What Does The PTSA Do?

All the Ways the PTSA
Supports Ballard High School

Check out all the ways your Ballard HS Parent, Student, Teachers Association (PTSA) supports our school! Want to get involved? We need you.

We’d love to have you join us as a volunteer and/or member. Look for details in the BHS PTSA Weekly News!

School Supply Donations Needed

Ballard High School staff are looking for school supply donations to support student learning. Please donate new or gently used items on the list below. Items can be dropped off in the Main Office.

BHS Classroom Materials Wishlist:

  • Blue Tape
  • Expo Markers (multicolor, black, chiseled, cleaning solution, erasers)
  • Composition Books
  • Colored Printer Paper
  • Colored Card Stock Paper
  • Butcher Paper
  • Pencils
  • Scotch Tape
  • Masking Tape- Sharpies
  • Colored Markers
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Note Cards 
  • Graph Paper/Binder Paper
  • Binder Clips
  • Little White Dry Erase Boards
  • Post-it Notes
  • Batteries
  • Hot Water Pot, Electric 
  • Extensions Cords and Outlets

Thank you, your donations are greatly appreciated!

Bites & Ballots Candidate Forum on Education Oct. 10

Advocacy Update!

Bites & Ballots A Candidate Forum on Education with images of people meeting

Interested in learning about candidates for the upcoming City Council and Seattle Public Schools Board Elections?

Attend Bites & Ballots: A Candidate Forum on Education on Tuesday, Oct.10 at 6 p.m. at Rainier Avenue Church, 5900 Rainier Ave. S.

Bites & Ballots is a public, free and accessible event for parents (bring your family) to share a free meal with Seattle School Board and City Council candidates. This is your opportunity to meet local candidates up close and personal and ask them your questions about schools directly! Learn more and register.

~ PTSA Advocacy Chair Stephanie King,

BHS PTSA Staff Appreciation Team
Welcomes Back Teachers & Staff

The Ballard HS PTSA welcomed our teaching staff back into the building with a delicious coffee and pastry spread, followed by lunch prepared by Ripe Catering.

Thank you to our Staff Appreciation Coordinators Lisa Vanderford-Anderson and Lisa Willis at for organizing and putting on this amazing event!

Thank You to ALL the Parents That Helped Out During the First Week Of School

Parent Volunteers Handing out Laptops

Thanks to the Parents/Guardians who assisted with library needs, laptop distribution and general needs during the start of school!

Volunteering is a great way to support your student and school community.

Thank you to all that signed up so fast when the PTSA Volunteer Coordinators posted the Sign Up Genius too!

Email PTSA Volunteer Coordinators Joy Das Gupta & Jen Wenrick if you would like to be on an On Call As Needed List at

PTSA Gala Fundraising Dinner

March 24, 2023 @ Block41

Tables and chairs set for a party with plates and flowers.
BHS Staff at Gala Dinner Table.

Ballard Parents’ favourite fundraiser is back! Don’t miss the fun at Block 41 on March 24, 2024 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

This year’s Ballard High School Fundraising Gala will offer loads of great items for bidding, from restaurant gift cards to amazing trips away! 


Do you have, or know of, a business that could support the auction as a sponsor? Sponsorship levels start at just $250 and include recognition leading up to and throughout the event on April 3rd. See sponsorship level details here and fill out our sponsorship form or email to inquire.


We continue to add to our team as the season progresses.  Let us know if you would like to lend a hand, or your expertise by emailing  

PTSA Advocacy Call Out

Student, Parent Rep Sought for WSPTA Legislative Assembly

Update! Thanks to BHS parent Tim Danskin and daughter Genevieve who have volunteered to attend the Washington State PTSA Fall Legislative Assembly on Oct. 21-22, along with PTSA Advocacy Chair Stephanie King and PTSA President Karla Rava. We can’t wait to hear the full report!

The Washington State PTSA Fall Legislative Assembly is scheduled for Oct. 21-22 and is fully remote this year! Ballard High School PTSA has four seats for this event.

We’d love to see a student and parent attend alongside the PTSA President and Advocacy Chair. Join us to learn more about statewide PTSA initiatives and action steps for school advocacy. Please reach out to Karla Rava if you are interested:

The Advocacy Committee is looking for a co-chair for the Advocacy Chair. Join us as we work to advocate for resources and support for our schools and children. If you are interested, please reach out to

PTSA Supported Events in 22-23!

Staff Appreciation May 2023

Flowers in pots on a table.

The PTSA showed lots of love & appreciation to our BHS teachers & staff!

