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Becoming a BHS PTSA member, advocate, or volunteer helps close that funding gap. Families you can help by advocating and voting for increased funding for schools at the National PTA, State PTA and local Seattle SCPTSA level
Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page to see how you can help out at Ballard HS no matter how big or small and feel free to contact anyone currently on the PTSA for more information too. Read issues of the PTSA Weekly Newsletter to stay informed. The Ballard HS PTSA is run by volunteers that donate their time to help promote and support the social, emotional, and academic well-being of all students.
The work we do raises funds to run programs that provide academic opportunities, teacher and staff support, and backing for student activities. You can make a difference! We need your voice!
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Join the PTSA
Anyone who supports Ballard High students, staff, and families is welcome to join the Ballard High PTSA and volunteer to support our endeavors. The PTSA is your opportunity to be engaged in your child’s education … and build relationships with other families in the community.
This includes everyone our name implies (Parents, Teachers, and Students), as well as alumni, grandparents, extended family members, community members, and more! View the Membership Sign-Up to get started!
Reminder! If you registered/joined in prior years, you will still need to renew your membership for this school year.
Join Our Team & Volunteer on the BHS PTSA Board for 23-24!
If you are looking for a way to help support Ballard students and staff, please consider joining the PTSA Board next year. You can volunteer to assist any PTSA Committee or help fill this roles that will be opening next fall (positions can be shared). Reach out to the 23-24 Nominating Committee: Tanya King, Victoria Watson and Lisa Vanderford-Anderson at email@example.com
PTSA Board & General Meetings 22-23
Ballard PTSA meetings are typically the first Thursday of the month during the school year. Board and General Meetings are open to all community members, however only PTSA members can vote.
Seasonal PTSA General Meetings include topics of interest to the school community, including: Fall Ballard HS Updates, Winter Parent-Education Night, and our Teacher and Volunteers of the Year Awards Night.
- June 7: Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Staff Lounge and Spring General Meeting/PTSA Awards at 7 p.m. Library
Please email President Gloria Kruzner if you have any questions at all at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTSA Board 22-23
Interim President: Gloria Kruzner, email@example.com
President: Open, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Open, email@example.com
Treasurer: Shelley Rousseau, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Gena Mason Frank, email@example.com
Executive Committee: includes the positions listed above
Volunteer Coordinator: Tanya King, firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Chair: Lisa Vanderford-Anderson,
Legislative Liaison: Open but current: Brian Duncan,
Principal: Ms. Abby Hunt, email@example.com
Building Leadership Team (BLT): Kristi De Vaddar; firstname.lastname@example.org
Family & Community Engagement (FACE): Victoria Watson,
PTSA Newsletter Co-Editors: Gloria Kruzner and Diane Taylor,
Stand Alone Special Edition School & PTSA News:
Diane Taylor, email@example.com
and Chuck Fuller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Media PTSA Facebook, Instagram, Twitter:
Gloria Kruzner and Diane Taylor
Social Media (FB Class of 2023): Diane Taylor, email@example.com
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Shelley Bolser and Naida Boyer,
Parents Supporting Students Against Sexual Assault Ad Hoc Committee:
Erika Goodmanson; firstname.lastname@example.org
Grants: Libet Wallblom, email@example.com and
Nancy Wesche, firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct Appeal Fundraising: Terry Richardson, email@example.com
SPREE: Shelby Reynolds, firstname.lastname@example.org and
Danielle Steele, email@example.com
Reflections: Anna Harper, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Vanderford-Anderson, email@example.com
and Michelle Peters, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gala Coordinators: Deb Fitzpatrick and
Carol Cheyne, email@example.com
BHS Communication Liaison/BHS Web Editor & PTSA Pages:
Diane Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org
BHS PTSA Legislative Corner
At Signing on April 25, 2023
At signing of three major gun violence prevention bills today at the Capitol.
Ban on new sales of assault weapons (semi-automatic rifles), 10 day waiting period, training, and state background check with record keeping to purchase; and civil liability for irresponsible gun manufacturers and dealers.
WA now leading the way on GVP at long last! ~Brian
Duncan to Witness Governor Sign GVP Bills into Law
Congratulations to BHS PTSA Legislative Liaison & SCPTSA High School Chair Brian Duncan for his steadfast advocacy around gun-violence prevention. For all his efforts, both on the PTSA front and with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, he will be an invited guest for Gov. Jay Inslee’s April 25 signing of three gun violence prevention bills.
“I’ll be present and representing at the bill signing on Tuesday for these long-time coming and hard won gun violence prevention bills,” Brian enthused. “Hallelujah; let’s keep going, saving lives and ending the terror of gun violence oppressing us all!” ~ Brian Duncan
HB 1240, (Assault Weapons Ban on sales) Establishing firearms-related safety measures to increase public safety. HB 1143, (10 day waiting period and required training) Concerning requirements for the purchase or transfer of firearms. and SB 5078, (Civil liability for irresponsible gun manufactures and dealers) Protecting public safety by establishing duties of firearm industry members.
