News from your North Beach PTA

December 20, 2019

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Dates to Remember

  • December 23 - January 3: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, January 14: PTA General Meeting, 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. and Parent Education: Birds & Bees author/speaker, Bonnie J. Rough, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 20: PTA Advocacy Day (details to come in early January!)
  • Friday, January 24: We Are Family school dance, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 8: We Are Family Auction (purchase tickets here)

A Note from Our Principal

Dear North Beach Families and Community,

Before we start our much needed 2 week break, we finished a week’s worth of Spirit here at North Beach! Every day the students had an opportunity to express themselves in different ways from PJ’s, to tie-dye, to hats of all kinds. It was great fun to see the creativity abound.

Looking ahead to 2020, we want to send out information about new students registration. Registration for Kindergarten and new SPS students begins on January 6. Admissions is working really hard to encourage families to register early. By registering early it helps us plan for the new school year (budget & staffing) AND ensures students have access to resources and information early.

And at last, as my final message of 2020, I hope everyone has a nice and relaxing winter break. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday, January 6th.

Kristine McLane,

Principal, North Beach Elementary


From the Office

Everyone have a safe, warm and happy new year. See you in 2020!

Sarah & Carolyn

Counselor’s Corner

This week I'm sharing a helpful article on simple ways to reduce stress for your kids (and, thus, you!) during this busy time of year. My number one take away is that it's okay to say, "no" to invitations and to the kids!

In addition to the tips below, you can encourage your kids to practice taking "meta-moments" when they're feeling stressed or tired or just because.

7 Ways to Reduce Your Child's Holiday Stress

Think the holidays are stressful for you? They can be just as bad for your kid. These strategies can help keep your child calm.

By Tamekia Reece, from Parents Magazine

The holiday season is all about fun and enjoying family—but the constant hustle and bustle can be just as nerve-wracking for kids as it is for adults. These expert tips can help decrease your child's stress and make this time merrier for everyone.

For starters, it's important to recognize if your child is stressed. Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D., author of The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success, says some signs of holiday stress may include:

 increased irritability or anger

 clinginess

 more crying, whining, or complaining

 sleep troubles (or sleeping too much)

 physical symptoms like headaches and stomachaches

 more or less eating

 isolation and/or refusal to participate in activities

 regressive behavior such as bedwetting or thumbsucking

To Reduce the Stress:

1. Stick to routines

We know things are crazy. You're going to this and that place to shop for gifts, attending parties, meeting Santa, planning meals and cooking, and possibly traveling to be with loved ones (or doing the hosting in your own home). But do your best to maintain some consistency. Children experience comfort through a routine, so as much as possible, stick to the same nap times, mealtimes, and bedtimes that are usual for your child, says Jared Heathman, M.D., a child psychiatrist at Your Family Psychiatrist in Cypress, Texas.

2. Give a heads up

Once you've figured out the family's plan for the day, provide your child with a schedule. "Older children can read times on a simple list, but young children can benefit from a picture schedule indicating what order they'll be asked to do certain things," says Celeste Coffman, a Licensed

Professional Counselor in Florence, Alabama. If you prefer not to create an actual schedule, it's still a good idea to let your child know in advance when specific things will happen. For instance, explain that the family will watch a favorite holiday movie after dinner. Or let her know the two of you will wrap Dad's gifts in the morning after he goes to work. "Simply being in the loop to prepare for what's coming is a huge stress reliever for children," Coffman says.

3. Schedule in downtime

When coming up with your day's events, pencil in some downtime. "Even a 15- to 30-minute break can help kids recharge and decrease the likelihood of emotional or behavioral problems later on," says Zachary Adams, Ph.D., a pediatric clinical psychologist at Riley Hospital for

Children at Indiana University Health, in Indianapolis. So set aside time to read, play games, talk, or even laze around with electronics. If you notice your child's anxiety building during other times of the day, let her take an impromptu break. Coffman says it's a good idea to explain

to your child beforehand that if she becomes overwhelmed, she can find a quiet room, take deep breaths, ask you to talk outside, or listen to music in headphones to help her feel better.

