News from your North Beach PTA
February 18, 2022
North Beach Multicultural calendar - February
During February the North Beach community celebrates the following multicultural groups. We will highlight resources and opportunities to learn more about these groups during the month.
Jan 31- Feb 4: Black Lives Matter at School week
Feb 1-28: Black History Month
Feb 1: Lunar New Year, Year of the Tiger
Feb 17-March 1: Mardi Gras
Feb 20: World Day of Social Justice
Feb 21: President's Day
A Note From our Principal
Dear North Beach Families:
Students and staff are looking forward to Midwinter break next week. Many teachers have been including lessons around Black History Month during February. We will be rolling into March when we return to school, so if you are interested in recognizing Black History Month during our week off, you might consider taking your student to an exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry, or participating in an online artistic activity through the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
The district has made important changes to how it addresses students who move out of the North Beach attendance area, or who move out of the district that will be implemented for the 2022-23 school year:
- Students who move out of their school’s attendance area may now remain at the current school to the highest grade offered.
- Assignment will not change upon processing change of address form unless families request to be reassigned to their new boundary school for the following school year.
- Also, resident students who move out of the district may remain at the current school to the highest grade offered (as long a Choice Transfer Request form is submitted prior to the start of the following school year).
The big news of the day is that Governor Inslee announced that the school mask mandate will be dropped beginning March 21st. It is too soon to tell exactly what the implications of this announcement will be for SPS. I can tell families that there are big changes coming soon. I know everyone is looking forward to school, and life, returning to normal. I will share information with you as soon as I have it.
Finally, our new North Beach Parent/Caregiver Special Education Group will be holding their first meeting on Thursday, March 10th at 6:30pm via Zoom. They will be discussing ways to best support our students with special needs and their families. This is a great opportunity to connect with other families and share resources and ideas. All our welcome! See below on how to join meeting:
Join NB Special Education Parent/Caregiver Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 845 1075 1744
Have a wonderful Midwinter break. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school rested and ready to learn!
Kristine McLane, Principal
You might not want to miss this.
We have such exciting items for the auction this year, we just have to give you a little sneak peek.
But also, we wanted to remind you that the live auction is LIVE, so naturally you have to be there to bid and win. Ticket sales end Tuesday March 1, so if you’ve been on the fence or just procrastinating, let this be your friendly push to get your tickets today.
And now for the real push! Here are just a handful of amazing items waiting to be claimed.
- Vacation stays in Cave Creek, AZ, Steamboat Springs, AZ, Kona Big Island, Palm Springs, Port Ludlow, and more
- 4-hour cruise on a vintage wooden Chris-Craft cruiser
- Private fishing charter with Cut Plug Charters
- Lower-level Seahawks tickets plus VIP pregame sideline passes
- VIP Tour and tasting at Fast Penny Spirits, plus table-side cocktail service at the auction
It’s been a pretty dreary couple of years. Don’t you deserve some fun and adventure?! (The answer is yes. :) )
Volunteer Opportunities - two dates
Volunteer for the North Beach Auction
If dressing up and bidding on items isn't your thing, come volunteer on the night of the event and be a part of our community behind the scenes. No experience required! Know any neighbors, friends, or family members who might want to volunteer? The evening is fun (bring a friend!), builds community, and is a great way to support North Beach.
Volunteer for the Auction of our partner school, Loyal Heights Elementary
North Beach has partnered with Loyal Heights Elementary to trade parent volunteers to work the night of each other's school auction. Loyal Heights has committed the same number of volunteers to our auction. By signing up to staff another school's auction, you are keeping this volunteer partnership alive.
Special Education Updates - Join Us for our 1st North Beach SpEd Parent Group
Please join us via Zoom on Thursday March 10th at 6:30pm for our first North Beach Parent/Caregiver Special Education Group. We will be discussing ways to best support our students with special needs and their families. This is a great opportunity to connect with other families and share resources and ideas. All our welcome!
Join NB Special Education Parent/Caregiver Zoom Meeting
When: Thursday, March 10th, 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 845 1075 1744
MARCH is SPIRIT MONTH!
Our very own North Beach 4th/5th Grade Leadership Team is launching March Spirit Month.
