September 13, 2020
Hey Beavers! While the BHS building is closed, the Main Office is staffed 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. M-F by Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson & Athletics Secretary Rayna Bauer who are only available via their linked emails or by phone at 206-252-1000.

Sept. 17 | Curbside BHS Library Takeout, 3-5 p.m.

Sept. 18 | Ballard Playmakers' virtual production "Greater Tuna" Audition Form due date

Sept. 26 | BPA Student Virtual Camp, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Check out the Ballard High School website for updates!
ATTENTION STUDENTS! Effective Monday, Sept. 14, sign in thru Office 365
Effective Monday, Sept. 14, students need to be signed into their Seattle Schools account through Office 365 before they will be allowed into Teams meetings.

Students should do the following:
• On an SPS laptop - students are automatically signed into Office 365.
• On a personal computer/laptop – students should log into Office 365 via “Students” drop-down (top black tool bar) from the BHS Home page or the SPS Home page or via the Student Portal (
• Download and install the Teams App (if not installed)
• Smartphones – Download the Teams App from your App store (if not installed)
It is also suggested that students open the Teams App on their computer before clicking their first meeting link of the day.
After clicking the meeting link, make sure to select “Open in App” (and not in browser).
Back to it, Beavers!
Virtual BHS School Day Bell Schedule

Full school days begin on Monday, Sept. 14, with the Bell Schedule and details posted below. The school day starts at 9 a.m. All links will be on Schoology for the respective classes.
SPS Remote Learning Resources
If your student is still having issues with a district computer, please restart the device, reconnect to wifi, and have your child login. Please leave the computer on for at least an hour to make sure new software updates have been completed. SPS computers should be restarted every week.

In addition to the many how-to guides found on its Technology for Remote Learning Page, Seattle Public Schools offers students and families technology support in several different ways.

Contact the tech support staff between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at:

REMINDER! Start of School Forms due Sept. 30
Hey Beaver Families, it's time for that annual rite of passage! Please review and complete the Start of School Forms. All forms are available to download and can be returned in a number of ways. If you need paper copies of any of the forms mailed to your home please call the Main Office at 206-252-1000 or email Refer to this Start of School Checklist to use as an overview to the required forms that need to be completed. More info here.

NOTE: The SPS Online Student Verification Form is now available to update via the Source through Sept. 30 ONLY. Parents and guardians: Please update this important online emergency and medical information form for your student as soon as possible. Please visit the District Student Verification Form page for complete details and FAQ.
Students: Stay connected with BHS via Remind!

To Sign Up: Choose a code with your graduation year, and text it to 81010.
Select the code ending with ‘a’ if your family last name begins with A-K and the code ending with ‘b’ if last name begins with L-Z. Include the @ symbol in the text.
Seniors: @ballard21a or @ballard21b
Juniors: @ballard22a or @ballard22b
Sophomores: @ballard23a or @ballard23b
Freshmen: @ballard24a or @ballard24b
BHS Library: @BHS98117

Because of limits on class sizes we request only students sign up for Remind. Thank you!
Flu Shot Drive Through Clinic
This fall, SPS health services are offering “drive-through” flu clinics via the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) at specific outdoor sites. SPS students, staff and families (ages four and older) can get a flu shot at the “drive-through” flu clinics at 16 school locations in September and October.

SVNA accepts insurance and cash. Children who are uninsured may qualify for a no-cost flu vaccination. NOTE: Sign up is available NOW on the District Flu Clinic page.

Alternatively, students may schedule a separate Flu Shot appointment with the BHS Teen Health Center for their flu shots if that is more convenient. Contact the Clinic Coordinator Say Tuitele at or the BHS School Nurse at to schedule the appointment. Protection from influenza with the flu vaccine is important. Plan for your flu shot!

Welcome to BHS Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi, RN, MS, ARNP and check out her BHS Nurse page often for updates.
Student Meals availability updates
On Sept. 4, SPS updated its student meal distribution locations at schools and bus routes. Check out the new locations on the Student Meals information page.

SPS Food Services distributes meals for free at the following area schools from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. weekdays (among more, full list here): Adams Elementary (Ballard), Catherine Blaine K-8 (Magnolia), B.F. Day Elementary (Fremont), Broadview-Thomson PK-8, John Hay Elementary (Queen Anne), North Beach Elementary, Viewlands Elementary (near Holman Road), and Whittier Elementary (Ballard). FareStart also provides reheatable prepared meals for families to pick up at these school sites. On Fridays, families can also pick up a bag of food for the weekend!

