News from your North Beach PTA

November 5, 2021

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Dates to Remember

  • Monday, November 1-12: The Big Give
  • Sunday, November 7: Day Light Savings Time ends (turn back clocks)
  • Monday, November 8: Picture Day
  • Tuesday, November 9: PTA General Meeting 6:30pm (Meeting ID: 856 9879 8168
    Passcode: 835088)
  • Thursday, November 11: Veterans Day - no school
  • November 22 - 26: Teacher/Parent conference & Thanksgiving Holiday - no school

North Beach Multicultural calendar - November

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

  • National American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month
  • Diwali (Nov 4)
  • Veteran's Day (Nov 11)
  • Thanksgiving (Nov 25)
  • Native American Heritage Day (Nov 26)

  • Hanukkah Begins (Nov 28)

A Note From our Principal

November 5, 2021

Dear North Beach Families:

Children 5-11 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Information about school-based clinics as well as how to find other locations to obtain the vaccine is available at There will be a COVID-19 and flu clinic at Whitman Middle School on Sunday, November 21 and December 12, 9AM-3 PM.

We look forward to having an assembly next Friday to recognize Veterans Day. There is no school on Thursday, November 11 as we honor Americans who have served their country. To the Veterans in our community, thank you for your service.

Finally, there have been additional updates to guidelines for when to keep your child home from school, when students need to take a COVID-19 test and when they can return to school if they’ve exhibited one or more symptoms of COVID-19. The biggest change surrounds the rules for home testing. If a student has had close contact with a confirmed case, only a professionally administered test will be accepted for return. If a student is testing because of exhibiting symptoms and has had no close contact with a confirmed case, then home tests (from the districts list of approved tests) will be accepted. Information is available on this page:, and it might be helpful to save a copy of this flowchart for reference.

There were no COVID-19 notification letters sent out this week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristine McLane


The Big Give - update

WOW! Thank you so much North Beach!

We rose to the challenge and are so very close to meeting our Matching Challenge!

Please donate today and make an impact in the education of every student at North Beach. The funding provided by The Big Give is critical to maintain the educational support and programs our students need.

For more information about PTA funding click here.

Donate Today!

Don't forget Herbie's BINGO.

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From the Office

Reminder: picture day is Monday, November 8th. Forms came home last week and we have more available in the office.

Life Touch encourages parents to order prior to picture day. Use the following information to place an order online:

  • Use your students ID or the Picture Day ID is : EVT8HD7S7

Photos - Costume Parade and Fall Food Drive

The North Beach PTA is collecting photos from last Sunday's North Beach Costume Parade and Fall Food Drive. You may submit up to five photos, so choose your favorites. Photos will be used in the 2021/22 North Beach School Yearbook. Thank you!


Veterans Day is November 11th - request for photos

This month North Beach Elementary and the PTA will honor and celebrate veterans in our community by holding an assembly and displaying photos of Veterans on the walls of our school halls. We will also read the book Twenty-one Steps by Jeff Gottesfeld during the assembly.

There are two ways to submit photos to be included in our display.

1. Leave a photo in the bin outside the front door of school. Include the veteran's name and contact name and number of person submitting.

2. Email a digital copy of a photo to Include the veteran's name and the name and contact number of person submitting.

Any questions please email

The PTA thanks all veterans for their service.

Global Reading Challenge - 4th & 5th Grade

We are so excited to once again, be participating in the Global Reading Challenge! This program is sponsored by the Seattle Public Library and is intended for 4th & 5th graders.

North Beach will form approximately 7-8 teams (dependent upon how many students sign up), with no more than 7 members per team.

If your 4th/5th grader would like to participate in the 2022 GRC, complete the permission slip linked below and return to your North Beach librarian, Luci Bakker, NO LATER THAN Monday, November 22, 2021

GRC Permission Slip 2021-22

Click here for more information on the Global Reading Challenge.

Urgent Request! SPS Staffing Cuts

North Beach has been directly impacted by SPS staff cuts of Instructional Assistants. Because of these cuts we are below the required staffing ratios required for special education services and this will deeply affect some of our most vulnerable students. This also has a ripple effect potentially creating gaps in support for ALL students.

