News from your North Beach PTA

October 4, 2019

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Dates to Remember

  • Sunday, October 6: Sounders Game
  • Wednesday, October 9: Visit from authors Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson
  • Friday, October 11: NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, October 15: PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. NB Library, ALL are welcome to attend
  • Thursday, October 17: School Board Candidate Forum, 6:30-8 p.m., NB Lunchroom
  • Tuesday, October 22: Flue Shots (consent form required)
  • Friday, October 25: Harvest Carnival, 6:00 p.m.

A Note from Our Principal

Dear North Beach Families and Community,

This week our 5th grade students led our monthly community time celebration. They reviewed big deals/little deals with the younger students by acting out skits. We’re proud of the emerging leadership skills of our students. Students from every class were recognized for acts of kindness during the assembly this week as well.

We’ve had a few more staff changes here at North Beach. Our 4th grade teacher, Ms. Zweiback, was given the opportunity to return to her previous school, Northgate, and so we said good-bye to her last week. This week, we are lucky to welcome Meredith Lewis to our school to replace Ms. Zweiback. Ms. Lewis comes to us from the Advanced Learning department. We are so happy to have her here.

We also say good-bye to Carol Burton, who, due to changes in district staffing, was able to accept a fulltime position at another school. Replacing her will be Dierdre Lacambra who comes to us from John Hay. We are very excited to have her continue the new music program here, starting October 14th. Ms. Burton’s last day at North Beach will be October 10th.

If you were able to attend this week’s assembly, or any other event in our cafeteria, you have seen the variety of national flags on display. We want to ensure that flags representing all North Beach families are hanging in the cafeteria. If we are missing yours, please email so that we can order it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane,

Principal, North Beach Elementary


From the office

Picture Day Order Forms

Forms should have come home with your student this week. However, if you lose yours, can’t find it in the abyss that is the student backpack, please use this form to order your pics.

Thank you so much,


Counselor’s Corner

In last week’s update, I included a summary of our RULER program at North Beach. This week, I am highlighting the 3rd RULER tool, the Meta Moment which will be a focus for our school this month. The Meta-moment teaches self-regulation strategies and how to handle ourselves appropriately when in stressful situations. It is a 6-step process that prompts users to be self- aware, stop, invoke an image of their “best self” and select a strategy that will lead to a successful outcome. For our primary students, we simplify the Meta-Moment to just 4 steps:

1. Notice that your feelings have changed.

2. Stop and calm your body.

3. Make a plan about

what to do next.

4. Try your plan, and be your best self!

The STOP step is the hardest part of the Meta-moment – for both kids and adults, so we try to give our students at North Beach lots of opportunities to practice taking Meta-moments (or pausing to breathe), even when they are not having a strong feeling. As you may know, we start every day with a school-wide Meta-moment – a chance for students and staff (and families if they are in the building) to stop and breathe together and think about how we are feeling and strategize about how to help ourselves if we’re not in a good space for learning.

You can help your student by practicing at home – modeling taking a break and breathing if you’re having a strong feeling and encouraging this strategy in your student as well. North Beach classrooms have a break area or chair available if students need a few moments to regulate their emotions before returning to the day’s activities.

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Author Visit

Wednesday, October 9

We are excited to announce that author and Ezra Jack Keats recipient, Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Winner, Christian Robinson are coming to North Beach Elementary to visit with our K-2 students!

Learn more about the works of Fogliano and Robinson and book order form.

Who: All K-2 Students

Time: 8:15AM-9:15AM

Where: Cafeteria

Learn About the School Board Candidates at Our Candidate Forum

On Thursday, October 17, 6:30-8pm, the PTA is hosting an educational forum for the school board candidates in November’s election. Their term lasts four years so this election will greatly impact your child’s educational future at Seattle Public Schools. Each candidate will introduce themselves, followed by a discussion on topics that may include but are not limited to: funding, educational equity, school conditions, enrollment, and school safety. Arik Korman, communications director of the League of Education Voters and a North Beach parent, will moderate the forum. Candidates who have thus far confirmed their attendance include Eric Blumhagen and Liza Rankin for District 1, Chandra Hampson and Rebecca Muniz for District 3, and Leslie Harris and Molly Mitchell for District 6. We are currently creating a survey for parents to identify their top concerns. We’ll send it out via Konstella once it’s ready. If you would like to make any suggestions of topics before then, please feel free to email me (Suzanne Hurley) at

Show Your North Beach Pride on the Outside!

