News from your North Beach PTA

November 6, 2020

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Dates to Remember

  • November 9th - 20th: Herbie's Hearts Scavenger Hunt
  • Monday, November 9: Principal Q&A hour, 7-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 10: PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. ALL ARE WELCOME (Dial-In Information below)
  • Wednesday, November 11: Veteran's Day - No School
  • Thursday, November 19: Family Support Session, 7-8:30 pm

A Note from Our Principal

Hello North Beach families,

“The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It’s the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society and we’ve got to use it,” the late Representative John Lewis said in 2013. I’m not sure if we will know who the next President of the United States will be when you read this. I do know that Americans turned out in record numbers to exercise their right to vote this week.

Next week, we honor Americans who have served their country. These Veterans embody the spirit of service to the ideals of what America represents, and they have made sacrifices that enable us all to have the privilege to live in freedom so we are able to maintain our right to vote in elections every four years for President.

If we were at school, we would have an assembly with Veterans as guests of honor this week. To all the Veterans in our community: since we are unable to gather together, on behalf of the North Beach community, I would like to extend our deep gratitude for your service.

As we settle into November and a sense of routine, an issue that I’ve been hearing from teachers involves student stamina and over-reliance on parent help during lessons. All of us want students to be successful. However, we have learned students do best when they are allowed to engage in what education experts call “productive struggle.” In productive struggle, students learn by trying things and making mistakes. When students are given answers too soon, they don’t have time to engage in this struggle. Of course, we don’t want students to struggle so much that they disengage, but we have found that students simply don’t learn as much when they have not had to struggle a bit.

Therefore, we ask that you allow your students to struggle a bit. Know that the teacher is used to students struggling and is monitoring this to ensure that students don’t struggle to the point of disengagement. If you feel you must assist your student, we ask that you give hints and not answers, and that you please keep your microphone muted while you assist, so that other students in the class do not hear you.

We are also finding that some students do much better when their parents are out of earshot completely. This is not true for all students, but some students get nervous when they are expected to perform or give answers in front of family members. You know your child best, so use your best judgment when deciding how much you should be present during synchronous learning.

There is no school on Wednesday, November 11 as we recognize Veterans Day. Next week, please join me for a Principal Q&A hour on Monday, 11/9 7-8 p.m. and at the P.T.A. Board Meeting on Tuesday, 11/10 at 6:30 p.m.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane


North Beach Elementary

Counselor's Corner

Managing Uncertainty

Today's post focuses on parents and adult caregivers. If we are not practicing self-care, it's going to be that much harder to provide our children with the love and care they need to thrive. I'm thinking a lot this week about how to best manage the stress of uncertainty which at times can feel all-consuming. With this in mind, I'm sharing a NPR story which you can listen to (or read) called Advice for Dealing with Uncertainty - From People Who Have Been There.

While on the topic of stress, I also want to share a great resource called Washington Listens. Washington Listens provides support to people who feel sad, anxious, or stressed due to the events of this year including COVID-19 and the wildfires. Any Washington resident can access a support specialist who will listen and help you cope with the stress of 2020. They can provide information to local resources and additional support, based on needs you may have.

As always, please let me know if you have concerns about your child. I'm here to help. Reach me by e-mail at or leave a message for me at (206) 252-1535. You can also check out the North Beach Counseling Website at:

Take good care.

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PTA News

Celebrating "Reverse Trick or Treat" Success!!!

Dozens and dozens of North Beach Seals joined in on the parade this weekend through Sound View. Students and their families donated 50+ bags (843 lbs!!!) of food to the Ballard Food Bank. If you didn't get the chance to join, but still want to donate, here's their most-needed items and Amazon wishlist.

Huge and special thank you to our amazing team of volunteers: Mary Balmaceda (the amazing creator of this project!), Janine Angello (who shared her truck and carted items to the Food Bank), and Beth Carman and Filina Niemeyer (who made sure everything ran smoothly and cheered on our kids in the parade).

Giving to our Neighbors

Northgate Elementary (a neighboring school that North Beach Elementary has fundraised for in the past) is raising money for their annual campaign. They're hoping to cover costs like teacher grants, technology, library books and family support (gas cards, groceries etc. for families). If you would care to support them in their goal to $15,000 (they're currently at $5,600), please donate here: NOTE: If you do use Paypal, if you give through the Paypal Giving Fund link, they save the 2.2% Paypal processing fee. You can also mail a check to the school, made out to Northgate Elementary PTO, 11725 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. All donations are tax deductible and our tax ID number is 81-2942021.

Please join us for the PTA Meeting on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. ALL ARE WELCOME!

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Herbie’s love is spread to all students, staff, faculty, and families of North Beach! Special Herbie’s Hearts signs have been spread around our geozone (even a few bonus beyond our borders) and it’s up to you to find them. Any and all participation wins a prize and one lucky student comes home with a 2020 Herbie stuffie!

Click here for The Clues and Completion Form

Spread the love! Decorate your own mini Herbie’s Hearts coloring page to show your North Beach pride! Click here for Herbie’s Hearts Coloring page.

Family Support Session: November 19, 7-8:30 pm

Family Support Session: November 19, 7-8:30pm

Big Emotions - What you're kids are learning, and how you can help

We're all facing unprecedented times, and we know that winter and the holiday season, along with remote schooling, a pandemic and unrest throughout the country bring about particularly high tensions and stress.