To kick off Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week, our teachers and staff enjoyed the complimentary coffee cart sponsored by the PTSA on Monday morning! Later in the week there were succulents and flowers too! And… the amazing lunch provided by Ripe Catering and a Online Thank You Card too!

Text: Thank You Ballard Teachers and Staff. Photos of staff at coffee cart
Collage of Thank You with a Flower pot with heart.

Thank you for supporting PTSA so we can share our gratitude!

Earth Day Cleanup

Thanks to the families, individuals and students who gathered on Earth Day morning, helping to clean up and pick up litter around campus.

PTSA families and students cleaning the BHS Campus

Special Thanks

One resourceful crew spent time removing invasive ivy that was choking a tree in the southwest courtyard. Thanks to the Department of Neighborhoods for providing tools, gloves, garbage and recycling bags. Ballard Rotarians shared even more volunteer opportunities with attendees at their information table. Special thanks to Victoria Watson and Tanya King for coordinating the effort! There may be more of these efforts to come, stay tuned for future opportunities.

Join the BHS PTSA for 23-24
Reach Out to our Nominating Committee

Reach out to our PTSA Nominating Committee and Victoria Watson at if you can help out.

PTSA Zoom Meeting Faces
  • Vice President
  • PTSA Weekly Newsletter Co-Editor
  • PTSA Social Media Chair
  • PTSA Memberplanet Website Editor
  • Legislative Liaison/Advocacy Chair

BHS parents/guardians consider a role on the BHS PTSA!

In Gratitude to Our Fundraising Gala Chairs

Carol and Deb
Deb, Auctioneer Stephen Kilbreath, Carol

A special thanks to PTSA Fundraising Gala Chairs Carol Cheyne and Deb Fitzpatrick, and their entire volunteer team, for planning this special community event! We are so appreciative!

Stay tuned for the 2024 Gala date. We hope some of you will help plan next year’s event as some of our key committee members, including Deb Fitzpatrick, are graduating.

Please get in touch to find out more:

Thank you Deb and Carol! You’re the best!

Gala Fundraising Dinner

Thank You!

Collage of parents and staff at the Fundraising Gala.

big Thank You to all of our fundraising volunteers and our donors for an epic evening for Ballard HS! Thanks to the always engaging auctioneer, Stephen Kilbreath, FOODZ catering for rocking the breakfast for dinner theme, Block 41 for the gorgeous venue and our PTSA Volunteer Molly Sousley who supported the fabulous Dessert Dash!

In addition a thank you to our two fantastic Masters of Ceremony Laura Lehni, ASB Advisor and ELA Teacher & David Furman, Special Education Teacher who kept the love going the entire night, sharing student messages of hope and support.

Extra special thanks to PTSA Gala Coordinators Carol and Deb for all their hard work!

Spring 22-23 Grants Help Staff Support Programs Around BHS

PTSA Grants at Work. BHS Staff at UW MisINfoDay event

The PTSA Grants Team approved more than $22,000 in grant requests at the Spring Grants meeting. Grants to staff included:

  • Crafting Supplies for Library MakerSpace;
  • CommonLit Reading Platform and Writers In The Schools program for English Language Arts;
  • Eight Racketball Paddles (combining with last year’s grant request for rackets to make a full set for one class) and 50 MasterLock padlocks for P.E. classes;
  • Super8 Film Processing Tank for Digital Filmmaking;
  • Transportation for 100 Social Studies students to attend MisInfoDay at the University of Washington (photos from this year’s event c/o @beaverreadersbhs);
  • Arts Supplies for World Languages’ Visual Projects;
  • Yamaha NP-12 Keyboards for Performing Arts;
  • LabQuest Devices for Chemistry/Physics;
  • Pocket Constitutions for American Government students

Thank you for your donations to help fund PTSA Grants. Thanks also to Grants Chairs Libet Wallblom and Nancy Wesche for all their efforts coordinating the Grants process!

Special Education Guide Released

Thank you BHS PTSA for hosting Janis White, SSEPTSA at the BHS PTSA Board Meeting and for sharing the Special Education Just Released Guide to Special Education in Seattle Public Schools.

Another resource for Ballard HS families is the BHS Special Education & Disability Students Resource & Exchange on Facebook. Our Ballard HS PTSA was able to provide a $500 donation to the Seattle Special Education PTSA to help offset fees in the creation of this helpful resource!

Food and candy on a Staff Table

Thanking our amazing PTSA Staff Appreciation team that appreciates our BHS Staff

Happy Valentines Day from our PTSA Staff Appreciation Committee Lisa Vanderford-Anderson and Michelle Peters who surprised our Ballard High School Staff with treats!

Thank you!