4. Let your child vent

Give your child permission to come to you if he needs to get something off his chest—even if it's only to complain about how Aunt Maddie keeps pinching his cheeks. Paper and pen (or crayon) also come in handy. "Give your child paper to draw or write about whatever is making him feel sad, mad, or upset," Dr. Reznick says. Allowing your child to express his feelings gives him a chance to release them, and labeling the emotion ("You feel sad because Uncle Johnny is away at the military") can help your child better understand what he's feeling.

5. Work up a sweat

Exercise causes the brain to release endorphins, the body's feel-good chemicals, which can reduce stress, Dr. Reznick says. So make sure your kids get lots of physical activity during the day, whether that's going for a walk, playing in the snow, or putting on music and dancing around the house.

Don't forget the exercise when you're traveling. If your child is expected to be in the car for more than two hours (or even less for younger kids), Coffman suggests incorporating a hearty dose of physical activity at intervals throughout the day. "For example, jump on a mini-trampoline before leaving, play a game of tag at a rest area, and lead the family in jumping jacks when you stop for gas," she says. Letting your child stretch her legs and burn off some energy can keep crankiness at bay.

6. Just say "no"

A major way to tame some of the craziness associated with the holidays is to skip out on some activities, Dr. Reznick says. You don't have to attend every gathering, and you and your kids don't have to see every single member of your family. Another option is to not drag your child along all the time. You and your spouse can take turns running errands while the other watches the kids. Or you could ask a family member or hire a sitter (use one your children already know; introducing a new one during this hectic time can cause even more stress).

7. Keep yourself in check

"Children of all ages look to their parents for cues about how they should think, feel, and act," says Dr. Adams. So make sure you manage your own stress. "Parents need downtime during the holidays just like children, so carve out some time, even if only a few minutes, to do

something calming or enjoyable for yourself," Dr. Adams says. Setting plans and making lists can help break down overwhelming holiday tasks into less stressful, more manageable ones, he adds. Also, practice healthy coping skills, such as writing in a journal, meditating, exercising,

or talking to a supportive family member or friend. Another tension-reliever is to simply enjoy the holidays. Take in the lights, sing some carols, and smell the wonderful aromas, Dr. Heathman says. Soaking in the holiday cheer can make the season more enjoyable for you and your child.

Quick Signature - Advocate for Our Students!

Today is the last day to sign!

Click Here to Sign the Petition

The 2020 - 2021 Seattle School District budget process is underway. It is important to the overall wellbeing of our students and city that all elementary schools in the Seattle School District receive district funding for a counselor.

Let your voice be heard, add your name to advocate for district funded counselors in all Seattle Elementary Schools!

Why School Counselors?

At a time when our students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups, and family, school counseling programs provide education, prevention, and intervention services that integrate into all aspects of children’s lives.

Counselors work with students in classrooms, in small groups, and individually as needed making themselves available to consult with parents in times of student need. Elementary school counselors focus on issues such as social skills, impulse control, emotion management, separation/divorce, managing anxiety, and grief. They are an integral part of the fabric of their schools.

How Can North Beach Help?

There are two easy ways that you can advocate for our children:

  • Sign the petition on Konstella. Click Here to Sign the Petition The petition will be delivered to the Seattle School Board.

  • Write a letter to the School Board or our District member Liza Rankin

YES! I believe all Seattle elementary schools deserve a district funded counselor.

Click Here to Sign the Petition

Winter Enrichment Program Registration is Now Open!

Sign-up for some great after school activities. Check out the options below and go to 6crickets for further details and registration.,%20wa,%20US#programs


  • Yoga (3-5) | 2:30pm – 3:30pm


  • North Beach Chess Club (K-5) | 2:25pm – 3:30pm

  • Sing Along with Mode (K-2) | 2:25pm – 3:55pm


  • Creative Coding: Level Up! (3-5) | 1:10pm – 2:40pm

  • Yoga (3-5) | 1:10pm – 2:10pm


  • Outdoor Wilderness (K-5) |2:25pm – 4pm

  • North Beach DebateAble Club (4-5) | 2:30pm – 3:30pm

  • Rainy Day Dinner Club (1-5) |2:25pm – 4:05pm

  • Art with Andrew (K-5) |2:30pm – 3:30pm


  • Spanish by Sponge Language Institute (K-5) | 2:25pm – 3:25pm

  • Creative Coding: Junior Coding (1-2) | 2:25pm – 4pm

  • Intro to STEM with LEGO® Materials (K-3) | 2:30pm – 4pm

Grab your Brown Bear Car Wash Tickets and Support the 5th Grade Annual Camp Fundraising

The 5th grade annual camp fundraising is in full swing and it's time to buy Brown Bear Car Wash tickets! Each ticket sold raises money to help cover costs of 5th grade camp this spring.