Regardless of whether you have a student receiving general education services or special education services, please consider voicing your concerns to the school district by writing a letter demanding that SPS honor their responsibility to fully support ALL our students.

If you would like to use a template and/or view example letters please see the documents on our website. (There is one template for families receiving special education services and another for families who would like to stand in solidarity.)

You may send letters and statements to: or by mail to:

Seattle Public Schools

John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence

2445 3rd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134

We have a couple sample letters posted here:

Applications for the Seattle Relief Fund are Open Now through Nov 15th

The Seattle Relief Fund provides a one-time payment to Seattle residents who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes households that were unable to access state unemployment, had no health insurance, didn’t receive federal stimulus payments, or experienced housing instability or mental health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Low-income Seattle residents are eligible to apply, including families of Seattle Public Schools students and Seattle Promise scholars.

How much money is available to applicants?

Award amounts are between $1,000 and $3,000 depending on household size.

For more information go to this SPS website and

Diwali - Festival of Lights

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year and is celebrated over five days beginning November 4th. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness.

On the third day of the celebratory occasion, the key rituals of the Diwali festival take place. Lighting of Diyas and candles all around the house, worshipping the Laxmi Ganesha to summon health and wealth, and bursting crackers are the chief rituals of the festival. Friends, families, and colleagues share with each other Diwali gifts as a gesture of showing love and affection. Also, a special and grand feast with delicious food that includes different varieties of sweets is the special attraction of the Diwali celebration.

Find more information here:


Binny's Diwali - Thrity Umrigar

Ganesha's Sweet Tooth - Sanjay Patel

Reminder - PTA General Meeting - Tuesday, Nov 9th 6:30pm

  • Join from the comfort of home.
  • Meet other North Beach family members.
  • Get updates on upcoming events at North Beach.
  • Share your voice on topics that are important to you and your student(s).

Topic: PTA General Meeting

Time: Nov 9, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 856 9879 8168

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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.)


Parent Education Opportunities

November 15 - Workshop - Helping Kids Manage Life in a ‘Post’ Covid World

Weathering Uncertainty Well: Helping Kids Manage Life in a ‘Post’ Covid World

Monday, November 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm (cost: free)

Register via eventbrite:

This relevant and engaging workshop will be designed to address transitional and situational stress and how parents and educators can best support their kids during this particularly challenging period. The workshop will include:

• Potential sources of stress for youth during Covid;

• An examination of brain development and what is happening with our children’s brains when their emotions become overwhelming;

• How to recognize and monitor signs of stress, anxiety, and emotional difficulty during the transition period(s) throughout the year;

• The “to-dos” and “not-to-dos” of engaging kids in difficult conversations around stress, anxiety, and transition (as well as other challenging parent-child discussions);

• Specific strategies for managing both parental and youth stress and anxiety during these times.

Ballard Basketball Thanksgiving Week Camp

For 4th-6th grade boys and girls (beginner to advanced), this camp will help you improve your skills, teach you to think the game and inspire your basketball mindset! Lots of games and prizes!

When: Monday, Nov. 22nd 9am-3pm, Tuesday , Nov 23rd 10:30am-3pm, and Wednesday, Nov 24th 9am-3pm

Where: North Seattle Church: 2150 N 122nd St Seattle 98133

Who: 4th-6th grade boys and girls. Limit 30 campers

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

Cost: $245/camper

To register, visit

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:
Follow us on Social: @codeninjasseattle

North Seattle Youth Boys Lacrosse Club: Fall Clinic for Prospective Players

Join our fall lacrosse clinic on November 14th, 2:30 - 4:00pm, at Roosevelt High School! This 90-min clinic is a great way for prospective players, ages 5 - 14 (K - 8th), to be introduced to lacrosse with fun games and drills with other boys new to the sport!

For more details and to register for the clinic, please visit:

North Seattle Youth Boys Lacrosse Club offers spring lacrosse programs for boys grade 3rd - 8th. Our community-based program teaches the fundamentals of lacrosse in a fun and supportive environment with a focus on building players’ confidence at every level.

For more details on our program, please visit:

For girls who may be interested in playing, we encourage families to check out Doublecrosse,, a volunteer-led organization dedicated to growing girls lacrosse in Northeast Seattle.

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:

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.

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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