News from your North Beach PTA

October 8, 2020

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Dates to Remember

  • Friday, October 9: No School, In-Service Day
  • Thursday, October 15: Curriculum Night, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 18: DEI Committee Meeting, 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 26: Deadline for Online & Mail Voter Registration
  • Tuesday, November 3: Election Day!

A Note from Our Principal

Hello North Beach families,

Tomorrow students have the day off from online learning, while staff are doing valuable professional development. Since school began for most students on September 4th, teachers and support staff have been helping to gather as much information on each and every student. Friday will be spent in collaboration of grade level teams, poring over all of this information and using our school improvement plan, coming up with the best way to support our students with available resources. Part of the support available involves our tutoring program. This involves paid tutors, supported by the North Beach PTA, as well as tutors from SPU. We are in the finishing stages of hiring four new college work study students to tutor at North Beach. They will join the two students who have each been here for two years and who are returning this year.

College work study students work with North Beach staff to support students in the classroom, in small groups, and through individual tutoring. During in person schooling they also support students and staff as recess monitors. This program is a win for all involved. The college work study students get valuable work experience and earn money and North Beach gets a small work force of enthusiastic, bright, and hardworking young people who are paid by the federal government. If you have questions about this program, please email Carolyn Hostetler at

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Kristine McLane


North Beach Elementary

From the Office

Please fill out and return these forms for the office, if you haven’t already done so. If you need hard copies mailed to you, please contact the office, or, or 206 252-1510, and we can send you forms with a SASE included.

Emergency Release form


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Counselor's Corner

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at North Beach

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has long been a focus at North Beach, and this year support in this area is more important than ever. SEL may look a little different from classroom to classroom, but there are multiple components that are happening across all classrooms at every grade level at North Beach. These include:

  • Class meetings to create a welcoming environment, make connections, build community and engage in group problem solving.

  • Weekly teacher-led SEL lessons with a focus this year on regulating emotions, managing stress and building resiliency supported by the school counselor, Ms. Reid. These lessons are based on SPS guidance, the RULER program, Second Step and MindUp.

  • The Book of the Month program in which each class reads a new book each month focusing on a particular skill or character trait. Students then engage in discussions and supplemental activities. The books tend to highlight authors, illustrators and/or characters from groups who have been historically underrepresented.

  • Classroom practices and tools interwoven throughout the school day such as the school-wide Mindful Moment, the Classroom Charter, checking in on the Mood Meter and taking brain breaks.

  • The North Beach Way behavior matrix which establishes expectations for behavior so that the school day is consistent and predictable for all students.

As always, I am here to help if you have any questions or concerns about your student. I can be contacted by e-mail at or by phone at (206) 252-1535. You can also check out my website for past newsletters and additional resources at:

Curriculum Night

The North Beach Curriculum Night will be Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m. Please plan to join your child’s teacher to learn what will be covered in core academic subjects this year as well as in specialist classes. Sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend.

There will be only one session so parents with more than one student will need to access the recorded sessions for all their students. Teachers do have family communication time built into their daily schedules for follow-up questions.

Family Support Survey

Please take a minute to complete this short survey to let us know the best way to support you through this challenging year:

The North Beach Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team

Next meeting: Sunday 10/18 3:30-4:30pm

We will be talking about next steps on our upcoming priorities: Supporting staff's wants/needs, exploring school partnerships with Title 1 schools, diversifying books & art in the school and additional community building and activism ideas. Contact if you'd like to join!

If your child is interested in joining a club supporting LGBTQIA allyship, please connect with Joanna Braden

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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Ballots Arrive Soon! Get Out and VOTE!

Ballots arrive soon! There is so much more than the president to vote for. Down ballot races don't get the same news coverage, but they affect our daily lives.

One important vote to cast is for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. This elected position leads the primary agency overseeing public instruction in the state.

Check out the candidates, below are the two people running. Click on their names for a biography and a link to their website with further information about their priorities.

Chris Reydkal

Maia Espinoza

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North Beach Elementary is a Meal Distribution Site for Free Lunch

Free lunch at North Beach Monday-Friday from 11:15 to 1:15! The food is picked up just inside the front doors. Lunches will be given out on Friday, October 9th as usual!

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!

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SPS Celebrates Disability History Month

One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project

The Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) and Rooted in Rights have partnered to create student voice videos highlighting students with disabilities' experiences in Washington's public K-12 schools as part of the One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project, an educational resource for teachers and students. Join the discussion on disability awareness and inclusion on Twitter with #OneOutOfFiveDisabilityProject. We encourage you to share this resource with anyone who may be interested. Project overviews, lesson plans, and resources are located on the OEO Webpage. We encourage families to share these resources with their students and we have made them widely available to our staff.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

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Find out more about Dyslexia here!

School Board Meeting 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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Amazon Smile: 0.5% of eligible purchases back to North Beach!

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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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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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