News from your North Beach PTA

June 3, 2022

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Dates to Remember

  • Friday, June 3rd: Last day to pre-register for 5th grade promotion ceremony
  • Tuesday, June 7th: Last day to submit PTA Award nominations
  • Wednesday, June 8th: 12:30pm 5th grade beach party Volunteers needed
  • Thursday, June 9: Book Swap (during school hours)
  • Monday, June 13:Talent Show (during school and 6:30pm for families) Volunteer to help with the Talent Show
  • Tuesday, June 14: Field Day Volunteer to help with Field Day
  • Tuesday, June 14: 6:30pm Final PTA meeting of 21/22 school year
  • Friday, June 17: 9am 5th grade Promotion & Reception
  • Friday, June 17: Last day of school, early dismissal
  • Friday, June 17: 3pm 5th grade pool party Volunteers needed

North Beach Multicultural calendar - June

During June the North Beach community celebrates the following multicultural groups. We will highlight resources and opportunities to learn more about these groups during the month.

  • June - Pride Month
  • June 19th - Juneteenth

A Note From our Principal

June 3, 2022

Dear North Beach Families:

Understandably, school safety has been the topic of many conversations over the past week. I’d like to reiterate the importance we place on student safety. We’ve received some questions about the types of safety drills we conduct. Part of our safety plan includes monthly safety drills, which include evacuation, earthquake, shelter-in-place, reverse evacuation, and lockdown drills. We do not participate in active shooter exercises, which Washington State has recently restricted by law. A lockdown situation would be implemented to isolate students and staff from threats of violence, such as suspicious trespassers or armed intruders, that may occur in a school or in the vicinity of a school. We conduct lockdown drills with staff only and have conversations about preparing for threats of violence. However, due to the possibility of added stress and anxiety for our students, we do not actively involve them in these drills. Teachers do teach students what to do in the event of a lockdown and answer their questions.

Next week, we will hold our final safety drill of the year. We will have a Reverse Evacuation followed by a Shelter-in-Place. A Reverse Evacuation is the process used for moving students/staff indoors quickly. The most common reason for a Reverse Evacuation is bad weather during recess. Other reasons for Reverse Evacuation include a swarm of bees (this happened last spring), unsafe air conditions, community violence; school is notified by law enforcement that an armed individual may be in the area, etc. A Shelter-in-Place is the process of keeping students and staff safe from dangers within the community. Schools would go into Shelter-in-Place in events such as a hazardous materials incident, snowstorm, vague threats, or violence in the community that is not directed at the school. While the school is in Shelter-in-Place, academics are ongoing; however, movement around campus is limited and all doors are secured.

In addition to students’ physical safety, staff are focused on creating a learning environment where all students feel cared for, valued and supported. June 1 marked the beginning of LGBTQI+ Pride Month. This year North Beach staff participated in a professional development session on Creating and Sustaining Safe and Supportive Environments for LGBTQI+ Students. We are continuing a partnership with Lisa Love, SPS Health Education Manager, to provide ongoing support for staff to implement best practices for SPS staff and families regarding identity.

Finally, today is the last day to pre-register to attend our 5th grade promotion ceremony on June 17. All attendees must show proof of vaccination in order to attend. If you plan to attend and have not registered, please complete this form:

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kristine McLane


From the Office

Progress reports will be sent home with students on the last day of school, June 17th. If your student will not be here on June 17th, we will mail the progress report to your home address.

Library & Tech Reminders

Return all library books

  • June 3rd: All library books must be returned

Book Swap

  • June 9th: Book Swap during school hours

Return all tech equipment week of June 6

  • All tech equipment must be returned with the Tech Equipment Return Form
  • Must return device, chargers/cords, covers, and keyboards
  • June 6 - Pre-K, Kinder
  • June 7 - K-1, Focus K-1
  • June 9 - 2nd/3rd
  • June 10 - 4th/5th, Focus 3-5
Summer Reading

Read Ms. Bakker's Library newsletter for more reminders and summer reading fun! Questions? Email Luci Bakker at

SPS Special Education Upcoming Community Forums

Black Family Community

  • Thursday, June 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Latinx Community

  • Friday, June 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Asian Community (language support in Chinese and Vietnamese)

  • Thursday, June 9, 7:30-9 p.m.

All sessions are hosted via Zoom and will be facilitated. Language support will be available. Links to join sessions will be emailed directly to families.

For more information on how to sign up email:

Expense reimbursements - due June 13th

Do you need a reimbursement from expenses you paid this school year?

Please submit reimbursement requests to the PTA Treasurer, Vanessa Petersen, by email at:, or place in the PTA Treasurer inbox in the school office no later than Monday, June 13th. Include the reimbursement request form as well as any receipts so your request can be processed before break!

Help the Sensory Garden! Only 2 slots left

Despite our current weather, Seattle's summers are one of the driest in the country! Help out by signing up to water the Sensory Garden during the weeks of: September 4th, or October 2.

  • It takes about 30 minutes to water and weed.
  • During your week, please water and weed 2 - 3 times, you choose when. (based on rainfall)
  • All tools are readily available at the school.

  • Easy to follow instructions are available at the garden and emailed before your shift.

If you have any questions please email

Want a day at the beach? Volunteer for a 5th grade grad party!

We have volunteer slots open for both 5th grade graduation parties.

Beach Party 6/8 @12:30: looking for chaperones, help with set-up, and help running games

Volunteer to help with the Beach Party

Pool Party 6/17 @ 3pm: looking for chaperones

Volunteer to help with the Pool Party

PTA Awards - Nominations due June 7th

Send us a quick email - tell us who you think really went above and beyond. Include the nominees name, which award, and a short description of why they caught your attention.

