Big Picture School Newsletter

April 25, 2022

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Upcoming Events

4/25-26 Math SBA

4 /29, 30- MS Play- Café 7:00-8:00 pm

5/3 & 5/5 - AP tests

5/9-5/11 ELA SBA

5/19- 8th grade WCAS

5/19 - Senior retreat

5/25- 11th grade WCAS

6/3 & 4- HS Play at BHS 7:00-8:30 pm

6/15- Last full day for seniors

6/16- Grad rehearsal and Senior breakfast

6/17- High School Graduation

6/21- Last day of school- 2 hours


SBA Math: This Week

This week begins the SBA testing for math on Monday and Tuesday for all 6th-8th grade and 10th grade students. Selected 11th and 12th graders will also be testing. All other students have a late start and are to report to campus by 10:30 am for 1st period.
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AP Exam Dates for Big Picture Students

The 2022 AP Exams will be administered over two weeks in May: May 2-6 and May 9-13.

Check the College Board website for the testing schedule. Contact Counseling Secretary Beth Zimmerman at with questions.

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School Pool- Bike and Roll to School April 22-May 4

We are one of the 17 schools that chose to participate in the Spring 2022 SchoolPool Campaign from Earth Day (April 22) to Bike to School Day (May 4)!

Bellevue SchoolPool is a program that encourages families and students to explore sustainable transportation options for their commute to and from school and alleviate congestion at drop-off and pick-up times and locations.

During the campaign students and families are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or take the bus to and/or from school.

The Bellevue SchoolPool team provided student incentives such as leaf-shaped post-in notes, and seeded bookmarks which were dispersed at our Earth Day Fair on Friday. In addition, students will enjoy fun ped-bike activity books that teachers will hand out this week. We will hold ped-bike lunch trivia and/or bike class. Our school will receive safety supplies for up to $1,000.

If you would like to sign up for the quarterly editions of the SchoolPool newsletter, click here.

School Lunch News

Beginning May 2nd, middle & high school students will have the option to purchase a la carte items such as second entrees, sides and beverages to supplement their meal.

-A student’s first meal will continue to be offered for FREE.

A la carte items must be paid for at the time of service either through prior payments that have been made to the student’s school meal account, cash or check.

-No charging. The purchase of a la carte items may not result in a negative balance on a student’s school meal account.

To help our service lines run smoothly, families are strongly encouraged to utilize PayPams to set up online payments to their student’s school meal account.

-PayPams ( will reopen for online payments by April 25, 2022.

-There is no charge for parents to sign up with PayPams to check their student balances and/or recent purchases.

-PayPams will charge a $1.95 fee per family, rather than per student, for online payments.

Cash and checks will continue to be accepted by cashiers in the cafeteria.

-Checks should be made payable to Bellevue School District.

BHS Drill+Dance Team Tryouts:

The Bellevue High School Drill and Dance Team is open to high school students attending Big Picture, whose home school is Bellevue High School.

BHS Drill+Dance Team Tryouts:

May 17th 4-7PM @ BHS (Sign-ups close May 8th)

Sign up through FINAL FORMS

A completed physical is required to join the team.


If you have any additional questions please feel free to reach out to coach at, or student leader at

BP Theater - Spring Productions

Middle School Theater Arts is proud to present: 1001 Nights of Reality Television written by Lesley James

When: Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30

What time: Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:00, it lasts a little over an hour

Where: BP Café

Cost: Free!!!

Families will be asked to sit together and maintain social distancing

High School Theater Arts is proud to present: Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring

When: Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4

What time: Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:00, it lasts a bit over an hour and a half. There will be a short 10 minute intermission.

Where: Bellevue High School Performance Arts Center

Bellevue PTSA Council Scholarships- Seniors Please Apply

Each year, Bellevue PTSA Council offers twelve (12) $1000 scholarships to seniors representing each high school in BSD. The Alice Hurd Memorial Scholarship recognizes outstanding community service and rewards one student from each high school a $1000 scholarship. The Bellevue PTSA Council Scholarship rewards academic excellence to one graduating senior from each high school, funded by Bellevue PTSA Council. Applicants will be evaluated by the Bellevue PTSA Council Scholarship Committee consisting of representatives from each high school.

To Apply:

Due: May 6th!

District Announcements

Bellevue Youth Link Community Leadership Awards

This year, Bellevue Youth Link will be hosting the 32nd Annual Community Leadership Awards event on May 25 at Bellevue City Hall. This annual city-wide youth recognition event celebrates the contribution of our young people through many diverse forms of youth leadership and community services.

Nominations are submitted online and take only a couple of minutes to complete. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, May 6. Youth can also nominate other youth!

Press Release:

Nomination Form:

Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:

1. Advocacy for Cultural & Heritage Pride

2. Advocacy for Education

3. Advocacy for Family Support

4. Advocacy for Social Justice – Group

5. Advocacy for Social Justice – Individual

6. Advocacy for Well Being

7. Advocacy in Sports & Recreation

8. Environmental Champion

9. Excellence in Youth Arts

10. Outstanding Creative & Innovative Thinker

11. Outstanding Elementary School Student

12. Outstanding Middle School Student

13. Outstanding High School Student

14. Outstanding Inclusivity & Allyship

15. Outstanding Youth Volunteer

16. Unsung Hero

17. Norm Maleng Social Justice Award*

18. Bellevue Youth Council “MVP” Award*

19. Phil Kushlan Volunteer Award*

*Bellevue Youth Link participation is required for these awards.

For more information or questions, please contact Bellevue Youth Link at or 425-452-2846. Thank you very much!