Time to Raise Our Voices | June 2022
The Ballard High School PTSA joins the National PTA in calling upon Congress and the Administration to immediately address the many factors that contribute to the rampant gun violence in the United States.
✓ Funding research on the causes and effects of gun violence on youth and communities, as well as evidence-based strategies to reduce gun violence.
✓ Establishing education programs to teach students, parents and community members about gun safety and violence prevention.
✓ Requiring a waiting period and a comprehensive background check for all individuals prior to purchasing a firearm.
✓ Restricting internet gun sales, including kits that can be used to make and modify guns.
✓ Banning access to military-style semi-automatic assault weapons.
PTA offers an easy-to-use dashboard to take action on this issue.
In addition, the local nonprofit Alliance for Gun Responsibility has additional resources and Every town for Gun Safety has more sample letters as well. Thank you for joining us in action.
BHS Legislative Liaison Updates
Keep up to date with Brian’s updates on the PTSA Weekly Newsletters as well following issues and information on the Wa. State PTA Advocacy site.
Seattle Council PTA (SCPTSA) Advocacy
Visit the Seattle Council PTSA website for current updates and information for families to stay up to date on issues.
Call to Action: Refer to the SCPTSA News posts often to stay up to date on current issues.
Washington State PTA (WSPTA) Advocacy
Any PTA member is encouraged to submit an issue, or a resolution, or learn more about the legislative principle that addresses concerns that affect children on a statewide level to the Washington State PTA (WSPTA). The WSPTA relies on it’s members to provide the priorities that we will advocate for at the state level and within our communities. View the WSPTA video page for more information.
Parents/Guardians We Need You!
In addition to becoming a BHS PTSA Member, volunteering is a great way to support your student, volunteering doesn’t mean you have to be in the building or make a long term commitment it can also mean contributing to our Staff Appreciation or when we might need snacks for students during testing days. Every contribution is appreciated! Please visit the What Does the PTSA Do page to find all the many different ways to volunteer and show your support for the Students, Teachers and Staff at Ballard High School.
Meet a Couple of our PTSA Members
21-22 Welcome | Hi, my name is Shelley Rousseau, a parent of two students at Ballard—a junior (Jack) and a sophomore (Emme). My husband and I moved from Chicago to Seattle in 2001, and we have lived in the neighborhood, just down the street from the high school, ever since.
I have been active as a volunteer in various roles supporting Ballard Performing Arts and now PTSA as Treasurer. Prior to having children I was a history teacher, and I previously worked in finance. My role with PTSA is a great way to stay engaged in the school community, and allows me to use my skills in ways that helps others. I really enjoy working with the other parents and the broader Ballard community.
It’s great to be back in school, and I’m looking forward to helping PTSA support our students and programs. Email Shelley at email@example.com.
21-22 Welcome | Hello, I’m Gloria Kruzner, parent of a sophomore and a senior (and a BBHS 2017 alum, ahem!), PTSA President and PTSA Newsletter Editor. I joined the PTSA because I’ve enjoyed volunteering at my kids’ schools over the years, and although I usually purchased a PTSA membership, I never really attended a meeting.
A chance posting that I did on the Friends of Ballard Facebook (go Botany Plant Sale!) led to me being asked to edit the newsletter. Which led to attending those dreaded meetings!
But, I’ve come to find out they are actually really fun (especially online – !) and it’s great to see all the focused work on behalf of our students and staff. I love learning more about our community and bringing information to you every week throughout the school year in the newsletter.
As one who was hesitant to sit at the table, let me know what I can do to make the PTSA more accessible for you! We want all our voices represented on our team. Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go Beavers!
21-22 Welcome | Hello! I’m Gena Mason Frank, parent of a Senior and a Sophomore at Ballard, as well as a 7th grader at Whitman.
While I’ve been involved with both Whittier and Whitman when my kids were younger, I noticed that as my kids got to High School I felt less connected to the school and to other parents.
I joined the PTSA to be a bigger part of the high school school experience for myself, but also for my kids. It’s my first year as PTSA Secretary, and I’m excited to be a part of a fun team of parents, but to also get to know administration and staff as well. I look forward to meeting new people and seeing your faces (virtually) at our next PTSA meeting! Gena’s email is email@example.com
21-22 Welcome | Hi there, I’m Michelle Renn, parent of twin juniors (go class of 2023!) I joined the PTSA when my kids were freshman and served as Secretary for the past two years. This year, I am honored to be supporting the PTSA as Vice President.
I have loved being involved with the schools my kids attended beginning way back in kindergarten. I was the Live Auction Chair at Coe Elementary for several years and enjoy getting to know the administration, staff and fellow parents.
I feel more connected to the BHS community, and in turn my kids, after our monthly meetings. We are always happy to welcome new members and look forward to seeing you (virtually for now) at an upcoming meeting.
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The Ballard High School PTSA is a 501(c)(3) entity, Federal Tax ID #91-1303069