Thank You BHS Counseling Center Team

Wrapped Candy Bars

In celebration of National School Counseling Week, our PTSA Staff Appreciation Committee Lisa Vanderford-Anderson and Michelle Peters who thanked our BHS Counselors & Support Staff Team with cards and treats!

We are so grateful for our all of our Counseling Center Support Staff at Ballard HS! 

Bucky’s Home For the Holidays

Bucky the beaver with gift boxes

Thank you for all the donations of GC’s to Bucky’s this year!

Bucky’s Ballard High School Home for the Holidays which is a partnership between the Ballard HS PTSA, the Ballard High School Foundation, the BHS Teen Health Center and Ballard High School Staff and Students.

Affectionately known as “Bucky’s”, the intent of this partnership is to provide donated gift cards that will be given to Ballard High School community families in need of financial assistance, to help with food and household essentials during the two week Winter Break and to help celebrate the holiday season.

Thanks to families who brought gift card donations to the Main Office or gave online to help support Bucky’s Home for the Holidays. The “Bucky’s” program shares gift card donations with identified BHS families to help make their holidays brighter. Special gratitude to Ballard PTSA FACE co-chair Victoria Watson and Graduation Success Coordinator Ross Humphries. We are also indebted to our partners: the Ballard High School Foundation for their generous donation and facilitating an online gifting option; the Ballard HS Main OfficeBHS Counseling Center; as well as the BHS Teen Health Center.

Thank You Direct Appeal 22-23 for Academics

Student with face shield, with Camera and at lighted board

Once a year, the BHS PTSA raises funds to support academics. This is the only donation request that goes to support academic materials, curriculum, technology, extra teaching support, and enrichment opportunities. We know that you get a lot of requests for funding, but this may be the most important donation you make.

Blkpatch Fundraiser

Blkpatch Kit backpack and bandaids in skin tones and health items
Blkpatch Culturally Inclusive First Aid Kits

BHS PTSA supported raising money for culturally inclusive first aid kits and a 40-minute training to each Rainier Beach High School student before Winter Break, when many students won’t have access to health care and emergency services through schools. The program hopes to expand to provide a kit to all Seattle School District students as fundraising increases. Ifrah Abshir is a Rainier Beach High School and University of Washington graduate who formed Blkpatch to improve health equity for students. 

The Ballard PTSA DEI Committee supports this effort and invited Ifrah to present the project at the November 2022 BHS PTSA Board meeting after hearing her present at the Lincoln High School DEI Committee meeting. The BHS PTSA offered a donation of $250 toward the effort as well as additional ideas for online fundraising channels for the project. To donate money to support this Fundraiser for Bilpatch Kits through Paypal, send and email to Ifran Abshir at: For more information, you can reach out to Ifrah directly via email at or direct message @blkpatch/Instagram.

BHS PTSA Receives Membership Growth Awards

PTA W Mountain Logo
22-23 Platinum PTA Membership Growth Plaque

Happy to hear from WSPTA Membership Director Amanda Cabana: “Congratulations, your PTA has achieved continuous growth of 2 years. This is a huge achievement and should be celebrated as such!” This means our current membership of 230 has grown at least 20 percent from last year.

The WSPTA also awarded Ballard High School PTSA its Platinum Membership Growth Award for the 22-23 school year. Thanks to Membership Chair Lisa Vanderford-Anderson for all her efforts promoting participation in the BHS PTSA! And thank you to our members for signing up and supporting our efforts! Renew or get your PTSA Membership!

Teacher Support Grants 22-23

These Teacher Support Funds provide for teacher needs per requests of teachers and are used at the discretion of the principal. These monies help support smaller teacher and staff requests (typically less than $500) that can be funded immediately. The Fall 22-23 PTSA Grants Team awarded nearly $22,000 for enrichment activities around the school building. Thank you to Grants Team Coordinators: Nancy Wesche and Libet Wallblom for all their efforts organizing the Fall Grants Disbursement!

Some Grants Disbursed

  • Special Education Sensory Lab furnishings and equipment;
  • Classroom over-the-head headphones and reproducible history curriculum;
  • One year trial of Common Lit Assessment Service for English/Language Art program;
  • Pickleball equipment for PE classes;
  • Sexual assault awareness workshop presenter for Health classes;
  • Pentominoes, geometry paper, and sturdy classroom compasses for Geometry students;
  • Button-making supplies for library fun and student representation;
  • LED lighting kits for Digital Filmmaking program;
  • Diverse mystery/horror genre library books for Beaver Readers;
  • Ink Journal printing;
  • Funding for Black Student Union field trips and supplies; and Polynesian Student Union field trips and cultural outfit fabric.

