News from your North Beach PTA

September 13, 2019

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Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, September 17: Enrichment Fair, 6:00 p.m. Curriculum Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 19: Watch Dog Parent Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, September 30: Principal Coffee, 8:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 3: Parent Social at Blue Ridge Clubhouse, 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 6: Sounders Game
  • Friday, October 11: NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, October 15: PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. NB Library, ALL are welcome to attend

A Note from Our Principal

Dear North Beach Families and Community,

It was a busy first full week of school! Yesterday we held our first fire drill. The fire department visited and made some recommendations for how to accommodate our growing school. We also celebrated our first monthly community time assembly. We gather as an entire school once a month to build community and reinforce social emotional learning goals. At this week’s assembly, we reviewed “The North Beach Way,” our schoolwide expectations that support a safe, kind and respectful environment for our students. Ms. Burton led the school in song, and several of our students taught us how to greet one another in Amharic, Spanish, and French.

We have some upcoming events next week I want to make sure you are aware of. Tuesday, September 17, we will be having our annual Curriculum Night and Enrichment Fair. There will be two classroom information sessions available to attend so that parents with more than one child can go to both sessions. This event is intended for adults only; childcare is not provided.

The schedule for the evening is:

6:00-6:30 – Enrichment Fair

6:35-Staff introductions/PTA presentation

7:00-7:20 – Presentation #1

7:25-7:45 – Presentation #2

On Thursday, September 19 at 6:30, join us for pizza and learn about the WatchDOG program. WatchDOG Parents sign up to spend the day at school in their child’s classroom, volunteering to support the classroom teacher and the school as needed.

I hope to see you at these events. Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane,

Principal, North Beach Elementary


From the office

Every Wednesday is early dismissal. All students are dismissed at 1:10p every Wednesday. Staff still works a full day in meetings and trainings so we are not able to tend to students who are not picked up on time. If you are not able to be here on time, please call and let us know.


Volunteer Background Checks

Volunteer background checks are now good for two calendar years. If you signed up and were approved as a volunteer during the last school year, you do not need to do so again this school year. The school district volunteer office will contact you when it is time for you to renew your volunteer application.

Counselor’s Corner

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! For those of you who are new to the North Beach

community, my name is Alysa Reid, and I am thrilled to be the part-time counselor at North

Beach. I am here all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays and mornings on Wednesdays.

Working in conjunction with other North Beach staff members and families, my role is to

support students in reaching their full potential. My goal is for each student to have a positive

school experience. If you have concerns about your student, please contact me at: (206) 252-

1535 or by e-mail at I work with students in classrooms, in small

groups (focusing on issues such as social skills, impulse control, emotion management,

separation/divorce, managing anxiety and grief) and individually as needed and am available to

consult with parents.

I eat most of my lunches with students in small group “lunch bunches” as a way to learn names and get to know our students better. I will be eating with all Kindergarteners and new 1 st -5 th graders in small groups over the next few weeks.

Please note that school counselors do not provide therapy or long-term counseling services.

However, I am available for crisis and brief, solution-focused individual counseling. If your child or family is in need of more intensive or on-going services, I am happy to share community

resources with you.

I look forward to another great year ahead! Please let me know how I can help.

Developmental Preschool Peer Help Needed

Hi North Beach Families!

My name is Kelly Holton, and I am the new Developmental Preschool teacher in room 2.

I am so excited to be here and be a part of this great community. My students start on Monday, September 16th and I have an AM and PM session on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

In the next couple of weeks, I will be wanting to add peer models to my class. Peer models are students who do not receive special education services and would be modeling typical four year old behavior to my three, four and five year old preschoolers. It is essential to an inclusive preschool program. I can have up to two peers in each session.

Please let me know if you are interested by emailing me @

Thank you so much, and please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions.

Kelly Holton M.Ed.

Developmental Preschool

North Beach Elementary

206 252 1520

Are You a Good Matchmaker?

The PTA is looking for a volunteer coordinator(s). We have so many parents looking to volunteer and so many different ways for parents to help that we could really use someone to connect volunteers with the right opportunity. If you like learning about parents’ super skills other than parenting, this is the position for you or two of you. Interested? Contact Suzanne at

PTA Spotlight on Volunteers

Thank you to all parents who came to our first annual Back to School Picnic! It was a wonderful evening, with lovely weather, great food, and community building. Special thanks to Tara Nessan, Jessica Bjorklund, and Monica Gehrts who helped organize and clean up. Thanks also to all the parents and staff who attended our first PTA meeting of the year. It’s great to see so many people actively participating in helping our school.

After School Enrichment Opportunities Available

Welcome back! By now we have all begun to get back into our school routines. As you are planning your Fall schedule, take a look at the options below for some additional enrichment for your kids. Not all clubs are posted so check back soon for more opportunities.

Please Join us for our Curriculum Night and Enrichment Fair on Tuesday September 17th at 6:00.

Here is a link to our current enrichment clubs:,%20wa,%20US#programs

Room Parents: We Need Your Help!

Have you wanted to help at school but just weren't sure how? Here is your chance! Sign up to be a room parent today! You get the opportunity to make a major impact in the community of your child's classroom. Not sure if you want to do it alone? Ask another parent to partner with you.

