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Originally delivered on 10/25/2019 9:20 am

SUBJECT: Beach School Broadcast October 25, 2019




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25 - Dia de los Muertos

26 - Oddfellows Halloween Carnival Fundraiser 

28 - 31 - Book Fair


1 -  No School

5 - Great Notion Brewing Restaurant Night 5pm-10pm Alberta and NW 28th locations

6 - Picture Retakes

6 Pottery Night

8 - Milk & Bookies

8--Pajama Day

11 - No School, Veteran's Day

13 - Por Que No Restaurant Night

13 - PTA Meeting 6pm

22 - Principal Topic Talks 9am

25-29 -  No School & Conferences



2 - Great Notion Brewing Tap Takeover at Old Gold Restaurant Night

6 Cafe en Espanol 9am

11- PTA Meeting 7pm

23-31 - Winter Break


1-3 - Winter Break

16 - Tamale Boy Restaurant Night

24 - Principal Topic Talks 9am

31-Cafe en Espanol 9am


14 - Principal Topic Talks 9am

28 - Cafe en Espanol 9am


20 - Principal Topic Talks 9am


17- Cafe en Espanol 9am

20 - Principal Topic Talks 9am


22 - Principal Topic Talks 9am

29- Cafe en Espanol 9am



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Beach School Broadcast 

October 25th, 2019 


How can I support teachers this week? 


  • Get to know your Teachers!  They filled out these great sheets so you can support just the way they want to be supported.  


  • Cafeteria Help--Check out this great video here.


  • Read with 1st & 2nd Graders! -  teachers need help working with our beginning readers whether its sounding out letters/words, phonemic awareness,  or even math skills, with both small groups or individual students, Contact Megan O'Leary if you can help in Spanish or English 

  • Help me give my students 5 Chromebooks to take them beyond the walls of our classroom as we study and read about different countries, communities, and cultures.With the addition of 5 new Chromebooks for Sr. Almazan we will be able to have an entire center group where each student has their own computer! It allows me to easily provide each student with time on the computer every day! My students will be able to practice literacy and math skills on web based programs, create projects, post on our class blog, and so much more. Thanks to the mobility of the devices, students can use them at their tables, at the rug, and we can bring them outside. I can place a computer at each table, allowing them to work in small groups, or we could even share them with another class. The possibilities are endless! 

  • Check the Lost and Found for your missing items located by the cafeteria. There is also a small lost and found in the annex just inside the main entrance. Remember to always write your child's name inside their belongings!


How can I help Beach School?  

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
There are several upcoming opprotunities to support our school community. If you plan to attend any of these events, please consider signing up to help! 
Milk & Bookies - Ms. Frazee would love help with setting up for this event, along with parents to help pass out books, milk and cookies to students.
Book Fair - Ms. Frazee also needs parent volunteers to help with the Book Fair Oct. 28th - 31st! 



Donate K-2nd Boy's Pants or Shorts

Accidents happen.  We are in the season of puddles and there is a need for pants and shorts for the K-2 boys.  If you can contribute, please drop off in the front office or with Megan O'Leary. 


Student Newsletter Coordinator

Check out Ockley Green's newsletter written by Students. Do you want to help Beach Students write and submit stories to our newsletter?  If so, please contact Kelly Orehovec at

Community Event Planner Wanted!

If you are interested in helping plan fun & inclusive community events at Beach, we are looking for someone to join our awesome PTA team! Please email PTA VP Melinda Mechling if interested. 


Get to Know your Community 


The Garden Corner

The cool fall weather has hit the garden. The leaves in the arboretum have changed, our garlic has been planted, we’ve topped off our raised beds with compost-rich soil, and I’ve barely had to turn on our irrigation system. The fava beans planted by Mr. Ani Ponz’s class have sprouted and are thriving. Come springtime, we’ll turn these nitrogen-pulling cover crops into the soil so it will be enriched and fertile for spring. 

4th and 5th graders have been coming to the garden to have lunch this month. The children have enjoyed a quieter location to eat together while listening to either Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco or In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigsby. Ms. Molly Sheehan and Mika Hilbers’ classes helped save calendula and echinacea seeds and packaged them to take home. 

Thank you to Mr. Cameron Shaw’s for harvesting the last of our sunflower seeds and pulling up the wilted stalks.

