BHS PTSA News
November 29, 2020
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Dec. 3 Yearbook and Diploma Pickup, 3-5 p.m.

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

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


Check out what's happening at BHS on the School Bulletin, updated daily!
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
December 2020 | Upcoming events
BHS Families | We have added some additional days -- Dec. 3, 10 and 17 from 3-5 p.m. -- for students to pick up their Pre-Purchased Yearbooks as well as the Class of 2020 to pick up Diplomas and Senior Journals.

In addition there are two additional days offered, Dec. 5 and Dec. 9, at Rowland Studio for School Pictures/ID.

The BHS Library Book Replacement Drive drop off is also still available. 
Thank You!

3-5 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 3 & 17 | Pick up at BHS, off N.W. 67th St.
 
DROP OFF AT BHS NW 67th St 
3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 | Pick up at BHS, off N.W. 67th St.
 
Drop off at BHS, off N.W. 67th St.
School Photo/ID Days at Rowland Studio
Dec. 5 From 10-6 p.m. | Dec. 9 From 12-6 p.m. 
School Pictures/ID again offered at Rowland Studio. Students are not required to have photos taken now in 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 will get your Student ID (free) as well as be able to use the in-studio photo for the Yearbook if you’d like.

Visit the Rowland Studio website calendar to make a 5-min appointment. Questions? Contact: info@rowlandstudio.com  or 206-522-7171.
View online starting Dec. 4
Play Production Class stages virtual one-act Trifles
Get ready for some intrigue amidst December’s darkness! BHS’s Play Production Class is staging a virtual reading of the one-act play Trifles,
which can be viewed online starting Dec. 4.
 
The play was written in 1916 by Susan Glaspell — a former journalist — and it’s based loosely on a murder Glaspell covered. Students from BHS’s Play Production Class cast the show, designed the poster, selected costumes and music, and recruited students from Ballard’s film program to record the play.

Tickets: Suggested donation. A link to the show will be published at www.ballardperformingarts.org on Dec 4, and people can donate on the website.

The performance will be a recorded video on the Ballard Performing Arts YouTube channel. Watch at your pleasure or send the link to others to watch the show. There are no plans to remove the video anytime soon.

More information here. For any questions please contact Shawn Riley at smriley@seattleschools.org
BHS 19-20 yearbooks available to purchase
Students can purchase a 19-20 Yearbook starting on Wed, Dec 2 (while supplies last).

If students would like to purchase a yearbook please go to SchoolPay (on the Parent/Guardian Source Account) and click on the link to pay for the 19-20 yearbook. The cost is $90 (or $55 if you purchased an ASB card during 19-20).

Yearbooks can be picked up 3-5 p.m. Thursdays Dec. 3, 10 and 17 in the North Parking Lot.

Class of 2020 students can pickup yearbooks, diplomas and Senior Journal at these times as well.

More information on the yearbook news page.
LIBRARY
Bring titles to Curbside Pickup Dec. 10
BHS Library book replacement drive
Beaver Readers: Please help replace books students are unable to return during COVID. Check out requested titles at bit.ly/bhsbookdrive or choose from the list to buy from an independent bookstore. (Here's the wishlist for Queen Anne Book Co.) We are also accepting gently used but current titles to support the BHS Library.

Books can be sent to BHS or brought to Curbside Pickup
from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 10 in the North BHS Parking Lot off NW 67th

Email tschambers@seattleschools.org if you have any questions. More information on the Book Drive news page.

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.
Read, then play Beaver Reader Book Bingo!
Beaver Readers: 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!

Give your filled out sheet to Ms. Chambers at the Jan. 7 Curbside Pickup or email a picture of your completed sheet by Jan. 7 to tschambers@seattleschools.org!

