BHS PTSA News
September 27, 2020
Wednesdays in Oct. | Sr. College Application Support Sessions, 11:15-12:15

Oct. 1 | Virtual Curriculum Night, viewing details below

Oct. 5 | Last day to pick up student ORCA cards, times below, north parking lot
Oct. 8 | BHS PTSA October Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams

AND BHS PTSA Fall General Meeting, Virtual Learning Q & A, 7 p.m.

ALL SCHOOL NEWS
View Virtual BHS Curriculum Night! Thursday, Oct. 1

Ballard Parents and Guardians: Get to know your student’s teachers at our upcoming Virtual Curriculum Night. Curriculum Night is always valuable, but it is often kind of chaotic moving quickly through their schedule and then trying to figure out where their next class is.

Instead of trying to replicate this chaos virtually, our Curriculum Night will be asynchronous this year. This means that by Thursday, October 1, all teachers will post at least two short videos introducing themselves and their class on their Schoology pages. Then you can go in and watch the videos you want to see when you have time to view them.

There will also be a couple of general videos that will be emailed out to you on Oct. 1 to welcome you to Curriculum Night and give instructions on how to find the videos in Schoology.
Important ORCA Card Pick-Up Info

Attention students: ORCA Cards must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct 5. Note: All unclaimed cards will be returned to the District on Tuesday, Oct. 6

ORCA Card Pick Up Times and Days ONLY: 8-9 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. (at the north entrance to the school off N.W. 67th St.) Monday, Sept. 28; Tuesday, Sept. 29; Wednesday Sept. 30; Thursday, Oct. 1; Friday, Oct 2; and Monday, Oct 5.

More info on the ORCA Card program here. Please call the Main Office at 206-252-1000 if you have any questions.
Complete Start of School Forms by 9/30
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 crpeterson@seattleschools.org.

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 available to update via the Source through Sept. 30 ONLY. Please update this important online emergency and medical information form for your student as soon as possible. Visit the District Student Verification Form page for complete details and FAQ.
STUDENT LIFE
Welcome to Clubs at Ballard During Remote Learning

Clubs are a great way to sustain and create new connections during Remote Learning. Most clubs meet weekly during the Enrichment Period 12:30-1:05 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday; but there are some exceptions.

Students, please look at the active clubs already registered and meeting; new club options; as well as how to form your own club on the BHS Clubs and Organizations webpage.

Also, follow @ballardstudentlife on Instagram for ongoing information about clubs, activities, and student life! Email ballardhighclubs@gmail.com with any questions.
Grades 10-12 Yearbook Pickup

Students in grades 10-12 who have pre-purchased a 2019-20 BHS yearbook may pick it up Nov. 24-25. More info on the school website.
TESTING & ASSESSMENTS
SPS School Day PSAT | Rescheduled to Jan. 26
Visit the Seattle Public Schools PSAT page for the most up-to-date information. The PSAT is offered to all sophomores and juniors free of charge. This year it has been rescheduled until Jan. 26.

Note: This date could change to ensure that Seattle Public Schools meets all established health policies and protocols.

COUNSELING CENTER
Counseling Center news for all grade levels
Students, check out the Counseling Center News and Updates! Important information for upcoming events and opportunities. Don’t miss out and stay in the know!

Check it out Oct. 13!

All BHS Families are welcome to attend the Counseling Center's Virtual Financial Aid Night presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Families can start to join the meeting at 6:45 p.m. and will be able to watch the event in Microsoft Teams.

Agenda: 7-7:20 p.m. | Kelsey Peronto, Outreach Specialist for Seattle Colleges -- will talk about the Seattle Promise Scholarship | Garrett Remsen, Financial Aid Specialist -- will talk about importance of FAFSA and what EFC is.

7:20-8 p.m. | David Aramaki, Financial Planner who specializes in higher education -- will talk about paying for college

8-8:15 p.m. | Q & A

If you have any questions, please contact BHS Counselor Gail Olson Laing at gsolsonlaing@seattleschools.org.
BHS Virtual College Visits: Explore school options from around the world
BHS college visits have gone virtual! Join us for live, interactive visits with college reps from around the world -- London to local schools!

