News from your North Beach PTA

November 13, 2020

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Dates to Remember

  • November 9th - 20th: Herbie's Hearts Scavenger Hunt
  • Thursday, November 19: Family Support Session, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • November 23-25: No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 26-27: No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, December 14: Principal Q&A 7:00-8:00 p.m

A Note from Our Principal

Hello North Beach families,

Last month the district delivered pulse surveys to family members, staff, and students. We have received the results of our 3rd-5th grade student surveys. While our students responded overall to the questions regarding remote learning more positively than the rest of the school district, the results reflected there are areas our staff can work on to improve the learning environment for our students. Our Climate Committee has been analyzing the results of the surveys and planning professional development that they will be presenting to our staff next week. We are waiting to receive the results of our parent survey and will adjust as we are able to improve the remote learning experience at North Beach.

Thank you to those who were able to attend the Principal Q&A meeting earlier this week. There were questions about school reopening (the district is working with the county health department and tying decisions to COVID data that can be found at, attendance during remote learning ( and expanding social opportunities for students. School staff are working on finding ways we can provide additional opportunities for students to gather virtually for social interaction during the school day during lunch/recess. The PTA is working on finding ways outside of school hours to increase social time for students. As information becomes available, it will be posted in classroom newsletters, the Beachcomber, or on Konstella. Our next Principal Q&A will be December 14 7:00-8:00 p.m. I hope to see you there.

As the COVID pandemic continues, I want to remind our community that our counselor, Alysa Reid, is providing virtual counseling services during remote learning. She has provided information in this week’s Beachcomber. Read on for more information.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane


North Beach Elementary

From the Office

Regular Lunch Pick-Up will continue during the Thanksgiving break on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Counselor's Corner

Counseling Services During Remote Learning

Hello North Beach Families! I want to make sure everyone is aware that counseling services are still available (virtually, of course) during remote learning. As usual, I am offering small groups for students who need extra support (already underway for the fall) as well as consultations with parents/guardians and short-term individual counseling for students. Look for social drop-in lunch groups coming soon. If you have concerns about your child, please contact Alysa Reid by e-mail at or leave a message at (206) 252-1535. For parenting articles, counseling updates and other resources, please check out my website at:

PTA News

Highlights from the PTA meeting on 11/10

  • Anti-racism / Equity Work:
    • Karin Labelle shared that at Statewide PTA Legislative Session they adopted anti-racism work as part of the strategic advocacy work within PTA's across Washington State.
    • PTA will vote in December to officially adopt PTA Grounding Principles and Denunciation of White Supremacy & Hate Speech and the National PTA's Diversity & Inclusion Policy. We are currently accepting feedback, additions and changes. Please email with thoughts. Complete versions can be found at the bottom of the PTA website and below:
    • 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

  • Budget/Finance:
    • Treasurer Charlie Davis reviewed the 2020-2021 budget to explain possible cost-savings and fundraising needs considering our remote year. Copies of the budget can be obtained by emailing
    • PTA will be donating $2500 from our Community Donations fund to Northgate Elementary to support their Annual Giving Campaign to better equip their teachers and family support grants. If you'd like to personally donate, please do so here:

  • Community Building:
    • From the Family Support Survey, PTA has a clear mandate to focus on community building for kids and families this year. To that end, we are building a "Connection Calendar" and committing to monthly opportunities for (1) Kid connection, (2) Community Building and (3) Family support & Education.
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Volunteers Needed!

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Herbie’s love is spread to all students, staff, faculty, and families of North Beach! 15 special Herbie’s Hearts signs have been spread around our geo-zone and you can find them. Any and all participation wins a prize and one lucky student comes home with a 2020 Herbie stuffie!

The Clues:

Each sign is numbered to correspond to the numbered clue below.

Return a numbered description of each poster.

Please return form to by November 20th

ANY level of participation receives a prize!

  1. We all miss this place, but we can still pick up school lunch daily!

  2. The 10000 block of 13th Ave NW

  3. Barely north of Whitman Middle school, where 15th Ave NW meets NW 95th St

  4. NW 95th St between 23rd Ave NW and 24th Ave NW

  5. The 2600 block of NW 87th St

  6. Where 9th and 11th Ave NW meet north of NW 105th St

  7. 9th Ave NW between NW 97th St and NW 100th St

  8. The 1900 block of NW 97th St

  9. The cul de sac of NW 91st St E of NB elementary

  10. The 8600 block of 23rd Ave NW

  11. Explore 97th Street where it meets 27th Ave NW

  12. 31st Ave NW and 94th Street, just like Boyz II Men The End of the Road!

  13. The corner of 100th and Dibble Ave NW

  14. The 9500 block of 14th Ave NW

  15. NW 100th St and Mary Ave NW, east the Blue Ridge pool, look up the hill!

BONUS1: 14th Ave NW between NW 105th St and NW 103rd St

BONUS2: Outside our Geo zone, the 6500 block of 16th Ave NW

Spread the love! Decorate your own mini Herbie’s Hearts coloring page to show your North Beach pride! Click here for Herbie’s Hearts Coloring page.

Interested in Helping North Beach?

  • Donate Today: If now feels right for your family to donate click here to contribute now.

    • Take advantage of 2020 tax breaks and corporate matching

    • Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

Match Your Donation: Did you know that many Seattle employers match, double match, or even triple match charitable giving? Return your The Big Give donation receipt to your company to have matching funds donated to the PTA.

Family Support Session: November 19, 7-8:30 pm

Family Support Session: November 19, 7-8:30pm

Big Emotions - What you're kids are learning, and how you can help

Join Alysa Reid (NB School Counselor) and Katie Gruver (Parent Educator & NB Parent) to talk about how your kids are learning to identify and manage their emotions with the RULER curriculum. We'll also discuss the brain science of dysregulation and how families support big emotions at home. (There will also be 30 min for Q & A.)

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Need help with Thanksgiving groceries this year?

Crown Hill’s Grocery Outlet is generously donating Thanksgiving meals for North Beach families in need once again this year. If that would be helpful to your family, please let Alysa Reid know by e-mail at by Friday, November 13.

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!

Amazon Smile: 0.5% of eligible purchases back to North Beach!

Shutterfly: 8% of Purchases come back to North Beach!

Shop for cards and photos at and help contribute 8% to the North Beach PTA!


Community News & Events (The programs below are not endorsed by either North Beach PTA or SPS, and are posted for informational purposes only.)


Whitman Middle School Annual Wreath Sale

Whitman Middle School has beautiful wreaths, candle rings and garlands for sale with profits to benefit Whitman's music program. Funds raised will purchase and repair instruments and obtain new music software for our bands, orchestras and choir.

Supplies are limited, order today! Distribution will take place the week of November 23. You can either pick up at Whitman or you can request delivery by a volunteer/student to your home.

The website accepts all major credit cards, but if you would like to pay by check, please review choices on the website and then email us with your order here and we will provide further instructions.

Items Currently Available (as of November 6), price exclude sales tax:

16 inch Mixed Cedar and Noble Candle Ring - $19
24 inch Mixed Evergreen Wreath - $28
24 inch Noble Splendor Wreath - $32
15 foot Cedar Garland - $25
25 foot Cedar Garland - SOLD OUT

Place your order today at

Contact with questions or to pay by check. Thank you for supporting Whitman Music!

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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