News from your North Beach PTA

February 12, 2021

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Dates to Remember

  • February 15-19: Mid-winter Break, NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, February 22: Expected date of announcement by SPS regarding full planning around return-to-school for Prek - 1st grade and for students receiving Intensive Pathway Special Education services.
  • Wednesday, February 24: Parent Education Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 25: Principal's Q&A, 7 p.m.
  • February 1-26: Open Enrollment for School Choice

A Note from Our Principal

Dear North Beach Families:


The weather forecast is calling for snow this weekend, just in time for a break from school. I have encouraged students and teachers to step away from their devices during our week off to recharge their batteries and take a break from screens! Since snow is coming in at the right time, now is a great time to put the iPads and laptops away for mid-winter break and go outside to play!


We’ve just wrapped up the Big Give and I’d like to once again thank everyone who supported the campaign for the support shown to the staff and students at North Beach. We are so honored by the generosity shown by this community and will be able to provide support in a variety of ways to our students and families as a result of the campaign. Thank you!


The district will be providing an update by February 22nd on a return to in-person learning for our students in Intensive Services Pathways programs and Kingergarten-1st grade students. Please monitor https://www.seattleschools.org/resources for updates on the plan for returning to in-person learning.


Finally, we have an opportunity for a parent education event February 24:

These are difficult and worrying times, even for kids. Maybe even especially for kids. We're excited to welcome child psychologist Dr. Michelle Proulx to share how parents and caregivers can support children who may be experiencing anxiety. Dr. Proulx will be answering your questions during her talk. To help maintain anonymity, and to make sure we have time for all questions, please submit your questions ahead of time. (Your question will be sent to Dr. Proulx and Alysa Reid (North Beach School Counselor).


February 24th (7-8pm): "Supporting Your Anxious Child: Recognizing and Effectively Responding to Childhood Anxiety"

Speaker: Dr. Michelle Proulx


About our speaker: Dr. Michelle Proulx
Dr. Proulx holds masters’ degrees in Developmental Psychology and School Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. She worked from 2005-2011 as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and School Counselor, and then went on to oversee the implementation of Bellevue School Districts' social and emotional learning programs, training teachers, psychologists and parents on meeting the social and emotional needs of the whole child. Since 2012, Michelle has been in private practice using a holistic approach to partnering with children, adolescents and adults to help them overcome emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal challenges that interfere with daily life. Her clinical work has focused on treating anxiety, OCD, depression, ADHD and trauma.


Teams link for Feb 24th Parent Education Night (7-8pm):

Click here to join the meeting


Have a safe and healthy break!


Kristine McLane

Principal

North Beach Elementary

kemclane@seattleschools.org

From the Office

Art kits: if you have not picked up your art kit for you student, please contact the office (cmhostetler@seattleschools.org or sbbradley@seattleschools.org) to arrange a pick up time.


Have a wonderful and restful mid-winter break! We’ll be back on the 22nd!

The BIG GIVE Update

WE DID IT! We made our $50,000 goal!


Thank you, thank, you, thank you, thank you!


When the North Beach PTA puts out a call, our families answer! We raised $50,000 in a week! Thanks to the generous donations of large and small donors alike, we can continue our mission to foster community inclusion, child advocacy, and academic excellence by facilitating communications, supporting teachers, and staff, & enhancing the educational, social, & physical environment of North Beach Elementary School. Every donation matters, every dollar impacts our students and school! Thank you!


However, our COVID adjusted goal is just the beginning of the funding North Beach Elementary PTA needs to continue its programs. If you are interested in a more detailed description of how the PTA utilizes funding Click Here


Don't miss your chance to donate? There is still time to help our students and school.

Donate today!

February 24th (7-8pm): "Supporting Your Anxious Child: Recognizing and Effectively Responding to Childhood Anxiety"

February 24th (7-8pm): "Supporting Your Anxious Child: Recognizing and Effectively Responding to Childhood Anxiety"

Speaker: Dr. Michelle Proulx


About our speaker: Dr. Michelle Proulx
Dr. Prou;x holds masters’ degrees in Developmental Psychology and School Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. She worked from 2005-2011 as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and School Counselor, and then went on to oversee the implementation of Bellevue School Districts's social and emotional learning programs, training teachers, psychologists and parents on meeting the social and emotional needs of the whole child. Since 2012, Michelle has been in private practice using a holistic approach to partnering with children, adolescents and adults to help them overcome emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal challenges that interfere with daily life. Her clinical work has focused on treating anxiety, OCD, depression, ADHD and trauma.