Students can get information about admission processes, financial aid and campus life in a virtual setting, while speaking with a rep from their school of interest!

To sign up:

  • Log into your Naviance account
  • Check the list of schools on "What's New" and click "more info" to sign up.
  • You will get a link prior to the meeting start time.

More information on the College Visits and Events webpage.
Virtual College Fair Oct. 19-23

Students in all grades! Sign up now for the Fall 2020 Virtual College Fair (Oct 19-23). It's free but you must register in advance. There will be colleges/universities from all over Washington state, but also from across the US, and internationally.

NEW! Check out Scholarship Bulletin listings


Huggable Super Mom Scholarship (for students from single mom households) | Deadline Dec. 31

WSU Regents Scholar Awards (for seniors with 3.6 GPA or higher) | Deadline Nov. 4

More details on the BHS Scholarship News page. More resources to help with your scholarship applications on the BHS Scholarship Bulletin page.
Service Learning opportunities
Calling all Changemakers! Apply now for the 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Are you a student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, a scholarship and an invitation to the program's national recognition events!

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Deadline is Nov. 10. Visit the Prudential website for more details. 
SENIORS
Class of 2021: Shoutout to seniors!
Seniors! We have a lot of info available for you! Check out the BHS Website at ballardhs.seattleschools.org.

Some great sections to highlight are Senior Resources (of course), Counseling Center, Applying to College and the running All School News webpages. You can look up all these pages on the Google Search on the website. Sign up for the PTSA News on the Stay Connected page.

Be on the lookout for an important Senior mailing that will be coming out soon with more news and updates. Best wishes Class of 2021!
Senior Pictures & Grad Ads

Class of 2021 – Senior Yearbook Photos are due
by Friday, Nov. 13.* Digital photos should be sent to: ballardshingle@gmail.com.

Seniors, you may be contacted by Rowland Photo Studio to have your portrait taken as they have been in partnership with Ballard High School for many years. However, you may use any photographer you choose as long as the senior portrait meets the requirements listed on the button link below.
* Stay tuned for details on school photos for students in grades 9-11. We are currently working on a plan for this. Thank you!
Applying to College information webpage

Hey Class of 2021, the BHS Counseling Center Applying to College webpage contains the answers to commonly asked questions about applying to four-year and two-year colleges. Check back regularly, as new content is being added daily, including the following linked Senior resources!

Class of 2021, don't miss!
Post-high school talk for seniors | Sept. 30
Graduation Cap
BHS counselors will be sharing important information with Seniors about the final year of high school and preparing for the future on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

This presentation will include details about graduation requirements, post-high school options (four-year, two-year, military, gap year, apprenticeships, etc.); college application nuts and bolts; and financial aid. There will be information applicable to EVERY Senior, regardless of post-high school plans.

Presentations will be at 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:55 p.m. ALL Seniors should plan to attend one of the presentations. (They will all be the same.) Links to join the meetings will be posted on BHS Counselor Schoology pages prior to the event.
College Application Support Sessions
Every Wednesday in October from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. BHS counselors will host a drop-in session to answer questions about college applications.

In these sessions they will be answering general questions about applying to college. Drop in anytime during this hour to ask a BHS counselor your college application questions. Links to join these meetings will be posted on BHS Counselor Schoology pages each week. Also check out the Applying to College BHS resource page.
LIBRARY
Curbside Library pickup coming Oct. 1!
#BeaverReaders, Don’t forget our next Library Curbside Pickup from 3-5 p.m. on Thursdsay, Oct. 1.

You can put books on hold ahead of time at bit.ly/BHSHolds or come and browse a limited selection. The amazing library tag team of TuesD Chambers and Lindi Wood are excited to see you (masks and all) AND check out your fave reads!

Remember, there's a bin is outside the Main Office every Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for returns. We want to keep those books coming back so other BeaverReaders can share those most popular titles!
Help shape school library as BHS Library Leader!
The possibilities are endless! Email Ms. Chambers if you want to become a BHS Library Leader! Help shape the glorious direction of our school library. 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 | or REMIND: Text @BHS98117 to 81010

And don't forget to check out all our fall reading fun on the Ballard Library Photo Gallery webpage!
ATHLETICS
Sign up now for BHS open season practices
Ballard High School now uses FinalForms, so families can complete and sign athletics forms online. 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.

