News from your North Beach PTA

May 20, 2022

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Dates to Remember

North Beach Multicultural calendar - May

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

Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

May 30: Memorial Day

A Note From our Principal

May 20, 2022

Hello Seals,

This week we had our first in-person assembly since the start of Covid. North Beach hosted the runners from the International Peace Run. A handful of runners ran down 90th and onto campus through a crowd of parents and students. They carried the peace torch and came into our cafeteria where we had two separate audiences, first the K-2 and then later, 3-5. Some of the students made peace posters for the runners. Each student was invited to touch the torch and make a wish upon exiting. There is another event this weekend for anyone who is interested:

As we come closer to the end of school, we have a few events to look forward to. The PTA is hosting the Talent Show on Monday, June 13th. We are also bringing back Field day on Tuesday, June 14th. Be looking for more information on these two events. For our 5th grade families, we have two events coming up. Please note the space is limited for the promotion and we are asking families to register on the link below no later than Friday, June 3rd.

Middle School Math Information Night:

North Beach & Whittier Elementary schools are joining together to offer a secondary math pathways presentation with Elissa Farmer (SPS Math Program Manager). Ms. Farmer will explain the middle school math offerings and respond to any questions you may have.

5th Grade Promotion & Reception

  • Friday, June 17 – 9:00-10:00 a.m. at North Beach

We will celebrate our 5th graders with a promotion ceremony on the last day of school. Due to COVID restrictions we are inviting primary parents/caregivers to join us for this celebration. We will gather in the cafeteria for a promotion ceremony and then students can gather for a reception afterward and take pictures with family and teachers.

All audience members must present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to be admitted to campus. We are also requiring pre-registration so we know how many people to expect. Please register using this link ( no later than Friday, June 3, 2022.

We are excited to celebrate the success of our 5th graders and supporting their promotion to middle school this spring!

Have a great weekend!

Kristine McLane, Principal

From the Office

Traffic Reminders

  • Please be mindful of parking in front of our neighbors driveways. Blocking a driveway entrance is illegal.
  • The zone directly in front of the school is for drop off only. We experience a back up of traffic up 90th and 24th when parents pull into the zone, get out of their cars and help their students. If you need extra time with your little one, great! Park up the street and walk down. The load/unload zone is meant to be a constant stream of moving cars.

Book Swap - Collecting used books May 19 - June 2nd

Summer is almost here! It's time to stock up for summer reading at the North Beach Elementary book swap on June 9th!

  • Sort through bookshelves at home to find gently used books that are ready for new homes
  • Bring books to school May 19 - June 2nd
  • Add your used books to the book swap basket at the front of school or bring them to the library (no coloring books or used activity books).
  • Book Swap will take place on June 9th during school hours and is open to North Beach students only.
  • Any books not "adopted" will be donated to either classroom libraries or Mary's Place.
  • Questions? Email Luci Bakker at

Early Literacy Screening

Help the Seattle Special Education PTSA with this important survey! Did you receive the results of the early literacy screening for your K-2 student?

State Law on early literacy screening is now in place for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. Have you heard results for your young elementary student? The Seattle Special Education PTSA wants to know what communication you have received. Please help by completing the following survey.

PTA Awards - nominations needed

Each year North Beach PTA gives out three awards in recognition of outstanding service: GOLDEN ACORN, OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR, AND OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE. If you would like to nominate someone, please email by Tuesday, June 7th and include their name and information on why they should receive the award. Nominations will be kept confidential. Award recipients will be announced at the June 14th general PTA meeting and will be listed in the final 2022 Beachcomber.

Help us select our winners! We need volunteers to be on the selection committee. Please email to let us know you want to help.

The GOLDEN ACORN AWARD honors a volunteer who has given outstanding service to all children in the North Beach community. Recipients receive a certificate and pin, and a contribution is made in their name to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program that benefits students. 2021 Winner - Rhonda Estigoy and Debbie Wayne

The OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD recognizes a North Beach educator who has made significant contributions to enhance the education of our students and provided them with outstanding opportunities that go beyond the normal scope of their jobs. An educator may be defined as a teacher, assistant, specialist, support staff, or administrator. 2021 Winner - Special Education Team

The OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE AWARD recognizes and honor individuals for continued and dedicated service to ALL children and a demonstrated commitment to helping create strong policies for the health, welfare, safety, and education of children and youth. 2021 Winner - Kristine McLane

Year End Housekeeping

With summer vacation fast approaching, please submit reimbursement requests to the PTA Treasurer, Vanessa Petersen, by email at:, or place in the PTA Treasurer inbox in the school office no later than Monday, June 13th. Include the reimbursement request form as well as any receipts so your request can be processed before break!

2022 North Beach Talent Show

The 2022 LIVE TALENT SHOW WILL include 3rd, 4th & 5th GRADERS. (Exceptions made if younger students perform with older siblings/family members.) K-2nd grade students can submit a video performance to be included in the virtual talent show.


All talent show participants MUST complete the permission slip and upload a video audition using the following link by MAY 25th:


  • Wednesday, May 25th - Last Day to Submit Audition videos:

  • Tuesday, June 13th - Daytime Talent Show (during school)

  • Tuesday, June 13th - Evening Talent Show (for friends and family to watch)

Questions or concerns? Contact Lead Parent Volunteer, Joanna Braeden or North Beach PTA President Katie Gruver at

Attention 5th Grade Families! Save the Dates

Please save the following dates:
Grad Party @ Blue Ridge Beach Park - June 8th - 1:10pm
Pool Party @ Blue Ridge Pool - June 17th - 4pm
Promotion Ceremony@ NB Elementary -date/time TBD

More details will follow in the next couple weeks. We will need parent volunteers to help make these events happen so please look out for a volunteer sign up as well.

2022/2023 Bell Time is not changing

Superintendent Brent Jones has determined Seattle Public Schools will keep its current two-tier start time schedule for next year. Elementary, K-8, and middle schools will not change their start times, although some high schools may see a 10-minute change.

Jewish American Heritage Month

Did you know?
  • In 1654, the first 23 Jewish people to permanently settle in America came from Brazil to NYC.
  • In 1881, Jewish American businessman Aldophus Solomons & others joined Clara Barton to form the American Red Cross.
  • Jewish American composer Irving Berline wrote the song "God Bless America" in 1918 during WWI.
  • More than 500,000 Jewish Americans served in the armed forces during WWII.
  • In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first Jewish American woman appointed to the US Supreme Court
  • In 1999, Time magazine named Jewish American mathematician & physicist Albert Einstein "Person of the Century".


Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Jewish Heritage Month

Children's books

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Placco

Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story

I Dissent RBG Makes Her Mark

Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein


Community News & Events

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


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

Courageous Kids Climbing- Bothel, WA

June 5, 2022

Free Opportunity for children age 5+ with special needs

Join Courageous Kids Climbing for a free opportunity to go rock wall climbing at the Bothell YMCA!

Contact Courageous Kids Climbing for more information.

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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