What Does The PTSA Do?
All the Ways the PTSA
Supports Ballard High School
Look at all the ways your Parent, Student, Teachers Association (PTSA) supports our school! Want to get involved? We need you! Read the PTSA News for volunteer needs and more! Refer to the PSTA School Topics page for current events and updates.
PTSA Winter General Meeting Recap Feb.
Thanks to the group of parents and guardians who joined us for our Winter PTSA General Meeting.
Thanks also to our speakers, licensed therapists Charlie Delavan and Caleb Visser, who reminded parents to honor teens’ subjective experience of the world, and to practice mindfulness.
Happy Valentines Day Treats to Staff!
The BHS Staff Appreciation Team dropped off Valentines candies for all the staff Wednesday, Feb. 14. and generated a BIG Thank You from all the Ballard HS Staff top for the array of treats in the Staff Lounge from the BHS PTSA!
Thank you again to both our Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs, Lisa Wilis and Lisa Vanderford-Anderson, for their creative efforts to honor our staff and also to the BHS families that contribute to the BHS PTSA funds that help make this all happen.
PTSA Membership Drive Update!
Congratulations to Ballard HS Counselor; Gail Olson Laing (on the right), winner of the PTSA Teachers and Staff Membership Drive raffle!
Gail won a Ballard PTSA swag bag full of all things to create a great movie night. Thank you to our teachers and staff who help create an inclusive and supportive community for all students.
Thank you as well to our BHS PTSA Co-Membership Chairs: Lisa Vanderford-Anderson and Deborah Frieze; firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank You BHS Counselors!
Our BHS PTSA Volunteer Staff Appreciation team put together these beautiful gifts (self care theme!) to honor our counselors Feb. 9, 2024 for National School Counselor Week! They delivered Cupcake Royale and a Journal, Lavender candle, lip balm, and a beautiful message of: “A bag full of love, sunshine, and self-care to brighten your day as you always brighten the lives of Ballard students.”
Thank you again to both our Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs, Lisa Wilis and Lisa Vanderford-Anderson, for their creative efforts to honor our staff and also to the BHS families that contribute to the BHS PTSA funds.
PTSA Fun at Prospective Families Night
Thanks to everyone who visited the PTSA table and said hello at Prospective Families Night!
Whether you’re new to Ballard or a longtime Beaver family, you can learn more about the Ballard PTSA and how to get involved in support of BHS students and staff on the BHS website.
Thanks to President Karla Rava and Family And Community Engagement Chair Victoria Watson for engaging new and prospective Beaver families at our table, handing out PTSA tote bag shoppers, and hanging with Bucky!
PTSA Gala Fundraising Dinner
March 24, 2023 @ Block41
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! Learn more about this fun event!
Staff Appreciation Education Support Day
The PTSA Staff Appreciation Team distributed festive coffee mugs and cards in November to staff members in celebration of Education Support Professionals Day.
- Administrative Secretary Cal Hartmann and Assistant/Athletic Secretary Bethany Nielcen in the Main Office; Attendance Secretary Alice March; Counseling Secretary Carol Bristol; Registrar Erin Hayes; Fiscal Specialist Jana Pitman; Library Assistant Britta Bowman.
The mugs were accompanied by handwritten cards that included a package of Extra gum: “The difference between ordinary and EXTRAordinary is just a little ‘EXTRA’ Thanks for all you do. – Ballard PTSA.”
“Cal helped us pass around in person and everyone seemed both surprised and delighted,” said Appreciation Co-Chair Lisa Willis. Thanks to both our Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs, Lisa Wilis and Lisa Vanderford-Anderson, for their creative efforts to honor our staff!
Senior SPREE has been a Beaver tradition for more than 30 years! SPREE is an all-night party hosted and chaperoned by BHS PTSA Parents and Staff, in collaboration with the professional graduation party company, Grad Nights.
Past venues include the Family Fun Center, the Hard Rock Cafe and the Pacific Science Center. Activities have included a game show, hypnotist, arcade games, water bumper cars and more!
Senior SPREE Co-Chairs: Shelby Reynolds; Shelby@ShineEventDesign.com
Darcy Greene; email@example.com Learn more on the SPREE page and Follow Us! For behind the scenes SPREE fun, follow @BHSspree on Instagram
Ballard Student SCPTSA Finalists Advancing to State
Congratulations to the following Ballard HS students who submitted works for the Ballard PTSA Reflections program.
They shared entries inspired by this year’s theme, “I Am Hopeful Because …“ Learn more on the PTSA Reflections page.
- Max Germann: Listen to: “Better Future from Past Mistakes“
- Ben Jaynes (Ingraham Student Participant through Ballard): Listen to: “Over the Horizon“
- Ruby James Madden: “Chosen Family“
Thankful for PTSA Closet Clean out Helpers
Before the long holiday weekend, Ballard PTSA decluttered their school storage closet that was in serious need of some Marie Kondo-type love.
Thanks to PTSA VP: Kim Flin, PTSA Newsletter: Gloria Kruzner, FACE: Victoria Watson and student Sara W. (behind the camera) for their assistance!
