News from your North Beach PTA

November 15, 2019

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Dates to Remember

  • Wed. Nov. 20: School Board Meeting 4:15-6:30pm, John Stanford Center
  • Fri. Nov. 22: **NEW DATE** School Picture Retake Day
  • Fri. Nov. 22: Last day for the BIG GIVE!
  • November 25-27: Elementary Conferences, no school
  • November 28-29: Thanksgiving break, no school
  • Tues. Dec. 10: PTA Meeting **All are welcome!**
  • Wed. Dec. 11: School Board Meeting 4:15-6:30pm, John Stanford Center

A Note from Our Principal

Dear North Beach Families and Community,

A huge shout out to Luci Bakker, our fabulous librarian, for spearheading Literacy Night this week. A big thank you as well to parents Adam and Chantel Frizzell, and Tara Nessan for supporting the event, and to the many North Beach teachers and support staff, as well as our 5th grade leaders, who volunteered to make the night successful. Finally, thank you to all our families for supporting our students’ reading by attending both Literacy Night and our Book Fair, which will benefit the school library.

Over the last three years we have had the opportunity to photograph the entire school for the cover of our yearbook. We would like to continue this tradition. On Friday, November 22nd, please have your kids wear a RED, PINK or WHITE shirt to school. Remember, it is cold outside and they are standing there for about 15 minutes, so if they have this color as a coat, sweater or long sleeved shirt this will help to keep them warm and comfortable.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane,

Principal, North Beach Elementary


From the Office

Photo retakes are coming the morning of November 22nd. Forms are in the office.

Sarah & Carolyn

Counselor’s Corner

Our Book of the Month for November is an oldie but goodie, The Zax by Dr. Seuss. We are using this to introduce/review the final Anchor Tool of RULER, the Blueprint (below). The Blueprint helps students and adults develop empathy, learn to problem solve, make decisions, and resolve conflict.

We encourage use of the Blueprint when interpersonal situations arise in the classroom or on the playground that require perspective-taking. The Blueprint can be applied to situations that occurred in the past, are happening in the present, or might occur in the future. You can practice using the Blueprint at home when disagreements and conflict arise or by encouraging your child to think how storybook characters can resolve their conflicts.

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The BIG GIVE continues!

Great job Seals! Herbie is busy visiting classrooms and we are going strong to reach our goal of $70,000 and 100% school participation! We are currently at 57% school participation and have raised almost $48,000! There is still time to say, “Count me in!” by turning in your GOLDEN ENVELOPE or to PARTICIPATE ONLINE.

Completing your participation form you:

  • Help your child’s class win the Classroom Competition! Classrooms reaching 100% participation are eligible to win a $250 classroom grant. Classrooms with the most participation on a given day of the campaign get a visit from Herbie the Seal!

  • Have your child’s name entered for a chance to take home Herbie the Seal, our beloved stuffed mascot at the end of the campaign!

  • Signal to your child, your school, and your community your commitment to making North Beach Elementary a great place for kids to learn.

PLEASE include classroom information for each of your attending Seals. Completing the donation form online fulfills any requirement for classroom participation goals.



PTA Spotlight on Volunteers

Thanks this week to the teachers! Did you know that all classroom teachers and many staff members are PTA members? Special thanks to Coach Willis, Heather Coutts, Martha May, Luci Bakker, and Judith Knowles who provided child care during the PTA meeting on Tuesday. Having that child care made it so easy for parents to attend the meeting and then the wonderful Literacy Night! Thanks again to Luci Bakker for organizing it, and all the teachers who stayed late to teach all of us a few new things!

Meet with District 1 School Board Director, Saturday, Nov. 16, 10-11:30am

Join outgoing District 1 school board director Scott Pinkham--and possibly the new incoming director--at Greenwood Library to discuss issues relevant to North Beach and other schools in our neighborhood. These issues include school overcrowding, school condition, safety, and the possible dismantling of the Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) program.

The school board works for us and needs to hear what our concerns are for our children's education. If you can commit to attending one school board meeting or director meeting a year, we could have a huge impact. Hope to see you there!

Bike Safety Unit Begins Nov. 21st! Bring Your Helmets to School!

Between November 21st – December 16th, we are going start our bike safety unit. The unit is for 3rd-5th grade with bikes, but I’m going to be extend it for K-2nd. I’ll be teaching some of the same rules of the road while using razor scooters. The students riding the bikes will be outside riding on the far basketball court near P8. The students riding the razor scooters will be riding in the gym and on the play court. Any student who would like to bring their own helmet is encouraged to do so. This will make fitting helmets much easier and allows us more time to focus on other content. I feel this is a good opportunity for our kids to show responsibility. I have helmets available for any student who doesn’t have one. If you have any questions, please ask!


