News from your North Beach PTA
January 29, 2020
Dates to Remember
- Monday, February 1: Kindergarten and New Student Open House, 6:30 p.m.
- February 1-26: Open Enrollment for School Choice
- Tuesday, February 2: PTA Meeting **ALL ARE WELCOME**
- February 15-19: Mid-winter Break, NO SCHOOL
- Thursday, February 25: Parent Education Night, 6:30 p.m.
A Note from Our Principal
Dear North Beach Families:
I enjoy watching “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” on PBS. The stories he shares are not just interesting family stories; they are fascinating because they show how individual families’ stories intertwine with important historical events and social movements. I was recently inspired to do a little digging into my own family’s history. Members of my family were in Washington when it was still part of Oregon Territory in the 1850s. While looking for information on my family, I came across some historical facts I was previously unaware of. Oregon was granted admission to the United States in 1859 and is the only state with language in its constitution that excluded African Americans from moving to the state, having the right to vote, own real estate, or access the legal system. While the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution legally superseded the state constitution, the exclusionary clause remained until 1926, and the racist language was not officially struck from the Oregon constitution until 2002. Additionally, the 2002 measure removing the offending language was opposed by almost thirty percent of those who voted.
Growing up as a student in local public schools, I was taught about the Civil War and very little about the Civil Rights Movement of the 50’s and 60’s. The concept of racism as an issue the country needed to address was never brought up; I learned racism was an issue in the South, not the North. It wasn’t until a few years ago I learned how discriminatory housing policies and overt racism led to a flood that wiped out Vanport, at the time the second largest city in Oregon. Vanport was in what is now Delta Park, across the Columbia River from Washington State.
We do a disservice to students if they are not allowed access to a full, accurate history of our country. As a student, I was never given the opportunity to learn about events like the Vanport flood, or the Anti-Chinese Riots in 1886 that stemmed from virulent racism in the Pacific Northwest.
Likewise, we do a disservice to our students by not allowing them to grapple with difficult issues in an age-appropriate manner. Students have a lot of questions they ask adults, including teachers, in their lives, and that includes why so many people have been protesting over the last year. The COVID pandemic has unmasked ongoing disparities that exist due to systemic racism. The CDC reports that people of color with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences are at increased risk of developing complications and dying from COVID-19. The COVID crisis has also contributed to the ongoing divisiveness we hear about on the news or experience firsthand. Last week in his inaugural address, President Biden focused on a message of unity in addressing the issues that face our country. He is the first president to mention white supremacy in his inaugural address, and it has not been without controversy. Just as President Biden’s decision to mention white supremacy has been criticized by many, the recognition of Black Lives Matter at School remains a contentious issue.
Our commitment at North Beach is to ensure all students, families, and caregivers feel valued, feel heard, feel respected. We welcome everyone through our doors (or onscreen), and want to instill that feeling through our curriculum, class activities, in our hallways and on the playground.
In accordance with the School Board’s resolution on January 27 that reads in part “Throughout our nation’s history, systems of oppression and injustice have led to deepening racial disparities and racism across all sectors of society and have lasting negative consequences for our communities, cities and nation”, North Beach will be participating along with schools around the district in Black Lives Matter at School Week next week, February 1-5. Your child’s teacher will be sending home information on what to expect in their classroom.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I wish you a safe and healthy weekend,
North Beach Elementary
The BIG GIVE Begins on Monday!
Monday, 2/1 begins the North Beach Elementary PTA’s direct giving fundraiser, The Big Give. This is the main fundraiser for our PTA this year and it impacts our students and our classrooms. The Big Give helps fund the school counselor, instructional support, library resources, classroom technology, and Classroom Mini-Grants that support our students. These programs and staff positions would not exist without community support. For more information about The Big Give and PTA funding click here.
This year, The Big Give has two main goals:
To raise $50,000 for our school and PTA. If we reach our goal every classroom will receive an additional $100 grant for the school year!
To create community through Herbie’s HEART bingo. Keeping with our Herbie’s Hearts theme, we created a simple (for kiddos and grown ups) BINGO game that families can complete and email a picture to email@example.com by Friday February 12th. Every returned BINGO card wins a prize and enters into a drawing for a giant Herbie stuffy. Click here for the Herbie’s HEART bingo game board.
Please consider donating to The Big Give. Your donations impact our students at North Beach.
Donations may be made via Konstella by clicking here or by mailing a check to:
North Beach Elementary
ATTN: PTA and The Big Give
9018 24th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117
From the PTA
**Dial-in Information is listed on Konstella**
Agenda for2/3/21 North Beach Elementary General PTA Meeting
6:30 Call to Order
“We would like to acknowledge that North Beach Elementary rests on the traditional land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish, Stillaquamish and Suquamish Peoples, past and present. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the Coast Salish tribes.”
6:32 Approval of January Meeting minutes
6:35 Principal's Report
6:45 President’s Report
6:50 Big Give
7:00 DEI Committee Update
7:15 Finance Report
7:25 Spring Fundraising Discussion
-The Big Give
7:35 Spring Events
-Virtual Field Day
-Virtual Talent Show (Luci Bakker)
-Spirit Week (5th Grade sponsored)
7:40 Open for Q&A
8pm Close; Reminder of next meeting date
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about attending a meeting to help us track what is happening. You can find out more here.
Join Seattle Special Education PTSA!
If you have been considering joining the Seattle Special Education PTSA, now is the time! Please visit their website and do it now. www.seattlespecialeducationptsa.org.
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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.)
Boys & Girls Club
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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