News from your North Beach PTA
April 9, 2021
Dates to Remember
- April 12-16: Spring Break **NO SCHOOL**
A Note from Our Principal
Dear North Beach Families:
Thank you for your support as we transitioned into our new hybrid model of school. As Ms. Hostetler said in our weekly announcements, some of us are at school, and some of us are learning online, but we are all Seals together. Our teachers and staff will continue to focus on meeting the needs of all students, whether they are returning to school in person or continuing to attend school online.
As the week went on, we worked through some technology issues and our arrival and dismissal times continued to improve. We are pleased with how well things are going so far. When students return from spring break, please remember that you will receive a text or email reminder to complete the attestation process and it will still be a daily requirement through the rest of the school year. Thank you so much for helping use get through this first week so smoothly!
Have a wonderful break. Stay safe and healthy!
North Beach Elementary
From the Office
Attestation: please use your students email address when attesting. This is important for the report we pull in the morning to check students in.
The attestation forms can be filled out starting at 12:01AM of the day your student is coming to school. Please feel free to fill these out as early as you possibly can. We are checking these on a system for some 200+ students so it takes time. The earlier you fill them out, the better.
Also, If you haven’t already, please fill out and return the Consent to Return form for your student. Email it to the office at email@example.com or print and return with your student. Forms can be found on Konstella.
North Beach Elementary
Our students and families have been amazingly resilient this week as we all adjust to our new schedules! If your child is needing a little extra support around the changes, I am happy to meet with them. Just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll schedule a time for after Spring Break.
I also want to let families know that we are resuming our partnership with Ballard Foodbank to provide weekend meal packs to kids who could use food support at this time. Food packs arrive on Thursday at North Beach and can be sent home with children if they’re in person, or families can pick them up on Fridays if students are continuing in remote learning. To sign up, please just e-mail me at email@example.com and let me know how many children are in your family and if they have any allergies or dietary restrictions.
Thank You 5th Graders!
Join the Communication Committee!
This easy volunteer team helps communicate PTA messages and important school information via the Beachcomber, Konstella and Facebook. Members are needed to keep communications going next year!
If you are interested in joining or have questions email Rebecca Mongrain at firstname.lastname@example.org
Traveling Out of State for Spring Break?
Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a travel advisory for Washington, recommending a 7-day quarantine for interstate and international travel and asks residents to stay close to home. It has taken a long time to get schools reopened safely. PLEASE follow CDC guidelines if you are traveling. Sending kids straight back to classes increases risk for all, and increases the likelihood of Covid-related closures. Now that we are reopening, Let’s stay open. Thanks for doing your part.
More information available here.
Order Your North Beach Yearbook Now!
You can BUY YOUR YEARBOOK on Konstella for $15.33/yearbook.
Over 200 yearbooks have been pre-ordered so far. Can't remember if you ordered a yearbook? Email: the yearbook team at email@example.com and we will let you know. You can order extra books for donation to NB families.
Submit your child's yearbook picture! Over 329 individual student portraits have been received. We want to include all 361 students in the yearbook. SEND PHOTOS NOW TO THE YEARBOOK TEAM TO firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to submit student portraits is 4/12/21.
Submit a candid photo of your child for the classroom yearbook page; candid photos should be kids from North Beach only, at home or outside, studying, on computer for school, playing at the park, Halloween costumes, Holiday celebrations, playing with pets, etc... Just showcase your student's personality! Send candid photos to email@example.com.
You do not need to buy a yearbook in order to submit your child's portrait for the class yearbook page. By submitting this photo you are giving permission for it to be used in the 2020-21 North Beach yearbook. The yearbook will be hard copy only and photos will not be used in any electronic media.
Build a New School!
The district doesn't just hand out funding. We need to be organized to make sure that North Beach is on the next capital funding levy. The next levy won't be on the ballot until February 2022, but the work to create the budget and outline the projects to put on the levy is happening NOW!
Join our team! The capital program oversight committee meets every month on the second Friday from 8:30-10:30. Volunteer to attend these meetings and report back. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The last official day of this legislative session is on April 25th - and the next weeks will be focused on passing a budget. Now is a great time to contact our legislators: Senator Carlyle, Rep Frame, and Rep Berry.
Both chambers have released and passed their versions of a two-year operating budget. Both budgets include the capital gains tax (SB 5096), signaling that Democrats expect the House to pass the bill and Gov. Inslee to sign it.
Here are some suggestions of where to spend your advocacy efforts. Personalize your email to you and your student(s) experience. Remember to state that you are a member of Washington State PTA, the state’s largest child advocacy organization.
- Allow school districts to use all of the three rounds of federal funding they have received or will receive for purposes related to the pandemic, not as backfill to enrollment decline.
- Stabilize all categories of enrollment decline with state support for school districts, providing a per-pupil amount so that all school districts benefit, and mid-year cuts are softened. This includes levy equalization and passing ESHB 1476 to protect local enrichment levy collections in at least the calendar year 2022.
- Make a down payment on increasing staff to support student mental health and academic success, with the House investment in 0.5 school counselors for every prototypical school.
- This was a promise made more than 10 years ago, and never has the time been more important to start phasing in the adults needed to support the varied needs of our students.
School Board Meetings are online!
Attending School Board Meetings no longer requires driving and parking downtown! The board meets for regular meetings twice a month, and special meetings throughout the month. Reopening plans, construction projects, curriculum - decisions are discussed and made. Email email@example.com to learn more about attending a meeting to help us track what is happening. You can find out more here.
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Community News & Events (The programs below are not endorsed by either North Beach PTA or SPS, and are posted for informational purposes only.)
Summer Registration is Open!
UW Summer Youth Programs is excited to announce remote enrichment courses for
incoming 4th and 5th grade students who want to keep learning over summer break.
Debate for Kids
Explore the Ecosystems of Washington State
Visit our website for registration information and course details!
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
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 https://www.illuminationlearningstudio.com/.
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