News from your North Beach PTA

October 25, 2019

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Dates to Remember

  • Friday, Oct. 25: Harvest Carnival, TONIGHT 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday. Nov, 1: Principal Coffee 8:20am
  • Monday, Nov. 4: The Big Give starts
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5: Election Day: PLEASE VOTE!
  • Thursday, Nov. 7: Veterans’ Day Assembly 8:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12: 6-8pm PTA General Meeting & Literacy Night

A Note from Our Principal

Dear North Beach Families and Community,

We hope to see you at tonight’s Harvest Carnival! Thank you to the many volunteers who help every year to make this the event that our students look forward to with great anticipation.

The recent fall weather brought a lot of rain our way. We’ve enjoyed some recent dry weather, and as a result our lost and found is overflowing. If you’re able to attend tonight, please look through the lost and found items to see if any of your child’s items might be there.

I will be hosting coffee with the principal on November 1st. I should be able to provide an update on some of the safety issues I discussed at last month’s PTA meeting and my previous coffee with the principal event. Please join me in the library at 8:20 am that morning.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane,

Principal, North Beach Elementary


From the Office

A big, huge thank you to all of our wonderful parent/caregiver volunteers. We would not have the amazing community that we do without you.

Sarah & Carolyn

Attn. Watchdog Parents!

Watchdog parents please stop at the office on your day with your student and have your picture taken.

Harvest Carnival TONIGHT Friday, October 25th 6:00-8:30pm

It is finally here!

If you did not have the chance to pre-order Punch Cards have no fear! Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards are accepted at the door.

Costumes are welcome and encouraged! Please note: no masks or weapons are allowed as part of a costume.

Don’t forget to bring your WestSide Baby donation of pull ups (3T-4T), diapers (size 3-6), or wipes to help those at Mary’s Place.

Counselor’s Corner

Curriculum Update

So far this year, I have visited all classrooms to talk to students about my role in the school and to let them know I’m here to help if they need support. This year, one of my goals is to visit all K-5 classrooms to lead both Second Step’s Bullying Prevention Unit and also the Child Protection Unit which gives students tools to be active participants in helping to keep themselves safe.

I have now started leading the Child Protection Unit in our Kindergarten classrooms and am going into 4th and 5th grade classrooms to lead the Bullying Prevention Unit.

All of our Second Step Units have “Home Links” and family letters to keep you in the loop and give you tools to reinforce your child’s learning. If you haven’t already, you can expect to see “Home Links” coming home this year when your child’s class is participating In Second Step Units. Please work with your students to complete these short activities, and then have your student turn them into classroom teachers.

PTA Spotlight on Volunteers

A huge thanks to Beth Carman, Rhonda Estigoy, Jen Osborn, Jeannine Carter and Lindsey Maxwell for organizing Harvest Carnival, and big thanks to the ALL the parent volunteers and our fabulous 5th Grade Leaders for pitching in to make this massive event incredibly fun for everyone!

School Board Forum Recap

Last week's forum was incredible! Six of the seven candidates participated, answering questions about equity, HCC/Advanced Learning, school conditions, overcrowded buses, school safety, funding for counselors and nurses, special education, school lunches, and more. The candidates said it was one of the best attended forums so far, and that it was one of the best moderated. For the latter we thank Arik Korman, communications director for League of Education Voters and parent of fifth grader Zan Korman. It was an educational experience for voters from across the city (and the future voters in attendance). Now it’s up to you to vote! Ballots have gone out; please check your mail. If you’re aren’t registered to vote, you still can. You will be electing a majority of school board members who will serve for four years.


Election Day is November 5th and Ballots dropped last week - yours should have arrived in the mail. There is still time to register your neighbors and friends! School Board, City and County Council, important initiatives - there's a lot to vote for.

If you haven't received your ballot by October 18:

Register: Online and mail registrations must be received 8 days before Election Day. Register to vote in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 PM on Election Day.


Print & Mail:

Honoring All Who Served. Do you know a veteran?

We would like to acknowledge the special people in our children’s lives who have served their country. We need photos of veterans from our school community, no matter what branch of service, conflict, or country served. These pictures will be on display at North Beach throughout November, beginning with Veterans’ Day school assembly on Thursday, November 7th. Include information on where the veteran served (e.g. US Army, WWII), your child’s name, and their relationship to the veteran.

Please email photos of your veteran to Sara Easterly at by Friday, Nov. 1st. If you submitted a photo or photos last year, you do not need to submit them again this year unless you have additions or changes.

Veterans’ Day Assembly | November 7th in the lunch room starting at 8:15 am. Please join us and bring your veteran family members, friends, or neighbors, too!