- $10 / ticket for a "Beary Clean Car Wash" at any Brown Bear location

- Perfect for holiday gifts, stockings, friends/family/neighbors/co-workers etc.

To purchase, contact Jen Osborn:

Tuesday, January 14th : PTA General Meeting and Parent Education Evening / Secret Garden book sale

Tuesday, January 14th

6:30-7:00 PTA General Meeting

7:00-8:30 Parent Education Evening / Secret Garden will have books for sale at the event

Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to

Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality

Now that the #MeToo movement and current events have parents and educators asking how best to raise young people with healthy, positive, shame-free and egalitarian attitudes about bodies, gender, sex, and relationships, Bonnie J. Rough, author of Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality, will share the practical lessons she learned as a parent and journalist when she took a close look at the world-famous Dutch approach to sex education, instrumental in producing one of the most sexually healthy and gender-equal societies on the globe. With immediate takeaways for PreK-6 parents/caregivers and time for sharing and questions, this event will show how we can make the most of—and enjoy—life’s many opportunities to change the conversation with our kids as we empower them to build a more equitable and inclusive future.

About Bonnie J. Rough and Beyond Birds & Bees

Bonnie J. Rough is an American author, journalist, and speaker focusing on families, health, education, parenting and sexuality. Her latest book is Beyond Birds & Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality, described as “a groundbreaking inquiry into how we teach our children about bodies, sex, relationships, and equality—with revelatory, practical takeaways from the world-famous Dutch approach.” Since its August 2018 release, Beyond Birds and Bees has seen coverage in many national, international, and regional outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, Huffington Post, The Establishment, Chicago Tribune, Good Morning Washington, New York Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, North Texas Public Radio, KUOW Seattle, King 5 TV News, New Day Northwest, and many other podcasts and media outlets. Bonnie has written recently for the New York Times on teaching young children about boundaries and consent as well as the value of childhood crushes, for The Atlantic on both the link between sex ed and gender equality and the case for comprehensive sex ed, for The Cut on raising kids without sexual shame, and for the Washington Post on gender and sex ed and how straight parents can raise kids to be allies with the LGBTQ+ community. Her previous books are The Girls, Alone and Carrier, winner of a 2011 Minnesota Book Award. Learn more at

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"We Are Family" Annual Auction Coming on Saturday, February 8, 2020!

It’s time to prepare for our annual auction event, to take place on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Nordic Museum in Ballard. At North Beach Elementary, “We Are Family” and celebrate the strong commitment made by parents, teachers, neighbors, and our community to support the education of our children.

Year after year, North Beach’s PTA auction raises vital funds to help supplement the deficit of state funding for our school. What we raise during the auction will go toward the PTA’s general fund, which covers things like counseling, technology, tutors, author visits, teacher mini-grants, and so much more. These programs—which inspire our children today—help our children explore who they are right now and think about who they want to become tomorrow.

We are aiming for 100% participation from our school community for this event. It is one of the three main fundraising programs for North Beach—bringing in a large portion of PTA funding for important programs for our children. What’s more, it’s great fun—a hallmark of our friendly and very special community.

Here’s where we could use your help:

Procure or donate an item! We are in need of restaurant gift certificates, gift cards of any value, pro sports team tickets, frequent flier miles, bottles of wine valued at $20 or more, desserts, and silent auction items valued at $150 or higher. If every family drums up just 1-2 donations, this auction is in the bag! Donate online at

Attend the auction! Grandparents, neighbors, friends are invited, too. Buy tickets at

Sponsor the auction! If you are a business owner and would like to financially support the auction while advertising your business, we’d delight in your sponsorship. We have several sponsorship levels available, all of which offer great exposure to our community of families who attend North Beach as well as the auction. Complete the sponsorship form online at

Host a table at the auction! Gather a group of other parents from your child’s classroom or from your block. The opportunities for bonding as you dine and bid together on auction night are priceless. Buy tickets for your table at

Volunteer at another school’s auction! We partner with several nearby schools for auction night staffing. Other schools send parents to help run our event, and we in turn need 20-25 volunteers to sign up to run one of the other schools’ auctions. Our Volunteer Coordinator will be sending out more information about this soon.

