News from your North Beach PTA

March 5, 2021

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Dates to Remember

  • Friday, March 5: Early Literacy Screener WA State Law General Session 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 6: School Board Retreat re In-person learning, 8 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 10: Regular School Board Meeting, 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 12: Early Literacy Screener WA State Law General Session 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 17: Regular School Board Meeting, 3:30 p.m.

A Note from Our Principal

Hello North Beach families,

This week we have been preparing for students in our Preschool program and students in our Focus classrooms to return to in-person learning on March 11th. If you have a student in one of these classrooms and have selected “in-person” for their designation, your student is scheduled to return to school in-person on March 11th. If you are not sure if your student is signed up to return in person or you have questions, please contact Sarah Bradley at Families in these classrooms can expect to receive further communication next week regarding the opening of school.

The district has posted information about work that has been completed to make sure schools are ready to welcome students back into the building. Information can be found at . All our classrooms used by students next week are set up and ready. The district still has some work to do on several of our K/1 classrooms and that is what is reflected on the chart that is attached in the news item.

It was an exciting day Tuesday when Governor Inslee announced that school employees would now be eligible for vaccines. All over the state, school employees are making appointments to get vaccinated. We all want to come back to the building safely, so this is a huge step in the right direction…forward!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane


North Beach Elementary

From the office

If you have a pre-k, K or 1st grader and would like to switch your students designation for remote or in-person learning, please contact Sarah Bradley at

Sarah Bradley

Office administrator

North Beach Elementary


Counselor’s Corner

It’s been a hard year. Is your family struggling to meet any basic needs at this time? North Beach has funds available to help thanks to the PTA and other community resources. Please reach out to Alysa Reid at for more details.

The BIG GIVE - Together we raised over $60,000 for our school and our students!

Together we raised over $60,000 for our school and our students!

The Big Give would not have been a success without the generous support of our families and donors, thank you. Your donations make a HUGE impact on our students. To learn more about PTA funding click here.

Congratulations to Penny Dolan in Ms. Varnado’s 1st Grade Class!

She is the lucky recipient of this year’s GIANT Herbie stuffy!

The PTA would like to make The Big Give a fun, engaging, and easy experience for all of our students and families.

Click here to take a three minute survey about your participation in The Big Give and Herbie’s HEART bingo.

Thank you!

Thank you I would also like to extend a personal thank you to the following people who were instrumental in the messaging, planning, and implementation of The Big Give. It is truly a delight to volunteer and coordinate with this community. In no particular order thank you to:

Jessica Bjorklund, Bryce Carman, Erin Healy, Suzanne Hurley, and Rebecca Peacock, Alex Schwerin, Mary Balmaceda, Katie Buchanan, Katie Gruver, Charlie Davis, Debbie Wayne, Carollyn Hostetler, Krsitine McLane, Luci Bakker, Izabela Gabrielson, Brett Allen, Frank Willis, Kristen Wilder, Anna Eifert, Carolyn Flax.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to donate, I invite you to donate now. Donations to the North Beach Elementary PTA impacts every student and every classroom.

For more information about PTA funding click here.

Donate today.

Join the Kindergarten Ambassador Team!

This easy volunteer team creates a fun and dynamic way for future Seals and their caregivers to get to know the school, the PTA, and each other.

If you are interested in joining or have questions email Beth Carman at

Thank you!

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Early Literacy Screener WA State Law Regarding Dyslexia at SPS!

Early Literacy Screener WA State Law Regarding Dyslexia

Family Information Sessions Join us to learn about the Early Literacy Screener that will begin for students in grades K-2 in the 2021-22 school year. Information will be provided about the recent state law regarding dyslexia and what this means for your students.

Family Information Sessions February - March 2021

General Sessions, All Families

  • General Session: Friday, March 9, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • General Session: Friday, March 12, 6-7:30 p.m.

Community Sessions

  • Asian Family Community: Tuesday, March 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Latinx Family Community: Friday, March 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Native American and Pacific Islander Family Community: Tuesday, March 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Somali and Oromo Family Community: Friday, March 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Amharic and Tigrinya Family Community: Tuesday, March 30, 6-7:30 p.m.

