News from your North Beach PTA
June 18, 2021
Dates to Remember
- Friday, June 18: Last Day of School
- Tuesday, July 13th: Kinder playdate 4:30-6pm, Soundview Playfield
- Saturday, July 24: Incoming 3rd & 4th Grade playdate 10am - Noon, Soundview Playfield
Tuesday, July 27th: Kinder playdate 4:30-6pm, Soundview Playfield
Saturday, August 7: Incoming 2nd Grade playdate 10am-Noon, Soundview Playfield
Thursday, August 12th, 7:30pm: Caregiver zoom Q&A with the Kindergarten Ambassador Team. Send questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, August 13th: Incoming Ist Grade playdate 4-6 pm, Soundview Playfield
- Wednesday, August 18th: Popsicle playdate 1pm, Soundview Playfield
- Wednesday, August 18th: Incoming 5th Grade playdate, Soundview Playfield
August 16th - 20th: Jump Start, TBD
Thursday, August 5th: Kinder playdate 3:30-5pm, Blue Ridge Park
A Special End-of-Year "Thank You" From the PTA
To all our wonderful North Beach families!!!
We did it!!! We wish we could celebrate with you in person to close out our year, but instead... let us take a tiny bit of newsletter space to share our appreciation to each of you, and to each of our amazing staff members for helping us make it through all the ups and downs of 2020-2021.
Here are some highlights of the year:
- Raised more than $100,000 to support essential staffing (counselor and tutors) and PTA events for next year
- Donated more than 1500 lbs of food to the Ballard Food Bank
- Funded technology upgrades for classrooms, new IXL math curriculum and teacher trainings for return-to-school
- Ensured each child received a school yearbook
- Hosted COVID-friendly events for students like the parade/food drives and the Herbie's Hearts events
Thank you for your support this year and for encouraging your students to persevere!
Save the Date for SUMMER events!
This summer, the PTA will be hosting playdates at Soundview Park for each grade to help us stay connected and maintain friendships throughout the summer. Please invite any incoming families to North Beach to join in!!!
Kindergarten Meet and Greet Dates: See Below!
1st Grade: 8/13 4-6pm
2nd Grade: 8/7 - 10am-12pm
3rd & 4th Grade: 7/24 10am-12pm
5th Grade: 8/18 - 5pm-6:30pm
p.s. 5th grade families --- Congratulations on your graduation! Best of luck on your middle school adventures. Thanks for making North Beach such a special place during your time here.
From the Office
Thank you for all of your support throughout this very strange year. We are looking forward to getting closer to normalcy as we go through the summer. BUT, please remember that kids under 12 are not yet vaccinated.
Have a happy summer!
Sarah & Carolyn
PTA Awards for Outstanding Advocate, Outstanding Educator and Golden Acorn for Outstanding Volunteer
The North Beach Elementary PTA is very pleased to announce the winners of our annual PTA awards for Outstanding Advocate, Outstanding Educator and the Golden Acorn for Outstanding Volunteer. Each award is given with great heart and great pride to members of our community who go above and beyond in their dedication to North Beach and its students. Congratulations to all our award recipients. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to North Beach Elementary!
Congratulations Kristine McLane
"Kristine is a fighter for our students. I've never met anyone more passionate about making sure students’ needs are being met, especially those furthest from educational justice. You would think that these kids are her own actual children. Whether it's fighting for transportation for a student who can't get here, or getting materials to students who aren't in the building, Kristine is continuously going to bat for these kids."
"Kristine has been an amazing leader for students and staff this year. She is consistently positive, encouraging, caring for the staff so they can, in turn, care for the students. She consistently keeps the needs of the students in the forefront of all considerations and decisions, being creative and flexible to meet their academic, safety and social/emotional needs"
Special Recognition Alysa Reid
The PTA would also like to recognize Alysa Reid for her constant service to our students' mental and physical health during this year and the entirety of the ongoing pandemic. Ms. Reid is a champion for our students and ensured that no families in need were left behind throughout the holiday season and beyond during this isolated year.
Congratulations to The Special Education Team
Including the Developmental Preschool, Focus, Access, and Resource teams.
“This year the pandemic restrictions and remote learning posed unique challenges for the entire staff, but in particular I would like to recognize the challenges and hurdles that our devoted team of educators that serve our Special Education students have faced. Their creativity, positivity, innovation and persistence in the face of learning in a remote environment and resuming in-person learning under pandemic restrictions serves as an inspiration to our whole community."
“They pull my kiddo through every time.”
“They’ve made a huge difference in my child's life.”
Special Recognition: all North Beach Educators
In this unprecedented school year and beyond, the community would like to recognize the outstanding contributions of our North Beach Educators and Staff for their dedication and compassion to all students during the Covid-19 pandemic. A special plaque has been commissioned for the break room as a permanent symbol of our gratitude.
Golden Acorn (Outstanding Volunteer)
Congratulations to Rhonda Estigoy and Debbie Wayne
“Yearbook! Rhonda made sure we still had a yearbook to commemorate and remember this very unusual year.”
“Rhonda organized and managed all parent volunteers in order to make a yearbook for all students and the school - all VIRTUALLY! Her time and pleasant communication with this task is way above and beyond. She made something for all students with these efforts.”
“Debbie kept the 5th grade crew involved in school during remoteness. This is a hard thing to do during a normal year. I know she does tons more. She’s a rockstar!”
“Debbie advocates and creates activities for the 5th grade students. She is a shining hope this year!”
Have or know an incoming Kindergartener for the 2021- 2022 year? Join the Kindergarten Ambassador Team for summer meet ups!
Playdates subject to change; information about events will be available via facebook and the PTA website. All playdates are outdoors and masked.
Tuesday, July 13th: Kinder playdate 4:30-6pm, Soundview Playfield 1590 NW 90th St
Tuesday, July 27th: Kinder playdate 4:30-6pm, Soundview Playfield 1590 NW 90th St
Thursday, August 5th: Kinder playdate 3:30-5pm, Blue Ridge Park 2498 NW Blue Ridge Dr
Thursday, August 12th, 7:30pm: Caregiver zoom Q&A with the Kindergarten Ambassador Team.
Send questions in advance to email@example.com
August 16th - 20th: Jump Start, TBD
Wednesday, August 18th: Popsicle playdate 1pm, Soundview Playfield 1590 NW 90th St
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.)
Ballard’s Oldest Cub Scout Pack Now Recruiting
Cub Scout Pack 100, operating since 1938 and chartered by Ballard’s Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, is now recruiting boys, girls, and parents for 2021-2022. Become a new Scout now!
Boys and Girls from first through fifth grade are invited to join Pack 100 and begin their quest to build the world’s fastest Pinewood Derby car, to have fun outside, to participate in service opportunities, and to earn special recognitions and awards.
Cub Scouting means "doing." Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the Cub Scouts participating in fun activities used to achieve the aims of Scouting—character development, leadership development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. When asked what she enjoys about scouting, one of our 1st grade Cub Scouts said “I love to go on adventures and be in nature!”
Ballard Basketball, Volleyball and Cross Country- Summer Programs!
Join us for camps, in house leagues and training all summer long. Safe, active and fun sports for boys and girls entering 1st-9th grades.
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ballardbasketball.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.
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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