Beacon Hill International School PTA

COVID-19 Updates

How Can You Help?

We are in this together.  We know that the COVID-19 epidemic is disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable people in our society, and we won’t stand for it. 

Strong Community
The PTA has established 3 significant ways to help support our families meet urgent basic needs during this catastrophic shutdown. The need in our community is great. Strong communities support each other, and BHIS is an incredibly strong community.

Go Fund Me
A separate fund established by some BHIS parents to also provide direct and immediate help with food, rent, and other urgent costs.
Please consider donating to this fund if company match or tax receipts are not an issue. Please donate and share! https://bit.ly/HelpBHISFamilies.

Beacon Hill Families Relief Fund
A Fund within the PTA designed to provide immediate assistance to Beacon Hill families to meet their basic needs. Learn more.
Please consider donating to this fund if you get a company match or need a tax receipt for your donation. Send a check to Beacon Hill PTA, memo line Emergency Relief Fund, 2025 14th Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98144 or donate via our PayPal link (include the phrase “Emergency Relief Fund” under “Add a note” when contributing to the Relief Fund).

Sponsor a Family Are you able to pledge $50 to $300 a month for the next 3 months to directly help a family? We will pair you with 2 or three other sponsor families into a pod to help a family in our school community meet their needs. Part of being in a strong community is relationships among and between families.  However, we know that power dynamics can be uncomfortable and damaging, so we will preserve families’ privacy as much as possible. Email Callista.Chen@gmail.com to pledge your support.


Equity and accountability: Funds from all of these methods are disbursed confidentially and as equitably as possible, following guidance from the family support worker, teachers, and school administration. Questions? Write info@beaconhillpta.org

THANK YOU!

Yearbooks Are Here!

For the next three Thursdays (June 4th, 11th, & 18th), students can come between 12:00-2:00pm to pick up their yearbooks which are free to all students as a gift from the PTA. 

When you come to pick up your yearbook, please respect social distancing guidelines of staying 6 feet apart from others and please wear a mask or scarf to cover your mouth and nose.

School Closure Resources

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Governor of Washington State has closed all schools until at least April 27th. All after school activities, events, childcare, and sports are also cancelled.

We are all feeling the challenge of this uncertain time. But there are resources and opportunities to help each other. We will update this blog post weekly with more resources and information about school closure.

If you know a BHIS family who needs help with basic needs, please have them contact our principal Katie Virga kavirga@seattleschools.org

How can you help? Purchase a grocery gift card or restaurant (for takeout/delivery) gift card to donate to Beacon Hill families. Or stay tuned for our fundraiser to get needed funds in the hands of families

We do not want to encourage you to go out shopping only to purchase gift cards.   Purchase grocery e-gift cards for families (Safeway Fred Meyer, or for Red Apple gift cards, you can Venmo or PayPal funds to Callista Chen or Peter Ehrenkranz, who have volunteered to consolidate our order and purchase the cards all at once.  Please email Callista at callista.chen@gmail.com and put BHIS Red Apple Gift Card in the subject. 

If you do have real gift cards to donate, please email info@beaconhillpta.org for the drop-off address. Do not drop off at school (it is closed!).

After school enrichment cancelled until further notice. Email info@beaconhillpta.org for partial refunds.

CANCELED PTA Community Meeting – March 27th, 5:30-7:00pm

Join us to hear the latest school news, budget updates, and details on enrichment programs. This will be the last chance to ask questions regarding after-school enrichment programs before registration opens.

Seattle Credit Union will also be giving a Financial Workshop starting at 6:15, so come for just the meeting (5:30-6:15) or stay the entire time if you’re able to and interested!

Dinner and childcare will be provided.

Note: due to the current coronavirus situation, we will be making real-time decisions on whether or not each of our PTA events will happen. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page or our PTA Website for updates.

CANCELED Financial Workshop – March 27th

Seattle Credit Union will be offering a financial workshop given in Spanish from 8am-9am and in English from 6:15pm-7:15pm.  Please join us for the Basics of Personal Finance workshop.

The Cable and Broadband Coordinator from City of Seattle will also be present to discuss low-income internet programs during the morning session.

Note: due to the current coronavirus situation, we will be making real-time decisions on whether or not each of our PTA events will happen. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page or our PTA Website for updates.

Spring Family Dance – Postponed

Our Spring Family Dance was originally scheduled for Friday, March 20th. However, due to the current coronavirus situation, we are postponing this event to a later date (to be determined). Please continue to check our website and/or follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information on our events. Thank you!

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Parents Night – March 6th, 5:30-7:00 pm

March 6th Update: this event is still happening tonight, so we will see you there!

Undoing Racism workshop facilitated by Families of Color Seattle (FOCS)

REGISTER HERE  https://tinyurl.com/undoingracismbeaconhill

Thursday, January 23rd
6-8PM in the BHIS school library

Trainers from Families Of Color Seattle will lead a dialogue workshop where parents and educators will grow their understanding of systemic racism and creating inclusive and anti-racist learning spaces for children. The dialogue will focus on deeper self-awareness of power, privilege, affinity group work and racial equity. Together through sharing narratives, we work towards the goal of increasing parent engagement in undoing racism, growing inclusive spaces for children of color and raising all children with anti-oppression values.

Hosted by the Beacon Hill PTA

Registration link https://tinyurl.com/undoingracismbeaconhill

Childcare by Launch
Light dinner provided
Please let us know if you need any disability accommodations

Space is limited to 35 participants, so register now!!

Lunar New Year Celebration – Friday, January 24th 6-7:30pm

Join us Friday, January 24th from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the school cafeteria to celebrate the Year of the Rat!

There will be student and community performances as well as dinner so bring the family for a great evening of celebration.

Girls on the Run (GOTR) Registration Opens January 10th at 8am

We believe every girl is inherently full of power and potential! During the 10-week GOTR season, girls participate in activities that help them unlock their limitless potential. 

Register your 3rd-5th grade girl for Girls on the Run today:  http://bit.ly/BHISGirlsRun

Additional Details:

  • Practices will be on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30-4:00 early March through mid-May
  • Program Registration Fees are based on a sliding scale of family income, $200 = top amount, $25 = minimum payment
  • Partial and Full Scholarships are provided for any family in need, no questions asked.
  • A Lottery System is used in the first 2 weeks of registration (January 10-24) to make the process as equitable as possible. First-come, first-serve registration is used January 24-March 13 to fill any remaining spots.
  • If you need assistance registering online, please email info@beaconhillpta.org or stop by the PTA office at school near the cafeteria
  • For more information about the Girls on the Run program, visit https://www.gotrpugetsound.org