News from your North Beach PTA

March 11, 2022

Dates to Remember

North Beach Multicultural calendar - March

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

March: Developmental Disabilities Month

March: Women's History Month

March 8: International Women's Day

March 9: Billy Frank Jr. Day

March 17: St. Patrick's Day

March 19: Holi

A Note From our Principal

Dear North Beach Families:

Most of the information in today’s Beachcomber letter is a repeat of what was sent out yesterday via School Messenger. There is new information regarding access to the playground at the end of the announcement.

On Wednesday, staff and families received notification that SPS will be lifting its current mask requirements effective March 14. In Seattle and Seattle Public Schools we have closely followed the guidance of Public Health. It is because of our collective efforts that we are now at a community turning point. On Feb 25th, the CDC updated their masking guidance so that counties considered to be at a low COVID risk based on a combination of new cases, new COVID hospitalization and percent of hospital beds occupied by COVID patients, can remove indoor masking requirements. Under this new risk assessment, King County is currently classified as low risk. Here at SPS, we have seen a 93% decrease in confirmed cases since early January. In response to the CDC and local health outcomes, Governor Inslee announced that he will lift all indoor masking, including at schools, on March 12th and Public Health-Seattle & King County issued the same guidance.

In alignment with Gov. Jay Inslee’s updated health guidance and state and local health departments, masks will become optional indoors and outdoors at Seattle Public Schools buildings and on school buses on Monday, March 14th. This applies to all individuals. This is a district decision and applies to all schools.

As we move from an emergency response to managing COVID, I want to recognize the emotion that is involved with these changes. I understand there are different beliefs, opinions, reasons, and comfort levels around masking, yet it is important to be patient and respect the personal choices of others. Some of our staff and students may have vulnerable household members, who have health conditions or are not yet eligible for vaccination. We will continue to foster a climate of empathy and equity.

While masking will now be optional, the district welcomes and encourages staff and students to continue mask wearing through the end of the year if that is their preference.

Masks will continue to be provided and distributed to schools. While COVID-19 cases continue to fall in SPS schools and King County, it is important to understand there may be times when we will need to bring back effective layered mitigations, including temporary masking, if there is an increase in the community, a classroom, or school-wide. SPS will continue to monitor COVID-19 rates in our school and will use a centralized mitigation framework to increase and decrease layered supports as necessary.

We are waiting to learn about changes beyond removing the mask mandate, such as physical distancing during lunch and in the classroom. Any changes will be communicated as we learn of them. Until then, other than masking, all other protocols will remain in place.

After School Playground Access

The North Beach Boys and Girls Club leases space from the school to provide afterschool daycare for many of our families. With restrictions due to COVID loosening, we would like to increase access to the playground for parent supervised students. Starting Monday, March 14th after 2:40 p.m., the playground area north of the play court, which includes the play area known as “Arches”, can be utilized by students with parent supervision. The “Towers” play area and the basketball court space next to that play area is needed by the Boys and Girls Club for the first hour after school.

Have a wonderful weekend. A big thank you to our fabulous PTA auction committee for the incredible work put in to support students and staff. Tomorrow night’s auction has been a long time coming and we are so appreciative of your support.

There were no classroom COVID notification letters sent this week.

Kristine McLane, Principal

Time to speak up and show up for North Beach Elementary.

Every contribution counts.

We don’t want to pressure you, but…the pressure is ON, in a friendly, school spirit sort of way. We’re in the home stretch on the auction, doing everything we can to raise much-needed funds for the school.

The bidding is hot on vacation stays in Hood Canal, Seabrook, Camano Island, and Alderbrook. We’ve also got styling sessions, cosmetic treatments, fitness packages, and much more. Bidding starts as low as $50 on some items.

The silent auction closes tomorrow at 7:30 pm. Now’s your chance to get in on great wins and do your part. Join the fun here.

Not the bidding type? We get it. And we still need your support.

Please watch the North Beach is Our Happy Place video and then donate any amount you can to the cause. Share this link with family members and friends—the giving is open to all.

If you’ve never been a part of the auction before it may seem like just a few high-rollers having a good time. It is a fun party, but we need everyone’s support to make the fund-raising a success.

Please bid and donate today—and thank you!

MARCH is North Beach Spirit Month!!

Thanks to everyone who showed their North Beach pride by wearing mismatch/patterns today. We also appreciate the continued cereal box donations for Ballard Food Bank (bring your box to class or drop it in the collection box located right outside main school entrance doors).

REMINDER: Next Friday, March 18th is PJ Day!

Friday Spirit Days:

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!!

5th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed!

Looking for 5th grade parents/caregivers to help plan end of year and promotion events for graduating 5th graders.

We need help with:

  • graduation planning with teachers
  • off-site celebrations
  • making videos/slideshow
  • coordinating 5th grade gear sales

We will have a single Zoom meeting to coordinate tasks soon after signup ends and the rest can be done on your own time. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up below. The more the merrier!

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Ronald Reagan declared March the month for National Developmental Disabilities Awareness in 1987.

Over 5 million Americans are estimated to have a developmental disability and recent estimates from the CDC show that in the United States, one in six children between the ages of three and seventeen have one or more developmental disabilities. According to the DD Act, the term developmental disability means a severe, chronic disability that occurs before an individual is 22 that is likely to continue indefinitely, and results in substantial functional limitations in three or more areas of major life activity.

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

Celebrating those with developmental disabilities

Art Enables - featured artists

I Dream of a World - Celebrating National DD Awareness Month with the shared hopes and dreams that all people may live, learn, love, and belong.

My Autistic Friend explains Autism (and why he's proud to be Autistic)-video by Special Books by Special Kids

It's all about Attitude -Institute on Human Development & Disability / UGA

Books honored for disibility storylines

Progressive Art Studio Collective

This day in women's history

March 11

  • Today in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In the Sun opened at Barrymore Theater, New York. This was the first play by a Black woman to premiere on Broadway.
  • Michelle Bachelet was inaugurated as President of Chile today in 2006. She was the first woman to hold that position.

March 12

  • Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls together in Savannah, Georgia, for the first-ever Girl Scout meeting today in 1912.
  • Janet Reno was sworn in as the first woman U.S. Attorney General today in 1993.

March 14

  • Simone Arianne Biles, an American artistic gymnast, was born today in 1997. She is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist, and balance beam bronze medalist. She was part of the gold medal-winning team dubbed the "Final Five" at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

March 15

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, was born today in 1933.


Community News & Events

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


Sensory Days at The Museum of Flight

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022

Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

FREE Admission; pre-registration required.

Sensory Days are for families of children, teenagers and young adults with disabilities including intellectual disabilities, autism, sensory processing disorders and other cognitive disabilities. Families will get early access to the Museum, before it opens to the public, where they can explore and self-guide through the galleries with adjusted light and sound for the best possible experience.

Ballard High School - live theater is back with Beauty and the Beast

This is Ballard’s first live musical theatre in two years! The show is based on Broadway’s modern classic with songs from the beloved animated film. Come enjoy the tale of a young selfish prince transformed into a Beast, and a young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. To become a prince again, the Beast must learn to love Belle and win her love before his 21st birthday.

The cast features 36 BHS students, and the play is directed by Shawn M Riley.

Performance Details

The performances will be March 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 with two matinees on March 20 and 27. All shows at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle. All shows begin at 7:30 pm except for matinees, which start at 2 pm.


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

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.

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.


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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.