HEALTH & WELLNESS
Note from the Nurse: Thanksgiving
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In the days after Thanksgiving, the turkey has been eaten. The pie has been gobbled up. Most likely family traditions were disrupted, different and probably smaller than usual. The weather has turned rainy, chilly and overcast. Hopefully, something positive can be reflected, shared and bring meaning to all your friends and family. Chat over the phone or better yet, make a videocall. Write in a journal to help focus your thoughts. Take a bubble bath if you need alone time. Finding and reflecting on your positive experiences will help with your health. Wishing and hoping everyone had a safe and healthy Thanksgiving.

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.

For more information, check out the Student Meals page.
COUNSELING CENTER
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 the continuously updated Featured News section, Scholarship Bulletins, Virtual College Visits 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:

Naviance for College and Career Planning
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.
Interested in Eastern Washington University?
Sign up on Naviance for the Eastern Washington University rep's 2:05-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 Virtual College Visit.

More information on this and other upcoming virtual college visits are available on the Counseling Center's College Visits and Events page.
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.
BALLARD PERFORMING ARTS
The Show Must Go On!
Donations help BPA with remote music learning
Ballard Performing Arts says "Bravo!" to all the BPA supporters who have contributed to its annual Direct Giving Campaign.


Ballard Performing Arts | How To Keep In Touch:
Caffe Appassionato Coffee sale fundraiser
Caffe Appassionato Coffee Sales are online! ONE week left to order your favorite coffee, do some holiday shopping, 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.  

Order deadline is Dec. 8.

Pick up your coffee 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 IT PICKED UP BY THEM 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.
ATHLETICS
Tentative Season 2 dates & deadline
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Season 2 Athletic Registration is due Jan. 15 on FinalForms (including updated physical if needed).

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 information on the BHS Athletics Overview.
BALLARD CARES
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.

"In the Spring, none of us thought that the pandemic would still have such a grip on our community. Fortunately, some of our families have been able to return to work, but there are now additional families that had been living on savings that are now in need. That means that we are asking you to donate again to allow us to serve this growing number of families to help them pay for groceries, basic needs and utilities," said Principal Keven Wynkoop, announcing the Fall Ballard Cares effort.
PTSA UPDATE
PTSA Board meeting Dec. 3
The BHS PTSA Board will next be meeting online at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

PTSA Board meetings are held monthly during the school year and are open to all, although only board and committee members may actively vote. Meetings are held this school year via Microsoft Teams until further notice.

The December Board Meeting agenda will include discussion on PTSA fundraising and grants, and a vote on approving Interim President Gloria Kruzner as president.

2020-21 school year PTSA Board meetings
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

PTSA General Meetings
These meetings typically feature a speaker or program of interest to the school community.

The next General Meeting is Feb. 11. The final General Meeting is June 10, featuring the year-end Teacher/Volunteer recognition event.

For a PTSA meeting link, email bhs.ptsa.pres@gmail.com
MAIN OFFICE NOTES
Main office open for calls/emails
The Main Office is staffed 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. school days by Cindy Peterson and Rayna Bauer who are only available via their linked emails or phone at 206-252-1000.

Helpful quick links:
➢ To view grades: The Source

There are many ways for students to get BHS information, in addition to Schoology resources.

SPS UPDATES
SPS website redesign survey
Families, please take a moment and participate in the SPS Website Redesign Survey before Dec. 7. Seattle Public Schools is kicking off a website redesign project for the public facing district website and school websites. The new sites will launch Summer 2021 and family and student feedback will be prioritized as they make improvements. Visit the SPS Website Redesign page for more details. Thank you!
COMMUNITY ARTS, CULTURE, ACTION
The BHS PTSA offers these Community Activities for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
UW LEAH program for adolescent medicine
UW LEAH is a Fellowship Program, which trains teen leaders in adolescent health (LEAH = Leadership Education in Adolescent Health) who are working in the fields of medicine, nutrition, social work, psychology and nursing.
Earn community service hours. More information/applications are available on the UW Leah website at depts.washington.edu/uwleah
Applications due Jan. 6.
Vaccination and Heath Insurance Opportunities
Several vaccination and health insurance opportunities are coming up over the next few weeks, including drive-thru clinics. These are low-barrier, accessible, safe ways to ensure you're protected from the flu and up-to-date on vaccinations.

