News from your North Beach PTA

January 14, 2022

Dates to Remember

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 14, 2022

Dear North Beach Families:

It’s been a busy week! Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who helped us with our COVID screening tests. As I mentioned to the parents attending the PTA meeting earlier in the week, the arrival of the Omicron variant has drastically changed the impact COVID is having on the number of positive cases we are seeing in the community, and that has had an impact on the school. As always, we are adjusting to changing guidelines and recommendations provided to us by the Department of Health.

There were great questions asked at this week’s PTA meeting I wanted to provide answers to:

Why are schools using different quarantine/isolation timelines than the CDC? Seattle Public Schools always follows guidance from local Public Health authorities, and the timelines for schools in Washington differed from the CDC. Earlier this week we received revised guidelines. Guides for how to respond to positive cases of COVID or if you are identified as a close contact may be helpful for families to keep handy.

Why is communication from the school different than the Boys and Girls Club? Because of the drastic increase in COVID cases, it took us a few days to align our communication with the Boys and Girls Club. We’ve worked out the issues from the first case and moving forward communication should be smoother. In the future, if there is a positive case of COVID identified, we aim to inform families in the impacted classroom earlier or at the same time as those in Boys and Girls Club.

What options are there for testing? We have a limited supply of rapid tests available for students who are unvaccinated close contacts who are returning from quarantine. We also have PCR tests available for symptomatic students and family members. We know that tests are difficult to get appointments for and want to support our families when possible. We’ve requested additional tests. If we can accommodate a need we will, with priority given to symptomatic students and family members, and students returning from quarantine.

Where are students eating lunch? When weather allows, we will use the play court for lunch. When it is too windy/wet/snowy, students will split between the cafeteria and classrooms, except for our 4/5 students, whose classrooms are too small to adequately space themselves. They spread themselves at least 6 feet apart throughout the hall and main lobby when not eating in the cafeteria or play court. We’ve been stressing the importance of focusing on eating and not talking during lunch with students. When students are in the cafeteria, we’ve used two databases that support reading skills and are available through the library, Bookflix and Tumblebooks. This has helped students focus on eating and not talking.

Can we see the school lunch menu? Like many sectors of the economy, schools are experiencing supply chain issues and haven’t been able to provide month long menus that families have been accustomed to. For more information on school lunch options as well as how to request special diet considerations, go to

What kind of support does the school need? The biggest challenge North Beach is facing right now is unfilled substitute positions. This impacts every student in the building. COVID can impact staff directly or require staff to take time off to care for family members, and of course there are other illnesses/reasons that may require staff absences. If you’ve been interested in spending time at North Beach and have one or two days a week available, consider applying to be a substitute paraprofessional or clerical substitute. You would be providing immeasurable support to the students and staff at the school, and you’d be able to spend time with our wonderful students! If you have interest in either of these positions, please contact me. Thank you!

Finally, on Monday there is no school as we honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Our monthly assembly will be held the following week, on January 27. There are many family friendly virtual and in-person events available next week to recognize the holiday.

Have a wonderful long 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

When sending the office attendance information about a sick student, please give as much detail as possible. For Covid purposes, we need detailed description of symptoms and when the symptoms started. Unfortunately, a generic description such as “not feeling well” does not provide enough information.

School Spiritwear FOR SALE!

Show your North Beach Seal Spirit with apparel! The North Beach Community can purchase apparel from by January 26th with delivery in about 4-6 weeks.

1. Go to

2. Click on "Find your school" and select North Beach Elementary

3. Select your items.

See attached flyer or Konstella for more information!

School Levy Information

The North Beach PTA voted unanimously to endorse a “Yes” vote on the Feb 22 Seattle School District Propositions Number 1 - Replacement for Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O levy) and Number 2 - Building Excellence V Capital Levy (BTA levy).

Ballots mail on January 19th so you will likely get your ballot next week. You can check your registration here. Or, help your friends and neighbors register to vote here.

The district has lots of great information about the levies, explaining why they are necessary and what projects will be funded. You can read details about the EP&O levy and the BTA levy.


Join Principal McLane as she welcomes Asst. Superintendant JoLynn Berge for a presentation about the levies.

Monday, January 31


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Martin Luther King Jr.

During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced. Dr. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.

Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Nobel Peace Prize lecture and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” are among the most revered orations and writings in the English language. His accomplishments are now taught to American children of all races, and his teachings are studied by scholars and students worldwide. He is the only non-president to have a national holiday dedicated in his honor and is the only non-president memorialized on the Great Mall in the nation’s capital. He is memorialized in hundreds of statues, parks, streets, squares, churches and other public facilities around the world as a leader whose teachings are increasingly-relevant to the progress of humankind.

The King

Children's Books about MLK Jr.

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney

If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement by Gwendolyn Hooks

Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford

A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson

Books by MLK Jr.

Strength to Love by Martin Luther King Jr.

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King Jr.


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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.)


Parent Education Opportunities

  • 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:

· Register your family/team here >>

· 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

· 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

Seattle Public Schools, SPS, provides Equal Educational Opportunities and Equal Employment Opportunities and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex; race; creed; color; religion; ancestry; national origin; age; economic status; sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; physical appearance; the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability; honorably discharged veteran or military status; or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. SPS also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.