News from your North Beach PTA

February 28, 2020

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Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, March 5: All School Assembly, 1:40 p.m.
  • Friday, March 6: Principal Coffee, 8:15 a.m.
  • Wed, March 11: PTA Board Meeting, 6:30pm in the Library **NOTE DATE CHANGE**

  • March 13: 5th Grade fundraiser spaghetti dinner at the Blue Ridge Clubhouse, 6pm-9pm

  • Sat, March 14: 3-5 pm, Meet with School Board Director Liza Rankin, Seattle Public Library, Lake City Branch

  • Sunday, March 29: North Beach at the Mariners’ game

A Note from Our Principal

Dear North Beach Families and Community,

What a busy week! Our students are improving their recycling and composting knowledge thanks to our assembly earlier in the week. Thank you to Mr. Oxford for leading our musicians in the regional concert on Wednesday. Last night we celebrated the diverse heritage of our staff and students at our annual culture night. Thank you so much to families and teachers who shared their cultural backgrounds with our students. It is such a valuable experience for them.

Our Building Leadership Team is in the process of developing our budget for the 2020-21 school year. If you are interested in learning more about the process, I’ll be hosting Coffee with the Principal next Friday at 8:15 AM. Next week we’re once again partnering with Antioch University to celebrate Multicultural Children’s Literature and will be hosting R. Gregory Christie all day on March 6. Come for the coffee at 8:15 and stay for the second assembly at 9:15!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane,

Principal, North Beach Elementary


From the Office

Class picture day is Tuesday, March 24th. Information about ordering will be coming home in the next couple of weeks. Be sure to fill out your form and return it with your $$ to your students teacher. Scholarships are available if needed. Please contact the office.

Thank you,

Carolyn and Sarah

Custodian Update

Not many people know this, but North Beach has been without a night custodian for nearly 2 months. Mr. Ray has been pulling double duty since then. Yet through it all, he has been helpful, courteous and not complaining one bit. With over 400 kids, 60 staff, and the continuous flow of parents, care givers and afterschool clubs that are a part of this school, I am just amazed that Ray is still going. And his caring of all of our young scholars is stronger than ever. The district has informed him that the replacement of the night custodian will come some time in August.

Sarah and Carolyn

PTA Survey Now Open!

As we start planning for next year’s PTA budget and calendar, we’d like your input on PTA priorities. This survey should take about 3 minutes to complete and will help us decide where to allocate financial resources as well as devote volunteer time.

Who Wants to Be a PTA Officer Next Year?

Feel free to nominate yourself or a loved one! The PTA provides important support to our school and community, and as a registered 501c3 nonprofit, we need officers to function. If you’d like to make a huge contribution to your child’s school, please consider volunteering to be an officer. You can submit nominations to the nominating committee (Karin LaBelle, Rachel McDaniel, and Rebecca Mongrain) at If you’d like more information on a specific position, please reach out to the current officers: Suzanne Hurley at, Tara Nessan at, Jessica Bjorklund at, and Beth Carman at Each position is a one-year term with the possibility of a second term. Elections will take place at our April 7th meeting.

Rescheduled PTA Board Meeting, Wednesday, March 11, 6:30pm, North Beach Library

The PTA meeting originally scheduled for March 18 will now be on March 11. Among other things, we will be discussing what financial contributions the PTA will be making for school staffing next year. Once again we will not be receiving a district-funded counselor so if the school is to have one, the PTA will have to pay for one. All are welcome to attend.

Community Meeting with School Board Director Liza Rankin, Saturday, March 14, 3-5pm, at Lake City Branch, Seattle Public Library

Liza Rankin, our district director, will be holding a a community meeting in two weeks. This could be a good opportunity to ask her any questions you might have about SPS, such as why North Beach isn’t getting a district-provided counselor, what’s happening with HCC, and other issues important to you!

Renowned Illustrator, R. Gregory Christie is coming to North Beach!

Antioch University Seattle’s Multicultural Children’s Literature Celebration, in partnership with North Beach will be bringing renowned illustrator, R. Gregory Christie to our school on March 6. There is still time to purchase a book! The book order deadline has been extended Friday, February 28.

When: Friday, March 6, 2020

Where: North Beach Cafeteria

Time: K-2 Assembly 8:15-9:00AM & 3-5 Assembly 9:15-10:15AM

R. Gregory Christie will also be spending the entire day at North Beach and meeting with various grade levels throughout the day.

Look for order forms on Konstella!

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Join North Beach families in a wonderful spring tradition--watching the Mariners play ball!

Join North Beach families in a wonderful spring tradition--watching the Mariners play ball! We have group view tickets available for the Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins game on Sunday, March 29, at 1:10 pm. Tickets are $11 (plus fee if using Konstella). Forms will also be sent home in KidMail if you'd like to pay by check. Order deadline is Friday, March 13th!

