News from your North Beach PTA

February 14, 2020

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Dates to Remember

  • February 17-21: Mid-Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, February 25: All School Assembly with Recology, 8:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 27: Culture Night, 6:30 p.m. - Families, Sign Up on Konstella to participate!
  • Thursday, March 5: All School Assembly, 1:40 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 29: North Beach at the Mariners’ game, info to come

A Note from Our Principal

Dear North Beach Families and Community,

Thank you to the North Beach PTA auction committee for all the work put into this year’s

auction! Our staff is so grateful for the support that was shown for the school at last

weekend’s event by the attendees.

There are some events that may seem farther away than they are due to our upcoming

week away from school. On February 25 at 8:15 am, we are hosting a representative from

Recology for an all-school assembly. Her presentation is called “Where Does It Go?” and

aims to improve awareness around what goes in recycle, compost, and trash bins. Parents

are welcome to attend this informative assembly. Then, on February 27, please plan to join

us for our annual Culture Night, from 6:30-7:30 in the cafeteria. Families and staff

members will be hosting informational tables about countries from around the world.

Next week is Mid Winter Break. Please continue reading with your child while we're away,

and if your child's teacher makes recommendations to follow during the break it will be

helpful to follow these. Enjoy this time with family and we look forward to seeing everyone

back at school on February 24th!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane,

Principal, North Beach Elementary


Counselor’s Corner

In honor of National School Counselors week last week, I’d like to take a minute to share what I do at North Beach as a half-time school counselor for those who may not be sure. The work of an elementary school counselor benefits all children in a school, even those who don’t require individualized or small group support. My days are spent delivering both direct and indirect services to benefit students. I serve kids directly by working with them individually or in small groups to offer support in areas such as emotion management, friendship and social skills, family changes, grief, anxiety, impulse control, etc.

This is brief, solution-focused and skill-building counseling. I’m available for students in crisis or students who are just having a challenging day. I also serve all North Beach students by visiting classrooms to deliver social-emotional learning curriculum. This year, I will be teaching the Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit and Second Step Child Protection Unit in all K-5 classrooms and will also be teaching a lesson on Career/College Awareness at all levels. These lessons supplement and enhance the social emotional learning that is happening daily with classroom teachers.

I also support students indirectly by consulting and collaborating with teachers and other school staff and families when a student or class needs additional support. Sometimes this means connecting families with resources available in the community. And I work with our North Beach Climate Committee to create a welcoming environment and manage our behavioral support programs in an effort to help ALL our students succeed. Finally, learning is incredibly challenging if a student’s basic needs are not being met. I work with school staff and community agencies to try to link families with the support they need so their students can succeed.

I am at North Beach all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays and during the morning on Wednesdays. I can be reached by e-mail at or phone at (206) 252-1535.

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Thank you, North Beach Seals, for an amazing and successful auction! What fun we had

together at the Nordic on Saturday night while raising a lot of money (grossing nearly

$150,000!) that supports our school in crucial ways.

If you weren’t able to attend, or didn’t have a chance to sign up for the community

experiences you meant to, there are a limited number of spots still available for several


Please note that there was an error on the bid sheet for Saturday Field Day. The price for

this event is $40, not $50. There are still openings to join Ms. McLane, Mr. Willis, Ms.

Dixon, Ms. Hostetler, Ms. Bradly, Ms. Coutts, Ms. Varnado, and Ms. Lewis for an

afternoon of fun on the field on Saturday, May 16, 2020!

Additionally, we have three licenses remaining for Adobe Creative Cloud: All Apps

Subscription for One Year. This is an incredible savings over retail pricing, generously

donated by North Beach parents David and Becky Herrera—and your purchase supports

our school.

To browse and purchase the experiences/packages that remain, visit … but don’t delay! Items

will go fast, and sales formally close on Tuesday, February 25th – in two weeks.

PTA Spotlight on Volunteers

Thanks this week to the parent volunteers who helped with their children’s Valentine’s Day parties. Sugar plus impending mid-winter break can lead to some very excited kids!

Renowned Illustrator, R. Gregory Christie is coming to North Beach!

Antioch University Seattle’s Multicultural Children’s Literature Celebration, in partnership with our school, will be bringing renowned, illustrator, a 2017 Caldecott Honor winner, and five-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award, R. Gregory Christie, to North Beach Elementary!

When: Friday, March 6, 2020

Where: North Beach Cafeteria

Time: K-2 Assembly 8:15-9:00AM & 3-5 Assembly 9:15-10:15AM

R. Gregory Christie will also be spending the entire day at North Beach and meeting with various grade levels throughout the day.

Look for order forms on Konstella!

Mixed Race Seattle Conference – March 28, 2020

Join Seattle JACL for the Mixed Race Seattle conference, a day of storytelling, art, and creative expression meant to grow community among multiracial teens, young adults, and their families. This event is free and open for all to attend. Mixed race youth are among the fastest-growing population in the United States. Event details: Morning activities include an opening welcome address, a workshop for parents of Mixed kids, and a youth-led workshop for teens and college-age students. The afternoon will feature a panel discussion of Mixed Race young adults. The day will conclude with a panel discussion of multiracial and multicultural artists, and performances will be offered throughout the day.

