News from your North Beach PTA
November 8, 2019
Dates to Remember
- Monday, Nov. 11: Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL
- Tuesday, Nov. 12: 6-8pm PTA General Meeting & Literacy Night, Book Fair
- Friday, Nov. 22: **NEW DATE** School Picture Retake Day
- November 25-27: Elementary Conferences, no school
- November 28-29: Thanksgiving break, no school
A Note from Our Principal
Dear North Beach Families and Community,
As we enter the long weekend to recognize Veterans Day, I would like to thank the veterans
who joined us yesterday at our assembly and to the families who sent in pictures for our
display. If you can stop by, it is up in the hallway outside the cafeteria. Thank you to Phillipa
Dugaw and Sara Easterly for putting together the assembly and the Veterans Day display.
Next week I hope to see you at the PTA general meeting followed by our Literacy Night.
Our teachers have fun activities planned to help you support your child with reading at
home. Some of our students will be sharing some of their work. Finally, don’t forget to
stop by the Phinney Books Book Fair that will be going on in the library. The proceeds from
the fair will be used to add wonderful new books for the students to check out and read.
Enjoy the long weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday ready to
Have a wonderful weekend!
Kristine McLane, email@example.com
Principal, North Beach Elementary
From the Office
We have been having some issues on the playground in the morning with people getting hit by balls as they are coming to school. So we have come up with a plan that we hope will make everyone happy.
Here is our new plan: soccer and football will be allowed on the blacktop in front of p11 and p12 only. Basketball will continue to be ok on the court in front of the covered play court. The area by p7 and the towers play structure will now be “ball-free” before school. The area by the container and between the library and the arches play structure will also be “ball-free”.
Sarah & Carolyn
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.
The BIG GIVE is in Full Swing!
The Big Give is our annual PTA direct appeal that raises important funding for our counselor, tutors, online learning tools, classroom technology and much more! One week in, we have raised $22,300 towards our goal of $70,000 with 28% of our participation forms returned! Keep turning in those envelopes or this year you can participate entirely online via this link, Just by participating you can help your classroom to earn a 100% participation classroom grant, or earn your kid's classroom a visit from Herbie the Seal! Read more about the Big Give and donate here.
PTA Spotlight on Volunteers
November 12, General PTA Membership Meeting
Nov. 12, 6-6:30pm
At our first general membership meeting of the year, we will be approving the annual standing rules, discussing the PTA’s role, and answering questions you might have about what the PTA does for the school and how you can help. You do not have to be a PTA member to attend, but you do need to be a member to vote. In December we will also be having a general membership meeting to review and vote on some mid-year budget issues. Hope to see you at one or both meetings.
North Beach Literacy Night
Please come to...
North Beach Literacy Night
Tuesday, November 12th
6:00-6:30 PTA General Meeting
6:30-8:00 Literacy Night & Book Fair
PTA General Meeting
Join us in the cafeteria to vote on updated Standing Rules and to get information on the Big Give campaign. Childcare offered in Gymnasium by North Beach staff for K-5 students.
North Beach staff and community volunteers will lead four different literacy activities.
- Room 7: Poetry Activities
- Room 9: Graphic Novel Writing Activities
- Room 11: K-5 Literacy information/tips offered to families
- Room 12: Teacher and 5th Grade Leadership Read-Alouds, along with a display of K-5 student writing samples
Phinney Books will be hosting a book fair in the Library, 2:30-3:30 after school and 6:30-8:00 during Literacy Night.
Please note: This is not a drop off event. All activities are planned for family engagement.
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!
Global Reading Challenge
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 northbeachelementary.org/giving-tree
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 https://bit.ly/2pCLuFb
● 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 email@example.com.
Attention 5th Grade Families
We are looking for 2-3 more parents who are interesting in helping out with fundraising for the annual Islandwood camping trip.
The fundraising effort helps lower the cost for all students, so it is a great way to get involved and help out in a tangible way. Also, most things can be done outside of regular business hours, so this is a good option for working parents as well! Duties may include the following:
decide on which fundraisers to do
print and distribute forms as needed
facilitate the Cake Walk at the winter dance
coordinate, and communicate, fundraiser details
keep track of funds raised
If you are interested in helping out, I am looking forward to hearing from you!
Chantel (Savi's mom), email: firstname.lastname@example.org, call or text: 207-518-3528
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!
Community News & Events (The programs below are not endorsed by either North Beach PTA or SPS, and are posted for informational purposes only.)
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
Questions?? Contact Sara Wetstone at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at http://www.mathnasium.com/northwestseattle.
SHOE DRIVE | YOU CAN DELIVER AT NORTH BEACH | ENDS IN NOVEMBER
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.
View Film Trailer at: https://vimeo.com/357620460
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 nwboychoir.org. 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
Registration Information and enrollment paperwork is available at: http://positiveplace.org/locations/childcare/Pages/northbeachchildcare.aspx
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: email@example.com
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 https://www.illuminationlearningstudio.com/.
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