Who Pays for Public School Education in Bellevue?

Taxes, Bonds & Levies, Bellevue Schools Foundation & Our PTSAs

Join us for a special presentation and learn about the ins and outs of funding education in Bellevue from Melissa deVita, District Deputy Superintendent Financial Services & Operations. 

Melissa will break down the roles played by the state and local taxes such as levies & bonds, as well as where support organizations such as Bellevue Schools Foundation and Bellevue's PTSAs fit into the funding puzzle and how this is changing in light of the recent legislative actions.

Join us for this event, co-hosted by Bellevue PTSA CouncilPlease register here. The event is free and open to the public, and there are four sessions to choose from: 

  • Nov.13, Sammamish High School, 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 14, WISC Rainier Room, 12-1 p.m., a light lunch provided by Newport Knives Culinary students
  • Nov. 16, Bellevue High School, 6:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 20, Newport High School, 7 p.m.


BSF Grants Awarded to Big Picture

Big Picture awarded four Arts, Enrichment, and Innovation BSF Grants

The Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF) awarded $2,200 to Big Picture School covering the following grants:

  • Music Club: Students will directly hear the impact of a new Big Picture after school Music Club, being kicked off with funding from the BSF Arts, Enrichment, and Innovation grants. Middle and high school students will have the opportunity to participate, additional information coming soon. Stay tuned!
  • Field Trips: 8th grade science class will visit the Bellevue College Planetarium and 6th grade math students will visit Tree House Point.
  • Expanding hands-on tools available within the Maker Space to assist all Bellevue Big Picture middle and high school students in the project based learning taking place on campus.

To learn more about the Bellevue Schools Foundation Arts, Enrichment, and Innovation Grants visit web site

Big Picture Directories Are Here!

Check your student’s backpack for the 2017-18 Student Directory!
Our PTSA provides these Student Directories to enhance school community connections. In cooperation with the school, PTSA volunteers prepare, produce and pay for this directory. A huge thank you to Rebecca Thornton, Joan Griswold, and Eric Helmer for pulling this project together for our community!

Every student, teacher and staff member receives a directory. There is no requirement to be a PTSA member to get one. Also, even students that have opted out their information from being included in the directory will receive a directory. For more information, please contact Eric Helmer at eric.helmer@comcast.net.

All About Pass The Hat | Support For Our Students


Pass the Hat is Bellevue Big Picture’s ONLY fundraiser for the year! The PTSA depends on your contributions to fund our annual operations budget, and funded programs including Grants, Staff Appreciation, Reflections, Principal/Parent Monthly Coffees, Student Appreciation Breakfasts, Emergency Preparedness, Community Support, Staff /PD Curriculum Development, Directories, and Social / Emotional learning.

It's easy to support all of our Big Picture students.  Bring a check and provide your donation on Curriculum Night!  Your dollars may also stretch further if your company has matching funds - just ask your HR department!  Suggested average donation is $125 but any amount is appreciated.

Your donations make these things possible! Please donate on Curriculum Night or visit  the left side toolbar on our site.

To learn more click here.

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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Tue. Nov 14th: PTSA General Meeting 6:30 – 7:30 pm

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

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 info@panthersyouthrugby.com .   ... read full article

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