Events include:
Free drive-thru flu clinics for everyone age 6 months+
Hosted by Public Health – Seattle & King County
Location: Federal Way Aquatic Center, 650 S.W. Campus Drive
Dates/Times: Sundays, Dec. 6 and 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details: No insurance, proof of residency, or appointment is required. Offering FluMist® nasal spray for kids and adults ages 2-49. Also offering flu shots for infants, adults 50+, pregnant women, and anyone else who requires or prefers this option.
For more information, visit kingcounty.gov/findaclinic.

Drive-thru childhood immunization and adult flu clinic
Hosted by Neighborcare Health
Location: Meridian Center for Health, 10521 Meridian Ave. N., Seattle
Dates/Times: Tuesday, Dec. 8 and Wednesday, Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Details: Offering all immunizations recommended for children 0-18 at no cost. Adult flu vaccine available for adults with most insurance or for an $18 fee.
Appointments recommended. To make an appointment, call: 206-296-4990
More information will soon be available at kingcounty.gov/findaclinic.

Health insurance enrollment and flu vaccination for adults
Hosted by Public Health – Seattle & King County
Multiple events and locations throughout King County. Visit kingcounty.gov/findaclinic for a complete list.

Additional vaccination opportunities, including options for uninsured community members, are listed at kingcounty.gov/findaclinic.
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.
BHS PTSA working hard for our community
The Ballard High School PTSA exists to strengthen the BHS Community but, even in this remote capacity, we can't do it without you! Please consider membership in the BHS PTSA and help support our mission to:

"Create an inclusive, supportive community that cultivates a tradition of excellence for all students."

Here are some PTSA highlights from this school year so far:
  • Hosted a Teacher Q/A on Digital Learning at our Back to School General Meeting.
  • Ran the Direct Appeal in October to help support teachers' online instructional needs and met our $25,000 goal with your kind support and donations, thank you!
  • Supported the BHS teachers with an early round of grant funding including:

  1. Multiple grants for printers/scanners/ink/webcams/connectors - World Languages, Math, Counseling, Science, ELA, Music, and CTA/Maritime departments.
  2. Science kits - AP Environmental Science students.
  3. Subscriptions to digital tools such as Mentimeter and Padlet - World Language and Social Studies departments (soon to be expanded by BHS campus-wide license for 99 users; PTSA will help fund this year’s subscription).

  • For fall staff appreciation, we sent teachers hand-written thank you notes and latte tokens generously donated by Byen Bakeri.
  • The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Committee made and distributed fabric masks for communities in need over the summer, assisted with the Weekend Backpack Program, and collected gift card donations for Bucky's Home for the Holidays Program.
  • Organized volunteers for the Back to School Materials Distribution and as needed for library events.
  • Hosted a 36th District Legislative Candidate Forum, in partnership with the SCPTA, and raised the voices of school legislative concerns at the WSPTA Legislative Assembly in October.
  • Funded Senior Journals for the Class of 2020 which were distributed with diplomas and yearbooks last week.
 
Thank you to the hard-working volunteers and generous donors who helped these PTSA initiatives come into fruition.
Join our BHS PTSA volunteer team
We may not be able to meet in the building but we'd love to have you sign up as a BHS volunteer!
Start with the volunteer questionnaire to let us know your interests. You can also sign-up on the BHS PTSA Volunteer Needs page or email Sarah Visser at volunteers.ballardhs@gmail.com for more information.
BHS PTSA social media links
BHS PTSA is now on Instagram! Follow us @bhs.ptsa!

We are also on Twitter and Facebook!
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 Amazon Smile 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
Community support
Learning/mental health support
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.