Ballard Food Bank also offers a Weekend Food for Kids service. The BHS PTSA FACE Committee is proud to collaborate with the Food Bank on this effort. Check out the Food Bank web page here for more details.
Place BHS Library holds online, Curbside Pickup on Sept. 17
#BeaverReaders, NOW IS THE TIME! Go to and get crazy! Curbside pickup is 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 in the north parking lot! Don't forget to pick up the BeaverReader Book Club September read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson! Email Ms. Chambers if you want to join the Book Club!

And if you finished your BHS Library books and want to return them, there's a bin outside the Main Office (south school entrance) on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit the BHS Library page to stay current on what's happening in the BHS Library.

Follow Teacher-Librarian TuesD Chambers on: Twitter @BeaverReaders | Instagram @beaverreadersbhs | REMIND: Text @BHS98117 to 81010
New! Online registration for BHS Sports
Ballard High School is launching FinalForms that allows you to complete and sign forms from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. FinalForms also saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! You may login any time to update information including emergency medical contacts and information. You will be required to sign your forms once per year and any time you make an update.
Attention all students
Open season sports practices

In lieu of WIAA Season 1 sports, which have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Football, Track, Tennis, Cheer, Boys Basketball, Girls, Basketball, Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer coaches will be hosting open seasons consisting of practices only for those sports.

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION DUE DATE: In order for a Student Athlete to participate in the open season practices, they must be registered through the FinalForms Registration before Sept 21.

Check out the Athletics Overview for more information.
Ballard Strength has exercise tips for at-home learners

Follow Ballard Strength on Instagram to add mobility to your quarantine routine! BHS Strength Coach Colin Matthiesen has just added helpful exercises for students to try during online school day breaks.
Stay cozy & support Ballard Athletics!

Stay cozy in the virtual classroom this fall with the BHS Athletic Booster Club special Back to School Beaver Gear Bundle – a Ballard hoodie, tee, pair of pajama pants, and one of our new logo face masks, all for just $75 (regularly $90).

Wondering about BHS duffel bags? Order period opens late October!
While you’re at, please consider clicking over to Membership and joining us this year. When sports open back up, we will be focusing on providing safe access to play to as many student athletes as possible, and your financial support makes it happen. Thank you!
Check out Counseling Center news updates

Students check out the BHS Counseling Center News! Important information for upcoming events and opportunities. Don’t miss out and stay in the know!
Scholarship Bulletin available online

Review the Seattle Public Schools Scholarship Bulletin opportunities as well as the posted BHS Scholarship information on the Ballard High School website.

Washington State University Regents Scholars Award
BHS Seniors who are interested in going to WSU and have a 3.6 or higher cumulative GPA should talk to their counselor about the possibility of being nominated for the Regents Scholars Award. All eligible nominees who complete the application process will receive a Regents Scholars award, which provides $4,000 per academic year for four years. Those students will then compete for the Distinguished Regents Scholars Award, which covers full tuition and fees for four years, approximately $42,000. Visit the WSU website for more details.
Service Learning opportunities available online
Sign up to audition for Greater Tuna

ALL Students are invited to audition for the first-ever virtual play in Ballard High School history! The Theatre Department will stage the comedic play Greater Tuna, set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. The play is both an affectionate comment on small-town, southern life, and attitudes and a withering satire.

This play will be rehearsed completely via Microsoft Teams. Students will work through a couple of Teams rehearsals on their character with Mr. Riley, provide a costume, and then work with the filming schedule and our tech expert, Gustavo, in October to record their part.

The Audition Form will be live until Friday, Sept. 18. Visit the BPA Website for more complete details. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email Mr. Riley at

The production will stream through; the same website our patrons usually use to purchase tickets online! Ticket prices will be $10 per individual or $30 for a group of 5 or more.
PTSA volunteers rock!

Join the fun as a BHS volunteer! Just a couple updates this week:

  • Thanks to everyone who helped with Back to School Material distribution assistance and Delivery Service.

  • Library volunteers are still needed to help with covering books and organizing all the epic reads.

Reach out to Sarah Visser at and check out the Volunteer Needs page on the BHS website if you're interested in learning more about volunteering at BHS.
PTSA Board Zoom Meeting Sept. 17
PTSA meeting schedule
The BHS PTSA Board is having a virtual Board Meeting 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. Please email Gloria Kruzner at if you would like the link.
Fall General Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Board meeting, 7 p.m. General Meeting Oct. 8
Board meetings 7 p.m. Nov. 5 | Dec. 3 | Jan. 7
Winter General Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Board, 7 p.m. General Meeting Feb. 11
Board meetings 7 p.m. March 4| April 8 | May 6
Spring General Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Board meeting, 7 p.m. General Meeting June 10
Stay connected!
Ballard High School PTSA is on Instagram! Follow us @bhs.ptsa! We are also on Twitter and Facebook!

Please make sure your communication preferences are up to date to get the latest updates from Ballard High School and the Seattle School District.
PTSA Legislative Update
Virtual WSPTA Legislative Assembly Oct. 24-25
The 42nd Annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly will take place in a virtual format Oct. 24-25.

