November 8, 2020

Nov. 11 | Veterans Day, no school

Nov. 12 | Library Curbside Pickup, 3-5 p.m.

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

Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school

Check out what's happening at BHS on the School Bulletin, updated daily!
Ballard Cares helps BHS families affected by COVID
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.

Ballard is a community that comes together to support each other and when one of us is impacted, it impacts us all.

Ballard Cares funds help provide monthly assistance for food and basic needs for families in crisis. Additionally, your donations allow Principal Wynkoop to meet the emergent needs of families who are struggling with the impacts of the pandemic. This includes items like food, clothing or gasoline, but could also include a printer to improve digital learning, rental assistance, and more.
Your donations are helping the hardest hit during this crisis: Members of our community who have lost jobs, had to close businesses, gotten sick, had family members move home and even had loved ones pass away.

Please contribute whatever you can, whether that is $5, $50 or $5,000 and that money will go directly to supporting families in our community.
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.
School Picture/ID Days Offered Nov. 9-13
School Pictures Days are Nov. 9-13 at Rowland Studios at 6900 Roosevelt Way N.E. (Phone 206-522-7171 or email

Sittings for the yearbook photo & Student ID cards are free for BHS students. You are not required to have photos taken in the studio. This is an optional service. If you choose to have a studio photo taken, you'll get a Student ID and may use the photo for the yearbook.

First quarter ended Nov. 5
District high school grading policy

The final grade for the quarter and semester will be “A-C-” or “Incomplete.” Quarter grades do not appear on the official academic transcript. Semester grades appear on the official academic transcript.

First Quarter final grades will be on The Source by Nov. 23. Paper report cards will not be mailed this year. Please visit the BHS Website for more information.
Students, ways to stay in the know!
There are many ways to get BHS information, in addition to your Schoology resources.

  • SCHOOL BULLETIN | Remember daily announcements? We've morphed the classroom intercom into the School Bulletin Announcements page, updated daily but without the epic audio.

  • REMIND | Sign up for REMIND text reminders and get text updates about important Grade-Level, BPA and Library Events.

Student Mock Election RESULTS!
Last week's online Student Mock Election was put on by the Ballard chapter of Junior State of America. Results are posted here!

Thanks to JSA members for sponsoring this exercise in democracy and especially students Allie Dowdy, Xalli Bell and Maddie Poole who designed the Ballard Mock Election website!

In the student-run JSA, participants learn how to engage civilly in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good. 
Are you interested in traditional debates, thought talks, mock trials, activism projects, hosting voter registration drives, informal discussions, and more? If so, join the Ballard chapter of JSA! 
Follow Ballard_JSA on Instagram or email for more information! 
Clubs available for a myriad of interests
It may be November already, but Beavers are still invited to check out the community and varied interest groups that are part of this year's virtual Ballard High School Clubs and Organizations!

Clubs are a great way to be involved at BHS and add some community and variety to that asynchronous time! Most clubs meet weekly during the Enrichment Period 12:30-1:05 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
To keep track of club activities, follow @ballardstudentlife on Instagram! You can also email with any questions. Here's a helpful list of BHS Club Instagram accounts too!
BHS Free Online Tutoring now available
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.
More tutoring options: Seattle Public Library Launches Free Virtual Tutoring for K-12 Students
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.
Ink Club is going virtual this year and needs your art, poems and short stories!
Due to the chaos of COVID-19, all learning is remote for Seattle Public Schools. Have no fear, though, Ink Club is still going strong.

We have an Instagram @ballardinkclub where you can check out what we're doing. We celebrate the creativity of our students, be it sketches, painting, photography or writing. 

In addition, head on over to our Ballard Ink Club website and go to the Contact tab to become an Inkster! Each year we put out an Ink Journal; it features art and writing from Ballard High School's students.

Want your art in it? Submit to Ink Club! We are always accepting new members. More information on Ink Club and Ink Journal submissions here.
Say thanks through Ballard Appreciation page!
Share your reasons why it's #AGTBB (#Always Great to Be a Beaver) by recognizing a staff member, teacher, coach or anyone else from the community who rocks! 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
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.

Meet our awesome @bhsschoolcounselors on their Instagram page!

Students: Book an Online Counseling Appointment! Options include: Counselor Support | Running Start | Senior Meetings | New Student

Select an option and then select your Counselor's name from the drop down list. Make sure to enter your correct email address, or you will NOT receive a confirmation email with a link to the meeting. More information on the Counseling Center dashboard page.
Service Learning: Become a BHS student tutor
Virtual Service Learning opportunity! The BHS Tutoring Program needs virtual tutors! All subjects are needed, but mostly English. Email Teacher-Librarian TuesD Chambers at for more details.

