News from your North Beach PTA

June 16, 2022

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Dates to Remember

  • Friday, June 17: 9am 5th grade Promotion & Reception
  • Friday, June 17: Last day of school, early dismissal
  • Friday, June 17: 4:30-6:30pm 5th grade pool party
  • Tuesday, July 26, 10am: Incoming Kinders playdate @ Soundview Park playground
  • Thursday, Aug 4, 10am: Incoming Kinders playdate @ Soundview Park playground
  • Thursday, Aug 11, 7pm: Incoming Kindergarten Info meeting (Zoom)
  • Tuesday, Aug 30, 1pm: Incoming Kinders popsicle playdate @ Soundview Park playground

North Beach Multicultural calendar - June

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

  • June - Pride Month
  • June 19th - Juneteenth

A note from our Principal

June 16, 2022

Dear North Beach Families:

As the school year ends, we want to let you know what to expect over the summer. The district is completing Phase II of the capital project started last year. The campus and office will be closed until late August while construction is ongoing. Kindergarten Jump Start information will be sent out to incoming kindergarten families. We are working on coordinating an off-site location to hold Jump Start. Make sure your communication preferences and contact information is up to date in The Source. We will be reaching out in early August with information about back-to-school information sessions and PTA events.

Some of our staff are moving on from North Beach and I’d like to recognize them for the support they’ve provided to our students:

Martha May, 3rd Grade, is retiring after more than twenty years teaching North Beach students.

Maddie Tyler, 3rd Grade, is relocating to the East Coast.

Bryana Hoffman, 4th-5th Grade, is relocating to the Portland area.

Riley Burks, 2nd Grade, and Emily Combs, 3rd Grade, have stepped in as long-term substitutes for teachers on leave and have done a wonderful job!

Erin Carroll, Occupational Therapist, has accepted a leadership position in the district Special Education Department.

Anna Eifert, Music, has accepted a full-time position at Broadview-Thomson K-8. Due to enrollment declines at the other school Ms. Eifert taught at, .5 of her position was cut and there wasn’t another .5 position for her to move into. We know she will continue to do great work with the students at Broadview-Thomson.

Ellen Lee, Academic Interventionist, is taking a break from teaching in order to focus on her growing family.

Abbey Rogers, Special Education Aide, is taking a leave of absence.

Kate Silver-Heiman, Psychologist, has been working to support SPS on a temporary basis. We hope she may return again!

We are also welcoming new staff next year, or happy to see them returning to North Beach/moving into new roles:

Becky Baker has been a tutor at North Beach for several years and will be moving into our Academic Intervention position to provide math instruction and intervention and literacy intervention.

Schuyler Jones is moving from a Special Education position to a classroom teaching position. He will be joining our 4th-5th Grade team.

Arianna Kruchowski is joining our Special Education team to provide support as our newest Instructional Aide. Like our other IAs, she will be seen in many of our classrooms providing support to students and on the playground during recess.

Emma Wentzel is returning to North Beach and will also be joining our 4th-5th Grade team. Emma (Tomsett) was a member of our kindergarten team during the 2020-21 school year but was unfortunately moved to another school due to low enrollment numbers.

Finally, Ben Fitch joined our staff as our 3-5 Focus teacher mid-year. I want to ensure he receives an official new staff welcome!

I wish all of you a healthy, joyous and relaxing summer!

Kristine McLane


Congrats PTA Award Winners!

And the 2021/2022 PTA Award winners are....

Outstanding Educator - Martha May - "She has been a dedicated, outstanding teacher at North Beach for close to twenty years. She is an expert in all areas of curriculum, and is sought out by other staff members for her knowledge of teaching Math, Literacy, Social Studies, Science, and Writing. She has mentored numerous student teachers over the years who have gone on to be successful in the classroom. She has an incredible knowledge of assessments, data analysis, policy, and district and building history that will be sorely missed when she retires."

Outstanding Advocate - Julie Keegan - "Keeping up with the literal COVID waves, adapting to the ever morphing rules, and to top it off, she engages with the kiddos and is beloved by all." "She is one of a handful of people who sees all the kids every day. Julie wows me because she knows every kid at North Beach, and beyond just knowing them by name, she knows who they are as individuals and can recall specific facts and needs for these kids."

