News from your North Beach PTA

January 24, 2020

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Dates to Remember

  • Friday, January 24: We Are Family school dance, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 27: New Family/Kindergarten Tour, 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 28: Book-It Theatre Performance, 1:25 p.m. Parents welcome.
  • Wednesday, January 29: SNOW MAKE-UP DAY
  • Tuesday, February 4: First Special Education Resource Fair, 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 8: We Are Family Auction (purchase tickets here)
  • Tuesday, February 11: PTA Meeting + RESCHEDULED Beyond the Birds and Bees talk

A Note from Our Principal

Dear North Beach Families and Community,

A reminder that enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is open. If you know someone who has an incoming North Beach kindergarten student, please encourage them to enroll as soon as possible. It's helpful to the school to have as accurate as possible enrollment information so we can hire necessary staff as early as possible. We are hosting two new family events on Monday, January 27 at 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Enrollment information can be found at If you have any questions about enrolling your child, or if you have a friend or neighbor with questions, please contact the office.

On Tuesday, January 28 we are hosting the Book-It Theater’s performance of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. Parents are welcome to join us for “this poetic work that presents the elevating power of community and mentorship, as we bear witness to the confidence, imagination, and self-esteem that can come from a fresh cut and a new view of ourselves. Join us in one of the only places a young man of color gets ‘tended to’ in our society, so that we may see the magic that can come when we treat ourselves and others with respect.” . Thank you to Ms. Bakker for coordinating this event and to the North Beach PTA for providing the support that made it possible for us to bring Book-It to perform for our students.

Finally, remember that Wednesday, January 29, is now a regular early-release Wednesday to make up for the snow day we had on January 15. District calendar information, including a printable calendar, can be found here:

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane,

Principal, North Beach Elementary


From the Office

There will be school on Wednesday, January 29th. It will be a normal Wednesday with dismissal at 1:10p. This is a snow make up day from Wednesday, January 15th.

Absent/late: if your student is going to be absent or late, please do one of the following:

Call the office 206-252-1510 or email the teacher AND the office:, and

Thank you.

Counselor's Corner

Our Book of the Month for January is Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull. It’s a non-fiction book about Wilma Rudolph, an amazing woman who overcame incredible adversity, prejudice and racism to become the first American woman to earn three gold medals in a single Olympics. Our character word focus is on GRIT/Perseverance and having a growth mindset. Teachers will be leading discussions around setting personal school-related goals. It’s also a good opportunity for conversations around racism (there was only one doctor in the town who would treat Black people, and Wilma and her mom had to ride in the back of the bus to make their journeys to the hospital) and discrimination against people with disabilities (Wilma was not allowed to go to school because she couldn’t walk). Please take a moment to read the article below on what we as parents can do to help our kids develop grit in their everyday lives.

North Beach PTA presents…Family Fun Night We Are Family Dance! TONIGHT!

Friday January 24th 6:30-8:30pm

What YOU want to know:

  • Admission is free, includes DJ with dancing
  • We appreciate $1 bills! We will also take checks and credit cards (small service fee is added)
  • Did a pre-order? Go to Will Call at front entry
  • Snowflake scarf craft $4 while supplies last
  • Back by popular demand- photo booth $2, includes 2-3 professionally taken photos available online after the event
  • Herbie meals $6.50, includes pretzel bread slider sandwich, apple slices, chips, water, and a baby Herbie mini stuffy while supplies last- food service ends at 8:00
  • Cake walk fundraiser for 5th grade camp
  • Still need to get your yearbook? Purchase one at the dance
  • Dress up in the sprit of this year’s winter dance- We Are Family...bring back the 70s by wearing tie dye or other bright funky colors, the options are unlimited
  • This is not a drop off event- make sure there is an adult on site responsible for your child(s)

CAKE TIME !! 5th grade camp fundraising presents: The highly anticipated CAKE WALK!

All North Beach families are encouraged to make a cake for the CAKE WALK at the January 24th “We are Family” Dance!

ALL cake entries will receive one free ticket for the cake walk!

Prizes awarded for the following categories:

  • Best K-2nd KID-only made cake
  • Best K-2nd KID+parent made cake
  • Best 3rd-5th grade KID-only made cake
  • Best 3rd-5th grade KID+parent made cake

Cake walk tickets can be purchased for $1/ea at the event. Unlimited chances to enter the cake walk and winners of each round walk away with the cake of their choice until cakes run out. All proceeds benefit the 5th grade camp fund. Time to get your CAKE GAME ON !

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AUCTION COUNTDOWN: Ticket Sales Close on Tuesday, Jan. 28th

The auction is only two weeks away, and we quickly are approaching a venue sell-out! In

fact, sales will close on Tuesday, January 28 th – only a few days away. Get your groovy

self in gear and buy yours today at: This is a community-wide

celebration you won’t want to miss!