If your BHS athlete has decided they want to participate in the optional open season practices, they can still sign up via FinalForms, but they won't be able to join the sessions until they've been cleared by the Athletic Department.
Optional open season practices

The WIAA and SPS have signed off on an optional open practice period for athletics from Sept. 28 through Nov. 30. Our Football, Cross Country, Track, Tennis, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer coaches will be hosting optional open seasons consisting of practices only.

To understand the current phase safety guidelines for these practice sessions, contact coaches of teams participating. (Emails linked by teams above.) Also here's the Seattle Public Schools' Return to Play Safely Plan for your information. (Please note that all safety efforts at this time are under Phase 2 in the linked SPS plan.)

Still want to participate but missed deadline?
If your BHS athlete has decided they want to participate in the optional open season practices, they can still sign up via FinalForms, but they won't be able to join the sessions until they've been cleared by the BHS Athletic Department. Check out the Athletics Overview for more information.
Interested in BHS Boys Hoops?
The first potential competitive season will be the traditional Winter Sports (Basketball, Swim, and Wrestling) and is set to begin on Dec. 28. There is also an open season from Sept. 28 until Nov. 28 where basketball specific workouts and/or practices may be offered.

Please email Coach Mike Broom (mrbroom@seattleschools.org) if you are interested in playing basketball this season so you can receive important announcements and updates regarding workouts, open season, tryouts, etc.
Back To School Beaver Gear Bundle Sale ends Sept. 30!

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).

Because we no longer have regular access to our Beaver Gear Locker in the building during virtual learning, we appreciate your patience fulfilling your order requests. When your order is complete, you will be contacted by a member of the Beaver Gear team to make arrangements to receive your gear.

Wondering about BHS duffel bags? Order period opens late October!
While you’re at www.ballardathletics.com, 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!
BALLARD PERFORMING ARTS
Watch for details on play Greater Tuna!
With its Fall Play, the Theatre Department will be making BHS history! Under the direction of Shawn Riley, our talented students will be staging the comedic satire Greater Tuna in a virtual performance.

The production will stream through showtix4u.com; the same website our patrons usually use to purchase tickets online! Ticket prices will be sold on the site (as we get closer to production night) for $10 per individual or $30 for a group of 5 or more. More information on the BPA theatre webpage and dates coming soon!
PTSA UPDATES
PTSA Fall General Meeting | Oct. 8

BHS teachers answer your questions

The BHS Community is warmly invited to our 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 Virtual PTSA Meeting via Teams.

With a month of school under our belts, there may be questions about how we as parents can best support our students. Many of these questions may have been addressed by our staff at the Virtual Curriculum Night, but there may be lingering concerns.

In response to this need, we will have a panel of BHS teachers available to answer questions about remote learning at our Oct. 8 General Meeting.

We are looking for questions to be submitted ahead of time, so that the teachers can be prepared. Here's the link to share your questions with our teaching panel.
Since these will not necessarily be your student's teachers, questions should not be specific to a particular class or student.

Teams meeting link information will be in next week's newsletter. For more information, email Gloria Kruzner at bhs.ptsa.vp@gmail.com.
Support BHS through our PTSA
Learn about our FACE Committee and the Grant Committee's efforts to give back to our school community.

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!

Want to share your talents with the BHS Community? Take our PTSA Volunteer Survey today! Sign-up process now updated on PTSA Volunteer Needs webpage too.

Become a BHS PTSA legislative delegate and share your voice at the WSPTA Legislative Assembly! More information below!
MAIN OFFICE NOTES
Main Office staffed during closure
While the BHS building is closed, 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. 

Start of school hard copy forms (if necessary) and library book returns may be left from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the bin outside of the school's south entry doors, off of Northwest 65th Street.
QUICK LINK!
Remote learning attendance procedures
NEW! Introducing the School Bulletin
Check out the Ballard High School's new School Bulletin webpage. This daily update shares news and events for students and parents at a quick glance! And, as always, keep track of all things BHS on the school website.

Also, learn how to Stay Connected here.
Stay connected with BHS via Remind!
Students, don't miss anything at BHS by signing up today for Remind! Learn how to sign up on the Ballard High School website.

