News from your North Beach PTA

November 1, 2019

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Dates to Remember

  • Monday, Nov. 4: The Big Give starts
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5: Election Day: PLEASE VOTE!
  • Thursday, Nov. 7: Veterans’ Day Assembly 8:15 a.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 11: Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12: 6-8pm PTA General Meeting & Literacy Night, Book Fair
  • November 25-27: Elementary Conferences, no school
  • November 28-29: Thanksgiving break, no school

From the Office

Don’t forget to return your bright orange Emergency Contact Forms. They came home in your student’s backpack 2 weeks ago. Bring them to the office or return them to your teachers.

Sarah & Carolyn

Counselor’s Corner

Sex Education for School Aged Kids

This week, I’d like to share some resources on the topic of Sex Education for elementary aged kids. Below are a few good tips about how and when to start the conversations taken from Healthline:

Talk early and often

Pop culture tends to frame “The Talk” as a one-time event that’s as awkward for the parents as it is for kids. But is should really be multiple talks throughout the course of childhood and adolescence.

“The primary guidance we give to parents and caregivers is “talk early and often,” says Nicole Cushman, MPH, executive director of Rutgers University’s Answer, a national organization that provides comprehensive sexuality education resources.

The goal is to normalize sexual education when kids ae young, so talking about it is less intense when kids are older and there’s more at stake.

By having an ongoing conversation about sex, Cushman says, “it becomes a normal part of the conversation and takes the awkwardness out of it.”

“Making sex no big deal to talk about from day one will most like foster trust in you with your kids,” explains Elle Chase, ACS, a certified sexual educator. “This is very helpful when they want to come to you later with questions.”

A wonderful local resource is the website of Amy Lang (link below). Access free tips on talking to your kids at different ages and stages about all things sexual and check out her book guide arranged by age. Books are a great and easy way to get conversations started.

PTA Spotlight on Volunteers

Thanks this week to the all-female Room Parents who are pulling double duty this week organizing classroom Halloween parties and collecting donations for classroom baskets at the auction. Be sure to thank your room parent(s) and make their volunteer job as easy as possible. Everything the room parents do helps your child and all the students at North Beach.

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What a night! The Harvest Carnival was the best type of chaos; full of family fun and games! Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the night. The North Beach PTA and the Harvest Carnival committee would like to say thank you so much to the students and families who volunteered. Our students and families will remember this Harvest Carnival for years to come, and it is because of your hard work and dedication! Thank you for making North Beach Elementary a wonderful community.

Suggestions for future Harvest Carnivals? Please contact Beth Carman at

Herbie is BACK!!!! The BIG GIVE Kicks off Monday, Nov 4!

The goal of the North Beach Big Give is to get raise $70,000 to provide counseling, academic support staff, classroom technology and enrichment materials for our Seals. Look for your yellow participation form and envelope in your child's kid mail folders on Monday. Return your yellow envelopes and your child's class can win a $250 classroom grant or a visit from Herbie the Seal, our campaign mascot! Read more about the campaign and donate or participate online via our Big Give webpage!

Novermber 12, North Beach Book Fair

The fair will be on Tuesday, November 12 at 2:30-3:30pm and again for that Literacy Night evening from 6:30-8:00pm. Phinney Books will be hosting the event in the North Beach Library.

November 12, General PTA Membership Meeting

Nov. 12, 6-6:30pm

At our first general membership meeting of the year, we will be approving the annual standing rules, discussing the PTA’s role, and answering questions you might have about what the PTA does for the school and how you can help. You do not have to be a PTA member to attend, but you do need to be a member to vote. In December we will also be having a general membership meeting to review and vote on some mid-year budget issues. Hope to see you at one or both meetings.

Attn. Watchdog Parents!

Watchdog parents please stop at the office on your day with your student and have your picture taken.


Election Day is November 5th and Ballots dropped last week - yours should have arrived in the mail. There is still time to register your neighbors and friends! School Board, City and County Council, important initiatives - there's a lot to vote for.

If you haven't received your ballot by October 18:

Register: Online and mail registrations must be received 8 days before Election Day. Register to vote in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 PM on Election Day.


Print & Mail:

Honoring All Who Served. Do you know a veteran?

We would like to acknowledge the special people in our children’s lives who have served their country. We need photos of veterans from our school community, no matter what branch of service, conflict, or country served. These pictures will be on display at North Beach throughout November, beginning with Veterans’ Day school assembly on Thursday, November 7th. Include information on where the veteran served (e.g. US Army, WWII), your child’s name, and their relationship to the veteran.

