Welcome Panthers & Parents!

On behalf of the Bellevue Big Picture PTSA, we would like to welcome you to the 2017/2018 school year! 

We are looking forward to serving as your PTSA Co-Presidents along with our enthusiastic group of board members and committee chairs. There will be many volunteer opportunities throughout the year so please let us know if you can help. We encourage all families to join the PTSA as we commit to giving 100% support to our students, teachers, and staff. Click here to join.

This year marks another milestone in Bellevue Big Picture’s short tenure! This year’s Senior Class (2018) walked through the doors as the inaugural 6th Grade Class back in September 2011. Fast forward to now, BBP is celebrating its seventh year of providing personalized learning through student interests, talents, and needs. Our students exemplify this commitment to supporting them to be their best possible selves!

We are excited to work with Bethany and her staff this year in supporting every student at Bellevue Big Picture to pursue their passions and interests to reach their full potential.

We would like to thank you for your support and look forward to a great year!

Nydia Lind (nydiaval@hotmail.com)

Hillary MacDonald (hsalmieri@msn.com)

PTSA Co-Presidents

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.

Help Stock The Sharing Closet

Introducing the Big Picture School SHARING CLOSET.  We are putting together a donation collection of DRESS CLOTHES ONLY for students to borrow needed items for their Student Led Conferences or Internship Interviews. We are collecting dresses, skirts, dress shirts, suits, jackets, dress slacks, ties, dress socks, belts, hose/ tights and dress shoes for boys and girls.  We have established a locked space on campus with a portable closet, shoe rack and mirror to accommodate said items. 

How it works: Clothing will be donated to "the Closet" by dropping items off with Karen Penewell in the office. The closet will be maintained by Brandy Moss [parent]. When students wish to borrow items they will be accompanied by Karen or another designated  staff member to the Closet and choose then sign out items to be borrowed. When finished with the items they will return cleaned items to the closet. 

If you have questions you may email Brandy Moss at mossbb@hotmail.com 

Thank you for helping to launch this project with me!

Submissions Wanted | PTA Reflections Art Program

The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is "Within Reach"

Get creative with the PTSA's annual Refection art programs.  Celebrate your artistic creativity at BPS and start planning for your Reflections artwork!

The Art categories are:

  1. Dance/Choreography- original dance that you created then record the performance(Please provide 1 copy of recorded performance in USB)
  2. Film Production- short film, documentary and more(Please provide 1 copy of the film in USB)
  3. Visual Arts- paintings of all kinds, collages, drawings, wood, clay, metal, computer work, fiber etc.( Please provide one copy of artwork, must be flat and must not exceed 18x24" no thicker than 3/8" DO NOT USE CANVAS STRETCHED OVER WOOD FRAMES)
  4. Music Composition- original score with or without songs(Provide the music sheet and 1 copy of the recording in USB)
  5. Literature- writing, poetry, opinions, short stories  (Please provide 1 copy)
  6. Photography- go wild with your camera (Please print, max 18x24")

To participate, download or pick up a copy of the rules and official sentry form in the school library. Completed Student entry form with signatures of the parent and the student MUST be submitted along with the entries

Questions: Contact Reflection Chair for Big Picture Tricia Yong by email: triciayong@yahoo.com

Submission deadline: Turn in artwork with the completed Official Entry Form attached to Reflection Box in the school library on or before Monday, November 13th, 2017 

How to get started? Talk to your family and art teacher for inspiration, start your project and fill out your entry form to officially enter.  Refer to the rules for each category by visiting the reflection site http://www.wastatepta.org/programs/Reflections

This year’s participation awards: will receive a Reflections Recognition Ribbon, a chance to show their work at the school and another venue, a chance to advance to the state and national level to win a scholarship,  AND a pizza party celebration for those that submit artwork.

National PTA Reflections Theme Search Contest

The search is on for the 2019-2020 National PTA Reflections program theme! The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100, and his or her theme will be announced at the National PTA Convention and Exhibition.  Please review the past themes listed on the theme search entry form. Repeat themes will not be considered.  Entries due November 13, 2017 to: Washington State PTA Office  c/o Reflections Theme Search 1304 S Fawcett Avenue | Suite 300 Tacoma, WA 98402

Have You Joined The PTSA For This School Year?


Please Join the Bellevue Big Picture School PTSA


Your annual PTSA membership keeps you current and connected on school PTSA functions, as well as giving you a voice and a vote on important PTSA matters affecting our children at Bellevue Big Picture School. In addition, membership dues and PTSA fundraising help to fund the many curricular supports, enrichments, grants and events that help make BBPS an extraordinary public school. Remember that together we can make a difference.

PTSA membership is available to parents and guardians of any student enrolled in the school as well as administration, and staff, and any community members concerned about local education. Individual Membership is $15 and a Dual Membership (parents or guardians) is $25.

Join or Renew your PTSA Membership 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
  • 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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College Financial Planning Night

Big Picture and International will be hosting a College Financial Planning Night on Thursday, October 5th 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 St Suite 100 | Bellevue, WA 98005

Phone: 425-591-1137 | FAX: 425-646-7879 l paula@paulabishop.com | www.paulabishop.com

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 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 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 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

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 ( https://nwyj.org/ ), 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 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

Join Panthers 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: December and January - Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00pm at Grasslawn Park. Saturday at 10:00am at Highland Middle School. Registration: Click here   Questions? Contact info@panthersyouthrugby.com .   ... read full article

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 https://paypams.com/MainMenu.aspx   ... read full article

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 absence will negatively affect learning. Based on this, the principal will determine whether the absence will be excused or unexcused. Prearranged absences due to vacation for more than five days in a school year will not be approved. Failure to follow procedure will result in an unexcused absence. Students may be approved for five (5) prearranged absences per school year.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: Students who have ten unexcused absences fall under the BECCA law and must be referred to the courts.

MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENTS: When your child returns from an excused absence, the teacher will provide make-up assignments, as appropriate. Make-up assignments are not provided in advance.

Any other missed days moving forward for non-school reasons or those outside the VALID EXCUSE POLICY will be unexcused absences.

PROTOCOL FOR TARDINESS/ABSENCES: Please call the Big Picture office at (425) 456-7808 OR email Christina Strigenz our Attendance Specialist at strigenzc@bsd405.org by 8:30 am if your child is going to be absent. * If you call, an email or written note is also required when the student returns from the absence.

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