Changes to Running Start – Information for Students and Families

Changes were made to Running Start at Bellevue College starting in winter quarter 2022. The following information was sent to the Bellevue College email addresses of current Running Start students at the end of March. Because these changes were communicated only to current Running Start students, BSD wants to make sure that ALL students considering Running Start and their families are aware.

Prior to winter quarter 2022, Running Start students were held to specific academic eligibility requirements only for Running Start students:

  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their college courses to maintain eligibility in the Running Start program.
  • If the college GPA falls below 2.0, the student will be on academic probation with the college for the following quarter.
  • If the student’s college GPA falls below a 2.0 for two consecutive quarters, they will no longer be eligible for Running Start.

What has changed?

Moving forward Running Start students will be held to the same policies and process as all Bellevue College Students. The BC Running Start office will no longer monitor Running Start student’s academic standing. High school counselors or other staff will no longer be copied on any correspondence sent out pertaining to academic standing of students.

Academic Standing Policy

Bellevue College is committed to the academic success of its students. The college identifies and alerts students who are not making satisfactory academic progress and provides those students with assistance to improve their academic performance. The Academic Standing Policy applies to all students, with limited exceptions (Policy #3200).

Academic Standing Procedures

Students must earn a cumulative and quarterly Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher to remain in good academic standing and off of academic probation. The college applies progressive consequences for students who do not achieve a good academic standing at the end of each quarter.

Exceptions may include students admitted through programs that establish academic standards that include criteria in addition to a student’s GPA, such as students receiving financial aid, international students, and Running Start students. Students impacted by these exceptions should contact the appropriate program advisor for information (3200P Academic Standing Procedures).

For More information, please go here:

Staying Safe Returning from Spring Break

The District Health and Safety Team thanks you for your partnership these past few months as we navigated the COVID-19 pandemic together and has shared a message to families about how to keep COVID-19 transmission low in schools using layered protection measures after returning from Spring Break. Please follow the required and recommended measures below:


  • Keep your student home if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and follow the K-12 Return to School Guidance Flowsheet. If your child initially tests negative for COVID-19 and continues to experience mild cold symptoms, consider retesting them for COVID-19 on day 3-7 of symptoms and encourage them to mask while attending school.


  • COVID-19 Testing: We encourage district staff and families to follow recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health (WA-DOH) and the Center for Disease Control related to COVID-19 testing following Spring Break. This includes:
    • Testing 3-5 days after returning home from travel outside the United States
    • Testing 3-5 days after returning home from within the United States if unvaccinated
  • If a parent or sibling in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, contact your building nurse to confirm your family is following current recommendations for COVID-19 testing and mitigation measures.
  • If your student has been exposed in the classroom setting or at home to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, consider wearing a mask for 10 days after the last date of exposure, especially during activities like high-risk indoor sports, performing arts, etc., and get tested at minimum 3-5 days after their last exposure. Molecular (PCR/NAAT), antigen and at home tests are acceptable. Test sooner and more frequently for COVID-19 if someone in your home has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Drive-Thru Diagnostic PCR Testing Available for Students

BSD offers drive-thru diagnostic PCR testing for students who show symptoms of COVID-19. Testing is available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Wilburton Instructional Service Center (WISC). Tests are available by appointment only, as there are limited slots each day.

Learn more and sign up for drive-thru diagnostic testing at BSD.

Superintendent Search - Board Community Engagement

The Directors of the Bellevue School Board welcome the community to join in a series of engagement opportunities that seek to center community voice, help shape district direction, and inform the leadership profile for the next district superintendent.

What are Listening Sessions?

Listening sessions are conversations for students, staff and community members to engage directly with BSD’s School Board Directors.

Who Should Participate?

Everyone is invited ― students, staff, families and community members. Some of the session will be held in-person and some are virtual. The session on May 5 will be a large community session with all five board members in attendance. The remaining sessions will be smaller group sessions with two Board Directors in attendance.

Why should I participate?

Participants can expect to talk with Board members on important topics that help shape district direction and inform the profile for the next district superintendent.

Registration is required for all sessions, and attendance links will be sent to participants prior to each session date. Session dates and times are listed on the Spring BSD Board Listening Sessionswebpage. Registration is also available through the district website or by clicking here.

Access this message in Spanish and Chinese.

BSF: Spring for Schools

You're invited to this year’s Spring for Schools luncheon, hosted by the Bellevue Schools Foundation at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on May 13th. Options for both in person and virtual registration can be found here, and I am looking forward to celebrating the collective community of all 29 Bellevue schools. This year, the Foundation distributed over $800,000 in funding for mental health resources, computer science initiatives, early learning enrollment, music, certification for district educators, classroom innovation, arts enrichment, and more.

While registration for the luncheon is free, it is the hope that all attendees donate to the Foundation to ensure students and educators will continue to receive funding for critical initiatives. All attendees have the chance to attend the event as a Spring for Schools Leadership Donor, which defines philanthropic leadership in a brand-new way. Donate for the first time (any amount!), or any gift larger than your last (by $1.00 or more), and you are in! If you aren’t familiar with the way in which the Foundation touches our school community, I encourage you to check out their impact here!

If you have any questions about the event and/or Bellevue Schools Foundation, please email Development Director, Michael Smith, at

Questions? Contact Info.

Bethany Spinler, Principal

Matt Stokes, Assistant Principal

Karen Penewell, Office Manager

Carol Anne Yamamoto, Registrar

Kelley Hoang, Attendance

School Website


PTSA Website

Main Office: 425-456-7800