News from your North Beach PTA
May 13, 2022
Dates to Remember
- Monday, May 13: LAST DAY TO PURCHASE YEARBOOKS
- Tuesday, May 17: Peace Run NB visit and assembly
- Monday, May 23: 7pm, Principal Q&A in partnership with Whittier Elementary and SPS Math Program Manager
- Wednesday, May 25: Last day to submit Talent Show audition video
- Monday, May 30: Memorial Day (no school)
- Monday, June 13:
- Talent Show (during school and 6:30pm for parents/families)
Volunteer to help with the Talent Show | Submit Talent Show Audition Video
- Tuesday, June 14: Field Day
Volunteer to help with Field Day
North Beach Multicultural calendar - May
During May the North Beach community celebrates the following multicultural groups. We will highlight resources and opportunities to learn more about these groups during the month.
Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month
May 30: Memorial Day
A Note From our Principal
May 13, 2022
Dear North Beach Families:
We’re excited to have an in-person assembly next week! Thanks to coordination from Ms. Gabrielson, we will be visited by participants in the Peace Run, who will be stopping by North Beach and making a short presentation to students about the purpose of the worldwide relay run. The runners will be arriving right as school begins, so if you would like to welcome the runners as they arrive on campus, you can line up along 90th St.
Our grade level teams will soon meet to place students into classes for next year. We strive to ensure each child always has a friend and that kids who "energize" each other too much have different teachers. Teachers take a great deal of time and thought creating balanced classrooms, considering many factors including personality, academics social/emotional needs, race, and gender. At North Beach we do not accept parent requests for next year's teachers.
May is Bike to School Month, and the last few days it has been great to see more kids riding their bikes to school. Please be extra aware of our students as you are driving to and from school as there are more than the usual number who are riding to and from.
Volunteer help needed
We are looking for help removing two obsolete bike racks from campus. They are no longer necessary due to other bike racks installed on campus by SPS and on 24th AVE NW by the City of Seattle, and pose a safety issue to students. The bike racks are 10 ft. long and 2 ½ ft. tall. If you have the capability to haul metal of this size away to recycle it and would like to help, please let the office know.
Secondary Math Information Night
On Monday, May 23 7:00-8:00 pm, North Beach and Whittier are holding an event for families on secondary math pathways. SPS Math Program Manager Elissa Farmer will inform families on options available to students once they move on to middle and high school. If you are wondering what math courses your child will have access to when they move on to sixth grade, please join us!
Join on your computer or mobile app
Or call in (audio only)
+1 206-800-4125,,857861712# United States, Seattle
Phone Conference ID: 857 861 712#
Kristine McLane, Principal
From the Office
- Covid numbers are on the rise at North Beach. Although the mask mandate has been removed we are encouraging families who have Covid in their house to ask their children to wear masks.
- SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment) testing begins next week. This is for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades unless families opt out. Please make sure your students are getting plenty of sleep as well as eating a good breakfast every morning. Teachers will send home the link to the practice test. No logon is required. Please help your student by having them practice.
- We are sending out information to newly registered families who will join us in September. If you know of someone who has not yet registered, please have them do so online at www.seattleschools.org.
Year End Housekeeping
The North Beach 4th & 5th Grade Leadership Students are proud to bring back the Talent Show!
Due to the show’s time constraints, this year’s LIVE TALENT SHOW WILL ONLY ACCEPT ACTS FROM 3rd, 4th & 5th GRADERS. (Exceptions made if younger students perform with older siblings/family members.) K-2nd grade students can submit a video performance, and it will be included in the virtual talent show. Some ideas for performances might be singing, playing an instrument, dancing, gymnastics, a skit, magic tricks, comedy, stunts, juggling, etc.! (*All types/levels welcome)
REQUIRED: UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO AUDITIONS BY MAY 25th!
Even if your child signed up in the office, you/they MUST complete the permission slip and upload a video audition using the following link by MAY 25th: https://forms.gle/hYVAVFKAhddhyg6XA
Wednesday, May 25th - Last Day to Submit Auditions: https://forms.gle/hYVAVFKAhddhyg6XA
Tuesday, June 13th - Daytime Talent Show (during school)
Tuesday, June 13th - Evening Talent Show (for friends and family to watch)
Performers must submit audition video and permission slip by May 25th
Acts may not involve profanity, sexual content, nudity, fire, violence/ weapons, or references to drugs
Performances may be no more than 2 minutes (lip syncing will be limited to 1 min); acts may be grouped with other similar acts if time constraints demand
One act per child (but children are welcome to submit group acts (such as duets or skits)
Performers must provide their own props (including music, instruments, juggling pins etc.)
Parents & Guardians - Please help children create acts that are safe and family-friendly; encourage your student to practice often before the Talent Show (6/13). There will NOT be a dress rehearsal.
Attention 5th Grade Families! Save the Dates
Please save the following dates:
Grad Party @ Blue Ridge Beach Park - June 8th - 1:10pm
Pool Party @ Blue Ridge Pool - June 17th - 4pm
Promotion Ceremony@ NB Elementary -date/time TBD
More details will follow in the next couple weeks. We will need parent volunteers to help make these events happen so please look out for a volunteer sign up as well.
Proposed Bell Time changes - additional time to give feedback
SPS Superintendent listening tour
The Seattle Council PTSA is hosting a series of community engagements with Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Brent Jones. To register, please use the following links. All listening sessions are 5:30PM to 7:30PM on the dates listed.
May 16: General public
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Since 1990, the U.S. government has designated the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States. The month of May was chosen to mark the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the United States on May 7, 1843, as well as the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.
Resources to learn more
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is a migratory museum that brings history, art and culture to you through innovative community-focused experiences. Smithsonian APA Care Package - is a collection of creative offerings by artists, writers, and scholars who we have collaborated with the Smithsonian in recent years.
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Collection - The AAPI Collection features more than 230 public radio and television programs in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting from 1965 to 2019 that highlight Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures in the United States.
Asian Americans - NEH funded documentary series on PBS
Vincent Who? - award winning documentary detailing the story of Vincent Chin
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and History in the U.S. - teacher's guide
Community News & Events
The programs below are not endorsed by either North Beach PTA or SPS, and are posted for informational purposes only.
Ballard High to stage A Midsummer Night's Dream
Come enjoy this play about love, marriage, transformation, and the importance of accepting people for who they are! The cast features 22 BHS students and is directed by Shawn Riley.
Performances will be on May 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle. The show begins at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are on sale at https://showtix4u.com. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and $15 for seniors. Patrons must wear masks. COVID safety guidelines are subject to change.
Ballard High School Girls Basketball Camp
Who: Girls entering 4-8th grades
Where: Ballard High School
Code Ninja Summer Camps
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 www.youth-teen.uw.edu for registration information.
After School Programs
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
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 www.washingtonkarate.com or call (206)784-3171.