Join Alysa Reid (NB School Counselor) and Katie Gruver (Parent Educator & NB Parent) to talk about how your kids are learning to identify and manage their emotions with the RULER curriculum. We'll also discuss the brain science of dysregulation and a few ways that families can use the skills their kids are learning in school to support big emotions at home.

We'll also make time for questions and give extra attention to power struggles and what you can do about them.

Need help with Thanksgiving groceries this year?

Crown Hill’s Grocery Outlet is generously donating Thanksgiving meals for North Beach families in need once again this year. If that would be helpful to your family, please let Alysa Reid know by e-mail at by Friday, November 13.

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Join the LGBTQIA+ Group!

North Beach PTA is thinking of starting a group to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual kids (LGBTQIA+) and their allies by planning fun activites and helping to ensure a welcoming environment at North Beach. If you have kids who would be interested in the group, or you would like to know more, please contact PTA board member and North Beach parent Joanna Braden at Thank you!

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!

North Beach PTA’s Grounding Principles

In our school, we believe:
Black lives matter,
Science is real,
Women’s rights are human rights
No human is illegal,
Love is love,
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, and
​Kindness is never wasted

Denunciation of White Supremacy & Hate Speech

We, the PTA of North Beach, want to be clear. We know our words or actions may have little effect on the national stage. Still, we must and we will speak up against words and policies that actively harm our community.
We condemn and denounce white supremacy, hate speech and actions against ANY individual or group of people.
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SPS Meal Distribution Program is for EVERYONE!

**This resource is for EVERYONE! Please come and try out the great lunch options**

Free lunch at North Beach Monday-Friday from 11:15 to 1:15! The food is picked up just inside the front doors. You can pick up sack breakfasts and lunches prepared by the SPS central kitchen. Because of social distancing health guidance, families and students may not stay at school to eat. Meals are available for all students, parents and guardians. The USDA has approved free meals for all families!

The program is offered to ALL SPS students AND their families. Community participation is encouraged. Breakfast, Lunch and often dinner items through FareStart are available. Nearby sites include: North Beach Elementary (at main entrance of school on 24th ave NW), Whittier Elementary (entrance on 13th ave NW at covered playground) and Adams Elementary (site on north side of school on NW 62nd). Your participation in these programs keeps them viable for others who rely on them and helps job security for our wonderful nutrition services employees.

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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.

Support North Beach Elementary When You Shop!

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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.)


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Ballard High School Playmakers presents Greater Tuna— their first virtual production in history

Ballard High School Playmakers presents Greater Tuna
their first virtual production in history

Make it Dinner and a Show with a Tom Douglas Dinner Box To Go

The Ballard High School Playmakers are starting the year with their first-ever virtual production: the comedy Greater Tuna. Live streamed November 5, 6 and 7 at 7 p.m., the play is an affectionate comment on Southern life, small-town living, and the attitudes that go with it.

Debuting in Austin, Texas in 1981, Greater Tuna is the first of four comedic plays written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, each set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. With its quirky characters, Greater Tuna is a funny presentation of many aspects of life in a small town.

“Most of the Southern comedies performed at Ballard High School are lighthearted, and this play pokes at the stereotypes of small communities with humor and does not pull punches,” says Theatre Director Shawn Riley. “It’s very relatable, very silly, and over the top. The authors are laughing with small backwoods towns and not at them.”

The play features 20 BHS students.

ALSO NEW THIS YEAR: Enjoy dinner AND a show—Tom Douglas Restaurants has put together a fun, southern-themed “Greater Tuna” takeout dinner box ($55 for two) to enjoy with the show. Order at:

Tickets are $10 per person or $20 for a group of five or more. Tickets are available at For any questions please contact Shawn Riley at

Performance Details
The play will livestream November 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Performers rehearsed completely via Microsoft Teams with Riley and videographer Gustavo Gutierrez. Greater Tuna will be livestreamed via a password-protected YouTube link. Purchasing a “streaming” ticket is the same as it is as buying a ticket to a traditional live production. You will receive an email with the link in it to view the show. NOTE: Though the ticket you buy will not indicate a specific date, the link is only good for one viewing, so make sure you have cleared your calendar to enjoy the show. It is NOT a live link that can be viewed at your pleasure or sent to others to watch the show when you are finished with it.

Get Creative with Mode Music and Performing Arts!

Mode Music and Performing Arts (MMPA) is a non-profit arts organization with a goal to provide exciting and innovative performing arts classes to students throughout the Seattle metro area. For the 2020-2021 school year, we are delighted to offer a full roster of online classes, both live and pre-recorded.

You get to decide what works best for you and your family! Here are some examples of what you could learn with MMPA this year:

- Intro to Rock Guitar - Ballet 101

- Hamilton Play Creation

- Harry Potter Scene Study

- Broadway Dance Party!

- Yoga 101 - ...and SO much more!

To see a full list of both live scheduled classes and our flexible pre-recorded classes, please visit You can register for classes on our website. Scholarship opportunities available upon request. If you or someone you know would like to partner with MMPA to bring our enrichment classes to your school, please email us via

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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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