The GOLDEN ACORN AWARD honors an outstanding volunteer.

The OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD recognizes a NB educator.

The OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE AWARD recognizes an idividuals for dedicated service to ALL children and a demonstrated commitment to helping create strong policies for the health, welfare, safety, and education of children and youth.

Volunteers needed!! Talent Show - June 13th

We still need volunteers for The Talent Show on June 13th.

Open Opportunities:

  • Art & Communications -- Help gather art from Leadership Team and create flier for evening event, decorations for stage
  • Tech Support - DAYTIME TALENT SHOW: run AV equipment, organize and play music for acts, make sure mics are working. 8-9:30am
  • Tech Support - EVENTING TALENT SHOW: run AV equipment, organize and play music for acts, make sure mics are working. 6-8:30pm

Want to voluntter or have questions?

Sign up on Konstella or contact Lead Parent Volunteer, Joanna Braeden or North Beach PTA President Katie Gruver at

Calling all 5th graders attending Whitman Middle School next fall!

Meet the new principal, Mr. Houston

Who: Incoming Whitman families and students

When: Wednesday, June 8 @6:30pm

Where: MS Teams (or call in for audio only (206)800-4125 Conference ID 733 615 759#)

Summer Book Checkout event

  • Meet Ms. Macer, the librarian and 6th grade ELA teachers
  • Get a Wildcats Read booklist
  • Check out books for the summer

Where: Whitman Middle School

When: Wednesday, June 8

Time: 4pm-6pm

Covid-19 vaccine boosters - children 5-11 eligible

The CDC has expanded eligibility of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to everyone 5 years of age and older. CDC now recommends that children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.

Find local vaccination sites:

SPS recommends all students take an at home COVID-19 test prior to returning to school following Memorial Day weekend.

June is Pride Month!

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events.

Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. (Library of Congress)

June 4th - Seattle Pride in the Park - Volunteer Park

June 26th - Seattle Pride Parade - 4th Ave Downtown Seattle

Children's Story Books for LGBTQIA+ Pride Month


Community News & Events

The programs below are not endorsed by either North Beach PTA or SPS, and are posted for informational purposes only.


Parent Education Opportunities:

New Research May Change How We Think About the Autism Spectrum

12 popular games adapted for children with Autism

Polygon raises $4M to test kids for ADHA & Dyslexia

New Published data on minimally verbal autistic people

Crown Hill Summer Festival - June 17th 4-8pm

Enjoy live music, free popsicles and face painting, a food truck, a local makers' market, fun for dogs, and more!

NW 90th Street will be closed between 14th Ave NW and Mary Ave NW (Behind the ACE/ Turtle Coffee) so that we can celebrate the start of summer with our neighbors!

Find out more at or follow us on Instagram @crownhillvillage to stay up to date on all the fun!

Ballard Volleyball Youth Camp

Fundamental skills for every volleyball position taught by current BHS varsity players. Learn skills & strategy!

Who: 4th-9th grade boys & girls

When: June 21- 23

Time: 1-3:30pm

Where: Ballard High School Gymnasium

Cost: $60 (includes tshirt)


Summer Art Camp - ages 9-17


Week long morning or afternoon summer camps for youth and teens in drawing, painting, wheel throwing and handbuilding ceramics, photography, weaving, felting, puppets, and more. Opening our new studio in Georgetown this June.

Sign up now!

Fun Soccer Day Camp

Camp is run by Ingraham High School Girls Soccer Players

When: July 11th-15th

Time: 8:00 AM – Noon

Location: Jane Addams Middle School: 11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Who: Elementary aged recreational players

Registration Information on attached forms.

Cost: $100.00 for first child from your home, $80 for each additional

Email Mike Wentzel (Teacher and Assistant Girls Soccer Coach at for the registration form.

Ballard High School Girls Basketball Camp

When: June 27-30, 9am-3pm

Who: Girls entering 4-8th grades

Where: Ballard High School


Code Ninja Summer Camps

Summer Camps for the technology loving kid! Explore the basics of coding through Minecraft® and Roblox, build a game controller with a banana, create objects with a 3D printer and more! Enjoy a free Game Building session or explore our summer camp offerings:

UW Youth Summer Programs - There's still time to register

The online and in-person classes below are still open for registration. This is a great opportunity for 4-5th graders looking for unique summer learning opportunities.

  • Debate for Kids (Online)
  • Intro to Drag-and-Drop Coding with Skylark (Online)
  • Mixed Media Art and Mosaics (On Campus)

Visit for registration information.

Camp Meadowood Springs


A summer camp program for children with speech, hearing, and other communication related disorders, ages 7 - 14.

Session 1 - July 10 - 16, Session 2 - July 17 - 23

Courageous Kids Climbing- Bothel, WA

Free Opportunity for children age 5+ with special needs

  • Saturday, June 4 at the Auburn Valley YMCA from 12-2 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 5, 2022 Join Courageous Kids Climbing for a free opportunity to go rock wall climbing at the Bothell YMCA!

Contact Courageous Kids Climbing for more information.


After School Programs

Boys & Girls Club

Questions? 206-582-3512

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:

Washington Karate After School Program

Transportation is available up to five days per week from select Seattle Schools and the dojo is located conveniently near the Greenwood Fred Meyer. Students have snack and homework time and a one hour karate class, where they learn skills and discipline. For more details visit or call (206)784-3171.

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Seattle Public Schools, SPS, provides Equal Educational Opportunities and Equal Employment Opportunities and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex; race; creed; color; religion; ancestry; national origin; age; economic status; sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; physical appearance; the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability; honorably discharged veteran or military status; or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. SPS also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.