News from your North Beach PTA
March 4, 2022
Dates to Remember
- Friday, March 4: Last day to purchase auction tickets
- Friday, March 4 - March 12: NB Silent Auction - place your bids!
- Tuesday, March 8: 6:30pm General PTA Meeting
- Thursday, March 10: 6:30pm North Beach Special Ed Parent Group
- Saturday, March 12: North Beach Auction, 6-11pm @ The Nordic Heritage Museum
North Beach Multicultural calendar - March
During March the North Beach community celebrates the following multicultural groups. We will highlight resources and opportunities to learn more about these groups during the month.
March: Developmental Disabilities Month
March: Women's History Month
March 8: International Women's Day
March 9: Billy Frank Jr. Day
March 17: St. Patrick's Day
March 19: Holi
A Note From our Principal
Dear North Beach Families:
On Monday, we ended the month of February with our monthly schoolwide assembly that included a video compilation of students sharing reflections and writing they have done related to Change Sings by inaugural poet Amanda Gorman. Watching our students talk about what they will do to make their community a better place is inspiring and makes me hopeful about the stewardship they will provide for the world as they grow into adulthood. We ended the week kicking off Spirit Month with North Beach Color/Gear day. Next Friday Spirit Month continues with Patterns and/or Mismatch Day.
It’s been so encouraging to follow the King County Public Health COVID indicators and watch the levels of community transmission decline. Next week, the school district is allowing teachers to resume small group instruction, indoor singing (with surgical masks), and student only assemblies with appropriate distancing. There are additional changes Governor Inslee has announced, but even with the statewide lifting of the mask mandate there are local guidelines still in place that schools are required to follow. At the building level, negotiations between the Seattle Education Association and Seattle Public Schools are taking place to address current COVID protocols and restrictions to determine if they should be modified or dropped. Thank you for your patience as we wait for guidance on how to move forward.
Next week Ms. Bakker will wrap up one of my favorite events of the year, the Global Reading Challenge! Fourth and fifth graders have been working hard reading a selection of books chosen by librarians from the Seattle Public Library and will work in teams to test their knowledge of the books. At the end of the week, all the teams will come together to find out how they did. All are welcome to attend the final celebration on March 11 at 12:30.
Finally, a reminder that our new North Beach Parent/Caregiver Special Education Group will be holding their first meeting on Thursday, March 10th at 6:30pm via Zoom. All our welcome! See below on how to join meeting:
Meeting ID: 845 1075 1744
I did not send any COVID notification letters to any classrooms this week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Kristine McLane, Principal
Big auction news…and last day to buy tickets!
To make the auction even more accessible this year, we’re moving the silent auction online. This is a first! So even if you aren’t attending the auction, you can still join the fun, support the school, and get some great items all from the comfort of your couch.
We’ve got vacation stays, sports tickets, kids’ classes and camps, great wine, self-care packages, and more. Head to the silent auction website to create a profile and start bidding today.
Also, today is the very last day to buy tickets to the event. When the clock strikes midnight tonight, ticket sales close up tight. Go get them while you can.
We appreciate your participation and support!
Special Education Updates - Join Us for our 1st North Beach SpEd Parent Group
Please join us via Zoom on Thursday March 10th at 6:30pm for our first North Beach Parent/Caregiver Special Education Group. We will be discussing ways to best support our students with special needs and their families. This is a great opportunity to connect with other families and share resources and ideas. All our welcome!
Join NB Special Education Parent/Caregiver Zoom Meeting
When: Thursday, March 10th, 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 845 1075 1744
Volunteer Opportunities - two dates
If dressing up and bidding on items isn't your thing, come volunteer on the night of the event and be a part of our community behind the scenes. No experience required! Know any neighbors, friends, or family members who might want to volunteer? The evening is fun (bring a friend!), builds community, and is a great way to support North Beach.
North Beach has partnered with Loyal Heights Elementary to trade parent volunteers to work the night of each other's school auction. Loyal Heights has committed the same number of volunteers to our auction. By signing up to staff another school's auction, you are keeping this volunteer partnership alive.
MARCH is North Beach Spirit Month!!
Thanks to everyone who showed their North Beach pride by wearing purple, yellow/gold and/or white today. We also appreciate the continued cereal box donations for Ballard Food Bank (bring your box to class or drop it in the collection box located right outside main school entrance doors).
REMINDER: Next Friday, March 11th is Patterns/Mismatch Day!
