News from your North Beach PTA

December 10, 2021

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Dates to Remember

  • Friday, December 10: North Beach Giving Tree due date
  • Tuesday, December 14: PTA meeting, 6:30pm
  • December 20 - 31: Winter Break
  • Thursday, January 6: School Picture make-up day
  • Saturday, February 12: North Beach Auction, 6-11pm @ The Nordic Heritage Museum

North Beach Multicultural calendar - December

During December the North Beach community celebrates the following multicultural groups. We will highlight resources and opportunities to learn more about these groups during the month.

  • Nov 28-Dec 6: Hanukkah
  • Dec 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • Dec 16-24: Las Posadas
  • Dec 25: Christmas
  • Dec 26-Jan 1: Kwanzaa

A Note From our Principal

December 10, 2021


Dear North Beach Families:


Yesterday we held our monthly safety drill; this month we practiced a schoolwide evacuation drill. Since our first evacuation in September, which was not a drill, the students have demonstrated so much improvement in how to handle a situation that requires evacuation of the building. They followed directions of their teachers, exited the building quickly and quietly, and knew where to go. It was impressive!


Seattle Public Schools (SPS) families are invited to join North Seattle College’s Family Connectors University (FCU) class, a family-focused online course designed to help parents support their child’s learning and growth.


In partnership with North Seattle College and SPS Family Partnerships Department, topics include:

· Helping your child with remote learning

· Social Emotional Learning ideas for home

· Becoming a supportive partner at your school

· Helping your child with ‘big emotions’

· Supporting your child with reading and math

· Talking to kids about race, racism, and antiracist actions


Take this course in real-time or attend offline at a time that works for you. Check out video here. The class takes place online via Zoom for 10 weeks beginning Tuesday, January 11th at 6pm. Parents can participate synchronously or asynchronously, as sessions will be recorded. The Course is facilitated by NSC Parent Education Instructor Lea Evans, Principal Janine Roy, SPS Family Partnerships Coordinator Asosa Sailiai, and special guest speakers.


The cost for the 2-unit class is $39.42 and some scholarships are available. Email Asosa Sailiai to enroll or find out more information: amsailiai@seattleschools.org.


The North Beach Library is partnering with Phinney Books on a virtual bookfair through December 24! This is a great way to support the school and a local small business! For more information, click here.


Next week is our final week of school in 2021. Our first day of school in 2022, January 3, is also the first day of enrollment for the 2022-23 school year. If you have an incoming kindergarten student or know a family that will be part of the North Beach community next year, please forward enrollment information along. https://www.seattleschools.org/news/new-student-enrollment/ .


Finally, I did not send any COVID-19 notification letters home this week. I hope to see you at next week’s PTA General Meeting!


Have a relaxing, healthy, and safe weekend!


Kristine McLane, Principal

kemclane@seattleschools.org

Our kids need your connections.

Hey it’s the auction committee here with a reminder about this great party we throw for North Beach parents and staff, but really for our kids.


What’s the big deal with the auction?


The money we raise (over $100,000 in years past) funds our guidance counselor plus enrichment tools like technology, books, and art supplies that help our kids thrive. It is THE time to rally as a community to show our kids we’ve got their backs.


So right this second, think about all the people you know.

Is there anyone with the clout to donate concert tickets, a kids summer camp, a few cases or wine, a private tasting or distillery tour?


But the possibilities don’t stop there. Think:

  • Weekend getaway for mom and dad
  • Summer sail on Puget Sound with champagne for two
  • Catered, in-home dinner party for a small group of friends


You get the picture. Now we’d love to get the donation!


It’s easy to donate right on the auction website. Have questions? Reach us at auction@northbeachpta.com.

Today's the last day to give - North Beach Giving Tree

North Beach Giving Tree -- Sign up to Give or Receive a Gift this year


We have a long-standing tradition of offering a way for families to support one another over the holiday season. This year you can donate gift cards for gifts or groceries (or both!!!) and help ensure everyone has a joyful and cozy winter.


If your family would like to receive a gift this year, please complete this form by December 8th.

From the office

Report cards will be available on The Source December 16th. For more information, go to: https://ps.seattleschools.org/public/


Early Dismissal - Friday, December 17th - Students will be dismissed at 1:25pm


No school - Monday, December 20th through December 31st. School will resume Monday, January 3rd

Holiday Lights Walk through Olympic Manor - December 16th

Help us celebrate North Beach Elementary pride and donate greatly needed nonperishable food items to the Ballard Food Bank at the second annual NB Holiday Lights Walk.


