News from your North Beach PTA

June 10, 2022

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Dates to Remember

  • Monday, June 13: Talent Show (virtual during school hours)
  • Tuesday, June 14: 12:30pm-2pm Field Day
  • Tuesday, June 14: 6:30pm Final PTA meeting of 21/22 school year
  • Wednesday, June 15: 3pm Ms. May's retirement celebration
  • Friday, June 17: 9am 5th grade Promotion & Reception
  • Friday, June 17: Last day of school, early dismissal
  • Friday, June 17: 4:30-6:30pm 5th grade pool party

North Beach Multicultural calendar - June

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

  • June - Pride Month
  • June 19th - Juneteenth

A Note From our Principal

June 10, 2022


Dear North Beach Families:


It’s hard to believe we’ve arrived at the end of the school year! I’d like to express my gratitude for the support and partnership the school has experienced from our families during the year. We’ve made it through changing COVID-19 guidelines and throughout the year there were only 4 days total when classrooms needed to shift to a remote environment. This was due to the diligence and support of our staff, families and students in following recommended guidelines to keep the school environment healthy.


Although COVID-19 guidelines have changed significantly since the beginning of the school year, the virus is still spreading. The current COVID-19 community level for King County is medium as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Increased community transmission also means increased COVID cases in schools. In the past 14 days, SPS reported 1,595 confirmed cases to Public Health.


At this point, I was going to talk about the events coming up next week to celebrate the end of the school year. Monday was to be the Talent Show live in our cafeteria. Unfortunately, we have seen a substantial increase in COVID-19 cases in the school. In order to maintain a healthy environment and avoid a super spreader event right before we leave for the summer, the talent show will now be shown virtually. A huge, huge thanks to Joanna Braden and Katie Gruver and the 4/5 Leadership Team for making the Talent Show a reality.


On Tuesday, Field Day returns. On Friday, we will celebrate our 5th graders as they move on to middle school. Because of the high levels of infection in our region and the transmissibility of the omicron and all sub variants, everyone attending large indoor events should consider it likely they will be in contact with someone who has COVID-19. Wearing a mask can help prevent further spread when there are concerns for ongoing transmission.


To help sustain in-person learning Seattle Public Schools also recommends testing before and after any large event. You may get free home tests from the State of Washington.


For those families with 5th graders or students moving, I wish you all the best as you move on from North Beach. Have a wonderful, healthy and hopefully COVID-free summer!


Kristine McLane

Principal

kemclane@seattleschools.org

From the Office

Year End Reminders:

  • All medications must be picked up before the last day of school.
  • Report cards will be printed and sent home with students on the last day of school. Report cards will be mailed home after the last day if your student is not at school on June 17th.
  • Grades will load to the Source toward the end of June. Please visit www.seattleschools.org for more information on the Source.
  • Lost and Found will be donated on the last day of school. We have coats, hats, gloves, tops, lunch bags, water bottles, etc. Please come by and check before it is gone.
  • The building and playground will be closed for the entire summer. There will be construction going on so the entire campus will be unavailable.


We hope everyone has a relaxing, fun and sunny summer!

Thanks for a great year, Seals!

Sarah & Carolyn

Retirement Party for Martha May!

Martha May is retiring this year after over 40 years in education, the last 21 of which have been at North Beach.

Please come help us celebrate Ms. May!

When: Wednesday, June 15 from 3:00 – 4:30

Where: playcourt.

Who: All are welcome.

Attention 5th Grade Families! Signed Waiver required!

The 5th Grade Pool Party at the Blue Ridge Pool is next Friday 6/17 @ 4:30-6:30. Everyone who is attending must bring a signed waiver.


You can find the waiver here: 5th grade pool party waiver

Summer Reading Resources

Summer Reading

Read Ms. Bakker's Library newsletter for more reminders and summer reading fun! Questions? Email Luci Bakker at labakker@seattleschools.org

Expense reimbursements - due June 13th

Do you need a reimbursement from expenses you paid this school year?

