News from your North Beach PTA

May 27, 2022

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Dates to Remember

  • Monday, May 30: Memorial Day (no school)
  • Friday, June 3rd: All library books due
  • Tuesday, June 7th: Last day to submit PTA Award nominations
  • Wednesday, June 8th: 12:30pm 5th grade beach party Volunteers needed
  • Thursday, June 9: Book Swap (during school hours)
  • Monday, June 13:Talent Show (during school and 6:30pm for families) Volunteer to help with the Talent Show
  • Tuesday, June 14: Field Day Volunteer to help with Field Day
  • Tuesday, June 14: 6:30pm Final PTA meeting of 21/22 school year
  • Friday, June 17: 9am 5th grade Promotion & Reception
  • Friday, June 17: Last day of school, early dismissal
  • Friday, June 17: 3pm 5th grade pool party Volunteers needed

North Beach Multicultural calendar - May

During May the North Beach community celebrates the following multicultural groups. We will highlight resources and opportunities to learn more about these groups during the month.

Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

May 30: Memorial Day

A Note From our Principal

May 27, 2022

Dear North Beach Families:

Monday there will be no school due to Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor and mourn members of the armed services who have died while serving the country. Since I wrote to you earlier this week about the events in Uvalde, TX, I have learned there have been 27 school shootings since the beginning of this year. I am so appalled we have been unwilling to do more to protect our children at school. Like you, I wonder – will this be the event that prompts us to do right by them? I hope it is.

A reminder for families of 5th grade students. We are looking forward to 5th Grade Promotion & Reception:

  • Friday, June 17 – 9:00-10:00 a.m. at North Beach

We will celebrate our 5th graders with a promotion ceremony on the last day of school. Due to COVID restrictions we are inviting primary parents/caregivers to join us for this celebration. We will gather in the cafeteria for a promotion ceremony and then students can gather for a reception afterward and take pictures with family and teachers.

All audience members must present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to be admitted to campus. We are also requiring pre-registration so we know how many people to expect. Please register using this link ( no later than Friday, June 3, 2022.

Finally, there was notification sent earlier this week to families about poison hemlock on campus. Poison hemlock is classified as a Class B noxious week by King County and the amount found is too large to be removed by hand; the district planned to treat the area this afternoon in compliance with district policy and procedure. However, due to wind levels, they are postponing treatment. There is a small patch of the plant that is close to the playground that will be removed by hand. The district is determining a plan for removing the rest of the plant that is inaccessible and higher up the slope.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kristine McLane, Principal

From the Office


If your child will not be at school, please call or email the office first thing in the morning to let us know. When your student is absent and we have not heard from you, we will call you to confirm your child's location and that their abscence from school is known.

Office Phone: 206-252-1510.

Office and

Help the Sensory Garden!

Despite our current weather, Seattle's summers are one of the driest in the country!

Help out by signing up to water the Sensory Garden.

  • It takes about 30 minutes to water and weed.
  • During your week, please water and weed 2 - 3 times, you choose when.
  • It is up to you to determine how often to water. If it rains (not just a slight sprinkle) consider the garden watered!

  • All tools are readily available at the school.

  • Easy to follow instructions are available at the garden and emailed before your shift.

If you have any questions please email

Library Reminders

Book Swap

  • June 2nd - Last day to donate books for the book swap
  • June 9th: Book Swap during school hours

Return all library books

  • June 3rd: All library books must be returned
Questions? Email Luci Bakker at

5th Grade Graduation Party Volunteers Needed!

Beach Party 6/8 @12:30: looking for chaperones, help with set-up, and help running games

Volunteer to help with the Beach Party

Pool Party 6/17 @ 3pm: looking for chaperones

Volunteer to help with the Pool Party

PTA Awards - Tell us about your favorite NB shining stars!

We have so many amazing people at North Beach and each year there are always a few that really go above and beyond. Tell us who you noticed this year! It just takes a quick email with your nominees name, which award, and a short description of why they caught your attention.

Nominations due: Tuesday, June 7th

The GOLDEN ACORN AWARD honors an outstanding volunteer.

The OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD recognizes a NB educator.

The OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE AWARD recognizes an idividuals for dedicated service to ALL children and a demonstrated commitment to helping create strong policies for the health, welfare, safety, and education of children and youth.

Help us select our winners! We need volunteers to be on the selection committee. Please email to let us know you want to help.

2022 NB Talent Show - June 13th

The 2022 LIVE TALENT SHOW WILL include 3rd, 4th & 5th GRADERS. K-2nd grade students will be included in the virtual talent show.

