News from your North Beach PTA
November 12, 2021
North Beach Multicultural calendar - November
During November the North Beach community celebrates the following multicultural groups. We will highlight resources and opportunities to learn more about these groups during the month.
- National American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month
- National Adoption Month
- Diwali begins (Nov 4)
- Veteran's Day (Nov 11)
- Thanksgiving (Nov 25)
Native American Heritage Day (Nov 26)
Hanukkah Begins (Nov 28)
A Note From our Principal
Dear North Beach Families:
I hope your family was able to enjoy the unexpected day off school. I know the short notice created a difficult situation for working families. The challenges of ensuring adequate staffing in SPS schools is an ongoing issue that hit a tipping point this week. Surrounding school districts are having similar issues; the Bellevue School District canceled school on Friday, and the number of open positions at this point in the school year in Shoreline, Edmonds and Lake Washington is unprecedented.
Principals were updated with vaccination information on Wednesday. King County received a fraction of the doses requested. As a result, some of the regional school clinics have been canceled, and the number of slots available at other clinics is limited. I was provided with information on this weekend’s clinic at Cascadia late Wednesday afternoon. Because of the urgency and how quickly the slots were going to fill up, I sent the information out via text message. If you didn’t receive a text message and would like to in the future, you can find information on how to do so at https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/communications/communication-preferences/. As soon as I receive information on how to sign up for the clinic scheduled to be held at Whitman Middle School on November 21, I will send that information to you. In the meantime, the district has provided the following information:
- The news reported that the government will be sending more doses to pharmacies next week. Use vaccine locator or check your local pharmacy's website.
- Washington’s Vaccine Locator - https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/
- UW Medicine has a waitlist that is long but moving quickly. https://www.uwmedicine.org/coronavirus/vaccine or call 844-520-8700
- If you can find another spot, don’t wait for a school spot. The best vaccine appointment is the one you can get.
Finally, I will have a Principal Q&A on Monday, November 15 at 7pm and will share any additional COVID vaccine information I have received between now and then, discuss recently updated COVID protocols for testing and quarantining, and how to make the most out of upcoming conferences.
Join on your computer or mobile app
Or call in (audio only)
+1 206-800-4125,,999597775# United States, Seattle
Phone Conference ID: 999 597 775#
Have a wonderful weekend,
The Big Give - update
We can do this Seals! We are so very close to our $70,000 goal!
Donate today, help our school and students!
Your funding creates a huge impact on our students’ daily lives! If you are interested in a more detailed description of how the PTA utilizes funding Click Here Your donation directly impacts our students.
Also, don't forget about Herbie's BINGO, submit BINGO forms today, Friday, 11/12 to
Oct 31st food drive - a success!
You can still share your photos from our costume parade event by uploading them to the link below.
Veterans Day assembly - request for photos
This month North Beach Elementary and the PTA will honor and celebrate veterans in our community by holding an assembly and displaying photos of Veterans on the walls of our school halls. We will also read the book Twenty-one Steps by Jeff Gottesfeld during the assembly.
There are two ways to submit photos to be included in our display.
1. Leave a photo in the bin outside the front door of school. Include the veteran's name and contact name and number of person submitting.
2. Email a digital copy of a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the veteran's name and the name and contact number of person submitting.
Any questions please email email@example.com.
The PTA thanks all veterans for their service.
Global Reading Challenge - 4th & 5th Grade
North Beach will form approximately 7-8 teams (dependent upon how many students sign up), with no more than 7 members per team.
If your 4th/5th grader would like to participate in the 2022 GRC, complete the permission slip linked below and return to your North Beach librarian, Luci Bakker, NO LATER THAN Monday, November 22, 2021
Important Request! Voice your concerns about staffing cuts
North Beach has been directly impacted by SPS staff cuts of Instructional Assistants. Because of these cuts we are below the required staffing ratios required for special education services and this will deeply affect some of our most vulnerable students. This also has a ripple effect potentially creating gaps in support for ALL students.
Regardless of whether you have a student receiving general education services or special education services, please consider voicing your concerns to the school district by writing a letter demanding that SPS honor their responsibility to fully support ALL our students.
If you would like to use a template and/or view example letters please see the documents on our website. (There is one template for families receiving special education services and another for families who would like to stand in solidarity.)
You may send letters and statements to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Seattle Public Schools
John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence
2445 3rd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134
We have a couple sample letters posted here:
Native American Heritage -it's more than a month
This month and every day, SPS honors the achievements and contributions of Native Americans, especially our students, families, staff, and community. Our district recognizes Native Nations have been stewards of these lands since time immemorial. They know how to care for and protect this land, and their current contributions to science, technology, sustainability, government, and our economy add great value to our communities now and into the future.
