Big Picture Culture Festival

Annual Multicultural Talent & Dessert Night
Friday April 20TH -- 6 to 8 PM
REGISTER HERE to participate

Help us celebrate our school’s diverse culture on Friday April 20TH, 6 to 8 PM in the cafeteria!

Join us with parents and extended families to share your culture and talents in performances, informational displays, music, and a dessert potluck. Sample scrumptious desserts from around the world! Families are welcome to bring their favorite dessert. Enjoy amazing performances representing Big Picture students & community! 

Students are encouraged to sign up for a three-to-five minute act, either group or solo. Register online!

Help with Culture Festival Table Displays

Bring a cultural display of artwork, artifacts, native clothing, or activities representing your heritage. 

Annual Multicultural Talent & Dessert Night

Friday April 20TH -- 6 to 8 PM  


 It's up to you: Any country of your choice, your home country, or any state in the US!  Join with other families to create a poster-board, design an activity of your choice, or bring items from home to add to an informational table display. 

Help volunteer on this evening!  This cannot happen without help of our wonderful BP community.  Please contact BBPPTSA Events

Girls fly! @ The Museum of Flight

Women Fly is The Museum of Flight's annual event for youth interested in aviation, aerospace, and STEM futures. Participants are invited to participate in a day of motivational and career-oriented activities that allows them to meet and learn from professional women working in a variety of STEM careers.

Women Fly welcomes Col. Rebecca J. Sonkiss as our high school day keynote speaker for 2018.

Colonel Rebecca J. Sonkiss is the Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. She is a command pilot with more than 4,200 hours in the T-37B, T-44, EC-130E/H, RQ- 1A/B, C-130J and C-17A aircraft.

 Both events are on school days, parent approval needed to be excused.


Group Music Classes @ BP

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


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


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:

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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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