Please email photos of your veteran to Sara Easterly at by Friday, Nov. 1st. If you submitted a photo or photos last year, you do not need to submit them again this year unless you have additions or changes.

Veterans’ Day Assembly | November 7th in the lunch room starting at 8:15 am. Please join us and bring your veteran family members, friends, or neighbors, too!

Attention 5th Grade Families

We are looking for 2-3 more parents who are interesting in helping out with fundraising for the annual Islandwood camping trip.

The fundraising effort helps lower the cost for all students, so it is a great way to get involved and help out in a tangible way. Also, most things can be done outside of regular business hours, so this is a good option for working parents as well! Duties may include the following:

  • decide on which fundraisers to do

  • print and distribute forms as needed

  • facilitate the Cake Walk at the winter dance

  • coordinate, and communicate, fundraiser details

  • keep track of funds raised

If you are interested in helping out, I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Chantel (Savi's mom), email:, call or text: 207-518-3528

Board Games Needed

Do you have board games (with all their game pieces) that your kids have out grown or you want to upgrade? Ms. Gabrielson, our wonderful Art Teacher, would like to take them off your hands. To donate please leave in her classroom (room 15) or in the office. These games are going to be put to good use.

Nov. 5, 2019 General Election Vote Reminder from Seattle Public Schools


Dear Families and Staff:

This is a public service announcement reminding voters that ballots for the Nov. 5 general election must be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. For more information, please visit the King County Elections website at elections/november-general.aspx.

Office of Public Affairs


Estimadas familias y personal:

Este es un anuncio de servicio al público, recordándoles que las boletas para las elecciones generales del 5 de noviembre deberán ser enviadas por correo postal el martes, 5 de noviembre 2019. Para más información, favor de visitar la página en el internet “Elecciones del Condado” (King County Elections) elections/november-general.aspx.

Oficina de Asuntos Públicos


ውድ ቤተሰቦች እና ሰራተኞች:

ይህ የሕዝብ አገልግሎት ማስታወቅያ ነው። የሕዳር 5 ፣አጠቃላይ ምርጫ የምርጫ ወረቀቶች ማክሰኞ፣ሕዳር 5 ፣ 2019 በፖስታ መታሸግ እንዳለባቸው ለመራጮች ለማስታወስ ነው። ለበለጠ መረጃ፣ እባክዎን የኪንግ ካውንቲ ምርጫዎችን ድሕረ ጣብያ elections/november-general.aspx. ይጎብኙ

የህዝብ ጉዳዮች ቢሮ



這是一個公共服務通告提醒選民, 11 月 5 日舉行的普選選票要在 11 月 5 日星期二前寄出 並郵戳。 如想知道其他資訊, 請瀏覽以下金郡選舉辦事處網站



Qoysaska qaaliga ah iyo shaqaalaha:

Tani waa adeega ku dhawaaqida xusuusinta codbixiyayaasha ee doorashada Nov. 5 doorashada guud ay tahay in la calaamadeeyo Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Wixii macluumaad dheraad ah, , Fadlan booqo boga King County ee doorashooyinka

Xafiiska Arimaha Bulshada

Tagalog: Minamahal na mga Pamilya at Kawani:

Ito ay anunsyo ng pampublikong serbisyo na nagpapaalala sa mga botante na ang mga balota para sa Nob. 5 na pangkalahatang halalan ay kinakailangan na maipadala sa koreo ng hanggang Martes, Nob. 5, 2019. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, pumunta sa website ng King County Elections sa general.aspx.

Office of Public Affairs

Vietnamese: Kính gửi các phụ huynh và nhân viên:

Đây là một thông báo dịch vụ công cộng nhằm nhắc nhở các cử tri rằng lá phiếu cho cuộc tổng tuyển cử ngày 5 tháng 11 phải được đóng dấu bưu điện vào thứ Ba, ngày 5, tháng 11 năm 2019. Để biết thêm thông tin, vui lòng truy cập trang điện tử King County Elections tại general.aspx.

Office of Public Affairs

Morning Drop Off and Afternoon Pick Up

Mornings can be quite hectic around the school so please observe the following guidelines to keep our children safe:

  • Do not park in the drop off lane in front of the school. This lane is for children exiting the car quickly. Have your child ready to go before you get in the line.
  • If you would like to walk your child to the front door or to their classroom, please park in a legal parking spot in the neighborhood. Do not park in the drop off lane.