Stop by the cul de sac at NW 91st Street and 23rd Avenue NW, from 6-8 pm, to pick up a purple glow balloon and drop off your food bank donations.


This is a fun way to wrap up the last week of school before winter break.


When: Thursday, December 16th from 6-8pm

Where: Olympic Manor Neighborhood

Donation Drop off & balloon pickup: cul de sac at NW 91st Street and 23rd Avenue NW

Virtual Book Fair

North Beach Library is partnering with Phinney Books to provide another Virtual Book Fair! The fair will be available to you online December 7 through December 24.


This is a great opportunity to stock up for winter break reads! If you would like your order to arrive before the holidays, it is advised to order as early as possible.


Click here to start shopping!


Questions? Email labakker@seattleschools.org

Special Education Updates:

Seattle Special Education PTSA is a great resource for information and support navigating your child's education. There are new resources posted for the 2021-22 school year on website:

Resources for families (seattlespecialeducationptsa.org)


Interested in becoming a member or donating? We hope you join our ever-growing community as we advocate for improvements in the special education system! Information on how to join:

Membership (memberplanet.com)

Las Posadas - Dec 16-24

Las Posadas is celebrated in cities and towns across Mexico and translates to 'the inns'. Each evening during the festival, a small child dressed as an angel leads a procession through the streets of the town. The procession is primarily made up of children dressed in silver and gold robes carrying lit candles and images of Mary and Joseph riding a donkey. Adults, including musicians, follow the procession, which visits selected homes and asks for lodging for Joseph and Mary. Traditionally, the procession is always refused lodging, though the hosts often provide refreshments. At each stop, passages of scripture are read and Christmas carols are sung.


Mass is held each day after the procession, and, at the conclusion of the service, children break open piñatas filled with candy, toys, and, occasionally, money. The piñatas are usually crafted in the form of a star, which is said to have guided the three wise men of biblical tradition to the newborn Jesus. Each evening is a joyous occasions, including prayers, food, music, and fireworks.


Learn more with these books:

Uno, Dos, Tres Posada by Virginia Kroll

Carlos, Light the Farolito by Jean Ciavonne and Donna Clair

Las Posadas: A Christmas Musical for Children from the Mexican Tradition

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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.)

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Considering South Shore as an option for 6th grade?

The South Shore PTSA is hosting a virtual coffee chat next week with a panel about middle school. We will have official preview events in January.


When: Tuesday, December 14th

Time: 5:30pm

What: Learn about the South Shore Middle School Experience


Join Zoom Meeting

Parent Education Opportunities


  • National PTA has developed a fantastic series of podcasts on a variety of topics to share information with parents.


  • Don't limit the STEM fun to school—bring the STEM excitement home and get the whole family involved in the fun. National PTA and Bayer have developed a series of hands-on activities families can do.Learn at Home Activities require common household items that you likely already have available within your home.

Ballard Basketball Winter Break Camps

Week #1 Dec 20-22, 9am-12pm 4th-6th graders and 12-3pm 6th-8th graders

Week #2 Dec 27-29, 9am-12pm 4th-6th graders and 12-3pm 6th-8th graders

Where: Emmanuel Church (501 N 50th St)

Bring: A snack, lunch, water bottle and a ball. Wear a mask. Health screening at entry.

Cost: $135/camper

CODE NINJAS SEATTLE: After School Coding Program and Camps

A local Ballard family is opening a Code Ninjas in North Ballard in January 2022.


We offer fun and flexible coding education where kids learn to code while building their own video games, including popular favorites like Roblox® and Minecraft®. They gain problem-solving, teamwork, and STEM skills in a fun, safe, and inspiring environment. Our program allows kids to learn year-round at their own pace. Drop in at your convenience during the week or weekend hours or attend one of our camps!


For more information and to Register: https://www.codeninjas.com/wa-seattle
Follow us on Social: @codeninjasseattle

School Programs

Boys & Girls Club

Questions? 206-582-3512 or choover@positiveplace.org.

Registration Information and enrollment paperwork is available at: http://positiveplace.org/locations/childcare/Pages/northbeachchildcare.aspx


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: kbrockman@smallfaces.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.

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