News from your North Beach PTA

September 20, 2019

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Dates to Remember

  • Monday, September 30: Principal Coffee, 8:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 3: Parent Social at Blue Ridge Clubhouse, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 4: Comfort Kits due (more information below)
  • Sunday, October 6: Sounders Game
  • Friday, October 11: NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, October 15: PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. NB Library, ALL are welcome to attend

A Note from Our Principal

Dear North Beach Families and Community,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Enrichment Fair and Curriculum Night earlier this week. If you were unable to attend, I want to make sure that you receive information about updated Seattle Public Schools attendance policies and procedures that were shared at the event. SPS believes that maximizing instructional time is critical to the success of our students. Read our Attendance Policy (3121) and related Superintendent Procedure (3121) for more information.

What is the school required to do if my student misses school?

For elementary students with five (5) excused absences in any month or 10 during the school year, the student’s school will schedule a conference with their parent(s)/guardian(s) to identify barriers to the student’s regular attendance and to identify supports and resources so the student may regularly attend school. (If the student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a Section 504 Plan, a team able to modify that plan must reconvene.)

A conference is not required if prior notice of the excused absences was provided to the school or if a doctor’s note has been provided and a plan is in place to ensure the student will not fall behind in their coursework.

For all SPS students with three (3) unexcused absences in any month during the school year, the student’s school will schedule a conference with parent(s)/guardian(s) to analyze the causes of the student’s absences and determine supports needed. After seven (7) unexcused absences in a month or 10 during the school year, the district is required to file a court petition to help resolve the student's attendance concerns.

If you have any questions about attendance, please contact me. Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane,

Principal, North Beach Elementary


From the office

We are entering in the rainy season…please send your students prepared for rainy recess. We only stay in if it is really, really raining. Otherwise, we send everyone out. Rain boots, raincoats, etc.

Sarah & Carolyn

Volunteer Background Checks

Volunteer background checks are now good for two calendar years. If you signed up and were approved as a volunteer during the last school year, you do not need to do so again this school year. The school district volunteer office will contact you when it is time for you to renew your volunteer application.

Join the North Beach 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 purchase a yearbook and school supplies!

Would You Like to Help the School?

The PTA is looking for few good volunteers: a volunteer coordinator, a website designer to help our team move our website to WordPress, and a movie night coordinator. If you want to volunteer for these positions, please contact me (Suzanne) at If you want to volunteer in other ways, please also contact me. We have lots of opportunities to make a difference in students’ lives, and we can find the right opportunity for you.

PTA Spotlight on Volunteers

Thank you to the enrichment committee—Rebecca Peacock, Rachel McDaniel, and Molly Schmidt—for organizing the enrichment fair on Tuesday and for organizing the entire enrichment program that the PTA offers to students and families for afterschool learning. It’s a large undertaking that requires communicating and coordinating with many groups, and yet these volunteers make it look easy. If your child attends an enrichment class, be sure to thank Rebecca, Rachel, Molly, and the other parent volunteers who make these classes happen!

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!

After School Enrichment Opportunities Available

Welcome back! By now we have all begun to get back into our school routines. As you are planning your Fall schedule, take a look at the options below for some additional enrichment for your kids. Not all clubs are posted so check back soon for more opportunities.

Please Join us for our Curriculum Night and Enrichment Fair on Tuesday September 17th at 6:00.

Here is a link to our current enrichment clubs:,%20wa,%20US#programs

Room Parents STILL NEEDED!

The following classes still need room parents: Ms. Holton, Ms. Janzen, Ms. Stokdijk, Ms. Hallgarth, Ms. Butler, Ms. Ang, Ms. Lanner, Mr. Allen, Ms. Steele, Ms. Zwieback, Ms. Wilder, Ms. Mellen

This is a great opportunity to make a major impact in the community of your child’s classroom. Not sure if you want to do it alone? Ask another parent or two to partner with you.

The principal duties of the room parent are:

· Coordinate class Halloween party and Valentine’s Day party

· Organize classroom based Auction contribution

· Teacher appreciation and/or year end gift for the teacher

· Welcome families new to North Beach throughout the year

· Classroom point person for the online directory Konstella (and utilize it for communication, signups, etc.)

The room parent is a liaison between the teacher and the parents. This means different things to each teacher; duties vary by class and may include items not mentioned here, such as Scholastic Book orders, field trips, etc.

Interested? Contact Tara Nessan at with questions.

Sign up at

North Beach at the Sounders, Sunday, October 6th at 1pm.

Join fellow North Beach kids, parents and friends to cheer on the Sounders in the final match of the season. Tickets are $32 each. Order forms went home this week in kidmail and are available in the foyer at school. All forms must be returned to school by the due date --Friday, September 27th. If you'd like to sit in a group, please turn in your order together.


Comfort Kits Needed by OCT. 4th

At North Beach, we like to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Part of our plan includes creating a Comfort Kit (student emergency kits) for each student in the building. We will store these in bins in each classroom. They will be used for emergencies only. At the end of the year, we’ll send them home with your child. Please follow the directions closely.

Place your child’s supplies (more information below) in a 1 Gal Ziplock Bag and label the front using a sharpie with the following information:

Child’s Name: _______

Room #: ________

Emergency Contact Name _________

Phone #__________

Supplies should include one days worth of non-perishable food (no nuts please) with a family picture and note from parents along with a stocking cap and a pair of mittens. THE PTA WILL PROVIDE A SPACE BLANKET AND WATER. Everything, except for the water, must fit in the ziplock bag.Please let your teacher or Rebecca Mongrain ( know if you are unable to provide the items for your bag. Label the bag and return to your child’s room, we will do the rest.