There is no registration required. Simply join the meeting during the session you would like to attend.

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Legislative Corner

The state legislative session is happening virtually. Deliberations are taking longer, with both the House and Senate working late into the evening during the week and the House working a full day on Saturday and Sunday.

The next cutoff is March 9. That’s the date for bills to have passed out of the chamber in which they started.

Bill Status Tracker:

All the links to the bills that affect the WSPTA top 5 priorities. Super handy.

What our State Reps are up to:

Changes in the tax code - click below to read up and comment.

This bill was introduced in the house by our State Representative, Noel Frame.

Improving the equity of Washington state's tax code

This bill was introduced in the Senate. Our State Senator Reuven Carlyle sits on the Senate Ways and Means Committee (which passed the bill) and the Senate Rules Committee (where the bill currently waits).

Capital Gains Tax

Special WSPTA call to action

One of the top 5 priorities of the WSPTA (voted on by PTA members) is to "Prevent and Reduce Gun Violence and Suicide.

Questions or comments? email:

Yearbooks are happening at North Beach this year!

Yearbooks are happening at North Beach this year!

You can BUY YOUR YEARBOOK on Konstella for $15.33/yearbook

Submit your child's yearbook picture! PHOTOS ARE DUE 4/1/21.

There will be no Lifetouch portraits taken at school this year. Instead, portraits will be submitted by the child/family. (You do not need to buy a yearbook in order to submit your child's portrait for the class yearbook page.)

Here are the two ways to submit your child's yearbook photo:

1. Use the Lifetouch + Shutterfly app to submit a photo of your child (you can also purchase portrait packages here)


2. Email a photo of your child to Use your smartphone or digital camera for photo. Subject line: student name, classroom number, teacher name, and grade.

Photo Requirements:

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

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

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.

* If you need photos taken of your child, the yearbook editor is volunteering to take a portrait of your child. Contact Rhonda Estigoy at for any questions on yearbook.


The yearbook team has been working hard to create the 2020-2021 yearbook. The yearbook will include all 20 classes, the 5th grade baby photos, and the NB staff photos.

Send in your student's portrait to the yearbook editor at: See Konstella and the Beachcomber for photo requirements.

If you are interested in purchasing a NB yearbook, please see click here.

Yearbook cost: $15.33 per book. If you would like to order additional yearbooks for donation to other families, please indicate that on your order form.

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 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.

Support North Beach Elementary When You Shop!

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

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

Shop for cards and photos at and help contribute 8% to the North Beach PTA!


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


Rowland Studio - Available for Yearbook Photos

Locally owned Rowland Photo Studio is available for school portraits this year. With safety protocols in place the staff is efficient, skilled, and caring. Bonus: They will send a digital image directly to the school for use in the Yearbook!


Rowland Studio

6900 Roosevelt Way NE

Seattle, WA 98115


Attention all Baseball, Softball, and Tee-Ball players!

Northwest Seattle Little League ("NWSLL") opened for registration on January 1st!

NWSLL has served our local NW Seattle neighborhoods since 1959 and is chartered through Little League Baseball, offering a variety of divisions for baseball and softball as well as numerous volunteer opportunities. NWSLL’s boundaries extend from Puget Sound to I-5 and from 85th Street to 145th Street. And our home fields are at Soundview (next to Whitman), Crown Hill (off Holman Road), and Northacres(near Haller Lake).

On-time registration for Kid-Pitch players (ages 8 thru 12) ran through February 21st. After February 21stregistration for Kid-Pitch teams is based on availability. Our Kid-Pitch players (ages 8 thru 12) have their Evaluation Day on February 27th to assist in creating balanced teams.

For players age 8 and younger (who play Coach-Pitch or Tee-Ball), teams start up later (mid-April), so we accept registrations through late March. We plan on creating those teams around March 21st and will continue to accept registrations as roster spots remain. All Coach-Pitch and Tee-Ball events are held at our Crown Hill Field on Holman Road, and we honor all buddy requests when building teams. Lastly, NWSLL liberally grants scholarship requests to families in need of assistance. Our goal is to help every kid play ball who wants to enjoy the game with friends!

Please visit to learn more and register online.

Questions? Please send email to


School Programs

Boys & Girls Club

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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