Only one more week!
Senior yearbook photos/Grad Ads due Nov. 13
Seniors please refer to the School ID card/Picture Day opportunities at Rowland Studio as well as Senior Yearbook photo and Grad Ads information due to by Nov. 13.
Keep track of the evolving Senior Timeline
Senior Timeline: Review this listing of important dates and info for seniors and their families, including the Ballard High School Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony, which has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16.
Helpful 'Applying to College' resources here
Welcome to the Counseling Center's Applying to College resource section! Find answers to commonly asked questions about applying to college as well as upcoming events and opportunities. Check the Counseling Center Applying to College webpage regularly for new content and these popular helpful links:

FAFSA and WASFA applications open
FAFSA and WASFA applications opened on Oct. 1. Completing these free applications is the first step to accessing college financial aid and is required for most scholarships, grants, and loans. To help students and families complete these forms, SPS is offering virtual financial aid support events.
Learn about tuition-free college thru Seattle Promise
Learn how Seattle Public Schools 2021 graduates can apply for the Seattle Promise scholarship. Students and families are welcome to attend an upcoming Seattle Promise scholarship workshop.

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).

NEW! Naviance for Parents/Guardians
Naviance, the district’s online college and career planning tool, offers accounts for parents and guardians of SPS students in grades 6-12 who use the tool. Parent/guardian access is view-only and gives parents/guardians the ability to add colleges to their student’s prospective college list.

Parents/guardians must have a valid user account for the Source, the district’s parent portal, in order to obtain a Naviance parent/guardian user account. Learn more on the Parent Account page.
Portland State, Boulder, Tennessee and three MA schools visit virtually this week
Did you know there are 114 colleges and universities in Massachusetts? Three of those college reps visit virtually this week! Additional details on the College Visits and Upcoming Fairs webpage. Email Counseling Secretary Carol Bristol for more information at:

Monday, Nov. 9
1:10-2 p.m. | Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2:05-3 p.m. | The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Tuesday, Nov. 10
1:10-2 p.m. | Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
2:05-3 p.m. | Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
Thursday, Nov. 12
1:10-2 p.m. | College of the Holy Cross, Worchester, MA
2:05-3 p.m. | University of Colorado Boulder
Friday, Nov. 13
1:10-2 p.m. | DePaul University, Chicago
2:05-3 p.m. | Portland State University
Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Award
The Ballard Elks Lodge awards three local senior girls and three local senior boys $1,000 each to be used towards college tuition. Be sure select “Ballard Elks” during the application process. Deadline is Nov. 15. Find more information, apply online at on the Elks website.
Seattle U Sullivan Leadership Award
Each year, Seattle University selects nine incoming freshmen to receive the Sullivan Leadership Award. This leadership and service award, which covers undergraduate tuition, housing and meals for four years of study, involves some additional steps with regard to the application:

  • Students must apply by the Seattle University Early Action deadline of Nov. 15.

  • The Sullivan Leadership Award application, which will be made available to students after they apply to Seattle U, along with two letters of recommendation, is due no later than Nov. 30.

Learn more about the application process on the Seattle University website.
Library Book Drive
Help replenish BHS Library book shelves
Beaver Readers: Please help us replace books students are unable to return during COVID. Go to to replace books or choose from the list to buy from an independent bookstore. We are also accepting gently used current titles to support the BHS Library.

Books can be sent to BHS or brought to BHS Parking Lot off Northwest 67th Street during Curbside Pickups:
3-5 p.m. Nov. 12
2-4 p.m. Nov 24-25
3-5 p.m. Dec. 10

All BHS Clubs are encouraged to participate and compete for the most donations! Email if you have any questions.
Next Curbside Pickup Thursday, Nov. 12
Join the fun at the next Curbside Pickup 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12! Put books on hold at

Drop off your books when you're done in the return bins outside of the north and south (Main Office) school entrances from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
Virtual BHS Library week at a glance
Monday: Eager Beaver Readers, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Library Leaders, 12:30 p.m.
Thursday: Pride Book Club, 12:30 p.m.; Curbside Pickup, 3-5 p.m.

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.
Open Season Practices end Nov. 30
Open Season Practices continue until Nov. 30. Student athletes can join anytime but need to have paperwork cleared before participating. 
In order to participate in the open season practices (Football, Track, Cross Country, Tennis, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer), they must be registered through the FinalForms Registration.
Order your BHS Duffel Bag through Nov. 16
The Athletic Booster Club's Duffel Bag pre-order sale is open for about 10 more days. The online store is open through 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!
WIAA outlines process for upcoming seasons
Visit the WIAA Website News and Headline section for current information and updates:

Virtual Greater Tuna entertains audiences online
Congratulations to the Ballard High School Playmakers who made BHS history Nov. 5-7 by staging their first-ever virtual production: the comedy Greater Tuna!

Directed by Shawn M. Riley, with editing by Gustavo Gutierrez, the Ballard Playmakers' production included Hadley Mollman (as Thurston Wheelis), Elijah Graham (Arles Struvie), Bridget Donnelly (Didi Snavely), Maisy Clunies-Ross (Harold Dean), Matthew Wilber (Elmer Watkins/Sheriff Givens), Milo Palmer (Petey Fisk), Lydia Hayes (Bertha Bumiller), Nathalie Stanley (Jody Bumiller), Will Shepard (Stanley Bumiller), Lydia Van Kley (Charlene Bumiller), Maggie Stowell (Ms. Hartford/Phyllis Blye), Ella Papineau (Leonora Childers), Izzy Rampersad (Pearl Burras), Vee Ashmun (Vera Carp), Evan Mount (RR Snavely), Maylie Gardner (Reverend Spikes), Madelyn Skinner (Raymond Chassis), and Elsa Wirth (Hank Bumiller).