WSPTA members, with a paid membership (2019-20 memberships are still good through Oct. 31), can attend this year’s virtual legislative assembly. The cost to participate is $25. Student participation is $10. This includes access to caucusing and classes, but not to actual voting on legislative platform (WSPTA advocacy positions on timely topics such as State funding of public schools, immunization policies, sex education, gun violence prevention laws, curriculum reform, special education policies, standardized testing, etc).

Only those members designated as delegates (by BHS PTSA VP Gloria Kruzner) will be able to actively debate, and then VOTE at the general sessions on Oct. 24-25. If you have opinions, and want to make them count, become a BHS delegate; democracy in action!.

Well ahead of the Assembly (starting Sept 29), legislative caucusing (issue education/discussion and amendment negotiation and markup ahead of voting; you can participate!) will span Sept. 29 through Oct. 25, visit the Schedule of Events page for details.
Registration is now open and will close on Oct. 8. Students are especially encouraged to participate! Students wishing to register should contact to walk through student registration.

If you are interested in representing BHS as a delegate, contact PTSA Legislative Liaison Brian Duncan for more information. BHS typically has about 6 voting delegate slots available.

Steps to becoming a BHS delegate:
  • Become a BHS PTSA member.
  • Register for Legislative Assembly.
  • Become a Delegate (The deadline is Oct. 6.)
  • Attend caucusing/education.
  • Attend Legislative Assembly and VOTE on the WSPTA legislative platform for lobbying the State Legislature!
Community resources
Seattle Public Schools
SPS web pages in multiple languages: AmharicChineseSomaliSpanishTagalog, and Vietnamese
Community support
Food bank services
Arts, culture, action
BHS PTSA provides Community Resources for informational purposes and does not necessarily support the activities or views presented therein.
North Beach Elementary offers meals
North Beach Elementary (9018 24th Ave. N.W.) is a meal distribution site for Seattle Public Schools.

Every Monday through Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. you can pick up a tasty meal prepared by our central kitchen. On Fridays you can also pick up a bag of food for the weekend! This is available to all students and their families. There are no income restrictions and no cost. Just show up and pick up your meal!
Because of social distancing guidelines, families and students may not stay at school to eat.

If you have questions, call Winnie Lee, North Beach Lunchroom coordinator at 206-252-0900, or the North Beach office at 206-252-1510.
UW Online Evening Enrichment courses
The University of Washington is offering online evening enrichment courses for high school students starting Oct. 6. Topics range from “Writing for College Readiness” and “Sharpen Your Writing Skills,” to “Architectural Studies” and “Coding in Java.” For details on these evening classes visit the program website. The registration deadline is Sept. 28.  
ALLI Teen Leadership group
The Arts Liberation and Leadership Institute (ALLI) is a paid 10-week teen leadership intensive where 25 youth are trained in artistry, social justice and organizing. Youth leaders develop as cultural workers in chosen arts pathways – Visual Arts, Digital Storytelling, and Music. This cohort of youth hones their arts and organizing skills, while deepening their understandings of race and social justice issues. They collaborate, build community and create art that challenges oppression and envisions a more just world.

Applications open until Monday Sept. 14. We will notify teens of their acceptance into ALLI by Tuesday, Sept. 22.

ALLI 2020 takes place online via Zoom. Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons Oct. 6-Dec. 9, exact time TBD but around 3-5:30 p.m. Final ALLI showcase Saturday, Dec. 12.
College Experience Panel
Seattle Advocates for Education, a student-run nonprofit, is organizing a College Experience Panel (Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. via Zoom), bringing in students from Stanford, Harvard, Penn, and more to talk about their specific college, internships, classes, etc. Learn more here.
Teen Grief Support Group
The Safe Crossings Program is offering a Teen Traumatic Loss Grief Group for 13-18 year olds in King County who have experienced the death of a significant person(s) in their life due to suicide, murder, substance use, or accident. This no-cost virtual group will be hosted every Thursday night, 7-8 p.m., from Sept. 17 through Nov. 5.
Experiencing a death of a significant person can be traumatic, isolating, and painful.
To participate teens and/or caregivers can contact the program directly at (206) 310-2615, or reach out to counselor Amy Thompson ( or Makenzie Muilenburg (
September Cascades Ultimate Clinics
Cascades Ultimate Academy has two ultimate clinics 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 19-20 at Jefferson Playfield (turf). Saturday focus will be "Move the Disc and Keep Possession" and Sunday will be "Cutting to Create Space and Get Open". Daily cost: $85/player includes five hours of programming and an ultimate disc! INFO & REGISTRATION. Scholarships available, submit request via FORM.
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.