Teams link for Feb 24th Parent Education Night (7-8pm):


Click here to join the meeting

Yearbook Update

To all North Beach families:


The North Beach yearbook team has started collecting student portraits. As of 2/10/21, we have portraits for: Four 1st graders, three 2nd graders, and three 5th graders!

We want to include a portrait of every one of our students from pre-school to 5th grade, all 20 classrooms!


We are not able to have the usual picture day with the Lifetouch photographers this year. There are several options, pick the one that is best for you and email the picture to the yearbook.


All student portraits should be submitted to the yearbook editor, Rhonda Estigoy, by: 4/1/21.

Email the image to rhondae33@yahoo.com

subject line: student name, classroom number, teacher name, and grade.


Options for submitting photos:


1. Email your student's photo to the NB yearbook editor.

You can you use a smartphone to take a photo

Photo Requirements:

  • Max 200MB/file.
  • Photo should be at least 640 X 800 pixels for best image quality.
  • Must be in one of these photo formats: JPEG, PNG, or SVG for image uploads.


Please refer to the prior NB yearbooks for an example of the standard student portrait

· Portraits show the child from mid chest to top of head. No hats please.

· Student is looking straight at the camera.

· Please photograph your student against a plain background (ie: light blue, light grey, white), so that the background is not distracting. If you prefer a different background, the student's face should be highlighted.

· If needed, you can submit a few photos for the editor to choose.


2. Submit student portrait from another photography studio.

Email the digital image to the yearbook editor.


3. Use Lifetouch+Shutterfly Picture Day Snaps @Home.

Take your student’s photo at home using an app.

· Download the free Shutterfly: Cards & Gifts App.

· Open the Shutterfly App, and go to the link for: Picture Day Snaps @Home.

· Choose a photo package. Portrait packages start at $4.99-$14.99.

· You are the photographer, lighting designer, child wrangler, etc.

· Please select the blue background.

· Each photo package gives you the Shutterfly digital image.

. After purchase, email the digital image to the yearbook editor.

The Snaps @ Home on the Shutterfly App will be available through March 2021.


4. Individual student photos can be obtained by NB yearbook team.

Arrange to get your student's photo taken with a digital camera.

· Reserve a date and time for the yearbook editor to meet you and your student at your home, at a local park, or any location that is convenient for you, to get that photo taken.

· Safety precautions will be used.

· Photos can be done on most Mondays, some Wednesdays, and some weekends days in February and March. Email rhondae33@yahoo.com to set this up.


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.

Safe Route To School Webinar

Dive into the nitty gritty practical solutions for creating safe routes to school. On Thursday, February 25th from 2pm – 3pm ET, the Safe Routes Partnership is hosting a free training on Engineering Solutions and Strategies for Safe Routes to School.

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Join the PTA!

Make your voice heard! The NBE PTA provides advocacy and funding for our students. By joining the PTA you say YES to counselors, tutors, art supplies, classroom technology, library books, and more. JOIN TODAY and while you’re at it donate to the school supplies fund!


Join the PTA here!

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 klabelle@gmail.com to learn more about attending a meeting to help us track what is happening. You can find out more here.

Join Seattle Special Education PTSA!

If you have been considering joining the Seattle Special Education PTSA, now is the time! Please visit their website and do it now. www.seattlespecialeducationptsa.org.

Support North Beach Elementary When You Shop!

Amazon Smile: 0.5% of eligible purchases back to North Beach!

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1320831


Shutterfly: 8% of Purchases come back to North Beach!

Shop for cards and photos at www.NorthBeach.ShutterflyStoreFront.com and help contribute 8% to the North Beach PTA!

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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.)

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School Programs

Boys & Girls Club

Questions? 206-582-3512 or choover@positiveplace.org.

Registration Information and enrollment paperwork is available at: http://positiveplace.org/locations/childcare/Pages/northbeachchildcare.aspx


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: kbrockman@smallfaces.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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