This month, we were able to donate 5 lbs. of cardoons, 2 lbs. of kale, 8 oz. of microgreens, 2.5 lbs. of tomatoes, 6 lbs. of squash, 8 oz. of cosmos, and 8 oz. of herbs for the Food Pantry. Thank you to Ms. Ali Piff’s class for assisting with harvesting, weighing, and packaging. 

With gratitude and kale,
McKenzie McCann


Heath Curriculum at Beach

We were so happy to welcome Vanessa and Susannah back to Beach. They took the time to go over what and how the health curriculum is taught in the PPS school system. The curriculum is relatively new and full of a lot of wonderful and thoughtfully collected information. If you would like to see what was at the 10/16 meeting please take some time to view the slide show. They also took some time to put together an amazing book and resource list that might be of help. 

Below is the short video on Consent for Kids. It's is a resource they recommend for families if and when they would like to discuss affirmative consent with their kiddos. We encourage you to check in your with your child regularly to hear what they have been learning and how the teaching process is going. 

Consent for Kids video

Health Curriculum slide show

Book and Resource List - Early Childhood Sexuality Education



Adults Pick Up Basketball Games

  • Beach Gym
  • Tuesdays 7pm-9pm
  • All are welcome!

Topic Talks with Principal Lisa Hawking


Topic Talks are a continuation of “Coffee with the Principal”.  The title “Topic Talk” better describes what we’ll do and why (described below).  We will also have Cafe en Espanol, scheduled for adjacent Fridays.

Dates and times for Topic Talks are: 

  • November 22, 9-10 a.m.
  • January 24, 9-10 a.m.
  • February 14, 9-10 a.m.
  • March 20, 9-10 a.m.
  • April 17, 9-10 a.m.
  • May 22, 9-10 a.m.

Dates for Cafe en Espanol are:

  • October 25
  • December 6
  • January 31
  • February 28
  • April 3
  • May 29

All Cafe en Espanol are facilitated by our wonderful Esther Romero, from 9-10 a.m. in the auditorium. 

The goals for Topic Talks and Cafe en Espanol are communication and community building. We want to create a space for parents to receive some information about important school-related topics, and a space to hear from, learn from, and better know those of you who are able to attend.  (We regret this is not a time that works for many parents’ work schedules and hope that we’ll get to connect with you at evening events, around school such as at arrival or dismissal or in other ways-- please reach out if we can answer any questions or support you or your child.)

We would love to learn topics of interest from you. Topic Talk topics I’m planning so far include school survey and assessment data, student assessments overviews (MAP, Smarter Balanced, etc.), Social Emotional Learning, Restorative Justice & Collaborative Problem Solving.  This Friday’s topic is our 2019-20 School Goals including school data and team processes that led to their formation.

At Topic Talks we’ll meet in Circle. Circle work increases the generativity of a group of individuals, helping us find common knowledge and interests, and productive differences, to accomplish shared purposes. We’ll structure the ability for each person to have a turn to speak or listen, and also a structure at closing for collecting additional questions from you that I’ll either be able to answer quickly, or connect with you about later, depending on time.  

I hope all parents will feel welcome to join us!

Sincerely, Lisa Hawking


1st Grade Field Trip to North Portland Library

Mrs. Seymour's first grade class finished off the walking field trip this week. The had the very best weather. Thanks to all of you whom volunteered to help with their visit. It would not have been possible with out them. The children all got their very own library cards and were super proud they can now check out their own books. The Library on Killlingsworth has a wonderful children's section and the best librarians. Go and Visit!


North Portland Cub Scout Troop Meeting at Beach

  • All kids grades K-5 are welcome
  • Meets every Tuesday from 6pm-7pm in the Cafeteria


English Classes at Beach

 You can find more infohere.


TAG Nomination Window

The TAG nomination window is open now until November 26th. Students who are already identified as TAG do not need to be re-nominated, though you may wish to nominate your student in an additional area if they aren’t identified yet. Students at any grade level can be nominated by parents or teachers to be considered for the Talented and Gifted program. Nomination forms in multiple languages are here: . Please return them to your classroom teacher to fill out the teacher portion.

All second grade students in PPS will be screened for TAG eligibility in the area of Intellectual Giftedness in October using a universal non-verbal test – this will not impact students who already have an Intellectual TAG designation.

