Big Picture PTSA Pass the Hat Fundraising
Please help us meet our goal for 2017-2018 Campaign. Donating is easy! Credit cards, Paypal or Check all accepted.  Donate Here ! The donations directly support our students throughout the entire school year: Provide financial assistance for all grade levels to engage in off-site learning experiences and filed trips that enhance Big Picture's project-based learning model. Enable our teachers and staff to attend Diversity Training that positively impacts all 370 middle and high school students. Fund grade-specific resource materials across subject matters that allow all students access to timely and relevant learning material.  From math to language arts, science to ... read full article
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Please Vote YES!Yi Molina2/12/20182/13/2018
Please Vote YES!
It’s simple: great schools = great communities. And great communities support great schools.                The Bellevue Schools Foundation is proud of its 39-year commitment to developing, promoting, and funding exceptional educational opportunities for  all  Bellevue School District students. We’re able to impact learning and seed innovation because of the groundwork laid by community-approved levies. Without the advantages that levies provide— a seventh class period at middle and high schools, comprehensive arts and music, counselors, and classroom technology — the Foundation could not have partnered with the District to launch transformative initiatives like the ground-breaking K-12 Computer Science Integration. We urge ... read full article
Big Picture School Dance!Yi Molina3/26/20183/30/2018
Big Picture School Dance!
Friday, March 30 MS:  5:00 – 6:30 pm , HS:  7:00 – 9:00 pm Tickets on sale now! Advance tickets are $8 w/ASB card, $10 w/o ASB card. Tickets at the door are $15. Dress to celebrate your favorite Season in whatever creative manner you choose! Get your friends and join in the fun!  Extra special treat – the Prom Committee will be selling Pizza by the Slice ($2). event/ms-seasons-dance/? instance_id=1474 ... read full article
Parent Principal Coffee Tuesday Evening 03/20Yi Molina3/20/20183/21/2018
Parent Principal Coffee Tuesday Evening 03/20
Parent Principal Coffee: Please join us at the Principal's Coffee  on  Tues. Mar. 20 at 6:30 pm . Bethany will highlight our Big Picture School activities, provide updates on all things school-related, and answer your questions. Specific topics of focus this month- Course registration for 2018-2019, School Safety, and BP's partnership with Eastside Pathways' Business Engagement Group. There will also be a short survey for high school parents in attendance to provide feedback on our high school internship program. Get informed and connect with other parents in our Big Picture community! We'll meet in the Library. ... read full article
Cookies & CocoaCristian Molina1/21/20181/25/2018
Cookies & Cocoa
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Reflections Art WalkCristian Molina12/4/201712/6/2017
Reflections Art Walk
November 30 thru December 5  during school hours Big Picture Library Thank you, families, for submitting art to be recognized in  the PTSA's Reflections Art Contest . The interpretations of this year's theme, Within Reach , were unique and amazing! To celebrate the artistic accomplishment of our Big Picture students,  all artwork will be displayed in the Library from Thursday Nov 30 toTuesday  Dec 5 . Visual Art, Photography, and Literature pieces will be hung gallery-style on the wall, and Dance's entry will also be recognized. We will keep you posted on the artwork that progresses to the District competition. ... read full article
Rotary Youth ExchangeCristian Molina12/4/201712/7/2017
Rotary Youth Exchange
  December 6th  (Wed) APPLICATIONS DUE for travel programs LINK  The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club ( ) reports that the deadline is approaching for high school students ready to live in a different culture.   Apply today! Two travel programs are available:    1.  One academic year -- Youth Exchange Scholarship               August 2018 to July 2019     2.  One summer month -- Short Term Summer Program               Summer 2018 Questions?  Colleen Turner ... read full article
Readers TheaterCristian Molina12/4/201712/10/2017
Readers Theater
  December 8th & 9th  (Fri & Sat)  6:30 to 8:30 PM Big Picture Café Q :  Why did the chicken cross the road? A : To get to  The Hilarious Eleven: Funny Stories for the Whole Family Join us for side-splitting hilarity as we tell funny stories,  Friday December 8 and Saturday December 9 . Doors open at  6:30 , with show starting at  7 PM. Intermission with refreshments will be served, so you’ll be out before  8:30 . How much will you pay for this fun-filled evening? Not a thing! That's right, admission is FREE!  Don't be a turkey! Come ... read full article
Staff AppreciationCristian Molina12/4/201712/14/2017
Staff Appreciation