  • Cross only at crosswalks. Do not cross in the middle of the street.

  • Speed limit in front of the school is 15 mph.

  • Parking around the school is limited. Do not park within 30 feet of a stop sign or within 20 feet of a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

  • No U-turns on 24th Avenue, or using 91st Street to make a U-turn.

  • No parking in the bus zone (even when no busses are present)

  • Parallel parking only in front of the house at the NW corner of 24th and 91st. Let's also be good neighbors and not block their mailbox.

  • No parking facing the wrong direction.

  • Do not leave your car running, if unattended.

  • Do not leave your child unattended in a running car.

  • Seattle Police regularly patrol the area and will issue tickets!


Community News & Events (The programs below are not endorsed by either North Beach PTA or SPS, and are posted for informational purposes only.)


"How to Talk to Kids about Death" - Town Hall discussion Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:30PM

How do you talk to kids about death? Author Caroline Wright wondered the same thing when she was diagnosed with an aggressive, terminal brain cancer as a mother to her young sons. She has written a children’s book to help children know the undying love of a parent, and she joins the Town Hall with a mission to help other parents find hope and agency with similar diagnoses. A panel of leading experts in the fields of children’s bereavement and cancer will join her to discuss the complicated issue of what to say to our kids to comfort them when facing loss. For more information visit, and


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Attend a showing of Screenagers: The Next Chapter, Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.

Anxiety is on the rise. Today's youth are more stressed and more depressed than ever before. But there is hope! "Screenagers: Next Chapter," the second film in the groundbreaking documentary series. Learn strategies and solutions to help your screen-obsessed teen survive and thrive in a digital world. West Seattle's Chief Sealth International High School PTSA is hosting a screening of Screenagers Next Chapter at the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium, on Thursday, Nov. 21st, 7:30pm.

Screenagers: Next Chapter

Thursday, Nov. 21

Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium

2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Screening begins at 7:30 p.m.

Teens and tweens are welcome to attend; recommended for ages 10 and older.

Screening is FREE, but donations will be accepted at the door to cover PTSA costs.

Please RSVP here:

View Film Trailer at:

Auditions for Fall Enrollment: Northwest Boychoir

The Northwest Boychoir is now scheduling tryouts for boys who like to sing! Boys who are ages 6-9 years old are invited to audition and no previous music training is needed. Classes for new members begin in January and are held at the University Heights Center in Seattle. Auditions are free of charge.

For more than 40 years, the Northwest Boychoir has helped young people discover the joy of singing, self-discipline and teamwork. We are proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization and are firmly committed to assisting families with financial aid. The Northwest Boychoir offers the perfect blend of music training and Serious Fun!

At the Northwest Boychoir, you can…

  • Be part of a program nationally recognized for musical excellence!
  • Make great friends in an upbeat team setting!
  • Develop confidence by doing amazing things!

To schedule an audition appointment or for more information: 206-524-3234 or Northwest Boychoir Audition Flyer: Download Click for more info and be sure to share the new Boychoir Audition Video!

Ballard Music’s Free Fall Concert Series Begins October 29

The Ballard High School Music Program opens the year with their Fall Concert Series, which includes three varied nights of music. The Orchestra Concert will feature eclectic classics and begin with the anticipated debut performance of the Concert Orchestra. Composers include George Bizet, Matt Turner, Dedrich Smetana and Astor Plazzilla. To round out the series, the band concert will feature three concert bands (Concert, Symphonic, Wind Ensemble). The theme this year will be Celebrating Women and Composers of Color and will include “A Movement for Rosa” celebrating the life of Rosa Parks. Also featured will be works by Naoya Wada and Catherine McMichael. New this year, local musician, Trevor Parrish, will direct the Jazz 2 band. Both Jazz 1 and 2 Bands will be performing some standard jazz tunes and are swingin’ hard!

Concert schedule:

  • Orchestra Concert - Monday, November 4

  • Band and Jazz Concert - Wednesday, November 6

All performances begin at 7:30 PM in the Ballard High School Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts. Admission is free. You can purchase reserved seating at Search for the name of the performance.

For full details about this event see

Before/After School Programs

Boys & Girls Club

Hours: 7:00 - 7:50 am and 2:25 am - 6:00 pm M-F

Questions? 206-582-3512 or

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:

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

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