Questions? Email Beach TAG Coordinator Ayn Frazee



Middle School Lottery Information

The district is changing the application window from February to November which is way earlier than previous years.  The lottery window is November 5-December 3 and is now in line with the high school lottery window.  Middle Schools have open houses in the fall.  If you have any questions, you can call Enrollment and Transfer at 503-916-3205.


Caring Communities at Beach 

Book Fair Coming Soon

Our fall Scholastic Book Fair is coming up, Monday October 28 through Thursday October 31

The fair will be open from 9am to 4pm. Students are invited to shop during their class library time (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for Kindergartners) or after school until 4pm with an adult.  Your child will get a paper catalog ahead of time so that you can see what will be available and get an idea of prices. You are also invited to shop online

Students will still have the opportunity to check out library books during the book fair.  Your student (or you) can pay for items from the fair with cash, check, credit card, or the NEW eWallet which is a preloaded scholastic gift card that you can set up online. Unspent eWallet money goes right back to you at the end of the fair.

If you can help, please sign up here!  Book Fair 

50% of the proceeds from the fair come right back to Beach classrooms and the library in the form of books. Thanks for the support!

Food Pantry

Please feel free to come by! It's located in the main hallway every Thursday from 2:30-4pm Help yourself to everything from fresh produce to canned goods and prepackaged meals. We have handled paper grocery bags for you to use but are always look for more! If you have any questions please reach out to Ms. Monique (SUN School)


Pottery Night November 6 5pm-7pm

Free Community Event.  Come and decorate a piece of pottery to make a lasting memory in the Cafeteria. 5-7pm  All ages welcome with adult supervision.

Venga a decorar piezas de cerámica para hacer una memoria perdurable. Entre por las puertas de la cafetería. 5-7 pm.  Todas las edades son invitadas con supervisión de un adulto. 

Milk and Bookies Event November 8 5:30pm

 If you can volunteer, sign up here.  Milk & Bookies - Ms. Frazee would love help with setting up for this event, along with parents to help pass out books, milk and cookies to students.


Take a moment and check out this thoughtful video on empathy and share it with your kids.   


Upcoming Fundraising Events 
Fundraising events cost money and everyone is invited.  Our goal at fundraising events is to raise money for our community.  

Some examples of what we spend the money on that we raise at our fundraising events: Chromebooks for our kids, Playworks Coach, donating to Fund For Portland Schools to fund our staff.  You can read more about Fund for Portland Schools here.

Restaurant Nights

We raise part of our money for the school through Restaurant Nights.  They are a great way to support our community financially because proceeds from attending and buying dinner goes to our school AND you get to hang out with the community.  

November 5th Great Notion Brewing

November 13th Por Que No?

January 16th Tamale Boy


"All Fun, No Frights Halloween Carnival"

9th annual carnival fundraiser for school PTA's. FREE admission!

Enjoy a fun, safe, scare-free carnival full of $1 games, karaoke, arts and crafts, candy, toys and other great prizes. 100% of the proceeds are donated to local PTA's

Saturday, October 26th 11am-2pm Peninsula Lodge #128

4834 N Lombard St  

 Keep an eye out for a flier in backpacks soon!



PTA General Meetings 


Win a 50$ Gift Card to Great Notion!

Anyone who purchases a PTA membership (for this school year) before October 31st will be entered into a raffle to receive a Great Notion gift card for $50. 

October 10th 2019 Recap

Thank you to Anna Marquez for presenting to the Beach community about Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). She introduced families to the principles of CPS and to practice using "Plan B", the backbone of CPS practice, where the focus is on supporting students to make changes in behavior through guided reflection. 

Here's a short video Anna presented about empathy, which is at the heart of CPS practices. 

Next PTA Meeting - November 13th 6pm

Grab dinner at Por Que No for your family, and then head over to the PTA meeting to hear Megan O'Leary talk about cyber and internet safety. 

Next PTA Meeting - December 11th 7pm

In December, at our PTA meeting, we will hear from 2 Beach moms, and FACT Oregon representative about Inclusion, what that means, and what we can teach our children about how to be inclusive and kind to diverse learners. 



Site Council is a “council” of teachers, parents, non-certified staff, administrators and community members working together to increase student learning and enact our school mission.  All are invited to attend.

August 2019 Meeting Minutes   —   May 2019 Meeting Minutes

June 2019 Meeting Minutes    —   April 2019 Meeting Minutes


2019-2020 PTA Board of Directors!

Beach School PTA  1710 N Humboldt St  Portland, OR 97217