Our auction committee has been tirelessly working to procure some really fabulous

packages for this year’s auction. Last week we shared many of them. Others are on

display in the school lobby. Here’s a sampling of even more:

  • Reuben's Brews Kegger
  • Custom-made READ Poster of Your Child
  • Three-Night Stay at Beachside Home on Camano Island
  • Perfect Tropical Pool Party - Palm Tree & Pizzas
  • Lake Union Cocktail Cruise
  • Relaxing Weekend in Port Ludlow
  • Custom Painting by Amy Stone, an internationally emerging artist and local North Beach mom
  • All-seasons getaway cottage at Eagle Crest Resort, Oregon
  • Ghost Pub Crawl for Private Tour and Brewery Basket

And again, many wonderful opportunities for the kids with our North Beach staff:
  • Miniature Golf Party at Flatstick Pub with Coach Willis, Ms. Varnado, Ms. Mellen, and Ms. Hansen-Steele
  • A Day at Moonshadow Farm with Ms. Coutts, Ms. Gabrielson, Ms. Tramba, Ms. Stikdijk, Ms. Varnado and Ms. Lee
  • A Stuffy Sleepover, chaperoned and documented by Ms. Lannér, Ms. Bailey, Ms. Hoffman, and Ms. Coutts
  • Movie Night in the Library with Ms. Bakker, Ms. McLane, Ms. Coutts, Ms. May, Ms. Lanner, and Ms. Janzen
  • Arena Sports party with Coach Willis, Ms. Lacambra, and Mr. Allen
  • Seattle Gymnastics Birthday Party for Herbie with Ms. Wilder and Ms. Hoffman;
  • A morning hike with a trail mix snack with Ms. Flax, Ms. Ang, Ms. Butler, Ms. Tramba, and Ms. Hostetler
  • A “crafternoon” art extravaganza with Ms. Tramba, Ms. Hallgarth, Ms. Neimeyer, Ms. Knowles, Ms. Stokdijk, Ms. May, Ms. Janzen, and Ms. Ang

As a reminder, it’s a 70s “We Are Family” theme and the auction takes place on

Saturday, February 8th at the Nordic Museum from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Get your tickets today:

Book-It Theatre Performance - January 28th - Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Book-It Theatre is coming to North Beach on Tuesday, January 28. The theater group will bring the book, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut to life for all K-5 students. Performance will begin at 1:25 in the cafeteria and end around 2:10. This time will include a Q&A session with performers.

Click on the following link for more information about the performance:

For questions, feel free to contact your school librarian, Luci Bakker at

Special Education Resource Fair Tuesday, Feb. 4

The Special Education Department will hold a Resource Fair for all families of students receiving special education services. Special Education directors and staff, representatives from other Seattle Public Schools departments, and community groups will be onsite during this open-house style event. This is a great opportunity for families to learn, gather resources, and ask general questions regarding their student’s services, district programs, or to better understand the work of different organizations in the community. Childcare will be provided.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30 –8:00pm

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School

1330 N 90th St Seattle, WA 98103

For more details, contact

PTA Spotlight on Volunteers

Thank you to Tara Nessan for organizing the We Are Family dance! She’s worked hard to make this year’s event special. And thank you to all the volunteers who will be helping tonight!

5th Grade Car Wash Fundraiser

Brown Bear Car Wash tickets ($10/ea) to support fundraising for 5th grade camp are still available!

Contact Jen Osborn for info or tickets which can be delivered via kidmail:

Volunteers Needed For School Auctions

Did you know that North Beach partners with other local schools, where we trade parent volunteers to work the night of the one another school’s auctions, so parents can attend their own auctions?

We are actively recruiting volunteers for the following partner schools:

  • Broadview Thompson - 4 volunteers needed 4/4/20 (5-10pm)
  • Loyal Heights - 5 volunteers needed 3/21/20 (5-10pm)
  • Adams Elementary - 3 volunteers needed 3/21/20 (4:30-9:30pm)
  • John Rogers - 5 volunteers needed 3/27/20 (5-10pm)
  • Shorewood High School - 2 volunteers need 3/21/20 (4:30-9:30pm)


Don't worry... No experience needed! The evenings are fun and community building (go with a friend!) and a great "behind the scenes" way to support North Beach and our other local schools.

Please contact Katie Gruver ( or Alice Ragan ( if you have any questions.

LGBTQ2+ Photo Project: “Our Students, Their Stories”

Seattle Public Schools and local Seattle photographer, Nate Gowdy, are joining forces to highlight the stories of our amazing LGBTQ2+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer and more) students in Seattle Public Schools, as well as LGBTQ2+ staff in a photo book and portrait exhibit.

The “Our Students, Their Stories” project will showcase the strength, resilience, and unapologetic pride of queer and trans students. This project will also highlight the loving and supportive families of these young people, as well as shine light on some LGBTQ2+ staff who help lift up queer and trans youth in big and small ways every day.

We are seeking additional LGBTQ2+ students of all ages (and their family members) to participate. In addition, we welcome more queer and trans school staff. Photo shoots will be held in January and February, require a signed photo release form, and take approximately two hours.

More information can be found at the SPS Health Education website.