Calling All Bakers! December 13th  (Wed) Help provide annual Holiday treat boxes for our teachers and staff members. Everyone will go home with individually-wrapped home-made goodies from BPS families. The Staff Appreciation Committee started this Fall with treats for Big Picture monthly staff meetings. In November we kicked off with a Tailgating-themed lunch hosted by our High School families. We are planning 5 luncheons in all during the school year for our wonderful teachers and office staff.  Contact:  Nicole Hill ... read full article
Tues. Nov. 14: “Online Safety – A Guide for Parents - 7:30pm - 8:30pmCristian Molina11/11/201711/15/2017
Tues. Nov. 14: “Online Safety – A Guide for Parents - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
We welcome you to attend the PTSA-sponsored “ Online Safety – A Guide for Parents ” presentation coming up on Tues. Nov. 14th. Please invite your friends and family for invaluable insights into all things Internet!  The cost is FREE . We are trying to estimate how many people will attend, so  please  RSVP  with the total number of people  in your party. (The talk is targeted at adults.) We look forward to seeing you there! SPEAKER: Stefanie Thomas is an internet safety expert who has worked with law enforcement for the past 8 years on the exploitation of children ... read full article
Tue. Nov 14th: PTSA General Meeting 6:30 – 7:30 pmCristian Molina11/11/201711/25/2017
Tue. Nov 14th: PTSA General Meeting 6:30 – 7:30 pm
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Spring Parent SocialYi Molina5/22/20186/2/2018
Spring Parent Social
Clubs and ActivitiesCristian Molina12/4/20171/18/2018
Clubs and Activities
  Find what you love to do LINK  Feast your eyes on the following Big Picture clubs and activities.   Then click the LINK at left to find out when/where they meet, and talk to the club advisors. Destination Imagination;  Gardening & Green Team;  GSA-Gender, Sexualities and allies;  Melee Club;  MS-Trading Card Club;  SOAR CLUB;  High School Soccer Club;  WE Club;  Middle School Sports of soccer, cross country, girls golf;  ASB;  Yearbook Club;  Puzzle Club;  Art of Theater ... read full article
Oh Nose! We're LeakingCristian Molina12/4/201712/8/2017
Oh Nose! We're Leaking
We need boxes of tissues! Drop them off at the office anytime Fall is here with force, and with it comes a wave of sniffles and runny noses.  With that, we've run out of tissue boxes here at school. As we float to and from school (hello rain!), our jackets may not be leaking but our noses certainly are!  If you have the chance, could you bring in a box of tissues for your friends here at school?  Just drop them off at the front office so we can contain our leaky noses!  Cheers! Have a wonderful soggy wet day!   ... read full article
Unity Day - Wed. Oct. 25, Wear Orange!Cristian Molina10/25/201711/8/2017
Unity Day - Wed. Oct. 25, Wear Orange!
Help celebrate Unity Day at Bellevue Big Picture. Wear orange and show your support. UNITY DAY: Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. nbpm/unity-day.asp   UNITY DAY — Wednesday, October 25 — Make it orange and make it end! Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ...   ... read full article
3-Day Workshop focusing on Self-Defense, Self-Confidence & Self-Compassion for local teen girlsYi Molina5/22/20186/8/2018
3-Day Workshop focusing on Self-Defense, Self-Confidence & Self-Compassion for local teen girls
Empowerment-through-Yoga for Teen Girls! 3-Day Workshop focusing on Self-Defense, Self-Confidence & Self-Compassion for local teen girls Olive, a HS junior, has developed and will help run a yoga camp this summer as part of her Big Picture Internship (LTI) program. The focus is on modern, teen-oriented self-defense that is non-violent and is applicable to situations youths face today. This light and fun approach also includes DIY beauty, journaling, and social interactions. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook! The application deadline is June 8 th . ... read full article
Bellevue Boys Lacrosse | Registration OpenKelly Collins-SUNDERLAND12/1/201712/31/2017
Bellevue Boys Lacrosse | Registration Open
Sign Up For Boys Lacrosse Now! Lacrosse is a fast-paced sport that has grown exponentially over the past decade.  Bellevue Boys Lacrosse Club serves boys in grades K-12 who reside within the Bellevue High School boundary area .  The Bellevue Lacrosse program is dedicated to developing players at every age and preparing them for a successful high school experience -   for more information about our programs click here.   Over the past 8 years the BHS Varsity team has played in the state championship 7 times and won the state title 6 times.  We currently are the State Champions!  Visit our alumni page  to ... read full article
Fri. Nov 17th: Parent/Principal CoffeeCristian Molina11/11/201711/18/2017
Fri. Nov 17th: Parent/Principal Coffee
Friday November 17th, 8:30 to 9:30 AM Bellevue Big Picture Library Please join us at our next  PTSA Parent/Principal Coffee ! Bethany will be providing updates on our school activities and initiatives. Get the latest information while sipping coffee and enjoying tasty treats! ... read full article
Bennett PTSA Elementary Scholarship for High School SeniorsYi Molina4/19/20185/4/2018
Bennett PTSA Elementary Scholarship for High School Seniors
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Talent show dress rehearsal Wednesday 04/18 in the GymYi Molina4/17/20184/17/2018
