to talk about books, technology, or community building.

Follow the BHS Library on Twitter @BeaverReaders or on Instagram @beaverreadersbhs. More information for all Library Book Clubs and events on the BHS Library webpage.
The Show Must Go On!
Directors share how donations help BPA
On Nov. 5, Ballard Performing Arts pulled back the curtains on its annual Direct Giving Campaign.

Check out the video appeal from BPA directors above (left to right, top to bottom, BPA Theatre Director Shawn M. Riley; Orchestra Director Elizabeth Fortune; Choir Director Courtney Rowley; and Interim Band Director Jay Gillespie).

To donate and learn more about "The Show Must Go On!," check out the BPA Direct Giving page.

Ballard Performing Arts | How To Keep In Touch:
Help those affected by COVID through Ballard Cares
Ballard Cares is a 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.
Need help from Ballard Cares? If your family needs assistance, please contact your student’s counselor or a school administrator to let them know what they can do to help.
Office available to help with questions during closure
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.
During remote learning, parents/guardians can report absences either by sending an email to the Ballard HS Attendance Office at: or by calling the Main Office at (206) 252-1000. If you leave a voice mail message please be sure to include your student’s name, your name, reason for the absence, and the date of absence.

Visit the BHS website Attendance page for more information.

Helpful quick links:
➢ To view grades: The Source

 To communicate with teachers and view coursework go to Schoology or here's the staff email list.

There are many ways for students to get BHS information, in addition to Schoology resources. Also, find your grade-level resources on the BHS website!
Order your BHS Duffel Bag through Nov. 16
The Athletic Booster Club's Duffel Bag pre-order sale is coming to an end. The online store is open through Monday, Nov. 16. Each bag is custom-made by Jensen-Lee of sturdy canvas in BHS colors and personalized for your student. These bags make excellent holiday gifts; the mini duffel is the perfect purse to show your Beaver Spirit!

Bags will be shipped to the Beaver Gear Team in mid-December in time for holiday distribution. The team will notify you by email when yours has arrived. Act now as this sale only happens twice a year!
Parks & Rec Teen Hubs offer academic support
Seattle Parks & Rec Department is providing free community spaces for students grades 6-12 to engage in SPS remote learning. Students are required to bring laptops or tablets to access learning platforms. Lunch is provided daily. Registration is required.
School Board meeting remotely during COVID
Seattle School Board Meetings are currently being held remotely.

The next meeting will be live streamed on the SPS Channel 3:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. Here's information on how to provide Public Testimony.

To learn more about the School Board and their work, public meetings, and upcoming policy initiatives, visit the Board webpage.
The BHS PTSA offers these Community Activities for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Shelter Fest Seattle Nov. 15
Check out day two of the online Shelter Fest music festival on Sunday, Nov. 15, a fundraiser founded by former BHS student, Cosmo Rossi, and his brother Lorenzo.

Shelter Fest Seattle is an online music festival designed to amplify the voices of local Black artists and to support local Black-owned businesses. More info here.
SPL Teen Fall Library Challenge
Teens can enter to win a $30 book store gift card by filling out all the squares on the Teen Library Challenge card, linked above.

Email your completed Teen Library Challenge PDF card to by Dec. 31 for your chance to win!
Check out SPL digital materials thru Library Link
All SPS students already have Library Link accounts to access digital SPL resources.

The Library Link ID is always 990000 (4 zeroes) followed by the 7-digit student ID number (available on report cards or the Source > grades and attendance tab, right beneath the student's name). PIN is birth month and date (mmdd).

More info on the Library Link page.
Virtual Romeo & Juliet stars BHS senior Stellan Rude
Penguin Productions' Virtual "Romeo & Juliet" stars senior Stellan Rude as Romeo. The cast also includes juniors Harriet Cohen and Millie Atack.
Directed by Anna Klein, the show streams live at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and 2 p.m. Nov. 22
Admission is FREE but donations are encouraged -- simply join Penguin Productions on its YouTube channel.
UW winter high school enrichment
The University of Washington is offering school-year enrichment courses for high school students. Classes offered in the winter session include:
  • Coding in Java II
  • Algorithmic Thinking: Programming Fundamentals
  • Writers Workshop
Registration deadline is Dec. 28 and courses begin Jan. 5, running twice weekly in the evenings over 10 weeks. For details visit program website
BHS needs parent volunteers, even during building closure
Don’t forget to sign up to be a BHS volunteer!

Start with the volunteer questionnaire to let us know your interests. One remote option is helping the PTSA put archived information on a new website.

Sign-up on the BHS PTSA Volunteer Needs page or email Sarah Visser at for more information.
BHS PTSA Board next meets on 7 p.m. Dec. 3
PTSA Board meetings are held monthly and are open to all, although only board and committee members may actively vote.

For a PTSA meeting link, email Gloria Kruzner at
Following Thursdays at 7 p.m.: Dec. 3, Jan. 7, March 4, April 8 and May 6
Following Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.: Feb. 11 and June 10
Sign up for the BHS PTSA here!
Become a member of the BHS PTSA here and help drive our mission of supporting our school through fundraising, volunteerism, grant support, holiday gifting to families in need and more!
BHS PTSA social media links
Ballard High School PTSA is on Instagram! Follow us @bhs.ptsa! We are also on Twitter and Facebook!
Community Resources
Seattle Public Schools
Community support
Food bank services

The BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Expert FAFSA advice
Seattle Promise is offering workshops for students and families to complete the FAFSA/WASFA with step-by-step guidance online. There are two more workshops on Nov. 19 and Dec. 1. You must register in advance at the Washington Student Achievement Council website.
PNA Virtual College Application/Admission Seminar with Dr. Mark Hofer on Nov. 17
The Phinney Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a free virtual College Application/Admission Seminar for high school junior and senior families from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Dr. Mark Hofer helps students find, get admitted to, and graduate from great colleges and universities that will best serve their academic, social, financial, and personal needs. He guides students and their families through the application and admissions process to identify the best colleges while maintaining a focus on graduating with as little debt as possible.

Dr. Hofer received a doctorate in education and a master’s degree in teaching from Seattle University. He is a graduate of UC Irvine’s College Counseling program and is one of only four Certified Educational Planners (CEP) in Washington state. Mark was also the college admissions advisor and taught leadership for 10 years at the Bezos Family Foundation. With other degrees in the sciences, Mark has also worked in psychology, physiology, biology, chemistry, physics, and aerospace research labs and has taught high school science and psychology. To register, email Mark Hofer at
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.