Join Seattle Special Education PTSA!

If you have been considering joining the Seattle Special Education PTSA, now is the time! As in, by the end of the day tomorrow. WPTA has a little contest going through this first half of February and if our PTA meets the goal of 8 new members by TOMORROW, we get a prize (a small prize, but a prize nonetheless). So, if you have been meaning to join, please hop on over to our website and do it now. Our next general meeting is on March 10th from 7-9pm, we in the process of accepting nominations for new Executive Board Members for next year, we have a spring survery in the works, and our FACE team is working on a plan for a fun social event for all families to close out the year. It has been a big year, and the current board is looking forward to planning for even bigger things next school year. Join us!

Baby Herbie Flash Sale: At Culture Night on Thursday, February 27th

Baby Herbie mini stuffy $3.00

Water $1.00

2 Bags of chips $1.00

BEST DEAL! Baby Herbie mini stuffy, water, 2 bags of chips $4.00

Move over Baby Yoda! Baby Herbie is the cutest stuffy you will ever see. Sales will take place during Culture Night on Thursday, February 27th. Cash or check only.

5th Grade Car Wash Fundraiser

Brown Bear Car Wash tickets ($10/ea) to support fundraising for 5th grade camp are still available! Contact Jen Osborn for info or tickets which can be delivered via kidmail:

Morning Drop Off and Afternoon Pick Up

Mornings can be quite hectic around the school so please observe the following guidelines to keep our children safe:

  • Do not park in the drop off lane in front of the school. This lane is for children exiting the car quickly. Have your child ready to go before you get in the line.
  • If you would like to walk your child to the front door or to their classroom, please park in a legal parking spot in the neighborhood. Do not park in the drop off lane.

  • Cross only at crosswalks. Do not cross in the middle of the street.

  • Speed limit in front of the school is 15 mph.

  • Parking around the school is limited. Do not park within 30 feet of a stop sign or within 20 feet of a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

  • No U-turns on 24th Avenue, or using 91st Street to make a U-turn.

  • No parking in the bus zone (even when no busses are present)

  • Parallel parking only in front of the house at the NW corner of 24th and 91st. Let's also be good neighbors and not block their mailbox.

  • No parking facing the wrong direction.

  • Do not leave your car running, if unattended.

  • Do not leave your child unattended in a running car.

  • Seattle Police regularly patrol the area and will issue tickets!

Support North Beach Elementary When You Shop!

Amazon Smile: 0.5% of eligible purchases back to North Beach!

Shutterfly: 8% of Purchases come back to North Beach!

Shop for cards and photos at and help contribute 8% to the North Beach PTA!


Community News & Events (The programs below are not endorsed by either North Beach PTA or SPS, and are posted for informational purposes only.)


Julia Robinson Math Festival

Seattle's 9th annual Julia Robinson Math Festival will be held at the HUB South Ballroom at UW on Saturday, Mar 14, from 1:00 - 4:30 PM. This event is a mathematics festival celebrating collaborative problem-solving, playful math experiences, and beautiful ideas.

The festival is open to 4th graders – 10th graders, with a cost of $15 per student (scholarships are available). Registration is available at

Calling on girls grades 3-5th grades, Girls on the Run 2020 is here!

What is Girls on the Run?

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, fun activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. Seeing hundreds of girls streaming across the finish line is beautiful!

Start Date: March 3rd, Tuesday and Thursdays right after school. Registration closes March 9th.

The 5k: May 17th at Memorial Stadium in Renton.

Check out this link to program details and registration resources:

If you have questions contact North Beach liaison:

Jeannette Kane


BHS Music News

The Ballard High School Fiddlers and Symphonic Orchestra will be featured in performances at the Wintergrass Festival at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue the weekend of Feb 22, a celebration of acoustic genres such as Gypsy jazz, Celtic, old-timey and many traditions in addition to Bluegrass.

On Saturday, Feb 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Hyatt Cedar Room, the Ballard Fiddlers will perform in the MOX Showcase, which culminates in a square dance called by local dance calling legend, Charmaine Slaven.

On Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. in the Hyatt Grand Ballroom, the BHS Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Seattle Pacific University Orchestra and other teens from the region, will perform a the Wintergrass Youth Orchestra concert. They will join a star-studded international lineup of innovative main stage festival acts, including Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn and Trio Brasileiro.

Ballard Fiddlers were also recently awarded a $2,000 grant from the International Bluegrass Music Association. The money will help pay the program’s two instructors during the school year and fund visits by other professional bluegrass musicians and bands. Students work with professional bluegrass musicians from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, learning traditional music by ear for jamming, stage performance, and for accompanying live square dances.

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Before/After School Programs

Boys & Girls Club

Hours: 7:00 - 7:50 am and 2:25 am - 6:00 pm M-F

Questions? 206-582-3512 or

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:

Illumination Learning Studio

Illumination Learning Studio provides After School Programs for children K-5. We provide transportation after school each day. This is an arts-focused educational program. Please visit our website for more information

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