Please take some time to check out some of the resources below:
Applications for the Seattle Relief Fund are Open Now through Nov 15th
The Seattle Relief Fund provides a one-time payment to Seattle residents who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes households that were unable to access state unemployment, had no health insurance, didn’t receive federal stimulus payments, or experienced housing instability or mental health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Low-income Seattle residents are eligible to apply, including families of Seattle Public Schools students and Seattle Promise scholars.
How much money is available to applicants?
Award amounts are between $1,000 and $3,000 depending on household size.
For more information go to this SPS website https://www.seattleschools.org/news/seattle-relief-fund/ and https://www.seattlerelief.com/
Support North Beach Elementary When You Shop!
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
- Dyslexia Webinar Series - Consortium On Reaching Excellence in Education
- Effective Strategies for Solving Math Word Problems - Consortium On Reaching Excellence in Education
- Exploring Gut-Brain Signaling in Autism
- Exploring Sensory Procecssing Issues
- HRS Speaker series - topics for families with stundents with dyslexia or other language-based learning differences
November 15 - Workshop - Helping Kids Manage Life in a ‘Post’ Covid World
Weathering Uncertainty Well: Helping Kids Manage Life in a ‘Post’ Covid World
Monday, November 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm (cost: free)
Register via eventbrite: http://tinyurl.com/weatheringuncertainty
This relevant and engaging workshop will be designed to address transitional and situational stress and how parents and educators can best support their kids during this particularly challenging period. The workshop will include:
• Potential sources of stress for youth during Covid;
• An examination of brain development and what is happening with our children’s brains when their emotions become overwhelming;
• How to recognize and monitor signs of stress, anxiety, and emotional difficulty during the transition period(s) throughout the year;
• The “to-dos” and “not-to-dos” of engaging kids in difficult conversations around stress, anxiety, and transition (as well as other challenging parent-child discussions);
• Specific strategies for managing both parental and youth stress and anxiety during these times.
Ballard Basketball Thanksgiving Week Camp
For 4th-6th grade boys and girls (beginner to advanced), this camp will help you improve your skills, teach you to think the game and inspire your basketball mindset! Lots of games and prizes!
When: Monday, Nov. 22nd 9am-3pm, Tuesday , Nov 23rd 10:30am-3pm, and Wednesday, Nov 24th 9am-3pm
Where: North Seattle Church: 2150 N 122nd St Seattle 98133
Who: 4th-6th grade boys and girls. Limit 30 campers
Bring: A snack, lunch, water bottle and a ball. Wear a mask. Health screening at entry.
To register, visit http://www.ballardbasketball.org/camps
CODE NINJAS SEATTLE: After School Coding Program and Camps
A local Ballard family is opening a Code Ninjas in North Ballard in January 2022.
We offer fun and flexible coding education where kids learn to code while building their own video games, including popular favorites like Roblox® and Minecraft®. They gain problem-solving, teamwork, and STEM skills in a fun, safe, and inspiring environment. Our program allows kids to learn year-round at their own pace. Drop in at your convenience during the week or weekend hours or attend one of our camps!
For more information and to Register: https://www.codeninjas.com/wa-seattle
Follow us on Social: @codeninjasseattle
North Seattle Youth Boys Lacrosse Club: Fall Clinic for Prospective Players
Join our fall lacrosse clinic on November 14th, 2:30 - 4:00pm, at Roosevelt High School! This 90-min clinic is a great way for prospective players, ages 5 - 14 (K - 8th), to be introduced to lacrosse with fun games and drills with other boys new to the sport!
For more details and to register for the clinic, please visit: https://northseattlelax.sportngin.com/register/form/597676269
North Seattle Youth Boys Lacrosse Club offers spring lacrosse programs for boys grade 3rd - 8th. Our community-based program teaches the fundamentals of lacrosse in a fun and supportive environment with a focus on building players’ confidence at every level.
For more details on our program, please visit: www.northseattlelacrosse.org
For girls who may be interested in playing, we encourage families to check out Doublecrosse, www.doublecrosse.com, a volunteer-led organization dedicated to growing girls lacrosse in Northeast Seattle.
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.
“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.
Article submissions for this newsletter are due by 5:00pm Wednesdays. Please send articles to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Beachcomber is brought to you by your North Beach Elementary PTA.