North Beach's PTA Spirit Wear fundraiser netted around $500 for the school!

Spirit wear will be available in about 30 days and will be shipped or sent home via kid mail (depending on the option chosen at checkout).

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Beth carman at

PTA Spotlight on Volunteers

Thank you to Charlie Davis, Amy Stone, Tiffany Anderson, Debbie Wayne, and Cynthia Eade for organizing the parent social Thursday night. They worked hard to make it a fun evening out for adults. (And even though I’m writing this before the event actually happens, I’m sure it will be amazing!)

Harvest Carnival Friday, October 25th 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Save the date! The North Beach Elementary PTA invites you to this year’s Harvest Carnival! The event is spooktacular fun for the whole family with a costume contest, treat walk, games, prizes, and more.

Volunteers are needed for all areas of the event. For the Harvest Carnival to be a success we need help from you! Older siblings (middle and high school) can earn volunteer hours too.

Sign up via Konstella CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER

Questions? Contact Beth Carman at

Congratulations from the North Beach PTA and Disney Points of Lights Program!

Amelia’s name was drawn at random and she and her immediate family will receive one day Park Hopper passes to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure! Thanks to her and the other 43 people for volunteering at our Community Clean Up, your dedication to the school shines in all that you do.

Flu Shots are coming to North Beach School!

Protect yourself, your child, and your community from the flu. The best protection from influenza illness is by having a flu shot. Flu is a leading cause of work and school absence, as well as, hospital visits in the winter. School Nurses are leading the effort to get a large percentage of our total student population vaccinated against the flu.

Seattle Visiting Nurse Association nurses return this year to administer annual flu shots at school on Tuesday, October 22nd from 1:00-3:00 PM. Students (ages 4 and older), staff and community members can sign up to get the flu shot. All SPS insurance is accepted and most forms of insurance (including Apple Health and Medicaid) and cash or check ($40) are accepted. Families who have no insurance can write “No Insurance” and the student can still get a flu shot.

A thimerosal-free vaccine is available for pregnant women. The double dose version recommended for adults over age 65 is not available.

The consent form needs to be completely filled out and returned to the school office as soon as possible. Consent forms were sent home in KidMail and can be found on Konstella.

Questions?? or contact your School Nurse, Julie Kaloper, RN or 206-252-1517.

Help to protect yourself, your loved ones and our entire school community—get your flu shot!!

After School Enrichment Opportunities Still Available

The Fall Enrichment Programs start soon. It’s not too late to sign up for some great after school activities. We still have openings. Check out the options below for some additional enrichment for your kids.


  • North Beach Chess Club (K-5) | 2:25pm – 3:30pm |Oct 15, 2019 – Dec 17, 2019 | Spots available: 9
  • Sing Along with Mode (K-2) | 2:25pm – 3:55pm |Oct 15, 2019 – Dec 17, 2019 | Spots available: 9


  • Creative Coding: Games, Art, & Mobile Apps! (3-5) | 1:10pm – 2:40pm | Oct 9, 2019 – Dec 18, 2019 | Spots available: 5


  • Outdoor Wilderness (K-5) |2:25pm – 4pm | Oct 10, 2019 – Dec 19, 2019 | Spots available: 11
  • North Beach DebateAble Club (4-5) | 2:30pm – 3:30pm| Oct 10, 2019 – Dec 19, 2019 | Spots available: 10


  • Creative Coding: Junior Coding (1-2) | 2:25pm – 4pm | Oct 18, 2019 – Dec 19, 2019 | Spots available: 3
  • Intro to STEM with LEGO® Materials (K-2) | 2:30pm – 4pm | Oct 4, 2019 – Dec 13, 2019 | Spots available: 5

Sign up for Fall enrichment clubs here:,%20wa,%20US#programs

Please note – for those who have signed up for Comic Art & Mural Design, since there is no school on Friday, October 11th, so the first class will be on Friday, October 18th. We have notified the Vendor who is working on an alternate plan.

Join the North Beach PTA

Make your voice heard! The NBE PTA provides advocacy and funding for our students. Joining the PTA means YES to counselors, tutors, art supplies, classroom technology, library books, and more. JOIN TODAY

Looking for Authors and Illustrators!