Beyond the Birds and Bees Rescheduled for February 11 PTA Meeting

NEW DATE: Tuesday, February 11th

6:30-7:00 PTA General Meeting

7:00-8:30 Parent Education Evening

Childcare for K-5 students is available! Kids will be in the Library and watch the movie Tale of Despereaux, have story time, and enjoy light snacks (please feed your child dinner before coming)- send a water bottle with your child. A limited number of childcare spots are available, signing up in advance is highly recommended. Sign up will display under your name, please sign up the number of times for children you need child care for (ex: if you have two kids coming sign up twice) and put their name and grade in the comment section. Check in will begin at 6:20 and childcare will end at the conclusion of the Birds and Bees presentation.

Sign up at:

Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message

to Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality

Now that the #MeToo movement and current events have parents and educators asking how best to raise young people with healthy, positive, shame-free and egalitarian attitudes about bodies, gender, sex, and relationships, Bonnie J. Rough, author of Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality, will share the practical lessons she learned as a parent and journalist when she took a close look at the world-famous Dutch approach to sex education, instrumental in producing one of the most sexually healthy and gender-equal societies on the globe. With immediate takeaways for PreK-6 parents/caregivers and time for sharing and questions, this event will show how we can make the most of—and enjoy—life’s many opportunities to change the conversation with our kids as we empower them to build a more equitable and inclusive future.

About Bonnie J. Rough and Beyond Birds & Bees

Bonnie J. Rough is an American author, journalist, and speaker focusing on families, health, education, parenting and sexuality. Her latest book is Beyond Birds & Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality, described as “a groundbreaking inquiry into how we teach our children about bodies, sex, relationships, and equality—with revelatory, practical takeaways from the world-famous Dutch approach.” Since its August 2018 release, Beyond Birds and Bees has seen coverage in many national, international, and regional outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, Huffington Post, The Establishment, Chicago Tribune, Good Morning Washington, New York Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, North Texas Public Radio, KUOW Seattle, King 5 TV News, New Day Northwest, and many other podcasts and media outlets. Bonnie has written recently for the New York Times on teaching young children about boundaries and consent as well as the value of childhood crushes, for The Atlantic on both the link between sex ed and gender equality and the case for comprehensive sex ed, for The Cut on raising kids without sexual shame, and for the Washington Post on gender and sex ed and how straight parents can raise kids to be allies with the LGBTQ+ community. Her previous books are The Girls, Alone and Carrier, winner of a 2011 Minnesota Book Award. Learn more at

The School Musical Starts Soon!

Join the singing, dancing, acting, stage craft! A big commitment or a little one, on the stage or off - we’ve got a spot for everybody.

Questions or interested in joining?

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!

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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.)


Back for another year - Ballard High School Gymnastics Kids Camps!!

Tomorrow, Saturday January 25

Greetings gymnastics enthusiasts and community members! Back for another year - Ballard High School Gymnastics Kids Camps!!

The Ballard High School gymnastics team - 4th place winners at the 2019 Washington State Gymnastics Championships - welcomes your child to join our 2020 kids camps! BHS gymnasts will teach campers on bars, beam, vault, and floor for hours of fun and instruction.

Tickets are $45 per date, per camper (additional campers from the same family are $40) per date. No gymnastics experience is needed!

Registration for Camp 2: Sat. January 25, 2020 (9AM to noon)

Calling on girls grades 3-5th grades, Girls on the Run 2020 is here!

What is Girls on the Run?

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, fun activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. Seeing hundreds of girls streaming across the finish line is beautiful!

Start Date: March 3rd, Tuesday and Thursdays right after school. Registration closes March 9th.

The 5k: May 17th at Memorial Stadium in Renton.

Check out this link to program details and registration resources:

If you have questions contact North Beach liaison:

Jeannette Kane


Free seminar - Mental Health and Our Kids

Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Phinney Neighborhood Center Lower Building

Doors open at 6:30 for a social half hour

Join PNW Parent Education for a critical conversation on mental health and our kids. Jason Reid, CEO, author, and parent will share his story of heartbreak and hope. We’ll also have a mental health expert to provide practical and relevant information on how parents can help promote mental health in their children at an early age. Lastly, a local youth will share their personal experience and the tools that they use to help fight the stigma and symptoms associated with anxiety and depression.

In this important talk, you’ll learn:

  • The right questions to ask and the best conversation starters to use with kids about mental health.
  • How to identify early signs and symptoms of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
  • Ways to support your child’s mental health.

Register in advance to secure your free seat.

Ballard High School Performing Arts presents: 61st Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Feb 1st, 2020 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Ballard High School Commons

This fundraiser is your one chance this year to hear every Ballard Performing Arts group perform! Yes, all 15 of them. This year's theme is music from the '90s. Plus, catch a sneak preview of the upcoming musical, Xanadu.

Tickets available online NOW. or purchased at the door. $15 adults, $10 students, $22.50 for all you can eat.

Enjoy a spaghetti dinner with options of homemade meat or vegetarian sauce, regular or gluten-free noodles, salad, bread, drink, and dessert. Extra desserts are available at the bake sale. And don't miss our raffle with tickets pulled 3 times during the evening.

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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