News from your North Beach PTA
January 7, 2022
Dates to Remember
- January 10-12: Covid-19 testing at school
- Tuesday, January 11: 6:30pm PTA General Meeting - Join Zoom Meeting
- Tuesday, January 11: 7pm Special Eduction General PTA Meeting (online link below)
- Monday, January 17: MLK day, no school
- Saturday, March 12: North Beach Auction, 6-11pm @ The Nordic Heritage Museum
North Beach Multicultural calendar - January
During January the North Beach community celebrates the following multicultural groups. We will highlight resources and opportunities to learn more about these groups during the month.
- January 1: New Years Day
- January 17: Martin Luther King Jr Day
- January 18: Buddhist New Year (dates vary)
A Note From our Principal
January 7, 2022
Dear North Beach Families:
Despite the unusual start to 2022, staff and students are happy to be back at school. Yesterday, information about voluntary rapid COVID screening testing for students was sent to families. In case you missed it, North Beach will be providing opportunities during school Monday-Wednesday and after school on Wednesday for those families interested in having their child screened. Testing is voluntary and free; insurance is not required. Consent forms for testing were sent home with students. If you would like your child tested at school, please complete the consent form and send it back to turn into your child’s teacher. Alternatively, you can register online at https://forms.office.com/r/Ms4Z3FzMc1 and email a screenshot of the confirmation page to our office staff: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Testing will begin at approximately 9:30 AM according to the following schedule:
- Monday, 1/10 – PK, 4th-5th Grades
- Tuesday 1/11 – 2nd-3rd Grades
- Wednesday 1/12 – K-1st Grades
- Wednesday after school: 1:30-3:00 PM K-5
If we complete testing for older students on Monday early, we will begin to screen younger students as time allows. Please be aware that if your child’s test result is positive, you will be called to pick your child up from school before the end of the day. If you would prefer to accompany your child during their test, please plan to come to the Wednesday after school clinic. After students leave campus when school ends at 1:10 on Wednesday, there will be signs directing families where to line up for testing in the covered play court.
If your child is tested during school hours and the test result is negative, you won’t receive a text or email from the district. If your child tests positive for COVID-19:
- You will get confirmation by text or email
- The central office nursing team will contact your family to provide additional information including when your child can return to school. https://www.seattleschools.org/news/responding-to-cases-or-symptoms/
- Please review the requirements for returning to school with a negative test after testing positive for COVID-19 or if your child was required to quarantine over the break by a medical professional.
Finally, we need support to make the testing clinics successful. If you are approved to volunteer in Seattle Public Schools for 2021-22 and would like to help next week, click here to sign up. Training will be provided before testing occurs.
In other news, if you’ve been by the school, you probably noticed that the lunch tent has been removed. Extreme weather makes the tent unsafe. We’re hoping that as spring weather approaches, we will be able to use the cafeteria with lunch tables or go back to our outdoor lunch plan used at the beginning of the school year.
Thank you for helping us keep the North Beach community healthy! Have a wonderful weekend.
Kristine McLane, Principal
New Date for Auction: March 12
While there’s a lot we may not know about the omicron variant, we do know one thing: it’s a big party crasher. Given the current rapid spread, we’re postponing this year's auction to Saturday, March 12.
It will be at the same awesome venue (Ballard's Nordic Museum) with the same fun theme (roaring 20’s), just a new date that will let us truly Roar Back as a community after what feels to many of us like Groundhog Day on repeat.
The deadline for early-bird registration ($30 off ticket price) and auction donations is extended until February 7. Please keep those donations coming!
The upside? Now you have even more time to get a great outfit. We look forward to seeing you in fringe and fedoras in March!