Golden Acorn (volunteer) - Katie Gruver - "She took on the role of PTA co-president for 2 years during a challenging time. She has really benefited the community through her thoughtful leadership and group facilitation skills." "Katie has steered the PTA ship through a year that had more transitions than ever. She has worked hard to provide the school with kindness and community in everything she does."

Golden Acorn (volunteer) - Peggi Fu - "The countless hours she puts in, plus how successful and well organized the event is, plus the amount of money the auction raises for the school, Peggy should get this award!"

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations!

From the Office

Year End Reminders:

  • All medications must be picked up before the last day of school.
  • Report cards will be printed and sent home with students on the last day of school. Report cards will be mailed home after the last day if your student is not at school on June 17th.
  • Grades will load to the Source toward the end of June. Go to
  • Lost and Found will be donated on the last day of school. Please come by and check before it is gone.
  • The building and playground will be closed for the entire summer. There will be construction going on so the entire campus will be unavailable.

From Ms. B

Thank you Seals! I so thoroughly enjoy my job and it is because of your children and your support. The thoughtfulness, tolerance, patience and support you have given me is so overwhelming. It has been an incredibly stressful year both here at school, as well as in my home. So the smiles you give and the kind words you impart, are so deeply appreciated.

Have a restful summer!

Sarah Bradley

CONGRATS to our 5th GRADE Graduates!

Congrats to the class of 2022 5th graders and their families!

Enjoy your summer and good luck in middle school!

Remember to visit us next year!

Click here to view a fun video from some of your North Beach teachers. (including a surprise guest appearance)

Attention Future 5th Grade Parents (Current 4th Grade Parents)!

North Beach Elementary is hoping to bring back the 5th Grade camp next year but we wanted to make sure parents were aware of the costs concerning camp and the fundraising needs to make it happen. In years past, the 5th graders have traditionally attended camp at Islandwood Camp ( on Bainbridge Island.

Teachers and Parent chaperones have also attended. Teachers attend for free and up to 6 parent chaperones for a discounted rate. The student rate has increased from around $350 for $395, plus additional fees for buses, ferry fees, etc. We are currently looking at camp the week of March 27th. It is an great opportunity for our 5th graders and kids really enjoyed their experiences in years past.

We are working with Islandwood to sign a contract for camp but we need to do so ASAP.

There will be fundraising around camp fees to help offset the costs and also provide scholarships in the hopes of lowering costs for all families. All fundraising will be a collective effort with money raised going to lower the entire cost of camp for all attendees while also supporting scholarship efforts.

This message does not guarantee that camp will happen next year but we did want parents to know about camp costs so you can plan ahead, ask questions or provide input. We would love to hear your thoughts/feedback/concerns by Monday, June 20th.

Have feedback? Want some questions answered? Beth Carman ( and Katie Gruver ( will be happy to answer them via email.

Thanks from The North Beach Comber

Thank you to all who contributed to the newsletter this year! It is a team effort each week to bring our readers info about our school and community.

Remember to check the PTA website and Facebook page for events that may be happening over the summer.

Have a great summer!

Field Day, Thank You Volunteers!

What a fun day! North Beach students played hard and had a wonderful (and wet) Field Day. Thank you to Coach Willis and Beth Carman (pictured in action on the right) and our many, many volunteers that showed up and supported our kids. Because of them FIeld Day was a wonderful success!

Watch: The Talent Show Video

Watch the 2022 North Beach Talent Show Montage video!

Thank you to Katie Gruver and Joanna Braeden for spearheading our talent show, pivoting at the last minute, and making sure "the show must go on"!

Join SPS at the Seattle Pride Parade!

