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Originally delivered on 12/6/2019 1:53 pm

SUBJECT: Beach School Broadcast December 6




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11- PTA Meeting 5:30pm at Backyard Social

13 - Principal Topic Talks 9am

20 - Black Affinity Brunch

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 

December 6, 2019 

What is Happening next Week?

  • Wednesday, December 11 5:30pm, PTA Meeting at Back Yard Social--learn about volunteer opportunities and hang out with the community
  • Friday, December 13 at 9am at School--Principal Talk
  • $1,364 left to raise!  SUN School Direct Ask Campaign



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'LearyMelanie 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. 


How can I help Beach School?  


STEM Night Spring 2020
We are planning a STEM night in the spring and need volunteers to help plan the event.  Can you help?  Please contact Kelly Orehovec, if you are interested. We will have about 8-12 STEM stations.  If you are interested in hosting one of the stations, please also contact Kelly.

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


Danza del Sol Performance



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

  • December 20th

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





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

Thanks to all of you for supporting the Beach Garden!  And a special BIG thanks to Rhiannon Leonard for organizing the event!



SAVE THE DATE: Beach Rocks -  February 29th

 Interested in singing or performing in the "live karaoke" experience?

Contact Nate Query: 


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. 


Thanks to Old Gold for hosting Great Notion Brewery's tap takeover (Beach Family owned) this week.  


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 - Wednesday December 11th 5:30pm Backyard Social

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.



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