News from your North Beach PTA

January 22, 2020

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Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, January 28: NO SCHOOL, Day off between Semesters
  • Thursday, January 28: Kindergarten and New Student Open House, 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 1: Kindergarten and New Student Open House, 6:30 p.m.

A Note from Our Principal

Hello North Beach families,

This week we honored Martin Luther King, Jr., watched a new president as well as our first woman, Black, and Asian-American vice president take office, and experienced a wonderful assembly planned by staff members from our Racial Equity Team and Climate Committee. I’d like to thank our guests who attended, and especially the students who contributed to the assembly. Our students continue to inspire all of us with their creativity, empathy and dedication to positive change.

The current hot topic remains in-person learning. We are getting new information almost every day so keep checking back to the FAQ regarding any questions you may have. . There have also been recent changes to access to the COVID-19 vaccine. This is a fluid situation as well and information will be updated as it becomes available.

Going forward, as you saw in the upcoming events, we have online open houses coming up. Please register your students at and if you know anyone new to our area, please encourage them to register as well. Enrolling students directly affects our budget and planning for the new year.

We are at the end of our first semester, and so this Thursday, January 28th, will be a NO SCHOOL day as well as a no workday for staff.

Thank you all for your patience as we make our way through this. We will continue to follow safety guidelines from the DOH and will hopefully have better news as we move along.


Kristine McLane


North Beach Elementary

From the Office

We will be hosting 2 online Open Houses for new families.

  • 1/28 6:30 p.m.
  • 2/1 6:30 p.m.

Information is on the school's website. If you know of someone who is interested, have them email Carolyn at for the link to the meeting.

Counselor's Corner

Family Conversations about MLK's Dream

We hope you and your students were able to join us this week for our MLK Day assemblies. Just in case you missed it, you can find a video of the inspiring keynote speaker, Mr. James Layman, here. Mr. Layman encouraged students to help make

Dr. King's dream a reality by being good listeners, embracing and celebrating differences, using kind words and asking themselves, "what am I doing for others?"

You can further this conversation at home by asking:

  • What are three things that make you awesome?

  • What are some things you can do at home to practice your leadership skills?

  • How can you show respect to others and celebrate other people's differences?

Global Reading Challenge Author Event

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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 to learn more about attending a meeting to help us track what is happening. You can find out more here.

Join Seattle Special Education PTSA!

If you have been considering joining the Seattle Special Education PTSA, now is the time! Please visit their website and do it now.

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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.)


Ending the Silence with PNW Parent Education

The intense emotional burden of 2020 has definitely taken a toll on some of our community’s students, school staff, and families. To address this, we’re partnering up with PNW Parent Education ( and the National Alliance on Mental Illness ( with an early intervention and educational presentation titled, “Ending the Silence: A Youth Mental Health Event”. This FREE online event is on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in attending, please register at

This relevant and engaging presentation will help attendees identify early signs and symptoms of mental illness in youth, provide information about treatments, and we’ll have a young adult who will share their lived experience coping with depression and anxiety. The goal of this event is to begin a larger discussion about mental health so that young people dealing with mental health conditions realize they are not alone.

Lastly, while watching the event, you can also order a delicious family meal from The Extra Ingredient: Please click on the link titled, “Jan 27th: PNW Parent Education Event - Pre Order”. All orders must be placed by Wed, January 20, 2021 and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to PNW Parent Education.

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Ballard Performing Arts Collage Concert Presents a Musical Virtual Smorgasbord of Nonstop Talent

The Ballard High School music program has been busy recording and mixing a virtual concert that showcases over a dozen ensembles in a wide variety of styles and that promises to offer a little something for everyone. The free performance airs online Friday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

“It will be a nonstop evening featuring an incredible range of performances from our music

ensembles,“ says Courtney Rowley, director of choirs.

Enjoy dinner and a show—Those wishing to enjoy a restaurant meal with the concert can purchase a takeout dinner box ($55, serves 2) from Tom Douglas Restaurants, and a portion of proceeds benefits the performing arts program at Ballard High School. The restaurant partnership has been a popular element of Ballard High School virtual performances since its inception last fall with the Ballard Playmakers’ production of Greater Tuna.

Performance Details

The concert will be a collection of videos recorded by students in 3 orchestras, 6 band ensembles, and 4 choirs. In preparation for the concert, students rehearsed in virtual ensembles using the Upbeat music app, funded by generous donations from BPA families and supporters. The music directors hired professional expertise for audio mixing and video post-production for the concert, assuring high quality in showcasing the talent of these musicians. A link to the performance will be posted on the Collage Concert page on January 22 before showtime at

School Programs

Boys & Girls Club

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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