And special thanks to Assistant Custodian Earl Hutson for all the supplies and encouragement. Now we can more easily access our staff appreciation table decor, signs and meeting materials!
Fall PTSA Board & General Meeting
Drug Prevention & Health Services Resources
Thanks to all who attended our Fall General Meeting and special thanks to speaker Lynnet Mitchell, Healthy Schools Coordinator for Seattle Public School’s Prevention and Intervention Department.
Mitchell provided a fentanyl awareness training and substance abuse prevention strategies. In addition to Mitchell’s presentation, Principal Abby Hunt shared information about the school’s wellness resources, including our Counseling team and Teen Health Center. Members also approved the 2023-24 PTSA Budget and Standing Rules. Mitchell also provided each attendee with a dose of naloxone for their own homes.
Digital Filmmaking Program Gets New Camera Equipment
Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking program students have recently benefited from community support. Over the summer the program was very generously donated a Sony F55 by Emmy winning cinematographer John Tipton. The Ballard High School Foundation also helped connect Educational Foundation of America (EFA) Board Member and Ballard graduate Sven Huseby ’61 with Digital Film Teacher Steven Bradford regarding a $10,000 grant opportunity for the award winning program.
With grant monies received both from EFA and the Ballard PTSA, Digital Film teacher Stephen Bradford reports the program was able to buy professional feature film grade tripod, lenses, and accessories for its new camera, increasing opportunities for student learning and creativity.
This summer, the program also announced it had six official selections for the All American High School Film Festival, screened at AMC in Times Square. Congratulations to Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking students, and happy that PTSA grants are assisting your creativity this fall!
PTSA Staff Appreciation Team Shares Gratitude
The PTSA Staff Appreciation Team has been busy!
Thanks to co-chairs Lisa Vanderford-Anderson and Lisa Willis who set up a “put together a root beer float” bar for all BHS staff to celebrate Homecoming Week.
They also provided handwritten notes and chocolates to all custodial staff for National Custodian Week.
PTSA Membership Drawing Winner Selected
Congratulations to PTSA member Megin Edwards! One of the 170 PTSA members who have signed up so far this year, Megin was automatically entered in our BHS Beaver Gear drawing.
Her name was picked by our Membership Chair Deborah Frieze and Lisa Vanderford-Anderson at our Fall General Meeting!
Not Too Late! Consider still becoming a member we need your voice! Teacher, parents, students too: Sign up for an Annual PTSA Membership
Support the BHS PTSA Academics Fund to reach our goal of $75,000!
A tremendous thank you for your donations to this year’s Direct Appeal, our annual PTSA fundraiser devoted specifically to BHS academics.
We have tallied $70,000 in donations to help promote learning success. We are grateful for your support and can’t wait to share how PTSA grants inspire learning. Extend your gift even further: Don’t forget to check with your employer to see if they will double your donation.
Not too late to donate and help us reach our goal. Every year your Ballard HS PTSA holds the Direct Appeal Campaign to raise funds for academic grants to Ballard High teachers and staff. Our goal this year is to raise $75,000, all of which will support academic programming during the current 2023 – 24 School Year. Donate Online Today
Thank you for your support! Kristin Anderson, Direct Appeal Chair; firstname.lastname@example.org – Ballard High School PTSA
Curriculum Night & BHS PTSA
The BHS PTSA had a table set up (with gift totes too!) to encourage everyone in the Ballard HS community to become a Parent, Teacher, Student Association member. Thanks Karla Rava PTSA President and Victoria Watson Family & Community Engagement (FACE) Volunteer.
If I become a BHS PTSA Member, do I have to go to meetings? No, but we hope everyone will attend our General PTSA Meetings, where a paid membership allows you to vote! Our first General Meeting of the school year will be on Oct 17, 2023. If I become a member, do I have to volunteer? No, joining and becoming a paid member of the BHS PTSA is not the same as volunteering. If you choose to volunteer, we appreciate the parent/guardian and community help and support, but volunteering is not required.
Bites & Ballots Candidate Forum on Education
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, 2023 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 watch and register for next year!
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 email@example.com for organizing and putting on this amazing event!
Thank you for the BHS Library Support
The BHS Library and Librarian TuesD Chambers appreciates all the PTSA Volunteer support and help in the library to help all students! Thank you Ballard HS Parents/Guardians you are the best!
Thank You to ALL the Parents That Helped Out During the First Week Of School
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTSA Advocacy Call Out Sept. 2023
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 Volunteer 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: email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of Some PTSA Supported 22-23 Events
Earth Day Cleanup
Thanks to the families, individuals and students who gathered on Earth Day morning 22-23, helping to clean up and pick up litter around campus.
Grants Help Staff Support Programs Around BHS
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!
PTSA Weekly Newsletter
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 email@example.com (include your students grade & name).
BHS PTSA Membership
Become a Member of the BHS PTSA, and 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 and Deborah Frieze, firstname.lastname@example.org.