Because of limits on class sizes we request only students sign up for Remind. Thank you!
BHS Bell Schedule
Ballard High's Bell Schedule is available online. All links will be on Schoology for your student's classes.

Students need to access classes through Student Portal > Office 365 > Microsoft Teams.
SPS UPDATES
District computer weekly upkeep
SPS computers should be restarted every weekend:
Please restart the device, reconnect to wifi, and login.
Leave the computer on for at least an hour to make sure new software updates have been completed.

For tech support for any SPS laptop issues, email laptops@seattleschools.org, call 206-252-0100, or you can get in-person support at one of eight Family Technology Centers.
Student meals distribution sites
SPS offers student meal distribution at schools and bus routes around the city. Check out the neighborhood locations on the Student Meals information page.

Free meals are available from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. weekdays. 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. Check out the Food Bank web page here for more details.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Flu shot drive thru 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.

To utilize SVNA's drive-thru flu shot service, parents must sign up for an appointment time and complete the SVNA form -- both of which can be done on the SPS Flu Clinic webpage

Local drive-thru sites include:
Monday, Sept. 28 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 1 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 29 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Flu shots by appt. at Teen Health Center
Alternatively to the drive-thru clinic, students may schedule a Flu Shot appointment with the BHS Teen Health Center if that is more convenient.

Contact the Clinic Coordinator Say Tuitele at sailau.tuitele@swedish.org or the BHS School Nurse at ljtirtanadi@seattleschools.org to schedule.
BHS Teen Health Services
Did you know that your student can get health care at the Teen Health Center? Students: did you know that you can come to the Teen Health Center to receive confidential mental health therapy? Some medical services are also available to all SPS Students.

Nurse practitioner Karen Boudour, ARNP is available for all SPS Students in clinic or in-person visits and Telehealth. Chelsea Clark, MSW and Soriah Mitchell (MSW candidate) provide in-person intake sessions in clinic and ongoing Telehealth sessions.

To schedule with Karen, Chelsea or Soriah, please call or text clinic coordinator Say Tuitele at 206-390-3355. You may also reach Say at Sailau.Tuitele@swedish.org.

Eddie Medina, BS, CDPT, AAC will be available for all SPS Students in clinic for in-person visits and Telehealth. Please contact Eddie directly at Eduardo.medina@sound.health or call/text: 206-488-2795.
Students: Want to register to vote?
Students, ages 16 and 17, can pre-register to vote online! A ballot will automatically be sent in time the next election after they turn 18.

Seniors, or anyone turning 18 by the next election (Nov. 3) can register online up to 8 days before the election, or in person up to and including the day of the election by 8 p.m.

For more info, visit the King County Register to Vote site. All details on how to vote and eligibility are available at the official King County Elections website.
SPS Volunteer applications online process now open
Volunteers are an important part of the BHS Community, even with remote learning! Check out the updated sign-up process on the BHS PTSA Volunteer Needs page! Also, don’t forget to complete the volunteer questionnaire to let us know your interests.

More info: Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Visser at volunteers.ballardhs@gmail.com
BHS PTSA social media links
Ballard High School PTSA is on Instagram! Follow us @bhs.ptsa! We are also on Twitter and Facebook!
PTSA Legislative Update
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 PTSA membership (2019-20 memberships are still good through Oct. 31), can attend this year’s virtual 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 members designated as BHS delegates (by BHS PTSA VP Gloria Kruzner) will be able to actively debate, and 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, legislative caucusing (issue education/discussion and amendment negotiation and markup ahead of voting) will span Sept. 29-Oct. 25. Visit the Schedule of Events page for details.

Registration is now open and will close on Oct. 8. If you are interested in representing BHS as a delegate, contact PTSA Legislative Liaison Brian Duncan for more information. BHS has four voting delegate slots available.
Community resources
Seattle Public Schools
SPS info 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.
Expert FAFSA advice
7th Annual Students Think S.T.E.A.M. Expo
SCPTSA Virtual Poetry Workshop 9/29
Black College Expo Seattle
WSU SHAPING leadership conference
Teens: Help shape local Penguin Theater
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.