News from your North Beach PTA

November 8, 2019

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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,

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

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 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

Thanks this week to our veterans! At North Beach we have many parents, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends, who have served the United States and other countries. Special thanks this week to the veterans who shared their experiences at Thursday’s assembly--Bob Easterly (Violet & Olive Alpen’s grandfather), John Ellingboe (Kyra Ege’s grandfather), John Fu (Lila, Livia, and Lorelai’s father), and Geoffery Simmons (Geoffery Simmons’s father). And thanks to Sara Easterly and Phillipa Dugaw who organized the assembly and put the photos of the veterans on the wall outside the lunchroom. Look for the photos to learn more about our school’s community of veterans.

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

Book Fair

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

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

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:, 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!

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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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