News from your North Beach PTA

January 15, 2020

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Dates to Remember

  • Sunday, January 17: DEI Meeting, 3 -4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 18: NO SCHOOL, MLK Jr. Day
  • Thursday, January 28: NO SCHOOL, Day off between Semesters
  • Thursday, January 28: Kindergarten and New Student Open House, 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 1: Kindergarten and New Student Open House, 6:30 p.m.

A Note from Our Principal

Dear North Beach Families:

On Monday, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While many of us try to put the events of 2020 behind us, it is important that we not forget the inequities and injustices revealed during the past year. Monday is recognized as a day of service. If you are interested in looking into events to support the community or to find ways to get involved virtually, there are options posted at and Next week we will gather for a virtual K-2 and 3-5 assembly to honor Dr. King.

Thank you to our K-1 families for responding to the district’s return to school survey. There is updated information available on the district’s website about the timeline for what comes next The district will be making changes to the In-Person FAQ webpage as updates come out Bargaining is anticipated to be completed by mid-February.

Enrollment is ongoing for new families, families of students who have left North Beach but intend to return for the 2021-22 school year, and for incoming kindergarten students. If you know any families with new students, please encourage them to enroll their child as soon as possible. This information helps determine our projected enrollment for next school year and impacts the school’s budget.

Please spread the word about our upcoming new family information events as well. Families are invited to a virtual meeting with North Beach staff to learn about our school. The presentations focus primarily on kindergarten but we always have information for older students as well.

We are hosting two information sessions, both starting at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 28 Click here to join the meeting

Monday, February 1 Click here to join the meeting


Kristine McLane


North Beach Elementary

Counselor's Corner

Introducing Sam Glinsmann

Hi everyone!

My name is Sam Glinsmann (Mr. G to students). I'm a graduate student at Seattle University getting my masters in school counseling. This quarter (Jan through March) I'll be shadowing and working with Ms. Reid to fulfill practicum hours for my degree. I'm really looking forward to working with elementary students as I'm often blown away by the things they come up with. I'm right there with all of you wishing we could be in person safely, but I'm nevertheless excited to engage with the community virtually.

A little about me: I'm a 28 year old male. I live in the Central District and spend most of my time in the outdoors (with my dog!). I have a background in yoga and mindfulness/meditation that I hope to bring with me into my career as a school counselor! My primary hobby is photography (if you'd like to see, feel free to check out

I'm looking forward to these next couple of months getting to know you all and your students! If you have any questions for me feel free to reach out.

Legislative Corner

The Washington State Legislature is in session. This year, most of the Legislature’s work will happen virtually.

This is a budget year, the State Legislature passes a two year budget every other year. While the primary focus of this year will be passing a new state budget, there are other bills affecting education.


Register for the weekly WSPTA Action newsletter:

Read about the bills the WSPTA is following:

WSPTA advocacy is guided by the Legislative Platform:

Build your pitch and email your representative! (it's simple, I promise!)

Questions or Comments? Email

Whitman Incoming 6th Grader - Virtual Open House

Virtual Event! Jan 19, 6:30-7:30 PM. Join Principal Posten and department heads for an introduction to Whitman academics and student activities.

Visit here for a Teams Link

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Join the PTA!

Make your voice heard! The NBE PTA provides advocacy and funding for our students. By joining the PTA you say YES to counselors, tutors, art supplies, classroom technology, library books, and more. JOIN TODAY and while you’re at it donate to the school supplies fund!

Join the PTA here!

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 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.

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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.)


Ending the Silence with PNW Parent Education

The intense emotional burden of 2020 has definitely taken a toll on some of our community’s students, school staff, and families. To address this, we’re partnering up with PNW Parent Education ( and the National Alliance on Mental Illness ( with an early intervention and educational presentation titled, “Ending the Silence: A Youth Mental Health Event”. This FREE online event is on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in attending, please register at

This relevant and engaging presentation will help attendees identify early signs and symptoms of mental illness in youth, provide information about treatments, and we’ll have a young adult who will share their lived experience coping with depression and anxiety. The goal of this event is to begin a larger discussion about mental health so that young people dealing with mental health conditions realize they are not alone.

Lastly, while watching the event, you can also order a delicious family meal from The Extra Ingredient: Please click on the link titled, “Jan 27th: PNW Parent Education Event - Pre Order”. All orders must be placed by Wed, January 20, 2021 and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to PNW Parent Education.

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Ballard Performing Arts Collage Concert Presents a Musical Virtual Smorgasbord of Nonstop Talent

The Ballard High School music program has been busy recording and mixing a virtual concert that showcases over a dozen ensembles in a wide variety of styles and that promises to offer a little something for everyone. The free performance airs online Friday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

“It will be a nonstop evening featuring an incredible range of performances from our music

ensembles,“ says Courtney Rowley, director of choirs.

Enjoy dinner and a show—Those wishing to enjoy a restaurant meal with the concert can purchase a takeout dinner box ($55, serves 2) from Tom Douglas Restaurants, and a portion of proceeds benefits the performing arts program at Ballard High School. The restaurant partnership has been a popular element of Ballard High School virtual performances since its inception last fall with the Ballard Playmakers’ production of Greater Tuna.

Performance Details

The concert will be a collection of videos recorded by students in 3 orchestras, 6 band ensembles, and 4 choirs. In preparation for the concert, students rehearsed in virtual ensembles using the Upbeat music app, funded by generous donations from BPA families and supporters. The music directors hired professional expertise for audio mixing and video post-production for the concert, assuring high quality in showcasing the talent of these musicians. A link to the performance will be posted on the Collage Concert page on January 22 before showtime at

School Programs

Boys & Girls Club

Questions? 206-582-3512 or

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:

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

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