Friday Spirit Days:
March 11th: Patterns and/or Mismatch Day
March 18th: PJ Day
March 25th: Rainbow Day! Every Grade wears a color of the rainbow:
- Pre-K and K wear RED
- 1st Grade: ORANGE
- 2nd Grade: YELLOW
- 3rd Grade: GREEN
- 4th Grade: BLUE
- 5th Grade: PURPLE
Mark Your Calendars and bring in those boxes of cereal! Our Leadership Team Thanks YOU!!
5th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed!
Looking for 5th grade parents/caregivers to help plan end of year and promotion events for graduating 5th graders.
We need help with:
- graduation planning with teachers
- off-site celebrations
- making videos/slideshow
- coordinating 5th grade gear sales
We will have a single Zoom meeting to coordinate tasks soon after signup ends and the rest can be done on your own time. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up below. The more the merrier!
From the Office
International Women's Day(IWD) - March 8
Imagine a gender equal world.
A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Together we can forge women's equality.
Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field.
Are you in? Will you actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping each time you see it?
Will you help break the bias?
Cross your arms to show solidarity.
Strike the IWD 2022 pose
March 9 - Billy Frank Jr Day - Chairman of the NW Indian Fisheries Commission
Billy Frank Jr. dedicated his life to defending tribal treaty rights and protecting threatened populations of salmon.
A member of the Nisqually Tribe, he chaired the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for more than 30 years. He had an instrumental role in the Fish Wars of the 1960s and 70s culminating in the landmark Boldt decision that affirmed tribal fishing rights.
To learn more:
SPS Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics -- this weekend
SPS is partnering with Othello Station Pharmacy to offer vaccination clinics at two schools this weekend for ALL SPS staff and students, ages 5 and up.
Date: Saturday, March 5
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Emerson Elementary School, 9709 60th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118
Pre-registration is encouraged and walk-ins are welcome.
Date: Sunday, March 6
Time: 1– 4 p.m.
Location: Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, 1301 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122
Pre-registration is encouraged and walk-ins are welcome.
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
- March 15: An Autistic Actor's Journey to Broadway's Biggest Stage - Mickey Rowe
- March 23: 9am PT Autism 101 An overview and Q&A session
- Seattle Children's seminar series: Conversations about Autism
Podcast: Play-Based Learning with Teacher Tom
Sensory Days at The Museum of Flight
Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022
Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
FREE Admission; pre-registration required.
Sensory Days are for families of children, teenagers and young adults with disabilities including intellectual disabilities, autism, sensory processing disorders and other cognitive disabilities. Families will get early access to the Museum, before it opens to the public, where they can explore and self-guide through the galleries with adjusted light and sound for the best possible experience.
Ballard High School - live theater is back with Beauty and the Beast
This is Ballard’s first live musical theatre in two years! The show is based on Broadway’s modern classic with songs from the beloved animated film. Come enjoy the tale of a young selfish prince transformed into a Beast, and a young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. To become a prince again, the Beast must learn to love Belle and win her love before his 21st birthday.
The cast features 36 BHS students, and the play is directed by Shawn M Riley.
The performances will be March 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 with two matinees on March 20 and 27. All shows at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle. All shows begin at 7:30 pm except for matinees, which start at 2 pm.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and $15 for seniors. Buy tickets at https://showtix4u.com.
Attention all Baseball, Softball, and Tee-Ball players!
Northwest Seattle Little League ("NWSLL") opened for registration on December 1st!
NWSLL has served our local NW Seattle neighborhoods since 1959 and is chartered through Little League Baseball, offering a variety of divisions for baseball and softball as well as numerous volunteer opportunities. NWSLL’s boundaries extend from Puget Sound to I-5 and from 85th Street to 145th Street. And our home fields are at Soundview (next to Whitman), Crown Hill (off Holman Road), and Northacres (near Haller Lake).
On-time registration for Kid-Pitch players (league ages 8 thru 12, where league age is age as of 8/31/22) runs through January 26th. For league age 8 players, typically half play Kid-Pitch ball. Registrations after January 26th is accepted as slots remain available (our website will indicate if roster slots remain in a division). Our Kid-Pitch age players (ages 8 and up) have Evaluation Day on Sunday, February 27th 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 early March.
For players league age 8 and younger (who play Coach-Pitch or Tee-Ball), teams start up later (early to mid-April), and registrations is open through mid-March. We form teams around March 20th, so register by then to make sure you get any buddy requests granted. Coach-Pitch and Tee-Ball events are typically held at our Crown Hill Field on Holman Road. 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!
Please visit http://nwsll.org/ to learn more and register online.
Questions? Please send email to email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
“The Washington Karate program is an excellent way for children to develop physical, mental, and emotional well-being.” ~Dr. Thomas Staiger, Medical Director, UW Medical Center.