Talent show dress rehearsal Wednesday 04/18 in the Gym
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After School Music Classes Yi Molina3/30/20185/21/2018
After School Music Classes
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Calling for Volunteers for PTSA Nominating CommitteeYi Molina2/16/20185/21/2018
Calling for Volunteers for PTSA Nominating Committee
Be Part of the Big Picture PTSA Nominating Committee ! Would you like to serve our school in a MAJOR way? Do you know some people who you think would be a great addition to our PTSA leadership? Please sign up for the Nominating Committee! Made up of 3-4 people, the committee provides the invaluable service of recognizing and recruiting qualified people for our elected PTSA positions for the 2018-2019 school year. Positions to be filled are: Co-President, Co-Vice President, Co-Treasurer, Secretary. The charge of the Nominating Committee is to recognize and recruit the most qualified people available for our ... read full article
Big Picture PTSA Pass the Hat FundraisingYi Molina1/28/20187/31/2018
Big Picture PTSA Pass the Hat Fundraising
Please help us meet our goal for 2017-2018 Campaign. Donating is easy! Credit cards, Paypal or Check all accepted.  Donate Here ! The donations directly support our students throughout the entire school year: Provide financial assistance for all grade levels to engage in off-site learning experiences and filed trips that enhance Big Picture's project-based learning model. Enable our teachers and staff to attend Diversity Training that positively impacts all 370 middle and high school students. Fund grade-specific resource materials across subject matters that allow all students access to timely and relevant learning material.  From math to language arts, science to ... read full article
Ice Cream Social (PTSA-Sponsored)Kevin Baldwin10/2/201710/3/2017
Ice Cream Social (PTSA-Sponsored)
Tuesday October 3, 5:00 – 6:00 pm (FREE!) Right before Tech Night, enjoy an informal gathering of our school community over a tasty bowl of ice cream. Crown your ice cream creation with yummy toppings and get to know other families. Talk with students about their interesting projects. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and kosher options will be available. Then stay for the popular and informative All School Tech Night event! ... read full article
All School Tech NightKevin Baldwin9/26/201710/4/2017
All School Tech Night
Tuesday October 3, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Tony Granito will be hosting an information-packed session for parents to learn with their children. Topics will include Synergy (the new student information system), OneNote, and more. Students should bring their laptops so parents and children can access the technology tools. ... read full article
College Financial Planning NightCristian Molina9/20/201710/4/2017
College Financial Planning Night
Big Picture and International will be hosting a College Financial Planning Night  on Thursday , October 5 th  at  6:30  in the International School’s Performing Arts Center.  Families with students in grades 8-12 are invited to attend! The speaker is Paula Bishop, CPA. Please see her contact info below. If you are unable to attend but would like her information, please contact Jamie and she would be happy to provide it. There are also college financial planning resources on the Big Picture Website in the Counseling section. Paula Bishop, CPA | Financial Aid for College Advisor |  12360 NE 8th ... read full article
Use Naviance to Research College and Career OptionsCristian Molina9/18/20179/21/2017
Use Naviance to Research College and Career Options
Wondering what  Naviance  is and how your student is using it? Join Bellevue High School counselors for the first Education Connections event of the year:  Naviance  101: How To Navigate  Naviance  College & Career Platform:   Thursday, September 21, 2017 , from  12-1 pm   at WISC Rainier Room, 12241 Main Street   Get a look into the many ways students use the Foundation-funded  Naviance  College & Career tools to research post-secondary college and career options, track volunteer hours, applications, letters of recommendation, and much more!   This informational session is free of charge, but  please register . A light lunch will be ... read full article
Shop 5% Day at Whole Foods MarketCristian Molina9/18/20179/20/2017
Shop 5% Day at Whole Foods Market
Put great education on your grocery list. Shop 5% Day at Whole Foods Market On  Wednesday, Sept. 20 ,  everything you buy at  Whole Foods Market Bellevue  and  365 Bellevue  will nourish programs that transform your child’s education from basic to BEST.  Whole Foods will donate 5% of net sales to Bellevue Schools Foundation.  Shop in store or through .   Bellevue business owners—parents just like you—will be in store to share their passion for education and samples of their wine, chocolate and great recipes!  Parent vendors include:  SeattleChocolates ,  Ross Andrew Winery , and  A Menu for You ... read full article
Did You Know | Bellevue Schools FoundationKelly Collins-SUNDERLAND9/12/201710/18/2017
Did You Know | Bellevue Schools Foundation
