News from your North Beach PTA

May 14, 2021

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Dates to Remember

  • Monday, May 31: Memorial Day **NO SCHOOL**
  • Tuesday, June 1: PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m. **ALL ARE WELCOME**
  • Friday, June 18: Last Day of School, 1 hr. Early Dismissal

A Note from Our Principal

Dear North Beach Families:

I’ve received several questions about this week’s presentation on Advanced Learning. If you missed the presentation, there is a lot of information on the department’s webpage, as well as contact information if you have questions about the program:

Earlier today, Superintendent Jones announced that Seattle Public Schools will have a full reopening of school in the fall. This is exciting news, based on the Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines for the 2021-22 school year. State Superintendent Chris Reykdal also made a statement about the return to school next fall. I know this has been one of the big questions on everyone’s mind. Now that we know that there will be a full reopening, the details of what school will look like for staff, students, families and the community can start to be worked out. I will share information with you as soon as I have it.

Finally, read on for information from the district Special Education Department: for our third and final round of community forums this year, we invite families to join us to share their experiences. Special Education department leadership and staff will be present to provide information, listen to feedback, and answer questions. All sessions will be facilitated, and language supports will be available. Specific links to each session can be found below (click on the title of the event you wish to attend at the time the meeting is scheduled):

Please contact if you have questions or need information on how to join a meeting via phone.

Have a safe and healthy weekend,

Kristine McLane


North Beach Elementary

From the Office

Thank you to all of you who are getting your attestations done early. It is a huge time saver if they can be done before 7am for Cohort A, and before 11am for Cohort B.

For those of you who have recently stopped getting notifications, please email These people are extremely helpful at getting folks back online.

For those of you who accidentally hit the wrong selection for their student and can’t go back, please complete the survey, even with the WRONG answers. You will get a notification of status by email in an automated response. This email will have a link to re-take the survey. If they have accidentally stated that their child has symptoms of COVID-19, they must still complete the survey and then they will need to request a new link from us, as no re-take link is sent under that scenario.

Sarah & Carolyn

Join the Communication Committee!

This easy volunteer team helps communicate PTA messages and important school information via the Beachcomber, Konstella and Facebook. Members are needed to keep communications going next year!

If you are interested in joining or have questions email Rebecca Mongrain at

Build a New School!

Big Improvements to North Beach Facility

The levy to fund school construction isn't until 2022, but the work to decide what to send to the voters is happening NOW! Decisions on what projects to include in the levy will be made this summer.

Advocate for North Beach! We need volunteers to attend virtual SPS committee meetings, school board meet and greets, and letter writing. The first step is a virtual meeting with other North Beach Parents to discuss strategy and messaging. Join us! Email:

Join the PTA!

Make your voice heard! The NBE PTA provides advocacy and funding for our students. By joining the PTA you say YES to counselors, tutors, art supplies, classroom technology, library books, and more. JOIN TODAY and while you’re at it donate to the school supplies fund!

Join the PTA here!

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.

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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.)


PNW Parent Education Presentation: Digital Safety 101

After more than a year of remote schooling, nonstop developments in educational technology, and social media overload -- now more than ever -- it’s important for families to educate themselves on digital safety. To address this, we’re partnering up with PNW Parent Education ( for a presentation titled, “Digital Safety 101”. Jo Langford, dad, Master’s-level therapist, author and sex educator for tweens, teens and parents, will help parents figure out how to balance their family’s digital life with boundaries, etiquette, and good judgement. This FREE online educational event is on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in attending, please register at:

This relevant and engaging presentation will also include the following information:

  • An overview of youth behavior in a digital age: the risks and benefits of online life;

  • Raising digital natives: setting up guidelines and house rules for safety;

  • Roadmap of highways & potholes of digital development;

  • Q&A with guest moderator: Christy Keating of the Heartful Parent.

Lastly, while watching the event, you can order a delicious family meal from The Extra Ingredient: Please click on the link titled, “May 26, 2021: PNW Parent Education Event - Pre Order”. All orders must be placed by Wednesday, May 19, 2021 and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to PNW Parent Education.

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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