News from your North Beach PTA

January 27, 2023

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A note from our Principal

Dear North Beach Families:

Last week the SPS Board of Directors approved a proposal to add a Seattle Preschool Program classroom at North Beach for the 2023-24 school year that will provide high-quality, evidence-based preschool programming offered by the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL). The SPP Plus program at North Beach will provide an all-day tuition-based program that will include a specialized program for children with disabilities. The school day hours will match those of our K-5 students. Applications for the program will be accepted starting March 15. This program will replace our current AM/PM Developmental preschool program.

We’re looking forward to our in-school Global Reading Challenge next week, Friday, February 3, from 8:30-10:00 AM in the school cafeteria. GRC Parents/Guardians are welcome to come watch the In-School Challenge! The winning team from our In-School Challenge will advance to the Semi-Final rounds downtown at the Seattle Public Library Central Branch in the Microsoft Auditorium. The Semi-Final round will take place on: Monday, March 17 at 10:00 AM. If the team representing North Beach wins the Semi-Final, they will then compete in the Grand Challenge City Finals. Thank you to Ms. Bakker for once again coordinating this wonderful program for our 4th and 5th grade students!

Enrollment for the 2023-24 school year continues. This coming Monday, January 31, at 7:00 PM, we are hosting our first in-person open house in the school cafeteria for new families since 2020! If you know someone who has an incoming kindergarten student, please pass this information along to them. We will also be hosting a virtual open house on February 1st at 7:00 pm. Meeting information is below:

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Have a wonderful weekend,

Kristine McLane


A message from the PTA

Thursday, Seattle Public Schools shared a message about the state of the future budget of the district. This 2.5 hour video extensively covers ideas for the massive budget shortfall and potential changes to the district and schools. While no formal or specific proposal has been brought forth (this will happen in mid February or early March) the video is an important watch.

The PTA is gathering information and working on strategies going forward for the best way to advocate for North Beach and the greater Seattle Public School community. Our strength is in our community as a school, PTA, city, and district. We will work collectively to create a hope for our children's future.

Book Exchange BINGO- What is That?

What is Book Exchange BINGO? Book Exchange BINGO is fun for the whole family. Bring one or more gently used, school appropriate books (kids and adult books welcome!) on Friday, 2/10 at 6:30pm and get ready to BINGO! The books are the prizes; everyone goes home with new and exciting things to read.

How Much Does It Cost? This event is free!

What About the Potluck? Please bring your favorite savory or sweet dish to share. Please be aware of the many dietary needs of the community and label your food. (For example, Chili: beef, turkey, bacon, kidney beans, peppers, spices, and beef stock)

Sparkling water and juice will be available for purchase for $1/each.

Tell Me More About Dressing Up? Totally optional! If you're in the spirit, feel free to dress as your favorite literary character.

Where Do I Bring My Books? Make sure to bring your books with you to the event on Friday, 2/10. Please ensure that books are in good or great condition and are school appropriate. If you have adult books, bring those along as well. Adults deserve prizes too! When the books run out, the games are over.

NB Auction tickets now available!

Don't miss out on this rockin' good time. Purchase your 2023 North Beach Auction tickets now.

Early Bird ticket prices available. Tickets available in singles, couples, or for an entire table (8 seats). So get your friends, neighbors, and fellow parents together and buy tickets early!

PTA Funding in Action

Budgeting season is almost here and the North Beach PTA would like to hear your opinion on import matters that affect budgets, events, fundraising, and communications for next year. Your input makes a HUGE difference and will enter your student(s) classroom(s) into a drawing for a $100 classroom grant! Check out this quick survey.

Is your student excited to be part of the school musical?

Are your kiddos always singing, making videos, quoting movies, or just a kid looking for a fun way to learn about theater and meet other NB students? The NB musical may be just the place for them!

Email to be added to the email list.

Rehearsals start in February. Multiple levels of engagement! Scholarships available!

1- Main Cast: $200 / 2nd -5th grade / Rehearsals Tues & Thurs 5 - 6:30

Named parts in the musical - Big or small. If you try out, you will get a part.

2- Chorus: $50 / all grades / 3-7 rehearsals (total)

Join the big song and dance act! (Previously this was the open and finale)

3- Stage Craft: Free / all grades / flexible

Help us design and paint scenery, make props and costumes.

4- Stage Hand: $20 / 4-5th grade / 4 rehearsals and all performances

Work backstage, move scenery and props. Availability April 28th - May 9.

Scholarships Available!

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email:

Quick Volunteer Help Needed, Tuesday, 2/7

Two volunteers are needed to help on Tuesday, 2/7 to organize students for class picture day. Volunteers help students look their best and bring classes to the lunchroom for their pictures. Interested? Email Beth at

Volunteer Highlights

This week we wanted to highlight the work of our wonderful Room Parents. These wonderful people help coordinate, communicate, and plan PTA and school events and needs at the school. Their recent efforts (and generous donations from North Beach families) have created some wonderful and unique experiences for the auction. Thank you all for your work for our students and school! Thank you: Jennifer Markovitz, Kathleen Allen, Audrey Allison-Jone, Maisie Antoniello, Allison Arrington, Bryce Carman, Emma Davis, Cassie Ferrence, Adrienna Hulscher, Crystal Low, Faith Lowe, Brittany, McFarlane, Rebecca Mongrain, Sarah Newcomb, Corrie Ortega, Venessa Petersen, Daniela Raspelli, Emma Sanyal, Molly Schmidt, Tamara Sharabi, Katie Steinberg, Ether Stifano, Natalie Sullivan, Kelsi Thorpe-Wilson, Thuy Vo, Misty Weiss, and Heidi Yocom.

I Get Too Many Konstella Messages!