The principal duties of the room parent are:

  • Coordinate class Halloween party and Valentine’s Day party
  • Organize classroom based Auction contribution
  • Teacher appreciation and/or year end gift for the teacher
  • Welcome families new to North Beach throughout the year
  • Classroom point person for the online directory Konstella (and utilize it for communication, signups, etc.)

The room parent is a liaison between the teacher and the parents. This means different things to each teacher; duties vary by class and may include items not mentioned here, such as Scholastic Book orders, field trips, etc.

Interested? Contact Tara Nessan at with questions or to sign up.

Sign up at

Comfort Kits Needed

At North Beach, we like to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Part of our plan includes creating a Comfort Kit (student emergency kits) for each student in the building. We will store these in bins in each classroom. They will be used for emergencies only. At the end of the year, we’ll send them home with your child. Please follow the directions closely.

Place your child’s supplies (more information below) in a 1 Gal Ziplock Bag and label the front using a sharpie with the following information:

Child’s Name: _______

Room #: ________

Emergency Contact Name _________

Phone #__________

Supplies should include one days worth of non-perishable food (no nuts please) with a family picture and note from parents along with a stocking cap and a pair of mittens. THE PTA WILL PROVIDE A SPACE BLANKET AND WATER. Everything, except for the water, must fit in the ziplock bag.Please let your teacher or Rebecca Mongrain ( know if you are unable to provide the items for your bag. Label the bag and return to your child’s room, we will do the rest.

Show Your North Beach Pride on the Outside!

Beautiful North Beach clothing and accessories are available for online via Uplifters Ranch ORDER HERE.

Interested in sizing? Select samples will be available for sizing at the 9/17 Enrichment Fair/Curriculum Night (6pm). Order at by September 30th!

North Beach at the Sounders, Sunday, October 6th at 1pm.

Join fellow North Beach kids, parents and friends to cheer on the Sounders in the final match of the season. Tickets are $32 each. Order forms went home this week in kidmail and are available in the foyer at school. All forms must be returned to school by the due date --Friday, September 27th. If you'd like to sit in a group, please turn in your order together.


Harvest Carnival Committee

Want an easy and fun way to help the school? Join the Harvest Carnival Committee! The committee meets during September and October to plan the Carnival taking place Friday, 10/25. This low stress committee is all about fun and enjoying the best of the fall season!

Interested or want more information? Email Beth Carman at

Annual Giving Campaign Committee

Have a knack for making marketing POP? The Annual Giving Campaign (AGC) is looking for a few new team members to join the committee. Members will work collaboratively with the committee to festoon the school with AGC spirit!

Interested or want more information? Email Beth Carman at

Building Leadership Teams (BLT)

Hi Folks! I am your PTA Parent Representative on the Building Leadership Team (BLT) here at North Beach.

The Building Leadership Teams (BLT) were created by SPS “to advise and work with the building principal/program manager and building staff in facilitating continuous improvement of student achievement.” (SPS, Policy F20.00 April 1996). The BLT touches on all aspects of school policy. (goals of the school and how we implement them, homework policy, recess policy, professional development for teachers and staff, etc.)

If you have concerns, questions or suggestions about any school policies, please share with me. I will bring that information to the monthly BLT meeting.

Thank you and have a great year!

Diane Coyne

Did You Bring a Wonderful Salad to the Picnic?

If so, your clean salad bowl and tongs are in the front lobby.
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- Community News & Events- These programs are not endorsed by either North Beach PTA or SPS. This information is posted for informational purposes only.

Seattle's Children's Festival

Attention Families! The Seattle Children’s Festival is taking place on Saturday, September 28 from 11-3pm. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet some favorite author’s/illustrator’s and purchase great books signed by the author/illustrator! Below is link providing more details about this exciting event:

Colors of Peace

Come enjoy ‘Colors of Peace’ at the Seattle Children’s Festival, September 21st and 22nd from 10am to 4pm, Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, peace art created by your kids. Students answered the question, “What does peace look like to me?” with their art. The exhibit is the first ever ‘Colors of Peace’ outside of its primary home in Rome, Italy. It includes artwork from over 13 schools around Seattle with 200 works on loan from the Roman Collection.

The opening ceremony for Colors of Peace starts at 10am on Saturday, September 21st in the Seattle Center Armory Building. It will include music with a special appearance by Pastor Patrinell Wright, creator of the Total Experience Gospel Choir and many special surprises. The event will conclude with a special Parade of Nations and Peace Walk from the Armory Building to the exhibit located in and around the Fisher Pavilion. We would love for you to join in!

“Colors” is inspired by UN Resolution A/RES/36/67, encouraging public events to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st. Peace Run Italy started “Colors” in 2017 with an exhibit around the Coliseum in Rome. It includes kids work from over 40 countries with over 7000 pieces.

Seattle joined Colors of Peace this year with its first exhibit at NW Folklife and the first in the world outside of Rome. The current exhibit here in Seattle on September 21st coincides with the annual event in Rome. Original artwork from North Beach Elementary School students joined the Roman collection and become a part of their permanent collection. Copies will be on display here. An art booth will be set up in the Fisher Pavilion from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday so kids can create art for peace. Sponsored by the Sri Chinmoy Oneness Home Peace Run,

Your Adventure Starts with Cub Scout Pack 100! …Serving Ballard Families Since 1938. Our group is committed to inclusion and has scholarships available.

Come visit our Fall Pack Picnic at Carkeek Park
Wednesday, Sept. 18th from 6–8pm
For more info please contact:
Visit us at:

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,

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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