News from your North Beach PTA

April 8, 2022

Dates to Remember

  • Friday, April 8: Wear blue to honor & celebrate Autism Acceptance Month
  • April 11-15: Spring Break - No School.
  • Tuesday, April 19: 6:00 - 6:30pm Principal Q&A (Zoom) Meeting ID: 925 4329 3181
    Passcode: 157555
  • Tuesday, April 19: 6:30pm PTA Meeting (Zoom) Meeting ID: 925 4329 3181
    Passcode: 157555
  • Saturday, April 23: 10:00am NB Earth Day Garden Party

North Beach Multicultural calendar - April

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


April: Autism Acceptance Month

April 2: Ramadan begins

April 3-9: National Library Week

April 15-23: Passover

April 17: Easter

April 22: Earth Day

April 28: Holocaust Memorial Day

A Note From our Principal

April 8, 2022


Dear North Beach Families:


We are hopeful that Seattle Public Schools will be able to lift its current physical distancing requirements soon after Spring Break in all buildings. In preparation for doing so, we have a small amount of furniture we would like to move back into classrooms. If you are interested in supporting our efforts to prepare for a return to school without distancing requirements, please consider joining the Earth Day Garden Party on April 23, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM! We’ll be looking for volunteers that day to move furniture in and out of several classrooms.


When physical distancing requirements change, group or classroom testing becomes an even more important tool for responding to an increase of COVID cases or suspected outbreaks. This type of testing allows SPS to get a clear picture of spread in a classroom or student group and is an additional step we can take to keep our classrooms safe and students learning in-person. Learn more about on-demand testing and how to register your student for participation on the SPS testing webpage.[CJ1] We are asking families to proactively opt-in so we can quickly respond to an increase of confirmed cases in a classroom or the school.


I will be hosting a brief Principal Q&A session before the PTA meeting from 6:00-6:30 on April 19 to discuss changes to SPS distancing and testing. I hope to see you there.


Finally, I wanted to share information about the SPS Academy of Rising Educators (A.R.E.). The program helps SPS high school seniors and recent graduates, current SPS staff, and community members earn their teaching certificate. In partnership with Seattle Central College, City University, Seattle Teacher Residency, University of Washington Special Education High Incidence Program, Seattle University, the Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL), and the City of Seattle, it provides candidates tuition, academic, and wrap-around supports. While there are many teacher certifications programs in Washington, A.R.E. is the only program that includes district-provided financial support and preferred placement upon completion.


Have a relaxing Spring Break. We look forward to seeing everyone back after a week away from school. Enjoy the time with your family!


Principal Kristine McLane

kemclane@seattleschools.org

From the Office

Happy Spring Seals!


We hope everyone has a fun and relaxing Spring Break!

See you on Monday, April 18th.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

North Beach Earth Day Garden Party

Saturday, April 23rd

10am - 1pm

Calling all Seals! Help is needed for the North Beach Earth Day Garden Party!

Thank you so much for volunteering your time and tools to this fun event! Because of your efforts, North Beach will be able to join together to improve our school and community. Thank you!

Click here for volunteer opportunities available for the Earth Day Garden Party. If you have any questions please email Beth at bb.carman@greentab.net.

North Beach ON-DEMAND Spirit Apparel Available NOW!

Did you miss out on the previous North Beach Spirit Apparel sale? Now is your chance to get some fantastic North Beach Seal clothing delivered directly to your home! This sale is on-going so show off your North Beach pride!


Scan the QR code to the left or go to spirithero.com

Select North Beach Elementary On-Demand

Select your items

North Beach Yearbook Cover Art Competition Results!

...and the winner is

Jack Pagel!

Jack's art will be displayed as our 21/22 North Beach Yearbook Cover.

Congrats to our 2nd (Gabby Cornejo & Iris Koslowsky) and 3rd (Micah Hottovy) place winners too!

See the winning entries below.

Thank you to all our student artists and our teachers and staff who judged.

We received 42 entries and all will be featured throughout the yearbook.


It's not too late to purchase a yearbook. Click here to order your copy!

SPS Superintendent listening tour

The Seattle Council PTSA is hosting a series of community engagements with Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Brent Jones. Please join us to share your voice with our district leader about safe and welcoming environments. To register, please use the following links. ASL and closed captioning will be available at eash listening session. Interpretation in each of the top 5 languages (Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Amharic) is available as well. All listening sessions are 5:30PM to 7:30PM on the dates listed.