  • Tuesday, June 13th - Daytime Talent Show (during school)

  • Tuesday, June 13th - Evening Talent Show (for friends and family to watch)

Want to voluntter or have questions? Contact Lead Parent Volunteer, Joanna Braeden or North Beach PTA President Katie Gruver at

Whitman Summer Book Checkout

Calling all 5th graders attending Whitman Middle School next fall!

  • Meet Ms. Macer, the librarian and 6th grade ELA teachers
  • Get a Wildcats Read booklist
  • Check out books for the summer

Where: Whitman Middle School

When: Wednesday, June 8

Time: 4pm-6pm

Covid-19 vaccine boosters - children 5-11 eligible

The CDC has expanded eligibility of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to everyone 5 years of age and older. CDC now recommends that children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.

Find local vaccination sites:

SPS recommends all students take an at home COVID-19 test prior to returning to school following Memorial Day weekend.

Ways to Take Action on Gun Violence

Our hearts are heavy this week and many of us feel at a loss. Take this moment to take action, take care of yourself, and take care of your family. Here are a few resourcs that we hope may help.

  • Take Action: Urge Congress to Protect Our Children from Gun Violence - use the PTA's pre-filled form to send a message to Congress. The form also allows you to personalize your message.
  • Use the PTA policy brief to educate yourself on gun law legislation or to urge Congress to take action on specific laws.
  • Research and consider donating or getting involved with organizations fighting for reducing gun violence. Here are a few organizations to research:


Moms Demand Action


Center for Gun Violence Solutions

Brady United

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. It's difficult to prove the origins of this day as over two dozen towns and cities lay claim to be the birthplace. In May 1966, President Lyndon Johnson stepped in and officially declared Waterloo N.Y. the birthplace of Memorial Day.

National Moment of Remembrance‍

The birth of the the “National Moment of Remembrance”, which was a resolution passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”


Community News & Events

The programs below are not endorsed by either North Beach PTA or SPS, and are posted for informational purposes only.


Summer Art Camp - ages 9-17


Week long morning or afternoon summer camps for youth and teens in drawing, painting, wheel throwing and handbuilding ceramics, photography, weaving, felting, puppets, and more. Opening our new studio in Georgetown this June.

Sign up now!

Fun Soccer Day Camp

Camp is run by Ingraham High School Girls Soccer Players

When: July 11th-15th

Time: 8:00 AM – Noon

Location: Jane Addams Middle School: 11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Who: Elementary aged recreational players

Registration Information on attached forms.

Cost: $100.00 for first child from your home, $80 for each additional

Email Mike Wentzel (Teacher and Assistant Girls Soccer Coach at for the registration form.

Ballard High School Girls Basketball Camp

When: June 27-30, 9am-3pm

Who: Girls entering 4-8th grades

Where: Ballard High School


Code Ninja Summer Camps

Summer Camps for the technology loving kid! Explore the basics of coding through Minecraft® and Roblox, build a game controller with a banana, create objects with a 3D printer and more! Enjoy a free Game Building session or explore our summer camp offerings:

UW Youth Summer Programs - There's still time to register

The online and in-person classes below are still open for registration. This is a great opportunity for 4-5th graders looking for unique summer learning opportunities.

  • Debate for Kids (Online)
  • Intro to Drag-and-Drop Coding with Skylark (Online)
  • Mixed Media Art and Mosaics (On Campus)

Visit for registration information.

Camp Meadowood Springs


A summer camp program for children with speech, hearing, and other communication related disorders, ages 7 - 14.

Session 1 - July 10 - 16, Session 2 - July 17 - 23

Courageous Kids Climbing- Bothel, WA

June 5, 2022

Free Opportunity for children age 5+ with special needs

Join Courageous Kids Climbing for a free opportunity to go rock wall climbing at the Bothell YMCA!

Contact Courageous Kids Climbing for more information.


After School Programs

Boys & Girls Club

Questions? 206-582-3512

Registration Information and enrollment paperwork is available at:

Small Faces

The school-aged program at Small Faces serves kindergarten through fifth grade children. At the end of the school day, a school bus takes kids to Small Faces Center where they are greeted by teachers and offered a snack before the program activities begin. Doors close at 6pm. Contact Kathy Brockman with questions and to enroll:

Washington Karate After School Program

Transportation is available up to five days per week from select Seattle Schools and the dojo is located conveniently near the Greenwood Fred Meyer. Students have snack and homework time and a one hour karate class, where they learn skills and discipline. For more details visit or call (206)784-3171.

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Seattle Public Schools, SPS, provides Equal Educational Opportunities and Equal Employment Opportunities and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex; race; creed; color; religion; ancestry; national origin; age; economic status; sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; physical appearance; the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability; honorably discharged veteran or military status; or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. SPS also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.