North Beach Book Fair - November 12th

The fair will be on Tuesday, November 12 at 2:30-3:30pm and again for that Literacy Night evening from 6:30-8:00pm. Phinney Books will be hosting the event in the North Beach Library.

Nov. 5, 2019 General Election Vote Reminder from Seattle Public Schools


Dear Families and Staff:

This is a public service announcement reminding voters that ballots for the Nov. 5 general election must be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. For more information, please visit the King County Elections website at elections/november-general.aspx.

Office of Public Affairs


Estimadas familias y personal:

Este es un anuncio de servicio al público, recordándoles que las boletas para las elecciones generales del 5 de noviembre deberán ser enviadas por correo postal el martes, 5 de noviembre 2019. Para más información, favor de visitar la página en el internet “Elecciones del Condado” (King County Elections) elections/november-general.aspx.

Oficina de Asuntos Públicos


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Tani waa adeega ku dhawaaqida xusuusinta codbixiyayaasha ee doorashada Nov. 5 doorashada guud ay tahay in la calaamadeeyo Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Wixii macluumaad dheraad ah, , Fadlan booqo boga King County ee doorashooyinka

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Tagalog: Minamahal na mga Pamilya at Kawani:

Ito ay anunsyo ng pampublikong serbisyo na nagpapaalala sa mga botante na ang mga balota para sa Nob. 5 na pangkalahatang halalan ay kinakailangan na maipadala sa koreo ng hanggang Martes, Nob. 5, 2019. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, pumunta sa website ng King County Elections sa general.aspx.

Office of Public Affairs

Vietnamese: Kính gửi các phụ huynh và nhân viên:

Đây là một thông báo dịch vụ công cộng nhằm nhắc nhở các cử tri rằng lá phiếu cho cuộc tổng tuyển cử ngày 5 tháng 11 phải được đóng dấu bưu điện vào thứ Ba, ngày 5, tháng 11 năm 2019. Để biết thêm thông tin, vui lòng truy cập trang điện tử King County Elections tại general.aspx.

Office of Public Affairs

Attention 5th Grade Families

We are looking for 2-3 more parents who are interesting in helping out with fundraising for the annual Islandwood camping trip.

The fundraising effort helps lower the cost for all students, so it is a great way to get involved and help out in a tangible way. Also, most things can be done outside of regular business hours, so this is a good option for working parents as well! Duties may include the following:

  • decide on which fundraisers to do

  • print and distribute forms as needed

  • facilitate the Cake Walk at the winter dance

  • coordinate, and communicate, fundraiser details

  • keep track of funds raised

If you are interested in helping out, I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Chantel (Savi's mom), email:, call or text: 207-518-3528

Looking for Authors and Illustrators!

We are looking for North Beach family members that are published authors and illustrators to highlight at our upcoming literacy night. Please contact Tara Nessan to be included.

Board Games Needed

Do you have board games (with all their game pieces) that your kids have out grown or you want to upgrade? Ms. Gabrielson, our wonderful Art Teacher, would like to take them off your hands. To donate please leave in her classroom (room 15) or in the office. These games are going to be put to good use.

Morning Drop Off and Afternoon Pick Up

Mornings can be quite hectic around the school so please observe the following guidelines to keep our children safe:

  • Do not park in the drop off lane in front of the school. This lane is for children exiting the car quickly. Have your child ready to go before you get in the line.
  • If you would like to walk your child to the front door or to their classroom, please park in a legal parking spot in the neighborhood. Do not park in the drop off lane.

  • Cross only at crosswalks. Do not cross in the middle of the street.

  • Speed limit in front of the school is 15 mph.

  • Parking around the school is limited. Do not park within 30 feet of a stop sign or within 20 feet of a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

  • No U-turns on 24th Avenue, or using 91st Street to make a U-turn.

  • No parking in the bus zone (even when no busses are present)

  • Parallel parking only in front of the house at the NW corner of 24th and 91st. Let's also be good neighbors and not block their mailbox.

  • No parking facing the wrong direction.

  • Do not leave your car running, if unattended.

  • Do not leave your child unattended in a running car.

  • Seattle Police regularly patrol the area and will issue tickets!


Community News & Events (The programs below are not endorsed by either North Beach PTA or SPS, and are posted for informational purposes only.)


"How to Talk to Kids about Death" - Town Hall discussion Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:30PM

How do you talk to kids about death? Author Caroline Wright wondered the same thing when she was diagnosed with an aggressive, terminal brain cancer as a mother to her young sons. She has written a children’s book to help children know the undying love of a parent, and she joins the Town Hall with a mission to help other parents find hope and agency with similar diagnoses. A panel of leading experts in the fields of children’s bereavement and cancer will join her to discuss the complicated issue of what to say to our kids to comfort them when facing loss. For more information visit, and

Auditions for Fall Enrollment: Northwest Boychoir

The Northwest Boychoir is now scheduling tryouts for boys who like to sing! Boys who are ages 6-9 years old are invited to audition and no previous music training is needed. Classes for new members begin in January and are held at the University Heights Center in Seattle. Auditions are free of charge.

