News from your North Beach PTA

January 6, 2023

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Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, Jan 3 - 20: Registration for Winter After School Clubs
  • Tuesday, Jan 10: 6:30pm PTA meeting, in person @ NB Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, Jan 10: 7pm Trudy Ludwig, author presentation @ NB Cafeteria:
  • Monday, Jan 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school
  • Monday, Jan 23: After School Clubs begin

A note from our Principal

Hello North Beach Families:

Happy 2023 to all of you!. We finished our first week of the new year and we got off to a great start. Normally it can be tricky coming back after such a lengthy break away, but the students have been eager to jump back into learning so we will call that a win.

Next Tuesday our PTA is hosting a parent education night in our cafeteria. Guest author, Trudy Ludwig, will be giving a talk titled: “Understanding Our Kids’ Social World: Friendships, Cliques & Power PlaysThank you Ms. Bakker for arranging the author visit during the day for students and the evening parent event and for the support from the PTA for making this happen!

A reminder that there will be no school on Monday, January 16 in order to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be having an all-assembly in recognition of Dr. King, who would be celebrating his 93rd birthday on Sunday, January 15 if he were still with us.

I know that during all the gift giving in December, students received new electronics. A reminder that smart watches, cell phones, and personal devices are to be kept at home. We have recently had students texting during class, as well as utilizing cameras to take pictures and make videos which is not appropriate at school.

Have a great weekend!

Kristine McLane

A message from the PTA

Welcome to 2023 Seals! After what I hope was a restful break we continue the important work of having a positive effect on our school community. If you have a goal or resolution (or are looking for one) to be present with your children, to make a difference in the community, or even to get up and move, the PTA offers a myriad of volunteer opportunities that vary from a one time volunteer to a year round need. Volunteers are essential to the running of the PTA and school. Take a look and sign up today!

From The Office:

Elementary Progress Reports will be up on the Source on or after January 9th. For more information about the Source, click on this link:

Jan 10th PTA Meeting & Parent Education event with Trudy Ludwig

The January 2023 PTA Meeting will take place IN PERSON in the North Beach Cafeteria, on Jan 10th at 6:30pm. The meeting will be followed by a Parent Education presentation by best selling author Trudy Ludwig.

Trudy Ludwig is an acclaimed speaker and award-winning author of numerous children’s books including The Invisible Boy, a School Library Journal Best Picture Books Selection and a recommended back-to-school book by USA Today and Scholastic Instructor.

Trudy will host a parent event, “Understanding Our Kids’ Social World: Friendships, Cliques & Power Plays.” The parent talk will take place in the school’s Cafeteria from 7 pm-8:00 pm after our regularly scheduled General PTA meeting.

During the school day on January 10th, the students will attend an assembly with Trudy featuring an author read-aloud, engaging activities, followed by an author-student Q&A.

Winter Session of After School Clubs at North Beach!

Guitar, Chess, Basketball, Coding, Yoga, Ukulele, and Art!

Registration starts on January 3rd at 3pm for these amazing selections of after school activities. Check them out at! Volunteer sign up sheet is NOW on Konstella. PTA Volunteers make after school clubs possible!

Clubs will start the week of January 23rd.

Volunteers Needed!

North Beach PTA Enrichment After School Clubs need volunteers. The clubs have been successful this fall due to VOLUNTEERS! You can join this group of awesome helpers. The students have enjoyed learning new skills in their clubs and getting to know other NB seals outside of their classes. Our school community is growing stronger with clubs.

Questions about Volunteering for After School Clubs:


Help check in students at their clubs, Assist club teachers with any needs, Help with dismissal


In order to have after school clubs, we as a PTA are required to provide supervision.


Any NB parent/guardian


Complete the SPS Volunteer process and sign up on Konstella form for a day or more to come help out.


January 23- March 31 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 2:15-4:10pm, No clubs the week of February 20-24

Look for the volunteer sign up sheet on Konstella NOW!

We look forward to adding you to the team of after school club volunteers!

Please contact Amy Wathey at for any questions.

