News from your North Beach PTA

March 3, 2023

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Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, March 9: 6:30pm Seals Sample the World @ NB Cafeteria
  • Friday, March 17: 5th grade camp payments due
  • March 27 - 30: 5th grade camp @ Islandwood
  • Saturday, March 25: 11am Rain or Shine Garden Party
  • April 10-14: Spring Break, no school
  • Saturday, April 22: 6pm NB Auction @ Sunset Bay Lodge at Ballard Elks

A note from our Principal

Dear North Beach Families:

We’re excited to bring back another popular in person event next week! We hope you’re able to join us for Seals Sample the World on Thursday, 3/9, 6:30-7:30 PM. Families and staff members from North Beach will be celebrating cultures represented by our North Beach community. Thank you to Ms. Ang and the rest of the Racial Equity Team for planning this event!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kristine McLane


A message from the PTA

Seattle Public Schools continues to construct budgets for the 23-24 school year and beyond. Monday the district sent budgets to schools around the district for the 23-24 year. The PTA will work with our wonderful administrators to identify areas of support, funding, and advocacy for our school.

Monday the District and School Board held a budgeting work session. This information is highly informative and provides key insights to the impacts of the funding shifts.

Video of the work session.

Slides from the 2/28 School Board Work Session.

Are you ready to ROCK?!

Auction Tickets are available! Get ready for a night of fun, food, amazing auction items, and helping out our students and school.

Act fast - VIP pricing ends March 15th!

Get your tickets here.

5th Grade Camp Payments Due Friday, 3/17

5th Grade Camp at Islandwood 3/27 - 3/30

The North Beach PTA is collecting camp funds for all 5th grade campers.

  • 5th grade fundraising reduced camp costs by $112! Woot!

  • Please pay for your student's camp via Konstella or by check.

    • Konstella (includes credit card processing fee): $294

    • Check: $283 Please make checks payable to the NB PTA.

  • Chaperones are welcome to pay via Konstella or check. *Only if you have confirmation you are a chaperone.*

    • Konstella: $270.14

    • Check: $260

  • Financial aid can be discussed through your student's teacher.

Rain or Shine Garden Party, Save the Date 3/25 11am - 1pm

Save the date for the Rain or Shine Garden Party. This year we will focus on continuing cleaning the garden area, have snacks and crafts for students, and provide opportunities to give back to our school. If you have older students who need volunteer hours, bring them along!

If you are interested in volunteering please email

Don’t Forget to Buy Your Yearbooks

Yearbooks for sale, don’t forget your yearbooks! You can also sponsor a yearbook for a student in need or for a teacher. Buy yearbooks here.

Volunteer Highlights

Thanks to Karen Matheson, KC Cowen, Anne Matthiesen, Jennifer Markovitz and Nancy Blekeberg for their wonderful help in running the after school enrichment clubs. Thanks for getting our North Beach Seals to and from the clubs and supporting the club teachers. Thank you!!!!

You too can volunteer on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday afternoons through March. If you'd like to help out, please sign up on the Konstella sign up sheet, or contact Amy Wathey to be on the substitute list. It'd be great to have a few folks on a substitute list for when our regular volunteers are unavailable. Thank you for considering!

PTA Funding in Action - PTA Survey Results and Winner

PTA survey results are in and the people have spoken. We were very pleased with the amount of responses, it is the most we have received in years! Thank you to everyone who made their voice heard for the coming year.

Congratulations to Ms. Knowles’ 1st grade class! They are the winner of the $100 class grant for most participation in the PTA survey.

A summary of results:

  • The overall perception of the PTA’s value is high with 87% of respondents giving the PTA a 5/5.

  • A little over 50% of respondents wanted to keep the current fundraising model we have with multiple fundraisers throughout the year. 38% of respondents wanted to try a fundraising model with one direct giving fundraiser at the beginning of the year and the chance of additional fundraisers if goals are not met.

  • Direct teacher support (Mini-Grants, classroom stipends), Staffing (Academic Interventionist and Technology Teacher), and School Supplies/Technology (school paper, class technology and subscriptions) were the top three (in order) priorities for next year's budget.

  • Konstella, the Beachcomber, and Kidmail were the top three preferred communication methods. At 91.8% of responses indicated that Konstella was their #1 method of communication.

NB Spirit Days are back!!

Our 4th/5th Grade Leadership team has lots of exciting NB spirit days this month! Check out the schedule to join the fun!

March 10 - mismatch day

March 17 - wear green

Match 24 - dress as your future career

March 31 - rainbow day

Special Education News

New! Special Education Extended Resource Service Pathway

Access and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) will combine to become Extended Resource Service Pathway.

New Service Pathway for the 2023-24 School Year
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is committed to serving all students by following their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The district aims to serve all students with disabilities first as general education students. SPS is working to make sure students have access to more inclusive programs and support.

Next school year, SPS is making a change to two special education service pathways. Access and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) will combine to become Extended Resource Service Pathway. For more information:

Special Education Advisory Council - Deadline to apply is Friday, March 3

The SPS Special Education Department is creating a Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC). This council will to provide insight to SPS on important special education matters. This includes:

  • reporting about use of policies and procedures related to student classroom experience
  • producing training related to the needs of students
  • recommendations for professional development
  • reviewing and commenting on draft district policies and procedures related to special education

Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to apply, especially current and former SPS high school students with disabilities, community partners, and adults with disabilities.

Apply today!

Quick and Easy Volunteering- Lunch Help

Take a look at the lunchroom volunteer sign up sheet and see if you have space in your schedule to help out.

Lunch volunteers are very important to our school! They help students fill up those hungry tummies and get the lunchroom turned over between lunch times. Lunch volunteers are needed daily from 10:45am - 12:30pm. Sign up here.

Seal Gear- Take a Shirt, Leave a Shirt!

Did your student recently outgrow their spirit wear and need a refresh? Check out the spirit wear donation box in the school lobby. This wonderful box contains like-new spirit wear from fellow Seals. This is the perfect place to donate spirit wear and grab something new!

Join the PTA on Instagram!

Stay up to date with the PTA on our recently launched instagram page!


Community News & Events

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



We are excited to share this special performance series specially modified for children and groups with sensory needs. A very important part of our mission at SCT is to provide children of all ages access to world-class, professional theatre.


HAVANA HOP - APRIL 2, 2023 AT 12:00PM.


BHS Playmakers - The Secret Garden

This year the BHS Playmakers present The Secret Garden The talented BHS cast and chorus will be bringing this story to life, accompanied by a live orchestra made up of BHS instrumentalists.

The Secret Garden

March 16, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday March 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Performances at Ballard High School's

Earl Kelly Center for the Performing Arts at 1318 NW 65th St. in Seattle


Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students.

Order tickets at

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community Forum

Please join Ann Curry, Seattle Public Schools Special Education Supervisor, to discuss ongoing Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) needs and services.

ASL interpreters and closed captioning will be available. If you are in need of other language translations, please email

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Zoom Meeting

It Takes All Kinds of Minds Conference

ITAKOM is an international conference entirely focused on the far-reaching concept of neurodiversity.

Join us

Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 March 2023

Edinburgh International Conference Centre and online

Ballard Basketball Camps

Ballard Basketball

Registration is now open!

Spring Break Camp for 6th-8th grade boys

Summer Camps for 3rd-8th grade all genders

Spring In House Leagues for K/1st, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th-9th girls and boys

* Full and partial scholarships available by emailing Sara at

More info and registration at

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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.