News from your North Beach PTA
February 11, 2022
Dates to Remember
- Monday, February 14: Last day to purchase discounted auction tickets
- Thursday, February 17: Last day to submit a staff appreciation 'shout out'
- February 21-25: Mid-Winter break, no school
- Thursday, March 10: 6:30pm North Beach Special Ed Parent Group
- Saturday, March 12: North Beach Auction, 6-11pm @ The Nordic Heritage Museum
North Beach Multicultural calendar - February
During February the North Beach community celebrates the following multicultural groups. We will highlight resources and opportunities to learn more about these groups during the month.
Jan 31- Feb 4: Black Lives Matter at School week
Feb 1-28: Black History Month
Feb 1: Lunar New Year, Year of the Tiger
Feb 17-March 1: Mardi Gras
Feb 20: World Day of Social Justice
Feb 21: President's Day
A Note From our Principal
February 11, 2022
As we head into the weekend getting ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s take a minute to say how much we love our students and how much they truly mean to us. During this pandemic, which is still alive and kicking as is evident by our 2 staff members out with Covid as well as multiple active student cases, we ask that everyone practice sending out that love to one another. We also ask for patience, calm, and understanding. We will get through this and we ask that since you trust us to educate your student you also trust us to navigate the protocols set up by the CDC to help keep staff and students healthy. All of this in turn will enable us to keep schools open.
On the note of Valentine’s Day, there will be no Valentine’s food or candy allowed on campus. Previously, we allowed individually wrapped treats to be sent home in backpacks. Unfortunately, students were too tempted by these treats and brought them out to eat while riding in very close quarters on the bus. We currently have 60-70 students who ride the bus daily and want them to stay as safe as possible. Valentine’s candy and food in the classroom also poses an equity problem if not all classes are doing the same thing. Additionally, we have students who have different dietary needs which may include an inability to have sugar. Many teachers have discussed this with their students and the students have received the message well. Students will have a party with fun activities and a break from schoolwork.
We have 2 new staff members in the school. The first is Ben Fitch who joins us from View Ridge. He is our new Focus 3-5 teacher in room 14. Welcome, Mr. Fitch! The second, is Emily Combs who joins us as a long-term substitute for Ms. Tyler while she is on maternity leave. Welcome, Ms. Combs!
The last topic for today, mountain beavers! Some of your students may tell you that one of our little furry neighbors made its way onto the playground today. He was slightly injured and due to the concrete wall holding up the hillside, was not able to get back home. Animal Control was called and the little guy (or gal) was wrapped lovingly in a blanket and taken to PAWS for care. Thank you, former parent Jean McCarthy, and City of Seattle Animal Control.
I hope you have a wonderful and healthy weekend.
Kristine McLane, Principal
Auction tickets selling hot, discount extended.
We’ve seen an uptick in auction ticket sales this past week. You’re buying, and we’re listening!
To keep this feel-good party train going, we’re extending early-bird pricing (a legit $30/ticket) through Monday, February 14—just in time for Valentine’s Day. So show the love, Seals. Get your tickets here.
Need a quick reminder what this is all about?
The auction is a really fun party AND our school's largest fundraiser. North Beach relies on this income to fund essential services our kids and teachers need now more than ever. The theme is Roaring Back, which means attire is your take on roaring twenties fab. Tickets include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, plus plenty of laughs and great items for bidding. Saturday March 12 at the Nordic Museum. See you there!
From the office: Lost & Found - It's overflowing!
The lost and found has tripled in size. Every few months we take all of items to the Goodwill. It is time again for this to happen. We have 2 rolling racks overflowing with coats, pants, shirts, hats, gloves, water bottles, a tote, and various other items.
We will roll these out in front of the school during drop off and pick up as often as we can over the next several days so stop by and shop. We do make every attempt to return items to students if their names are on them, hint, hint. Get your sharpies out and mark those items!
On Friday, February 18th, it will all get bagged up and taken to Goodwill.
Special Education Updates - Join Us for our 1st North Beach SpEd Parent Group
Please join us via Zoom on Thursday March 10th at 6:30pm for our first North Beach Parent/Caregiver Special Education Group. We will be discussing ways to best support our students with special needs and their families. This is a great opportunity to connect with other families and share resources and ideas. All our welcome!
Join NB Special Education Parent/Caregiver Zoom Meeting
When: Thursday, March 10th, 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 845 1075 1744
Remember to submit your staff shout out!
The PTA would like all the teachers and staff of North Beach to really feel the love this month.
Don't forget to send your kids with a small note of appreciation to their classroom teacher during the week of Valentine's Day. And don't forget one for their current speciality teacher too!
Additionally, please fill out this very short form to submit a shout out to other NB staff.
Submissions due 2/17. Thanks for taking a moment to appreciate all the hard work going on at school.
Songs and the Civil Rights Movement
This winter some NB students have been learning protest and freedom songs in music class. Ask them which are their favorites or look some of these up and listen together.
- We Shall Overcome
- When Will We Be Paid for the Work We've Done?
