News from your North Beach PTA

September 3, 2021

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Dates to Remember

  • Monday, September 6: Labor Day (no school)
  • Thursday, September 9: First day of school for Kindergarten students
  • Tuesday, September 14: 6:30pm General PTA Meeting - all are welcome to attend
  • Friday, October 8: No school, State In-Service day

A Note From our Principal

Dear North Beach Families:


Students and staff were so happy to be back in person for the first week of school. While we’ve had to change many of our practices as we adjust to new realities, the joy of returning to school, seeing old friends and making new ones remains the same.


We appreciate your patience as we monitor our new arrival, dismissal, and lunch/recess routines. Throughout the year the Building Safety Team will review feedback from staff, students and families and utilize it in conjunction with evolving guidelines from SPS/Public Health/CDC to make changes to routines and procedures during the school day. The plans we have in place are there for the sole objective of maintaining the health and safety of our students and staff. We look forward to modifying these and moving toward less restrictive routines, but this will happen based on data our staff have that supports maintaining a safe environment. Thank you for your support.


We were excited to utilize our covered play court today for lunchtime! Next Wednesday we will have tents installed onsite to support outdoor lunch while all students are eating outside.


One change we will be making starting Tuesday morning is our First Grade classes will be lining up at the south gate entrance. This is the same location kindergarten lined up in the spring. Until the students are more comfortable with moving around campus independently, this will help them adjust. If you have been dropping your child off at the north gate, we recommend utilizing the south gate for your 1st grade student.


We look forward to welcoming our Preschool and Kindergarten students on Thursday! Enjoy the weekend.


Stay safe and healthy,


Kristine McLane

Principal

kemclane@seattleschools.org

From the Office

Reminder - Breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost for all students this year. You can find the September menu here:

https://www.seattleschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Lunch-Menus-ADA.pdf


North Beach is seeking parent support as we implement outdoor lunch for our students.


Please complete this form if you are interested/available to commit to 2 hours (10:40-12:40) every other week (4 hours per month) to help out at lunch/recess.

Thank you!


https://forms.office.com/r/txQ0eCTCTU

Important information for school volunteers

Governor Inslee mandated that all school volunteers must be vaccinated against COVID-19. SPS volunteers are required to carry proof of vaccination when volunteering at the school.


To further mitigate COVID-19 exposure and transmissions, volunteers are required to:


  • Complete online Health and Safety course
  • Sign-in before arriving at the school to review COVID symptoms and provide information for contact tracing
  • Always wear a mask, physically distance, and wash hands frequently
  • Follow additional safety rules as required by the school and the COVID-19 site supervisor


Previously approved volunteers must update their online volunteer application due to new health and safety requirements.


To update and renew your application click here.


  • Check your status after logging in. Review the FAQ page if you need help interpreting the page.
  • Review and update your school selection(s). Only schools you select on your volunteer application may contact you.


If you would like to apply to volunteer for the first time, please click here.


For information on volunteer requirements in SPS this year, go to: https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/volunteer/

CALL FOR ROOM PARENTS

Consider signing up to be a room parent! Responsibilities include:


  • working with your teacher to plan parties
  • find volunteers for classroom needs
  • coordinate teacher gifts
  • help plan fun activities for your child's grade level
  • welcome new families

Don't want to do it alone? Grab a buddy to help you. Ideally each classroom will have 2-3 room parents. This is a great opportunity to get to know your child's teacher, classmates and other families.


Sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D4FAFA622A2FB6-room

Join the PTA!

Make your voice heard! The North Beach Elementary 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!


Want to learn more? Attend our first PTA meeting of the 2021/22 school year on Tuesday, September 14th.


Topic: PTA General Meeting Tuesday 09/14

Time: Sep 14, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81929416913?pwd=YmlBcW5MVDQ1V0pWMGhUMGF1S1ovdz09


Meeting ID: 819 2941 6913

Passcode: 520445

Dial by your location

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)


Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kuQOq94gb

Join The Big Give committee

Looking for a fun way to make a huge impact on our school? Join The Big Give Committee!


Quick Big Give Facts:

● The Big Give is a quick and fun two-week PTA fundraiser in November

● Committee meetings are held according to the scheduling needs of the group

● The committee is fun! We think of dynamic ways to encourage and include all families and students to make a difference in the classroom, school, and community.

● The Big Give Committee needs volunteers to help in every aspect of the campaign: be it stuffing envelopes, data entry, big picture thinking, planning amid the challenges of the pandemic, decorating, and general shenanigans!


Questions? Feel free to contact biggive@northbeachpta.org

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 klabelle@gmail.com to learn more about attending a meeting to help us track what is happening. You can find out more here.

Support North Beach Elementary When You Shop!

Amazon Smile: 0.5% of eligible purchases back to North Beach!

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Shutterfly: 8% of Purchases come back to North Beach!

Shop for cards and photos at www.NorthBeach.ShutterflyStoreFront.com and help contribute 8% to the North Beach PTA!

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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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Ready Set Scout - Pack 827

Come Join Us!!


The Ballard Elks Lodge Cub Scout program is open to Boys and Girls in grades K-5th. Cub Scout Pack 827 holds meengs on Monday evenings at the Ballard Elks Lodge throughout the schoolyear. Meengs and acvies are led by trained parents and adult leaders. Cub Scouts is a family-based program focused on guiding and teaching the fundamental tenants of the scout oath and law (Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thri,y, Brave, Clean, Reverent.) while having fun and making friends!


PACK 827 – OPEN HOUSE AND JOINING MEETING

Games, Activities, and Information

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH 6PM TO 7PM

Ballard Elks Lodge located at 6411 Seaview Ave.

Northwest Boychoir- SING WITH US!

We are scheduling online auditions for fall enrollment. Boys 6-8 years old who enjoy music and singing are welcome to tryout! No prior musical training is required – just musical aptitude and obvious enjoyment of music.


We are located at the University Heights Center in Seattle but are currently holding our classes online over Zoom. Financial aid is available.


For more than 45 years we have helped young people discover the joy of singing, self-discipline and teamwork!


Watch the video below to see what the audition process is like.

Auditions - Northwest Boychoir & Vocalpoint! Seattle (nwchoirs.org)

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

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 https://www.illuminationlearningstudio.com/.


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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