April 19: Native families https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpd-qgrzMrEtB9eyuW5z09U-yz02q-GfPy

April 21: Multilingual families https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEod-uopz4rHNOw4A4NT37eXz8isXu8v6kh

April 25: Black families: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpc-yopz0oG9xIbq62En8Fm5iMF_KBJKEO (Interpretation in Oromo and Tigrinya available in addition to the languages listed above)

May 2: Students with IEPs/504s https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsf-ygqDojG9BBIRmAAQafIss9xkzV6KLc

May 5: Students https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ocOugqT4vEtDaKS3xGJwtdZrKjYpQFw8c

May 9: Special Education families https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYodOquqTsiE9y1KJnM5pJrMa39aTSb7ra2

May 16: General public https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsfuGhpjovH9cM5rCAYrbaALSxwjX1YL7Q

Hello fifth grade parents! The Whitman PTSA needs you next year!

Will your child be attending Whitman Middle School next year? Would you like to support them and their classmates in exciting and important ways? If so, the Whitman PTSA needs you for next year’s board! We are currently collecting nominations for all elected positions (descriptions here), but especially for VP Communications, VP Advocacy, VP Fundraising, VP Volunteer Coordinator, and VP Equity. And we need a current 5th grade parent to be the 6th grade representative on the Building Leadership Team next year. If you’re interested in any of these roles, you can nominate yourself or someone else using this form, or e-mail questions to whitman-ptsa-nomcom@googlegroups.com. Nominations will be collected until May 10.

Ramadan

This year, Ramadan begins on Saturday, April 2, and ends on Sunday, May 1.

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar year and is an annual celebration practiced by Muslims around the world. The obligation to refrain from eating or drinking from dawn to dusk during the time of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the religion of Islam. After sunset prayers, fasting is broken with a meal shared among families and friends.


Resources for Families and Community

Ramadan: Why Muslims Fast

Teaching About Ramadan and Eid

9 Ways to Support Your Muslim Friends During Ramadan

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Washington

National Library Week April 3-9

Thank you to our fantastic North Beach Librarian, Ms. Bakker! We appreciate all that you do for our school!!


The theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition to books. Most importantly libraries also connect communities to each other. Overall, the theme is an explicit call to action—an invitation for communities to join, visit, or advocate for their local libraries.


National Library Week Coloring page

ILoveLibraries.org

Passover 2022 will be celebrated from April 15-23

What Is Passover?

The eight-day Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, April 15 - 23, 2022. Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.

In Hebrew it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because God passed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.


Resources

How to make a Passover painting

The Mysterious Golem of Prague by Chaim Clorfene and Simcha Gottlieb

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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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Parent Education Opportunities

  • April: ABA Launch - UW clinic-based, short-term, comprehensive and intensive early intervention program for children up to six years of age with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • April 23: Cops for Inclusion Lynnwood Police Department

Spring Break Activitites

April 12 & 15 Gymnastics - Intro classes - scheduling@waypointpediatric.com

April 15 Baseball skill workshop - scheduling@waypointpediatric.com

April 11-15 Leaps & Beeps Adaptive Dance Classes for adults and children age 5 & up - scheduling@waypointpediatric.com

Spring Break Camp

T.A. Training is offering a spring break basketball camp for 1st -7th graders. All skills are welcome!


Location: Webster Park

Time: 9am-12pm

Cost: $150


For more info and registration, please email t.a.seattletraining@gmail.com

Ballard Basketball Summer Camps

Ballard Basketball has been locally owned and operated by Sara Wetstone for over 10 years. Coach Sara and her staff are thrilled to keep kids active and happy all summer long with five weeks of camp- come to one or come to all! Camps are designed to improve player skill, decision-making and mindset through drills, games and prizes.



  • For all genders entering 4th-8th grade in Fall 2022
  • Most weeks for beginner to intermediate players. Some weeks for intermediate to advanced players.
  • Scholarships for any family in need.



For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ballardbasketball.org/camps

UW Youth & Teen Summer Programs

Registration is open for summer. We have several in-person and online enrichment courses for 4th and 5th grade students including:


>Debate

>Young Actors Workshop

>Mixed Media Art

>Coding


Please visit our website at youth-teen.uw.edu for course details and registration information.

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.


The Washington Karate program is an excellent way for children to develop physical, mental, and emotional well-being.” ~Dr. Thomas Staiger, Medical Director, UW Medical Center.

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Seattle Public Schools, SPS, provides Equal Educational Opportunities and Equal Employment Opportunities and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex; race; creed; color; religion; ancestry; national origin; age; economic status; sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; physical appearance; the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability; honorably discharged veteran or military status; or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. SPS also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.