Bellevue Schools Foundation & Your PTSA: the Best Combination Thank you for supporting high-quality education for every Bellevue student by supporting both your school PTSA and Bellevue Schools Foundation. With parent support, the Foundation invests upward of $1 million annually in innovative programs that benefit every Bellevue student, like STEM, Computer Science, early literacy intervention, and volunteers in our Bellevue schools (VIBES). Every Bellevue student benefits. The Foundation funds districtwide programs while PTSA provides funds for individual school-based programs as well as student advocacy. Both are vital to take public education from basic to BEST!   Watch for exciting things happening ... read full article
Check It Out | Pacific Science Center ExhibitKelly Collins-SUNDERLAND9/12/201710/31/2017
Check It Out | Pacific Science Center Exhibit
Memory: Fragrant Flashbacks Opens September 16 What smells spark a memory for you? What would you remember from the smell of freshly baked cookies, or maybe the first rain after a long, dry summer? Understand how we acquire, consolidate, and retrieve our memories and why those associated with smell are different in our next exhibit installment Memory: Fragrant Flashbacks . Opening in The Portal to Current Research on September 16, uncover the hidden connection between odor and emotional response. Test out the Smell Synthesizer to create more than 500,000 unique scents. Don't miss the fourth and final installment of the ... read full article
Coding | Pacific Science CenterKelly Collins-SUNDERLAND9/12/20179/26/2017
Coding | Pacific Science Center
Tech Creations: Animatronics Have you wondered what a conversation between a flamingo and a walrus would look like? What if you could bring that story to life? You can! Combine art, animatronics and storytelling to create a technologically advanced tale. Over six weeks you will fully develop a story, build characters using words and motors, and video record as your story comes to life. Experience all of this while discovering Pacific Science Center’s exhibits and shows each week. At the end of the six week series, take home the character you have built and your new skills to breathe life ... read full article
Night Walks At Mercer SloughKelly Collins-SUNDERLAND9/12/20173/31/2018
Night Walks At Mercer Slough
Night Walks Registration for 2017-2018 Night Walks opens! Explore nature and nocturnal animal adaptations with your family at monthly Night Walks at Mercer Slough. Start off your Friday evening in the lab examining skulls and conducting experiments to discover the tricks nocturnal creatures use to survive at night. Then head out into the dark to call owls, listen for nocturnal creatures and participate in hands-on sensory activities. Groups of 10 or more can reserve their own private Night Walk.  Call (206) 443-2925 to learn more or register. Program Details: Time:  Fridays, 7-9 p.m. Ages: Families and groups with children ages 6 and ... read full article
Reservations Open for Screenagers DocumentaryKelly Collins-SUNDERLAND9/11/20179/14/2017
Reservations Open for Screenagers Documentary
SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time, is being shown this coming Thursday evening, Sept. 14th, at 6:30 pm in downtown Bellevue. Please pass this information on to parents or PTSA members who might be interested in attending.   This documentary explores the relationships teenagers have with their digital devices and the impact screen time has on their brains. It offers ideas for empowering youth to navigate their digital world. A discussion will follow the hour-long film. For ages 10+. Reservations required and seating is limited. For more info and to ... read full article
Writing OpportunitiesKelly Collins-SUNDERLAND9/8/201711/15/2017
Writing Opportunities
Interested in journalism but don't have a local medium to publish in? Want to be up-to-date with the latest news from students in Bellevue? Then join The Northwest Youth Journal! We are made up of middle and high school students from across the Bellevue School District and we would love to include you.   Every article we publish goes onto the front page of our website ( ), which is viewed by students, parents, and teachers. We are looking for dedicated writers interested in covering local, national, or world news, writing opinion pieces, or contributing to our specialized columns ... read full article
4th Annual Festival Of Trees | Register TodayKelly Collins-SUNDERLAND9/6/201711/9/2017
4th Annual Festival Of Trees | Register Today
  Join us on November 11th for the 4th Annual Festival of Trees! Festival of Trees brings together Bellevue's businesses, schools, churches, and government as One community. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees will be auctioned to over 800 guests at the Hyatt Regency for Bellevue’s Premier Christmas Holiday Gala.   Register Today Festival of Tress I glassybaby  This limited edition one of a kind glassybaby, includes the Festival of Trees logo which is etched and painted by hand.  Jubilee REACH will receive $25.00 from each glassybaby sold. Exclusively available through Jubilee REACH.   Purchase ... read full article
Interested in youth rugby?Kelly Collins-SUNDERLAND9/5/201712/31/2017
Interested in youth rugby?