For more than 40 years, the Northwest Boychoir has helped young people discover the joy of singing, self-discipline and teamwork. We are proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization and are firmly committed to assisting families with financial aid. The Northwest Boychoir offers the perfect blend of music training and Serious Fun!

At the Northwest Boychoir, you can…

  • Be part of a program nationally recognized for musical excellence!
  • Make great friends in an upbeat team setting!
  • Develop confidence by doing amazing things!

To schedule an audition appointment or for more information: 206-524-3234 or Northwest Boychoir Audition Flyer: Download Click for more info and be sure to share the new Boychoir Audition Video!

Fall Festival Dance Workshop

Students in grades K-8 are invited to join the Ballard High School Dancers for an afternoon of dancing. All participants will learn choreography (taught by the BHS Dance Team members) and receive a BHS Dance T-Shirt. We'll have arts & crafts, face painting, and other fun activities. Costumes are encouraged! A small snack will be provided (gluten, dairy, and nut free). Join us on Sunday October 27 from 2:00 - 4:00pm in the Ballard High School Gym. Click HERE to register or email us at for more information.

Whitman Shoe Drive to Help Whitman Athletics

Old shoes taking up space? (these can be any type of shoe). The Whitman Basketball Teams can take them off your hands as they raise funds for athletic uniforms for underfunded schools. The team will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes.

All donated shoes will be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to law school!

There will be a box in the North Beach lobby starting next week and it will be there until the end of November.

Ballard Music’s Free Fall Concert Series Begins October 29

The Ballard High School Music Program opens the year with their Fall Concert Series, which includes three varied nights of music. The series opens with a presentation including all six choral ensembles entitled, Toward the Horizon: Choral Music from Dawn to Dusk. Highlights will include works from composers Johannes Brahms and Ēriks Ešenvalds.’ The Orchestra Concert will feature eclectic classics and begin with the anticipated debut performance of the Concert Orchestra. Composers include George Bizet, Matt Turner, Dedrich Smetana and Astor Plazzilla. To round out the series, the band concert will feature three concert bands (Concert, Symphonic, Wind Ensemble). The theme this year will be Celebrating Women and Composers of Color and will include “A Movement for Rosa” celebrating the life of Rosa Parks. Also featured will be works by Naoya Wada and Catherine McMichael. New this year, local musician, Trevor Parrish, will direct the Jazz 2 band. Both Jazz 1 and 2 Bands will be performing some standard jazz tunes and are swingin’ hard!

Concert schedule:

  • Choir Concert - Tuesday, October 29

  • Orchestra Concert - Monday, November 4

  • Band and Jazz Concert - Wednesday, November 6

All performances begin at 7:30 PM in the Ballard High School Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts. Admission is free. You can purchase reserved seating at Search for the name of the performance.

For full details about this event see

Ballard High School Playmakers

The Ballard High School Playmakers will present three dynamic theatrical productions this year. We appreciate you sharing this news with students and families.

Radium Girls |
October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, 2019

A hundred years ago, radium was a miracle cure used to fight cancer. It was quickly commercialized and used in products for consumers, including luminous watches that glowed in the dark. Radium Girls tells the story of the New Jersey factory girls who hand-painted the dials until they mysteriously became ill, started dying, and ultimately fought back.

Musical Theater production:

Xanadu | March 18, 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28, 2019

This comedy musical is based on the film which starred Olivia Newton-John. It’s 1980, and Venice Beach chalk-artist Sonny is frustrated by his mural of the Greek muses. A Greek muse named Kira dispatches to L.A., disguised as a human to encourage him in his art. Together they dream of opening a roller disco club named Xanadu. Xanadu is a love story with legwarmers and campy music.

Rumors | May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2019

Set in the 1980s at a large home just north of Manhattan, the deputy mayor of New York has accidentally shot himself. As four couples gather for a 10th anniversary wedding party, the mayor’s lawyer must quickly concoct a story to avoid a scandal. Speculation quickly piles up, leading to laughable, ludicrous moments. Rumors is written by Neil Simon.


$15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Advance tickets are now available at; (search for “Ballard High School.”) To request discounted season or group tickets, please contact Shawn Riley at

View the full press release at:

If you'd like more details, please contact me at 206-465-9532,

Before/After School Programs

Boys & Girls Club

Hours: 7:00 - 7:50 am and 2:25 am - 6:00 pm M-F

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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