Bravo to these talented Beavers!
The Show Must Go On!
For more Ballard Performing Arts updates, including how to donate to the BPA fundraiser Direct Giving Campaign, check out the Ballard Performing Arts website or subscribe here to the BPA newsletter.
Main Office staffed 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. 

School forms and library book returns may be left from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the bin outside of the school's south entry doors, off of Northwest 65th Street.

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.

BHS fun on Instagram: Visit the BHS Instagram page today!

Note from the Nurse
Slow deep breathing
Election stress is very real, no matter which political side you are on. Staying calm can help you survive this extra stress. One easy tool to help stay calm is the use of slow, deep breathing.

Benefits of slow, deep breathing include decreasing stress, the ability to think more clearly, lower blood pressure and heart rate, increased energy, and decreased pain.

Slow, deep breathing can be done anywhere and at any time. Slow, deep breathing allows your body to come out of the fight or flight mode, so it can calm down.

When you take your slow, deep breath make sure your belly rises. It is that simple. Breathe 10 times slowly. It is a quick way to help yourself calm down wherever and whenever you are feeling stressed.

BHS Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi,, is available weekdays via email or phone at 206-252-1007. More health 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 flu shots available by appointment.

To schedule a visit or a free flu shot, call or text clinic coordinator Say Tuitele at 206-390-3355. You may also reach Say at
Parks/SPS offer learning hubs
Looking for a safe, welcoming space for your student to work on daily virtual learning? Seattle Parks and Recreation has free learning hubs for middle or high school students at locations across the city. (The Northwest site is at Bitter Lake Community Center.)

The facilities offer a stable, productive environment by providing Wi-Fi access to SPS’s virtual learning portals, along with recreational, enrichment and mentoring programs and in-person assistance with connectivity and academics. Participants must wear mask and bring laptop or tablet. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily.

Hub sites are open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and run until June 18. Register here.
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.

Check out the neighborhood locations on the Student Meals information page.
Ballard Food Bank also offers a Weekend Food for Kids service. Check out the Food Bank web page here for more details.
SPS offers Native American Heritage Month resources
November is Native American Heritage Month and Nov. 27 is Native American Heritage Day.

SPS celebrates Native American contributions and values that have shaped the fabric of Seattle and our greater region.

Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council
SPS is seeking members for the Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council (PAC). The PAC's task is to facilitate family engagement to support student learning.

The application is open until Nov. 12. More info here.
The BHS PTSA offers these Community Activities for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
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).

View this short video to learn the basics of Library Link to help you get started. More info on the Library Link page.
Virtual Turkey Trot for Ballard Food Bank
Traditionally, the Turkey Trot is a 5K that stretches from Sunset Hill down to the shores of Golden Gardens on Thanksgiving morning.

Instead this year, due to COVID, you can join the virtual Turkey Trot and trot in your own neighborhood, on your own schedule, and still support the run's benefactor, Ballard Food Bank!

More info on the Seattle Turkey Trot webpage. Sign up deadline Nov. 13.
WA World Fellow Program | Open to 10th Graders
The Washington World Fellows program seeks to cultivate leadership qualities and a sense of global consciousness in young Washingtonians as part of our state’s larger commitment to international engagement.

The program achieves this by providing deserving high school students with access to a number of unique academic, travel, and leadership opportunities between their sophomore and junior year.

The entire fellowship is administered at no cost to students and their families.

Art as Activism TeenTix Workshops
Join TeenTix for a series of FREE Art as Activism workshops, exploring how art is a powerful tool for activism and the fight for racial justice.

Workshop dates are: 
Nov. 22 - Music as Activism

UW teen philosophy series
Philosophical inquiry is often valued for the way it promotes critical thinking.

Just as important, it nurtures other essential skills, including empathy, creativity, civil dialogue, listening, and open-mindedness.

The UW Center for Philosophy for Children is offering Teen classes from 4-5 p.m. Thursdays on Zoom from Jan. 11 through March 8.

Series cost is $225. Scholarships available for families who need assistance.

BHS needs 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.
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
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. You must register in advance at the Washington Student Achievement Council website.
NACAC Virtual College Fair Nov. 8
More than 600 colleges and universities will offer Zoom sessions and meetings from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. Students everywhere can log in, drop in, and ask questions. Free! Visit the NACAC website for more details.
PNA Virtual College Application/Admission Seminar on Nov. 17
The Phinney Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a College Application/Admission Seminar (Free Virtual/Zoom Class) from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Do you know a teen preparing for college? 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. Join Dr. Hofer at this free talk for parents and high school juniors and seniors.

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.