Group Music Classes @ BP

Missed the start date? No problem! We can pro rate the sessions and you can join now!


For 10th and 11th Graders: Seattle University's Summer Business Institute
If your 10th or 11th graders are interested in business or economics, here is a wonderful summer business program at Seattle University. Kids will live in the college dorms for the duration of the program, attend business & economics classes taught by university programs in areas such as accounting, entrepreneurship, ethics, management. They will visit corporate partners’ headquarters and build their network, participate in a team business plan competition. There are also fun activities such as ice cream socials, usage of gym and field, and more. Please read the full article on the eligibility and application options. Application deadline is March 31.  ... read full article

SAT Test Preparation
The Sammamish High School PTSA is again sponsoring SAT Prep Classes. The classes will be offered in March .  Registrations for SAT Prep Classes at Sammamish High School are now being accepted. Registration forms and payment information can be found on the website Email  with questions. The cost is $80 to attend both the Math and Verbal classes or $50 for a single class.  The PTSA offers a scholarship rate for students needing financial assistance of $30 total regardless of whether you register for both classes or a single class.  The student’s counselor will need to sign the ... read full article

Summer Jobs - Ecology Youth Corps

Want a summer job? 14-17 years old?

Ecology Youth Corps

For over 40 years, the Ecology Youth Corps has hired Washington teens and young adults to pick up litter on our state's roads and highways. Our crews pick up more than a million pounds of litter each year, and recycle just under 200,000 pounds of materials. Learn more about this program, including how to apply for one of our 300 annual positions.

Apply by April 17.

  • Those hired will work during one of two sessions: July 2 to July 26, or July 30 to Aug. 23. 
  • Crew members earn $11.50 per hour and work 32 hours a week, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday (crews will take July 4 off and work July 6 instead).

Apply at


District level PTSA Reflections Art Competition Results
Results from the District level PTSA Reflections Art Competition are in! Congratulations to  Tessa Cosper (Dance Choreography), Ethan Seet (Visual Arts and Photography) and Amelia Grace Rasp (Literature) ! Each of their work was awarded “Outstanding Interpretation” and is headed to the State competition in Olympia. Way to go! A special mention was given to the following Panther artists: Award of Excellence:  Cecilia Ayres (Literature), Bella Mari Robertson (Photography) Awards of Merit:  Mayah Grover (Literature), Jadynrae Long (Visual Arts) Saksham Bhandari (Visual Arts) We are proud of ALL the artists who participated and represented Big Pictures at Council. Please continue to ... read full article

Scholarship for High School Seniors Attended Phantom Lake Elementary
The Phantom Lake PTA is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity to high school seniors in the Bellevue School District who attended Phantom Lake Elementary. To apply for the scholarship, students must complete the provided scholarship application form and submit additional information such as a personal statement, transcript, and letters of recommendation. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, May 4th, 2018

You can find the scholarship application form on the Phantom Lake PTA website:

Did you Know? Absence Form
Planned Absences Form Reminder – If you plan to take your student out of school for a vacation or family event you need to fill out a Pre-Planned Absence Form and have your student get his/her teachers to sign off on the absence then return the form to Attendance at least 1 week prior to the absence. There are two different forms that may be picked up at the main office.  Pulling your student out for a vacation or family event without this form could result in the vacation being marked as unexcused. ... read full article

Looking Ahead | School Calendar

2017/2018 School Calendar 
  • Tuesday, September 26| High School Curriculum Night - 5:45-8:30pm 
  • Thursday, September 28 | Middle School Curriculum Night - 5:45-8:30pm
  • Tuesday October 3 | 5 to 6 PM | Ice Cream Social 
  • Tuesday October 3 | 6 to 7 PM | All School Tech Night
  • Friday, October 13 | No School
  • Thursday, November 9 & Friday, November 10 | No School Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24 | No School Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, December 18 thru Monday, Jan 1 | No School Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 2 | School Commences
  • Monday, January 15 | No School MLK jr. Day
  • Monday, January 29 | No School


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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 social studies, every student in our school benefits from the generosity of our families. If we do not meet our funding goal, our students will not receive these valuable programs and resources. Please help us provide these valuable resources to Big Picture students!


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 elected PTSA positions. It is the most important committee in PTSA. Once the Nominating Committee has recruited a slate of candidates, there will be a General Election of those candidates this spring. Having qualified people step into leadership positions in our PTSA will ensure success for the future of Big Picture students, their families, and staff. The work of this committee is paramount to fulfilling our mission as a PTSA.

A helpful tip for the Nominating Committee members: Mention to your potential recruits that all positions are (or can be) assumed in a Co-Leadership role. Teaming up with another person (in most cases, already experienced in the role) to fill these co-leadership positions encourages great ideas, collaboration, teamwork, and more fun overall!

If you have questions or would like to be on the Nominating Committee, or if you would like to submit your name for consideration for any of the open PTSA elected positions, please contact Hillary MacDonald at Thank you for volunteering to help with this important job!

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

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