News from your North Beach PTA

November 4, 2022

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Dates to Remember

  • Monday, Nov 7: The Big Give begins
  • Tuesday, Nov 8: Don't forget to Vote!
  • Tuesday, Nov 8: 6:30pm PTA Board Meeting at NB Library
  • Wednesday, Nov 9: 8:30am Veterans Day Assembly
  • Wednesday, Nov 9: 5th grade fundraiser at MOD Pizza
  • Friday, Nov 11: Veterans Day, no school
  • Saturday, Nov 12: Last day to complete Parent Education Survey
  • Tuesday, Nov 15: 6-8pm Dr. Ross Greene presentation
  • Wednesday, Nov 16: Picture Make-Up Day

A note from our Principal

Hello Seals:

What a great week we had here at North Beach. First, a big thank you to Beth Carman and all of her helpers for putting on the Harvest Carnival. It was a huge success for all. How nice to be able to gather again as a school! Thank you PTA! We also have some beautiful student artwork hanging in our hallways thanks to our Race And Equity team. The students were instructed how to make marigolds in celebration of Dia de los Muertos. We have splashes of beautiful bright marigolds throughout the halls. Click on this link below to read more about the holiday and activity.

Friday is Veteran’s Day and there will be no school. Thank you to all who serve. We greatly appreciate you.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night. We Fall back and get an additional hour of sleep PLUS it should be lighter come Monday morning.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Enjoy the cold!

Kristine McLane


A message from the PTA

Happy Friday Seals,

November is upon us and thus begins the season of thanks and giving. On Monday, November 7th the North Beach Elementary PTA is launching The Big Give. This is the PTA’s direct giving campaign and is the second largest fundraiser for the PTA. This year the goal is $75,000 with funds going directly to our students, classrooms, and school. For more information please click here.

The campaign runs from November 7th - 18th with ample opportunities for families to donate. Please consider donating what you can, any and all donations are truly valuable and are critical to maintaining PTA programing at North Beach Elementary.

A fun fact from The Office:

This is our school's clock/bell system. It is original to the building which was built in 1957. It is the oldest clock/bell system in the district. We call it “Howard”. There is only one person in the entire district who knows how it works and how to repair it. When we have a change in bell times, like Wednesday’s early dismissal, we have to turn off the system and ring the bell by hand.

Calling all Watch D.O.G.S.!!

After a 2+ year pandemic induced hiatus a reimagined volunteer program is back at North Beach! Watch D.O.G.S. is a focused program that speaks directly to those care-givers and guardians who are statistically less likely to come onto campus to volunteer. The program is targeted towards fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures. All members of non-traditional family makeups are welcome.

The first step to participate is to complete Seattle Public Schools volunteer paperwork.

Be on the lookout for info about a pizza party kickoff meeting in the next couple of weeks! Questions? Email Ryan Greenland,

The Big Give Starts Monday, 11/7

The Big Give (the North Beach PTA's direct giving fundraiser) is launching Monday, November 7th. Please consider reading about the fundraiser and its important role in raising $75,000 in funding for every single student at North Beach, in every single classroom, every single day. Donate today!

Ballard MOD Pizza Fundraiser

Support the 5th Graders and their camp endeavors by visiting the Ballard MOD pizza on 11/9 and mentioning the North Beach fundraiser at checkout. You can also use the code MODF13285 at or in the app. The 5th graders will receive 20% of all digital and in-store fundraiser sales on Nov 9, 2022 . Just visiting the restaurant and show the fundraiser flyer (above) or mention the fundraiser at checkout, or order online with the digital coupon code (MODF13285) on the day of the fundraiser

Kids Do Well If They Can

Join us for a critical conversation on November 15 with Dr. Ross Greene, founding director of Lives in the Balance and best-selling author of The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. This event is being organized by the Seattle Special Education PTSA, in partnership with The Arc of King County, Roots of Inclusion, PAVE (Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment), Open Doors for Multicultural Families, Washington Multicultural Services Link, and WA State OSPI.
Tuesday, November 15 from 6-8 p.m.
Register at:

Clock Hours Available for Washington State Educators. Register here:

Harvest Carnival Thank You and Feedback!

Harvest Carnival was just in time to take in the last of the lovely fall weather before November’s beautiful days for our pluviophile friends.

Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated the season with the North Beach Elementary PTA. Your feedback is important so please consider filling out this four question feedback form on the event.

Veteran photos - submit by Nov. 6

Do you have family members or friends that are veterans? Help us share their stories by submitting photos to the PTA. We will include them in our school assembly on Nov. 9th!

Send photos with name, branch of service, your relationship to the veteran, years of service (if known), and any other interesting details you would like to share to Photos due by Nov. 6th.

Parent Education Survey, please complete by 11/12

The North Beach PTA has historically offered parent education to members in the January Meeting. We plan to do so again but are looking for direction in what kind of parent education you are interested in. Please note in the survey below or email Rebecca Mongrain at with ideas.