If you'd like to sit with another family, please order your tickets together. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, depending upon availability.

Questions? Please email Raj Mathew at

Looking forward to seeing you there, and Go Mariners!! #TrueToTheBlue

Would You Like to Coach Boys to Run? Training this Saturday (Feb 29), 9am-12:30pm, Stoup Brewing Company

Are you interested in inspiring boys through the power of running? Register for Let Me Run coach training this Saturday, February 29, from 9am to 12:30pm at Stoup Brewing Company, 1108 NW 52nd St. You would then be certified to lead a team at North Beach. (The program is similar to Girls on the Run.)

Register here. Questions about the program? Contact Jen Shevitz at or

Mixed Race Seattle Conference – March 28, 2020

Join Seattle JACL for the Mixed Race Seattle conference, a day of storytelling, art, and creative expression meant to grow community among multiracial teens, young adults, and their families. This event is free and open for all to attend. Mixed race youth are among the fastest-growing population in the United States. Event details: Morning activities include an opening welcome address, a workshop for parents of Mixed kids, and a youth-led workshop for teens and college-age students. The afternoon will feature a panel discussion of Mixed Race young adults. The day will conclude with a panel discussion of multiracial and multicultural artists, and performances will be offered throughout the day.

Join Seattle Special Education PTSA!

If you have been considering joining the Seattle Special Education PTSA, now is the time! As in, by the end of the day tomorrow. WPTA has a little contest going through this first half of February and if our PTA meets the goal of 8 new members by TOMORROW, we get a prize (a small prize, but a prize nonetheless). So, if you have been meaning to join, please hop on over to our website and do it now. Our next general meeting is on March 10th from 7-9pm, we in the process of accepting nominations for new Executive Board Members for next year, we have a spring survery in the works, and our FACE team is working on a plan for a fun social event for all families to close out the year. It has been a big year, and the current board is looking forward to planning for even bigger things next school year. Join us!

March 13th Blue Ridge Clubhouse spaghetti dinner social 6pm-9pm

March 13th Blue Ridge Clubhouse spaghetti dinner social 6pm-9pm (open house style). Come enjoy a fun social with friends and school community while helping us raise money for camp!

- $45 per FAMILY (1-6ppl) includes all pastas (veg options available), sides, salads, dessert, WINE and n/a beverages. Music, casual fun times, 5th graders bussing your table! and support for our upcoming camp fund - it's a great deal. All North Beach families are welcome (not just 5th grade:) Register via Jen Osborn:

  • PayPal: (please indicate estimated guests, ok if it changes:)
  • Venmo: @Jen-Osborn (please indicate estimated guests, ok if it changes:)
  • Check: To: (either) Jen Osborn or "NB PTA" [memo line: 5th grade camp fund] place in Manila envelope in office PTA box labeled "5th Grade Camp Fundraiser" (please note in memo line this is for the March 13th event)

5th Grade Car Wash Fundraiser

Brown Bear Car Wash tickets ($10/ea) to support fundraising for 5th grade camp are still available! Contact Jen Osborn for info or tickets which can be delivered via kidmail:

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!

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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.)


Julia Robinson Math Festival

Seattle's 9th annual Julia Robinson Math Festival will be held at the HUB South Ballroom at UW on Saturday, Mar 14, from 1:00 - 4:30 PM. This event is a mathematics festival celebrating collaborative problem-solving, playful math experiences, and beautiful ideas.

The festival is open to 4th graders – 10th graders, with a cost of $15 per student (scholarships are available). Registration is available at

Calling on girls grades 3-5th grades, Girls on the Run 2020 is here!

What is Girls on the Run?

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, fun activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. Seeing hundreds of girls streaming across the finish line is beautiful!

Start Date: March 3rd, Tuesday and Thursdays right after school. Registration closes March 9th.

The 5k: May 17th at Memorial Stadium in Renton.

Check out this link to program details and registration resources:

If you have questions contact North Beach liaison:

Jeannette Kane


Summer Fun!

There are still spots open at Summer Fun!

A performing and visual arts integrated day camp for ages 7-12
Cascadia Elementary in North Seattle July 6th - 24th
For more information and registration visit:

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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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Join North Beach families in a wonderful spring tradition--watching the Mariners play ball!

We have group view tickets available for the Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins game on Sunday, March 29, at 1:10 pm. Tickets are $11 (plus fee if using Konstella). Forms will also be sent home in KidMail if you'd like to pay by check. Order deadline is Friday, March 13th!

If you'd like to sit with another family, please order your tickets together. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, depending upon availability.

Questions? Please email Raj Mathew at

Looking forward to seeing you there, and Go Mariners!! #TrueToTheBlue