Frank Willis (Coach Willis)

Global Reading Challenge for 4th & 5th graders!

Dear 4th & 5th Grade Families! It's time for the 2020 Global Reading Challenge! All 4th and 5th graders are invited to participate in this fun 3 month event that encourages students to work in teams reading a selection of 10 books. Teams then compete with other teams in a book trivia challenge. For more details on this fun event and how to have your student sign-up, please see visit the external here. To see the complete list of books, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Librarian, Luci Bakker

North Beach Elementary Giving Tree 2019

Greetings! In the spirit of the winter holiday celebrations, North Beach Elementary community donates gifts for students in our school community and local Seattle Public School students who could use a helping hand.

To receive a gift, please let us know how we can help by completing our Giving Tree form. At no time will your name or your student’s name be shared.

Timeline, details and link to online form available at

Please try to be as specific as possible when completing your form. For example, if your child could use some new shoes for basketball practice, please tell us basketball shoes rather than simply shoes. Donors typically spend between $30-40 on a gift.

Please submit your request by Nov. 21, 2019.

There are two ways to send us your request:

● Online form: visit

● Kidmail: complete the form below and give to the front office of your student’s school with an envelope “Attn: North Beach Giving Tree”

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at 206-276-3210 or

New Car Seat Law - Effective January 1, 2020

A new car seat law goes into effect in WA on Jan 1,2020. Here is a link to a good breakdown of the new law:

The biggest change is that any child under 4'9" will need to be in a booster seat effective 1/1/20. Please check your child's total height as this may mean some kids going back into booster seats.

Board Games Needed

Do you have board games (with all their game pieces) that your kids have out grown or you want to upgrade? Ms. Gabrielson, our wonderful Art Teacher, would like to take them off your hands. To donate please leave in her classroom (room 15) or in the office. These games are going to be put to good use.

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!

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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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Ballard Basketball School's Out Clinics

For boys and girls 4th & 5th grades

Monday, Nov. 25 and/or Tuesday, Nov. 26

From 9am-3pm each day

$70/camper/day- Scholarships available

Limit 30 campers

Register here:

Questions?? Contact Sara Wetstone at

Mathnasium Fall Promotion for North Beach Families

Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle provides math support and enrichment for students in grades 2 – 12. As students increase comprehension and build math skills, their confidence grows and their attitude toward math improves. Through November 30th, North Beach students will receive a free math skills assessment and $50 off registration fees when they join Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle in Ballard. Contact us to schedule an assessment for your child at: 206-588-0460 or Learn more at


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Attend a showing of Screenagers: The Next Chapter, Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.

Anxiety is on the rise. Today's youth are more stressed and more depressed than ever before. But there is hope! "Screenagers: Next Chapter," the second film in the groundbreaking documentary series. Learn strategies and solutions to help your screen-obsessed teen survive and thrive in a digital world. West Seattle's Chief Sealth International High School PTSA is hosting a screening of Screenagers Next Chapter at the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium, on Thursday, Nov. 21st, 7:30pm.

Screenagers: Next Chapter

Thursday, Nov. 21

Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium

2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Screening begins at 7:30 p.m.

Teens and tweens are welcome to attend; recommended for ages 10 and older.

Screening is FREE, but donations will be accepted at the door to cover PTSA costs.

Please RSVP here:

View Film Trailer at:

Auditions for Fall Enrollment: Northwest Boychoir

The Northwest Boychoir is now scheduling tryouts for boys who like to sing! Boys who are ages 6-9 years old are invited to audition and no previous music training is needed. Classes for new members begin in January and are held at the University Heights Center in Seattle. Auditions are free of charge.

For more than 40 years, the Northwest Boychoir has helped young people discover the joy of singing, self-discipline and teamwork. We are proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization and are firmly committed to assisting families with financial aid. The Northwest Boychoir offers the perfect blend of music training and Serious Fun!

At the Northwest Boychoir, you can…

  • Be part of a program nationally recognized for musical excellence!
  • Make great friends in an upbeat team setting!
  • Develop confidence by doing amazing things!

To schedule an audition appointment or for more information: 206-524-3234 or Northwest Boychoir Audition Flyer: Download Click for more info and be sure to share the new Boychoir Audition Video!

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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