News from your North Beach PTA

April 29, 2022

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Dates to Remember

  • May 2-6: Staff Appreciation Week
  • Tuesday, May 10: 6:30pm PTA Meeting
  • Tuesday, May 10: 7pm PTSA webinar Dyslexia 101
  • Monday, May 30: Memorial Day (no school)

North Beach Multicultural calendar - April

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

April: Autism Acceptance Month

April 28: Holocaust Memorial Day

A Note From our Principal

April 29, 2022

Dear North Beach Families:

It’s hard to believe we’re at the end of April. It’s been a busy month! Thank you so much to the dozens of volunteers who came to school last weekend for our Earth Day garden party. The school hasn’t looked this good in years! If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit yet, the Sensory Garden has been refreshed and the students are proud of the work that has been put into it. This event happened because of the planning and energy put into it by Beth Carman. Thank you Beth!

April is Poetry Month and North Beach is fortunate to have a published poet on staff! Meredith Lewis, 4/5 teacher, visited classrooms this week and shared some of her poems, discussed the writing process, and helped students with writing their own poetry. I enjoyed listening to students share some amazing writing with their classmates.

We held our monthly assembly this afternoon. It is our hope that during May we will be able to have in-person assemblies for several grade levels at one time, depending on what current COVID guidelines are at that time.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kristine McLane, Principal

North Beach Appreciation

May 2nd - 6th

Show some love to the North Beach teachers and staff! Because of their efforts, North Beach is a wonderful and thriving place for our students. The North Beach Elementary PTA will be gifting our amazing teachers and staff all week and invite families to optionally participate in a few days themselves. Click here for more information.

Attention 5th Grade Families! Save the Dates

Let's celebrate North Beach's 5th grade class of 2022!

Please save the following dates:

Grad Party
Wednesday, June 8 @ 1:10-3:30 pm
Blue Ridge Beach Park

Pool Party
Friday June 17 @ 4:00pm
Blue Ridge Pool

Promotion Ceremony
TBD (last week of school during school hours)
North Beach Elementary

More details will follow in the next couple weeks. We will need parent
volunteers to help make these events happen so please look out for a
volunteer sign up as well.

Spring Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to help with possible spring activities.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-May 5)
  • Ballard May 17th Parade
  • Walk-A-Jog-A-Move-A-Thon (Late May / Early June) -- a school day outdoor event where kids walk/jog the playfield to raise funds for the school.
  • 5th Grade last week celebrations (field trip & graduation)
  • Field Day

Interested in volunteering or just learning more, sign up here.

Celebrate Moms & Support Seattle Public Schools!

Order a Mother's Day Bouquet (by April 30th!) and our local Hmong farmers will hand craft a spectacular mixed floral arrangement for you to pickup at one of 18 schools across Seattle (including Whitman Middle). You designate a school of your choice to receive a $10 donation and Friendly Hmong Farms will match that donation to the South East Schools Educational Coalition to support of Title I schools across the district.

At check out, in the Pick-Up Order section, please select “SPS Fundraiser." Items will be available for pick up on Saturday, May 7th. Order here

SPS Superintendent listening tour

The Seattle Council PTSA is hosting a series of community engagements with Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Brent Jones. To register, please use the following links. All listening sessions are 5:30PM to 7:30PM on the dates listed.

May 2: Students with IEPs/504s

May 5: Students

May 9: Special Education families

May 16: General public

Holocaust Remembrance Day

The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah”— in Hebrew literally translated as the "Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism." It is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan — a week after the end of the Passover holiday and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers). It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

The date was selected in a resolution passed by Israel's Parliament, the Knesset, on April 12, 1951. Although the date was established by the Israeli government, it has become a day commemorated by Jewish communities and individuals worldwide. The day's official name - Holocaust and Heorism Remembrance Day - was made formal in a law enacted by the Knesset on August 19, 1953; on March 4, 1959, the Knesset passed another law which determined that tribute to victims of the Holocaust and ghetto uprisings be paid in public observances.

On April 22nd President Biden signed a proclamation that deemed April 24 through May 1, 2022, as a week of observance of the Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, and call upon the people of the United States to observe this week and pause to remember victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

An excerpt from the Biden proclamation document:

On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and throughout this week of remembrance, we reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust when the Nazi regime systematically murdered 6 million Jews and millions of other innocents, including Roma, Sinti, Slavs, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI+ individuals, political dissidents, and many others. We stand with Jewish people in the United States, Israel, and around the world in grieving one of the darkest chapters in history. We honor the memories of the victims. We embrace the survivors. We commit to keeping alive the promise of “never again.”

Thank you Garden Party volunteers!


Community News & Events

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


Parent Education Opportunities

Samena Health Club Adapted Swim Lessons

Designed for children 3 & up with special needs, including physical, cognitive, or behavioral. Private instruction at a discounted price enables the child to explore, experience, and succeed in the water.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:00pm

Interest Form

Ballard High to stage A Midsummer Night's Dream

Come enjoy this play about love, marriage, transformation, and the importance of accepting people for who they are! The cast features 22 BHS students and is directed by Shawn Riley.

Performance Details

Performances will be on May 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle. The show begins at 7:30 pm.


Tickets are on sale at Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and $15 for seniors. Patrons must wear masks. COVID safety guidelines are subject to change.

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

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.

The Washington Karate program is an excellent way for children to develop physical, mental, and emotional well-being.” ~Dr. Thomas Staiger, Medical Director, UW Medical Center.


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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.