News from your North Beach PTA
April 2, 2021
Dates to Remember
- Monday, April 5: Return to in-person schooling for K-5
- Tuesday, April 6: PTA Meeting, 6 p.m. **ALL ARE WELCOME**
- Tuesday, April 6: Yearbook Photos Due!
- April 12-16: Spring Break **NO SCHOOL**
A Note from Our Principal
Dear North Beach Families!
We are excited to see students in the building next week. We also recognize that with changes approaching, some of our students may be experiencing strong emotions and will find the transition difficult. The professional development sessions teachers had this week while students were learning asynchronously will help them support all our students through the weeks ahead. If you have concerns, please reach out to your child’s teacher or Ms. Reid, our counselor.
If you were unable to attend our in-person orientation session earlier this week, you may view it anytime using your child’s SPS login: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/fefa4ece-c3d4-4646-8a94-12869c030828. You can also see the slides from the presentation at https://bit.ly/3miuld4, which provide visual support for drop off and pick up of students.
Below you will information that will be helpful for you as we get ready for April 5:
Please complete this as early as possible each day. For a video providing an overview, go to https://vimeo.com/513567687
For a longer video showing a day in the life of in-person instruction: https://vimeo.com/522133088
Student Pick up and Drop off
To support a smooth beginning to the day, we’re asking families to try to arrive as close as possible to the times listed below
PK, Kindergarten and 5th Grade: South side of building – Drop off and pick up along 90th St in bus zone
Preschool (Classroom entrance), Kindergarten and 5th Grade (south entry gate), Boys and Girls Club (South entry doors)
- Boys and Girls Club: 7:30-7:40
- Preschool and Kindergarten: 7:45
- 5th Grade: 7:52
- Preschool and Kindergarten: 11:30
- 5th Grade: 11:37
1st-4th, 3-5 Focus, North side of campus – Drop off and pick up at north gate – no parking on east side of 24th Ave NW
- 1st Grade: 7:45
- 2nd Grade: 7:50
- 3rd Grade: 7:52
- 4th Grade: 7:55
- 1st Grade: 11:30
- 2nd Grade: 11:35
- 3rd Grade: 11:37
- 4th Grade: 11:40
Families should inform teachers about after school plans – walking home, parents picking up, going to Boys and Girls Club, etc.
COVID Data in the District: https://www.seattleschools.org/resources/covid-19_dashboard
North Beach will remain a meal distribution site
When: Monday-Friday, 10:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
What: Pick up breakfast and lunch prepared by SPS nutrition services team. Because of social distancing health guidance, families and students may not stay at school to eat. During our re-entry phases into in person learning, it is intended for students to have meals offsite.
Reheatable Meals by FareStart: Monday through Friday FareStart is providing reheatable prepared meals available for all families to pick up at school sites.
Weekend Meal Support: Meal support for weekends, provided by the Backpack Brigade and Food For Schools, provides non-perishable food items such as canned goods, snacks, juice, etc., is available for all families in need to pick up on Fridays.
How-to Pick-Up Student Meals:
- If you need ADA accessibility support, staff are available to provide access.
- Students and families cannot stay at the school to eat them because of social distancing guidance from state and local health agencies.
- All students can pick up meals at these sites. Parents, and guardians may pick up meals for students. Students do not need to be in attendance.
Travel: We want to remind families that the Seattle Public Schools spring break is April 12 to 16. With the Governor Inslee's order to reopen all schools for in-person learning by April 19 – right after our spring break – we urge our families and staff to keep our school communities in mind when making vacation travel plans.
The Governor's Travel Advisory from November 2020 was recently rescinded, the state is now relying on CDC guidelines and recommendations about travel. The CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time if your travel is non-essential. Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. In contrast, essential travel includes work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.
While the current Washington Department of Health (DOH) guidelines recommends that people traveling out of state quarantine and get tested upon return, the district is not in position to mandate that students or staff quarantine following travel.
SPS strongly encourages everyone to avoid non-essential travel during spring break to keep our school communities safe and healthy. If travel is necessary, we are also encouraging students and staff to test upon return.
To learn more about the state's travel recommendations, visit the Department of Health (DOH) website.
Have a wonderful weekend!
North Beach Elementary
From the Office
No volunteers will be allowed in the building. For the time being, we will not be having anyone, other than SPS staff and students, in the building.
Join the Communication Committee!
This easy volunteer team helps communicate PTA messages and important school information via the Beachcomber, Konstella and Facebook. Members are needed to keep communications going next year!
If you are interested in joining or have questions email Rebecca Mongrain at firstname.lastname@example.org
Traveling Out of State for Spring Break?
Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a travel advisory for Washington, recommending a 7-day quarantine for interstate and international travel and asks residents to stay close to home. It has taken a long time to get schools reopened safely. PLEASE follow CDC guidelines if you are traveling. Sending kids straight back to classes increases risk for all, and increases the likelihood of Covid-related closures. Now that we are reopening, Let’s stay open. Thanks for doing your part.
More information available here.
North Beach Yearbook: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PORTRAITS NOW 4/6/21
You can BUY YOUR YEARBOOK on Konstella for $15.33/yearbook.
Over 186 yearbooks have been pre-ordered so far. Can't remember if you ordered a yearbook? Email: the yearbook team at email@example.com and we will let you know. You can order extra books for donation to NB families.
Submit your child's yearbook picture!
Over 280 individual student portraits have been received. We want to include all 360 students in the yearbook. SEND PHOTOS NOW TO THE YEARBOOK TEAM TO firstname.lastname@example.org. PHOTOS ARE DUE 4/6/21.
Have you sent in a candid photo of your student for yearbook?
Candid photos should be kids from North Beach only, at home or outside, studying, on computer for school, playing at the park, Halloween costumes, Holiday celebrations, playing with pets, etc... Going back to the classroom on 4/5/21? Send in a candid photo to email@example.com. Just showcase your student's personality!
You do not need to buy a yearbook in order to submit your child's portrait for the class yearbook page. Yearbook staff can come to your house or meet you and your child at an outdoor location, to get the photo taken, just email firstname.lastname@example.org to set this up.
Here are the two ways to submit your child's yearbook photo:
1. Use the Lifetouch + Shutterfly app to submit a photo of your child (you can also purchase portrait packages here)
2. Email a photo of your child to email@example.com. Use your smartphone or digital camera for photo.
Subject line: student name, classroom number, teacher name, and grade.
- Photo should be at least 640 X 800 pixels for best image quality.
- Photo formats: JPEG, PNG, or SVG for image uploads.
· Portraits show the child from mid chest to top of head. No hats please.
By submitting this photo you are giving permission for it to be used in the 2020-21 North Beach yearbook. The yearbook will be hard copy only and photos will not be used in any electronic media.
School Board Meetings 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about attending a meeting to help us track what is happening. You can find out more here.
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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.)
Boys & Girls Club
Registration Information and enrollment paperwork is available at: http://positiveplace.org/locations/childcare/Pages/northbeachchildcare.aspx
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: email@example.com
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 https://www.illuminationlearningstudio.com/.
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