Parent Education Survey

Volunteer Highlights

An absolutely HUGE thank you to all of the volunteers that made Harvest Carnival the spooktacular event it was. Wrangling goblins, setting up milk bottles, grinding hundreds of pounds of apples, feeding our horde, and so much more was all thanks to the wonderful work of PTA volunteers. In no particular order, and hoping that we do not forget anyone, a giant thank you to: Linda Rabadi Fair, Nancy Blekeberg, Ms Ang, Natalie Sullivan, Allison Arrington, Toby Slade, Anne Matthiesen, Kathleen Allen, Shannon Yuen, Julie Keegan (and teens!), Amy Wathey, Price Sullivan, Jennie Skidmore, Vanessa Petersen, Sara Schleh, Carrie Ferrence, Rachel Rocamore, Lesley Larson, Kate Hawk, Noelle FIrth, Natalie Sullivan, Crystal Low, Caitlin Mahon, Shelly Fujikawa, Dave Rocamora, Cynthia Long, Ms Coutts, Dana Applegate, Andrea Pund, Ms Niemeyer, Judith Bernhardt, Emma Sanyal, Gretchen Jorg, Naomi Namekata, Brina Nelson, Ms Knowles, Kelsi Thorpe-Wilson, Jennifer Webster, Tracy Habrel, Bryan Firth, Audrey Petitpierre (and teen!)Jill Bingham, Herman Chan, Andy Brauninger, Coach Willis, the wonderful office staff, the amazing Room 6 teachers, Ms Bakker, and Mr Ray. Thank you, thank you, one thousand times thank you!

PTA Funding in Action

This week we wanted to highlight another PTA budget line item- scholarships. At North Beach the PTA wants our students to be able to participate in fulfilling and enriching activities no matter a family’s financial ability. The PTA has a modest, but powerful fund that goes directly to families seeking scholarships for field trips, enrichment activities, and after school clubs. To inquire about seeking a scholarship please email

PTA Board Happenings

The PTA Board is very excited to have its first in person Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 8th at 6:30pm in the library.

What is a Board Meeting and how does it differ from a General Meeting:

PTA General Meetings keep our community informed. These informative meetings discuss items that impact our entire school community: standing rules, budgets, elections, and also host special guest speakers and Principal Q&A sessions.

PTA Board Meetings are the grease that keep the wheels turning. Board Meetings focus on items that are part of the running of the PTA, but do not focus on items that impact the entire North Beach community: Mini-Grants, budget line item spending, and committee reports. During these meetings only Board Members vote, but all are welcome to take part in the process!

It’s election time! Mail your ballot by 11/8

All eyes are on the 2022 midterm elections, scheduled for November 8, 2022. With a total of 469 seats in the U.S. Congress up for election (34 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) the 2022 midterm election results could dramatically change the makeup of Congress. Democrats have much to lose in these midterms. Their current majority in both houses of Congress are slim and, historically, the President’s party tends to lose seats in midterm elections. Republicans are banking on this historical trend and voter concerns about rising inflation to flip both houses of Congress in their favor.

Vote with your kids. Talk about what you're doing, and include your kids as you go through your ballot. Here are some useful links:


Community News & Events

The programs below are not endorsed by either North Beach PTA or SPS, and are posted for informational purposes only.


There are still spots left for Sensory-Friendly Morning at MoPOP!

SATURDAY, November 5 | 8:00am-10:00am

Free with RSVP:

Join us for our Sensory-Friendly Morning, an opportunity for adults and families to experience the museum with lowered volume and light levels.

We welcome all who can benefit from a low-sensory museum environment before we open to the public.

We send guests a social story, map of the museum, and timeline of the day to help them learn more about MoPOP and what to expect at Sensory-Friendly Programs.

We strongly recommend guests ages 3 and above wear a face covering at all times.

Your visit will include our exhibition Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design

If you have any questions about your upcoming visit to the museum, feel free to contact us. Thank you again for participating, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Ballard High School WInd Ensemble and the Navy Band Northwest!

The Ballard High School Wind Ensemble is thrilled to be sharing the stage with Navy Band Northwest on November 10, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts center. Students will have the opportunity to work with these talented musicians during the day and to share the concert stage that evening. The caliber of musicianship that the Navy Band has to offer is exceptional!

Tickets: While all concerts are free, you can make an optional donation of $25 to BPA and reserve a seat for any of the Ballard High School fall concerts, including the Navy Band concert. Seats can be reserved through Search for “Ballard High School Fall Concerts Nov. 10.”

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K-8 Student Dance Workshops at Ballard High School

Students in grades K-8 are invited to join us for a day of dancing with the Ballard High School Dancers! All participants will learn choreography (taught by BHS Dance Team members) and receive a BHS Dance t-shirt.

2022 Workshop Dates

Saturday, 10/29/22 – 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Saturday, 11/19/22 – 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost: $25 per dancer, per workshop

Workshop participants are also invited to perform onstage with the team in our annual Winter Showcase! This year's Winter Showcase will be held on:

Friday, December 2nd, 2022 7:00 pm in the Ballard High School Auditorium

Please register for the workshops at our website here:

For more information, please email us at

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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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