Counselor’s Corner

Happy New Year! I’ve been hearing from a few parents (and even from some students) that their kids are struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep at night. Once this happens more than once, some kids get anxious at the mere thought of bedtime, and the cycle of not sleeping perpetuates. So, I’d like to share the following article to help parents reset sleep routines which often get disrupted during school breaks. If you’re trying all of these things and still struggling with helping your child get good sleep, please feel free to check in with me, Alysa Reid at or, of course, your pediatrician.

Sleep Anxiety in Children: 10 Ways to Stop the Worrying & Get Your Child to Sleep

North Beach’s 200 New Students

Thursday North Beach welcomed about 200 new students! The adorable salmon eggs were shown their home in the lobby aquarium by the kind and careful Ms Lewis. They will be loved, learn about their new life, and then sent out into the world to join the Carkeek salmon in the imprinting tank.

PTA Funding in Action

In December, the PTA membership voted and approved a mid-year budget review. Currently the Executive Committee is working on a quick and painless survey so that the 23-24 budgets and fundraisers reflect the values of our school and membership. Your feedback is important to us!

Volunteer Highlights

This week we want to showcase the kind and caring work of Lucas Miller, North Beach parent and amazing artist. He designed the amazing Rock n’ Roll Herbie used for the Auction and The Big Give. Thank you for sharing your talent!

SPS wants your feedback on the 2023/24 school calendar

Let SPS know your thoughts on next year's school calendar by participating in this short survey.

SPS 2023/24 school calendar feedback

News on Advocacy

The 2023 legislative session is right around the corner! Each year, the state legislature convenes on the second Monday of January for either 60 days (even-numbered years) or 105 days (odd-numbered years). In January, we will be heading into a long session (105 days) which means there is more time to pass bills and negotiate a brand new biennial budget for 2023-2025, with the fiscal year starting July 1, 2023.

The WAPTA Legislative Priorities are:

  • Addressing the Student Mental Health Crisis
  • Addressing Critical Gaps in Education Funding
  • Preventing and Reducing Gun Violence and Suicide
  • Addressing Funding, Inclusion, and Supports in Special Education
  • Building and Maintaining Safer School Facilities

Join other Washington State PTA (WSPTA) members and leaders to advocate for all students. A subscription to WSPTA’s Action Network Group provides timely information and action alerts on WSPTA’s legislative platform items that your legislators are actively working on.

During the Washington State Legislative Sessions, WSPTA will send action alerts and informational broadcasts to WSPTA members who have subscribed to WSPTA's Action Network Group. These action alerts are quick, easy ways to communicate with our legislators on topics they are actively working on.

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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.


Try Sled Hockey - Jan 8th

If you want to come try sled hockey, join us on January 8 from 10:15am - 2:15pm at Kraken Community Iceplex! We will provide all the gear you need to get out on the ice and have a blast! Our smallest sleds will fit kids over age 5, and we have sleds to fit adults as well as everyone in between.

All abilities and skill levels are welcome and able bodied participants can compete with us too! Bring your friends and family and get out in a sled!

We are asking for RSVPs so we can get a headcount for on ice equipment use. Send participant name, age, and any accommodations needed to or

Zooming In & Out on Inclusionary Practices

Three-Part Series: Jan. 11, Feb. 6 & March 27, 2023 | 4:00-6:00pm PST

Presented by Shelley Moore and Katie Novak

Register at

Sponsored by the Inclusionary Practices Professional Development Cadre: Association of Educational Service Districts; Association of Washington School Principals; Center for Change in Transition Services; Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession; Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform Center; Family Engagement Collaborative; University of Washington Haring Center; Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction; Washington Association of School Administrators; Washington Education Association


After School Programs

Boys & Girls Club

Questions? 206-582-3512

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:

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 or call (206)784-3171.

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Seattle Public Schools, SPS, provides Equal Educational Opportunities and Equal Employment Opportunities and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex; race; creed; color; religion; ancestry; national origin; age; economic status; sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; physical appearance; the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability; honorably discharged veteran or military status; or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. SPS also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.