- Oh Freedom
- We Shall Not Be Moved
- This Little Light of Mine
- Freedom Highway
- Lift every voice and sing
Excepts below from The Kings Institute
Music and singing played a critical role in inspiring, mobilizing, and giving voice to the civil rights movement. “The freedom songs are playing a strong and vital role in our struggle,” said Martin Luther King, Jr., during the Albany Movement. “They give the people new courage and a sense of unity. I think they keep alive a faith, a radiant hope, in the future, particularly in our most trying hours” (Shelton, “Songs a Weapon”).
The evolution of music in the black freedom struggle reflects the evolution of the movement itself. Calling songs “the soul of the movement,” King explained in his 1964 book Why We Can’t Wait that civil rights activists “sing the freedom songs today for the same reason the slaves sang them, because we too are in bondage and the songs add hope to our determination that ‘We shall overcome, Black and white together, We shall overcome someday’” (King, Why, 86).
In the 1961 Freedom Rides songs played a critical role in sustaining morale for those serving time in Mississippi’s Hinds County Jail. James Farmer, national director of the Congress of Racial Equality and a Freedom Ride participant, recalled one night when a voice called from the cell block below to the freedom riders: “‘Sing your freedom song.’ … We sang old folk songs and gospel songs to which new words had been written, telling of the Freedom Ride and its purpose” (Wexler, 134). The female freedom riders in another wing of the jail joined in, “and for the first time in history, the Hinds County jail rocked with unrestrained singing of songs about Freedom and Brotherhood” (Wexler, 134).
Free Covid Resources
What: Vaccine Clinic at Broadview Thomson K-8 School
Who: ALL SPS students and staff, ages 5 and up
Dates:Saturday, Feb 26th
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Broadview-Thomson K-8 School, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98133
Pre-registration is encouraged, and there is also capacity for walk-ins.
WA State Department of Health - Say Yes Covid Test
US Government - 4 tests available per home - Covidtests.gov
Coming soon - Free government issued N95 adult masks at local pharmacies such as Walgreens.
Superintendent Search - Tell SPS your thoughts
SPS leadership encourages you to respond to a survey deisgned to gather perceptions of the school district and the importance of characteristics found in effective superintendents. This survey is open through Tuesday, February 15. Individual responses are collected by the search firm hired to help with the process and are kept anonymous and confidential.
The School Board will also convene in a special meeting on Thursday, February 17, and again on Wednesday, February 23, specifically to hear from you. The only agenda item for both evenings is a public comment regarding the superintendent search, and we invite you to register in advance to share your thoughts on the leadership needs of the district.
Like regular school board meetings, registration is required for public comments. Registration opens the day before the board meeting at 8 a.m. Links to attend this meeting and to preregister to provide comments will be provided on the superintendent search page.
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
Wednesday, March 2: 6:30pm Screenagers The Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience with Q&A following.
- Seattle Children's seminar series: Conversations about Autism
Podcast: Play-Based Learning with Teacher Tom
Attention all Baseball, Softball, and Tee-Ball players!
Northwest Seattle Little League ("NWSLL") opened for registration on December 1st!
NWSLL has served our local NW Seattle neighborhoods since 1959 and is chartered through Little League Baseball, offering a variety of divisions for baseball and softball as well as numerous volunteer opportunities. NWSLL’s boundaries extend from Puget Sound to I-5 and from 85th Street to 145th Street. And our home fields are at Soundview (next to Whitman), Crown Hill (off Holman Road), and Northacres (near Haller Lake).
On-time registration for Kid-Pitch players (league ages 8 thru 12, where league age is age as of 8/31/22) runs through January 26th. For league age 8 players, typically half play Kid-Pitch ball. Registrations after January 26th is accepted as slots remain available (our website will indicate if roster slots remain in a division). Our Kid-Pitch age players (ages 8 and up) have Evaluation Day on Sunday, February 27th to assist in (1) determining if an age 8 player is ready for Kid-Pitch, (2) placing players as appropriate in AA, AA, or Majors, and (3) creating balanced teams. Those teams will be created in early March.
For players league age 8 and younger (who play Coach-Pitch or Tee-Ball), teams start up later (early to mid-April), and registrations is open through mid-March. We form teams around March 20th, so register by then to make sure you get any buddy requests granted. Coach-Pitch and Tee-Ball events are typically held at our Crown Hill Field on Holman Road. Lastly, NWSLL liberally grants scholarship requests to families in need of assistance. Our goal is to help every kid play ball who wants to enjoy the game with friends!
Please visit http://nwsll.org/ to learn more and register online.
Questions? Please send email to email@example.com
Open Gym and the Teen Center at Loyal Heights Community Center
Loyal Heights Community Center is now open for teens and pre-teens 11-18 years old. You must be fully vaccinated or have proof of a valid negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of entering the building.
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 3:00-5:00pm
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 3:00-5:00pm
After School Programs
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington Karate After School Program
Transportation is available up to five days per week from select Seattle Schools and the dojo is located conveniently near the Greenwood Fred Meyer. Students have snack and homework time and a one hour karate class, where they learn skills and discipline. For more details visit www.washingtonkarate.com or call (206)784-3171.
“The Washington Karate program is an excellent way for children to develop physical, mental, and emotional well-being.” ~Dr. Thomas Staiger, Medical Director, UW Medical Center.