Beach School Broadcast
November 22, 2019
What is Happening this Week?
How can I support teachers this week?
Thank you for considering a donation to the Beach after-school SUN enrichment program. We know how critical after school programming is to our students and families. We are grateful for the partnership with Self Enhancement Incorporated (SEI) who oversees and orchestrates the Beach SUN program. SEI does not charge a fee for the courses and its budget for classes is limited to serving 140 students.
With the assistance of grants, parents and PTA dollars we’ve been able to serve the growing demand for SUN programming, as shown by the 350 Beach students who participated last year.
With your help, we can continue to offset the cost of these courses, offer a wide variety of classes and serve students and families. Please keep in mind that a donation to the Beach SUN program does not guarantee any particular student’s enrollment or participation with SUN programs.
The suggested donation amount is $50 a class but any amount will help.
Click on this link to donate electronically (via the PTA Membership Toolkit) or write a check to Beach PTA with “Beach SUN Classes” in the comment section. Checks can be left in the Beach School Office.
Reading Help Needed
Beach teachers have expressed a need for volunteer support in Reading. Your help will have a positive impact on Beach students, even if its just an hour a week. If you are interested in working one-on-one with students in our English classes, please contact Megan O'Leary, Melanie Hammond or Melinda Mechling. We will provide a mini training in a Reading support program, and are working on setting up a schedule for those interested in volunteering.
- Check the Lost and Foundfor your missing items located by the cafeteria. The items are really starting to pile up! Please take a minute to check to see if your child's belongings are here. 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?
Thank You for your Generosity
Thank you to all who donated towards the Thanksgiving Gift Cards for Beach families. With your help, the PTA was able to purchase fred meyer gift cards for 25 different families in need of some extra groceries over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Beach School Bash - Volunteers Needed!
Our auction is the largest fundraiser of the year, bringing in necessary dollars to assist the Beach School community. In the past, funds raised from this event has supported Playworks, SUN, technology enhancements and improving services for students and school staff. This fundraiser, slated for late April 2020, is made possible by a great group of parent volunteers and we need your help. Please email Amber Elf if you are interested in volunteering or learning more.
Sign-ups/Buy-In Coordinator: This person would assist in promoting the sign-ups/buy-in’s for the auction to include gathering information, inputting information into database, and circling back with participants. Sign-ups are volunteer driven where a teacher/parent agrees to offer an experience and folks sign up for the experience. It is a great way to open the door for more to participate in the auction: I.E. Ms. Frazee hosted an animal sleep over in the library for $5 a stuffed animal. She took pictures of the animals in the library and sent to kids/parents. We are hoping to place the Sign-ups on the Online portion of the auction.
Volunteer Coordinator:This role involves helping to gather and lead the volunteers the night of the auction. This position will have less work during the year and be more time intensive the month of the auction.
Social Media Expert: While we have a team of folks dedicated to producing all communication materials, we need a point person to help with social media and announcements of auction related items and timelines. We have a timeline calendar created, but need that one person to take the lead on launching and announcing the auction to the greater community.
Live Auction Helper: Dawn Myrah is our lead for the live auction and is need of a helper for the evening of the auction. Live Auction includes helping produce the video that is shared, working with the auctioneer, talking points and keep the night running smooth.
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.
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
SUN Fall Showcase
All are welcome to come see the SUN fall showcase where families can see performances from various SUN classes, and do some fun activities. The showcase is from 3:45-5:30.
Danza del Sol Performance
On the night of the SUN school Showcase, our Danza del Sol groups will be performing from 6-8pm. Come see dances from all over the world performed by Beach students.
5th Grade Parent Tours at Ockley Green
For those of us who don't already have children at Ockley Green, you might have questions about the school and would like to tour the building before the Dec 3 lottery deadline. My family just moved to Portland a year ago and I know how important it was for our school in DC to keep the class together during the transition to a new campus.
For those interested in getting a tour:
WHO: Parents interested in sending their child to Ockley
WHAT: Tour of Ockley before lottery deadline
WHEN: Mon/Tue 11/25-26 at 6pm
WHERE: Ockley Green - 6031 N Montana Ave.