Please submit reimbursement requests to the PTA Treasurer, Vanessa Petersen, by email at: treasurer@northbeachpta.org, 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!

Yearbooks have arrived!!

Yearbooks have been delivered to school and will be distributed to all students next week. If your student will not be at school June 13 -17, contact Jamie Anderson, our yearbook editor, to arrange a pick up option.

Email - jamieannemeyers@gmail.com

ATTENTION ALL INCOMING WHITMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILIES!

Wildcats Read choices are HERE just in time for summer reading!

This is an array of curated books that will be highlighted all year at WMS. They feature diverse topics, Social Emotional Learning, BIPoC authors and protagonists, meaningful messages along with great entertainment. They are meant to be mirrors and windows, so that we can learn, see into others’ lives, & make sense of the world. Keep in mind that you can put a book down if it seems too mature, scary, is too frustrating, or just does not feel right. I look forward to meeting you and will be happy to help you make book lists and learn how to find enjoyable books just for you.

HAPPY READING! ~Ms. Macer

Counselor’s Corner

The last days of school are a busy time. There is excitement in the air about the coming of summer and many special year-end activities. It’s also a time when adults and students may be experiencing increased anxiety with the upcoming transition to summer. And this has been a particularly stressful year. Classrooms have become comfortable, familiar, safe spaces for students. Students have formed bonds with teachers and other adults in the building. Given the approaching transition, anxiety is a natural response. Some students hold this anxiety in and may seem quiet or worried. Others may act out and test boundaries. Others may seem to have a lower tolerance for frustration. Below are some tips for supporting kids during the end-of-year period.


An additional way to support your child, especially when it stays light so late and gets light so early, is to make sure your child is getting plenty of sleep. If you’re out late for a special activity one night, try to make sure bedtime is on the early side the next night, and if you don’t have blackout shades, consider covering windows with blankets at night to keep the room darker.


We only have a week left, but please always feel free to reach out to me, Alysa Reid, at arreid@seattleschools.org or (206) 252-1535 if you feel your child could use some extra support. I’m happy to say I’ll be back at North Beach in the fall and will be looking forward to welcoming students back then. Best of luck to our families who are moving on to middle school. We’ll miss you!!


The following are tips to help prepare your child for the inevitable end-of-the-school-year:


  1. Let your child know that it is OKAY that he/she feels this way, and that you understand. Normalizing and validating their feelings about the uncertain time ahead will hopefully take away any additional unpleasant emotions they are feeling, such as embarrassed or ashamed of themselves for being sad when the school year is over, when other kids may seem excited.
  2. If possible, relate to your child. Tell them about a time where you experienced some fear, sadness, or discomfort during a time where a similar change was about to occur. Hearing that their parent/caregiver has experienced the same, or similar, situation, and has turned out just fine, will be comforting to them. They will not feel so alone.
  3. Invite your child to discuss or journal about moments that stuck out from the school year they are about to complete. If they have a difficult time coming up with these moments, help with reminders such as “remember when you sang in the school chorus for the holiday concert?” and encourage them to share about their feelings about the moment.
  4. Create a list, or visual of some sort with your child as a place for them to write or draw out some of their hopes for the next school year. Encourage them to think about academic, social, or personal goals and hopes they can look forward to working towards.
  5. Discuss and prepare him/her for summer plans. Whether your child is going to day camp, overnight camp, summer school, vacation, tennis lessons etc., make sure that your child knows what is coming up for the summer, and any special plans that the family may have. If feasible, make one or two special plans that your child can look forward to, such as a trip to the special museum they enjoy–on a sweltering hot day–or anything special they would appreciate.

Covid-19 vaccine boosters - children 5-11 eligible

The CDC has expanded eligibility of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to everyone 5 years of age and older. CDC now recommends that children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.

Find local vaccination sites:

Reminder: You may be eiligible for free home tests from the State of Washington.

June is Pride Month!