NEW! Panthers Youth Rugby The goal of the Panthers Youth Rugby Club  is to promote youth development through the game of rugby, develop appreciation for team work, discipline, and mental health, as well as individual excellence. Become Rugby ready with us during this Winter and enjoy playing and competing when the game season starts in Spring.  Who:  6th through 8th graders When:  Free sessions in November! Tue & Thu 5:30pm at Grass Lawn Park, Redmond WA Sat 11am at Highland Middle School, Bellevue WA Registration: Click here   More information see  flyer Questions? Contact .   ... read full article
Sign Up Now | Boys LacrosseKelly Collins-SUNDERLAND9/5/20179/19/2017
Sign Up Now | Boys Lacrosse
NEW! Bellevue Boys Lacrosse Fall Ball Registration Open Lacrosse is a fast-paced sport that has grown exponentially over the past decade. Bellevue Boys Lacrosse Club serves boys in grades K-12 within the Bellevue High School boundary area and we have a fun, development-focused Fall Ball program starting in September. Players practice and play games/scrimmages on Sundays only.  This is great time for new players to give lacrosse a try! We think you’ll grow to love the game! Visit our website at for more information and to register.   ... read full article
You're Invited | Back To School FairKelly Collins-SUNDERLAND9/5/20179/9/2017
You're Invited | Back To School Fair
Back to School Fair Saturday, September 9th: 10am-4pm, Bellevue High School Bellevue PTSA Council 2.3 , in partnership with the  District  and  Bellevue Schools Foundation , is hosting this event to welcome ALL district families back to school. From optional educational sessions for parents on a variety of topics and a resource fair with 60+ community organizations to an introduction to our new District Superintendent Dr. Duran, the events will pair perfectly with a fun family atmosphere. We hope you’ll join us all at the Fair! For more information, visit the  website ... read full article
It's official | Girls Select Basketball TryoutsKelly Collins-SUNDERLAND9/5/20179/23/2017
It's official | Girls Select Basketball Tryouts
Bellevue Girls Select Basketball Tryouts ? September 23rd Calling all 5th- 8th grade Girls!   Do you love to play basketball? Tryouts for Bellevue Girls Select Basketball will be held on September 23rd.  Potential players need to live within the Bellevue High School boundary (but don’t need to attend Bellevue public schools). For tryout times and locations, and to register, visit the website- ... read full article
Replenish Your Child's Lunch Account!Kelly Collins-SUNDERLAND8/19/20179/30/2017
Replenish Your Child's Lunch Account!
Don't forget to visit PayPAMS and set up your child's food account for lunch and snacks a BBPS!  Just visit   ... read full article
Don't Forget | Summer Reading Requirement At BBPSKelly Collins-SUNDERLAND9/1/20179/11/2017
Don't Forget | Summer Reading Requirement At BBPS
Summer reading is a requirement in the Bellevue School District.  Get your summer reading packets located on the BSD summer reading website under Big Picture School or at the link below. Big Picture School 6th Grade: Woodsong by Gary Paulson 7th Grade: Trickster by Matt Dembicki 8th Grade:  Autobiography 9/10 Loop: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 11th Grade: Into the Wild by John Krakauer 12th Grade: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan ... read full article
School Attendence PolicyKelly Collins-SUNDERLAND9/1/201711/15/2017
School Attendence Policy
Regular/timely school attendance is important to a student's progress. Washington State law requires that children attend school and BPS is required, by law, to track absences and identify them as excused and unexcused. EXCUSED ABSENCES include illness, medical or dental appointments, religious observances and family emergencies. FAMILY VACATIONS should be planned for non-school days. If there is a special reason for an absence on a school day (e.g. family trip), please print/pick up and complete a Request for Excused Absence form from the Office at least one week prior to the absence and return to the Office.  Staff will review the situation to determine whether the ... read full article
School Supplies List 2017Bellevue Big Picture Ptsa8/30/20179/12/2017
School Supplies List 2017
Hey BPS families, get your students prepared for a fabulous school year. For a comprehensive list of high school supplies, please click here HS supplies and for a list of middle school supplies, please click here MS supplies .   ... read full article