News from your North Beach PTA

May 13, 2022

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Dates to Remember

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.

Class Placements

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!

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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

Year End Housekeeping

With summer vacation fast approaching, 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!

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)


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:


  • Wednesday, May 25th - Last Day to Submit Auditions:

  • 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.

Questions or concerns? Contact Lead Parent Volunteer, Joanna Braeden or North Beach PTA President Katie Gruver at

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 has slowed the schedule for voting on the proposed bell schedule and they are still receiving feedback from the community. If the proposed changes pass, North Beach will have a 7:40am (recently pushed back from 7:30am) starting bell . The best way to give your feedback on the proposed changes is to use the SPS "Let's Talk" web page.

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.


Parent Education Opportunities

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.

Performance Details

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 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

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

June 5, 2022

Free Opportunity for children age 5+ with special needs

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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