Tickets are on sale now! Tickets include: appetizers, dinner, beer, wine, specialty cocktails and an evening you will never forget. We offer multiple ticket prices to suit your budget.

You may also donate an extra ticket for a teacher or parent in need. Please pay what works best for you, and/or contact one of the auction co-chairs at if you wish to receive a donated ticket. It’s more important to the auction committee that this is an inclusive North Beach community event and we hope everyone will be able to attend!

We encourage you to dress up in the spirit of this year's auction theme: We are Family! Bring back the 70s by donning bell-bottoms, go-go boots, psychedelic prints, jumpsuits, wide collared shirts, and shades—the options are unlimited!

On behalf of the auction committee and the PTA, thank you for your top-notch support of North Beach Elementary students and staff!

Peggi Fu and Sara Easterly

Auction Co-Chairs

We Are Family School Dance! -- Friday January 24th

Friday January 24th 6:30-8:30pm

What YOU want to know:

  • Admission is free
  • DJ with dancing and games
  • Two crafts
  • Back by popular demand: photo booth
  • Herbie meals
  • Cake walk fundraiser for 5th grade camp
  • Dress up in the sprit of this year’s winter dance- We Are Family...bring back the 70s by wearing tie dye or other bright funky colors, the options are unlimited
  • Please volunteer to help make this FUN and SUCCESSFUL for our North Beach Seals, and we bet you’ll have some fun too…information coming soon
  • This is not a drop off event- make sure there is an adult on site responsible for your child(s)

PTA Spotlight on Volunteers

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help the school in 2019. Here’s to more opportunities in 2020!

Yearbook Volunteers Needed

We need one Lead Editor (Looking for someone who is willing to commit for 2-3 years - you will shadow the outgoing editor) and a Classroom Editor for each room (that’s 21 volunteers) to help bring the yearbook together. Sign up on Konstella at

If you have any questions about what’s involved please contact Phillipa at

Global Reading Challenge for 4th & 5th graders!

Dear 4th & 5th Grade Families! It's time for the 2020 Global Reading Challenge! All 4th and 5th graders are invited to participate in this fun 3 month event that encourages students to work in teams reading a selection of 10 books. Teams then compete with other teams in a book trivia challenge. For more details on this fun event and how to have your student sign-up, please see visit the external here. To see the complete list of books, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Librarian, Luci Bakker

New Car Seat Law - Effective January 1, 2020

A new car seat law goes into effect in WA on Jan 1,2020. Here is a link to a good breakdown of the new law:

The biggest change is that any child under 4'9" will need to be in a booster seat effective 1/1/20. Please check your child's total height as this may mean some kids going back into booster seats.

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!

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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.)


Free seminar - Mental Health and Our Kids

Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Phinney Neighborhood Center Lower Building

Doors open at 6:30 for a social half hour

Join PNW Parent Education for a critical conversation on mental health and our kids. Jason Reid, CEO, author, and parent will share his story of heartbreak and hope. We’ll also have a mental health expert to provide practical and relevant information on how parents can help promote mental health in their children at an early age. Lastly, a local youth will share their personal experience and the tools that they use to help fight the stigma and symptoms associated with anxiety and depression.

In this important talk, you’ll learn:

- The right questions to ask and the best conversation starters to use with kids about mental health.

- How to identify early signs and symptoms of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

- Ways to support your child’s mental health.

Register in advance to secure your free seat.

Northwest Seattle Little League Registration Now Open

Attention all Baseball, Softball, and Tee-Ball players: Registration for Spring ball with Northwest Seattle Little League ("NWSLL") is open!

NWSLL serves our local NW Seattle neighborhoods and is chartered through Little League Baseball, offering a variety of divisions for baseball and softball as well as numerous volunteer opportunities.

On-time Registration runs from December 1-January 15.

Please visit to learn more and register online.

Questions? Please send email to


Attention Kindergarten and First Grade Parents:

Registration is now open for Northwest Seattle Little League T-ball and Coach Pitch Spring seasons. Please visit to sign your player up for the fun upcoming season.
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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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