Show your North Beach spirit every Friday for the month of March. Also, throughout the month of March we are asking each class to collect cereal boxes to donate to the Ballard Food Bank. A Bin/Box for cereal boxes will be located right outside the main doors to school throughout March.
BONUS: There will be a special surprise event at the end of the month in celebration of our efforts and our awesome school spirit. Go Seals!!
Friday Spirit Days:
March 4th: North Beach Gear and/or Colors (hint: Purple)
March 11th: Patterns and/or Mismatch Day
March 18th: PJ Day
March 25th: Rainbow Day! Every Grade wears a color of the rainbow:
- Pre-K and K wear RED
- 1st Grade: ORANGE
- 2nd Grade: YELLOW
- 3rd Grade: GREEN
- 4th Grade: BLUE
- 5th Grade: PURPLE
Mark Your Calendars and bring in those boxes of cereal! Our Leadership Team Thanks YOU!!
Feb 28th - Last day to submit Yearbook Design
- artwork must incorporate our school or our Seal mascot. School colors are purple, white, and yellow/gold.
- artwork should be COLORFUL and be able to hang up and down (vertical). Finished size 8 ½” x 11”
- any medium can be used: markers, crayons, paint, colored pencils, or colored paper.
- artwork does not need a title or words. Make sure any lettering on your entry has all words spelled correctly.
- write your name and teacher’s name in pencil on the BACK of your art. All artwork must be done by a North Beach Elementary student.
How to Submit:
1) Drop off your entry at the school office
2) Turn in your entry to your teacher
Due Date: February 28th
Winners: North Beach teachers and staff will vote to select a winner. The winner will have their artwork appear on the cover of the yearbook and many other entries will appear throughout the yearbook!
Have you purchased your yearbook yet?
Black History Month - Black Health & Wellness
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
Wednesday, March 2: 6:30pm Screenagers The Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience with Q&A following.
- Seattle Children's seminar series: Conversations about Autism
Podcast: Play-Based Learning with Teacher Tom
Attention all Baseball, Softball, and Tee-Ball players!
Northwest Seattle Little League ("NWSLL") opened for registration on December 1st!
NWSLL has served our local NW Seattle neighborhoods since 1959 and is chartered through Little League Baseball, offering a variety of divisions for baseball and softball as well as numerous volunteer opportunities. NWSLL’s boundaries extend from Puget Sound to I-5 and from 85th Street to 145th Street. And our home fields are at Soundview (next to Whitman), Crown Hill (off Holman Road), and Northacres (near Haller Lake).
On-time registration for Kid-Pitch players (league ages 8 thru 12, where league age is age as of 8/31/22) runs through January 26th. For league age 8 players, typically half play Kid-Pitch ball. Registrations after January 26th is accepted as slots remain available (our website will indicate if roster slots remain in a division). Our Kid-Pitch age players (ages 8 and up) have Evaluation Day on Sunday, February 27th to assist in (1) determining if an age 8 player is ready for Kid-Pitch, (2) placing players as appropriate in AA, AA, or Majors, and (3) creating balanced teams. Those teams will be created in early March.
For players league age 8 and younger (who play Coach-Pitch or Tee-Ball), teams start up later (early to mid-April), and registrations is open through mid-March. We form teams around March 20th, so register by then to make sure you get any buddy requests granted. Coach-Pitch and Tee-Ball events are typically held at our Crown Hill Field on Holman Road. Lastly, NWSLL liberally grants scholarship requests to families in need of assistance. Our goal is to help every kid play ball who wants to enjoy the game with friends!
Please visit http://nwsll.org/ to learn more and register online.
Questions? Please send email to email@example.com
Open Gym and the Teen Center at Loyal Heights Community Center
Loyal Heights Community Center is now open for teens and pre-teens 11-18 years old. You must be fully vaccinated or have proof of a valid negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of entering the building.
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 3:00-5:00pm
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 3:00-5:00pm
After School Programs
Boys & Girls Club
Registration Information and enrollment paperwork is available at: http://positiveplace.org/locations/childcare/Pages/northbeachchildcare.aspx
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.washingtonkarate.com 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.