From the office
We completed student pictures retakes on Thursday, January 6th. If your student did NOT get their picture taken and you would like to submit a personal photo, please follow the instructions below:
All student photo files must meet the following requirements:
1. Image files must be in the JPEG format, with a file extension of .jpg (lower case).
2. Image files should be roughly 200 pixels wide by 300 pixels high.
3. Each photo must not exceed 100K in size.
4. The file name for each student photo should be the student ID number with a suffix of .jpg. The student number must be 7 digits with no leading zeroes (e.g.7555555.jpg).
5. In mail have the student’s first and last name.
6. Deliver the student photo electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan 7 School Spiritwear FOR SALE!
Show your North Beach Seal Spirit with apparel! The North Beach Community can purchase apparel from SpiritHero.com by 1/26 with delivery in about 4-6 weeks.
1. Go to Spirithero.com
2. Click on "Find your school" and select North Beach Elementary
3. Select your items.
See attached flyer or Konstella for more information!
Volunteers needed: Covid-19 testing
We are looking for adult volunteers (who have already been accepted to volunteer at NB and have received all their COVID vaccinations) to help support COVID testing of North Beach students. We need 5-6 volunteers per day in order to safely and efficiently run the testing.
Volunteers will be trained for 1 hour (8-9am) and then work to test students until the grade levels for the day are complete (possibly done prior to 11:30am).
Join the first PTA meeting of 2022
Happy New Year! Want to learn more about what's happening at North Beach? Join the first meeting of 2022 on Tuesday! Everyone is welcome.
Topic: PTA General Meeting Tuesday
Time: Jan 11, 2022 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 810 4016 6544
Buddhist New Year celebrations
For Buddhists, the new year is a time for meditation and self reflection. The goal is to find ways to improve and learn from past mistakes. Buddhists also believe that buying new items, cleaning and redecorating the home and giving gifts can bring good luck. They also celebrate with feasts that are filled with sweets, and there are typically fireworks at midnight.
Learn more here:
Community News & Events (The programs below are not endorsed by either North Beach PTA or SPS, and are posted for informational purposes only.)
Parent Education Opportunities
- January 29 Illuminating Autism: Celebrating Artists
- National PTA has developed a fantastic series of podcasts on a variety of topics to share information with parents.
- Don't limit the STEM fun to school—bring the STEM excitement home and get the whole family involved in the fun. National PTA and Bayer have developed a series of hands-on activities families can do.Learn at Home Activities require common household items that you likely already have available within your home.
Northwest Boychoir Auditions
We are scheduling online auditions for new enrollment. Boys 6-8 years old who enjoy music and singing are welcome to tryout! No prior musical training is required – just musical aptitude and obvious enjoyment of music.
We are located at the University Heights Center in Seattle but are currently holding classes for our younger choirs online. For more than 45 years we have helped young people discover the joy of singing, self discipline and teamwork!
Join the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Mitzvah Corps
Join for a new year of making a difference with our Volunteer Challenge. From January through April, we’ll offer a variety of in-person and at-home volunteer opportunities for the whole family across the Puget Sound! Each time you volunteer through Mitzvah Corps, submit a photo of your family in action. We’ll track participation and the family with the most volunteer activities will be our honored guests at the Community Seder on April 22. The challenge kicks off on January 17, when we celebrate a double holiday: Tu B’Shevat (Jewish Earth Day) and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, two holidays that focus on giving back to our community and our planet.
How to Participate:
· Choose your in-person or at-home volunteer opportunities from our lists below.
· Take a photo of your family at each volunteer activity
· Email your photos to us at email@example.com.
· The family with the most volunteer activities will be our honored guests at the Community Seder on April 22.
In-Person activities include: Dinner at our House for YouthCare, Rainier Valley Food Bank, Mary’s Place, Food Lifeline, Earth Corps, Washington Trails Association, Friends of the Burke Gilman Trail, BloodWorks NW, Friends of Lincoln Park, Lambert House, SJCC Kesher Garden, and many more!
To register for any In-Person activity, sign up here >>
For at-home activities and more info on the Volunteer Challenge, click here >>
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org