News from your North Beach PTA

May 7, 2021

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Dates to Remember

  • Monday, May 10: Principal Q&A 7 p.m.
  • Monday, May 31: Memorial Day **NO SCHOOL**
  • Tuesday, June 1: PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m. **ALL ARE WELCOME**
  • Friday, June 18: Last Day of School, 1 hr. Early Dismissal

A Note from Our Principal

Dear North Beach Families:

Our teachers and staff find joy because of the work we do with our students. I observe daily teachers and support staff working together to find ways to support students’ academic and social emotional needs. It was so nice this week to see how much the community at North Beach appreciates the work our teachers and staff are doing, especially this year. Thank you so much!

At this week’s board meeting the School Board voted to amend Policy 2190, which involves Highly Capable Services. The policy now reads in part: Access to curriculum and opportunities, including access to highly capable services, should not be determined by a student’s race or neighborhood, and shall not be treated as a limited resource. As such, students in need of Highly Capable services will have equitable access to academically challenging and appropriate services, in their neighborhood schools or in the schools to which they are admitted through the open enrollment process.

On Monday, May 10, I’ll be hosting my monthly Principal Q&A hour. I’ve invited Deenie Berry, Advanced Learning Program Manager for the district, to attend. She will provide background information on the Advanced Learning program in SPS, then explain the process the Advanced Learning Task Force went through to make recommendations to the School Board. Finally, she will explain how the amended policy may affect neighborhood schools.

Meeting information: Monday, May 10. 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 206-800-4125,,553655039# United States, Seattle

Phone Conference ID: 553 655 039#

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane


North Beach Elementary

From the Office

Now is the time we start planning for the fall and a big part of that planning is having our enrollment numbers up as high and as true as possible. We plan our classrooms and teacher assignments all around enrollment. If we don’t have enough students enrolled, we are in danger of losing teachers and other staff members. To that end, we need everyone to enroll their students in SPS as soon as possible, like, yesterday. If you have a younger child you are planning on having attending North Beach, please go online to and enroll your student today. If you have friends, neighbors, family who are coming to North Beach, make sure they are registered. Questions? Please reach out: or

Sarah & Carolyn

Counselor’s Corner

We’re a few weeks into our new school schedules, and most students seem to have made a smooth transition. If this is not the case for your child, I’m here to support. As always, if you have any concerns you’d like to discuss about your student, please e-mail me at or leave a message at 206-252-1535.

I’ve started a lunch group on Wednesdays from 11-11:30 am for 3rd-5th grade students in the C Cohort and have e-mailed links to students and parents. This is a time for kids to connect with peers in a fun, relaxed way with time for conversation and games. If your child is in the remote learning model and you think they might benefit from more social time with peers, please encourage them to check it out.

Alysa Reid, Counselor

COVID-19 Vaccines Available!

Hello North Beach Families and Friends,

This is Nurse Saga writing to inform you that if you are ready and want a vaccine, or if you need a second vaccine given to you closer to Seattle, the University of Washington Medical Center has open appointments.

The UW Medical Center is a first shot Pfizer location, meaning if this is your first shot you will only be able to receive PFIZER, but if you need a second shot of Moderna we do have Moderna available for those who need a second shot. A second appointment at UWMC for Pfizer will be generated for you automatically after you receive your first dose.

If you or anyone you know who is 16 years or older is interested, please feel free to call 206-598-3000 to make an appointment. You do not have to be an existing patient of UW Medicine.

Thank you and be safe,

Nurse Saga

North Beach Appreciation Week

What a fantastic North Beach Appreciation we have had! The North Beach Elementary PTA would like to say thank you one more time (we really can't say it enough) to our staff and teachers. Their dedication, kindness, flexibility, and persistence makes North Beach the phenomenal school it is.

THANK YOU TEACHERS and STAFF!! We appreciate you! (you, you, you!)

The Big Give Update- A Campaign of Gratitude

Recently, The Big Give received another incredibly generous donation of $15,000. Words cannot express how truly honored we are to have such giving patrons for North Beach Elementary. This funding is put to critical use for our school counselor, tutors, classroom materials and technology, classroom stipends and mini grants, and so much more. The Big Give would like to honor our most charitable supporters with a campaign of gratitude.

Next week, at morning and afternoon pick up, be on the lookout for an opportunity to sign a thank you card or two for these donors. If you have an online student and/or are unable to sign the cards, we invite families and students to submit small thank you pictures that will be added to the thank yous to

Thank you to everyone who has donated to The Big Give, every single donation matters to our students. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

If you have not had the opportunity to donate to The Big Give, click here to make a donation today.

Join the Communication Committee!

This easy volunteer team helps communicate PTA messages and important school information via the Beachcomber, Konstella and Facebook. Members are needed to keep communications going next year!

If you are interested in joining or have questions email Rebecca Mongrain at

Build a New School!

Big Improvements to North Beach Facility

The levy to fund school construction isn't until 2022, but the work to decide what to send to the voters is happening NOW! Decisions on what projects to include in the levy will be made this summer.

Advocate for North Beach! We need volunteers to attend virtual SPS committee meetings, school board meet and greets, and letter writing. The first step is a virtual meeting with other North Beach Parents to discuss strategy and messaging. Join us! Email:

Legislative Corner

The 2021 legislative session is over. Governor Inslee signed the two bills that will create a capital gains tax and the working families tax refund.

The state’s budget for the next two years was passed. For a comprehensive look at the operating and capital budgets, use the LEAP website and the following links:

· Operating Budget (use documents from the Proposed Final (4/24/2021 – or As Passed Legislature)

· Capital Budget (use documents from the As Passed Legislature (4/24/2021)

An initial budget overview of both produced for Washington State PTA members can be found here:

· Operating budget comparison

· Capital budget comparison

The legislature’s work goes beyond funding and they also passed bills to modify truancy requirements; prohibiting the inappropriate use of Native American names, symbols, or images as public school mascots, logos, or team names; increasing grant limits for early learning facilities; and extending the mastery-based learning workgroup.

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!

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.

Support North Beach Elementary When You Shop!

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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.)


PNW Parent Education Presentation: Digital Safety 101

After more than a year of remote schooling, nonstop developments in educational technology, and social media overload -- now more than ever -- it’s important for families to educate themselves on digital safety. To address this, we’re partnering up with PNW Parent Education ( for a presentation titled, “Digital Safety 101”. Jo Langford, dad, Master’s-level therapist, author and sex educator for tweens, teens and parents, will help parents figure out how to balance their family’s digital life with boundaries, etiquette, and good judgement. This FREE online educational event is on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in attending, please register at:

This relevant and engaging presentation will also include the following information:

  • An overview of youth behavior in a digital age: the risks and benefits of online life;

  • Raising digital natives: setting up guidelines and house rules for safety;

  • Roadmap of highways & potholes of digital development;

  • Q&A with guest moderator: Christy Keating of the Heartful Parent.

Lastly, while watching the event, you can order a delicious family meal from The Extra Ingredient: Please click on the link titled, “May 26, 2021: PNW Parent Education Event - Pre Order”. All orders must be placed by Wednesday, May 19, 2021 and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to PNW Parent Education.

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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