PrideFest is back at Seattle Center! After the Parade on 4th Ave is the biggest party of the weekend, featuring three stages, hundreds of acts, beer gardens, food vendors, community non-profits, dancing in the fountain, and so much more.

Free for all. All ages.

ASL interpreting available all day at our main stage.


PrideFest MISSION:
To Elevate LGBTQ people through arts and advocacy, Honor our past, Fight for a better future, and Celebrate our collective successes.


June 4th - Seattle Pride in the Park - Volunteer Park

June 25-26: Pridefest

June 26th - Seattle Pride Parade - 4th Ave Downtown Seattle

Children's Story Books for LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

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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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Northwest Boychoir Auditions

Join the Northwest Boychoir!

The Northwest Boychoir is scheduling auditions for boys ages 6-8 who enjoy music to join our program. https://www.nwchoirs.org/auditions/ For nearly 50 years we have helped young people discover the joy of singing, self-discipline and teamwork! The Northwest Boychoir is proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization.

Learn more here: www.youtube.com

Crown Hill Summer Festival - June 17th 4-8pm

Enjoy live music, free popsicles and face painting, a food truck, a local makers' market, fun for dogs, and more!

NW 90th Street will be closed between 14th Ave NW and Mary Ave NW (Behind the ACE/ Turtle Coffee) so that we can celebrate the start of summer with our neighbors!

Find out more at CrownHillVillage.org or follow us on Instagram @crownhillvillage to stay up to date on all the fun!

Save the Date - Oct 16th - I CAN and I WILL RUN!

Join this fun run to to raise money for Children's Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund.

  • Registration opens June 9th (my friends daughters bday who we are honoring) and early bird pricing.
  • Race is October 16th at Green Lake
  • 10k, 5k, and kids dash
  • https://www.icanandiwillguild.com/

Use code NBeach when registering so that we can track which Seattle school has the highest participation.

Ballard Basketball Camps and Training

Ready for lots of fun playing hoops with games, fun drills and prizes? Check out our Summer Camps! For players of all genders entering 3rd-9th grades in the Fall of 2022. June 20-23, July 11-14, July 25-28, August 8-11, August 29-Sept 1. For more details and to register, visit www.ballardbasketball.org/camps


Also, our weeknight trainings during the summer make it possible for you to keep up your skills and stay connected with friends even if you have other activities during the day. For players of all genders entering 3rd-12th grade in the Fall of 2022. These trainings are open to rec level and select level players. More details and to register, visit http://www.ballardbasketball.org/summer-training

For more information on Fall select teams and Fall in house leagues, visit us at http://www.ballardbasketball.org

Ballard Volleyball Youth Camp

Fundamental skills for every volleyball position taught by current BHS varsity players. Learn skills & strategy!

Who: 4th-9th grade boys & girls

When: June 21- 23

Time: 1-3:30pm

Where: Ballard High School Gymnasium

Cost: $60 (includes tshirt)

Register: bit.ly/ballardvb

Summer Art Camp - ages 9-17

SEATTLE ARTIST LEAGUE

Week long morning or afternoon summer camps for youth and teens in drawing, painting, wheel throwing and handbuilding ceramics, photography, weaving, felting, puppets, and more. Opening our new studio in Georgetown this June.

Sign up now!

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 mjwentzel@seattleschools.org 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

Registration

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: https://bit.ly/cnscamps

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 www.youth-teen.uw.edu for registration information.

Camp Meadowood Springs

EMPOWERING KIDS THROUGH COMMUNICATION

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

Free Opportunity for children age 5+ with special needs

  • Saturday, June 4 at the Auburn Valley YMCA from 12-2 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 5, 2022 Join Courageous Kids Climbing for a free opportunity to go rock wall climbing at the Bothell YMCA!

Contact Courageous Kids Climbing for more information.


courageouskidsclimbing@gmail.com

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After School Programs

Boys & Girls Club

Questions? 206-582-3512

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

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 www.washingtonkarate.com or call (206)784-3171.

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