WHY: You have questions and they have answers
HOW: Go to this link and fill in your information and preferred time (this will help us determine the best time): Ockley Green Tour Spreadsheet 20NOV2019.xlsx
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, along with Black Affinity Brunch starting in December
Dates and times for Topic Talks are:
- December 13th 9-10am
- 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:
- December 6
- January 31
- February 28
- April 3
- May 29
Black Affinity Brunch
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
Beach Garden Corner
Since the start of the 2019-2020 school year to November 14, 2019, the Garden Team has provided 58.75 hours of environmental education to Beach Elementary School students. Between August 2019 to November 14, 2019 the garden has yielded 53 lbs. of food, the vast majority of which has gone to the Beach Food Pantry. Ongoing and upcoming education projects include:
-Practicing classroom-based skills with Katrina de Boer (School Counseling)
-Building a sense of community and encouraging prosocial behavior with Ali Piff (5th grade)
-Lunch and Story in the Garden with Anna Marquez (grades 1/2 and 4/5)
-Garden extension during recess for Cameron Shaw (3rd grade)
-Weekly garden maintenance assistance with Mika Hilbers and Molly Sheehan (4th grade)
-Tracking weather observations, collecting data, and presentation practice with Julianne Stevens and Laurel Hazzards (2nd grade, Weather Science Unit and Graphing math support)
-Seasonal observations and haiku-writing with Ali Piff and Oscar Almazan (5th grade, writing/literacy comprehension support)
-Flower Parts dissection with Ani Ponz, Cameron Shaw, and Rodrigo Augierre (3rd grade, Growing Things Science Unit)
-Guided rock-finding, making rock paint, and making seed balls with AnneMarie Juarez and possibly others (1st grade, Sand, Rocks, and Pebbles Science Unit support)
-Rice Rock Museum field trip assistance (1st grade, also part of Sand, Rocks, and Pebbles)
If anyone is interested in assisting with garden work, please meet at the Garden on Mondays from 3:15-4:15. If anyone is interested in volunteering education hours or helping make teaching materials, please email the Garden Coordinator, Mckenzie McCann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
English Classes at Beach
You can find more infohere.
Caring Communities at Beach
5th Grade visit from NASA
Sr. Almazan's 5th graders have started a year long study with NASA STEM educator, Hilday Peroyo. Students learned about human exploration of Mars and all about the use of drones to explore movement on Mars.
Thank you ¿Por Qué No?
Thank you to all who came out to support Beach PTA's restaurant night fundraiser. We raised $683 dollars! We'd also like to give a huge thanks to ¿Por Qué No? for being such a big supporter of Beach School year after year.
Pottery Night Recap
What a fun night of creativity and community! Thank you to all who came and painted a plate or mug. Volunuteers will be working hard to glaze and fire items so that students can *hopefully* take them home before the Winter Break. Interested in helping with glazing? Please contact Melinda Mechling.
Upcoming Fundraising Events
Fundraising events cost money and everyone is invited. Our goal at fundraising events is to raise money for our community.
Wreath Making Event - Beach Garden Fundraiser
Join the Beach garden team on December 3rd from 3-5 to make your own holiday wreath. All funds raised will go towards supporting the Beach Garden.
Suggested donation of $10-20
SAVE THE DATE: Beach Rocks - February 29th
Interested in singing or performing in the "live karaoke" experience?
Contact Nate Query: email@example.com
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.
January 16th Tamale Boy
PTA General Meetings
November 13th 2019 Recap
Thank you to Megan O'Leary who gave a great presentation on internet safety and education for children at all ages of development. Megan has organized lots of great resouces for parents on a website for teachers and parents to access.
Check it out:
Next PTA Meeting - December 11th 7pm
At our December PTA meeting we will be having a volunteer fair! Get to know fellow Beach families interested in supporting our community and school. Come learn about all of the different programs, jobs, and events that we have at Beach.
2019-2020 PTA Board of Directors!
- Kelly Orehovec, President
- Melinda Mechling, Vice President
- Chris Taylor, Treasurer
- Jen Minko, VP Membership
- Christina Brown, Secretary
- Alisa Hayes, Fundraising Chairman
- Nate Query, Equity Liaison
- Margaret Hancock, Communications Coordinator
- Melenie Hammond, Volunteer Coodinator
- Michelle Dubarry, Grants Coordinator