Developmental Preschool Peer Help Needed

Hi North Beach Families!

My name is Kelly Holton, and I am the new Developmental Preschool teacher in room 2.

I am so excited to be here and be a part of this great community. My students start on Monday, September 16th and I have an AM and PM session on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

In the next couple of weeks, I will be wanting to add peer models to my class. Peer models are students who do not receive special education services and would be modeling typical four year old behavior to my three, four and five year old preschoolers. It is essential to an inclusive preschool program. I can have up to two peers in each session.

Please let me know if you are interested by emailing me @

Thank you so much, and please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions.

Kelly Holton M.Ed.

Developmental Preschool

North Beach Elementary

206 252 1520

Show Your North Beach Pride on the Outside!

Beautiful North Beach clothing and accessories are available for online via Uplifters Ranch ORDER HERE.

Order at by September 30th!

Harvest Carnival Committee

Want an easy and fun way to help the school? Join the Harvest Carnival Committee! The committee meets during September and October to plan the Carnival taking place Friday, 10/25. This low stress committee is all about fun and enjoying the best of the fall season!

Interested or want more information? Email Beth Carman at

Annual Giving Campaign Committee

Have a knack for making marketing POP? The Annual Giving Campaign (AGC) is looking for a few new team members to join the committee. Members will work collaboratively with the committee to festoon the school with AGC spirit!

Interested or want more information? Email Beth Carman at

Building Leadership Teams (BLT)

Hi Folks! I am your PTA Parent Representative on the Building Leadership Team (BLT) here at North Beach.

The Building Leadership Teams (BLT) were created by SPS “to advise and work with the building principal/program manager and building staff in facilitating continuous improvement of student achievement.” (SPS, Policy F20.00 April 1996). The BLT touches on all aspects of school policy. (goals of the school and how we implement them, homework policy, recess policy, professional development for teachers and staff, etc.)

If you have concerns, questions or suggestions about any school policies, please share with me. I will bring that information to the monthly BLT meeting.

Thank you and have a great year!

Diane Coyne

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Seattle's Children's Festival

Attention Families! The Seattle Children’s Festival is taking place on Saturday, September 28 from 11-3pm. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet some favorite author’s/illustrator’s and purchase great books signed by the author/illustrator! Below is link providing more details about this exciting event:

Colors of Peace

Come enjoy ‘Colors of Peace’ at the Seattle Children’s Festival, September 21st and 22nd from 10am to 4pm, Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, peace art created by your kids. Students answered the question, “What does peace look like to me?” with their art. The exhibit is the first ever ‘Colors of Peace’ outside of its primary home in Rome, Italy. It includes artwork from over 13 schools around Seattle with 200 works on loan from the Roman Collection.

The opening ceremony for Colors of Peace starts at 10am on Saturday, September 21st in the Seattle Center Armory Building. It will include music with a special appearance by Pastor Patrinell Wright, creator of the Total Experience Gospel Choir and many special surprises. The event will conclude with a special Parade of Nations and Peace Walk from the Armory Building to the exhibit located in and around the Fisher Pavilion. We would love for you to join in!

“Colors” is inspired by UN Resolution A/RES/36/67, encouraging public events to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st. Peace Run Italy started “Colors” in 2017 with an exhibit around the Coliseum in Rome. It includes kids work from over 40 countries with over 7000 pieces.

Seattle joined Colors of Peace this year with its first exhibit at NW Folklife and the first in the world outside of Rome. The current exhibit here in Seattle on September 21st coincides with the annual event in Rome. Original artwork from North Beach Elementary School students joined the Roman collection and become a part of their permanent collection. Copies will be on display here. An art booth will be set up in the Fisher Pavilion from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday so kids can create art for peace. Sponsored by the Sri Chinmoy Oneness Home Peace Run,

Ballard High School Playmakers

The Ballard High School Playmakers will present three dynamic theatrical productions this year. We appreciate you sharing this news with students and families.

Radium Girls |
October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, 201

A hundred years ago, radium was a miracle cure used to fight cancer. It was quickly commercialized and used in products for consumers, including luminous watches that glowed in the dark. Radium Girls tells the story of the New Jersey factory girls who hand-painted the dials until they mysteriously became ill, started dying, and ultimately fought back.

Musical Theater production:

Xanadu | March 18, 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28, 2019

This comedy musical is based on the film which starred Olivia Newton-John. It’s 1980, and Venice Beach chalk-artist Sonny is frustrated by his mural of the Greek muses. A Greek muse named Kira dispatches to L.A., disguised as a human to encourage him in his art. Together they dream of opening a roller disco club named Xanadu. Xanadu is a love story with legwarmers and campy music.

Rumors | May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2019

Set in the 1980s at a large home just north of Manhattan, the deputy mayor of New York has accidentally shot himself. As four couples gather for a 10th anniversary wedding party, the mayor’s lawyer must quickly concoct a story to avoid a scandal. Speculation quickly piles up, leading to laughable, ludicrous moments. Rumors is written by Neil Simon.


$15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Advance tickets are now available at; (search for “Ballard High School.”) To request discounted season or group tickets, please contact Shawn Riley at

View the full press release at:

If you'd like more details, please contact me at 206-465-9532,

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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