We are looking for North Beach family members that are published authors and illustrators to highlight at an upcoming literacy night. Please contact Tara Nessan to be included.

Morning Drop Off and Afternoon Pick Up

Mornings can be quite hectic around the school so please observe the following guidelines to keep our children safe:

  • Do not park in the drop off lane in front of the school. This lane is for children exiting the car quickly. Have your child ready to go before you get in the line.
  • If you would like to walk your child to the front door or to their classroom, please park in a legal parking spot in the neighborhood. Do not park in the drop off lane.

  • Cross only at crosswalks. Do not cross in the middle of the street.

  • Speed limit in front of the school is 15 mph.

  • Parking around the school is limited. Do not park within 30 feet of a stop sign or within 20 feet of a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

  • No U-turns on 24th Avenue, or using 91st Street to make a U-turn.

  • No parking in the bus zone (even when no busses are present)

  • Parallel parking only in front of the house at the NW corner of 24th and 91st. Let's also be good neighbors and not block their mailbox.

  • No parking facing the wrong direction.

  • Do not leave your car running, if unattended.

  • Do not leave your child unattended in a running car.

  • Seattle Police regularly patrol the area and will issue tickets!

Community News & Events (These programs are not endorsed by either North Beach PTA or SPS. This information is posted for informational purposes only.)

Parent Engagement Workshop

Phenomenal She Presents: A workshop that will provide parents with the tools to better navigate school systems, advocate for their children, access resources, and more!

October 10, 2019


Seattle Public Library, Douglass-Truth Branch

2300 East Yesler Way, Seattle 98122

Ballard High School Playmakers

The Ballard High School Playmakers will present three dynamic theatrical productions this year. We appreciate you sharing this news with students and families.

Radium Girls |
October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, 201

A hundred years ago, radium was a miracle cure used to fight cancer. It was quickly commercialized and used in products for consumers, including luminous watches that glowed in the dark. Radium Girls tells the story of the New Jersey factory girls who hand-painted the dials until they mysteriously became ill, started dying, and ultimately fought back.

Musical Theater production:

Xanadu | March 18, 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28, 2019

This comedy musical is based on the film which starred Olivia Newton-John. It’s 1980, and Venice Beach chalk-artist Sonny is frustrated by his mural of the Greek muses. A Greek muse named Kira dispatches to L.A., disguised as a human to encourage him in his art. Together they dream of opening a roller disco club named Xanadu. Xanadu is a love story with legwarmers and campy music.

Rumors | May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2019

Set in the 1980s at a large home just north of Manhattan, the deputy mayor of New York has accidentally shot himself. As four couples gather for a 10th anniversary wedding party, the mayor’s lawyer must quickly concoct a story to avoid a scandal. Speculation quickly piles up, leading to laughable, ludicrous moments. Rumors is written by Neil Simon.


$15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Advance tickets are now available at; (search for “Ballard High School.”) To request discounted season or group tickets, please contact Shawn Riley at

View the full press release at:

If you'd like more details, please contact me at 206-465-9532,

Ballard High Marching Band Wins at Leavenworth Parade

After a series of unexpected obstacles last Saturday on their way to the Leavenworth Autumn Leaf Festival, the Ballard High School Marching band literally stepped off the bus and into the parade to claim recognition as the best of 19 bands in the parade--and to also win first place in their division.

Up next is the band's annual half-time field show at the Ballard Homecoming Game (v Chief Sealth) this Friday, October 4, featuring a 10-minute Aretha Franklin tribute that includes her greatest hits: Think, Natural Woman, and Respect. Game starts at 5 p.m. and the band's performance will likely be around 5:45 p.m. or 6 p.m. For an idea of what to expect, watch this video from last year’s Disney tribute (be sure to watch until the end):

The Ballard High School Marching Band, still one of the largest in the city, will be rehearsing all day this Friday on the Ballard High School football field if you'd like to record a segment or arrange for an interview.

The full press release/story about Saturday's whirlwind win is attached. We hope you can share this information with your community and audiences. If you need more information or photos, or would like to do a story on the band, please contact me at 206-465-8542 or or contact Director of Bands Michael James at 206.252.1034.

Before/After School Programs

Boys & Girls Club

Hours: 7:00 - 7:50 am and 2:25 am - 6:00 pm M-F

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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