We get it! Inboxes are full! The PTA is a fountain of information, programs, volunteer and donation opportunities and then there is information about camps, classes, and life on top of it. Communications are something we take seriously and want everyone to know that we value your inbox and are making efforts to distill our information. In the meantime, you have the power to update how and when you receive Konstella messages. From the homepage click the drop down menu by your name, go to account settings, and notifications. From there you can update your messages to be the perfect fit for you and your family.

Incoming Whitman Student Open House

5th grade families are you looking for info about Whitman Middle School?

Check out their upcoming Open House!

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5:45 pm-7:00 pm

5:45-6:00 Special Education presentation in the auditorium
5:45-6:00 Browse the information tables outside the auditorium
6:00 Principal & PTSA presentation in the auditorium with school tours after

This is an open house for NEW incoming 6th Grade Families


WA has a new tax credit that pays a cash rebate to help working families. Individuals and families may receive up to $1,200 back if they meet certain eligibility requirements. Applications open February 1, 2023.

Need help or have questions, email NB parent, Tamara Sharabi.

Implementing the Science of Reading - 1/30 @7pm

Implementing the Science of Reading: Supporting Dyslexic Learners in the General Education classroom

MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2023 AT 7 PM – 8 PM

The Seattle Special Education PTSA, in partnership with Decoding Dyslexia Washington, Inland Northwest Dyslexia Alliance, and Bellevue Dyslexia Partners, present the next event in our Supporting your Dyslexic Learner webinar series: Implementing the Science of Reading: Supporting Dyslexic Learners in the General Education classroom.

You've identified that your student has dyslexia or a suspected learning disability, but now what? How can you help your student to thrive in an environment built for typical learners? Join us to hear how your student can be supported in the general education classroom. Our presenter, Staci Bain, Ed.d. will discuss approaches to learning, suggest accommodations, and explore helpful tools that will provide support for dyslexic students so they can be successful in any educational setting. This presentation is intended for parents and caregivers, but all are welcome!

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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.


Children's Author Panel - All about spies - Feb 2nd at 4pm

Queen Anne Book Co is hosting an author panel about spies! Thursday, Feb. 2 at 4pm, online.

Amazing authors:

  • Stuart Gibbs - Spy School
  • James Ponti - City Spies
  • Rebecca Barone - Unbreakable (new nonfiction!)
  • Steve Sheinkin - Bomb (newly adapted as graphic nonfiction!)

Click here to register for FREE!

STEAM camp Feb. 10th - Valentine's Day Theme

Wise Camps are hosting a Valentine's Day STEAM mini-camp where Students (Pre-K through 8th grade) will rotate through 5 Valentine's-themed STEAM stations:

*Chemistry (to make a love potion!)

*Medicine (to learn all about the heart and even get to see a real pig heart if they are interested!)

*Art (to make Valentines for their loved ones & learn about the science behind Shrinky-dinks while making heart-shaped keychains for backpacks!)

*Robotics (a local high school's robotics team will challenge students to drive the robot in a heart-shaped path!)

*Engineering (students will build and test out their candy catapults!)

Students will also be fed a pizza dinner with carrot sticks, applesauce, and have the opportunity to decorate some heart-shaped cookies! There will also be a photo booth with fun props and all students will get to take home a Polaroid picture! Parents/guardians are welcome to drop off or they can stay for the fun with their student(s)!

Register here!

Attention all Baseball, Softball, and Tee-Ball players!

Northwest Seattle Little League (NWSLL) is open for registration!

On-time registration for Kid-Pitch players (league ages 8 thru 12) ended January 22nd; however, late registration is accepted as slots remain available.. Our Kid-Pitch age players (ages 8 and up) have Evaluation Day on Saturday, February 11th to assist in (1) determining if an age 8 player is ready for Kid-Pitch, (2) placing players as appropriate in AA, AA, or Majors, and (3) creating balanced teams. Those teams will be created in mid to late February.

For players league age 8 and younger (who play Coach-Pitch or Tee-Ball), teams start up later (early to mid-April), so we accept registrations through mid-March. We will form those teams around March 20th.

Lastly, NWSLL liberally grants scholarship requests to families in need of assistance. Our goal is to help every kid play ball who wants to enjoy the game with friends!

Register here:

President's Day Basketball Camp

Learn the basics of basketball through fun skills, drills, and games. We will break groups up by age, and skill, to learn the fundamentals of dribbling, passing and shooting while also building teamwork and sportsmanship

Monday, Feb. 20th 9am-3pm

Grades: K-7th

Location: Ballard Community Center

Register below.

Ballard Basketball Camps

Ballard Basketball

Registration is now open!

Mid-Winter Break Camp for 6th-8th grade girls

Spring Break Camp for 6th-8th grade boys

Summer Camps for 3rd-8th grade all genders

Spring In House Leagues for K/1st, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th-9th girls and boys

* Full and partial scholarships available by emailing Sara at

More info and registration at

FREE low sensory hours @ local Museums

Museum of Flight

Saturday January 28th, 2023, 8:00am - 10:00am,

pre-registration required

FREE Chamber Music Concert Feb 4th

Join Seattle Chamber Music Society for a FREE, fun, and engaging concert for children and young adults on the autism spectrum or with similar disabilities, and their families or care-givers. As many with autism (or related challenges) do not attend traditional music performances due to stimming, vocalizations or physical movements, Azure concerts offer a welcoming, nonjudgmental space for families to gather and enjoy music together. This event is ‘Shush-Proof’! Look forward to an instrument petting zoo after the performance!

Saturday, February 4, 2023


SCMS Center for Chamber Music

(601 Union Street, Suite 220, Seattle, WA 98101)

Register Here


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.