News from your North Beach PTA

December 11, 2020

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Dates to Remember

  • Saturday, December 12: Director Rivera-Smith Meeting (Registration information below)
  • Monday, December 14: Principal Q&A 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 14: Directors Hampson and Rankin meeting with EL (English Learner) families (Registration information below)
  • Tuesday, December 15: Director Hersey Meeting (Registration information below)
  • Thursday, December 17: Special PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. **ALL ARE WELCOME**
  • Friday, December 18: North Beach Holiday Lights 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • December 21- January 1: Winter Break, NO SCHOOL
  • January 18: No School, MLK Jr. Day

A Note from Our Principal

Hello North Beach Families,

Our students demonstrated a lot of patience this week as we attempted our first all school assembly. While we used settings recommended to us to set up the assembly, we learned there were some technical issues. We’ve done some troubleshooting and thanks to some of our parent-colleagues’ assistance, we will try again in a couple of weeks with smaller groups and build up to another all school assembly!

There are several upcoming events I’d like to make you aware of. Please join me on Monday night for a Principal Q&A hour 7:00-8:00 p.m. I’ll be discussing how staff have utilized family survey results to plan for remote learning and review any new updates from the district regarding remote learning plans in 2021. The school board discussed a plan to have PK-2 students return to in-school instruction at a retreat last weekend. I don’t have details yet but hope to have additional information by Monday night.

There is a series of monthly events specifically for families of LGBTQ+ families of SPS students. I would have sent this information out sooner but was only made aware of it a couple of days ago. I’m sorry this information comes after this month’s event. .

The North Beach meal distribution site will be operating differently than usual during our winter break. We won’t have daily distribution of meals, but our wonderful nutrition services staff will be at North Beach distributing a box containing a week’s worth of meals on December 21st and December 29th between 11:15-1:15. Our regular meal distribution will resume on January 4th when we return to school.

Finally, the district is following King County safety guidelines during the spike in COVID transmission. For safety reasons, we will not be having in person library checkout on December 18th. Please refer to Mrs. Bakker’s library newsletter for information on accessing online books, as well as curbside pickup options through Seattle Public Library to access print materials. We hope transmission rates decline by the end of December and that we can resume in person checkout when we return to school in January.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane


North Beach Elementary

From the Office

Progress reports will be posted in The Source on December 28th. Copies will not be mailed home unless specifically requested. Questions? Please contact Sarah ( or Carolyn ( in the office Monday thru Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm.

Counselor's Corner

Winter break may look quite different for families this year. With that in mind, I’d like to share this article from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Supporting Children and Teens During this Holiday Season. As we near the break, please reach out if you think your student would benefit from a quick check in with me. You can reach me through e-mail at or by phone at (206) 252-1535. Be safe and practice self-care.

PTA News

Rapid Response PTA Meeting/Potential Vote of "No Confidence" in SPS

The NB Diversity & Equity Committee is investigating whether or not we want to support the Seattle Special education PTSA vote of "no confidence" in Seattle Public Schools for its continued failure to serve students with disabilities, particularly children of color. This is in response to the article recently published by KUOW, "Locked in the 'Cage'. Report finds disturbing discipline measures at Seattle school".

We are asking for the PTA of North Beach to meet at 12/17 at 6:30pm for a discussion & potential vote.

More here from SSEPTSA:

More journalistic research here:

Questions we are investigating:

  • What does a vote of No Confidence mean? (What happens? What does that trigger? What does that mean to SPS?)
  • What else can we do to make sure that change happens at the highest levels and at tactical levels at school?
  • How is this connected to funding?
  • What other groups are trying to support beyond this vote?
  • How can we join forces with other groups?

Beyond this, we also want to understand what's happening at North Beach. What are our disciplinary practices? What actually happens about isolation and restraint? How are our teachers/staff trained? What is the racial breakdown regarding discipline at our own school?

Finally here is the link for the zoom meeting:

Katie B is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Rapid Response PTA Meeting/Potential Vote of "No Confidence" in SPS
Time: Dec 17, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Questions? Please reach out to Katie Gruver, Rebecca Mongrain or Debbie Wayne

Holiday Lights Walk Celebrating NB Pride 12/18

Let us celebrate the start of winter break and all our hard work at North Beach Elementary this year with a holiday lights walk in our neighborhood on Friday, December 18th. From 4:30-7:00 please come by the cut-de-sac on NW 23rd St and 91st St NW to pick up a lighted purple balloon to tour the festive lights and show your support of North Beach Elementary. There will be signs indicating directions for distribution in a safe social distance manner. As always please where your masks.

We will also have a collection for hygiene items, hats, and gloves to donate to those in need in our community.

Please email with any questions.

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School Board Director Meetings - Please plan to attend!

School Board Members are holding special meetings throughout December. Please pre-register in advance for these meetings and plan to attend to find out what is happening in our school district. This is the place to ask questions and get answers!

Director Rivera-Smith – Saturday, December 12th

When: Dec 12, 2020 04:00-5:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

Directors Hampson and Rankin meeting with EL (English Learner) families

When: Dec 14, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

Director Hersey – Tuesday, December 15th

When: Dec 15, 2020 05:30-7 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

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Save the Yearbook!

In the past, North Beach PTA has been fortunate enough to cover some or most of the cost of keepsake yearbooks for all of our students. This year, given budget restraints, that will unfortunately not be a possibility.

If a yearbook is something that you feel is important to you and your family please consider purchasing a yearbook for each student in your household. The yearbook committee is working very hard to find unique solutions to photos, class pictures, and the preservation of the most unique school year our students will ever have!

Purchase your yearbooks by Thursday, 12/17.

Purchase Yearbooks Here

PLEASE NOTE: If you purchase a yearbook and the project is not fulfilled you will receive a 100% refund.

If you are interested in joining the yearbook committee or have any questions please email Rhonda Estigoy at

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!

North Beach PTA’s Grounding Principles

In our school, we believe:
Black lives matter,
Science is real,
Women’s rights are human rights
No human is illegal,
Love is love,
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, and
​Kindness is never wasted

Denunciation of White Supremacy & Hate Speech

We, the PTA of North Beach, want to be clear. We know our words or actions may have little effect on the national stage. Still, we must and we will speak up against words and policies that actively harm our community.
We condemn and denounce white supremacy, hate speech and actions against ANY individual or group of people.

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!

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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.)


Ending the Silence with PNW Parent Education

Join the PNW Parent Education (, a local non-profit that brings the best experts in the nation to speak to our local community on crucial parenting topics such as mental health, digital safety, equality, privilege/overindulgence, and more, for a free online event is on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm.

The PNW Parent Education organization is partnering up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness ( with an early intervention and educational presentation titled, “Ending the Silence”. This relevant and engaging presentation will help attendees identify early signs and symptoms of mental illness, provide information about treatments, and we’ll have a young adult who will share their lived experience coping with depression and anxiety.

The intense emotional burden of the current events has taken a toll on the mental health of millions of youth, school staff, and families. The goal of this event is to begin a larger discussion about mental health so that young people dealing with mental health conditions realize they are not alone.

Every quarter, the PNW Parent Education organization offers free, high-quality parent education events geared towards families, caretakers, and educators. Similar to your school, we feel that better-informed families make stronger communities.

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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