The biggest LGBTQ Pride event of the season is the annual Seattle PRIDE PARADE! Join the Seattle Schools contingent as students, staff, and families march together with pride alongside our school bus “float.” The parade starts at 11am on Sunday, June 26th. SPS will be in the staging area on 4th avenue prior to the start time. Come early to make posters, hand out candy, and enjoy the cheering crowd. The parade route moves north along 4th Ave. between Union and the Seattle Center, where the party continues with a family-friendly festival including music, booths, food, and fun! No need to RSVP, just show up! (Please bring proof of vaccination to show upon request) Questions? Contact Lisa Love

Summer Reading Resources

Read Ms. Bakker's Library newsletter for more reminders and summer reading fun! Questions? Email Luci Bakker at

ATTENTION Future Whitman families

Wildcats Read choices are HERE just in time for summer reading! This is an array of curated books that will be highlighted all year at WMS. I look forward to meeting you and will be happy to help you make book lists and learn how to find enjoyable books just for you. HAPPY READING! ~Ms. Macer (WMS librarian)

Juneteenth is June 19th

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas, a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.

Resources to learn more:

Why do we celebrate Juneteenth - Video by Columbia University

What is Juneteenth? - article on PBS


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:

Crown Hill Summer Festival - June 17th 4-8pm

Enjoy live music, free popsicles and face painting, a food truck, a local makers' market, fun for dogs, and more!

NW 90th Street will be closed between 14th Ave NW and Mary Ave NW (Behind the ACE/ Turtle Coffee) so that we can celebrate the start of summer with our neighbors!

Find out more at or follow us on Instagram @crownhillvillage to stay up to date on all the fun!

Northwest Boychoir Auditions

Join the Northwest Boychoir!

The Northwest Boychoir is scheduling auditions for boys ages 6-8 who enjoy music to join our program. For nearly 50 years we have helped young people discover the joy of singing, self-discipline and teamwork! The Northwest Boychoir is proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization.

Learn more here:

Save the Date - Oct 16th - I CAN and I WILL RUN!

Join this fun run to to raise money for Children's Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund.

  • Registration opens June 9th (my friends daughters bday who we are honoring) and early bird pricing.
  • Race is October 16th at Green Lake
  • 10k, 5k, and kids dash

Use code NBeach when registering so that we can track which Seattle school has the highest participation.

Ballard Basketball Camps and Training

Ready for lots of fun playing hoops with games, fun drills and prizes? Check out our Summer Camps! For players of all genders entering 3rd-9th grades in the Fall of 2022. June 20-23, July 11-14, July 25-28, August 8-11, August 29-Sept 1. For more details and to register, visit

Also, our weeknight trainings during the summer make it possible for you to keep up your skills and stay connected with friends even if you have other activities during the day. For players of all genders entering 3rd-12th grade in the Fall of 2022. These trainings are open to rec level and select level players. More details and to register, visit

For more information on Fall select teams and Fall in house leagues, visit us at

Ballard Volleyball Youth Camp

Fundamental skills for every volleyball position taught by current BHS varsity players. Learn skills & strategy!

Who: 4th-9th grade boys & girls

When: June 21- 23

Time: 1-3:30pm

Where: Ballard High School Gymnasium

Cost: $60 (includes tshirt)


Summer Art Camp - ages 9-17


Week long morning or afternoon summer camps for youth and teens in drawing, painting, wheel throwing and handbuilding ceramics, photography, weaving, felting, puppets, and more. Opening our new studio in Georgetown this June.

Sign up now!

Fun Soccer Day Camp

Camp is run by Ingraham High School Girls Soccer Players

When: July 11th-15th

Time: 8:00 AM – Noon

Location: Jane Addams Middle School: 11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Who: Elementary aged recreational players

Registration Information on attached forms.

Cost: $100.00 for first child from your home, $80 for each additional

Email Mike Wentzel (Teacher and Assistant Girls Soccer Coach at for the registration form.

Ballard High School Girls Basketball Camp

When: June 27-30, 9am-3pm

Who: Girls entering 4-8th grades

Where: Ballard High School


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

Loyal Heights Community Center Summer Teen Programs

Loyal Heights Community Center

2101 NW 77th St Seattle, WA 98117

(206)684-4052 Fax (206) 684-4053

Free summer programming for teens - swimming, fitness, video games, darts, waterfront fun, boating, and more.


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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