Homecoming Game Time Snacks for BHS Staff & Teachers

Collage of Food Snacks in the Staff Lounge

Homecoming Game Time Snacks for our amazing BHS Teachers & Staff ! ~ Special thanks to the creative & thoughtful PTSA Staff Appreciation Volunteers too! Lisa Vanderford-Anderson & Michelle Peters who made sure our teachers had plenty of snacks to keep them fueled for Friday’s Homecoming Game.

Thanks to the following parents for donating tasty eats and beverages for this spread in the staff lounge! Jodi Coren, Christiana DelloRusso, Diane Jackson, Tia Keenan, Cynthia Kemp, Tanya King, Rebekkah Madden, Kelly Mazzola, Shannon Moynihan, Heather Muwero, Melanthia Peterman, Michelle Peters, Shelley Rousseau, Ellen Saltsman, Carolyn Sherman, Jennifer Wallace and Victoria Watson

Thanks also to Volunteer Coordinator Tanya King and her cleanup team of Ann Langford-Fuchs, Jo Langford-Fuchs, Shelley Rousseau and Gloria Kruzner for helping to tidy up the Commons following Saturday’s Homecoming Dance.

PTSA Weekly Newsletter

Newsletter Front Page

The BHS PTSA Communication Team: Gloria Kruzner, and Diane Taylor who help get information out in various ways to the BHS Community via the PTSA Newsletter, Instagram, Facebook Accounts, Twitter and information posted on the School Website. The BHS PTSA Weekly Newsletter is a PTSA member volunteer-run informational newsletter that is emailed to subscribed families with important information for families and students as well, including sports, clubs, performing arts, community news and more! View past PTSA Newsletters

If you are not receiving the newsletter or want to add a 2nd email or a student (Personal email NOT student SPS email) Subscribe via the online sign up form or email (include your students grade & name).

BHS PTSA Membership

Join us as a member! Do something great today! Logo

Not too Late to Join the BHS PTSA, become a partner in your student’s education.
The PTSA is you, me and all of the parents/guardians, students and staff dedicated to the educational development and success of all students. The PTSA membership is open to anyone concerned about the education, health, and welfare of our youth and is a way to show your commitment to working with teachers and the school administration to build a better future for the next generation.

  • We help families stay informed and connected to the school community.
  • We plan school-wide celebrations, parent education and staff appreciation events.
  • We raise much needed grant money for academic, enrichment and extracurricular activities.

View the PTSA Membership Info. For Volunteering and Teacher Support Fund Information please reach out to the Membership Chair. Warm Regards, PTSA Membership Chair,  Lisa Vanderford-Anderson,

Thank You Back to School Volunteers!

Parent Volunteers at Laptop Distribution

Finding out we were headed back to school 15 hours before Wednesday morning’s “go time” meant flexibility on the part students, staff and all our parent/guardian volunteers.

A special thanks to Volunteer Coordinator and the many (50+) group of volunteers who showed up to help with back to school projects around the school. Your support benefits our entire school community! We Appreciate YOU!

PTSA Staff Appreciation Volunteers

Back to School Treats Table with sandwiches and coffee

Thank you to the Staff Appreciation Volunteers for 22-23; Lisa Vanderford-Anderson and Michelle Peters who treated BHS Staff on their first day back! There was some amazing breakfast items with Starbucks coffee and pastries.

Later in the day there was a tasty lunch service from Ripe Catering with sandwiches too!

PTSA Building Leadership Team (BLT)

The purpose of the Building Leadership Team (BLT) as stated in its by-laws is “to promote and facilitate the collaborative decision making process which affects academic achievement, and to advise and consent on building management issues.” Specifically, the BLT oversees the facilitation and development of the Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP), school-wide professional development plan, and the school’s budget. Questions? Email PTSA BLT Rep: Kristi De Vaddar,

Family And Community Engagement (FACE)

The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) committee engages in a variety of activities to foster awareness of both the needs and resources in the Ballard High School community. This has included facilitating guest speakers addressing topics such as suicide awareness, supporting students and families during the COVID-19 crisis and college prep and other career pathways. 

FACE volunteers help facilitate and coordinate the Weekend Food For Kids program, sponsored by the Ballard Food Bank. This program helps ensure our BHS families in need have sufficient food on weekends.  The FACE committee also helps coordinate BHS’s Bucky’s Holiday Giving program which is designed to assist our families who may not have the financial stability to enjoy the holiday season as much as many BHS families. BHS PTSA FACE Volunteer Victoria Watson,

Passive Fundraising Programs

Passive fundraising programs are easy ways to support BHS academics and PTSA initiatives while you do your back to school shopping!